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THAT D'ES COMPUTE. Adding to their renowned Center for Computation and Technology, Louisiana State University will soon receive a new IBM ( supercomputer. Dubbed “Pelican,” the powerful system will explore climate modeling and coastal erosion. The new system replaces an older, outdated model called Casper, which may now become a ghost. TV WORTH WATCHING. MIT (MA) has joined the Open Student Television Network (, a hosted IP television service that offers student-produced broadcast programming over Abilene, Internet2’s high-speed backbone network ( OSTN is a national initiative of student television stations that work together to build a digital channel of student programming. NOT SUCH A BOOB TUBE. Another channel worth tuning into comes from Princeton University (NJ). University Channel ( offers lectures and events from colleges and universities to stream or download, as well as podcasts and an RSS feed. READIN’, WRITIN’, AND VIDEO EDITING. This fall, 300 Los Angeles-area high school students are returning to school much more digitally literate, thanks to a program that was offered over the summer at UCLA. Students worked with industry-standard tools like Adobe Video Collection ( as they honed their skills with digital media. TRULY OUTSTANDING. Educause ( has announced its annual awards, which recognize exemplary achievement in higher ed IT. Those awarded include: Ron Bleed, Maricopa Community Colleges (AZ), for excellence in leadership; Annie Stunden, University of Wisconsin-Madison, for leadership in the profession; Clifford Lynch, Coalition for Network Information (, for leadership in public policy and practice. We heartily concur. Complete award listings can be viewed at MY, MY. At the University of Miami, students will be welcomed back with a recently revamped portal, MyUM. Personalized and 24/7, of course. Move over, MyUW and other “My” portals! FIREFOX FANS. The popular Mozilla ( browser is getting a big thumbs-up at Indiana University. Better security and a fairly good pop-up blocker are hitting home runs for the Firefox browser ( at IU. OUT WITH THE OLD. Jacksonville State University (FL) is replacing its 30-year-old information system with SCT Banner ( Costs are estimated at $11.4M, and the process may take 10 years. But say good-bye to the old system! NEW PROFESSION, NEW DEGREE. At DeVry University (CA), the newest degree program in the works is a bachelor’s in Game and Simulation Programming. The degree program will be added to DeVry’s career-related offerings in March 2006.

Tom Burish

Provost post awaits Washington and Lee's Burish.

NEW PROVOST FOR NOTRE DAME. Thomas G. Burish, president of Washington and Lee University (VA) has been elected provost at the University of Notre Dame (IN). Burish served for three years in his post at Washington and Lee University. Prior to that, he was the longest-serving provost in the history of Vanderbilt University (TN), holding that post for eight years. A NEW IT POST FILLED. At Indiana University Southeast, Larry Mand will become vice chancellor for Information Technology and Community Engagement. The new position combines communications and IT in accord with the institution’s strategic plan. Mand will serve as the university liaison for a range of economic development activities in the region.
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