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What You Need to Know About 5G in 2020

After years of hype, carriers like AT&T and Verizon are giving consumers clarity on what their next-generation cellular networks will realistically do.

LAS VEGAS — Like many consumers, Kathryn Schipper, an attorney in Seattle, doesn’t have a landline. She relies on her smartphone for calls and videoconferencing, but reception is spotty.

So she is excited about the arrival of 5G, the fifth-generation wireless network that has been the subject of breathless speculation over the last few years. The new cellular standard, carriers have said, will reduce network congestion and pump out data so fast that smartphone users could download all the “Avengers” movies in a few minutes. It might even eventually help cars drive themselves.

“5G seems like orders-of-magnitude improvement,” Ms. Schipper said. “I’ve also heard it’s much more reliable, so that matters to me.”

Yet the shift to 5G feels like a tech revolution happening in slow motion. In 2019, AT&T and Verizon, the two largest American carriers, lit up their 5G networks in a small number of cities. Handset makers released only a handful of phones compatible with the new standard. The overwhelming majority of us saw no meaningful improvement to our cellular networks.

At CES, the big consumer electronics show in Las Vegas this week, the carriers are insisting that 2020 will be a turning point for 5G. AT&T and Verizon say they expect their 5G networks to be accessible nationwide this year. In addition, the carriers say at least 15 smartphones will be 5G compatible this year, more than triple the number last year.

“2020 is pivotal because you’ve got a good foundation built, and the ecosystem starts to form,” said Kevin Petersen, a marketing executive for AT&T.

So what does that even mean? A major technology shift is underway, which may have an impact on your personal technology in the coming years. And unlike its predecessors, 5G is complex and more confusing.

Excerpt taken from Brian X. Chen’s New York Times article. Read the entire article here.

Are You a Pre-Dental Student Interested in Research?

Apply to this position with Brigham Health!

Research Assistant II – Long Term Oral Health

Working independently and under general supervision from a Principal Investigator or manager provides support to clinical research. May be responsible for the following activities: coordination of clinical research project/protocol, subject recruitment, developing. Individual should be able to use independent judgment, in concert with the Principal Investigator, of the suitability of potential participants for clinical studies, developing and implementing strategies for recruiting, advertising, collecting and organizing subject data; scheduling subjects for study visits, performs telephone screening, clinical tests such as EKGs; maintaining and updating data generated by the study. Coordinates recruitment office activities overseeing the work of more entry level staff.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Coordinates the implementation, both internally and externally, of clinical studies. 
  2. Initiates and maintains contact with study participants, via: telephone and/or mail. Responsible for screening applicants, ensuring they meet all appropriate criteria for the study, and in concert with the Principal Investigator make independent judgement as to the eligibility of the potential subject. May be required to perform clinical tests such as saliva collection.
  3.  Develops and implements patient recruitment strategies. 
  4. Develops, organizes and/or maintains human research subject information database for study. Required to input data, and present weeklyreports.
  5. In conjunction with the Principal Investigator/Project Leader, develops and prepares research protocols including, design, data collection systems, internal review board approval (IRB) applications/amendments and annual reports. Responsible for preparing payment request for human research subjects, outside agencies and etc. 
  6. Assist the PI and Project Leader with preparation for presentations and written published article. 

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  1. Responsible for the supervising, monitoring and coordinating of the recruitment office and staff. 
  2.  Responsible for weekly staff meetings to ensure compliance with recruiting procedures, policies and practices. 
  3. Responsible for purchases and supplies. 
  4. Responsible for training and orienting new staff. 
  5. In conjunction with the principal investigator or manager assist in the hiring, firing, evaluating and disciplining of recruitment office staff. 
  6. Performs all other duties, as required.

Qualifications:

  • BS or BA.
  • At least one-year experience in research setting.
  • Sound independent judgment and competence in research methodologies.
  • Working knowledge and proficiency with the following computer software preferred: Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. 

SKILLS/ ABILITIES/ COMPETENCIES REQUIRED: 

  • Ability to work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills are required for working with the study participants.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.Knowledge of clinical research protocols.
  • Knowledge of computer programs, database, etc.Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize a variety of tasks.
  • Careful attention to detail.
  • Ability to demonstrate professionalism and respect for subject rights and individual needs.

