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In this Jan. 20, 2015 photo provided by Dartmouth College, Dan Rockmore, director of the Neukom Institute for Computational Science, poses on the Dartmouth campus in Hanover, N.H. Dartmouth is seeking artificial intelligence algorithms that create “human-quality” short stories, sonnets and dance music sets that will be pitted against human-produced literature, poetry and music selections. Rockmore, a mathematics and computer science professor, spun off the idea for the contests from his experience riding a stationary bike. He started thinking about how the music being played during his spin class helped him pedal at the right the pace, and he was surprised when the instructor told him he selected the songs without the help of computer software. (Dartmouth College via AP)

Dartmouth contests showcase computer-generated creativity

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Can an algorithm pass for an author? Can a robot rock the house? A series of contests at Dartmouth College is about to find out. Dartmouth is seeking artificial intelligence algorithms that create “human-quality” short stories, sonnets and dance music sets that will be pitted against human-produced literature, poetry and music selections. The judges won’t know which is which. The …

UMass Amherst takes new steps to comply with Iranian sanctions

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Massachusetts’s flagship public university confirmed that it won’t ban Iranian nationals from certain graduate programs as it initially said it would do this year but instead will unroll several new measures to comply with U.S. sanctions against Iran. The University of Massachusetts at Amherst had said in February that it would block Iranian …

Citing state budget, officials raise tuition at New Hampshire’s universities

Monday, June 29, 2015

After a two-year freeze, tuition at New Hampshire’s state universities will go up next year. Facing $9 million less than they requested in state funding, University System of New Hampshire officials will raise tuition by 2.75 percent and also cut spending to make up the difference. USNH trustees asked for $90 million from …

Faculty, students worry about the effects of most recent community college layoffs

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Last month, the news of another round of faculty cuts at three of New Hampshire’s community colleges – White Mountains Community College in Berlin, Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth and Lakes Region Community College in Laconia – sparked a fresh wave of controversy. Community College System of …

After retirement, Rath isn’t done teaching or learning

Sunday, June 28, 2015

During her last week at work, retiring Concord Superintendent Chris Rath wasn’t slowing down one bit. On Monday morning, Rath was busy cleaning her large, sunny room in the district’s central office. It was a daunting task, because …

Concord School District to stay on with Concord Steam

Monday, June 22, 2015

Concord School District officials said Monday night they will continue to do business with struggling company Concord Steam Corp., even with the city and state looking elsewhere for cheaper energy. At Monday night’s finance committee meeting of the Concord School Board, district Business Administrator Jack Dunn said officials …

Franklin City Council approves open enrollment plan, with two adjustments

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Franklin School District will become the first open enrollment district in the state July 1, following a vote by the Franklin City Council on Monday night to approve the district’s plan. The plan approved by the council has two amendments to it, slightly changing the plan the …

Deal struck to keep Virginia’s Sweet Briar College open

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s office announced Saturday night that an agreement has been reached to keep Sweet Briar College open next year. The agreement, which requires court approval, involves a $12 million commitment from an alumnae group and permission from the attorney general to release $16 million …

Pittsfield High graduates found their voice in guiding school

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Even at the lectern in front of a crowd, Quinn Boyce is gregarious. He cracked jokes from the stage during Saturday’s graduation ceremony at Pittsfield Middle High School, standing behind the lectern with a grin on his face. …

As college costs rise, more high school graduates opt for two-year schools

Sunday, June 21, 2015

As students from the class of 2015 take their first steps toward life beyond high school, they will be headed in many different directions. The majority will go on to two-year or four-year colleges, but a closer look at the lists of high school graduates shows a steady …

Concord High School graduates pay tribute and look forward to giving back

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Before Concord High School seniors walked across the stage on Memorial Field to receive their diplomas and shake hands with Principal Gene Connolly, the soon-to-be graduates were reminded of the significance behind those long sought-after pieces of paper. …

As Franklin opens school district, can other students come?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

In less than two weeks, the Franklin School District could become the first open enrollment school district in the state, allowing students from other districts to attend school in the city. The Franklin City Council will take up …

At Chichester Central School, Fifty + Fifty = 75 years

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The desks in Jean Fifty’s classroom are now all but empty. The children have gone. The lesson plans she’s drawn up in 34 years teaching at Chichester Central School were passed on to the next teacher. The classroom …