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Friday, May 24, 2019

Opinion | Online learning and the challenge for universities | Online learning - Livemint

Universities will have to embrace the advent of online learning to ensure their sustainability isn't in question by Kapil Viswanathan and V.G. Narayanan.

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In the fall of 2011, when two professors at Stanford University shared a taped version of their popular computer science course online, little did they realize that they were heralding a revolutionary new medium of learning, the Massive Online Open Course, or the MOOC, as it has come to be known. More than 120,000 students from across the world registered for their course and within 12 months, MOOC platforms such as Coursera, Udacity, and edX came into existence.

MOOCs are often free pre-recorded courses that are streamed online and are available to hundreds of thousands of students from all over the world. There are thousands of MOOCs available from dozens of platforms taught by world famous experts and novices. It’s a free market and anyone can offer a course and anyone can take them. They offer the flexibility of learning on demand. Students can learn whenever it is convenient to them. They use high-quality videos, embedded software, quizzes and polls to deliver a highly engaging and interactive learning experience.

Pundits predicted that MOOCs would rapidly replace brick-and-mortar schools and universities. Educational publishers across the world fretted that MOOCs would replace text books and e-books, and scurried to add video and interactivity to their digital content...

Further, a student can today earn a university degree entirely online at a fraction of the cost of a traditional degree. Many universities, including the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Michigan, Georgia Tech and Imperial College London, partner with MOOC platforms to offer entirely online degrees in carefully chosen disciplines, largely in business and computer science, as an enhancement to their distance learning programmes.
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Source: Livemint

Princess Tessy leads biology workshop as 155 schoolgirls attend 'greenlight' event | Girls in science - RTL Today

Princess Tessy leads biology workshop as 155 schoolgirls attend 'greenlight' event, as RTL reports.

For the second consecutive year, girls from middle schools across Luxembourg were invited to join a workshop organised by 'greenlight for girls' and Vodafone Foundation Luxembourg.
This year's even was organised in collaboration with the Luxembourg Ministry of Education and SCIPT, a branch of the ministry dedicated to promoting and coordinating research and technological innovation throughout the education system to improve pedagogical practices.

The two-day workshop saw 155 girls, aged 11 to 15, invited to Vodafone Luxembourg to learn more about science and technology in ways meant to inspire them. They were introduced to female role-models from Vodafone Luxembourg who aimed to motivate the girls to pursue a future in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) subjects.

After customising their own lab coats, the girls listened to inspirational talks from Princess Tessy and Melissa Rancourt, Founder of greenlight for girls, and several female role models from Vodafone Luxembourg. Working in break out groups. Girls had the opportunity to discover the secrets of coding, dive into procurement, or learn about cyber security. The girls also benefitted from mentoring sessions, interacting with the 25 volunteers and STEM role-models present each day.

Princess Tessy de Nassau — who is, among many roles, a UNAIDS Global Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls, an ambassador for Montessori St Nicholas, and currently raising funds for her education non-profit Professors Without Borders — welcomed the girls and led a biology workshop where she taught them the secrets behind DNA...

Ninian Wilson, CEO of Vodafone Procurement Company (based in Luxembourg) stated “As a global technology company it’s important for us to promote and drive STEM education for girls. Along with our Vodafone Foundation, we’re ready, and uniquely placed to support our local community in Luxembourg.  We know the future is exciting, and we want to assist in building future STEM leaders and creating a more vibrant and gender balanced workplace”.
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Source: RTL Today

President Speaks: Universities should be 'agile facilitators' of knowledge | Higher Ed - Education Dive

Mark Lombardi
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Maryville University President Mark Lombardi, president of Maryville University of St. Louis, explains his institution's approach to implementing technology-based, personalized education.
 
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Thanks to the digital transformation that defines our age, most of us walk around with a library in our pocket. Today's access to vast information is unprecedented and transformative.

Yet, in higher education, the approach to disseminating information remains fundamentally unchanged after 2,500 years.

The professorial lecture still reigns supreme at many institutions. Students still sit in rows of seats and desks, facing the "front" and the instructor. Even technology still primarily extends the one-way dissemination of content from faculty to student.

As colleges and universities, it's time to recognize that we are no longer keepers of knowledge. We must serve instead as agile facilitators of knowledge, evolving and adapting to the new reality of how information flows through the world...

