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1131 pp. 196 – 200 .
|2 .||Nanobody-based enzyme immunoassay for ochratoxin A in cereal with high resistance to matrix interference||Liu, X., Tang, Z., Duan, Z., He, Z., Shu, M., Wang, X., Gee, S.J., Hammock, B.D., Xu, Y.||2017||Talanta ,
164 pp. 154 – 158 .
|3 .||The social costs of second-best policies: Evidence from agricultural GHG mitigation||Garnache, C., Mérel, P.R., Lee, J., Six, J.||2017||Journal of Environmental Economics and Management ,
82 pp. 39 – 73 .
|4 .||Impact of biases in gridded weather datasets on biomass estimates of short rotation woody cropping systems||Bandaru, V., Pei, Y., Hart, Q., Jenkins, B.M.||2017||Agricultural and Forest Meteorology ,
233 pp. 71 – 79 .
|5 .||The history and current applications of the circular economy concept||Winans, K., Kendall, A., Deng, H.||2017||Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews ,
68 pp. 825 – 833 .
|6 .||Impact of hygrothermal aging on rotational behavior of web-flange junctions of structural pultruded composite members for bridge applications||Xin, H., Mosallam, A., Liu, Y., Wang, C., Zhang, Y.||2017||Composites Part B: Engineering ,
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|7 .||Synthesis and structural characterization of stoichiometric Li-Ga-Ge Sulfo-selenide glasses||Marple, M.A.T., Aitken, B.G., Sen, S.||2017||Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids ,
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|8 .||Identifying possible alternative rodenticide baits to replace strychnine baits for pocket gophers in California||Witmer, G.W., Baldwin, R.A., Moulton, R.S.||2017||Crop Protection ,
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|9 .||Embedded column base connections subjected to seismic loads: Strength model||Grilli, D.A., Kanvinde, A.M.||2017||Journal of Constructional Steel Research ,
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|10 .||Comparison of Serum Amyloid A in Horses With Infectious and Noninfectious Respiratory Diseases||Viner, M., Mazan, M., Bedenice, D., Mapes, S., Pusterla, N.||2017||Journal of Equine Veterinary Science ,
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|12 .||Altered time course of amygdala activation during speech anticipation in social anxiety disorder||Davies, C.D., Young, K., Torre, J.B., Burklund, L.J., Goldin, P.R., Brown, L.A., Niles, A.N., Lieberman, M.D., Craske, M.G.||2017||Journal of Affective Disorders ,
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Leading the News
House Passes $12B Water Bill Authorizing 30 New Infrastructure Projects.
The Hill (12/8, Zanona) reports the House “easily passed” a major water bill on Thursday that “boosts U.S. ports, dams and waterways.” The final package “now heads over to the Senate, where it may face a tougher time because of the last-minute inclusion of controversial California drought language.” The nearly $12 billion measure “authorizes 30 new infrastructure projects around the country” and garnered overwhelming support in a 360-61 vote.
The Engineering News-Record (12/8, Ichniowski) says the “centerpiece” of the water bill “is the $10.3 billion in federal funds it authorizes for 30 new Corps flood control, harbor dredging, environmental restoration and other projects.” The largest Corps project allocations in that section of the bill “include $2.7 billion for Ohio River lock and dam improvements in Pennsylvania; $2.1 billion for storm protection and environmental restoration in southwest coastal Louisiana; and $993 million for the Central Everglades environmental restoration in Florida.”
The measure includes $170 million “to address lead in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water and $558 million to provide relief to drought-stricken California,” the AP (12/8) reports, and also “includes steps to pay for a handful of flood and hurricane protection projects across Louisiana,” the New Orleans Times-Picayune (12/8, Rainey) says.
Florida International University Awarded $10M For Bridge Engineering.
Traffic Technology Today (UK) (12/8) reports, “The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) is advancing the Florida International University (FIU) Bridge Engineering Program’s efforts to make the country’s aging bridges safer, with the award of US$1.5m per year, for five years, for its Accelerated Bridge Construction University Transportation Center (ABC-UTC).” In addition, grants “from the state and private sector will bring the FIU’s award to more than” $10 million. FIU president Mark B Rosenberg said, “We are committed to finding a solution to our country’s aging infrastructure and traffic gridlock.” FIU’s ABC-UTC Director Atorod Azizinamini commented, “Most of the country’s existing roadways were built more than 50 years ago, and most bridges were designed for a 50-year life. The nation’s infrastructure shows signs of increasing deterioration, and roadways were designed to carry much less traffic than the current levels of service. … With accelerated bridge construction we are able to replace or retrofit bridges without affecting traffic, while providing safety for motorists and workers on site.”
Study Shows High School Student Are Not Filling Out The FAFSA, Leaving Billions Unspent.
Education Week (12/8, Gewertz) reports that a “huge number of students” are not submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), “leaving ‘billions of dollars on the table,’ a choice that could wreck their chances of going to college.” According to the National College Access Network , which conducted a study of 68 cities, “on average, only 48 percent of high school students in the class of 2015 submitted the…FAFSA.” The NCAN report says, “Students are leaving billions of dollars of federal, state, and institutional aid on the table each year because we don’t ensure that they fill out the FAFSA in a timely way.” The report added, “This situation leads to lower college enrollment, persistence, and completion, especially for low-income students.”
Reed Backs Bill For Low Interest Rate Student Loan Refinancing.
Bloomberg News (12/8, Nasiripour) reports US Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) “formally endorsed a law originally proposed by House Democrats” this week that “calls for allowing debtors with high-rate federal loans to refinance into cheaper debt.” Bloomberg calls the law a “long shot” to get passed, but says it “would do more for America’s roughly 42 million student debtors than the one proposed two years ago by” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
ED Conditions “May Threaten” Apollo Education Sale.
In continuing coverage, Reuters (12/8, Banerjee) says Apollo Education Group expressed concern that the Education Department’s “conditions for the company to remain eligible for the student federal aid program after being acquired by a group of private equity firms could derail the deal.” The prospective buyer group, “which includes funds of Apollo Global Management LLC (APO.N), could abandon the deal if either of them could not decide before the deal termination date of Feb. 1 that they would be able to meet the DoE’s conditions,” Reuters explains. MarketWatch (12/8, Berman) emphasizes that the Education Department placed “big conditions” on the sale, and Bloomberg News (12/8, Nasiripour) calls the conditions “tough” and “severe.”
Report Shows Higher Education Is Failing Older Americans.
Forbes (12/8) reports that while a new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows “college graduation rates are up,” there is a “wide variation in graduation rates for different demographic groups. Some people, particularly older college-goers, are earning their credentials at much lower rates.” Although the majority of “college students are young, 15% are over the age of 24 and 8% are over the age of 30.” According to the Clearinghouse report, “26% of college students who first enroll at the age of 20 or younger have dropped out without receiving a credential. But that figure is nearly 50% for students who enroll at older ages.”
Governor, CEO Suggest College Drop-Outs Are An Untapped State Resource.
North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue and San Francisco-based InsideTrack CEO Pete Wheelan, in an opinion piece for The Hill (12/8) posted in its “Congress Blog” blog, write that people who dropped out of college represent a “natural resource” for states. According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, “more than 31 million students have enrolled in college and left without receiving a degree or certificate.” Because people who dropped out of college “represents lost economic value of $500 billion per year,” states that can get them to complete their education “could generate massive economic gains for individuals – and economies.”
Board Of Regents Debate $4.6M Renovation.
The Detroit Free Press (12/8, Jesse) reports during Thursday’s University of Michigan board meeting, Regent Kathy White proposed that “the university should renovate the Inglis House in honor of outgoing Regent Laurence Deitch.” The project would cost a minimum $4.6 million, and would require $500,000 each year for maintenance. Board chair Mark Bernstein “suggested the money would be better spent on lowering student costs.” Agreeing, Regent Mike Brehm said, “It won’t be used on a daily basis,” adding, “At the initial cost of $187 per student and another $20 per student for operation, I think that’s better money spent on keeping costs down for students.” The debate “came about six months after the board approved a 3.9% increase in tuition.” University President Mark Schlissel “said the administration wasn’t prepared to [weigh in on the issue] because no one said in advance it would be brought up.”
Millennials Opting For Real World Education To Achieve Success, Have Less Debt.
The Huffington Post (12/8, Beaton) reports in The Blog, about a growing trend among millennials to opt out of going to college, instead choosing a real world education that comes with less debt, and more success.
Accreditation and Professional Development
Aerospace Architect Recognized For Leadership.
A press release published in PR (12/8) profiles FKP Vice President Ardis Clinton, selected for inclusion in Building Design & Construction’s “40 under 40” list of leaders in the fields of architecture, engineering, and construction. FKP Senior Principal Cynthia Walston said Clinton “is fearless. She is willing to take risks when she sees growth opportunity for her clients, her employer and herself. She never hesitates to be a bridge between the architectural process and those who can benefit from it.” Clinton focused on aerospace architecture at the University of Houston Hines College of Architecture, and recently was invited to speak on the subject at the national AIAA conference.
Research and Development
UT-Austin Researchers Develop Novel Nanomaterial That Enables Rewritable Optical Circuits.
IEEE Spectrum (12/8, Johnson) reports, “Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a hybrid nanomaterial that enables the writing, erasing and rewriting of optical components,” which they believe “could create a new generation of optical chips and circuits.” The Texas team described their novel hybrid nanomaterial in research published in the journal Nano Letters. UT professor Dr. Yuebing Zheng and Dr. Linhan Lin further explained their work in interviews with IEEE Spectrum.
ROI Awards NC State Professor $1.6M To Study Role Of Powder Metals In Additive Manufacturing.
The Triad (NC) Business Journal (12/8, Subscription Publication) reports North Carolina A&T State University mechanical engineering professor Dr. Cindy Waters “is part of a team of researchers that secured a $1.6 million research grant through the University of North Carolina Research Opportunities Initiative (ROI).” Waters said, “My work has been centered around powder metallurgy and now the role of the powder metals in the 3D processes that build parts through additive manufacturing. I will be providing detailed characterization and testing of the pre-and post-manufactured parts.” The article notes that ROI “grants are selected based on a rigorous review process led by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.”
Irish Researchers Develop Graphene-Putty Substance As Extremely Sensitive Sensor.
The Wall Street Journal (12/8, Hernandez, Subscription Publication) reports an Irish research lab has determined that mixing graphene with Silly Putty yields a sensor with such high sensitivity that is could detect spider footprints. The Advanced Materials and Bioengineering Research Center labeled the enhanced substance G-putty and said it can detect some human vital signs indicating it could potentially be used for constructing wearable health trackers. Before G-putty could hit the market, the researchers must find if the substance’s sensitivity levels can endure stressors like temperature changes.
IET Analysis Encourages STEM-Related Toys For Girls.
BBC News (UK) (12/8, Richardson) that an analysis by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) found gender stereotypes “could be putting girls off engineering and technology,” and warned parents “against buying pink, gender-stereotyped toys this Christmas, so as not to deter girls from getting into science.” The analysis “found 89% of toys aimed at girls were pink,” while “only 11% of girls’ toys focused on science, technology or engineering.” IET spokesperson Mamta Singhal said, “Research shows girls clearly do have an interest in science, technology and engineering subjects at school, so we need to find ways to help this to translate into a higher number of women entering the industry. The marketing of toys for girls is a great place to start to change perceptions of the opportunities within engineering, moving from toys specifically targeted at girls to Stem toys. The toy options for girls should go beyond pink, dolls and dressing up so we can cultivate their enthusiasm and inspire them to grow up to become engineers.”
Experts Say Employers Still Unfamiliar With Competency-Based Degrees.
U.S. News & World Report (12/8, Friedman) reports on “competency-based education, meaning the curriculum focused around developing clearly defined skill sets to master a given discipline.” At institutions such as Capella University, “students like Parsons progress through a degree at their own pace. As in many competency-based programs, they move quickly through the lessons they already know from past experience, complete assessments and projects along the way to demonstrate their skills and spend more time on material they aren’t familiar with.” According to experts, “while employers are generally more accepting of online degrees…many are still unfamiliar with competency-based education.”
Study Finds Children Increasingly Less Likely To Earn More Than Their Parents.
The Los Angeles Times (12/8, Etehad, Kitroeff) reports that a new study from “researchers from Stanford and Harvard universities and UC Berkeley” shows that since the 1940s, “it has become less and less likely that children will grow up to earn more than their parents.” According to the research, while children born in 1940 “had a 92% chance of taking home more income than their parents,” someone born in 1984 “has just a 50% likelihood of making more than his or her parents,” which means “only about half of 30-something Americans earn more than their parents.” The Times says this is the “first study to offer hard evidence of a trend that dominated the presidential election and helped fuel the election of Donald Trump: The American dream is more elusive than ever.”
Russian Nuclear Underwater Drone’s Existence Confirmed By Pentagon.
Popular Mechanics (12/8, Mizokami) reports a leaked report that Russia has created a new nuclear-capable underwater drone has been confirmed by the Pentagon. The unit, known as “Status-6,” is believed to be able to travel up to 6,200 miles underwater at up to 56 knots. The unit is believed to be able to have “a multi-megaton thermonuclear bomb payload,” and could also carry a bomb equipped with Cobalt-60 which would “prevent anyone from using the attack zone for approximately 100 years.” The article concludes that while the unit “sounds so horrible, so devastating, and so completely over the top it is difficult to process that someone would actually want to build such a thing,” “unfortunately for all of mankind, it appears that it is very real.”
Apple Files Patent Containing Details For Folding iPhone, Wraparound Display.
