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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.


IBM Establishes First Quantum Education, Research Initiative for Historically Black Colleges, Universities
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IBM Establishes First Quantum Education, Research Initiative for Historically Black Colleges, Universities

IBM announced its first IBM Quantum education and research initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), led by Howard University and 12 other...

Amazon to Provide Computer Science Education for Over 550,000 K-12 Students Annually
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Amazon to Provide Computer Science Education for Over 550,000 K-12 Students Annually

Amazon Future Engineer also launched the Amazon Cyber Robotics Challenge, a coding competition that teaches the basics of computer science in the context of a real...

ACM Study Gives Most Detailed Picture to Date of U.S. Bachelor's Programs in Computing
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ACM Study Gives Most Detailed Picture to Date of U.S. Bachelor's Programs in Computing

ACM's eighth annual Study of Non-Doctoral Granting Departments in Computing offers a sweeping assessment of undergraduate computing education.

Minding the Gaps
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Minding the Gaps

Boosting diversity in the computer science field remains a challenge even after years of effort. A growing focus on universities may deliver results.

Coding with Wonder Woman: Microsoft Project to Educate the Next Generation of Programmers
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Coding with Wonder Woman: Microsoft Project to Educate the Next Generation of Programmers

In partnership with NASA, Smithsonian Learning Labs, and others, the lessons use space exploration, museums, and popular movies to teach the principles of programming...

A Science Is Born
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A Science Is Born

The "yeasty" times" when computer research grew at Harvard University, five decades ago.

Challenge to Scientists: Does Your Ten-Year-Old Code Still Run?
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Challenge to Scientists: Does Your Ten-Year-Old Code Still Run?

Missing documentation and obsolete environments force participants in the Ten Years Reproducibility Challenge to get creative.

With Virtual Reality, Caregivers Can Become Patients
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With Virtual Reality, Caregivers Can Become Patients

Carrie Shaw's struggle with her mother's dementia led her to create a company that allows users to experience the struggles of growing older.

U.K. Used an Algorithm to Estimate Exam Results; The Calculations Favored Elites
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U.K. Used an Algorithm to Estimate Exam Results; The Calculations Favored Elites

The British government has changed its strategy of using an algorithm to estimate how students would have performed on A-level college admissions exams after results...

Millions Have Lost Jobs in the Pandemic – Robots and AI Are Replacing Them
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Millions Have Lost Jobs in the Pandemic – Robots and AI Are Replacing Them

The pandemic has prompted more companies to replace workers with robots and artificial intelligence to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace and lower...

Back to School? Look Out for Covid-Tracking Surveillance Tech
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Back to School? Look Out for Covid-Tracking Surveillance Tech

Surveillance technology deployed in schools to prevent or contain coronavirus infection raises issues about its effectiveness, as well as its post-pandemic applications...

Mentoring Program Aims to Create Israel's Next Leading Cyber Experts
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Mentoring Program Aims to Create Israel's Next Leading Cyber Experts

A national mentoring program in Israel aims to encourage girls currently enrolled in technologically oriented classes in school to pursue positions in the field...

 ‘Ethically troubling.’ University Reopening Plans Put Professors, Students on Edge
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‘Ethically troubling.’ University Reopening Plans Put Professors, Students on Edge

Universities across the United States are grappling with how to reopen safely amid a pandemic.

University Reopening Plans Under Fire
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University Reopening Plans Under Fire

Hundreds of universities across the United States are poised to reopen their campuses this fall with a mix of online and in-person courses. Academics are dismayed...

Are We Addicted to Technology?
From Communications of the ACM

Are We Addicted to Technology?

Experts agree technology causes some negative behaviors, but they are divided on how bad the problem is.

Partnering With AI
From ACM News

Partnering With AI

Human-machine interaction gets a fresh look.

Google Announces 100,000 Scholarships for Online Certificates in Data Analytics, Project Management, UX
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Google Announces 100,000 Scholarships for Online Certificates in Data Analytics, Project Management, UX

Google has launched new online certificate programs in data analytics, project management, and user experience design, through the online learning platform Coursera...

Tech to Contain Coronavirus on College Campuses Sparks Fresh Privacy Concerns
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Tech to Contain Coronavirus on College Campuses Sparks Fresh Privacy Concerns

U.S. colleges are racing to contain the Covid-19 pandemic with technology including contact-tracing applications and facial recognition, prompting concerns about...

Tech Sector Job Interviews Assess Anxiety, Not Skills
From ACM TechNews

Tech Sector Job Interviews Assess Anxiety, Not Skills

Researchers have found that technical interviews for many software engineering positions do not focus on whether the candidate is competent at coding, but whether...
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