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9 New Books We Recommend This Week | Book Review - New York Times

Follow on Twitter as @GregoryCowlesSuggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times by Gregory Cowles, Senior Editor, Books.
In 1997, the poet Adrienne Rich was selected to receive the National Medal for the Arts. She refused it. “There is no simple formula for the relationship of art to justice,” she wrote to the head of the National Endowment for the Arts in a letter explaining her reasons. “But I do know that art — in my own case the art of poetry — means nothing if it simply decorates the dinner table of power that holds it hostage.”
The relationship of art to justice, and of art to political power, is very much at the center of poetry these days, as Tracy K. Smith (the United States poet laureate) noted in a recent issue of the Book Review dedicated to the subject. Books from that issue dominate this week’s recommended titles, from poets new and established, considering everything from class politics to colonialism to queer identity. Our staff critics round things out with a radio host’s book about running and a legal scholar’s argument that corporations have grown too powerful: proof that poets aren’t the only ones thinking about the role of politics in our lives.

Source: New York Time  

Word of the Day - AI (artificial intelligence) | WhatIs.com

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems. 
These processes include learning (the acquisition of information and rules for using the information), reasoning (using rules to reach approximate or definite conclusions) and self-correction. Particular applications of AI include expert systems, speech recognition and machine vision.
AI can be categorized as either weak or strong. Weak AI, also known as narrow AI, is an AI system that is designed and trained for a particular task. Virtual personal assistants, such as Apple's Siri, are a form of weak AI. Strong AI, also known as artificial general intelligence, is an AI system with generalized human cognitive abilities. When presented with an unfamiliar task, a strong AI system is able to find a solution without human intervention.

Because hardware, software and staffing costs for AI can be expensive, many vendors are including AI components in their standard offerings, as well as access to Artificial Intelligence as a Service (AIaaS) platforms. AI as a Service allows individuals and companies to experiment with AI for various business purposes and sample multiple platforms before making a commitment. Popular AI cloud offerings include Amazon Machine Learning, IBM Watson, Microsoft Cognitive Services and Google Cloud Machine Learning. Read more...
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How advertisers use big data & machine learning in the digital age | Bitpipe.com - TechTarget

In order to deliver personalized content across various mediums, companies must prioritize big data analysis paired with machine learning. 

Download now In this resource, learn how the advertising industry prioritizes big data analysis and machine learning to create personalized experiences for their consumers in the digital age.

MapR Technologies writes in the introduction,"The media and entertainment industry is in the midst of an enormous transition. As delivery of information and entertainment has gone digital, the consumption metaphor has shifted from specific windows at specific times to an on-demand model. Consumers now expect their preferred programming to be available to them at any time and on any device. And, with the advances of wireless, video, and mobile technologies, consumers now have many options to consume content their way. This is both a blessing and a curse for media companies–and entertainment brands in particular..." 
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Less than a quarter of AI professionals are women | ComputerWeekly.com -TechTarget

Clare McDonald, Business editor at Computer Weekly observes, A report from the World Economic Forum has found there is a significant gender gap in artificial intelligence, and global gender parity will take 108 years to achieve.

Photo: ComputerWeekly.com -TechTargetOnly 22% of artificial intelligence (AI) professionals globally are women, according to research by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The study found a gender gap of 72% in AI, despite the growing need for AI skills as a result of technology adoption.

Not only does this gender gap exist in AI, but also across other industries, and the WEF estimated that it would take 108 years to close the global gender gap. Its estimated was even longer for areas such as the economic gender gap, which could take up to 202 years to close, and 107 years to resolve the gender gap in political empowerment.

Vinous Ali, head of policy at TechUK, said more should be done to make science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) seem like an interesting career for young women to pursue...

The WEF found machine learning and data structures to be the most popular AI-based skills among both men and women, but there are still more men than women with these particular skills. While 40% of female AI professionals claimed to have machine learning skills, 47% of male AI professionals said the same.

However, the report also found that women are more likely to have a wider range of AI skills than men, and are more likely to have roles such as data analysts, researchers or teaching positions, whereas men are more likely to be software engineers or hold management positions in engineering or IT – roles that are more likely to be higher paid.

