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Stunning Laser Scans That Could Help Us Reuse Aging Buildings Better

Stunning Laser Scans That Could Help Us Reuse Aging Buildings Better | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
No, these are not renderings.
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Fascinating.

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Mold Man's comment, May 1, 2013 7:41 AM
Everyone is always coming up with innovative ideas about using old building. Most of these people are ignorant of the real problems with old building and why people do not belong in them. MOLD, MOLD and more MOLD.
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Are Student Loans Destroying the Economy?

Are Student Loans Destroying the Economy? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
No. But by trading cars for college (and homes for homework), some young people are investing in themselves rather than in the economy's biggest-ticket items
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Lisa H. Macklin, former SCUP board member, Comprehensive Facilities Planning, Inc., shares this related link from the Columbus (OH) Dispatch.


Here is the original report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's Liberty Street.

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Is ROI the Right Way to Judge a College Education?

Is ROI the Right Way to Judge a College Education? | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Tallying the costs of and returns on a college education in financial terms is surely slippery business: It depends on who you are, where you come from, where you think you're going, where you really are capable of going, and what might derail or propel you along the way. One's perspective is also skewed by political beliefs, race, and class. And for some, particularly among advocates of the liberal arts, framing the value of education in dollars and cents is a perilous trend that discounts other benefits, like college graduates' tendencies to be more involved in civic and intellectual life.

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This is more than a worthwhile read.

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9 Materials That Will Change the Future of Manufacturing [Slide Show]: Scientific American

9 Materials That Will Change the Future of Manufacturing [Slide Show]: Scientific American | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Researchers are developing cutting-edge foams, coatings, metals and other substances to make our homes, vehicles and gadgets more energy efficient and environmentally friendly
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Oh, boy, so much change coming at us.

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The Rise of MOOCs ~ Stephen's Web

The Rise of MOOCs ~ Stephen's Web | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

1. Are MOOCs an idea that were floating around the halls of universities for some time now, or was the first one in 2008 really a watershed moment? 

Many of the ideas that go into a MOOC were around before CCK08 but that course marks the first time the format came together. In particular, we would point to David Wiley's Introduction to Open Education course, which was offered as an open wiki (later called the Wiley Wiki - seehttps://sites.google.com/site/themoocguide/cck08---mooc-basics ) and Alec Couros's open course ECI831 - Social Media and Open Education (see https://sites.google.com/site/themoocguide/social-media-and-open-education ). These two courses were of course influenced by other work in the field - the concept of open education, in which Wiley was a pioneer, with a license preceeding the Creative Commons licenses, the open wiki, which of course was made famous by Wikipedia, and more. 

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Soufyane Zanfoukh's curator insight, April 25, 2013 7:21 AM

Keeping on discussion...

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Getting 3-D Printing and Next-Generation Manufacturing to the Factory Floor

Getting 3-D Printing and Next-Generation Manufacturing to the Factory Floor | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
The White House’s budget promises millions of dollars to build a solid foundation for additive manufacturing
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There are several areas where the process could be improved, provided the government’s money is well spent: In addition to speeding up the procedure, manufacturers need to make sure these printed products are consistent from one assembly to the next. They must also develop ways to make more complex, detailed and multi-material objects. Still, with additive manufacturing on the national radar—and, more importantly, in the budget—it’s only a matter of time before most parts are printed rather than carved out of raw materials.

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Energy-Harvesting Street Tiles Generate Power from Pavement Pounder: Scientific American

Energy-Harvesting Street Tiles Generate Power from Pavement Pounder: Scientific American | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Power for the people takes on a whole new meaning, as the largest installation of Pavegen energy-harvesting tiles to date produces 4.7 kilowatt-hours of energy during the Paris marathon, enough to power a laptop for more than two days...
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As they ran across the Avenue des Champs Élysées and thumped their feet on 176 special tiles laid on a 25-meter stretch, the athletes generated electricity.


These special “energy harvesting tiles” were developed by London-based Pavegen Systems. The power thus generated can be used to run low-voltage equipment such as streetlights and vending machines. The concept is the brainchild of Laurence Kemball-Cook, who founded Pavegen in 2009 to commercialize it. “The Paris Marathon is the first of many such projects that will enable us to realize our goal of taking this technology to retail sites, transport hubs, office blocks and infrastructure spaces,” he says.

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First Look: John and Frances Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore

First Look: John and Frances Angelos Law Center at the University of Baltimore | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Behnisch Architekten and Ayers Saint Gross consolidate the School of Law's program under one roof for the first time in its 88-year history.
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“Any investment had to speak to the university—forward-looking, open to light, and defining the campus as a place,” says Robert Bogomolny, president of the University of Baltimore. “The only thing I wouldn’t do was contextualism,” he adds, referring to brick-faced structures built in Baltimore in the last decade. The Behnisch–Ayers Saint Gross team earned the commission for the Angelos Center after a 2008 open competition whose shortlist also included Foster + Partners, Dominique Perrault Architecture, Moshe Safdie and Associates, and SmithGroup.

