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Paxos’ $500K Bitcoin fee, FTX tokens sales set to begin and other … – Cointelegraph

Top Stories This WeekPaxos confirms its responsible for paying a $500K Bitcoin transaction fee

The Bitcoin miner who received 19.8 BTC in fees from blockchain infrastructure firm Paxos has returned the funds following Paxos claim that it made a mistake in paying over $500,000 in transfer fees. On Sept. 10, Paxos paid the six-figure fee to move $2,000, with the average network fee typically being around $2. The company later acknowledged the mistake, confirming the transfer came from its servers. Almost a day after Paxos claims, the Bitcoin miner who received the funds went on X (formerly Twitter) to express frustrations after agreeing to refund the amount to Paxos. The funds were returned on Sept. 15.

A bankruptcy court has approved the sale of FTX digital assets in weekly batches through an investment adviser and under preestablished guidelines. The sale does not include Bitcoin, Ether and certain insider-affiliated tokens, which can be sold through a separate decision by FTX after 10 days notice. FTX sales are not expected to have a heavy impact on markets. According to a recent shareholder update, the bankrupt exchange has $833 million worth of Bitcoin and Ether. A total of $3.4 billion is held in Digital Assets A the top 10 assets the company holds which include Solana, Bitcoin, Ether, Aptos and others.

Digital Currency Group has proposed a new agreement plan for the creditors of the now-bankrupt Genesis Global. The plan estimates unsecured creditors will receive a 7090% recovery with a meaningful portion of the recovery in digital currencies. Additionally, the remuneration plan says the recovery of claims for Gemini Earn users would be projected at approximately 95110% without any contribution from Gemini. According to the filing: If Gemini were to agree to provide $100 million to Gemini Earn users under the Proposed Agreement, as it previously did, there would be little doubt Gemini Earn users would receive more than full recovery.

Asset manager Franklin Templeton applied with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission to launch a spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). According to the application, the fund would be structured as a trust. Coinbase would custody the BTC, and The Bank of New York Mellon would be the cash custodian and administrator. Franklin Templeton has $1.5 trillion in assets under management and joins a long list of asset managers waiting for regulatory approval. The SEC recently delayed decisions on spot ETF applications from WisdomTree, Valkyrie, Fidelity, VanEck, Bitwise and Invesco on Aug. 31.

The exodus of executives from crypto exchange Binance has reached the firms offshoot in the United States, as at least three top employees left Binance.US over the past few days. This weeks departures included the exchanges CEO, Brian Shroder, alongside legal head Krishna Juvvadi and chief risk officer Sidney Majalya. The mass exit is believed to be tied to the ongoing U.S. investigation into Binance and Binance.US. The SEC sued Binance.US, Binance and CEO Changpeng Zhao in June for allegedly engaging in unregistered securities operations and other improprieties. On Aug. 28, the agency requested to file sealed documents in the case, fueling concerns about a criminal probe by the U.S. Department of Justice.

At the end of the week, Bitcoin (BTC) is at $26,465, Ether (ETH) at $1,628 and XRP at $0.50. The total market cap is at $1.05 trillion, according to CoinMarketCap.

Among the biggest 100 cryptocurrencies, the top three altcoin gainers of the week are Toncoin (TON) at 21.30%, VeChain (VET) at 11.94% and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) at 11.36%.

The top three altcoin losers of the week are ApeCoin (APE) at -16.82%, Astar (ASTR) at 14.47% and Flare (FLR) at 12.61%.

For more info on crypto prices, make sure to read Cointelegraphs market analysis.

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Bitcoin price all-time high will precede 2024 halving New prediction

Bitcoin has a $250,000 target for after its next block subsidy halving but new all-time highs will come sooner, according to the latest BTC price prediction from BitQuant, a popular social media commentator who sees a rosy future for the largest cryptocurrency.

On Sept. 15, the pseudonymous central banker and Bitcoiner revealed a pre-halving target above $69,000. No, Bitcoin is not going to top before the halving, he wrote in part of the commentary.

Bitcoin has just over six months before the halving, the event that cuts miner rewards earned per block by 50% every four years. No, BTC is not going to $160K because the magnitude of every pullback is large, he wrote, adding that this means it will peak after the halving, in 2024. And yes, the target price is around $250K.

Stoner Cats 2 LLC (SC2), the company behind the Stoner Cats animated web series, has agreed to a cease-and-desist order and other measures imposed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission after being charged with conducting an unregistered offering of crypto-asset securities in the form of nonfungible tokens (NFTs). According to the SEC, SC2 sold more than 10,000 NFTs for about $800 apiece. The sale took 35 minutes and occurred on July 27, 2021, and the proceeds were used to fund the series. Besides agreeing to the cease-and-desist order, SC2 will pay a civil penalty of $1 million.

