The United States Army has decided that investing millions of dollars into research that examines why an outage in the power grid might cause failures in gas distribution several states over or how a malicious tweet could bring down an entire stock market system is worthwhile. The focus: to better understand behaviors of collective phenomena in complex systems — networks — and figure out how they can be controlled.
The United States Department of Education has awarded more than $2.7 million in grants to 10 colleges and universities under the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program.
A grant-funded network initiative at Rice University will be researching development of high-performance, low-power, optical networking devices and programmable packet switches at the same time it provides a new way for researchers on campus to manage the piles of data they're generating in their projects.
Harvard University will lead a new multi-institutional center for the study of quantum materials for computing. The center will also support an affiliated college network whose aim is to attract students from traditionally underrepresented groups into STEM careers.
The United States Department of Education is seeking comment on its efforts to create a rating system for colleges and universities.
The United States Department of Labor will award $474.5 million in grants to community colleges and universities in the third round of funding from the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program.
Teams led by researchers at California Institute of Technology and Pennsylvania State University have each won Expeditions in Computing awards for fundamental research in computer science.
The University of Maryland has received a grant for use of commercial product lifecycle management software from Siemens Corporation.
The United States Department of Justice has awarded a $2.3 million grant to a company in Burlington affiliated with the University of Vermont to create a National Center for Campus Public Safety.
For 36 hours beginning Sept. 20, more than 1,200 undergraduate computer programmers will descend on the University of Michigan's football stadium to participate in "the most epic hackathon," MHacks 2013.