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New Meetup: Lunch with Barbara Liskov, winner of the 2008 Turing Award @ MIT Museum

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Sunday, April 26, 2009 10:52 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: Lunch with Barbara Liskov, winner of the 2008 Turing Award @ MIT Museum

When: April 29,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: "Lunch With a Luminary" is being held all week at the MIT Museum. Bring your own lunch and come at noon. Admission to each talk is free of charge. It's a Cambridge Science Festival Event, held from 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm.

Another event -- The Science of Food -- is being held on this date at 6:30 pm. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more information.

Lunch with a Luminary - Barbara Liskov

"Bring your lunch and your questions for MIT Institute Professor Barbara Liskov, winner of the 2008 Turing Award - a prize often recognized as "the Nobel Prize of Computing". Liskov was the first woman in the United States to earn a PhD from a computer science department. Her work in the design of computer programming languages and software methodology led to the development of object-oriented programming".

Where to meet:

T.J. Maher hopefully will plan this just right and be there by 11:50 am and grab seats right off the bat when he gets there, placing a few MEETUP signs on chairs for people who RSVP YES. T.J. Maher is 5 foot 7, with bright blue eyes, short brown hair spiked in the front, and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag. This is going to be hectic trying to get there and find everybody. Might as well try it, eh?

MIT News: Barbara Liskov wins Turing Award
ACM cites 'foundational innovations' in programming language design
March 10, 2009

Institute Professor Barbara Liskov has won the Association for Computing Machinery's A.M. Turing Award, one of the highest honors in science and engineering, for her pioneering work in the design of computer programming languages. Liskov's achievements underpin virtually every modern computing-related convenience in people's daily lives.

Liskov, the first U.S. woman to earn a PhD from a computer science department, was recognized for helping make software more reliable, consistent and resistant to errors and hacking. She is only the second woman to receive the honor, which carries a $250,000 purse and is often described as the "Nobel Prize in computing."

"Computer science stands squarely at the center of MIT's identity, and Institute Professor Barbara Liskov's unparalleled contributions to the field represent an MIT ideal: groundbreaking research with profound benefits for humankind. We take enormous pride that she has received the Turing Award," said MIT President Susan Hockfield.

"Barbara Liskov pioneered some of the most important advances in fundamental computer science," said Provost L. Rafael Reif. "Her exceptional achievements have leapt from the halls of academia to transform daily life around the world. Every time you exchange e-mail with a friend, check your bank statement online or run a Google search, you are riding the momentum of her research."

Liskov heads the Programming Methodology Group in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT, where she has conducted research since 1972. Last year, she was named an Institute Professor, the highest honor awarded to an MIT faculty member.

MIT News: Q&A with Institute Professor Barbara Liskov
March 10, 2009

"On the occasion of her winning the Turing Award, Institute Professor Barbara Liskov participated in an interview with the MIT News Office in which she discussed her role in shaping the past, present and future of computer science [ MORE: ]

Anybody feel like putting this 6:30 pm event on the calendar? - T.J. Maher

6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Talk & Tasting: Science of Food
Audience: adult/ 21+

"Preregistration required; please email [address removed].
And you thought you knew food! Come for this annual fun food explanation event with talks by those in the know; tastings, and a reception!"

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