New roles and models in student-centered learning  
Access to information does not guarantee an education. Professors with expertise and real-world experience remain vital to the personalized-learning process. They can guide a student's journey from limited knowledge and awareness to understanding, application, discernment and critical problem-solving. 

If this doesn't sound like a departure in theory, it is in practice. More than ever, professors must create learning partnerships with their students and with other professionals...

Colleges and universities can take a variety of approaches to reorient toward student-centered learning. At Maryville University, we've built our model around engaging students, faculty and staff in a continuous and sustainable process of active learning focused on improving student outcomes.
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Source: Education Dive

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Looking Back on This Year's Classroom Experiments | Digital Learning - Inside Higher Ed

Mark Lieberman, Digital Learning Reporter at Inside Higher Ed reports, Last fall, professors told us about their plans to experiment this year with technology-enabled teaching. Now they reflect on the successes and shortcomings.

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The end of the school year is a time to reflect on accomplishments and -- ideally -- to abandon regrets, or at least learn from them.
Last September, professors from institutions around the country shared with “Inside Digital Learning” their plans for new classroom initiatives and made some predictions about what they might accomplish. We came back to them recently to ask how they went. A few said they're too busy with an end-of-year crush of grading to reply. Here's what the rest of them reported back.
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Source: Inside Higher Ed

Entrepreneurial journey: How to be yourself online | Podcasts - London Business School Review

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What makes an entrepreneur? Find out in our new podcast series by Jeff Skinner, Executive Director of the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

From Facebook and LinkedIn to Instagram and Twitter, most of us have had some form of online presence for significant parts of our lives (for digital natives, make that all of our lives), which means there’s a trail of stuff about us “out there” that we have completely lost sight of. Worse still, we’ve lost sight of who has access to it – and what they do with it. Reflecting on this phenomenon gave LBS MBA and entrepreneur James Chance the idea for a new business: a service which enables individuals to manage their “personal brand” and protect their online privacy. 

By exploiting new European data protection legislation, yourself.online helps individuals control web-based information about them, making it easy to edit what other people can – and can’t – see about them.
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Source: London Business School Review

Digital Natives Drive the Course of the next Netflix of Gaming | Gaming - Tunf.com News

Who doesn’t recognize the hegemony of Netflix in the entertainment world, batting giants like Microsoft Google, Amazon and Apple for the top spot? And who wouldn’t want to be the “Netflix of gaming”?, continues Tunf.com News.

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It is an apt analogy. Major contenders are vying for the title. The players are the winners in the battle as they are seeing new cloud gaming platforms and better digital-only consoles like the Xbox S1 that just launched at an affordable price in the U and US.

Digital Natives 
Call the Shots The target market is clear. The “digital natives” portion of the population are demanding a faster experience than the old, sluggish consoles. They want their content delivered as fast as lightening. They are already enjoying upgrades to favorites like Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3 and Sea of Thieves.
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Source: Tunf.com News

Assam: e-learning lab inaugurated in Dibrugarh University | Assam - Northeast Now

e-learning lab of the Directorate of Open and Distance Learning was inaugurated at Dibrugarh University in collaboration with Oil India's Corporate Social Responsibility, inform Avik Chakraborty, Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh.

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An e-learning lab of the Directorate of Open and Distance Learning was inaugurated at Dibrugarh University in collaboration with Oil India‘s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) on Monday.

The e-learning Lab was inaugurated by vice chancellor of DU, Prof Ranjit Tamuli in presence of resident chief executive (RCE) of OIL, Pranjit Deka, registrar of DU, Dr Hari Chandra Mahanta, D K Bhuyan, general manager (Pubic Affairs), OIL and the teaching and students’ fraternity of the university in eastern Assam’s Dibrugarh.

The objective of the project under OIL’s CSR is to develop learner’s interest in latest educational technology and equip them with proper skills through online learning mode.

Utilizing basic education and learning skills, the youths can find better jobs or start their own small businesses...

Two demo video lectures were released on the occasion for showcasing the output of the e-Learning lab. The first demo video lecture was of Prof Nasim Wazid Ali, retired professor of DHSK College, Dibrugarh on Income Tax and the second demo lecture was of Dr Rizwan Rehman, assistant professor, Center for Computer Science and Applications, Dibrugarh University on Java Programming.
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Source: Northeast Now

DirectEmployers Association Launches DE Academy, A Self-Directed eLearning Platform for HR Professionals | Business Wire

Today, DirectEmployers Association announced its newest professional development and eLearning platform, DE Academy by Business Wire.

