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AI Assistant Supports Student Recruitment

A company that specializes in "conversational" artificial intelligence for sales professionals just turned its attention to the realm of higher education: Conversica has launched a version of its service specifically for helping the admissions department. Admissions Assistant can help by contacting and engaging prospective students through e-mail as part of the recruitment and admissions processes.

The Future of Work When Machines Take It Over

Will we humans lose more jobs than we gain when machines take over the world of work, or will it be just the opposite? According to the latest report from the World Economic Forum, we can expect a "net positive outlook for jobs." While about half of today's jobs will remain "stable" up to 2022, the rest will need to undergo adaptation through reskilling and upskilling.

U Conn Students Work Hands-on with Data Analytics and IoT Through Aquaponics Project

With more employers looking for specialized skill sets, the University of Connecticut's Operations and Information Management Innovate initiative is working to give students real-life experience with 3D printing, internet of things, virtual reality and microcontrollers. In 2018, the program started to work with the university's Spring Valley Student Farm to deploy sensors and data analytics to help monitor real-time conditions in its aquaponics greenhouse.

New Facility at Oklahoma State Advances Engineering Learning

An Oklahoma university has opened the doors to a new facility that includes 23 engineering science and project labs, including four the size of basketball courts. Plus a two-story test space, the "Arena," will host student technology projects — autonomous vehicles, unmanned aircraft and robotics systems — and allow for industry demonstrations. Described as a combination "makerspace" and "learning laboratory," Oklahoma State University's new Endeavor building is intended to help engineering, architecture and technology students gain interdisciplinary experience with hands-on learning that's aligned to industry needs.



Upcoming Events, Webinars & Calls for Papers (Week of Oct. 1, 2018)

Upcoming events include Construct3D, Blockchain in Education West, the Internet2 2018 Technology Exchange and W.C.E.T. 30th Annual Meeting.

National Science Foundation Invests in Tribal STEM Education

The National Science Foundation is establishing four centers focusing on science and engineering at tribal colleges and universities.

Massachusetts Working to Close Cybersecurity Skills Gap

Massachusetts is investing in entry-level cybersecurity job skills with the award of grants to three institutions through the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Workforce Challenge.

Making College Affordable Remains a High Priority in Washington

More states are providing free college tuition, but equity concerns remain when it comes to the costs of textbooks, transportation and housing.

Latest JDK Release Adds Support for TLS 1.3 and HTTP/2

Java 11 is here. With the latest JDK release release come several developer productivity enhancements, along with new support for modern cryptographic and Internet standards, including TLS 1.3 and HTTP/2.

AWS Appliance Connects On-Premises Apps to AWS Storage Services

Amazon Web Services has put its Storage Gateway — for connecting on-premises applications to AWS storage services — into a hardware appliance.

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