Cornell’s First Science Communication and Public Engagement Minor Graduates Tackle Health, Racial and Medical Issues

Benjamin Fields ’20 and Serena Stern ’20 wrote to The Sun with how the science communication and public engagement minor has helped them in their post-Cornell endeavors.

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans do not believe the actual coronavirus death toll is as high as its official count. Scholars have suggested that COVID-19 health literacy is a serious and underestimated problem, making the importance of communicating science more prevalent than ever.

The science communication and public engagement minor was designed for science, technology, engineering and math majors who want to break the divide between scientists and the general public by translating complicated science concepts into more digestible terms — something that is particularly pertinent to a global pandemic.

Benjamin Fields ’20 and Serena Stern ’20 were the first two graduates to receive the science communication and public engagement minor. After graduating from Cornell, the two are now applying the skills they

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Technology Association of Georgia Announces Converge Line Up


Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) expands keynotes, announces compelling content sessions and issues call for nominations for its annual Diversity and Inclusion awards for Converge, which takes place Nov 9 – 10, 2020.

Converge is a summit for dialogue and education that convenes influencers in the emerging tech workforce culture. Converge will highlight strategies, actions and measurement techniques companies and organizations of all sizes can utilize to foster inclusion and innovation. The summit will also highlight trailblazers who are creating a powerful ethos across the technology community to keep companies globally competitive and drive innovation and Georgia’s economy.

Four Powerful Keynotes Over 2 Days
Ralph de la Vega
, founder and chairman of the De La Vega Group and former Vice Chairman of AT&T Inc. and CEO of Business Solutions & International joins Vernice “Fly Girl” Armour, America’s first African American female combat pilot

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Watch: Visual surveillance technology – The Hindu

A video on how Visual surveillance technology that help users monitor and identify people is becoming popular within homes.

Visual surveillance technology refers to all those devices that help users monitor and identify people. It includes cameras and facial recognition systems.

Offices and large residential complexes have been using CCTV cameras to monitor people but today, cameras within homes are also becoming increasingly popular.

Households are installing both outdoor and indoor security cameras. While outdoor cameras are used to recognise and keep a watch on visitors and passers-by, indoor cameras help in monitoring activities in separate rooms like baby rooms or for the elderly.

These cameras help ensure safety and they allow households to keep track of activities both outside and inside the houses.

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Telenor Pakistan Collaborates with Directorate of Science & Technology, KPK to Digitally Empower 500 Female Entrepreneurs

Staying true to its commitment of empowering societies and contributing to the country’s socio-economic uplift, Telenor Pakistan is fulfilling its pledge under World Bank’s Girls Learn Women Earn (GLWE) programme by expanding its reach to empower the underserved female entrepreneurs of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This initiative is being taken in collaboration with Creative Innovative Unit (CIU), a platform established by Directorate of Science and Technology (DoST) KPK.

The ceremony was held at CIU’s office in Peshawar, where an MoU was signed between Telenor Pakistan and Creative Innovation Unit. Madiha Parvez, Head of Corporate Innovation & Digital Education, Telenor Pakistan and Bilal Jabbar, Project Director, CIU signed on behalf of the two organisations. Zia Ullah Khan Bangash, Advisor to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Science & Technology and Information Technology, Secretary ST&IT and other representatives from both organisations were also present.

Under this agreement, Telenor Pakistan with the assistance of CIU will

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Strengthening Science, Technology and Innovation Systems for Sustainable Development in Africa

On 7 October 2020, UNESCO, represented by Mr. Jean-Yves Le Saux, Director of the Bureau of Strategic Planning, and Sweden, represented by Mr Mikael Schultz, Deputy Permanent Delegate of Sweden to UNESCO, signed a pathbreaking agreement to support science, technology and innovation in Africa. Shamila Nair-Bedouelle, Assistant Director General for the Natural Science Sector and Magnus Magnusson, representing Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director General for the Social and Human Science Sector, Pia Engstrand, Sida’s focal point for UNESCO (through virtual connection) were also present at the ceremony and will jointly oversee the implementation of this initiative.

The Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) will provide funding in the amount of 25 million Swedish kronor over two years (2020-2022) to support the first phase of a major initiative within UNESCO’s global framework for monitoring, policy support and advocacy for the Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers, adopted by the General Conference in 2017.

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Fed Govt launches new science, technology policy

Frank Ikpefan, Abuja



THE Federal Government  has launched a National Policy to reposition technical and vocational education.

The government said science and technology education would drive national growth and development.

Education Minister Malam Adamu Adamu noted that the absence of a roadmap for science and technical education had slowed the country’s pace in technological development.

Adamu, who was represented by his Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, said prior to Nigeria’s independence when science education was incorporated into the education curricula, the country was without a national policy to, specifically, direct and propel science and technical education.

“It is heartwarming that this anomaly is being addressed with the approval granted by the National Council on Education (NCE) for a national policy on Science, and Technology Education (S&TE), which is in our hands.

“This development is not only significant, but also a landmark achievement by the Federal Government . It

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Sanford Research launches science distance-learning website

In an ever increasingly digital ingrained world, no knowledge is out of reach — and that adage is one step closer to a reality with Sanford Reasearch’s newly launched digital lab for parents, teachers and students.

Sanford Research launched its first science distance-learning website in a world that has been forced to adjust to the changing times as the coronavirus pandemic forces many eager minds behind a computer screen. This resource from the Sanford PROMISE, (Program for the Midwest Initiative in Science Exploration) for parents, teachers and students is making scientific education accessible just in time for remote learning.

There is a physical PROMISE lab located in Sioux Falls, SD that has had more than 9,000 visitors. Here, students can participate in hands-on science activities and witness Sanford Research scientists in action.

To suit students unable to visit PROMISE lab, whether it be because of distance or social distancing, the

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Davenport University earns $650k in scholarships for 20 Computer Science majors with a new National Science Foundation Grant

LANSING, Mich. — Davenport University, the beneficiary of 3 National Science Foundation grants in 3 years, has been awarded a new S-STEM grant for $647,527 to recruit, retain, graduate, and prepare 20 low-income, academically talented students earning a B.S. in Computer Information Systems (CIS) or Computer Science (CS) for employment.

Over the next five years, twelve students will enter as freshmen and receive scholarship support for four years, and eight transfer students will enter as juniors and receive scholarships for two years. Using a cohort-based model, Davenport will utilize flexible delivery of courses and mentoring to a­­ssist and promote success for students who have intermittent external conflicts that pose barriers to consistent in-person attendance.

S-STEM scholars will receive an average of $7,000 annually, not to exceed unmet need. The scholarships funds are applied towards their two or four-year tuition costs for a total savings of between $14,000 and $28,000, respectively.

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Vernier Software & Technology Launches a New Sensor to Support the Development of STEM Skills and Environmental Literacy | News

BEAVERTON, Ore., Oct. 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Vernier recently launched the new Go Direct® Weather System to engage students in hands-on data collection as they learn important environmental science concepts. This affordable wireless sensor can be used in the classroom or out in the field to help middle school, high school, and college-level students investigate and analyze a variety of environmental factors.

“This new sensor for environmental science provides an affordable way for STEM educators to engage their students in data collection as they explore the science of natural phenomena,” said John Wheeler, CEO of Vernier Software & Technology. “The Go Direct Weather System is notable because students can collect and analyze multiple types of environmental data using just one compact system.”

The two-part Go Direct Weather System consists of the Go Direct Weather sensor and the Go Direct Weather Vane. The handheld weather sensor is used

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A new solution to helping kids have fun with science at home

Two of our bright minds in Detroit are on a mission. Dr. Alecia Gabriel and Dierdre Roberson, two scientists who graduated from Cass Tech High School, want to enrich the lives of young teens and preteens in our community and help diversify the field of science. To do this, the duo created a fun new experience in a box called The Lab Drawer. They joined Tati Amare via to Skype talk about the box which can be delivered to your home.

The goal of The Lab Drawer is to help kids have fun learning STEAM, or science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. The box is geared to kids aged 10-14 and according to Gabriel and Roberson, it helps kids connect the science they experience every day to scientific principles. Each box, which is delivered monthly and costs $44.99, involves a fun creative activity that kids can do. For example, the

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