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ECSU Ranked One of Top Most Affordable Computer Science Programs in the Country – Elizabeth City State University

The college ranking websiteUniversityHQ.orghas named Elizabeth City State University one of the top most affordable computer science program in the country.

According to the sites listing for 100 Best Affordable Computer Science School Degrees, ECSU took the number two spot due to a number of factors, including financial aid and tuition. ECSU is an NC Promise Tuition school, making it one of the most affordable universitys in North Carolina.

ECSUs Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, with concentrations in Data Science or Computer Information Systems, is one of the best kept secrets in Northeastern North Carolina, said Dr. Kenneth L. Jones, chair of the Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering Technology. Were thrilled to see that the secret is getting out through this recognition.

Dr. Jones says the world is more computer-dependent now than ever before and there is a high demand for well-trained computing experts. The employment of computer scientists is expected to increase much faster than most other areas of employment. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that graduates in computer science will have the best job prospects for the coming decades.

Our program is preparing ECSU students for careers in 21stcentury computing, with a solid foundation in computer science, offering them a knowledge base and skills to compete in a highly competitive world, said Dr. Jones. Our curriculum provides students with exposure to a number of industry-standard subjects including Python and Visualization, Bioinformatics, Software Engineering, Data Mining and Machine Learning.

UniversityHQs ranking criteria also includes retention rates. Because student success is a top priority for ECSU, the university recently announced the launch of the VikingPlus program,a comprehensive set of initiatives to help students afford a high-quality college education.

The university will award new funds underVikingPlus this year and has already provided a total of nearly $4.2 million in free credits, additional emergency funding, and housing and meal plan grants since spring 2020.

UniversityHQ is an independent educational organization providing information for students looking to pursue a degree in higher education. For more information about ECSUs number two ranking, goHERE.

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Trio of gifts, $75 million, accelerates transformation of computing and data science at Berkeley – UC Berkeley

Three gifts totaling $75 million will support construction of the Gateway, the future home for Berkeleys Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS), and the creation of two new faculty positions in computer science. (Weiss/Manfredi rendering of Level 1 of the Gateway. Note: design is provisional and in development)

The University of California, Berkeley, today (Monday, June 7) announced three gifts of $25 million each that will reinforce Berkeleys position as a leader in computing and data science research and education, and help create a visionary new home for the Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS).

Notably, two of the gifts are from current Berkeley faculty: professors Scott Shenker and Ion Stoica of the Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society, and the College of Engineering.

We are deeply grateful for these three gifts. said Jennifer Chayes, associate provost of the Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society. I cannot imagine a stronger endorsement of CDSS and of Berkeley than the unprecedented generosity of our two current faculty, Scott and Ion.

Shenkers portion provides $25 million for the Gateway, a planned nexus for collaborative, integrated data science and computing education and research to solve societal problems. Stoicas gift of $25 million will support construction of the Gateway and two new full-time faculty positions in computer science. The third $25 million gift, from an anonymous donor, will also help facilitate development of the Gateway.

Anticipated to open in 2025, the Gateway will provide 380,000 square feet of space for research, teaching and co-creation for more than 1,600 faculty, students and staff of CDSS and other units. Equipped to connect the power of computing and data science to disciplines across the campus, the Gateway will attract researchers ready to confront complex challenges in areas such as climate and sustainability, human health and social justice.

We want to build an idea factory, an ecosystem where students, faculty and staff can come together to tackle complex societal problems and pioneer new approaches in computing and data science, said Stoica. We dont know what those future innovations will look like, but we want to create an environment that will attract the best people and where great ideas will flourish.

Realizing this vision for the Gateway is a top priority of Light the Way: the Campaign for Berkeley, which has set a goal of raising $6 billion. In February 2020, an anonymous donors lead gift of $252 million, the largest single contribution in Berkeleys history, provided a firm foundation for the Gateway. Including the three new gifts, the Gateway is now halfway funded. The balance needs to be raised before groundbreaking proceeds.

These generous gifts are so inspiring and represent great momentum for the Gateway, said Chancellor Carol T. Christ. The gifts from faculty speak not only to the power of Berkeleys vision of data science and computing but also to the unique impact of our faculty in driving innovation and change from the ground up. The Gateway will accelerate this culture of transformation and collaboration and direct it to improving human health, social justice and environmental sustainability.

The Gateway will provide 380,000 square feet of space for research, teaching and co-creation for faculty, students and staff of CDSS and other units. (Weiss/Manfredi rendering of the Gateway from above. Note: design is provisional and in development)

Berkeley launched CDSS less than three years ago as part of an ambitious plan to expand teaching and research in data science, recognizing the profound impact of data and computing in a rapidly evolving digital world. The division emerged in response to efforts by faculty, students and staff to build a new data science curriculum from the ground up. As an indication of the explosive growth in this field, student enrollment in the introductory Foundations of Data Science course started at fewer than 100 when it was first offered in 2015 and has increased to 3,000 students a year today. Nearly one in every five of Berkeleys 30,0000 undergraduates now takes a data science course each year.

Its by far the best data science program in the world, and that was made possible by the faculty and students acting out of passion, said Shenker. We are a faculty-driven, mission-oriented university, and that allows people to do incredible things.

