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stop worrying.

Now that the years-long drama of who gets PeopleSoft ( is over, institutional technology leaders are beginning to see how the Oracle ( takeover may affect their campuses. At Dakota State University (SD), the impact is already positive. An enterprise application hosting service at the university immediately ordered additional servers and infrastructure, and picked up five new peer-school customers from those waiting and wondering which sh'e would drop. The servers have been installed, and the new services are in place. Though it may take several months to determine other implications of the massive transition to Oracle, higher ed is first in line with a front-row seat and plenty of organized voices: The PeopleSoft Higher Education Users Group ( conference is coming up fast, next month (March 21-24) in Las Vegas. Do a good job there, Oracle.

smaller is getting bigger in albany.

Albany NanoTech, a research, development, and education center at the University of Albany-SUNY is attracting new industry and state funding for its work with semiconductor manufacturing technology. It recently announced a $400 million photolithography project with IBM ( and ASML, a Netherlands-based company. The facility, currently with more than 100 companies worldwide, has research interests spanning the full range of semiconductor technologies.

virtually there.

At the University of Pennsylvania, students, alumni, and others can virtually roam the campus via interactive maps on the Internet and check out campus attractions, aerial shots, key campus locations, and more. But the Cartographic Modeling Lab at Penn is working with GeoSim Systems to produce an even more extensive, photo-realistic, 3D University City model, on CD with a Web component. Soon, cyber sightseers may peruse bookstore isles or choose theater seats, right from their laptops.

recycled video?

To help celebrate this year’s “Environmental Semester 2005” at the University of Tennessee, the media center is promoting a Recycled Video Contest and Festival. Leveraging public-domain content from the university’s Prelinger Archives, entrants edit existing video resources with Apple’s iMovie or Final Cut Pro software ( to create their own statements and messages. Everyone in the UT community can participate.

.net gets hip to hippa.

Researchers at the University of Virginia—who noticed that eHealthcare applications do little to address the sensitivity of medical records and the privacy mandates of HIPPA—are developing an approach to distributed data security based on Web services. Working with Microsoft Research, they have designed a prototype security architecture based on Microsoft .Net, specifically to protect medical data. A medical portal serves as a common entry point, and authentication, authorization, and federation issues are addressed for typical health service components.

cleaning fees.

Beginning with the Spring 2005 semester, students at the University of Delaware will be charged for cleanup of viruses, spyware, and other software found on their computers that may present a risk to the UD electronic community. Information Technology will charge $70 for an initial consultation and $100 for repeat services.

imaging is everything.

Technology developed by Lehigh University (PA) was recently included in a high-profile patent pool administered around MPEG-4 standards. Being part of the patent pool means royalties for the university and paves the way for licensing agreements with major corporations—potentially Microsoft, Apple, Cisco, Sony, and others.

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