Academic projects – Za4etka Tue, 14 Jun 2022 13:20:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Academic projects – Za4etka 32 32 AI startup Cohere launches non-profit research lab Tue, 14 Jun 2022 13:20:30 +0000

Joina startup creating great language models to rival those of Open AI, today announced the launch of a non-profit research lab: Cohere For AI. Led by Google alumnus Sara Hooker, Cohere says Cohere Labs will strive to solve some of the industry’s toughest challenges by contributing “fundamental research” to the open source community.

We are truly excited to lead a new non-profit AI research lab as we continue to expand how and where research is done. There’s so much to discover, and our goal will be to openly collaborate and contribute to basic research,” Hooker told TechCrunch via email. “At the same time, a key part of our work will be to expand the community and help train the next generation of talent, creating new entry points for working on basic research. “

The AI ​​community has long been concerned about the lack of funding earmarked for AI research outside of wealthy corporations. A study found that corporate connections – whether funding or affiliation – in AI research increased significantly from 2008 to 2019. Another study showed that Google’s parent company Alphabet, along with Amazon and Microsoft, hired 52 tenure-track AI teachers between 2004 and 2018, removing these future teachers from academic and nonprofit work.

The concentration of power within corporations has a number of obvious drawbacks, but one of the most alarming is that it tends to underestimate values ​​such as beneficence, justice and inclusion on the research side. A number of experts, Speaking to Wired for a 2020 article, point out that corporate AI projects have led to an “unscientific fixation” on projects only possible for people with access to powerful data centers. Regardless of the field, work within companies is often tightly guarded and takes years to see the light of day, if at all.

Our program is centered on advancing progress on machine learning issues alongside community-driven research,” Hooker said.We also want to have a proactive research program so that we can identify key challenges before they become problems that we need to fix retroactively. We focus on a variety of different disciplines to work on bias mitigation, for example, and a very central piece of research is around the safety of AI and the robust use of models. »

Another core element that Cohere For AI hopes to develop is access to computational resources, Hooker said — specifically helping researchers make better use of “cutting edge” models to help grow their work.” access to computing is evolving, as illustrated by the language model trends (i.e. AI systems that understand and generate text). Only a few years ago, creating a highly sophisticated language model required massive computational resources. But now, thanks to academic breakthroughs and the work of the open source community, the barriers to entry are much lower than before.

Road to non-profit

Backed by AI luminaries, including UC Berkeley AI Lab Co-Director Pieter Abbeel, Cohere was founded in 2019 by a top team including Aidan Gomez, Ivan Zhang, and Nick Frosst. Gomez co-authored the academic paper “Attention is all you need” which introduced the world to a foundational AI model architecture called Transformer. (Among other high-level systems, OpenAI’s GPT-3 and Manuscript are based on the Transformer architecture.) Zhang, alongside Gomez, is a contributor to, an open AI research collective involving data scientists and engineers.

“ was designed to help early-career enthusiasts interact better with more experienced researchers,” Hooker said. “Many of the founding members have pursued doctoral studies or worked in university or industrial laboratories. At the time, was one of the first community research groups to support independent researchers around the world. Now the Cohere team and its supporters are excited to reintroduce the original concept but with more resources built from Cohere.”

According to Hooker, Cohere For AI will provide ways for data scientists to “meet and collaborate” through mentorship research opportunities, engagement with traditional conferences, and contributions to research journals. This will in part involve promoting the management of open source scientific practices and the “responsible” publication of code, as well as the support efforts that encourage “science communication” through different mediums, such as blog posts.

“WWe really want to make Cohere For AI an ambitious research lab that contributes to the research community, but also seeks to better engage a diverse set of voices. We want to help change where, how and by whom research is done,” Hooker said.

Despite its ambitious goals, Cohere For AI — which Cohere itself will fund — is likely to invite skepticism from researchers wary of Cohere’s commercial ties. Cohere has raised $170 million to date from institutional venture capital firms, including Tiger Global Management and Index Ventures, and has several associations with Google. Fei-Fei Li, chief scientist of Google Cloud AI, and Geoffrey Hinton, a colleague at Google, were early supporters of Cohere, and Gomez and Frosst previously worked at Google Brain, one of the research divisions on the Google AI. Cohere also has a Partnership with Google to train large language models on the company’s dedicated hardware infrastructure.

infamous google dissolved an AI advisory board in 2019, just a week after it was formed. And in 2020, the company fired Timnit Gebru, a leading artificial intelligence researcher, in what she said was retaliation for sending colleagues an email criticizing Google’s management practices. Google then fired another ethicist, Margaret Mitchell, who had publicly denounced the company’s handling of the situation, and a third, Satrajit Chatterjee, after she co-wrote an article questioning Google’s work in security systems. AI-powered chip design.

