News 01-09-2001

Syllabus Keynotes to Address the Future of Technology

Howard Strauss, manager of the Academic Applications Group at Princeton University, will kick off the Syllabus spring2001 conference Thursday, April 5 in Cincinnati with his keynote address, "Web Portals in the Year 2001." Strauss will take a reasoned glimpse into the future by looking at Web portals as they might be 15 years from now. In examining how this one tiny slice of technology may evolve, Strauss plans to make clear how other technologies--from biometric authentication to a ubiquitous distributed Web presence called PUP--may shape the way we use information technology in the future.

The April 6 conference keynote address, "A Scholarship of Technology: Directions Informed by Research?" will be given by Phillip D. Long, Senior Strategist for the Academic Computing Enterprise at MIT. In his address, Long will argue that while educators are racing to leverage the ever-faster and more affordable computational power to support teaching they must also consider how to build structures to help infuse technology practice with findings based on research. Doing so, Long will conclude, involves a scholarship of technology.

The Syllabus spring2001 conference will be held at the Albert B. Sabin Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio April 5-8. For registration information and detailed session descriptions, visit www.syllabus.com. Also, be sure to check out the conference brochure in the January issue of Syllabus magazine.

Internet Hosts Reach 100 Million Worldwide

Telcordia Technologies recently reported that the number of Internet hosts has reached 100 million and has grown by 45 percent in the past year. Internet hosts include network elements such as routers, Web servers, mail servers, workstations in universities and businesses, and ports in modem banks of Internet Service Providers (ISPs). The number of hosts is considered one of the most accurate measures of the size of the Internet. Telcordia's NetSizer, a Web-based tool that measures and forecasts a variety of Internet statistics, produces Internet host counts. New Internet statistics under exploration at Telcordia point to the possibility of relationships among Internet growth, electronic commerce, and economic changes.

NetSizer reports that there are more than 350 million Internet users worldwide, with an average of 3.4 users per host. In the United States there are approximately 2.4 Internet users per host, while in some developing countries such as China and India, there are more than 100 Internet users per host.

For more information, visit www.netsizer.com.

Continuing Education for HealthCare Professionals

DrugFacts.com, a drug information Internet resource for pharmacists and other healthcare professionals, and CECity.com, a resource for online pharmacy education, recently announced a partnership that will integrate CECity's educational Web pages into DrugFacts.com and co-market CECity to the DrugFacts.com users.

Through the integrated CECity pages, pharmacists, physicians, and healthcare professionals visiting DrugFacts. com will be able to access free and pay-per-credit continuing education (CE) courses authored and accredited by organizations such as The National Community Pharmacist Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Additional CECity features include transcripts of completed CE courses and a CE library featuring Webcasts, interactive live and streaming media, and journal-based courses in more than 35 specialties, including pharmacy law, HIV/Aids, new drugs, and home testing.

For more information, visit www.drugfacts.com.

Lockheed Martin Gives $8.6 Million to Higher Education

Lockheed Martin and its employees gave $8.6 million to more than 900 colleges and universities nationwide last year. The total included funding from the corporation, the Lockheed Martin Foundation, and employee contributions matched equally by the Foundation's Matching Gifts to Education Program.

Lockheed Martin gives nearly half of its $18 million in philanthropy to education. Eighty percent of this amount is directed to higher education, primarily to computer technology and engineering programs--especially to programs supporting minorities and females in these disciplines.

For more information, visit www.lockheedmartin.com.

Tech Trek 2001 for MIT Sloan Students

About 200 graduate management students from the MIT Sloan School joined the School's Annual Tech Trek to Silicon Valley on January 6, 2001. The Tech Trek will last a week and is designed to give students a first-hand look at the technologically entrepreneurial region. Organized by students of the Sloan's MediaTech Club, the event has the support of alumni, staff, and key sponsors such as Sun Microsystems.

The agenda for the 2001 Tech Trek includes an alumni panel, which will cover aspects of job negotiation and what it is like to live and work in Silicon Valley. Students will visit a variety of firms--public and private, Internet, network infrastructure, telecommunications, and venture capital--some of which were started by Sloan alumni. Company executives will outline how their companies plan to navigate the turbulent market.

In addition, a day has been set up for students to interview with well-known companies such as Nokia, Intel, and JDS Uniphase.

CMEweb & Challenger Create Medical Education Internet Site

CMEweb.com and Challenger Corporation announced recently that their new partnership will offer physicians Internet continuing medical education (CME) and board exam preparation services. The newly expanded site combines Challenger's online MyChallenger content library with the CMEweb content library and can be accessed at CMEweb.com. The combined offering is the largest in existence and the most comprehensive in specialty coverage. The Web site offers 3,000 CME credit hours across 20 medical specialties.

In addition to CME courses, the site also provides complete board preparation courses in internal medicine, emergency medicine, and family medicine and will be adding more board prep courses in the next six months. All board prep courses come with a "pass the boards guarantee.'' The site offers AMA Category 1 CME credits as well as credits from individual medical specialty associations. CMEweb.com offers physicians the option to purchase individual courses, groups of courses, or a subscription service. CMEweb is also available for site licenses to hospitals and other healthcare facilities as an integrated part of their education programs. CME tests are scored automatically online and certificates e-mailed to the physician instantly.

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