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Archive for October, 2016

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 […]