Brown CS Professor Kathi Fisler has been named a 2021 Distinguished Member for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). ACM is the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, and they’ve recognized Kathi for her “Outstanding Educational Contributions to Computing”. The Distinguished Members grade recognizes members who have achieved important accolades or made a significant impact on the computing field, as supported by letters from others in the computing community.
Interested in various facets of how people learn and use formal systems, Kathi currently focuses on computing education, where she looks at models and representations for explaining program behavior (notional machines) and how to leverage contrasts between concrete examples to teach computing contexts. Currently developing a course and textbook on teaching computing through a data-centric lens (data science and data structures), Kathi is also one of the Brown CS faculty leading the design and assessment of a department-wide effort on integrating socially-responsible computing across all four years of the CS curriculum.
Kathi’s recent speaking engagements include a keynote address for the ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages, and Applications (OOPSLA) and serving on a panel (“Should COVID-19 Change Our Expectations About What Math is Taught") at the Futures Forum for Learning with Steven Levitt, author of Freakonomics, and Ruthe Farmer of CS for All, former Senior Policy Advisor for Tech Inclusion at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Her recent honors include the Onward! Most Notable Paper Award for a 2011 paper (“Mind Your Language: On Novices' Interactions with Error Messages”).
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