Source: ComputerWeekly.com -TechTarget  

Humans have been gambling for thousands of years | Economics / Finance - Market Business News

Gambling is part of human nature, if history is anything to go by. Gambling in one form or another has been around since the Paleolithic period, i.e., the Stone Age. This was before we could write, writes Christian Nordqvist, Owner and Writer. 
Blaise Pascal was a French physicist, mathematician, Catholic theologian, writer, and inventor. He invented the roulette wheel, say some historians.
The earliest six-sided dice date back to around 3000 BC in Mesopotamia. Mesopotamia is a historical region which today corresponds to most of Iraq. The region also included parts of modern Saudi Arabia, Syria, Kuwait, and southeastern Turkey.

Gambling houses existed all over China about 1000 BC. There were many forms of gambling at the time, including events where people placed bets on animal fights.

According to Videoslots, in the 10th century AD, dominoes and lotto games appeared in China. Historians say that gambling in Japan began during the 14th century. There may have been betting in Japan beforehand, but there are no historical records before that period.

History of poker 
Wikipedia says that poker was born in the United States during the early nineteenth century. Some historians say that the game is a direct derivative of As-Nas, a Persian game. However, David Parlett, a British games scholar, started challenging this notion in the 1990s.

The Online Etymology Dictionary says that ‘poker,’ an American English work, perhaps originated from the German word Pochspiel, which was a card game similar to poker...

History of roulette 
‘Roulette’ is a French word that means ‘little wheel.’ Gaming scholars say that the first form of roulette emerged in France in the eighteenth century.

Some historians claim that Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician, physicist, and inventor, introduced a primitive form of the game in the 17th century while he was searching for a perpetual motion machine.

The mechanism of roulette is a hybrid of the Italian game Biribi and a gambling wheel that was invented in 1720.

Source: Market Business News

When It Comes to For-Profit Distance Education and Correspondence Courses, History Repeats Itself: Report | Editor’s Picks - eLearningInside News

Read the full report here.
Over the course of the summer, the Department of Education under Secretary Betsy DeVos made numerous proposals to deregulate the for-profit education industry, a sector that received harsh scrutiny during the former presidential administration, continues eLearningInside News.

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Among these proposals, DeVos initiated the process of doing away with the gainful employment safeguards that ask institutions to publish data regarding the professional success of their graduates, along with the mandate that ensures institutions provide ‘regular and substantive interaction’ between instructors and students. These measures stand to significantly impact the for-profit and online higher education sector. Many policymakers and journalists approach these issues as if they represent new territory. We have never, after all, taught learners via digital technology at the current scale at which it occurs, and that has produced a series of new advantages and disadvantages. But according to the liberal-leaning New America’s education policy researcher David Whitman, the debate over for-profit (de)regulation stretches back to correspondence courses. It is nothing new. 
As Whitman writes, “a look back at history reveals that the regulations that Secretary DeVos plans to rewrite or eliminate have their origins in abuses of federal aid dollars by an earlier form of distance education—correspondence programs, the precursor to today’s distance education.”
When eLearning Inside digests the many excellent and well-researched reports put out by American think tanks across the political spectrum, there are typically numerous conclusions or takeaways to glean from them. With Whitman’s The Cautionary Tale of Correspondence Schools, however, there is just one: When it comes to for-profit distance education, history has repeated itself over and over again.

The Beginning of Correspondence Courses and Resulting 
For-Profit Abuse Correspondence programs date back to the early 19th century. But widespread for-profit abuses of these programs, according to Whitman, began with the G.I. Bill following the conclusion of World War II.

“In the five years that followed Franklin Roosevelt’s signing of the 1944 law, the total number of for-profit schools in the United States tripled, from 1,878 to 5,635,” Whitman writes. “Thousands of new ones opened to serve veterans, and thousands more, ill-suited to provide an education, closed. Contrary to conventional wisdom, more veterans actually used their educational benefits to attend for-profit schools than went to four-year colleges and universities. And many of those programs utilized correspondence education. While 2.2 million vets went to college on the GI Bill, 2.4 million GIs used their educational benefits to enroll in trade and technical and business schools, with another 637,000 veterans taking correspondence courses.”...

