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ACM Distinguished Lecture, Is our software gender-inclusive? Speaker: Dr. Margaret Burnett, Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University: 4/27/17 12:30 in Spahr Classroom: Pizza is Provided

Published on April 11th, 2017 by Victor Frost Featured

ACM Distinguished Lecture Title: Is our software gender-inclusive? Speaker: Dr. Margaret Burnett, Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University Place: Spahr Classroom Date: Thursday April 27, 2017 Time: 12:30-1:30 Pizza will be provided Margaret Burnett Abstract: Gender inclusiveness in the software workforce is receiving a lot of attention these days, but it overlooks a potentially critical factor—the software itself. Research into how individual differences cluster by gender shows that males and females tend to work differently with software that aims to help people solve problems (e.g., tools for debugging, for end-user programming, for game-based learning, and for visualizing information). However, many features of problem-solving software are (inadvertently) designed around the way males tend to problem-solve. In this talk, I’ll explain 5 facets of gender inclusiveness in software and how they tie to a large body of foundational work from computer science, psychology, education, communications, and women’s studies. I’ll also present emerging work on our GenderMag method, an inspection method that encapsulates these 5 facets into practitioner-ready form. Emerging empirical results suggest that GenderMag is remarkably effective at enabling software practitioners to pinpoint gender inclusiveness issues in their own software. Read more...