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NACUBO: Data Point the Way

NACUBO: Data Point the Way | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

While partnering with presidents and provosts, business officers must develop a new dialogue, a new set of tools, and a new set of behaviors with data-driven outcomes.

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Gregory A. Smith's curator insight, April 30, 2013 10:40 PM
This article synthesizes the opinions of various chief academic officers and chief business officers regarding strategies for leading institutions to become more data-oriented in their decision-making. Points of advice include developing a strong partnership between academic and business leaders; developing a data focus around the parameters of a strategic plan; recognizing that cultural change is essential to long-term data orientation; enlisting the support of the president; and practicing diplomacy.
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SCUP 2013 North Central One-Day Conference

SCUP 2013 North Central One-Day Conference | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"More than ever before, community colleges are the "front door" to higher education, and student housing needs must be addressed in new ways with new partners for students to be able to succeed."


- Dr. Jan Rogers, Vice President, Student Affairs, Columbus State Community College.  

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Register now for the June 13 one-day SCUP regional conference at Columbus State Community College: 


The Affordable Student Housing Challenge:
Meeting Student Housing Needs at Community Colleges and Two-Year Regional Campuses

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In 'Disturbing' Reversal, Chinese Applications Fall at U.S. Graduate Schools - Global - The Chronicle of Higher Education

In 'Disturbing' Reversal, Chinese Applications Fall at U.S. Graduate Schools - Global - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
After seven years of double-digit increases, the number of Chinese applications to graduate programs in the United States this spring fell an unexpected 5 percent.
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That is potentially troubling news for graduate schools, which have relied on robust increases in foreign-student numbers, particularly in disciplines like engineering and the sciences, to offset weakening domestic enrollments. Even with the surge in students from abroad, total first-time enrollments in American graduate programs have decreased for the past two years.

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The Nerdy Jam Session

I spent the last few days on my first accreditation site visit.  I’ve been on the receiving end of three of the big ten-year versions -- lucky timing -- so it seemed like time to try being on the other side.

I won’t disclose any of the particulars of the discussion or the school, as a professional courtesy.  But the experience itself seems like fair game.

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Interesting.

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A Simple Way to Send Poor Kids to Top Colleges

A Simple Way to Send Poor Kids to Top Colleges | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Basic information can substantially increase the number of low-income students who apply to, attend and graduate from top colleges.
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The results are now in, and they suggest that basic information can substantially increase the number of low-income students who apply to, attend and graduate from top colleges.

Among a control group of low-income students with SAT scores good enough to attend top colleges — but who did not receive the information packets — only 30 percent gained admission to a college matching their academic qualifications. Among a similar group of students who did receive a packet, 54 percent gained admission, according to the researchers, Caroline M. Hoxby of Stanford and Sarah E. Turner of the University of Virginia.

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James L. Morrison's comment, April 12, 2013 12:48 PM
A good report addressing an important issue in higher education's role in ensuring that we continue to maintain upward social mobility for a strong society.
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A Tale Of Mice And Medical Research, Wiped Out By A Superstorm : NPR

A Tale Of Mice And Medical Research, Wiped Out By A Superstorm : NPR | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
When Superstorm Sandy flooded lower Manhattan last year, thousands of lab animals drowned and many scientists lost months or even years of work.
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Campus Resilience—When Superstorm Sandy flooded lower Manhattan last year, thousands of lab animals drowned and many scientists lost months or even years of work. The specialty animals can be very difficult to replace, but researchers say the loss of animal life is emotionally devastating and difficult to get over.

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What Is College For? - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

What Is College For? - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

Lately there has been a great deal of discussion about the importance of measuring a college's "return on investment." Is the point of a college education quantifiable results or personal and intellectual growth? In pursuit of answers, The Chronicleasked a selection of higher-education leaders.

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Study: Green Space Means More for Satisfaction Than a Neighborhood's Average Income

Study: Green Space Means More for Satisfaction Than a Neighborhood's Average Income | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
How strongly people's mental health and life satisfaction correlated with their proximities to parks and gardens
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Of course.

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For Fun: M.C. Escher Drawings brought to Life via 3-D Printer by Israeli Professor

For Fun:  M.C. Escher Drawings brought to Life via 3-D Printer by Israeli Professor | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
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Interesting, especially if you know little about 3-D printing.

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'Be Prepared' for Policy Windows—When Cultivating Campus Change

'Be Prepared' for Policy Windows—When Cultivating Campus Change | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
'Be Prepared' for Policy Windows—Cultivating Campus Change by Vicki Squires of the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon is our reading for the first week of o…
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Get the article by April 25 in the Planning for Higher Ed Mojo.


Watch the Planning Interview video with the author.