AppleInsider (12/8, Campbell) reports Apple has filed a patent application for “Electronic Devices With Display and Touch Sensor Structures,” detailing “a touch capable portable device made substantially of glass, sapphire or other suitable transparent material.” The proposed device displays “curved glass sidewalls under which are disposed touch sensitive displays, a design that echoes a wraparound display patent assigned to Apple earlier this year.” The designs are similar to those employed by Samsung’s Galaxy Edge series and include “touch layers on all surfaces, including the rear wall.” BGR (12/8, Smith) reports Apple also says the wraparound display “could actually contain virtual buttons under the screen,” potentially replacing “the physical buttons we have on the left and right side of current iPhone models, including the mute and volume rockers, and the standby button.”
The International Business Times (12/8, Victorino) reports a key part to the application “is the mention of folded configurations.” Apple “inventors stated that the touch-sensitive smartphone should be operable whether it is in an open configuration or in its folded state.” Although the company noted “design elements that could facilitate the folding mechanism of the device, it is still to early to tell if the Cupertino giant is indeed planning to release a foldable iPhone with a curved screen,” particularly because the upcoming iPhone 7s or iPhone 8 is predicted “to launch with a different type of redesigned technology using edge-to-edge OLED display.”
Chevron Announces 2017 Capital Budget.
Reuters (12/7) reports that on Wednesday, Chevron announced a 2017 capital and exploratory investment budget of $19.8 billion, a 42 percent drop from 2015 outlays, and an expected 15 percent cut from 2016 capital investments. In a statement, Chevron CEO John Watson said, “This is the fourth consecutive year of spending reductions,” adding, “This combination of lower spending and growth in production revenues supports our overall objective of becoming cash balanced in 2017.” The company’s “2017 capital budget will target high-return investments and completion of major projects under construction, Watson said.”
Engineering and Public Policy
Trump’s EPA Choice Pruitt Under Fire For Climate Change Skepticism.
Politico (12/8, Nelson) reports that President-elect Donald Trump officially announced the nomination of Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as EPA Administrator on Thursday morning, stating that he will “reverse the trend” of an “out-of-control anti-energy agenda that has destroyed millions of jobs” and also “restore the EPA’s essential mission of keeping our air and our water clean and safe.” Fox News’ Special Report (12/8) said Pruitt faces criticism as a “noted climate change skeptic.” The Independent (UK) (12/8, Johnston) cites American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) CEO Dr. Rush Holt comparing “disbelief in global warming to denying the existence of gravity.”
Appearing on CNN’s Situation Room (12/8), House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff called Pruitt a “terrible choice” for the position because it “basically tells not only the country but the rest of the world, we are giving up our leadership” and “diminishing our standing in the world when it comes to advocating for the planet [and] combating climate change.” The Washington Times (12/8, Sherfinski) provides similar coverage.
The Huffington Post (12/8) reports that two Senate Democrats are “advising their fellow Democrats to use Scott Pruitt…as a rallying point for the party.” Sen. Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said that Pruitt’s impending nomination is a “matter of corruption” considering he has spent “his entire life in service” representing the oil and gas industry. Likewise, Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) said Pruitt’s nomination represented a “full-fledged environmental emergency,” and that Pruitt’s nomination process will be “litmus test for every member of the Senate who claims not to be a denier.” The Hill (12/8, Henry) reports that Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said Pruitt’s nomination “is like filling up the swamp with one of the most determined and aggressive advocates for the fossil fuel industry, who has never thought for a moment about fighting for clean air or clean water, has certainly never considered being a champion of our planet.”
The AP (12/7, Biesecker, Murphy) reports that Pruitt’s pending nomination was hailed by mining and oil industry and some Republicans. “Scott Pruitt is a businessman and public servant and understands the impact regulation and legislation have in the business world,” said Jeffrey McDougall, an oilman who serves as chairman of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) also praised Pruitt and his record of fighting “against unconstitutional and overzealous environmental regulations.”
NYTimes Analysis: Auto Industry “Bracing” For Chances Under Trump Administration.
The New York Times (12/8, Vlasic, Subscription Publication) reports the auto industry “is bracing for another wholesale makeover” as “perhaps no industry could be affected in more ways” by President-elect Trump. The Times says possible changes include tariffs on imported vehicles and parts, fewer subsidies for electric cars, and “policies that discourage” moving products from US to Mexican factories. “Scaling back of fuel-economy goals,” according to the Times, “could also influence” which types of vehicles are produced.
EU To Initiate Legal Action Against Seven Member States For VW Emissions Scandal.
In continuing coverage, Reuters (12/8, de Carbonnel) reports the European Union Thursday started legal action against seven member states “for failing to police emissions test cheating by carmakers after the Volkswagen diesel scandal.” The EU has accused Germany, Spain, Britain, and Luxembourg of failing to enforce penalties on VW like those levied in the US over its use of defeat devices. Germany had predicted “Brussels to stop short of confronting the EU’s leading power and by far its biggest car manufacturer, at a time when the unity of the bloc is being challenged by eurosceptics and Britain’s vote to leave.” In response to the action announcement, German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt stated: “Germany is the only European country to have implemented a comprehensive list of measures to prevent unauthorised use of defeat devices.” Bloomberg News (12/8, Bodoni) reports Spain’s Justice Minister Rafael Catala at a press conference in Brussels told reporters that the country’s industry ministry has already begun “probes that eventually may end in sanctions” for VW’s Spanish arm, Seat. MarketWatch (12/8, Dendrinou) reports the commission said Greece, Lithuania, and the Czech Republic had even “failed to introduce sanctions for emissions violation into their national law.”
The New York Times (12/8, Kanter, Ewing, Subscription Publication) said Britain and Germany also performed illegal action “by refusing to share information their national authorities had gathered while investigating ‘irregularities’ concerning nitrogen oxide emissions from diesel cars made by Volkswagen and other manufacturers.” The AP (12/8, Press) reports the countries in question have two months to respond to the allegations, according to the European Commission.
Deutsche Welle (DEU) (12/8) also featured a similar report.
FTC Seeks More Information On VW Destroyed Phones. Bloomberg News (12/8, Fisk) reports the US Federal Trade Commission is launching further questions at VW officials concerning the possibility of destroyed mobile phones containing evidence “amid the probe of diesel vehicles rigged to cheat emissions tests.” In a court filing, FTC attorneys said: “In the context of the massive scandal at the center of this case, 23 lost or bricked phones is a bright red flag, especially when they include phones that belonged to important individuals,” adding that the FTC “should not have to accept VW’s assurance that there is nothing to see and that we should just move along.” VW maintains the company witness in question, Manuel Sanchez, “has already answered thousands of questions during the deposition and further questioning isn’t warranted.” The FTC believes, however Sanchez “was either unprepared or otherwise unable to provide responsive information.”
German Motor Transport Authority Investigates Porsche For Defeat Devices. Reuters (12/8) reports German officials have launched an investigation to determine “whether Volkswagen’s (VW) sportscar brand Porsche used software to disguise exhaust emissions.” Germany’s Motor Transport Authority, KBA, said it was probing VW “software to see whether it could measure the angle of a car’s steering wheel.” The investigation could be awkward for “VW (VOWG_p. DE) group chief executive Matthias Mueller, who headed the Porsche brand prior to getting the top job.” A spokesman for Porsche “said steering wheel movements were not used to detect whether a car was undergoing an emissions test.”
Extension Of Computer Science Education Week Urged.
Verizon Foundation Director Justina Nixon-Saintil and Project Lead The Way CEO Vince Bertram write in U.S. News & World Report (12/8) to praise the activities during Computer Science Education Week, while advocating for the program to extend beyond one week of the school year. The op-ed says, “Students, especially under-represented female and minority students, begin to make decisions about the subjects they like and feel confident about in elementary school, so it’s critical to encourage and inspire them to explore STEM subjects at an early age.”
School Bus Industry Implements Connectivity.
School Transportation News (12/6, Gray) reports that “the future of pupil transportation lies in connectivity,” and “enhanced technologies through telematics are here today and they’re here to stay.” Thomas Built Buses President and CEO Caley Edgerly said, “Other bus manufacturers offer this level of telematics as an add-on.” Edgerly added,. “But we realize that connectivity and the ‘connected bus’ is the future. So we install Zonar components at no additional cost right here in our factory. In our Saf-T-Liner C2 school buses, we connect Zonar telematics directly into our proprietary multiplex wiring system. This connectivity enables the system to monitor multiple chassis and body features, providing real-time, actionable data. And, unlike other telematics products, ours can be configured and reconfigured over the air without rewiring.”
Thursday’s Lead Stories
• Education Department Grants $8M For Science Test Improvement.
• OU Works To Get More Female Students Interested In Science Fields.
• Army Research Center Physicist Recognized By AAAS.
• Researchers Develop Jumping Robot Inspired By Africa’s Bush Baby.
• Education Leaders At Summit Address STEM Achievement Gap, Workforce Needs.
• IBM Begins Watson For Cybersecurity Program.
• Apple Posts Strongest Market Growth In Two Years.
|Springer offers flexible purchasing option for Springer Book Archives|
Springer, part of Springer Nature, is offering its Springer Book Archives (SBA) in smaller year set packages. The new SBA packages are divided up into “eras,” and make it easier for libraries to purchase individual subject collections according to their own needs and current budget situation. The three year sets – Vintage (1840-1989), Modern (1990-1999) and Millennium (2000-2004) – provide greater purchasing flexibility, thus providing an accessible e-resource for libraries and organisations worldwide.
|Elsevier announces latest editions of two key virology titles, publishes seven additional virology and microbiology books|
STM publisher Elsevier has announced the publication of the latest editions of Fenner and White’s Medical Virology by Drs. Christopher Burrell, Colin Howard and Frederick Murphy, and Fenner’s Veterinary Virology by Drs. N. James MacLachlan and Edward Dubovi. Elsevier also announced that it has published seven additional titles on virology and microbiology.
|Wiley, the European Society of Evolutionary Biology and The Society for the Study of Evolution launch new OA publication – Evolution Letters|
Publisher John Wiley and Sons, Inc., the European Society of Evolutionary Biology (ESEB), and The Society for the Study of EvolutionTM (SSE) have announced the launch of a new open access publication, Evolution Letters. The journal features cutting-edge new research in all areas of Evolutionary Biology. It consists of Letters – original pieces of research which form the bulk of papers – and Comments and Opinion – a forum for highlighting timely new research ideas for the evolutionary community.
|Hartford Public Library partners with ProQuest to more dynamic user engagement with Syndetics Unbound|
Hartford Public Library has teamed with ProQuest to offer a more dynamic and engaging patron experience with Syndetics UnboundTM, a catalogue enrichment service that combines two best-of-breed technologies: the Syndetic SolutionsTM service and the LibraryThing for Libraries system. Using Syndetics Unbound, the Hartford Public Library will embed rich information and guided discovery directly into their existing catalogues.
|The Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Health acquires Global Advances in Health and Medicine journal|
Global Advances in Health and Medicine, LLC and the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine & Healthhave announced the recent acquisition of the medical journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine by the Consortium. Publication under the new ownership will begin in the first quarter of 2017.
|Beta version of SocArXiv officially launched|
A beta version of SocArXiv, the open access, open source archive of social science, has been officially launched. Created in partnership with the Center for Open Science, SocArXiv provides a free, non-commercial service for rapid sharing of academic papers. It is built on the Open Science Framework, a platform for researchers to upload data and code as well as research results.
|Articles published in journals on ARPHA indexed by ReadCube for easier discoverability|
ARPHA has announced a partnership with publishing technology company ReadCube. Under the deal, all articles in the journals published on Pensoft’s ARPHA platform, have been indexed and therefore, easily discoverable via ReadCube’s free web, desktop and mobile apps. In addition to advanced searchability, all Pensoft articles are also available in ReadCube’s Enhanced PDF format.
Leading the News
Education Department Grants $8M For Science Test Improvement.
Education Week (12/7, Klein) reports that on Wednesday, the Education Department “released final regulations and new guidance governing how testing is supposed to work under the Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA). The Administration’s new Innovative Assessment Regulations make “it clear that an innovative test can include material above or below the tested grade level, as long it ultimately measures student performance based on grade-level expectations.” The article further reports the ED announced $8 million in grants “to two state consortia – one led by the Maryland Department of Education and one led by the Nebraska Department of Education,” which “will be working on…developing science tests.”
Politico Morning Education (12/7, Hefling) reports that the White House “called a convening” yesterday morning “to discuss ways to make standardized tests ‘better, fairer and fewer,’” which was set to begin with remarks from Education Secretary John B. King, Jr. Education World (12/8) quotes King as saying, “Today, the Department is releasing the final regulations for statewide assessments…which clarify new flexibilities for states and districts to reduce testing and measure higher order thinking. To maintain effective protections, to preserve student civil rights and to ensure that assessments are fair and inclusive and to maximize the positive impact of transparent, consistent information about student learning and progress.” King said states now “have more flexibility than under NCLB in designing their assessment systems while maintaining important protections to preserve student civil rights including students with disabilities and students who are learning to speak English.”
The AP (12/7, Kerr) says the idea behind the ESSA “is to focus more time on classroom learning and spend less on teaching-to-the test – something critics complained the administration encouraged with grants and waivers that placed too much emphasis on standardized testing.” Under the new law, “districts and schools still will be required to test students annually in reading and math in grades three to eight, and once in high school.” However, “the rules clarify how replacement tests might be used and how states might design their own tests as part of a pilot program.”
OU Works To Get More Female Students Interested In Science Fields.