Karl Greenwood, co-founder of OneCoin with Ruja Ignatova, was sentenced in the United States to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay $300 million on Sept. 20. Ignatova remains at large. Greenwood, who is a citizen of the United Kingdom and Sweden, was sentenced in a court in New York. In a statement by the Justice Department, U.S. Attorney Damian Williams called OneCoin one of the largest fraud schemes ever perpetrated. The multilevel marketing and Ponzi scheme reaped $4 billion from 3.5 million victims, the statement said. Ignatova has not been seen since October 2017 and is on the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations Ten Most Wanted List.

The attack on crypto exchange CoinEx, which drained at least $55 million, was carried out by the North Korean hacker group Lazarus, according to blockchain security firm SlowMist and pseudonymous on-chain investigator ZachXBT. The hacker group was identified after it inadvertently exposed its address, which was the same one used in the recent Stake and Optimism hacks. On Sept. 12, CoinEx saw large outflows of funds to an address without any prior history. Security experts immediately suspected that the exchange was breached, with initial estimates reaching approximately $27 million.

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Pace University Partners on Opportunities in Africa Conference – Pace News

In its Fourth Year, Representatives from Nigeria, Senegal, Rwanda, Ghana, Guinea-Bissau, Cabo-Verde, Angola, Tanzania, and Kenya to participate

The fourth annual Opportunities in Africa Summit will be held in downtown New York City from September 18-20, 2023, at the Marriott Hotel Downtown.

Delegates from around the world will be attending the conference, which takes place alongside the United Nations General Assembly, to meet and engage with investors and entrepreneurs who are currently innovating business and economic growth opportunities in Africa.

We are thrilled to host the fourth edition of our flagship conference, Opportunities in Africa Summit, in New York City once again, said Kmo Tour Jr., CEO of Wutiko. Africa is full of exciting opportunities for growth and investment. We are building a platform that connects investment with opportunity and puts entrepreneurs in front of the people and organizations that can have a direct impact on their trajectory.

This years theme is Access to Capital, the Wall Street Way, and will include multiple pitch sessions, as well as keynote and panel sessions with key individuals from the worlds of sport, real estate, and creative industries.

Amadou Gallo Fall, President of Basketball Africa League (BAL), alongside ex-Chicago Bulls player Joakim Noah will be speaking in a fireside chat about business opportunities in African sports. With many ties to the NBA, in particular through BALs direct connection as the NBAs African league, the summit will include panel discussions with NBA professionals, including players.

One of the most impactful aspects of the summit is the opportunity for entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas during focused investor sessions. These pitch sessions enable entrepreneurs in the fields of technology, real estate, and creative industries to connect with opportunity for investment and support as they grow their businesses.

Pace University is proud to be a partner with Wutiko and with Opportunities in Africa, said Dr. Christelle Scharff, Associate Dean and Professor of Computer Science at Pace Universitys Seidenberg School. This conference builds strong partnerships with countries in Africa for Pace students and faculty. I look forward to more of these projects and opportunities to involve more students with Africas rapidly evolving tech economy.

For more information about Opportunities in Africa 2023 and to register, please visit the website or write to

Since 1906, Pace University has been transforming the lives of its diverse studentsacademically, professionally, and socioeconomically. With campuses in New York City and Westchester County, Pace offers bachelor, master, and doctoral degree programs to 13,600 students in its College of Health Professions, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Lubin School of Business, School of Education, Sands College of Performing Arts, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems.

At Pace Universitys Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, students experience a best-of-breed technology education at one of the first comprehensive schools of computing in the nation. Strategically located in the heart of NYCs tech scene, the Seidenberg School places students on the doorstep of New Yorks most promising companies, whether they are established tech giants or exciting new start-ups. The school offers a range of online and in-person masters programs, including an online Master of Science in Computer Science degree. Through partnerships with leading corporations, banks, federal agencies, and global entities, the schools curricula and programs are designed to give students the latest in computer science theory and invaluable hands-on practice to ground it. The faculty includes numerous cybersecurity experts who operate labs and centers providing students with practical experience and connections that lead to impressive internships and jobs.

Opportunities in Africa is a platform for promoting investment and business opportunities in Africa. Launched in 2018, it aims to connect investors, entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders interested in exploring the potential of African markets and driving mutually beneficial partnerships. The platform provides information and resources, as well as networking opportunities, to support inclusive economic growth on the continent.

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MIT named No. 2 university by U.S. News for 2023-24 – MIT News

MIT has placed second in U.S. News and World Reports annual rankings of the nations best colleges and universities, announced today.

As in past years, MITs engineering program continues to lead the list of undergraduate engineering programs at a doctoral institution. The Institute also placed first in five out of 10 engineering disciplines.

U.S. News also placed MIT first in its evaluation of undergraduate computer science programs. The Institute placed first in four out of 10 computer science disciplines.

MIT remains the No. 2 undergraduate business program, a ranking it shares this year with the University of California at Berkeley. Among business subfields, MIT is ranked first in three out of nine specialties.

Within the magazines rankings of academic programs to look for, MIT topped the list in the category of undergraduate research and creative projects. The Institute also ranks as the third most innovative national university, according to the U.S. News peer assessment survey of top academics.

