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News 11-12-2002

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Now broadcasting to a computer near you! Click on and hear audio interviews with established leaders and creative thinkers in higher education as they discuss the good, the better and the best uses of IT on campus. Join host Judith B'ettcher of CREN each week as she explores issues in education technology. This week, five-time Emmy Award winning composer and Syllabus fall2002 keynoter James Oliverio discusses opportunities for interdisciplinary and multicultural understanding that accompany the cross-pollination of technology and culture.

Two Teraflop Supercomputer Aids Science Research

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the Universityof Illinois at Urbana-Champaign said it will deploy an IBM Power4 p690 supercomputer capable of two trillion operations per second to study science and engineering problems, including structural mechanics, computational chemistry, and fluid dynamics. The supercomputer, a cluster of 12 IBM eServer p690 Unix systems, will be available to the scientific research community through the National Computational Science Alliance early next year. "This installation, combined with the Linux clusters that will form the bulk of the TeraGrid computing system, will give NCSA the world's largest computing system available for peer-reviewed open scientific research," said NCSA Director Dan Reed.

Tech Museum Awards $250K to Humanitarians

Bunker Roy, representing The Barefoot College in Rajasthan, India, received a $50,000 Tech Museum Award in the education category for teaching practical technology skills, from solar power to rainwater harvesting systems, to India's rural poor. Roy was among five winners of the 2002 award, given to those who are applying technology to improve the quality of life around the world. "The Tech Awards bring to life one of the ideals of the UN—the employment of technology to address the needs of all the world's peoples," said Michael Doyle, assistant Secretary General to the United Nations, which actively promotes the awards program. In making the awards, more than 460 nominations were reviewed by judging panels assembled by Santa Clara University's Center for Science, Technology, and Society. The 25 2002 finalists came from Argentina, Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, Nigeria, South Africa, Switzerland, and the United States.

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Wisconsin ASP Partners with Training Firm, the University of Wisconsin's educational application service provider, said it will partner with NIIT, a training company, to offer programs to external customers in higher-education institutions, public and private schools, and agencies. was formed to respond to requests for Web-based learning from the university's 28 locations. Rather than replicating services to accommodate each location's requests, the school set up a centralized distributed learning system based on an ASP model. Key services at—hosting, training, instructional design, consultation, and help desk for Web-based learning systems—are now being used by 83 customers nationwide, including 55 locations outside the University of Wisconsin system.

Penn State Bolsters Internet Campus Connectivity

Pennsylvania State University has installed a high-speed point-to-pointnetwork connection between its University Park campus and the Pittsburgh GigaPop, an Internet aggregation point to access the Internet and Internet 2. Network infrastructure provider Adelphia Business Solutions Inc. initially provided two OC-3 fiberoptic transport channels between the campus and the GigaPop, enough bandwidth to support the interconnectivity of over 450 local area networks and 100,000 computer hosts. The school has recently committed to upgrading the OC-3s to an OC-12 capacity.

Corinthian Colleges to Offer Technology Diploma

Corinthian Colleges Inc., which offers diploma programs in the allied health field, said it plans to expand its curriculum to include diploma programs in technology. In doing so, it will open a National Institute of Technology campus in Austin, Texas, one of five branch campus openings it plans in fiscal 2003. For-profit Corinthian, which specializes in post-secondary school programs, operates 65 colleges in 21 states. The Austin campus is a leased facility, where, in addition to its diploma programs in Medical Assisting and Medical Administrative Assistant, it plans to offer diploma programs in Electronics and Information Technology within the next 12 months.

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