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Which Colleges Are Best and Worst for Women in Computer Science?
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Which Colleges Are Best and Worst for Women in Computer Science?

An analysis of U.S. Department of Education data found only four colleges in the United States with at least 50 bachelor's degree recipients in computer science...

Researchers Open Repository For 'dark Data'
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Researchers Open Repository For 'dark Data'

The U.S. National Science Foundation is funding an effort to develop a one-stop shop to house researchers' data sets after they publish their papers. 

What Is Being Learned From Moocs? New Report Takes Stock
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What Is Being Learned From Moocs? New Report Takes Stock

A new report released this week lays out the current state of research into massive open online courses. 

Rethinking Low Completion Rates in Moocs
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Rethinking Low Completion Rates in Moocs

A researcher wants to provide greater clarity about low completion rates for massively open online courses by examining the intent of those who sign up. 

Technology Group Promises Scientists Their Own Clouds (the Data Kind)
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Technology Group Promises Scientists Their Own Clouds (the Data Kind)

The nonprofit Internet2 organization is now offering researchers the opportunity to create clouds that will be connected by its network. 

International Reach of MOOCs Is Limited by ­sers' Preferences
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International Reach of MOOCs Is Limited by ­sers' Preferences

Speakers at Transatlantic Science Week note that massive open online courses (MOOCs) might democratize higher education globally, but significant progress would...

A Reboot in Recruiting Women Into Computer Science
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A Reboot in Recruiting Women Into Computer Science

U.S. government agencies, universities, and technology companies have contributed tens of millions of dollars to increase the number of female computer scientists...

College Degrees, Designed By the Numbers
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College Degrees, Designed By the Numbers

Colleges are starting to tap opportunities inherent in big data, using insights mined from information about students' performance to tailor courses and degrees...

Online Classes See Cheating Go High-Tech
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Online Classes See Cheating Go High-Tech

As online classes grow in popularity, the issue of online cheating also may grow in prominence unless courses are designed carefully.  

­. of Florida Dean Proposes to Save Money By Revising Faculty Jobs to Focus on Teaching, Not Research
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­. of Florida Dean Proposes to Save Money By Revising Faculty Jobs to Focus on Teaching, Not Research

The University of Florida College of Engineering is proposing to revise the assignments of some of its tenured faculty in the computer science department to focus...

Scholars Seek Better Ways to Track Impact Online
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Scholars Seek Better Ways to Track Impact Online

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have developed a system that aims to measure Web-driven scholarly interactions, such as how often research...

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Online Game Teaches Citation Skills

A new online game turns collecting citations into a competitive event for students. BiblioBouts enables students to judge the relevance and credibility of sources...

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Civil-Rights Panel Weighs in on Where Minorities Fare Best in STEM Fields

A recently released report that examined minority students' pursuit of degrees found that admissions preferences based on race led to more minority students giving...

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American ­niversities See Decline in Foreigners Earning Science Doctorates

The number of doctorates in science and engineering granted by U.S. universities rose 1.9 percent last year, but the number of foreigners earning advanced degrees...

Robot Teachers Are the Latest E-Learning Tool
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Robot Teachers Are the Latest E-Learning Tool

Korea Institute of Science and Technology researchers are building robots to provide English instruction to schoolchildren. The researchers say the goal is to...

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Computer Scientists Cry Foul Over Data Problems in Nrc Rankings

The National Research Council's use of a computerized methodology to rank computing research doctoral programs at the behest of the Computing Research Association...

In New Project, Russian ­niversities Tap American Expertise in Tech Transfer
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In New Project, Russian ­niversities Tap American Expertise in Tech Transfer

The Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity initiative to promote stronger linkages between Russian academe and industry could help Russian universities...

Black Computer Scientists in Academe: An Endangered Species?
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Black Computer Scientists in Academe: An Endangered Species?

African-Americans account for just 1.3 percent of computer science faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, and only 1.6 percent of computer science doctorate...

The Humanities Go Google
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The Humanities Go Google

Stanford University's Literature Lab attempts to probe the evolution of literary style by using computer algorithms to sort, interrogate, and interpret some 1,000...

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Effort Will Help Libraries Put Academic Papers in Data 'cloud'

The nonprofit DuraSpace organization is developing software that would make it easier for librarians to set up off-site storage repositories in the computing cloud...
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