MIT placed first in five engineering specialties: aerospace/aeronautical/astronautical engineering; chemical engineering; electrical/electronic/communication engineering; materials engineering; and mechanical engineering. It placed within the top five in four other engineering areas: bioengineering/biomedical engineering, computer engineering; civil engineering, and environmental/environmental health engineering.

Other schools in the top five overall for undergraduate engineering programs are Stanford University, Georgia Tech, UC Berkeley, and Caltech.

In computer science, MIT placed first in four specialties: biocomputing/bioinformatics/biotechnology; computer systems; programming languages; and theory. It placed in the top five of five disciplines: artificial intelligence; cybersecurity (shared with Carnegie Mellon University); data analytics/science; mobile/web applications; and software engineering (shared with Stanford and UC Berkeley).

Other schools in the top five overall for undergraduate computer science programs are Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Among undergraduate business specialties, the MIT Sloan School of Management leads in analytics; production/operations management; and quantitative analysis/methods. It also placed within the top five in three other categories: entrepreneurship; finance; and supply chain management.

The No. 1-ranked undergraduate business program overall is at the University of Pennsylvania; other schools ranking in the top five include UC Berkeley, the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, New York University, and the University of Texas at Austin.

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UH President David Lassner Will Retire Next Year – Honolulu Civil Beat

He has run the University of Hawaii since 2013, an institution he first began working at in 1977.

The head of Hawaiis premier institution of higher learning is stepping down at the end of next year.

University of Hawaii President David Lassner informed the UH Board of Regents in an email Tuesday that he will leave his post at the end of 2024.

My decision is both personal and professional, Lassner wrote.I have worked at UH since 1977 and I never had any aspiration or expectation to serve as President. But when called on, I was willing to be considered to assume what I truly believe to be one of the most important roles in Hawaii, leading the institution that is most critical to the future of our people and our islands.

Lassner was appointed interim president in 2013 and officially was elevated to the role in June 2014.

Lassner, 69, is also a member of the universitys cooperating graduate faculty and has taught both online and in-person atUHManoa in in computer science, communications, business and education.

Lassner remarked in his email to the regents that his more than 10 years in office is the longest tenure since Gregg Sinclair, who served from 1942 to 1955. Several of Lassners predecessors had rocky stints, notably Evan Dobelle, who was fired by the regents in 2004 but latter reached a mediated settlement with UH to resign.

Lassners note in his email that the job of UH president today is often described as the hardest job in the state. His tenure was also marked by protests over a new telescope on Mauna Kea and negotiations with the Legislature over management of the mountain.

He has led the university and 10-campusUHsystem through the Covid-19 pandemic and has frequently clashed with members of the Hawaii State Senate, who have long criticized how UH operates. In February, several called on Lassner to resign, calls that the president flatly rejected.

It is an intense job, one I approach every day with energy and enthusiasm to pursue continuous improvement, Lassner said in his email. But I am ready to planfully pass the torch to the next leader while I am able, active and healthy.

Lassner began working atUHin entry-level roles in information technology in 1977. He later becameUHs first chief information officer and then its first vice president forIT.

He earned economicssumma cum laudeand Phi Beta Kappa followed by a Master of Sciencein computer science supported by a University Fellowship at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

He earned adoctoratein communication and information sciences at UH.

The board of regents is expected to conduct a search for a new president. Lassner said in his email that he had planned to make his retirement announcement early next year, but said, I looked back at our history and realized that UHs last presidential search took over a year to come to a decision.

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What bear market? These crypto websites see traffic rising in 2023 – Cointelegraph

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) have been widely described as going through a bear market in 2023, but this may not exactly be the case, according to indicators such as the website traffic of certain crypto platforms.

Some major cryptocurrency websites, such as Binance and Coinbase, have seen a significant traffic drop in 2023, but there are many crypto sites that have experienced the opposite.

According to data from the web analytics platform Similarweb, the number of total monthly visits on the Binance website tumbled by 22% from 69 million in January 2023 to 54 million in August. Coinbases website has experienced a 15% traffic decline over the period, with the number of visits dropping from 33.5 million to 28.4 million.

A number of cryptocurrency exchange websites have had more success in terms of traffic, though. According to Similarweb data accessed by Cointelegraph, the websites of crypto exchanges OKX, HTX (formerly Huobi),, CoinW, and Bitmart have seen a notable increase in traffic year-to-date (YTD).

According to the data, monthly visits to the HTX website surged more than 200% YTD, rising from 7.3 million in January to 22 million in August. The website of OKX saw a similar traffic increase, with total monthly visits jumping 185% from 8 million in early 2023 to 22.8 million in August.

The and Coinw exchanges saw their website traffic surge by 143% and 66% YTD, respectively. The website traffic of crypto trading platforms and Bitmart has surged about 40% this year so far, reaching more than 9.5 million monthly visits.

