Sunday, February 11, 2018

TECH Dozens -- Week ending Saturday 2/10/18

Last update: Sunday 2/11/18 @ 12:30 pm
This week's cover = SpaceX launches and lands the world's biggest rocket ... Other top stories = ICYMI the continuing rise of an HBCU, Paul Quinn College, as a center of innovation in higher ed ... Machine learning algorithms boost human memory ... Uber-Waymo trial comes to abrupt end

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 2/10/18

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

#EdTech Calendar ... TECH Dozens: 20172016

Cover Story ... Falcon Heavy success +++++++++
  1. Watch video of the SpaceX launch and landings if you missed it live earlier, or if you just want to watch a rerun ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Business Insider, NPR, The Atlantic, The Verge, Engadget, GeekWire, Mashable, PCMag
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A. HBCUs ... Half - Dozen
Top Story #1 ... ICYMI Paul Quinn College +++++++++
  1. ICYMI -- Paul Quinn College, a center of innovation in higher ed #HBCURising ... via @DallasNews ... ... DLL Editor's note -- The following links to articles in various publications over the last ten years tell the story of the continuing rise of Paul Quinn College under the visionary leadership of its president Michael J. Sorrell ... Dallas Observer (Feb 2008), Inside Higher Ed (June 2009), NBC 5 Atlanta (June 2010), Dallas Observer (Feb 2012), Chronicle of Higher Ed (Sept 2014), Diverse Issues (Oct 2014), American RadioWorks (August 2015), The Atlantic (Sept 2015), Forbes (Dec 2015), PBS (Sept 2016), Diverse Issues (March 2017), Dallas South News (Feb 2018)
  1.  @DiverseIssues
    13 hours ago

  1. Commentary: Dr. Harry L. Williams, President & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund​ on the inextricable link between 's and :
  1. We're celebrating and the historically black colleges & universities making incredible contributions in ag research, like @UMESNewspreventing childhood obesity, & improving food safety, and reducing heat stress in cattle
  1. Congratulations to Howard University Associate Professor of Civil Engineering, Dr. Robert Efimba, Sc.D., P.E., LM. ASCE. Read more on his contribution to the civil engineering community here:
  1. $100M settlement offered in Maryland HBCU lawsuit

B. Ed Tech  ... Dozen - 2
  1. Scholar at respected professional organization [IEEE] sets off Twitter furor by questioning a new book on and discrimination that he later admitted he hadn't read ... ... DLL Editor's notes -- Here's the book's NYU Press homepage ... and a 2017 article by the book's author in the Chronicle
  1. Regional accreditors weigh in on graduation rates with an analysis of colleges with low rates, but the agencies argue against using a "bright-line" approach ...
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  1. The $3B in cuts to ed in Trump's budget would eliminate ed divisions of & entirely along with teacher training grants to implement new science standards ...\
  1. A new study finds humanities majors land jobs and are happy in them ...

  1. ACT invests in a personalized education platform, signaling the shift toward being a 'learning company' ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by EdSurge Higher Ed
  1. Hawai’i Senate Bill: Would mandate OER material for all U Hawai’i system courses ... via ...
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Analytics -- higher ed applications ... 
  1. In the past few years, in has emerged not only as a business tool but also as a means to facilitate student success. ...
MOOCs, online, blended, flipped ...

  1. Announcing the Empirical Educator Project ... via ...
  1. Online teachers often begin with a more difficult hurdle to overcome. Assign To
  1. Adults Considering a Return to College Are Leery of Cost and Online Ed

Conferences, workshops, Twitter chats, and other events ...

C. Info Tech  ... Dozen + 4
  1. Intel's army of 1,218 drones stole the show at the Olympic . Here's how they pulled it off

  1. Using just a swab of saliva from a newborn’s cheek, a new DNA test will probe a baby's genes to search for 193 genetic diseases—all of which have some kind of treatment already available. ...
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  1. $2.4 Billion Deal for Chelsea Market Enlarges Google’s New York Footprint... via ...
  1. ‘Whose City? Our City!’: Pittsburgh citizens worry about consequences of Amazon HQ2 ...
Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, bots, robotics ...
Top Story #2 ... AI boosts human memory +++++++++
  1. Machine learning algorithms can be used to decode and then enhance human memory, new research shows ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, NPR ... and Nature Communications

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  1. “You can’t have ethical A.I. that’s not inclusive. And whoever is creating the technology is setting the standards.” ...

