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ACM Multimedia Systems Conference Amherst, MA, USA, June 18 - 21, 2019
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ACM MMSys Women’s Lunch 2019

Wednesday, June 20th, 2019

Following the ACM tradition of SIGMM sponsoring a Women’s lunch at ACM conferences, we will hold the first Women’s and Diversity lunch at ACM MMSys. This year’s exciting event is intended to be a communication and networking platform of the women in the community. The event is aimed at increasing and promoting visibility and recognition of women in SIGMM fields; promoting networking and mentoring between junior and senior researchers; and building a networking SIGMM women community as legacy for future events. The event is tailored towards PhD students and assistant professors and starting researchers in various research organizations. Two outstanding speakers will be talking about parenthood, and work-family policies and career paths. After the talks, you will have time for networking with a cross section of women in the field. New-comers, young professionals, career-switchers/explorers, or senior MM folks: people who care about diversity and women in tech and those interested in learning more, or just supporting the community.

Free lunch is offered but it needs registration. Registration can be done at the following link. Please contact us should you have any question.

Michelle J. Budig, Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Professor of Sociology, University of Massachusetts-Amherst, “Pay Gaps, Parenthood, and Work-Family Policies”

Michelle Budig

Closure of the gender pay gap has stalled in recent decades, despite women’s gains in educational attainment and workforce participation. The differential impact of parenthood on pay for men and women is a key factor in the gender pay gap. Net of human capital and work hours, women incur pay penalties for motherhood, whereas men accrue wage bonuses for fatherhood. Can anything be done? International comparisons of work-family policies offer promising directions for American workers.

Michelle J. Budig, PhD, is Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her research interests include labor market inequalities, wage penalties for paid and unpaid caregiving, work-family policy, and nonstandard employment. She is currently collaborating on a grant from the United State-Israel Binational Science Foundation to investigate variation in the wage penalty for motherhood among Isreali women. Her research has appeared in the American Sociological Review, Social Forces, Social Problems, Journal of Marriage and the Family, and numerous other professional journals. A past Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, her scholarship has been supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation, the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, and the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development. She is a past recipient of the Reuben Hill Award from the National Council on Family Relations, the World Bank/ Luxembourg Income Study Gender Research Award, and a two-time recipient of the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Award for Research Excellence in Families and Work. She has provided expert testimony on the gender pay gap and the motherhood wage penalty to the US Congressional Joint Economic Commission and the Massachusetts State Legislature.

Klara Nahrstedt, Full Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, “Role of Mentors in Successful Academic Life”

Klara Nahrstedt

Mentoring is a very important function throughout everybody’s life. But in academic life, mentoring is especially a crucial function as the complexities, expectations and demands on undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research scientists and faculty are increasing. In this talk, I will discuss the different types of mentoring and various roles of mentors towards a successful academic life. I will use few examples from my own journey and argue that one should consider multiple mentors and “coaches” at each stage of her academic life to master successfully academic challenges.

Klara Nahrstedt is the Ralph and Catherine Fisher Professor in the Computer Science Department, and Director of Coordinated Science Laboratory in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests are directed toward tele-immersive systems, end-to-end Quality of Service (QoS) and resource management in large scale distributed systems and networks, and real-time security and privacy in cyber-physical systems such as power grid. She is the co-author of multimedia books ‘Multimedia: Computing,Communications and Applications’ published by Prentice Hall, and ‘Multimedia Systems’ published by Springer Verlag. She is the recipient of the Humboldt Award, IEEE Computer Society Technical Achievement Award, ACM SIGMM Technical Achievement Award, and the former chair of the ACM Special Interest Group in Multimedia. Klara Nahrstedt received her Diploma in Mathematics from Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany in 1985. In 1995 she received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in the Department of Computer and Information Science. She is ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, and Member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina Society).


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