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Meet the Secret Algorithm That's Keeping Students Out of College
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Meet the Secret Algorithm That's Keeping Students Out of College

The International Baccalaureate program canceled its high-stakes exam because of Covid-19. The formula it used to "predict" scores puzzles students and teachers...

NSF Reveals First Details on Foreign-Influence Investigations
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NSF Reveals First Details on Foreign-Influence Investigations

The U.S. National Science Foundation has taken action in 16-to-20 individual cases, most involving "very well-known academics," in which foreign ties were not properly...

Harvard and M.I.T. Sue to Stop Trump Visa Rules for Foreign Students
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Harvard and M.I.T. Sue to Stop Trump Visa Rules for Foreign Students

Universities opposed a policy that would require students to take at least one in-person class or be denied permission to study in the U.S.

Academic Achievement Isn't Why There Are More Men Than Women Majoring in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science
From ACM TechNews

Academic Achievement Isn't Why There Are More Men Than Women Majoring in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science

New York University researchers found that higher academic achievement among men is not the underlying reason for more men than women majoring in science fields...

Body of Knowledge
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Body of Knowledge

Some medical schools are turning to virtual reality to enable students to learn from cadaver dissection.

Before These Astronauts Take Starliner to Space, They're Training in VR
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Before These Astronauts Take Starliner to Space, They're Training in VR

Crew members for the Boeing CST-100 Starliner are training for pre-launch, docking, and landing using a new virtual reality system.

The Quantum Threat
From Communications of the ACM

The Quantum Threat

Cryptographers are developing algorithms to ensure security in a world of quantum computing.

For a Day, Scientists Pause Science to Confront Racism
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For a Day, Scientists Pause Science to Confront Racism

Scholars said they would not hold classes or lectures on Wednesday, and leading journals and scientific associations said they would not announce most breakthroughs...

Don’t Kid Yourself: Online Lectures Are Here to Stay
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Don’t Kid Yourself: Online Lectures Are Here to Stay

The economic forces are too powerful for virtual instruction to go away after the pandemic. The important question is who will benefit financially, a Cornell economist...

Hiring from the Autism Spectrum
From Communications of the ACM

Hiring from the Autism Spectrum

Companies increasingly are looking to hire people who are on the autism spectrum to fill IT roles.

Pandemic Spike in AI Learning--and What It Means For Schools
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Pandemic Spike in AI Learning--and What It Means For Schools

The learning platform edX has seen its enrollments increase tenfold while its computer science offerings increase ninefold over the past few months, fueled by the...

Trump Administration Weighs Suspending Program for Foreign Students
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Trump Administration Weighs Suspending Program for Foreign Students

The Trump administration may suspend OPT, a program for foreign students to stay in the U.S. to get 1 or 2 years of occupational training after their educations...

Women CS Graduates Surpass Record Set 17 Years Ago
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Women CS Graduates Surpass Record Set 17 Years Ago

But percentages lag behind.

Keeping Online Testing Honest? Or an Orwellian Overreach?
From ACM News

Keeping Online Testing Honest? Or an Orwellian Overreach?

The rise of proctoring software to deter cheating alarms privacy advocates. Some students and professors find it invasive, too.

My Battle with COVID-19
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My Battle with COVID-19

Azer Bestavros, associate provost for computing and data sciences at Boston University, describes the toll his month-long ordeal with the coronavirus took on his...

Body Swap
From ACM News

Body Swap

Augmented Reality systems allow you to learn by embodying an expert.

AI Enables Teachers to Rapidly Develop Intelligent Tutoring Systems
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AI Enables Teachers to Rapidly Develop Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have created an artificial intelligence-based technique to help educators rapidly develop intelligent computerized tutoring...

Programming Languages: Kotlin Rises Fastest but JavaScript Lures Millions More Developers
From ACM TechNews

Programming Languages: Kotlin Rises Fastest but JavaScript Lures Millions More Developers

Kotlin has been the fastest-growing programming language over the past two years, according to developer analyst SlashData.

COBOL Programmers are Back In Demand. Seriously.
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COBOL Programmers are Back In Demand. Seriously.

States race to upgrade their legacy mainframe systems to meet the cascade of unemployment claims caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Silicon Valley is Racing to Build the Next Version of the Internet. Fortnite Might Get There First.
From ACM News

Silicon Valley is Racing to Build the Next Version of the Internet. Fortnite Might Get There First.

In recent years, there's been serious talk about how to build the Metaverse, the next version of the Internet, and who will build it first.
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