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News 08-28-2001

NEC Electronics Establishes Technology Incubation

NEC Electronics Inc. recently announced its establishment of a Technology Incubation Group (TIG) to enable technology research and development through investments in promising early stage Silicon Valley companies and partnerships with local universities. NEC Electronics created the new Technology Incubation Group to promote the development of new technologies for future networking, consumer, and wireless applications. By investing in start-up companies and partnering with key university technology programs that operate separately from the company's internal research and development teams, the TIG program will provide NEC Electronics with close access to the intellectual property (IP) and new technologies these companies and projects develop. In turn, the new technologies that evolve out of the TIG will help NEC Electronics create products that enable the networking, wireless, and consumer applications of the future. In addition to early funding, the start up companies NEC Electronics selects for participation in the TIG will also receive product development and manufacturing support as necessary.

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Prometheus Platform to Offer XanEdu Content

Prometheus, a provider of community source code courseware from The George Washington University has partnered with XanEdu to provide access to XanEdu course content and functions on the Prometheus platform. Under the partnership, Prometheus will allow for the integration of XanEdu CoursePacks and search functionality into the Prometheus Course Management System and Portal Product. Educational institutions that choose Prometheus courseware will be able to integrate XanEdu CoursePacks and other content into their virtual classrooms. In the past, XanEdu had to bring its products and services to individual professors. Inside Prometheus, faculty and institutions will be able to opt for the content services on an enterprise campus-wide basis.

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Hand-held USB Microscope Debuts

The ProScope hand-held USB microscope made its debut at MacWorld NY. The bus-powered scope works with both Macintosh and Windows, capturing still or video images with a single click. The ProScope comes with USB Shot 1.0.1 software and a 50X, fixed focus lens. Still images can be saved in a variety of formats and it captures video in QuickTime. Optional accessories include a variety of lenses from a 1X camera lens to 100X and 200X power lenses. For those with an existing microscope or telescope using C-mount lenses, there is an inexpensive C-mount adapter so the basic hand-held scope can turn the analog instrument into a digital capture device.

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WebCT To Offer More Than 1,000 Publisher e-Packs This Fall

WebCT, a provider of integrated e-learning systems for higher education, has announced that it now offers more than 1,000 e-Packs, publisher-provided academic materials for use in the WebCT course management system. e-Pack offerings combine fully customizable online course materials such as video animations, sample syllabi, lecture notes, quiz and test banks, and glossaries, with the functionality of WebCT's course management software. Faculty can incorporate an e-Pack into a WebCT online course, and start teaching online without having to create course content from scratch. WebCT's current inventory of more than 1,000 e-Packsóan increase of 100 percent over the past year--comes from 20 leading publishers, and covers virtually every academic discipline.

Faculty can view e-Pack demos, request 30-Day evaluations, or request e-Pack adoptions online at, in WebCT's "Content Showcase."

NSF Grant Adds to $4.1 Million for PRIME Project

The National Science Foundation recently awarded the Partnership for the Regional Innovation in Manufacturing Education Coalition (PRIME) an $846,030 grant to implement a comprehensive approach to manufacturing education in Southwestern Pennsylvania. With these funds, PRIME has now received commitments from industry partners, PRIME schools, and funding agencies totaling $4.1 million to continue the coalition's efforts to increase manufacturing education.

PRIME was launched in July 2000 and made possible through a collaboration of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers Education Foundation (SME-EF) and The Heinz Endowments. It was designed to focus on five Southwestern Pennsylvania colleges and universities in an eight-county area to provide industry-driven education. The coalition is funding seven new manufacturing degree programs that would not have been possible without this collaboration. Robert Morris College is the lead institution with PRIME and is joined by Penn State-New Kensington, the Community College of Allegheny County, Butler County Community College, and Westmoreland County Community College.

XanEdu Introduces the Education ReSearch Engine

XanEdu, a division of ProQuest Information and Learning, recently announced the launch of the XanEdu Education Research Engine, the newest in an innovative lineup of premium content research engines for higher education. Created especially for pre-service teachers pursuing academic courses of study and in-service teachers working in the classroom, the XRE EDU corresponds with leading education textbooks and the latest standards in teacher education. The content is updated daily from more than 2,000 specialized leading journals, magazines and newspapers, and is available anytime and anywhere to subscriber. Included with each subscription of the XRE EDU is the "Teaching as a Profession" section, designed to help students and teachers stay current with the latest news and issues driving professional development. Powered by the same academic journals and premium education news sources as the academic disciplines, this special learning section includes information on school reform, labor issues, certification standards, and related topics.