Kraken, a major crypto exchange in the United States, has also seen its traffic rise this year, surging about 11% from 5 million to 5.6 million YTD, according to the data.

The websites of certain centralized cryptocurrency exchanges (CEX) are not the only crypto websites that have seen traffic increase this year. There is also a rising trend among some software cryptocurrency wallets as well as decentralized crypto exchanges (DEX) and other crypto services.

MetaMask, a major self-custodial cryptocurrency wallet, has recorded a 31% jump in traffic, with monthly visits surging from 4.5 million visits in January 2023 to 5.9 million in August. Binances self-custody wallet, Trust Wallet, has also seen its traffic grow this year, edging up roughly 7% from 2.9 million to 3.1 million monthly visits.

Major DEXUniswap has posted a 28% increase in website traffic so far this year, rising from 3.9 million visits in January to 5 million visits in August.

Cryptocurrency gift card company Bitrefill is also among the crypto websites that have experienced some traffic growth this year. By August, the Bitrefill website had reached 1 million monthly visitors, up 12% from around 900,000 monthly visits in January 2023.

Related: India, Nigeria, Thailand top Chainalysis 2023 Global Crypto Adoption Index

With many cryptocurrency websites seeing notable growth this year, this could suggest that crypto may not have been in a bear market after all. While cryptocurrency website traffic does not reflect trading volumes, it can still serve as an important indicator of adoption and demand for cryptocurrency services.

Cryptocurrency website traffic is not the only evidence that crypto is not in a bear market, according to several observers.

According to one definition of a bear market, a bear trend happens when a market index or asset declines by 20% or more from its recent high. At the time of writing, Bitcoin is just 12% down from its most recent high of $31,400, according to data from CoinGecko.

According to some industry observers, its not quite accurate to say that cryptocurrencies have been in a bear market recently, as Bitcoin always has and always will be in a bull market.

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NDE is seeking stakeholder input on the proposed High School … – EIN News

The Nebraska Department of Education is seeking stakeholder input on the proposed Computer Science and Technology standards. These standards have been derived from existing course standards in Communication and Information Systems pathways. The information collected will be used as part of the standards review and revision process.Reviewing these standards will take approximately 15 minutes. You will have theopportunityto review all of the proposed standards.


The Computer Science and Technology Act (N.R.S. 79-3301) outlines the requirements for instruction in computer science and technology. Additionally, N.R.S. 79-729 specifies the Computer Science and Technology Act requirement for high school graduation. Beginning with the year 2027-2028, each school district shall require each student to complete at least five high school credit hours in computer science and technology education through a single course or a combination of courses that cover these proposed academic standards.

According to 79-3303, Computer Science and Technology education includes, but is not limited to, knowledge and skills regarding:(1) computer literacy, (2) educational technology, (3) digital citizenship, (4) information technology, and (5) computer science.

Public Input

For this survey, we are interested in your feedback related to thecontentandrigoronthe proposed draft of the Nebraska High School Computer Science and Technology standards.

You can access the survey by clicking on this Survey Link. The survey will close on Friday, October 6th. Please share and forward this survey with other members of your school, district, students and families, and organizations who could additionally provide valuable input on these standards.

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2023 Manning/IALS Innovation Awards Recipients Announced – UMass News and Media Relations

The UMass Amherst Institute for Applied Life Sciences (IALS) has announced that six campus research teams have been named recipients of the fifth annual Manning/IALS Innovation Awards. These translational grants advance applied R&D efforts from UMass-based faculty research groups toward the development of spin-out/startup companies and the out-licensing of UMass intellectual property.

The projects, which were selected from a highly competitive group of applicants, will receive seed funding of up to $100,000 each to achieve translational milestones.

The Manning/IALS Innovation Program is a collaborative effort involving IALS, the UMass I-Corps program, the College of Natural Sciences, the Technology Transfer Office and the Isenberg School of Management, providing support for commercialization efforts including business training, the protection of intellectual property, access to industry partners, contracting and mentorship resources.

The funded projects for 2023 are:

Manning/IALS awardees are identified by a rigorous selection process that brings together on-campus and off-campus industry and institutional investor expert reviewers with science, engineering, public health and health sciences, nursing and data/computer science expertise. The IALS Executive Committee, which includes the chancellor, vice chancellor for research & engagement, the provost, the IALS director and five STEM deans, also contributes to the selection process.

Since the initial 2019 awards, supported projects have secured over $5 million in grants and investment for ongoing development in UMass Amherst labs and seven startup companies.

We are encouraged by the progress Manning IALS awardees have been able to make with this support, says Peter Reinhart, founding director of IALS. While crossing the valley of death is not for the faint of heart, we know that Manning/IALS seed funding in concert with other campus programs that support research commercialization are helping UMass startup and technology teams achieve their potential.

