Driving Innovation and Student Success through Digital Transformation

first_imgWe all know technology is driving significant changes in the classroom and on campus. Colleges and universities are adapting to keep up with new methods, resources and tools to teach and instruct, while students are also transitioning to a digital-first learning approach, especially with the growth of online programs. We’re excited to further discuss these major transformations and advancements at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference in Denver, where leading industry professionals, IT administrators and campus leaders come together to discuss topics facing the higher education IT industry.This year, throughout our programming and demonstrations at the show, Dell EMC is focused on driving student success through digital transformation, specifically diving into immersive learning and student collaboration, while keeping data protected and simplifying campus operations. We’re hosting multiple sessions to explore these topics led by higher education institutions as they discuss their experiences and showcase how they are changing the face of the higher education sector.Our panels at EDUCAUSE include:Step Out of Your Head(set): Better Approaches for Collaborative Learning in Virtual Environments on October 31, 9:45am – 10:45am, Meeting Room 401/402 featuring:Carolina Cruz-Neira, interim chair of the Department of Computer Science, executive director, Emerging Analytics Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock University of Massachusetts Lowell: Modern Learning Delights Students through Digital Transformation on November 1, 1:30pm – 2:15pm, Meeting Room 505/506 featuring:Michael Cipriano, CIO, University of Massachusetts LowellPreston Winn, director education solutions and product marketing, VMwareJeanne Weber, sr. higher education strategist, Dell EMC Legacy of Good and Digital Communities on November 1, 9:45am – 10:45am, Meeting Room 403 featuring:Jeffrey Miner, assistant vice president, Information Services, Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteMike Nicks, director, IT Operations Office of Information Technology, University of Nevada, RenoJeanne Weber, sr. higher education strategist, Dell EMCcenter_img At EDUCAUSE, we will be showcasing our solutions developed to support the needs of our higher education customers.  Attendees will have the opportunity to:Get immersed in learning transformation with AR and VR experiences, including an AR CAVE experience.Explore the capabilities of new mobile devices, including our augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) ready workstations.Engage in our collaboration solutions featuring interactive displays, projectors and Intel Unite. Specifically, the new Dell 55 4K Conference Room Monitor – C5519Q, a 55-inch display is ideal for collaborative learning spaces. Available now, the monitor offers an outstanding viewing experience optimized for exceptionally sharp text with 4K resolutionExplore our data protection portfolio and how to protect data on and off campus, from core to edge to cloud.Learn how we help transform campus IT environments through powerful data center and cloud technologies, as well as how we help simplify campus operations that improve agility, reliability and security.Dell EMC is uniquely poised to help at every step of the transformation journey—delivering a tailored approach that leverages our extensive relationships with colleges and universities. Coupled with our comprehensive, end to end solutions that are rooted in the understanding of the missions, visions and strategies of higher education institutions we are ready to help advance your digital transformation journey.  If you’re attending the show, stop by the Dell EMC booth (#1003) on October 30 and November 1 to speak with our experts on how we can aid in your digital transformation journey.You can also follow the conversation on Twitter @DellEMCEdu and #TransformEdu and #EDU18.last_img read more

Congress Approves Bill To Crack Down On Racehorse Doping

first_imgBelmont Stakes / Twitter WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to ban race-day doping of horses and set national medication and track-safety standards for the horse-racing industry is nearing the finish line.Lawmakers gave final approval to the bill as part of the massive legislation on spending and pandemic relief.Passage of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act comes after a series of doping scandals and a rash of horse fatalities in recent years. More than two dozen people were charged last March in what authorities described as a widespread international scheme to drug horses to make them run faster.The House approved the bill by voice vote in September, sending it to the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell co-sponsored similar legislation. The measure was eventually folded into the larger spending package. McConnell’s home state of Kentucky boasts some of the country’s top breeding farms and Churchill Downs, site of the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the fabled Triple Crown.“Kentucky’s cherished horseracing traditions deserve to be protected. I’m proud the Senate agreed to my legislation to preserve our signature racing industry and the 24,000 workers who support it,” he said in a statement.The new law should “better protect every competitor and give each of them a fair shot at the winner’s circle,” McConnell said.Rep. Paul Tonko, D-N.Y., co-sponsored the House bill with Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky.“For six years now, I have worked in a bipartisan fashion with my friend and partner in this effort, Congressman Andy Barr, to reform this noble sport to ensure it can continue to provide good jobs and support economic vitality″ in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and other horse-racing communities, Tonko said in a statement.The new law puts “the well-being of our horses and jockeys front and center, delivering common-sense medication reforms and track safety standards that will restore public trust and confidence,″ Tonko said. ”After this long race, I am delighted to see our legislation finally reach the winner’s circle.″Drew Fleming, president and CEO of the Breeders’ Cup, called the bill “the single most significant safety and integrity development in the history of Thoroughbred racing. This moment also demonstrates that great progress can be accomplished when the industry works together.″Horse racing has long been woven into the fabric of American culture, Tonko said during House debate, citing storied names such as Secretariat and Man o’ War that “stir the imagination of racing fans” around the world. Racing also serves as a major economic driver in many parts of the country, including New York, California and other states.Even so, the sport in recent years has seen “the devastating results that can occur when these equine athletes are pushed beyond their limits,″ Tonko said.A patchwork of state medical and safety regulations that are uneven and often unenforced compound the problem, Tonko and other lawmakers said.The newly passed bill would empower an independent Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority to set uniform, national standards for medication, track safety and testing of horses for performance-enhancing drugs.The legislation is supported by a range of groups, including The Jockey Club, the New York Racing Association and the Humane Society of the United States.“Passage of the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act is the biggest news for horses in Congress in half a century and will put the welfare of the horses at the center of the enterprise,″ said Marty Irby, executive director at Animal Wellness Action, an advocacy group. The bill also will ensure that the U.S. racing industry aligns with global standards, he said.Sara Amundson, president of the Humane Society Legislative Fund, said an average of at least eight horses die at the races every week. “Congressional intervention is imperative to protect these magnificent animals,″ she said. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

McDermott ignores the doubters

Reading were bottom on Christmas Day but have since gone on a run that has seen them beaten only once in 2013 and last weekend’s 2-1 victory at home to Sunderland moved them two points clear of the relegation zone. “It is nothing about ‘told you so’,” he said. “You never get carried away and all we can do now is concentrate on our next game and try to do the best we can and get a result.” He went on: “We just try to work to the best of our ability and try to get a result on Saturday – nothing else matters. People will want instant success and every time you’re involved in something that is not easy you are going to have peaks and troughs and we have certainly had those in the last three years. “You just go through those, you always have a choice and you can keep going or give up and we never give up.” Stoke have an envious home record in the league so far this season with Chelsea the only side to pick up a win at the Britannia Stadium. McDermott is aware of the Potters’ home form but will still be looking to travel home on Saturday having picked up yet another positive result. He said: “They have lost one game in the league this season at the Britannia and every time you go there you know the fans are going to be vocal. “Tony has been doing this at this level now for a long time and has been very successful, he has been to a cup final and did well in the league and has a decent amount of points again so he knows what he is doing. “We have got to go there prepared and try and get the right result. We will see what the outcome is at five o’clock, we just want to be ready and make sure we are ready. We will see if we get three points or one point or no points.” Press Association Reading manager Brian McDermott is enjoying his side’s recent run of form but is not looking to prove anyone wrong by keeping the Royals in the Barclays Premier League against the odds. read more