Increased Use Of Tech In Higher Education During Covid-19 Exemplifies True Grit

The business world teems with buzzwords. Buzzwords reach epic heights, then tragically die after rampant overuse. Grit is one word that ebbs and flows in popularity, but, by all appearances, has yet to be marked with the scarlet b and remains a respected word that signifies a propensity for success.

American psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth took the term grit to new heights in her 2013 TED Talk titled Grit: The power of passion and perseverance where she shared her five characteristics of grit.

At a time where opinions on today’s hybrid learning delivery methods are nothing short of loudly divided, beyond the hysteria our fall 2020 higher education experience exudes true grit of those on the education delivery front lines.

It is easy to show how Duckworth’s 5

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With Virginia’s transportation funding plan finally in place, ‘then COVID-19 hit’ | Govt-and-politics

Success came in 2013, when the assembly approved a $6 billion transportation funding package , sponsored by then-House Speaker Bill Howell, R-Stafford, and supported by then-Gov. Bob McDonnell, but much larger in scope than they originally sought. The final package included long-sought regional funding for transportation priorities in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads.

Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne, then a member of Commonwealth Transportation Board, said Southard played an important role in getting the bill passed, as well as subsequent legislation that led to the creation of Smart Scale program for ranking state transportation projects and committing money to get them done.

“He was a steadfast proponent of transportation funding,” Layne said.

Later, as transportation secretary under Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Layne said he initially clashed with Southard and his industry over reforms to the Public Private Transportation Act to protect the state’s interests in major highway deals with private developers

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Brain Mapping Foundation tackles COVID-19 pandemic through science, technology, innovation, and policy endorsing California Proposition 14-2020

Proposition 14-2020 provides $5.5B in total to continue stem cell research including $1.5B for the support of research and development of treatments toward neurological disorders.

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Brain Mapping Foundation (BMF) and Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) have been on the forefront of combatting COVID-19 with their enormous network of scientists, physicians, and engineers worldwide.  BMF and SBMT formed a COVID-19 global taskforce in February of 2020 and by the first week of March they were connected to 5 different global taskforces in Asia, South America, North America, Middle East and India in real time. “Our taskforce coordinated efforts with our global membership and collaborators to rapidly advance our understanding of COVID-19,” said Vicky Yamamoto, Ph.D., Executive Director of SBMT, Co-Chair of COVID-19 Taskforce and Cancer Scientist, USC-Keck School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery

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Life Science Software Market | Insights on the Crisis and the Roadmap to Recovery from COVID-19 Pandemic

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Perelman Selling Almost Everything as Pandemic Roils His Empire

(Bloomberg) — Bit by bit, billionaire Ronald O. Perelman is parting with his treasures.His Gulfstream 650 is on the market. So is his 257-foot yacht. Movers hauled crates of art from his Upper East Side townhouse after he struck a deal with Sotheby’s to sell hundreds of millions of dollars of works.He’s unloaded his stake in Humvee-maker AM General, sold a flavorings company that he’d owned for decades and hired banks to find buyers for stock he holds in other companies.What in the world is going on with Ron Perelman? His exploits on and off Wall Street have been tabloid fare in New York since the go-go 1980s. But now, at an age when most fellow billionaires are kicking back, Perelman, 77, is facing a range of financial challenges, most of all at Revlon Inc., his cosmetics giant.Once touted as

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Florida’s largest teachers union calls for COVID-19 transparency, funding continuity

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Florida Education Association sent a letter to Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday, pleading with the Republican leader to hold school districts’ funding steady, despite many of them experiencing lower-than-expected enrollment.

Florida Education Commissioner Richard Corcoran issued an emergency order on July 6 which, among other requirements, allowed districts to receive state FTE funding based on the forecasted enrollment rather than the enrollment gathered in an annual October survey.

During a virtual press conference Friday, the FEA called on the state to extend that financial continuity throughout the rest of the academic year, meaning that any enrollment shortfall that still exists during the annual February survey would not impact the respective district’s FTE-based funding.

