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Dean's Lecture Series

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Established in 2003, the Dean's Lecture Series brings some of the leading minds in tech to the Golisano College to share their insights with students, faculty, and the community. The lectures are free and open to the public. The 2016-2017 will kickoff with Distinguished Professor and ACM President Dr. Vicki Hanson on October 13th and new names will be added soon!

Dean’s Lecture Series presents Dr. Vicki Hanson, Distinguished Professor and Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) President

October 14th, 2016



Speaker Bio

Dr. Vicki Hanson is President of Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the largest professional society for computing, globally serving missions of professionals and students. Vicki is Distinguished Professor in the Department of Information Sciences and Technologies at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and Professor and Chair of Inclusive Technologies at the University of Dundee. A former Research Staff Member at IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, she has been working on issues of inclusion for older adults and disabled people throughout her career, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. She joined the IBM Research Division in 1986 where she founded and managed the Accessibility Research group. She has been at the University of Dundee since 2009 and at RIT since 2013. She has served on research advisory boards and agenda setting committees in both the US and the UK. She is a recipient of the Anita Borg Woman of Vision Award for Social Impact, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and was named one of the “25 Most Powerful Women Engineers in Tech” by Business Insider. Her research focus is on accessibility of technology for people with disabilities, the ageing population, and related research ethics.


I was recently honored to be elected President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).  ACM is the oldest and largest global computing society supporting the careers of 3 million computing professionals and students through our services.  This talk with consider a few hot topics within computing, based on both my personal research interests in human-centered computing and accessibility, as well as hot topics within the profession.  Professional topics will include both technology development as it affects society, along with how to create a workforce able to shape our future technology for the benefit of all.

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All lectures are open to the public.

2015-2016 Speakers

October 16th, 2015 - Vint Cerf, vice president and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google. 

November 5th, 2015 - James D. Herbsleb, Professor, Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University


2014-2015 Speakers

March 17th, 2015 - Kaitlin Thaney, Director, Mozilla Science Lab

April 17th, 2015 - John Resig '05, Creator of jQuery and Dean of Open Source, Khan Academy (2015 Golisano College Distinguished Alumnus)

April 23rd, 2015 - Jennifer Lesser Henley, Director of Security Operations, Facebook


2013-2014 Speakers

October 11th, 2013 - Alex “Sandy” Pentland, Director of MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program; co-leader of the World Economic Forum's Big Data and Personal Data Initiatives.

Hosted by the Golisano College Computer Science Department

November 15th, 2013Linda Northrop, Director of the Research, Technology, and System Solutions Program, Software Engineering Institute Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University 

Hosted by the Golisano College Software Engineering Department


Recent Past Speakers

Dr. Luis Von Ahn - CAPTCHA and Duolingo Creator; Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Gary McGraw - Software Security Expert; CTO, Cigital Inc. 

Dr. Mary Czerwinski - Research Manager of the Visualization and Interaction (VIBE) Research Group at Microsoft; ACM Distinguished Scientist

Dr. Hal Abelson - The Responsibility of Universitites in the Age of Information

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