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Digital Human Cloning for Visual Communication

Matrox Graphics Inc. recently announced the availability of the new Millennium G550 graphics card, which will allow computer users to create realistic 3D clones of their own heads and communicate to family and friends over the Internet via their digital twins. Matrox's HeadCasting technology and partnerships with LIPSinc and Digimask, enable visual online communication for nearly all Internet users, even those using a 56K modem. The G550 comes bundled with three user-friendly packages: LIPSinc's HeadFone for real-time online communication; Digimask, which creates a 3D replica of a person's head from just two photographs; and Matrox's exclusive application, the Matrox Virtual Presenter for Microsoft PowerPoint, which allows the user to create a PowerPoint slide show accompanied by his or her own photo-realistic 3D head.

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Campus Pipeline Announces New Products

Campus Pipeline recently announced six new products that will expand the functionality and customization capabilities of its Campus Pipeline Web platform. The Web platform integrates seamlessly with SCT Banner and SCT Plus student information systems, and uses open technology standards that allow integration with an institution's existing information system and its choice of Web applications. The Web platform also includes enterprise Internet infrastructure and Web applications from iPlanet. The six new products will be bundled and sold as two separate packages. Products include: Personalized Content Delivery, to deliver personalized content according to user role; Handheld Sync, to enable information within the Campus Pipeline system to be synchronized with handheld devices running on Palm or Windows CE operating systems; Secure Transport, to provide secure data transport.

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Aprisa Introduces Engineering Educators' Program

Web-based engineering service provider Aprisa Inc. ( recently unveiled its Engineering Educators' Program--in which the company will donate use of its research and design application CircuitNet to colleges and universities as a teaching tool for engineering professors. The University of California, Santa Barbara's College of Engineering will be the first school to sign up for the program. Under the terms of its agreement with UCSB, Aprisa will donate $1 million in CircuitNet subscriptions per year for three years to the university's engineering professors and will help the professors to create course materials, provide visiting instructors on request, and create design competitions for engineering students using CircuitNet. UCSB will use CircuitNet to teach engineers to locate components, use reference designs as starting points for their own ideas, and build block diagrams.

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Indiana University Brings Ancient Cities Back To Life

Chichen Itza, Uxmal and other critically important and threatened archaeological sites in the world will come back to "life" in virtual reality thanks to Indiana University researchers in Indianapolis and Bloomington and IBM's High Performance Storage System (HPSS). The digital preservation project will collect data using state-of-the-art digital techniques to archive and develop virtual reality replicas of the sites as they exist today. They will also create scalable multimedia applications to recreate the history, sights and sounds of the cultural locations as they were in ancient times. Using the Internet or the faster Internet2 or Next Generation Internet communications technology will visitors to "walk" through the Indiana University digital recreations, seeing, hearing, and experiencing first-hand how people lived thousands of years ago.

The IU Cultural Digital Library Indexing Our Heritage (CLIOH) project is one of several using IBM HPSS technology deployed over a wide area network to compile, access and transmit vast amounts of data among researchers hundreds of times faster. The CLIOH project is an initiative of the IU School of Informatics. CLIOH will additionally draw upon the visualization resources of the IUPUI New Media Program, and the extensive faculty expertise in interactive media at IUPUI.

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Webcast to Document Return of Salmon ( will track this year's salmon migration through British Columbia's coastal waters in a live Web cast Sept. 6-17. During the live portion of the expedition, site visitors will be able to communicate via e-mail with expedition team members. The online expedition is co-sponsored by the Epson Corporation and will also be presented in Japanese. "Salmon: Spirit of Land and Sea" will include satellite-fed dispatches, digital photography, audio and video documenting the homecoming of the wild salmon. The expedition team will include documentary photographer Natalie Fobes and writer and naturalist Susan Zwinger. They will be joined by Ian McAllister, founder of the Raincoast Conservation Society, an organization that has worked for the protection of British Columbia's Great Bear Rainforest, the Earth's largest ancient temperate rainforest.

Streaming Media Web Resource

Visitors can see tools and techniques in interactive streaming media at, an online streaming media education channel dedicated to inspiring, teaching, and fostering connections between those who wish to be part of the streaming media revolution,?allows visitors to play the latest webisodes from artists and leaders in the field of streaming technology; learn techniques for shooting, editing, encoding, and publishing videos; and share streaming media tips, tricks, and helpful advice.

Maple Wins Educational Software Award

Waterloo Maple, a provider of mathematical software for education, research, and industry, recently announced that its flagship product, Maple 7, has won the Educational Software Review Award (EDDIE) in the math category, post-secondary level, for the second year in a row. In addition, Maple PowerTools, a free online resource of Maple application packages and academic course materials, was submitted for the first time this year and won the award in the educational Web site category for post-secondary mathematics.

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Course Technology Awards First Annual Help Desk Scholarship

Course Technology, a division of Thomson Learning, has announced the winner of their first annual Help Desk Scholarship essay competition. Derek Fong, a student at The College of New Jersey in Trenton, NJ was awarded $1,000 in scholarship money for his essay, which highlights the knowledge he has gained in preparation for a career in the Help Desk field. To view the winning essay, as well as a complete list of Course Technology's Help Desk titles, visit

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