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P-TECH: When Ambition Meets Opportunity, Success Happens

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“IBM”

“Many of the scholars who participated in P-TECH, a grade 9-to-14 education model pioneered by IBM in partnership with educators, have completed the six-year program early — some in under four years — and many will be the first in their family to earn a college degree.

See how this public-private partnership is helping bright  young minds reach their full potential.”

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“By this summer, more than 150 students will have graduated from IBM P-TECH schools in four U.S. cities. The students, who graduate with both their high school diplomas and their associate degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), attended Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy in Chicago; Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) in Norwalk, Conn.; and Excelsior Academy in Newburgh, N.Y.

What is P-TECH?

Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) are innovative public schools spanning grades 9 to 14 that bring together the best elements of high school, college and career.P-TECH will grow from 1 school  in 2011 to more than 100 schools in 2018

Within six years, students graduate with a no-cost associate degree in applied science, engineering, computers or other competitive STEM disciplines, along with the skills and knowledge they need to continue their studies or step easily into high-growth, “new collar” jobs. These are positions in some of the nation’s fastest-growing industries where what matters most is having in-demand skills.”

https://www.ibm.com/thought-leadership/ptech/

VA Developing Cyber Careers Program Filling Gaps In Workforce

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The Cyber Workforce Management (CWM) plans to identify work roles across every single position within VA and its IT office and establish qualification requirements for each role that all of government can use..”

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“The Department of Veterans Affairs is developing a cybersecurity career program to fill gaps in the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.

VA’s Office of Information Security stood up a Cyber Workforce Management (CWM) program across the broader Office of Information and Technology (OIT), which determined existing NICE Framework roles didn’t meet all of VA’s mission needs. The NICE framework, developed by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, prescribes knowledge, skills, abilities and tasks (KSATs) to work roles like a cyber defense analyst.

“There are gaps in the framework. Medical is not in there, med cyber — jack of all trades, master of medical devices,” Stephanie Keith, CWM program manager, said during a panel discussion at the 2020 Health IT Summit. “But where are the cybersecurity aspects of that? At VA we’re looking at how we develop what that work role looks like.”

“I’m not about unique requirements for an agency,” Keith said. “I’m about federal national standards.”

CWM is also standing up a cyber training academy pilot to teach employees baseline skills associated with the work roles. Baseline skills for, say, a cyber defense analyst should be the same at every agency so they’re portable, Keith said.

Training for new work roles covering positions like healthcare technology managers and informaticists should happen at the device level, not the network level, she added.

VA employees further removed from technical positions still require cyber training as well in areas like early detection and zero trust, said Paul Cunningham, chief information security officer at VA.

“We’re never going to get medical teams to be primarily cybersecurity. It’s not their mission; we shouldn’t expect it,” Cunningham said. “But we should make it very easy for them to help us as first-line defenders recognize when things are not operating correctly.”

NSA-Approved Cybersecurity Law And Policy Course Now Available Online

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The course goes beyond those with a technical background: It’s available to undergraduates, law students, national security professionals, and anyone who is interested in brushing up on the technical, legal, and policy context.

“People are going to be looking at this who have no idea how an app functions or a phone functions down to people who know how to code,” [ Anne McKenna – Penn State professor who organized the course].

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“Anyone who is interested in cybersecurity law and policy can now take an online course that was partly shaped by National Security Agency.

The course, which can be accessed through the CLARK Center, a curriculum management platform hosted at Towson University, touches on international and domestic cybersecurity law, cyber risk and technical details like how smartphones function, according to Anne McKenna, a Penn State professor who organized the course.

James Houck, director of Penn State’s Center for Security Research and Education, told CyberScoop that program will serve as a primer to the legal and technical details of offensive and defensive cyber-operations.

“What we’re trying to do … is create a framework for people who are trying to be introduced to cyber law, to offensive, defensive cyber operations, and for them to learn the fundamentals, the framework — and in our case legal authorities for how these work,” Houck said.

Houck clarified that although the NSA put out a Call for Proposal for the course’s creation, the course is unclassified and is not intended to cover internal NSA policy or business.

“The concept is: We create curriculum for the NSA, the NSA then, without centering it or trying to modify it, makes this curriculum available to professors around the country,” Houck said.

Although the course is not necessarily about NSA operations, taking the course could help future government employment applications stand out. The course description notes it may prepare students for “potential future employment with the U.S. Government in the cybersecurity field.”