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Recently revealed to Association members at its 2019 Annual Meeting & Conference (DEAM19) in Naples, Florida, DE Academy seeks to elevate professional development for human resources professionals with courses tailored to provide content and top-notch instruction with the flexibility desired by today’s busy practitioners. Courses are available for both Members of the Association and non-members, allowing for expanded eLearning opportunities for all. 

“DE Academy meets the learner where they are, on their time. We want to promote professional development that improves the learning experience and outcome for all, resulting in real ROI through instruction and application,” commented Jen Bernhardt, VP of Member Engagement.

Many HR professionals desire to continue learning, but are often met with busy schedules, leaving many to put professional development on the back burner. DE Academy seeks to offer a different kind of learning which combines the best of traditional education with the flexibility of today’s modern learning expectations. By combining knowledge from recognized experts with industry-best instructional design methods, each course will provide a learning experience that maximizes the learner’s time and potential. Self-directed instruction also allows the learner to complete courses at their leisure. Currently lessons range from Affirmative Action Planning 101 to Disability Etiquette and are led by the following experts:..

“We are delighted to partner with DirectEmployers Association to deliver transformative professional development experiences for their learners,” stated Paul Dooley, CEO, WBT Systems. “TopClass LMS is a powerful, flexible education platform, unifying learning across DE Academy and DE Connect online community to allow DirectEmployers to deliver impactful, integrated learning at the point of need, whenever and wherever learners chose to connect.”

For more information on DE Academy or to get started on a new learning path, visit https://directemployers.org/academy

About DirectEmployers Association


DirectEmployers is a nonprofit member-owned and managed association focused on providing its 900+ members with simple solutions for OFCCP compliance and online recruitment challenges. The Association’s proprietary technology powers a federal contractor compliance solution that assists with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program’s (OFCCP) VEVRAA mandatory listing requirements and Section 503 outreach requirements, while also offering recruitment marketing and creative services that help win the best candidates with a combination of vivid recruitment videos, real-life photos and bold branding through its wholly owned subsidiary, Recruit Rooster.

About WBT Systems and TopClass LMS:
 

WBT Systems develops the industry-leading TopClass Learning Management System (LMS), named Best Continuing Education & Association Learning System 2019 and #1 Association Learning Management System in 2015, 2016, and 2017. TopClass LMS delivers transformative professional development experiences for association education and certification programs. With a single point of support from our in-house integration experts, TopClass LMS easily integrates with a wide variety of systems to provide efficient administration and a unified learning experience. Our focus is to support associations in using learning technology to help drive growth in membership, increase revenues, and enhance the learning experience. We believe in truly understanding your challenges and partnering with you to ensure the success of your education programs. Learn more at www.wbtsystems.com
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Source: Business Wire

Helping the homeless: Couple creates mobile shower unit, will begin operating in June | MPR News

After learning about a lack of places for homeless people to shower, a Sauk Rapids couple will begin running a mobile shower unit in June.

Jason Jaques and Nancy Dyson stand next to their mobile shower van.
Photo: Dave Schwarz | St. Cloud Times
Nancy Dyson and Jason Jaques first brainstormed locations where homeless people could access showers after someone asked if they knew of places to go.

"We just looked at each other like, 'I don't (know),'" Dyson said. "It was heartbreaking."...

Jaques and Dyson began working on the idea of a self-contained unit, built in a small passenger van, a couple years ago. 

Known as Shower the People, it will be operated under the couple's nonprofit, Neighbors to Friends. The van will be ready for its first showers June 4 at Kipp's Laundry starting about 10 a.m., according to Jaques.

Jaques and Dyson plan to take the truck to people who need it, providing access to a shower as well as meals and time to hang out. 
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Source: MPR News

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Development of educational mobile apps in 2019 | Mobile Apps - Gadget Advisor

Development of educational mobile apps in 2019 by Robert Rundle (robert@gadgetadvisor.com) online content writer. 

Photo: Gadget Advisor
Introduction 

When the number of mobile users outgrew the number of people who choose desktop devices first back in 2016, it was a clear sign that our world is becoming fast-paced and on the go. Since that epic moment, the pool of mobile users grew exponentially, which triggered app developers to start focusing their efforts on mobile platforms. As one could anticipate, gaming applications reign supreme when it comes to a number of users, downloads, and launched applications, followed by business apps, while education app niche takes a strong third position...