The mission to educate the next generation of students on both the technical know-how and the ethical and societal dimensions of data science sparked a transformation in campus organization connecting people, departments and research units across the College of Engineering, the College of Letters and Science and the School of Information. In January 2020, Jennifer Chayes came to Berkeley from Microsoft Research to lead CDSS as the associate provost of CDSS and dean of the School of Information. Chayes is working closely with Tsu-Jae King Liu, dean of the College of Engineering, and a diverse range of other campus leaders to support the transformative mission of the Gateway.

Shenker and Stoica have been inspired to step forward philanthropically and help Berkeley build upon what faculty and students started.

At Berkeley, faculty are more likely to take risks and be pioneering, Stoica said. New fields of study are created and explored here.

Berkeley has been the birthplace of a long line of technological innovations from RISC to BSD UNIX to Apache Spark. For instance, Apache Spark, a big-data processing system, enabled the founding in 2013 by Berkeley faculty and graduate students of Databricks, now an industry-leading, cloud-based data analytics and AI company.

Besides Stoica and Shenker, the co-founders of Databricks include Ali Ghodsi, Matei Zaharia, Patrick Wendell, Reynold Xin, Andy Konwinski and Arsalan Tavakoli-Shiraji.

Shenker noted that further advances will come from transcending disciplinary boundaries and integrating human implications and considerations of societal impact into the core of computing and data science.

This interdisciplinary approach and collaborative spirit is woven into the foundations of CDSS at Berkeley, Shenker said.

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Saluting the 2021 Vals & Sals – River Journal Staff

[Ed. Note:We invited Valedictorians and Salutatorians at theeightpublichigh schools inthecommunities we coverto tell us a little about themselvesona questionnaire we provided.These are edited excerpts from the information provided by each student.]

Aman Choudhri Valedictorian

EXTRACURRICULAR:Played piano for 11 years and violin for 6 years.TutoredBriarcliff students in math andcoachedstudents at Yonkers Partners in Education for the SAT.Currentlyconducting research at IBM using a statistical technique called causal inference to determine better mechanical ventilation treatment strategies for patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome.Spending this summer working as a software development intern with Columbia University Information Technology.

EXCEPTIONAL TEACHERS:In my experience, exceptional teachers have high expectations but believe firmly that each student can meet them. Theyre demanding yet supportive, and they care deeply about their students. Ive had the pleasure of being taught by many such teachers, but among the best areDr. Robert SaarandMs. Jamie Mandel.

PLANS:Columbia Universityto study Computer Science and Math. More broadly, I hope to focus my career on the use of data science in service of humanity.

WORDS OF WISDOM:Focus on balance. Make sure to work hard and take advantage of opportunities that come your way, but dont forget to relax!

Marlena KuhnSalutatorian

EXTRACURRICULAR: Member of the Academic Challenge trivia club, the New York State Math Honor Society, Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society, and the National Honor Society. Founder of the Inter-Generational Alliance, a volunteering club dedicated to strengthening our community by connecting high school students to residents of the local nursing home. Third-degree black belt in traditional Shotokan karate.

EXCEPTIONAL TEACHERS: An exceptional teacher is someone who prioritizes the students understanding. Ms. Lee was an exceptional AP Biology teacher. She made sure that I was comfortable taking the class as a sophomore (Marlena is graduating after her junior year), and she always was very approachable.

PLANS: NYU to major in biology, and I plan to become a doctor.

WORDS OF WISDOM: I do not feel qualified to give advice to my peers, but I hope that they take the mistakes they made in high school as lessons for the future. To underclassmen, remember that life continues after high school. Working hard now can set you up to have more fun in the future.

Nancy LiSalutatorian

EXTRACURRICULAR: Varsity Girls Tennis Varsity Girls Squash. Treasurer of schools Asian Club, secretary of Chemistry Club, and managing editor of Briars and Ivy, the schools literary magazine. I play the piano and am involved in planning events for the local library.

EXCEPTIONAL TEACHERS: An exceptional teacher is one who truly understands his or her students and is willing to be flexible with his or her lessons. He or she listens to feedback well and varies class activities to keep students intrigued. Special shoutout to Dr. Saar, Ms. Dyer, Mrs. OBrien, and Ms. Fishman who always taught material in interesting ways and supported me through my academic journey.

PLANS: UCLA as a neuroscience major. Plans to go to graduate school and pursue a PhD.

WORDS OF WISDOM: I think the most important takeaway I have learned from high school is to not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Reach out to that new person, join that club you were thinking about, use the short time we have to grow independently.

Jolie Wasserman Salutatorian

EXTRACURRICULAR: Staff writer of our schools newspaper, the Briarcliff Bulletin, for all four years of high school. Editor-and-chief as a senior. Varsity tennis and track and field, co-creator of a volunteer tutoring service for students in our school district.

EXCEPTIONAL TEACHERS: There are many teachers who qualify for that exceptional standing, but Id like to recognize Samantha Fishman who was my ninth-grade English teacher. To this day, we are still quite close, and she is always there to listen to and talk about anything, from the trivial to deep conversations.

PLANS: Carnegie Mellon University to study either electrical and computer engineering or mechanical engineering.

WORDS OF WISDOM: Continue to keep an open mind in high school. High school presents more academic, artistic, athletic, and social freedom, so I would suggest exploring each in a responsible manner.