The federal government has acknowledged it has particular challenges when it comes to hiring and retaining cybersecurity talent; the departments of Commerce and Homeland Security noted just last year the government “needs immediate and sustained improvements in its cybersecurity workforce situation.”

“Employers increasingly are concerned about the relevance of cybersecurity-related education programs in meeting the needs of their organizations,” the 2018 report notes. “Globally, projections suggest a cybersecurity workforce shortage of 1.8 million by 2022.”

A coordinated effort

Aside from the NSA’s involvement, the course aligns with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Initiatives in Cybersecurity Education (NICE) by meeting a 2018 recommendation that more educational resources address government employers’ cybersecurity needs.

“So often in education we see someone studies technology or somebody studies domestic law or somebody studies international law and national security and there’s policy folks,” McKenna said. “But we are really trapped in those buckets of education even though everybody talks about interdisciplinary education, you don’t see very many programs that really make it a concerted effort.”

While the professors that designed the course are not representatives of the NSA, the NSA did contribute to developing the course, according to McKenna.

“We did work pretty directly with the NSA on the content,” McKenna said. “The NSA reviewed the content and said, ‘hey we want a little more of this a little less of this.’”

The NSA did not immediately provide comment on the process.

The curriculum


McKenna, Houck, and Scott Sigmund Gartner, the director of Penn State’s School of International Affairs, each contributed different parts of the thirty modules, namely the legal, policy, and technical portions respectively.

“If you want someone to not be able to be manipulated through cyber influence through false posting on social media, if you want to make somebody understand why we need to use two-factor authentication … encryption … we really need to understand broadly how systems function,” McKenna said.

The course, for instance, includes a technical overview of internet of things technologies and encryption, but also provides case examples of online disinformation, how social media platforms work, and details on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data (CLOUD) Act, wiretapping laws, and international human rights laws.

International norms on cybersecurity are still developing and in flux, which creates a particular gap in the course, McKenna said. For instance, the State Department is still working with other nations at the United Nations to hammer out international norms of accepted behavior in cyberspace, such as not attacking civilian infrastructure in times of peace. The latest round of these conversations begin again this fall.

“There was no goal of, ‘this is what it should be and this is what it needs to be,’” McKenna said, noting the course does not advocate for any particular action or policy. “But it clearly identifies we need to be more educated and [have a more] integrated knowledge base.”

“Cybersecurity Talent Initiative” Public-Private Partnership Includes 11 Federal Agencies

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EDITORS NOTE:

The “Cybersecurity Talent Initiative is a sign of the future in higher education, with industry and government cooperative investment, not only in higher education, but also in training. It is a striking elevation of concepts like the PTECH Program at City of New York high schools and at other major cities around the country.

https://rosecoveredglasses.wordpress.com/2018/06/03/p-tech-when-ambition-meets-opportunity-success-happens/

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“Through the new program, graduating or recently graduated college students may apply for a two-year cybersecurity placement at a federal agency, after which they’ll be eligible for a full-time position at Mastercard, Microsoft or Workday.

Those hired will receive up to $75,000 in student loan assistance on the backend.”

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“Between September 2017 and August 2018, the public and private sectors saw more than 313,000 cybersecurity job openings between them, according to CyberSeek.

“I don’t think there’s a model that exists quite like this,” said Margot Conrad, director for federal workforce programs at the nonprofit Partnership for Public Service. “We’re really hoping that we’ll be able to help agencies meet some of those critical [cybersecurity] needs right away.”

As the operating partner, PPS will run initial screenings of all applicants before passing on a slate of candidates to participating agencies.

The CIA, Department of Defense, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, FBI, Federal Election Commission, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Naval Intelligence, and Small Business Administration have all identified positions they’d like to fill through the program.

“This program reflects not only our emphasis on, but also the immense value we see in public-private partnerships to collaboratively address the country’s cyberspace talent deficit,” Brig. Gen. Jennifer Buckner, part of the Army’s Cyber, Electronic Warfare and Information Operations Directorate, said in the announcement.

Only 4.2 percent of the federal workforce is under the age of 30, according to government data.

Most computer science graduates don’t know about federal cybersecurity opportunities at agencies like the EPA or SBA, Conrad said.

“It is incredibly difficult to get into the federal government,” Conrad said. “The process is slow and challenging.”

Even the most service-minded employees aren’t necessarily looking for a long career in the public sector, she added.

Program participants will be automatically enrolled in a development program while in their federal placements that will grant them access to public- and private-sector subject matter experts, pair them with mentors, offer leadership training, and allow them to network with each other.

