Kummers Give $300 Million to Expand Missouri U. of Science and Technology Programs (Gifts Roundup)

A roundup of notable gifts compiled by the Chronicle:

Knight Foundation

Nike co-founder Phil Knight gave $900.7 million to his and wife Penelope’s foundation. The couple primarily support scientific and medical research at the University of Oregon, Oregon Health and Science University, and other large institutions. They have also given extensively to Stanford University, where Phil Knight earned an MBA in 1962.

University of Oregon

Phil Knight gave $300 million for ongoing support for many of the university’s programs to which he has donated in recent years. With this latest gift, he and his wife, Penelope, have donated at least $1.1 billion to the university since 2007, with much of it directed to scientific research and related programs.

Phil Knight earned a journalism degree from the university in 1959 and went on to co-found Nike, the sports-apparel company.

Kummer Institute Foundation

Fred and June Kummer gave $300 million to establish

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Global Automotive Usage-Based Insurance Market | Use of Smartphone-enabled Programs to Boost the Market Growth | Technavio

Global Automotive Usage-Based Insurance Market | Use of Smartphone-enabled Programs to Boost the Market Growth | Technavio

The global automotive usage-based insurance market size is poised to grow by 37.25 million units during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 7% throughout the forecast period, according to the latest report by Technavio. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download a Free Sample of REPORT with COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery Analysis.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Automotive Usage-Based Insurance Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

The growth in smartphone-enabled programs and their usage will be a significant factor driving the growth of the automotive usage-based insurance

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Trump further targets tech-friendly work visa programs in latest immigration restrictions

The Trump administration on Tuesday outlined new rules tightening restrictions placed on guest worker visa programs, including the H-1B program favored by tech industry firms.



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The rules tighten eligibility around foreign workers, so employers must meet more stringent criteria around the jobs they’re hiring for and how much they’re paying. That may make it harder for companies to receive H-1B visas as part of the annual lottery that awards 60,000 slots to foreign workers, not including renewals. The new rules follow a June order from President Donald Trump suspending a range of guest worker visa programs through the end of the year, with the White House citing domestic job losses during the COVID-19 pandemic as the motivator.

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The tech and IT industries that rely on foreign talent now face more hiring restrictions

The Trump administration says the goal is to ensure companies

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Three New York Counties Partner with Verra Mobility to Implement School Bus Stop Arm Safety Camera Programs

Enforcement set to begin in Broome, Oneida and Orange Counties in 2021

Verra Mobility (NASDAQ: VRRM), a global leader in smart transportation, announced that it has been awarded multi-year contracts with three New York counties to deploy CrossingGuard™, an automated stop arm photo enforcement solution that enhances safety by reducing the number of vehicles that illegally pass a school bus as children enter and exit.

The recently awarded contracts include Broome County, Oneida County, and Orange County. Combined, these counties account for a total of 44 school districts, approximately 135,500 students and thousands of school buses.

The announcement comes as Verra Mobility continues its ongoing commitment to support school safety in the state. By the end of 2020, Verra Mobility is on track to have more than 1,000 school zone speed safety cameras installed in New York City, one of the largest safety camera programs in the country.

The need

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REI President Discusses Evolution of Technology, Safety Programs

A consistent theme of the virtual Bus Technology Summit is the lightning-fast progression of technology and where it is headed. Student transporters can easily get caught up in daily operations, especially in a year like this one, and forget to how far society and the industry has come in terms of advancements.

Scott Hays, president of technology provider REI, reminded attendees of this during his Tech Talk on Wednesday, day three of the online event. He explained that in the 1970s and 1980s, safety lighting consisting of amber warning lamps and flashing red lights on school bus stop-arms was evolving. In 1986, New York state became the first to require seatbelts on school buses. That same year, school bus drivers nationwide were required to obtain commercial driver licenses. All of these events have contributed to increased overall safety.

When the 2000s hit, more technology was introduced, from seamless window shields

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Science grants aim to expand diversity in UA programs

story.lead_photo.captionKassandra Salazar (left), a sophomore at the University of Arkansas from Rogers, speaks Tuesday, April 5, 2016, to a group of 11th-grade students from Heritage High School in Rogers as they walk past Old Main while on a tour of the university campus in Fayetteville.
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FAYETTEVILLE — Three separate grants of about $1 million from the National Science Foundation aim to increase diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.

The university plans to recruit a cohort of 12 doctoral students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups with help from a Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation grant award, said Jorge Almodovar, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at UA and site director for the project. Each student will receive a stipend of $32,000 and additional support.

“The heart of this project is not only

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Belarus-Russia Union State PA to discuss implementation of sci-tech programs

MOSCOW, 25 September (BelTA) – The Commission of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State of Belarus and Russia will hold a video conference on 28 September, BelTA learned from the PA press service.

MPs will take stock made in the progress of the following sci-tech programs of the Belarus-Russia Union State: “Development of complex technologies for the creation of materials, devices and key elements of space facilities and advanced products of other industries” (Technology SG); “Development of a new generation of electronic components for control and safety systems of special and dual-purpose vehicles” (Autoelectronics); “Development of innovative energy-saving technologies and equipment for the production and effective use of safe mixed feeds for valuable species of fish, fur animals and certain types of animals” (Mixed Fodder).

“The Parliamentary Assembly also exercises control over the implementation of priority areas and overriding goals aimed at further development of the Union State for

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