Learn more and apply on Handshake! Application deadline is April 30, 2020.

Don’t Wait – This Internship with Salesforce Expires this Week!

Apply on Handshake before January 22, 2020

Summer 2020 Intern – Software Engineer, Philanthropy Cloud

This is your time to shine. Our software engineering interns are considered full time employees by their peers–in fact, you will be expected to contribute right away as a member of our Scrum teams for future releases. As the world leader in enterprise cloud computing, we release 3 new versions every year with close to 100 new features each release. You will write code that reaches millions of subscribers who use our applications everyday, work on our automated testing infrastructure, and craft the tools that provide real-time monitoring of our service. With such quick turnaround, we don’t want our interns to sit on the sidelines and enjoy the view– we want you to change the way our customers connect their business to the world!

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to our suite of automated tests and testing infrastructure
  • Monitor and enhance performance capabilities
  • Implement code fixes under the direction of software architects and senior developers
  • Develop well-tuned code that may be included as part of our next software release

Required Skills:

  • Enrolled in sophomore year or higher at a college/university or any year at a graduate school
  • Working towards a BS or MS in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or related
  • Academic or professional/internship experience with Java
  • Understanding of object-oriented programming/design
  • Working knowledge of HTML and web technologies
  • Ability to quickly learn new technologies
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Be a self-starter and possess strong sense of self-motivation

Desired Skills:

  • Coursework in SQL and relational database concepts
  • Strong competency in javascript and associated frameworks
  • Cloud Experience – AWS, Azure, Google Cloud Platform

Check Out this New Data Analysis Job with MRDC

Application deadline is February 14, 2020 – apply on Handshake!

Hybrid Research Assistant

MDRC is a leading education and social policy research organization. We are currently seeking a Technical Research Assistant to join our Center for Applied Behavioral Science (CABS), which assesses individual and organizational behavior to identify areas amenable to low-cost, high-impact interventions. CABS combines MDRC’s policy and evaluation expertise with insights from behavioral science. Since launching the first major project to apply a behavioral research lens to human services programs that serve low-income families in the United States, CABS has developed numerous projects in child support, child welfare, welfare-to-work, workforce development, K-12 education, and higher education. Our research draws upon behavioral science, predictive modeling, and other advanced quantitative techniques. Research Assistants within CABS work as a part of multidisciplinary teams on current social policy issues in a dynamic and challenging environment, alongside leading public policy experts.

Roles and Responsibilities:
The new Research Assistant will have a range of technical and nontechnical responsibilities, including:

  • Assistance in all stages of program and evaluation design and implementation
  • Involvement in various stages of producing reports, proposals, and papers (coordinating across authors; memo writing; literature searches; preparing figures, charts, and tables; fact-checking and documentation)
  • Statistical programming using SAS and/or R: data collection, data cleaning, and converting data files received in a variety of formats to a form that is that is useful for answering research questions
  • Participation in quantitative analyses
  • Participation in qualitative research, such as coding and organizing and attending site visits to conduct interviews with staff and program participants
  • Participation in operations work, including recruitment of, outreach to, and coordination with program sites
  • General support for multiple projects, including management of evaluation activities, scheduling meetings, taking notes, and managing project organization databases 

Qualifications:

  • BA/BS in mathematics, statistics, economics, education, public policy, psychology, sociology, or related social science field
  • Demonstrated interest in behavioral science and social policy issues
  • Basic understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Excellent attention to detail and ability to multi-task and work efficiently
  • Comfortable working in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment
  • Very strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to collaborate and work well with program teams comprised of senior and junior staff and demonstrated sensitivity to conducting research in communities that serve traditionally underrepresented groups
  • Demonstrated experience with a statistical or database programming language (e.g., SAS, R, SPSS, STATA, SQL)
  • Previous experience working in a nonprofit setting or as a research assistant is a plus, but not required

The Research Assistant position is based in MDRC’s New York City office. Some on-the-job training is provided. We offer excellent fringe benefits, including generous paid vacation and personal days and comprehensive health insurance, among others. Salary will be commensurate with experience. When applying, please include a programming and writing sample. Only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Want to Study Nutrition? Apply to Columbia’s One Year MS Program

The application for Columbia University’s one-year MS in human nutrition program is now open!

