science and technology

Three digital tools to keep you healthy and reduce public health costs

Forbes recently ran an article on the costs (rising) or medical care for baby boomers. One of the costliest aspects of health care if chronic disease…


Research funding boost to help new University Bee Lab facility in battle against waning honeybee population

Bee Squad team member Chris Kulhanek carries a frame from a hive at the rooftop apiary at Urban Ventures in south Minneapolis on Monday afternoon. Recent state allocations will partially fund the construction of a new University Bee Lab on the St. Paul campus. (Photo by Chelsea Gortmaker)

Midsummer sunrays beamed on Monday as University of Minnesota researchers let a swarm of buzzing honeybees loose, allowing them to forage nearby fields before returning to the experiment’s site on the St. Paul campus.


Wireless commons: Interference is a myth, but the FCC hasn't caught on yet

We often think of all our wireless communications as traveling separate on paths: television, radio, Wi-Fi, cell phone calls, etc. In fact, these signals are all part of the same continuous electromagnetic spectrum. Different parts of the spectrum have different properties, to be sure - you can see visible light, but not radio waves. But these differences are more a question of degree than a fundamental difference in makeup.


As EdTech grows, concern about corporate influence

Last April, when New York governor Andrew Cuomo was deciding how to allocate $2 billion for classroom technology, he turned to a three person council for advice. One of the advisors he selected was Google chairman Eric Schmidt, prompting criticism about a potential conflict of interest. Would Schmidt recommend Google-favorable learning technology? This controversy illustrates a larger concern with the growing acceptance and adoption with educational technology: how much of a role should corporations be allowed to play in our education system?


DigiDaze Community Technology Fair

06/20/2014 - 10:30am - 4:00pm

The Community Technology Empowerment Project (CTEP) AmeriCorps program, a program of the St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN), is co-sponsoring a free public fair with the Saint Paul Public Library to showcase technology-related learning opportunities for youth, adults and seniors.

The University of Minnesota and Tango create mapping tool for indoors

I love to see Minnesota get selected for cool technology projects –and being able to map indoors based on reading from the drone with a camera is pretty cool. The Line does a nice write up of the project…


Dell project collapse offers learning opportunity to Saint Paul

On Friday, we got the news that the Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) has canceled a contract with Dell for the creation of a personalized learning system. The good news is that Dell is refunding most of the referendum money the district paid, giving back $665,000 of $715,000. The bad news is that much of this could have been avoided.


Ben Peck and Minneapolis Public Schools: Ten years and out, without a warning

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Change has been a constant this year for the Minneapolis Public Schools’ Information Technology department. In addition to bringing on Rich Valerga, its third Chief Information Officer in eighteen months, thirty-four of the department’s approximately sixty employees have been fired, laid off, excessed, or have resigned their positions and left the district.


Krishna Pathak: Hostile environment in Minneapolis Public Schools IT department

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Krishna Pathak, like his former colleague Ben Peck, was a manager in the Minneapolis Public Schools’ Information Technology (IT) department for many years. Pathak started in the district in 2001 and resigned his position as Director of Application Services in December 2013, as a show of support for Peck, who was fired that month by Rich Valerga, the district’s current Chief Information Officer (CIO).

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