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November 21, 2012
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  • Md. teen is recognized for developing cancer-detection method
    High-school student Jack Andraka of Crownsville, Md., recently received $75,000 in scholarship funds and national recognition for developing a paper sensor to detect pancreatic cancer. "I was walking up and down the aisle and getting less and less confident," he said. "One girl created a new way to detect breast cancer using the computer. Mammography is really painful and invasive, but her method was noninvasive." EdTech magazine (11/2012) Email this Story
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  • Ga. Tech shifts center's focus toward more "real world" applications
    Georgia Tech is renaming its Manufacturing Research Center as part of an effort to focus more on materials, systems and education that will enhance manufacturing in the U.S. and lead to job growth. Now called the Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute, the program will draw researchers from across the campus and place a greater emphasis on what innovations can mean in the marketplace. American City Business Journals (11/20) Email this Story
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  • Self-taught programmer starts a new career
    Computer coding may seem like a foreign language and an impenetrable field for those who do not consider themselves computer savvy. However, online resources are available to learn programming, and with time and effort, self-taught programmers can land a job with a technology company. For example, Kevin Dreimiller had experience as a paralegal, but he spent nights and weekends learning to code and so he could achieve his goal of working for Red Hat. B2C Marketing Insider (11/20) Email this Story
  • Manufacturing returns but without blue-collar jobs
    Manufacturing is growing fast in the U.S. and other major economies but the nature of factory work has changed and the number of traditional factory jobs has decreased, according to a study by the McKinsey Global Institute. Worldwide manufacturing contributed to 37% of productivity growth between 1995 and 2005, but employment fell 24% in that period, the study found. The Washington Post/Wonkblog (11/19)
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