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Sunday, May 16, 2021

Student teacher surprises first graders with ‘Home Library Project’ | WABI

Alyssa Thurlow, Anchor/Reporter summarizes, Alissah Paquette chose the ‘Home Library Project’ as her action research assignment. 

More than 1,000 books are going to first graders at one school in Central Maine over the next two years.
Photo: Alissah Paquette

First graders at a school in Central Maine are growing their home libraries thanks to the thoughtfulness of one student-teacher.

“Over the past year, especially with COVID-19, we didn’t necessarily have as much access to books and stories and libraries,” said student-teacher and Thomas College Senior, Alissah Paquette.

The gift of literacy.

That’s what Paquette, gave her group of first graders.

The 21-year-old began student-teaching at Ralph Atwood Primary School in Oakland at the beginning of the year...

Research shows that access to books, especially in the home, increases literacy skills.

Alissah will graduate from Thomas College this weekend.

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Source: WABI 

Music books to end lockdown: Sam Lee, Hawkwind, Dylan, Richard Thompson, and the Electric Muses | Reviews - The Arts Desk

From nightingale song to sonic attack via folk rock and the world's greatest songwriter, spring 2021's best music books. Review by Tim Cumming, The Arts Desk.

An artist roster disparate enough to grace the finest of festival bills'

It won’t be long now before concert halls and back rooms, arts centres and festival grounds fill with people again, and live music, undistanced, unmasked, and in your face, comes back to us. 

In expectation of this gradual reopening of the stage doors of perception, this round-up of recent, new and forthcoming music books surveys an artist roster disparate enough to grace the finest of festival bills.

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Source: The Arts Desk

A Bookshop in Algiers — turning the pages of history | Books - Financial Times

Dalia Dawood, Financial Times suggest, Algerian-born Kaouther Adimi’s story of a literary hub’s early days and its later demise can feel a little disjointed.

Photo: The bookstore, Les Vraies Richesses, opened by Edmond Charlot © Youcef Krache/Getty Images
In Kaouther Adimi’s award-nominated third novel A Bookshop in Algiers — her first to be translated into English, by Chris Andrews — land and literature entwine. Algeria, shaped by its dark and tragic history, is also sculpted by stories, both in the memories of its people and the narratives created and sold at an unassuming bookshop and lending library, which is the novel’s main setting. 

In just 160 pages, the book charts the changing fortunes of the bookshop — a real-life institution named Les Vraies Richesses that was opened by French-Algerian publisher Edmond Charlot in the 1930s — with a blend of fact and fiction. It recounts the turbulent years of war and revolution between Charlot and the appearance of another man, a character named Ryad, who arrives from Paris in 2017 to empty the shop now that it has been sold to a developer...

Charlot names his shop after a novel by French author Jean Giono, “a book in which he urges us to return to the true riches, that is, the land, the sun, the streams, and finally literature too”. Though it is presented as a curt story, cut together hastily, A Bookshop in Algiers reminds us that in literature, as in life, we belong in a place only temporarily — and we shape it according to our memories.

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Source: Financial Times

12 of the UK’s best independent bookshops, chosen by readers | Booksellers - The Guardian

From old tales to new thinking, gardening to science fiction, our tipsters find literary nourishment – and cake, too – at these indie booksellers by The Guardian.

Winning tip: Deep thoughts and homemade cake, Derbyshire

Feed the mind … Scarthin Books, Derbyshire
Scarthin Books in Cromford, Derbyshire, is a tall, thin bookcase of a building. Its many rooms, stacked one on top of the other, have new books, old books and every sort of reading matter in its nooks and higgledy-piggledy crannies. You can lose yourself for hours. Rest, revive and continue after a break in its cosy reading room. Try a homemade cake in the cafe upstairs (when Covid rules allow) or, for food for thought, attend a talk in its Café Philosophique. And whether you need it or not, take a peek in the authentic Victorian bathroom with literary memorabilia-lined walls.  

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Source: The Guardian

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Are you ready for machine learning math? | Math - Medium

I never cared much about machine learning, writes Santiago on Medium.

Take the first step and cross the bridge when appropriate.

If we were playing the blame game, I’d certainly point to the “math is not my thing” excuse. I had seen it with my own eyes, and it seemed daunting.