Listen to or download (mp3) the Planning Interview podcast (audio, coming soon)

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For Community Colleges, a National Spotlight Is a Mixed Blessing

For Community Colleges, a National Spotlight Is a Mixed Blessing | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

"The expectations legislatures place on them are higher than ever, campus chiefs said at [the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)] gathering in San Francisco, but they're finding more understanding, too."

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This time around, the scrutiny reflects a more nuanced understanding of the challenges that two-year colleges face.

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Governor LePage: Maine Wind Turbine Runs On ‘A Little Electric Motor That Turns The Blades’

Governor LePage: Maine Wind Turbine Runs On ‘A Little Electric Motor That Turns The Blades’ | SCUP Links | Scoop.it

We quote, from The Bangor Daily News: "Now, to add insult to injury, The University of Maine, Presque Isle — anybody here been up there to see that damn windmill in the back yard? Guess what, if it’s not blowing wind outside and they have somebody visiting the campus, they have a little electric motor that turns the blades. I’m serious. They have an electric motor so they can show people that wind power works.


Unbelievable. And that’s the government that you have here in the state of Maine."

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Asked about this curious claim, the University spokesperson’s first response was to literally laugh out loud. There is no motor. The project is actually a success story for the university, and for Maine. This was the first mid-sized turbine installed by a university in the state, has a 600 kilowatt capacity, and has produced 680,000 kwh worth of clean electricity in its first year. That’s $100,000 off the University of Maine at Preque Isle’s utility bill, and 572 tons of CO2 not burnedinto the atmosphere.

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The End of the Home Computer: Why PC Sales Are Collapsing

The End of the Home Computer: Why PC Sales Are Collapsing | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Worldwide PC sales saw a record drop this quarter, as consumers turn to tablets for their entertainment needs.
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Now this is what an industry looks like when it goes into free-fall.

Market research firm IDC reported yesterday that worldwide personal computers had their sharpest drop ever for a single quarter, plummeting nearly 14 percent compared to the first three months of 2012. Among the big players, only one company, Lenovo, shipped as many units as last year. The carnage was worst for HP, which saw its PC sales tumble 23 percent, and ACER, which suffered a 31.3 drop. But as AllThingsD notes, not even Apple escaped unscathed. Its Mac sales slowed 7.5 percent in North America, its top market. 

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Ralph Springett's curator insight, April 15, 2013 5:43 PM

Tablets for learning.

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A Better Way to Diversify Colleges

A Better Way to Diversify Colleges | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
If private colleges banded together, they could collectively offer spots to the top two students in every one of the nation's 29,705 public high schools.
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If private colleges and universities formed a nationwide consortium, they could build a "percentage plan" of their own without the constraints imposed by state legislatures. Just as within large state systems, private institutions run the gamut nationally from prestigious research universities to more locally oriented bodies. If they joined together, they could collectively offer guaranteed admission, need-based financial aid, and support programs to the valedictorian and salutatorian of every one of the 29,705 public high schools in the United States.

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Building on the Cloud: Gehry and Box Overhaul Architecture With New Paperless Service

Building on the Cloud: Gehry and Box Overhaul Architecture With New Paperless Service | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Gehry Technologies has spent the last several decades developing a digital system for sharing and working on architectural plans and diagrams and other types of building information modeling, and now he's trying to share it across the industry,...
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“It’s a category that’s really well suited to the cloud when you think about the kind of scale of data that exists in a lot of these projects,” he says. “You know, some of them range to terabytes of information.”


Not only are the files complex, but records of who has edited, and when, and how add another level that Box helps sort out. And, points out Levie, because the files are so big, they’ve instituted a feature where users can see the renderings before downloading them, to make sure they’re looking at the right ones.


“I think when you can bring these tools to the masses, it really opens up innovation in an incredible way,” says Levie.


Gehry concurs. “I’ve dedicated a whole pile of my life — time and effort — on this topic,” he says, because most of the architecture around the world he hardly considers architecture. “It’s just buildings. And I have this hope that if we have the right tools out there that people with talent can prevail, and can show how you can build wonderful buildings for the same cost.”

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Tatiana Piatanova's curator insight, April 15, 2013 5:06 PM

could be useful for GIS as well

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A Faculty Refuge Becomes an Accreditor's Target

A Faculty Refuge Becomes an Accreditor's Target | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
At the City College of San Francisco, the administration is lean, and faculty members have a lot of say. Now that ethos is threatening its future.
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One board member ia quoted as saying, ""People here don't think they have a boss."

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Universities, colleges in Pittsburgh reject tax talks because of UPMC challenge

Universities, colleges in Pittsburgh reject tax talks because of UPMC challenge | SCUP Links | Scoop.it
Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s challenge of UPMC’s tax-exempt status creates an “adversarial climate” that makes it impossible for the city’s colleges and universities to discuss...
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