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A version of the N95 respirator mask prototypes being printed at Concordia University Wisconsin.
3D PRINTING MED SUPPLIES. Colleges all over the country are helping out COVID-19 response efforts by producing health equipment with their 3D printers. Tennessee’s Governor, Bill Lee, enlisted colleges and universities in his state to use their 3D printing capacity to create face shields, which will be collected and distributed at Austin Peay State University. At Concordia University Wisconsin, the campus makerspace is printing N95 respirator masks 24 hours a day on its 30 machines. And at New York’s Stony Brook University, the school’s makerspace and incubator, iCreate, is making face shields, which have been reviewed by the university hospital’s personnel for medical compliance.
NEW LEARNING PLATFORM. A two-year-old college that provides “face-to-face” classes online has spun off its active learning platform as a stand- alone service. Foundry College, which currently offers an associate degree in business management, said its software, “The Forge,” emphasizes the community aspects of education in an online format. For example, a scrolling video grid lets
students be seen on video. They can raise their hand for attention from the faculty member, answer a question in an in-class chat window and engage with polls displayed by the instructor. READ THE FULL STORY ONLINE.
OPEN ACCESS IMAGES. The Smithsonian Institution has announced an open access project that removes copyright restrictions from about 2.8 million images from its digital collection and almost two centuries’ worth of data. “Smithsonian Open Access” allows online visitors to download, transform and share this content for any purpose, for free. Content includes high-resolution 2D and 3D images of collection items, along with research datasets and collections metadata, which users can download and access in bulk. READ THE FULL STORY ONLINE.
SECURITY CHALLENGE. Worldwide health concerns aside, cybersecurity is the “most daunting challenge,” according to a survey of engineers around the globe. One in five (19 percent) recently chose securing cyberspace as

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