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NACS JOINS IMS. The National Association of College Stores has joined the IMS Global Learning Consortium as a contributing member, to support the development of interoperability standards for digital learning materials. NACS will provide co-leadership of the consortium's new Dynamic Instructional Content Exchange workgroup (DICE). "DICE will develop use cases and end-user requirements for a digital substitute for the traditional printed student textbook and apply the IMS Common Cartridge for developing and distributing the resulting dynamic, interactive instructional content," says Rob Abel, CEO of IMS GLC.

SECURING LOUISIANA. The e2Campus emergency notification system from Omnilert has been awarded a Louisiana state contract for emergency notification services. The contract, established by the Louisiana Office of State Purchasing, will enable Louisiana government organizations (including state colleges and universities, fire and police departments, and other government offices) to order pre-competed emergency notification services without the need for an additional request for proposals process. Read more here.

CREATE, SHARE, AND TEACH. Content-sharing website Neulio has launched a public beta of its new hosted platform for user-generated training, instructional, and how-to content. The site enables users to create multi-lesson courses comprised of video and/or audio files, provides an integrated quiz builder that supports multiple question types, and incorporates Web 2.0 tools such as rating, sharing, and commenting.

FREE LECTURE CAPTURE. Panopto, a provider of rich-media knowledge-casting and -management solutions, has announced that its CourseCast lecture capture technology is being made available to qualified academic institutions free of charge. The CourseCast system, developed and first implemented at Carnegie Mellon University (PA), enables educators to capture, edit, index, archive, and stream video and audio over the internet. In exchange for free access to the platform, participating institutions will engage in ongoing beta and developer programs aimed at continually enhancing the technology for all users.

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A DELL HPC cluster built on
PowerEdge 1950 dual-core
servers is aiding research at UAB.

POWERING UP FOR A CURE. At the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Dell is supplying the computing power for the study of neurological disorders. UAB recently purchased a 70-node, 280-core Dell high-performance computing cluster, built on PowerEdge 1950 dual-core servers with 4.5 terabytes of storage on a Dell MD3000 storage area network. The supercomputer will perform molecular dynamics and quantum mechanics calculations, to aid research toward a cure for Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, as well as for drug design using bioinformatics and cheminformatics.

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LEARNING TOOLS MERGER. Student response system and assessment vendor eInstruction has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Interwrite Learning. The acquisition doubles the size of eInstruction, and significantly expands its product portfolio, adding interactive whiteboards, mobile teacher slates, the Interwrite Workspace instructional software, and more.

BEEFING UP SECURITY. Security and communication solutions provider Bosch Security Systems has announced its plan to acquire Extreme CCTV, a Canadian manufacturer of infrared technology and other surveillance products. According to company spokespeople, Bosch hopes the merger will extend its reach in the video surveillance market.


Daniel HesseWIRELESS VET TO SPRINT. Sprint Nextel has named wireless industry veteran Daniel Hesse as president and CEO. Hesse previously served as chairman, president, and CEO of Embarq (a spin-off of Sprint's Local Telecommunications Division), and as president and CEO of AT&T Wireless Services and executive VP of AT&T.

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