New Technologies – Tech Com Forces Tue, 21 Jun 2022 00:00:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Technologies – Tech Com Forces 32 32 Cascades launches innovative insulated packaging technology and inaugurates a new production site Tue, 21 Jun 2022 00:00:35 +0000

KINGSEY FALLS, QC – Cascades continues its deployment its expansion plan in the insulated packaging market improving its line of meal boxes with technology that is 20% more efficient than its current home delivery solution and commissioning a new production plant in York, Pennsylvania.

Cascades is enhancing its line of northbox® insulated packaging solutions by adding an innovative technology: northbox® XTEND™. The composition of this lunch box creates a moisture barrier that helps maintain the rigidity of the insulation. The wrap keeps food fresh during long transit times and in regions with higher temperatures, and requires less ice. Designed with a circular economy in mind, this packaging solution is made from recycled cardboard and has been determined as recyclable by an external laboratory and prequalified by How2Recycle. The northbox® XTEND™ is a new addition to the complete and customizable northbox® range, optimized to deliver operational gains to customers.

The company is also commissioning a new production site for its northbox® product line: Cascades Enviropac – York. This is the second facility in four months to open to support Cascades’ growth in the insulated packaging solutions market. After the commissioning of its inaugural site in the Western United States, in Tacoma, Cascades is now expanding its presence in the East, getting closer to its customers and strengthening its position as a strategic partner throughout North America. The first phase of this expansion includes the installation of a state-of-the-art, highly automated packaging line for the production of its insulated boxes, including the new northbox® XTEND™.

“We are happy to innovate with our customers to offer them a variety of high-performance and adaptable insulated packaging solutions. Since 2007, our recycled cardboard meal boxes have been perfected to meet operational and environmental challenges. Our market expansion plan is proceeding as planned, strengthening our role as a strategic partner who works closely with our customers,” said Luc Langevin, President and Chief Operating Officer of Cascades Specialty Products Group.

These announcements are part of Cascades’ strategic plan supporting its growth as a North American leader in sustainable packaging, while contributing to the achievement of one of the objectives of its fourth action in terms of sustainable development: that 100% of its manufactured packaging be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2030.

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About Cascades

Founded in 1964, Cascades offers sustainable, innovative and value-added solutions for packaging, hygiene and recovery needs. The company employs approximately 10,000 women and men, who work in a network of nearly 80 production units in North America. With its management philosophy, half a century of experience in recycling and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to offer the innovative products that customers rely on, while contributing to the well-being of people, communities and the planet. Cascades shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CAS.

Use of ICT in school education in India wins UNESCO recognition Sun, 19 Jun 2022 12:40:00 +0000

The use of ICT under a comprehensive initiative called PM eVIDYA by the School Education Department of the Ministry of Education (MoE), especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, is winning recognition from the UNESCO. The Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET), a constituent unit of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) of the Department of School Education and Literacy (DOSEL), MoE, Government of India, received the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al Prize – Khalifa Prize for the use of ICT in education for the year 2021.

This award “recognizes innovative approaches in harnessing new technologies to expand education and lifelong learning opportunities for all, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its four on education. Established in 2005 with the support of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the award recognizes individuals and organizations that implement outstanding projects and promote the creative use of technology to improve learning, teaching and overall educational performance at school. digital era. An international jury selects two best projects each year. Each laureate receives $25,000, a medal and a diploma during a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris”, which will be held this year on June 24, 2022.

The PM eVIDYA was initiated as part of Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan by the Ministry of Education on May 17, 2020, which unifies all efforts related to digital, online and on-air education to enable multi-mode access to deliver education using technology to minimize loss of learning.

With a mandate to deploy affordable technology to improve educational opportunities for all, increase the quality of education and bring equity to the country’s education system and taking into account the recommendations of NEP-2020, MoE through CIET, NCERT has been working in the design, development and dissemination of a large number of e-books, e-content – audios, videos, interactives, augmented reality content, Indian Sign Language (ISL) videos, audio books, talking books, among others; a variety of online courses for training schools and teachers; organize digital events such as online quizzes mainly for students and teachers by leveraging online and offline On-Air One Class-One Channel technology, DIKSHA, ePathshala, NISHTHASchool MOOCs on SWAYAMamong others.

To advance the objectives of the NEP and Samagra Shiksha and tackling the above pillars, PM eVidya – a global initiative that unifies all efforts and provides multi-mode access to digital/online/on-air education was launched in May 2020.