Applicants can apply at cybertalentinitiative.org through Oct. 18. The goal is for all agencies to make their selections before the end of the year, giving participants plenty of time to obtain security clearances before their onboarding in the summer of 2020.”

https://www.fedscoop.com/federal-cybersecurity-talent-initiative/

“We’re targeting a cohort of around 50 for this class,” Conrad said.”

College Develops Center for Technology Incubator with the Navy as “Anchor” Tenant

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“NATIONAL DEFENSE MAGAZINE”

“An upcoming facility in Maryland is expected to become a hub of innovation for industry, the Navy and university students. 

The College of Southern Maryland recently announced the construction of its Velocity Center, which will include a research center, technology incubator and education facility for its patrons.”


“It is expected to be 20,000 square feet and will contain features such as a cybersecurity laboratory, space for the university’s robotics team and room for industry. The Navy will occupy about 5,500 square feet and serve as an “anchor tenant,” said Tommy Luginbill, director of the Entrepreneur and Innovation Institute at the college. Luginbill is also the program coordinator for the school’s business management program.

“They were very, very big on the idea of having their own space to do what they want to do [with] their own projects,” he said of the Navy. “They were also big on the idea of having an open field. They wanted tall ceilings and they wanted a wide area in the center of the building so that they could host events.”

The center is scheduled to open sometime in 2018 in Indian Head, Maryland, he noted. The university and Navy would have their own spaces in the center, Luginbill explained, and there would be offices for defense contractors.

This format will allow the groups to collaborate on a variety of projects, he said. However, technology developed in the facility may have “dual usage,” meaning they can be leveraged in both the military and commercial sector, he noted.

“If you get these scientists in there who are the ones creating these things, and you get these students in there who are young and maybe looking at the world a little differently … they might say, ‘Well, your [3D-printed] wrench is a great idea, but have you ever thought about using your … technology for things like fidget spinners?’” he said.

The facility could also help the town retain its young engineers, who may otherwise choose to relocate to urban areas in search of jobs, he noted.

The Velocity Center cost is approximately $1.25 million, according to a news release.”

http://www.nationaldefensemagazine.org/articles/2017/12/20/college-develops-center-for-technology-inchoation

Proof That Life is Getting Better for Humanity

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“VOX THE BIG IDEA” by Max Roser

“The successful transformation of our living conditions was possible only because of collaboration. Such a transformation would be impossible for a single person to accomplish.

It is our collective brains and our collaborative effort that are needed for such an improvement.

A recent survey asked, “All things considered, do you think the world is getting better or worse, or neither getting better nor worse?” In Sweden, 10 percent thought things are getting better, in the US the figure was only 6 percent, and in Germany only 4 percent. Very few people think the world is getting better.

What is the evidence that we need to consider when answering this question? The question is about how the world has changed, and so we must take a historical perspective. And the question is about the world as a whole; thus, the answer must consider everybody. The answer must consider the history of global living conditions — a history of everyone.

1) Poverty

To see where we are coming from, we must go far back in time. Thirty or even 50 years is not enough. When you only consider what the world looked during our lifetime, it is easy to make the mistake of thinking of the world as relatively static — the rich, healthy, and educated parts of the world here and the poor, uneducated, sick regions there — and to falsely conclude that it always was like that and that it will always will be like that.

But take a longer perspective, and it becomes very clear that the world is not static at all. The countries that are rich today were very poor just very recently and were in fact worse off than the poor countries today.

To avoid portraying the world in a static way — the North always much richer than the South — we have to start 200 years ago, before the time when living conditions really changed dramatically.

Researchers measure extreme poverty as living on less than $1.90 per day. These poverty figures take into account non-monetary forms of income — for poor families today and in the past, this is very important, particularly because of subsistence farming. The poverty measure is also corrected for different price levels in different countries and adjusted for price changes over time (inflation) — poverty is measured in so-called international dollars that accounts for these adjustments.

The first chart shows the estimates for the share of the world population living in extreme poverty.

In 1820, only a tiny elite enjoyed higher standards of living, while the vast majority of people lived in conditions that we would call extreme poverty today. Since then, the share of extremely poor people fell continually. More and more world regions industrialized and thereby increased productivity, which made it possible to lift more people out of poverty: In 1950, three-quarters of the world was living in extreme poverty; in 1981, it was still 44 percent. For last year, the research suggests that the share in extreme poverty has fallen below 10 percent.

