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State Progress on K-12 Computer Science Ed Policies: 'We Have a Long Way to Go'

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:00

A new study from six organizations summarizes state-by-state surveys on U.S. computer science education policies for grades K-12. "There are simply not enough adequately trained people to fill the current need for . . . [computer science] professionals," the report says. 

New Tools Needed to Track Technology's Impact on Jobs, Panel Says

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 12:00

New tools must be developed to track and measure the impact of artificial intelligence and automation on the U.S. job market, according to a report from an expert panel at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 

Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 12:00

Women earned just 21% of U.S. undergraduate engineering degrees and an even smaller share of computer science degrees, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

New Approach Developed by Humanists and Scientists Maps Evolution of Literature

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 12:09

Researchers have partly developed a new approach for identifying subtle patterns to map out how ancient Latin and Greek texts relate to each other.

Report Tracks State Progress on Computer Science Ed Policies

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 11:25

If understanding of computer science is essential to being an informed citizen, then it makes sense that every child needs an education in the use of computing devices and software, digital literacy, and computational processing, according to a new report.

Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 19:42

Long before Google started working on cars that drive themselves and Amazon was creating home appliances that talk, a handful of researchers in Canada—backed by the Canadian government and universities—were laying the groundwork for today's boom in artificial intelligence.

Girls' Confidence, Not Math Ability, Hinders Path to Science Degrees

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 10:18

Girls rate their mathematics abilities markedly lower than boys, even when there is no observable difference between the two, according to researchers at Florida State University.

Amazon's Robot War Is Spreading

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 14:01

It was Amazon that drove America's warehouse operators into the robot business.

Learning to Think Like a Computer

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:00

The number of computer science majors has more than doubled since 2011, according to the Computing Research Association.

Professor's Career in Research and Outreach Earns NSF Grant

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 10:33

Ashley Carter's work is notable both for its investigation of DNA folding and for her efforts to recruit women into STEM fields.

CSAIL Launches Artificial Intelligence Initiative With Industry

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 10:00

The SystemsThatLearn@CSAIL industry collaboration aims to use machine learning to create functional human-like systems for data science and other fields.

How Artificial Life Spawned a Billion-Dollar Industry

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 14:22

Scientists are getting closer to building life from scratch and technology pioneers are taking notice, with record sums moving into a field that could deliver novel drugs, materials, chemicals and even perfumes.

Where Non-Techies Can Get With the Programming

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:52

When the Georgetown University Law Center offered computer programming last year, it was an experiment, a single class for about 20 students.

Apprenticeship Emerging To Fill Skills Gaps

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 12:09

New approaches to apprenticeship aim to provide talented, if not traditionally trained, computing professionals.

Trudeau Innovation Shift Already Underway as Ontario Tech Booms

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:46

Things are looking bright for Dan Leibu and League Inc., a digital health and benefits platform he founded with three friends two years ago in Toronto.

Educating and Strengthening the Cybersecurity Workforce

Thu, 04/06/2017 - 09:55

California State University is creating unique educational opportunities for students and faculty members in an effort to produce career-ready cybersecurity professionals and to combat cybercrime nationwide.

Learning to Think Like a Computer

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 17:13

In "The Beauty and Joy of Computing," the course he helped conceive for nonmajors at the University of California, Berkeley, Daniel Garcia explains an all-important concept in computer science—abstraction—in terms of milkshakes.

Here Are the Software Skills That Will Get You the Highest Salary

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 13:21

What tech skills will earn software engineers and other technology professionals the highest salaries?

Trump Cracks Down on H-1B Visa Program That Feeds Silicon Valley

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 13:00

The U.S. administration began to deliver on President Donald Trump's campaign promise to crack down on a work visa program that channels thousands of skilled overseas workers to companies across the technology industry.

Technology Meets Fashion in UA Collaboration

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 12:33

Unlikely collaborators at the  University of Alabama have created a 3-D projection screen shaped like a giant shoe, and constructed entirely out of shoe boxes.