CIET has been proactive in bringing learning to children’s doorsteps through the extensive, resilient, ethical and consistent use of 12 PM eVidya DTH television channels and nearly 397 radio stations, including community radio stations under the PM eVidya program. These efforts have been particularly helpful in pandemic situations, when schools were closed, to reach students. These efforts have helped to stop the learning hiatus to a large extent.

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Silver Spoon Enhances Iron Chef Revival With New AR Technology Fri, 17 Jun 2022 13:37:56 +0000

Netflix’s revival of competitive cooking TV show “Iron Chef” enhanced by Silver Spoon’s stunning visual technology.

Netflix’s relaunch of competitive cooking TV show “Iron Chef” has been greatly enhanced by new visual technology provided by virtual reality production company, Silver Spoon. Following his work on Fox Alternative Entertainment’s “Alter Ego” and CBS Sports’ “March Madness,” Silver Spoon has created stunning AR (augmented reality) graphics as well as eight 3D XR (extended reality) environments for the new series of the series. ’emission.

Silver Spoon’s new visuals have helped modernize the overall look of Iron Chef, while preserving its familiar character and essence. The first episode of the new series premiered on June 15, 2022.

Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend. Marcus Samuelsson in episode 103, with XR and AR provided by Silver Spoon.

Throughout the three-week, eight-episode filming schedule for Iron Chef, Silver Spoon provided AR and XR virtual environments, with real-time compositing via Pixotope and camera tracking via Stype. Silver Spoon’s main challenge was to seamlessly integrate AR and XR workflows during filming. Careful pre-production planning and collaboration between all departments has proven to be the key to successfully integrating modern virtual production technologies into the classic Iron Chef format.

Silver Spoon excels in creating technically sound content that is both functional and engaging. While creating exciting visual content, he also makes sure his technology works properly, in real time from the start. Consequently, Silver Spoon’s studio-delivered real-time AR and XR graphics effectively reimagined the popular cooking contest franchise for a new generation of viewers.

Create culinary environments in augmented and extended reality

The contest’s unique cooking tasks take its contestants around the world and through different cuisines, with each episode featuring a secret ingredient. To elevate visual engagement, Silver Spoon managed the installation and operation of a full-scale LED wall. This was placed inside the “Chamber of Secret Ingredients”, extending the physical set into a vast virtual world.

With a challenging schedule, the team prepared eight unique 3D environments in Unreal Engine, including underwater scenes, chili fields, a medieval festival, and a street food market.

Complementing the XR environments, the team developed AR set extensions, incorporating thousands of DMX-controlled virtual lights, to extend the physical set to a larger scale.

Laura Herzing, Executive Producer at Silver Spoon, told us:

Run 100% live and behind closed doors, AR and XR can truly push the visual boundaries of unscripted television. We’re proud to have created something totally unique for Iron Chef, a show with such an established past. I’m excited to see virtual production continue to push further into the mainstream of media production and explore what this means for the future of television.

About the silver spoon

Silver Spoon specializes in real-time virtual production. It works in every industry, from film, broadcast and gaming to TV, commercials and music video production. Its mission is simple: constantly innovate to push the limits of real-time production.

Powered by Epic Games’ Unreal Engine, Silver Spoon creates and deploys innovative real-time content and captivating visual experiences through its end-to-end virtual production platform. Silver Spoon follows best-in-class practices for creating content for real-time pipelines. With a succession of “firsts” in the industry, Silver Spoon has become a leader in its field. To learn more, please click here.

About Unreal Engine (EU)

Unreal Engine is a 3D computer graphics game engine originally developed by Epic Games. He first appeared in a 1998 “shoot-em-up” game called “Unreal”. Originally developed for PC first-person shooters, it has since been used in a variety of game genres. It has also been adopted by other industries, including the film and television industry. Written in C++, Unreal Engine is highly portable and supports a wide variety of desktop, mobile, console, and VR platforms.

Jeff Hammer: My reluctant respect for new technologies Wed, 15 Jun 2022 14:30:00 +0000

Readers of this column will no doubt remember my disdain for the flood of new technologies that seem to constantly invade our daily lives from all directions, but this assessment is not the full picture of my feelings towards the improvements made in regarding the onslaught of new technologies in recent decades.

