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An Exchange with UC Irvine’s Vijay Gurbaxani

an exchange with uc irvine’s vijay gurbaxani

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In this post, I have two goals. My first objective is to continue a discussion that I kicked off about professor Vijay Gurbaxani’s recent Forbes piece Will COVID-19 Save Higher Education?In Why Behaving Like Big Tech Will Not ‘Save’ Higher Education, I used Vijay’s Forbes article to riff on the idea that the software industry offers a sub-optimal model for postsecondary reform.
My second goal in this piece is, with Vijay, to model the use of social media (blog posts and tweets) for collegial social media academic debate. I’ll do this by copying professor Gurbaxani’s tweeted responses to my blog post.
What I hope will be clear is that our exchange is both public and respectful. I don’t know Vijay Gurbaxani personally, but I know that we will have lots to talk if and when we meet. Mostly, I’m confident that if I met Vijay that I’d learn much by listening to what he has to say and that we would listen carefully to each other.
Social media does not customarily foster collegial and respectful debate. If we want to take advantage of the fast and public platforms that social media can provide for academic conversations, then it is …

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How Science Drove McLaren To Its Best F1 Season-Opener Since 2014

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Lando Norris steers his McLaren to third place giving the team its best start to an F1 season since … [+] 2014 (Darko Bandic / POOL / AFP) (Photo by DARKO BANDIC/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Additional reporting by Caroline Reid
Paying salaries is usually the biggest single cost for companies in any industry. Not Formula One teams. The amount they spend on research and development often overtakes their employee costs and is the formula for their success.
After an extended break due to the coronavirus F1 returned to the track on Sunday with a nailbiter in Austria which saw reigning champion Lewis Hamilton finish fourth after being penalized when his Mercedes collided with Alex Albon’s Red Bull Racing car.
Mercedes still finished on top as Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas won the race. He was joined on the podium by Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris, a 20 year-old racing prodigy who joined the McLaren team last year. It wasn’t just his best result but McLaren’s best start to an F1 season since 2014.

It was a race of attrition as only 11 of the 20 cars finished. This is where McLaren’s investment in research and development came into its own.
A …

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New Grand Teton science chief followed unconventional path

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In this undated photo, Gus Smith arrived in Jackson, Wyo., in Jan. 2020, from Minnesota’s Superior National Forest, and is now working as Grand Teton National Park’s chief of science and resource management. He replaced Sue Consolo-Murphy, who retired. (Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)/In this undated photo, Gus Smith arrived in Jackson, Wyo., in Jan. 2020, from Minnesota’s Superior National Forest, and is now working as Grand Teton National Park’s chief of science and resource management. He replaced Sue Consolo-Murphy, who retired. (Ryan Dorgan/Jackson Hole News & Guide via AP)/JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — Gus Smith was walking his German shorthair not far from his Moose home one Saturday in late May when euphoria flew by in a flock.Fellow birders would best appreciate his experience.Out on foot near the Chapel of Transfiguration, Smith suddenly found himself engulfed by black rosy finches. That’s an alpine species of songbird that’s normally found only above treeline, yet there he was, at below 6,500 feet, surrounded by perhaps 300 to 350 of them.“They’re just doing that cloud thing,” Smith recounts. “They were right there — they go right through us.”Even retelling the tale, he was exuberant, the Jackson Hole News & …

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21 Savage aims to help kids with financial literacy during quarantine

21 savage aims to help kids with financial literacy during quarantine

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21 Savage attends the Tom Ford AW20 Show at Milk Studios on February 07, 2020 in Hollywood, California. The Atlanta rapper is expanding his mission to help underserved children during the pandemic. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images)
21 Savage is expanding his mission to help underserved children during the pandemic.
As a direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Grammy-award winning rapper announced he is launching a multi-tier expansion of his Juma Bank Account Financial Literacy program that offers financial resources nationwide.
He is making a $25,000 donation to the City of Atlanta’s #ATLStrong Covid-19 relief fund, established by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, and is launching Bank Account At Home — a free online financial literacy resource through a partnership with mobile banking services provider Chime and education technology platform, EVERFI.
For the past two years, 21 Savage has partnered with award-winning national financial literacy nonprofit Juma for his youth-focused financial literacy program called Bank Account.
Prior to the pandemic, the program provided underserved youth with access to career counseling, job training, and job placement at sports and entertainment facilities including Mercedes Benz Stadium and State Farm Arena.
Most of the students have been out of work since March 11, after the pandemic forced stadium …

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At Tortilleria Zepeda, tortillas are an art — and a science

at tortilleria zepeda, tortillas are an art — and a science

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Before moving to Madison in 2016, Julian Zepeda was a marine biologist who spent his days with turtles in his hometown of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. But when he and wife Heidi prepared to start a new life near her Spring Green home, she told the animal lover he might need to consider new interests. “Cows are probably your best bet,” she told him. Four years later, Julian has channeled his love of science in a very different direction: making tortillas.It began as a problem-solving endeavor. Julian had tried one Madison Mexican restaurant after another and found them all disappointing. The dishes were fine, he said, but the tortillas just weren’t up to par. Ditto for the tortillas he found at the grocery store, which were full of preservatives. “You can smell the chemicals,” he said. 