Back then, we had to write training loops from scratch, beg large universities for cluster time, and deal with parallel libraries and remote debugging.

That was a long time ago.

Fast forward a few years, and I came around and gave it a try. To my surprise, I was more than ready to get into it!

The field had changed. The math I needed was far from the scary wolf that everyone made me believe it was, and I’ve never had an issue with it...

A final word

Give machine learning a try.

Many people believe that you either understand how electrons move in a wire or have no business changing an outlet. And that’s fine. You don’t need them to believe otherwise.

Don’t worry about the things you think you’ll need. The time for more will come, and you can think about them at that point. Start with something simple, and find your way through more of it as you feel you need it.

You’ll be fine.

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Source: Medium

The role of e-learning in the future of education | Education - Independent Online

Even before the Covid-19 pandemic hit our shores, the e-learning sector was witnessing tremendous growth, according to Tamara Mafilika, Independent Online. 

Photo: Independent Online

The intervention of the pandemic has given a major boost to the sector.

You may ask yourself what is e-learning? In simple language, e-learning is defined as “learning that is enabled electronically”. Typically, e-learning is conducted on the Internet, where learners can access their learning materials online at any place and time. And the benefits of e-learning is that it saves time and money. E-learning is also cost-effective; schools can save a substantial amount on the travel and accommodation costs of both learners and instructors, as well as the venue and materials...

Whether we like or not, e-learning is here to stay. The pandemic has made it crystal clear that there is an urgent need to spread education across borders, companies, and all parts of society. If there is a possibility that e-learning can help us achieve our goals, we must give it a chance. 

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Source: Independent Online

How the right data storage can allow universities to thrive in the online learning era | Comment - Education Technology

Neil Stobart, Vice-President, Global System Engineering, Cloudian  writes, In certain situations, the highly popular public cloud isn’t always the best answer for your institution’s data storage.

Photo: Education Technology

We’ve had more than a glimpse into the future of education during this past year. Many universities have now shifted to offering remote learning through the use of teleconferencing, collaboration tools and data sharing platforms.

On the one hand, this has allowed for the continuation of learning and improved teaching methods despite the ongoing disruption. On the other hand, it has also posed challenges for education providers due to the rapid increase in both the quantity and type of data being generated, along with the demand for remote access to files.

For example, lessons that are carried out on teleconferencing platforms must be recorded and securely stored...

For example, public clouds employ a tiered pricing strategy where cost increases can be high once usage reaches a certain point, and the movement of data can result in additional charges due to increased bandwidth demands. Public cloud egress fees in particular – i.e., moving data out of the cloud – can represent a significant and unpredictable cost. Therefore, universities may be caught off guard by large, unexpected bills.

“Public cloud egress fees in particular – i.e., moving data out of the cloud – can represent a significant and unpredictable cost. Therefore, universities may be caught off guard by large, unexpected bills”

Health sciences departments provide a perfect example. They are tasked with storing large quantities of unstructured data, such as genetic data, which must be readily accessible for analysis. As this data can be expensive to move out of the public cloud, the costs can quickly accumulate.

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Source: Education Technology

Getting personal: how digital learning is changing the role of the teacher | ICT Matters - Ed Exec

Hugh Viney, headteacher at Minerva’s Virtual Academy, discusses the transformation of remote education which has occurred over the last year. 

Photo: Ed Exec

The impact of school closures over the last year or so have fast-tracked exposure, and wider acceptance of, digital learning ten-fold, not just for students but for schools and teachers too. As progressive learning continues to shift more towards online platforms, reliance on the use of technology – both inside and outside of the classroom – is becoming more widespread. Historically, teaching has always been about ‘presenteeism’ in the classroom, but advances in digital learning platforms mean a teacher no longer needs to be physically ‘present’ for the delivery of every aspect of a lesson, and the future role of teaching will need to adapt in line with this.  

The potential of online learning is vast. It is likely that future classroom-based teaching time will adopt a more blended approach to delivery – an element of face-to-face combined with digital learning – thereby freeing-up teaching time and resource to allow for more focused mentoring...

Evolving teaching skills

The pandemic forced schools, teachers, parents and pupils to become Google Classroom and Zoom literate overnight, but it is the extensions, the add-ons and the additional digital resources, available to deliver effective lessons, that teachers will need more training on. Traditional schools would never have used cloud software to run their learning operations had it not been for the pandemic so, from this perspective, the pandemic has fast-tracked the education sector by about 10 years. This undoubtedly means that the skills teachers need today around digital learning will continue to grow.

