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Report: Reforming STEM Ed at Research Universities
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Report: Reforming STEM Ed at Research Universities

Instructional methods for science, technology, engineering, and math undergraduate programs must change with education research, according to a new report.

CRISPR Pioneer Muses about Long Journey from China to Pinnacle of American Science
From ACM Opinion

CRISPR Pioneer Muses about Long Journey from China to Pinnacle of American Science

Feng Zhang occupies a corner office on the 10th floor of the gleaming, modern biotechnology palace called the Broad Institute.

What News-Writing Bots Mean for the Future of Journalism
From ACM News

What News-Writing Bots Mean for the Future of Journalism

When Republican Steve King beat back Democratic challenger Kim Weaver in the race for Iowa's 4th congressional district seat in November, The Washington Post snapped...

STEM Grads' Pay Likely to Be Highest Among Class of 2017
From ACM TechNews

STEM Grads' Pay Likely to Be Highest Among Class of 2017

Employers expect Class of 2017 graduates with bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will earn the highest average starting salaries...

Pushing Boundaries
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Pushing Boundaries

The recent Women in Data Science Conference provided a forum for female data scientists to discuss a range of topics in the field.

Yale Will Rename Calhoun College to Honor 'Trailblazing' Alum Grace Murray Hopper
From ACM News

Yale Will Rename Calhoun College to Honor 'Trailblazing' Alum Grace Murray Hopper

Hopper was an early computer scientist who foresaw the importance technology would have in daily life.

NASA, UCI Reveal New Details of Greenland Ice Loss
From ACM News

NASA, UCI Reveal New Details of Greenland Ice Loss

Less than a year after the first research flight kicked off NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland campaign last March, data from the new program are providing a dramatic...

The AI Threat Isn't Skynet. It's the End of the Middle Class
From ACM Opinion

The AI Threat Isn't Skynet. It's the End of the Middle Class

In February 1975, a group of geneticists gathered in a tiny town on the central coast of California to decide if their work would bring about the end of the world...

New Algorithms May Revolutionize Drug Discoveries—and Our Understanding of Life
From ACM News

New Algorithms May Revolutionize Drug Discoveries—and Our Understanding of Life

A new set of machine learning algorithms that can generate three-dimensional structures of tiny protein molecules may revolutionize the development of drug therapies...

Tech vs. Trump War Over Immigration Intensifies
From ACM Careers

Tech vs. Trump War Over Immigration Intensifies

Shortly after his election victory, Donald Trump assembled executives from tech giants including Amazon, Apple and Google for a meeting at Trump Tower meant to...

Computing Conference to Celebrate 50 Years of Turing Award
From ACM TechNews

Computing Conference to Celebrate 50 Years of Turing Award

ACM has announced it will celebrate 50 years of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, also known as the "Nobel Prize of Computing," with a high-profile conference to be held...

China's Intelligent Weaponry Gets Smarter
From ACM News

China's Intelligent Weaponry Gets Smarter

Robert O. Work, the veteran defense official retained as deputy secretary by President Trump, calls them his "A.I. dudes."

UM Researchers Awarded for Using Big Data in Medical Studies
From ACM TechNews

UM Researchers Awarded for Using Big Data in Medical Studies

The University of Michigan is receiving $3 million in funding from the Michigan Institute for Data Sciences to support three projects that will address issues in...

Army, Industry Computer Scientists Gather for 'Hackathon'
From ACM TechNews

Army, Industry Computer Scientists Gather for 'Hackathon'

Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Network Science Collaborative Technology Alliance (NSCTA) recently held the first hackathon at the Adelphi Laboratory...

NCSES Publishes Latest Women, Minorities, and Persons With Disabilities in Science and Engineering Report
From ACM TechNews

NCSES Publishes Latest Women, Minorities, and Persons With Disabilities in Science and Engineering Report

The U.S. National Science Foundation's National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics has published a report quantifying the underrepresentation of women...

CSU Professor Starts Club to Combat Stereotypes Against Women in Computer Sciences
From ACM TechNews

CSU Professor Starts Club to Combat Stereotypes Against Women in Computer Sciences

The computer science program at Colorado State University is making a concentrated effort to attract female students and create a more diverse and welcoming environment...

Berkeley Launches RISELab, Enabling Computers to Make Intelligent Real-Time Decisions
From ACM TechNews

Berkeley Launches RISELab, Enabling Computers to Make Intelligent Real-Time Decisions

The University of California, Berkeley recently launched the RISELab, which  aims to improve how machines make intelligent decisions based on real-time input.

Inside the 20-Year Quest to Build Computers That Play Poker
From ACM News

Inside the 20-Year Quest to Build Computers That Play Poker

Four of the best professional poker players in the world spent most of January holed up at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, losing.

Tech Scrambles After Trump Issues Immigration Order
From ACM News

Tech Scrambles After Trump Issues Immigration Order

President Donald Trump's broad executive order to restrict visas and refugees particularly from Muslim countries left tech giants like Apple, Facebook, Google and...

Brief Interventions Help Online Learners Persist With Coursework, Stanford Research Finds
From ACM TechNews

Brief Interventions Help Online Learners Persist With Coursework, Stanford Research Finds

Assuring learners from less-developed countries they belong and affirming their core values can help them succeed in massive open online courses, according to a...
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