My teaching career began in the fall of 1989, and I spent the first five years of my career never touching a computer. When I got a 5th grade position at Fort Washakie School for the 1994-95 school year, the mandatory expectation was that the grades had to be entered into a computer and then the software would do the work to calculate a grade final for the nine-week period. and possibly the semester.

Having no experience using a computer (I didn’t even know how to turn one on), this wait caused me tremendous anxiety. Luckily, my paraprofessional knew how the program worked and spent many hours patiently showing me how to do my job when it came to all things computer related. My initial mistrust of computers led me to keep handwritten back-up notes in a spiral notebook similar to those used by teachers many decades before, solely for this purpose. These are notebooks that will be considered museum pieces in the not too distant future.

And in every school and classroom I’ve worked in since then, a computer has been a necessary and important part of my professional life, but the grump in me has grumbled at every new technological demand placed on me.

For many years, I used to spend a few hours at school on Sunday evenings to finalize my lesson plans for the week and make sure I was well prepared for the next day. About 15 years ago I came back to my Northern Elementary class on a Sunday night after winter break or spring break, I can’t remember which ones, to make these preparations, and I discovered that while I was away a new interactive Smartboard had been installed out front where I would normally write with a marker on the whiteboard.

Having received no advance notice that a Smartboard was heading my way, I was a bit shocked that it was there, and my next thought was in disbelief: “What am I supposed to do with this thing?”

It turns out that a few months later, after being trained by a very patient school district tech instructor, I wondered how I had been able to live without it for so many years. They are today, and have been since their first use, a very valuable teaching tool in the classroom, indispensable in my opinion.

When cell phones first hit the scene a few decades ago, the craze with which many Americans embraced this new technology seemed a bit too much like a fad to me then. Yeah, it’s popular today, but what about five years from now? I mean, we’ve survived, even thrived as a civilization, for centuries without calling anyone from anywhere, just for fun. Maybe, I thought, people will just lose patience with the possibility of being interrupted at the most inopportune moment, and decide that this whole connection is more of a pain in our collective backsides than we’re willing to tolerate… and then there’s the inconvenience of having to find a place on your person to put the damn thing.

Never underestimate the perseverance and ingenuity of a motivated population. Who knew three decades ago that the back pocket of a set of jeans would be the perfect size to store the 21st century sixgun.

Well, it’s obvious now that very few people feel the way I do. Not only do we not mind being disturbed, but many of us seem to panic when we aren’t interrupted as often as we seemingly need to feel “loved.”

Can you say “insecurity”?

The first Internet-capable cell phone went live in 1996, and since then, cell phone usage has never been the same. The idea of ​​having internet access in the palm of your hand was a bit too much for me to think about… so I didn’t; but it seems most people can’t live without it.

My little flip phone doesn’t have internet access and won’t if I have a say in it, but I have to make a concession that such power is useful. When traveling, my wife’s cell phone has saved us a lot of stress, especially when our flight plans have been changed by the airlines or when we’re going through unfamiliar territory and Siri tells me where and which way to turn to get to our destination destination.

A recent example of this gift occurred a few months ago when my wife and I left our youngest daughter’s home in Wellington, Colorado, after a very pleasant visit, to drive to our oldest daughter’s home in Madison, Wisconsin, where we expected the same result. But we wanted to drive through part of Kansas first to visit some national historic sites on an indirect route that would eventually take us to Nebraska, Iowa, and then Wisconsin. The map of Colorado from my daughter’s atlas said we could travel straight east across Interstate 25 from Wellington and make a few right-angle turns over farmland to eventually access a two-lane highway leading at Nicodemus National Historic Site.

The problem arose less than ten minutes into our trip, shortly after crossing the freeway and the frontage road heading east. About a hundred yards later we came to a ‘T’ intersection where we had to choose to proceed either left or right. This intersection was not marked on the map, but my inclination was to turn right, which was completely contrary to my long-standing mantra of “when in doubt, always turn left”.

Wisely, my wife suggested we ask Siri. She asked, in her usual nonjudgmental tone, to return to the frontage road, turn north for a quarter of a mile, then east and “continue to the road.” We did, and in no time we were back on track. If we had remained faithful to my initial impulse, I have no doubt that the result would have been much different and much worse. It’s never nice to experience an increasing level of frustration in an enclosed space with a long day ahead of you with someone who knows you at least as well as you know yourself.

However, the most recent example of today’s indispensable need for cell phones was during our recent trip to Europe for a river cruise. My wife spent many hours before the trip, with both a computer and a cell phone, sometimes using them simultaneously to do what seemed to me like some sort of online voodoo to make arrangements for the cruise itself and to meet Covid requirements for airports, airlines and cruise line.

