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Merage Foundation Gives Technion $12 Million to Start Mba Program

The Andre and Katherine Merage Foundation of Southern California has given the American Technion Society a $12 million gift to start a business school at Israel's...

­.S. Tech Education Push Gets a New Techie Weapon
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­.S. Tech Education Push Gets a New Techie Weapon

Raytheon recently presented an open source computer simulation and modeling program designed to improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education...

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Americans See Science as Lagging Here

Both the American public and researchers have a high regard for scientific advancement. But they disagree over the standing of science in the U.S. A full 84 percent...

Scientist Shortage? Maybe Not
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Scientist Shortage? Maybe Not

The predictions are dire, the language grim: Looming shortfalls. Gathering storm. Disturbing mosaic. It's not the economy or global warming. It's the coming shortage...

Breaking Down the Gender Barrier
From ACM TechNews

Breaking Down the Gender Barrier

A recent ACM survey of more than 1,400 college-bound high school students found that 45 percent of boys see a computer science major as a "very good" choice, but...

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Emc Aims to Tap the Best Brains in Computer Science

Even though EMC Corp. makes some of the world's most advanced data-storage gear, the Hopkinton, Mass. company is going back to school. Late last month, EMC unveiled...

'mixed Reality' Human Helps Medical Students Learn to Do Intimate Exams
From ACM TechNews

'mixed Reality' Human Helps Medical Students Learn to Do Intimate Exams

The University of Florida is using a life-sized computer avatar on a flat screen and a mannequin with prosthetic body parts to teach medical students how to perform...

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Nurturing a Love of Math, Sciences

Experts are concerned that not enough teachers who can arouse passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in public school students are...

Motorola Funds Workshop to Inspire Tomorrow's Innovators
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Motorola Funds Workshop to Inspire Tomorrow's Innovators

The Anita Borg Institute (ABI) for Women and Technology recently announced that the Motorola Foundation has awarded the institute a $30,560 Innovation Generation...

Study Shows Pervasive Bias Linking Males More Than Females With Science
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Study Shows Pervasive Bias Linking Males More Than Females With Science

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that implicit stereotypes, thoughts that people are unwilling to express...

Graduate Science Enrollment Rises, Bringing More Diversity
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Graduate Science Enrollment Rises, Bringing More Diversity

Enrollment in graduate science and engineering (S&E) programs has risen to new levels, including greater percentages of non-White ethnic groups and women, according...

Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?
From Communications of the ACM

Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?

Computer technology has enhanced lives in countless ways, but some experts believe it might be affecting people's ability to think deeply.

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Cifellows Status Report

The Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows) Project has received 526 applications for CIFellowships from 145 distinct colleges and universities. The applications...

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Report Calls For Grassroots But Comprehensive Changes

A $1.5 million study from the Carnegie Corp. of New York focuses on weaknesses in U.S. math and science education. The report calls for more comprehensive math...

Researchers Mull STEM Gender Gap
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Researchers Mull STEM Gender Gap

Studies indicate that although U.S. women have achieved parity or near-parity with men on science and math achievement tests, the top levels of many such fields...

Community Colleges Mobilize to Train Cybersecurity Workers
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Community Colleges Mobilize to Train Cybersecurity Workers

Some experts project that the Obama administration's cybersecurity push will expand two-year colleges' role in supplying cybersecurity workers to government agencies...

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Nanotechnology Conference Is Full of Big Ideas

From solar panels to electric circuitry, the next big thing may be really tiny. Global leaders in nanotechnology — the science of the very, very small — spent two...

Web Sites That ­se the Spoken Word Will Empower the Illiterate
From ACM TechNews

Web Sites That ­se the Spoken Word Will Empower the Illiterate

A variety of advancements have been made in Internet technology in the past few years, but the Internet continues to reinforce a fundamental division between those...

Bringing Girls and Boys to Computer Science With 'alice'
From ACM TechNews

Bringing Girls and Boys to Computer Science With 'alice'

An animation program called Alice, developed by the late Randy Pausch of Carnegie Mellon University, is being used by computer scientists around the country to...

North Korea Tries to Ramp Up Tech Infrastructure
From ACM News

North Korea Tries to Ramp Up Tech Infrastructure

North Korea is trying to stimulate its dire economic fortunes by slowly opening its economy to foreign business. Investors now have an ally in Kim Jong Il, who...
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