KWTV-TV Oklahoma City (12/5, Shaw) reported on its website that female computer science majors at the University of Oklahoma on Monday worked to teach “younger girls from sixth grade to seniors in high school” a better understanding of computer science. The event was part of the university’s efforts to increase the percentage of female engineering students – currently, “only 24 percent of OU engineering students are female.” The article mentioned that Eliana Gaythan, 12, participated in the program and “is one of several local girls who meet at the Norman Library every Monday, as part of the ‘Girls Who Code Club.’”
University Of Maine Offers Drone Operation Course As Automated Technology Creates More Jobs.
The Christian Science Monitor (12/7) reports that some schools, such as the University of Maine at Augusta, are implementing curriculum involving automated technologies, like commercial drone operation. As technology evolves, utilizing more automated tools, it is likely that drone operations will be increasingly valuable to a wide host of employers in both the private and public sectors.
University of Florida Awarded $10 Million Grant To Innovate Virtual Learning For Visually Impaired Students.
The University of Florida (12/7) reports the University of Florida is assembling researchers from multiple fields to personalize online math instruction and adapt educational technology for students with visual impairments. The studies are being funded by two federal grants from the Department of Education (a combined $10 million fund) to bring online learning to visually impaired students by developing innovative virtual learning lab and personalized i-Pad instructional technology and learning plans.
Oregon Tech Part Of $15.6 Million Federal Research Grant.
The Klamath Falls (OR) Herald And News (12/7, Owens) reports that “Oregon Tech is part of a multi-campus program awarded a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, expected to be worth up to $15.6 million.” The report says “the grant is administered by Portland State’s Transportation Research and Education Center, TREC, and is for transportation research, education and outreach.” According to Hallie Neupert, Oregon Tech interim dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Management, “This grant upholds Oregon Tech’s role in shaping transportation decision-making in the region and beyond. … The University Transportation Centers program has funded important work at Oregon Tech in areas such as rural highway safety, hybrid vehicles, transportation engineering education and infrastructure evaluation.”
Indiana University-PUFW To Reinstate Women’s Studies.
The AP (12/7) reports, “Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne says it’s reinstating its women’s studies degree program after originally including it among several to be eliminated under program cuts.” The university said “the necessary administrative costs savings and instructional efficiencies” were found elsewhere.
University Director Says An Unequal Higher Education System Is Due To White Flight.
In an op-ed for the Washington Post (12/7), Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce Director Anthony P. Carnevale writes that similar to the flight that occurred during the post-World War II era that saw whites moving from cities to the “suburbs and better neighborhood schools,” today “whites are fleeing the underfunded and overcrowded two-year and four-year open-access colleges for the nation’s top 500 universities.” According to Carnevale, this creates a “racially stratified postsecondary education system [that] serves as a passive agent that mimics and magnifies the race-based inequities it inherits from the K-12 education system and projects them into the labor market.” We now enter into a “self-sustaining intergenerational cycle of racial privilege” where “whites educated at elite colleges go on to have successful careers, marry other whites with similar backgrounds, and buy homes in the right neighborhoods. Those neighborhoods in turn give their kids access to a top education in pre-K through high school that prepares them for selective colleges.” Carnevale continues to discuss ways to break the cycle, and help black and Latino students reach their potential.
Rep. Harris To Introduce Bill To Punish Sanctuary Campuses.
The Hill (12/7, Marcos) reports Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) “plans to introduce legislation on Wednesday to punish universities for serving as sanctuaries for students who are illegal immigrants.” Harris “said on the House floor that his upcoming legislation would require any entity receiving federal funds, including institutions of higher education, to meet lawful requests by federal immigration authorities.” Failure to do so would result in the loss of all funds from the federal government.
UConn President Announces Support For Immigrant Students. The AP (12/7, Eaton-Robb) reports University of Connecticut President Susan Herbst “says the school will do all it can to support students who do not have legal immigration status even though it can’t become a sanctuary campus.” Herbst “told the university community in an email Tuesday campus police won’t question immigration status or detain anyone based on administrative warrants from federal officials.” Herbst also promised that UConn would continue accepting qualified students regardless of their immigration status.
Sacramento School District Considers Safe Haven Status. The Sacramento (CA) Bee (12/7) reports the Sacramento City Unified School District will “vote Thursday on whether to declare itself a ‘safe haven’ that will protect students fearful of deportation or hate speech, joining a growing number of districts around the state taking action after the presidential election.” The resolution “specifies that immigration officials cannot enter campuses without written permission of the superintendent and that the district will restrict sharing of student files that could help determine the legal status of students.”
Mayotte Questions Whether US Will Keep All Student Loan Repayment Program Offerings.
In the “Student Loan Ranger” blog of U.S. News & World Report (12/7), contributor Betsy Mayotte advises student loan borrowers to avoid borrowing more than they can afford to pay back, due to “uncertainty surrounding student loan repayment programs.” Mayotte cites a recent GAO report that found “40 percent of all outstanding direct student loans are being paid under an income-driven repayment plan.” Mayotte suggests that although “many students today are borrowing for college with the assumption they’ll be able to make payments based on income in the future and maybe even obtain some loan forgiveness,” those programs may not be available in the future.
Bard College Early College Focuses On Liberal Arts.
The Atlantic (12/8, DeRuy) reports that Massachusetts-based Simon’s Rock, for about 50 years, has been giving high school students access to college courses, and now, the school “is looking to preserve and spread its definition of early college to more students—one grounded in the liberal-arts education it worries too many newer early colleges are eschewing.” Since 1979, Simon’s Rock has been affiliated with Bard College, and was initially “considered a retreat for a small number of gifted kids who were looking for an accelerated education. Attending involved tuition, and children of color—who are disproportionately likely to end up in high schools with few resources and, often, little guidance on how to get to college—weren’t always equally represented.” However, “in the last 15 years, Bard – in partnership with local school districts – has launched the Bard Early College network, which aims to export the liberal-arts-focused model to public-school students across the country. The objective…is to maintain the rigor of the education students get at Simon’s Rock while also expanding access to higher education to thousands of public-school students who wouldn’t ordinarily find themselves at a private school in New England.”
Accreditation and Professional Development
Army Research Center Physicist Recognized By AAAS.
The Redstone Rocket (AL) (12/7, Ficken Amrdec) reports that Dr. Henry Everitt, an Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center physicist, “has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a distinction that recognizes his outstanding contributions in scientific research.” The report explains that Everitt “is among 391 AAAS members elected by their peers to the rank of Fellow this year, one of two researchers employed by the Army.” In announcing the honor, AAAS recognized him “for pioneering spectroscopic investigations of wide bandgap semiconductors and ultraviolet plasmonic nanostructures, terahertz holography and nascent federal programs in quantum information, photonic crystals and nanotechnology.”
Research and Development
Researchers Develop Jumping Robot Inspired By Africa’s Bush Baby.
The Christian Science Monitor (12/7) reports that University of California, Berkeley researchers have created a robot named Salto (Saltatorial Locomotion on Terrain Obstacles), which is able to jump several times in quick succession. The robot’s design was inspired by studies “the galago, sometimes referred to as a bush baby,” an African primate known for its “remarkable jumping abilities.” Researchers hope the robot will one day be used “to search disaster areas for survivors.”
Clover Raises $300M To For Data-based Health Services Push.
Bloomberg News (12/7, Chapman) reports that startup Clover Health has raised nearly $300 million since last year to support its mission of “using data to encourage healthier living and identify potential issues before they need to be treated,” with a test of its services underway in New Jersey. The company “has built data science, design, engineering and product teams with pedigrees from several Valley giants, including Facebook, Google and Microsoft. The technical groups are led by Kris Gale, who started the business with [Vivek Garipalli, Clover’s co-founder and chief executive officer] after leaving Microsoft’s Yammer. They’re developing software to organize the trove of data coming from workers on the ground in New Jersey, mine it for likely health problems and suggest ways to prevent them before they happen.”
Engineer Creates Device To End Distracted Driving.
The Washington Post (12/7, Kunkle) reports that an engineer has invented a device that he believes “could eliminate distracted driving.” The device, called Grove, blocks incoming communications while the vehicles in motion, allowing only GPS and music data. It can “also distinguish the phone of the person who’s driving, so that passengers’ phones aren’t affected.” The inventor Scott Tibbitts said members of Congress told him “it would be better to persuade mobile phone providers to adopt it rather than embark on a legislative fix.” NHTSA also offered similar advice. Sprint, which has been piloting the device, said it could make it available as early as next year. T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere is also said to have an interest in implementing the device.
Education Leaders At Summit Address STEM Achievement Gap, Workforce Needs.
The Silicon Valley (CA) Business Journal (12/7, Hererra, Subscription Publication) reports that during the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s STEM Education Leadership Summit held on Wednesday morning at the Capital Club in San Jose, a panel moderated by MetroEd superintendent Alyssa Lynch discussed “the economic impact of STEM programs and asked what steps need to be taken in order to improve access to STEM education and careers.” Panelists included Mo-Yun Lei Fong, director of K-12 Education outreach at Google, and Debbie Tahmassebi, dean of the College of Arts & Science at Santa Clara University. The panel primarily “focused on the achievement gap between white and minority students in education, as well as between men and women in STEM education and careers.”
Author Gives Advice To Women On Handling The Gender Gap In The Workplace.
In an article for U.S. News & World Report (12/7) published in its “Outside Voices Careers” blog, speaker and author Hannah Morgan writes about what women should do if they want “to either get a promotion or make more money” in 2017. Morgan writes that first, “you’ll need to understand how the gender gap impacts your career.” In addition, a woman must start self-advocating early, pay attention to the industries that are more or less likely to pay equally, network and talk to other employees at companies that interest you to determine whether they practice gender equality, and always ask questions during the interview to get a sense of how the company is managed.
US Labor Market Increasingly Valuing People Skills.
Bloomberg News (12/7, Greenfield) reports that “the occupations projected to add the most jobs in the next 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, all require people skills – like home health aides, registered nurses, and retail and service workers.” But, Bloomberg points out, “the jobs the president-elect has focused on reviving – mostly in manufacturing, dominated by men – are the ones most vulnerable to being replaced by robots, not the ones that are in highest demand or expected to grow the fastest.” Bloomberg says that even as demand and wages have risen overall for STEM “jobs, wages have risen the most for those STEM workers with high social skills,” according to a National Bureau of Economic Relations study.
Infographic Details STEAM Opportunities For Women.
The Huffington Post (12/7) reports, as part of its “STEAM Experience” collaboration with Ford, that thanks to a shift in role models, “young boys are increasingly poised to answer the call of tomorrow’s STEAM…workforce.” The report says that “with our support, the same could hold true for young girls in future generations” if more prominent female role models are promoted and to more inclusivity in STEAM education is encouraged. The report includes an infographic that shows “what can be done to support women so that, by 2030, women can play a large role in the next generation of STEAM professionals.”
US Job Openings Slipped 1.8% In October.
The AP (12/7, Rugaber) reports that while October job openings “slipped 1.8 percent to 5.5 million,” openings are “still at a mostly healthy level that points to steady hiring ahead.” The Labor Department reports also showed that hiring “fell to just under 5.1 million, while the number of people quitting declined to about 3 million.” The AP said that hiring “is unlikely to accelerate beyond its current moderate pace anytime soon.” Job openings fell the most in professional and business services, “which includes largely higher-paying jobs in areas such as engineering, accounting and information technology.” In addition, openings “dropped in construction, financial services, and in hotels and restaurants” but rose in retail and healthcare.
IBM Begins Watson For Cybersecurity Program.
Wired (12/6) reports IBM’s Watson is “embarking on its biggest challenge yet: Preventing cybercrime in finance, healthcare, and other fields.” The Watson for Cybersecurity program is in beta testing, but “starting today, 40 organizations will rely upon the clever computers cognitive power to help spot cybercrime.” Wired adds that the program “helps IBM too, because Watson’s real-world experience will help it hone its skills and work within specific industries.”
InfoWorld (12/6) discusses how IBM Security and certain universities have collaborated for months to “help teach Watson the ‘language of cybersecurity.’” InfoWorld adds, “Watson for Cyber Security combines machine learning and natural language processing to make associations in unstructured data like blogs, research reports, and documentation that security analysts can then use to make better, faster decisions.”
eWeek (12/6) reports similarly.
Verizon Launches FiOS Rollout In Boston.
The Verge (12/7, Purbasari) reports Verizon is starting the rollout of its $300 million dollar FiOS services in the Boston area, after announcing eight months ago “that it was building a fiber optic platform.” The company has already installed over 160 miles of fiber optic wiring and the rollout is expected to take the next six months. In a statement, Verizon’s consumer landline business chief Ken Dixon said the “FiOS service will be offered to more than 25,000 addresses by the end of December.” Ars Technica (12/7) reports Verizon’s previous FiOS launch resulted in various cities’ government officials criticizing “Verizon for not serving all residents, particularly in low-income areas.” In one of the more highlighted cases, New York officials said Verizon’s “city-wide buildout in New York City did not end up reaching all residents, and NYC officials have been fighting Verizon over the matter.” But Verizon remains optimistic about the Boston rollout, stating the “project isn’t just about fiber-to-the-home; it’s also supposed to improve mobile service.”
Finnish Nokia Town Hopes Tech Companies Allow City’s Revival.
The Wall Street Journal (12/7, Verbergt, Subscription Publication) reports Finnish city Salo, the birthplace of Nokia cellphones, is drawing in new tech companies who are seeking the area’s various idled factories and experienced engineers. The city struggled after Nokia sold its cellphone assets to Microsoft, which later decided to decrease its mobile-phone operations, leading to loss of Salo workers. As San Diego-based Nuviz and other tech companies increase their presence in Salo, the city hopes to become a successful tech hub, similar to California.
