Stanford University Report Ranks Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Mohammed Cherkaoui Among the World’s Top 2% of Scientists

In the discipline of “materials” science, Dr. Cherkaoui ranked in the top 3,000 of the world’s more than 177,000 researchers in the field. He is best known for his pioneering work in micromechanics and nuclear engineering, and he has authored more than 200 publications including the first-ever micromechanics textbook. His international accolades include the France Medal from the National Center for Scientific Research, the Obama Award under the Material Genome Initiative, and the Lorraine Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer. He has also achieved a tenured professorship at Georgia Institute of Technology and a Boeing Endowed Chair and professorship at Mississippi State University.

“I am humbled by this recognition, and I owe a debt of gratitude to all of my co-authors and the vast network of Ph.D. students and contributors who have supported my work throughout my career,” said Dr. Cherkaoui. “I am proud to bring LIU to the forefront of global research as we strive to become a world-leading, pioneering university of the future.”

Dr. Cherkaoui was a pioneering influence of the International University of Rabat in Morocco, the International Joint Units (UMI) research institution between the French government and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the France National Center for Scientific Research. He is a member of the European Commission material science division, and he is the associate editor of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Journal of Engineering Materials and Technology.

“Dr. Cherkaoui’s visionary leadership and collaborative approach to interdisciplinary research across LIU has led to some of our most forward-thinking initiatives such as our Digital Health Institute and competitive artificial intelligence program,” said LIU President Dr. Kimberly R. Cline. “I am proud to see him recognized as one of the world’s greatest scientists; an honor he truly deserves.” 

About Long Island University
Long Island University, founded in 1926, continues to redefine higher education, providing high quality academic instruction by world-class faculty. Recognized by Forbes for its emphasis on experiential learning and by the Brookings Institution for its “value added” to student outcomes, LIU offers close to 265 accredited programs, with a network of 267,000 alumni that includes industry leaders and entrepreneurs all across the globe. Visit liu.edu for more information. 

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College Football Odds Week 14: Picks Against the Spread for Updated Top 25 Games | Bleacher Report

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Friday, Dec. 4

No. 25 Louisiana-Lafayette at Appalachian State (-2.5), 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

                  

Saturday, Dec. 5

No. 4 Ohio State (-24) at Michigan State, noon ET, ABC

No. 5 Texas A&M (-7) at Auburn, noon ET, ESPN

No. 15 Oklahoma State (-2.5) at TCU, noon ET, ESPN2

Western Carolina at No. 17 North Carolina (-49.5), noon ET, ACC Network

Rice at No. 21 Marshall (-23.5), noon ET, ESPN+

Liberty at No. 18 Coastal Carolina (-10.5), 2 p.m. ET, ESPNU

Syracuse at No. 2 Notre Dame (-33.5), 2:30 p.m. ET, NBC

No. 6 Florida (-17.5) at Tennessee, 3:30 p.m. ET, CBS

West Virginia at No. 9 Iowa State (-6.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 12 Indiana at No. 16 Wisconsin (-14.5), 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC

No. 19 Iowa (-14) at Illinois, 3:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

No. 24 Tulsa (-12.5) at Navy, 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2

Vanderbilt at No. 8 Georgia (-35.5), 4 p.m. ET, SEC Network

Stanford at No. 22 Washington (-11.5), 4 p.m. ET, Fox

No. 23 Oregon (-9.5) at California, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN

No. 3 Clemson (-22.5) at Virginia Tech, 7:30 p.m. ET, ABC

No. 1 Alabama (-29.5) at LSU, 8 p.m. ET, CBS

No. 10 Miami (-14.5) at Duke, 8 p.m. ET, ACC Network

Baylor at No. 11 Oklahoma (-22.5), 8 p.m. ET, Fox

                  

Sunday, Dec. 6

Washington State at No. 20 USC (-14.5), 7:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1

Picks in bold against the spread. Odds via DraftKings.

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Four Top 25 college basketball games on deck; An updated look at this year’s calendar

This year has been like any other due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and that includes the sports season. When the pandemic hit in March, sporting events around the world were canceled or postponed. Some leagues and tournaments were forced to cancel, others paused with the hope of restarting, but all had to adjust in some way.



