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News Update 07-22-2003

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Columbia Buys Mega Archive of Digitized 18th Century Texts

Columbia University has purchased the entire collection of Gale's 18th Century Collections Online, a digital content pool of 150,000 rare English-language and foreign-language books and papers published in Great Britain during the 18th century. The Collection is said to be the single most ambitious digitization project ever undertaken. John L. Tofanelli, Anglo-American Bibliographer at Columbia's Butler Library, said, "This will change the way people think about the 18th Century and how they write about it. It allows scholars and researchers to delve deeper than ever before into this key period in world history." Nearly 150,000 rare titles published between 1701 and 1800 are now available online, in a single integrated search environment. Gale is an information publisher and a unit of the Thompson Corp.

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SPONSOR: Education Technology Companies to Exhibit at Syllabus2003

Syllabus2003 celebrates its 10th annual summer conference July 27-31 in San Jose, Calif., and on the campus of Stanford University. In addition to cutting-edge keynotes, breakout sessions, and panel discussions, attendees will see the latest products for campus technology during designated exhibit hall hours. Some of the companies attending include: Computer Comforts, designer and manufacturer of innovative furniture and products for the electronic classroom; Unicon, provider of Academus, an enterprise portal solution, with fully integrated course and content management environments; Polyvision, an international manufacturer and installer of static, active, and interactive visual communication products for the education and corporate markets; and TippingPoint Technologies, its suite of network-based security products protects networks from cyber threats, piracy and bandwidth abuse.To view the entire exhibitor list, as well as to register for Syllabus2003, go to

Utah Developer Plans Smart Community for 6,000 Students

A Utah real estate developer is creating a planned student community that will provide high-tech housing, services, and lifestyle amenities for 6,000 students from Brigham Young University and Utah Valley State College. The master-planned community, dubbed Parkway Crossing, will include 1,500 residential units, each housing an average of four students, retail shops, and two 80,000-square-foot commercial buildings. The initial phase of 170 units is scheduled for mid-August 2003, according to the developer, Summit Development and Management. The company has picked telecom firm CeriStar to install a fiber connection to each unit and interconnect "appliances" within the units. Services will include voice-over-IP (VoIP) telephone service, up to 15Mbps of Internet and data services, 300 basic cable channels, 41 premium movie channels, more than 175 video-on-demand (VoD) movie choices, music channels, and games on demand.

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Largest Mobile Initiative for a U.S. Medical School

Wayne State University's School of Medicine has begun a mobile computing project it says is the largest and most comprehensive ever planned by a U.S. medical school. The school has signed a contract with Ann Arbor, Mich.-based CampusMobility Inc. to build the network, which will supply medical students and staff with mobile devices, educational and healthcare software, and wireless infrastructure. The technology will enable problem-solving exercises and the collection of patient encounter information during clinical internships. "The ability to interact with students in real time is critical in ensuring students possess the knowledge and skills necessary to begin independent patient care," said professor Matt Jackson, Ph.D., in the Department of Immunology and Microbiology.

Teen Girls to Build Web Sites at Women in Technology Camp

Twenty Chicago-area teenage girls who have demonstrated they are computer literate, have good grades, and who completed an essay, will attend an AT&T Young Women in Technology Camp to support young women in their aspirations to pursue careers in technology. At the camp, which will take place at Loyola University, the students will work in teams to build interactive Web sites for Chicago-area non-profit organizations. Female executives and IT professionals from AT&T, Allstate, Abbott Laboratories, Motorola, Classified Ventures, the American Bar Endowment, and Chicago Public Schools will serve as mentors to the young women to share their experiences and ways they overcame challenges that might cause young women to choose non-technical career paths.

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