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MIT Holds First Clean Earth Hackathon

Massachusetts Institute of Technology held its first Clean Earth Hackathon over the Earth Day weekend.

UC Berkeley Team Builds 'Smart' Grocery Cart With Recycled Smartphones

A team of students from the University of California Berkeley created TouchCart, a "smart" grocery cart using recycled smart phones and, in the process, won the inaugural Smartphone Encore Challenge.

Big Data Finds Support at Duke U

Duke University has received a total of $9.75 million in gifts and matching grants to sustain the Information Initiative at Duke (iiD), an interdisciplinary program to help faculty and students work on projects that pull meaning out of big data.

U Maryland Opens MakerBot Innovation Center

The University of Maryland and MakerBot have opened a MakerBot Innovation Center at the university's A. James Clark School of Engineering to provide UMD students and faculty with access to 3D printers for prototyping, model-making and small-scale creative and manufacturing projects.



HBX Teaching Business Fundamentals to Amherst Students Online

Students at Amherst College can now go online to learn the fundamentals of business, through an arrangement with Harvard Business School's HBX online education initiative.

Research: Standing Desks Keep Students Better Tuned In

Children who stand at their desks instead of sitting stay on task better, according to a new research project by a team at Texas A&M University.

Knewton and HP Introduce Customized, Personalized Print Learning Materials

Designed to make adaptive learning materials available across print and digital platforms, the system will allow publishers to create personalized print chapters of textbooks, worksheets or assignments for schools that primarily rely on print textbooks. Students can learn using printed and/or digital adaptive content.

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Upgrades Network

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center has implemented secure private network connections to eight colleges and universities.

Count of Schools Going Outside To Launch Online Degree Programs Rising

Universities are increasingly turning to outside companies to help them launch new online degree programs. In fact, higher ed research and advisory firm Eduventures has identified at least 26 companies — known as "online program management (OPM) providers" — currently operating in this space. The data comes out of a series of reports Eduventures recently published for its member institutions.

Arizona State U, edX Partner on Global Freshman Academy

Arizona State University and edX have launched the Global Freshman Academy, a new program that allows students to complete their first year of college online for credit.