Stanford University Report Ranks Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Mohammed Cherkaoui Among the World’s Top 2% of Scientists

In the discipline of “materials” science, Dr. Cherkaoui ranked in the top 3,000 of the world’s more than 177,000 researchers in the field. He is best known for his pioneering work in micromechanics and nuclear engineering, and he has authored more than 200 publications including the first-ever micromechanics textbook. His international accolades include the France Medal from the National Center for Scientific Research, the Obama Award under the Material Genome Initiative, and the Lorraine Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. He has also achieved a tenured professorship at Georgia Institute of Technology and a Boeing Endowed Chair and professorship at Mississippi State University.

“I am humbled by this recognition, and I owe a debt of gratitude to all of my co-authors and the vast network of Ph.D. students and contributors who have supported my work throughout my career,” said Dr. Cherkaoui. “I am proud to bring LIU to the

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College Football Odds Week 14: Picks Against the Spread for Updated Top 25 Games | Bleacher Report

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Friday, Dec. 4

No. 25 Louisiana-Lafayette at Appalachian State (-2.5), 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN


Saturday, Dec. 5

No. 4 Ohio State (-24) at Michigan State, noon ET, ABC

No. 5 Texas A&M (-7) at Auburn, noon ET, ESPN

No. 15 Oklahoma State (-2.5) at TCU, noon ET, ESPN2

Western Carolina at No. 17 North Carolina (-49.5), noon ET, ACC Network

Rice at No. 21 Marshall (-23.5), noon ET, ESPN+

Liberty at No. 18 Coastal Carolina (-10.5), 2 p.m. ET, ESPNU

Syracuse at No. 2 Notre Dame (-33.5), 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC

No. 6 Florida (-17.5) at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

West Virginia at No. 9 Iowa State (-6.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 12 Indiana at No. 16 Wisconsin (-14.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

No. 19 Iowa (-14) at Illinois, 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

No. 24 Tulsa (-12.5) at

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College basketball top 25 scores, overreactions: Kentucky has steep climb ahead, Gonzaga exceeding the hype

We’re officially one week into the college basketball season, with a small-enough sample to draw some takeaways but far too small to make any sweeping judgements. To make any conclusive statements about the season, a team, a player or a coach would be premature and, flatly, irresponsible. 

But what fun would that be?

We’ve seen most teams play two, three, maybe four games in the early going. So based on those games, let’s make some sweeping overreactions from the first week of the college hoops season.

Kentucky has a long way to go

The Wildcats fell 65-62 to Kansas on Tuesday and dropped to 1-2 on the season, marking their first official losing streak since last December, when they lost close contests to Utah and Ohio State. This feels a bit different, though. This feels like Kentucky, for all its talent and all its length, has massive problems on the

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Ranking the Top 10 Performances for Week 1 of Men’s College Basketball | Bleacher Report

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    Iowa star Luka Garza picked up where he left off in March.

    Iowa star Luka Garza picked up where he left off in March.Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press

    Big Ten standouts Luka Garza and Ayo Dosunmu headline the group of players who excelled in the opening week of the 2020-21 men’s college basketball season.

    And there is great variety among these top performers.

    Garza, Dosunmu and several others thrived in matchups their teams were expected to win. Gonzaga freshman Jalen Suggs and Saint Louis’ Javonte Perkins each put together terrific games against a top opponent, and Western Kentucky’s Charles Bassey led an upset bid.

    While my colleague Kerry Miller highlighted the opening-week winners and losers, this piece is focused on individual performances. It’s subjectiveand gives license to include a pair of enjoyable same-game battles to startbut overall production and competition level are key factors.

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    SMU found itself a bit short-handed

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College Football Playoff rankings: Who are the top four teams in the second CFP poll of 2020?

The second set of College Football Playoff rankings were revealed Tuesday.

The top four teams in the first set of rankings were Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State. The Tigers are the only team with one loss among that group, but the entire top seven teams remained unchanged from the initial rankings on Nov. 25.

The College Football Playoff rankings will be released each Tuesday leading up to conference championship weekend, and the final rankings will be unveiled on Dec. 20.

