News Update April 26, 2005

CT News Update:
An Online Newsletter from Campus Technology
* Syllabus2005: Explore IT Innovation During Day at UCLA

* Growing, Maintaining and Securing Wireless Networks:
Two Schools Meet the Challenge

News for Tuesday, April 26, 2005

* Microsoft, HP, Intergraph Disburse Millions in Tech
* U. Ph'enix Chief Executive Earned $22 Million in 2005
* MIT Lemelson Prize G'es to Inventor of Acoustic Technology
* Tech Services Plan Named Best in National B-School Contest
* Blog Established to Support Higher Ed for Adult Learners
* Blackboard Open Source Tool Enables MERLOT Searches


Syllabus2005: Explore IT Innovation During Day at UCLA

Don’t miss out on the “Innovation, Integration and
Collaboration” this summer during Syllabus2005,
July 24-28, in Los Angeles. Our field trip to UCLA is
packed with unique sessions and information about
innovative technology applications for administrators,
IT professionals, and academic leaders on campus.
Review the complete schedule, keynotes, panels and
speakers at
Register before June 10 and save up to $200.


Microsoft, HP, Intergraph Disburse Millions in Tech

‘Tis the season for corporate gift-giving to higher
education. Last week three technology giants handed
out over $5 million in scholarships, teaching grants,
and technology gifts to university technology programs,
designed to influence the next-generation of employees,
business buyers, and scholars.

Microsoft Corp. disbursed $500,000 in scholarships to
46 undergrads out of 600 students who applied. Among
those receiving scholarships, 17 are underrepresented
minorities and 11 are women. The awards include 13
full-tuition and eight half-tuition scholarships.
“We are committed to building a strong and diverse
pipeline of future computer scientists," said
Kristen Roby, senior director of Global College &
MBA Recruiting at Microsoft.

Also last week HP awarded a total of $2.3 million
in cash and wireless technology to 31 two- and
four-year colleges and universities in the U.S.
and Puerto Rico. University of North Carolina,
Chapel Hill will use HP Tablet PCs, outfitted with
global positioning system receivers and geographical
information system software, in field-based earth
science courses to gather data and test hypotheses
in real time The Rochester Institute of Technology
will use HP technology to increase collaboration
between students, especially enabling hearing-impaired
students and faculty to fully participate in group

Meanwhile, Intergraph Corp. said its Process, Power
& Marine division has awarded 3D visualization and
precision drafting, drawing and diagramming software
with a commercial value of more than $400,000 to
Pennsylvania State University, University Park,
Penn.; Tri-State University, Angola, Ind.; and the
Boston Architectural Center, Boston, Mass. Since
2004, the program has awarded 15 grants totaling
more than $4.7 million to schools worldwide.

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Growing, Maintaining and Securing Wireless Networks:
Two Schools Meet the Challenge

Whether a campus has 2,900 or 29,000 students, when it
comes to wireless solutions both schools have something
in common: implementing wireless networks that attract
students while being affordable and secure. In this
exclusive white paper sponsored by Proxim, you'll learn
how two schools worked through the challenges of cost,
implementation, maintenance, and security.


U. Ph'enix Chief Exec Earned $22.1 Million in Fiscal

Todd Nelson, chief executive officer of Apollo-Education
Group, received $22.1 million in total compensation in
fiscal 2005, pushing his five-year total compensation
to $61 million, according to Forbes magazine in its
annual executive pay survey. Apollo is the parent
company of the University of Ph'enix Online, which
boasts it is the largest for-profit university in
the country. The 46-year-old Nelson has been CEO for
four years, and an employee of the company for 18 years.
He earned a bachelor of science degree from Brigham
Young University in 1982, and an MBA from the
University of Nevada at Las Vegas in 1983.

The school has been the subject of a number of
investigations into its enrollment practices.
The Arizona Republic reported last fall that the
Department of Education found the company “provides
substantial incentives to its staff to recruit
unqualified students and students who cannot
benefit from the training offered.” Nelson has
disavowed the Education report, which he said was
based on interviews with disgruntled students.

MIT Lemelson Prize G'es to Inventor of Acoustic Technology

MIT and the Lemelson Foundation awarded the 2005
Lemelson-MIT prize to Elwood Norris for inventing
technology that uses ultrasonic energy to focus sound
exactly where it is targeted. The $500,000 Lemelson-MIT
prize is considered one of the most prestigious awards
exclusively for inventors.

Norris is founder and chairman of San Diego-based
American Technology Corp., which is developing Norris’s
‘Hypersonic Sound’ technology. It is said to be the first
big improvement in acoustics since the loudspeaker was
invented 80 years ago. Norris first filed a patent for
HSS in 1996 and received it three years later in 1999.
In 2002, the first commercial version of the device
became available.

Tech Services Plan Named Best in National B-School Contest

A team of three UCLA Anderson School of Management
students took first place in the $135,000 Rice University
Business Plan Competition, the largest intercollegiate
business plan competition in the world. The three-day
competition is aimed at simulating the real-world process
of entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early-stage
investors and venture capital firms. The competition was
hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship
and Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management at Rice

The winning UCLA team, named Auditude, was composed of
Johanna Wright ('05), Nicholas Seet ('05), and Erik Haus ('05).
Auditude's business plan outlined the development of a suite
of technology services for automatic tracking of
advertisements based on its proprietary technology. The
digital media startup's mission is to "deliver accountability
to the broadcast advertising industry" by ensuring that
advertisements are played correctly on television and
radio. Auditude technology can detect and display which
radio and television ads were played--literally minutes
after they air. In 2004, Auditude licensed its technology
to Premiere Radio Networks, the syndication division of
Clear Channel Communications Inc., and is currently
engaged in active discussions with several other national

Blog Established to Support Higher Ed for Adult Learners, an online directory of nontraditional
education programs for busy adults, has created a blog in the
interest of making adults' transitions back into the classroom
easier. The web site contains a directory of information on
nontraditional education programs throughout the country, aimed
at adults looking to further their education through on-campus
and distance learning. It is the brainchild of Educational
Directories Unlimited, Inc. (EDU), a suburban Philadelphia-based
Internet company serving higher education.

"One of the major reasons adults never go back to school is
because they don't want to be the only ones," says Tara Longo,
manager of "They don't realize there
are thousands of people in the identical situation they are.
When they meet these people and hear their stories, it makes
them feel better about themselves. It makes them realize they
can do this. It gives them hope. That is the aim of our blog."

For more information visit:

Blackboard Open Source Tool Enables MERLOT Searches

Blackboard Inc. last week unveiled MERLOT Search, a component
of its Learning System course management platform that will
enable instructors to search for educational materials
available through the Multimedia Educational Resource for
Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) without exiting their
Blackboard course.

MERLOT (, a free and open resource that
features more than 12,000 online educational materials
and more than 25,000 members from the higher education
community. Blackboard Building Blocks are software applications
which extend the Blackboard e-Learning platform. MERLOT Search
allows instructors to search the MERLOT repository directly
from Blackboard, saving time and additional steps. Instructors
can apply search results to select specific learning resources
and embed links to them in their Blackboard course Web site.

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