The winners of the 2015 Breakthrough Prizes in fundamental physics and life sciences, as well as mathematics, were presented with their awards at a gala earlier this week hosted by Seth MacFarlane, who was joined by Breakthrough Prize co-founders Sergey Brin (Google co-founder), Anne Wojcicki (Brin’s wife and founder of 23andMe), Jack Ma (Alibaba Group founder and executive chairman), Cathy Zhang (Ma’s wife), technology investor Yuri Milner, Julia Milner (Milner’s wife), Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan (Zuckerberg’s wife), with presenters including Kate Beckinsale, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cameron Diaz, Jon Hamm and Eddie Redmayne.
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Is the world’s largest social network dipping its toes into sociology? VentureBeat reported that Facebook will host an academics-only conference on the topic at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., in August, just prior to the American Sociological Association 2014 Annual Meeting in San Francisco Aug. 16 through 19.
Facebook is hosting the fourth Compassion Research Day Thursday at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., and the social network revealed six important trends its compassion research team discovered while partnering with researchers from Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence, Stanford University, Northeastern University, Claremont McKenna University, and other institutions.
How Facebook’s Open Academy Offers College Credits To Computer Science Students Working On Open-Source Projects
Computer-science students at 22 universities globally will be able to work on open-source projects as part of their coursework as part of Open Academy, an initiative Facebook hatched in the spring of 2012 and announced publicly Wednesday.
Not so fast! When used properly, political ads on Facebook are useful, says one public-affairs strategist in response to a study by a pair of academics that claims just the opposite.
As Election Day comes closer, you’re likely seeing political ads everywhere you turn — on front lawns, in newspapers, and on television. You’re likely also seeing them on Facebook, and not just for President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. Two researchers studied the Facebook ads placed by a candidate running for a state legislature position, seeing if they helped his name recognition or likeability. Unfortunately, in this case, the Facebook ads barely moved the needle for the candidate.
Interns at Facebook are responsible for much more than getting coffee and making copies. They make valuable contributions. Peter Cottle, a graduate student at the University of California, Berkleley and future Facebook engineer, reflected on his internship with the social network, writing that himself and another intern were responsible for most of the work on the site’s first mobile advertising interface.