UMass alumnus Paul Manning 77 and his wife, Diane, have committed $4 million to date to establish and grow theManning Innovation Program through their family foundation. The gift provides for multiple years of support advancing a robust and sustainable commercialization pipeline of applied and translational research projects from UMass Amherst. IALS provides the organizational framework and further funding for this innovation program, which has enabled funding for six Manning/IALS Innovation Awards each of the last four years.

Paul Manning is an entrepreneur with 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, who most recently founded PBM Capital Group in 2010. He was also the anchor investor in Maroon Venture Partners, the first venture-capital fund at UMass Amherst.

IALS was established in 2014, supported by a total investment of more than $150 million from the Massachusetts Life Science Center and the campus.

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Computer scientist to give lecture on AI in health care | Cornell … – Cornell Chronicle

Infections acquired in hospitals kill three times as many people as car accidents every year in the United States.

That statistic drove Fei-Fei Li, the Sequoia Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University, to investigate whether computer vision, a field of artificial intelligence that allows machines to see and understand the visual world, could tackle this problem.

Improving patient safety in health care is one of several applications of AI that Li, co-director of Stanfords Human-Centered AI Institute, will discuss in the annual Cornell Center for Social Sciences (CCSS) Distinguished Lecture in the Social Sciences on Oct. 5 at 4:30 Statler Auditorium.

Her talk, What We See and What We Value: AI with a Human Perspective, is co-sponsored by the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science and the Center for Data Science for Enterprise and Society.

Lis research, conducted at the Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital at Stanford, found that sensors could detect whether hospital staff had used a hand hygiene dispenser before entering a patients room an essential practice in preventing hospital-acquired infections as accurately as human observers could.

Fei-Fei Li is a visionary researcher who has been deeply influential in the fields of computer vision and artificial intelligence, said Kavita Bala, dean of Cornell Bowers CIS. As co-director of Stanfords Human-Centered AI Institute, Fei-Fei continues to lead the communitys thinking on where AI is heading in this time of fast innovation.

Peter Enns, the Robert S. Harrison Director of CCSS and professor in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy, added that Li is a pioneer in the data archiving space and a leading national voice for advocating for diversity in STEM and AI. She has also worked with policymakers nationally to ensure the responsible use of technology.

One of Lis best-known projects is ImageNet, a database credited with revolutionizing AI research that she developed as a computer science professor at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Li proposed building a dataset that would map out all of the worlds objects to help computers to recognize images. Today, the dataset, published in 2009, has more than 14 million images.

After joining the faculty at Stanford, Li took a two-year sabbatical to become vice president of Google and chief scientist of AI/ML at Google Cloud. While at Google, she led efforts to democratize AI technology and develop AI tools to improve health care.

In 2015, Li co-founded a three-week residential program in AI education and research to encourage girls in STEM. Two years later, that project evolved into AI4ALL, a program supported by Melinda Gates, which offers AI summer sessions on college campuses for high school students.

The CCSS Distinguished Lecture in the Social Sciences brings eminent thinkers to Cornell to address the campus and Ithaca community on pressing social issues. Past speakers include Raj Chetty, Isabel Wilkerson, David Lazer, Mahzarin Banaji, Dorothy Roberts and Matthew Desmond.

For more information about the lecture, please contact

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Defining Participation Bias in Social Media – Dartmouth News

Surveys have been a time-tested mechanism that allows policymakers to gauge the pulse of public opinion on a wide range of issues.

In recent years, social media users have publicly weighed in on many issues pertaining to policy, and this wealth of data is being considered by policymakers as a viable alternative to traditional surveys that are both time-consuming and expensive to collate.

However, its important to be aware that data from social media is riddled with biases, according toNeeti Pokhriyal, an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Science Foundation who was a computer science postdoc and visiting scholar at Dartmouth, andSoroush Vosoughi, assistant professor of computer science.

Unlike surveys, which are designed to collate opinions from diverse groups that closely reflect the countrys demographics, it is well established that the demographics on social media platforms are not truly representative of the larger population.

For example, more young people use social media than seniors, who jumped on the bandwagon later. Fewer than half of those 65 and older use social media sites, while more than 80% of those under the age of 50 are regular users, according to 2021 data from the Pew Research Center.

Whats more, this varies across platforms. Snapchat and Instagram largely attract young users, while Facebook has the highest share of older users. These are some well-known factors that make data from these sources biased.

Theres another, lesser-known biasquantified for the first time in a recent paperco-authored by Pokhriyal, Vosoughi, andProfessor of Government Benjamin Valentino known as participation bias.


Were hoping that this kind of research can help put what we see on social media into context.


Benjamin Valentino, professor of government

This bias arises not from who is on a platform, but from who among them are active, vocal participants on that platform, says Pokhriyal. And this varies based on the topics being discussed.

Even if you have everyone on Twitter, they may only participate in certain topicsones that they find interesting or maybe feel comfortable talking about in public, says Vosoughi. So, he says, when a small group is very vocal about a particular issue, their opinions get over-represented in the data.

While participation bias has been studied in survey science, it has not been analyzed in the digital context. To put their finger on how much participation bias there is, the researchers built a computational model.