Conclusion 
These were some of the most notable mobile education app development trends to look for this year. As the technology progresses, so do the trends change, however, the timeline of these trends seems to push the importance of each of these trends higher with every passing year. We really hope some of this information will be of use for your future projects and serve as an inspiration for your personal and professional development.
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Source: Gadget Advisor

3 experts share their blended learning advice | Online Learning - eCampus News

Thomas Goldrick, blog manager, higher ed consultant, and marketing specialist for Optimal Partners Consulting summarizes, Finding the right combination of online and in-person components can be daunting.


With a growing non-traditional student population, many colleges and universities are looking to blended learning technology and strategy to meet their pedagogical needs. But finding a combination of online and in-person components that match the expectations of both students and faculty can be daunting. Thankfully, higher ed’s collaborative culture makes networking and sharing expertise with other IT professionals easier.

A panel of industry experts spoke at the higher ed IT Professional’s Meetup at Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., to discuss how to find the right mix of blended learning offerings. The panel included Eric Palson, director of academic technologies at Babson College; Kristen Palson, director for Simmons Online at Simmons College in Boston; and Gaurav Shah, director of academic technologies at Bentley University in Waltham, Mass. Elmore Alexander, the former dean of the Ricciardi College of Business at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Mass., moderated the discussion.

While blended learning environments may not be as ubiquitous as other programs in higher ed, they are growing in popularity and have proven successful at some institutions. “This is an important topic for schools of all sizes,” said Babson’s Palson...

The experts offered several lessons on how to build, implement, and support a blended learning program that exceeds expectations. Here are some of their major takeaways.
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Source: eCampus News

Science is helping kids become math masters | Mathematics - Science News for Students

Experts develop strategies to help more students succeed in this oft-dreaded subject, says Rachel Crowell, Guest Writer.

Two girls work together solving a math problem in class. Such collaboration in class may represent a new approach to learning math better.
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Math is one four-letter word that leaves many teens anxious and sweaty. The idea of an impending math test might send shivers down their spines. Some kids avoid their homework — or at least delay starting it — because they find math so daunting. Their minds might even go blank at the sight of test questions, no matter how well they have studied. If this is you, there’s some comfort knowing that you’re not alone.

It’s hard to pinpoint how many people suffer stress or anxiety just thinking about math. But it’s common. In fact, math anxiety can strike even mathematicians. So having this condition does not mean you’re bad at math or doomed to fail. And there are tips that can help you overcome this anxiety.

There’s always hope, says Patrick Honner. “We’re in control of math. Math isn’t in control of us,” says this teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School in New York City. Honner also writes a math column for Quanta Magazine, where he shares basic math concepts from recent research.

Even people who are not math-anxious can gain more confidence and skill to better succeed with numbers. How to help students excel in math is even becoming a hot research topic. And some emerging innovations might show up soon in a classroom near you...

Group effort 
Walkington’s team has already published research in the Journal of Mathematical Behavior. That study included 51 high school students who hadn’t taken geometry before. It focused on what happened when students worked in groups of twos or threes on the math problems in the game.

The scientists looked at whether the teens could correctly determine at first glance whether the statements were true or false. They called this “intuition” (In-too-IH-shun). They also measured whether each group’s work showed that they understood the math ideas behind the problems they were solving. The scientists called this “insight.” And they looked at whether the groups created valid proofs for the statements each had been given.
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Additional resources
 
The symbol for transgender individuals, center, is flanked by ones for females (pink at left) and males (blue at right). Some transgender researchers say that in recent years they have been feeling more included in the research community.
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Trans and non-binary people are becoming more visible in science and engineering by Roberta Kwok, Guest Writer.

Photo: BIG MOUTH for Quanta Magazine.

Where Proof, Evidence and Imagination Intersect by Patrick Honner, teaches mathematics and computer science at Brooklyn Technical High School, where he also serves as instructional coach.

Source: Science News for Students

New UK-Myanmar distance learning unit opened at Yangon University | Development - Mizzima News

The 3rd Residential School by TIDE (Transformation by Innovation in Distance Education) held an opening ceremony at the Scientific Research Building of Yangon University on 20 May, according to the New Global Light of Myanmar by Mizzima.
 
