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Colleges would vie for grants under proposed bill

Under legislation introduced Wednesday, the federal government would award $100 million in grants for colleges to maintain the supply of workers who can maintain and update aging federal government IT systems. The “Grace Hopper Code For Us Act,” would create the designation of “critical legacy computer languages,” which are used to update federal systems but not commonly taught in higher education. In an announcement from the office of Rep. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., the bill’s sponsors said the nation needs workers who can update federal government’s legacy systems, especially in light of the increased demand on digital services during the coronavirus pandemic. Emily Bamforth has the details.

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U. Wisconsin-Madison invites students to 30-day mindfulness challenge

The University of Wisconsin-Madison wants to introduce entering students to strategies that will help battle stress through their college careers with a meditation and mindfulness app backed by university research. This fall, UW-Madison is challenging students to use an app that includes lessons on topics like awareness and compassion, along with guided meditations, for 30 days. The app, created by Healthy Minds Innovations, a nonprofit affiliated with UW-Madison’s Center for Healthy Minds, stands out from other free mindfulness apps because it teaches the underlying principles of a healthy mindset, Miyamoto said. Emily has it.

SUNY Poly replaces physical bookstores with virtual marketplace

SUNY Polytechnic Institute on Tuesday announced it’s dropping its on-campus bookstores in favor of an entirely online storefront for textbooks.  The change, which coincides with the completion of the university’s contract with its former bookstore vendor, is intended to lower the cost of education for students and more closely align with media trends, university leaders told EdScoop. A deal with the online platform Akademos will give the Upstate New York institution an opportunity to repurpose the old space, said John Reale, SUNY Poly’s executive director of auxiliary services. Colin Wood has the story.

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