Their model looks at social media data and, based on data collected from existing representative surveys on the same topic, it estimates the demographics of the population that could have participated in the discussion on social media. The difference between the models estimate and the platforms actual demographics reveals the participation bias for that topic.

In their paper, they perform a case study on the topic of gun control in the U.S., comparing data from Xknown as Twitter at the time of their analysiswith survey data from several polling institutions such as NPR, Newshour, and Marist.

Demographic data from Pew shows that men and women are equally represented on Twitter and its users lean Democratic. In discussions about gun control, however, the model estimates that Republicans and men are weighing in more heavily.

Were hoping that this kind of research can help put what we see on social media into context, and also make it easier to track changes in public opinion without the need to run repeated, expensive surveys, says Valentino.

The model is also designed to account for noise in social media data such as posts generated by bots, says Pokhriyal, while also acknowledging that their model only works when there is survey data available.

Conducting surveys is a resource-intensive process, and in recent years, researchers have seen a dip in the numbers of willing participants. Digital data can help policymakers supplement survey findings, says Pokhriyal, but only if the existing biases can be adequately accounted for.

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One Hundred Thirty-Eight Bearcats are NWC Scholar-Athletes for … – Willamette University

By Robert McKinney, Assistant Athletics Director, Communications

SALEM, Ore. -- A total of 138 student-athletes from Willamette University have qualified as Northwest Conference Scholar-Athletes for the 2022-23 academic year. Seventeen of the Bearcats participated in two sports for 155 total awards. Overall, 1,705 student-athletes from the nine NWC colleges and universities were named Scholar-Athletes.

In order to earn NWC Scholar-Athlete recognition, a student-athlete needed at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale. In addition, each athlete had to participate in a full season on a varsity team this past year.

Willamette placed 79 athletes from women's teams on the NWC Scholar-Athlete list, including nine two-sport athletes for 88 total awards. The Bearcat men's teams qualified 59 athletes for NWC Scholar-Athlete status, including eight two-sport athletes for 67 total awards.

Willamette's NWC Scholar-Athletes for 2022-23

* Two-sport athleteYear listed (Fy., So., Jr., Sr., Grad.) is for 2022-23

Baseball (9)Will Bratton, Sr., Chemistry, Highlands Ranch, ColoradoCharlie Ferbet, So., Economics, Saint Louis, MissouriEthan Fischel, Grad., Environmental Science, Eureka, CaliforniaTassos Foster, Jr., Exercise and Health Science, Novato, CaliforniaJeff Hoffman, Jr., Exercise and Health Science, Salida, CaliforniaBen Kowalski, Sr., Data Science, Louisville, ColoradoSteven Verespey, Fy., Undecided, San Ramon, CaliforniaClint Walker, Sr., Economics, Rocklin, CaliforniaLuke Werkmeister-Martin, Sr., Data Science/Economics, Louisville, Colorado

Men's Basketball (4)Jack Boydell, Sr., Economics, Data Science, Sonoma, CaliforniaDylan Green, So, Business Administration, Lakewood, ColoradoMason Hoffman, Jr., Economics, Sammamish, WashingtonPaul Mcslarrow, Jr., Computer Science, Sandy, Utah

Women's Basketball (8) Claire Bonnet, Sr., Biology, Boise, IdahoAshley Collins, Jr., Civic Communicaton and Media, Chino Hills, CaliforniaEmma Floyd, Fy., Exercise and Health Science, Stanwood, WashingtonAlicia Goetz, Sr., Exercise and Health Science, Poulsbo, WashingtonCarolyn Ho, Jr., Psychology, Parker, ColoradoSami Riggs*, Jr., Exercise and Health Science, La Verne, CaliforniaMaggie Sawyer*, Fy., Exercise and Health Science, Boise, IdahoJasmine Shigeno, Jr., Public Health/Biology, Hockinson, Washington

Men's Cross Country (4) Jay Chew*, Fy., Psychology, Elk Grove, California Ian Curtis*, Sr., Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics, Eugene, OregonMilo Greenberg*, Jr., Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics, Seattle, WashingtonRoscoe McDonald*, Sr., Music, Seattle, Washington

Women's Cross Country (5) Melissa Duncan*, Jr., Chemistry/Mathematics, Santa Clarita, CaliforniaLeila Fischer*, Jr., Environmental Science/Chemistry, Wenatchee, WashingtonZoe Heino*, Fy., Biology, Portland, OregonGrace Kosmicki*, Fy., Undecided, Pocatello, IdahoAven Roberts*, Fy., Undecided, Missoula, Montana