Teachers will, inevitably, continue to build on their level of tech literacy simply via hands-on, day-to-day learning.

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Source: Ed Exec 

Blended learning: Another new normal to add to the list | Sibbald Training - Scottish Construction Now

When we talk to our clients about how their staff will work after the pandemic many talk about hybrid working, with a balance between home working and office collaboration and how the flexibility and benefits this brings means it is here to last by Scottish Construction Now

Photo: Scottish Construction Now

Some of the benefits to using a blended approach to learning for your employees include:

  • Increased interest: use of online and face-2-face training helps keep interested and focus along with increasing information retention.
  • Flexibility: the use of eLearning allows learning at their own pace and to choose where and when they complete courses.
  • Time Reduction: Using a blended approach to learning can reduce classroom time, travel and missed work time making this a more efficient way to learn.

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Source: Scottish Construction Now

Friday, May 14, 2021

How to Inspire a Love of Math | Family Finances - Investopedia

The current standard curriculum is anything but inspired by Amy Fontinelle, financial journalist and personal finance expert.

Photo: Investopedia

The standard American math curriculum is anything but inspiring. Based on memorization and timed tests, it encourages boredom and anxiety. A lucky few students get the inspiration and motivation required to enjoy and excel in math from a parent or teacher. The rest muddle through, often quitting at the firstopportunity. How can we disrupt this depressing state of affairs?...

What does a mathematician look like?

“The demographics of the mathematical community does not look like the demographics of America. We have left whole segments out of the benefits of the flourishing available in our profession.” — Francis Su, “Mathematics for Human Flourishing”7

Push back when a student says they aren’t a math person. Let them know that even if they struggle with one aspect of math, they might enjoy another type. Emphasize that, as stated above, math ability is not innate and must be acquired.23 Students who appear to be gifted may just be better educated. Perhaps they got a head start from math-fluent parents. They shouldn’t be the metric against which other students judge themselves.

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Source: Investopedia

Teaching: What Students Want Instructors to Know About Responsive Teaching | Newsletters - The Chronicle of Higher Education

This week:

  • I talk to students who are “pedagogical partners” on their campus, to hear their thoughts on effective teaching practices.
  • I share resources on how to create student-professor partnerships on your campus.
  • I alert you to two conferences on teaching.
  • I point you to readings and a survey about teaching you may have missed.

When the Student Is Your Partner I’ve written recently about the pandemic-driven teaching innovations that professors want to keep even after campus life returns to normal, as Beth McMurtrie, senior writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. 

Photo: RODNAE Productions from Pexels
That includes such things as a flexible syllabus and making more of an effort to connect with students. So it was nice to hear from a reader that many of those changes are also things that students want to keep.

This particular reader, Maria Bohan, a senior at Bryn Mawr College, speaks from experience. She’s part of a program at the Pennsylvania college that connects students with faculty members to help them strengthen their teaching. The program, Students as Learners and Teachers, or SaLT, has been around since 2006, but the pandemic, along with the social-justice movements of the past year, spurred participants at Bryn Mawr and nearby Haverford College to compile recommendations for instructors on topics such as equitable assessments, antiracist pedagogy, and remote learning.

I spoke with Bohan and another SaLT participant, Hurum M. Tohfa, about what they want professors to know about the student experience, and what makes for effective teaching...

For more insights, students at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and several other institutions with pedagogical-partnership programs put together a list of teaching practices that can make remote teaching more effective. You can find that here.

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Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

Lessons Learned from Teaching during the Pandemic | Higher Education - EducationNext

Anna McDougall, undergraduate research assistant, Douglas McKee, senior lecture and George Orlov,  postdoctoral associate at the Cornell University Department of Economics explains, When it comes to remote learning, teacher experience, active learning, and peer interaction can help.

Students work together outside Warren Hall at Cornell University.