Maya Gardos Valedictorian

ExtracurricularCreator of Pucks Players, a program that engages middle schoolers with Shakespeare;Student Faculty Congress President;Politicalinternships withoffice of Assemblywoman SandyGalefand David Buchwald for Congresscampaign;Book Club President;Croton Academic Challenge Team Captain.

Exceptional EducatorsAn exceptional educator is passionate about what they teach and works to help students understand the importance and meaning behind their subject. John Bohuniek, U.S. History teacher, for always working to make history relevant;Donna Light-Donovan, Science Research and Biology teacher,for guiding me through my research project on the impacts of partisan media and showing me the possibilities of science;Joseph Merriam, for helping me to grow my love of Shakespeare and literature.

Post-GraduationYale University.Undecided about career path.

Words of WisdomTo underclassmen> Pursue what you are passionate about, not what you think looks good on a resume.To fellow graduates>Our learning journey has just begun!

Camilla Giorcelli Salutatorian


Treasurer and Representative for Croton Harmon High Schools Student Faculty Congress;

Varsity Volleyball Captain;Intern for Village of Crotons Sustainability Committee;

Croton Academic Challenge Team;Varsity Ski Team.

Exceptional EducatorsSomeone who goes above and beyond to make a connection with their students.AP Spanish teacher Seora Ballina enhanced my Spanish learning experience and supported me beyond academics. Ms. Cardellichio, AP Environmental Science teacher, taught me how important it is to care for the environment and made her class especially engaging. She inspired me to pursue Environmental Studies.

Post-GraduationStudying environmental studies and computer science at Washington University in St. Louis.

Words of WisdomTo underclassmen > Dont be afraid to ask for help and use the resources you are offered for support,academically or with mental health.

Madison Kivel Valedictorian

ExtracurricularGuiding Eyes for the Blind;Recycled Paws;Varsity Ski Team;HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America Future Health Professionals);Hispanic, Math, and National Honor Society.

Exceptional Educators

They are willing to give extensions, extra help, and guidance on an assignment or activity. Mr. Witkowich (AP U.S. History) and Dr. Hall (Biomed) as exceptional educators, dedicating their time and energy to the success of their students.


Cornell Universitys College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, majoringin animal science on a pre-veterinary track, andhope to attend Cornell Universitys veterinary school.

Words of Wisdom

To my fellow graduates and to underclassmen > Hard work and dedication throughout not only high school but for the rest of your life will pay off. You can accomplish anything that you set your mind to.

Indrani Malhotra Salutatorian


Co-Editor-in-Chief of school newspaperThe Anchor;helped create schoolsnew website;theater program;Hen Hud Leos,SEED club;othercommunity service organizations.

Exceptional EducatorsThey capture the excitement of learning, making it dynamic and interesting. Inspire a love for the subject in their students and foster a sense of community in their classroom. I have had amazing teachers like this every year.


Boston University to double major in International Relations and Environmental Analysis and Policy,inKilachand Honors College.Interested inenvironmental advocacy oradiplomacy-related field.

Words of WisdomTo my fellow graduates and underclassmen>Make the best of every moment, take advantage of every opportunity, and do the things that make you happy, in high school, college and beyond, because you never know what life might throw at you next.

Henry Demarest Valedictorian

EXTRACURRICULAR: Founding member, head programmer and team captain, Irvington Robotics Team, called the BulldogBytes,; Volunteer Fuller Center for Housing; President of IHSs chapter of National Honor Society, consul of the Latin Club, member of Science Olympiad and Academic Challenge teams.

EXCEPTIONAL TEACHERS: They know their subjects well, they create fun lesson plans, and they provide help outside the classroom. Most importantly, exceptional teachers truly care about their students. They are not afraid to put in extra time and effort to ensure that their students have the opportunity to succeed. I would like to noteMr. Barry, my AP US History teacher. I absolutely loved Mr. Barrys class he was extremely engaging and I knew that he cared about all of us every step of the way.

PLANS: Yale University to study mechanical engineering. I plan to either go to graduate school for engineering or go into industry, possibly in the aerospace field.

WORDS OF WISDOM: Find what you enjoy. Whether on my robotics team or in my volunteer work, I have always found myself to be most successful when Im really enjoying what I am doing. I would encourage younger high schoolers to explore different subjects, fields, and activities and figure out what you truly enjoy. It is in these areas that you will feel motivated to do your best work, and it is also these areas where you will have the most fun.

Esha Shenoy Valedictorian

EXTRACURRICULAR:Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Mentorship finalist & science research member; President & captain of the Academic Challenge team; President of the Science Olympiad Team; IEF Innovation Fund Grant Winner; Digital animator; Teaching assistant in biology, chemistry, and history.

EXCEPTIONAL TEACHERS:Someone who feels incredibly passionate about the subject that they teach and is able to impart that love of learning onto their students.Mr.MarkicandMs.Parikkawere my chemistry and biology/science research teachersrespectively, and are probably the reason I chose to pursue a science major. Not only did they go above and beyond when teaching difficult subject matter, but they are also some of the kindest people I have ever known.Mr. Fatawasmy history teacher forthe past three years. Hishumorand thoroughly researched lesson plans made his classes such a joy to attend. Finally,Ms. YeeandMs. Steuerare my Academic Challenge club advisors and have helped theteam immensely over the years.

