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U. Central Florida hires a new CIO

The University of Central Florida this week named Matthew Hall, the chief information officer of University of California, Santa Barbara, as its new vice president for information technology and chief information officer. At UCF, he's tasked with helping the university implement new and innovative technology that can improve student learning and business operations. Betsy Foresman has the story.

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IBM provides tech training to HBCU

Harris-Stowe State University, a historically Black public institution in St. Louis, announced Tuesday that it will receive more than $2 million in resources from IBM to train students and faculty in the latest technology skills. The tech giant will provide faculty training, curriculum content, hands-on labs, use cases, digital badges and software through the IBM Academic Initiative and the IBM Skills Academy. The university said training will focus on technologies like artificial intelligence, blockchain, data science, cybersecurity, cloud computing and quantum computing. Colin Wood has more details.

Mental health first aid is here

Students at College of the Albemarle, a community college in the northeast corner of North Carolina, will now be able to get a certification in mental health first aid, the university announced Thursday, as the need for mental health experts has grown during the pandemic, especially among students who are isolated at home. Read the full story.

Fighting vaccine misinformation

Faculty at Ohio State University recently announced they're working with Google on how to limit the spread of misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines. Along with two assistant professors from George Washington University and Columbia University, Thomas Wood, assistant professor in Ohio State's political science department, will study what headlines and sources are most effective in correcting COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and whether they can increase willingness to take a COVID-19 vaccine. Betsy has more.

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