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Techonology, Engineering and Computer Science News

NJIT hosts the NJ mayors' Summit on Resilient Design
(New Jersey Institute of Technology) Local mayors and state and federal experts will gather at New Jersey Institute of Technology to discuss how the state has recovered from two of the worst natural disasters ever to hit New Jersey: Hurricanes Sandy and Irene.

New 'Surveyman' software promises to revolutionize survey design and accuracy
(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) Doctoral student Emma Tosch of University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Computer Science won a Best Paper award this week at the premier international computer programming language design conference in Portland, Ore., for her work on 'Surveyman,' a first-of-its-kind software system for designing, deploying and automatically debugging surveys to improve their accuracy and trustworthiness.

RIT student wins coveted SMART Scholarship from Department of Defense
(Rochester Institute of Technology) Kyle Crompton, a doctoral student at the Rochester Institute of Technology, was recently awarded a prestigious SMART scholarship from the U.S. Department of Defense. SMART -- the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation 'Scholarship for Service' Program -- awards scholarships to students pursuing advanced degrees in STEM fields. Upon graduation these scholars are hired as research staff at defense laboratories around the country to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers in this capacity.

Satellite catches lingering remnants of Tropical Depression 9
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NOAA's GOES-East satellite has been keeping an eye on the remnants of Tropical Depression 9.

An imperial honor
(University of California - Santa Barbara) Emperor Akihito will present the Order of Culture Medal to Shuji Nakamura at a ceremony at the Imperial Palace on November 3.

UT Dallas team infuses science into 'Minecraft' modification
(University of Texas at Dallas) The 3-D world of the popular 'Minecraft' video game just became more entertaining, perilous and educational, thanks to a comprehensive code modification kit, 'Polycraft World,' created by UT Dallas professors, students and alumni

NASA sees Tropical Storm Ana still vigorous
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's TRMM satellite saw that Tropical Storm Ana was still generating moderate rainfall is it pulled away from Hawaii. The next day, NASA's Aqua satellite saw that wind shear was having an effect on the storm as it moved over open ocean.

Molecular beacons shine light on how cells 'crawl'
(Emory Health Sciences) Chemists have devised a method using DNA-based tension probes to zoom in at the molecular level and measure and map how cells mechanically sense their environments, migrate and adhere to things.

Powerful new software plug-in detects bugs in spreadsheets
(University of Massachusetts at Amherst) An effective new data-debugging software tool dubbed 'CheckCell' was released to the public this week in a presentation by University of Massachusetts Amherst computer science doctoral student Daniel Barowy. He spoke at the premier international computer programming language design conference known as OOPSLA, in Portland, Ore.

US Navy awards $8 million to develop wave, tidal energy technology
(University of Washington) The University of Washington was awarded an $8 million, four-year contract to develop marine renewable energy technologies appropriate for naval facilities.

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