PLANS:Rice Universityto study Health Sciences.

WORDS OF WISDOM:Find your niche and have the courage to pursue it!

XiaxiaSaavedra Valedictorian

EXTRACURRICULAR: Ossining Science research program studying Diabetes at Weill Cornell Medical College, President of Ossining Engineering Team, Ossining softball and soccer teams, National Honor Society, STEP Tutor

EXCEPTIONAL TEACHERS: Exceptional teachers take the time to push their students to succeed and help them find their passions. My science teachersMr. PiccirilloandMs. Holmesprovided me with constant encouragement throughout my high school career.Mr. Albrecht, Engineering teacher and team mentor, helped me grow as a leader and develop my love for engineering.

PLANS: The University of Chicago, to major in Biochemistry; on pre-med track, hope to study cardiology.

WORDS OF WISDOM:Make sure to have fun while taking advantage of every opportunity available to you and working hard for your future.

Linlee Mangialardi Salutatorian

EXTRACURRICULAR:Ossinings Science Research program studying metabolism in yeast;Captain on the cross country and track team;Head attorney on the mock trial team;student-life editor of the school newspaper; peer tutor;Co-President of the National Honor Society;member of the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society;Senator Carluccis Student AdvisoryCommittee

EXCEPTIONAL TEACHERS:Supports your passions and wants you to be successful inside and outside the classroom; Science Research teachersMr. PiccirilloandMs. Holmesfor their persistent guidancethroughout my research,Ms. MannarinoandMs. Olinfor their encouragement.

PLANS:Georgetown University in Washington D.C., to major in biologyand pursue acareer in scientific research.

WORDS OF WISDOM:Always work hard and take advantage of the opportunities that are present it will always pay off eventually.

Luisa Urgiles Valedictorian

ExtracurricularLatino Culture Club;Girls Who Code Club;National Spanish Society;National Science Society;National Math Society;Computer Science Society.

Exceptional Educators

They make learning relevant to real-world activities. Thanks to Ms. Daniels, Ms. Pichardo, Ms. Santos, Ms. Veloz, Mr. Newby, Ms. McCarthy. They built nice relationships with their students, supporting them to succeed and aim for a great future.


I hope to attend Binghamton University to study computer science with a focus on cybersecurity, computer engineering or start pre-medical studies.

Words of WisdomTo my fellow students > Be who you are, dont think too much about what others might say or judge because those people will be everywhere, no matter what you do. Find friends who are truthful to you, because those are the people with which you will be making memories and great friendships.

Jilda Pauta Salutatorian

Extra-CurricularVice President of Science Honor Society;Secretary of Social Studies Honor Society;Treasurer of Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica;Math Honor Society;National Honor Society;English Honor Society;Concert Band;Mercy College STEP Program;TodaysStudentsTomorrowsTeachers;Teachers Assistant and Translator in CCD at Church of Assumption

Exceptional EducatorsOne who is patient, passionate, inspiring for students. AP Spanish Language and Culture teacher Mrs. Daysi Suerois veryeffective. Public Policy in Modern America teacher Mrs. Stephanie Ramirez keeps the class engaged. Entrepreneurship teacher Ms. Molly McCarthy pushes students to reach their full potential and taught me how to manage a full-time buisness.

Post-GraduationMarist College in Poughkeepsie, to major in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology.

Words of WisdomPut in the time and effort to achieve your goals, and maintain a healthy balance between academics and social life.

Vaishali Miriyagalla Valedictorian


Girls Varsity Soccer; Jazz Band; Club Fit Swim Team; Neighbors Link volunteer; Yorktown Rehabilitation & Nursing Center volunteer.

Exceptional EducatorsSomeone invested in our well-beingandallowingstudentsto achieve their potential. I have had many amazing teachers at Lincoln Titus Elementary School, Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School, and Walter Panas High Schoolwho have impacted us in more ways than they realize.

Post-GraduationBowdoin College to study mathematics and physics,pursuinga liberal arts education,towards a career in Engineering.

Words of WisdomAs Benjamin Franklin said,Tellme and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. Get involved, experience things for yourself, and never stop learning.

Emily Attinger Salutatorian

ExtracurricularTheater company;science research at NewYorkBotanicalGarden;Girl Scouts;Venture Scouts;piano.

Exceptional EducatorsThey are supportive and make learning fun and engaging, like my AP U.S. history teacher Dr. Sandground. She was a tremendous help during my college application process and I always looked forward to her classes.

Post-GraduationRoyal Holloway, University of London, to double major in Criminology and Psychology. I hope to earn a doctorate and help the criminal justice system as a forensic psychologist.

Words of WisdomIts important to find a balance between schoolwork and personal time. Our brains need a breather sometimes and having a hobby or extracurricular can help you relax, recharge, and come back ready to work.

At press time, RJ had not received completed questionnaires from these students.

I know I speak for all of the faculty and staff in the district when I say how proud we are of Maya and Zach, saidSuperintendent Chris Borsari. Their hard work and dedication, along with the dedication of all of their incredible teachers, got them where they are today, and I wish them the best of luck in college and beyond.

Valedictorian Maya Weitzen

Salutatorian Zachary Rudder

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Oakland University ‘s IGVC fuels the inspiration behind autonomous robotics teams – The Oakland Press

Its competitions like the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competitionat Oakland University that drive college and university autonomous robotics teams to excel.