Prospective students can APPLY HERE and register for a Webinar or Open House for additional information.

SPRING WEBINAR EVENTS

Include a brief faculty-led program overview, followed by a Q&A session with alumni.

REGISTER FOR A WEBINAR

  • Thursday, January 16th, 5 – 6pm EST
  • Wednesday, February 12th, 5 – 6pm EST
  • Wednesday, March 18th, 5 – 6pm EST
  • Thursday, April 16th, 5 – 6pm EST
  • Wednesday, May 13th, 5 – 6pm EST

SPRING OPEN HOUSE EVENTS

Include a faculty-led information session, followed by lunch with alumni and a chance to attend a course lecture.

  • Monday, February 24th, 12:30 – 5:30pm EST (the last 3 hours are optional) REGISTER
  • Monday, April 6th, 12:30 – 5:30pm EST (the last 3 hours are optional) REGISTER

CAN’T ATTEND AN EVENT?

View the Program Facts Sheet and Brochure for additional information. Contact nutrition@cumc.columbia.edu with questions. The application will remain open until July 15th or until the class of 80 students is full.

Spend 2020 in NYC Filling a Big Healthcare Gap!

The ONE-YEAR MS IN HUMAN NUTRITION program is for students perusing careers in: medicine, dentistry, nursing and other sectors of the health sciences arena, health and food industry, technology, research, business, law and many other exciting fields. Our RIGOROUS CURRICULUM will train you to become competent in nutrition science and understand its role in health and disease prevention. If your career trajectory is medical school, earn up to 26 BCPM credits with us! Read about our curriculum.

Develop your writing, critical thinking and leadership skills through an INTENSIVE RESEARCH THESIS in basic science, clinical nutrition or public health nutrition. View a selection of MS theses and paper publications

Experience NEW YORK CITY; a learning lab for community projects on food security, the built environment, and sustainable food systems

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Looking to Move to New York or Boston? These Research Positions Could Be For You!

Learn more and apply on Handshake!

General Motors has New IT Positions for Seniors and Grads!

Learn more and apply on Handshake. Application deadline is June 1, 2020.

Early Career – Information Technology – Software Developer positions are available in Atlanta, Georgia, Austin, Texas, Phoenix, Arizona, and Detroit, Michigan.

At General Motors, we’ve charged ourselves with one mission: to design, build and sell the world’s best vehicles. We have recently undergone one of the largest Information Technology transformations in the history of the automotive industry and continue to drive technology innovations within General Motors.

GM IT is a leader in cutting edge technologies such as Mobility, Telematics, Mission-Critical Business Systems, Supercomputing, Vehicle Engineering, and Real-time Computing. We offer challenging positions for passionate professionals looking to get in on the ground-floor of a growing “Fortune 5” firm that is re-inventing IT with a laser focus on Innovation, Speed, and Business Value. 

WE’RE LOOKING FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY GRADUATES WHO:

  • Have an insatiable drive for excellence
  • Challenge themselves and their peers
  • Enjoy working collaboratively in a cross-functional teams
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic
  • Have a strong ability and willingness to learn
  • Excel in a variety of job assignments
  • Understand physics and math concepts, and have the ability to apply them to real applications
  • Desire to deliver innovative solutions to complex problems

In addition to specific areas below, our roles require critical thinking, excellent communication, and a passion for service excellence. If you have what it takes, come join our team as a Software Developer:

A Software Developer is responsible for developing solutions that drive innovation and competitive advantage. The role encompasses writing code to build and support GM’s systems, applications, and platforms as well as configuring, optimizing, and deploying packaged software (COTS). The role will interface with other project developers and architects to ensure that designs and quality are meeting GM requirements. Each Developer is envisioned to be part of the full SDLC of a project: from initiation through deployment.