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News 04-24-2001

Syllabus Fall2001 Call for Papers

Syllabus is now accepting proposals for its fall2001 Conference and Exposition, entitlted "Next Steps: Moving Forward with Campus IT." Held in the Boston area November 29 -December 2, 2001 at the Sheraton Ferncroft Resort in Danvers, Mass., the conference will attract faculty, administrators, and IT pro-fessionals who want to explore the latest applications of information technology in higher education institutions. The conference offers an environment in which attendees encounter exemplary campus implementations of technology for teaching as well as administration, and they discover how new media are best integrated into the teaching and learning process.

In eight tracks, the Syllabus fall2001 conference will examine the central themes and key technologies that have become increasingly important to diverse constituent groups in higher education as they move forward together with strategic technology planning and innovation.

Interested parties are invited to submit proposals for conference or post-conference sessions, including one-hour breakout presentations, one-hour panel sessions, poster sessions, half- and full-day hands-on workshops, and half- and full-day classroom seminars. The deadline for submissions is June 1, 2001. Conference updates and a detailed call for papers are available on SyllabusWeb:

Nova Southeastern University Law Center Launches Web Site

Shepard Broad Law Center has announced the launch of the Web site at for a new online Master's degree program in health law (MHL). Designed to educate non-lawyer health care professionals about health-related legal issues, the program provides skills that can be applied to the job responsibilities of health care professionals and will help them to communicate with lawyers more effectively. The Master's in health law is a two-year program taught almost entirely over the Internet. The Web site provides an overview of the program, academic information, questions and answers, and a list of faculty and staff. Students may apply to the program using the Web site's online application.

For more information, visit

Interactive Business Research Announces Online Tutorial Series

Interactive Business Research, a virtual service provider of business research tools and training to the corporate market, recently announced a co-publishing agreement with the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business and the Marshall Libraries to develop and market a series of online business and financial research tutorials. The tutorials will be authored by local business and financial research experts in the Los Angeles area and class-tested with Marshall School MBA students who will be able to access the tutorials on the enhanced MarVEL Web site, a virtual research center developed by the Marshall School of Business Crocker and Accounting Library with the continuous support of Andersen LLP. According to William Benjamin, chief executive officer of Interactive Business Research, the series of research tutorials will cover almost every research subject a student or corporate researcher will encounter and includes separate tutorials on each major industry as well as 20 major foreign markets.

For more information contact William Benjamin at (805) 969-5775.

George Mason's Internet Lab Completes Testing

The Advanced Internet Lab (AIL) at George Mason University recently announced the completion of new leading-edge code testing for Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS). The tests focused on demonstrating vendor interoperability and the ability of the MPLS Label Distribution Protocol (LDP) and MPLS Resource Reservation Protocol for traffic engineering (RSVP-TE) to efficiently provision networks using traffic engineering and Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), which are key to carriers' development of next-generation Internet Protocol (IP) services. The purpose of George Mason University's Advanced Internet Lab is to conduct research on high-performance, large-bandwidth, Internet core networks.

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Optically Attached Storage Maximizes WAN Data Delivery

Storage Computer Corporation, a worldwide provider of high performance storage, is demonstrating its highest-throughput data delivery engine currently available at the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) tradeshow and conference this week April 23-26 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Storage Computer will exhibit its high-performance storage solutions including the CyberBORG system, capable of moving 450Mbytes/second of sustained data delivery. The company's product solutions support video on demand, library movies, playback of recorded programs, distance learning, and local cable television providers.

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MIT Certificate Program Teaches Advanced Logistics

MIT's Center for Advanced Educational Services brings the current state of logistics into focus through a six-part certificate program called E-Business 2001: Logistics. Co-produced with PBS The Business & Technology Network, this new program taught by MIT professor Larry Wein delves into two critical areas of e-business supply chain management--demand forecasting and inventory management. Through the use of case studies, participants will also get a view of real-world logistics challenges, such as the management of Hewlett-Packard's supply chain for its DeskJet Printer. The program is targeted to supply chain managers, systems planners, and logistics and operations professionals. Participants who complete the program receive a Certificate of Completion from MIT.

