Notre Dame announces master’s degree in data science

first_imgSilicon Valley, here come the Irish.Notre Dame announced a new online Master of Science degree with a specialization in data science Tuesday, according to a University press release. The program is the result of a collaboration with AT&T and is meant to prepare graduates for careers as data scientists in a variety of industries.The 21-month degree program is offered by the department of applied and computational mathematics and statistics, in partnership with the department of computer science and engineering, the Mendoza College of Business and the department of psychology. At the pace of half of a full-time load, the program aims to attract working professionals, offering experience in management, marketing, information technology, government policy, health care, finance education and scientific research.“A graduate of this new program will be equipped with the academic training, analytical insight, imagination and practical skills necessary for success as a data scientist,” Elliott Visconsi, Notre Dame’s chief academic digital officer, said in the release. “Graduates will have the flexibility of mind to master new data science processes, tools and strategies as they emerge, and the ability to communicate effectively and act ethically in this exciting and fast-moving field.”Participants will be invited to weekend immersions with faculty and industry experts at Notre Dame and in Silicon Valley.AT&T experts will help design the program’s curriculum, according to the release. Current AT&T employees will also be eligible for discounted tuition and other benefits.“Every technology going forward must factor in software and data analytics — whether it’s 5G networks, internet of things, artificial intelligence or any of today’s numerous industry drivers,” John Donovan, AT&T’s chief strategy officer and group president of technology and operations said in the release. “AT&T is proud to collaborate with Notre Dame on this innovative online degree program to skill the next generation of data scientists.”The program is open for students of all academic backgrounds to apply, and begins in August 2017. More information can be found at datascience.nd.edu.Tags: AT&T, data science, master of science in data science, mendoza college of business, Silicon Valleylast_img read more

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Something New: Senior Hours at the Grocery Store

first_imgBy Mia Glass Sickles Market of Little SilverSickles is not offering senior hours, but is operating on shorter hours (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) in order to maximize cleaning. The store is also doing deliveries and curbside pickups. Deliveries for Little Silver, Fair Haven, Rumson and Red Bank will be free until March 31. Many grocery stores have recently implemented “senior hours” and special services to respond to the needs of their older shoppers and the immunocompromised. Here is a list: Stop & Shop of Keyport and Middletown Shoppers 60 and older and immunocompromised shoppers are allowed to enter the store an hour and a half early, 6 to 7:30 a.m. daily. The rest of the day, 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., will be for any shoppers. Dean’s Natural Market, ShrewsburyAlthough Dean’s is not offering senior hours, it is doing curb- side pickup and Instacart for anyone who does not want to go inside the store. Orders can be placed by phone or online and an employee (with gloves) will bring the package to the curb. Target of MiddletownEvery Wednesday, the first hour of shopping, 8 to 9 a.m., will be for the elderly and other vulnerable shoppers. The store is keeping its usual hours of 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Shoppers lined up around the side of Costco in Hazlet. Grocery stores limited the number of shoppers to respect social distancing guidelines, and some imposed limits on how much shoppers could purchase of in-demand items. Photo by Fred Yah / Eagle Drone Solutions Trader Joe’s of ShrewsburyThe first hour, 9 to 10 a.m., is set aside for senior shoppers. Store hours are have been shortened from the usual 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Foodtown of Atlantic Highlands and Middletown Foodtown is not currently allocating time slots for seniors, but is offering curbside pickup for a fee of $4.99. They have reduced store hours from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The article originally appeared in the March 26- April 1, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Walgreens of Little Silver and Red BankEight to 9 a.m. every Tuesday will be reserved for cus- tomers age 55 and older. The store operates from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Whole Foods of Middletown Whole Foods stores across the nation are allowing those age 60 and older to enter the store an hour earlier than its usual start time every day. For the Middletown location, seniors may start shopping at 8 a.m. daily. Acme of Little Silver, Fair HavenThis supermarket is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The first two hours, 7 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday are set aside for those 60 and older and other at-risk members of the community.last_img read more

