Sunday, August 13, 2017

TECH Dozens -- Week ending Saturday 8/12/17

Last update: Sunday 8/13/17 @ 8:00 pm

This week's cover = Google fires author of controversial diversity memo, then cancels town hall meeting to discuss it ... Other top stories = DeepMind targets Starcraft II for its next big research milestone ... DNA malware used to hack a computer ... Russian hackers can reportedly take over unsecured hotel WiFi 

The Digital Learning Lab's favorite tweets about how HBCUs and other organizations are promoting skills that yield more diverse employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in tech (#DiversityInTech) ... plus tweets about significant #EdTech innovations in the broader context of information technology ... Big news, interesting stories, insightful comments, and good reads ... for the week ending Saturday 8/12/17

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

Calendars:  #EdTech and #DiversityInTech

TECH Dozens 2016

Cover Story ... Google diversity memo +++++++++
  1.  Google memo author: pariah to some, martyr to others ... DLL Editor's note -- The continuing fallout from the memo also covered by NY Times, Fast Company, Black Enterprise, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, TheNextWeb, Wired, Code2040, DiversityInc, ZDNet ... and the memo
  1.  Google town hall meeting canceled after days of online harassment  ... DLL Editor's note: This story also covered by Bloomberg, Wired, Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Engadget, CNET, Gizmodo, Recode ... Damore's YouTube response
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A. HBCUs ... Half-Dozen + 3
  1.  $4.9 Million CREST Grant Awarded to FAMU-FSU Researchers ...
  1.  Congrats to three CSU students who completed their summer Internships at NASA Marshall Mullins Karinne Dawson Joseph Russell
  1.  The American Chemical Society announced its 2017 fellows. SSU is ! ... DLL Editor's note -- Click HERE for a direct link to the 2017 list of ACS fellows that includes Prof Kenneth S. Sajwan of Savannah State University and also Prof Etta C. Gravely of North Carolina A&T University
  1.  North Carolina A&T breaks sponsored research record with $62 million in grants, contracts. ...
  1.  Calling all Tech Innovators! The 2017 Summit application is NOW OPEN -->

  1.  $2 million NSF grant to help Tuskegee prepare future material scientists | Tuskegee University
  1.   - Dr. Klarissa Jackson was recently featured in 's podcast "HBCU Voices of STEM Excellence." ->
  1.  SSU's leading marine sciences gets a new lab and dock: via
  1.  Betsy DeVos says she 'should have decried much more forcefully the ravages of racism in this country' ... DLL Editor's note: This story also covered by Inside Higher Ed
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B. Ed Tech ... Dozen + 2
  1.  New data dashboard reveals student engagement with video ...
  1.  Are those born after 1984 inherently better versed in technology?
  1.  How McGraw-Hill Education’s CEO is trying to unlock the potential of every learner
  1.  Colleges, Universities Plan for Possible Assault on Affirmative Action: via ...
  1.  The Power of Continuing Education
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  1.  Report: Students Spending Less on Course Materials
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Analytics ... 

  1.  What You Need to Know About Learning Analytics - The Chronicle of Higher Education via
MOOCs, online, blended, flipped ...
  1.  Report: Influence of online learning companies could undermine public higher ed ...
  1.  Nominations open for annual awards incl. the Online Learning Journal Outstanding Research Award! ...
  1.  Harvard teams with corporate partner to offer online business analytics program via ...
  1.  Our "Excellence in Online Teaching" Award recognizes creative use of in online/blended courses. Submit:
  1.  Lessons From Flipped Classrooms and Flipped Failures ... To
  1.  Could Georgia Tech use online to shave time off bachelor’s degrees?
C. Info Tech ... Dozen + 2
  1.  Elon Musk confirms 'Boring Company' to build underground Hyperloop from DC to NYC  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Wired
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$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ ...

  1.  IT and software jobs leading growth of tech sector in US
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Climate change, emissions, solar, etc ...
  1.  The NYT reviewed an alarming draft report on climate change by federal scientists, who fear Trump will suppress it ... ... DLL Editor's note -- The continuing fallout from the memo also covered by Washington Post, PBS, M.I.T. Tech Review

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FinTech, block chain, bitcoin ...
  1.  Why Blockchains Fork: A Tale of Two Cryptocurrencies:
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Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, bots, robotics ...
Top Story #1... DepMind vs. Starcraft II +++++++++
  1.  DeepMind targets Starcraft II for its next big research milestone  ... DLL Editor's note: This story also covered by Wired, MIT Tech Review, Digital Trends, Gizmodo, The Verge
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  1.  Robots are cutting down on the need for NASA doctors

  1.  Scientists are using machine learning to crack our neural code. ...
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Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime

Top Story #2... DNA malware hacks computer +++++++
  1.  Scientists hack a computer using malware DNA. .. ... DLL Editor's note: This story also covered by Wall Street Journal, The Verge, Ars Technica, The Atlantic, TechCrunch, IEEE Spectrum, ZDNet, Wall Street Journal

