Saturday, December 19, 2015

TECH Dozens -- Week Ending Saturday 12/19/15

Last update: Sunday 12/20/15 @ 2:30 pm
This week's cover = photo from tweet about Star Wars: The Force Awakens ... Other top stories = California proposes that all self-driving cars have licensed humans in the drivers seats  ... and Clinton-Sanders-DNC data snafu & apology

The Digital Learning Lab's favorite tweets about how HBCUs and other organizations are promoting skills that yield more diverse employment opportunities and more diverse entrepreneurial opportunities in information technology (#DiversityInTech) ... plus tweets about significant innovations in Ed Tech and Info Tech ... Big news, interesting stories, insightful comments, and good reads ... for the week ending Saturday 12/19/15.


A. HBCUs | B. Ed Tech | C. Info Tech | D. Hackers | E. Views  

... Old TECH Dozens ...  Calendar ... TECH 2014 ...


Cover Story ... Star Wars ... the movie & the lightsaber +++++++++
  1. Why 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' is a must-see ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Wired, Gizmodo, Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Bloomberg,
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  1. New Chrome experiment turns your phone into a Star Wars lightsaber by ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by TechCrunch, The Verge, Business Insider, Mashable ... and Chrome ... :-)
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DLL Editor's notes: 
... Today's edition is the last TECH Dozens in 2015 
... First edition in 2016 on Sunday 1/10/16 
... Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!!! ... :-)



A. HBCUs ... Dozen

  1. OpEd: Why Justice Scalia was Wrong about Black Scientists
  1. 64 HBCU students went to Silicon Valley
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Grants, awards, contracts, donations ... 

  1. HU students receive scholarships from Apple, Inc. Diversity Initiative
  1. - Taha has been awarded a one-year college scholarship totaling up $25,000 ...
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  1. His scholarship has contributed to his prize-winning research in tomato genetics. More:
  1. Ford Awards $100,000 in 2015 HBCU Community Challenge: Ford has announced that Clark Atlanta Univer...   ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by HBCU Lifestyle
  1. Savannah State leads the way in marine mammal science research.
  1. : DOD Funds Bio-sensor Research at NCCU - North Carolina Central University has received a $188,798 gr...
  1. TSU was a top recipient of this year's U.S. Department of Agriculture capacity grant allocation. Read more at
  1. Lincoln University of Missouri was recently awarded two grants totaling over $500,000 from the United States...
B. Ed Tech ... Dozen + 2
  1. Putting a bigger focus on human elements that can make or break team interdiscip. science
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  1. We’re launching EdSurge for Higher Ed. Tell us what you want us to know as we get started:
  1. New Study Fuels Debate Over ‘Mismatch’ Theory in Race-Conscious Admissions via
  1. Digital learning innovator works to reimagine future of education. Who she met that convinced her digital was the...
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  1. Why Uncle Sam Is All About Fun, Games and Funding Games (and how you can get some $)
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MOOCs, online, blended ...
  1. Class Central's Best Online Courses of 2015
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  1. "Make online courses more appealing/accessible to lower-income students" says
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  1. Trends in 2015: The Death of Free Certificates
  1. Georgia Tech and Udacity MOOC Degree: Missing targets but still worth watching via e-Literate
  1. "I think Georgia Tech treated us as real students."
  1. We're partnering with to offer 3 new programs. ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by VentureBeat, Business Insider
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  1. 4 Penn State Projects to Explore Online Innovation in Teaching and Learning
C. Info Tech ... Issues in the broader technical environment that impact teaching, learning, research, hackers, and entrepreneurs ... Dozen + 6

Top Story #1 ... Self-driving cars in California's +++++++++

  1. Google is 'gravely disappointed' in California's new self-driving car rules by ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Business Insider, The Verge, Wall Street Journal
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Top Story #2 ... Bernie, Hillary, DNC, apology +++++++++
  1. Democratic Party melting down over Sanders-Clinton data scuffle by and ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Wired, Business Insider, The Verge, Washington Post, NY Times ... apologies subsequently reported by Washington Post, Gizmodo, Business Insider
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  1. Earth has spent two weeks pondering its future. Now the real work begins ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by the NY Times
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  1. Four reasons that the Fed raised rates: ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Bloomberg
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  1. You can now call an Uber through Facebook Messenger ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, Bloomberg, Business Insider, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, The Verge, Re/code
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  1. A turning point for quantum computing
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Internet of Things ...

