News Update May 17, 2005

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News for Tuesday, May 17, 2005

* Congress Postures on Future of Computer Research Funding
* Florida Universities to Host Joint Technology Transfer Mart
* Department of Education Orders Corinthian to Return $776,241
* Virginia Commonwealth to Offer Bachelor's in Homeland Security
* Cal eBus to Assist Foster Youth in Accessing Higher Education
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Congress Postures on Future of Computing Research Funding

Leaders of the U.S. House Science Committee last week
expressed concern that the federal government has
shifted its focus away from long-term research in
information technology. Committee chairman Sherwood
B'ehlert (R-N.Y.) noted that current federal funding
"d'es not adequately continue the nation's historic
commitment to longer-range, more basic research in
computer science." And ranking member Lincoln Davis
(D-Tenn) said, "the status quo is simply unacceptable."

In a hearing on science funding, David Patterson,
president of Association of Computing Machinery
and a computer science professor at the University
of California, Berkeley, made a case for the greater
ramifications of IT research investment.

"IT research has driven innovation with results
that reach well beyond the IT sector," he said.
"IT has played an indispensable role in fostering
economic growth in the US over the past 20 years.
In fact, recent studies suggest that the remarkable
growth the US experienced between 1995 and 2000
was spurred by an increase in productivity
enabled almost completely by factors related to IT."

Patterson also cited the diminished role of the
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in
supporting computing research.

He noted that in fiscal year 1998, DARPA funding
constituted 30 percent of federal IT R&D spending,
while in FY 2005, it is 6 percent of the overall
IT budget. In written testimony, DARPA director
Tony Tether said that while DARPA's funding for
computer science research has increased slightly
since FY 2001 to $583 million in FY 2004, its
funding for computer science research in universities
had fallen by nearly half over the same period
--from $214 million in FY 2001, to $123 million in FY 2004.

A copy of the joint statement of the computer
science community, submitted for the hearing,
is available at: http://www.acm.org/usacm/

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Florida Universities to Host Joint Technology Transfer Mart

Universities in Florida this week are hosting their
second annual conference to promote their campuses
as starting points for commercial technology products
and services. At the second annual Florida Tech
Transfer Conference in Orlando, Florida schools
will showcase such innovations as the Bio glove
and a navigation system for robots.

The Bio-glove, developed by six senior design
engineering students of Florida Atlantic University,
fits like a normal glove and restores sensory
perception in the human hand that has been lost
as a result of accidents and diseases. Emmanuel
Collins, professor of engineering at Florida A&M
University, will present his team's invention of
a robot navigation system. The system will allow
an unmanned vehicle to navigate cluttered environments
such as dense forests or rocky caves at high speeds.

Researchers from 13 Florida universities will
present new technologies and research to prospective
buyers in areas ranging from surveillance and security
to cancer treatment at the event. "Connecting potential
business partners with university researchers improves
the usefulness of new technologies," said Jack
Sullivan, head of the Florida Research Consortium.,
a non-profit partnership between Florida's universities,
the business community and state government.

"It is important for us to understand the market
potential of new products before they leave the
lab," he added. "Florida's universities continue
to provide a large number of marketable products
to companies around the globe that provide substantial
benefit to mankind."

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Department of Education Orders Corinthian to Return $776,241

The U.S. Department of Education ordered Corinthian
Colleges Inc., a for-profit post-secondary education
company to return $776,241 to resolve a Dec. 2003 program
review conducted at its Bryman College-San Jose campus.

Santa Ana, Calif.-based Corinthian said the Education
Department's final determination letter requires it to
return the money to the department, the Perkins Fund
and Federal Family Education Loan program lenders.
The company said no fines or penalties were assessed,
and Bryman's eligibility to receive Title IV student
financial aid funds is unaffected.

Corinthian last June said the Education Department
found violations in how Bryman administered federal
student aid programs. That finding led to the firing
of two employees. Corinthian said it has set aside
sufficient funds for the payment, which won't materially
hurt its financial condition or operating results.


Virginia Commonwealth to Offer Bachelor's in Homeland Security

Virginia Commonwealth University received state
approval to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree in homeland
security and emergency preparedness. VCU said it is
"the first major research university in the country
to offer such a program." The State Council of Higher
Education for Virginia approved the undergraduate degree.
The program was developed at VCU's Douglas Wilder School
of Government and Public Affairs with help from several
federal and state agencies, including the U.S. Department
of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of
Investigation and the Virginia Department of Emergency
Management.

The undergraduate degree program will cover a broad
range of topics related to homeland security and
emergency preparedness, including counter-terrorism,
public budgeting and legal and constitutional questions.
Students will learn advanced methods of assessing risk
and will develop analytical and research skills. They
also will evaluate scholarly literature and government
emergency preparedness policies.

"Homeland security may be the most challenging and most
critical public policy issue of our era, similar in
importance to the challenge of dealing with nuclear
weapons in the post-World War II world," said William
Newmann, associate professor and expert on national and
international security and terrorism, who will serve as
a faculty member in the new degree
program. "Merging the
policy and academic perspectives within
a university setting is the unique contribution of
VCU's program.”


Cal eBus to Assist Foster Youth in Accessing Higher Education

The California Department of Social Services has partnered
with the California Community College Foundation to launch
an "eBus" to provide educational, financial and community resources
to foster youth in a more personalized format. The Chafee
Educational Training Voucher (ETV) eBus is a 40-foot
retrofitted computer lab equipped with two-way Internet
connectivity via satellite. Between now and February 2006,
the eBus will travel statewide, stopping at designated
locations to provide resource assistance to foster youth
pursuing post-secondary education with the aid of Chafee
ETV grants

Clea Owens, eBus program coordinator and a former foster
youth who is studying for her master's degree, will conduct
workshops and offer counseling aboard the eBus. Youths will
have the opportunity to use any one of the 13 workstations
on board to apply online for grants, colleges, vocational schools
and more. Also, bilingual resource materials and Spanish-speaking
staff are available. "The eBus makes it possible to deliver
enhanced online access to educational, job search and mentoring
resources directly to foster youth in their local community,"
said Owens. "All youth served by the eBus will receive useful
materials to aid them in their academic or professional careers."


Campus IT: Florida Atlantic to Standardize on CRM Solution

The Florida Atlantic University College of Business has
standardized on Intelliworks CRM solution for its masters
and doctoral business programs. FAU College of Business enrolls
about 6,300 students, has seven departments, and offers
bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees as well as executive
education programs.

FAU said the platform will be used to streamline enrollment
processes, and to enable the college to make better operational
decisions and to target and recruit top-notch students.
Mickey Maros, executive director of Executive Programs at
FAU, said the CRM system also would help eliminate system
redundancy. Before installing the system, "data resided
in a number of different custom and off-the-shelf programs.
The process for getting visibility into the student
recruiting and admissions activities across multiple programs
was cumbersome and time-consuming and it just took too long
to get information to the people in the college that needed
it most."

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