Archive for October, 2016

October 31, 2016

October 31, 2016 | Daily Brief

NY Times: Paul Beatty Wins Man Booker Prize With “The Sellout”

October 28, 2016 | CUNY in the News

Paul Beatty’s novel “The Sellout,” a blistering satire about race in America, won the Man Booker Prize on Tuesday, marking the first time an American writer has won the award. The five Booker judges, who were unanimous in their decision, cited the novel’s inventive comic approach to the thorny issues of racial identity and injustice. […]

POLITICO: CUNY asks city for big bump in senior college support

October 28, 2016 | CUNY in the News

CUNY asks city for big bump in senior college support By CONOR SKELDING 10/26/16 06:49 PM EDT The City University of New York is asking for a 179.6 percent increase in city funding for its senior colleges in its next fiscal year. The board’s FY2017-2018 budget request, approved Wednesday night, seeks $58 million more than […]

NY Times: If Diamonds Are Forever, Your Data Could Be, Too

October 28, 2016 | CUNY in the News, Science

If you wear a diamond on your finger, it likely has flaws, even if you can’t see them. Don’t blame your partners for your flawed engagement rings, thank them. You could be flaunting the future of data storage on your digits. A paper published Wednesday in Science Advances shows how diamonds can be harnessed to […]

PHYS.ORG: Common cuckoo and warbler eggshells undergo similar levels of eggshell thinning

October 28, 2016 | CUNY in the News, Science

As avian embryos develop, they draw needed calcium from the inner most layer of their eggshell, which in turn thins the eggshell and facilitates hatching. Yet, parasitic cuckoos, which lay their eggs in nests of other bird species (hosts), must maintain thick eggshells to avoid pecking and ejection by the sharp beaks of the foster […]

Science Daily: Halloween candy deconstructed: Ingredients of a few popular Halloween candies

October 28, 2016 | Science

It Halloween time. The costumes, the candy, the candy, the candy, and lots of it. Maybe it’s time to forget the calories for a movement and take a look at the ingredients. Charles Platkin, PhD, MPH, Executive Director of the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College takes a look at a few […]

Poytner: With new funding, CUNY wants to invent J-School 2.0

October 28, 2016 | CUNY in the News

The journalism industry is changing quickly. And journalism schools often are slow to catch up. That’s according to Jeff Jarvis, the director of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. At many journalism schools, Jarvis said, it can take three years to get a new course into the curriculum. […]

PHYS.ORG: Defects in diamond: A unique platform for optical data storage in 3-D

October 28, 2016 | CUNY in the News, Science

In the world of big data, there are limitations on how to store large volumes of information. Typical home-computer hard disk drives consume a lot of power and are limited to a few terabytes per drive. Optical storage media like DVD and Blu-ray are energy efficient and cheap, but storage densities are very low due […]

NY Observer: Dr. Michio Kaku on Wormholes, Entanglement and a Theory Of Everything

October 28, 2016 | CUNY in the News

Theoretical physicists Leonard Susskind of Stanford University and Juan Maldacenaof the Institute for Advanced Study put forth the proposal in a 2013 paper that wormholes and entanglement describe the same thing. Wormholes are theoretical shortcuts between distant regions of space and time that are predicted by the theory of general relativity, first proposed by Albert […]

Inside Higher Education: EDUCAUSE HULK tells the story behind his popular Twitter feed

October 28, 2016 | CUNY in the News

For many of the thousands who attend Educause’s annual meeting each year, a highlight is reading the Twitter feed called EDUCAUSE HULK (in all caps, as are his tweets). He has been documenting and gently mocking the meeting since 2010. And while he’s not completely secretive about his identity (which can be found online), he […]

UW Blog: New NSF initiative to bring ‘real world’ mathematics to elementary education

October 28, 2016 | Science, Uncategorized

The National Science Foundation will fund a three-year, $1.5 million research project to study teaching and learning of mathematical modeling in elementary education. Julia Aguirre, an associate professor of mathematics education at the University of Washington Tacoma, is one of four principal investigators leading the endeavor. “Mathematical modeling is a process of using mathematics to […]

October 27, 2016

October 27, 2016 | Daily Brief

October 25, 2016

October 27, 2016 | Daily Brief

Live Science: Coral ‘Twilight Zone’ Reveals New Type of Photosynthesis

October 26, 2016 | CUNY in the News, Science

More than 200 feet (60 meters) below the ocean’s surface, where the water is cold and only about 1 percent of the daylight above penetrates, is a dim, blue world filled with little-understood creatures. Now, researchers have discovered that the corals that inhabit this “twilight zone” have a never-before-seen adaptation that enables them to eke […]

NY Times: The Problem for Women Is Not Winning. It’s Deciding to Run

October 26, 2016 | Science

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York first decided she wanted to be a senator when she was 7 or 8. Two decades later, as a law firm associate, she went to an event featuring the first lady, Hillary Clinton, and heard her speech as a personal call to public service. So Ms. Gillibrand — after […]

DNAinfo: Anti-Gentrification Work Helped LES Bounce Back Faster After Sandy: Study

October 26, 2016 | CUNY in the News, Science

The low-income communities of the Lower East Side and the Rockaways both suffered extensive damage from Superstorm Sandy four years ago. But advocates on the Lower East Side were able to engage more effectively in post-storm resiliency efforts than their counterparts in Queens because they already had a robust network of community activism in place from […]

Science Daily: Analytics developed to predict poll trends

October 26, 2016 | CUNY in the News, Science

As the countdown continues to the Presidential election, new analytical tools by physicists at The City College of New York promise a quicker and remarkably accurate method of predicting election trends with Twitter. Hern´an A. Makse, Alexandre Bovet and Flaviano Morone have developed analytic tools combining statistical physics of complex networks, percolation theory, natural language […]

Penn State: Studying the effects of incarceration on women and their families

October 26, 2016 | Science

The number of women in prison has increased dramatically in the last several decades, yet there is little research into women’s experiences in prison and how it affects their families. Derek Kreager, professor of sociology and criminology at Penn State, and a multi-institutional team of researchers will explore the prison and re-entry experiences of women […]

Bustle: Who Is Paul Betty? The 2016 Man Booker Nominee Is Just As Complex As His Prose

October 26, 2016 | Alumni

Although many of the authors whose books were nominated have enjoyed years, or even decades, of publishing success, you won’t find anyone as familiar as Stephen King or J.K. Rowling on the 2016 Man Booker Prize shortlist. So, if you saw The Sellout and wondered,Who is Paul Beatty?, you’re not alone.

Diverse Issues in Higher Education: Expert: Non-Whites Must Flex Growing Political Muscle Now

October 26, 2016 | Books

Based on longstanding efforts to squelch their voice at the polls, people of color in the United States must prepare themselves for the political power they stand to gain through population increase—or risk being ruled by a White minority like the old apartheid system in South Africa. That was the warning that Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, […]