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Top Story #3... Russians hack hotel WiFi +++++++++
  1.  Russian hackers can reportedly take over unsecured hotel WiFi ... DLL Editor's note: This story also covered by M.I.T Tech Review, Wired, Fortune, PCMag, ZDNet, Motherboard
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  1.  The man who wrote those infuriating password rules has new advice: N3v$r M1^d! ...
Science and technology policies ...
  1.  Breaking: North Korea has produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, analysts say ...
  1.  14,923 nukes: All the nations armed with atomic weapons and how many they have
  1.  North Korea details Guam strike plan and calls Trump 'bereft of reason' via ...
  1.  Analysis: The Reagan-era invasion that drove North Korea to develop nuclear weapons ...

D. Hackers ... Dozen - 2
  1.  Replying to   A glimpse of the crowd at x Hackathon tonight.
  1.  Alert: We're looking to put a downpayment on Madison Sq Garden per ... Gonna need community support crowdsourcing sponsors!Assign To
  1.  "We need to allow everybody to shape the future. Talk about what diversity of identity means." of Project99

  1.  If you're looking for tech talent clearly they're in ! Lots of people at the NY career fair w/

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Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies
  1.  State Department creates STEM exchange program for women because of 'Hidden Figures'
  1.  It’s not just Google — many major tech companies are struggling with diversity: ... ...
Code & Coders
  1.  Andrew Ng, one of the world’s leading AI experts, is launching an online effort to create millions more AI experts. ...
  1.  The death of Ruby? Developers should learn these languages instead
  1.  Tens Of Thousands More Women And Minorities Are Taking AP Courses and Exams ...
E. Views -- Comments and Opinions ... Half-Dozen - 1
  1.  Whites Use Asian Americans as Human Shields in New Affirmative Action Fight ...
  1.  Five Ways to Keep Students Engaged in their Online Classes
  1.  Of all the Silicon Valley talk about changing the world, tech mostly ignores this big, needy group: seniors. Me
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Long form ... good reads ... :-)
  1.  Disturbing data visualization shows just how many people would die in a nuclear war
F. Chuckles, Grief, and/or Fake News ... Dozen + 8
  1.  The curious case of ‘Nicole Mincey,’ the Trump fan who may actually be a Russian bot via ...
  1.  Republicans asked about voter fraud were also likely to back delaying 2020 elections ... ... DLL Editor's note: This story also covered by Washington Post
  1.  Analysis: Trump’s bizarre brag about the nuclear arsenal doesn’t square with reality ...
  1.  Here's what editorial cartoonists are publishing about Trump and North Korea ...
  1.  Paul Manafort Spends Afternoon Making House Look Presentable For Next FBI Raid
  1.  Exclusive: FBI conducted predawn raid of former Trump campaign chairman Manafort’s home ...
North Korea, Guam, fire, and fury ...
  1.  President Trump moves doomsday clock to half past 'oh my god'

  1.  Guam official following Trump's "tenfold" tourism assessment: "None of this is good publicity" ...
  1.  Trump gets slammed for not specifically condemning white nationalists in Charlottesville ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Washington Post, Vox, NY Times
  1.  Replying to  I urge the Department of Justice to immediately investigate and prosecute today's grotesque act of domestic terrorism.
  1.  Very important for the nation to hear describe events in for what they are, a terror attack by
  1.  There is no place in America for this violence and vicious hatred coming from white nationalist, KKK & neo-nazi groups. 1/
  1.  The white supremacists and their bigotry do not represent our great country. All Americans should condemn this vile hatred.
  1.  I would recommend you take a good look in the mirror & remember it was White Americans who put you in the presidency, not radical leftists.

DLL Editor’s note — Below find verbatim excerpts from the live updates on the alt-right Website DailyStormers at 3:46 PM Sunday 8/13/17:
"Trump comments were good. He didn’t attack us. He just said the nation should come together. Nothing specific against us. 
He said that we need to study why people are so angry, and implied that there was hate… on both sides! 
So he implied the antifa are haters. 
There was virtually no counter-signaling of us at all.
He said he loves us all. 
Also refused to answer a question about White Nationalists supporting him. 
No condemnation at all. 
When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. 
Really, really good. 
God bless him."
  1.  Trump's statement on is his definitive stance on race and America to date. How everyone responds to it marks theirs too.
@POTUS and other #AmericanBorgias in their own words   ... #2020 or #25... :-(

Charlottsville, VA ..."on many sides, on many sides ..."

North Korea, Guam, fire, and fury ...
 " being unpredictable is a big asset, North Korea knew exactly what President Obama was going to do."-

  1.   Retweeted
      B-1B Lancer on Guam stand ready to fulfill USFK’s mission if called upon to do so

  1.  Military solutions are now fully in place,locked and loaded,should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!

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