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Boeing gives Virginia Tech $50M

Boeing donated $50 million to help found Virginia Tech’s Innovation campus, a billion-dollar project area leaders hope will bring together power-players in the region — like Amazon — to boost economic growth and build a pipeline of STEM talent for businesses. The university announced the multi-year gift in a celebratory press event on Tuesday, emphasizing how it will benefit underrepresented groups in tech fields, including women, people of color and low-income populations. Emily Bamforth reports.

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Educause program will help colleges deal with vendors

A new Educause program is designed to help the group’s member institutions evaluate the cybersecurity risks of their IT vendors by providing accessible reviews of the vendors’ products. The new vendor risk assessment program, which will be made available over the course of this month to the roughly 1,600 colleges and universities that belong to Educause, will include a centralized hub where member schools can access analyses of the questionnaires that the organization asks edtech providers to fill out. Benjamin Freed has more.

Purdue U. students use VR to explore the stars

Purdue University astronomy students are exploring the cosmos from the comfort of their dorm rooms, even amid coronavirus-related quarantines, thanks to virtual reality technology being tested by assistant professor Danny Milisavljevic and the school’s simulation testing center. Because students can walk back and forth between 3D models of exploded stars while wearing the goggles, he said, it prompts more insightful questions and a more effective understanding of the complex work he asks his students to perform. Ryan Johnston has the full story.

Expanding AI instruction in Higher Education 

Today’s digital world has created a growing demand for new workforce skills, including a greater use of tools that utilize artificial intelligence (AI). We would like to understand where your college or technical school stands in developing AI-related curriculum in response to changing skills needs, in this anonymous 3-minute survey. Take the survey.


Strategies to create user-centric digital services

Cisco’s Marc Moffett explores new ways of looking at digital service integration for state and local government agencies. As leaders consider new workforce strategies for a more flexible, hybrid working environment, a new suite of collaboration tools that create a seamless and secure experience for the end user could serve a dual use for citizen-facing services. Read more from Moffett.

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