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Kootenay Chill Basketball squad finds success in South Okanagan

first_imgKootenay Chill won three of four game during a recent Lake City Spring Tip-off Basketball Tournament in Penticton.The Chill, a collection of players from the Nelson area, defeated teams from Kelowna, host Penticton and Kamloops during the spring basketball event.In the opener, Kelton Forte paced the attack to lead Kootenay past U13 Junior Heat 41-33.The Chill started slow, trailing 14-8 before outscoring the Junior Heat squad 18-6 to take a 26-20 lead at halftime.Kootenay continued its strong play in the second half to grab the eight point victory.Against Lake City U14 from Penticton, the Chill used full-court pressure to open an 11-1 lead en route to a 44-25 victory. Nathaniel Pan lead the way with eight points in the first half to finish with a game-high 16 points. Van Kozak chipped in 13 while Forte had eight points. Pan was named player of the game for Kootenay.In Game three, the undersized U12 Junior club team overcame a 15-point deficit to take a 40-39 lead over the Chill in the second half of the contest.Kootenay regained its composure to go on a 15-4 run in a 55-44 victory.The Chill had led the game 25-10 at one point.Kozak was name Player of the Game.In the final contest, the Chill met a very well-coached Pro Hop squad from Kamloops, losing 56-35.The Kamloops squad used full-court pressure to build a 43-11 lead at halftime.Kootenay regrouped in the second half to outscore Pro Hop 24-13. However, the first half deficit was too great as Pro Hop registered the win.Kootenay Chill U14 and U13 squads next action is in Kamloops at the Pro Hop Tournament.The players on both teams are from Trafalgar and Steve Nash Youth Basketball programs in the Heritage City.last_img read more

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9 months agoChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri: VAR killing match atmos

first_imgChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri: VAR killing match atmosby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits he’s no fan of VAR.The Blues lost the first-leg of their Carabao Cup semifinal at Tottenham due to the intervention of technology.Sarri said: “The problem is not the referee or one or the other. The problem is they are not ready to use VAR.”They use the system for the first time in the League Cup so they need only to get used to using the system. I don’t like the VAR but it is only my opinion.”We risk changing the atmosphere in the stadium. You score but have to wait for 30 seconds to celebrate. It is negative for the atmosphere in the stadium.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Auburn Offensive Line Coach J.B. Grimes At 1st Practice Days After Cancer Surgery

first_imgAuburn offensive line coach J.B. Grimes at practice days after cancer surgery.YouTube/Phillip MarshallOffensive line coaches are known to be tough, but Auburn’s J.B. Grimes is taking things to the next level. Grimes had surgery to remove a cancerous spot on his tongue last week, and was present today as the Tigers held their first practice of the season. AL.com‘s Brandon Marcello has more:The veteran assistant coach underwent surgery to remove a cancerous spot on his tongue last week, according to the school’s official website. His lymph nodes were also removed as a precaution.…Grimes didn’t slow down much during the first 20 minutes of practice open to reporters. He could be seen giving individual instruction and leading offensive line drills at the indoor facility. “I will not miss practice,” Grimes told AuburnTigers.com Tuesday. “I’m strong. I’ll recover.” Here’s video of Grimes at practice today: We’re very happy to hear that everything went well, and wish Grimes a quick recovery.[AL.com]last_img read more

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Congress challenge How to tame industry giant Facebook

