The University of Texas, Austin has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation that will help nanoscience advances become innovations. The $18.5 million grant will go towards the creation of a new engineering center that will focus primarily on taking new nanoscience technology and turning it into usable equipment, such as medical devices that can be implanted, or flexible laptops. [Read more...]
Indiana University has made plans to invest total of $8 million over a period of three years into online courses. All eight of the school’s campuses in Indiana will extend their programs to the new online system. A number of both graduate and undergraduate degree programs are on the cards and the school will also be looking towards new methods of teaching to an online student body.
The school’s new online education office will be responsible for overseeing all online activity. [Read more...]
Laurene Powell Jobs, who is the widow of Steve Jobs, former Apple CEO, has been named as the newest edition to Stanford University’s board of trustees. Laurene earned a masters in business from the school in 1991 and will now serve a five year period on the board of trustees. Both Laurene and Steve Jobs have always expressed their willingness to make a difference to education an its policy.
Laurene’s term begins in October and she will be joining another 32 individuals on the board, which includes the co-founder of the popular search engine Yahoo, Jerry Yang. Ron Johnson, who is the former Apple Retail VP is also a board member. [Read more...]
Officials at Neumont University, which focuses on computer science, recently announced that they would be moving the for-profit campus from their current location in South Jordan. The school will relocate to the Ezra Thompson Building, downtown. The building is currently being renovated to accommodate the school and will contain a mixture of laboratories, modern classrooms and a commons area. Living space for 84 students will also be installed in the building. [Read more...]
University researchers have concluded that recent advances in brain scanning technology could potentially be used by hackers to extract secret information from our brains. There are various games and apps available that use brain-scanning technology to operate. A headset is worn by users that detects changes in brain patterns to control whatever game or app they are using.
A new research paper, which was written by researchers from the University of California – Berkeley, the University of Oxford and the University of Geneva, has concluded that there is a potential threat to details such as PIN numbers, addresses and birth dates that are stored in our heads. [Read more...]
The Dalai Lama, along with a host of other high profile individuals, is to make an appearance at Syracuse University’s “Common Ground for Peace” forum. The two-day event is planned for Tuesday, October the 8th. The forum is aimed at working out ways to make people from all around the World more aware about the need for global peace.
The Dalai Lama will make a speech at the event and students and faculty will have the chance to take part in panel discussions. A live music concert will also take place and feature a song that was composed for the Dalia Lama. A number of musicians will join together to perform the song.
Nancy Cantor, president and chancellor of Syracuse University, spoke of her delight at the school hosting the Common Ground for Peace event, saying; “Helping launch an international dialogue about the pursuit of peace at a time when the world seems increasingly divided advances SU’s legacy as an institution deeply engaged with the world’s most pressing issues.” [Read more...]
A University of Washington assistant atmospheric sciences professor, Rob Wood has plans to manipulate clouds in an attempt to reduce the effects of global warming. The idea is to make clouds more reflective so they keep more of the sun’s harmful rays from hitting the Earth. Wood has recently published a paper outlining his plans.
Wood wants to conduct an experiment in which a research team injects particles of salt water into the clouds. The salt in the water could make the clouds up to 60 percent reflective, as opposed to the normal 50 percent. [Read more...]
Florida International University has unveiled their new “wind wall”, a facility designed to recreate hurricane conditions in an attempt to study the effects they have on building structures. The wind wall consists of twelve fans that can generate wind speeds of up to 157 mph, which is equivalent to a force five hurricane. It is located in a warehouse on campus, which is a part of the school’s International Hurricane Research Center. [Read more...]
State officials have approved the construction of a new residence hall at the University of Memphis that is expected to open sometime in 2015. Richardson Towers, which comprises of ten floors and houses about 1,000 students, will be replaced by the new student housing facility when completed. [Read more...]
Utah State University has been awarded a $3 million grant from the US Department of Energy to develop new technology that will increase the performance of batteries used in electric vehicles. The Department of Energy recently announced a $43 million fund they created to help create new battery technology. The money is being divided between selected organizations across the US and Utah State University was one of twelve chosen. [Read more...]