That is a huge achievement — for me, as a researcher who focuses on growth and inequality, maybe the biggest achievement of all in the past two centuries. It is particularly remarkable if we consider that the world population has increased sevenfold over the past two centuries — switch to the “Absolute” view in the visualization below to see the number of people in and out of poverty. In a world without economic growth, such an increase in the population would have resulted in less and less income for everyone; a sevenfold increase in the world population would have been enough to drive everyone into extreme poverty. Yet the exact opposite happened. In a time of unprecedented population growth, our world managed to give more prosperity to more people and to continually lift more people out of poverty.

Increasing productivity was important because it made vital goods and services less scarce: more food, better clothing, less cramped housing. Productivity is the ratio between the output of our work and the input that we put into our work; as productivity increased, we benefited from more output but also from less input — weekly working hours fell very substantially.

Economic growth was also so very important because it changed the relationship between people. In the long time in which people lived in a non-growth world, the only way to become better off was if someone else became worse off. Your own good luck was your neighbor’s bad luck. Economic growth changed that: Growth made it possible for you to be better off when others become better off. The ingenuity of those who built the technology that increased productivity — the car, the machinery, the communication technology — made some of them very rich, and at the same time it increased the productivity and the incomes of others. It is hard to overstate how different life in a zero-sum and a positive-sum economy are.

Unfortunately, the media is overly obsessed with reporting single events and with things that go wrong and does not nearly pay enough attention to the slow developments that reshape our world. With this empirical data on the reduction of poverty, we can make it more concrete what a media that would report global development would look like. The headline could be “The number of people in extreme poverty fell by 130,000 since yesterday” — and it wouldn’t run only once. Newspapers could (and should) have run this headline every single day since 1990.

2) Literacy

How did the education of the world population’s change over this period? The chart below shows the share of the world population that is literate over the past two centuries. In the past, only a tiny elite was able to read and write. Today’s education — including in today’s richest countries — is again a very recent achievement. It was in the past two centuries that literacy became the norm for the entire population.

In 1820, only every 10th person was literate, in 1930 it was every third, and now we are at 85 percent globally. Put differently, if you were alive in 1800 there was a nine in 10 chance that you weren’t able to read; today more than eight out of 10 people are able to read. And if you are young, chances are much higher, since many of today’s illiterate people are old.

If you think science, technology, and political freedom are important to solve the world’s problems, and you think that it helps to read and write in order to use such tools, then look at the figures in absolute numbers. In 1800, there were 120 million people in the world who could read and write; today there are 6.2 billion with the same skill.

3) Health

One reason we do not see progress is that we are unaware of how bad the past was.

In 1800, the health conditions of our ancestors were such that around 43 percent of the world’s newborns died before their fifth birthday. The historical estimates suggest that the entire world lived in such conditions; there was relatively little variation among different regions, in all countries of the world, more than every third child died before it was 5 years old.

It would be wrong to believe that modern medicine was the only reason for improved health. Initially, rising prosperity and the changing nature of social life mattered more than medicine. It was improvements in housing and sanitation that improved our chances in the age-old war against infectious disease. Healthier diet — made possible through higher productivity in the agricultural sector and overseas trade — made us more resilient against disease. Surprisingly, improving nutrition and health also made us smarter and taller.

But surely science and medicine mattered as well. A more educated population achieved a series of scientific breakthroughs that made it possible to reduce mortality and disease further. Particularly important was the discovery of the germ theory of disease in the second half of the 19th century. In retrospect, it is hard to understand why a new theory can possibly be so important. But at a time when doctors did not wash their hands when switching from postmortem to midwifery, the theory finally convinced our ancestors that hygiene and public sanitation were crucial for health.

The germ theory of disease laid the foundation for the development of antibiotics and vaccines, and it helped the world to see why public health is so very important. Public health mattered hugely: Everybody benefits from everybody else being vaccinated, and everybody benefits from everybody else obeying the rules of hygiene.

With these changes, global health improved in a way that was unimaginable to our ancestors. In 2015, child mortality was down to 4.3 percent — a hundredfold lower than two centuries ago. You have to take this long perspective to see the progress that we have achieved.

4) Freedom

Political freedom and civil liberties are at the very heart of development — as they are both a means for development and an end of development. Journalism and public discourse are the pillars on which this freedom rests, but qualitative assessments of these aspects bear the risk that we are mistakenly perceiving a decline of liberties over time when in fact we are raising the bar by which we judge our liberty. Quantitative assessments can therefore be useful when they help us to measure freedom against the same yardstick across countries and over time.

