Yes, my name is Jane, I have a PhD, and I can't do simple math. Either y'all are as bad at math as I am or too polite. Hee hee.
Great news today from the world of computing (although it doesn't seem to be widely reported, yet, as of this morning):
Frances Allen has been awarded the 2006 ACM A. M. Turing Award, which is the most prestigious prize in computer science.
Here's the first press release I saw about this, along with a shorter story from Computerworld.
She is the first woman in the 31 year history of the award to be awarded the prize.
Some highlights from her career:
* Started working at IBM's TJ Watson Research Center in 1957 (!!); spent her entire career at IBM
* Did groundbreaking work on program optimization and parallelization
* First woman to be named an IBM Fellow, in 1989
* Named an ACM Fellow in 1994
* Won the first Anita Borg Award for Technical Leadership, in 2004
* From what I understand, is and was a mentor extraordinaire for young women in CS.
Congratulations, Frances Allen. May you be the first in a long and distinguished line of women Turing Award winners!