March 1, 2006

Sex, Lies, and Video Games: The Truth about Females and Computing

12:00pm - 1:15 pm


Presented By:

Maria M. Klawe, Professor of Computer Science and Dean of Engineering


Bowl 016 (Lower Level)
Robertson Hall
Woodrow Wilson School
Princeton University

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Video Conferenced Sites:

NJIT - New Jersey Institute of Technology
GITC - Guttenberg Information Technologies Center
Room 1400
(#13 on this map of campus)

Montclair State University
College Hall
Room 310
Passaic Valley High School
160 East Main Street
Little Falls, NJ
(973) 890-2500
ITV Room 207


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.

About The Speaker

Dean Klawe’s teaching interests include making mathematics accessible and appealing to all students and the use of technology to enhance learning and motivation. At Princeton, she teaches an experimental section of MAT 104 (second semester calculus) in the fall semester. New methods introduced in her section included active learning approaches, calculus cameos by engineering professors (short presentations illustrating where calculus is used in engineering applications), and teamwork on challenge problems.

Her current research is on the use of technology to improve the quality of life and independence of people with cognitive deficits. Our primary focus is on developing multi-modal applications such as daily planners, medication reminders, and recipe books for people with aphasia, but we are also exploring the use of such applications for the elderly with impaired vision or memory. Aphasia is the loss of language (e.g. ability to read, write, speak or comprehend speech) and commonly occurs as the result of stroke or other brain trauma.

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