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The Finance & Tech Week In Review – 3/4/17


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Every Saturday the HBCU Money staff picks ten articles they were intrigued by and think you will enjoy for some weekend reading impacting finance and tech.

These are the 22 best universities in emerging economies / WEF wef.ch/2lCMeSB

Why college doesn’t help more in closing racial and ethnic wealth gaps / St. Louis Fed bit.ly/2kz2sf6

This enormous solar power plant just became the biggest in the world / WEF wef.ch/2mdBq1y

You knew millennials were worse off than their parents, but this is how bad it is / WEF wef.ch/2mvIMLw

15 of the CIA’s most intriguing declassified maps / WEF wef.ch/2mdRxMl

Portable 3D printer builds a tiny house for a tiny price / New Atlas newatl.as/2mVpEpG

Astronomer and photographer Zoltan Levay makes distant galaxies beautiful. / Science News  ow.ly/s7zJ309yHRF

Trump announces budget cuts that may give China tech leadership / Computerworld ow.ly/Svss309AnxS

 Apple forfeits teachers’ pet rep as U.S. share sinks / CIO ow.ly/M5uC309AnoX

Advances in coral restoration hold promise for protecting coasts—and economies / Pew Trusts ow.ly/LHUX309Ansk

HBCU Money™ Dozen 10/26 – 10/30


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Research

Security tech company employees are stingy in contributing to Presidential race l CIOonline http://trib.al/A4Z2hDE

Scientists call for unified initiative to advance microbiome research l Argonne National Lab http://1.usa.gov/1KHNJUA

The solar suburbs of the future l Renewble Cities http://ow.ly/TUium

CSOs demanding more from cybersecurity tech l CSOonline http://trib.al/8tm6e6a

Deep sea swallowers may be small, but they can swallow much larger fish l Pew Environment http://pew.org/1YkVqKZ

Good news for hackers: People still plug found USB sticks into their computers l Network World http://bit.ly/1Oe4oGY

Federal Reserve, Central Banks, & Financial Departments

3 ways #LatinAmerica is fighting back l World Economic Forum http://wef.ch/1PUbPTZ

4 strategies successful people use to start their day l World Economic Forum http://wef.ch/1GOS1yb

Personal saving rate rose to a five-month high of 4.8 percent in September l St. Louis Fed http://bit.ly/1P1NfQT

Older workers have become a more prominent group among the long-term unemployed population l St. Louis Fed http://bit.ly/1P0Fnza

By 2060 there will be about 2.8bil people in #Africa out of a world #population of 10 bil l World Bank http://wrld.bg/U3tAx

Fed proposes new bailout rules for biggest banks l Housing Wire http://bit.ly/1XFIa29

Thank you as always for joining us on Saturday for HBCU Money™ Dozen. The 12 most important research and finance articles of the week.

Akon Lighting Africa and the Potential of HBCUs In Africa’s Development


“If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” ~ African proverb

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My travels to West African countries (Benin, Togo, & Ghana) in a study abroad program in 2006 were the highlight of my graduate education. However, the unfortunate aspect of the trip was that we, as students, weren’t provoked to consider our role in the global economy, specifically Africa. This would have been an opportune time in our intellectual development to challenge us to assess critically how we could become change agents as we encountered the host of social and structural issues of each country. For instance, in each country we visited, we witnessed many residents of the rural towns and villages using kerosene for lighting their homes and businesses. Unbeknown to us, approximately 22 million people in sub-Saharan Africa were living without electricity at the time. There are many opportunities present in rural Africa, and students should be at the center of entrepreneurial conversations, solutions, and building of partnerships.

As an educator, I am concerned that students, and Historically Black Colleges and University (HBCU) students in particular, are not having transformative conversations and experiences regarding entrepreneurship and using academic knowledge and resources to empower the African Diaspora. This conversation is necessary if we are truly interested in preparing our students to be at the forefront of global issues. HBCUs have the unique opportunity to develop students’ social and economic competencies to meet global needs that they may only be privileged to receive during the course of their higher education.

Many HBCUs have community-based programs such as study abroad programs, service-learning projects, and civic engagement activities that are focused on various African countries, which they do a good job of exposing students to African heritage, language, culture, dance, and ethnic cuisines. This knowledge and cultural exposure should only be the foundation to inculcating entrepreneurial and transformative thinking to students. To the contrary, most of these community-based programs simply focus on students’ exposure and consumption of “authentic” African culture without helping students to facilitate and develop entrepreneurial initiatives that would socially and economically enhance the place they are visiting. Instead, students leave Africa with masks, artwork, mud cloths, statues, and other cultural goods without understanding civic and global engagement that leads to sustainable solutions.

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The most recent community initiative by a hip hop artist, Akon, made me re-evaluate the role HBCU administrators, alumni, students, and entrepreneurs. Akon is well known for his entrance in the hip hop music scene in 2004 with the release of his hit song “Locked Up.” However, Akon’s most impressive work is his current agenda to provide electricity to rural areas of Africa along with his partners Samba Bathily and Thione Niang under the Akon Lighting Africa Foundation. The Akon Lighting Africa Foundation has developed relationships with international banks to provide immediate electricity services to eleven African countries and counting by using available solar energy, which is a readily abundant resource in the continent. So where do HBCUs fit in such a community initiative?

