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Purdue University’s enrollment of women in computer science has risen 260-percent in the last five years. Still, the program’s current freshman class is comprised of 22-percent women, which is about on par with the national rate of women in the computing field.

Purdue University will help train thousands of new Infosys employees in Indiana and nationwide.

The five-year agreement comes as the technology and consulting company readies a new hub in Indianapolis.

For years, Infosys hired mainly visa workers from overseas. The company said in May it’s shifting course, hiring 10,000 American employees – including 2,000 in Indiana.

Global tech firm Infosys will bring 2,000 jobs to Indiana in what Gov. Eric Holcomb calls a “game-changing announcement.”

Infosys plans to open four hubs across the U.S. in the next few years, hiring 10,000 Americans. One of those hubs – and 2,000 of those jobs – will be in Indiana. Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka says the company’s plans are aimed at stressing local hiring as it adjusts to a constantly evolving tech world,

New Indiana School Standards Emphasize Computer Skills

Aug 1, 2016
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For the first time, schools will be required to teach computer science skills to all Indiana elementary and middle school students.

Indiana will be one of seven states with formal statewide computer science standards this school year.

All summer, computer science has been a focus at the Lincoln Street Boys and Girls Club in Bloomington. About 20 rowdy campers pile into the club’s computer lab.

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As he completed his final meeting as chair of the University Senate, Purdue professor Kirk Alter chided Provost Deba Dutta and administrators who sit in the Senate for acting on their own behalf, but under the guise of representing the rank-and-file in their departments.

On this Monthly Conversation with Mitch Daniels, we ask Purdue’s president if the line has become too blurred between faculty and staff and whether those administrators are wolves in sheep's clothing.

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Rossville students will attend a homeroom period this school year to learn about technological responsibility. Schools have also added three technology-centered courses.

The class addition came as part of Rossville Consolidated Schools’ technology program. New computers and tablets for K-12 students are to be distributed later this month. Teachers were required to attend training with the new computers this summer.

Superintendent James Hanna says the program aims to prepare students for a changing technological workplace.

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As soon as the door of the freight elevator in Purdue’s math building opens, those exiting are assaulted by a blast of cold air and a pervasive hum.

It’s the sound of hundreds of cooling fans attached to bank upon bank of computers, all of which are churning away solving problems for the academics who buy space on the machines. Even in an era defined by miniaturization, these supercomputers are room-sized – the latter-day relatives of the first computers, like ENIAC.

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One of the paradoxes of trying to simplify a process undertaken by a large organization is that the steps necessary to accomplish that are rarely simple themselves.

That’s what Purdue leaders found out recently when they tried to change the school’s policy concerning employee time off.

On this month’s conversation with Purdue President Mitch Daniels, we’ll dig into the whys and wherefores of that decision, and into the pitfalls the committee studying it has encountered.

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Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales recently came to Purdue to talk about “democracy and the internet.”

Before his lecture, WBAA News Director Stan Jastrzebski sat down with Wales to see if there are ways to improve the way people interact with the World Wide Web -- and in the process make it safer for all users.