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  • Blog Post: Partnerships propel computer science

    As part of its commitment to basic research, Microsoft invests in creating joint research centers around the world. These collaborative engagements typically involve multi-year research programs across a broad range of projects that push the boundaries of computer science. In the last week, Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: ChronoZoom and zombies head to SXSWedu

    I can’t believe how much has happened in just one year. This time last year, we had just released the beta version of ChronoZoom , and the content and development community had created two mini-releases on their own. Key members of the ChronoZoom team were heading off to SXSW Interactive in Austin...
  • Blog Post: ChronoZoom offers new tools for history teachers

    Last week, from November 22 to 24, I was in St. Louis, Missouri, at the annual conference of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), helping to promote the terrific work of our international partners in creating open-source technologies and free curricula to support history education. I spent...
  • Blog Post: A new tool for teaching climate change in the cloud

    Building an historical view of climate change in the cloud with ChronoZoom Starting in the tenth century, during the Medieval Warm Period , Greenland was a fraction of a degree warmer than today. Norse settlers raised livestock and cultivated small farms. Later, in the fifteenth century, a colder...
  • Blog Post: ChronoZoom challenge: visualize history and win

    I love my job! Why? Because, as manager of Games for Learning and Digital Humanities at Microsoft Research Connections, I get to explore four of my favorite things: games, art, technology, and education. This week is especially exciting for me, because yesterday, we launched the Microsoft ChronoZoom...
  • Blog Post: South by Software—Microsoft’s Excellent Austin Adventure

    Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of attending South by Southwest Interactive , one of the largest conferences on emerging technology in the world. The event is held in Austin, Texas, as part of the family of South by Southwest (SXSW) festivals that also include events showcasing music, film, and...
  • Blog Post: ChronoZoom Named Top Educational Resource at 2013 SXSW Interactive

    When Microsoft Research teamed up with the University of California Berkeley to create a digital tool for exploring the history of everything, we knew we had the potential to build a killer educational app. After all, a tool that can reveal the cross-currents of history, revealing the interdependencies...
  • Blog Post: Seeing Your World Through a Different Light

    As the saying goes: everything is bigger in Texas. And coming this weekend, March 8 to 10, there will be a couple of Texas-sized telescopes at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival in Austin. Housed in the mammoth NASA Experience Tent, a wall-sized display will show off Microsoft Research’s...
  • Blog Post: Our Top 10 Blogs of 2012

    Once again, you’ve voted with your clicks and we’ve tallied the results. So…drumroll, please…here are the top 10 Microsoft Research Connections blogs of 2012. Number 10: Try Try F# Who can resist such a redundantly titled post—especially when it offers information...
  • Blog Post: Creating Buzz for Computer Science

    Here’s a sobering fact: the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2018 there will be 1.4 million open technology jobs in the United States and, at the current rate of students graduating with degrees in computer science, we will fill only 61 percent of those openings. These predictions...
  • Blog Post: ChronoZoom Receives Digital Education Achievement Award

    Many of you have heard me talk passionately about ChronoZoom over the past year, especially about our goal to bridge the gap between the sciences and humanities through this amazing open-source tool, which strives to capture the history of everything. I love the amazing breadth of these ambitions. ...
  • Blog Post: Attracting More Women and Minorities to Technology Careers: An Intern's Perspective

    As many of you know by now, I am super passionate about how we are going to double the number of women and ethnic minorities in computer science and informatics across the world. As part of my efforts to take on this achievable but daunting task, I have hired two outstanding women (who are pursuing their...
  • Blog Post: A Time(line) for Reflection

    AIDS. Like many people, I was aware of the disease but had only a basic understanding of the history and impact of the AIDS pandemic. That all changed for me, thanks to my involvement in the AIDS Quilt Project . My name is Madison Allen, and I’m a recent graduate of the University of California...
  • Blog Post: A Quilt, a Map, and a Few Good Apps

    As I was preparing to travel to Washington, D.C., for the 2012 exhibition of the AIDS Quilt and the International AIDS Conference, it occurred to me that this journey began a little less than a year ago, in nearly the same spot. I first learned about the AIDS Quilt project from Brett Bobley , CIO of...
  • Blog Post: On the Road with ChronoZoom

    It’s been a busy month for the ChronoZoom team, as we’ve zoomed (literally) around the world promoting this amazing tool. For those of you who are coming in late, here’s a little background: ChronoZoom is an open-source community project dedicated to visualizing the history of everything...
  • Blog Post: Summit Illuminates Computer Science Research in Latin America

    I’m back home after an exciting and inspiring Microsoft Research Latin American Faculty Summit , which took place in the Riviera Maya, Mexico, from May 23 to 25. The 2012 Latin American Faculty Summit marked the eighth edition of a research event that started as my “brainchild” in 2005...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Latin American Faculty Summit: A Walk on the Intellectual Beach

    The weather is warm and balmy along Mexico’s renowned Riviera Maya, the venue for the 2012 Microsoft Research Latin American Faculty Summit . I’m sure my friends would tell me to get outside, walk along the beach, and think peaceful thoughts. Great suggestions, but I find myself drawn indoors...
  • Blog Post: Open Data for Open Science—an Eye-Opening Event

    Punctuating the gray skies and rain that typify spring in the Pacific Northwest, the first week of April brought a sunny gathering of data scientists and engineers from multiple disciplines to Microsoft’s Redmond campus, where the second annual Open Data for Open Science workshop, or ODOS2012 ...
  • Blog Post: Presenting the History of Everything

    Today, March 14—Einstein’s birthday no less—marks the release of the beta version of an incredible new tool for the study of history: ChronoZoom . This powerful open-source tool, a joint effort of the University of California, Berkeley ; Moscow State University ; the Outercurve Foundation...
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