EU To Take Action Against Seven Member Nations Over VW Emissions Cheating.
Reuters (12/7, De Carbonnel) reports the European Union plans to take action against seven nations “for failing to police car emissions rules, EU sources said, after the Volkswagen cheating scandal showed suspicious behavior in the industry.” The European Commission plans to take “the strongest legal action it can take against members of the 28-nation bloc,” stating “many nations wooed by the industry’s importance…have shielded carmakers from the kind of sanctions some face in the United States.” EU sources informed on the matter say “the EU executive has found fault with countries for failing to set fines to deter sharp practice on emissions, penalize carmakers for breaching the law or cooperate with its demands for information.” In particular, Germany and Britain are undergoing cases involving their testing and approval methods of new VW models. Although defeat devices have been illegal under EU law since 2007, some national watchdogs claim “vagueness in EU law allows for the loophole.” The Financial Times (12/7, Brunsden, Campbell, Subscription Publication) reports EU Industry Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska has pushed German and British authorities to detail findings of different manufacturers’ emissions control technologies to show how such practices follow EU law.
Apple Posts Strongest Market Growth In Two Years.
Several outlets yesterday covered Apple’s solid smartphone performance last quarter, with ComputerWorld (12/7, Evans), Fortune (12/7, Reisinger) and The Verge (12/7, Savov) among those reporting that over a three-month period ending in October, the firm posted its strongest market growth numbers in nearly two years. Citing data provided by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, ZDNet (12/7, Ranger) and AppleInsider (12/7, Wuerthele) say US iPhone sales grew seven percentage points year-on-year, while iOS also maintained its stronghold on Japan’s market with nearly 51.7 percent of sales. Phone Arena (12/7, Victor H.), in a similar report, says the firm’s latest iPhone 7 has played a major role in Apple’s most recent gains. In fact, the report names it “the single best-selling smartphone in the United States with 10.6% of all new smartphone sales.”
Apple’s smartphone division also performed well in urban China. TelecomPaper (12/7) reports that the company now has surpassed Xiaomi to rank second in overall China-based sales with 3.8 percent share, despite the firm’s decline in overall iOS share in the region from a year ago. Most reports yesterday attributed Apple’s most recent figures to Samsung’s recently discontinued Note 7, with Business Insider (12/7, Dunn) observing that the recall “likely left a big gap for Apple to fill” – one they’ve managed to capitalize on according to last quarter’s numbers. In related coverage, CNET News (12/7, Ackerman) reports that during the month of November, Apple posted its “highest monthly sales” performance since first establishing the App Store. Financial Times (12/7, Bradshaw, Subscription Publication) and Barron’s (12/7) offer similar coverage on Apple’s latest performance.
AT&T, Time Warner CEOs Face Senate Judiciary Committee Antitrust Panel On Proposed Merger.
The Hill (12/7, Breland) reports the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel held a hearing Wednesday to question AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson and Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes on the “proposed $85.4 billion merger.” Democratic legislators expressed “concerns about the merger’s effect on consumers” and raised “worries that it could result in higher prices and fewer options.” Both Stephenson and Bewkes assured the merger “would help AT&T provide lower rates to consumers and said they had ‘no incentive’ to create more restrictive pricing and packing plans.” Stephenson used AT&T’s previous merger with DirecTV as an example, saying it “had clearly benefitted consumers.” Reuters (12/7) reports the chief Democrat on the panel Amy Klobuchar showed “concern that the deal would create incentives for AT&T to refuse to license Time Warner’s movies and television shows to competitors.” Additionally harming competition, Klobuchar “also said AT&T could favor its own shows over independent content.” Senator Al Franken echoed these apprehensions, pressing Bewkes “on whether the new, combined company would raise rates to others who would broadcast its content.” The deal is currently under review by the Justice Department to “determine whether the deal is legal under antitrust law.” Franken said he also hopes to “see the FCC review the merger because of their tougher standard.”
In a video segment on Bloomberg News (12/7) Public Knowledge Senior Policy Counsel Phillip Berenbroick discusses with Bloomberg Market’s David Gura his group’s objections to the merger. Berenbroick said: “Our argument is that Time Warner and AT&T can largely do what they’re proposing to do via contract. Time Warner does that already with many content distributors. This would simply bring the Time Warner content in house for AT&T.”
Engineering and Public Policy
ASEE Taking Part In White House Inclusive Entrepreneurship Initiative.
The University Herald (12/7) reports that “the White House announced new and expanded platforms to improve inclusion and diversity within the start-ups.” As part of the initiative, “the American Society for Engineering Education is creating best practices in diversity and inclusion for more than 200 member universities.” The Herald explains that “participating schools have committed to foster diversity in their engineering programs.”
House Panel Troubled By Problems At USGS Energy Resources Program’s Geochemistry Laboratories.
E&E Daily (12/7, Subscription Publication) reports that a House Natural Resources subcommittee “expressed outrage” Tuesday “over shoddy data analysis and other problems at a now-shuttered U.S. Geological Survey laboratory near Denver.” Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Louie Gohmert said, “The reliability of data we are provided as lawmakers across the spectrum of issues is now called into question.” Ranking member Debbie Dingell “said she is troubled by workplace harassment and ignored whistleblower complaints revealed in a report last June from the Interior Department’s inspector general.”
Additional coverage was provided by the Aurora (CO) Sentinel (12/7).
Analysis: DeVos Exercises “Free Market Approach” To School Choice.
In question-and-answer format, the Christian Science Monitor (12/7, Khadaroo) provides an analysis of how school choice may look under the leadership of Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Education Secretary. The Monitor speculates DeVos “could potentially use regulatory authority as secretary of Education to support states that want to direct more dollars toward various choice programs.” Regarding the success of voucher programs, the article concludes, “There’s no strong consensus that vouchers broadly provide a big boost academically – though some well-regarded studies have pointed to such effects. Nor is there consensus that they harm students or fail to give some academic advantage in various cases.”
In its “All Things Considered” program and on its website, NPR (12/7, Westervelt) reports on the success of Betsy DeVos’ charter school West Michigan Aviation Academy. NPR reports, “The well-regarded school places a strong emphasis on STEM, aeronautical engineering and robotics,” and that its popularity underscores “the mantra of opportunity, choice and competition” that NPR says “has been the guiding principle” DeVos. The article also features the opinion of Tulane University economics professor Douglas Harris, who said charter schools “don’t work,” citing how they have “greatly under-performed” in Detroit.
Education Week (12/7) provides an analysis of the success of charter schools in Michigan, citing an annual report from the National Alliance that ranked “the quality of the state’s charter law 21st out of 42 states and the District of Columbia.” Yet, the article says any results maybe “skewed somewhat by the fact that the state’s traditional district schools are struggling mightily.”
FWS Rejects Army Corps’ Attempt To Greenlight Part Of Vigneto.
The Arizona Daily Star (12/7) reports that “federal wildlife officials are pushing back against the Army Corps of Engineers’ determination that restoration work related to a 28,000-home development in Benson is unlikely to affect protected species.” In an Oct. 14 letter to the Corps, the FWS “disagreed with the Corps’ conclusion about unlikely environmental impacts, which was based on a biological evaluation of a ‘mitigation parcel’ outside the bounds of the Villages at Vigneto development.” However, “the wildlife service also emphasized that it would not move forward in consulting with the Corps about the mitigation parcel unless the entire 12,300-acre Vigneto development was included in the discussion.”
Six Schools In Iowa Receive Grants For STEM Teaching.
The Cedar Rapids (IA) Gazette (12/7, Duffy) reports that six schools in Iowa “received a $3,500 award this week for its emphasis on computer science, mathematics and technology.” The Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council’s communications director, Angel Mendez, said, “Right now, there’s not a clear pathway in for computer science education. In the K-12 arena, there are no requirements for computer science. If there’s no exposure to computer science, they’re not going to pursue it later.” Thus, schools are “giving all students access to the lessons – available at studio.code.org” to “help close the industry’s gender gap” and to encourage learning in the STEM fields. The article notes that “in Iowa, only 16 percent of computer-science graduates were women in 2014.”
Research Shows Gendered Toys Could Discourage Girls From STEM Careers.
The Guardian (UK) (12/7, Weale) reports on an Institution for Engineering and Technology (IET) finding “that toys with a science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) focus were three times as likely to be targeted at boys than girls,” and warns that this practice “could be discouraging girls from pursuing a career in engineering and technology.” Current data shows “women account for just 9% of engineers in the UK, despite enthusiasm among girls at primary school for information and communications technology (ICT) and computing (according to recent IET research, 39% say they enjoy it), maths (38%) and science (36%).”
Netherland Schools Using Software To Ensure A Healthier Lunch For Students.
Forbes (12/7) reports on “Horizon DaaS, virtual desktop software from VMware” that is used by schools in the Netherlands to help determine whether cafeterias are meeting “guidelines for healthy, safe and sustainable food choices.” Netherlands Nutrition Centre Business Operations Manager Jelle Jager said, “Our Healthy School Canteen ‘brigadiers’ no longer face any restrictions during their work. …Irrespective of the operating system, everyone can log in immediately. The device they use for this has no influence on the performance.”
Wednesday’s Lead Stories
• PISA: US Teenagers’ Math Scores See Greatest Drop Since 2009.
• ED Ends Student Aid For Globe University, Minnesota School Of Business.
• Robots Provide Police Departments New Option To End Standoffs.
• Some Employers Eschew Hiring Coding School Graduates.
• Trump: Boeing Contract To Build Next Air Force One Should Be Canceled Due To Costs.
• High Court Rules In Favor Of Samsung In Dispute With Apple.
• Trump Invites Tech Leaders To Summit In New York.
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Leading the News
PISA: US Teenagers’ Math Scores See Greatest Drop Since 2009.
The Wall Street Journal (12/6, Hobbs, Subscription Publication) reports that on Tuesday, the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) published its results, showing the US with an 11-point drop in its average math score, which the Journal points out was the most sizable decrease since 2009. US Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. said, “We’re losing ground – a troubling prospect when, in today’s knowledge-based economy, the best jobs can go anywhere in the world. As the new PISA results show, U.S. students are scoring well behind their peers in top-performing nations.” National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Acting Commissioner Peggy G. Carr said, “Mathematics remains the subject that the U.S. fares worst in, comparatively, and our students continue to score below the average for OECD member nations. We need to take a strong look at ourselves in mathematics.”
The AP (12/6, Kerr) quotes King as saying, “Students in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Minnesota aren’t just vying for great jobs along with their neighbors or across state lines, they must be competitive with peers in Finland, Germany, and Japan.” Carr added, “This pattern that we’re seeing in mathematics seems to be consistent with what we’ve seen in previous assessments … everything is just going down.” OECD Director for Education and Skills Andreas Schleicher said “high-performing countries do really well in math in three things: rigor, focus, and coherence.” NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia said, “What do the PISA high-performing nations do differently than the United States? They invest in their students. They fully fund all of their schools, regardless of the ZIP code or community they are in.”
Reuters (12/6, Simpson) said that the US “average math score of 470 was down 17 points from 2009, and 20 points below the average of the countries taking part in the survey.” The report found “15-year-old U.S. students ranked 40th in the world in math last year out of 72 countries or cities.” Reuters adds, “A U.S. bright spot was Massachusetts. The state’s reading score would have tied for second behind Singapore, and its science showing tied for sixth.” The Boston (MA) Globe (12/6, Vaznis) focuses on Massachusetts’ results.
Politico Morning Education (12/6, Stratford) reports that King was in Massachusetts “to hail the state’s success with PISA – while noting that the nation as a whole is ‘losing ground.’” King said, “The PISA results announced today for Massachusetts didn’t happen instantly or by accident. It has taken years of people showing courage – principals, teachers, parents, students, and state and district leaders. It has taken years of overcoming challenges. It has taken years to make real and meaningful change happen. And it will take time to see the work we are continuing to do today truly pay off for students.” The Washington Post (12/6, Heim) says King called the PISA results “sobering news,” and the Los Angeles Times (12/6, Resmovits) says King “expressed disappointment” in the overall US results.
Weakening Link Between Socio-Economic status And Performance Shows Improving US Education Equity.Bloomberg News (12/6, Yadoo) said that out of 35 Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, “the U.S. ranked 19th in science, 20th in reading and 31st in math as Asian countries including Singapore and Japan once again topped the charts.” The report also showed that “between 2006 and 2015, the percentage of so-called resilient students in the U.S. – teens from the bottom of the socio-economic ladder who manage to outperform their peers and rank among the top quarter of students internationally – grew by 12.3 points, the largest margin of the 72 countries and economies surveyed.” This weakening of the “link between socio-economic status and school performance” is “a sign of improving equity in American education,” Bloomberg adds.
Professor Asserts PISA Rankings Are “Flawed.” Valerie Strauss writes in the “Answer Sheet” blog of the Washington Post (12/6) that “Americans should not panic” about the PISA results because the rankings are “flawed,” according to Yong Zhao, a professor in educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Kansas. Zhao questioned whether its results “accurately capture the domains of expertise each individual needs for successful participation in the future society anywhere in the world.”
In a separate analysis, Ben Rosen of the Christian Science Monitor (12/6) says, “Some experts have consistently warned not to compare the US to other countries. They have said its educational system is too large and too varied.” However, “other experts have said some lessons can be learned from countries such as Finland.” For example, Finnish educator Pasi Sahlberg said the answer to the Scandinavian countries’ success “may, in part, lie not in the classroom, but on the playground,” which “constitutes a significant part of individual growth and learning in Finnish schools.”
