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Syllabus News Update for Tuesday, July 13, 2004

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Wide Range of Education Technology Providers to Exhibit at Syllabus2004

Syllabus2004: Only 5 Days to Conference Kick Off

News for Tuesday, July 13, 2004

* Stanford Researchers Question Genetic Data Confidentiality
* U. Maryland Alumni Group Launches Internet TV Channel
* For-Profit Corinthian U. to Phase Out Canadian Campuses
* Movers & Shakers: Santa Clara Names Tech Center Director
* New Products & Technology: Web-based Assessment Tool


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Stanford Researchers Question Genetic Data Confidentiality

Researchers at the Stanford School of Medicine say traditional privacy
safeguards do not exist for genetic data and that additional measures are
needed to protect patients from potential abuse. In last week’s issue of
Science magazine, Zhen Lin, a Stanford genetics grad student who lead the
study, said, “I am surprised that no one has looked at this problem before
and asked, ‘can we really release genome-wide information about individuals
to the public … “ Nobody did a careful calculation to find whether
'anonymous' patients could be identified from this data.”

A 1996 federal law that governs medical privacy requires that research data
be stripped of identifying information such as names, addresses and even the
last three digits of a patient's ZIP code before it can be shared. But the
law is essentially silent on the issue of DNA, the researchers argued,
leading most to believe that sharing sequence data linked to information
from a patient's medical history is safe.

The best solution, the group concluded, is probably to put such databases
behind firewalls, and only allow access to those who can prove they are
researchers and who pledge to protect confidentiality. But they don't rule
out other solutions. For now, they hope their paper will induce researchers
to address privacy issues early on in genetic database development.

Wide Range of Education Technology Providers to Exhibit at Syllabus2004

Syllabus2004 takes place July 18-22 in San Francisco and
on the campus of UC Berkeley. In addition to cutting-edge
keynotes, breakout sessions and panel discussions, attendees
will see the latest products for campus technology in the
conference Exhibit Hall. Companies exhibiting include:
Turnitin, a proprietary Web-based system that instantly
identifies papers containing unoriginal material, acting as
a deterrent to stop plagiarism before it starts; Xythos Software,
developer of document and file management software that helps
students, faculty, and administrators access and share
information on and off campus networks; NetBotz, providing
protection for remote, distributed critical assets from harmful
environmental and physical conditions, including extreme heat,
water, human error and sabotage; GTCO CalComp, a leader in
computer input peripherals and a pioneer in pen-based
electromagnetic sensing technology, and Turning Point, enabling
faculty to transform lectures and presentations into powerful,
two-way experiences.

To view the entire exhibitor list, and to register for Syllabus2004,
go to

U. Maryland Alumni Group Launches Internet TV Channel

The University of Maryland Alumni Association plans to launch an Internet
TV Channel featuring school and alumni news, which, according to executive
director Danita Nias, “will stream Terp pride right into the computer Web
browsers of Maryland alumni around the world.” will run both live
and archived video programming, including segments on news, “Alumni Spotlights,”
and “Maryland Memories.”

The channel will be produced by TV Worldwide, an Internet broadcasting and
streaming media company, and former Maryland Terrapin and NFL kicker Jeff
Atkinson. This is the second Maryland video venture for TVWorldwide and
Atkinson, following their collaboration on “,” which highlighted
the Maryland Terrapins football program under coach Ralph "The Fridge" Friedgen.

For-Profit Corinthian U. to Phase Out Canadian Campuses

Corinthian College, a for-profit operator of post-secondary schools, said
it would close10 Canadian campuses in an effort to streamline its operations.
The Santa Ana, Calif., company said the move would affect 12 percent of the
student population at its CDI Postsecondary unit. The company said that
through “ train-outs,” all students will be given the opportunity over the
next 12 months to complete their studies at their current location, and no
new students will be accepted at those schools.

“We periodically review our portfolio of campuses and identify those that
are candidates for consolidation into other campuses or are not expected to
achieve our long-term goals of growth in student population, revenues or
cash flows," said CEO David G. Moore. "Our aim is to assure Corinthian's
resources are deployed to provide the greatest benefit to the greatest
number of our valued students." After completing the closures, the company
will operate 88 colleges in 22 states in the U.S., and 35 colleges and 15
corporate training centers in Canada.

The move came two weeks after the U.S. Education Department found violations
in how a Corinthian school administered federal student aid programs.


Santa Clara Names Tech Center Director

Santa Clara Unversity appointed Geoffrey Bowker as executive director of its
Center For Science, Technology, and Society. Bowker is professor and chair
of the communication department at the University of California, San Diego.
At Santa Clara, he will be a professor in communication and environmental
studies, and the first to hold the Regis and Dianne McKenna Chair in Science,
Technology, and Society.

Bowker previously held appointments in the Graduate School of Library and
Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; the
Center for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine at the University
of Manchester; and the Center for the Sociology of Innovation at the Paris
School of Mines. SCU’s Center for Science, Technology and Society (CSTS) is
focused on the social dimensions of technological change.

Syllabus2004: Only 5 Days to Conference Kick Off

Don't miss out on the opportunity to expand your knowledge of
the latest technology for higher education at Syllabus2004,
July 18-22 in San Francisco and on the campus of UC Berkeley.
Thought-provoking keynotes, a day on campus at UC Berkeley,
and plenary panels led by technology experts from campuses
across the country are just a few of the conference highlights.
Featured speakers at UC Berkeley include Kristine Hafner, Ph.D.,
on the role of IT at the University of California in turbulent
times; Gary L. Baldwin, Ph.D., on the Center for Information
Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS),
and Mark Kubinec on teaching with streaming media and electronic
individual student response systems. Enjoy five session tracks
on topics of critical importance in higher education technology,
and network in Syllabus' traditional collegial atmosphere.

For more information and to register, go to



Web-based Assessment Tools

Educational publisher Pearson Education is partnering with Respondus, Inc.,
a developer of exam authoring tools, to help instructors develop online
assessments from Pearson test banks. Respondus-formatted "test banks," or
pools of questions from which exams are constructed, will be available in
fall 2004 for all Pearson Education Higher Education imprints, including
Prentice Hall, Addison-Wesley, Longman, Allyn & Bacon and Benjamin Cummings.

Respondus 2.0 produces assessments that can be printed to paper or published
directly to Blackboard, eCollege, WebCT, and other course management systems.
Exams are created offline in Microsoft Windows, and existing exams can be
converted from different formats including word processing files.

Syllabus2004 July 18-22, San Francisco: Technologies to Connect the Campus


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