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As the world continues to navigate the pandemic, many sports leagues that paused in March have since created a plan to restart found a safe way to carry out their season. For instance, the NBA and NHL had “bubbles” for players to live in. In other sports, fans are not permitted at many events and new health protocols have been put in place.

Stay up to date with what games are on by checking out our daily schedule of sporting events.

Today’s sporting events:

Thursday, December 3

Men’s College Basketball

  • Western Illinois vs. #3 Iowa, 8 p.m.
  • Washburn vs. #7 Kansas, 8 p.m.
  • VMI vs. #16 Virginia Tech, 8 p.m.
  • #25 Arizona State vs. California, 10 p.m.

College Football

  • Louisiana Tech vs. North Texas, 6 p.m.
  • Air Force vs. Utah State, 9:30 p.m.

Here’s an overall look at the current 2020 sports calendar

U.S. Women’s Open: December 10 – 13, 2020

The USGA rescheduled the U.S. Women’s Open from the original June 4-7 date. It will be played over two courses due to less daylight in December.

2020 Summer Olympics: Summer 2021

The 2020 Summer Olympics were moved to 2021, but could still look a lot different when they are played. The IOC could decide to limit fans or have no fans at all at the games for health reasons.

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College football picks, predictions against the spread for every Week 14 top 25 game

There are just two weeks remaining in the 2020 college football season, which heads into December with a full slate of top 25 teams.  

There are just two matchups between ranked teams in Week 14. No. 8 BYU travels to No. 14 Coastal Carolina in a battle of unbeaten teams, and No. 10 Indiana faces No. 18 Wisconsin. There are sure to be more schedule changes along the way because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.  

MORE: College football bowl projections after Week 13

The second set of College Football Playoff rankings will be unveiled Tuesday, and that is sure to add to the excitement. SN picks every top 25 game against the spread each week. Here is a look at our track record this season:  

  • Last week: 11-2 S/U, 6-7 ATS 
  • Overall: 140-38 S/U, 92-77 ATS   
  • Top 25: 130-33 S/U, 87-73 ATS   

Now, a look at our picks against the spread for Week 14:  

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Week 14 picks against the spread  

Saturday, Dec. 5 

No. 5 Texas A&M (-6.5) at Auburn  

The line jumped 2.5 points from its open, and the Aggies are almost a touchdown favorite against the Tigers. Texas A&M is 2-3 ATS as a favorite this season, and the Tigers are in a rare spot of playing a regular-season game after the Iron Bowl. Auburn has won the past three meetings, so count on a close one that matches the early line.  

Pick: Texas A&M wins 27-23 but FAILS TO COVER the spread.  

No. 4 Ohio State (-22) at Michigan State  

There are doubts that this game will be played knowing the Buckeyes are dealing with COVID-19 issues. Ohio State has won the past three meetings by 20 points or more, however, and style points will matter with the short number of games.  

Pick: Ohio State wins 45-17 and COVERS the spread.  

No. 19 Oklahoma State (-2.5) at TCU  

The Cowboys have failed to cover in their past four games, but the Horned Frogs are just 1-3 at home this season. The teams have traded one-score victories the past two years. We’ll stick with the more consistent team.  

Pick: Oklahoma State wins 34-27 and COVERS the spread.  

Rice at No. 15 Marshall (-23.5)  

The Thundering Herd is 5-2 ATS this season, but that number drops to 2-2 when favored by more than 20 points. Rice has played three games this season, and that makes this a tough game to project. Take the home team.  

Pick: Marshall wins 38-13 and COVERS the spread.  

No. 8 BYU (-10) at No. 14 Coastal Carolina  

This is off-the-cuff-scheduling at its best. Quarterbacks Grayson McCall (20 TDs, 1 INT) and Zach Wilson (26 TDs, 2 INTs) should put on a show, but the Cougars improve to 10-0 in the process.  

Pick: BYU wins 35-28 but FAILS TO COVER the spread. 

Syracuse at No. 2 Notre Dame (-33.5)  

The Irish have covered in four of their past five victories, and this is a game that they should dominate

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2020 sports schedule: Four Top 25 college basketball games on deck; An updated look at this year’s calendar

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This year has been like any other due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and that includes the sports season. When the pandemic hit in March, sporting events around the world were canceled or postponed. Some leagues and tournaments were forced to cancel, others paused with the hope of restarting, but all had to adjust in some way.

