Cornell Needs to Postpone the Fall Semester

I want to shed some light on fall semester plans from a student’s perspective. As an incoming senior, this is my very last year and marks the culmination of my college experience. So, before we consider the possibility of making fall online, I would like to express some of my concerns. Firstly, having online classes will not be helpful to anyone. The actual quality of what we are learning has decreased significantly. Besides the usual problems — the wifi not connecting, the internet crashing, Zoom lagging during lectures, difficult group coordination, inefficient office hours (through no fault of TAs or professors) — we are actually missing out on a great deal of material.

Will students take a gap semester if Penn State continues remote learning in the fall?

Gap years and semesters are hardly new concepts, yet some Penn State students typically seem disinterested in these educational approaches. As Penn State’s Maymester and both summer sessions are set for remote learning amid the coronavirus pandemic, concerns about off-campus education continuing in the fall have entered many students’ minds. Penn State said it will make a decision about the fall 2020 semester by June 15. 

How Pittsburgh’s early stage startups are fighting to survive the pandemic

“We’ve submitted all those applications and we have not received any funding yet. I don’t think the money is going to happen fast enough for a lot of companies.”

While stuck at home, this VC built a virtual version of Silicon Valley

The San Francisco Bay Area is largely shut down due to the coronavirus, with nonessential businesses closed and residents advised to stay home whenever possible. But those who miss the region’s bustling streets and thriving tech scene now have a virtual way to stroll down Market Street or gaze at the Salesforce Tower: a shared creative environment called Stay at Home Valley, created in the collaborative online design tool Figma.

NBA Players Are Going Back to School During the Coronavirus Crisis

With the NBA season suspended and team facilities closed, players are taking advantage by taking online classes. Golden State Warriors guard Chasson Randle says he’s comfortable working anywhere. In the context of basketball, that’s meant playing professionally in the Czech Republic, Spain and China.

Harvard prof rides 17,000% return in a single stock to become a billionaire

Moderna MRNA, +1.59% went public in late 2018, bursting onto the Wall Street scene as the biggest biotech IPO in history. Timothy Springer, a Harvard medical-school professor, saw his stake in the company fatten his bottom line by a whopping $320 million by the end of the trading day.

After that, he really got rich.

Kingdom’s Robotic Mowers Move Like Humans

More than three years ago a robotics company Kingdom Technologies started from a university project. It is now building ten times more efficient robotic lawnmowers than its competitors. The founder of the cutting-edge robots is an Estonian mechatronic scientist Joan Kangro.

eLab teams prepare for virtual Demo Day April 28

Students from five companies in the eLab business accelerator will cap off a year of business development by presenting their work during Virtual Demo Day, an hourlong event scheduled for 3 p.m. April 28. The event, open to the public, will be hosted by the Cornell Entrepreneur Network and Entrepreneurship at Cornell. Guests are asked to register for the event.

Medallia To Acquire Voci Technologies For Speech Processing Tech

Medallia (MDLA) has announced the proposed acquisition of Voci Technologies for $59 million in cash. Voci has developed an enterprise speech transcription system using machine learning algorithms. With the deal, MDLA adds speech processing capabilities to its customer experience platform as customers demand a broader and more integrated approach.