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News 07-26-2002

San Diego State Secures Healthcare Network

San Diego State University has licensed secure networking technology that will enable student patients or student health service staff to communicate securely via the Internet. The customized messaging technology, from Healinx Corp., would protect online prescription ordering, routing and renewals, online appointment scheduling, lab results, referrals, and medically reviewed content. Greg Lichtenstein, medical director of SDSU, said, "with our highly mobile population, it has often been difficult to contact our patients -- even those with cell phones -- and we are pleased to be able to use a secure messaging system to improve communications." Under the agreement, Healinx will deliver a co-branded version of its secure messaging platform for SDSU. To encourage usage, SDSU Student Health Services will actively promote the online service to the student population.

Sponsor: Walk-up Registration Open at Syllabus2002

The ninth annual Syllabus2002 education technology conference for higher education is now open with registration available on site today from 3-6 pm; Saturday, July 27 through Tuesday, July 30 from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM and Wednesday, July 31 from 7:30 AM to 3 PM. Don't miss keynote speakers Diana Laurillard, Lawrence Lessig and Jack Wilson, as well as a full conference program with six tracks of breakout sessions, pre-conference workshops, technology classrooms and an exhibit hall.

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Caltech, Sun, Beef Up Computer Center Tools

The California Institute of Technology's Center for Advanced Computing Research (CACR) has been chosen by Sun Microsystems Inc. as a center of excellence in large scale data analysis and storage. The designation gives the CACR access to Sun shared-memory technology, including Sun StorEdge T3 disk arrays and Sun Fire V880 servers. CACR studies the performance, availability, movement and management of large datasets. It will analyze large-scale, heterogeneous, distributed scientific data in the fields of astronomy, physics, digital imaging, seismology and neuroscience. "CACR was established to ensure that (Caltech) is at the forefront of computational science and engineering," said James Pool, executive director of CACR, who added that the deal will help "advance data-centric and grid-centric research."

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Dartmouth Automates HR, Payroll Processes

Dartmouth has installed an e-business software suite from Oracle Corp. that will allow the university to standardize several human resource and payroll processes. The university, working with human resource consulting firm Xcelicor, Inc., issued paychecks to 4,000 student, faculty, and employee workers from the Oracle Payroll application using Xcelicor's implementation services and application tools. The new application will enable Dartmouth to achieve 100 percent payroll accuracy for every unique type of employee, according to Lisa Celone, functional project manager of Dartmouth. The project team worked to transfer knowledge of the application to Dartmouth staff throughout the implementation, enabling the university team to assume full responsibility for the project at go-live, she added.

Group Looks to Web Hoster for Internet Access

The Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System (IHETS), which manages telecom services for 40 colleges and universities in the state, has turned to an Internet managed hosting service to provide high speed Internet access to its university members. The service is being offered by the Conxion Corp., a Santa Clara, Calif., hosting services provider. Because its network was built for managed-hosting customers, it has capacity available in the "access" part of the network. As a result, schools that need Internet access, but do little hosting or "pushing" out to the Internet, can use the network at competitive rates. Once connected, they are charged for a minimum committed "push" of 10Mbps on a DS3 and 20Mbps on an OC3, and up to five times that amount of access, or "pull," traffic is free.

Chip Developers, U Albany, to Collaborate

Sematech, the consortium of semiconductor manufacturers, and the University at Albany-SUNY, have are working on a strategic alliance to conduct research and development in the area of advanced lithography infrastructure for extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography. The deal would kick-off a program in EUV infrastructure, to be managed by Sematech and housed in Albany's wafer cleanroom complex. Sematech chief executive officer Bob Helms said the technical challenges faced by the semiconductor industry are too great for any single organization to solve alone. "We'll be able to do critical work on EUV infrastructure faster and better as a result of this alliance," he said.

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Awards, Deals, Contracts, in Higher Education

-- The University of Notre Dame has signed a contract with SciQuest Inc., the parent company of procurement automation software developer Higher Markets Inc., to deploy the procurement platform at Notre Dame. "Procurement is a key area in which we expect to achieve substantial administrative savings over the coming years," said James J. Lyphout, vice president for business operations at the university. Added Tim Gibney, assistant vice resident for procurement services: "As a result of e-procurement, we anticipate a significant improvement in our purchasing procedures with measurable cost savings in the process."

-- James Madison University and Case Western Reserve University will launch off-campus stored-value "cashless" programs for their students this fall. Both schools are working with Student Advantage, Inc.'s SA Cash program. The system enables students, faculty, and staff to buy food, necessities, and entertainment at off-campus businesses via transaction processing equipment installed on the premises of local businesses. The systems are compatible with the universities' host systems and permit transaction settlement through the schools. Student Advantage builds its off-campus retail networks, in conjunction with the universities, by screening, recruiting and offering marketing support from local merchants.

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