The effectiveness of online learning in higher education is an open question: While some research finds that students who have lower GPAs or who are male, Black, or younger tend to perform relatively worse, other scholars have found that student learning can be just as successful in online classes as in in-person classes. In our recent work with James Berry, Austin Boyle, Thomas J. DiCiccio, Alex Rees-Jones, Tyler Ransom, and Jörg Stoye, we asked whether the challenge of the pandemic-induced switch to online teaching negatively affected student learning, and, if so, whether certain demographic groups were affected more than others. Further, we wanted to see if there were factors, such as particular pedagogical approaches, that could mitigate potential negative effects.

To do so, we examined students’ performance on standardized assessments, developed as part of the Active Learning Initiative at Cornell University, in seven intermediate-level economics courses at four PhD-granting institutions in semesters before and during the pandemic: Spring and Fall 2019, and Spring 2020. Not all teaching during the Spring 2020 term took place online, but each of the questions on these assessments is associated with specific course learning goals, so we were able to calculate separate assessment scores for material learned before and after the switch to remote learning...

An alleviation of the practical and mental difficulties caused by the pandemic appears to be on the horizon. We hope that some of the lessons learned during the pandemic, however, will stay with us and inform teaching practices in the future.

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Source: EducationNext

Four Ideas to Spark Active Learning in an Online Classroom | Online Course Delivery and Instruction - Faculty Focus

Dr. Adrianna Davis, instructor at AdventHealth University argues, Active learning can be an intimidating concept for educators.  

Photo: Faculty Focus

Many educators have heard the term but struggle to understand the true meaning of active learning and/or integrate active learning strategies within their classroom. As such, it is important to define active learning in simple terms. According to Bonwell and Eisen (1991), active learning is “anything that involves students in doing things and thinking about the things they are doing” (p. 2). Essentially, active learning involves including students in what they are learning, and fostering an environment that encourages them to think on these matters. Student involvement and metacognition, or thinking about thinking, are fundamental to one’s ability to understand active learning. While active learning can be challenging, adding the complexities of remote learning can make it even more tricky to navigate.  

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused every educator to adjust. Personally, I have intentionally implemented active learning strategies in my remote classroom and hope to share some of my key learnings. One important consideration for active learning involves an educator’s willingness to experiment and ideate—in order to learn, one must be willing to take risks...

We must strive to foster an environment where active learning can flourish. We have a part to play in active learning processes, but the students are the stars of the show. One of my favorite quotes is from Albert Einstein, “I never teach my pupils what to learn, I provide the conditions in which they can learn” (p.126).

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Source: Faculty Focus 

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Suggested Book Today | Books - Helge Scherlund's eLearning News

Introduction to Instructional Systems Design -Theory and Practice by Chuck Hodell, ISD Practitioner, Author, Teacher and YouTube Host.

Introduction to Instructional Systems Design

The A–Z Resource on Instructional Systems Design

Modern, adaptable, flexible, timeless. Instructional systems design (ISD) is more relevant than ever and critical for organizational success. ISD is used by education and training professionals worldwide, with billions of dollars a year spent on designing and implementing training. Given such high stakes, organizations need the best training product available, and educational programs need the best textbook for cultivating professionals in this field. Introduction to Instructional Systems Design is just that resource.

This book provides comprehensive instruction for professors, instructors, and students of ISD who seek a professional and proven design method in an academic foundation. Written by long-time professor and practitioner of instructional design Chuck Hodell, this is a through line to his earlier bestselling volume ISD From the Ground Up and offers an even greater practicality with a strong theoretical base to answer the questions of why designers do what they do.

Publication Date:

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Read 📚books and drink ☕️coffee!    

Source: ATD 

Where to Read Leonardo da Vinci’s Notebooks Online: A Roundup of the Renaissance Man’s Digitized Manuscripts | Science - Open Culture

From the hand of Leonardo da Vinci came the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, among other art objects of intense reverence and even worship. But to understand the mind of Leonardo da Vinci, one must immerse oneself in his notebooks, says Colin Marshall, Seoul-based essayist, broadcaster, and public speaker.

Photo: Open Culture
Totaling some 13,000 pages of notes and drawings, they record something of every aspect of the Renaissance man’s intellectual and daily life: studies for artworks, designs for elegant buildings and fantastical machines, observations of the world around him, lists of his groceries and his debtors. Intending their eventual publication, Leonardo left his notebooks to his pupil Francesco Melzi, by the time of whose own death half a century later little had been done with them.

