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PEARC20’s theme is “Catch the Wave.” This year’s theme embodies the spirit of the community’s drive to stay on pace and in front of all the new waves in technology, analytics, and a globally connected and diverse workforce. We look forward to this year’s PEARC20 virtual meeting, where we can share scientific discovery and craft the future infrastructure.

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Tuesday, July 28 • 8:00am - 9:30am
Plenary I - Welcome and Keynote - Cherri Pancake, ACM President

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Title: Can We Change the Face of Computing?

The computing field has earned a bad reputation for its lack of diversity. That’s a very serious problem, and not just in terms of equity or social justice. When the workplace is too homogeneous, a company or institution is constraining its potential for future innovation and growth. Even worse, computing's inhospitable culture is discouraging the very people who could bring the new perspectives that are so badly needed. I hope to convince you that each of us should take personal responsibility for changing the "culture of technology"
before our field slowly strangles itself.

To change a culture, it’s important to understand how group behavior and values evolve and be realistic about how they can be influenced. My talk will focus on lessons I have learned about cultural change, first as an anthropologist and then working my way into and through a field that is overwhelmingly dominated by white male thinking. I'll suggest a number of practical actions we can take, in our everyday roles and at any stage in our careers, to become an "agent of change" for our profession.
Dr. Cherri M. Pancake is the past President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM.org) and Director of the Northwest Alliance for Computational Research. She recently retired as Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science and Intel Faculty Fellow at Oregon State University. Her background combines environmental design and anthropology with computer engineering. Pancake conducted much of the seminal work identifying how the needs of scientists differ from computer science and business communities. Over a period of 25 years, she served as PI or coPI on research grants totaling over $160 million from industry, not-for-profits, NSF, and US Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, and Interior. The user-centered design methods she developed were reflected in software products from Hewlett Packard, Convex, Intel, IBM, and Tektronix. Her current research focus is software systems to help resource managers access and analyze complex research data more effectively so their decisions can be science-based. A Fellow of ACM and IEEE, Pancake was the founding chair of SIGHPC, ACM’s Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing.

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Gwen Jacobs

University of Hawaii
Gwen Jacobs serves as the Director of Cyberinfrastructure for the University of Hawaii System.  She also serves as the Director and PI of Hawaii EPSCoR and as the Co-Chair of the NSF Advisory Council for Cyberinfrastructure.  She is a computational neuroscientist by training with... Read More →

Cherri Pancake

President, ACM

Tuesday July 28, 2020 8:00am - 9:30am PDT