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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


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Searching For STEM Success

Rural community colleges (CCs) have recently done much better than urban and suburban CCs in the percentage increase of associate degrees awarded to women and minorities...

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Study Confirms Wireless Computers Effective During Class

A recent Columbus State University study shows that students who consistently use laptops with interaction software to enhance or supplement their classroom notes...

Bringing Engineering to K-12 Classrooms
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Bringing Engineering to K-12 Classrooms

With support from the U.S. National Science Foundation, engineers from Tufts University are bringing engineering to young students through STOMP, the Student...

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Not Enough Students Take Advanced STEM Courses, Warns Iet

More students are taking advanced level science, technology and math in the United Kingdom, but the number is not enough to fill a skills shortage in time to prevent...

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Wikipedia Age Challenges Scholars

For professors, publishing in elite journals is an unavoidable part of university life. The grueling process of subjecting work to the up-or-down judgment of...

U.s. Funds Improve Broadband Connectivity to Foster Scientific Collaboration
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U.s. Funds Improve Broadband Connectivity to Foster Scientific Collaboration

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded $20 million to universities in 17 states to improve inter- and intra-campus cyber connectivity.

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Google Scholarship Program Kicks Off in China

Google hosted more than 130 Google Scholarship recipients at its Beijing office earlier this month. The undergraduate and graduate students in computer science...

ACM China Nearing Launch
From Communications of the ACM

ACM China Nearing Launch

ACM's expansion into China will support local professionals and increase Chinese involvement in ACM's international activities.

Degrees, Distance, and Dollars
From Communications of the ACM

Degrees, Distance, and Dollars

The Internet is making higher education accessible to a whole new class of students—but not necessarily at a lower cost.

Brains and Bytes
From Communications of the ACM

Brains and Bytes

Computational neuroscientists are learning that the brain is like a computer, except when it isn't.

For Pianist, Software Is Replacing Sonatas
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For Pianist, Software Is Replacing Sonatas

The pianist Robert Taub was puttering around the house one afternoon in 2004 while his teen-age daughter was practicing for a violin lesson—a Schubert sonatina...

Virtual Reality Tackles Tough Questions
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Virtual Reality Tackles Tough Questions

Virtual reality is allowing scientists to ask difficult questions about human behaviour that were previously not possible or were thought too unethical.

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Tech Guilt: 5 'persuasive' Technologies to Help You Be Good

Information is power, but does information—by itself—actually make people change their behavior?

Courses Charge Up Future Electric-Vehicle Engineers
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Courses Charge Up Future Electric-Vehicle Engineers

When Professor Mehdi Ferdowsi and Ph.D. student Andrew Meintz offered the inaugural class on electric and hybrid vehicles at Missouri University of Science and...

Senator Schumer: H-1b ­se ­ndercuts Pay, Discourages Tech Enrollments
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Senator Schumer: H-1b ­se ­ndercuts Pay, Discourages Tech Enrollments

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) says the H-1B visa program has created "multinational temp agencies" that undercut U.S. wages and discourage students from entering...

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Simplifying Computer Power Behind Phones, Medical Devices

University of Houston researchers are collaborating with chipmaker Texas Instruments to simplify the development of programmable multicore processors. 

New Paradigm For Scientific Publication and Peer Review
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New Paradigm For Scientific Publication and Peer Review

Scientific knowledge has been shared in the same way for centuries. A European research project advocates replacing papers and peer reviews with a new process inspired...

Wanted: Cybersecurity Pros
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Wanted: Cybersecurity Pros

Demand for a cybersecurity workforce is heavy, as U.S. federal agencies, contractors, and technology companies vie for a limited pool of qualified employees. 

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In a Video Game, Tackling the Complexities of Protein Folding

In a match that pitted video game players against the best known computer program designed for the task, the gamers outperformed the software in figuring out...

Are Female It Graduates Still ­nderrepresented?
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Are Female It Graduates Still ­nderrepresented?

The U.K.'s Higher Education Statistics Agency reports that the number of women studying computer science has fallen over the past five years, from 24 percent to...
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