first_imgWASHINGTON – Facebook isn’t just a company. It’s a behemoth, with 2.1 billion monthly users, $40 billion in revenue and more than 25,000 employees worldwide.And that leaves Washington with a daunting task: How do you tame a corporate giant? Or do you even try?“It’s tricky and it’s going to be hard, but there are ways it can be dealt with,” says Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, a former tech executive who has led investigations into Russian interference on social media over the last year as the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee. “The idea that we’re going to keep the wild, wild West — I don’t think it’s sustainable.”The picture will begin to come into focus next week. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify April 10 and 11 before Senate and House committees as his company grapples with the privacy scandal involving Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm linked to President Donald Trump.Facebook’s reckoning in Washington comes on multiple fronts. Russia’s use of the platform to meddle in U.S. elections, a regulatory investigation that could result in fines of hundreds of millions of dollars against the company for privacy violations, and the Cambridge Analytica episode are all topmost concerns.But in the capital’s pro-business, anti-regulatory climate, it’s questionable whether the Republican-led Congress or Trump regulators have the appetite to rein it in.Facebook is spending millions on lobbying to try to ward off regulations, even seeking to narrow a Senate bill that lawmakers call “the lightest touch possible.” It would require more transparency in online political ads, something Facebook says it is providing on its own.But the stakes grew Wednesday when Facebook revealed that information belonging to as many as 87 million of its users may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, which gathered the data with the intent of swaying elections. That number was far higher than originally known.Congress’ response to the myriad issues dogging Facebook could depend on Zuckerberg himself. He has apologized for a “major breach of trust” in the Cambridge Analytica episode and Facebook has announced it would stop working with third-party data collectors.Privacy advocates and legal experts say that’s not enough.“It strikes me as a company that is trying to weather a PR storm and then get back to business as usual and hoping their users forget this ever happened,” said Nate Cardozo, a senior staff attorney for Electronic Frontier Foundation, a privacy group based in San Francisco.Facebook and other social media companies have faced bipartisan criticism over both privacy issues and the Russian intervention. But Trump and his pro-business GOP allies on Capitol Hill have made rolling back Obama-era regulations a priority, which makes any new federal rules for protecting data and privacy unlikely in the immediate future.Republicans last year struck down online privacy regulations issued during President Barack Obama’s final months in office that would have given consumers more control over how companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon share information. Critics complained that the rule would have increased costs, stifled innovation and picked winners and losers among internet companies.And Congress elected to do nothing after Equifax disclosed in September that hackers exploited a software flaw that the credit monitoring company failed to fix, exposing Social Security numbers, birthdates and other personal data belonging to nearly 148 million Americans.Lawmakers have yet to come up with a fix for the patchwork of conflicting state laws that govern how companies shield personal data and notify consumers when breaches occur. Mike Litt, consumer campaign director at U.S. PIRG, a public interest group, said Congress instead is considering legislation that would exempt credit bureaus from data break notifications and make it harder for states to hold them accountable.“After the Equifax data breach, we saw Congress talk a good game but fail to follow through on helping consumers,” Litt said. “To prevent Congress from letting Facebook off the hook, outraged Americans need to keep up the heat.”To defend its interests in Washington, Facebook has filled its executive ranks with former senior government officials from both political parties. Nathaniel Gleicher, its director of cybersecurity policy, was in charge of cybersecurity policy at the National Security Council during the Obama administration. Joel Kaplan, Facebook’s vice-president for global public policy, served as a senior aide to President George W. Bush.The company spent just over $13 million on lobbying in 2017, according to disclosure records filed with Congress. One of the lobbying team’s newer members, Sandra Luff, was Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ national security adviser when he served in the Senate.Zuckerberg suggested during a CNN interview last month that he’s open to regulation. But he quickly qualified that commitment, saying he’d get behind the “right” kind of rules, such as the bill that requires online political ads to disclose who paid for them. But the company is seeking to weaken even that bill.Warner acknowledged that even minor regulation of Facebook and other technology companies will be difficult. But he’s encouraging them to work with Washington now, before a “catastrophic event” that could shift the landscape or if Democrats win back seats in November’s elections.He suggests several possibilities: requiring Facebook and other companies to disclose the country of origin of ads, creating a self-regulatory body, or even allowing users to move their data from one platform to another.More drastic measures could be to allow users to own their own data or to hold social media companies more responsible for what is posted on their platforms.In Europe, Facebook and other tech giants like Google are bracing for tough new data privacy rules that take effect May 25 and will apply to any company that collects data on EU residents, no matter where it is based. The rules will make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data.In the U.S., Facebook’s biggest challenge may come from the Federal Trade Commission, which is investigating whether the company violated the terms of a 2011 settlement that made privacy assurances.Facebook agreed then to settle the commission’s charges that it deceived users by assuring them their information would remain private, then repeatedly allowing it to be shared and made public. Each violation of the agreement could carry a penalty of up to $40,000, according to settlement terms, meaning potential fines in the hundreds of millions.Frank Pasquale, a University of Maryland law professor who’s written extensively about how corporations use personal data, said the federal government’s antitrust enforcers should be more vigilant with Facebook.Facebook has completed dozens of mergers and acquisitions since it was founded in 2004. Pasquale said the Obama administration failed to realize the significance of two of Facebook’s largest purchases: the photo-sharing app Instagram for $1 billion in 2012 and WhatsApp two years later for nearly $22 billion.“This is clearly a monopolistic company that is trying to eliminate even the smallest challenge to its domination of the social media market,” he said.The privacy scandal has taken a heavy financial toll on Zuckerberg and Facebook. Forbes Magazine estimated that Zuckerberg’s net worth dropped over the last month from $71 billion to $61.7 billion. Facebook’s market value has fallen by more than $88 billion in less than three weeks since the scandal broke, from nearly $538 billion in mid-March to about $449.5 billion.___Associated Press writer Marley Jay in New York contributed to this report.last_img read more

