Provosts vs Graduates’ Opinion on Skills Gap – Tom Friedman

Worth reading!
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/09/10/opinion/thomas-friedman-it-takes-a-mentor.html?_r=1&referrer=

96 percent of the college provosts Gallup surveyed believed their schools were successfully preparing young people for the workplace. “When you ask recent college grads in the work force whether they felt prepared, only 14 percent say ‘yes,’ ” he added. And then when you ask business leaders whether they’re getting enough college grads with the skills they need, “only 11 percent strongly agree.”

Conclusion:  “This is not just a skills gap. It is an understanding gap.”

Inspiring Change Agents to Transform Engineering Education

Screenshot 2014-09-09 15.54.22Truly honored to have been selected as one of these pioneers in engineering education! Thanks, Cindy Atman, also a world recognized pioneer, who lead this project/initiative that identifies challenges and strategies of 47 engineering education pioneers.

You can view her distinguished lecture presented at ASEE on June 2014 here. Her slides, explaining the selection process and outcomes of this initiative can be downloaded here Atman distinguished lecture, ASEE 2014 (1)

You can access my contribution (interview) here:Final Profile – Morell_with photos

IP from the Learning Factory @ UPRM to be Used to Light Up Universty’s Offices

Las luces LED representan una reducción de 62% en el consumo de energía eléctrica.

Multidisciplinary group of students and professors work together to invent and manufacture lighbulbs that reduce energy consumption by 62%. Read more at (Spanish needed) at:

http://m.dialogodigital.com/index.php/A-iluminar-la-UPR-con-lamparas-LED-fabricadas-en-el-RUM.html#.VAh9MvldXNn

http://dialogodigital.upr.edu/index.php/Desarrollan-iluminacion-LED-para-ahorro-energetico-en-el-RUM.html#.VAh9r_ldXNl

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor to Receive Hepburn Medal

Originally posted on TIME:

Bryn Mawr College will present Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor with the 2015 Katharine Hepburn Medal in 2015, the school announced Tuesday. The award is presented annually to women who “change their worlds,” according to a release on Bryn Mawr’s website.

Winners are selected based on their commitment to both civic engagement and the arts, which were passions of the medal’s namesake. The late Hepburn is recognized as an early feminist who acted in dozens of films and received four Oscars for her work.

“As the first Hispanic and third female Supreme Court justice, Justice Sotomayor is truly a trailblazer,” said Bryn Mawr President Kim Cassidy in a release. “Her twenty-year commitment to the federal judiciary reveals her unwavering commitment both to public service and the importance of the legal system in our society and exemplifies the attributes deserving of the Hepburn Medal.”

The award will be presented…

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