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News Update 04-18-2003

CMU West Expands "Learn by Doing" CS Master's Degree

Carnegie Mellon University West (CMU West) said it would expand its "learn-by-doing" master's degree programs in the computer sciences by adding a two-year track for college graduates with no prior computer science experience who wish to pursue a master's. The school's philosophy is based on the work of education innovator Roger Schank. Instead of attending classes and taking tests, students work on ongoing projects and are mentored online by faculty. CMU West said its approach simulates the environment that students will enter after graduation, preparing them for the real world. Roger Schank, Chief Education Officer, said, "Our program replaces ineffective traditional teaching methods with continuing projects that will help prepare students for the real world better than any passive learning experience can."

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McGraw Hill, CMU, Team Up for Econ Online Program

McGraw-Hill/Irwin, which provides business educational materials for the higher education market, and Carnegie Mellon University have struck a deal to market online exercises and interactive experiments that help teach economics. Through the interactive system, students will have the ability to trade in online markets to learn economic principles. In the program, dubbed Online Experiments in Economics, the student is both participant and observer. In pilot tests, students have reported that they learned nearly as much about economic principles from their experience as a participant as they did from their analysis of the experiment as an observer. The program is part of the Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative (OLI), which is seeking to make effective online education widely accessible.

Purdue Names Recipient of Internet Security Fellowship

Internet security provider Symantec Corp. announced the recipient of the Symantec Fellowship at Purdue University's Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS). As part of Symantec's University Research Program, the Fellowship is intended to generate new sources of research for the study of Internet security issues. Abhilasha Bhargav was awarded the fellowship at the annual CERIAS Spring Symposium April 8. The fellowship will provide up to $50,000 to cover full tuition costs for two years and a stipend for a degree-seeking student enrolled at Purdue and working with CERIAS. Miss Bhargav was one of 35 students who were accepted into the graduate program in Purdue's School of Computer Science, out of more than 500 students who applied. She received a bachelor's degree in computer science in December 2002 from Purdue University, and will conduct her graduate research at CERIAS.

Golden Gate U. Offers Digital Security Graduate Degree

Golden Gate University said it would offer the San Francisco Bay Area's first graduate degree in digital security. GGU will offer a master's degree and a graduate certificate in digital security. Courses are offered in class, online through GGU's CyberCampus, and through the Video Interactive Program in San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, and Walnut Creek. "Given that the security services market has nearly doubled since 9/11 and is conservatively expected to grow by more than 44 percent in the next five years, adding a digital security skill set to any IT person's portfolio is a good investment," explained Constance Beutel, Associate Dean of GGU's School of Technology and Information.

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Awards, Deals, Contracts in Higher Education

SUPERCOMPUTING—Northeastern University signed a service agreement with Lynx Therapeutics Inc. to perform a biology experiment using Lynx's Massively Parallel Signature Sequencing (MPSS) technology. Under the agreement, Lynx will receive payments for the genomics discovery services it performs on samples provided by Northeastern's Department of Biology and Marine Science Center. The experiment is to study the regulation of gene expression in Antarctic icefish. MPSS analysis of the icefish kidney should provide gene expression profiles that should help the potential discovery of genes involved in red and white blood cell development. The research may lead to new treatments and diagnostic probes for anemia, neutropenia, and leukemia.

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