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The Beginner's Creed

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 00:00

We all need to learn to be expert beginners.

'Generation CS' Drives Growth in Enrollments

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 00:00

Undergraduates who understand the importance of computer science have been expanding the CS student cohort for more than a decade.

China's Tech Moguls Warn of AI's Troubling Trajectory

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:26

China has seen incredible economic and social changes over the past few decades. But could the impact of artificial intelligence take the country by surprise?

Engineering Laughter

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:07

Ajitesh Srivastava, a USC Viterbi computer science Ph.D. candidate, spends his free time entertaining crowds at L.A.'s comedy clubs.

How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:58

At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools could better serve the nation's needs.

For Google, Everything Is a Popularity Contest

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:20

When I saw that Google had introduced a "Classic Papers" section of Google Scholar, its search tool for academic journals, I couldn't help but stroke my chin professorially. Gears Up to Get 30,000 Students Psyched Up About Computer Science

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:18 recently launched a free, year-long course that is designed to provide more than 30,000 low-income students the opportunity to learn how to program.

They Were Going to Be India's Gilded Generation.

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:43

They were going to be India's gilded generation.

From the NFL to MIT: The Double Life of John Urschel

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:18

John Urschel is a doctoral candidate in math at MIT and an offensive lineman with the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.

Boys Say They're More Likely to Pursue STEM Careers Than Girls

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:00

Adolescent boys say they are more likely to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields than girls, according to a survey from Junior Achievement and EY. 

The Man Who Helped Turn Toronto Into a High-Tech Hotbed

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:06

As an undergraduate at Cambridge University, Geoffrey Everest Hinton thought a lot about the brain. He wanted to better understand how it worked but was frustrated that no field of study—from physiology and psychology to physics and chemistry—offered real answers.

Teaching Computer Science Is Great, But It's Not Enough

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:00

Although progress has been made on providing more computer science education to K-12 students, the United States is still years away from providing adequate CS education in all schools so the field can realize its full potential.

How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding for Life

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at MIT's Media Lab aim to nurture a lifelong enthusiasm for programming among young students, using the Scratch learn-to-code platform. 

Examining Intelligent Robots and Their Role in Society

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:57

An integrative studies course at Penn State will focus on the interdisciplinary nature of robots and ethics.

China Cracks Down on Fake Peer Reviews

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 13:09

The Chinese government is going on the offensive against scientists who dupe journals by creating fraudulent reviews of submitted papers.

Jennifer Rexford Announced as the 2017 NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Award Recipient

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 09:37

The award recognizes faculty members from non-profit institutions who distinguish themselves with outstanding research and excellent graduate mentoring.

The Maths of Life and Death: Our Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Disease

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 18:00

Maths is the language of science.

Can UD's Lori Pollock Revolutionize Computer-Science Education?

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 12:00

Professor Lori Pollock discusses the University of Delaware's Partner 4 Computer Science program designed to equip K-12 educators with skills for teaching students computer development.

These MIT Grads Will Serve the U.S. Armed Forces

Fri, 06/16/2017 - 10:17

A dozen 2017 graduates of MIT's Reserve Officer Training Corps received commissions in the U.S. military.

CS Education on Tablets for CS for All (#Tablets4CS for #CSforAll)

Thu, 06/15/2017 - 03:11

 If we design CS education for tablets, everyone will learn better.