Schleicher Predicts Common Core Would Raise US Scores In Long Term. Emerson Collective senior fellow Amanda Ripley writes in “The Upshot” blog of the New York Times (12/6, Subscription Publication) that PISA researchers were proven correct in their pre-test prediction that the US “federal government’s ham-handed but consistent push to get states to prioritize their lowest-achieving students (under No Child Left Behind and other efforts) was likely to have some effect.” Ripley says the researchers’ accurate predictions suggest that raising standards for students results in improved scores. Schleicher said, “I’m confident the Common Core is going to have a long-term impact. Patience may be the biggest challenge.” The article notes that “President-elect Donald J. Trump and Betsy DeVos, his nominee for education secretary, have called for the repeal of the Common Core.”
The Week (12/6, Stanek) also editorializes that to improve scores for US teenagers, the Common Core, which is used by “every high-ranking nation in the PISA test, including Poland and South Korea,” is needed.
Dallas Morning News: TX Should Learn From Singapore About Finding Great Teachers. The Dallas Morning News (12/6, Ayala) reports that Singapore “has dominated international rankings in education, with students regularly outperforming their peers in math, science and literacy.” According to Singapore officials, “the key to that success was simple: Hire only the best teachers.” National Institute of Education professor Ee Ling Low, who educates aspiring teachers, said, “Teaching is akin to nation building. It’s about survival.”
Analysis: PISA Data Shows Attendance, School Climate Impacts Achievement. Education Week (12/6, Blad) reports that the newest Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results provide international data to show how “factors like school climate, attendance, and classroom management can affect a student’s academic achievement.” The PISA results also “show that poor attendance and a distracting learning environment correlate with lower test scores in nearly every country that participates in the exam.”
ED Ends Student Aid For Globe University, Minnesota School Of Business.
Relying on information in the Minneapolis Star Tribune (12/6, Brunswick), the AP (12/6) reports the US Education Department “says Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business will no longer be allowed to participate in federal student aid programs,” after “the schools committed fraud by misrepresenting their criminal justice programs and the transferability of credits to other institutions.” The AP adds that the aid ends on Dec. 31, and the “schools have until Dec. 20 to dispute the department’s findings.”
The Chronicle of Higher Education (12/6, Zamudio-Suaréz) quotes US Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell as saying in a press release, “Globe and MSB preyed upon potential public servants – targeting those with a sincere desire to help their communities.” The article notes that in September, “a Minnesota judge ruled that Globe and the Minnesota School of Business had committed fraudulent marketing and recruiting for their criminal-justice programs.”
Thousands Of Virginians May Unaware Of Their Eligibility For Student Loan Forgiveness.
The Washington Post (12/6, Douglas-Gabriel) reports that on Tuesday, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring “said his office is notifying about 5,300 people who attended a chain of defunct for-profit colleges of their eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.” Evidence in the case against Corinthian Colleges over apparent predatory lending at several of its campuses, “is supposed to make it easier for students who enrolled in those schools to have their education debt canceled through what’s known as ‘borrower defense to repayment.’” About 250,000 students may “be eligible for debt relief,” however, only “82,000 people had filed claims as of early October, despite efforts by the Education Department to notify former students through mailings, email, partner organizations and other means.” Officials are now spreading the word that “anyone who was enrolled at one of the Everest or WyoTech programs listed on the department’s website can apply to have their federal student loans forgiven.”
WSJ Lists Northeast Colleges With Lowest Student-To-Faculty Ratios.
The Wall Street Journal (12/6, Subscription Publication) reports on five colleges that have a low ratio when it comes to students and faculty. They include Yale, Princeton, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, and Williams College. The universities have a six to one ratio, a measure from the US Education Department’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System used by the WSJ/THE Rankings in rating school resources.
Debt Collective Calls For Debt Relief Prior To Obama’s Departure.
Inside Higher Ed (12/6, Kreighbaum) reports that the Debt Collective “is calling on the Obama administration to provide debt relief for student loan borrowers who say they were defrauded by for-profit institutions before President Obama leaves office next year.” In a video posted by the organization, debt striker and former Corinthian Colleges student Pam Hunt says, “We’re appealing to you this one last time. This is, like, our last chance to get the justice we deserve.” She add, “Please forgive these debts before you leave office.”
Analysis: Borrowers Paying More Than Expected Through Student Loan Repayment Plans.
Consumer Reports (12/6, Rosato) reports that many student borrowers are “paying more than they expected” through “student loan repayment plans that allow them to reduce their monthly bill based on a percentage of their income.” Consumer Reports warns borrowers, “Even though you reduce the amount that you pay” monthly through these programs, “interest continues to accrue on the balance.” In addition, if a student loan is forgiven through such a repayment plan, the borrower will owe income taxes on that balance.
New Manufacturing Resource Center Launched At Utah University.
According to Deseret (UT) News (12/6, Lee), a new manufacturing resource center called the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center is opening at the University of Utah. The university received funding from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and will receive continued funding from federal and state government as well as local industry. The center was founded by two university engineering professors and “is designed to deliver services to small- and medium-size manufacturing companies by providing expertise in technology, worker education and how to develop relationships with potential investors.”
Research and Development
Robots Provide Police Departments New Option To End Standoffs.
NBC News (12/6, Sofge) reports that the success of the Dallas Police Department’s plan to use a robot to kill a suspect ending what was known as the “deadliest shooting attack on police in US history” and “the lack of any legal blowback following its deployment” has forced police chiefs and SWAT commanders to consider using this option in similar situations. According to NBC News, Ben Miller, a former member of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and current engineer at Draganfly, “sees lethal police robots as a little-used last resort, but a tactical option that’s suddenly plausible given recent standoffs.”
Northrop Grumman’s Tern UAS Moving Forward.
Breaking Defense (12/6, Whittle) profiles the Northrop Grumman Tern UAS, which it deems “one of the oddest military drones,” which has revived the concept of tailsitter aircraft. The concept, first tried in 1951, “proved impractical with a human pilot inside,” but is moving forward by “foregoing the pesky pilot inside the aircraft.” Tests of the two prototypes, currently under construction at a cost of $150 million, are set to be conducted in 2018.
If successful, the Tern would allow all US Navy ships to function as aircraft carriers, according to the Daily Mail (12/6). The article also reports Air Force General Hawk Carlisle said recently that laser weapon technology is likely to be installed on fighter aircraft “very soon,” and that the “day is a lot closer than I think a lot of people think it is.”
Apple To Commence Publication Of AI Research.
Bloomberg News (12/6, Webb) reports that Apple announced Monday that it will now permit its artificial intelligence teams to publish research papers, “marking a significant change in strategy that could help accelerate the iPhone maker’s advances in deep learning.” Bloomberg notes that Russ Salakhutdinov, an Apple director of AI research, made the announcement at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference, adding that the company hired Salakhutdinov from Carnegie Mellon University in October and observing that its erstwhile prohibition against publishing research has impaired its ability to hire the best researchers, who are often unwilling to work in secretive environments where they cannot openly interact with colleagues.
Business Insider (12/6, Shead) reports that competitors such as Google and Facebook already allowed employees to publish research in numerous fields, including AI, and notes that Yann LeCun, Facebook’s AI director, told BI only last month that Apple’s walled-off approach to research could hinder its ability to top AI researchers, and that Facebook attracts talented software engineers by offering them the possibility of openly publishing their work, noting that researchers assume that they will publish their work, which is “very important for a scientist because the currency of the career as a scientist is the intellectual impact,” and researchers’ failure to publish could “basically ruin their career.”
Wave Power Remains Relatively Unresearched Alternative Energy Source.
U.S. News & World Report (12/6, Duggan) reports that “while solar and wind energy seem to get the majority of the media headlines, an entire segment of the alternative energy sector is looking away from the sun and skies and focusing its attention on the power of the world’s oceans.” The report says that Ocean Power Technologies “has secured two new contracts worth more than $1.2 million with Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding and the U.S. defense department” for the firm’s “latest PowerBuoy device, the PB3.” However, “according to George Hagerman, senior research associate at Virginia Tech, wave energy has a lot of ground to make up to compete with solar, wind or fossil fuel energy.” US News says the US “Department of Energy seems to recognize the risks of wave energy investment at this” early stage with a spokesman saying “the department is evaluating the viability of different types of marine and hydrokinetic energy devices.”
Study: Greenhouse Gas Emissions Could Result In More Frequent, Intense Rainstorms.
The New York Times (12/6, Schlossberg, Subscription Publication) reports that a new study by scientists from the National Center for Atmospheric Research found that if greenhouse gas emissions continue at current levels, “across the country, rainstorms may become more frequent and intense,” with the largest increases occurring “in the Northeast and the Gulf Coast.” According to the study, “these intense storms could become five times as frequent,” and “when they do happen, there could be up to 70 percent more rain, potentially turning a heavy but not catastrophic storm into something closer to a biblical flood.” Meanwhile, regions such as the Pacific Northwest, which is “already quite wet, and the central United States, might become drier on average, but even there extreme rainfall is likely to intensify,” meaning a potential for “an increased risk of droughts and of flash floods.”
Researchers Use Stellerator To Demonstrate Fusion Feasibility.
The Daily Caller (12/6, Follett) reports that German engineers from the Max Planck Institute “may have unlocked a secret of nuclear fusion, according to a new research paper published Tuesday.” The researchers found that “fusion reactors are feasible by determining that an experimental reactor was generating the right kind of magnetic field to trap plasma for long enough for nuclear fusion to occur.” The scientists “confined the hot plasma in a magnetic field with a device called a ‘stellarator.’” The scientific team was “led by American physicist Dr. Sam Lazerson of the Department of Energy and the German scientists.”
UConn Professor: EM Drive Has “Slim” Possibility Of Holding Up To Further Testing.
UConn Today (12/6, Poitras) interviews engineering professor Brice Cassenti, “an expert in advanced propulsion systems,” about NASA’s “long-awaited research paper on the controversial EM Drive propulsion system” that “could radically change the way humans travel in space.” NASA recently published the paper in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ peer-reviewed Journal of Propulsion and Power. According to Cassenti, an EM Drive “uses electromagnetic waves…to produce thrust,” making the propulsion system “unique because the device uses no traditional fuels or propellants.” While he asserts that “the probability of this holding up under further analysis and testing appears slim,” Cassenti concedes that “Newton’s laws have already been shown not to apply at high relative speeds (where special relativity applies), in large gravitational fields, and with very small scale molecules.” He argues in favor of testing the EM Drive on earth before launching a mission to test it in space, citing the expense of a space mission.
Some Employers Eschew Hiring Coding School Graduates.
In a more than 2,300-word feature, Bloomberg News (12/6, McBride) reports some Silicon Valley employers say they disregard degrees from coding schools because they may fail to teach “the big-picture skills that employers say they want,” and because training their graduates “often requires hours of hand-holding by more experienced staff.” While coding schools were once “heralded as the answer to the technology industry’s prayers,” many now say the schools’ quality of education “varies widely,” with some activists calling for increased oversight of the programs.
Coca-Cola Among Atlanta-Area Companies Hiring In December.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (12/6) reports on several metro Atlanta companies looking to bring new workers on this month; among them is Coca-Cola. Right now there are “more than 80 openings in Atlanta and Alpharetta in the administrative, human resources, information technology, legal, engineering, logistics, manufacturing and maintenance departments.”
Trump: Boeing Contract To Build Next Air Force One Should Be Canceled Due To Costs.
President-elect Trump on Tuesday said that Boeing’s contract to build the next Air Force One should be canceled due to the high cost of the program. Media coverage of Trump’s statements overwhelmingly did not focus on the President-elect’s budget related explanation, instead speculating as to other possible reasons – including what is characterized as anti-business positions, a personal preference for his own plane, and being upset with Boeing – without providing concrete evidence as support. Cable news (and particularly Fox News) was the exception, with some analyses placing Trump’s statement in the context of a business decision and negotiation tactic.
NBC Nightly News (12/6, story 4, 2:20, Hall) reported that Trump is “sparking a new controversy over Air Force One after once again taking to social media to criticize an American business.” The Wall Street Journal (12/6, Cameron, Paletta, Subscription Publication) reports the statement expands Trump’s efforts to influence industrial policy after he previously has criticized companies for moving jobs overseas.
Bloomberg Politics (12/6, Levin) reports that Trump tweeted early Tuesday, “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!” Trump, according to the Washington Post (12/6, Davenport), later told reporters that the cost of the plan “is totally out of control.” Trump added, “It’s going to be over $4 billion for Air Force One program, and I think it’s ridiculous. I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money.” The Huffington Post (12/6, Walsh, Wilkie) quotes Trump spokesman Jason Miller as saying the next administration is “going to look for ways to save money.” Miller added that there will be “more specifics after” Trump takes office.
Bloomberg Politics (12/7, Cirilli) reports that sources say Boeing executives have told Trump’s team that the cost of the new plane could be less if the government reduces the requirements. Bloomberg says that the company “reached out to Trump’s staff” following the President-elect’s tweet. Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said on Fox News’ Hannity (12/6), “Donald Trump is a businessman who understands how to control costs to be successful, and taking over the role as CEO of the United States is a $4 trillion budget and he’s looking at $4 billion and saying, ‘Is this the best we can do? Let’s shave the cost. Let’s use our taxpayer dollars wisely.’ … Why are we spending $4 billion if the plane really should be a $2 billion plane?” On FNC’s Tucker Carlson Tonight (12/6), The Federalist’s Bre Payton said she believes Trump’s statement “is really more of a negotiation tactic.” Payton said she “appreciate[s] a President-elect who is going to baluk at the sticker price” and this is the “second time in a week he has really gone after a domestic company and said basically, you know, you do this or you’re going to be punished.” Rep. Sean Duffy said on CNN’s The Situation Room (12/6) that Trump “is talking about American tax dollars.” Duffy added that it is “incumbent upon [Trump] to make sure the next fleet of air force one is consistent with what he finds appropriate as a cost structure.”
