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Conte Elected IEEE Computer Society President; Bader Joins Society Board

Professor Tom Conte of the School of Computer Science this week was elected as the 2014 president-elect of the Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Additionally, Professor David Bader of the School of Computational Science and Engineering was tapped to join the society’s Board of Governors.

A Georgia Tech study of June 2012 activity on Pinterest found that the most common verbs on the social network were "use," "look," "want," and "need," highlighting its potential as a shopping tool. Source: Business Insider

The expansion of online delivery has led some to believe that universities will be able to scale up their classes and reduce their costs per student. While this will happen in a few cases—Georgia Tech is now offering an online computer science master's for $6,600—it won't transform the university cost structure. Source: Wall Street Journal

 Michael Best, a Georgia Tech professor who coordinated the study, said the findings highlighted a paradox about the concept of digital natives, a term that is often bandied about for marketing purposes. Source: The New York Times

 

Georgia Tech Exploits Big Data to Accelerate Materials Design, Manufacture
Lumina Taps Rich DeMillo among Inaugural Fellows

The Lumina Foundation recently appointed Distinguished Professor Rich DeMillo, director of the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) at Georgia Tech, as one of its inaugural Lumina Fellows.  The Lumina Foundation is the nation’s largest private foundation dedicated exclusively to increasing students’ access to and success in postsecondary education. 

Where in the World are Young People Using the Internet?

According to a new study, only 30 percent of the world’s youth population between the ages of 15 and 24 years old has been active online for at least five years. In South Korea, 99.6 percent of young people are active, the highest percentage in the world.

Last spring, the Georgia Institute of Technology announced a deal with Udacity to deliver a master’s degree in computer science online for less than $7,000 in tuition, supported by a $2 million grant from AT&T. Naturally enough, the telecom firm hopes to hire some of the program’s graduates. Source: Inside Higher Ed

In our increasingly “busy” lives, we want to pursue as many opportunities as we can without having their qualities devalued and online courses allow us to do that. Georgia Tech sees it that way too: it offers an entire masters program that you can earn through MOOCs. Source: USA Today

As wearable technologies proliferate, humans will need to adapt, said Georgia Tech professor Thad Starner. He advises Google on its glasses, which are lightweight frames equipped with a hidden camera and tiny display that responds to voice commands. Source: Associated Press

 

The Lumina Foundation has appointed Distinguished Professor Rich DeMillo, director of the Center for 21st Century Universities, one of four Lumina Fellows. The Lumina Fellows will work to advance the Foundation's 2013 to 2016 Strategic Plan by analyzing issues and recommending solutions, using their national media presence to influence the dialogue around issues of importance to Goal 2025, a call for the nation to create a workforce in which 60 percent of Americans have a high quality postsecondary education credential by 2025.

Hundreds of Tech Students Swarm College of Computing Career Fair