This solar electricity initiative requires a host of skills, knowledge, and expertise in banking, community and global development, technical skills in installation, and knowledge of solar and clean energy. The aforementioned community-based programs offered at many HBCUs should consider developing partnerships with their alumni, community business leaders, and faculty to re-design these programs in order challenge students to design solutions that would benefit underdeveloped and economically marginalized communities. Not only would these communities benefit from such programs, but students would exit their institutional globally aware, marketable for employment, enhanced understanding of civic engagement, and a portfolio of work that demonstrates their skills and knowledge.

HBCUs also have the opportunity to capitalize off of such programming. One, action-oriented community programs would garner international attention and enhance the image of HBCUs worldwide, which would attract diverse students and faculty of the African Disapora. Two, this could attract potential donors like Nigerian billionaire Akilo Dangote and others to contribute to institutional endowments. Three, this is a great method for strengthening the relationship between alumni and their institution, socially and financially. Four, there would be an increase in faculty engaged in government-funded sponsored research. Five, HBCU administrators would have the opportunity to develop beneficial relationships with business leaders and entrepreneurs. And certainly not the last, HBCUs would achieve and extend their mission by truly changing the social and economic profile of the communities and students they serve providing an impetus for connecting the ecosystem of the African Diaspora.

HBCU Money™ Dozen 6/8 – 6/12


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Did you miss HBCU Money™ Dozen via Twitter? No worry. We are now putting them on the site for you to visit at your leisure. We have made some changes here at HBCU Money™ Dozen. We are now solely focused on research and central bank articles from the previous week.

Research

Protecting Endangered Species with Better Mapping Technology l US EPA Research http://go.usa.gov/3PAPB

Smart slumbers: how we’re learning to sleep away addiction and bad memories l New Scientist http://ow.ly/ObvOj

100% Renewable Energy Goal For Hawaii: Governor Signs Bill l Clean Technica http://dlvr.it/B9vctF

IT continues to struggle to find software developers, data analysts l CIOonline http://trib.al/ul2GIuL

Health IT could curb prescription drug abuse, but adoption lags l CIOonline http://ow.ly/Ocf3C

US Residential Solar Market Grew 76% l Clean Technica http://dlvr.it/B9rjgc

Federal Reserve, Central Banks, & Financial Departments

What do the latest US jobs numbers tell us about interest rates? l World Economic Forum http://wef.ch/1Gwtxtl

See income and wealth trends for thrivers, stragglers and the middle class l St. Louis Fed http://bit.ly/1Itayxb

Egypt sees risks to growth and inflation risks mitigated l Central Bank News http://dlvr.it/B9w9Rj

4 ways the global economy is being transformed l World Economic Forum http://wef.ch/1MEaPyS

Does better education really drive economic growth? l World Economic Forum http://wef.ch/1K8UjaP

CoreLogic responsibly suspends employee involved in McKinney teen pool fracas l Housing Wire 

Thank you as always for joining us on Saturday for HBCU Money™ Dozen. The 12 most important research and finance articles of the week.

HBCU Money™ Dozen 6/1 – 6/5


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Did you miss HBCU Money™ Dozen via Twitter? No worry. We are now putting them on the site for you to visit at your leisure. We have made some changes here at HBCU Money™ Dozen. We are now solely focused on research and central bank articles from the previous week.

Research

Saudi Arabia May Become The Saudi Arabia Of Solar l Clean Technica http://dlvr.it/B6SSbc

Millennials bring consumer shopping tactics to corporate buying l CIOonline http://trib.al/Y0GDTxl

Census shows the four countries that are acting as safe havens for African elephants l New Scientist http://ow.ly/NV5Hn

Drums in the deep: Listening to meteorites hitting Mars will tell us what’s going on inside l New Scientist http://ow.ly/NUyKe

It’s time for Apple to redefine the iPad l Macworld http://dlvr.it/B6LSBm

“Stealth” Woman-Owned Startup Nails Tesla Battery For Hybrid-Electric Buildings l Clean Technica http://dlvr.it/B6Hthp

Federal Reserve, Central Banks, & Financial Departments

Does the Taylor rule say to raise rates? Depends in part on the natural real interest rate l St. Louis Fed http://bit.ly/1KJ4ReD

Which countries use the #internet the most? l World Economic Forum http://wef.ch/1dLzRAv

#Africa’s top 10 #tourism-ready countries l World Economic Forum http://wef.ch/1FARLf8

U.S. spends more on #healthcare per person than any other country, but #lifeexpectancy ranks 43rd l SF Fed http://bit.ly/1I6mfJW

Librarians: Check out personal finance & economics lessons that complement children’s books l Econ Lowdown http://bit.ly/1B8tKey

Why is Infant Mortality Higher in the U.S. than in Europe? l NBER http://bit.ly/1KGuWLy

Thank you as always for joining us on Saturday for HBCU Money™ Dozen. The 12 most important research and finance articles of the week.