Blog 10 repost!!!!

The most important aspect of computer science is problem solving, an essential skill for life. Students study the design, development and analysis of software and hardware used to solve problems in a variety of business, scientific and social contexts. Because computers solve problems to serve people, there is a significant human side to computer science as well.

Computing drives innovation in the sciences (human genome project, AIDS vaccine research, environmental monitoring and protection just to mention a few), and also in engineering, business, entertainment and education. If you want to make a positive difference in the world, study computing.

Aaron Swartz!!!

Swartz took his own life in January while facing multiple Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) felony charges relating to an attempt to download scholarly articles from academic database JSTOR in bulk through the MIT network.The 100-plus pages report lays out the institution’s actions and decisions from the initial investigation into the unusual JSTOR activity through Swartz’s suicide. The report ultimately concludes that MIT didn’t do anything particularly wrong, other than letting attempts to be neutral cloud its view of the larger ethical issues brought up by the case. Others have been less charitable toward the report and the actions it describes. Before the report was released, Swartz’s father released a statement saying he expected “MIT will recognize that it made significant mistakes in how it handled Aaron’s situation.” After its release, Swartz’s former partner Taren Stinebrickner-Kauffman released a statement calling MIT’s behavior during the case “reprehensible,” and terming the report “quite frankly a whitewash.”

Andrea Paterson published on July 31 2013, MIT’s report on Aaron Swartz, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/07/30/the-four-lamest-excuses-in-mits-report-on-aaron-swartz/

Economics and Statistics administration July 14, 2011 Economics and Statistics Administration Releases New Report on STEM: Good Jobs Now and For the Future http://www.iseek.org/careers/stemcareers.html.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are the subjects that make up the Stem careers. 

Check out these 27 STEM careers that are currently in high demand in Minnesota.

Job Title Hourly Wage Most Common Education/Training Requirements
Accountants and Auditors $29.04 Bachelor’s degree
Actuaries $46.29 Bachelor’s degree
Aerospace Engineers $45.22 Bachelor’s degree
Agricultural and Food Science Technicians $17.77 Associate degree
Biochemists and Biophysicists $25.23 Doctoral or professional degree
Biomedical Engineers $46.74 Bachelor’s degree
Chemical Engineers $38.17 Bachelor’s degree
Chemical Technicians $19.72 Associate degree
Chemists $37.27 Bachelor’s degree
Civil Engineering Technicians $27.77 Associate degree
Civil Engineers $36.64 Bachelor’s degree
Computer and Information Systems Managers $55.74 Bachelor’s degree
Computer Hardware Engineers $47.25 Bachelor’s degree
Computer Programmers $33.31 Bachelor’s degree
Computer Systems Analysts $36.66 Bachelor’s degree
Construction Managers $40.51 Associate degree
Cost Estimators $27.72 Bachelor’s degree
Database Administrators $38.03 Bachelor’s degree
Electrical Engineers $40.37 Bachelor’s degree
Electro-Mechanical Technicians $27.18 Associate degree
Electronics Engineers, Except Computer $41.76 Bachelor’s degree
Engineering Managers $57.37 Bachelor’s degree
Environmental Engineering Technicians $20.80 Associate degree
Environmental Engineers $38.71 Bachelor’s degree
Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health $21.54 Associate degree
Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health $28.69 Bachelor’s degree
Food Scientists and Technologists $34.71 Bachelor’s degree
Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers and Inspectors $40.03 Bachelor’s degree
Hydrologists $32.80 Master’s degree
Industrial Engineering Technicians $23.45 Associate degree
Industrial Engineers $37.95 Bachelor’s degree
Materials Engineers $40.38 Bachelor’s degree
Mechanical Engineering Technicians $25.86 Associate degree
Mechanical Engineers $36.20 Bachelor’s degree
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists $31.26 Doctoral or professional degree
Microbiologists $31.29 Bachelor’s degree
Natural Sciences Managers $53.08 Bachelor’s degree
Network and Computer Systems Administrators $33.58 Bachelor’s degree
Nuclear Medicine Technologists $36.37 Associate degree
Operations Research Analysts $33.54 Bachelor’s degree
Software Developers, Applications $43.51 Bachelor’s degree
Software Developers, Systems Software $47.40 Bachelor’s degree
Soil and Plant Scientists $30.14 Bachelor’s degree

Statistician

$41.44

Master’s degree 

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retrieved from  Economics and Statistics administration July 14, 2011 Economics and Statistics Administration Releases New Report on STEM: Good Jobs Now and For the Future http://www.iseek.org/careers/stemcareers.html.

MOOC Blog !

