Loyola University New Orleans honors Orleans Parish judge, and more metro college news | Crescent City community news

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY NEW ORLEANS: Judge Robin Pittman ‘91, J.D. ‘96,  is recipient of the 2020 Adjutor Hominum Award from the Alumni Association of Loyola University New Orleans. This award recognizes a Loyola graduate whose life exemplifies the values and philosophy of Jesuit education: moral character, service to humanity and unquestionable integrity. Pittman is a criminal court judge and former assistant district attorney in Orleans Parish. She spends much of her time out of chambers in the community, engaged in service to Loyola and visiting local schools to mentor young students. In lieu of a party to celebrate her accomplishment, Pittman has established a sociology scholarship to benefit high-achieving sociology majors with financial need. To contribute, visit giving.loyno.edu/adjutorhominum.

DELGADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE CYBERSECURITY TRAINING: A 4.5-month cybersecurity career training course begins Dec. 7 at Delgado Community College with support from the Capital One Foundation. Those who complete the program will receive credentials

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Google Maps community feed will highlight changes in your city

Google is introducing a new community feed to Maps that the company says will help keep you informed of all the latest developments in your city, including new restaurant openings and service changes. Located in the app’s Explore tab, the feature collects all the latest reviews, photos and posts submitted to Maps by local experts, as well as people you know and merchants. 







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Additionally, if you follow a nearby store or restaurant, you’ll get updates from them through the feed. So if your favorite taco joint adds a new item to their menu, Maps will do its best to let you know. If you’ve gone out of your way to share your food and drink preferences through the app, you’ll see those reflected in the feed as well. For example, those into clean eating will see a greater number of places that serve healthy food highlighted

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Portland Tech Community is Optimistic, Focused on Innovation and Growth Despite the Pandemic, ProFocus Technology Trends Report Shows

PORTLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Despite economic uncertainty, Portland’s Silicon Forest is lifting the local economy and remains insulated from the worst of the pandemic-driven downturn. Budgets are increasing, companies are hiring, and salaries are rising. These findings and other key sentiments from ProFocus Technology’s “Portland Tech in Focus: 2021 Trends Report” point to near-term economic recovery and upbeat forecasts for technology development and teams throughout the Portland area.

According to the survey of more than 260 local technology professionals, more than a third of respondents say their 2021 budget will increase (36%) and another third say it will stay the same (33%), compared to just 20% who expect a decrease. Companies are hiring, too, with 42% expecting an increase in full-time employees and 27% anticipating more contractors next year. Portland’s technology community is positioned for growth and opportunity, with 68% reporting they can personally innovate in their jobs and 62%

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College of Community Innovation and Education Student Wins UCF 3MT Research Competition

Presentations on interrupting the achievement gap of students, technology for cooling devices, and understanding near-earth asteroids received the top prizes this year at UCF’s annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition.

The international event challenges doctoral students to present their research in three minutes using only one slide as a prompt. Judging of the students is based on research, their presentation skills and how they communicate their work to a general audience. The judges are non-scientists. This year was even more challenging because of the pandemic; students had to present via Zoom.

Hosted by the College of Graduate Studies and the Office of Research, ten finalists came from a wide range of disciplines, including criminal justice, engineering, sciences, nursing, sociology, and education.

Lauren Thomas from curriculum and instruction took first place with her presentation on Interrupting the Achievement Gap Ideology ; Khan Mohammad Rabbi from mechanical engineering took second with his

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Dawex Announces the Launch of the Japan Data Exchange (JDEX) to Foster a New Data Community

PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Dawex, the leading data exchange technology company, today announced with Kanematsu Corporation and Japan Data Exchange Inc. the launch of JDEX, a Data Exchange Platform to create a large data trading community in Japan, spanning across industry, academia, and government, and contribute to the promotion of a cross-industry and cross-border data exchange environment. The platform, relying on Dawex Data Exchange technology and operated by Kanematsu, will serve the multinational trading corporation’s domestic and foreign network. JDEX platform enables the sourcing, exchange, sharing and commercialization of data products leveraging the platform’s advanced features and capabilities.

