Demolition to clear the way for Oakland innovation tower

A Shadyside developer is ready to get rolling on a 10-story office tower in Oakland designed to be a cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s nascent innovation district. With construction resuming in the region after being halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Walnut Capital will begin demolition of four vacant properties at Fifth Avenue and Halket Street to clear the way for the Innovation Research Tower. The 280,000-square-foot building will feature extensive laboratory and research space as well as 6,200 square feet of retail, a 4,900-square-foot public square, a 100-space parking garage, and 125 bike racks.

The Startup MBA In The Startup Nation

There is Silicon Valley and then there is the Startup Nation, the popular sobriquet used to identify Israel’s highly successful startup ecosystem. Outside of SV, it’s the most entrepreneurial place in the world, with largest number of startups per capita on the planet: one newly created enterprise for every 1,400 people.

How Kellogg’s Part-Time MBA Became A Model In The Covid Era

In the time of coronavirus, as Zoom classes fight for attention with the comforts (and distractions) of home, student engagement is among business schools’ greatest challenges. This is where part-time MBA programs have something to teach their full-time cousins. Because even as full-time MBA programs contend with the vagaries of the new normal with varying degrees of success, part-time programs, with more built-in flexibility, are seeing fewer problems and more opportunities for innovation and new types of learning, according to school officials at some of the top programs who spoke with Poets&Quants recently.

The Misguided Rush to Reopen Universities

As federal and state governments begin to take steps toward “reopening” the economy, universities find themselves increasingly pressed to move ahead with plans for in-person instruction in the fall. By now, most will have read this opinion piece by the president of Brown University urging a fall reopening provided that certain conditions are satisfied, including testing, contact tracing and supportive quarantine of those who test positive for COVID-19.

5 reasons students should consider taking a gap year now

With many colleges and universities still deciding when to re-open their campuses after they were shuttered due to COVID-19, many high school seniors are thinking about taking a gap year. Putting off college during the pandemic might enable them to get the on-campus experience they desire in 2021 instead of going to school remotely this fall.

What Students Want This Fall

Niche surveyed students on the “15 Fall Scenarios” blog post that attracted massive traffic. Here are the results. Few blog posts at Inside Higher Ed have generated as much interest as “15 Fall Scenarios,” by Joshua Kim of Dartmouth College and Edward J. Maloney of Georgetown University. It received more than 327,000 pageviews — and it continues to get more.

Online or in person, no easy course for colleges in the fall

In the college admissions field it is known as the “summer melt” —  prospective students who commit to attend a college or university and then don’t matriculate in the fall. Admissions officials fear this year’s melt could be a torrent due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and will exacerbate what has become a historically difficult year for the state’s college and universities.

Meet LittleMoochi, the AI-powered virtual pet that helps kids develop healthy eating habits

Is your kid’s diet unhealthy? There’s an app for that. A tech startup based at Carnegie Mellon University has developed LittleMoochi, an AI-powered virtual pet that encourages children to form positive eating habits in a fun way. Here’s how it works: Your child adopts and names a LittleMoochi to establish an emotional attachment with the computerized pet. While your child enjoys a meal or snack, she can feed her pet at the same time by snapping a photo of what’s on her plate. Three times a day, the child is reminded to feed LittleMoochi.

Dear Incoming Freshmen: Take a Gap Year!

By Jonathan L. KatzmanJonathan L. Katzman ’22, a Crimson Associate Editorial editor, is a History concentrator in Dunster House.

I have one piece of advice for incoming freshmen. Don’t come. Yet. Harvard is a wonderful place and we are excited to have you. But right now, the Harvard experience is a shell of its typical self. Don’t be fooled by emails sent by the administration. The academic experience on Zoom is fundamentally flawed — no amount of summer planning will fix it. More importantly, the social experience is non-existent.