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Government hiring 50 new pharmacists across BC

first_imgThe team-based clinical pharmacists will focus on working directly with patients with complex conditions, to reduce and manage medication-related problems, such as drug interactions, adverse medication side effects, duplicate medications, and help eliminate unneeded medications. The ministry is supporting this new developmental program with $23 million over three years, and is working with UBC’s faculty of pharmaceutical sciences to manage the program.“Embedding a clinical pharmacist in a patient’s primary-care team reduces the risk of adverse drug reactions, which rises with the complexity of the condition, a patient’s frailty, age and the number of medications prescribed. According to recent figures, over 600,000 British Columbians have a chronic medical condition of medium or high complexity, and 20 percent of those over 70 take at least five or more medications a day.”Through one-on-one patient care, the Ministry says that pharmacists will use their specialized knowledge to optimize their patients’ drug treatments through education and drug regimen adjustments with prescribers. These clinical pharmacists will also be able to promote safer and more appropriate prescribing by reviewing current evidence about different drug options with physicians and nurse practitioners in their team.At the heart of the Province’s new primary health-care strategy is a focus on team-based care that will see government fund these new pharmacist positions, in addition to recruiting 200 family doctors, and 200 nurse practitioners, to provide all British Columbians with faster and improved access to health care. VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Ministry of Health says it will be hiring 50 new clinical pharmacists around the province as part of the new primary-care network teams.Health Minister Adrian Dix announced that the positions are being added as part of government’s new primary health-care strategy to deliver team-based heathcare.“Fully utilizing the expertise of health professions and creating these new clinical pharmacist positions is another crucial step in establishing patient-centred, team-based care that addresses under-met needs, and gaps in care for patients dealing with complex conditions,” said Adrian Dix, Minister of Health.last_img read more

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Kohli looking at Jadeja as 3rd spinner

first_imgNew Delhi: Considered a complete package for the limited-overs cricket, Ravindra Jadeja’s career saw a surprise turn when he was left out of the national team after the ODI against West Indies in July 2017. For close to a year and two months, he was seen as India’s spin weapon in only Test cricket. But the Asia Cup in Dubai last year saw the selectors deciding to give him another chance, and while he is still not the first-choice spinner in this Indian team, he has clearly booked himself a place in the flight for the World Cup. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherSources in the team management who are aware of the developments said his quality performance in the just concluded ODI series against Australia has all but sealed his place in the flight to England for the 2019 World Cup. “Jadeja is very much in the scheme of things. Even if he doesn’t automatically find a place in the XI, his role could be important if the wickets in England are flat and offer a bit of turn, as expected for now. Also, you have to realise that he is your only conventional left-arm spinner in the team and in a long format tournament like the World Cup, you will need him. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”Also, with Jadeja what you get is an extended lower middle-order. Yes, he might not be scoring runs in every game, but he can definitely wield the willow. Not to forget his brilliance on the field. He is one of those who can easily save 10-15 runs with his pace across the square. In high-pressure games, 10-15 runs can be worth its weight in gold,” the source said. Asked if that meant it was a three-way race for the two spots between Kuldeep Yadav, Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal, the source said that was a call that would have to be taken by the coach and captain depending on how they assess the opposition.last_img read more

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Workload management: Rohit, Zaheer tell players to ‘listen’ to their bodies

first_imgMumbai: Offering an advice to the World Cup-bound India players living out of their suitcase for months, opener Rohit Sharma and former pace spearhead Zaheer Khan on Tuesday said: “listen to your body”. The suggestion came amid a debate around the workload management of players, now gearing up for a gruelling Indian Premier League, which will end barely days before the ICC showpiece begins in the United Kingdom on May 30. “It’s going to be challenging as always. We have been on the road for last three or four years. We have played a lot of back to back cricket. It depends on individuals. You should always listen to your body,” Rohit said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhRohit is leading the Mumbai Indians in the IPL with Zaheer being the team’s Director of cricket operations. “Yes, the World Cup is our priority. The IPL is also one of the biggest tournaments in the world. That is our priority as well. Keeping everything in mind we would take a decision collectively (on workload factor) on each individual,” the swashbuckling batsman said. Zaheer felt that it was up to the individuals to listen to their bodies as far as workload was concerned. “I have always felt it’s an individual call. You have to listen to body and respond. I think we all recognise how important the World Cup is as a tournament and we also understand what the IPL brings to the table — match practice and intensity.”last_img read more

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