Saturday, February 27, 2016

TECH Dozens -- Week Ending Saturday 2/27/16

Last update: Sunday 2/28/16 @ 12:05 pm

This week's cover = photo from tweet about Apple vs. FBI 

... Other top stories = Code/Interactive Diversity in Tech awards (NYC)... Qeyno Labs My Brother's Keeper hackathon (Oakland)

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 2/27/16.

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

TECH Dozens 2015 ==> Q1 ... Q2 ... Q3 ... Q4 ...  Calendar 

Cover Story ... Apple vs. FBI ++++++++++++ 

  1. Apple files to vacate order, says 'Constitution forbids' what FBI seeks by ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Gizmodo, Business Insider, NY Times, Wired, Mashable, The Verge, Ars Technica, Re/code, TechCrunch, ZDNet, Fast Company
  1. Google, Facebook and Microsoft are backing Apple in its iPhone fight with the US government ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Engadget, Re/code, Business Insider
  1. Not a single Apple shareholder asked Tim Cook about its fight with the FBI ... DLL Editor's note -- Apple's meeting also covered by Bloomberg, VentureBeat, Re/code, CNET, The Guardian
  1. The FBI has asked Apple to crack at least 17 devices since October ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by ExtremeTech, The Verge, Fortune
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A. HBCUs ... Dozen
  1. Here’s who will run the city-backed incubator at Howard University via
  1. This Apple program creates a pipeline to Silicon Valley for HBCU students
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New president for Xavier University ... 

  1. WELCOME TO THE FAMILY DR. VERRET!! is in solid hands.

  1. Former president Dr. Norman Francis assisting in welcoming Dr.Verret as our new president
  1. "Xavier was founded as a gift to the future." -Dr.Verret gives inauguration speech

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Grants, awards, contracts, donations ... 

  1. Morgan AVP wins prestigious President’s Award at Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA): .
  2. SU physics professor Stephen McGuire earns authorship on historic LIGO gravity wave detection paper --
  1. The School of Education and Psychology received a $900,000 grant from MDE to train mathematics teachers
  1. Assistant professor, Dr. Jakita Thomas, earns Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
  1. Albany State University received more than $1.1 million in research funding, over three years, from the...
  1. PVAMU Alumna Nathelyne Kennedy Named Houston Engineer of the Year
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Academic giants of Black History ... 
  1. On this day in 1868, W.E.B. DuBois is born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

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B. Ed Tech ... Dozen + 3
  1. President Obama Nominates First African American to Head Library of Congress ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Inside Higher Ed, Diverse Issues ... and the White House
  1. Sony Plans to Build an Educational Data Platform With Bitcoin's Blockchain
  1.  WCET member Gives Professors a Way to Rate Classroom Technologies Across Campuses  ... DLL Editor's note -- Here's the UNC statement
  1. Faculty skeptical of digital course materials, unfamiliar with , says study
  1. The results of 's inaugural Higher Ed Insights survey of higher ed thought leaders (and me) are out:
  1. Liberal arts colleges explore interdisciplinary pathways with computer science
  1.  How & 'Physical Review Letters' worked together to publish the paper of a lifetime
  1. Study: Faculty members skeptical of digital course materials, unfamiliar with
  1. John B. King Jr. sails through nomination hearing
  1. ICYMI, our top story this week: Faculty in No Rush to Adopt Digital or OER Curriculum
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Adaptive Learning ... 

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Competency-Based Education (CBE) ...

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MOOCs, online, blended ...
  1. Refugees to Take Advantage of edX's New Course Credit Offerings
  1. 2016 study shows continued growth in distance enrollment
C. Info Tech ... Issues in the broader technical environment that impact teaching, learning, research, hackers, and entrepreneurs ... Dozen + 1
  1. Phones don’t rule Mobile World Congress. The Internet does. ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Gizmodo
  1. How is turning cities into R&D labs ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Wired
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$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ...

  1. China is now the billionaire capital of the world — via
  1. Apple's $120M patent victory over Samsung overturned on appeal ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Wall Street Journal
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3D-printing ...

  1.  Surgeon Replaces Cancerous Vertebrae With 3D-Printed Parts:
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Artificial Intelligence, robotics ...
  1. Google's DeepMind Using AI to Help UK Doctors:   ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by VentureBeat

  1. Google's new AI can tell where your photo was taken, no geotags required: ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by The Verge, ZDNet

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Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime ...
  1. Last year's IRS cyber attack may have accessed 700,000 accounts ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Business Insider
    D. Hackers ... 2 Dozen + 3

    Top Story #1 ... #DiversityInTech awards +++++++++++

    Code/Interactive organized this special night at the Bowery Hotel in New York City, a capstone event of Social Media Week 2016. It brought together leaders from tech, government, non-profit, and education for the biggest celebration of its kind. A few of the awardees are pictured below.

