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YOU'VE GOT RHYTHM. Users of sensitive information at Berry College (GA) verify their identities through an effective authentication system that's not cumbersome to use. The BioPassword system utilizes keystroke biometrics along with the credentials and knowledge-based authentication users are accustomed to. The system recognizes a user's unique typing rhythm in combination with his or her normal login procedure.

INPUT TO OUTCOMES. Two-plus years ago, Blackboard approached Seton Hall University (NJ) to join its product development partner program, to work on the Blackboard Outcomes System assessment solution. "We jumped at the chance to provide direct input on a broad new solution that would meet many assessment needs," says Paul Fisher, who heads up the university's Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center. Now he expects that in the coming year the system will be in use across the campus for reporting and learning outcomes activities. Read more here.

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Stanford School of Education CTO Paul Kim (left) with Inetoo founders Robert Brouwer and Ahmed Abdulwahab (middle and right).

BETA TO THE FUTURE. Stanford University (CA) School of Education CTO Paul Kim is always on the lookout for education technologies that are truly new and may change the way we teach, learn, and create learning content. Among the diverse tools he's examining this fall is Inetoo, an interactive learning content delivery system developed by L-Point Solutions that integrates digital content and communications in the context of the course materials, and offers a high level of performance intelligence. Kim's "Web-Based Technologies in Education" class will be the first beta tester of the platform.

KERBEROS CONSORTIUM. The Kerberos network authentication protocol, which originated at MIT, will continue to grow and develop with the benefit and oversight of a new Kerberos Consortium. The group plans to "implement the solutions it promotes in the form of open source reference implementations that can be used by consortium members within their products and organizations without licensing fees," according to a statement released by the consortium.

INTERESTS IN ARCHIVING. Stanford librarian Michael Keller will join other leading digital archiving experts this month in Paris for the inaugural meeting of Sun Microsystems' Preservation Archiving Special Interest Group, a group dedicated to working on the unique problems of storage and data management, workflow, and architecture for very large digital repositories. PASIG brings together a large group of organizations for an ongoing global discussion of their research and sharing of best practices for preservation and archiving. Read more here.

‘IT COULD HAPPEN HERE.' Campus communities across the country shed a little more of the feeling that "it won't happen here" each time a disturbing incident jolts their awareness. Case in point: a stabbing-related threat on the first day of classes this fall at the University of Colorado-Boulder. Administrators used Rave Alert to notify students. Student signups for the mobile alert system tripled overnight.

NOT A SMALL NANOTECH GRANT. The Network for Computational Nanotechnology (NCN) at Purdue University (IN) has been awarded an $18.25 million National Science Foundation grant to extend its work to more researchers, educators, and others. The NCN was launched five years ago to develop tools to advance desktop-based nanotechnology research.


David GreerAN ED FOR TU'S ISEC. The University of Tulsa (OK) has announced the appointment of David Greer as the first executive director of its newly formed Institute for Information Security. Previously operating as the Center for Information Security, iSec will expand TU's information security research to include private partnerships along with the government contract work it has done for more than a decade. Read more here.

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