Football (15) Judah Ali'ifua*, Fy., Business Administration, Salem, OregonNick Beswick-Seidl, Fy., Biology, Boise, IdahoChristopher Brown, Sr., Economics, Ketchikan, AlaskaTrevor Carlin, Sr., Economics, Eureka, CaliforniaCamdin Dirnberger, So., Data Science/Computer Science, Missoula, MontanaJordan Glesener, So., Computer Science/Data Science, Shoreline, WashingtonDylan Hall, Jr., Civic Communication and Media, Erie, ColoradoAidan Kuykendall, Grad., Economics, San Pedro, CaliforniaLuke Lowe, Sr., Economics, Fresno, CaliforniaChristian Moreno-Tovar, Sr., Civic Communication and Media, Covina, CaliforniaAlbert Ramon Jr., Sr., Physics, Hesperia, CaliforniaHogan Smith*, Jr., Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics, Prineville, OregonMichael Valtierra, Jr., History, Culver City, CaliforniaLandon Waters, So., Data Science/Economics, Martinez, CaliforniaThomas Wirth, Sr., Exercise and Health Science, Basalt, Colorado

Men's Golf (6) Andrew Cerqui, So., Pschology/Data Science, Seattle, WashingtonAndrew Kibbee, Grad., Economics, Kenmore, WashingtonRiley Lankford, Grad., Economics, Pilot Rock, OregonBrock Olson, Fy., Undecided, Kirkland, WashingtonHogan Smith*, Jr., Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics, Prineville, OregonAlex Weirth, Sr., Environmental Science/Data Science, Port Orchard, Washington

Women's Golf (1)Anushka Srivastav, Jr., Psychology, Pune, India

Women's Lacrosse (6) Kiana Gottschalk, Sr., Biology/Environmental Science, Bend, OregonKendyl Jennings, Jr., Biology, Keizer, OregonJade Kampen, Sr., Global Cultural Studies, Eugene, OregonCatie Mohr, Fy., Undecided, Portland, OregonBrielle Moore, Fy., Undecided, San Diego, CaliforniaBrooklynn Pearl, Fy., Undecided, Eugene, Oregon

Men's Soccer (12) Abdul Ali, Sr., Economics, West Linn, OregonArdem Baronian, Sr., Exercise and Health Science, Los Altos, CaliforniaPierce Gallaway, Sr., Exercise and Health Science, Carmel, CaliforniaJosiah Jakab, Fy., Exercise and Health Science, Wheat Ridge, ColoradoSimon Kidder*, Jr., Exercise and Health Science, Bend, OregonSean Kim, Jr., Economics, Sunnyvale, CaliforniaKrisna LaFrance, So., Exercise and Health Science, Seattle, WashingtonKaisei Mochizuki, Fy., Undecided, Waikoloa, HawaiiRyan O'Grady, So., Exercise and Health Science, Los Angeles, CaliforniaJett Starr, Jr., Civic Communication and Media, Portland, OregonSimon Stein, So., Computer Science, Orinda, CaliforniaSamuel Twenhafel, Jr., Exercise and Health Science, Anchorage, Alaska

Women's Soccer (16) Ella Abraham, So., Exercise and Health Science, Lexington, KentuckyBridget Bodor, Sr., Public Health, Manitou Springs, ColoradoSam Borngasser, So., Civic Communication and Media, Grants Pass, OregonRachel Compton, Sr., Exercise and Health Science, Lake Stevens, WashingtonErin Denney, Fy., Undecided, San Diego, CaliforniaSiera Edwards, Fy., Data Science, Portland, OregonAanya Friedeman, Jr., Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics, Camas, WashingtonJackie Gilroy, Sr., Public Health, Mercer Island, WashingtonBraeden Glaser, Jr., Exercise and Health Science, Battle Ground, WashingtonJaime Haysman Boaler, So., Humanities Stanford, CaliforniaAnette Hernandez Bran, Jr., Biology, Tigard, OregonNina Krassner-Cybulski, So., Sociology, Porter Ranch, CaliforniaClara Mattison, Sr., Exercise and Health Science, Burlington, WashingtonJordi Niederberger, Jr., Business Administration, Lakeside, CaliforniaMorgan Richards, Sr., Art History, Roseburg, OregonAlysha Villelli, Fy., Undecided, Hayden Lake, Idaho

Softball (13)Adele Benny, Sr., Psychology, Austin, TexasMaryKate Deluca, Sr., Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics/Spanish, San Diego, CaliforniaCarrie Dose, Sr, Environmental Science, Eugene, OregonEmma Elliott, Fy., Undecided, Battle Ground, WashingtonKendra Knapp, Sr., Environmental Science, Portland, OregonJulia Koorn, Jr., Environmental Science/Biology, Purmerend, NetherlandsSamantha Loomis, Grad., Master of Business Administration, Camarillo, CaliforniaSophia Lucio, Jr., Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics, Martinez, CaliforniaMia Lund, Jr., Global Cultural Studies/Spanich, Omaha, NebraskaGianna Marchese, Grad., Economics, Seattle, WashingtonAlexandra Richards, So., Civic Communication and Media, Bellevue, WashingtonMia Rogers, Fy., Undecided, Sammamish, WashingtonMaggie Sawyer*, Fy., Exercise and Health Science, Boise, Idaho

