Sunday, March 03, 2019

TECH Dozens -- Week ending Saturday 3/2/19

Last update: Sunday 3/3/19 @ 12:30 pm
This week's cover = New York state & city leaders ask Bezos to reconsider cancelling HQ2 ... Other top stories = Pew Research survey finds 73% of Americans say race should not be a factor in college admissions ... Microsoft's augmented reality HoloLens 2 headset ... FTC creates anti-trust task force to monitor tech industry

The Digital Learning Lab's favorite tweets about how leaders in Black higher education at HBCUs and other colleges and universities are promoting the skills that yield more diverse employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in tech (#DiversityInTech) ... plus tweets about significant innovations in #EdTech and the broader context of information technology ... Big news, interesting stories, insightful comments, and good reads ... for the week ending Saturday 3/2/19

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

TECH Dozens: 201820172016

Cover Story ... NY leaders ask Bezos to reconsider +++++++++
  1. Here is the letter signed by New York leaders to Amazon's Jeff Bezos asking him to reconsider his pullback from the city ... DLL Editor's note -- This story is covered by NY Times, Business Insider, The Verge
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A. Issues in Black Higher Ed (IBHE) ... Half-Dozen
Top Story #1 ... Pew says 73% reject race as admissions factor +++++++++
  1. Asked about what admissions criteria colleges should consider, 67% of Americans put high school grades at the top of the list ... DLL Editor's note -- This report is discussed by Inside Higher Ed, Diverse Education, Washington Examiner ... but the Chronicle contrasts the Pew survey with a recent Gallup survey that supports race-based affirmative action,
  1. Morgan State Awarded $1.6 Million Base 11 Grant
    . researchers have received a three-year, $1,000,000 grant from the to study the mechanisms underlying sleep homeostasis – the body’s effort to maintain an adequate amount of sleep. Read more:
  1. .'s Virtual Reality Bootcamp is starting in thirty minutes! This hands-on workshop will walk students through the basics of creating immersive experiences using virtual and augmented reality.
  1. In honor of 25 years of visionary & transformative leadership by & First Lady Alice Carson Tisdale, Claflin University is hosting “A Legacy of Visionary Leadership Gala” on Monday, April 1, 2019, at 6 pm, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
B. Ed Tech  ... Half-Dozen - 4
  1. The idea that alternative credentials could better tie higher ed to the job market resonated with the community.

  1. Four-year colleges are doubling down on embedded credentials, but data on student outcomes is hard to come by. ...
C. Info Tech  ... Half-Dozen + 3
  1. Wi-Fi 6 explained: What you need to know about the next generation of wireless networking
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  1. The median rent for a one bedroom apartment in San Francisco has reached a new high of $3,690 ...
Climate change, emissions, solar, wind, nuclear, etc ...
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FinTech, block chain, bitcoin ...
  1. Blockchain phones are going mainstream, and they could become a gateway to something called the decentralized web. ...
Virtual/augmented/mixed reality ...
Top Story #2 ... Microsoft's HoloLens 2 +++++++++
  1. Microsoft's HoloLens 2 pulls us further into an augmented reality ... DLL Editor's note -- This story is covered by Wired, The Verge, ZDNet, PCWorld

Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, bots, robotics ...
Policies and Political context ...
Top Story  #3... FTC tech anti-trust task force +++++++++
  1. FTC creates new task force to investigate tech sector ... DLL Editor's note -- This story is covered by Wired, Wall Street Journal, TechCrunch, AfroTech, TheVerge, Gizmodo, Bloomberg ... and the FTC
  1. Silicon Valley lends itself to political stereotypes—called overly progressive by conservatives and overly conservative by progressives. A new survey of tech workers around the U.S. indicates that neither view is quite right but why both are so prominent. ...
  1. Microsoft says it has democratic responsibility to accept lucrative military contract
D. Hackers  ... Half-Dozen - 1
  1. Meet Belle, who aspires to become the CEO of her own Graphic Design company! You may have heard her speak at SF or noticed that she was the youngest attendee at DevCon 4... But there's more! Learn About Belle!
Founders, techs, and execs
  1. Now on US Black Engineer: 'An Engineer's Engineer': 2019 Black Engineer of the Year. ...
Coding, courses, tutorials, & jobs
  1. AI For Everyone is now available on ! This course will help non-engineers and engineers work together to leverage AI capabilities and build an AI strategy. If you want your company to embrace AI, this is the course to get your CEO to take!
  1. ICYMI: Earn a UC Berkeley master's in data science online. Programming experience required.
Hackathons, workshops, meetups, and other events ... 
  1. ODSC East is the top conference for data science practitioners and AI engineers: 300+ talks, full and half-day expert-led trainings, and shorter hands-on workshops. KDnuggets subscribers save 45% with code KDN45. Register now! ... EVENT -- 30 April to 3 May 2019
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E. Views -- Comments and Opinions  ... Half-Dozen + 1
  1. Colleges must transform into nationally focused institutions in order to stay relevant, says a new report from . ...
Long form ... good reads ... :-)
  1. As she wrote in our 2019 Trends Report, the open-access movement is going mainstream. And it's putting unusual pressure on publishers like Elsevier: ...
  1. Approximately NINETY percent of Black dermatologists were trained . On this episode of “The Journey,”: The Power of Melanin on , I chat with Dr. Ginette Okoye, the Chair of Dermatology at HUCM. 🎧 here: or on podcast.
  1. Many elite colleges don't narrow the gap between rich and poor; they widen it, says a Harvard scholar who continues to experience that gap: ...
  1. Can Online Lower Costs and Improve Quality?
  1. More and more colleges are moving away from remediation. That will have far-reaching consequences, especially for colleges that accept the vast majority of students who apply. ...
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F. Chuckles, Shame, and/or Fake News  ... Half-Dozen - 5

@POTUS45 in his own words ... until #2020 
  1. For the Democrats to interview in open hearings a convicted liar & fraudster, at the same time as the very important Nuclear Summit with North Korea, is perhaps a new low in American politics and may have contributed to the “walk.” Never done when a president is overseas. Shame!

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