Owners of local business Tortilleria Zepeda, Julian and Heidi Zepeda, dine on tacos, made with their tortillas, at Canteen in Madison, on Wednesday, June 24.

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GUEST COLUMN: Follow the science

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Fully online learning deliveries: ‘More of the same’ or a new pedagogy?

fully online learning deliveries: ‘more of the same’ or a new pedagogy?

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The current global plague – COVID-19 – has accelerated teaching and learning across all the education sectors. The acceleration towards forms of online deliveries requires consideration.
Perhaps, teaching and learning or pedagogy might be classified into three modes of delivery:
face-to-face
mixed-mode or blended
fully/entirely online.
The three modes of delivery rely on digital technologies. The technologies such as Audacity, Collaborate, Padlet and Skype are merely tools to facilitate those involved in teaching and learning.
Perhaps, the more relevant question to ask is the transfer of courses/programmes from the traditional face-to-face mode to digital mode any different in how we teach and learn?
This article attempts to respond to this question using my experiences as a teacher and researcher. My teaching experiences include a fully online programme in research methodologies and face-to-face courses ranging from teacher education in post-compulsory and higher education sectors, Masters and Doctoral ones.
For the project, the related research question included: is the learning process from this online programme any different to face-to-face programmes?
A mixed-method of survey and interviews was employed in the project on online teaching of research methods.
Is fully online pedagogy different from a traditional one?
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Facebook makes education push in India

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Facebook, which reaches more users than any other international firm in India, has identified a new area of opportunity to further spread its tentacles in the world’s second largest internet market.
On Sunday, the social juggernaut announced it had partnered with the Central Board of Secondary Education, a government body that oversees education in private and public schools in India, to launch a certified curriculum on digital safety and online well-being, and augmented reality for students and educators.
Through these subjects, Facebook and CBSE aim to prepare secondary school students for current and emerging jobs, and help them develop skills to safely browse the internet, make “well informed choices,” and think about their mental health, they said.
Facebook said that it will provide these training in various phases. In the first phase, more than 10,000 teachers will be trained; in the second, they will coach 30,000 students. The three-week training on AR will cover fundamentals of the nascent technology, and ways to make use of Facebook’s Spark AR Studio to create augmented reality experiences.
“I encourage the teachers and students to apply for the programs commencing on July 6, 2020,” said Ramesh Pokhriyal, Union Minister of Human Resources Development, in a statement.

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Education foundation launches ‘Digital Divide Campaign’

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EASTON — The Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation is seeking financial contributions to help close the “digital divide” that has impacted student access to learning as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Their goal is to raise $60,000 through the “Digital Divide Campaign.”Established in 2016, the Education Foundation’s mission is “to engage the community in supporting excellence in public education and provide resources to enhance the teaching and learning experience for ALL.”When schools closed due to COVID-19, school districts were directed to provide “Continuity of Learning” using digital devices and communications. While virtual learning is not new to TCPS, the need to quickly transition all students and staff exclusively to this model presented significant challenges, and put some students at greater risk of being unable to succeed.“As an educator in the district, I have experienced this technological divide impacting my partnership with families for some time,” said Lindsey Higginbottom, assistant principal of Easton Elementary School and member of the Education Foundation Board.“Having internet access is something many of us take for granted,” she said. “Not having the internet obviously makes learning from home during this time a challenge, but it has also been a challenge for our …

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Teacher shortages addressed at Career and Technical Education Summit

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Menomonie, Wis. — How to attract and retain diverse teachers because of a growing shortage nationwide was the main topic of University of Wisconsin-Stout’s fifth annual Career and Technical Education Summit held recently.At the virtual conference June 23-24, David DeGuire, director of teacher education, professional development and licensing at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, noted that 40% of teachers leave the profession in their first five years. Because of COVID-19, DeGuire estimates one in five are not planning to return in the fall.“We just don’t have enough teachers willing to teach in our schools,” he said. “We know we need CTE teachers.”

The future may be helped by a generation born from the late 1990s to the early 2010s by focusing on how teachers can positively change their community.“Generation Z is really interested in making a difference and seeing a change,” DeGuire said. “We have to help them understand teaching is a great way to do that.”Other ways to attract teachers may include connecting school district alumni who are interested in coming back and teaching; encouraging CTE instructors to recruit their own successor; looking at community members and veterans to fill the void; and creating …

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