Enter Online Universities 
In the mid-90s, according to Whitman, two phenomena changed the game. The first was the advent of the internet and online learning. The second was the increasing financialization of for-profit colleges.

“A few large for-profit college chains had existed before 1992 and had been traded on the stock exchange,” Whitman writes, “but the giant for-profit corporations that emerged by 2001 had no precedent in the industry. At the time of the Apollo Group’s initial offering in 1994, its flagship University of Phoenix had 33 campuses in eight states and enrolled fewer than 27,000 students. Ten years later, the University of Phoenix had more than 225,000 students, including more than 100,000 students enrolled online, a bigger enrollment than any public university in the nation.”

Source: eLearningInside News

Harness the full potential of e-learning | Analysis - gulfnews.com

Nidal Abou Zaki, Managing Director, Orient Planet Group summarizes, Government-led efforts are paying off in the region, but still faces multiple challenges.

A woman reading a book on her iPad.
Photo: SuppliedThe popularity of e-learning in workplaces has never been more pronounced, with demand for high-quality competencies and skills at its peak. A number of professionals now optimise the many opportunities — and flexibility — of e-learning to redefine and better control their career paths, embark on a lifelong education, make progress in their professional life, and remain competitive in the labour market.

The Middle East has been giving the e-learning approach to education much interest. This is evidenced by the intensive government efforts to build an infrastructure supporting the e-learning paradigm; the presence of numerous online courses tailored for professional development and employee training; and relevant initiatives in higher education.

E-learning has become part of regional governments’ commitment to provide their people with equal access to education as well as attain diversification in their sources of income. According to a recent report titled ‘Middle East Online Education & E-Learning Market Size, Demand, Opportunity & Growth Outlook 2023’, the region’s online education market is expected to achieve a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 9.8 per cent between 2017-23, spurred by government investments and adoption of online learning among academic and corporate institutions...

E-learning plays a pivotal role in human capital development and is an effective tool for unleashing the full potential of any professional by promoting lifelong learning. While there are many challenges, this type of learning paradigm remains an influential force in modern education.
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Source: gulfnews.com

These AI trends were crucial in 2018 | Evaluate - TechTarget

2018 was a big year in the world of AI. Here we look at five of the leading trends in the use of AI to see how they set the stage for what should be further gains next year, says Ronald Schmelzer, Principal analyst - Cognilytica.

With 2018 quickly fading in the rear view mirror as we drive ahead (autonomously?) into 2019, this makes a great time to take a look at some of the big trends in AI, from use cases and implementations of AI to machine learning developments that propelled the industry forward. 2018 was a banner year for AI in many ways, and it seems that 2019 will continue the pace without slowing...

Continued widespread adoption of AI in enterprises 
But of course, the biggest news of all in 2018 is that AI, machine learning and cognitive technologies continues to gain widespread traction in enterprises across a range of industries and use cases. 2018 was the year that chatbots became pervasive in customer service, and AI-enabled IT self-service management matured. 2018 was also big for predictive analytics companies embracing machine learning and becoming AI-powered analytics companies. We saw companies develop advancements in natural language processing that gave enterprises more visibility into their reams of unstructured data.

AI-enabled marketing was also one of the top trends in AI in 2018, with the concept of hyper-personalization gaining steam and companies realizing the benefits of augmented intelligence in a marketing context. We also saw enterprises using AI and cognitive technologies across a wide range of use cases, from internet of things and edge devices powered with AI- to machine learning-based content intelligence systems. In 2018, retail also jumped on the AI bandwagon with major AI-enabled commerce systems going live, including Amazon's plans to launch over 3,000 Amazon Go stores in the next few years.

AI continued to show its strength in 2018, and certainly shows no signs of slowing as we make our way to 2019. We're looking forward to an AI-powered 2019 with even more big news and trends on the horizon.

Source: TechTarget

Professor named to the American Mathematical Society | Education - Denton Record Chronicle

Stephen Jackson, a University of North Texas regents professor, was named to the American Mathematical Society, inform Jenna Duncan, Higher Education and Business Reporter; Business Editor at Denton Record-Chronicle 

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Photo: Jeff Woo/DRCMathematicians must apply to be named to the society, which recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the field of mathematics. 

