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UCF receives Energy Department grant to advance solar energy research

The University of Central Florida will expand its research into solar energy thanks to a new grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The school will receive $7 million from the department's Solar Energy Technologies Office and will be distributed across four of the university's projects, including one to help defend the nation's power grid from cyberattacks. Betsy Foresman has more.

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Education Department not budging on colleges' pleas for more pandemic relief

The Education Department is pushing back on claims from higher education leaders that they need additional assistance from the federal government to sustain operations and maintain financial health. Congress sent higher education institutions $14 billion in grants through the CARES Act in March, at the onset of the pandemic, but since then universities have said they need more help. Betsy DeVos, the education secretary, says "there is little to support claims of being cash-poor." Betsy has the details.

Baltimore County, Md. schools get a cyber snow day

Students in Baltimore County, Maryland, got an early jump on the Thanksgiving holiday last week, after a ransomware attack against the county's 114,000-student school district prompted the cancellation of classes last Wednesday. While the type of ransomware used has not been identified, the incident added Baltimore County Public Schools to a growing list of large K-12 systems where extortion malware has disrupted an already tenuous year of mostly remote learning. "Looks like we’re getting our first cyber snow day," a football coach at one of the county's high schools wrote. Benjamin Freed has more on StateScoop.

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