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News 04-03-2001

CREN Tech Talk Live from Syllabus

The CREN Tech Talk "Do e-Books Sit on e-Shelves at Your University?" will be transmitted live from the Syllabus spring2001 conference in Cincinnati Thursday, April 5th at 4:00PM EST. Technology anchor Howard Strauss and co-host Judith Boettcher will interview guest experts Calvin Lowe, President of Bowie State University, and Karen Coyle of the California Digital Library about the e-books that might already be sitting on e-shelves at your institution. Participants will consider the question: Is it too early or too late to start paying attention to e-books? In the fast-paced information world of the year 2001, it could be both at the same time! Tune in Thursday for the free, live audiocast sponsored by Adobe, and find out what two experts think.

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Back-to-School Time for Astrobiologists

This fall, NASA will join NATO in sponsoring a NATO Advanced Studies Institute (ASI) entitled "Perspectives in Astrobiology" to be held in Crete, from September 29 through October 10, 2001. The Institute will bring together distinguished lecturers from around the world who will share what they have learned about astrobiology in recent years with students and with one another. The preliminary list of speakers includes astronomer Sir Fred Hoyle; Nobel Prize winning biochemist Baruch Blumberg, head of the NASA Astrobiology Institute; and David S. McKay, who pioneered the study of microfossils in the Martian meteorite ALH84001. During the ASI advanced students will present scientific papers detailing their own research, which may be published after peer-review in the NATO ASI Volume "Perspectives in Astrobiology." The application deadline is April 15, 2001. To apply, visit

Internet Security Conference presents Security by the Experts

The Internet Security Conference (TISC), to be held June 4-8, 2001 in Los Angeles, offers presentations from experts in the Internet security field. TISC's 5-day curriculum on secure computing and Internet-working offers recognized experts in the industry who provide attendees with the tools needed to help protect their networks, and to conduct successful forensic analysis should they fall prey to attackers. The 2001 TISC faculty includes: Phil Cox, author of the "Windows 2000 Security Handbook"; Lance Spitzner, director of the Honeynets project and author of the "Know Your Enemy" paper series, describing the motives and methods of the hacking community; Marcus Ranum, co-inventor of the firewall; and Stuart McClure, anti-hacker, security columnist and co-author of "Hacking Exposed." More than 65 faculty members will be presenting at TISC 2001.

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PeopleSoft Launches Internet Campus Portal

PeopleSoft recently unveiled the PeopleSoft Campus Portal, a pre-built, role-based enterprise portal for higher education. Using its own portal technology developed on PeopleSoft's new Internet architecture PeopleSoft 8, the Campus Portal turns an institution's Web site into a virtual campus delivering targeted content to all campus constituencies -- students, staff, faculty, alumni, suppliers, employees, visitors, and prospects. Each user, whether student or faculty, outside vendor, or alumni, has access to information specifically geared toward his or her interests and needs--from admissions information to financial aid data to distributed learning.

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McGraw-Hill Offers Digital Texts through netLibrary's Metatext

McGraw-Hill Higher Education, a provider of electronic learning solutions for the college market, recently announced its alliance with MetaText, netLibrary's digital textbook division, to develop electronic versions of its college textbooks that will be ready for review this spring. McGraw-Hill will make its digtal textbooks available through classroom Web sites created with its PageOut course management software, which is free to professors who use McGraw-Hill materials. Through PageOut, a student can view a professor's instructions and notes, take tests prepared by instructors, and directly link to a MetaText e-text-book and other electronic tools, such as McGraw-Hill's Online Learning Centers, exercises, and links to related Web sites. MetaText will convert about 30 McGraw-Hill market-leading text- books, covering a variety of subject areas and make them available throughout the spring and summer for review and adoption by in-structors at colleges and universities throughout the North America. Instructors will be able to begin using the McGraw-Hill Metatext editions in the fall semester of 2001.

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Faster Connection for eCollege's eLearning Environment

eCollege, an eLearning software and services provider, today announced that new advancements in its technology infrastructure enable a "peerless'' connection among its users with different ISPs. The new technology greatly reduces the need to transfer across networks within the Internet, as if eCollege and all of its customers were on the same network. The new technology is expected to improve the company's redundant Internet connectivity, ultimately improving reliability and Internet access times. These advancements apply to customers running the eCollege software in eCollege's hosted environment, or as an option when they run the software on their own servers.

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Community College Foundation Announces, an affiliate of the Community College Foundation, a non-profit educational foundation, was recently unveiled. is expected to bring to rural and remote locations the broadband Internet connectivity that, until now, could only be found in major metropolitan areas. is an Internet Service Provider that uses satellite technology from Unlike other satellite-based Internet access services, the service provided by d'es not use phone lines. An inexpensive dish is placed at the subscriber's location and, once aligned, is always on 24/7.

For more information, contact Christopher Edwards, Vice President of Technology at the Community College Foundation 916/418-5121.

E-mail-Based Interactive Collaboration Platform

PaperFly Corporation recently announced the beta release of CollaborEdit, an Interactive collaboration platform that allows multiple people to edit and comment on Microsoft Word documents through standard e-mail and Web browser programs. Because CollaborEdit documents are dynamically updated, participants can view the tracked changes and comments made by other participants in real time. The Web-based application is initiated when a user uploads a document, enters the e-mail addresses of editors, sets an editing deadline, and writes a brief message for participants. Each participant receives an e-mail message containing the document and instructions. The document can then be viewed in a standard Web browser and participants are able to make changes and add comments through the browser. Each time a participant opens or refreshes the document, the participant sees the most recent changes made by any other participants. The initiator of the CollaborEdit session can view edits made by others and check the real time status of a project--when a participant has opened the e-mail, started editing the document, and completed their changes.

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Eastern Michigan Receives Business Software from Oracle

Eastern Michigan University's College of Business has received business software valued at $7.3 million from Oracle Corporation. This gift expands on the $1.7 million in business software and technical support gifted to the university in 2000. EMU is a partner in the Oracle Academic Initiative, which provides software, curriculum, and training resources, solely for classroom teaching and educational purposes, to several institutions throughout the country and worldwide. The Oracle Academic Initiative is part of a lifelong learning network that assists elementary through higher education with access to and understanding of information technology. Eastern Michigan is the first university in the state to receive a gift of this magnitude from Oracle.

Classes utilizing the browser-based Oracle software will include Systems Analysis and Design, Database Management, and Advanced Database Management. Other courses will be developed throughout the College of Business curriculum in E-Commerce Development, Oracle Developer, and Enterprise Resource Planning.

For more information about Oracle or the Oracle Academic Initiative, visit

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