Jackson was inducted after a presentation at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro, where he shared a new theory he has developed over the past decade. 

He is the first UNT professor to be named a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

Source: Denton Record Chronicle.

CoSector – University of London drives accessibility at the University of Roehampton | FE News

Blended and online learning are priorities for supporting the Roehampton’s diverse student population, as it often hosts assistive technology integrations such as JAWS, Zoomtext and Texthelp Read and Write, as FE News reports.  

Photo: FE NewsMoodle was identified by the Digital Learning department as the most suitable platform for its needs, due to its clear and modern interface, but what was more important to the University was selecting a partner to implement and host the platform flexibly, supporting new integrations, and it was vital for the new vendor to prove it could improve on the static service currently provided.

CoSector – University of London was selected due to its reputation within the HE community for its versatility and its proven experience in providing all the services required.

CoSector – University of London provides a seamless on-boarding and flexible service for the online learning platform Moodle, in order to create an innovative learning experience to support the university’s diverse user base...

Clear results for students
The strategy and direction of the University is underpinned by the National Student Survey (NSS) and its results. This survey is the main indicator of the areas where the university needs to improve the quality of teaching, and the Digital Learning department follow the results closely to see how the services it has outsourced perform.

The results also correlate with the University’s own internal module evaluation surveys (MES) which they ask students to participate in twice a year. Whilst the NSS results do not measure the success of VLE within universities, the MES does, and the results of the MES often reflect those of NSS.
The results in the MES has improved in the last four years for the VLE. With the question ‘was your module in the VLE satisfactory’, the score has improved systematically in recent years...

The University of Roehampton has just reviewed and renewed its contract with CoSector – University of London, a process they worked closely on with their account manager, who was on hand to discuss any alterations they wished to make.

Xavier concludes: “we are pleased with the Moodle platform and the ongoing CoSector hosting service. We’ve felt constantly reassured by them. When you change host, you are taking a big risk. 
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Source: FE News

How Can School Leaders Personalize Learning? New Book Offers a Guide | EdSurge Podcast - EdSurge

Personalized learning has been an education buzzword for several years, notes Betsy Corcoran, co-founder and CEO of EdSurge.

Photo: untitled / ShutterstockA recent survey of by the state education technology directors association, or SETDA, put personalized learning at the top of the list of state priorities. But what does personalized learning actually mean, and how can school leaders do it?

A new book offers something like a step-by-step manual. It’s called Pathways to Personalization: A Framework for School Change, written by two long-time school innovators, Cathy Sanford and Shawn Rubin.

Rubin spent 10 years in the classroom, and he has been the Chief Education officer at the HIghlander Institute since 2011, and has led personalized learning efforts in Rhode Island schools. He designed the Highlander Institute’s “Fuse” program, which trains educators to lead personalized learning in schools and districts.

EdSurge sat down with Rubin during the EdSurge Fusion conference in October, to talk about his book and what he’s learned about personalized learning.

Listen to the discussion on this week’s EdSurge On Air podcast. You can follow the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you listen. The transcript below has been lightly edited and condensed for clarity.
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Source: EdSurge 

The 45 New Skills You Can Now Learn on LinkedIn Learning | New Courses - LinkedIn Learning

Photo: Paul PetronePaul Petrone, Editor - LinkedIn Learning observes, Each week presents a new opportunity for you and your team to learn the skills necessary to take on the next big challenge.

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And, at LinkedIn Learning, we want to do everything we can to help make that happen.

So, each week, we add to our 13,000+ course library. And this past week was no different, as we added 45 new courses covering everything from web development to user design to leading with intelligent disobedience.

The new courses now available on LinkedIn Learning are:
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Implementing Video-Based Learning Strategy Effectively In Corporate Learning | Blog - Tesseract Learning

With the rising popularity of videos, even corporates are leveraging on using them for educating their employees. Videos can be human based or animated. How exactly video-based learning should be implemented is the focus of this article by Suresh Kumar, CEO at Tesseract Learning Pvt Ltd.

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Introduction Video-based learning is a powerful and effective method of learning new concepts. When implemented correctly, video-based learning solution has the right impact on the minds of the learners. Videos have the power to captivate, entice, and educate learners. Rightly built video-based learning snippets, meaning right sized videos with appealing graphics, visuals and narration help the audience connect well to the subject being taught and lead to better decision making.