We have seven different competitions, said Andrew Strazdsa, a senior from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, Florida, during Mondays finals taking place in a parking lot at the south end of the campus.

This is the only one that wasnt cancelled because of COVID-19. he added, after doing a demonstration with the robot he and his team had built.

Dark clouds had moved in and the rain sent most of the other teams scrambling for cover. Being from Florida, where rain is common Strazdsas team went the extra mile to ensure that their robot could withstand the wind and rain.

In fact, they named their robot, Rain for that reason.

This addition alone earned them points in the competition.They are one of the few schools that did a good job of weatherproofing, said Bernie Theisen, who was among the judges at the annual event that challenges engineering students to design autonomous vehicles and compete in a variety of unmanned mobility competitions including Auto-Nav, in which vehicles complete an outdoor course in full autonomous mode while negotiating obstacles.

It demonstrates what weve learned, said Strazdsa said. Its really nice to see everything working, or not.

Im tweaking ours for a better performance, said Lloyd Brombach, a computer science student at Wayne State University who was joined by his teams mentor, Abhilash Pandya. Vernoica, as the robot was named needed to go faster, so Brombach had to make adjustments to the computer program.

Jerry Lane who was instrumental in creating the event for students said the teams work all year on the vehicles before attending the competitions.

They design it. They develop it, build it, test it, fix it, and then compete, he said.

Since its start more than 15-years-ago, IGVC has been highly praised by participating faculty advisors as an excellent multidisciplinary design experience for student teams. Not only do they get to see their vehicles in action, but also get the opportunity to meet other students with similar interests. Some schools also extend senior design course credits for student participation.

Among the guests in attendance for the competition was Michael Cadieux, director of the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command (DEVCOM) Ground Vehicle Systems Center (formerly U.S. Army TARDEC) at the Detroit Arsenal in Warren. Cadieux brought his children out to see robotics in action. Robotics is a lot cooler when you see it in person, said Cadieuxs 12-year-old son.

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DeVry University Celebrates Its 90th Anniversary With History Steeped in Technology and Innovation – Business Wire

NAPERVILLE, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DeVry University celebrates its 90th year as a pacesetter for innovative education and online learning, as it continues its mission of providing students with educational pathways to help prepare them for careers in todays rapidly transforming economy.

Distance learning has come a long way since 1912, when Dr. Herman DeVry invented the Theater in a Suitcase, a Model E portable projector that shifted the education technology paradigm. By 1913, these projectors became standard technology in U.S. schools nationwide. Almost 20 years later, in 1931, Dr. DeVry and Dr. Lee DeForest founded DeForest Training School, now DeVry University, in Chicago to prepare students for technical careers of that time.

Since then, DeVry has offered programs that respond to converging technologies and the changing nature of work. This is reflected in the courses and programs offered (e.g., certificates, undergraduate and graduate degrees, stackable credentials) and in teaching modalities (e.g., traditional classroom instruction, online and hybrid learning). DeVrys goals remain unchanged: to help students prepare for meaningful careers that ultimately help close societys opportunity gaps.

DeVry Through the Decades

DeVrys 90-year history is steeped in technology and innovation, and through the years, shows how it has been an innovator in multidisciplinary programming and distance learning.

As we review our long history of serving students and evolving both what we teach and how we teach, we take pride in the north star that has guided us since 1931 to help students better their lives through an education that prepares them to thrive in workplaces shaped by continuous technological change, said Tom Monahan, president and CEO of DeVry University. As we emerge from the health and economic crisis of the pandemic, DeVrys expertise at meeting the needs of adult and nontraditional learners will be vital to helping students, communities and corporate partners reap the benefits of a markedly more inclusive workplace and a markedly more digital future.

The digital transformation of the workforce and the economy has rapidly accelerated due to the pandemic. According to the United Nations, workers with limited digital skills will find themselves at a disadvantage compared to those who are better equipped for the digital economy. From training students with early 20th century electronics to preparing learners today for digital era disciplines such as data and analytics, security, cloud and platform architecture, and digital health, DeVry leveraged its heritage to provide curriculum and programs that help students develop the interdisciplinary tech skills needed for future-ready careers.

Ever since I started teaching mathematics at DeVry in 1975, the University has been an early adopter of new technology, said Senior Professor Veronica Schreiber, DeVrys longest-standing faculty member. Weve always piloted new technology, and this has allowed me to create new learning opportunities to help my students succeed. DeVry encourages and embraces innovation, embracing that the more tech tools we incorporate, the more ways we can help our students.

About DeVry University

DeVry University strives to close societys opportunity gap by preparing learners to thrive in careers shaped by continuous technological change. Founded in 1931, the university offers undergraduate and graduate programs onsite and online within six areas of study: Accounting, Business, Healthcare, Technology, Liberal Arts, and Media Arts & Technology. The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC, To learn more, visit

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UMass, Digital Ready Offer Early College STEM Living Learning Lab for Boston Students – UMass News and Media Relations

NEWTON, Mass. The University of Massachusetts Amherst and Digital Ready, a Boston-based non-profit, have launched a groundbreaking new living learning lab to give talented, young Black and Latinx students from Boston Public Schools a no-cost head start to a STEM degree from UMass.

