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08/27/2020
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UT Austin launches AI institute

The University of Texas, Austin announced Wednesday it will create a new national institute focused on machine learning research. Funded by a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the institute will support researchers at UT Austin and higher education institutions across the country, including the University of Washington and Kansas’ Wichita State University, to develop new algorithms that will advance artificial intelligence technology and assist industries like transportation and health care in making predictions in complex environments. Betsy Foresman has more


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Brown helps builds COVID-19 dashboard

To help principals and superintendents understand where COVID-19 cases are surging and how the pandemic is affecting K-12 schools, researchers from Brown University and several national education organizations announced this week they’re partnering to create a nationwide database that maps schools’ pandemic responses across the United States. The new dashboard, set to launch in September, is designed to allow education leaders to better understand COVID-19 data and nationwide trends as they make data-driven decisions to keep students and faculty safe. “The federal government hasn’t taken a meaningful effort to try to get [data] available in any meaningful manner,” said Noelle Ellerson Ng, one of the project's leaders. Betsy has more.


Data left unprotected at U. Kentucky

The University of Kentucky failed to secure a file that contained the names and dates of birth of students and faculty who tested negatively in COVID-19 screening tests. The university’s failure to properly secure this information was a “regrettable error,” said Jay Blanton, a university spokesperson. “It is fair to say several hundreds, the vast majority of whom were students,” Blanton told EdScoop, adding that the exact number of people affected is still being determined. Get the full story.


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