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Syllabus News Update for Tuesday, November 4, 2003.

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News for Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003

* ‘Software is Free’ Still Dominates Campus Attitudes
* Citing Cost, Efficiency, Vanderbilt Standardizes on Linux
* MIT Center Funds Wireless, Speech Recognition Tech
* Symantec Announces Second Purdue Security Fellowship
* CompSci Up from the Cellar in Grad School Rankings

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‘Software is Free’ Still Dominates Campus Attitudes

Only 24 percent of 1,000 college and university students
in a recent survey done for the Business Software Alliance
consider it wrong to make unauthorized copies of software.
In a typical response, Colorado College student Kiley
Goodson, 19, said, "software is something that's just
there.” Yet 93 percent of students surveyed said that,
“people who develop software deserve to be rewarded for
their efforts.” And, 89 percent said they didn't always
pay for copyrighted software they downloaded.

“Saving money” was among the reasons students listed for
obtaining an unlicensed or pirated version of a program;
52 percent supported the idea that, the "tech industry
is so prosperous, a few people using unlicensed software
won't make a difference." The Business Software Alliance
represents the commercial software industry.

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Citing Cost, Efficiencies, Vanderbilt Standardizes on Linux

Vanderbilt University has decided to migrate its business
applications to software running on the Linux operating
system to help lower operating costs and improve scalability
of its IT infrastructure. The university is now running
a three-node data warehouse with Oracle Real Application
Clusters on Linux, supporting an alumni development
application that went into production in April, as well as
the university's academic and financial reporting

“Traditionally, the education sector has been a 'late
adopter' of cutting-edge technology because it comes at such a high
price,” said Tim Getsay, assistant vice-chancellor of
management information systems at Vanderbilt. “Our decision
to standardize on Linux enables us to consolidate our
infrastructure for increased efficiencies while significantly
lowering our operating costs.”

MIT Center Funds Wireless, Speech Recognition Tech

The MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation issued
its largest grant round since the launch of the Center a year
ago, awarding 13 grants from 45 proposals. The seven
Ignition grants, which fund proof of concept explorations,
and six Innovation Program grants, which further research
towards commercialization, total $1.3 million.

The grants were awarded to MIT faculty in the School of
Engineering and support a wide range of emerging technologies,
including medical technology, tiny technology, communications,
information technology, and environmental innovations. The Center
is part of the MIT School of Engineering and was established
last year through an initial $20M gift from Jaishree
Deshpande and Desh Deshpande, the co-founder and chairman of
Sycamore Networks.

Among the grant recipients were:

-- Chiping Chen: Low-cost amplifiers for 3G wireless base

A novel power amplifier for wireless base stations could
improve the performance of third-generation wireless networks
and help create new markets worth $100 billion.

-- Doug Hart: 3-D imaging technology enabling minimal
invasive surgery

A novel 3D image-processing system could greatly enhance the medical
procedure of endoscopy and enable robotic-assisted, minimally
invasive surgery.

-- Tom Knight: A new approach for speech recognition

A risky new processing approach could be the breakthrough
necessary to finally make speech recognition a reality.

-- Dave Perreault: 3D circuit boards to enhance electronics
at low cost

Three-dimensional printed circuit boards (3D PCBs) would
provide better performance than current 2D technology and
could capture a substantial portion of the $30 billion annual
market in PCBs.

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Symantec Announces Second Purdue Security Fellowship

Internet security firm Symantec Corp. announced a second fellowship
at Purdue University's Center for Education and Research in
Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS). The Center is now
accepting applications for the two-year Fellowship slated to begin
in the fall of 2004. The fellowship will provide up to $50,000 to
cover tuition costs and a stipend for a degree-seeking student
enrolled at Purdue and working with CERIAS.

The application deadline is Feb. 20, 2004. The recipient of
the second Symantec Fellowship will be announced at the
annual CERIAS Spring Symposium, to be held March 23-24,
2004, on the West Lafayette, Ind., campus of Purdue.

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CompSci Up from the Cellar in Grad School Rankings

Graduate studies in computer science climbed from last place (20th)
to thirteenth in a ranking of the popularity of fields of
post-graduate academic study, according to
in its 2003 Third Quarter Top 20 list. The most popular
field of graduate study is now psychology, according to the
service. Electrical engineering came in second.

Mark Shay, president of Educational Directories Unlimited,
Inc., the parent company of, said the rankings
reflect fast changes occurring in the social and international

"It is apparent that the education world, in response to
international public affairs and ever-evolving digital technologies,
is in a pivotal position as top student interest is comprised
of a diverse mix including the social sciences, engineering,
humanitiesand business.The hoopla of the digital world is
stabilizing and students are once again recognizing the arts
and humanities."

Syllabus fall2003 December 8-10, Cambridge, Mass.

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