Roll Call (12/6, Braun) reports that the Air Force originally in 2015 set the budget for the new planes at $1.65 billion, “but current estimates have varied.” Roll Call adds that President Obama “suspended a similar contract” for new Marine One helicopters in 2009 and “cit[ed] exorbitant costs.” The Hill (12/6, Neidig) reports White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest “questioned Trump’s portrayal of the arrangement.” Earnest said, “Some of the statistics that have been cited, shall we say, don’t appear to reflect the nature of the financial agreement between Boeing and the Department of Defense.” Earnest added, “I think the American people would expect that future US presidents would benefit from unique and upgraded capabilities while they are traveling and representing the interests of the United States around the world.” Under the headline “The Inaccuracies In Donald Trump’s Air Force On Tweet,” the Washington Post (12/6, Kessler) says “there are a number of inaccuracies in his tweet.” The Post provides a list of what it considers “inaccuracies” and an explanation.
The Los Angeles Times (12/6, Hennigan) reports that Trump “took aim at Air Force One” by criticizing the cost of the program. The New York Times (12/6, Shear, Subscription Publication) reports that Trump’s statement “appeared to come out of the blue” as the President-elect “had not focused” on the cost of the future plan during the campaign. The Times adds that Trump’s “criticism of the contract” has “raised the possibility that he might prefer to keep flying his own, well-appointed 757” as president. However, the Time says the Secret Service and Defense Department “might object to Mr. Trump keeping his own airplane” due to the communications equipment that Air Force One carries.
The CBS Evening News (12/6, lead story, 2:40, Pelley), ABC World News Tonight (12/6, story 6, 2:35, Muir), and USA Today (12/6, Bomey) connect Trump’s tweet to an earlier report that Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg criticized Trump’s rhetoric on trade due to concern that a trade war could hurt his company’s business. USA Today highlights that the tweet “came just over an hour” after a Chicago Tribune (12/6) story quoted Muilenburg and “it was not immediately clear whether Trump” had read the story. The Seattle Times (12/6, Gates, Baker) reports Trump’s tweet “has shocked Boeing and cast doubt on what was expected to be a lucrative crowing order for the 747 jumbo jet.” The Times says Trump’s “out-of-the-blue statement suggests some animosity toward Boeing.” Trump, according to the Times, “has criticized ‘corporate welfare’ such as the Export-Import Bank backing that supports many Boeing jet sales to foreign airlines” and the President-elect “has assailed Boeing for sending work to China.” Politico (12/6, Nelson) reports that Trump’s most recent financial disclosure from May shows that he held between $50,001- and $100,000 of Boeing stock in 2015, but Miller said Tuesday that the President-elect sold all of his stocks last June.
The Washington Times reports that Boeing responded to Trump’s comments with a statement that said it is “currently under contract for $170 million to help determine the capabilities of these complex military aircraft that serves the unique requirements of the President of the United States.” Boeing added that the company “look[s] forward to working with the US Air Force on subsequent phases of the program allowing us to deliver the best planes for the President at the best value for the American taxpayer.”
WPost, WTimes Analyses: Trump Is “Unnerving” Corporate America. The Washington Post (12/6, Harwell, Helderman) reports on its front page that Trump’s “style, including his opaque personal financial dealings and his sudden shots at certain companies, has helped unnerve a corporate America that traditionally craves stability.” The Post adds that some business executives and economists “have worried whether executives can speak their minds about the president-elect or his policies without fear of facing Trump’s rage.”
The Washington Times (12/6, Miller) similarly reports that Trump’s “hard-bargaining style also is rattling some American businesses.” The Times says Trump’s moves have been “entirely unpredictable – a quality that tends to unnerve financial markets.”
Harman Invests In Navdy’s Heads-Up Displays.
Bloomberg News (12/6) reports Harman’s first investment “since agreeing to sell itself to Samsung” is in Navdy, “a startup that makes projection displays” for cars. Bloomberg notes the companies will begin selling “co-branded devices next year.” Bloomberg adds that Navdy’s heads-up display could incorporate messages like the car needing a mechanic, “which could drive purchases of Harman’s auto parts.”
Digital Trends (12/6, Wiggers) reports Navdy’s display had only been available through its website, but now will be “made available through” Harman’s “automotive partners.” In addition Digital Trends notes that Harman and Navdy will jointly add “new software functionality,” and “hardware design” updates over the coming years.
Fortune (12/6, Korosec) reports the deal will give Harman exclusive distribution rights for a co-branded product. Fortune adds that Harman’s investment was likely around $15 million in the company. Fortune adds that Navdy has already surpassed its own initial expectations of $1 million in sales, instead taking in about 20,000 orders worth $7 million since the company began accepting pre-orders in summer of 2014. Fortune adds that Navdy’s heads-up display “can broadcast phone alerts and text messages, map routes, and music information in a crisp image that seems to float right in front of the driver.”
Audi Launches First Vehicle-To-Infrastructure System.
Business Insider (12/6, Muoio) reports a few Audi cars – “the A4, Q7, and A4 allroad models built after June 1, 2016” – became the first to successfully employ “a vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication system,” according to Scott Keogh, president of Audi America. The cars are now equipped “with a timer that will tell you when the light will change” on Las Vegas roads. Keogh said it was “the first time you’re going to have a car that’s actually connected to the infrastructure. This is where the world is heading.” Business Insider notes Audi collaborated with “the Las Vegas government to link 1,000 traffic lights” to the network. Business Insider adds that “the timer is displayed in the instrument cluster,” but disappears about three seconds out from the change “to discourage people from racing each other.” Audi hopes to “expand the program to other cities throughout 2017 and beyond.”
High Court Rules In Favor Of Samsung In Dispute With Apple.
USA Today (12/6, Wolf) reports the US High Court “ruled Tuesday that Samsung’s violation of Apple’s smartphone design patents can involve only a component, rather than the entire product – a decision that means Samsung may not have to pay penalties reaching into the hundreds of millions of dollars.” USA Today calls “the unanimous decision from Justice Sonia Sotomayor…a much-needed victory for Samsung, beset with problems ranging from smartphones that burst into flames to washers with exploding tops.” The New York Times (12/6, Liptak, Subscription Publication) notes Sotomayor “said an article of manufacture may sometimes be the entire product sold to consumers – here, Samsung’s phones – and sometimes be the components found to have infringed a design patent.”
The CBS Evening News (12/6, story 8, 0:25, Pelley) called the ruling “a blow to Apple,” and NBC Nightly News (12/6, story 8, 0:20, Hall) referred to “a rare defeat in the smartphone wars today for the tech giant Apple.”
Samsung Chief Questioned In South Korean Corruption Scandal.
On Tuesday, South Korean lawmakers questioned nine business leaders allegedly involved in a fraud and corruption scheme that could bring down the nation’s president. Media coverage focused extensively on Samsung Electronics’ only heir, Lee Jae-young, and how he was “admonished” and “reprimanded” in televised questioning.
The Korea Herald (12/6) reports Samsung Electrics vice chairman Lee Jae-yong received about 80 percent of the questioning in a hearing before the South Korean National Assembly, its “largest parliamentary probe on South Korea’s industrial titans ever.” The hearing, broadcast live on television, placed the Samsung heir “at the center” of the national scandal surrounding President Park Geun-hye and her friend, Choi Soon-sil.
Bloomberg News (12/6, Kim) says along with Lee, prosecutors summed eight other business leaders, including Samsung Electronics group chairman Lee Kun-hee, Lotte Group chairman Shin Dong-bin, and SK Group’s Chey Tae-won, for their alleged involvement in the corruption scheme. The business heads controlled companies that amassed combined annual sales exceeding $800 billion. Lee was the youngest business leader questioned by the 18 lawmakers.
Billboard Magazine (12/6) published an article by the AP (12/5, Lee) that explains Park’s scandal has increased scrutiny over the ties between South Korean politicians and the family-controlled businesses, or chaebol. Because Samsung donated the largest amount to the non-profit foundations and also sponsored Choi’s family outside of the foundations, “Lee faced most of the questions from both ruling and opposition party lawmakers.” Lee was “shouted down and admonished” on a broad array of issues, including why Samsung sponsored Choi, how the company treated its ill employees, how Lee accumulated his wealth, and why Lee met one-on-one with Park. Lee frequently claimed he could not recall or was unaware of many details but “repeatedly apologized.”
The Washington Post (12/6, Fifield) reports Lee, “arguably South Korea’s most powerful man, sat like a chastened schoolboy before the National Assembly on Tuesday while angry lawmakers reprimanded him one after another.” Lee was grilled by lawmakers “for an extraordinary 13 hours over the conglomerate’s role in a widening political scandal that threatens to bring down” Park. Samsung, along with LG and Hyundai Motor, are accused of involvement in a “cash-for-favors scheme in which they donated about $70 million to two foundations” established up by Park’s confidante, Choi.
On its website, CNN Money (12/6, Pham) reports Lee denied involvement in the foundation donations and that he “was only briefed after the fact.” He also alleged that Park asked Samsung “to support the development of culture, sports and tourism” and called Samsung’s support of certain equestrian activities “a mistake.”
BBC News (UK) (12/6) explains lawmakers accused Samsung of donating $3 million for Choi’s daughter, Chung Yoo-ra, to use on equestrian training in exchange for governmental support of Samsung’s “controversial merger that effectively strengthened the position of de-facto company head Lee.” About $850,000 of that money was allegedly spent on a horse. Lee confirmed the company’s donations and payment for the horse but denied that the donations to non-profit foundations operated by Choi were made “in exchange for something.” Lee also apologized for Samsung’s involvement and said it would “take all responsibility” if found at fault.
Reuters (12/5) reported the “hours of questioning” constituted “the first time such a large group of major Korean corporate chieftains has appeared for a parliamentary hearing.” Reuters noted that a vote on Friday will determine whether Park is impeached.
Equinix Will Buy Verizon’s American Data Centers.
Reuters (12/6) reports Verizon will sell 29 data centers to Equinix Inc. for $3.6 billion as Verizon attempts to “streamline its business” after divesting “a chunk of its landline business and a portfolio of wireless towers last year.” Reuters notes that Equinix, already the “world’s biggest provider of data centers,” continues to grow its “presence in the Americas” with the deal, which includes data centers in 15 metro areas across the United States and Latin America.
USA Today (12/6, McCoy) reports Verizon is not selling off its “managed hosting and cloud offerings,” nor the company’s “data center services delivered from 27 sites” across Europe, Canada, and the Asia-Pacific region. USA Today notes that the deal, expected to be completed in the middle of next year, is another step in Verizon’s shift to “mobile video and advertising as it moves towards completing its $4.83 billion deal for Yahoo.” USA Today also notes that Equinix stands to gain from the deal by speeding up its “penetration of the enterprise and strategic market sectors, including government and energy.”
Engineering and Public Policy
Trump Invites Tech Leaders To Summit In New York.
USA Today (12/6, Guynn, Swartz) reports that President-elect Trump has invited tech industry leaders to a Dec. 14 roundtable in New York. The invitation to the summit was sent by “Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, and transition team adviser Peter Thiel.” It comes as the industry, which “bet heavily on Hillary Clinton,” is “looking to build bridges to the incoming administration.” The New York Times (12/6, Shear, Davis, Subscription Publication) said on its “Transition Briefing” blog that there might be “a touch of combativeness” during the summit, given that the tech industry “was almost universally opposed to Mr. Trump,” and his “transition team and cabinet posts draw much more heavily from Wall Street than Silicon Valley.”
WSJournal: Google Scrambling To Preserve Its Influence During Trump Administration. The Wall Street Journal (12/6, Subscription Publication) says in an editorial that Google has posted a job opening in Washington for “Conservative Outreach and Public Policy Partnerships” to serve as the company’s liaison to “conservative, libertarian and free market groups.” Citing the frequent visits buy Google lobbyists and executives to the Obama White House, the Journal says the company likely planned to have similar influence in a Clinton Administration, but now finds itself scrambling.
Google To Power Data Centers Entirely With Renewable Energy Next Year. The New York Times (12/6, Hardy, Subscription Publication) reports that Google announced Tuesday that “all of its data centers around the world will be entirely powered with renewable energy sources sometime next year.” Over the last decade, the company has participated in “a number of large-scale deals with renewable producers, typically guaranteeing to buy the energy they produce with their wind turbines and solar cells.”
School Director In PA Urges Financial Accountability For Cyber Charters.
Haverford Township School Director Lawrence A. Feinberg writes in the Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News (12/6) to urge transparency and financial accountability in school leadership, particularly targeting leaders of cyber charter schools. Feinberg says his school “board has had significant concerns about spending tax dollars on cyber charters whose academic performance has consistently been dismal, both under No Child Left Behind’s Adequate Yearly Progress measure, and, for the past four years, the Pennsylvania School Performance Profile scores.”
Falkenberg: DeVos Must Consider “Quality And Accountability” In Supporting Charter Schools.