Absent a proper steward, Leonardo’s notebooks scattered across the world. Six centuries later, their surviving pages constitute a series of codices in the possession of such entities as the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, the British Museum, the Institut de France, and Bill Gates.

In recent years, they and their collaborating organizations have made efforts to open Leonardo’s notebooks to the world, digitizing them, translating them, and organizing them for convenient browsing on the web...  

Other collections of Leonardo’s notebooks made available to view online include the Madrid Codices at the Biblioteca Nacional de España, the Codex Trivulzianus at the Archivo Storico Civico e Biblioteca Trivulziana, and the Codex on the Flight of Birds at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. (Published as a standalone book, his Treatise on Painting is available to download at Project Gutenberg.) 

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Source: Open Culture

Machine learning: What is dimensionality reduction? | Machine learning - TechTalks

In partnership with Paperspace


Ben Dickson, software engineer and the founder of TechTalks explains, Machine learning algorithms have gained fame for being able to ferret out relevant information from datasets with many features, such as tables with dozens of rows and images with millions of pixels. 

Photo: TechTalks

Thanks to advances in cloud computing, you can often run very large machine learning models without noticing how much computational power works behind the scenes.

But every new feature that you add to your problem adds to its complexity, making it harder to solve it with machine learning algorithms. Data scientists use dimensionality reduction, a set of techniques that remove excessive and irrelevant features from their machine learning models.

Dimensionality reduction slashes the costs of machine learning and sometimes makes it possible to solve complicated problems with simpler models...

Dimensionality reduction in the machine learning toolbox

Having too many features will make your model inefficient. But cutting removing too many features will not help either. Dimensionality reduction is one among many tools data scientists can use to make better machine learning models. And as with every tool, they must be used with caution and care.

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Source: TechTalks

Violinmaking meets artificial intelligence | Technology & Engineering - EurekAlert

The next generation of violins in a study published on Nature Scientific Reports by Politecnico di Milano.

The historical drawing attributed to the workshop of Enrico Ceruti that inspired the outline parameterization (a) and the geometric modeling adopted in the work (b).
Photo: Politecnico di Milano
How to predict the sound produced by a tonewood block once carved into the shape of a violin plate? What is the best shape for the best sound? Artificial Intelligence offer answers to these questions.

These are the conclusions that researchers of the Musical Acoustics Lab of Politecnico di Milano presented in a study that was recently published in Scientific Reports... 

This work offers an innovative and promising tool in the hands of Cremona violin makers and, in perspective, of the international community. By using a neural network, it will enable luthiers to predict how a tone-wood block will "sound" once carved into a plate. But it can also be used to design two violins with matching acoustic behavior even if built with different wood. In the future this research will allow us to select the best wood to be used for a particular violin, something that today is still based on purely aesthetic considerations.

The full-text version of the article is available here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-021-88931-z

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Source: EurekAlert

Does a Robot Get to Be the Boss of Me? | Backchannel - WIRED

Take a closer look at this post by Meghan O'Gieblyn, author of Interior States (Anchor, 2018). 

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I’m disturbed by the fact that law enforcement agencies are increasingly using robots for neutralizing threats, surveillance, and hostage situations. Maybe I’ve just seen RoboCop too many times, but I’m wary of machines making crucial, life-or-death decisions—especially given how often actual human officers abuse their authority. Do I have any kind of moral obligation to obey a police robot? 

—SUSPECT


WIRED’s spiritual advice columnist on policing, degrees of freedom, and dancing in the streets. 

Photo: Sam Whitney; Getty Images

Dear Suspect—

Hollywood has not been particularly optimistic about robots in positions of authority. RoboCop is just one example of the broader sci-fi canon that has burned into our minds the tragic consequences of relinquishing critical tasks to inflexible machines—robots whose prime directives are honored with a literalism that can turn lethal, who can blast a person to death but are confounded by a set of stairs. The message of these films is clear: Rigid automatons are incapable of the improvised solutions and moral nuance that’s so often required in moments of crisis.