    1. Honored to awarded the Educator Award from and
    1.  Thanks for the Nonprofit Changemaker Award. We're honored to parter w/ you Cc:
    1. Thank you for this award! I am so blessed ��
    1.  Just awesome awards hosted by . Much love for the Civic Impact Award.
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    Top Story #2 ... My Brother's Keeper hackathon +++++++++++

    Qeyno Labs hosted its 3rd Annual My Brother's Keeper Hackathon in Oakland as part of TEQWeek. #MBKHack focused on lifting the life outcomes of young men of color, but strongly encouraged every young person to apply and every adult to participate as a mentor. Knowledge of coding was not required.
    1.  : a hack is a creative way to look at a problem, and change it creatively to improve it - the best hacker was MLK  
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    1. & the world's 1st ever by has kicked off! Delighted to be in the space!
    1. Special thanks to US Senator Dick Durbin for visiting today.

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    Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies

    1.  Innovating inclusion through digitalundivided and Project Diane

    1. More than 5,000 girls have participated in the programs: Learn more about...
    1. ANOTHER ONE! -- Intel Invests $1.3 Million In  via
    1. Mark Zuckerberg condemns Facebook employees who defaced slogans ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, The Verge, TechCrunch
    1. Why Tech Degrees Are Not Putting More Blacks and Hispanics Into Tech Jobs via   ... DLL Editor's note -- This article cites research by Dr. Maya A. Beasley @inequalitymtrs. Here's the video of her presentation at Platform 2015 ... Full disclosure ==> Dr. Beasley is the daughter of the DLL Editor, a/k/a the "other" Dr. Beasley ... :-)
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    Founders and techs

    1. : a mentor for , an engineer for & now a Innovator
    1.  Searching for a Replacement Part? Just Take a Picture of It and Partpic Will Find It !
    1. Profile of Nation’s Innovators Doesn’t Mirror Those of Gates, Zuckerberg: by
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    Coding & Coders

    1. Proud to start Governors for Computer Science with partners in RI and AR. More info:

    1. Apple, IBM Partnership Now Enables Swift App Development in the Cloud:
    1. Computer Science Is Now A High School Graduation Requirement In Chicago's Public School District by ... DLL Editor's note -- Cook's interview also covered by EdSurge,
    1. CodeNow Turns 5 today!! Thank you to everyone that has supported us over the years! Read more at
    1. It's our birthday! 3 years ago, it all started with this:
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    Hackathons, workshops, meetups, courses, etc

      E. Tech Views -- Comments, opinions, and long forms ... Dozen + 3
      1. Higher Ed Insights Survey panel member Carnevale asks if college completion is the right goal
      1. What Is Virtual Reality's Role in Education?
      1. Rev. Jesse Jackson: The Tech Diversity Conversation Is Moving in the Right Direction
      1. What will actually look like in the future? talks to Stanford:
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      Opinions about Apple vs. FBI ... 
      1. Now Apple could make the iPhone 7 even harder to unlock
      1. The Apple-FBI fight isn't about privacy vs. security
      1. Why the Apple case matters: With the Internet of Things, every home appliance could be turned into a listening post
      1. Bill Gates feels his view on has been misrepresented ... DLL Editor's note -- Mr. Gates Delphic/confusing/misunderstood statements also covered by The Verge, Re/code, TechCrunch, Wired
      Long form ... good reads ... :-)
      1. A 'must read" -- Warren Buffet's 2016 letter to his shareholders ==> ... DLL Editor's note -- Buffet's letter discussed by Wall Street Journal
      1. Why Education Needs More Healthy Skeptics and Diehard Optimists:
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      ... plus chuckles and/or absurdities ... 
      1. Dr. Ben Carson says President Obama hasn't faced real racism because "he was raised white" ... DLL Editor's note -- LOL ... ROTF ... LMFAO ... :-)
      1. GOP candidates unanimous: Apple must comply with court order on terrorist's phone
      1. "Apple doesn't have a right to defy a valid court order in a terrorism investigation." - Ted Cruz
      2. "Their brand is not superior to the national security of the United States of America." —Sen. Marco Rubio
      1. These are the attacks Christie used against Trump in the months before his endorsement — via
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