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  1. It has been recognized that jobs across different domains is becoming more data driven, and many aspects of the economy, society, and daily life depend more and more on data. Undergraduate education offers a critical link in providing more data science and engineering (DSE) exposure to students and expanding the supply of DSE talent. The National Academies have identified that effective DSE education requires both appropriate classwork and hands-on experience with real data and real applications. Currently significant progress has been made in classwork, while progress in hands-on research experience has been lacking. To fill this gap, we have proposedmore »to create data-enabled engineering project (DEEP) modules based on real data and applications, which is currently funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under the Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program. To achieve project goal, we have developed two internet-of-things (IoT) enabled laboratory engineering testbeds (LETs) and generated real data under various application scenarios. In addition, we have designed and developed several sample DEEP modules in interactive Jupyter Notebook using the generated data. These sample DEEP modules will also be ported to other interactive DSE learning environments, including Matlab Live Script and R Markdown, for wide and easy adoption. Finally, we have conducted metacognitive awareness gain (MAG) assessments to establish a baseline for assessing the effectiveness of DEEP modules in enhancing students’ reflection and metacognition. The DEEP modules that are currently being developed target students in Chemical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and MS program in Data Science at xxx University. The modules will be deployed in the Spring of 2021, and we expect to have immediate impact to the targeted classes and students. We also anticipate that the DEEP modules can be adopted without modification to other disciplines in Engineering such as Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering. They can also be easily extended to other disciplines in other colleges such as Liberal Arts by incorporating real data and applications from the respective disciplines. In this work, we will share our ideas, the rationale behind the proposed approach, the planned tasks for the project, the demonstration of modules developed, and potential dissemination venues.« less
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  2. ABSTRACT We report on the discovery and validation of TOI 813 b (TIC 55525572 b), a transiting exoplanet identified by citizen scientists in data from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and the first planet discovered by the Planet Hunters TESS project. The host star is a bright (V = 10.3 mag) subgiant ($R_\star =1.94\, R_\odot$, $M_\star =1.32\, M_\odot$). It was observed almost continuously by TESS during its first year of operations, during which time four individual transit events were detected. The candidate passed all the standard light curve-based vetting checks, and ground-based follow-up spectroscopy and speckle imaging enabled us to place an uppermore »limit of $2\, M_{\rm Jup}$ (99 per cent confidence) on the mass of the companion, and to statistically validate its planetary nature. Detailed modelling of the transits yields a period of $83.8911 _{ - 0.0031 } ^ { + 0.0027 }$ d, a planet radius of 6.71 ± 0.38 R⊕ and a semimajor axis of $0.423 _{ - 0.037 } ^ { + 0.031 }$ AU. The planet’s orbital period combined with the evolved nature of the host star places this object in a relatively underexplored region of parameter space. We estimate that TOI 813 b induces a reflex motion in its host star with a semi-amplitude of ∼6 m s−1, making this a promising system to measure the mass of a relatively long-period transiting planet.« less
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  5. A bstract A search is presented for new particles produced at the LHC in proton-proton collisions at $$ \sqrt{s} $$ s = 13 TeV, using events with energetic jets and large missing transverse momentum. The analysis is based on a data sample corresponding to an integrated luminosity of 101 fb − 1 , collected in 2017–2018 with the CMS detector. Machine learning techniques are used to define separate categories for events with narrow jets from initial-state radiation and events with large-radius jets consistent with a hadronic decay of a W or Z boson. A statistical combination is made with anmore »earlier search based on a data sample of 36 fb − 1 , collected in 2016. No significant excess of events is observed with respect to the standard model background expectation determined from control samples in data. The results are interpreted in terms of limits on the branching fraction of an invisible decay of the Higgs boson, as well as constraints on simplified models of dark matter, on first-generation scalar leptoquarks decaying to quarks and neutrinos, and on models with large extra dimensions. Several of the new limits, specifically for spin-1 dark matter mediators, pseudoscalar mediators, colored mediators, and leptoquarks, are the most restrictive to date.« less
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