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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 …

Concord High School graduating class T-shirt causes a stir

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Concord High School seniors were handed their crimson-colored Class of 2015 T-shirts on Tuesday morning.. But hours later, the administration asked for the T-shirts to be returned after students discovered potential racism and innuendos hidden in the design. …

Beaver Meadow School principal resigns

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A Concord elementary school principal who was cleared last month in a police investigation following an incident with a student has resigned from the school district. Beaver Meadow School Principal John Forrest’s resignation is effective June 30, the Concord School District announced in a press release yesterday. His …

College Board trying to figure out what to do about error on SATs given across U.S.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Students taking the SAT on Saturday across the United States found a mistake in the instructions, causing confusion about just how much time they had to complete at least one section. Now, the College Board, which owns the SAT, says it is trying to figure out what to …

2 alumni to give $10 million each to Dartmouth College

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Two Dartmouth College alumni are each giving $10 million to the Ivy League school to create “academic clusters” aimed at addressing global challenges. Richard Levy, a 1960 graduate, has committed $10 million to support a faculty team in health care delivery science as part of Dartmouth’s larger strategy …

Ray Duckler: For refugee family, education a slow and challenging process

Sunday, June 7, 2015

For Devi Rai and her family, refugees from Bhutan, Becky Kidder had simple yet useful advice. When you can’t understand what people are saying, Kidder told Devi and the rest of her students recently, don’t be shy or …

Concord schools growing along with refugee population

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Concord’s public schools are far more diverse than they were a decade ago. As refugees from Bhutan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq and a host of other countries are resettled, education becomes a central part of their …

Bishop Brady graduates embrace their school’s identity

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Bishop Brady High School Principal Andrea Elliot calls them “Brady Being Brady” moments, and the Class of 2015 experienced no shortage of them. They went on service trips and had rain on homecoming day, and seven unscheduled dress …

New program should make college transitions easier

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The transition from a New Hampshire community college to one of the state’s public universities will be smoother than ever before. The New Hampshire Dual Admission program rolled out yesterday gives students who earn an associate degree with at least a 2.5 grade point average an opportunity to …

Canada ponders the ‘cultural genocide’ of its aboriginal population

Friday, June 5, 2015

Genocide might be one of the most hard-hitting words in the entire world. Coined by Polish-Jewish lawyer Raphael Lemkin in 1944, the word combined the Greek word “geno” (tribe) with the Latin word “cide” (killing) to create a new way to describe the deliberate and systematic destruction of …

In the wake of tragedy, Concord School District and community rally

Friday, June 5, 2015

A week after a Rundlett Middle School sixth-grader died suddenly, the Concord community is rallying to honor the “amazing little girl” who inspired her classmates. Natalie Velez, 12, of Concord died May 27. In the wake of her death, students at Rundlett and Natalie’s former elementary school, Christa …