Paved with good intentions

Generally speaking, nonprofit initiatives to fund AI research have been mixed.

Among the success stories is the Allen Institute for AI (AI2), founded by the late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, which seeks to achieve scientific breakthroughs by building AI systems with reasoning capabilities. Although not strictly nonprofit, Anthropic, started by former OpenAI execs, has raised more than half a billion dollars researching “trustworthy, interpretable, and steerable” AI systems. .

But for every AI2 and Anthropic, there is an OpenAI, which started as a non-profit before moving to capped profit and accepting $1 billion investment from Microsoft. Meanwhile, former Google chairman Eric Schmidt recently announced a $125 million fund for AI research sparked new controversy after Politico reported that Schmidt wields unusually heavy influence over the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. (One of the first recipients, Berkeley professor Rediet Abebe, asked to have his name removed from the review.)

However, some newer collectives have shown promise, including Gebru’s Distributed AI Research, a global nonprofit organization for AI research. Projects like Hugging Face’s BigScience and EleutherAI are other strong examples of what can be achieved in AI beyond the confines of corporate influence.

“Ultimately, it’s up to us to prove that Cohere For AI won’t venture over time,” Hooker said. “Although Cohere For AI will rely on Cohere for resources and funding, a separate separation has been created between the two to preserve its independence as a research laboratory. This separation is crucial for it to continue contributing and to serve the community at large as an independent entity. Cohere For AI is structured as a non-profit organization and was intentionally designed to collaborate openly with many different organizations. His work will be open source to allow better access to the wider community.”

Rotary emphasizes peace Sat, 11 Jun 2022 19:27:22 +0000

Written by Sharon Raffer

Pictured L-R: Coronado Rotary President Rob Taylor, President-Elect LuAnn Miller, Fellow of Rotary Nancy Nguyen; Sharon Raffer, Co-Chair of Peace Projects; and District 5340 Governor and Coronado Rotarian Dan Gensler.

The Rotary Club of Coronado proudly celebrated Rotary International’s announcement of Nancy Nguyen’s selection as a Rotary Peace Fellow. She will attend the University of Queensland in Australia for the Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies, a fully funded 18-month program.

The conflict in Ukraine highlights the need for motivated individuals to put their energy and expertise at the service of world peace.

“It’s a real honor for us as a club and as a district,” said Rotary 5340 District Governor Dan Gensler. The district includes 61 Rotary clubs with 2,790 members in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Dan is a member of the Rotary Club of Coronado where he was named Rotarian of the Year in 2004 and served as President of Rotary of Coronado in 2006-07.

The Rotary Peace Fellowship is designed for leaders with professional experience in peace and development. Rotary scholars are engaged in community and international service and in the pursuit of peace. Each year, The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 scholarships for master’s degrees and 80 for certificate studies at top universities.

“Many Rotary Fellows go on to careers in government, military, law enforcement, NGOs, and international organizations like the United Nations and the World Bank. The opportunities are truly endless for these students. says Dan.

“The work of actively building peace and understanding has been a hallmark of Rotary since its inception. With the establishment of the Rotary Peace Centers in 1999, we opened a bold new chapter in that history,” said John Germ, chairman of the Rotary International Foundation Board of Trustees. “This year marks the 20th anniversary of the inaugural class of Peace Fellows; the innovative program continues to merge a solid academic understanding of the roots of conflict with practical tactics for solving real-world problems.

Connection with Coronado Rotary

Last year, Nancy contacted Coronado Rotary and reached out to Past President Tami Sandke via email to apply for a Rotary scholarship and possible club sponsorship. This was followed by further contact with Sharon Raffer, co-chair of the Peace Projects Committee, LuAnn Miller, president-elect of Coronado Rotary, and Rob Taylor, president.

