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The Advanced Fabrics Project:  US’s Emerging Tech-xtile Industry

The Advanced Fabrics Project: US’s Emerging Tech-xtile Industry

According to a recent New York Times article, the textile industry is about to join the “Internet of things,” with huge implications for all manner of enterprises: This latest initiative, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America, is intended to create a national network of research and development, design and manufacturing capabilities for the new fabrics. The […]

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Investing in Public Schools could have High Economic Returns

Investing in Public Schools could have High Economic Returns

That’s the implication of a study recently released by the the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.  The New York Times has the story: When it comes to math and science scores, the United States lags most of the other 33 advanced industrialized countries that make up the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, ranking 24th, […]

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Code Boot Camps:  a New Approach to Workforce Development?

Code Boot Camps: a New Approach to Workforce Development?

The New York Times recently ran a piece on a new type of training institution for technology workers, code boot camps.  They are high-pressure and costly, but the seem to deliver results: These boot camps reflect the start-up ethic: small for-profit enterprises that are fast (classes are two to four months), nimble (revising curriculum to […]

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The Interaction Between Technological Innovation & Socio-economic Status

The Interaction Between Technological Innovation & Socio-economic Status

A recent New York Times article documented how the rise of innovative scheduling technology is affecting low-wage employment across the US: Along with virtually every major retail and restaurant chain, Starbucks relies on software that choreographs workers in precise, intricate ballets, using sales patterns and other data to determine which of its 130,000 baristas are […]

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New Report:  Half of NYC Tech Workers Don’t Have College Degrees

New Report: Half of NYC Tech Workers Don’t Have College Degrees

Virtually any discussion of the “new information economy” includes an assertion that those without college degrees (or with degrees outside the STEM fields) will be the big losers.  A new study of the technology workforce in New York City disputes that assertion, with potentially huge implications for workforce development systems nationwide:  The fast-growing technology industry […]

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Students Use Arts to Understand Climate Change Challenges

Students Use Arts to Understand Climate Change Challenges

Just a reminder that, while the STEM fields get a lot of attention and money these days, the arts haven’t completely disappeared.  They can even be quite useful.  This from a recent article in the New York Times: University courses on global warming have become common, and Prof. Stephanie LeMenager’s new class here at the […]

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