first_imgHarvard University has joined a coalition of 30 colleges and universities in a new initiative to expand the number of talented low- and moderate-income students at undergraduate institutions with the highest graduation rates.The American Talent Initiative brings together public and private institutions united in a common goal to enhance their own efforts to recruit and support lower-income students, learn from each institution, and contribute to research that will help other colleges and universities to expand opportunity.“Higher education creates possibility. It opens opportunities for young people to explore the meaning of their lives, to understand the lives of others, and to discover interests and ambitions across a remarkable array of fields and disciplines,” said Harvard University President Drew Faust. “The American Talent Initiative will help to ensure that more of the most talented students in the nation have access to colleges and universities — and have the chance to realize their extraordinary potential to shape our country’s future.”Aiming to welcome more of the 270 institutions with graduation rates of 70 percent or higher over the next few years, the members of the initiative have set a goal to substantially increase the number of high-achieving, lower-income students that the participating colleges and universities attract, enroll, and graduate by 2025.Participating colleges and universities will further the national goal of developing more talent from every American neighborhood by:Recruiting students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds through robust outreach;Ensuring that admitted lower-income students enroll and are retained through practices that have been shown to be effective;Prioritizing need-based financial aid; andMinimizing or eliminating gaps in progression and graduation rates among students from low-, moderate- and high-income families.Members will share lessons learned as well as aggregated institutional data. The Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program and Ithaka S+R, the two not-for-profit organizations coordinating the initiative, will study the practices that lead to measurable progress and disseminate knowledge to the field through regular publications.Catherine Bond Hill, Ithaka S+R managing director and former Vassar president, noted that “this Initiative speaks to fairness and equal opportunity for thousands of students who currently can’t claim either, and to the enormous societal benefit that comes from nurturing all of our most talented young people. Recent research suggests that at least 12,500 high school seniors per year have SAT scores in the top 10 percent with 3.7 grade point averages or higher — and still do not attend the top 270 colleges. If each of these institutions commits to do its share, an additional 50,000 talented students — 12,500 in each grade level — will benefit from the incredible opportunity these colleges and universities offer and that these students have earned.”The initiative seeks to ensure that these “missing” students have a path to attend and thrive at the institutions with the highest-graduation rates and best track records for post-graduate success.“If we’re serious about promoting social mobility in America, we need to ensure that every qualified high school student in the U.S. has an opportunity to attend college. I’m so glad that so many great colleges and universities have stepped up today and committed themselves toward that goal. This is a vital first step toward creating a more meritocratic society,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and former three-term mayor of New York City.This initiative is funded with an initial $1.7 million, multi-year grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Grant funding will be used for research and dissemination of best practices, convenings of college presidents and staff, and data analysis and reporting.last_img read more

first_imgThe development of our Dell EMC PowerScale and ECS platforms was informed by the challenges the enterprise faces when scaling distributed systems like Hadoop. As data teams continue to scale their Hadoop and analytics systems, the need increases for flexible compute and storage. Data teams are processing more data than ever before, but with the growth of data comes significant management challenges. To address these issues, many data teams pivot to architectures that allow for independent scaling of compute and storage in both Object and HDFS for Hadoop. At Dell Technologies, we have helped our customers work through these challenges for many years.Since our partnership with Hortonworks and Cloudera began in 2015, Dell Technologies has engaged in joint engineering and validation efforts to bring our leading edge file and native HDFS storage product Dell EMC PowerScale and distributed object storage product Dell EMC ECS to both Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) and Cloudera Data Hub (CDH).Extending the PartnershipWith the release of the Cloudera Data Platform (CDP), the Cloudera team is enabling IT to deliver easier, faster, and safer self-services analytics experiences. Today, we are announcing our partnership with Cloudera in validating and certifying CDP with PowerScale OneFS and ECS. Our new partnership is built on the base of many years of QATS certification for both CDH & HDP platforms with our unstructured data solutions.“As customers continue to expand their Machine Learning workloads and the storage requirements evolve, we’re excited to partner with Dell Technologies to bring to market solutions backed by its leading-edge unstructured data storage offerings like PowerScale and ECS,” said Nadeem Asghar, VP of Solutions and Partner Engineering at Cloudera. “Dell Technologies shares our commitment to ensuring our customers can always stay ahead of industry and technology trends and we look forward to delivering solutions to our customers for years to come.”  Benefits for Data TeamsThis new three-year investment strengthens the Dell Technologies and Cloudera partnership, allowing us to:Continue to support our existing joint customers on existing and future hardware and software releases.Bring shared storage model at scale with innovative and fully validated end-to-end platforms to support the growing Hadoop ecosystem.Over the course of next few months, we are contracted to work jointly with Cloudera to certify PowerScale as the primary HDFS store for CDP-Private Cloud Base 7.1.x. In the same timeframe, we also plan to certify Dell ECS through QATS as the S3 object store for CDP 7.1.x.Building a Solid Data Foundation for AnalyticsFinally, PowerScale’s capability for data consolidation that can manage data for several Hadoop distributions simultaneously enables us to offer phased migration services from CDH or HDP to CDP. This simplifies the process and significantly minimizes business risk in migrating to the new Hadoop distribution. At Dell Technologies, we plan to launch these migration services as CDP-Private Cloud Base becomes available for on-prem deployment.You can find more information about Data Analytics and Hadoop solutions built using PowerScale  here and Apache Spark on PowerScale here. For the technically inclined, you can find technical details on Hadoop with PowerScale here. If you have questions or feedback on our Hadoop offerings, please reach out to your local Dell Technologies account executive.last_img read more

