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2016 Legal Education Data Deck: Key Trends on Access, Affordability, and Value

Center Staff, Access Group, 2016 Legal Education Data Deck: Key Trends on Access, Affordability, and Value (March 10, 2016). Access Group Center for Research & Policy Analysis Research Paper No. 16-01. Available at SSRN: or “On March 10, 2016, the Access Group Center for Research & Policy Analysis released the 2016 Legal Education Data Deck (the… Continue Reading

WHO – Mapping Dangerous Levels of Air Pollution

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the University of Bath have creative an interactive map demonstrating findings from their newly developed method for calculating air pollution which reveals that 92 percent of the world’s population live in places with dangerously high levels of pollution. The method uses satellite and ground-level data and airflow models to… Continue Reading

New on LLRX – Info Today columnist recs National Digital Library Endowment idea to Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden

Via – Info Today columnist recs National Digital Library Endowment idea to Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden – David H. Rothman is a consistent, expert advocate for funding a national digital library endowment, and his enthusiasm has been strengthened with the appointment of Dr. Carla Hayden as the new librarian of Congress. Continue Reading

Sound advice on presentations – less is more

3 Low-Tech Speaking Tips That Still Work In 2016 – “…The most memorable presenters keep things simple. They tell stories about successful initiatives. They inspire others to be better and bolder. They avoid dumping heaps of data on listeners…” Continue Reading

OECD – Growing risk of social exclusion among early school leavers

“Society at a Glance 2016 says that about 40 million young people in OECD countries, equivalent to 15 per cent of youth aged 15 to 29, are not in education, employment or training, so-called NEETs. Two-thirds of them are not even looking for work. While up to 40% of all youth experience a period of inactivity… Continue Reading

Paper – Do “Brain-Training” Programs Work?

Psychological Science in the Public Interest, Do “Brain-Training” Programs Work? doi: 10.1177/1529100616661983,Psychological Science in the Public Interest, October 2016 vol. 17 no. 3 103-186 “In 2014, two groups of scientists published open letters on the efficacy of brain-training interventions, or “brain games,” for improving cognition. The first letter, a consensus statement from an international group… Continue Reading

Forbes – Top 25 Public Colleges 2016

Fobes: “The best public schools in the country are not just limited to those on the nation’s coasts. They can be found all across the country, and five schools from the heartland of the country make this year’s cut: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (No. 7), University of Wisconsin, Madison (No. 10) University of Illinois,… Continue Reading

Paper – Google’s Neural Machine Translation System

Google’s Neural Machine Translation System: Bridging the Gap between Human and Machine Translation (Submitted on 26 Sep 2016) arXiv:1609.08144v1 [cs.CL] for this version) Neural Machine Translation (NMT) is an end-to-end learning approach for automated translation, with the potential to overcome many of the weaknesses of conventional phrase-based translation systems. Unfortunately, NMT systems are known to… Continue Reading

Open Culture – Master List of 1,200 Free Courses From Top Universities

A Master List of 1,200 Free Courses From Top Universities: 40,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures “For the past ten years, we’ve been busy rummaging around the internet and adding courses to an ever-growing list of Free Online Courses, which now features 1,200+ courses from top universities. Let’s give you the quick overview: The list lets you download… Continue Reading

Political TV Ad Archive

Via Internet Archive – “The Political TV Ad Archive collects political ads in the 2016 election. In addition to tracking airings across key primary states, the collection includes ads that may air elsewhere or exclusively on social media.” Searchable by sponsor, keyword or candidate. See also Internet Archive data fuels journalists’ analyses of how TV… Continue Reading

Paper – Stealing Machine Learning Models via Prediction APIs

Stealing Machine Learning Models via Prediction APIs. Florian Tramèr, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL); Fan Zhang, Cornell University; Ari Juels, Cornell Tech; Michael K. Reiter, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Thomas Ristenpart, Cornell Tech. This paper is included in the Proceedings of the 25th USENIX Security Symposium August 10–12, 2016. Austin,… Continue Reading

Report – Families Caring for an Aging America

National Academies: “At least 17.7 million individuals in the United States are providing care and support to an older parent, spouse, friend, or neighbor who needs help because of a limitation in their physical, mental, or cognitive functioning. The circumstances of individual caregivers are extremely varied. They may live with, nearby, or far away from the… Continue Reading