This season’s College Football Playoff semifinals are Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl Game and Sugar Bowl. The Playoff championship game will be Jan. 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

With that, the second set of College Football Playoff rankings:

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College Football Playoff rankings 2020

Who are the top four CFP teams after Week 13?

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No. 5 Texas A&M still outside top four in latest rankings, but creating real buzz for potential jump

While Texas A&M remained No. 5 in the second College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday, the Aggies are creating plenty of discussion in Grapevine.

Selection committee chairman Gary Barta, the athletic director at Iowa, said on ESPN’s playoff reveal and later in a conference call with reporters that the committee debated No. 4 Ohio State (4-0) and the Aggies (6-1) at length.

“It was talked about a lot and specifically talked about in the room whether or not Ohio State goes to four or if Texas A&M flips and goes to four and Ohio State goes five,” Barta said. “A lot of discussion about that. At the end of the day, the offensive firepower of Ohio State, all the weapons they have, the win over Indiana.”

Making the comparison more difficult is the fact than Ohio State has only played four games because of COVID-19 restrictions to seven for A&M. Ohio

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College Football Playoff Rankings reactions: Georgia still overrated, Washington underrated in new top 25

In past years, we’d be gearing up for championship Saturday in college football. But, since it’s 2020, we are just two weeks into the College Football Playoff rankings party that is guaranteed to stir up some discussions around the college football world. 

The top of this week’s edition wasn’t too much of a surprise, with Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State taking the top four spots, respectively. Texas A&M and Florida followed them, as was the case last week. 

These rankings weren’t perfect, though. Several teams are out of place this week. Let’s break them down.

The Cowboys have lost to a very average Texas team and got blown out by rival Oklahoma in Bedlam. They deserve to be ahead of FIVE undefeated teams — three of which are Power Five teams? How on Earth does that make sense?

I understand that the selection committee has to place value

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College Football Power Rankings: Clemson moves up to No. 3, Iowa State soars into top 10


Notre Dame

North Carolina had Notre Dame on the run until the Fighting Irish turned into themselves in the second half. A 14-0 run ended an easy 31-17 win that brought ND closer to the ACC Championship Game. It seems almost an insult call Ian Book an above average game manager. He had 327 yards of total offense. — 9-0


The Crimson Tide somehow competed without Nick Saban (out with COVID-19) in the building. Mac Jones made up for his pair of pick sixes in last year’s Iron Bowl with five touchdown passes in a 42-13 laugher over Auburn. DeVonta Smith has six touchdowns over the last three games. Maybe we should reevaluate Saban’s value to the team. (Just kidding.) — 8-0


Who was this No. 16 kid with the long hair at quarterback? I didn’t recognize him. Wait, that was Trevor Lawrence? I’d forgotten
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College Basketball Power Rankings – Upsets shake up top 10 as V Week begins

The 2020-21 college basketball season is one filled with change, so over here at the Power Rankings, we’re making changes too. Of course, you can still find our top 16 teams in the country every Monday morning, but we’re adding a few wrinkles this season. We will hand out awards — Player, Team, Win and Coach of the Week — and ask questions of three teams that struggled in the week that was. In other words, fewer meandering words in the introduction from me; we’re going to dive right into the best and brightest in college basketball each week.

And as far as the rankings go, expect plenty of change there, as well. The upcoming week will be no different. With V Week starting Tuesday — go here for more information — there are four marquee games on the docket on back-to-back nights: Kentucky vs. Kansas and Michigan State at

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College basketball rankings: Losing to Richmond at home knocks Kentucky down in Top 25 And 1

John Calipari’s three best teams at Kentucky — the 2010 team, the 2012 team, and the 2015 team — were all built similarly. They were each led by a future No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft and supported by non-freshmen who spent multiple years in the program.

This year’s UK team isn’t built that way.

It is, instead, built with almost entirely new guys, none of whom project as a future No. 1 overall pick. And what history tells us about Calipari-coached teams built with almost entirely new guys, none of whom project as a future No. 1 overall pick, is that they usually, eventually, get really good or great but often experience ups and downs along the way. So what happened Sunday was an upset, sure. But there was nothing too surprising about these young Wildcats losing 76-64 inside Rupp Arena to an experienced Richmond team that

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