first_imgBy Greg GrabianowskiALGONA, Iowa (July 6) – Shannon Anderson took full advantage of drawing the pole position, led the whole race and went onto take the $1,000 first place winnings in the JB Life IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock Special at the Kossuth County Speedway on Thursday, July 6.Anderson built a big lead after a pair of early caution flags before Chanse Hollatz slowly reeled in the Des Moines driver. But after the yellow flag again flew with three laps to go, Anderson regained control for his fifth feature win of the summer at the track.Cody Nielsen finished second in the race as Brandon Nielsen was third, Hollatz took fourth and Kyle Si­dles rounded out the top five as a total of 19 Hobby Stocks answered the call.“I got lucky and drew up front,” said Anderson.  “My hat is off to everybody who helps me with the car.  It was a high side track, smooth and fast and I was able to hold them off for the win.  This track is one of the best in the state.”“The first time I came up here, I fell in love with this place and I have been coming back ever since for the past three years. It is a long drive and I am wore out on Fridays but it is well worth it, especially when you win a special like tonight.”Josh Sidles went from 17th to sixth as the feature’s hard charger.Austin Wolf was the IMCA Modified winner and Jake Masters passed Kevin Opheim with four laps left in winning the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main.Josh Meyer topped the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature and Nate Coopman continued his domina­tion in the class with another Mach-1 Sport Compact victory.last_img read more

first_imgThe Foxes have been unbelievable this season. They have given this world yet another underdog story to cherish. With three more games to go, Leicester City are just a win away from clinching the Premier League title this season.  The Foxes have the opportunity to do it on Sunday at Old Trafford against one of the most consistent sides of the league and it would be the perfect icing on the cake for them.No one saw this coming. Leicester City were languishing at the bottom of the Premier League table last season and somehow managed to escape relegation. However, the Foxes have made a mockery of Premier League traditions this season. Only four teams – Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United – have won the Premier League title in the last 20 seasons. Leicester, who did not even pose a threat to top teams last season, have shown the way for aspiring clubs. (Also read: Leicester deserve EPL title more than Tottenham, says Chelsea’s Hazard)A lot has been said about how their manager Claudio Ranieri inspired the boys at Leicester City. Raineri’s story itself is as quirky as his club’s. The former Chelsea boss was sacked by Greece after its national team was humiliated by minnows Faroe Islands in 2014. The Greece Football Association president had termed his appointment ‘most unfortunate choice of coach’. (Also read: Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez voted England’s player of the year) Raineri seems to know a thing or two about forgetting the bad past. He has helped Leicester script one of the most fascinating stories in the history of the sport. (Also read: In love with England, Mahrez rules out PSG move) advertisementThe Italian revealed that he himself did not expect Leicester to sit pretty at the top of the league this season. “If someone had told me that Leicester would be in the top-flight before the start of the season, I would have called that person mad,” he said.”It’s unbelievable. My owner asked me forty points this season to be safe. I said we would work hard to achieve the target. But before the Christmas day, we achieved 39 points. In the second half, we aspired for 40 more – 79,” Raineri, who had been coy and cautious throughout this season, said in an exclusive interview to TRT World.Apart from the Vardys and the Mahrezs, Raineri believes that Leicester City’s fans were crucial to the team’s success this season.”Our fans played a big part in our success. They have been there at home, followed us for away games. They have been brilliant,” he said.The television channel also came up with a compilation of videos in which the Leicester fans showered praise on Raineri for giving them an unimaginable season of football.This is how Raineri reacted after watching the tribute..last_img read more