Video-based learning in corporate learning improves the retention of concepts due to their appeal and in turn improve productivity of employees Organizations reap several benefits when they implement videos to announce new products or teach innovation and cutting-edge concepts.

Why Videos? The popularity of videos on social media platforms or vlogging platforms cannot be overemphasized. Music videos have garnered billions of views in YouTube. Many professional and amateurs use YouTube to teach and entertain their audiences. In social media platforms, videos have time and again proven to be the method to "break the internet".

Video-based learning nuggets if built carefully and that have the right elements like interesting narration, graphic elements can hold the attention of a learner for longer duration of time.

Conclusion Videos have time and again proved to be effective in communicating important messages, concepts and ideas to the workforce. We believe videos can help engage audiences to learn and understand the concepts better.

At Tesseract Learning, we have a professional team that consists of learning specialists who can create the right video-based learning solutions. We have years of experience in understanding the needs, audience and the context for suitable video-based learning. To bring the video-based learning into life, our learning strategists are ably supported by a team of expert illustrators, visualizers and designers.
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Statistical Inference as Severe Testing - How to Get Beyond the Statistics Wars | Cambridge University Press

Follow on Twitter as @learnfromerror Check out How to Get Beyond the Statistics Wars by Deborah G. Mayo, Professor Emerita in the Department of Philosophy at Virginia Tech.  

Statistical Inference as Severe Testing
How to Get Beyond the Statistics WarsIt is easy to lie with statistics . Or so the cliché goes. It is also very difficult to uncover these lies without statistical methods–at least of the right kind. Self-correcting statistical methods are needed, and, with minimal technical fanfare, that’s what I aim to illuminate.

Mounting failures of replication in social and biological sciences give a new urgency to critically appraising proposed reforms. This book pulls back the cover on disagreements between experts charged with restoring integrity to science. It denies two pervasive views of the role of probability in inference: to assign degrees of belief, and to control error rates in a long run. If statistical consumers are unaware of assumptions behind rival evidence reforms, they can't scrutinize the consequences that affect them (in personalized medicine, psychology, etc.). The book sets sail with a simple tool: if little has been done to rule out flaws in inferring a claim, then it has not passed a severe test...

Philosophical tools are put to work to solve problems about science and pseudoscience, induction and falsification.
  • Views a contentious debate as a difference in goals to enable fair-minded engagement
  • Refocuses on the goal of learning from error to shed fresh light on statistical inference
  • Offers a bridge between long-standing philosophical problems and concerns of practicing scientists and statisticians
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Source: Cambridge University Press 

How to make the most of degree apprenticeships | Talent - TrainingZone.co.uk

Degree Apprenticeships are a great way to accelerate the development of talented people and equip managers with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the new world of work.

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Ashridge Executive Education at Hult International Business School writes, "Many organisations are using their Apprenticeship Levy to fund these highly practical, flexible programmes, which can help build employee engagement and create the agility and resilience needed to thrive in an uncertain future."

But the decision to embrace Degree Apprenticeships is only the beginning of the journey. If organisations are to make the most of their investment, they need to think carefully about how they can exploit the learning that comes out of the programme and use it to support their wider talent and succession planning process.
These are some of the key issues L&D practitioners need to consider if they want to get maximum impact from their decision to go down the Degree Apprenticeship route.

To make the most of degree apprenticeships, L&D practitioners need to learn five key considerations to help maximise their impact within their organisation.  

Learn how to:
  • Support participants throughout
  • Keep line managers in the loop
  • Build a strong internal network
  • Transfer the learning
  • Drive inclusion
Download this Whitepaper

Source: TrainingZone.co.uk

University vs Apprenticeship: The education debate | ComputerWeekly.com -TechTarget

Cath Everett, journalist and editor reports, Traditionally, a degree is the preferred route into the technology industry, but many now believe an apprenticeship may be a more valuable path into the sector.

Photo: ComputerWeekly.com -TechTargetDissent appears to have been growing lately over whether getting a university education really is the best way to find a dream job in tech – or anywhere else, for that matter. For example, a study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development revealed at the end of last year that a mere 52% of former students had found a graduate-level post within six months of leaving university.