Through telephone and in-person conversations, Nancy demonstrated her excellent communication skills and engaging personality. Her background includes high-profile international, national and local experiences, including the creation of programs and policies focused on refugees, youth and community peacebuilding. Initiatives like those described above are strongly linked to Rotary’s advocacy of “Serving Above Self” to advance human rights and promote peace and goodwill.

The combination of Nancy’s academic and field experiences, along with her passion and ideas for the future, give her a solid foundation to meet the challenges that await her in a career as a peacemaker. Coronado Rotary became Nancy’s club sponsor and recommended that she log on and be interviewed by representatives from District 5340 and apply to Rotary International.

Nancy’s journey to becoming a Fellow of Rotary

Nancy was chosen from a pool of international applicants for this highly competitive program. Her current role is as Community Civic Engagement Organizer at the Partnership for Advancement of New Americans (PANA) in San Diego. As California’s busiest resettlement region and a border town in the world’s largest binational region, Nancy’s work at PANA allows her to be on the front line of refugee advocacy. For her work “fostering relationships with coalitions and organizations that work to advance immigrant and refugee issues locally and statewide,” she was recognized as a Woman of Distinction. 2021 in Youth Empowerment by the San Diego Mayor’s Office. Nancy is a 2019 graduate of San Diego State University, Honors College.

Nancy and her family at her graduation from San Diego State in 2019.

Nancy’s longstanding commitment to peace and international development is reflected in her years of international and local politics, advocacy, civic engagement and direct service work. She assisted an emergency influx of Oceanic Congolese refugees into a Ugandan refugee camp and facilitated cross-cultural understanding among students of diverse ethnicities, particularly Burmese and Thai refugees as a Princeton Asia Scholar. She has also published and presented international policy proposals to American diplomats. Initiatives like these are strongly tied to Rotary’s advocacy of “Serving Above Self” in promoting human rights and fostering peace and goodwill.

“My parents are refugees from Vietnam. They emigrated to the United States after the Vietnam War, and we grew up in a low-income neighborhood in the Bay Area. Community members there often had my parents’ refugee backgrounds. I didn’t know it at the time, but growing up around these community members with this experience has really fueled my passion for justice, especially in refugee and migrant communities,” said Nancy.

Scholarships and grants provide opportunities for young professionals

“It is so important that young people today are made aware of the opportunities available for scholarships, internships and organizations that develop volunteer experiences that bring goodwill and benefit others.“, said Coronado president-elect Luann Miller. “Nancy will be visiting Coronado Rotary in the coming years as we follow her journey as a Rotary Scholar at the University of Queensland. She will also work with us to connect with other young professionals in Rotary’s Rotaract clubs, colleges, and voluntary organizations to share scholarships and grants available to further their careers and experiences.

“Peace is more than the absence of conflict. It brings freedom, security and happiness. He is at the heart of Rotary’s mission and a driving force in efforts such as the eradication of poliomyelitis in all cultures and in areas of conflict. Looking ahead, the future of our world must be filled with creative ideas and incredible leadership from today’s youth. Rotary’s worldwide support has been and can continue to be invaluable. Rotary believes that if concerned citizens work together to create peace locally, lasting change can happen globally. I am excited to focus on this in our club and to connect more with Rotary International with this goal.

Imagine tomorrow; Together, Rotarians make things happen

“When an organization like Rotary dreams of big things like ending polio and creating peace, it becomes our responsibility to make them happen,” said Rotary International President-elect Jennifer Jones. You don’t imagine yesterday, you imagine tomorrow.

The Rotary Club of Coronado, through its Club Foundation, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and one of more than 46,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary, which today has 1.4 million members, was founded in 1905; the local club was established in 1926. Rotary’s areas of interest include promoting peace; fight against diseases, especially poliomyelitis; providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene; supporting education; save and improve the lives of mothers and children; growing economies; and environmental protection.

Make a difference for the good of others and our world, and for more information about Coronado Rotary, please visit the website Rotary Club of Coronado (

Research Associate, Academic Unit of Clinical and Health Sciences (ARAS) with UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA Fri, 10 Jun 2022 05:41:01 +0000

  • Based at UniSA Clinical & Health Sciences on the City West campus
  • Two full-time fixed-term contracts until December 22, 2023
  • Starting salary: $90,451 per year (plus 17% superannuation)

About the role

Reporting directly to the Lloyd Sansom Chair in Biomaterials Engineering and Nanomedicine, as a Research Associate, you will contribute to the research efforts of the Academic Clinical and Health Sciences Unit and be responsible for academic and industrial research in the proteomics and mass spectrometry group.