Columnist Lisa Falkenberg of the Houston Chronicle (12/6, Falkenberg) writes that “for those of us who still believe in public education as the great equalizer,” these are “scary times,” for which “the outlook didn’t get any sunnier with President-elect Donald Trump’s recent selection of billionaire Michigan school-choice lobbyist Betsy DeVos as U.S. secretary of education.” Falkenberg says this “isn’t because she’s a champion of choice,” but “because she doesn’t seem to care an awful lot about quality.” Falkenberg opines that “charters with failing ratings continue to operate.” Yet, Falkenberg touts the success of many charter schools in Texas, which she says have succeeded because recent reforms have made them “more accountable.” Falkenberg concludes by urging DeVos to consider “quality and accountability” as “part of the school-choice conversation.”
Jeb Bush Lauds “Extraordinary Choice” Of Betsy DeVos.
Dr. Susan Berry writes in Breitbart (12/6) that Jeb Bush expressed support for Trump’s selection of Betsy DeVos as his Education Secretary, quoting him as saying, “President-elect Trump made an extraordinary choice with Betsy DeVos.” Bush said, “I cannot think of a more effective and passionate change agent to press for a new education vision, one in which students, rather than adults and bureaucracies, become the priority in our nation’s classrooms.”
Editorial: DeVos A “Great Pick To Fix Education” Due To Support Of School Choice. The Investor’s Business Daily (12/6) editorializes that the US’ declining math scores demonstrate the negative impact of the growing influence of teachers’ unions, writing that the “government-union monopoly on education” has been detrimental to learning. The editorial says “the unions, in particular, have done their best to stifle meaningful reforms, such as charters, vouchers and home-schooling, that would lift test scores and make our kids globally competitive.” Yet, IBD says Trump’s selection of Betsy DeVos as his Education Secretary “is a glimmer of hope” because “she strongly supports local standards,” opposing “the one-size-fits-all Common Core” while supporting home-schooling and charter schools.
Henderson: Choice Of DeVos As Education Secretary Is “Contrary To Reason.” In a Detroit Free Press (12/6, Henderson) column, Stephen Henderson says that President-elect Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary is “inappropriate” and “contrary to reason.” Henderson blames DeVos for the poor quality of Detroit’s education system, which he says has the country’s “largest urban network of charter school” but “what remains in short supply is quality.”
Caterpillar CEO Discusses Possible Repercussions Of 35 Percent Trade Tariffs.
CNBC (12/6) correspondent Steve Liesman reported Caterpillar chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman questioned whether possible 35 percent tariffs placed on imports to the US under President-elect Trump could spark retaliatory tariffs from nations like China. Oberhelman said the tariffs may sound good for exporters but could close the US out of other markets. Oberhelman urged Trump to implement policies “where we all win on trade,” Liesman quoted.
Congress Finds Agreement On Water Infrastructure Improvements Bill.
Politico Morning Transportation (12/6) reports “maritime interests are celebrating” Congressional agreement on the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act. The bill authorizes “30 new Army Corps of Engineers projects, including ports, levees and a key Everglades restoration effort,” and “ensures that ports will get not just a great share but also a greater amount of revenues each year from the Harbor Maintenance Tax.”
H-1B Visa Reform May Make More Progress Under Trump.
The Atlantic (12/5, Campbell) discussed efforts to reform the H-1B visa program in order to close the loophole that allows companies to replace American workers with cheaper foreign labor. The article reported that while current reform efforts have stalled, “the new administration – and a new Congress – might have better luck moving things forward,” mentioning that Sen. Jeff Sessions, who has opposed the H-1B visa program in the past, “is now poised to take over the Justice Department as President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for U.S. attorney general.” Southern California Edison is listed among firms that laid off American employees and replaced them with foreign workers using the H-1B visa program.
Two Illinois Seniors Are Finalists In NASA Competition.
The Chicago Sun-Times (12/6, Olsen) reports Kyle Bodie and David Frey, mechanical engineering students at Northern Illinois University, have made it to the final stage of NASA’s Space Race Startup Challenge. The duo and their team are competing to win “$1.2 million in seed money” to launch their “proposed company, Maverick Drone.” The proposed company would “offer a program called ‘Mission Improbable,’ which is designed to promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning for students from fifth grade to high school seniors.”
College Students Teach Fifth-Graders In Indiana To Extract Strawberry DNA.
The AP (12/6) reports, “Over the past two weeks, students in Logansport’s Ivy Tech Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa honors society” in Indiana “have been teaching local fifth-graders about DNA and how food has changed over time.” The college students conducted a DNA extraction experiment with elementary school students, who were “tasked with smashing up a strawberry and figuring out how to find the many strands of DNA inside.”
The Preschool Place And Kindergarten Introduces Kids To STEAM Learning.
The Bridgewater (NJ) Patch (12/6, Tarrazi) reports on the Preschool Place and Kindergarten on North Bridge Street, Bridgewater, which “is enriching preschoolers’ skills and knowledge in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) in all their classes, but is particularly proud of its new program called ‘Inventor’s Workshop.’” Director Carol Rubnitz said, “Preschoolers are incredibly curious and love to investigate, discover and design. Young children generate an endless number of questions, and their curiosity motivates them to find answers. These are traits we develop in our Inventor’s Workshop along with a wonder for discovery learning. Our preschoolers understand activities such as predicting, investigating, observing, classifying and making evidence based conclusions. We are creating lifelong learners with early STEAM skills and knowledge necessary for later success.”
Waco School Discrict Pushes STEM With Pre-K Students.
The Education Dive (12/6, Mathewson) reports, “In the last two years, the pre-K program in Texas’ Waco Independent School District has dramatically expanded the time students spend on” STEM-related tasks. The district’s early childhood education coordinator, Mary Konrad, said “that in 2014, teachers reported spending just two minutes per day on STEM instruction, while by the spring of 2015, they reported spending an average of 36 minutes per day – an increase of 6,120 minutes per year.” Waco teachers have “adopted the STEMscopes Early Explorer program, which is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, and they engage parents so they can continue conversations about STEM at home.”
Long Island Student, Two Teammates Win $20K In Siemens Competition.
Newsday (NY) (12/6, Lytle) reports on Long Island student Alice Wu, who along with her teammates Katherine Cao of Mequon of Wisconsin, and William Hu of Saratoga, California, won a $20,000 scholarship in the “Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology’s team category on Tuesday.” The team took fifth place. The top $100,000 prize went to “individual competitor Vineet Edupuganti, 17, of Portland, Oregon, who developed a biodegradable battery, and the team of twin sisters Adhya and Shriya Beesam, 16, of Richardson, Texas, who were motivated by their uncle’s illness to build a predictive model for diagnosing schizophrenia.”
WeatherSTEM Offers Hand-on Learning To Technology School Students.
The Lakeland (FL) Ledger (12/6, Ferguson) reports that “on Tuesday, a WeatherSTEM unit that tracks data 24 hours a day for wind, wind speed, temperature, dew point, soil moisture and ultraviolet radiation, among many other things, was installed at” Daniel Jenkins Academy in Florida. An environmental science teacher at the school said the unit would be useful for studying, because it “makes the learning hands-on and informational.” The article says WeatherSTEM was founded by “one of the software pioneers for Florida Virtual Schools, as a way to give back and keep students engaged.”
Tuesday’s Lead Stories
• Education Secretary King Visits RI For Computer Science Education Week.
• Online Bachelor’s Programs Venturing Into Science Courses.
• TSA Would Save Money By Waiving PreCheck Fees For Frequent Travelers, Analysis Finds.
• Study Ranks Indiana Near Bottom For Gender Equality.
• US Helps European Authorities Bust Global Cyber Theft Ring.
• Mubadala Aerospace CEO: Strata To Break Even In 2018.
• New NSF, NSTC Initiatives Aim To Bolster Computer Science Education.
Leading the News
Education Secretary King Visits RI For Computer Science Education Week.
The Providence (RI) Journal (12/5, Smith) reports that on Monday, US Education Secretary John B. King, Jr. visited West Warwick High School in Rhode Island to celebrate Computer Science Education Week, participating in a roundtable discussion and sitting with students in a computer-coding class. King, Gov. Gina Raimondo (D), US Sen. Jack Reed (D), state Education Commissioner Ken Wagner, and state Chief Innovation Officer Richard Culatta “then went to Providence Career and Technical Academy (PCTA) to observe a welding demonstration and meet with participants in a career and technical training program done in partnership with General Dynamics Electric Boat.” The article focuses on Rhode Island’s efforts to establish computer science classes in all public schools.
WPRI-TV Providence, RI (12/5, Johnston) reports online that King said “‘issues of equity’ remain a challenge for the nation’s schools, but urged the Trump administration and Congress to build on the progress made under President Obama over the last eight years.” King reportedly touted the PCTA and said, “We as a country ought to be looking to build on what’s working and expanding those opportunities.” King added, “Public education is fundamental for the long-term success not only of our economy, but of our democracy. So we’ve got to be very attentive as a country to how we are ensuring that every child, regardless of zip code, regardless of race, has access to the full range of opportunity.”
Relying on WPRI’s coverage, the AP (12/5) says King “wouldn’t talk specifically about Republican President-elect Donald Trump’s education priorities but told reporters public education is fundamental to the long-term success of the U.S. economy and democracy.” The AP paraphrases King as saying “it’s important that all children have educational opportunity regardless of their race or zip code.” King also “praised…Raimondo for her initiative to expand computer science programming to every school in the state.”
Online Bachelor’s Programs Venturing Into Science Courses.
U.S. News & World Report (12/5) reports that although “the natural sciences have been slower than many other disciplines to embrace online learning, experts say, that’s starting to change at some colleges and universities, particularly for nonscience majors.” However, when it comes to online science courses, “some faculty and graduate program admissions officers are hesitant,” and premedical students are cautioned to avoid them “because some programs won’t accept them as prerequisites.” Still, “schools such as UF Online, the undergraduate arm of the University of Florida; Oregon State University’s Ecampus; and the University of North Dakota have launched programs in the discipline.” Critics “say what makes online undergraduate science courses unique are the lab components, designed to be convenient for the online bachelor’s student yet in many cases, lacking direct assistance and supervision from professors.”
Higher Education Officials Discuss Disaster Preparedness Efforts.
The AP (12/6, Thompson) reports that “with more than 20 million students enrolled at 7,200 U.S. colleges and universities, higher education leaders say they rely on experience and expertise to think beyond the basics of food and shelter to the special challenges of academia, including keeping students and parents informed, accounting for students, both international and from this country, not easily evacuated, and continuing instruction and research.” The AP says East Carolina University developed a “recovery center model during Hurricane Floyd in 1999, said Bill Koch, associate vice chancellor of environmental health and campus safety.” The AP says “officials monitor weather reports around the clock” while “gyms and other large spaces become designated shelters with stockpiles of food, water and cots.” Meanwhile, “generators are in place to power critical services” and “alerts and information are tweeted, emailed, broadcast, posted online and texted directly to cell phones through campus communication systems.”
Christie Signs Bill To Forgive Some NJ College Loans If Student Dies.
The AP (12/5) reports that on Monday, NJ Gov. Chris Christie (R) signed legislation allowing New Jersey College Loans to Assist State Students (NJCLASS) to be forgiven if the borrower dies, even if there as a co-signer on the loan. Under the new law, “loan forgiveness also applies in cases of permanent disability.” The AP notes, “The loan program came under scrutiny after media reports focused on its stringent rules and aggressive collections process, which is much more restrictive than other states.” Philly (PA) (12/5, Hanna) provides additional coverage.
Grades Predict Achievement Better Than IQ Or Standardized Test Score, Study Concludes.
Quartz (12/5, Staley) reports that according to a study led by University of Chicago Nobel Prize-winning economist James Heckman, “colleges and employers interested in predicting the success of applicants would do better to look at a student’s grades, which measure personality traits, like grit and attention to detail, more effectively than IQ and SAT tests.” The research, “released as a discussion paper by the IZA Institute of Labour Economics,” was based on “data from four studies that tested students and young adults in Europe and the US on grades, IQ, personality, and achievement. Three of the four studies followed the students over a decade or more, and examined how they did on a variety measures of life outcomes, like wages, arrest rates, body mass index, and whether or not they voted. Together, the studies show personality and grades correlate more strongly with later measures of success and happiness than IQ.”
Indiana Tech Names Karl Einolf President.
The AP (12/5) reports Indiana Tech announced Monday that its board of trustees has selected Karl W. Einolf as its next president. Einolf will “begin work at Indiana Tech on July 1, succeeding current President Arthur E. Snyder, who is retiring.”
University of Northern Colorado Awarded $2.2M Rural Educator Recruitment and Retention Grant.
The Denver Business Journal (12/5, Hendee, Subscription Publication) reports the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) awarded the University of Northern Colorado a $2.2 million “Rural Educator Recruitment and Retention” grant to “to fund the establishment and operation of the Center for Rural Education,” which “will focus on recruiting and retaining more teachers in Colorado’s 148 rural and small school districts, with a particular emphasis on science, math, special education and cultural/linguistic diversity.” The center reportedly aims “to encourage high school and college students to teach in rural areas by allowing them simultaneous credits for both high school and college credit, as well as provide financial incentives for teacher candidates who commit to rural districts.”
Research and Development
TSA Would Save Money By Waiving PreCheck Fees For Frequent Travelers, Analysis Finds.
Phys (UK) (12/5, Ahlberg) reports that a new study published in the Journal of Transportation Security by Illinois computer science professor Sheldon H. Jacobson found the US “government could save money and make air travel safer by offering free enrollment in TSA PreCheck to frequent travelers.” The study “calculated the cost of extensive screening compared with expedited screening in terms of workforce labor hours and equipment” and determined “that costs saved by frequent travelers using expedited security exceeded the cost of waiving their enrollment fees for PreCheck.”