It may have been this stereotype that led Boston Dynamics, some of whose robots are being incorporated into police departments, to release a video last December of its models dancing to the 1950s Contours hit “Do You Love Me.” Maybe you saw it? The robots included Atlas, an android that resembles a deconstructed storm trooper, and Spot, which served as inspiration for the killer dogbots in the “Metalhead” episode of Black Mirror. Neither machine seems to have been designed to quell fears about a robot takeover, so what better way to endear them to the public than to showcase their agility? And what better test of said agility than a skill considered so uniquely human that we invented a move designed to mock an automaton’s inability to do it (the Robot)? Watching the machines shuffle, shimmy, and twirl, it’s difficult to avoid seeing them as vibrant, embodied creatures, capable of the same flexibilities and sensitivities as ourselves...'

I realize, Suspect, that it’s difficult these days to believe that people, let alone systems, are capable of change. But it’s also true that humans maintain more than 28 degrees of freedom, and at least some of those choices might be worth preserving.

Faithfully,

Cloud

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Source: WIRED

7 Free Resources To Learn Explainable AI | Education - Analytics India Magazine

Ambika Choudhury, Technical Journalist summarizes, Check out the top free resources to understand Explainable AI (XAI) in detail.

Photo: Analytics India Magazine

Explainable AI (XAI) is key to establishing trust among users and fighting the black-box nature of machine learning models. In general, XAI enhances accountability and reliability in machine learning models. For a long time, tech giants like Google, IBM and others have poured resources on explainable AI to explain the decision-making process of such models. 

Below are the top free resources to understand Explainable AI (XAI) in detail.

(The list is in no particular order)...

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Source: Analytics India Magazine

The Algorithms Behind Scientific Breakthroughs – The Spectrum of Science | Science - Prudent Press Agency

In 2019, the Event Horizon Telescope team opened the world’s first view of a black hole...

Computer science has not only played a significant role in this scientific advance: from astronomy to zoology, a computer is behind every great discovery of the modern era. Computers today have about 10,000 times more memory and a much higher clock frequency than they did 50 years ago, which opens up entirely new possibilities for research.

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Source: Prudent Press Agency

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

The Best Careers for Math Majors | Mathematics - Medium

Photo: Hazel Clementine
Hazel Clementine
notes,This article is not going to be a mathematical one. 

It’s about what sort of careers a mathematics degree can lead to. I want to explain to people the kinds of possibilities that can open up if you’re taking a mathematics degree.

Mathematics graduates are very much in demand, and a math degree is about as good a non-vocational degree as you can find. I was a math tutor for several years a few years ago, and it strikes me that people don’t always realize that mathematics can open a lot of doors rather than closing doors. It’s clear that if you do an engineering degree, you’re going to become an engineer, but it’s slightly unclear with a mathematics degree. People are always saying, “Well, I’m interested in mathematics, but my parents want me to study medicine because I think it can lead to a career.”

What I want to show people is mathematics can lead to a wide range of careers. Your phone wouldn’t work without mathematics, the electronic device you are holding wouldn’t work, furthermore, your remote control wouldn’t work...

Mathematics is the language that underpins how we understand all sorts of processes. Those might be economic processes, or they might be physical processes, or they might be understanding how to analyze vast sets of data that arise from your nectar cards, and so on.

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Source: Medium

Do you know how mathematics came to be? | Schools - The Tribune

Numbers, shapes, lines, equations: you either love them or you hate them; but do you know the story behind these? by The Tribune.

Photo: The Tribune
How did we go from lines on a piece of bark to million-row matrices that can only be processed by supercomputers?

Mathematics is the foundation on which technology has been built and advanced over the years...

Mathematics brings to life this journey through the evolution of the art and science of Mathematics, both in India and the western world, with a fascinating blend of fact and anecdote.

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Source: The Tribune

Computation pioneers awarded ‘Nobel of Mathematics’ | Nobel Prize - ZME Science

Mihai Andrei, background is in geophysics and he started ZME Science -- and the results are what you see today inform, The two mathematicians are true pioneers in their fields. 

László Lovász and Avi Wigderson
Photo: ZME Science

László Lovász and Avi Wigderson have been awarded the Abel Prize, sometimes referred to as the ‘Nobel of Mathematics’. The two were recognized for groundbreaking contributions in theoretical computer science and discrete mathematics, as well as “their leading role in shaping them into central fields of modern mathematics.”

Abel Prize — The story

Mathematics can often seem like an occult field of research, thoroughly detached from mundane day-to-day life. But even though we may not realize it, mathematics affects our daily lives in more ways than one...

