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News Update from Campus Technology Tuesday, November 23, 2004

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News for Tuesday, November 23, 2004

* USDLA Elects Tandberg Education Marketer President
* Notre Dame to Build 7,000-User Hosted Voice-over-IP Net
* Cal-(IT)2 $300,000 Contest to Promote Faculty Collaboration
* UC Berkeley Researchers Sound Alarm for Florida E-Vote
* Gambling Mania: Harrah’s Endows Gaming Chair at UN-R

Meeting the Wireless Challenge

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USDLA Elects Tandberg Education Marketer President

Members of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) elected Deborah
Harrison, Ph.D., global marketing manager of education and corporate training at
video systems and services provider Tandberg Inc. as president of the non-profit

Harrison is a nine-year veteran of the USDLA board of directors and a five-year
member of the association's executive committee. She has been involved in distance
education since 1995, and was the founding board chair for the Texas Distance
Learning Association as well as a past president of that organization.

"I will work hard to continue USDLA's tradition of advocacy for our distance learning
community," Dr. Harrison said. "We have much to look forward to in 2005." She noted
that USDLA's Distance Learning Accreditation Bureau will launch officially in 2005.

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Notre Dame to Build 7,000-User Hosted Voice-over-IP Net

The University of Notre Dame will build a hosted Voice over IP (VoIP) network, which
will be one of the largest of its kind in the country, according to industry analyst
organizations. UND awarded a 5-year contract to SBC Communications Inc. to replace
the university's Centrex-based network with hosted VoIP network that twill serve
7,000 users on the university's main campus and in remote offices across the country.

VoIP service will give the faculty and administrative staff a range of features,
including a single inbox for voice and e-mail messages, "click-to-call" functionality
from computers, and "find me, follow me" call routing options, all accessible via
personalized Web pages. The solution also will provide plug-and-play functionality,
allowing faculty and staff to move locations, add new phones, or change service
quickly and easily. Users will access the service from any Internet connection, in
classrooms or faculty offices, on-location or remotely.

Compatibility with wireless IP networking technologies, such as wireless local-area
networks and Wi-Fi, is planned, which will enable the university to move toward a
single, integrated network that will accommodate both wireless and wireline voice
and data services.

Cal-(IT)2 $300,000 Contest to Promote Faculty Collaboration

The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Cal-(IT)2),
a joint venture of the University of California at Irvine and UC San Diego, will
administer a new $300,000 prize to promote collaboration among its faculty. The
Nicholas Foundation Prize for Cross-Disciplinary Research, endowed with a grant
from Broadcom Corp. co-founder and co-chairman Henry Nicholas, will recognize
"high-risk/high-yield" pilot research investigations. This is the first year in a
multi-year program, with future levels of funding to be determined each year
depending upon the quantity and quality of entrants. First-year winners will be
announced in January.

“The establishment of this prize is a logical step as we build our partnership in
the areas of telecommunications and information technology,” " said Nicholas in
making the award. “I expect to see more collaboration with our colleagues at UCI
in the months and years ahead." Cal-(IT)2 will issue a Call for Proposals, with
teams of two or more tenure-track faculty members eligible for the prize. Funded
proposals can start work after January 2005.

UC Berkeley Researchers Sound Alarm for Florida E-Vote

A research team at the University of California at Berkeley released a statistical
study last week reporting that irregularities with electronic voting machines may
have awarded between 130,000 to 260,000 excess votes to President George Bush in
Florida in the 2004 presidential election.

The study showed a discrepancy between votes for President Bush in counties where
electronic voting machines were used versus counties using traditional voting methods.
"For the sake of all future elections involving electronic voting - someone must
investigate and explain the statistical anomalies in Florida," said Professor
Michael Hout. The research team is comprised of doctoral students and faculty in
the UC Berkeley sociology department, and led by Sociology Professor Michael Hout,
an expert on statistical methods and a member of the National Academy of Sciences
and the UC Berkeley Survey Research Center.

"No matter how many factors and variables we took into consideration, the significant
correlation in the votes for President Bush and electronic voting cannot be explained,"
said Hout. "The study shows that a county's use of electronic voting resulted in a
disproportionate increase in votes for President Bush. There is just a trivial
probability of evidence like this appearing in a population where the true difference
is zero - less than once in a thousand chances."

For a copy of the working paper, raw data and other information used in the study,
please visit:

Gambling Mania: Harrah’s Endows Gaming Chair at UN-Reno

Casino giant Harrah's Foundation pledged $1 million to endow the Philip G. Satre
Chair in Gaming Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Satre is chairman of the
board of Harrah’s and has been associated with casino gaming since its beginnings
in the state.

The Satre Chair will be held by William R. Eadington, Professor of Economics and
Director of the Institute for the Study of Gambling and Commercial Gaming at UNR.
Mike Reed, dean of UNR's College of Business Administration, called Eadington a
“pioneer in the evolution of the gaming industry.”

"Over the past 35 years, his research and analysis have greatly advanced our
understanding of gambling, and have helped legitimize casino gaming as an accepted
form of entertainment. The endowment of the Satre Chair will allow Bill and his
team to further advance their invaluable work, and cement the University's reputation
as the world's leader in gaming studies."

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