The whole process told me that it is no longer possible to travel abroad without a computer in your pocket, and my desire for the world to be different is just wishful thinking.

During the plane ride to the United States, I watched a western made in 1970 with John Wayne and Dean Martin called Rio Bravo. The film is set in Texas, along the border with Mexico, near what is now Big Bend National Park. This is an area that I know a little about. Predictably, there were no cell phones or computers throughout the film, and no animation either, thank goodness. Long story short, I was transported back in time to the early 1970s when I’m sure I’ve watched this same movie at the Grand Theater in Lander, where the price of admission was well under a dollar for a twelve year old year. It was two hours of life in the past. Invaluable.

Fidium Fiber Wins Gold Globee for Best New Telecom Service Mon, 13 Jun 2022 20:48:47 +0000

Consumer Fidium Gigabit Fiber Internet Service Now Available in 120 Markets

Vermont Business Magazine The Globee Awards, organizers of the world’s largest awards programs and business rankings, have named Fidium, Consolidated Communications’ consumer fiber internet service, winner of the Gold Globee at the 17th Annual World IT Awards 2022 in the New Telecommunications Service category. This prestigious global award recognizes Fidium for bringing new high-speed Internet access to hundreds of thousands of homes and creating a customer-centric experience with competitive pricing and no data caps, contracts or hidden fees. Fidium, part of Consolidated Communications, will arrive in 87,000 Vermont homes by the end of the year.

“We are proud of Fidium Fiber and thrilled with this recognition by the Information Technology World Awards,” said Erik Garr, president of consumer and small business at Consolidated Communications. “Fidium is changing the way consumers experience Internet services. From symmetrical gig speeds to best-in-class WiFi, and unprecedented control over your home network environment, Fidium sets the bar for fiber internet service.

Over 170 judges from around the world representing a wide range of industry experts participated in the judging process. The Information Technology World Awards are open to all information technology and cybersecurity organizations worldwide and their end users of products and services.

In addition to recognition from industry experts, Fidium receives positive reviews from customers and communities, and has an industry-leading Net Promoter Score since its launch in November.

“The information technology industry has always been and will continue to be robust and innovative,” said San Madan, Co-Chair of the Globee Awards. “Although the pandemic has changed the way people live, work, shop and socialize, there is optimistic demand everywhere for new technologies and innovations.”

See the full list of 2022 winners here:

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About Fidium Fiber

Fidium fiber is a customer-centric, fiber-optic broadband service offering symmetric multi-gig speeds and exceptional service. Fidium is available in California, Illinois, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Texas and Vermont with new locations available daily. Fidium is a brand of Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc.. (NASDAQ: CNSL). Consolidated is a leading broadband and business communications provider serving consumers, businesses, and wireless and wireline carriers in a service area of ​​more than 20 states. Learn more about

Sony PlayStation’s New God of War Video Game Slated for November Sun, 12 Jun 2022 04:31:31 +0000 The highly anticipated PlayStation game God of War Ragnarok is set to release in November, according to three people familiar with the game’s development, despite reports this week that it has slipped to 2023.

Publisher Sony Group Corp. is expected to announce the release date later this month, two of the people said.

God of War Ragnarok, the latest entry in the long-running series and a direct sequel to 2018’s God of War, was announced in 2020 for PlayStation consoles. Sony has repeatedly delayed the game since then, both publicly and internally, as its developers deal with the pandemic and other production challenges. Earlier this year it was scheduled for September, but it was recently pushed back to November. A Sony spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The new game is expected to be a big hit and one of Sony’s key pieces of software as it works through hardware challenges. The Japanese video game publisher and maker was unable to manufacture enough PlayStation 5 consoles to meet demand, costing it market share. God of War Ragnarok will be available on both the new console and the older PlayStation 4, which sold over 117 million units, giving the game a substantial install base. The first game sold nearly 20 million copies.

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A recent report from European gaming site GameReactorcombined with the game’s absence from major industry events such as Summer Games Fest and Sony’s State of Play, has led to speculation that God of War Ragnarok won’t be available until 2023.

No date is certain in the turbulent world of game development and it may still be delayed. But as of this week, it’s still on track for November, the people said, asking not to be identified while discussing information that isn’t public.

