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A View From the 2009 European Computer Science Summit

A recurring theme at Informatics Europe's recent European Computer Science Summit 2009, which took place Oct. 8-9 in Paris, was the concern that the European scientific...

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Industry Body Forming to Address IT Graduate Skills

A pilot group within the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is months away from creating a global IT education-focused body to address the needs of the industry. ...

Training to Climb an Everest of Digital Data
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Training to Climb an Everest of Digital Data

It is a rare criticism of elite American university students that they do not think big enough. But that is exactly the complaint from some of the largest technology...

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Trinity's Humanitarian Open Source Software Project Snags Major Grant

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded a two-year, $800,000 grant to the Humanitarian FOSS Project (HFOSS), a collaborative three-college program that...

Educational Alliance Gets Grant to Help Students With Disabilities Earn STEM Degrees
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Educational Alliance Gets Grant to Help Students With Disabilities Earn STEM Degrees

A $3 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation will help the Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in science, technology, engineering,...

IBM and ACM-Icpc Announce 'battle of the Brains' Software Competition
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IBM and ACM-Icpc Announce 'battle of the Brains' Software Competition

Student computer programmers from universities around the world will battle for a spot to attend the World Finals of the 34th annual ACM-International Collegiate...

Obama Awards National Science, Technology Medals
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Obama Awards National Science, Technology Medals

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama linked scientific discovery to helping the struggling economy Wednesday as he honored those who invented batteries for implanted...

Program Aims to Boost Interest in Technical Careers
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Program Aims to Boost Interest in Technical Careers

Michigan State University (MSU) is creating a program that will better prepare high school students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics...

Nobel Awarded For Advances in Harnessing Light
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Nobel Awarded For Advances in Harnessing Light

The mastery of light through technology was the theme of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics as the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences honored breakthroughs in fiber...

Rim and Nserc Invest in Queen's Expertise
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Rim and Nserc Invest in Queen's Expertise

Software engineering techniques for very large data systems will be the focus of research at Queen's University in Canada, which has received a $5 million investment...

After Losing ­sers in Catalogs, Libraries Find Better Search Software
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After Losing ­sers in Catalogs, Libraries Find Better Search Software

People are worried that library catalogs are in danger of marginalization because they present information online in a clunky, non-intuitive way that often frustrates...

Aid Agencies Turn to Open-Source Software
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Aid Agencies Turn to Open-Source Software

Wesleyan University and Trinity College students have developed Collabbit, software that acts as a virtual emergency response center. Collabbit serves as a central...

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Iits Strike Partnerships With Global ­niversities

Some of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are launching projects along with global universities to offer students and faculty more opportunities for collaborative...

Robots in Education
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Robots in Education

Robots are increasingly becoming ubiquitous in education. The Google Lunar X Prize, a $30 million contest to design a robot capable of traveling to the moon, is...

Louisiana Tech Receives Grant to Advance Women in Engineering, Science
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Louisiana Tech Receives Grant to Advance Women in Engineering, Science

The U.S. National Science Foundation's ADVANCE program has awarded Louisiana Tech University $736,500 for a four-year initiative called "Creating a Culture of Success...

Gaming Tech Aids Scientists Building Virtual Synthetic Chromatophore
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Gaming Tech Aids Scientists Building Virtual Synthetic Chromatophore

Researchers are relying on graphics processing units to help build a highly complex computer simulation depicting how chromatophore proteins create photosynthesis...

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Industry Body Forming to Address It Graduate Skills

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is creating the Open Web Education Alliance (OWEA), a new body designed to help ensure that educational institutions around...

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New Russian Top50 Supercomputers List Released

The Research Computing Center of Lomonosov at Moscow State University (MSU) and the RAS Joint Supercomputer Center have released the latest Top50 list of the most...

State Educators Call For Technology Investment
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State Educators Call For Technology Investment

In his first State of Education Address Thursday (Sept 24), Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers touched on budget cuts and problems...

Minority Students Needed in Math and Science to Combat 'brain Drain,' Professors Say
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Minority Students Needed in Math and Science to Combat 'brain Drain,' Professors Say

Three mathematics and science professors called on the U.S. government to support institutional programs that have succeeded in attracting and retaining minority...
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