Union Minister Dr. Myo Thein Gyi delivers the opening speech at the ceremony for the opening of the 3rd Residential School by TIDE at Yangon University in Yangon. 
PHOTO: MNA
He said the TIDE initiative will develop the field of environmental science, an important field of study in Myanmar, and improve the curriculum to international standards.
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Source: Mizzima News

4 world-class UK universities for the MBA | University - Study International News

MBA programmes are among the most popular courses that international students choose to study abroad by Study International Staff.

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Studying for an MBA in a thriving city allows students to immerse themselves in business hubs that offer invaluable networking opportunities.

With many MBA programmes offering integrated work experience and internship placements as part of the course structure, studying in a city like London grants students access to hands-on work which not only looks impressive on their CV, but also gives them real-world experience and insights into the industry.

It also provides global exposure and a unique international perspective, both highly sought-after attributes for employers today, especially among business graduates.The sheer number of online MBA programmes offered today provides flexibility to students who can’t afford to take time off from work or family to pursue their Masters degree.

An MBA can often lead to better job prospects, higher salaries and career growth, promising a strong return on investment. It also equips students with the relevant skills needed to be a competitive player in the business industry, such as critical thinking, analytical, management and leadership skills...

Here are four great UK universities where international students can flourish while studying an MBA.
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Source: Study International News 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Students share their top study tips | University of Cape Town News

With just over a week to go before the University of Cape Town (UCT) goes into exam mode, students have either already started studying or are about to change gear and spend the next few weeks glued to their books by Carla Bernardo, Communications and Marketing Officer, UCT.

Nicholas Petersen replicates exam conditions to prepare.
Photo: Je’nine May
With so much to read and remember, it’s easy – and natural – to feel overwhelmed. Perhaps you’re struggling with technique, maybe with what to eat or where to set up your study nook. Fortunately, your fellow students are on hand to share their favourite strategies for getting through the exam period.

For actuarial science honours student Nicholas Petersen, it’s all about replicating the exam conditions as best you can.

“Study at the same time of the day you’re writing your exam. Apply the same amount of time pressure. Mark it strictly,” he said. 

Petersen added that sitting in the Sports Centre on exam day can be intimidating but studying in a similar environment can help. He suggested setting up a single desk under similar lighting and laying out your stationery as you will on exam day...

But perhaps you see exam time as a chance to treat yourself. Friends Lucia Anthony and Casey Fredericks love to snack on chips and chocolate. In fact, Fredericks won’t start a study session without a peppermint chocolate.

“Snacks are so important. One of us is always eating something or drinking something while we’re [studying],” laughed Fredericks.
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Source: University of Cape Town News

Science History: Einstein’s mathematician | Mathematics - Cosmos

Emmy Noether overcame sexism and antisemitism to become a towering mathematician – and Einstein’s friend. Jeff Glorfeld, freelance journalist based in California, US. reports.

Emmy Noether, photographed in about 1930.
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Amalie Emmy Noether was born on 23 March 1882, in the Bavarian city of Erlangen.

Her father, Max Noether, was called “one of the finest mathematicians of the nineteenth century” by Leon Lederman and Christopher Hill in their book Symmetry and the Beautiful Universe, and she was to follow in his footsteps.

A story in journal Science News on 23 June 2018 carried the headline: “In her short life, mathematician Emmy Noether changed the face of physics”.

As with so many women in science, however, it was no easy road.

Prevented from formally studying mathematics at university, for the simple reason that she was female, Noether instead went to a general finishing school and in 1900 was certified to teach English and French.

She was later allowed to audit classes in mathematics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, where her father taught, eventually earning an undergraduate degree...

In 1918 Noether published her work, of which American theoretical physicist Frank Wilczek, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said: “That theorem has been a guiding star to twentieth and twenty-first century physics.”
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Related link  
Meet mathematician Emmy Noether, mother of the most beautiful theorem in the world.   

Source: Cosmos

Liberty Vittert: What’s your actual chance of getting a mosquito bite? A statistician crunches the numbers | Editor's Picks - Fox News

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It’s time for my annual public service announcement and this year it's on mosquitoes, according to Liberty Vittert, professor of the Practice of Data Science at the Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis and an ambassador for the Royal Statistical Society.

Hot and humid weather brings out those pesky mosquitoes
Now while I’m sure there is some ecosystem reason for their existence, if I could kill every single mosquito within a square mile of myself at any given time, I would.

