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Responsible and level-headed Americans must develop “digital literacy skills” to sort through the flood of “biased or false misinformation” in today’s information age.


The blend of digital technology and traditional merit badges, such as those earned by Boy and Girl Scouts, would provide an opportunity to both motivate and measure learning, according to new research by University at Buffalo education professor Sam Abramovich.

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The effects and effectiveness of school security measures will be the topic of a national conference organized by Jeremy Finn, professor in the UB Graduate School of Education.


They noted the study found that healthier homes can help offset the genetic risk for obesity.

The Gifted Math Program has been serving Western New York for 39 years. The program provides a curriculum to exceptional mathematics students in grades 7 to 12 that is challenging beyond the standard school curricula. There is an emphasis on providing skills for students who pursue careers in university math, sciences or the humanities.
Searching for health information is one of the most frequent online activities. Unfortunately, the results retrieved often are confusing and contain documents from unreliable sources. To make matters worse, search engines rely heavily on terms found in source documents for indexing, which leads to inconsistent use of vocabularies. Lack of “intellectual” control over indexing vocabularies makes the representation process brittle and vulnerable to manipulations and it impacts how users seek information. In this talk, I will discuss three projects that are exploring ways to improve health information seeking by drawing upon techniques from machine learning and human-information interaction: 1) automated vocabulary and concept generation system, 2) an interface that employs visualization to support navigation and retrieval of health related information, and 3) a machine-learning based consumer health information system that learns from interactions with its users and can support personalized delivery of health information. The talk will conclude with a discussion of privacy and security measures and a new architecture for supporting the online dissemination of sensitive health information.