The Princeton Review Names Top Undergrad And Grad Schools To Study Game Design For 2013
The Princeton Review — one of the nation’s best-known education services companies — today issued its fourth annual report naming the schools with the best programs to study video game design. The report, “Top Schools to Study Video Game Design for 2013,” is based on a survey The Princeton Review conducted in 2012-13 of 150 programs at institutions in the U.S.A. and Canada offering video game design coursework and/or degrees… 13. Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
UGA to name residence hall after former Gov. Busbee
ATHENS, Ga. — The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia is expected at its monthly meeting on Tuesday to approve the naming of East Campus Village Residence Hall — Building No. 1512 — at the University of Georgia the “George D. Busbee Hall” in honor of the former governor and Albany resident.
60 colleges represented in national landscaping competition at Auburn University
Nearly 1,000 students show off skills during three-day event
Kristen Oliver | Opelika-Auburn News
Auburn University hosted the 37th annual Nation Collegiate Landscape Competition Thursday through Saturday as part of the PLANET Student Career Days. The three-day event culminated in an Olympic-style competition of skills Saturday, with nearly 1,000 students competing from 60 different colleges in events ranging from tree climbing, or arboriculture, to wood construction and patio installation. …Students from across the country participated in the campus-wide competition, from the University of Georgia, University of Florida and Chattahoochee Technical College to Penn State, Colorado State and Oregon State, to name a few.
‘Dr. Della’ served for decades
By Tom Corwin
He served countless thousands through decades of service, pushing for better dental care for the poor, advancing fluoridation and the use of mouthguards in sports while also helping to found the dental school at Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. Even after retirement, Dr. Vincent E. Della-Giustina left his mark through legislative service and pushing for better care for veterans in a program that now bears his name, “Dr. Della,” as he was known to thousands of patients, died Saturday. He was 94.
P2P GA Tech Computer Engineering/Lanier High
Georgia Tech helps teach local high school students how to do computer progroming through music.
UGA Foundation Fellows cover the globe over spring break
by EMILY SCHOONE
You won’t find any University of Georgia Foundation Fellows lounging on the beach this spring break. Each year, the foundation funds a trip for freshmen students to New York and Washington D.C. and an international trip for upper classmen. The sophomore and juniors had the option to spend their break in either Costa Rica or South America. The students and a team of UGA faculty members zoom in on an aspect of the culture or geography of the country by shedding their tourist status and interacting with locals.
Improved Hearing Anticipated for Implant Recipients
This 5-part series, published to coincide with Brain Awareness Week, highlights investments made by the Engineering Directorate of the National Science Foundation to develop cutting edge tools and technologies that will advance our understanding of the brain. The cochlear implant is widely considered to be the most successful neural prosthetic on the market. The implant, which helps deaf individuals perceive sound, translates auditory information into electrical signals that go directly to the brain, bypassing cells that don’t serve this function as they should because they are damaged… Despite their prevalence, cochlear implants have a long way to go before their performance is comparable to that of the intact human ear. Led by Pamela Bhatti, Ph.D., a team of researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a new type of interface between the device and the brain that could dramatically improve the sound quality of the next generation of implants. A normal ear processes sound the way a Rube Goldberg machine flips a light switch — via a perfectly-timed chain reaction involving a number of pieces and parts.
University of Georgia Develops Animal Translator System
Published by sebastianmartin
Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Georgia to develop a system of translators who can translate the language they claim animals, especially poultry. The researchers examined every sound a chicken in every situation is different and added to the database for later analysis.
House unveils amended Georgia budget plan
By RAY HENRYASSOCIATED PRESS
ATLANTA — An amended $40.9 billion budget plan in Georgia would restore what amounted to cuts for rural school districts and reduce some of the funding cuts for a school nutrition program, a ranking Republican said Monday.
State House votes to lower minimum GPA back to 2.0; Senate, Deal likely on board
Lanier Tech likely to benefit from HOPE change
By Sharon Dunten
Lawmakers in the Georgia House of Representatives voted Thursday to lower the grade-point average requirement for students seeking state HOPE grants With the change lowering the minimum GPA back to a 2.0, Lanier Technical College in Oakwood expects to see more students enrolling in the future.
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Logistics is a $15-billion industry in Georgia, and it’s still growing
Logistics doesn’t exactly get a bad rap, but you won’t hear it discussed often at parties. In its broadest sense, the term means “the handling of the details of an operation.” Once applied specifically to the military, it has come to be most associated with transport: imports and exports, switchyards, trucks and trains, last-mile connections, inventory and supply coordination, truckers and loading docks – all the components of moving goods from one place to another.
School officials weigh House gun bill
By Sarah Mueller
Local education leaders have had mixed reactions to legislation that passed out of the Georgia House of Representatives on Thursday that would allow authorized school personnel to carry guns at school. The bill applies to public and private schools ranging from elementary school to institutions of postsecondary education and local school boards.
Local legislators support state gun bill
by Winston Jones/Times-Georgia
Carroll County’s state representatives voted with the majority Thursday for the comprehensive gun bill which would allow gun carry license holders to take weapons into churches, bars, college campuses and many public buildings.
EDITORIAL: Gun bill way off target
by Rome News-Tribune
AFTER reading HB 512, which the 117 House members supporting passage must not have done, it becomes impossible to support this additional taking away of the freedom of Georgians. As strong supporters of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and its right to bear arms, it is painful but necessary to point out that this proposal is an abomination that, among other things, stomps all over other citizen freedoms as well as private-property rights.
