It’s hard to play live music together, remotely. That fact has been highlighted by the pandemic. Many ensembles have tried rehearsing via Zoom and Skype. And entire musical seasons have been scrapped. But some faculty and students from the New England Conservatory are trying out an old technology that’s giving new life to their music-making.
“We were just able to return the banality of teaching a voice lesson and to be able to accompany someone in time,” said Ian Howell, a voice professor at the New England Conservatory.
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“See Yourself in STEM” — That’s the theme of the Massachusetts third annual STEM Week, which kicks off Oct. 19. The theme zeroes in on the need to reach out to women of color. Just 4 percent of scientists and engineers in the U.S. are Black or Hispanic women, according to a 2015 report by the National Science Foundation.
For 25 years, the Science Club for Girls has aimed to expose and engage young women of color by providing free experiential science programming in Cambridge. They’ve had great success: 100% of the girls, who mostly come from underrepresented communities, have gone on to college.
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When we picture hands-on learning, usually a computer screen is nowhere in sight. But for the team behind MIT Full STEAM Ahead, “hands-on remote learning” may become the great new frontier for delivering quality K-12 online learning at scale.
Full STEAM Ahead began as an online resource hub to provide robust curated content to K-12 students, teachers, and parents during the first surge of the Covid-19 pandemic, when schools around the world started to shut down in rapid succession. With support from the Abdul Latif Jameel World Education Lab (J-WEL) and a monumental effort of coordination, the hub has grown into a vibrant learning community. Six months, 10 custom-created interactive learning packages, and two highly successful online summer programs later, the Full STEAM team has a lot to share about what makes engaging, effective remote learning experiences. Spoiler alert: it’s not high-tech gadgetry.
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In areas hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic this spring, medical workers faced a grim scenario: there were more critically ill patients than there were ventilators available. Some patients with severe cases of COVID-19 develop acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), in which inflammation of the lungs interferes with the ability to absorb oxygen and expel carbon dioxide. Ventilators can help keep patients alive by mechanically moving air into and out of the lungs. Hard-hit hospitals faced waves of patients struggling to breathe and suffering from ARDS, which left doctors and respiratory therapists grappling with life or death choices: which patients would receive ventilator support? The race was on to increase the global supply of ventilators – quickly and safely.
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COVID-19 has taken the world by storm, placing significant pressures on healthcare systems. Particularly in countries with limited testing resources and capacity-constrained health care systems, it is essential to determine who is at most risk for developing COVID-19. Knowing who may or may not need medical attention, and what type of medical attention enables planning and resource allocation at the local, state, and nationwide level.
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A Massachusetts clean energy agency has awarded $1.4 million in grants to nine transportation projects that promise to speed the spread of electric vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.
The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center earlier this month announced the recipients of its Accelerating Clean Transportation Now (ACTNow) program grants, awarding between $37,000 and $200,000 to a range of projects including school bus electrification, a car-sharing program using electric vehicles, training and certification programs for car dealers selling electric vehicles, and the creation of a fleet electrification planning tool.
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The Boston Red Sox have installed a state-of-the-art robotic pod camera system in partnership with Nikon at Fenway Park to capture still images and full-HD video.
The remote system, from MRMC, a Nikon group company, enables operators and photographers to control the cameras from a distance, thereby minimizing the risk of exposure to the COVID-19 pandemic, Nikon said.
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The Harvard Innovation Labs recently welcomed more than 250 ventures into the initial Fall Venture Program cohort. For the first time this year, the Harvard Innovation Labs offered a second applicant deadline for the Fall Venture Program, and expects to have more than 100 additional teams join the Fall Venture Program in October.
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Earlier this year, a little girl was struggling with a neurological condition that caused her to have 20 to 30 seizures a day. Her parents were working with a neurologist on a treatment plan, but they wanted a second opinion. Rather than trying to find a far-away, top-rated neurologist to get an appointment with, they used the services of InfiniteMD, a company that virtually connects patients and their families with some of the top medical specialists in the world.
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Election tech startups across the map are designing systems to engage and empower voters to participate in democratic elections. An emerging space that’s tracked closely by PitchBook, these companies are working toward more transparent and inclusive voting processes in order to expand access to the ballot. With the 2020 presidential race in full swing in the United States, we’re taking a closer look at a handful of election tech companies that could shape our voting experiences and interactions with campaigns and candidates in the years to come.
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