What is mRNA and who invented the technology? – NBC New York Fri, 10 Jun 2022 14:48:17 +0000

Recognized for the rapid development of a life-saving vaccine, scientists Dr Katalin Karikó and Dr Drew Weissman accepted an award in front of dozens of their peers celebrating the duo’s tireless efforts to invent the mRNA technology behind the COVID-19 vaccine .

Tuesday in Manhattan, in collaboration with the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research and Molecular medicinethe Ross Prize honored the two biomedical researchers who have made a difference during the COVID pandemic.

Dr. Weissman, a physician and researcher at Penn Medicine, is leading various projects, including a pan-coronavirus vaccine to prevent the next COVID outbreak.

Dr. Karikó is a Hungarian-American biochemist and researcher at Penn Medicine and senior vice president of BioNTech, a German biotech company that collaborated with US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer to create the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine.

“As you hear in my presentation, it’s not just me and Drew, but we agree that hundreds of scientists have contributed to the outcome that we have the vaccine. Yes, we weren’t giving up, but many scientists are like us,” Dr. Karikó said in his acceptance speech.

For decades, Dr. Karikó has been analyzing messenger RNA, or mRNA, which is essential in various biological roles, including gene regulation and expression.

Kariko and Weissman first met in 1998 on a photocopier as the two reviewed scientific journals at the University of Pennsylvania. At the time, they were both experimenting with ways to generate vaccines.

With similar interests in mind, the two quickly began collaborating on ideas that eventually, years later, laid the groundwork for rapid development of the current Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

Influence of the scientific community

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID vaccine was first authorized for emergency use by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in December 2020, followed by Moderna’s vaccine.

Since the rollout began, 590 million doses of the COVID vaccine have been administered in the United States and nearly 12 billion doses worldwide, according to Our world in data. Children under 5 may soon be able to receive the first dose as early as June 21, once the FDA gives full clearance.

Faced with various challenges leading up to this breakthrough shot, Dr. Weissman recalls waiting almost 10 years to finally receive funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) after rejection and skepticism about the mRNA technology from the part of prominent leaders – like Dr. Anthony Fauci – asking, “Why are you wasting your time? Why don’t you do something that might have an impact? »

Credit: University of Pennsylvania

Before the awards ceremony kicked off, NBC New York spoke with the two world-renowned scientists about the next steps for the scientific community and the future of medical technology. Dr. Karikó hopes this honor will bring additional funds.

“Right now, of course, more money is being invested in the area of ​​RNA and messenger RNA and not just in academic institutions, but, of course, in large corporations, they are also investing more. Messenger RNA is more of an equalizer, mRNA is cheap to make, very fast,” Dr. Karikó told News 4.

It aims to revisit previous endeavors in treating disease with mRNA-based therapies.

Dr. Weissman said the mRNA trend is unstoppable and has taken over biotech, pharmaceuticals and academic labs around the world which, as he described, previously had no interest in mRNA. question.

“My lab makes vaccines for HIV, herpes, malaria, hepatitis C, and many other diseases. We make vaccines for food allergies, peanut allergies. We make vaccines for autoimmune diseases. immune cells, so there’s no limit to what can be done with RNA,” said Dr. Weissman, who is a strong believer in promoting equity in science around the world.

Palo Alto Networks Launches New “Autonomous SOC” Technology Wed, 08 Jun 2022 14:35:00 +0000

Palo Alto Networks has deployed its early-stage “autonomous SOC” technology to approximately 10 design partners as part of an attempt to make security operations centers more efficient and less dependent on humans.

Nir Zuk, founder and CTO of Palo Alto Networks, introduced the concept of so-called autonomous SOCs during a keynote Tuesday at the RSA conference in San Francisco.

During his keynote, Zuk discussed Palo Alto Networks’ development of new-style SOCs that rely more on AI and machine learning tools and less on human data surveillance designed to detect and prevent threats. cyberattacks.

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“This technology is happening right now,” he told RSA audience members at Moscone Center North in San Francisco. “We build it. We run it.

In an interview with CRN, Zuk went into more detail about exactly what his company has been building and deploying — and it involves about 10 companies that have installed Palo Alto Networks’ new standalone technology within their own SOCs.

“It’s being deployed with a number of very large Palo Alto Networks design partners,” said Zuk, who did not reveal the names of the partners. “And they’re helping us make this system generally available.”

Autonomous SOC technology already deployed

When asked if the technology was indeed in beta testing, Zuk said the company’s automation product was more developed.

