Science, Technology, Engineering & Math


U Michigan Hackathon Set To Draw More Than 1,200 Competitors

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.

High-Performance Computing Sees Surge, Led by Sub-$500,000 Systems

The lower end of the high-performance computing segment saw a double-digit surge in the second quarter of 2013, helping to propel HPC as a whole to a 34.7 percent increase in systems delivered from the same period a year ago.

MIT Gets Bundle To Research Brains, Minds, and Machines

MIT has just received a five-year, $25 million grant specifically to study how human intelligence emerges from brain activity. The National Science Foundation made the award to fund creation of a multi-institutional research facility called the Center for Brains, Minds and Machines.

U Houston Joins OpenMP Consortium

The University of Houston has joined the OpenMP Consortium, a group of research organizations and hardware and software vendors working together to create the OpenMP API specification for shared-memory parallel programming.

First STEMx MOOC Takes Place Sept. 19–21

The International Society for Technology in Education will host the 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference, a MOOC dedicated to STEMx educators.



Mercy College Establishes Intensive STEM Teacher Initiative with $1.5 Million NSF Grant

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded nearly $1.5 million to Mercy College in New York. The college will use the grant to establish the Mercy College Intensive STEM Teacher Initiative (MISTI).

$2 Million NSF STEP Grant Funds STEM Student Retention Efforts at UC Riverside

University of California, Riverside is receiving about $2 million to support efforts to retain students in science, technology, engineering, and math, especially underrepresented students. The funding is being provided through the National Science Foundation's STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP).

Student Underwater Robotics Competition Promotes STEM Learning

More than 50 student teams participated in the 12th-annual MATE international student underwater robotics competition, which challenged students to design and build a remotely operated underwater vehicle that can "deploy scientific instruments and remove biofouling organisms from existing equipment installed on the seafloor, among other tasks.

Vernier, Variable Bring Sensor Platform to STEM Classrooms

Vernier has partnered with Variable to bring the latter company's iPad-based modular wireless sensor platform, Node, to science classrooms.

NSF Pumps $20 Million into Cybersecurity Research Projects

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has granted Frontier awards totalling nearly $20 million to three multi-university research projects that seek to develop technical solutions to improve computer security.