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25By Nancy Badertscher
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Twenty-five middle school girls from the Cobb County school district are taking part in a week-long camp, offering hands-on experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and a chance to engage with academic leaders and women working in STEM careers. The program, GE Girls @ Georgia Tech is sponsored by the Atlanta GE Women’s Network, in collaboration with Georgia Tech Women in Engineering. “Inspiring girls in fun ways is our primary goal …,” said Candy Carson, CFO of GE Energy Management. middle school girls attend STEM camp

Lambert’s Wilhelm ‘ready’ for GCSU
By John McWilliams
Lambert centerback Emily Wilhelm signed her letter of intent to play soccer for (Div. II) Georgia College and State University. Wilhelm said the most important and luring aspect of GCSU was its nursing school. “They have a really good nursing program there that I really liked,” Wilhelm said. “I want to get involved with the community and excel in the nursing program.
New office for UGA president may exceed estimates
Brad Mannion
Although construction already began on the third floor room of the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries for University of Georgia President Michael Adams, plans of what was estimated to be a $25,000 renovation changed. Fortunately, no additional funding will be needed to renovate Adams’s new office space located in the Main Library on North Campus. “Basically, what we’re doing is moving that $25,000 cost over to the space in the Main Library that is being built out,” said Tim Burgess, senior vice president for finance and administration. “We’ll use that $25,000 to furnish the space and renovate the space that will be his new office.” Unfortunately, the work in the Russell building that will be taken down will cost additional funds — funds estimated in the thousands.

UGA researchers examine dog deaths for clues to human health
Spayed or neutered dogs live longer than intact dogs and small dogs live longer than big ones. Just why, though, isn’t clear. Researchers at the University of Georgia are beginning to crack that mystery. Digging through dog death documents, they’ve come up with clues they hope can eventually reveal explanations of dog death and give insight into the maladies that kill humans.
Are hackers hiding in your iPhone charger?
By Kristen Miranda
Good-guy hackers have found a new vulnerability in an iPhone charger. The good news is they’re giving their findings to other good guys to resolve the problem. Our Cyber Expert Theresa Payton answers your questions about the research and the results. Her thoughts are below:
1. Who created the hack?
A group of good guy researchers are at it again and this time they are at the Georgia Institute of Technology. In a recent announcement they said they can turn your iPhone charger into a stealth malicious code monster that can hack your phone. The good guys will talk about how the hack works at a security conference.
Ga.Tech: 9 scientifically proven ways to build Twitter followers
Ga.Tech: 9 scientifically proven ways to build Twitter followers
A team at Georgia Tech studied 500,000 tweets fired off by 500 Twitter users over 15 months and followed up with a blueprint of scientifically proven methods Twitter users can use to increase followers, reports
The Georgia Tech recommendations, in descending order of importance:

Do Students Really Want to Take Online Courses?
by Daniel Luzer
Despite extensive hype about the future of online education, most students prefer to continue to take real courses. According to an article by Devin Karambelas in USA Today: Despite the rapid growth of online learning, many college students say they still prefer the traditional classroom setting. According to results of a new national research study, 78% of more than 1,000 students surveyed still believe it is easier to learn in a classroom. But you can’t always get what you want. While some critics of Georgia Institute of Technology’s plan to offer an all-MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) master’s degree in computer science refer to the proliferation of online courses as “a dystopian nightmare of monoculture,” colleges don’t seem to be listening.
An alternative to college?
In the 20th century, America shifted from an agrarian society to a manufacturing society, and as a result the education requirements for a job went up: Workers needed to be able to follow directions, mathematically calculate with numbers while working machines, communicate with their co-workers and read training materials. A high school degree became the minimum job educational requirement. Because the demand for an educated workforce was so strong, GED tests were introduced in the 1940s to test for equivalences of a high school diploma level of knowledge for those who were not able to complete a high school degree — either because of a person’s age, life circumstance or choices earlier in life — to bring these individuals into the new educated workforce. In the 21st century, America has shifted to a service economy, but it is a high-skill, not a low-skill, service economy.
A Massive Burden
By Samantha Harris
Earlier this month, the federal Departments of Education and Justice reached an agreement with the University of Montana following an investigation into the university’s compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 — an agreement that the agencies have said should serve as a “blueprint” for colleges and universities. The administrative burden of following this blueprint is so great that it seems as if the federal government has forgotten that universities exist for a purpose other than sheltering 18-to-21-year-olds from offensive speech.
Freedom of Speech Lives On
By Andrea Stagg
“Holding Colleges Responsible” is the latest example in a slew of articles – many of them quoting the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education – that are meant to alarm anyone with a voice, and the author’s use of selective quotes out of the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights’s response to FIRE only fans the flame. At issue is whether the Education Department’s enforcement of a law and guidance that are designed to promote compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and prevent sexual harassment put free speech at risk.
The Answer Sheet By Valerie Strauss
Study: Math requirements not aligned with Common Core in many states
In a new sign that schools are not ready to fully embrace the Common Core State Standards, a report concludes that the large majority of states that have adopted the Core have not adjusted their math high school graduation requirements to meet the standards. The report, issued by Change the Equation and the National School Boards Association’s Center for Public Education and called “Out of Sync: Many Common Core states have yet to define a Common Core-worthy diploma,” found that 10 states plus the District of Columbia — out of the 45 that adopted the Core — have yet to align their math sequences of courses and graduation requirements to standards. And it says that even the 13 states that seem to be aligned with the Core in regards to math still have “much to work to do to ensure that their high school course sequence and content is truly aligned to the standards.”
Get Schooled with Maureen Downey
In declaring war on Common Core, Cobb is also attacking state standards
This is what I don’t get about Cobb County’s antipathy toward Common Core: Georgia standards are Common Core. There have been several evaluations of how well Common Core aligns with state standards, including a report released just this week. The report, “Out of Sync: Many Common Core States Have Yet to Define a Common Core-worthy Diploma,” found that of the 45 states that have voluntarily adopted Common Core, only 11 have aligned their graduation requirements in mathematics with those standards. And Georgia is one of them. The above map from the report shows this quite clearly.

Education News
Cobb school board reignites Common Core debate following outcry
The debate over Common Core standards — and a recent Cobb County school board decision not to buy textbooks related to those standards — sparked another heated debate among board members Wednesday. Board members accused their administrative staff of putting out misinformation to sabotage the board’s actions, referring to an email recently sent by a senior-level administrator that urged people to protest the decision not to purchase textbooks. Common Core refers to a set of national standards embraced by Georgia, 44 other states, the District of Columbia and a pair of U.S. territories. The standards, created by an independent nonprofit, were not mandated by the U.S. Department of Education, but are supported by the Obama administration. Advocates of Common Core say the standards will better prepare students for colleges and careers and will ensure that students in all states learn the same academic concepts in the same grades.
Partnership Programs Make College a Reality for First-Generation Students
by Jamaal Abdul-Alim
Even though college is several years away for 15-year-old Alex Martinez, the New Jersey high school freshman has already gotten a taste of college life. …Martinez — a freshman at the Health Sciences Technology High School in New Brunswick — is getting his college experience through a program called Rutgers Future Scholars. Through the program, each year, 200 first-generation college students from families of lesser economic means in New Brunswick, Camden, Piscataway and Newark are selected to participate in pre-college activities beginning the summer before eighth grade. The pre-college activities include college entrance exam preparation, mentoring from Rutgers students and campus visits. Perhaps more notably, those who complete the pre-college activities and are deemed “admissible” get free tuition to Rutgers.
Shift on Agents
By Elizabeth Redden
A special commission studying the use of commission-based recruitment of international students has urged the National Association for College Admission Counseling to lift a ban on the practice, while at the same time discouraging it. In a pre-release version of the commission report obtained by Inside Higher Ed, NACAC’s Commission on International Student Recruitment recommends that the association’s policies be amended to stipulate that members “should not” (but not “may not,” as is currently the case) provide incentive-based compensation in international student recruiting.
Mind the Gap
By Paul Fain
The percentage of adults who will hold a college degree in 2025 is projected to hit 48 percent, far short of what is needed to reach the Lumina Foundation’s 60 percent goal for degree- and certificate-holders. So to stay on track to achieve that “big goal,” the foundation today announced a set of 10 incremental targets to hit by 2016.
Data Reveal a Rise in College Degrees Among Americans
WASHINGTON — The number of Americans graduating from college has surged in recent years, sending the share with a college degree to a new high, federal data shows. The surge follows more than two decades of slow growth in college completion, which caused the United States to fall behind other countries and led politicians from both parties, including President Obama, to raise alarms.
AAUP Sees MOOCs as Spawning New Threats to Professors’ Intellectual Property
By Peter Schmidt
Colleges broadly threaten faculty members’ copyrights and academic freedom in claiming ownership of the massive open online courses their instructors have developed, Cary Nelson, a former president of the American Association of University Professors, argued here on Wednesday at the group’s annual conference. In the meeting’s opening address, Mr. Nelson characterized the debate at colleges over who owns the rights to faculty members’ MOOCs as part of a broader battle over intellectual property that’s being waged on America’s campuses. At stake, he said, is not just the ability of faculty members to profit from their own writings or inventions, but the future of their profession.

