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Sunday, May 27, 2018

12 books famous scientists think you should read | Business Insider

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"You can learn a lot about what makes a brilliant mind tick by looking at the books on their bedside table" notes Jeremy Berke, reporter on Business Insider's Science and Innovation team.

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Beyond reading research in their field, the most famous and successful scientists take the time to read books about every subject imaginable.

We compiled a list of book recommendations from a handful of illustrious minds by combing the web for quotes, checking out personal blogs, and even asking them directly. The picks below come from popular scientists like Bill Nye, surgeons-turned-writers like Siddhartha Mukherjee, and globe-trotting superheroes like Jane Goodall.

The books they've recommended range from high fantasy, like Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings," to canonical, like Plato's seminal work "The Republic."

Here are 12 books that brilliant scientists consider must-reads: 

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8 New Books We Recommend This Week by Gregory Cowles, Senior Editor, Books, New York Times.

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Suggested Books of the Week 21, 2018

Check out these books below by Cambridge University Press, TradePub and Ancient Origins.

Understanding Maple

Understanding Maple
Maple is a powerful symbolic computation system that is widely used in universities around the world. This short introduction gives readers an insight into the rules that control how the system works, and how to understand, fix, and avoid common problems. Topics covered include algebra, calculus, linear algebra, graphics, programming, and procedures...

Many concepts which are absent from introductory books and manuals are described in detail. With this book, students, teachers and researchers will gain a solid understanding of Maple and how to use it to solve complex mathematical problems in a simple and efficient way.
  • Takes a programmatic approach to solving mathematical problems using Maple
  • Provides Maple worksheets which can be downloaded from the author's website
  • Highlights the importance of the evaluation rules, helping readers to avoid common pitfalls when using Maple

The Making of Friedrich Nietzsche: The Quest for Identity, 1844-1869

The Making of Friedrich Nietzsche:
The Quest for Identity, 1844-1869
How did Nietzsche the philosopher come into being? The Nietzsche known today did not develop 'naturally', through the gradual maturation of some inborn character. Instead, from an early age he engaged in a self-conscious campaign to follow his own guidance, thereby cultivating the critical capacities and personal vision which figure in his books...

It will be essential reading for all who are interested in Nietzsche.
  • The first English-language biography of Nietzsche to make use of German-language scholarship
  • Radically reconceives Nietzsche's youth, recontextualising his early essays
  • Investigates the importance of autobiography in Nietzsche's youth
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The Letters of Ernest Hemingway

The Letters of Ernest Hemingway:
Volume 4, 1929-1931
The Letters of Ernest Hemingway, Volume 4, spanning April 1929 through 1931, featuring many previously unpublished letters, records the establishment of Ernest Hemingway as an author of international renown following the publication of A Farewell to Arms. Breaking new artistic ground in 1930, Hemingway embarks upon his first and greatest non-fiction work, his treatise on bullfighting, Death in the Afternoon. Hemingway, now a professional writer, demonstrates a growing awareness of the literary marketplace, successfully negotiating with publishers and agents and responding to fan mail...

Despite suffering injuries to his writing arm in a car accident in November 1930, Hemingway writes and dictates an avalanche of letters that record in colorful and eloquent prose the eventful life and achievements of an enormous personality.

  • This volume covers key professional developments in Hemingway's career, notably the publication of A Farewell to Arms, the work that catapults him to international fame
  • Includes letters to other famous figures of twentieth-century literature including F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Dos Passos
  • The letters are accompanied by notes, detailed introduction, chronologies, illustrations and indexes
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    "Online Meeting Guide: Software and Strategies"

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    Modern videoconferencing services are easy to use, and available to nearly anyone with a computer or Smartphone.  The ability to connect and meet with people online means we’re no longer limited by geographical location. Furthermore, countless websites provide us with a wide variety of tools and resources for conducting meetings, planning and executing projects, and reducing the amount of printed paper traditionally needed to get things done.
    The purpose of this guide is to introduce you to many of the popularly used, free, or relatively inexpensive, online resources and tools for holding meetings online and working collaboratively on projects, reports, presentations, documents, and the like... 

    "5 Top Tips for Creating a Stand-Out Candidate Experience"

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    Did that statistic make you cringe? Do you know that your company’s own careers page could use a pretty significant makeover?
    Listen, we know that sprucing up your careers page can seem like an overwhelming task. So, we’re breaking it all down for you. Our guide shares five simple tips to create a stand-out careers page that catches the eye of the top-notch talent you most want to attract...

