For 20 years, the city of Scottsdale has been considering building the Desert Discovery Center at the main entrance to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, a permanently protected desert habitat. The Desert Discovery Center will provide exhibits, programs and activities for those going to the preserve and will continuously provide data on living and thriving in desert areas throughout the world. Recently, the Scottsdale City Council voted to move the project forward, but it is opposed by the Protect Our Preserve organization, which believes the preserve should not have any development beyond trails and trailheads. Scottsdale vice mayor Kathy Littlefield, who opposes the Desert Discovery Center, and councilwoman Linda Milhaven, who is for the project, will discuss the issue.
CBRE, a firm that produces research data for the real estate market, has released a new report examining the cause of rising construction costs across the U.S. Phoenix was one of 13 metro areas examined. The report reveals that while the construction workforce remains below pre-recession levels, a supply-demand imbalance has led to higher construction wages. Susan LaGanke, senior managing director of project management for the Southwest Region, will tell us more about the report.
Two new reports show a rise in people using social media to get their news content while at the same time newspapers continue to decline. Jessica Pucci, an ethics and excellence professor of practice for Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a specialist in data analysis and audience engagement, will talk about why more people are turning to social media for their news.
A forum on data breaches and cyber security for small businesses will be held in Paradise Valley. Titled, “Cyber Security State of Affairs: From Controlled Chaos to Cyber Warfare,” the forum is being coordinated by Adam Levin, a well-known consumer advocate who writes on the issue for the Huffington Post. Levin will tell us more about the forum and cyber security.
The University of Arizona’s iPlant Collaborative’s community of scientists, developers and educators has received a $3.8 million National Science Foundation grant to fund the development of a general-purpose data storage platform. The platform can be used to store and manage huge amounts of data being generated by projects such as sequencing the whole human genome. Nirav Merchant of the iPlant Collaborative and Arizona Research Laboratories will tell us more.
Data breaches for companies are a matter of “when,” not “if.” Companies can make numerous mistakes when it comes to securing data. Michael Kelly of Jennings, Strouss & Salmon Law will discuss the biggest mistakes companies make with data security.
Salt River Project is teaming with the data center firm Baselayer to come up with a way to provide reliable power to data centers. The project involves locating data centers near SRP power stations. Clint Poole, manager of Wireline Services at SRP Telecom, will discuss the SRP Data Centers.
Scientists and engineers can now store, share and analyze data through Jetstream, the first all-science cyber-computing platform. It’s a $6.5 million project funded by the National Science Foundation. The iPlant Collaborative based at the University of Arizona’s BIO5 Institute will play an important role in development and operation of Jetstream. Nirav Merchant, co-principal investigator of the iPlant Collaborative and director of Bio Computing at Arizona Research Laboratories, and Edwin Skidmore, assistant director of infrastructure for the iPlant Collaborative and Head of “Atmosphere,” the U Of A’s cloud computing platform, will discuss Jetstream.
A court case in Europe has strengthened the right to online privacy, and those rules will apply to companies doing business in the European Union. Arizona State University professor Adriana Sanford of the W.P. Carey School of Business will discuss how EU data protection will affect U.S. companies and consumers.
In a new Arizona Horizon series, “Arizona’s Future,” we look at innovations leading to improvements in a variety of areas, including education. In the Vail Unified School District in southern Arizona, teachers and district officials have created a web-based solution to help meet Common Core standards. The site provides lesson plans and data that educators can use to meet the standards, and any educator can add resources, lesson plans or ideas to the site. It’s being used by 77 traditional public school districts and eight charter schools in Arizona. Kevin Carney, executive director of Beyond Textbooks, will explain how the site helps teachers improve their teaching abilities.
Congress has some of its lowest approval ratings ever. Arizona State University researchers will join an elite group of international experts to study ways to improve governance. Erik Johnston, director of the Center for Policy Informatics at Arizona State University, and Justin Longo, also of the Center for Policy Informatics, will help study new uses of technologies, data, and public engagement to design innovative government programs. Johnston and Longo will talk about their efforts.
Two Arizona State University computer science doctoral students are developing computer models for analytical systems that can gather data generated by Twitter and organize it in a way that can lead to analysis of public opinion. ASU Computer Informatics professor Subbarao Kambhampati will talk about the twitter analysis tools.
Data Centers, which store digital information, have seen a steady growth in Arizona. Several factors have led to that, including a lack of natural disasters. We’ll take a look at OneNeck IT services, a Tempe-based Data Center.
The Arizona Cultural Data Project Task Force recently released a report that reveals the impact of Arizona’s arts and culture sector on the lives of Arizonans and the state’s economy. Jaime Dempsey, Deputy Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, will discuss the report, which will be released for the first time on Arizona Horizon.
Dana Wolfe Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance, discusses the 2012 KIDS COUNT report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that ranks Arizona in the bottom 5 states for child well-being.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, eight doctors have issued nearly half of all medical marijuana certifications in Arizona. DHS Director Will Humble discusses his response to the data.
Dana Naimark, President and CEO of Children’s Action Alliance, discusses the 2011 Kids Count Data Book just released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and what it says about the well-being of children in Arizona.
The latest census data show a staggering number of vacant homes in the Valley. East Valley real estate broker Cindy Sessions and Fletcher Wilcox, a vice president and real estate analyst for Grand Canyon Title Agency, discuss what the numbers say about the area’s real estate market.
Instead of storing photos, music and other information on their own computers, more and more people are storing it online in “the Cloud”. We’ll take a look at the evolution and future of cloud computing for individuals and businesses with Anthony D’Ambrosi of i/o, a Phoenix-based company that controls two of the largest data centers in the world.
According to a new audit, the percentage of education spending that makes it into Arizona classrooms is the lowest it's been in ten years of tracking that data. Tara Lennon of the Arizona Auditor General's office discusses the findings.
A new report blames Arizona’s immigration law for more than $140-million in lost revenue. Senior Vice President and Economist for Elliott D. Pollack & and Company, the firm that conducted a study the report is based on, talks about the data.
In an effort to cut down on the theft of personal data, the new Privacy by Design Research Lab at Arizona State University will establish a virtual environment to work with industry leaders to create guidelines for businesses worldwide. Julie Smith David of ASU will talk about the new Privacy by Design Research Lab.
Arizona faces one of the nation�s most critical shortages of registered nurses (RNs), according to an Arizona Healthcare Workforce Data Center study that ranks the need for RNs nationwide. Kathy Scott, RN, PhD, regional vice president of Clinical Services for Banner Health joins us to discuss the study, and the shortage of RNs.