New OECD report slams computers — and actually says why they can hurt learning

By Cathie Norris and Elliot Soloway

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) just released a comprehensive study of the use of computers in the classrooms in 70 countries. The data in the study looked at the performance, in 2012, of 15 year-olds on the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) test. The test asks questions in science, reading and mathematics. Answering these questions requires thinking...

Wrapping our heads around the Trump effect

Tue, Sep 15, 2015 - 9:21am

by Rhonda Fanning

An estimated 20,000 people packed into the American Airlines Center last night to see The Donald live in Dallas, Texas.

Politico reported that tickets sold out so fast, scalpers were selling pairs of passes online for $200.

But there was one line that seemed to go right over the heads of the producers picking the sound bites. As the talking heads furrow their brows to explain how Donald Trump is “winning” – as he puts it – and as political analysts twist to account...

Dr. Vladimir Shulaev Joins PREMIER Biosoft International Scientific Advisory Board To Further The Development Of Software Solutions For Metabolomics And Lipidomics Research

Tue, Sep 15, 2015 - 10:32am

Palo Alto, California – September 15, 2015, PREMIER Biosoft today announced that Dr. Vladimir Shulaev, PhD, has joined its Science Advisory Board (SAB) to assist the company in its efforts to develop software solutions to automate the mass spectrometry based metabolite and lipid profiling and quantitation methodologies. 

In a statement, Chief Executive Officer at PREMIER Biosoft, Arun Apte said, "Dr. Vladimir's extraordinary accomplishment in developing metabolomics techniques and applying high-throughput metabolite profiling to study stress response in microorganisms, plants and animals brings immense value to our...

Trump makes appeals to pride

Tue, Sep 15, 2015 - 5:00am

by Dalton LaFerney

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump made a campaign stop in Dallas on Monday night, speaking before a packed house at the American Airlines Center.

Trump, who is leading most national polls so far this campaign cycle, jabbed his opponents, criticized the news media and rallied support for his most prominent policy ideas, receiving the most thunderous applause when he reminded the crowd of his plan to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

“You are going to be, if I’m elected president, so proud of your country again,” Trump said.

He spoke as activists outside marched in...

NSF issues 12 new awards in support of the Global City Teams Challenge

The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced 12 new projects–a commitment of $2.5 million–to help enable a vision for smart and connected cities and communities at a White House event today.

These awards support NSF-funded researchers at universities across the U.S. to participate in the 2015 Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC), an activity launched in 2014 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to showcase smart technologies with the potential to transform cities and communities around the world.

The NSF awards allow teams of researchers, often from multiple institutions, to develop novel...