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Vice President Update

Vice President Mary Czerwinski outlines her latest initiatives.

I have been working on 3 different agenda items. The first is putting together a group of volunteers to run a subcommittee focusing on US policy issues. Ben Bederson has kindly volunteered to be the adjunct chair for US public policy on the SIGCHI Executive Committee. To support him, Jonathan Lazar, Jeff Johnson and Harry Hochheiser have graciously agreed to round out the subcommittee. We are putting this committee together primarily based on US policy first (since we have recently been barraged with requests around this need) and after several months we will assess the need to expand our focus to an international level. To that end, if you live outside the US and are interested in global policy issues that may relate to SIGCHI, please contact Ben Bederson at

Secondly, I have been working with Jeff Pierce, Edward Cutrell and Anthony Faiola to create a series of criteria to be put into place in order to run a Distinguished Lecturer program from within SIGCHI. We have generated our primary list of criteria and are now working on prioritizing and finding suitable metrics for each criterion that might be used to objectively identify candidate lecturers. If you have any ideas about this sort of a program please let one of us know.

Finally, I am heading up a subcommittee looking into better ways to partner with our professional "sister" organizations, as I mentioned in the last bulletin. I received a lot of positive feedback about this, and of course asked those sending in comments if they would like to get involved. I am still looking for volunteers in this effort. If you have ideas or would like to help please contact me. The need for the subcommittee on US policy issues actually was a result of communicating about this effort, so already positive action has materialized.

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