Game-theory research earns NSF CAREER Award for assistant professor

According to classic theories of communication — especially the pioneering model developed by electrical engineer Claude Shannon and mathematician Warren Weaver more than 70 years ago — the sender and receiver have the same goals. Both want to share whatever the message is, as free of errors and interference as possible.

But what if they have different goals? With our 21st-century technology increasingly stitched together using Wi-Fi or 5G networking, competing companies could try to prioritize their messages or otherwise seek an advantage.

Assistant Professor Emrah Akyol has ideas about how to solve those concerns, and they involve utilizing game theory to level the playing field again.

Game theory breaks down the interactions of rational decision-makers into mathematical models, assessing and attempting to compensate for any biases that individual participants may have. While it has been developed in the economics realm, STEM researchers also have applied game theory to numerous

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Teachers Are Watching Students’ Screens During Remote Learning. Is That Invasion of Privacy?

At first, Ramsey Hootman thought something might be wrong with her son’s school-issued laptop. All of a sudden, most of the browser tabs he’d opened had closed, seemingly of their own accord.

It took a little while to figure out that the culprit was actually a teacher, who’d used a tool called Securly Classroom to view her son’s screen and close out all but two of his tabs—an action that, to both mother and son’s frustration, gunked up an assignment he’d been trying to research.

Remote classroom-management tools like Securly Classroom and its competitors give teachers an expansive, real-time look into what their students are viewing or working on. As Hootman discovered, they also contain a panoply of features, like the ability to freeze a student’s screen, or to call up, block, or limit tabs.

In interviews, some teachers said they use the tools in productive ways rather than to

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COVID vaccine education, a perfect play, bullpen issues

PHILADELPHIA — The Mets spent part of Tuesday listening to an expert on vaccines educate them on the COVID-19 vaccines. 

This session, planned by the team, aimed to not only provide factual information but also to answer questions players had about the vaccines. 

“Just getting to talk about it for an hour,” Jeff McNeil said, “a lot of the guys learned some stuff and it’s something that definitely needed to be had.”

Manager Luis Rojas said Dr. Kathryn McElheny, whom the Mets recently promoted to head team physician, found an expert from the Hospital for Special Surgery to do a live Zoom presentation for the team. 

Among the topics covered, per Rojas: Which vaccine will be available to the team starting after Thursday’s game (Pfizer), the other vaccines and the research done on them. 

“I thought it was really good,” Rojas said. “I was locked in, I thought I got

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