The UO's Zena Ariola received this year's ACM SIGPLAN Distinguished Service Award. SIGPLAN is the ACM's Special Interest Group in Programing LANguages: comprised of programming language developers, educators, implementers, researchers, theoreticians, and users, the group supports numerous conferences and publications exploring the design, implementation, practice, and theory of programming languages and tools. As a recognition of outstanding value and degree of service to the Programming Languages Community, this award is decided by a nomination and committee selection each year.
This year's award cites Professor Ariola's role in establishing and running OPLSS (the Oregon Programming Languages Summer School) as "an enormous contribution to the field of programming languages." Running annually for over 15 years, the school now sets the de facto base-line for educating graduate Programming Languages students, maintaining an "extremely high" academic quality and close relevancy with current research. Under Professor Ariola's leadership, student participation and industrial support have grown drastically, culminating in an invaluable, ongoing, life-changing contribution to the PL community.
Read the award citation here.