There are various attempts to measure the types of political regimes that govern the world’s countries, and to capture something as complex as a political system is necessarily controversial. There is just no way around that. In this analysis, I will rely on the Polity IV index, as it is the least problematic of the measures that present a long-term perspective. The index measures political regimes on a spectrum from +10 for full democracies to -10 for full autocracies; regimes that fall somewhere in the middle of this spectrum are called anocracies. To this I added information about the world’s countries that were ruled by other countries as part of a colonial empire.

Again, I want to give a time perspective to drive home just how much political freedom has changed over the past 200 years.

The chart shows the share of people living under different types of political regimes over the past two centuries. Throughout the 19th century, more than a third of the population lived in colonial regimes, and almost everyone else lived in autocratically ruled countries. The first expansion of political freedom from the late 19th century onward was crushed by the rise of authoritarian regimes that in many countries took their place in the time leading up to the Second World War.

In the second half of the 20th century, the world has changed significantly: Colonial empires ended, and more and more countries turned democratic. The share of the world population living in democracies increased continually — particularly important was the breakdown of the Soviet Union, which allowed more countries to democratize. Now more than every second person in the world lives in a democracy.

The huge majority of those living in an autocracy — four out of five of those who live in an authoritarian regime — live in one country, China.

Human rights are similarly difficult to measure consistently over time and across time. The best empirical data shows that after a time of stagnation, human right protection improved globally over the past three decades.

5) Fertility

If you click on “Absolute” in any of the previous charts, you see the increase of the world population over the past two centuries. The world population was around 1 billion in the year 1800 and has increased sevenfold since then.

Population growth increased humanity’s demand for resources and amplified humanity’s impact on the environment. But this increase of the world population should evoke more than doom and gloom. First of all, this increase shows a tremendous achievement. It shows that humans stopped dying at the rate at which our ancestors died for the many millennia before.

In pre-modern times, fertility was high — five or six children per woman was the norm. What kept the population growth low was the very high rate at which people died; that, in turn, meant that many children were dead before they reached their reproductive age. The increase of the world population followed when humanity started to win the fight against death. Global life expectancy doubled just over the past 100 years.

Population growth is a consequence of fertility and mortality not declining simultaneously. The fast population growth happened when fertility was still as high as it was in the unhealthy environment of the past, but mortality has already declined to the low levels of our time.

What we have seen in country after country over the past 200 years is that once women realize that the chances of their children dying has declined substantially, they adapt and chose to have fewer children. Population growth then comes to an end. This transition from high mortality and fertility to low mortality and fertility is called the demographic transition. In those countries that industrialized first, it lasted at least from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century — it took 95 years for fertility to decline from more than six children to fewer than three children per woman in the UK. Countries that followed later sometimes achieved this transition much faster: South Korea went from more than six children per woman to fewer than three in just 18 years; Iran even achieved it in just 10 years.

Just as countries went through this transition, so is the world going through this transition. Global fertility has more than halved in the past 50 years, from more than five children per woman in the early 1960s to below 2.5 today. This means the world is well into the demographic transition, and global population growth has in fact peaked half a century ago.

Now that we see fertility declining everywhere, we come to an end of population growth: The global population has quadrupled over the course of the 20th century, and will not double anymore over the course of this century. And at the end of the century, the United Nationsexpects a slow annual population growth of 0.1 percent, whereas the demographers from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASU), near Vienna, expect an end of population growth around the year 2075.

6) Education

None of the achievements over the past two centuries could have been achieved without the expansion of knowledge and education. The revolution in how we live was not only driven by education — it also made education more important than ever.

And we know that education is on track to improve globally. Contrary to many other social aspects where forecasts are of limited use, I think education is an aspect where we can make some useful projections into the future. The simple reason is that the educational composition today tells us something about the education of tomorrow — a literate young woman today will be a literate old woman in 2070, and a student with secondary education now will be a graduate with secondary education in the future.

The younger cohort today is much better educated than the older cohorts. And as the cohort size is decreasing, schools that are already in place can provide better for the next generation.

The visualization below shows the projection of the IIASA for the size and the educational composition of the world population until 2100.

With today’s lower global fertility, the researchers expect that the number of children will decline from now — there will never be more children on the planet than today. And as mentioned before, the IIASA researchers expect the world population to peak in 2070 and to decline thereafter.

Focusing on the educational breakdown, the projection suggests that by 2100, there will be almost no one without formal education and there will be more than 7 billion minds who will have received at least secondary education.

