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HD COLLABORATION. A high-definition video communications system now connects researchers and graduate students at Stanford University (CA), Carnegie Mellon University (PA), Georgia Tech, Harvard University (MA), MIT, and the University of Washington in graphics-intensive, multipoint videoconferences. The ResearcHDiscovery project was launched this past spring with the grant of a high-definition video communications system from LifeSize and an HD display from Kynamatrix, installed by GBH Communications.

A NEW TUNE. Penn State announced it would not renew its contract with the Napster music service and instead would offer students access to Ruckus, a multimedia service the school hopes will offer students greater media flexibility. Under the new contract, Ruckus will provide students downloadable access to 2.75 million songs, full-length feature films, short-form video, sports clips, and music videos, as well as access to a Ruckus-focused social network site.

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SEVERAL UNIVERSITY hospitals share knowledge at RealHealth.tv.

UNIVERSITY HOSPITALS SHARE EXPERTISE. Several university hospitals and medical centers are sharing their knowledge through RealHealth.tv, an internet TV channel dedicated to consumer health education. Doctors at the University of Colorado, Duke University (NC), Vanderbilt (TN), UCLA, Johns Hopkins (MD), and University of Chicago medical centers offer commentary on health topics for the channel.

FIRST COURSE USING THE CELL BROADBAND ENGINE. Students at MIT's Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science recently debuted a groundbreaking course, jointly developed by IBM, in which they created applications to run on Cell/BE, a technology developed by IBM, Sony, and Toshiba. Cell/BE "supercharges" compute-intensive applications, and offers ultra-fast performance for computer entertainment and handheld applications, virtual reality, wireless downloads, and other "image-hungry" computing environments.

iWARP SPEED. The University of New Hampshire chalked up another first during a recent "plugfest," where engineers at UNH's InterOperability Laboratory successfully demonstrated multi-vendor interoperability between iWARP devices. The devices use the latest in a series of extensions to Ethernet that lower CPU overhead in Ethernet networks.

FOSTERING INFORMATION LITERACY. Richard Stockton College of New Jersey needed an information literacy assessment that was applicable for students in all areas of study and could provide norm groups for both underclassmen and upperclassmen. The college is using ETS's iSkills assessment, which measures a student's ability to use, manage, evaluate, and convey information. The norm group data will help the school view its students' information and communication technology literacy in a broader context through comparisons with data from other institutions.

STRATEGY TO RETAIN FEMALE CS STUDENTS. Stanford is taking steps to stop attrition of female students from its undergraduate computer science program. The school is offering a course aimed at exposing students to role models in the computing field and providing additional research opportunities through its Computer Science Undergraduate Research Internship program. Read more here.

:: PEOPLE

David Wise

David Wise

ACM AWARDEE. The Association for Computing Machinery named David Wise, a professor of computer science at Indiana University's School of Informatics, the winner of its 2007 Outstanding Contribution Award. Wise led the creation of ACM's Federated Computing Research Conference to improve communication among researchers in different computer science and engineering fields.

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