Meanwhile, László Lovász proved himself to be a stellar mathematician from his teenage years. He published his first paper when he was 17, and it wasn’t a coincidence: he published two more in the next two years. By the time he graduated from the Eötvös Loránd University, he was awarded a Candidate Degree of Mathematical Science by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences — a degree higher than a doctorate. University regulations did not allow a student to apply for a Ph.D. until he finished his undergraduate studies, but no such rules existed in the ademy of Science because it was assumed that it wasn’t necessary.

Lovász went on to publish over a dozen papers and hold several talks at prestigious conferences before being awarded any degree, and he never really stopped. His meeting with the famous “nomadic mathematician” Paul Erdös, who was known for his insatiable hunger for mathematical problem-solving, not only inspired Lovász, but set a direction for his working style, which became open and collaborative.

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Source: ZME Science and The Abel Prize Channel (YouTube) 

The science of art: Nate Craig combines his interests in art history and STEM | Arts & Culture - Binghamton University

Scratch the surface of the world and you find math by Jennifer Micale, Communications Manager at Binghamton University.

English: Dancers and musicians, tomb of the leopards, Monterozzi necropolis, Tarquinia, Italy. UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Equations lurk even in art, from the geometry that structures architecture to the processes and materials from which artwork takes its form. 

Art history and mathematical sciences major Nate Craig
Photo: provided photo.
In that light, Nathanial Craig’s dual major in art history and mathematical sciences makes sense.

Some art historians look to data and mathematics to back up their claims, he explained. Others use philosophical terms derived from mathematical sciences...

Photo: Julia Walker
Photo: Tom McDonough
Professors who made a difference for him include Associate Professor Tom McDonough and Associate Professor Julia Walker in art history. Becker also played a significant role. 

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Source: Binghamton University

 

5 Skills Trending at the LinkedIn Top Companies—and Free Courses to Learn Them | Top skills and courses - LinkedIn Learning Blog

After a year defined by change and challenge, many of us have reshaped what our professional lives look like, what we want from our careers, and what we expect from our employers, recommends Dan Brodnitz, Global Head of Content Strategy, LinkedIn Learning. 

Photo: LinkedIn Learning Blog
At LinkedIn Learning, we've been looking at trends at some of today's top companies to help professionals like you grow their careers. We're excited to share the fastest-growing skills this year at the 2021 LinkedIn Top Companies so you can focus on learning the right skills to help you get to the next step in your career journey. 

Technical skills are in high demand across the globe right now as companies look to keep their competitive advantage and develop a track record of success through innovation...

Free courses to learn Machine Learning

Companies are tapping into the power of big data with machine learning -- an integral component of artificial intelligence. They're doing things like speech recognition, image processing, recommendation systems, and even self-driving cars. They understand how to leverage the power of that data and use the appropriate machine learning data to deliver powerful solutions to complex business problems. Our study showed Machine Learning up 23%. Learn about artificial intelligence and how to leverage machine learning with these courses:

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Source: LinkedIn Learning Blog 

Sunday, May 09, 2021

Scarborough Library has hundreds of new books to choose from as staff welcome people back | What's On - The Scarborough News

Scarborough Library has been working hard all through lockdown to keep providing books and services for the residents of the town and surrounding areas.

Photo: Peter Dickinson working in the IT suite.

The library's central IT services has been open throughout, and the team have worked hard in order to keep supplying books to people in a Covid safe manner.

They introduced a new Select and Collect service, and also put together book bundles, which have proven to be popular...

"The book bundles are 3 or 4 books of the same genre that we bundle up and offer, they could be crime, romance or children's books, we have a wide variety...

"Books are a lifeline for so many people, we want to make sure that we are accessible to everybody."

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Source: The Scarborough News

20 New Books by Asian Authors to Get Excited About | Culture - MarieClaire.com

Yes, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is in May, but we should be reading books by AAPI authors year-round by Rachel Epstein, Associate Digital Editor.

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From Senator Mazie K. Hirono's Heart of Fire to Michelle Zauner's Crying in H Mart to Helen Hoang's The Heart Principle, Marie Claire rounded up the must-read 2021 book releases by Asian and Asian American authors. Browse through our favorites, ahead, and if you want to stand in solidarity with the AAPI community following the surge in AAPI hate crimes over the past year, learn how to do so here.

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Source: MarieClaire.com