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Syllabus News Update for Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003.

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News for Tuesday, October 28, 2003
* ‘Glasses-Free’ 3-D Visualization Gains Acceptance
* Internet2 Offers Data to Computer Science Community
* U. Michigan Admissions Office Deploys CS Platform
* Tech Studies Ranked in Best Law School Prep Survey
* Job Fair Draws Students Seeking Pittsburgh Tech Careers
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‘Glasses-Free’ 3-D Visualization Makes Strides

The San Diego Supercomputer Center at University of
California San Diego (UCSD) is using a 3-D monitor that
d'es not require viewers to use special glasses to see
complicated scientific images. Traditionally, seeing
images in 3-D required special stereographic eyewear.
The Supercomputer Center is using SynthaGram Glasses-Free
3D monitor from StereoGraphics Inc. as part of its Volume
Visualizer product, which include molecular models,
medical diagrams, and aerial photographs.

The SynthaGram is a flat-screen plasma monitor with a
special optical surface creating the 3D effect. Current
sizes include 18-42 inches, but other display sizes can
be made into a SynthaGram monitor. Mike Bailey, PhD,
Director of Visualization for the SDSC, said the monitor
was “ deal for group viewing environments when you don't
want to 'pass the glasses,” adding that the effect, “meets
our needs for intricate scientific visualization.”
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Internet2 Offers Data to Computer Science Community

The Internet2 consortium has invited computer researchers
to access research data collected during the past two
years by the Abilene Observatory high-speed network
research project and to recommend network performance
data that should be collected.

The Abilene Observatory is an Internet2 program that
collects network data associated with the 10GB
Abeline national backbone network. The Observatory
offers advanced network engineers a view of the operational
data associated with a large-scale network and gives
computer science researchers data on basic network protocols,
network performance and protocol design advances.

"We hope that the computer science community will take
advantage of the data we have been collecting through
the Abilene Observatory," said Rick Summerhill, associate
director of Backbone Network Infrastructure at Internet2.
"The data provides researchers with a view into an
operational network that is often difficult to emulate in
a laboratory environment. It is our hope that as future
infrastructures become available, we will be able to fold
similar types of measurements into the overall Abilene
Observatory database."

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U. Michigan Admissions Office Deploys CS Platform

The University of Michigan Admissions Office has started
to use a web-based customer service system to keep college
applicants and their parents informed at every stage of
the admissions process. The school decided to use Right
Now, a customer service platform, in response to the flood
of questions that students, parents, and high school
counselors had following the June, 2003 Supreme Court
decision on affirmative action and the school’s subsequent
announcement of new admissions policies. The email volume
of the Undergraduate Admissions Office nearly doubled in
the last year, with 9,000 emails recorded in March 2003.
Within three months of deployment, the Admissions Office has
achieved a 98.6 percent self-service rate through its Web
site, it said.

Tech Studies Ranked in Best Law School Prep Survey

About 10 percent of attorneys polled in a recent survey
on the best undergraduate preparation for law school said
that a technical or scientific studies offered the best
foundation for a legal career. But liberal arts came in
first in the poll, at 37 percent, while 31 percent favored
a business studies background. The survey was developed by
The Affiliates, a staffing service for attorneys and

Job Fair Draws Students Seeking Pittsburgh Tech Careers

The Pittsburgh Technology Council will hold its annual job fair October 29 at the Carnegie Library
to benefit University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon
University students. The Council expects more than 800
students and 19 technology companies to attend the event,
which is geared to students in the computer hardware,
software, engineering, biotechnology, IT consulting,
multimedia, robotics fields. The job fair was designed
to make companies feel at ease in a relaxed, interactive
environment in which to meet prospective employees.

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