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Syllabus News Update for September 23, 2003

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News for Tuesday, September 23, 2003
* Kinko’s Re-enters Higher Ed Market with Course Packs
* Universities Abroad Gird Curriculae with Security Studies
* NSF Mega-Grant Made for Yoking IT, Homeland Defense
* U. Sherbrooke Opens Elite Investment Research Facility
* Survey: Third of Teens Would Act Unethically to Get Ahead
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Kinko’s Re-enters Higher Ed Market with Course Packs

Kinko’s, the retail bastion of the printed document, has decided to
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Universities Abroad Gird Curriculae with Security Studies

The list of universities adding computer security as a scholarly specialty
is growing, especially abroad. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology,
one of Switzerland's top universities, has launched a Zurich-based research
center to fortify data networks against worms and viruses. The Zurich
Information Security Center is hosting a one-week seminar this month
and aims to establish a master's degree in information security. Meanwhile,
the London School of Economics and the University of Hamburg have
already branched into advanced network security curriculae. And the
University of Calgary in Canada has a controversial new course titled
"Computer Viruses and Malware," believed to be one of the most advanced
course dedicated to virus construction.

NSF Gives Mega-Grant for Yoking IT, Homeland Defense

The National Science Foundation will award $9 million to U.C. Irvine and
$3.5 million to U.C. San Diego to address how information technology can
revolutionize response to crises, including natural disasters. The five-year
project, called "Responding to the Unexpected," will develop information
sharing tools and organizational strategies for first responders, and will be
managed by Cal-(IT)2, a two-campus science and innovation institute
created in 2000. Cal-(IT)2 provided the seed money for the project.
The funding is the largest NSF research grant in the Irvine campus' history.

The goal is of the project is o transform the ability of early responders to
act as "human sensors" to gather, manage, use and disseminate information
to decision makers to help reduce casualties, economic loss and social
disruption. Examples include integrating information sources such as
satellite images, video and sensor data with field observations to monitor
the situation.

The team of subcontractors includes faculty from the University of
Maryland, Brigham Young University, University of Colorado, University
of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and ImageCat Inc., a Long Beach, Calif.
firm that specializes in risk assessment and management.

U. Sherbrooke Opens World Class Investment Research Facility

The Université de Sherbrooke, in Quebec, Canada, unveiled a fully
functioning stock-exchange trading room together with an education
and research lab. The Financial Education and Research
(LEREF - Laboratoire d'enseignement et de recherche en finance)
is designed to be a working research center that covers the entire
investment process. The facility will cost $5 million over five years
and will be equipped with 48 workstations and access to real-time
financial data from Bloomberg, Reuters, Money Line Telerate, CanCorp,
SEDAR, Dow Jones Interactive, and Wharton’s financial management database.

The LEREF and the Market room include a back office and a middle office.
The back office has the necessary software infrastructure to capture information
for each transaction and to manage follow-up, settlement and compensation.
The middle office will support financial and operational risks associated with
the investment process.

Survey: Third of Teens Would Act Unethically to Get Ahead

Thirty-three percent of teens would act unethically to get ahead or to make
more money if there was no chance of getting caught, according to a new
Junior Achievement/Harris Interactive Poll of 624 teens between the ages
of 13 and 18. Twenty-five percent said they were "not sure" and 42 percent
said they would not. The poll was conducted between July 14 and 25, 2003,
as part of the national roll out of Excellence through Ethics, a $1 million initiative
of Junior Achievement and Deloitte & Touche to promote business ethics among
today's young people.

"Even though some of these numbers are disconcerting, the poll also showed
that 56 percent of teens do believe that people who are ethical are more
successful in business," said David S. Chernow, president and CEO of
Junior Achievement Inc. "We have a way to go, but there is an underlying
optimism among students that honesty is still the best policy."

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