“It’s beyond beta testing,” he told CRN. “It’s just that we prefer to perfect it with 10 design partners who use [it].”

Rick Caccia, senior vice president of marketing at Palo Alto Networks, confirmed that the company has now deployed standalone SOC technology in about 10 medium and large enterprises.

While more data needs to be collected on the effectiveness of the technology, Caccia said companies currently using it seem happy with the results they’ve seen.

In fact, one company was so happy to have eliminated its security information and event management tools, Caccia said.

In addition to sharing the technology with design partners, Palo Alto Networks is using the new technology in its own security operations center, Caccia said. Among other improvements, Caccia said the system has significantly reduced the number of duplicate alerts about possible breaches.

In recent years, a number of organizations have pushed for greater automation of SOCs, claiming that there is simply too much data being generated for human analysts to monitor and act on appropriately.

If the new autonomous SOC technologies work as expected, they could lead to a significant decrease in the number of human SOC analysts, which concerns at least one player in the chain.

A “double-edged sword” for the cybersecurity industry

Rick Smith, owner of Renactus Technology, a Union, NJ-based MSP, said the development of standalone SOCs is a “double-edged sword” for the industry.

On the one hand, it has the potential to improve the effectiveness of SOCs in detecting legitimate cyber threats. But part of the original idea of ​​SOCs was actually to involve humans in detecting and responding to hacks, he said.

“That’s one of our concerns,” Smith said of new SOC technologies. “It’s not a big concern right now. It is too early to tell how this will unfold. »

Smith, who co-hosts a podcast called “MSP Unplugged,” said Renactus Technology does not own a SOC, but does contract with others for SOC services.

Zuk emphasized that there will always be a human component in SOCs. “You’ll need human beings because there are things that machines just can’t do,” he said.

But he said the operational focus of SOCs needed to shift from human beings to automation driven by AI and machine learning tools.

“[Humans] can’t do all the work that is necessary – to look at all the data all the time and figure out if something is going on,” he said.

He said he expects increased investment in automated SOC solutions.

“I think, relatively quickly, we’re going to see budgets that go towards adding more and more automation to the SOC,” he said.

Among those seeking advanced SOC technology is Cambridge, Massachusetts-based Devo Technology, which recently raised an additional $100 million from investors to further develop its own standalone SOC product, as well as expand its business. global.

How NIFA Advocates for Greater Access to Higher Education Mon, 06 Jun 2022 14:28:30 +0000

Today is National Higher Education Day, which takes place every year on June 6 to defend accessibility to higher education. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) supports higher education by partnering with the Land-grant University System to find innovative solutions to the most pressing local, national and global issues . In fiscal year 2021, NIFA support for research, extension, and education totaled nearly $2 billion.

The 1890 Fellowship Program provides scholarships to support the recruitment, engagement, retention, mentorship, and training of undergraduate students at 1890 land-grant institutions, resulting in bachelor’s degrees in food and agricultural science and in related fields.

The 1890 Facilities Grant Program supports the acquisition and improvement of agricultural and food facilities and equipment, including libraries, so that 1890 land-grant institutions, including Tuskegee University, Virginia State University- Western and Central State University, can fully participate in the development of human capital in food, agricultural and human sciences.

The 1890 Centers of Excellence Program provides support to the Centers of Excellence which were originally established in 2015 on the 125th anniversary of the second Morrill Act of 1890. The 1890 Centers of Excellence are hosted by land grant institutions from 1890 with the aim of increasing profitability and rural prosperity in underserved areas. farming communities; meet critical needs for enhanced international training and development; and growing diversity in the science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and math pipeline.

The Competitive Educational Grants Program for Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions promotes and builds the capacity of Alaska Native Serving Institutions and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions to carry out related education, applied research, and community development programs. Priority is given to projects that improve equity in education for underrepresented students; build institutional capacity for education; prepare students for careers related to food, agriculture, natural resources and the humanities; and maximize the development and use of resources to improve food and agricultural science curricula.

The Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program provides funding to colleges and universities to support students from diverse backgrounds with scholarships, mentorship, and experiential learning opportunities to help them complete their bachelor’s degree in food, agriculture , natural resources and human sciences; or to obtain a doctorate in veterinary medicine.

The Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Education Grant Program promotes and builds the capacity of HSIs to carry out higher education programs to attract, retain and graduate outstanding students capable of enhancing the country’s professional and scientific workforce in the fields of food, agriculture, natural resources and human sciences.