Men's Swimming (6)Ethan Davies, Fy., Undecided, Hong KongAsher Kiel, Fy., Mathematics, Carson City, NevadaWilliam LaDuca, Fy., Undecided, Salem, OregonCole Lindberg, So, Strategic Communication and Marketing, Moses Lake, WashingtonWill Mathews, Sr., Physics, St. Luis Park, MinnesotaJulius Wilhelmi, Jr., Computer Science, Roseville, California

Women's Swimming (10) Jordan Edner, Sr., Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics/Environmental Science, Colorado Springs, ColoradoGwyn Fritz, Sr., Biology, Los Gatos, CaliforniaTatum Good, So., Data Science, Scottsdale, ArizonaJacqueline Hall, So., Environmental Science, Bainbridge Island, WashingtonEvelyn Hooper, Fy., Exercise and Health Science, Kettle Falls, WashingtonElla Isaacson*, So., Undecided, St. Paul, MinnesotaAlayna Kisiday, So., Undecided, Silverdale, WashingtonEmma Noffsinger, Fy., Undecided, Arvada, ColoradoEmilie Taylor, Fy., Undecided, Oceanside, CaliforniaLydia Turner, Jr., International Studies, Everett, Washington

Men's Tennis (6) Trey Allen, So., Physics/Computer Science, Tucson, ArizonaSpencer Chase, Fy., Archaeology/Environmental Science, Silverton, OregonAndrew Kropp, Sr., Economics, Bend, OregonAndre Lief, So., Economics, Anchorage, AlaskaQuentin Nigbur, Sr., Economics, Newberg, OregonGarrett Thornhill, Fy., Philosophy/Economics, Beaverton, Oregon

Women's Tennis (4)Anika Groener, So., Sociology, Bend, OregonRichelle Suzuki, So., Psychology/Japanese Studies, Mililani, HawaiiMarie Tarrab, Fy., Biology/Public Health, Turner, OregonRuby Thompson, Sr., Interntional Studies, Bay City, Oregon

Men's Track and Field (14)Judah Aliifua*, Fy., Business Administration, Salem, OregonOliver Anderson, Grad., Biology, Salem, OregonJay Chew, Fy., Psychology, Elk Grove, CaliforniaIan Curtis*, Sr., Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics, Eugene, OregonBjorn Domst, Fy., Biology, Silverton, OregonMilo Greenberg*, Jr., Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics, Seattle, WashingtonJack Hickey, Fy., Undecided, San Mateo, CaliforniaAndres Huante, Sr., Exercise and Health Science, Bloomington, CaliforniaSimon Kidder*, Jr., Exercise and Health Science, Bend, OregonKaleb Mcarthur, Fy., Undecided, Independence, OregonRoscoe McDonald*, Sr., Music, Seattle, WashingtonAiden Schneider, Fy., History, Milwaukie, OregonJordan Treber, So., Biology, Mount Vernon, OhioMason Williams, Fy., Undecided, Happy Valley, Oregon

Women's Track and Field (16)Katie Briggs, Fy., Undecided, Las Vegas, NevadaMelissa Duncan*, Jr., Chemistry/Mathematics, Santa Clarita, CaliforniaLeila Fischer*, Jr., Environmental Science/Chemisstry, Wanatchee, WashingtonJackie Gilroy*, Sr., Public Health, Mercer Island, WashingtonZoe Heino*, Fy., Biology, Portland, OregonAbigail House, Jr., Global Cultural Studies/Politics, Policy, Law and Ethics, Oakland, OregonGrace Kosmicki*, Fy., Undecided, Pocatello, IdahoKenzie Lee, So., Undecided, Kaneohe, HawaiiAvery Mickelsen, Grad., Psychology, Ephrata, WashingtonSami Riggs*, Sr., Exercise and Health Science, La Verne, CaliforniaSage Miller, Fy., Environmental Science, Valley Springs, CaliforniaAven Roberts*, Fy., Undecided, Missoula, MontanaErica Snyder, Fy., Undecided, Longview, WashingtonWhitley Stepp, Fy., Mathematics, Silverton, OregonClara Thomas, Fy., Undecided, Kennewick, WashingtonKatie Wingo, Fy., Undecided, White Rock, New Mexico

Women's Triathlon (5)Veronica Castille, So., Exercise and Health Science, Round Rock, TexasElla Isaacson*, So., Physics, Saint Paul, MinnesotaRia Martinez, Jr., Spanish/Environmental Sciende, Seattle, WashingtonMolly Parsons, Fy., Undecided, Dallas, OregonAubrey Tuttle, Fy. Undecided, Roseville, Californa

Volleyball (5) Riley Cedergreen, Fy., Undecided, Nampa, IdahoSteele Jasa, Sr., Biology, Bend, OregonLexi Martin, Sr., Exercise and Health Science, Bellevue, WashingtonShyla Sato, Sr., Psychology, Honolulu, HawaiiTasha Tokairin, Fy., Undecided, Honolulu, Hawaii

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