Volume 1 - Edition 5
November 1, 2004
14th Annual Lynda Shaw Memorial Distinguished
Friday, November 12
This lecture series is an annual event commemorating the memory
of Lynda Shaw, a third-year Mechanical Engineering student who was
tragically killed April 22, 1990 near Highway 401 on her way back to
Western to complete her third-year exams. Lynda Shaw's murder
is still unsolved.
Maria Klawe, Dean of Engineering and Professor of Computer Science,
Princeton University, will speak on "Gender, Lies and Video
Games: The Truth about Females and Computing."
This talk explores how girls and women differ
from boys and men in their uses of and attitudes towards computers
and computing. From playing computer games to pursuing computing
careers, the participation of females tends to be very low compared
to that of males. Why is this? Opinions range from girls wanting to
avoid the math and/or the geek image of programming to girls having
better things to do with their lives. We discuss research findings
on this issue, as well as initiatives designed to increase the
participation of females in computing.