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U. Cairo Student Wins Chip Design Contest

Ayman Hassan Abd El Aziz, a student from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, won the $5,000 grand prize in a higher education student design contest sponsored by Mentor Graphics Corp., a semiconductor design company. Ayman, whose project was titled, "Design and Implementation of an IF Gm-C filter for Bluetooth," also took away the top prize in the IC/analog mixed-signal design category. The other categories were: printed circuit board design, hardware description language, and system-on-chip design. Category winners, who took away $2,000 each, included a team of five students from the University of Patras, Greece, and Ryan Henderson, a student at the Oregon Institute of Technology. The contest was co-sponsored by Sun Microsystems Inc.

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Sponsor: Gerard Hanley of Cal. State to Address Syllabus fall2002

How d'es an institution develop strategies and encourage cooperation across the academic community to meet the technology needs of students, faculty, staff and administrators? You'll learn about successful efforts from Gerard Hanley, Syllabus fall2002 keynote speaker and Senior Director of Academic Technology Support in the Office of the Chancellor at California State University. Affiliated with MERLOT since 1997, Hanley has worked to develop learning communities that foster professional development and cooperation among faculty, staff, students and administrators. Syllabus fall2002, an education technology conference and vendor fair, will be held November 3-5 at the Boston Marriott Newton Hotel in Newton, Mass.

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Online MBA Eases Conflicts For Managers

Lansbridge University and the American Graduate School of Management (AGSM) announced a dual degree program offering joint degrees in Master of Business Administration and Master of Management. The program, which also offers specialties for the automotive and healthcare industries, is designed for working professionals. Students work online in small groups within a class of about 20, and interact daily with faculty and peers. A weekly online synchronous interaction is scheduled for faculty and students. Classes began in August, and will be offered in November, February and May. John McLaughlin, Provost, Lansbridge University, noted that the "online format closely parallels the real world environments in which our students work." AGSM president Richard Oliver, added, "Students from around the world become teammates in classes that explore today's best management practices."

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McGraw-Hill Offers Online Writing Tool

McGraw-Hill unveiled a web-based classroom writing assessment tool that it says will give students an method of practicing their writing skills with immediate feedback. Writing Roadmap will provide teachers analytic information and options for monitoring student and class progress, the company said. The application covers descriptive, narrative, persuasive, and informative styles of writing. Scores are reported on five analytic traits, and users can choose between holistic or summative scores, which can be downloaded into existing student information systems. The system, which uses an automated essay scoring engine from Vantage Learning, allows students to create a portfolio of their essays, which teachers can review via options that provide personalized guidance.

Michigan Sponsors $9.5M Wireless Grants

The state of Michigan made available five demonstration grants of up to $2 million each that will be awarded to state school districts this fall under the Learning Without Limits education initiative. (LWL) is designed to help all Michigan students have one-to-one portable computing technology and Internet access by 2004. The grants will be administered jointly by Michigan Virtual University (MVU) and the Michigan Department of Education. "This complements the State's $110 million teacher laptop program, which delivered more than 88,000 computers to Michigan teachers last year," said MVU president David Spencer "MVU was selected to assist in this project because of our leadership position in education technology and experience in coordinating these other statewide learning initiatives." Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. October 8, 2002; winners will be announced in late October.

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USC Wins $1 M Energy Incentive Rebate

The University of Southern California was awarded a $1 million rebate from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), which covers installations for lighting and chillers at USC's main and health science campuses. The efficiency projects covered by the rebate are part of a five-year $10 million Master Energy Plan that has realized 10 percent savings in USC's peak power usage. Among the first improvements were new lighting systems that require less power. A new state-of-the-art energy control center provided the capability to monitor and fine-tune energy supply and usage across the campus. Another major investment was the construction of a 1,500 square foot air conditioning plant, with pipes running underground to supply chilled water to 30 buildings across campus. The system replaced the individual chillers that cooled each building.

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