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Ritu Raman named L'Oréal Women in Science Fellow

MIT News

Ritu Raman, a postdoc in the Langer Lab at MIT, has been honored as one of five recipients of the 2017 L'Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship. The L'Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship recognizes female scientists at a critical stage in their careers and supports them with $60,000 grants to advance their postdoctoral research. The announcement was made on Oct.10 in conjunction with Ada Lovelace Day -- an annual event aimed at raising the profile of women in STEM. The fellows were chosen based on their intellectual merit, research potential, scientific excellence, and their commitment to supporting women and girls in science. As part of the honor, the recently-selected fellows have the freedom to apply their grants to enhance their postdoctoral research in any way they see fit.


Automation could wipe out third of jobs by 2030's

Daily Mail

The rise of robots could lead to'unprecedented' change and wipe out over a third of jobs in some areas by the 2030's a new report warns. A'heat map' of Britain shows the areas most at risk of automation, with workers in the ex industrial heartlands of the North and Midlands most likely to lose their jobs. The upheaval tossed up by'supercharged' technological change over the next 15 years could make the industrial revolution pale in comparison, the study says. The report, The impact of AI in UK constituencies, by think-tank Future Advocacy, slams the government for failing to prepare for the rapid change looming. Researchers said the results are'startling' and told ministers to urgently look at new education and training to help the country adapt to the challenge.


Why some doctors are questioning Trump's new birth control rules

PBS NewsHour

The Trump administration's new birth control rule is raising questions among some doctors and researchers. WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration's new birth control rule is raising questions among some doctors and researchers, who say it overlooks known benefits of contraception while selectively citing data that raise doubts about effectiveness and safety. Here's a look at examples from the Trump administration's birth control rules that are raising questions: Emergency contraception is birth control for use after unprotected sex, often called the "morning-after pill." The Trump administration's rule takes issue with the science behind the Obama-era decision to require most employers to cover birth control as preventive care.


Critics Say Trump Birth Control Rule Ignores Science

U.S. News

FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2016, file photo, a one-month dosage of hormonal birth control pills is displayed in Sacramento, Calif. The Trump administration's new birth control rule is raising questions among some doctors and researchers. They say it overlooks known benefits of contraception while selectively citing data that raise doubts about effectiveness and safety. Recently issued rules allow more employers to opt out of covering birth control as a preventive benefit for women under former President Barack Obama's health care law.


These archival images show the women scientists and coders who made history

USATODAY

Antonia Novello was the first woman and first Hispanic to serve as U.S. surgeon general. Women-led breakthroughs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics have often been lost or overlooked. Getty Images has released a set of historical images, in honor of Ada Lovelace Day, to remind viewers that these women existed -- and should be a source of inspiration. Despite recent efforts to make sure girls and women have equal access to science education and job opportunities, they are still under-represented: women make up only 29% of the workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematical occupations, according to the 2016 Science & Indicators Report by the National Science Board.


Mark Cuban: Invest in AI or Get Left Behind

#artificialintelligence

About 4,000 people listened to Cuban as he kicked off his shoes--literally--and explained how AI will change the game for companies, educators, and future developments. He's also keeping his eyes peeled for smaller companies in machine learning and AI, and already has at least three companies in his investment portfolio. "[Software writing] skill sets won't be nearly as valuable as being able to take a liberal arts education … and applying those [skills] in assisting and developing networks." But in order for the country to advance to that future, AI and robotics need to become core competencies in the U.S., and not just in the business world, Cuban said.


Harvard researchers: 'Absurdly outdated' medical education needs more emphasis on analytics

@machinelearnbot

And in an increasingly data-driven industry, medical education hasn't kept pace. Medical education does little to train doctors in the data science, statistics, or behavioral science required to develop, evaluate, and apply algorithms in clinical practice." But that's only possible if medical teams adopt new members: Clinicians well-versed in computer science that can interpret analytics designed to "systematically analyze every heartbeat" that can treat "tens of thousands of Americans who might otherwise drop dead unexpectedly in any given year." And while developers and computer scientists are often frustrated with the industry's slow adoption of technology, validated clinical trials are a critical part of preventing the use of potentially harmful tools.


Mark Cuban: Invest in AI or Get Left Behind

#artificialintelligence

An estimated 4,000 people listened to Cuban as he kicked off his shoes and explained how AI will change the game for companies, educators, and future developments. He's also keeping his eyes peeled for smaller companies in machine learning and AI, and already has at least three companies in his investment portfolio. "[Software writing] skill sets won't be nearly as valuable as being able to take a liberal arts education … and applying those [skills] in assisting and developing networks." But in order for the country to advance to that future, AI and robotics need to become core competencies in the U.S., and not just in the business world, Cuban said.


Data Science Developer at Institute of Data Science @ Maastricht University

@machinelearnbot

Develop data processing and system integration applications. Implement ETL processes, including data acquisition, data integration, data quality testing, data indexing and query answering. The university hosts 6 faculties: Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Faculty of Law, School of Business and Economics, Faculty of Humanities and Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. IDS is an interfaculty institute consisting of a core team of data science experts that cooperate closely with researchers across disciplines such as medicine, life sciences, social sciences and humanities, business and economics, knowledge engineering and smart services.


Arduino powered and 3D printed, this robot translates to sign language

ZDNet

Sign language translators are scarce. Three engineering students from the University of Antwerp have novel solution: Cheap 3D printed humanoids that can translate to sign language on the fly. It's a solution that's only become possible with the converge of 3D printing, the massive popularity of microcontrollers like the Arduino Due, and falling prices for robotics components. ASLAN is an abbreviation which stands for: "Antwerp's Sign Language Actuating Node."