The National Food and Agricultural Science Needs Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is designated for graduate (masters and doctoral) programs and postgraduate training of the next generation of food and agricultural science policymakers, researchers, and educators.

The Fresh Start Program for Tribal Students awards competitive grants to Land-grant colleges and universities to provide support for tribal students. Funds can be used to support tribal students for 1994 articulation agreements; dual credit programs; recruitment; tuition and related fees; Experimental learning; and student services, including tutoring, counseling, academic counseling, and other student services that would increase retention and graduation rates for tribal students.

The Resident Teaching Fellowships and Distance Learning Fellowships for Higher Education Institutions in Island Regions are competitive grant programs focused on improving formal post-secondary agricultural science education in eight island regions: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia , the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Republic of Palau and the United States Virgin Islands.

The Higher Education Incentive Grant Program funds college and university professors who teach agricultural science and strive to inspire their students and take learning to a new level.

The Grant program for secondary education, two-year post-secondary education and agriculture under the K-12 classroom grant program promotes and strengthens secondary and two-year post-secondary education in the food, agricultural, natural, and human (FANH) sciences to help ensure the existence in the United States of a qualified manpower at the service of the FANH scientific system. It also promotes complementary and synergistic connections between FANH secondary, two-year postsecondary, and higher science education programs to advance excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree. FANH Higher Diploma in Science.

The Tribal College Fellowship Program 1994 assists Land-grant institutions to become centers of scientific research and learning for remote and rural reservation communities. This scholarship focuses on training students in science.

The Tribal Equity Grant Program funds formal learning at land-grant institutions from 1994. Professors use the funding to upgrade their courses, improve their teaching capacity, provide student stipends, or invest in new technology to reach more students in remote reservation communities. 1994 Land Grant Institutions may also use grants to support student recruitment and retention.

The Grants Program for Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is a competitive grant program supporting research and extension projects that increase the participation of rural women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields .

Photo: Rear view of a student raising his hand in a classroom. Courtesy of Adobe Stock.

Hopkinsville Community College is now enrolling students in new air conditioning technology courses beginning in August Sat, 04 Jun 2022 22:00:07 +0000

Hopkinsville, Kentucky – Hopkinsville Community College (HCC) is adding a new air conditioning technology degree program beginning in August. Students who enroll in the program will have the opportunity to earn 5 degrees.

As students complete coursework in the program, they will earn four short-term certificates, including: Building Controls Technician, Environmental Control Systems Repairer, Environmental Systems Repair Helper, and Refrigeration Mechanic.

Once students complete the program, they will earn the Domestic Air Conditioner and Furnace Installer Senior Umbrella Certificate for a total of 35-36 credit hours.

Students will also be able to obtain special certifications and licenses. In order to work with the refrigerant, students will need to obtain an EPA license. They will also have the opportunity to obtain an OSHA 10 safety card and prepare for the journeyman test.

HCC’s Air Conditioning Technology program is a cohort style, which means students will start together in August and take classes with the same group until completion. Classes will be held in person on the Hopkinsville campus from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Dennis Alvey is the instructor for the new program. He comes to HCC from California with extensive experience in education, residential and commercial HVAC. “There is a high demand for HVAC workers in this field,” he explains. According to Emsi – Economic Modeling, LLC, the field has grown by 7.9% over the past three years, and further growth of 1.8% is expected in the current year through 2026.

HCC’s Air Conditioning Technology program is approved for the WorkReady Kentucky Scholarship, which offers Kentucky residents who meet the minimum requirements up to 60 credit hours tuition-free. Military personnel or spouses stationed in Kentucky for more than 30 days are also eligible for Work Ready. Tennessee soldiers are eligible for the scholarship with orders or spousal orders.

For more information, contact Bob Smith at 270.707.3892, or Dennis Alvey at 270.707.3896, Visit for more details.

About Hopkinsville Community College

For many residents of the Pennyrile Kentucky and Fort Campbell area, higher education begins at Hopkinsville Community College (HCC). The college serves thousands of area residents annually as a comprehensive regional learning center offering academic and technical associate degrees; degree and certificate programs in professional fields; pre-baccalaureate education; adult, continuing and developmental education; personalized training for business and industry; and distance education.

As part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, HCC is a vital part of transforming the region’s economy by providing citizens with the education and training needed for high-growth, high-paying careers.

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