As the world continues to navigate the pandemic, many sports leagues that paused in March have since created a plan to restart found a safe way to carry out their season. For instance, the NBA and NHL had “bubbles” for players to live in. In other sports, fans are not permitted at many events and new health protocols have been put in place.

Stay up to date with what games are on by checking out our daily schedule of sporting events.

Today’s sporting events:

Thursday, December 3

Men’s College Basketball

  • Western Illinois vs. #3 Iowa, 8 p.m.
  • Washburn vs. #7 Kansas, 8 p.m.
  • VMI vs. #16 Virginia Tech, 8 p.m.
  • #25 Arizona State vs. California, 10 p.m.

College Football

  • Louisiana Tech vs. North Texas, 6 p.m.
  • Air Force vs. Utah State, 9:30 p.m.

Here’s an overall look at the current 2020 sports calendar

U.S. Women’s Open: December 10 – 13, 2020

The USGA rescheduled the U.S. Women’s Open from the original June 4-7 date. It will be played over two courses due to less daylight in December.

2020 Summer Olympics: Summer 2021

The 2020 Summer Olympics were moved to 2021, but could still look a lot different when they are played. The IOC could decide to limit fans or have no fans at all at the games for health reasons.

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Adam Kramer’s College Football Locks and Top Bets for Week 14 | Bleacher Report

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Picking winners is hard. These days, it’s getting harder. Trying to dissect college football games against the spread was already difficult before COVID-19 put every game in doubt.

That is not an excuse. My troubles of late when it comes to picking winners cannot and should not be blamed on that. That said, it adds a wrinkle to an already challenging process. And like everyone else, I must adjust to the unknown.

Now, about last week. Not great. Bad luck (again) coupled with a couple of ghoulish selections, and I am once again in the doghouse. Two wins, five losses and two games that were not played. (This is the part where I say the games that weren’t played would’ve been winners, and you just politely nod along.) The overall record is now 33-33.

We were scorching hot. Now we’re ice-cold. Our fortune is about to change, and it’s about to change now. Before we dive into this week’s batch of rebound selections, let’s explore the good and the bad from the previous week.

       

The Good: Iowa State

Close game. Clean win. No tomfoolery. After this outcome, I thought I was in for a monster week. Well, I was clearly wrong. The over in Pittsburgh-Clemson was also a nice winner, although I was emotionally distraught from all of the losers at that point. I needed more Iowa State victories in my life.

        

The Bad: Plenty, but Let’s Go with SMU-East Carolina

Gross. Ugh. Yikes. Gadzooks. For regulars of this piece, I have regularly complimented East Carolina this season. But I thought the double-digit point spread for SMU was a sign of things to come against a program that is still figuring it out. I knew this game was over after about eight minutes. Not proud. Punt this pick into the sun.

        

The time is now.

Here are the Week 14 selections, using point spreads provided by DraftKings.

          

Alabama vs. LSU (Under 68.5)

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Alabama is going to score plenty. Let’s not shy away from that. If you want to tap into the potential revenge angle after last year’s loss, go for it. No issues there. Whether Nick Saban decides to win by four touchdowns or more (the current spread) won’t impact this logic one iota.

A few factors point toward the under. For starters, LSU’s best offensive player just opted out. Terrace Marshall Jr., the Tigers’ star wideout this year, announced he was leaving the team to prepare for the NFL draft after last week’s loss. This is suboptimal.

It’s even more suboptimal when you consider that Alabama has allowed a total of 16 points in the last three games. (Suboptimal for the Tigers, potentially optimal for the under.)

Finally, LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. can at least contain Alabama wideout DeVonta Smith assuming he covers him much of the game. What a matchup, by the way. Regardless of how you feel about this pick or this game, you should watch just for that.

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College basketball top 25 scores, overreactions: Kentucky has steep climb ahead, Gonzaga exceeding the hype

We’re officially one week into the college basketball season, with a small-enough sample to draw some takeaways but far too small to make any sweeping judgements. To make any conclusive statements about the season, a team, a player or a coach would be premature and, flatly, irresponsible. 

But what fun would that be?

We’ve seen most teams play two, three, maybe four games in the early going. So based on those games, let’s make some sweeping overreactions from the first week of the college hoops season.