My mother always used to try to make me feel better by saying, “My blood is sweet” as I was crying and manically itching the swollen, red, itchy as all get-up bites that magically appeared all over my body after a warm summer’s night spent outside.

Since mosquitoes come out in the spring and summer, a lot of scientists predicted that a very cold winter would significantly decrease the mosquito’s population but it might actually seriously increase this summer since mosquitoes are more resilient than their natural predators, such as bats and birds, to the cold.

So let’s look at the numbers to get ready.

First off, what are your actual chances of getting mosquito bites?...

There are statistically significantly more mosquitoes found at an increasing height from 3-12 feet so if you’re tall, maybe slouch a little? Research shows that mosquitoes demonstrate a preference for women with a larger BMI. The hypothesis was that larger women provide a more substantial visual target as well as greater amounts of heat, moisture, and carbon dioxide. I’m not sure if the statistics really hold up to that one, but maybe my momma was wrong and my own blood isn’t sweet but really I just need to lose a couple of lbs.
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Source: Fox News

The 42 New Skills You Can Now Learn on LinkedIn Learning | New Courses - LinkedIn Learning

Each week presents a new opportunity for you and your team to learn the skills necessary to take on the next big challenge, reports Paul Petrone, Editor - LinkedIn Learning.

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And, at LinkedIn Learning, we want to do everything we can to help make that happen.

So, each week, we add to our 14,000+ course library. And this past week was no different, as we added 42 new courses covering everything from project management to cloud development to the 10 stories every leader should tell.

The new courses now available on LinkedIn Learning are:
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Want to see what else we offer?    
View all of LinkedIn Learning's 13,000+ courses today.

Source: LinkedIn Learning 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

‘Books and Barbers’ combines learning and mentoring | WTVQ

Alexus Larson, multi-media journalist reports, It might not seem like books and barbers would go together, but at Prince Cuts Barbershop it’s the perfect pair.

Photo: Screenshot from Books and Barbers Video
An elementary school teacher thought of the books and barbers idea.

He noticed some students didn’t have a good male role model in their life and he wanted to change that.

“I’ve always wanted to start up a program just to have support for kids,” said Simon Vanderpool, elementary school teacher.

It didn’t take long for books and barbers to be in business...

Once kids make it to the barbershop, they get to pick out a book they want to read to the barber.

Kids get to keep the book and get barber shop will give them three dollars and sticker on their way out.
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Source: WTVQ

Bookstore and restaurant ‘Bad Animal Books’ opens Wednesday downtown | Lifestyle - Santa Cruz Sentinel

Elaine Ingalls, News Reporter- Santa Cruz Sentinel suggests, Co-owners aim for a Dionysian experience complete with wine, food and books.

Andrew Sivak and Jess LoPrete are reflected in a light fixture at Bad Animal Books, their new full-service restaurant and independent bookstore on Cedar Street in downtown Santa Cruz that opens Wednesday.
Photo: Shmuel Thaler — Santa Cruz Sentinel
In a world where a Wi-Fi password is one of the first thing a store customer asks for, the new downtown Santa Cruz bookstore Bad Animal Books is going for a Dionysian “pleasure experience” with wine, California-French cuisine, antiquarian books — and no Wi-Fi.

“In the digital age, we think it’s really important to rediscover respect for the book as a physical object and something beautiful that deserves to be preserved and valued for an object,” said co-owner of Bad Animal Jessica LoPrete.

Co-owners and residents of Bonny Doon, Jessica LoPrete and Andrew Sivak met when LoPrete was on the high school debate team and Sivak was her coach. They reconnected at Claremont McKenna College when LoPrete was studying philosophy as an undergrad and Sivak a Master’s degree in cultural studies. With a shared love for entertaining, good wine and books, they became business partners and opened a combined bookshop and restaurant.

Bad Animal Books will primarily sell used books, but will also offer new material. Customers won’t experience buyer’s remorse, according to Sivak, because the books will be priced to beat the internet. The store will also buy books from the public for cash or trade...

Todd Parker, former sous chef at Manresa in Los Gatos, and other members of the kitchen staff will prepare classic French dishes with a California twist, such as rabbit pâté, rye Parisian gnocchi, mussels with fava beans and a French caramel tart. Ingredients are local, from farms and farmers markets within 100 miles of Santa Cruz. Sivak said the dishes are wine-centric and meant to be shared. The natural wine the store serves is on the wild side: it’s fresher, brighter and more expressive, according to LoPrete. They are low intervention wines made by small production farmers using organic and other methods with little additives, she said. The bar will also carry beer, cider, and a small selection of nonalcoholic beverages.

