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Berkeley Lab Gets $62m to Build Blazing Ethernet Network

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been awarded $62 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to...

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Rutgers ­niversity in Newark to Lead Nine-School Consortium to Double Minority Students Majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Rutgers University in Newark is leading the Garden State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (GS-LSAMP), a $5 million, five-year, multiple-school project...

Computer Science Courses on the Decline
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Computer Science Courses on the Decline

A decline in U.S. high school computer science (CS) courses is indicated by the Computer Science Teachers Association's (CSTA's) 2009 National Secondary Computer...

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Call For Debate on Autonomous Military Robots

BBC NewsAs robots are increasingly used in warfare, civilian lives will be put at greater and greater risk, according to University of Sheffield professor NoelView...

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Research Findings Contradict Myth of High Engineering Dropout Rate

Research indicates that engineering does not have a higher dropout rate than other majors and women's persistence in the discipline is equal to men's, according...

Cornell's Robotic Submarine Wins International Competition
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Cornell's Robotic Submarine Wins International Competition

Months of meticulous testing, refining and retesting has paid off for Cornell University's Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team. With a flawless 11.5-minute run through...

Internet Society Honors CSNET Designers
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Internet Society Honors CSNET Designers

The Internet Society has honored the designers of an early computer network with its 2009 Jonathan B. Postel Service Award. The University of Wisconsin-Madison's...

Wiring Rural America: Which Technology Is Best?
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Wiring Rural America: Which Technology Is Best?

Reaching the most remote rural customers with high-speed Internet access can be prohibitively expensive. Consider the case of Hill Country Telephone Cooperative...

A Portrait of STEM Majors
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A Portrait of STEM Majors

A new report from the U.S. Education Department delves into how young students fare when they pursue science and technology degrees in college. The report, "Students...

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Semantic Technologies Could Link ­p ­k Learning

The United Kingdom should use Semantic Web technologies to link up its education system, according to a new report from researchers at the University of Southampton's...

Summer Program Opens High-Tech World to Deaf Students
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Summer Program Opens High-Tech World to Deaf Students

The University of Washington's (UW's) Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Computing, funded by the National Science Foundation, aims to diversity...

Chicago Program Targets 12th Grade Science and Math For College Success
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Chicago Program Targets 12th Grade Science and Math For College Success

A $5 million National Science Foundation grant awarded to five Chicago area universities and the Chicago Public Schools will train high school teacher leaders on...

Engineering Labs Going Online as Part of Remote Controlled Learning Program
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Engineering Labs Going Online as Part of Remote Controlled Learning Program

Montana State University (MSU) computer engineering students will soon be able to control laboratory equipment through their home computers. A two-year, $148,000...

Program Helps Faculty Members Develop Improved Security Assurance Programs
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Program Helps Faculty Members Develop Improved Security Assurance Programs

Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab and Information Networking Institute (INI) are hosting several faculty members for the annual Information Assurance Capacity...

Mentornet Provides Success and Service
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Mentornet Provides Success and Service

Michigan Technological University's (MTU's) MentorNet program matches students and new educators with mentors in either educational or professional positions to...

A Contest to Train Cyber Combatants
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A Contest to Train Cyber Combatants

A consortium that includes the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the SANS Institute, and the U.S. Department of Defense aims to cultivate a new generation...

Government Is Falling Behind on Cybersecurity, Report Finds
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Government Is Falling Behind on Cybersecurity, Report Finds

A report released by the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton has found that the U.S. federal government is falling behind in its efforts to protect...

Mobile Computing Task Force: Making the Way For Mobile Learning
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Mobile Computing Task Force: Making the Way For Mobile Learning

"I am helping to change the classroom." That's what Mike Dickson told his grandmother during a telephone conversation when she asked what he did for a living. Dickson...

Asu Summer Research Internship Exposes Middle School Students to Robotics, Complex Data Collection
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Asu Summer Research Internship Exposes Middle School Students to Robotics, Complex Data Collection

A discovery-based, three-day workshop at Arizona State University (ASU) for junior high school students aims to get young adults interested in science, technology...

Seeking Advice on Women in Science
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Seeking Advice on Women in Science

A hearing of the U.S. House Committee on Science and Technology's Subcommittee on Research and Science Education concluded that while the scientific and engineering...
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