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News 05-29-2001

Syllabus2001 to Address New Technologies and Pedagogies

Track one of the annual Syllabus conference, entitled "New Technologies and Pedagogies" will address the transformation of teaching and learning through Internet2, streaming audio and video, wireless networks, and other recent developments that may enable learning to take place anytime, at any place. The track will attempt to identify the potential of these and other new technologies, examine teaching strategies not possible before, and consider the implications of instructional design and faculty support.

For more information about Syllabus2001, to be held in Santa Clara, Calif. July 20-24, visit

Deadline Approaching for Boston Area Conference

June 1 is the deadline for submission of proposals for the Syllabus fall2001 conference to be held November 29-December 2 in Danvers, Mass.

For an online submission form and complete call for papers, go to

Point and Click Under the Sea

Opening the door to the next stage of "bring it with you" technology, researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography are taking computer technology to the deep with their new underwater computer mouse. Dr. Jules Jaffe's lab team developed the new device, used recently in studies to gauge the health of coral reefs.

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Stanford Law Students Go Wireless

Palm, Inc. a provider of mobile and wireless Internet solutions and handheld computers, and West Group, a provider of e-information and solutions to the U.S. legal market, are working with Stanford University's Law School on a six-month wireless handheld technology initiative. The 50-person student and faculty program is part of the school's overall wireless initiative and allows law school students to communicate, research, prepare for exams, and manage their studies remotely. West Group is providing wireless access to Westlaw legal research service, and six e-book titles that will give students remote access to frequently used legal information. West Group and other software companies--PDA Verticals, Ury Fischer Esq., NearSpace, Town Compass and providing legal, Stanford-specific and time-and-billing software. The initiative incorporates a three-month training program and a number of focus groups.

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UB Adds Online Campus Card Account Management

The University at Buffalo (UB) recently launched a Web site giving students and their families online access to their campus accounts. Made possible through a combination of technologies provided by Diebold, Inc. in cooperation with JSA Technologies, is a full-scale application of this Web-based campus card account management capability. Using UB Card Online Account Management, students have access to their Campus Cash (bookstore, vending, retail, etc.) and Dining Dollars (meal plan) accounts from any Internet-connected personal computer. They can review transaction histories, check balances and transfer money from credit cards or checking accounts into campus accounts. Parents also have the ability to remotely add value to a student's account.

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MIT Engineer Receives Waterman Award

Vahid Tarokh, a 34-year-old associate professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a recognized leader in the research field of wireless communications, has received the National Science Foundation's (NSF) highest honor for young scientists and engineers, The Alan T. Waterman Award. Tarokh is the primary inventor of "space time coding," a new technique that significantly improves the speed and reliability of wireless data transmission. These innovations helped form international standards for the latest cell phones, personal digital assistants, and other wireless devices. By some estimates, more than one billion handsets might be employing the space-time codes within five years.

The Virtual Vortex: ECURE 2001 Conference Examines Electronic Records

Rapid changes in technology are causing college and university administrators to take a new look at fundamental issues in record keeping. As dissertations become digital, as courses move out of the classroom and into cyberspace, and as more academic records are translated into virtual formats, new questions are raised about copyrights, privacy, and records management. ECURE 2001: Preservation and Access for Electronic College and University Records is the national conference for interdisciplinary dialogue on electronic records in higher education. Early registration information for the third annual conference is available at The conference will be held October 12-13, 2001 in Mesa, Arizona. Especially encouraged to attend are vice presidents, provosts, records managers, librarians, archivists, comptrollers, general counsel, admissions officers and registrars, and other campus administrators. A discount is offered to multi-unit teams.

Technology Sublicensing Program for Academic Research

Lexicon Genetics Incorporated announced recently a technology sublicensing program that permits academic research use of positive-negative selection and isogenic DNA technologies for the generation and use of transgenic and knockout mammalian models of human gene function. This program makes these patented technologies available to academic institutions around the country, while protecting the commercial interests of Lexicon and Taconic. Researchers at academic institutions that obtain sublicenses may use the licensed technologies to generate transgenic and knockout mammalian models of human gene function.

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Remedy Unites with Cambridge and IDC for CRM Research Program

Remedy Corp., a provider of Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions, recently announced the launch of a new research initiative in partnership with Cambridge University and International Data Corporation (IDC), in a bid to bring clarity to a "deeply confused" CRM marketplace. The program is a response to customer demand from managers and directors who feel they lack the bandwidth to research every business issue, and are looking for an informed opinion to reduce risks. The papers include case studies, empirical research, and new understanding of customer needs and behavior. The first IDC White Paper has now been published with further papers set to appear each month. Remedy is making the findings available, free of charge, to subscribers.

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Math/Science Newsletter

The Spring 2001 issue of the Math/Science Online newsletter is now available at This issue contains reviews of two mathematics software packages for teaching: LiveMath, and ODE Architect.

Partnership Provides Integrated Connected Learning Solution

SCT, WebCT, and Campus Pipeline, Inc.--the three companies that earlier joined forces to create the Product Integration Alliance--have announced the availability of their Connected Learning Solution. The Connected Learning Solution is a product suite that integrates all major campus technologies so that colleges and universities can improve student services, simplify and reduce the time to deploy technologies, and streamline administrative processes. The Connected Learning Solution combines information, systems, learning tools, online services, and communication tools through a single point of access for all campus constituents. It provides access to personalized information, online courses and other e-learning resources, administrative services, community information, and communication tools.

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IBM developerWorks Premiers Resource for Wireless Developers

IBM recently announced a new Wireless special topic area on developerWorks at, IBM's free, online resource for developers. Using tutorials, development tips, and articles containing code, the special topic area will provide insight on current and emerging standards for wireless application development, security issues, and other relevant topics.

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