The Poaching of the Top Computer Science Brains in the UK

The hiring of professors in computer science by big technology companies is worrying. Warwick University’s King’s Cross campus in London, fears the poaching of the best computer scientists in UK universities by US groups such as Google, Uber and Amazon is threatening the ability of Britain to build on a world leading position in machine learning.

Salary is one of the reasons why computer science lecturers are leaving academia to tech companies. The lecturers are offered huge salaries, around four times as much [as in universities]. The question is who will train future researchers and who owns the knowledge that is being produced?

Last month, the British government unveiled plans to invest up to £300 million in AI research to nurture the status of the country as Europe’s center for machine learning. Although the fund will not provide university academics with wages to match those at big technology companies, it should make AI research in British colleges and universities more attractive and possibly improve its quality.

During the past two years, professors who have left for big tech companies include Neil Lawrence, professor of machine learning at Sheffield university, hired by Amazon to be its director of machine learning; Murray Shanahan, professor of cognitive robotics at Imperial College London, recruited as senior research scientist at Google’s DeepMind unit; and Zoubin Ghahramani, professor of information engineering at Cambridge university, employed as Uber’s chief scientist.

References

https://www.ft.com/content/895caede-4fad-11e8-a7a9-37318e776bab

http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20180512061732229

Is Math Really Hard?

Many times I have heard students say ‘Math is hard. I have also heard some students say mathematics is a straightforward subject.

It is funny that most people that complain about math are very smart when calculating money. If mathematics is hard as some people believe, then most people ought to be looking for mathematicians to help with their daily transactions.

Mathematics is one of the subjects where you can score highly because as long as you solve it properly you get the same answer as your teacher. Math also does not change based on time, in every language, so what is hard about mathematics?

There are two main reasons why most people believe mathematics is hard. These are:

Teacher

Some teachers instill fear into their students by making them believe that they cannot get a credit or distinction easily. Teachers may do this deliberately. They may also infuse fear into students because they don’t really understand; therefore, they mess things up to cover their ignorance.

Family and friends

Before some students get into a mathematics class, they would have been told by their family or friends how hard it is for them to understand mathematics. This created a mental barrier that can take years to be broken.

Before getting into math classes, students should have an open mind and attempt to delete all negative stories they heard about mathematics.

References

https://thelifematics.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/is-mathematics-really-difficult/

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/julia-moulden/math-is-not-hard-a-simple_b_331878.html

Where Can Math Take You?

Studying Mathematics provides a foundation for students that want to understand how to approach problems with mathematical solutions. Although mathematics might be challenging, it is rewarding and fun.

Students who major in mathematics have many opportunities. Studying mathematics prepares students for traditional pursuits like graduate study, work as an actuary, and teaching. Students with a love of mathematics combine it with a pre-professional curriculum or a major in the engineering to provide a solid background for employment in a field related to mathematics.

Studying mathematics allow student to develop critical thinking, analytical thinking, problem solving, time management, communication, quantitative reasoning, teamwork, independence, and ability to manipulate precise and intricate ideas.

The mathematical economics major offer an opportunity for students with an interest in business and mathematics or economics to combine these interests. It gives students an opportunity to explore the e relationship between economics and mathematics. The combination of mathematics and economics prepares the student to go onto graduate study in finance or economics, or to go into the business world.

Career opportunities are very many for students who study mathematics. They may pursue career paths in science, business or technical fields or disciplines like social services, government and education. Some of the occupations that mathematics graduates enter include: accountant, computer programmer, engineer, lawyer, mathematician, theoretical mathematician, market researcher, banking, space/aircraft industry, actuary, doctor, investment manager, numerical analyst, statistician, teacher, and systems analyst

References

https://math.as.uky.edu/where-can-math-take-me

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/mathematics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X59pYR8UUdI

Three Ways a Teacher Can Help Students Understand Math

The ultimate goal of math teachers’ instructions is students to understand the materials presented, apply the skills, and recall the concepts in the future. It is important for math teachers to focus on making sure their learners understand the materials and not just remember formulas and procedures. Here are four ways a teacher can help students understand math.The ultimate goal of math teachers’ instructions is students to understand the materials presented, apply the skills, and recall the concepts in the future. It is important for math teachers to focus on making sure their learners understand the materials and not just remember formulas and procedures. Here are four ways a teacher can help students understand math.Have an effective class opener It is imperative for teachers to spend at least five minutes of the class period to set the tone for entire lesson. Within the first few minutes teachers should share the agenda for the lesson so that students can know the expectations for what will occur. Next, teachers should post and articulate essential question or learning objective to the class so that learners know the purpose and can self-assess whether the purpose has been met for them at the end of the lesson.Introduce topics using many representations.Students better understand the concept being presented if many types of representations are presented to them. Representations could include using showing a picture, using manipulatives, offering a symbolic representation, or drawing out the problem. For instance, when you present liner relations with one unknown, you can illustrate to learners the same problem on a number line, as an equation, with pictures, and in words.Show the application.It is important to demonstrate to students how every concept is applied to the real world. This helps improve the understanding of the students. Teachers should take a few minutes out of each lesson to show their students how and where the math can be used in life outside of the classroom.Referenceshttps://www.edutopia.org/blog/ways-help-students-understand-math-matthew-beyranevandhttps://education.cu-portland.edu/blog/classroom-resources/make-better-math-student/