    Matriarchy and the Goddess Culture (Time Maps Book 4) 

    Matriarchy and the Goddess Culture
    (Time Maps) (Volume 4)
    What happened when women ruled the world?
    There are many questions about the Old Culture - a culture even before history was written. Whatever happened to the Great Goddess? When did patriarchy start? How did women become objectified?...

    Written with a Mathematician’s precision and a Historian’s curiosity, Time Maps covers over millennia worth of developments & impacts of civilizations, migrations, leaders and continents. Illuminating concepts of societies, dynasties, heroes, kings and eras through incisive and thorough research, looking at ideas, theories & world views with a sense of wonder and delight. 
    The Mayan Code: Time Acceleration and Awakening the World Mind

    The Mayan Code:
    Time Acceleration and
    Awakening the World Mind
    Bestselling author Barbara Hand Clow shows how the Mayan Calendar is a bridge to galactic wisdom that fosters personal growth and human evolution
    • Unearths the meaning behind the calendar, its message for modern civilization, and what will happen after the calendar ends
    • Reveals how time acceleration is a manifestation of the acceleration of consciousness
    • By the author of The Pleiadian Agenda
    The Mayan Code is a deep exploration of how, with the end of the Mayan Calendar, time and consciousness are accelerating, giving us a new understanding of the universe. Using Carl Johan Calleman’s research, as well as the ideas of other Mayan Calendar scholars, Barbara Hand Clow examines 16.4 billion years of evolution to decode the creative patterns of Earth--the World Mind. These great patterns culminate in 2011, and then during 2012 and beyond major astrological influences will inspire us to attain oneness and enlightenment.

    The Mayan Code shows how the time cycles of the Calendar match important periods in the evolutionary data banks of Earth and the Milky Way Galaxy. 
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    Source: Cambridge University Press, TradePub and Ancient Origins

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    Saturday, May 26, 2018

    UTSA researcher studies math achievement among Hispanic high school students | UTSA Today

    "Study examines important cognitive and non-cognitive predictors of entering STEM fields for Hispanic high school students" notes Kara (Mireles) Soria, Public Affairs Specialist.

    Guan Saw co-authors study about disparities in math achievement and motivational factors among Hispanic high school students and their peers.
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    A researcher at The University of Texas at San Antonio has co-authored a study examining important cognitive and non-cognitive predictors of entering science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields for Hispanic high school students.

    Guan Saw, assistant professor of educational psychology in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development (COEHD), worked alongside Chi-Ning Chang, doctoral student from Texas A&M University, to investigate whether and to what extent math achievement and motivational factors for Hispanic high school students differ from that of their White, Black and Asian peers.

    "A recent analysis using 2014-2016 American Community Survey Data, provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, showed that while Hispanics accounted for 16% of employed adults ages 25 and older, only 7% of STEM jobs were held by Hispanics, the lowest percentage compared with other racial/ethnic groups. We were aware that there is a critical need to study the distinctive developmental patterns of STEM-related cognitive and non-cognitive factors for Hispanic students in high schools, a crucial life stage with adolescents forming and reshaping their career orientations," said Saw.

    In the study, published in the Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, the pair analyzed the nationally representative High School Longitudinal Study of 2009, conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics.

    The study traced students' educational trajectories from high school into postsecondary education. It also explored factors at the high school level that could affect STEM participation in college and the workforce.

    Saw and Chang studied responses from more than 18,000 Hispanic, White, Black and Asian respondents in early ninth grade and late 11th grade. 

    Source: UTSA Today

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    2018's top five vocations to study via distance learning | Mail & Guardian

    Sanet Nel, Oxbridge Academy inform, "In 2018, five fields have emerged as the top distance learning choices among students who need to earn while they learn, upskill, or gain a qualification to complement their practical experience." 

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    These include HR, business and supply chain management, early childhood education, and technical skills development courses such as occupational health and safety and engineering.

    "With our increasingly competitive job market and our tough economic environment, fewer people are able to take off a year or three to study, which means that distance learning is a viable and attractive option for thousands of South Africans," says Barend van den Berg, MD of Oxbridge Academy, which serves more than 20 000 students annually.

    He says these students are increasingly opting for the distance learning route, and choosing training options that can either strengthen their existing position in the workplace, or that can get them a foot in the door. The most popular fields this year include:

    Technical courses
    Engineering and occupational health and safety continue to be popular choices, says Van den Berg, given the high demand for competently trained vocational practitioners both locally and internationally...  