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Get 4-Year Credits With Online Community College Classes
When finances are tight, consider earning transfer credits through online community college courses.
In 2005, Stanley Hicks started his slow and steady slog toward completing an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering. He enrolled at Indiana University-Purdue University—Indianapolis, a regional campus of both schools, and spent the next eight years working while he studied. At first Hicks, who financed his own education, could afford the courses. But then his budget got tight. Now he’s finishing his four-year degree though online courses at Indiana’s Ivy Tech Community College. “At IUPUI some classes, with fees, are 1,200 bucks,” says Hicks. “At Ivy Tech, the same class is $400.” Hicks, now 45, is one of many students across the country who are accumulating credits toward a four-year degree through online courses from community colleges.
‘We Are Not Dancing Bears’
By Chris Parr for Times Higher Education
The man behind the Rate Your Lecturer website, which encourages British university students to publicly praise or censure their teachers, has defended the project against a glut of criticism from academics.
Michael Bulman, founder of the site, said he believed it would “help to redress the balance” between teaching and research in British universities, adding that too many institutions held the latter in higher regard than the former — to the detriment of students.
Emory University launches drug commercialization venture
Urvaksh Karkaria
Staff Writer-Atlanta Business Chronicle
Emory University has launched a public-private drug development enterprise that will transition scientific discoveries more rapidly and efficiently from university laboratories into the marketplace. The new venture is expected to help address worldwide drug development and commercialization needs. Drug Innovation Ventures at Emory, LLC (DRIVE) is a not-for-profit company separate from, but wholly owned by Emory.
College merger will be beneficial for companies
by Jared Hunt
Daily Mail Business Editor
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Bridgemont Community and Technical College and Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College leaders said Tuesday the pending merger of the two schools will provide significant benefits to local employers. “The primary focus of this new institution is going to be on the delivery of service to business and industry in the region,” Kanawha Valley Community and Technical College President Joseph Badgley told members of the South Charleston Economic Development Authority. Badgley and his Bridgemont counterpart, Dr. Beverly Jo Harris, told local business leaders the combined schools will be better equipped to provide a diverse range of training programs for local companies.
Senate committee approves bill updating federal education law
By Lyndsey Layton
On a party line vote, a Senate committee approved a bill Wednesday to update the country’s main federal education law by erasing some of its most punitive aspects. The Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions voted 12 to 10 on the bill filed by chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), with Democrats defeating nearly every amendment Republicans offered. The two parties have been at loggerheads over the appropriate role of the federal government in K-12 public education.