News 03-06-2001

Syllabus Extends Early Bird Deadline

The Early Bird 10 percent discount off registration fees for the Syllabus spring2001 conference has been extended to March 21. Online registration is available at www.syllabus.com, or registration forms can be faxed. The spring2001 conference, to be held at the Dr. Albert B. Sabin Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, April 5-8, will address Campus Communications: From World Wide Web to Wireless. The conference will present a framework for successful integration and implementation of new communications technologies on campus. A variety of breakout sessions, case studies, workshops, seminars, and technology demonstrations will provide exciting opportunities for attendees to absorb the fundamentals of technology use and gain a practical understanding of how to implement information technologies at the classroom, program, and institutional levels.

Visit SyllabusWeb at www.syllabus.com/cincinnati/index.asp for complete session descriptions and more information about Syllabus spring2001.

Jones International Launches Online M.Ed.

Jones International University, a fully online accredited university, launched six online master of education (M.Ed.) programs in e-learning offered completely via the Internet. Specifically designed to meet the needs of working professionals, the degree programs offered are: Research and Assessment, Corporate Training and Knowledge Management, Global Leadership and Administration, Library and Resource Management, Technology and Design, and a Generalist Master of Education in e-learning. To complement the degree programs, JIU is also introducing eight e-learning professional education programs.

For more information, visit www.jonesinternational.edu.

Yipes Partners With Universities for Internet2 Access

Yipes Communications, a provider of scalable bandwidth on demand, recently announced that its optical IP networks have been selected to link several regional institutions with the Internet2 core network infrastructure.Yipes' optical IP networks now give customers scalable access to Internet2 at gigabit speeds through three sites: Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX) in College Park, Md.; the Mid-Atlantic GigaPoP in Philadelphia for Internet2 (MAGPI), overseen by the University of Pennsylvania; and the Goddard GigaPoP at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass.

For more information on the Internet2 GigaPoPs served by Yipes, visit www.oit.umd.edu/max/ (MAX), www.magpi.net (MAGPI), and www.wpi.edu/Admin/IT/Internet2/ (Goddard).

Grant Help for Undergrad Science Programs

GrantsNet, the free Web site (www.grantsnet.org) that provides information on grants and fellowships for young biomedical researchers, has introduced a new database on undergraduate-level programs. Professors and administrators who seek to provide undergraduates with research experience and other opportunities will find hundreds of programs that offer support. GrantsNet also unveiled several new features, such as a My GrantsNet option that allows users to keep informed of new funding opportunities through e-mail alerts, and to save searches or update registration information quickly. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which sponsor GrantsNet,announced the changes during a career fair at the AAAS annual meeting.

Internet as Tool in College Admissions Recruiting

The study, "The Internet as an Admissions Tool - 2000," shows an increase in the use of the Internet as a marketing and applications tool by colleges and universities. Findings of the study include: 86 percent of institutions permit students to download, complete, and mail applications; 75 percent of institutions permit students to complete an application and transmit electronically; 73 percent of Internet inquiries came from geographical areas beyond those traditionally served by institutions; and 57 percent of institutions use the Internet for cross-functional operations. The full study, conducted by Education Now and commissioned by ApplyYourself Inc., was released yesterday.

Christian Science Monitor Joins Historical Newspaper Project

The Christian Science Monitor recently announced an agreement that will bring all of the Monitor's back issues to the Web through the ProQuest online information service as part of Bell & Howell's Historical Newspaper Project. The agreement allows for Bell & Howell to digitize the Monitor's archives--approximately one million pages--and to distribute the resulting database to educational institutions and libraries around the world. Beginning with the Monitor's first issue in 1908, the database will cover the entire run of the newspaper. In addition, Bell & Howell will continue to microfilm the paper and offer its full run in microform. The electronic file will be released in segments covering 10 years each. Announced in January 2001, the ProQuest Historical Newspapers project will initiate the digitization of newspapers dating from the 19th century to the present--in most cases, full runs of newspapers. A demonstration of ProQuest Historical Newspapers is currently available at www.bellhowell.infolearning.com.

Compaq and UT Austin Partner to Enable Computer Visualizations

Compaq Computer Corp. and The University of Texas at Austin Center for Computational Visualization (CCV) have entered into a cooperative research relationship in advanced visualization techniques using high-performance computers and complex display equipment. Powering the lab's extensive computer processing requirements is a cluster of Compaq SP750 workstations. The 130 workstations and disk drives are networked using Compaq ServerNet II high-speed, low-latency interconnect technology. Researchers can use the new tools to simulate events that take place at very large scales like the explosion of a star, galactic motion, or the theoretical collision of black holes. They also can simulate extremely small-scale events at the subatomic scale. Computerized images such as strata underneath the earth's surface can be used to predict the production of oil reservoirs. And researchers can examine the human body layer-by-layer or cell-by-cell. Testing complex theories in geophysics, astronomy, medicine, and other scientific disciplines produces such large amounts of data that scientists often find it difficult to see the solution.

To see examples, visit www.ticam.utexas.edu/ccv.

Celera Genomics to Provide Database Subscription to AMDeC

Celera Genomics, an Applera Corporation business, recently signed a multi-year agreement with AMDeC LLC allowing AMDeC member institutions to access Celera's database information through its Celera Discovery System. AMDeC is a consortium of thirty-seven New York medical schools, academic health institutions, and other research institutions whose members include Rockefeller University, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. The Celera Web-based Discovery System allows subscribers to use Celera-generated databases, additional non-proprietary genome and biological datasets, computational tools, and super-computing power to advance the discovery programs of researchers worldwide.

For more information, visit www.applera.com.

Web Site Celebrates Women's History

March is Women's History Month, and the Michigan-based Gale Group is gearing up to help students and others celebrate the role of women in history. In addition to operating its own Web-based Women's History Month Center at www.galegroup.com, the reference publisher will provide the daily biographies featured on A's Biography.com and History Channel's Web sites.

GeForce3-Based Graphics Accelerator Powered by NVIDIA

VisionTek, a provider of advanced graphics and memory solutions for PCs, recently introduced an advanced graphics accelerator. Powered by NVIDIA, VisionTek's GeForce3 graphics accelerator features a programmable GPU and performance compatible with Microsoft's DirectX 8.0 application program interface. The GeForce3 provides the ability to program a virtually infinite number of effects via the engine's Vertex Shader and Pixel Shader components. Featuring NVIDIA's high-resolution anti-aliasing technology, VisionTek's GeForce3 graphics accelerator generates high-performance samples at nearly four times the rate of the nearest competitor, delivering more than 800 billion operations--more than twice the raw performance previously available. For more complex scenes and images, the GeForce3-based graphics accelerator can provide a seven-fold increase in delivered performance.

For more information, visit www.visiontek.com.

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