• Education

    Ian Jacobs: ‘No regrets’ about international education splurge

    UNSW Sydney’s outgoing vice-chancellor has “no regrets” about a five-year binge on foreign students that culminated in hundreds of job losses when the pandemic closed international borders. UNSW was among the Australian institutions that accelerated their overseas recruitment from 2014, after domestic enrolments had plateaued. The university’s income from international students soared from A$378 million (£211 million) in 2014, shortly before Ian Jacobs took over in February 2015, to A$872 million in 2019. The international windfall fuelled a 40 per cent increase in UNSW’s budget, transforming it into a A$2.4 billion enterprise. By 2019, foreign students were providing 36 per cent of its revenue. But the university was forced to cull the equivalent of…

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  • Science

    Opinion | The Science of Changing Someone’s Mind

    Say you’re a student at Hogwarts, and you want to help your uncle reject Voldemort. You might start like this: You: I’d love to better understand your feelings about He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Uncle: Well, he’s the most powerful wizard alive. Also, his followers promised me a fancy title. You: Interesting. Is there anything you dislike about him? Uncle: Hmm. I’m not crazy about all the murdering. You: Well, nobody’s perfect. What’s stopped you from abandoning him? Uncle: I’m afraid he might direct the murdering toward me. You: That’s a reasonable fear — I’ve felt it too. Are there any principles that matter so deeply to you that you’d be willing to take…

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  • Jobs

    $4 Million for job training

    TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — KGUN9’s Rebound program is dedicated to helping you bounce back from the effects of the pandemic—and maybe be better off. Now Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise Counties are getting four million dollars to help you train for a better job. COVID cost a lot of people their jobs, especially if they worked in in-person jobs hard to do through a Zoom screen. Dan Sullivan of Pima County’s One-Stop Job program says, “There have been layoffs, across the board, you know since the pandemic. So folks from the hospitality industry, folks from leisure travel, or you know just people who have been struggling for a long time…

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    Michigan asking feds to cancel standardized tests after year of inconsistent education

    Hamtramck Public Schools Superintendent Jaleelah Ahmed thinks the only tests that schools should be focused on conducting this school year is COVID-19 tests. Ahmed is among Michigan school leaders and parents advocating for the state’s standardized tests to be canceled this year. The Detroit-area superintendent said schools should focus on addressing inequities exposed by the pandemic and supporting students through this unprecedented school year. “Overwhelming educators with meaningless assessments is going to hurt our students and put them further behind,” Ahmed said. “I don’t feel that (standardized assessments) will provide a true reflection of where students are or their learning loss.” The Michigan Department of Education wants to cancel the…

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    Using Science to Explore One of the Greatest Mysteries in Soviet History

    Configuration of the Dyatlov group’s tent installed on a flat surface after making a cut in the slope below a small shoulder. Credit: Gaume/Puzrin In early October 2019, when an unknown caller rang EPFL professor Johan Gaume’s cell phone, he could hardly have imagined that he was about to confront one of the greatest mysteries in Soviet history. At the other end of the line, a journalist from The New York Times asked for his expert insight into a tragedy that had occurred 60 years earlier in Russia’s northern Ural Mountains — one that has since come to be known as the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Gaume, head of EPFL’s Snow…

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  • Education

    Carnegie Hall Offers Free Music Education Programs for Kids

    Photo: Kaesler Media (Shutterstock) If we learned one thing from 1990s classics like Sister Act II: Back in the Habit and Mr. Holland’s Opus, it’s that music education can be life-changing for kids (and, spoiler: their teachers too), but it’s often woefully under-funded. The funding situation hasn’t really improved much, but for close to a year, school has looked and operated differently for students across the country. Whether your child is lucky enough to attend a school where music education is still a thing, or are in a position where you’re solely responsible for that aspect of their learning, you might want some backup. Fortunately, a free set of online…

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    How effective is Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot COVID-19 vaccine?

    A single-shot coronavirus vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson is 85 percent effective at preventing severe disease and death, even against new variants of the virus, the company announced in its interim analysis January 29. The vaccine didn’t fare as well at preventing more moderate cases of COVID-19, particularly in Latin America and South Africa, where variants that spread more easily have arisen. Depending on location, the shot was only 72 percent to 57 percent effective against moderate to severe bouts of the illness. Other vaccines, particularly the two mRNA vaccines that have emergency use authorization in the United States, have reported levels of overall efficiency of up to 95…

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