Personalized “deep learning” equips robots for autism therapy

Children with autism spectrum conditions often have trouble recognizing the emotional states of people around them — distinguishing a happy face from a fearful face, for instance. To remedy this, some therapists use a kid-friendly robot to demonstrate those emotions and to engage the children in imitating the emotions and responding to them in appropriate ways. (Read the full story)

Harassment Leads to Loss of Talent, Innovation in Sciences

Participants at the 2016 American Astronomical Association meeting had signed a code of conduct that warned against sexual harassment. At the registration desk they also were met by a five-foot sign reminding them of the problem. Then at that very meeting an undergraduate student standing beside her research presentation was asked, “What’s attractive about this poster beside you?” (Read the full story)

Poetry in Motion

“You should really see my calendar. It’s kind of lunatic,” laughs Kim Shuck as she lists off the readings, events and appearances she’s scheduled to attend as San Francisco’s new poet laureate. “I’ve heard from a couple of different people that this gig is quite strenuous. Maybe I’m just a weirdo, but I’m liking it so far.” (Read the full story)