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U. Illinois, Security Firm, Start Info Assurance Center

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Argus Systems Group, Inc., a company specializing in security technologies, jointly launched the Center for Advanced Research in Information Security. The Center will be located in the school's computer science department, which was designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance by the National Security Agency. The center will focus its research on next generation infrastructure security technologies, and aims to influence public policy in the area of information assurance.

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Central Conn. State Unveils M.S. in Data Mining

Central Connecticut State University has introduced an online master's degree program in data mining. The curriculum, introduced in Jan. 2002, is aimed at meeting the demand for IT professionals who analyze database information for business decision-makers. The degree program, which will feature training in Clementine, a data mining analytics platform from SPSS Inc., will be offered via OnlineCSU, the school's web system. The M.S. degree can be completed in four semesters but has prerequisites in calculus and computer science.

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Dartmouth Website Offers Real Estate Service

Dartmouth College's real estate office has launched a website to help the school's 2,400 faculty, staff and graduate students in the tight New Hampshire housing market. The site, redesigned by Essex Junction, Vt.- based InnoSoft Inc., lets browsers search for new housing, order repairs and service for current housing, submit housing applications, and learn about various community services.

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Harvey Mudd Conference Pushes Women to Enter Math Fields

Harvey Mudd College chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is hosting its annual one-day Women Engineers and Scientists of Tomorrow Conference to encourage Southern California high school women to enter the math-based science and technology fields. The conference, to take place on March 2, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the school campus, is designed to give high school women an opportunity to learn about careers in the fields of engineering, math and science by meeting successful women engineers, scientists, and students majoring in these subjects.

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Seeds of Engineering Careers Sown in Adolescence

A survey of more than 1,200 engineers found that the drive to invent and design is a major catalyst for becoming an engineer and is a often discovered in middle and high school, a critical time for developing math and science skills. The survey was conducted by MathSoft Engineering & Education, Inc., a developer of design software. Of those surveyed, 59 percent identified that their career interests developed before or during the tenth grade. More than 75 percent decided to pursue their careers because of an affinity for math and science.

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Online Masters Degree in Health Law Enters Second Year

Nova Southeastern University said a second class of students had begun its online master's degree program in health law. The graduate program is designed to educate non-lawyer health care professionals about health- related legal issues. The masters is a two-year program taught almost entirely over the Internet. Short residential sessions each year supplement the program, which is designed for working professionals, full-time practitioners, administrators, military personnel, nurses, and leaders in the health care industry.

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Surveys of Online Learning and Teaching Released

Two survey reports related to the use of the Internet in teaching and training have been made available online. "Online Teaching in an Online World" looks at the preferences of 222 college instructors who have used the Web to share syllabi and course resources in the World Lecture Hall or The report examines instructor training, support, and resource exchange, as well as e-learning attrition rates, decision-making, and tool preferences. The second report, "Online Training in an Online World," based on survey responses of 201 corporate trainers, looks at the types of training offered online, organizational factors limiting the adoption of e-learning, preferred e-learning instructional approaches, and e-learning assessment.

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Awards, Deals, Contracts in the Higher Ed Community

  • Five Pennsylvania colleges and universities purchased licenses for the Campus Pipeline Web Platform to provide Web access to campus information and services. The schools are Drexel University, Lehigh University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Saint Joseph's University, and York College. The Campus Pipeline Web Platform is enterprise integration software that serves as a hub for Web-based campus services.

  • The California State University, Fresno, purchased 25 seats of Cosmos/Works, a computer-aided design platform, from Structural Research & Analysis Corp.

  • The University of California, Los Angeles, will equip its police force with the Mobile Data Browser from HTE Inc., a provider of enterprise-wide software solutions for government agencies. The software allows officers to wirelessly exchange messages and graphics files and tap into law enforcement databases when they are away from the station.
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