Kentucky has a long way to go

The Wildcats fell 65-62 to Kansas on Tuesday and dropped to 1-2 on the season, marking their first official losing streak since last December, when they lost close contests to Utah and Ohio State. This feels a bit different, though. This feels like Kentucky, for all its talent and all its length, has massive problems on the offensive end of the court.

“I’m trying to figure out how we get a good shot,” John Calipari said Tuesday to the Courier-Journal after falling to KU. “I haven’t figured it out for the kids yet, but I will. I will. It will take time, but we’ll figure it out.”

There is hope yet. Isaiah Jackson looks like the second coming of Nerlens Noel. BJ Boston has the shotmaking skills to course-correct into this team’s No. 1. But six players averaging 15 minutes or more per night have a negative assist/turnover ratio thus far this season. There’s not only a lack of offensive creators, but decision-making for the guards has been a huge problem as well. The season — and the team — is still young yet, but the climb UK has to make looks steeper now than it did before the season started a week ago.

Izzo still has a title contender despite lost stars

It’s hard to imagine a team getting better after losing talents like Cassius Winston and Xavier Tillman. I don’t think that’s necessarily the case with No. 8 Michigan State, but it’s entirely possible that Spartans coach Tom Izzo has a reloaded squad that could be as successful. The Spartans are 3-0 highlighted by a huge win Tuesday over a No. 6 Duke team that took place inside Cameron Indoor. They appear to have a killer 1-2 combo between Rocket Watts and Aaron Henry, and a surprising amount of depth to boot. Even without its top two stars, Sparty might still be Final Four good.

Gonzaga even better than expected

No. 1 Gonzaga was the preseason team in the top spot of the AP Top 25 rankings, and yet … we might’ve underestimated just how lethal this squad really is. Through two games the Zags have easily handled No. 7 Kansas (which just beat No. 20 Kentucky) and demolished Auburn on a neutral court, all behind an offense that is on a stunningly efficient pace. And look, I get it — the sample is small. But the Bulldogs have boasted the No. 1-rated offense

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College Football Playoff rankings: Who are the top four teams in the second CFP poll of 2020?

The second set of College Football Playoff rankings were revealed Tuesday.

The top four teams in the first set of rankings were Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State. The Tigers are the only team with one loss among that group, but the entire top seven teams remained unchanged from the initial rankings on Nov. 25.

The College Football Playoff rankings will be released each Tuesday leading up to conference championship weekend, and the final rankings will be unveiled on Dec. 20.

This season’s College Football Playoff semifinals are Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl Game and Sugar Bowl. The Playoff championship game will be Jan. 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.

With that, the second set of College Football Playoff rankings:

MORE: Sporting News’ Week 14 bowl projections

College Football Playoff rankings 2020

Who are the top four CFP teams after Week 13?

Ranking Team Record
1 Alabama 8-0
2 Notre Dame 9-0
3 Clemson 8-1
4 Ohio State 4-0

Who are the first two teams out of the CFP after Week 13?

Ranking Team Record
5 Texas A&M 6-1
6 Florida 7-1

CFP top 25 rankings after Week 13

Ranking Team Record
1 Alabama 8-0
2 Notre Dame 9-0
3 Clemson 8-1
4 Ohio State 4-0
5 Texas A&M 6-1
6 Florida 7-1
7 Cincinnati 8-0
8 Georgia 6-2
9 Iowa State 7-2
10 Miami 7-1
11 Oklahoma 6-2
12 Indiana 5-1
13 BYU 9-0
14 Northwestern 5-1
15 Oklahoma State 6-2
16 Wisconsin 2-1
17 North Carolina 6-3
18 Coastal Carolina 9-0
19 Iowa 4-2
20 USC 3-0
21 Marshall 7-0
22 Washington 3-0
23 Oregon 3-1
24 Tulsa 5-1
25 Louisiana 8-1

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College Football Playoff Rankings reactions: Georgia still overrated, Washington underrated in new top 25

In past years, we’d be gearing up for championship Saturday in college football. But, since it’s 2020, we are just two weeks into the College Football Playoff rankings party that is guaranteed to stir up some discussions around the college football world. 

The top of this week’s edition wasn’t too much of a surprise, with Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State taking the top four spots, respectively. Texas A&M and Florida followed them, as was the case last week. 

These rankings weren’t perfect, though. Several teams are out of place this week. Let’s break them down.