New Mexico Highlands University Receives $3M STEM Grant From Education Dept.
The AP (12/5) reports students seeking science and other similar degrees at New Mexico Highlands University “will have more support toward completing their studies thanks to” a five-year, nearly $3 million grant from the US Department of Education, which is “designed to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students who enter the workforce in science, technology, engineering and math – collectively known as STEM.” Those working “toward careers as secondary education math teachers will also benefit.”
Army Corps Suspends Permit For New Reactor At North Anna Station.
The Richmond (VA) Times-Dispatch (12/5, Zullo) reports the US Army Corps of Engineers notified Dominion last month that it “has suspended a permit it issued more than five years ago related to Dominion’s potential construction of a new reactor at its North Anna Nuclear Power Station,” pending an NRC “consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service.” The article reports the US Army Corps of Engineers suspended the permit “about a month after the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club threatened to sue the corps, alleging it had not followed those interagency cooperation procedures and was in violation of the Endangered Species Act.” The article adds that Dominion spokesman Richard Zuercher “said the suspension of the permit isn’t expected to affect the project” and that “the utility may not make up its mind on the reactor expansion until after the license is issued by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.”
DOE Awards $5M Grant To Improve Metal Powders For Additive Manufacturing.
Engineering (12/5, Laros) reports the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Manufacturing Office has awarded a $5 million grant “to improve the materials used in industrial additive manufacturing (AM) by looking at new techniques for creating metal alloy powders that can be customized to match specific requirements.” Researchers at Ames Lab “will model and simulate the gas atomization process using a flow simulation code developed by National Energy Technology Laboratory, before verifying the findings at Ames’ own powder synthesis facilities.” In addition, Oak Ridge National Lab will conduct “corresponding AM experiments using the newly developed customized materials.” Iver Anderson, project leader and senior metallurgist at Ames Laboratory, is quoted saying, “There’s a lot of intense interest focused on additive manufacturing with metal alloys, because there are so many potential applications.”
UC Irvine PhD Student May Have Stumbled On A Way To Significantly Improve Phone Battery Life.
Inc. Magazine (12/5, Stillman) reports UC, Irvine PhD student Mya Le Thai has discovered “a potential way to make the rechargeable batteries found in phones and laptops last an incredible 400 years” by coating “a set of gold nanowires in manganese dioxide and a Plexiglas-like electrolyte gel.” According to chemistry department chair Reginald Penner, “She started to cycle these gel capacitors, and that’s when we got the surprise. … She said, ‘this thing has been cycling 10,000 cycles and it’s still going.’ She came back a few days later and said ‘it’s been cycling for 30,000 cycles.’ That kept going on for a month.”
Study Ranks Indiana Near Bottom For Gender Equality.
The Indianapolis Star (12/5) reports a new study by 24/7 Wall Street shows the state of Indiana has the 12th largest gender wage gap, where female earnings amounted to 75.9 percent of male earnings. The study indicated the gap is likely attributed to Indiana’s lack of tax-funded pre-K, which, in turn, causes parents of young children to leave the workforce or incur the high cost of private daycare. Only 20.7 percent of Indiana’s legislative seats are held by women and, in its 200-year history, Indiana has never had a female governor, the Star adds.
US Helps European Authorities Bust Global Cyber Theft Ring.
The CBS Evening News (12/5, story 9, 1:40, Muir) reported police in Ukraine have arrested a man believed to be tied to a cyber theft ring that investigators have called “The Avalanche Network.” Authorities say the network had computer servers in at least four countries – including the US – and stole hundreds of millions of dollars. Soo Song, acting US Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, said 250,000 infected computers have been identified in 189 different countries, with roughly 20,000 of those malware infected computers in the US. The “big break” in the operation came after German police “reverse engineered” the code that Avalanche was using and brought in the FBI to help trace the operation’s servers. Song, the AP (12/5, Mandak) reports, called the takedown of Avalanche “unprecedented in its scope, scale, reach and level of cooperation among 40 countries.”
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/5, Ward) reports that the international probe “included investigators taking control of the servers being used by the Avalanche malware and redirecting the infected computers to an FBI-controlled server, an operation called ‘sinkholing.’” Investigators, said FBI Supervisory Special Agent J. Keith Mularski, were able to take over some 800,000 domains as part of the operation. “The agency then contacts the relevant Internet Service Provider to inform them of the infected computer systems to help remediate the problem, he said,” the newspaper reports.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (12/5, Conte) quotes Mularski as saying, “The globalness of this — because it’s affecting the whole world — is what makes it very important and very unique.” Avalanche, the newspaper says, “was operated by two defendants going by the names Flux and Flux2, who advertised their capabilities on online criminal forums, according to partially redacted federal court documents unsealed Monday.” According to prosecutors, Flux and Flux2 have committed bank fraud, wire fraud, and other crimes, but no criminal charges have been filed in the US.
US Naval Fleet Challenged By Engineering Problems, Lawsuits.
Ars Technica (12/5) reviews recent setbacks within the US Navy fleet, including major engineering problems with four new Littoral Combat Ships (LCS) built by Lockheed Martin and Austal, a patent infringement lawsuit regarding elements of the Freedom class LCS’ design, and additional engineering problems with its new Zumwalt-class destroyer.
Mubadala Aerospace CEO: Strata To Break Even In 2018.
Reuters (12/5, Cornwell) reports that Mubadala Aerospace & Engineering Services CEO Homaid al-Shimmari said at a conference in Dubai that he expects subsidiary Strata to break even in 2018, “now that we have sorted all the relationships and the delays and the changes in the market,” adding that, “I think Strata will be in a [good] position financially.” Strata manufactures components for aircraft that include the Airbus A330, A380, A350-900 and Boeing 777 and 787 jets. Strata plans to begin manufacturing parts for the A320 in 2020 “when a new facility opens in Al Ain, al-Shimmari said.”
Lilium Aviation Raises $10.7 Million For Vertical Take-off And Landing Personal Jet.
Venture Beat (12/5, Sawers) reports Lilium Aviation announced Monday it has closed a $10.7 million (€10 million) funding round from Skype cofounder Niklas Zennström’s Atomico, which the company intends to use “to create a world ‘in which everyone can fly anywhere, anytime.’” Lilium is developing a personal “jet” that is capable of vertical take-off and landing that “has an estimated cruising velocity of 250 to 300 km/h (160 to 190 mph) and a range of around 300 km (190 miles).” According to Venture Beat, the company is focused on developing “personal flying machines.”
Engineering and Public Policy
New NSF, NSTC Initiatives Aim To Bolster Computer Science Education.
The Hill (12/5, Breland) reports that on Monday, the White House announced “new initiatives to bolster computer science in K-12 education,” while “citing the rapidly expanding demand for technology jobs.” The NSF “plans to spend $20 million on computer science education in 2017, on top [of] the $25 million it spent in 2016, with an emphasis on training teachers.” In addition, the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) plans to “create a framework to help guide federal efforts ‘to support the integration of computer science and computational thinking into K-12 education.’”
MIT President: Federal Government Should Invest More In Basic Science Research.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology President L. Rafael Reif writes at the Wall Street Journal (12/5, Subscription Publication) that in order to restore the nation’s long-term competitiveness, health, security, and prosperity for generations, the US also needs to renew its commitment to fundamental science. He argues that federal support for basic science research has been the invisible infrastructure paving the way to economic growth and innovation. What’s more, Reif adds that federal funding for research has dipped from over 2% of US gross domestic product in the 1970s to 0.78% of GDP in 2014. He calls for greater federal investment in scientific research and cites the National Institutes of Health as an example of the declining purchasing power of funds for innovative research.
Trump Supports Completion Of Dakota Access Pipeline.
Reuters (12/5, Volcovici) reports President-elect Trump on Thursday said that he supports the completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation. A Trump transition briefing said that media reports indicating that Trump’s support for the project is the result of him owning a stake in the company building the pipeline, Energy Transfer Partners, are incorrect. The briefing said Trump’s support “has nothing to do with his personal investments and everything to do with promoting policies that benefit all Americans.” The statement added, “Those making such a claim are only attempting to distract from the fact that President-elect Trump has put forth serious policy proposals he plans to set in motion on Day One.”
Trump spokesman Jason Miller, according to the Wall Street Journal (12/5, Maher, Connors, Subscription Publication), said Trump’s administration will “review the full situation when we’re in the White House and make the appropriate determination at that time.”
Heitkamp: Pipeline Will Be Finished With Trump As President. The Washington Times (12/5, Richardson) reports Sen. Heidi Heitkamp on Monday said the pipeline will be finished after Trump becomes President and efforts to stop the project are “not winnable.” Heitkamp said while speaking on CNBC that “the easement is going to be approved” when the administration changes.
Protests Continue In Blizzard Conditions. NBC Nightly News (12/5, story 9, 1:20, Holt) reported that protests continued in blizzard conditions on Monday despite the Army’s decision. The CBS Evening News (12/5, story 7, 1:10, Pelley) reported that activists said “they’re still staying to make sure this isn’t just a temporary victory.” The New York Times (12/5, Healy, Subscription Publication) reports that hundreds of veterans joined the protest.
WSJournal: Pipeline Decision Shows Problems With Permitting Regulations. The Wall Street Journal (12/5, Subscription Publication) editorializes that the Army Corps of Engineers decision to deny an easement to complete the Dakota Access oil pipeline shows why it is difficult to build infrastructure in the US. The Journal urges the incoming Trump administration to conduct a thorough review of permitting regulations as a starting point for building more infrastructure.
Carrollton Teen Coding Expert Teaches Other Students.
The Miami Herald (12/5, Morales) reports on 14-year-old Lourdes “Lulu” de la Peña who said, “I’ve always been fascinated by every kind of technology.” Lulu said that she “really got into coding” after doing robotics in school. Her blog, LulusCode.com, created with help from Florida Power & Light engineer Jorge Vargas. Lulu said, “I’ve always been really fascinated by YouTubers and a lot of vloggers and bloggers. …After that I thought ‘this might really make a difference’ so I thought maybe I should start a blog and increase the amount of girl coders.” Lulu has now become an educator, teaching “other girls during an after-school program every Monday at Carrollton.” Girls in second and third grade “learn the basics of coding using Scratch, a programming language and online community where they can create their own interactive stories, games, and animations.” Older girls learn “coding with Java, a programming language that is object-oriented and specifically designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible.”
Heights Elementary School Students Participate In “Hour Of Code.”
The Fort Myers (FL) News-Press (12/5, McCabe) reports on third grade students from Heights Elementary School who on Monday took part in “Hour of Code, an international celebration of Computer Science Education Week that gives schoolchildren free access to games that will walk them through the basic how-tos of computer programming.” Hour of Code aims “to challenge students of all grade levels to spend an hour working through coding challenges in more than 170 virtual games.” This week, the school plans for all of its 1,200 students, included kindergartners, to take part in Hour of Code.
IL School District Teams With Discovery Education To Launch “Digital Leader Corps.”
The Western Springs (IL) News (12/5) reports Discovery Education, a subsidiary of Discovery Communications, has partnered with Western Spring, Illinois, school district 101 to “launch a multiyear professional development initiative, Digital Leader Corps.” The corps program, financed by the Western Springs Foundation for Educational Excellence, will focus on creating modern digital learning environments that “engage students, improve academic achievement and prepare students for success beyond the classroom.”
Analysis: Online Education Growing In Arkansas.
The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (12/4, Perozek) reported on the growth of online education in Arkansas, profiling open-enrollment charter school Arkansas Connections Academy, where “teachers give lessons while seated in front of computers in cubicles” and “students on the other end of their digital connection may be anywhere in Arkansas.” The academy “has 371 students in grades kindergarten through nine.” The Fayetteville School District also “launched Virtual Academy this year with 65 students in grades four through eight.” The article features opinion that parents are choosing online schools due to the program’s flexibility.
Experts Call New Science Fare “Dumbed Down.”
The Boston Herald (12/5, McKiernan) reports that education experts at the Pioneer Institute are saying “the Bay State’s new science standards have been dumbed down from what they were in the past – a change that could jeopardize the state’s high science scores.” They say the “‘Next Generation Science Standards’ – specifying what should be taught at each grade level, adopted by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education last spring – fall short.” The report’s co-author of the report and a senior fellow at the American Principles Project Ze’ev Wurman said, “The standards are so generic. They often lack actual content that has been in the past standards.”
EdWeek Blog: Technology Can Facilitate Learning.
In part two of a three-part blog series that looks at technology in the classroom, Education Week (12/5, Ferlazzo) states, “The true value of a web app or tool lies in how robustly it facilitates student learning – and if it does so more efficiently than do traditional ‘paper/pencil’ methods.” The blog examines the impact of different types of tools and technologies.
Analytic Spot Aims To Bring Analytics To Classrooms.
The Portland (OR) Business Journal (12/5, Subscription Publication) reports on an interview with Biglan and Analytic Spot CTO Oliver Dain, who discussed “the company and where it stands in its quest to transform education.” Analytic Spot is in the process of “developing software designed to offering ongoing student assessment and reduce required testing.”
Monday’s Lead Stories
• Corps Of Engineers Denies Easement For Dakota Access Pipeline.
• For-Profit Colleges Hope Trump Will Roll back Regulations.
• NASA Announces 13 ESI Grants.
• Instrumental Report: Samsung Knew Note 7 Had Dangerous Design.
• EPA To Require Mines To Show Financial Means To Clean Up Pollution.
• New York Middle School Students Compete In LEGO Engineering Tournament.
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