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CENTRALIZED CYBER-INFRASTRUCTURE. Purdue University (IN) has announced its plans for a new cyber-infrastructure. With support from a Lilly Endowment grant, Purdue’s Cyber Center will unite the computer resources on all of its campuses. The strategy is designed to give the university a robust, central information technology system, including computers, software, facilities, repositories, services, and personnel. A critical role of the center will be to develop gateways like the NanoHUB (, a research portal for nanotechnology research and education. President Martin C. Jischke commented, “The Cyber Center will place the university at a competitive edge by accelerating discovery, which will lead to new avenues of research.” AHEAD OF THE POD. Still more avenues for academic podcasting are being explored this fall at Duke University (NC). The university is planning what it believes to be the first ever academic podcasting symposium. Organizers are preparing to cover such topics as: the iPod project and the larger Duke Digital Initiative; how podcasting and other emerging technologies relate to the university’s long-term planning, and to national initiatives; the way people interact with media, and how podcasting may transform that; and how podcasting and related digital technologies are being integrated into teaching at Duke. OCW GETS EVEN MORE ZIPPY. Need course materials fast? MIT’s OpenCourseWare ( is piloting a feature that will allow users to download in a .ZIP file all HTML pages and files associated with a particular course. Yes, it’s still free. CIO MAG HONORS THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD. Higher ed institutions were well represented this year among CIO magazine’s “CIO 100” ( Honorees named to the list of 100 top organizations were commended for their “boldness” and “the guts to embrace the dangers.” The gutsy U’s honored for their IT achievements were: George Washington University (DC), Northeastern University (MA), Neumont University (UT), Temple University (PA), the University of Notre Dame (IN), and the medical centers at the University of Pittsburgh (PA) and Johns Hopkins University (MD). CYBER CAFE IS BIG AT CAMDEN COUNTY. When Camden County College (NJ) initiated a $3 million redesign of its fire-damaged community center on the Blackwood campus, administrators immediately included what they believe may be the largest collegiate cyber café in the region. The revamped facilities are open this fall. INSECURE ABOUT VOIP? The Georgia Tech College of Computing will host a Wireless VoIP Security Summit in November to educate both the academic community and industry players about the security threats thwarting the mass adoption of the technology ( NEW VP/CIO AT TUFTS. Amelia (“Mely”) Tynan became the new VP for Information Technology and CIO at Tufts University (MA), beginning this fall term. She was previously vice provost and CIO at the University of Rochester (NY), where she introduced enhancements in wireless computing, advanced networking, new courseware, and online admissions. WHARTON GETS REAL. The working professionals going for a Wharton Business Essentials Certificate at the University of Pennsylvania are using new, sophisticated management simulations to make “real world” business decisions in teams. Students face the results of their decisions almost immediately— preparing them to work in a fast-paced, changeable, and risk-filled environment.
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