The Cowboys have lost to a very average Texas team and got blown out by rival Oklahoma in Bedlam. They deserve to be ahead of FIVE undefeated teams — three of which are Power Five teams? How on Earth does that make sense?

I understand that the selection committee has to place value on games played, and that Washington, USC and Colorado don’t have that data point. They do have that win over Iowa State under their belts, which is nice. But does a win over Tulsa do anything for ya? How about West Virginia? Nah. 

Oklahoma State is getting by on name recognition and one signature win. That shouldn’t put it ahead of undefeated Power Five teams — even if those teams are in the Pac-12.

No. 22 Washington — Underrated

When Oregon lost last weekend, the narrative around the Pac-12 centered around the conference being essentially eliminated from CFP contention. Did people forget about the Huskies? A lot did … including members of the selection committee, apparently. 

The conference is tough to gauge this season, but the 21-point come-from-behind win over Utah last weekend was one of the most spectacular comebacks of the season. Oregon State is another one of Washington’s wins, which just beat Oregon. Those Ducks are ranked No. 23 this week and were at No. 15 last week. Transitive property doesn’t mean an awful lot in college football, but it’s pretty much all we have when discussing the Pac-12. 

Three-loss North Carolina is ranked No. 17 and two-loss Iowa is ranked No. 19. Scarcity of games matters. I get that. But if the committee is going to punish Washington for something that is out of its control, shouldn’t the committee punish North Carolina for losing to Florida State and Virginia, and Iowa for losing to Purdue? 

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No. 8 Georgia — Overrated

The Bulldogs donned the overrated crown last week, and the same case can be made this week. The offense has looked great for two straight weeks … but those are the only weeks it has looked functional. 

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No. 5 Texas A&M still outside top four in latest rankings, but creating real buzz for potential jump

While Texas A&M remained No. 5 in the second College Football Playoff rankings Tuesday, the Aggies are creating plenty of discussion in Grapevine.

Selection committee chairman Gary Barta, the athletic director at Iowa, said on ESPN’s playoff reveal and later in a conference call with reporters that the committee debated No. 4 Ohio State (4-0) and the Aggies (6-1) at length.

“It was talked about a lot and specifically talked about in the room whether or not Ohio State goes to four or if Texas A&M flips and goes to four and Ohio State goes five,” Barta said. “A lot of discussion about that. At the end of the day, the offensive firepower of Ohio State, all the weapons they have, the win over Indiana.”

Making the comparison more difficult is the fact than Ohio State has only played four games because of COVID-19 restrictions to seven for A&M. Ohio State’s game at Illinois was canceled last week because of a positive COVID-19 tests with the Buckeyes. Another cancellation would make Ohio State ineligible for the Big Ten championship game with a maximum of six regular-season games.

A&M has three games remaining on its schedule, at Auburn and Tennessee and home to Mississippi.

The final CFP rankings are scheduled to be released Dec. 20 with the top four teams comprising the playoff semifinals.

There is not a minimum number of games that teams have to meet to be eligible for the playoff.

Barta admitted the difference in games represents a major challenge for the 13-member committee.

“Frankly, it’s a problem,” Barta said. “It’s a problem that is nobody’s fault. It was created by the pandemic. But the bottom line is the greater body of work that a team brings to the committee, the more the committee has to evaluate.”

Barta singled out the A&M defense on the conference call.

A&M has only allowed 10 points in its last two games, including a 20-7 win over LSU. The Aggies lead the SEC, allowing only 328 yards a game.

“Defense is what the committee sees and is most impressed with when it watches Texas A&M,” Barta said. “They have a heck of a defense. They beat No. 6 Florida. They only lost to Alabama.”

But Barta acknowledged concerns with the Aggies’ offense, which just produced one offensive touchdown against LSU after a 21-day layoff on a rainy evening.

“The committee does continue to keep an eye on Texas A&M’s offense … that game against LSU, 20-7,” Barta said. “When those two teams are put side-by-side this [Tuesday] morning and last [Monday] night, there just wasn’t enough there to put Texas A&M ahead of Ohio State. Great discussion, but Ohio State came in at No. 4 and Texas A&M at No. 5.”

Here are other takeaways from the second week of rankings:

— The Big 12 got a boost, although a CFP berth is a long shot. Iowa State jumped four spots to No. 9 after rallying from 10 points down to beat

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