This project is funded by a grant from the South African government to support the expansion of services from the Bioplatforms Australia facility funded by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) program.


The University of South Australia is Australia’s corporate university. Our culture of innovation is anchored around global and national connections with academic, research and industrial partners. Our graduates are the new urban professionals, global citizens comfortable with the world and ready to create and respond to change. Our research is inventive and adventurous, and we create new knowledge that is essential to global economic and social prosperity.

About UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences

At UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences, we meet society’s most critical and emerging health needs through quality teaching, learning and research. One of seven academic units, UniSA Clinical and Health Sciences offers a wide range of degrees and conducts world-class research in nursing, midwifery, pharmacy, pharmaceutical sciences, medical sciences, of Laboratory Medicine and Food and Nutrition Sciences with a strong focus on creating positive health outcomes for communities.

UniSA’s headquarters is the center for quality medicine and pharmacy utilization research and with key research concentrations in the areas of mental health and suicide prevention, workforce development, nursing and midwifery, drug discovery, pharmaceutical innovation, health and disease biology and food nutrition and health. , we continue to meet community health needs and contribute to a healthier society.

Core Responsibilities

  • Actively engage with researchers and industry partners internationally, nationally and across the University to contribute to new research directions and outcomes
  • Move projects forward by applying project management, supervision and reporting skills to ensure project success
  • Experience in analyzing complex proteomes via tryptic peptides by MALDI TOF and LC-ESI mass spectrometry
  • Supervise, train and support postgraduate students, internship students and visiting students
  • Prepare publications in peer-reviewed journals, conference and seminar papers arising from research

Essential skills and experience

  • PhD in biochemistry, chemistry and/or analytical chemistry, mass spectrometry or related field.
  • Demonstrated laboratory experience in separation sciences, protein biochemistry, metabolomics, proteomics or environmental analysis
  • Registry of peer-reviewed publications and conference presentations based on opportunity
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including the ability to initiate, plan and manage projects ensuring milestones are met
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively within a research team with staff, students and external providers from diverse backgrounds


Getting a great job working with the best is just the start. UniSA rewards its staff with a wide variety of benefits such as:

  • Access to great personal development opportunities
  • Generous 17% pension contributions
  • Flexible working conditions
  • Employee assistance and development programs
  • A range of salary conditioning options, including vehicle hire, laptops and parking fees
  • Varied holidays


As a university of business, we offer a dynamic and agile work culture that rises to challenges and thrives by forging new paths. Our people are creative and innovative thinkers, communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. We embrace diversity and inclusion in a dynamic and engaging environment. Our people are authentic, resilient and influential, and we deliver results.

How to register

For a copy of the job description and to apply, please visit Work at UniSA. The online application form lists the specific selection criteria you must meet. Only applications submitted via the Working at UniSA portal will be accepted.

Please send your cover letter to Sara Heidrich, recruitment consultant. For further information about the position or the recruitment process, please contact UniSA Recruitment Central on +61 8 8302 1700 or email using the job reference number. 4183.

Closing of applications: 11:30 p.m. Monday July 18, 2022

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Chicago Public Schools Unveils Updated $9.5 Billion Budget for Next School Year Tue, 07 Jun 2022 22:12:00 +0000

Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday unveiled a 2022-23 district budget totaling $9.5 billion, up about $200 million, or about 2%, from this school year.

Under its proposed plan, the district is preparing to spend more on about 1,600 additional teaching and other staff positions, expanded professional development and facilities projects — and servicing its debt. important. Next year’s budget is the first for CEO Pedro Martinez, the district’s former chief financial officer, who inherited this school year‘s spending plan when he took over as director last September.

He was notably absent from any reference to former CEO Janice Jackson’s Moving Forward Together pandemic recovery initiative, which was due to be in its second year in 2022-23 – although the district is sticking to some investments in this context, such as an internal tutoring program which started more slowly than expected this school year. The district, which owes some $8.6 billion, will spend $769 million on debt service, slightly more than last year.