    "The National Certificate: N4 Educare, which is registered on the NQF and accredited by the QCTO, represents the first of three levels in the Educare stream. With the rising demand for quality early childhood care, this qualification provides a foot in the door for those who want to start their own ECD centre or who want to pursue a career as a day care centre administrator or manager," says Van den Berg.
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    Source: Oxbridge Academy (press release)

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    Distance-Learning Students Meet for Classes | WABI

    Students from Maine Connection Academy met at UMaine for an academic summit, as WABI reports. 

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    Students from Maine Connections Academy aren't used to seeing each other in person, but today they gathered at UMaine for an academic summit.

    The Academy is usually internet-based, serving seventh through 12th grade students from around the state.

    But today, they met and held classes in a more traditional fashion at the Advanced Structures and Composites Center.

    The event was focused around STEM education, but the students were also encouraged to strengthen connections they had made with their virtual classmates.
    "What happens is that kids from Portland make friends with kids from the Bangor area and vice versa, and they can't see them every day." said Jeremy Bernier, a math teacher and coordinator of the summit. "So we try to organize events like these to make it easier for students to meet with each other in person while also doing some more learning and some really cool things that they might not have already learned about in their curriculum."

    The students will meet in person one more time this year, at graduation in June.

    Source: WABI 

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    3 Tips for Online Students From Success Coaches | Education - U.S. News & World Report

    "Personalized support from university staff can help online students reach their academic and career goals" says Nancy Cervasio, EdPlus at Arizona State University Senior Director of Student Success.

     Speaking to your success coach over the phone is the best way for both the student and coach to get to know each other
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    Online students often juggle a full-time job and family obligations while working toward their degrees. It can become overwhelming very quickly, so having personalized support from university staff is critical. That's where a success coach comes in.

    Many online colleges offer coaching programs as a way for students to feel connected to the larger institution and its resources. Arizona State University's ASU Online, for example, launched a dedicated student success center to connect students with a success coach who can support them in achieving their academic and personal goals.

    The level of support and engagement varies from student to student. From offering time-management and study-habit tips to providing inspiration and encouragement, coaches are essential to helping a student get to the finish line. 

    Here are the most popular questions ASU Online's success coaches receive from online students who are working toward their degree.

    Source: U.S. News & World Report

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    How team teaching (and other innovations) can impact blended learning | eSchool News

    [Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on The Clayten Christensen Institute blog.]

    A new report from The Clayton Christensen Institute studies the intersection between personalized learning and school staffing, as eSchool News reports.

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    Personalized learning’s rationale has strong intuitive appeal: We can all remember feeling bored, confused, frustrated, or lost in school when our classes didn’t spark our interests or address our learning needs. But an intuitive rationale doesn’t clearly translate to effective practice. For personalized learning to actually move the needle on improving student experiences and elevating student outcomes, the question of how schools and teachers personalize is just as important as why.

    So how do schools effectively personalize learning? Is it through online learning? Mastery-based learning? Project-based learning? Exploratory learning? Each of these common approaches offers a unique dimension of personalization. Yet one of the most important ways to personalize learning may be easily overlooked in the quest for new and novel approaches to instruction.

    It’s all about the teacher
    Teachers, by far, have the biggest impact on student learning and student experiences. Even in classrooms with the latest adaptive-learning technology, an expert teacher’s professional intuition is still the best way to understand and address the myriad cognitive, non-cognitive, social, emotional, and academic factors that affect student achievement.

    Additionally, one of the most valuable forms of personalization is authentic, personal relationships between students and teachers. It therefore makes sense that any school looking to offer personalized learning should not only explore new technologies and instructional practices, but also think carefully about how to increase students’ connections with great educators.

    To that end, over the past year, The Clayton Christensen Institute partnered with Public Impact to study the intersection between personalized learning and school staffing. Our aim was to observe how schools might be using new staffing arrangements to better meet the individual learning needs of their students. We studied eight pioneering schools and school networks—including district, charter, and private schools—and documented their practices in a series of case studies.

    Our latest report, “Innovative staffing to personalize learning: How new teaching roles and blended learning help students succeed,” released this week, documents the findings from this research. Below are brief snippets on three of our most interesting insights.

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    Online Learning in North Korea | The Diplomat

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    "Is North Korea going through an online learning revolution?" reports Tae-jun Kang, Southeast Asia correspondent and columnist for The Diplomat.