Beginning in September 2021, Digital Readys Living Learning Lab on the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst will offer approximately 40 Boston Public School graduates the opportunity to live in an experiential learning environment, where students will be immersed in an innovative community and have the resources and support to identify their purpose and their passions in STEM. The unique model is intended to provide underrepresented young people students of color, first-generation college students, and students from low-income backgrounds with the knowledge, skills and networks to pursue careers in Greater Bostons innovation economy.

The first cohort will live in a dedicated residential community on the 72-acre Newton campus and participate in a customized Digital Ready Pathway of UMass Amhersts Exploratory Pathways Program. In addition to housing and a meal plan, students will receive personalized academic coaching, rigorous coursework tied to emerging technologies, and hands-on and work-based learning opportunities with industry partners. At the end of the year, students will have the opportunity to join a full-time undergraduate program at UMass Amherst, with 18 college credits, a year of college experience, and a supportive network of champions at no cost to them or their families.

Living and learning together will allow students the opportunity to share ideas, collaborate on innovative projects, and have the resources they need to bring their ideas to life and figure out how they want to change the world, said Dr. Sarah Cherry Rice, executive director of Digital Ready. All of the support is what makes it work coaching, no-cost tuition, housing, bus passes. These are the barriers that sometimes prevent Boston students from reaching their full potential. We are thrilled to have this level of investment from UMass and our industry and community partners. We want to create permanent change that breaks cycles of poverty and puts students and their families on a path to economic mobility in Boston.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst established the Newton campus in 2018 to provide experiential learning and professional development opportunities for its students while building connections with the Greater Boston region, including with prospective students from underrepresented groups. The campus provides housing for undergraduate students conducting internships and co-ops in the Boston area, offers career and professional development programming, and facilitates hands-on and industry-connected projects for students. It also hosts companies interested in co-locating with the Commonwealths flagship public research university, which in turn offer internships, informational interviews and networking opportunities to students.

This program aligns perfectly with our strategic plan for the Mount Ida Campus, our effort to expand exploratory pathways to a UMass degree, and our diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, said UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy. We believe this could become a new model for how to assist historically underrepresented students in transitioning to college and eventually into careers in the Commonwealths thriving economy.

The Digital Ready Pathway of UMass Amhersts Exploratory Pathways Program will provide students with cohort-specific introductory courses in computer science, engineering, architecture, building construction technology and math. The students will have access to all the learning resources offered by UMass with significant personalized support from Digital Ready.

STEM programs such as computer science and engineering are among our most competitive at the undergraduate level, said UMass Amherst Provost John McCarthy. Designing pathways such as this one which ensures access to appropriate introductory courses, provides a supportive learning environment, and takes student wellbeing into account increases the likelihood of student success and in turn makes those programs more accessible and inclusive. That is consistent with our effort across all of our academic programs to attract and retain a diverse and representative student body.

In addition to dedicated residential space, the students will have access to collaborative work space for projects, and participate in all aspects of campus life alongside the full-time UMass undergraduate students on the Newton campus.

I really believe in my ability to build the future and I really wanted a good place to set that foundation. I know that being on a college campus surrounded by all of that technology and support will put me in an environment to change the world, said Malik Carr, a current student at BDEA 2.0 who hopes to join the living learning lab this fall.

The 40-student cohort will be selected from a group of approximately 160 students participating in Digital Readys Summer Studios with industry partners: architecture and construction with the Boston Society for Architecture, engineering technology with Autodesk, computer science and autonomous vehicles with Microsoft, and design for virtual reality with XR Terra. The Living Learning Lab cohort will move onto the Mount Ida Campus in September and remain through the end of UMass academic year in May 2022.

About Digital Ready

Digital Ready is a Boston-based non-profit with a mission to activate the creative potential of high school students, especially underrepresented young peoplestudents from low-income backgrounds and students of colorwith the agency, social capital and skills to build their own pathways to economic mobility and success in Bostons innovation economy. For more information, visit or follow @digitalreadyboston on Instagram and Twitter @digitalreadyMA.

About the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst

The Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst serves as a center for student experiential learning, industry engagement, academic and research collaboration, and fundraising in Greater Boston, which is home to a plurality of UMass Amherst students and alumni. Acquired from the former Mount Ida College in 2018, the campus exists to connect the states flagship public research university to the Greater Boston community and serves as a secondary instructional site for UMass Amherst, offering an undergraduate program in Veterinary Technology, graduate programs in Statistics and Business and Analytics, undergraduate courses in Building Construction Technology, and graduate courses in Geographic Information Science and Technology.


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Amazon Sidewalk And The Issue Of Data Privacy – ideastream

On June 8, Amazon is switching on what it calls "Sidewalk," which means that millions of Amazon Echos and Tiles and Rings that people have in their homes will instantly be connected into what's called a mesh-network,which is basically a really big internet-sharing system.

The positive to this, as the tech giant sees it, is that it allows all of these devices to stay connected to the internet, even if your home wifi network goes down for a moment. Plus, they'll have a larger range of use.

The negative to this,as many privacy experts have noted,is that many people don't even know that it is happening,and this is an opt-outonly choice,meaning that it is up to the consumer to navigate their way out of the Sidewalk network, which can be difficult for the technologically-challenged. Some people may not know what it means to have their network being shared with their neighbors.