Overall, $4.6 million will go directly to school budgets, representing approximately 48% of the overall budget, a slightly larger share from this school year. Amid declining student enrollment that has accelerated during the pandemic, this campus funding represents an 8% increase per student. The district will spend $765 million on facilities, an increase of about 14% from this year.

District officials said the focus will be on restoring academic and mental health that has remained elusive this year, as well as social and emotional learning and professional growth for educators. The district, which said it spent about 45% of the $2.8 billion in federal COVID emergency relief funds, is budgeting an additional $730 million of those dollars.

Some of the money will support pre-pandemic initiatives and programs, such as expanding pre-kindergarten, grants for schools facing steep declines in enrollment and rolling out the district’s universal Skyline program.

“We are investing these funds strategically, establishing a new foundation for success to ensure schools have the resources and capacity to move every student forward,” Martinez said in a statement.

The school board will vote on the budget at its June 22 meeting. District leaders set the stage for the budget unveiling at their May meeting, when they spoke at length about what they described as a murky long-term financial outlook for the country’s third-largest district, with a historic injection of federal COVID relief dollars only a temporary balm.

Martinez and some school board members have expressed frustration that the district lacks the ability to ask city taxpayers to raise their taxes to help contribute more to operating and facility expenses.

This year’s $9.3 billion budget is up about 10% from the previous year, thanks to about $1 billion in federal COVID relief. It featured more modest spending on facilities projects, a tab that had been declining in recent years before the proposed increase for the coming year.

The district first announced its campus budgets in April, drawing criticism because budgets would shrink on 40% of campuses amid major pandemic-era enrollment losses, even if the district allocated more dollars to schools as a whole.

Critics including the district’s main association, teachers’ union and parent advocacy groups have called for keeping school budgets harmless for the third straight year as schools across the city struggle to recover from the pandemic.

Through an annual process in which school leaders appeal the size of their budgets, the district has since restored approximately $24 million in funding, including $14 million for special education. The district also allocated professional development and other centrally budgeted dollars to campuses, increasing overall school budget amounts and reducing the amount of cuts to a total of $18.6 million, with about 23% of campuses that are now seeing lower budgets.

Principals, parents and others are urging the district to increase federal pandemic relief spending to meet the urgent educational and mental health needs of students. District leaders have pushed back in recent weeks, arguing that rolling out the additional money gradually over three years will lead to more sustainable spending.

Next year’s investments with this funding include $100 million for early childhood programs, $72 million for centrally funded teaching positions, $45 million for professional development and $30 million dollars for summer school programs.

The district said next year’s budget includes 43,376 full-time employee positions, an increase of 1,620, including 524 teachers, 112 nurses and 53 counselors, among others. The new educator positions include 100 additional art teachers, as the district said it places great emphasis on expanding arts education while reducing class sizes and boosting professional development. Funding for special education increased by $68 million.

The budget will also fund a new initiative to re-engage 1,000 young people who have been disconnected from school for a year or more during the pandemic.

Officials noted the district remains funded at just 68% of what the state estimates would be “adequate” funding — and vowed to continue pushing for more resources.

The district will hold public hearings on the budget ahead of the council vote, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on June 13 and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on June 15 at its headquarters at 42 W. Madison St. Hearings on The capital budgets will be held virtually at: noon June 15, 4 p.m. June 16, and 11:30 a.m. June 17.

Mila Koumpilova is Chalkbeat Chicago’s senior reporter covering Chicago’s public schools. Contact Mila at

Uvalde library struggles to be a summer haven after school shooting Sun, 05 Jun 2022 20:48:46 +0000

Eight days after 19 students and two teachers were killed in their classroom at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, children’s librarian Martha Carreon sat in front of several children at the El Progreso Memorial Library for her weekly story hour.

She had done the same only 24 hours after the massacre.

Uvalde, a town about 80 miles west of San Antonio, is home to more than 15,000 people, but it’s a small town where everyone knows each other, and kids grow up going to the local pool, park and at the library during the summer.

The Uvalde School District also offers a multitude of summer programs – athletic and academic – for the community.

But after the May 24 massacre at Robb Elementary, the school district’s summer programs were delayed and some parents said they were reluctant to send their children to campus.