Work Spaces

Submitted by Carmen James on Fri, 02/20/2015 - 4:04pm.
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As we continue to think about work spaces on the fourth floor, it is worth continuing to look around for inspiration. While education often emphasizes group learning, independent learning is not to be forgotten. As Angela Duckworth noted in her talk yesterday here at Teachers College, you have to be solitary in order to engage in deliberative learning, the only kind of learning in her opinion that really matters.

I saw this blog post, here, that links to the famous work den's of writers. What are your thoughts on having a writing den for the fourth floor?


New Jersey Professor of the Year

Submitted by Rachel Smiley on Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:34pm.
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On the heels of my Research Digest review of a virtual chemistry lab developed in Poland (which I hope you all will read), I wanted to continue in the chemistry vein and highlight Rutgers Professor Darrin York who won New Jersey's 2014 Professor of the Year award!

York has been redesigning college chemistry curriculum through advances in electronic communication and e-learning forums. York's program called “Chemistry Interactive Problem Solving Sessions,” or ChIPS, has met with positive student reviews so far.

Please check out the news release highlighting York's past projects and future ideas! There's also a video showing ways Rutgers seeks to improve student learning in the sciences. Enjoy!


#foodFriday: Sandwiches!

Submitted by Meredith Powers on Fri, 02/20/2015 - 1:11pm.
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It's Friday, and you know what that means! Time to check out a selection of Mrs. Rorer's sweet and savory sandwiches on Pressible!


University of Southampton Engineers Build Supercomputer out of Raspberry Pis

Submitted by Panisuan Chasinga on Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:16pm.
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A team at the University of Southampton in the UK has built a supercomputer out of Raspberry Pi computers and Lego.

The team utilized 64 Raspberry Pi computers for the build, with the racking constructed out of Lego. The supercomputer, named “Iridis-Pi” after the University’s Iridis supercomputer, runs off a single 13 Amp mains socket and uses MPI (Message Passing Interface) to communicate between nodes using Ethernet. The whole system cost under £2,500 (excluding switches) and has a total of 64 processors and 1Tb of memory (16GB SD cards for each Raspberry Pi).

Professor Simon Cox of the University of Southhampton with his son and system racking consultant, James, show off their Raspberry Pi-based "supercomputer."

The new Raspberry Pi 2 is actually the hype of the year, and rightfully deserving. It is literally a fully working computer with the power equivalent to a standard Quad-core laptop. And all that for $35 and in the size of a credit card. The products were sold out in a blink you will have to wait for a second lot.


Happy 25th Birthday Photoshop!

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Thu, 02/19/2015 - 5:27pm.
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Like other groundbreaking technologies from Xerox to Google... Photoshop attained verb status early on. (As in "did you photoshop that?") Twenty-five years later the photo editing software is still a leading editing resource. However, with a few changes. Namely, a new focus on monthly subscriptions instead of a onetime payment for software (oftentimes over $700 a pop). This switch in pricing is a part of Adobe's attempt to create a more á la carte design "suite" model that is more inline with new attitudes towards photo taking and sharing. Namely, the use of filters and smartphone editors that come standard with apps like Snapchat and Instagram. Regardless, this design milestone is an interesting time to think about the role of photography and photo editing in our lives, schooling and work.

Read more about these implications and the history of Photoshop in this NYT's article.


Developing Young Athletes

Submitted by Malik Muftau on Wed, 02/18/2015 - 10:34pm.
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Many studies have indicated that the development of young athletes depends on support from parents and coaches. However, there are common mistakes that coaches and parents make that affects their development. This article sheds light on how parents tend to force their children to play one particular sport year round. Experts in sports science recommend that parents encourage their children to "experiment" and figure out the best sport that might interest them as upcoming youth athletes. Coaches are highly recommended to clap and urge their young athletes at correcting their mistakes while they are playing. During a program at the University of Florida, a sports scientist addressed this issue and emphasized the need for positive feedback only from coaches. He emphasized that children should be allowed to assess themselves after games and practices. If children ask themselves questions about their performances, it might trigger a thought that will enhance their development as individuals and athletes.


Problems With English-language Education

Submitted by Malik Muftau on Sun, 02/15/2015 - 10:24pm.
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English language is being taught in many countries around the world. As a result, there is a need to have the right teachers to ensure that students acquire proficiency. A recent survey found that in Mexico, students usually lack interest in learning English because their teachers cannot speak English. Teachers are required to take written tests but not oral ones. Other surveys indicate that the situation is similar in other countries across the globe. In most cases, teachers lack of fluency in English means there is little or no conversation in English during English language lessons. Others blamed the inability of English teachers to perform in non English-speaking countries on the increasing demand from parents for their kids to learn English.

I believe this is a problem that should be solved by all governments that are involved.


Access Denied

Submitted by Bismark Appiah on Sun, 02/15/2015 - 9:07pm.
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It is unjust to deny a person access to an education due to his or her race, nationality, gender, or ethnicity. This form of discrimination is unacceptable in today’s world. For some time now, this has been the issue in Kuwait. In 2014, over a thousand children were deprived of education. These children are Bidoon. According to the state authorities, Bidoon are not able to prove their nationality, and as such are neither citizens nor foreigners. Thus, the state authorities believe that since they can’t prove their nationality, their children cannot be enrolled in school.

I disagree with the authorities because it is unfair to the Bidoon. In the United States, there are so many people who are not citizens, yet their children are enrolled in public schools, as well as private. Thus, Kuwait should reconsider this decision. One thing that baffles me is how the authorities claim the Bidoon are not citizens or foreigners, yet no attempt have bee made to drive them out of the country.


Special Valentine's Wishes Just for YOU!

Submitted by Kate Meersschaert on Fri, 02/13/2015 - 5:43pm.
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Instead of my usual hard-copy valentine's, I thought would take a digital approach to wishing you all a happy Valentine's weekend! Science, sci-fi & computer sci style! ;) (Please feel-free to add your favorites too!)


Fifteen New Ways for Oysters #foodFriday

Submitted by Meredith Powers on Fri, 02/13/2015 - 5:37pm.
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Looking to whip up a delicious Valentine's Day feast? Look no further than Mrs. S T Rorer's Fifteen New Ways for Oysters! The measuring systems are a little antiquated, but a bisque of oyster sounds just as delicious today as it did in 1894.

If there's any special menu requests, Mrs Rorer and I will deliver your recipe of choice in the comments!

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