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Rear Admiral Dr. Grace Murray Hopper
Grace Brewster Murray was born on December 9, 1906 in New York City. In 1928 she graduated from Vassar College with a BA in mathematics and physics and joined the Vassar faculty. While an instructor at Vassar, she continued her studies in mathematics at Yale University, where she earned an MA in 1930 and a PhD in 1934. She was one of four women in a doctoral program of ten students, and her doctorate in mathematics was a rare accomplishment in its day.
On the removal of a 2-inch-long moth from the Harvard Mark II experimental computer at Harvard in 1947, as quoted in Time (16 April 1984). Note that the term "bug" was in use by people in several technical disciplines long before that; Thomas Edison used the term, and it was common AT&T parlance in the 1920s to refer to bugs in the wires. Hopper is credited with popularizing the term's use in the computing field.
As many of you know, I am passionate about teaching Computer Science and have taken the lead for many positive changes in curricula for our kids!
I have recently been an influence in creating legislation at the state level to award math or science credit for certain computer science courses and to award liberal arts elective credit at the university level. There are currently Bills in the Assembly and “same-as” bills will be introduced in the Senate this winter. Appealing to the State Board of Regents is another avenue that is being pursued. Very exciting!!!
By 2018, New York will need to fill 423,200 STEM-related jobs, and 57% of these jobs will be in computing.
Computer science develops students’ computational and critical thinking skills and teaches them how to create—not just use—new technologies. This fundamental knowledge is needed to prepare students for the 21st century, regardless of their ultimate ﬁeld of study or occupation.
Please join me in signing this petition – to state education leaders – and please pass on to all New Yorkers.
If you have already signed and forwarded to friends, THANK YOU! I hope to pass 100 this weekend and 500 by next.
Thanks so much, J Sue
Please join this campaign: http://www.change.org/petitions/please-help-us-make-computer-science-satisfy-existing-high-school-graduation-requirements-for-math-or-science?share_id=gAJaJKBOKj&utm_campaign=mailto_link&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition
As State Senator Razenhofer pointed out during the fall conference, the best way to get legislation to pass is to get in touch with your local officials. For your convenience, here're some tools for finding your local reps: