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News for Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003

* Open Source Webcast at Syllabus fall2003
* Virginia Colleges Partner on Web-based Marketing Services
* Intel Gift of $2 Million Funds UF Computer Engineering Post
* MIT Sloan Professor: Use Tech to Reinvent Biz Processes
* U. Houston Breaks Ground on $51M Engineering Complex
* McGraw-Hill Sponsors IT Faculty Development Institutes

Eleventh Annual Summer Conference on Education Technology

Plan to present at the Eleventh Annual Summer Conference on
Education Technology held in the San Francisco July 18-22,
2004. Proposals for breakout sessions, panels, and workshops
are due January 5. For details and further information,
go to:


Open Source Webcast at Syllabus fall2003

Watch the Open Conversation Webcast about Open Source
with Casey Green, M S Vijay Kumar, Phillip D Long, David
J Mycue, and others at Syllabus fall2003. This Webcast
is a conversation intended for faculty, administrators
and staff who do not write code or have advanced degrees
in engineering, but who still want to understand the
issues that drive the Open Source movement in higher

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Virginia Colleges Partner on Web-based Marketing Services

The Council of Independent Colleges of Virginia (CICV),
the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
(SCHEV), and Xap Corp. have joined forces to launch
VirginiaMentor -- an Internet-based resource that lets
prospective students compare the 60-plus colleges and
universities that make up the CICV and SCHEV to find one
that best meets their needs.

The site enables prospects to take a multimedia tour of
any campus for an in-depth evaluation, communicate directly
with school staff via the free e-mail accounts, explore
career options and requirements, or take an assessment
survey to match their interests and skills to an occupation.

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Conference on Spam Fighting Strategies

The only industry conference addressing the issue of spam from
both a technical and business perspective takes place March 17-19
in San Francisco. Hear from top experts working on curtailing
e-mail abuse including spam, worms and viruses. Review the best
tools, hear about current and upcoming technologies and the latest
legislation. For details and to register, go to:

Intel Gift of $2 Million Funds UF Computer Engineering Post

The Intel Corp. has made a $2 million gift to the
University of Florida College of Engineering in honor of
retiring UF President Charles E. Young. The gift will
fund a permanent faculty position, the Intel/Charles E.
Young University Chair, in UF's College of Engineering
which will be based in the college's department of electrical
and computer engineering, or ECE. UF's electrical and
computer engineering department is known for its research
in solid-state technology and devices, electronics and
computer engineering.

MIT Sloan Professor: Use Tech to Reinvent Business Processes

Many private companies are using technology to keep down
their labor costs, but the key to sustained growth and
revived employment lies in whether they will successfully
use technology to redesign the basic way they operate,
says MIT Sloan Prof. Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the
Center for eBusiness at MIT Sloan.

In his research, Brynjolfsson found widely different outcomes
among companies that spent similar amounts on technology,
the difference being in what managers did once the new
tech was in place. "Some companies only go part way,"
said Brynjolfsson, an expert on information technologies
and productivity. "They use technology to automate this
function or to eliminate that job. But the most productive
and highly valued companies do more than just take the
hardware out of the box. They use IT to reinvent their
business processes from top to bottom. Managers who sit
back and assume that gains will come from technology alone
are setting themselves up for failure."

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U. Houston Breaks Ground on $51M Engineering Complex

The University of Houston broke ground last week on a $51
million Science and Engineering Research and Classroom
Complex (SERCC), which it calls a " step toward the future
of collaborative research and high-tech classroom
instruction.” The complex will house 40 labs and a "clean
room," which it hopes will foster cross-disciplinary
“breakthrough” research.

Steven Pei, a professor of electrical and computer
engineering and physics, said research will be done in
the areas of nano-lithography, where work on opt'electronic
and bio-materials could yield discoveries that outstrip
current micr'electronics technology. "There is so much
going on in both science and engineering right now with
research that holds countless opportunities for the
future," said Pei.

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McGraw-Hill Sponsors IT Faculty Development Workshops

McGraw-Hill Technology Education said it will sponsor the
2004 Working Connections IT Faculty Development Institutes.
The 10 Institutes were co-founded by the National Workforce
Center for Emerging Technologies (NWCET), the American
Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and Microsoft
and provide a program for IT faculty development at
community colleges.

Each five-day Institute provides educators with information
on topics that include: Information Security; Wireless
Technologies; New Programming Languages (such as VB.Net
and C#); and Web Development. Institutes will be held in
New York, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Kentucky,
Illinois, Michigan, Texas, California, and Washington.
IT faculty from surrounding states will also have the
opportunity to participate.

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