Beyond Pavlov: Artificial intelligence researchers and neurobiologists share data on how we sort our options and make decisions

Harvard University Gazette Science & Technology Zeb Kurth-Nelson (from left), Matthew Botvinick, Naoshige Uchida, and Will Dubney at Google in London./Courtesy of Naoshige Uchida By Clea Simon Harvard Correspondent Researchers have been able to prove that the brain learns from experience since Russian physiologist Ivan Pavlov conditioned dogs to drool in anticipation of food. In the 100-plus years since, however, scientists studying the brain and the emerging field of artificial intelligence (AI) have been homing in how that happens. A new paper in Nature, “A distributional code for value in…

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Talk is cheap? Action needed by the Commonwealth

University of London Gazette On paper, Commonwealth countries are committed to freedom of speech – in 2013 they signed up to Chapter V (Freedom of Expression) of the Commonwealth Charter – but does that mean much as attacks on journalists (many fatal) have been steadily rising, while press freedoms are increasingly under pressure? The Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS), University of London recently held a conference at the House of Commons on media freedom in the Commonwealth. This is what member states signed up to in the Charter: “We are…

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Rousing reception as Nigeria’s Vice President graces Federal University Dutse convocation

PMNews/UTI Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was treated to a rousing welcome as he arrived Jigawa State for the 5th convocation ceremony of the Federal University Dutse on Friday. Osinbajo, who was received at the airport by some students and the governor of Jigawa, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar will deliver a paper titled, “Facing The New Decade”. His carnival-like reception made it impossible for his bus to easily motor past the chanting crowd, most of whom were chorusing ‘Sai Osinbajo, Sai Osinbajo’. Also present at the convocation is the Emir of Dutse,…

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University of Lagos Wins 2019/2020 CFA Institute Research Challenge National Final

Unilag News Join us in celebrating some students of the University of Lagos who have once again held the University’s name in good light. They are: • Folasade Akinbowale (Department of Finance) • Timileyin Idowu (Department of Economics) • Ataranshe Oluwaseyi (Department of Accounting) • John Oyadougha (Department of Finance) • Nkechi Okochi (Department of Accounting) On Friday, January 31, 2020, the above students, led by Dr. Peter Amah, a Lecturer at the Department of Finance, UNILAG, participated in the 2019/2020 edition of the CFA Institute Annual Research Challenge with…

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Caleb University starts new M.Phil/Ph.D programmes

Caleb University Release The Nigerian National Universities Commission has approved the following programmes for Caleb University with effect from the 2019/2020 academic session: 1. Economics, M.Phil & Ph.D 2. Accounting, M.Phil & Ph.D 3. Mass Communication, M.Phil & Ph.D 4. Finance, M.Phil & Ph.D 5. Computer Science, M.Phil & Ph.D According to a letter from the National Universities Commission signed by Dr. N. B. Saliu, Director of Academic Planning on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the Commission dated 20th January, 2020 stated inter alia – “I am directed to…

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Freek Vonk appointed endowed professor at VU Amsterdam

UV Amsterdam News The Executive Board of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has appointed the biologist Freek Vonk as its endowed professor of Evolutionary Biochemistry as of 1 February 2020. This chair has been endowed by the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, and is focused on the opportunities offered by natural toxins in the development of new medicines and a new generation of snakebite antidotes. The endowed chair is embedded within the Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences department of the Faculty of Science. The 0.2 FTE appointment is for a period of five years. Besides…

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VU Amsterdam professors’ new protocol for chemists makes more sustainable research possible

VU Amsterdam News A team of theoretical chemists led by Trevor A. Hamlin and Matthias Bickelhaupt from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, has published a step-by-step guide on how to perform the activation strain analysis, which will serve as a “recipe for researchers” who want to analyze and understand the factors controlling the reactivity of literally any chemical reaction. This makes, among other things, environmentally sustainable research possible.     Chemists now have the tools to first rationally design chemical reactions using this protocol prior to carrying out the reaction in…

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