With the great importance of education for improving health, increasing political freedom, and ending poverty, this projection is very encouraging.

7) Why do we not know this?

The motivation for this history of global living conditions was the survey result that documented the very negative perspective of global development that most of us have. How does that fit with the empirical evidence?

I do not think they are the only ones to blame, but I do think that the media is to blame for some part of this. This is because the media does not tell us how the world is changing; it tells us what in the world goes wrong.

One reason the media focuses on things that go wrong is that the media focuses on single events, and single events are often bad — look at the news: plane crashes, terrorism attacks, natural disasters, election outcomes that we are not happy with.

Positive developments, on the other hand, often happen very slowly and never make the headlines in the event-obsessed media.

The result of a media — and education system — that fails to present quantitative information on long-run developments is that the huge majority of people are completely ignorant about global development. Even the decline of global extreme poverty — by any standard, one of the most important developments in our lifetime — is only known by a small fraction of the population of the UK (10 percent) or the US (5 percent). In both countries, the majority of people think that the share living in extreme poverty has increased. Two-thirds in the US even think the share in extreme poverty has “almost doubled.” When we are ignorant about global development, it is not surprising that few think the world is getting better.

The only way to tell a history of everyone is to use statistics; only then can we hope to get an overview over the lives of the 22 billion people that lived in the past 200 years. The developments that these statistics reveal transform our global living conditions — slowly but steadily. They are reported in this online publication — Our World in Data — that my team and I have been building over the past years. We see it as a resource to show these long-term developments and thereby complement the information in the news that focus on events.

The difficulty for telling the history of how everyone’s lives changed over the past 200 years is that you cannot pick single stories. Stories about individual people are much more engaging — our minds like these stories — but they cannot be representative of how the world has changed. To achieve a representation of how the world has changed at large, you have to tell many, many stories all at once, and that is statistics.

To make it easier for myself and for you to understand the transformation in living conditions that we have achieved, I made a summarizing visualization in which I imagine this 200-year history as the history of a group of 100 people to see how their lives would have changed if they had lived through this transformative period of the modern world.”

Max Roser, an economist, is the founder and project director of Our World in Data, a web publication that shows how global living conditions are changing. It is based at the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford. Roser is also a senior fellow with the school’s Institute of New Economic Thinking.

http://www.vox.com/the-big-idea/2016/12/23/14062168/history-global-conditions-charts-life-span-poverty

 

 

New College Scholarship Search Tool For Veterans

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“MILITARY TIMES”

Scholarships for Service” is tailored specifically to search for scholarships that are available to those in the military community.

The tool can help those with any affiliation – active- or reserve-component members, veterans, retired military personnel and military family members.

There are more than 3,000 scholarships available to those with various affiliations in the military community, offered from organizations ranging from the military relief societies to associations for Seabees and 82nd Airborne Division troops, to name just a few.

The Fisher House Foundation has helped provide scholarships to military children and spouses for 17 years, and recognized through that work the need to help families search further, according to the group’s CEO, Ken Fisher, in a statement announcing the new tool.

Because of this involvement, he said, “we routinely received calls asking if we knew of any other financial resources available to help service members, veterans, and their families with college funding. We did the best we could to pass on information about other scholarship programs, but we came to recognize that we were only scratching the surface and needed to do more.”

Unlike other  scholarship search tools, Scholarships for Service is tailored specifically to search for scholarships that are available to those in the military community.
“We get questions about scholarships all the time,” said Brian Gawne, a retired Navy captain who is vice president of community relations for Fisher House Foundation.
Fisher House Foundation developed Scholarships for Service search tool with AdmitHub, which specializes in college application support, scholarship search assistance, and enrollment advising. Plans call for refining the tool as more users try it out, Gawne said; programmers already have added additional organizations, offering newer scholarships, to the database.
Students or students-to-be enter brief background information and education goals, and the tool will quickly identify potential military-affiliated scholarships. With each offering comes a summary of eligibility requirements, points of contact and links to the scholarship provider’s website. Students can have a PDF file of the results emailed to them.

Neither Fisher House Foundation nor AdmitHub collects any data from the site, Gawne said.

“You don’t have to register, we don’t collect information. We just wanted a pure service,” he said. “There won’t be any emails afterwards, because we don’t sell anything to marketing agencies. … If nothing else, it gives a sense of how many scholarships there are out there.”

 http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/troops-veterans-and-military-families-can-track-down-a-college-scholarship-with-this-new-search-tool