With a focus on the humanities, a bar and restaurant and competing prices, LoPrete and Sivak believe they will stand out. The bookstore will sell classic and modern literature, philosophy, memoir, art history, theology and more. Inventory is from buying people’s libraries, library sales, thrift and antique shops and from Logos. 
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Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel

10 New Books We Recommend This Week | Book Review - New York Times

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Suggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times by Gregory Cowles, Senior Editor, Books. 

People are, like, complicated, you know? I am large, the poet wrote; I contain multitudes. Sometimes it seems as if all of literature exists just to drive home that point, which can be vexing (when it applies to our loved ones) or reassuring (when it applies to our own messy selves). Either way, the complexity of humans underlies a whole lot of relationships and therapy sessions — and books, which are kind of our deal around here. This week we recommend George Packer’s biography of Richard Holbrooke, as complicated a human as ever served in the State Department, along with Aaron Bobrow-Strain’s account of an undocumented Mexican immigrant (she’s complicated) and, speaking of therapy, the analyst Lori Gottlieb’s reflections on her patients and her own time on the couch. There are also a few novels, a collection of Gabriel García Márquez’s journalism and a powerful look at the pervasive problem of domestic violence.
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Source: New York Times    

Elif Shafak’s 10 Favorite Books | One Grand Books - Vulture

Bookseller One Grand Books has asked celebrities to name the ten titles they’d take to a desert island, and they’ve shared the results with Vulture. Below is novelist Elif Safak’s list.

Check out Elif Shafak’s ten favorite books.

Elif Shafak, the most widely read female novelist in Turkey, has published 17 books, including the bestselling novels The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love, and Three Daughters of Eve.
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Source: Vulture

Houston book events: May 19-25 | Books - Houston Chronicle

Put these Houston book events on your calendar: May 19-25.

Sujata Massey:
Will sign and discuss “The Satapur Moonstone,” 6:30 p.m., Murder By The Book, 2342 Bissonnet; 713-524-8597 or murderbooks.com.

Rodrigo Hasbun:
Will sign and discuss “Las Palabras,” 7 p.m., Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet; 713-523-0701 or
brazosbookstore.com.

TUESDAY
Gray Malin: Will sign and discuss “Gray Malin: Italy,” 6-8 p.m., Biscuit Home, 1614 Westheimer; graymalin.com.

Celeste Ng: Will sign and discuss “Little Fires Everywhere,” 7 p.m., tickets $17, include a paperback copy of the book, St. Paul’s United Methodist
Church, 5501 Main;
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AI vs. Machine Learning vs. Deep Learning | Artificial Intelligence - Datamation

Deep learning is a subset of machine learning, which is a subset of artificial intelligence. Each of these emerging technologies is reshaping IT across virtually all sectors, says Cynthia Harvey, Writer and Editor.

AI, machine learning and deep learning are each interrelated, with deep learning nested within ML, which in turn is part of the larger discipline of AI.
Since before the dawn of the computer age, scientists have been captivated by the idea of creating machines that could behave like humans. But only in the last decade has technology enabled some forms of artificial intelligence (AI) to become a reality.

Interest in putting AI to work has skyrocketed, with burgeoning array of AI use cases. Many surveys have found upwards of 90 percent of enterprises are either already using AI in their operations today or plan to in the near future.

Eager to capitalize on this trend, software vendors – both established AI companies and AI startups – have rushed to bring AI capabilities to market. Among vendors selling big data analytics and data science tools, two types of artificial intelligence have become particularly popular: machine learning and deep learning...

Artificial Intelligence 'Contains' Machine Learning and Deep Learning 
Computers excel at mathematics and logical reasoning, but they struggle to master other tasks that humans can perform quite naturally.

For example, human babies learn to recognize and name objects when they are only a few months old, but until recently, machines have found it very difficult to identify items in pictures. While any toddler can easily tell a cat from a dog from a goat, computers find that task much more difficult. In fact, captcha services sometimes use exactly that type of question to make sure that a particular user is a human and not a bot.

In the 1950s, scientists began discussing ways to give machines the ability to "think" like humans. The phrase "artificial intelligence" entered the lexicon in 1956, when John McCarthy organized a conference on the topic.
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Source: Datamation