Educause 2006

Annual fall meeting stirs hopes for the future

Educause 2006 :: Dallas, TX

 

Vinton CerfMore Work Ahead on the Internet. At the annual Educause conference this fall in Dallas, Vinton Cerf delivered the opening keynote—sporting the academic regalia of the University of the Balearic Islands (Spain), from which he received an honorary degree in computer science.

One of the principal developers of the internet’s foundation technologies, Cerf is now helping to shape the network’s future as Google’s “chief internet evangelist.” He reminded attendees that there’s still a lot of work to do before all 6.5 billion citizens of the world can have internet access, and he challenged the computer science community to tackle some of the really hard problems in computing and programming.

 

panel sessionFuture Vision. A featured panel session on “Pioneering New Territory and Technologies” was dedicated to the memory of Howard Strauss, former manager of technology strategy at Princeton (NJ), who this year posthumously received Educause’s Leadership Award for “visionary, entertaining, and provocative thought leadership in the world of higher education information technology.” Panelist Malcolm Brown (Dartmouth College; NH) told Campus Technology, “I hope our work here is worthy of his legacy.” Left to right: Saiid Ganjalizadeh, The Catholic University of America (DC); Leslie Hitch, Northeastern University (MA); Malcolm Brown; Christine McMahon, Saint Louis University (MO); and Pablo Molina, Georgetown University (DC).

 

floorAction on the Floor. Exhibitors from virtually all technology sectors lined the aisles of a large exhibit hall to show off their companies’ technology visions.

 

 

 

John SpeerLocal Color. There was plenty of just plain fun, too. From his perch atop a live rodeo bull, Datatel President and COO John Speer treated clients to a Texas-style barbecue outing—complete with cattle roping and armadillo races.

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