News 10-15-2002

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Stanford Law School Launches Center for E-Commerce

Stanford Law School last week launched the Center for E-Commerce, a forum for scholars, policymakers, lawyers, and industry executives to explore electronic commerce law. Faculty of the Center will collaborate on interdisciplinary research and policy making. The center also will host conferences, including its Oct. 23 inaugural meeting on the topic of: "Burst of the Bubble: Lessons and Opportunities from the Dot-Com Collapse." Alexander Alben, vice president of RealNetworks, said: “The burst of the dot-com bubble has motivated many companies to reconsider how they transact business online. Stanford University offers an ideal forum to help corporations examine the enormous impact of the law on the emerging business models shaped by the Internet.”

For more information, visit: Center for E-Commerce: http://lawtech.stanford.edu/ecommerce Program in Law, Science & Technology: http://lawtech.stanford.edu

NSF's Grant Expands TeraGrid Fast Infrastructure Project

The National Science Foundation awarded the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) $35 million to expand its TeraGrid project, an effort to build the world's largest, fastest, distributed infrastructure for open scientific research. The award expands the project to five sites: NCSA at the University of Illinois; the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California; Argonne National Lab near Chicago; the Center for Advanced Computing Research at CalTech; and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) at Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh. “This expansion of the TeraGrid will provide computing power to scientists that is orders of magnitude beyond anything we've ever seen before," said NCSA Director Dan Reed. “At this point, we can't even begin to imagine the discoveries that the TeraGrid will make possible.”

For more information, visit: http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/

Central Michigan U. Opens High-Tech Incubator

Central Michigan University has opened a high-tech incubator at its Center for Applied Research & Technology (CART), a facility designed to offer emerging start-up companies flexible lease options, access to a powerful supercomputer, high speed Internet connections, geographic information systems, and data mining technologies. Tenants of the 12,000-square foot, $1.5-million facility will also have access to business advice and services from a corporate-university partnership of the CMU, Dow Chemical Co., and IBM Corp. The resulting CMU Research Corp. will provide forums, capital pre-qualification, and assistance in marketing, financial planning, business plan development and support and technology.

For more information, visit: http://www.thecenter.cmich.edu

Baylor Institutes Research Data Management Tool

Baylor College of Medicine's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology is working with new software that automates the research service request system operating between researchers and laboratory personnel. Research requests are initiated via a Web-based system and manipulated by staff members via PDAs for faster, accurate data exchange. The research data management system, which uses Enabler software from Stone Bond Enterprise Inc., replaces Baylor's paper-based system with an infrastructure for lab operations, handling research requests; entering, managing and analyzing data; and billing. Service response data and comments are entered by researchers onto PDAs as the test procedures are executed. The data is captured and harvested for statistical analysis, audit trails, and billing integration into Baylor's SAP system.

Penn State Tracks Computing, Network Assets

Penn State's School of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) has started using a tool that allows it to track its telecommunications and IT assets, including laptops, desktops, network hardware, bandwidth, and software. The tool, from NetCracker Technology, will manage details of the school’s IT and communications infrastructure through the lifecycle of the assets, from acquisition to retirement. The software provides access to metrics to help measure asset value, minimize risks, address asset performance and availability, manage contracts and leases , and help ensure higher user productivity. The software is built on the open, Web-based J2EE platform.

WebCT Chief Vallone Receives e-Biz Honors

Carol Vallone, who built WebCT into a force in the e-learning industry, was honored last week by the Massachusetts Electronic Commerce Association as one of 10 New England e-business leaders who have made significant strides in the development of information and Internet technology in business, academia or the public sector. "The Mass eComm 10 shines a spotlight on business and technology leaders with a focus on winning ideas, best practices and real applications of successful e-business strategies,” said Thomas Hopcroft, president of the Mass eComm Association. “Carol Vallone epitomizes that ideal.” In 1995 Vallone launched Universal Learning Technology, an e-learning company that merged four years later with WebCT and took the name to reflect both its installed base and strategic direction.

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