“We believe a full school-year approach would assist districts in achieving the goal of retaining and hiring the personnel needed to staff the various ways we are educating students,” FEA President Andrew Spar

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Share Of Positive COVID-19 Cases As Texas Reopened Was Higher Than Originally Reported, New State Calculations Show



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By Shawn Mulcahy, The Texas Tribune Sept. 16, 2020

State health officials published new data this week that showed the state’s coronavirus positivity rate was higher in the spring than originally disclosed, even as public officials cited the data to justify business reopenings during the pandemic.

The Department of State Health Services announced a new method Monday for calculating the positivity rate, or the proportion of positive tests, and conceded that the previous method obscured the extent of viral transmission by combining old and new cases. The new formula relies on the date a coronavirus test was administered, rather than the date it was reported to health officials and verified as a case.

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As Texas prepared for the first phase of reopening in late April, Gov. Greg Abbott repeatedly pointed to the state’s positivity rate, even as the number of new cases and deaths

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EPSB letter details how school division will allocate COVID-19 funding from feds



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Edmonton Public Schools superintendent Darrel Robertson sent a letter to parents of students on Monday that outlines how his school division plans to spend money that the federal government has made available to support the safe reopening of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Edmonton Public Schools will receive $37.4 million of this funding, which is just over three per cent of our operating budget,” the letter reads. “These are welcome funds for our division.

“We are faced with many unexpected costs for the 2020-2021 school year because of COVID-19.”

READ MORE: Coronavirus: Ottawa giving provinces $2B for back-to-school safety 

Watch below: (From Aug. 26, 2020) The federal government is making $2 billion available to help Canada’s schools reopen amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Last month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his government would be giving Canada’s

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Science and Technology Development Fund presents results of six Covid-19 research projects

The Science and Technology Development Fund (FDCT) today (Wednesday) presented the results of six subsidised research projects connected to Covid-19 pandemic prevention and treatment projects.

These included two projects from University of Macau, two from Macau Science and Technology University (MUST) and two from private companies, which had their interim reports presented at the Macau Science Centre today.

In February of this year, the fund opened an application round for local universities, research institutions, science and technology enterprises and scientific researchers to apply for funding to pandemic prevention-related projects, with 74 applications received.

The 74 projects include 54 university projects, 16 projects from science and technology companies, one science and technology community project and three individual projects.

The expected duration range of the research projects varied from three to 12 months, with some 16 projects said to have already obtained results.

The maximum support granted for this specific round was

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Cricket-ECB plans to make 62 jobs redundant due to COVID-19

Sept 15 (Reuters) – The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is planning to make 62 positions within the organisation redundant due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, chief executive Tom Harrison said on Tuesday.

With professional cricket in the country suspended for several months due to the coronavirus, Harrison said the game had sustained losses of more than 100 million pounds ($128.92 million).

That figure could rise to 200 million pounds if there is further disruption to the calendar next year.

The sport’s new competition, The Hundred, was expected to add 11 million pounds of revenue to the game in its first year but it was postponed until 2021.

“The entire cricket network has pulled together to get us through this challenge so far and overcoming it will mean continuing to make tough decisions as we have done this year,” Harrison said in a statement.

“Over recent

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During COVID-19, The State Promised Not To Cut Funding For Shrinking Schools. But What About Growing Schools?: LAist

An example of what an L.A. Unified School District classroom could look like if campuses reopen. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)

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In normal times, the basic rule of California public school funding is simple: when a student attends a school, that school gets paid to educate them.

Back in June, state lawmakers suspended that rule, voting to freeze schools’ funding at last year’s levels for the rest of this year. They figured the last thing schools with declining enrollments needed during the COVID-19 crisis was less money.

But what about schools with enrollments that are rising? The state budget’s “hold-harmless” provisions could deny more than $500 million in funding to these growing schools and districts, according to an estimate from a group of

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