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Syllabus News Update for Tuesday, January 20, 2004

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* Community Colleges Launch National Homeland Security Effort
* Northern Illinois U. Geospatial Lab Has Virtual GIS Notebook
* Datatel Completes Acquisition of LiquidMatrix Services Firm
* University of Louisville Installs System for Rural Telemedicine
* MIT Tech Review: 10 Technologies to Change Your World
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Community Colleges Launch National Homeland Security Effort

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
announced the appointment of a 21-member task force to
define a long-range strategy for developing homeland
security education and training programs for the nation's
1,173 two-year colleges. The AACC Ad Hoc Task Force on
Homeland Security is made up of 18 community college
presidents and three specialists at schools with expertise
in defense and security. Community colleges educate the
majority of the nation's first- responders, with over half
of new nurses and almost 85 percent of law enforcement
officers, firefighters and EMTs credentialed by the
colleges, AACC said.

The task force is preparing for a Feb. 8 meeting in
Washington, D.C., to coordinate homeland security efforts
already underway at community colleges around the nation.
The group will draw on the expertise of the newly-created
Homeland Security and Public Safety Network, made up of
community college faculty/staff specialists nationwide.

Task Force members will serve for approximately two years.
Task Force members include the following community college
presidents/chancellors: David Buettner (Fox Valley
Technical College, Wis.), Vernon Crawley (Moraine Valley
Community College, Ill.), Larry Devane (Redlands Community
Colleges, Okla.), Mary Ellen Duncan (Howard Community
College, Md.), Thomas Flynn (Monr'e Community College, N.Y.),
Margaret Forde (Houston Community College System -
Northeast College, Texas), Herlinda Glasscock (Dallas
County Community College District - North Lake College),
Patricia Keir (San Diego Miramar College, Calif.), Carl
Kuttler (St. Petersburg College, Fla.), Antonio Perez
(Borough of Manhattan Community College, N.Y.), Donald
Snyder (Lehigh Carbon Community College, Penn.), Mary
Spangler (Oakland Community College, Mich.), Gwendolyn
Stephenson (Hillsborough Community College, Fla.), Robert
Templin (Northern Virginia Community College), Frank Toda
(Columbia Gorge Community College, Ore.), Steven Wall
(Pierce College, Wash.), Frances White (Skyline College,
Calif.), P. Anthony ("Tony") Zeiss (Central Piedmont
Community College, N.C.).

Also selected to serve on the Task Force are: George Coxey,
chair, Criminal Justice/Fire Science Technologies (Owens
Community College, Ohio); Douglas Feil director, Environmental
Health & Safety Training (Kirkwood Community College, Iowa);
and Arthur Tyler, vice president, Administrative Services
& Budget (Los Angeles City College, Calif.).
Conference on Spam Fighting Strategies

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Northern Illinois U. Geospatial Lab Has Virtual GIS Notebook

The Advanced Geospatial Laboratory of Northern Illinois
University has finished developing a Web-based Virtual
GIS Notebook that promotes GIS studies. The project, funded
and supported through Intergraph Corp.’s Education Grant
Program, was designed as a resource for people with little
or no GIS experience and contains information needed to
assist those with an interest in learning about GIS. It
includes the basics of GIS - from data input to management,
from analysis to map and Web presentation – as well as the
uses of GIS and GIS research and development topics.
However, the resource is available only to members of the
Intergraph Geospatial User Community.

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Datatel Completes Acquisition of LiquidMatrix

Datatel, Inc. completed its Dec. 2003 acquisition of
LiquidMatrix Corp., a provider of Web-baed student
recruiting and alumni outreach software and services.
Datatel, which specializes in administrative enterprise
software for higher ed, will operate LiquidMatrix as a
wholly owned subsidiary, with its headquarters and staff
remaining in Buffalo, NY. Datatel president and CEO Russell
Griffith said clients of both companies would benefit from
the “synergy” created by the acquisition, which will
emain focused solely on the higher education market.
University of Louisville Installs System for Rural Telemedicine
The Department of Pediatrics of the University of Louisville
(UOL) School of Medicine has installed MedReach, a
telemedicine system that will enable patients at T.J.

Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow, Ky., to have access
to pediatric specialty care without having to drive 100
miles to Louisville. MedReach, developed by Trestle Holdings
Inc., provides real-time medical data sharing among
physicians and patients, as well as remote examination,
diagnosis, and treatment of patients. UOL is using MedReach
as part of its residency program at T.J. Samson Family
Medicine Center, also located in Glasgow, to prepare
residents with resources that will enable them to excel in
their individual practices.

Dr. R. Brent Wright, residency program director, UOL/Glasgow
Family Medicine Residency, said, “a big issue in Kentucky
is finding physicians who are willing to build their
practices in medically underserved areas. Recruiting and
relocating a physician is a time consuming and costly
undertaking. The hope of telemedicine is that populations
with minimal to absent healthcare can receive an improved
quality of life through technology."
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MIT Tech Review: 10 Technologies to Change Your World

MIT’s Technology Review has picked 10 “transformative,”
pre-commercial technologies, “innovations that are likely
to gather force over the coming years--the things destined
to spring out of their laboratory and entrepreneurial
origins and land in our lives with enormous impact.” Among
the top 10: “universal” software that can translate any
language, personal genomics, and "T-rays" -- an imaging
technology that reveals not only the shape but also the
composition of hidden objects, from explosives to cancers.
For each technology, it has identified a researcher whose
ideas and efforts epitomize the field. For example, work
on “nanowires,” by Peidong Yang of the University of
California at Berkeley. Connecting components of a
nanotech device, the nano-scale wires are extremely small
– perhaps one-ten-thousandth the width of a human hair –
whose composition can be fine-tuned for different results.

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