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Cybersecurity, privacy, & cybercrime ...
Top Story  #3 ... End of Uber-Waymo trial +++++++++
  1. Inside the abrupt end of Silicon Valley's biggest trial ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Insider, VentureBeat, Fortune, The Verge, Ars Technica
  1. American spies paid $100,000 last year to a Russian who promised to deliver stolen NSA cyberweapons in a deal that he insisted would also include compromising material on President Trump ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Washington Post, Business Insider, Slate
  1. Hackers stole more Equifax private data than first revealed by ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Gizmodo
  1. BREAKING: U.S. official in charge of protecting American elections from hacking tells NBC News that Russians successfully penetrated voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to 2016 presidential election.  ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by Engadget, The Hill
Science and technology policies ...
  1. The $3B in cuts to ed in Trump's budget would eliminate ed divisions of & entirely along with teacher training grants to implement new science standards ...
  1. To Counter Russia, U.S. Signals Nuclear Arms Are Back in a Big Way ... via ...
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D. Hackers  ... Dozen - 2
  1. Didn't catch 's 3rd Annual pitch competition? Catch a few minutes of the livestream recap video here:
  1. “I hope this is not just another tech meeting for you, or an opportunity to network, but a watershed moment for someone” -
  1. "We’re building a movement of scientists and activists to break the silo of these groups to help make the world a better place for communities of color." Thank you Yeshimabeit Milner (, ) for your passion + commitment.
Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies
  1. 5 eye-opening statistics about minorities in tech
Founders, techs, and execs
  1. Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest adds Google exec Mary Grove as a partner ... To

  • >> Interview with Dataiku Data Scientist Matthieu Scordia
  • Coding, courses, tutorials, & jobs

    1. General Assembly’s CEO Jake Schwartz told Reuters that he is looking into the company’s financing options, and that includes potentially selling the New York-based coding bootcamp.
    1. This coding school doesn’t charge students unless they snag a $50,000 tech salary
    1. In 2017, bootcamps graduated at least 23,000 students, their highest count yet, and that the industry is growing at a rate of 1.5x, according to , a private company that researches the bootcamp industry
    1. Ranking Popular Deep Learning Libraries for Data Science ...
    E. Views -- Comments and Opinions  ... Dozen - 2
    1. A tenure-track professor explains why she left academe to join a tech company (opinion)

    1. "Real students of today are better off investing in inexpensive bachelor’s degrees topped off with real-life coding training: a practical solution for today’s students."
    1. Fantastic article by on the changing business model and need for innovation in . Check it out at ...
    1. Defining student success and using data to improve it ...
    1. "There’s no solution in a box that lessens your obligation to be deeply engaged in understanding both the analytics and their application to the students you serve." , founder of Ed Policy Group
    1. Technology and the Remaking of Higher Education: A Longer View
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    Long form ... good reads ... :-)
    1. "Technology is not going to stay in the lead in the United States unless gender diversity gets materially better, it’s just not," says CEO ...
    1. A rare look inside the secretive industry that helps government hackers get around encryption
    1. AI can be a boon for the human race. But there’s also reason for caution. This is the WIRED Guide to artificial intelligence ...

    F. Chuckles, Shame, and/or Fake News  ... Dozen - 2
    1. President Trump accused Democrats who did not clap during his State of the Union address of being un-American and even treasonous ... To
    1. Trump Tells Pentagon To Plan 'Military Parade' ?

    1. Scott Pruitt says climate change might not be such a bad thing
    1. Kelly told staff to give false account of Porter's departure: report
    1. Trump Gives Wife Beater Praise He Usually Reserves for Child Molesters and Nazis ... Borowitz via ...
    1. "What’s remarkable about the Porter episode is that it involves many of the people who were reputed to be part of the competent core of the White House: Porter, Kelly, McGahn." On the lessons of the latest White House debacle: ... via ...
    1. What Did John Kelly See in Rob Porter? ... via ...

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    @POTUS45 in his own words ... until #2020 or #25 ... 
    1. In the “old days,” when good news was reported, the Stock Market would go up. Today, when good news is reported, the Stock Market goes down. Big mistake, and we have so much good (great) news about the economy!
    1. As long as we open our eyes to God’s grace - and open our hearts to God’s love - then America will forever be the land of the free, the home of the brave, and a light unto all nations.
    1. Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?

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