And,many people don't realize that companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook, and many others,collect information about you as you interact with their platforms, and then sell that information to advertisers.

On The Sound of Ideas, we'll talk about Amazon Sidewalk and the greater issue of online privacywith Dr. Brian Krupp, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Baldwin Wallace University.He has done research into privacy issues involving mobile and smart devices.

Coming up this hour,ideastream's Gabriel Kramer previews a virtual conversation about the demand for middle skilled jobs.

And then, a conversation about trauma therapy with the authors of the new book, Every Memory Deserves Respect

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2021 MITx Prize winners build community on campus and across the globe – MIT News

On May 14, six MIT instructors were honored with the 2021 MITx Prize for Teaching and Learning in MOOCs. The prize, established in 2016, honors excellence in creating Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for MITx on edX. Anyone in the MIT community can submit nominations, including MITx MOOC creators, and awardees are selected by the MITx Faculty Advisory Committee.

The award was given to two courses this year,honoring faculty and instructors from four disciplines. Jonathan Gruber, Ford Professor of Economics, was honored for his 14.01x (APMicroeconomics) course, which uses MIT materials geared toward high school learners to help them prepare for the College Board exam. The other course recognized, 15.480x (The Science and Business of Biotechnology),was created by professors Andrew Lo of the MIT Sloan School of Management and Harvey Lodish of the Department of Biology, along with graduate students Zied Ben Chaouch of the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) and Kate Koch of the Department of Biology, as well as Shomesh Chaudhuri '14, PhD '18, an EECS graduate.

2020 MITx Prize for Teaching and Learning in MOOCs

The MITx Faculty Advisory Committee assesses prize nominees on four criteria: effective and engaging teaching methods, learner-focused innovation, residential impact and reuse, and global reach and impact. It is that last criterion that has drawn the most focus over the past year; in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, demand for the established, high-quality resources offered by MIT Open Learning has been higher than ever.

Now more than ever, by opening MIT teaching and learning to the world, our MITx courses are making a global impact, says Dean for Digital Learning Krishna Rajagopal. The courses honored with this award are exemplars of the best of MITx, and of MIT. They reach quite different audiences; high school students in one case, current and future leaders in biotechnology in the other. In both cases, they are doing so in ways that are sparking new curiosity and interest and opening new opportunities for their learners worldwide.

Grubers Microeconomics course is a perfect example of a learning resource that has grown beyond its original purpose to reach a diverse international audience. Gruber first designed the course in 2017 to fill the void of preparatory materials available to U.S. students planning to take the AP Microeconomics exam; he notes that few high schools offer any kind of support or formal training for the test. The MOOC is structured around the exam curriculum, to serve either as standalone training or as a supplement to instructor-led courses. But perhaps in part because of its wide-ranging, pop-culture savvy appeal (Gruber uses LeBron James basketball career, Kim Kardashians Instagram account, and the pros and cons of attending university as just a few of his real-world economics examples) the course has found a truly global audience with learners from 180 countries.

Gruber has also used the course to develop and implement a very practical economic policy of his own. He has done away with assigning a required and costly textbook for his students in his residential MIT version of the course, instead assigning materials from the MOOC and other free, open source MIT learning materials as a supplement to class lectures and notes. David Autor, Ford Professor of Economics, in support of the courses nomination, commended the labor of love that is Grubers course, and how with each new iteration of the MOOC, his colleague builds bridges for high school students, [opening] pathways that were previously cloudy or just invisible. Over time, says Autor, the course will foster diversity and inclusion by seeding opportunity where it was absent.

The Science and Business of Biotechnology course team was no less ambitious in creating their multidisciplinary exploration of the industry, setting up the course based on the comprehensive, research-led approach theyd like to see companies adopt. Like Gruber, course leaders Andrew Lo and Harvey Lodish have personal connections to their subject: Lo was moved to make change in the sector after experiencing disillusionment with biotech during loved ones battles with cancer. Lodish has witnessed the enormous impact of the biotech industry on both personal and professional levels: years after he co-founded Genzyme, his daughter gave birth to a son who depends on one of the companys medicines for treatment of a chronic health condition.

The teams dedication and well-balanced approach to a multifaceted industry has been a smashing success. Calling Lo and Lodish superstars in his letter of support, Institute Professor Robert Langer lauded the courses comprehensive approach to the subject matter, finding it essential for those who would seek to make a real impact on the biotech industry. Heidi Pickett, assistant dean for the MIT Sloan Master of Finance Program, also praised the combination of subject areas explored throughout the course, citing its ability to redress weaknesses in individual learners skill sets; those coming from a finance background, for example, would benefit from a deeper engagement with the science of biotech, while still gaining knowledge in their primary field. She also spoke to the courses wide appeal: Considering the importance of topics discussed presented in 15.480x, it is no wonder the course attracted learners from around the world bringing different backgrounds and perspectives, she says, adding that lively exchanges between users on the courses discussion boards greatly enhanced the learning experience.

After a year when so many learners struggled to adapt to a sudden shift to remote education, MITx Director Dana Doyle finds ample reason to celebrate the power of intentional online teaching and learning. In a time when people everywhere have felt both increasingly isolated and increasingly connected by the experience of the pandemic, its so heartening to witness how these courses have brought learners together to dive into important, complex global issues.