  1. 'IT is coming out of the back office': IBM doubles down on Internet of Things with new HQ
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Self-driving vehicles ...

  1. Ford will test self-driving cars on public roads in California next year ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Ars Technica
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Virtual/augmented reality ...

  1. Hands on with Microsoft's Hololens, one year later ... DLL Editor's note -- MS Hololens also covered by Re/code
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Artificial Intelligence, robotics ...
  1. Industry giants are racing to develop more intelligent and lucrative AI solutions
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  1. Scientists ponder how to create artificial intelligence that won’t destroy us by
  1. What makes an image memorable? This MIT AI might hold the key:
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Statistical learning, machine learning, big data, etc

  1. !!!: RT : When your data science activities can send you to prison...
  1. LinkedIn revamps its jobs listings with big data analytics
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Cybersecurity, privacy, and cybercrime
  1. The politicians pushing Silicon Valley to fight ISIS, weaken encryption by
  1. European institutions finally agreed to the text of new data protection rules ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Fast Company
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D. Hackers ... Dozen 
  1. .Just another day at the with hanging with the US Chief Technology Officer!
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  1. The panel last night? Was my 'dream' panel! Every single one of you-- I admire immensely. !
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Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies

  1. Physics has one of the worst track records in STEM when it comes to white marginalized gender and POC participation.
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Founders and techs

  1. She was just honored as the first for this major mathematics award:
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  1. Tech Interview: Nkem Nwankwo of Microsystems
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  1. Tristan Walker says he started his company because Black and Latino consumers have been ignored for too long
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Coding & Coders

  1. Google's Angular 2 is another step in the evolution of JavaScript
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  1. A top Apple exec explains the genius master plan behind its quiet smash hit
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Hackathons, workshops, conferences, courses, meetups, etc

  1. Watch C/I Local Hack Day Video w/ and , recapping our year of success supporting
    E. Tech Views -- Comments, opinions, and long forms ... 2 Dozen - 1
    DLL Editor's note -- It should come as no surprise that the end of the year is light on bignews, but heavy on speculation about really happened last year and what's coming next ... :-)
    1. Elon Musk's billion-dollar AI plan is about far more than saving the world
    1. Why the great app unbundling trend is already in trouble:
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    1. How best can the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invest billions in personalized learning? | Inside Higher Ed
    1. Six times the GOP candidates got encryption and security wrong last night
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    1. The craziest part of last night’s GOP debate? The candidates’ views on technology
    1. The brilliant responds to Justice Roberts' question about black physicists
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    1. In 2015, Microsoft got its groove back
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    1. Congress just concealed an entire surveillance law within tomorrow's must-pass budget. ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Ars Technica
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    1. Course design is critical to delivering quality learning through online courses and .
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    1. What autonomous vehicles will really do for us, by -
    Poly-tweet ...
    1. The African American community is splintering into factions. One faction is focused on police brutality and the justice system.
    1. A second faction is focused on incarcerations, the US prison system, and recidivism .
    1. A third faction of African Americans is focusing on issues related to wealth and prosperity; tech jobs, student loan debt levels, startups.
    1. A fourth faction African American faction is focused on academic environments; reducing on-campus racism, AA, increasing faculty
    1. And the last faction is focused on improving African American leadership in all things related to media.
    1.  How will these factions come together in 2016? Will they converge in their efforts or remain separate? Do you know how to get involved?
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    End of year predictions ... :-)
    1. Google and Alphabet: here's what to expect from the tech giant in 2016.
    1. Electric cars won't displace gas vehicles until 2034 via
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    Long form ... good reads ... :-)
    1. Social Media Will Broadcast the 2015 ‘Revolution’:
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    1. How rogue techies armed the Predator, almost stopped 9/11, and accidentally invented remote war
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