Emerging as a key component of the data economy, Data Exchanges are now clearly top of the agenda of an increasing number of corporations, public institutions and governments around the world. With new initiatives on frameworks and policies multiplying everywhere such as GAIA-X in Europe, Data Trading Alliance in Japan, the World Economic

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Computer scientist and community builder

When Charlie Helms decided to major in computer science more than three years ago, he was excited for the possibilities ahead of him.

It seemed like the perfect major to combine his interests in science, math and business. It would even let him tap into his creative side.

Three years later, Helms knows he made the right choice. He’s interned with Cisco, networked with executives at Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan Chase, and in January, he’ll start a full-time job as a program manager at Microsoft.

Helms will graduate from Carolina in December, completing his degree a semester early.

“I feel like in the past three years, I’ve done so much that I feel like I’ve gotten everything out of Carolina that I possibly could have,” said Helms, a native of Spring Lake, North Carolina. “From research, doing internships, to having really amazing friendships, to traveling abroad.”

Initially, though, he

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Community Leaders Test Ride New Micro-Mobility Technology

This post was contributed by a community member. The views expressed here are the author’s own.

Superpedestrian demonstrated its LINK e-scooter safety systems at the Queens Botanical Garden with local groups and community leaders who test drove the next-generation micro-mobility technology. The demonstration of this cutting-edge micro-mobility technology was led by Paul Steely White, Director of Development and Public Affairs at Superpedestrian. Community leaders participating in the e-scooter demo included Susan Lacerte, executive director of the Queens Botanical Garden, Taehoon Kim, president of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, Christopher Torres, executive director of Friends of the Brooklyn Queens Connector, and Charles Yoon, President of the Korean American Association of Greater New York.

The demo was hosted in partnership with the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce and the Queens Botanical Garden just inside the garden gates. Superpedestrian operates LINK in multiple cities across the U.S.

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Community conservation reserves protect fish diversity in tropical rivers — ScienceDaily

Prohibiting fishing in conservation reserves is a common strategy for protecting ocean ecosystems and enhancing fisheries management. However, such dedicated reserves are rare in freshwater ecosystems, where conservation efforts generally piggyback on the protection of terrestrial habitats and species.

Now, a collaboration between researchers from Cornell University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison has found that small, community-based reserves in Thailand’s Salween River Basin are serving as critical refuges for fish diversity in a region whose subsistence fisheries have suffered from decades of overharvesting.

The team’s paper, “A Network of Grassroots Reserves Protects Tropical River Fish Diversity,” published Nov. 25 in Nature.

The lead author is Aaron Koning, a former postdoctoral fellow with the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability who is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Nevada, Reno. The project was overseen by Pete McIntyre, the Dwight Webster Sesquicentennial Faculty Fellow and associate professor of natural resources

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The Art of ComEd’s Community of the Future

Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) is a company with a long-standing history of scientific innovation that traces its roots back to Thomas Edison and the lightbulb. But as one of the nation’s leading electric utilities, serving over four million customers in northern Illinois, ComEd is not only continuing a tradition of innovation by developing and deploying the most cutting-edge energy technology; it also pushes the envelope when it comes to transformative, educative, and community-centered art.

Since 2016, ComEd has been partnering with the Bronzeville neighborhood to create one of the greenest, most connected, most resilient communities in the nation, redefining the role of the urban utility and transforming lives in the process. ComEd’s Community of Future is a “smart community,” that leverages innovative technologies, like microgrids, to enhance the lives of everyday people. ComEd’s identification of microgrids as a crucial technology for increasing the resilience and sustainability of the electric grid was

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The science of gratitude can transform your family | St. Tammany community news

There’s been a lot of talk about science this year.

Follow the science. Listen to the scientists. Watch the trends. Track the numbers. Science science science. Marcia Marcia Marcia.

Science has been a huge part of the conversation. And while, for the most part, we can give COVID-19 the credit for finagling science into our daily concentration, that side of science gets to take a little break today. (No, it’s not always all about you, COVID, you little narcissist.)

Instead, I want to take some time to talk about how there is also science that can make us — and our children — happier. Yes, even amid the big pile of elephant dung that is the year 2020.

I want to talk about the science of gratitude. It’s the legitimate therapy of rewiring our brains to become happier even when life feels like an episode of “Hoarders” and the trash

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