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  • Blog Post: Academia and industry unite to teach big data research

    Big data —that buzzword seems to dominate information technology discussions these days. But big data is so much more than a clever catchphrase: it’s a reality that holds enormous potential. We now have the largest and most diversified volume of data in human history. And it’s growing...
  • Blog Post: MOOR brings lab research capability to MOOCs

    Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have become one of the hottest trends in higher education, providing access to high-quality classes from such elite universities as Stanford and MIT. MOOCs thus offer a new opportunity for self-directed learning for millions of students worldwide. However, most MOOC...
  • Blog Post: Looking skyward: WWT Digital Dome project brings planetariums to Chinese schools

    About 10 months ago, China’s first planetarium driven by the WorldWide Telescope (WWT) was launched at the Shixinlu primary school. Powered by six high-resolution projectors, the 8-meter dome installation has enabled students not only to see and study the stars and the universe in an immersive...
  • Blog Post: PhD Summer School explores cutting-edge computing

    Call it the invasion of the computer literati: on the last day of June, 78 PhD students converged on Cambridge, England, to begin five days of networking and knowledge exchanges during the Microsoft Research Cambridge 2014 PhD Summer School, our ninth edition of this annual event. The invited attendees...
  • Blog Post: Nurturing the future of computer science

    Each year since 2005, Microsoft Research has awarded Microsoft Research Faculty Fellowships to promising, early-career academics who are engaged in innovative computing research and have the potential to make significant advances in the state of the art. These fellowships—which include a cash award...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft researcher adds industry wisdom to Stanford HCI course

    On June 4, students, teaching staff, and guests gathered at Stanford University for the final presentations for CS247—Interaction Design Studio. While this core class in the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) track is offered every year, this year it was taught by two industrial researchers—I...
  • Blog Post: Computer science takes center stage in Chile

    Where would you look to find new approaches to solving today’s economic, scientific, and social problems? If you answered Viña del Mar, Chile, from today through May 9, you’re right—as that’s where and when more than 250 thought leaders are gathered for the Microsoft Research...
  • Blog Post: Enhancing learning through the cloud

    Most parents want their children to have access to the best educational opportunities at schools with broad, enriching curricula. Students attending such schools may find themselves challenged with finding sufficient time to study any one subject adequately—in or out of the classroom. MyCloud,...
  • Blog Post: WWT brings astronomy to life for children of all ages

    The night sky holds a special fascination for children worldwide. They gaze at the moon and stars shining overhead, and wonder what they are and how they got there. This natural curiosity is dampened, however, for children who live in urban areas, where air and light pollution dim the celestial show...
  • Blog Post: Inviting girls to dream big

    On March 8, we celebrated International Women’s Day . Every year on this date, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. Women's equality has made positive gains, but plenty of inequality still exists. International Women's Day commemorates...
  • Blog Post: ChronoZoom and zombies head to SXSWedu

    Microsoft Research and Zombie-Based Learning @ SXSWedu I can’t believe how much has happened in just one year. This time last year, we had just released the beta version of ChronoZoom , and the content and development community had created two mini-releases on their own. Key members of the ChronoZoom...
  • Blog Post: Grants and scholarships promote women’s participation in computing

    As many of you know—especially if you’ve been reading my blog posts—the participation of women in computer science continues to decline. Last year, women accounted for only 14 percent of computer science college graduates in the United States, according to the Computing Research Association...
  • Blog Post: Stroke recovery gets a boost from Kinect

    The aftermath of a stroke can be overwhelming for any patient—from the physical and emotional toll to the cost of stroke-related treatment. Recent evidence 1 points to the advantages of task-specific training as effective rehabilitation, but in practice, this requires simple, repetitive movements...
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope celebrates new release

    For the past five years, WorldWide Telescope (WWT) has served as an enriching resource in schools, museums, planetariums, and homes all over the world, inspiring students and astronomy enthusiasts with its detailed views of the heavens and interactive educational content. In celebration of its fifth...
  • Blog Post: Hacking to build diverse teams of technological innovators

    Technology can play a key role in finding solutions to big problems. First, we have to build diverse teams of innovators to lead the way. Hackathons provide a great opportunity for anyone to experience coding and see how technology can be used to address serious issues. As I contemplate my New Year's...
  • Blog Post: Innovating for the future: second annual International Women’s Hackathon

    In a blog last week, I alluded to an important upcoming announcement. Well, here it is: I am pleased to announce that our second annual International Women’s Hackathon will take place on university campuses around the globe from April 24 to 27, 2014. Last year’s event spanned 14 campuses...
  • Blog Post: Computer Science Education Week: "touching" on the Hour of Code

    It’s time to revise the traditional “three Rs” of education in the United States. In addition to “reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic,” we need to add computer science. Yeah, I know it doesn’t even contain an “r,” but computer science is just as...
  • Blog Post: ChronoZoom offers new tools for history teachers

    Make your mark in history with ChronoZoom Last week, from November 22 to 24, I was in St. Louis, Missouri, at the annual conference of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), helping to promote the terrific work of our international partners in creating open-source technologies and free...
  • Blog Post: A new tool for teaching climate change in the cloud

    Building an historical view of climate change in the cloud with ChronoZoom Starting in the tenth century, during the Medieval Warm Period , Greenland was a fraction of a degree warmer than today. Norse settlers raised livestock and cultivated small farms. Later, in the fifteenth century, a colder...
  • Blog Post: ChronoZoom challenge: visualize history and win

    I love my job! Why? Because, as manager of Games for Learning and Digital Humanities at Microsoft Research Connections, I get to explore four of my favorite things: games, art, technology, and education. This week is especially exciting for me, because yesterday, we launched the Microsoft ChronoZoom...
  • Blog Post: Bringing the heavens into the schoolhouse

    In the five years since Microsoft Research initially launched the WorldWide Telescope (WWT), the product’s many features have been put to a variety of uses. Today in Chongqing, China, we saw yet another first for WorldWide Telescope: the unveiling of the first WWT-driven planetarium in China. The...
  • Blog Post: Hopping to Minneapolis to celebrate women in computing

    Going to a major conference is always fun. It’s an opportunity to see old friends and make new ones, to network with experts, and to be exposed to fresh ideas and trends. All those benefits hold true for the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) for Women in Computing , the Anita Borg Institute’s...
  • Blog Post: Encouraging the next generation of women in computing

    Although computer science is poised for exponential job growth over the next several years, there’s a glaring lack of women entering the field. Since 1984, the number of computer science degrees awarded to women has steadily declined, to the point where today only 13 percent of computer science...
  • Blog Post: Summit promotes women’s role in computing

    The annual NCWIT Summit brings together committed and passionate minds across industry, academia, and nonprofit organizations, united by the goal of increasing the meaningful participation of women in computing. The 2013 event, which took place in Tucson, Arizona, in late May, was no exception, with...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research gives promising computer science faculty a boost

    The time for new faculty members to take risks in research is early in their careers. However, early-career realities often get in the way. As any tenure-track academic knows, the first few years of one’s career can be a seemingly endless process of writing grant proposals. The Microsoft Research...
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