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Stanford University Survey: 12 Greek scientists among the top ones globally – CEOWORLD magazine

A team of professors from Stanford University in the United States has published a list of the top scientists around the world. This list includes among others- 12 Greek professors of the Athens University of Economics and Business. The rankings were based on the research Data for Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators 2020. The scientists were evaluated for their scientific work in 2019. More specifically, the evaluation was based on the impact of their research work and mainly on the reports they received according to the Scopus database in a total of 22 scientific fields and 176 sub-fields.

Here are the 12 Greek professors of the Athens University of Economics and Business:

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How students at EWU, SFCC are helping local governments with cybersecurity protection – The Spokesman-Review

Darrik Teller and his team of security operations center analysts figured something was up when they saw a Russian-based IP address pinging a system a couple hundred times over approximately a minute and a half.

The requests were made to the system of an Eastern Washington municipality that Teller and his team monitored earlier this year. After some more research into the IP address, Teller said the group brought their suspicions to higher authorities as a likely threat.

What ended up happening was the incident responders agreed with us that it was a little weird seeing a Russian IP address trying to find vulnerabilities in the system, Teller said, to which they then blacklisted that IP and sent it to other municipalities in the area.

All in a days work for entry-level security analysts working for a small local government except Teller and his team were not government employees.

Theyre Eastern Washington University students.

Their experience was a fruit of a Washington-based nonprofits effort to provide a level of protection to municipalities and government agencies in need while offering real-life experience to cybersecurity students.

The Public Infrastructure Security Cyber Education System (PISCES) collaborates with participating colleges and universities so cybersecurity students can monitor real web traffic from government organizations for potential attacks and anomalies. After evaluating the threat, students escalate the issues as needed to higher-level cybersecurity authorities with PISCES.

PISCES is partnered with the the Department of Homeland Security and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Members of the board include Dan Wordell, information security officer for the City of Spokane.

City, county, maritime port or any other type of small government organization with less than 150 employees are eligible for free PISCES services. Participating students sign a nondisclosure agreement.

Current participants include public organizations in Spokane Valley, Covington and Port Townsend, according to the Wall Street Journal. Spokane Valley officials did not immediately return a request for comment.

Its been really productive for the students, and we are doing a much-needed service for the municipalities that we cover, and we cover municipalities across the entire state of Washington, said Mark Neufville, the instructor for Spokane Falls Community Colleges PISCES coursework.

Michael Hamilton, a co-founder of PISCES, declined to publicly disclose the list of participating public-sector organizations. Hamilton said the staffing eligibility threshold ensures the nonprofit does not compete with private-sector companies.

Its metadata; we cant read email, we dont see your webpage, we dont see financial transactions or anything like that. We see who you talked to, what time it was, how long the conversation lasted, etc. Hamilton said. Collecting metadata and then using it as real-time curriculum for students we make practitioners that have operational experience.

Eastern, Western and Central Washington universities, SFCC, Green River College and Alabama A&M University are the current program participants. PISCES is in the process of expanding into at least Colorado and Idaho.

Originally, this was going to be the employee pipeline for my company, said Hamilton, chief information security officer for the Washington-based CI Security. Now, were in a fistfight with Boeing and General Electric. (Students) are getting snapped up like crazy.

Students arent paid; rather, they get class credit and can earn a certificate from PISCES after monitoring for a certain amount of hours, said Stu Steiner, assistant professor of computer science at EWU.

WWU, the first university to start the class, manages the curriculum with input from the other participating schools, said Erik Fretheim, the director of WWUs cybersecurity program.

We try to make it as easy as possible for the schools to do it, but it is a somewhat demanding class for schools to teach because the instructors have to really know their stuff well since theyre dealing with live information, said Freitheim, who sits on the PISCES board. They cant just hope to wing it and stay a chapter ahead of the students because they can get any type of question at any time.

After WWU, SFCC was among the first institutions to sign on for a PISCES curriculum to complement its degree programs in cybersecurity and information systems and technology, said Lenaya Hogan, SFCCs Bachelor of Applied Science program coordinator. As part of the program, SFCC students have put together reports on potential threats they have raised to higher authorities.

Hogan said the PISCES program offers students a reality check with what they might want to do later in life.

Its kind of like an internship or something like that nature that it gives you that real-life experience to build your confidence, she said.

EWU, meanwhile, ran through the program for the first time this past winter quarter from January through April. With the project, EWU juniors and seniors each worked 10 hours per week in teams, cooperating with other schools to cover shifts throughout the day without overlap.

For the 2022 winter quarter, Steiner said he hopes to ease students into the work with controlled practice runs, as the amount of data from the public-sector organizations can be pretty overwhelming at first.

For my students and for our Eastern students, just that hands-on experience, theres nothing like it in the world, Steiner said.

Teller, who will start at General Motors next month, can attest to that.

Graduating with a bachelors degree in computer science, Teller said he was told in his job offer that the real-life experience is part of what set him apart from other candidates.

The programs of those using the PISCES project are definitely something that was good for the students, good for the school and also good for the security of the municipalities that we were supporting, he said. Being able to have 50-60 students have eyes on this data, to which were providing monitoring almost 24/7, is very much something that is good for everyone involved in that process.

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