According to Arizona State University professor James Klein, one of the learning instructional design scholars, “Learning can be as effective online as it can be face to face.” However, this requires that university online learning programs create opportunities for students to collaborate on projects, assignments and learning initiatives. Klein notes that “interaction increases learning,” and online systems with interactive, collaborative elements that foster group learning opportunities can increase student performance (Troubadour). According to a U.S. Department of Education study, student learning is enhanced by providing greater interactivity with learning materials. Online students experience greater interaction with learning materials that are multifaceted and dynamic, such as lectures containing interactive graphics and electronic readings with embedded videos. Online degree programs can increase student performance by utilizing video and graphic-based electronic materials. According to the U.S. Department of Education, university students who combine online learning with face-to-face instruction–called blended learning–outperform students who study solely on-campus and those who learn solely online. Online university degree programs can enhance student learning by creating face-to-face instruction opportunities, either by creating mandatory residencies or opportunities for learning on satellite campuses. While this option may not be feasible for some schools, those that have the logistical means can increase outcomes with blended learning structures (Horzum).
KAYMAK, Z., & HORZUM, M. (2013). Relationship between Online Learning Readiness and Structure and Interaction of Online Learning Students. Educational Sciences: Theory & Practice13(3), 1792-1797. doi:10.12738/estp.2013.3.1580

USA vs. Syria

Americans have been repeatedly told that Al Qaeda under the helm of the late Osama bin Laden was responsible for the 9/11 attacks.Formulated in the wake of the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the U.S. and its allies launched a “Global War on Terrorism” (GWOT) directed against the numerous “jihadist” Al Qaeda affiliated terror formations in the Middle East, Africa, Central Asia and South East Asia. The first stage of the “Global War on Terrorism” was the bombing and invasion of Afghanistan.In the wake of 9/11, the” Global War on Terrorism” served to obfuscate the real economic and strategic objectives behind the US-led wars in the Middle East and Central Asia.The Patriot legislation was implemented. The national security doctrine stated unequivocally that the American Homeland was to be protected against “Islamic terrorists”.For the last 13 years, war on terrorism rhetoric has permeated political discourse at all levels of government. Al Qaeda related threats and occurrences are explained –by politicians, the corporate media, Hollywood and the Washington think tanks– under a single blanket “bad guys” heading, in which Al Qaeda (“the outside enemy of America”) is casually and repeatedly pinpointed as “the cause” of numerous terror events around the World.But somehow, in the last few months, this  “Al Qaeda paradigm” has shifted. The American public has become increasingly skeptical regarding the validity of the “Global War on Terrorism”In recent months, with the unfolding events in Syria, something rather unusual has occurred, which has had a profound impact on the public’s perception and understanding of Obama’s “Global War on Terrorism”.The US government is actively and openly supporting Syria’s Al Nusrah, the main fighting force affiliated to al Qaeda, largely composed of foreign mercenaries.

Turek, W., Nawarecki, E., Dobrowolski, G., Krupa, T., & Majewski, P. (2013). WEB PAGES CONTENT ANALYSIS USING BROWSER-BASED VOLUNTEER COMPUTING. Computer Science, 14(2), 215. doi:10.7494/csci.2013.14.2.215

Meeri Kim Published on (2013, September 25). Scientists create first carbon nanotube computer. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/scientists-create-first-carbon-nanotube-computer/2013/09/25/74e631cc-25fb-11e3-ad0d-b7c8d2a594b9_story.html.

Government Shutdown 2013 !

October 1st, 2013 marks the first federal government shutdown in seventeen years (17). The shutdown is effectively shuttering public facilities due to low fundings.  At the heart of the crisis, there is a standoff between the two chambers of Congress controlled by opposing parties. House Republicans  are still trying to delay “Obamacare,” while Senate Democratic leaders refuse to consider anything other than a clean continuing resolution. The entrenchment by the House and Senate has deflated hopes of a speedy resolution. The U.S. government shutdown entered Day 2 Tuesday with no clear end in sight. House Republicans continued to demand that the nation’s new health-care law be delayed or repealed and Democrats including President Obama were refusing to give in. The shutdown has now sent some 710,000 to 770,000 employees home across the country, delayed the paychecks of another 1.3 million “essential” workers, and shuttered numerous government functions.

Meeri Kim Published on (2013, September 25). Scientists create first carbon nanotube computer. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/scientists-create-first-carbon-nanotube-computer/2013/09/25/74e631cc-25fb-11e3-ad0d-b7c8d2a594b9_story.html.

Turek, W., Nawarecki, E., Dobrowolski, G., Krupa, T., & Majewski, P. (2013). WEB PAGES CONTENT ANALYSIS USING BROWSER-BASED VOLUNTEER COMPUTING. Computer Science, 14(2), 215. doi:10.7494/csci.2013.14.2.215

Computer Science

A journal I have read based on my field is called Web Pages Content Analysis using Browser based volunteer computing and the APA citing is as follow:

Turek, W., Nawarecki, E., Dobrowolski, G., Krupa, T., & Majewski, P. (2013). WEB PAGES CONTENT ANALYSIS USING BROWSER-BASED VOLUNTEER COMPUTING. Computer Science, 14(2), 215. doi:10.7494/csci.2013.14.2.215

An online article cited in APA and adopted from Washington Post is Meeri Kim Published on (2013, September 25). Scientists create first carbon nanotube computer. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/scientists-create-first-carbon-nanotube-computer/2013/09/25/74e631cc-25fb-11e3-ad0d-b7c8d2a594b9_story.html.

Citation from a book i have read based on my field is computer science using java book : 

Sarmenta L. F. G., Hirano S.: Bayanihan: Building and Studying Volunteer Computing Systems Using Java. Future Generation Computer Systems Special Issue on Metacomputing, vol. 15, no. 5/6. Elsevier Published, 1999.