A key problem in the tech sector in this regard, says Alan Furley, director of specialist tech and engineering recruitment consultancy ISL, is that universities tend to teach “hard skills that aren’t always contemporary or adaptable into a career, while at the same time the cost of a degree plus lost earning opportunities is ever growing”.
According to a study by the Institute of Fiscal Studies, for instance, nearly a third of recent graduates are currently earning less than £20,000 per year, despite having incurred an average debt burden of £50,000 – a sum that many are likely to spend much of their life paying off.

But apprenticeships, which successive governments have been pushing as an important alternative for some time, have faced their own issues too. First, they still appear to come with a stigma attached – if they register in potential candidates’ consciousness at all.
Second, there have been issues around quality in some quarters. Despite the high levels of noise around alternative routes into employment, which include apprenticeships as well as internships and returnships, employers have had mixed experiences, says Furley.
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Source: ComputerWeekly.com -TechTarget

Prospect’s books of the year 2018: ideas | Arts & Books - Prospect

Books to help us understand our world, says Prospect Team.

Photo: Portrait of NietzscheAre things getting better or worse? Contrary to what the news tells us, actually we’ve never had it so good. That’s the argument of cognitive scientist Steven Pinker in Enlightenment Now (Allen Lane), which offers a profusion of graphs that show positive trends in life expectancy, crime, poverty and the spread of democracy. 

Pinker’s manifesto for optimism is exactly what we need right now, reminding us of how far we have come and how far we can still go. His book rails against the gloomy anti-Enlightenment arguments that were inaugurated by Friedrich Nietzsche. Sue Prideaux’s sympathetic biography I am Dynamite! (Faber) shows how the German philosopher denounced reason and urged us to embrace Dionysian desires. In person, though, he was soft-spoken and impeccably groomed—more like the Victorian gent he strove not to be.
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9 New Books We Recommend This Week | Book Review - New York Times

Follow on Twitter as @GregoryCowlesSuggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times by Gregory Cowles, Senior Editor, Books.
Biographies take center stage in this week’s recommended titles — whether the traditional, magisterial kind that walks readers through the life of a celebrated figure (John Marshall, Saul Bellow) or the more intimate kind that shines attention on a person who might otherwise be overlooked (Scholastique Mukasonga’s mother, Stefania, in “The Barefoot Woman,” or Stephen L. Carter’s grandmother Eunice Carter, in “Invisible”). There’s also a group biography of the fathers of Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats and James Joyce, and autobiography in the form of memoir (by Elaine Pagels) and personal essays (by Meghan O’Gieblyn).
We round things out with a novel about politics and sexual violence, Idra Novey’s “Those Who Knew,” and a narrative history, Patricia Miller’s “Bringing Down the Colonel,” touching on some of those same themes in its account of a 19th-century lawsuit that challenged the era’s prevailing notions of gender and sexual mores.
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Source: New York Time  

Books engage young girls in science and math | Agri News

Author says STEM makes agriculture thrive, inform Martha Blum, AgriNews Field Editor.

Cara Bartek holds the first two books in her Serafina Loves Science! series. Her goal is to publish a new book every six months. Bartek includes the directions for an actual experiment at the end of each book
The goal for Cara Bartek is to plant the seed of positivity in little girls.

“My books are like a long-form love letter to my daughters to tell them you can do it and don’t give up,” said Cara Bartek, the author of the series of Serafina Loves Science! books.

Bartek has written two books that revolve around a particular scientific concept and a life issue.

“My plan is to release a new book every six months,” she said. “These books are middle-grade fiction, and research shows that’s where girls start to lose out from peer pressure.”

In the first book written by Bartek, “Cosmic Conundrum,” Serafina goes to space camp...

The second book, “Quantum Quagmire,” was triggered by Bartek’s oldest daughter who was concerned about her friend whose parents were going through divorce...

Future books by Bartek will focus on marine biology and genetics...

For more information about Cara Bartek and Serafina Loves Science! go to wwww.carabartek.com.

Books can be ordered from www.absolutelovepublishing.com, as well as from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  
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Source: Agri News