Syllabus News Update for Tuesday, September 21, 2004

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News for Tuesday, September 21, 2004

* Carnegie Mellon to Offer Chief Security Officer Cert Program
* Dominican Republic Taps Stevens Inst. President Tech Adviser
* ALA Urges Clark Atlanta U. to Maintain Library Science School
* Purdue Bundling Free Music Download Service with Internet Access
* St. Louis Firm to Spin Off Tech Funded at Washington University
* Deals: Universitat Picks Blackboard for Learning Management


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Carnegie Mellon to Offer Chief Security Officer Cert Program

Carnegie Mellon University will offer an executive certificate
program in security in Silicon Valley to address the policy,
management, and physical and technical issues facing government
and industry.

The Chief Security Officer (CSO) Executive Certificate Program will
focus on developing skills for existing and future chief security
and chief information security officers. The certificate program
is designed for professionals with backgrounds ranging from
technical to non-technical. It is designed to equip those with an
interest in analyzing and creating security policy or managing
security with the analytical methods and management practices
required for success as executives.

CyLab, a university-wide, multidisciplinary initiative that builds
on Carnegie Mellon’s experience in information technology, management
and policy, will run the program. The CSO certificate requires
completing an eight-course curriculum, including managing heterogeneous
networks to developing and maintaining a secure IT infrastructure.
Each course is designed to be completed in three days. The program's
initial courses will be offered in November.

Program participants also will be eligible to earn credits for a
Masters of Science in Information Technology-Information Security
and Privacy (MSIT-ISP) degree program to be offered in spring 2005
by the Information Networking Institute at the university's West
Coast campus.

Developing a Connected Campus

The communication technology issues for IT professionals
on campus are myriad—from meeting the demand for wireless
services, to knowing if and when to implement Voice over Internet
Protocol (VoIP), and the funding challenges of each decision.
Read what colleges and universities are doing to meet
these demands on a special Syllabus micro site sponsored by
SBC. A new article, “VoIP Moves into the Spotlight,” examines
the benefits, costs and challenges of VoIP through case studies
at several institutions. For more information on this as well as
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Dominican Republic Taps Stevens Inst. President as Tech Adviser

Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez appointed Stevens
Institute of Technology (N.J.) President Dr. Harold J. Raveche as
the country’s Presidential Adviser for Science, Technology and

The appointment of Ravech is part of a much larger role that Stevens
has been called upon to play by the new Fernandez government in the
DR, including the joint establishment with Coralina Technologies
Group and the Pontifica Catolica Universidad Madre y Maestra (PCUMM)
of a new Institute featuring educational and research programs
designed to help the DR meet its objectives for industrial job
creation. The Institute is schedule to open mid-2005.

Fernandez has also asked Raveche to volunteer to establish a Business
and Industry Board and the Better Business Bureau to help attract
investment to the Dominican Republic. Fernandez is especially
interested in maintaining ties with leading Dominican Americans,
many of whom are highly concentrated in the New York/New Jersey
region. Albio Sires, Speaker of the New Jersey State Assembly, has
arranged for a grant to Stevens to help identify areas of mutual
interest for business in New Jersey and the Dominican Republic.

ALA Urges Clark Atlanta U. to Maintain Library Science School

American Library Association President Carol Brey-Casiano urged
Clark Atlanta University to reverse its decision to shut down its
School of Library and Information Studies, saying the university
has been a mainstay in the effort to educate African American

CAU decided in October 2003 to close its School of Library and
Information Studies (SLIS) at the end of the 2004-2005 academic
year in order to survive a $7.5 million deficit. CAU opened with 25
students in 1941 and its primary intent was to prepare African
American librarians. Brey-Casiano said the cost-cutting decision
made, “little budgetary sense, and it would be a false economy in
other, more important ways as well.”

"CAU President Walter Broadnax told the Associated Press last year
'what's on the table is saving this university’,” Brey-Cosiano said
“What is also on the table is maintaining the Clark Atlanta SLIS
mission, which is 'to continue its more than fifty year history of
educating library and information professionals who are culturally
diverse and able to serve successfully in libraries and information
centers throughout the world.”

"The Clark Atlanta University School of Library and Information
Studies has contributed significantly to the development and
improvement of African American school libraries in the South and
to the enrichment and diversity of our national culture. The ALA
feels that closure of this program would have a negative impact on
future services to an increasingly diverse society."

Purdue Bundling Free Music Download Service with Internet Access

Purdue University is offering students who subscribe to its in-house
Internet Service Provider a legal music downloading service. Students
living both on and off campus, as well as faculty and staff, will
be offered Ctrax, a music service that offers 1 million songs from
five major record labels as well as 70 independents.

The service will be offered on a free-trial basis to students living
in university residences. Eventually the school might charge for
the service, but the rates would be “very reasonable,” said Ernest
Poland, director of university residences. "We think this is a
great way for students to access the entertainment resources available
on the Internet, but in a legal manner that reduces our demand for
Internet resources.”

Purdue said it has been working with the Campus Action Network (CAN),
an initiative dedicated to introducing “safe, legitimate digital
music services’ on campus. CAN is led by Sony BMG Music Entertainment
and other record companies.

St. Louis Firm to Spin Off Tech Funded at Washington University

A St. Louis- based firm signed an exclusive license with Washington U
University in St. Louis to commercialize technology generated from
research funding it has provided the university since August 2001.

Global Velocity Inc. will market technology created at the university
that uses remotely reconfigurable hardware to manage high-speed
content matching of network data flows. The Intelligent Gateway
system provides security protection against computer virus and worm
threats and the release of confidential information. At the same
time it assures that legal and regulatory compliance of intellectual
property on the network is met.

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Deals: Universitat Picks Blackboard for Learning Management

The Freie Universitat Berlin, one of Germany's largest universities,
signed an agreement to adopt the Blackboard Academic Suite for its
campus-wide e-Learning initiative. FU Berlin made the decision
after a two-year evaluation of e-Learning platforms, Blackboard

Nicolas Apostolopoulos, Director of the Center for Digital Systems
(CeDiS) at FU Berlin, said Blackboard was picked due to its “ease
of use, enterprise scalability and open architecture.” The Blackboard
platforms will be integrated with FU Berlin's existing technology
infrastructure, including LDAP; the student information system,
HIS; and the personal information system, SAP/HR. The deal calls
for a four-phase roll out, which includes the Blackboard Learning
System, Blackboard Portal System, and Blackboard Content System.

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