    In this June 16, 2017, photo, North Korean men and women use computer terminals Photo: AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

    In the past, if you wanted to get a degree or certificate, or just learn something new, you needed to physically attend classes. But this is not the case anymore as the online learning revolution has started.

    The global e-learning market was worth $165.21 billion by 2015 and is expected to reach $275.10 billion by 2022, growing by around 7.5 percent each year during the forecast period, according to a report by India-based research firm OrbisResearch.

    The report cited flexibility in learning, low cost, easy accessibility, and increased effectiveness through animated learning as the key factors behind the sector’s growth. It added that the increasing number of internet users and growing access to broadband pooled with mobile phones with online capabilities are also fueling the rise of e-learning.

    The report covered a total of 17 countries, from the United States to Egypt. But it missed one country where not many people would imagine an online education system exists: North Korea.

    Although North Korea provides an 11-year compulsory education, the kind of education one receives or which educational institute one attends often depends on social class. In order to join prestigious universities, for instance, students must have a good family background as well as connections with the government — not to mention enough money to bribe either schools or local authorities.

    However, as recent developments have proven, the hermit kingdom is showing some signs of change. Its education system is no exception.

    In particular, North Korea’s propaganda news websites have extensively promoted online education provided by different institutions and organizations inside the country.

    Take Kim Il-sung University as an example. It is one of the most prestigious universities in North Korea, the alma mater of North Korea leader Kim Jong-un and most of his family members. It is a must-attend educational institute for North Koreans who hope to climb up the country’s social ladder.

    This prestigious university recently awarded degrees to those who finished their program via a distance learning course for the first time.

    Kim Il-sung University is not alone. A distance learning course first became available at the Kim Chaek University of Technology, and now many universities across North Korea, including Pyongyang University of Architecture and Pyongyang Jang Chol Gu University of Commerce, offer degree courses online, according to a North Korean propaganda website, DPRK Today.

    Students in North Korea even can take university courses via their mobile phones, DPRK Today claimed.
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    Source: The Diplomat

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    Learning to Embrace Intelligent Machines in the New World of Work | Technology and IIoT - IndustryWeek

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    "Here are five actionable steps to help manufacturers face the smart machine uprising with arms wide open" says Dr. Randy Swearer, Vice President of Education Experiences.

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    While the impacts of machine intelligence (A.I. and machine learning) have been hotly debated, and even provoke anxiety in some, this group of technologies continues to accelerate at a remarkable pace. In fact, according to IDC, global spending on A.I. solutions will continue to see significant corporate investment, achieving revenues of more than $46 billion by 2020. Although machine intelligence offers enormous opportunities for businesses, many struggle to find ways to tap into the technology due to lack of knowledge, limited access to required skill sets, insufficient data, and––to be frank––confusion about where to even begin.

    In order to better understand how to both learn with intelligent machines and prepare the next generation to work alongside them, I recently met with top leaders––from Harvard University, Nike Innovation Kitchen, BMW Group, and more––at Autodesk’s Ideas Driving Change summit in San Francisco. The key takeaway was clear: the new relationship between humans and machines is already having far-reaching effects on our societies and economies––and these effects will only become more pervasive as time goes on. We concluded that there has to be a shift from thinking of tools as “things,” to thinking of them as collaborators: active participants in creation—co-creative agents. We are entering an era of tools that teach—and learn. In order to help industry and academia respond to this shift, we identified five ways to better prepare individuals to thrive in the age of intelligent machines.
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    Source: IndustryWeek

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    7 pointers to help you plan for your child’s early education | Education - South China Morning Post

    "For the early years, taking a well-considered approach will help you find the best possible fit for your child" inform Ruth Benny, The founder of Top Schools.

    Parents should do their own research regardless of the school’s name.
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    Raising youngsters is largely about nurturing personal growth – kindergarten is a German word meaning “garden of children” – but not all flora flourishes under the same conditions. When creating an education plan for your child, there’s no point in planning too far ahead. 

    The process is daunting enough without the burden of trying to predict what your needs will be in 10 years’ time, or how that little person living in your house will best learn when he or she is a teenager. So here are a few points to help you along the puzzling path of early childhood education.

    1. Don’t judge a book by its cover
    A school’s reputation counts for plenty in the Hong Kong community, but just because the “kindergarten for the rich and famous” has Oxbridge and Ivy League alumni, or an amazing new campus, it doesn’t mean that it’s right for your child. Keep yourself grounded and do your research regardless of the school’s name.
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    Source: South China Morning Post 

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