Day 4: The Big Meeting Day

Today was the day of the big meeting. The sessions started at 9 am (we caught the bus at 8:30 am). John Impagliazzo welcomed us, then the administration of Qatar University, and then John White, CEO of ACM, told everyone about ACM and introduced Dame Dr. Wendy Hall, President of ACM. Wendy gave a great talk about Web Science:

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We had a break, then Andrew spoke about the Ed Board, and we started our panels. Slides from my panel, on Computing Education Research, are here.

Andrew McGettrick, ACM Ed Board Chair
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A sampling of other speakers
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I already blogged on the really interesting issues on women in CS in Qatar, and it's getting late here. I learned a lot today.

When we got back, MY CLOTHES WERE HERE! I had luggage! I quick threw on my swimsuit and jumped into the pool. It's even cooler than I realized, with all kind of rock ridges to sit on, and wading areas, and deep areas, with multiple pools and bridges (and little pools separate from the main ones). I showered and met everyone else up in the Club Room. We had dinner at the buffet at the Ritz which was amazing! Many of us said that we'd never had such a great buffet before. I had Hammoure (sp?) a local fish, sushi, chicken biryani, Irish lamb stew, tabbouleh, and a duck noodle soup. (It's a buffet – a spoonful of this, and a dab of that.) For dessert, I had Arabic "Om Ali" with strawberry ice cream on top – way better than the balsamic vinegar stuff of the night before.

All of us at dinner
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I then learned that you can go swimming in the Arabic Gulf here. (In the Gulf States, it's the Arabic Gulf. They say that "Persian Gulf" is an Iranian perspective.) So after dinner, I went hunting for the path down to the pier. There's no beach, but there is a dock. I dipped my foot into the Gulf, just to say that I did. Then, believe it or not, it started to rain! Only a few drops (I could see them on the water and felt a few), so I walked back through the pools, and came in to do my blogging and pictures.

Tomorrow, we have a morning meeting on Ed Board business, then go visit Education City where CMU Qatar is, and then visit a Souq, an old-style shopping district. Probably a lot different than my shopping trip yesterday!