Q&A: Ellen Dunham-Jones on retrofitting suburbia
By Christina Hernandez Sherwood
Imagine a suburban backyard swimming pool as a tilapia farm. Or rail transit on every big city corridor. That could be the future of “retrofitting suburbia,” a method of transforming existing suburban developments into sustainable, more urbanized locales. From Austin to Washington, D.C., cities across the country are already converting unused strip malls into libraries and dead suburban malls into college campuses. The future could be even more innovative. I spoke recently with Ellen Dunham-Jones, professor of architecture and urban design at the Georgia Institute of Technology and the author with June Williamson of Retrofitting Suburbia. Below are excerpts from our interview.
College Presidents in Denial
By Richard D. Kahlenberg
Some time between now and the end of June, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue its ruling in a major case challenging affirmative action policies in higher education, Fisher v. University of Texas. Many legal observers believe a conservative court will significantly curtail or even eliminate the ability of universities to use race in admissions, but according to a recent Inside Higher Ed poll, college presidents are much more confident that the decision’s impact will be minor.
Affirmative Action Helped Me
By Berneta Haynes
I’m not ashamed to admit that without affirmative action, I’m not certain I would be on the precipice of the law career that I’m at right now. As an African-American woman from a poor family, I have little doubt that affirmative action helped me get into college, earn a degree, and enroll in law school.
Why MOOCs May Drive Up Higher Ed Costs
By Joshua Kim
Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are wonderful things. We should applaud MOOCS, participate in MOOCs, teach MOOCs, and encourage our institutions to participate in the MOOC movement. MOOCs will help us improve our own courses. MOOCs will catalyze new platforms, techniques and methods to improve teaching and learning.
Bill Gates Has a Solution for Higher Education: Yoda
By John Warner
Bill Gates has diagnosed what ails higher education, and the cure is all about technology, and also Yoda. Speaking at the SXSW technology conference, as reported by CNN Money, “Gates’ main theme was personalized learning, which can be enhanced by new technology.”
Bill Gates’ classroom of the future
By Laurie Segall and Erica Fink
If you fast-forward a decade, classrooms and lessons might look a little different, according to Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) Chairman Bill Gates. Today, classes are too big. Lessons are taught the same way to dozens or hundreds of students — each of whom has different learning style. Technology can, and should, change that, Gates argues.
Georgia Work Ready program still working
by Doug Walker, Associate Editor
Georgia’s Work Ready program — designed to certify members of the workforce as ready for skilled jobs and employers as ready to hire skilled laborers — is but a shadow of its former self since American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding faded away. Pete McDonald, vice president for economic development at Georgia Northwestern Technical College, said Work Ready as he knew it under Gov. Sonny Perdue has essentially gone away.
Saving for college hits new high
Carla Caldwell, Morning Call Editor
As college tuition continues to rise, parents and grandparents are socking more money away in 529 college savings plans, reports CNN.
Guns On Campus Prove Unpopular Among College Leaders Nationwide
The Huffington Post | By Tyler Kingkade
As the national conversation continues to focus on how to address gun violence, groups like the NRA and Students For Concealed Carry have advocated publicly to allow students and faculty with concealed carry permits to bring their weapons onto campuses. But lawmakers pushing to allow guns at colleges and universities in states like Indiana, Colorado and Texas have hit a roadblock: people who work and go to school on those campuses.
Profit and the Public Good
By Paul Fain
A common lament about higher education is that it has become more of a private good than a public one, with students as consumers and colleges as businesses focused on hawking their product. But that model won’t cut it anymore, at least not for the nation’s largest regional accreditor, which in January redefined what an institution’s philosophical bottom line should be.
University of Michigan president calls on corporate America to help keep college graduates in Michigan
By KELLIE WOODHOUSE Higher education reporter
For more than 18 months, it’s been an oft-quoted figure: There are an estimated 70,000 to 80,000 unfilled jobs in Michigan because the workforce here doesn’t have enough technical skills to fill the demand. With the statistic comes the worry that Michigan can’t attract enough talent to facilitate a strong economy. While the state’s three research universities —Wayne State and Michigan State universities and the University of Michigan— produced 14,000 graduates with high-demand degrees in 2011, many of them left the state not long after walking across the commencement stage.
Colleges’ Latest Offer: Deals
Liberal-Arts Schools Dangle Bargains in Response to Concern Over Cost, Value
By DOUGLAS BELKIN and MELISSA KORN
A growing number of liberal-arts colleges are supplementing their traditional glossy brochures touting ivy-covered libraries and great-books seminars with more pecuniary pitches: Buy seven semesters, get one free. Apply today, get $2,500 cash back. Free classes after four years. The schools are adjusting their marketing to attract students at a time when families are struggling to foot the bill for college—and increasingly concerned about the potential payoff. Some of the most aggressive offers come from the most financially vulnerable schools: midtier, private institutions that are heavily dependent on tuition and sit in regions with shrinking pools of college-bound high-school seniors.
What Were They Thinking?
By Ry Rivard
While Harvard University administrators are taking heat after they secretly searched 16 residential deans’ e-mail last year in order to track down a leak, IT experts say that the right policies could have prevented the uproar.
Company Sees Opening for OER
By Carl Straumsheim
A new company is using an open-source approach to help institutions eager to phase out traditional textbooks for open education resources, but its efforts face an impediment: some instructors still believe a price drop in course materials means a similar drop in quality.