The six-part program airs via the private satellite network of PBS The Business & Technology Network beginning May 1st. It is also available online beginning May 15th. For additional information or to register, visit

Yahoo! Broadcast Delivers Rich Media Content

Recently, Yahoo! Inc. unveiled Yahoo! Broadcast (, an enhanced rich media destination where consumers can access interactive audio, video, and other multimedia content from providers available in real time and on-demand. Yahoo! has created a platform to deliver streaming content in the future and has brought together many consumer streaming services currently available in one place on the Web. Yahoo! Broadcast already delivers a wide variety of programming, aggregated under content-themed categories including Live Online, Music, Movies, News, Science, Travel, Weather, Sports, Shopping, Classic TV and Profiles. Yahoo! Broadcast delivers content through a three-window Internet experience where the video plays in the upper left window, related information is presented on the right, and the bottom window is a Web browser.

ABI Conference Highlights Bluetooth Connectivity

embedded wireless devices (ewd) will present its vision of multi-baseband Bluetooth solutions at the Allied Business Intelligence (ABI) conference, "Bluetooth 2001: Gateway to Connectivity," to be held on May 2-3, 2001 in New York City at the Marriott Marquis. ewd is an event sponsor and will also present a paper entitled:"Configurable Basebands Support Bluetooth plus Additional Standard Protocols." Peter Petersen, VP of Systems Engineering at ewd, will discuss the system requirements and silicon solutions for broadband wireless enterprise and residential networks that may use Bluetooth along with other protocols for voice and data communications. Industry leaders and ABI executives will share their views and projections of the emerging Bluetooth market at the ABI conference. The conference faculty includes executives from Ericsson, Motorola, IBM, embedded wireless devices, Cambridge Silicon Radio, Silicon Wave, NewLogic, KPMG Consulting, In2M Corporation, Widcomm, GigaAnt, Zilog, Mobilian Corporation, and Siemens.

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Distance Learning Pioneers Recognized

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) recently presented its prestigious 2001 Eagle Award to the Honorable William J. Janklow, Governor of South Dakota. USDLA also honored three outstanding individuals with USDLA Hall of Fame awards, recognizing the contributions to distance learning of Don R. Foshee, Jolly T.Holden Ph.D., and Frank B. Withrow, Ph.D. Former USDLA Treasurer, Colonel Bruce S.Byrne, was also honored with a special award for his service to the distance learning community. The awards ceremony was held in conjunction with the 2001 e-Learning Conference and Expo in Washington, DC.

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Canadians Gain Access to Hawaii Neurosurgeons Online

St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii is sponsoring live Internet chats that people in Canada can log on to for free and ask neurosurgeons in Hawaii questions about a high-tech treatment called the Gamma Knife. The Gamma Knife is a radiosurgical device that treats brain tumors with precisely focused 201 sources of radioactive cobalt 60. The treatment procedure allows the patient to return to normal activities the next day. Doctors from the Gamma Knife Center of the Pacific (GKCP) will be hosting the hour-long chats on AmericasDoctor at To learn more about Gamma Knife, visit A transcript of the chat will be posted in the library archive of

Partnerships Provide Access

Abilene, a nationwide Internet2 network, announced last month that state education networks in Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington will establish connectivity under a new policy that allows expanded access to the high-performance educational backbone. Partnerships with Internet2 universities and regional networking organizations will provide institutions such as elementary schools, secondary schools, community colleges, museums, and libraries access to the national high-performance network. Access to the high-performance backbone, leveraged by network upgrades at the state and local networks upgrades, will allow expanded use of applications that don't work well or at all on today's Internet. Access to Abilene is now available to educational organizations through partnerships with organizations with existing connections.

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Training Program for Faculty Teaching Online

Blackboard Inc., a provider of e-learning Internet infrastructure software, and, a provider of continuing adult education courses online, recently announced that they have expanded their partnership to offer two Black-board-endorsed online training courses for instructors. The courses are geared to faculty who are developing both Web-enhanced and fully online courses using Blackboard 5, an e-learning software solution. In addition to offering instruction on how to use the Blackboard platform, the new courses will provide training on online teaching and learning pedagogy and how to effectively set up an online class. The courses last for four-weeks, are led by an instructor, and are taught completely online. They will run monthly beginning in May. Registration is available now.

For more information, visit OLNClasses.htm.

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