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Two Programs Honored for Bringing ­nderrepresented Groups into Mathematics

The American Mathematical Society is honoring two programs that do an outstanding job of bringing more individuals from underrepresented minority groups into the...

Rensselaer Launches the First ­.s. ­ndergraduate Web Science Degree Program
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Rensselaer Launches the First ­.s. ­ndergraduate Web Science Degree Program

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has launched the nation's first undergraduate degree program devoted to the emerging interdisciplinary field of Web Science.

From Chalk To Bytes: The Digital Classroom
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From Chalk To Bytes: The Digital Classroom

Colleges and universities are experimenting with different ways to connect students and teachers. More than 200 institutions are using open-source software created...

Survey: ­.s. Women and Minority Scientists Often Discouraged From Pursuing STEM Careers
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Survey: ­.s. Women and Minority Scientists Often Discouraged From Pursuing STEM Careers

A lack of quality science and math education programs, persistent stereotypes, and financial issues related to the cost of education are the top three causes for...

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Can the Iphone Save Higher Education?

Abilene Christian University's Mobile Learning project seeks to evaluate the potential of personal digital devices and social networks to transform teaching and...

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Initiative Grants Access to STEM Curriculum

A program to help enhance American Indian students' achievement in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields has been developed by the...

Spies Among Us?
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Spies Among Us?

Governments' practice of electronic surveillance—and the growing use of warrantless wiretapping—has observers deeply concerned.

Robots Gear Up For Disaster Response
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Robots Gear Up For Disaster Response

After 15 years of research, robots for search and rescue may be nearing prime time.

Move to Incorporate Computing in Math Curriculum
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Move to Incorporate Computing in Math Curriculum

The first official public draft of the Common Core State Standards Initiative's K-12 standards has been released. 

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Silicon Valley Loses Foreign Talent

Silicon Valley is losing more foreign-born executives, engineers, and scientists due to better opportunities in their native countries, tough U.S. immigration laws...

Creating Apps Just For Cars
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Creating Apps Just For Cars

Ford Motor Co. is working with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Microsoft to offer a computer science and engineering course in which Michigan students...

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U.s. Asks Colleges to Enhance the Nation's Internet Capacity

The U.S. government wants colleges and universities to help bring ultra high-speed Internet access to more communities. The proposal is part of a federal blueprint...

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Women in It: How to Combat Misconceptions

Experts say the information technology (IT) industry needs to start appealing to women at a younger age to encourage more of them to choose it as a career. 

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Msu Programmers Develop Land Mine Avoidance Game

Michigan State University (MSU) instructors and students are fine-tuning a computer video game designed to help unsuspecting children avoid land mines and other...

Teens Win $630,000 in 2010 Intel Science Talent Search
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Teens Win $630,000 in 2010 Intel Science Talent Search

Intel Science Talent Search 2010, a program of Society for Science & the Public, announced its top 10 winners in Washington, DC. Winners received $630,000 in awards...

Nsf Seeks New Approach to Helping Minority Students in Science
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Nsf Seeks New Approach to Helping Minority Students in Science

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) programs that assist specific racial and ethnic groups would be consolidated under a new proposal from the agency. 

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Race Matters

Black college instructors play a significant role in encouraging black science students to persist as science majors, according to a study by Cornell University...

Emotional Computer Tutor Improves Girls' Math Scores
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Emotional Computer Tutor Improves Girls' Math Scores

Students in Massachusetts will help fine-tune a computer-based, emotionally perceptive mathematics tutoring software developed by University of Massachusetts Amherst...

Assessing the State of ­.s. Science and Engineering
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Assessing the State of ­.s. Science and Engineering

Physicist Louis Lanzerotti, chairman of the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators committee, says the board's recent report to the White House...

Wide Web of Diversions Gets Laptops Evicted from Lecture Halls
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Wide Web of Diversions Gets Laptops Evicted from Lecture Halls

On a windy morning in downtown Washington, a hundred Georgetown Law students gathered in a hall for David Cole's lecture on democracy and coercion. The desks were...
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