National University Taps A.I. Platform to Boost Student Engagement through Online Discussion

LA JOLLA, Calif., Dec. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — National University, a nonprofit institution with a 50-year history of serving veterans, educators, and working adults, today announced an ambitious initiative designed to use artificial intelligence (AI) to create more engaging, effective online discussions. The effort, which is now in a pilot phase, is made possible through a partnership with Packback, an inquiry-driven learning platform that provides students with real-time feedback and guidance to drive deeper engagement with course content.

“Even before the pandemic, staying engaged in online classes often posed a challenge for adult learners balancing the demands of school, work, and family,” said Dr. Gangaram Singh, executive vice president and provost of National University. “As COVID-19 continues to exacerbate those challenges, it’s more important than ever that we double down on new tools and strategies to not only build community for remote learners—but also improve academic

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St. John’s University taps ex-Providence head as new president

St. John’s University tapped the Rev. Brian Shanley — the former long-time head of Providence College — to lead the New York Catholic institution amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I have long admired St. John’s commitment to the founding mission set forth by the Vincentian community to provide a Catholic education for first-generation students in a diverse and inclusive environment. I look forward to leading our community to remain committed to that mission amidst the unique challenges of the current times,” Shanley said.

Shanley, 62, a member of the Dominican order, will take over Feb. 1 for the beginning of the spring semester.

Shanley replaces Conrado “Bobby” Gempesaw, SJU’s first lay president in its 144-year-history, who announced his retirement in June after six years at the helm.

Like other colleges, St. John’s — the nation’s second largest Catholic University with 20,000 students and its main campus located in Queens — is

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Gov. Ron DeSantis taps Tampa investment firm leader for university oversight board

Gov. Ron DeSantis this week appointed Ken Jones, the head of a Tampa investment firm, to the Florida Board of Governors, which oversees the state university system.

a couple of people that are standing in front of a building: Ken Jones, named this week to the Florida Board of Governors, speaks at a 2013 news conference about the economic impact of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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Ken Jones, named this week to the Florida Board of Governors, speaks at a 2013 news conference about the economic impact of the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Jones runs Third Lake Partners and is set to join the Board of Governors upon confirmation from the Florida Senate. He is a former practicing lawyer and served as the CEO of the host committee that brought the 2012 Republican National Convention to Tampa. He was recently named to the executive committee of the 2021 Super Bowl Host Committee.

The Board of Governors directs policy for Florida’s many public universities, including the University of Florida, Florida State University and the University of South Florida. This year, members have

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Harrisburg University Taps Skills Training Platform to Expand Access to Healthcare Careers

HARRISBURG, Pa., Nov. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Harrisburg University today announced the launch of an ambitious initiative designed to create new pathways to in-demand healthcare careers for workers and job-seekers across the state. Designed in partnership with SCPa Works and offered through the pioneering skills training provider Penn Foster, the new program will equip students with the skills to succeed in allied health careers as demand for healthcare workers accelerates throughout the region.

“As the economic downturn caused by the pandemic continues, it will take fresh thinking and new ideas to help individuals across the state get back to work,” said Geoffrey M. Roche, Executive Director, Strategic Healthcare Initiatives and Partnerships, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology. “We’re bringing together leading-edge technology and career-aligned training to not only help the region’s employers close critical talent gaps, but also accelerate economic mobility for Pennsylvania workers.”

Even before the outbreak

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White House taps second controversial scientist to steer major U.S. climate change report

A second Trump Administration political appointee who questions the seriousness of global warming has been assigned a key role in the program that oversees the Federal government’s definitive report on climate change.

a fish swimming under water: This enhanced satellite image made available by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Florence, upper left, in the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 11, 2018. (NOAA via AP)

This enhanced satellite image made available by NOAA shows Tropical Storm Florence, upper left, in the Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 11, 2018. (NOAA via AP)

Ryan Maue, the newly-installed chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has been detailed to the White House where he will have an oversight role at the U.S. Global Change Research Program, which carries out the climate report.


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Maue’s move was confirmed by two NOAA officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Maue joins climate skeptic David Legates, a meteorologist who claims that excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is good for plants

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White House taps mainstream climate scientist Betsy Weatherhead to run key report

Weatherhead, who has decades of experience as a climate scientist in the academic and private sectors, accepts human-induced climate change is happening and is a serious physical, ecological and economic threat.

Her appointment stands in sharp contrast to two recent high-level political hires at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), David Legates and Ryan Maue, who are on the record challenging the seriousness of climate change. It also is in contrast to the climate change views of President Trump, who downplays humans’ role in causing global warming, despite the scientific consensus on the topic.

Weatherhead’s appointment was verified by one current and one former senior official at NOAA. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity, because they were not authorized to speak on the matter.

Unlike several past climate assessment directors, she has not previously held a position in the federal government but has worked extensively with scientists and

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Murphy taps Morris County leader as education commissioner

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday he was nominating Angelica Allen-McMillan to be the state’s next education commissioner.

The appointment comes as the states’ more than 600 school districts work through the COVID-19 outbreak, with many holding online-only or hybrid lessons.

“She is an exemplary educator and I’m confident she is the leader we need to carry our school communities through the remainder of this pandemic and beyond,” Murphy, a Democrat, said.

Allen-McMillan will succeed Lamont Repollet, who announced his plan to leave over the summer to take the top post at Kean University. Kevin Dehmer has been serving as interim commissioner since Repollet’s departure.

Allen-McMillan currently serves at the superintendent of Morris County schools, where she’s served since 2018.

The state’s education commissioner must be confirmed by the state Senate. The commissioner oversees the state Education Department, conducts statewide tests and is in

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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft successfully taps an asteroid in attempt to a grab sample

This afternoon, a NASA spacecraft more than 200 million miles from Earth successfully touched the surface of an asteroid, in an attempt to grab a handful of pebbles and dust from the space rock. Data from the spacecraft confirmed that the vehicle did indeed touch the asteroid today, but NASA won’t know until tomorrow if it actually snagged a sample of material.

“Touchdown declared,” a mission controller announced when the team received data of the maneuver. “Sampling in process.” The news of the success was met with cheers and claps from engineers following along with the process.

The spacecraft that just tapped the asteroid is OSIRIS-REx, and this sampling maneuver has been years in the making. The main purpose of the spacecraft is to bring a pristine sample of an asteroid back to Earth, so that scientists can study the material in a lab. Asteroids are considered to be primordial

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