News Update September 13, 2005

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News for Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2005

* Higher Ed Consortium Pledges Online Courses to Katrina Victims
* Brown U. Signs Research Pact with ‘Brain Interface’ Firm
* Georgetown Picks Tech for Regional Health IT Network
* Marquette Documents Online Catalog Marketing Savings
* N.Y. Community College Raffles Chopper to Raise IT Funds
* New Campus Tech: Gateway Debuts Pen-Equipped Notebook


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Higher Ed Consortium Pledges Online Courses to Katrina Victims

A consortium of colleges and universities has offered
students displaced by Hurricane Katrina free enrollments
in online college courses to help maintain their education
while they are in transition. The Sloan Consortium, together
with the Southern Regional Education Board with a $1.1 million
grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, said it would offer
a wide range of courses for students at the community college,
university and graduate level regardless of academic discipline.
The courses will be given by major universities and other
Sloan Consortium members.

"We know that many colleges and universities in Alabama,
Louisiana and Mississippi will not be able to resume their
fall semesters and students are scrambling for alternatives,"
said Dave Spence, president of the Southern Regional Education
Board. "With the help of dozens of colleges and universities
nationwide, we can now offer students key courses online to
bridge them through this difficult time and eventually allow
them to return to their home campuses."

An eight-week accelerated semester is being funded by a grant
from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Colleges and universities
offering the courses will forgo tuition and fees to help
students at institutions disrupted by Katrina. "Online
learning can be an important means of academic continuity
in a time of crisis," said Frank Mayadas, program director,
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. "We are getting a tremendous
response from both those who want to offer courses and
from impacted institutions that need the help." At this
time, the goal is to accommodate at least 10,000 student

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Brown U. Signs Research Pact with ‘Brain Interface’ Firm

Brown University signed a collaborative research and
licensing agreement that would give neuroscience
researchers at Brown access to clinical research data
provided by Cyberkinetics. The firm focuses on “brain
interface technology” and is developing products to
treat nervous system diseases and disorders by bringing
together advances in neuroscience, computer science and

Under the agreement, Brown University researchers will
be granted access to human clinical data owned by the
firm in exchange for exclusive worldwide licenses for
any inventions derived from the work done by the
researchers based upon Cyberkinetics' data. One example
is the the BrainGate System, currently in clinical testing,
which is designed to enable those with severe motor
impairments to communicate, move their limbs and operate
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Georgetown Picks Tech for Regional Health IT Network

The Georgetown University Medical Center will use Sun
and InstantDx, a developer of electronic prescription
systems, to help drive its regional health information
network (RHIO) initiative. The project is designed to
support the plans of the U.S. Department of Health &
Human Services to help adopt a nationwide interoperable
health information network to create electronic health
records for all Americans.

Georgetown said it would use the Sun Java Integration
Suite to integrate its existing network of electronic
health record (EHR) systems. In addition, InstantDx will
provide OnCallData, its e-prescribing solution, for
electronic prescriptions and refill requests. Combining
interoperable EHR and e-prescribing will help streamline
physician workflow on a regional scale and help reduce
medical error and care delivery costs

Dr. Stephen Ray Mitchell, dean of Georgetown Med, said
the school wants to “pioneer the integration of this
capability to teach disease management using digital EHR,
e-prescribing, evidence management linked to standard
patients and teaching patients beginning in our
preclinical medical school curriculum.”

Marquette U. Documents Online Catalog Marketing Savings

Marquette University has launched a online, Flash-software
based version of its undergraduate catalog that the
university says will both cut its print costs and extend
its reach to prospective students.

Robert Blust, Marquette’ dean of undergraduate admissions,
said use of the e-catalog has led to “some real cost savings
because we have been able to cut down on the number of
undergraduate catalogs we print. We expect these savings
to grow in the future, as more prospective students use
the online catalog instead of relying on the print version.”

Traditionally, Marquette has mailed over 65,000 copies of
its catalog across the nation at a cost of up to $3 per book.
Now that it is available online, the university has cut the
number of books by 25,000 and has replaced them with postcards
($.17 per piece to mail) that direct students to browse the
catalog online. Blust said the cost savings is $70,000, or
35 percent, which enables Marquette to extend its
marketing to high school sophomores and juniors.

Marquette is using a solution from RichFX Inc. to mount the
electronic catalog project.

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N.Y. Community College Raffles Chopper to Raise IT Funds

SUNY Orange, a community college in Middletown, New York
is raffling a custom-built “chopper” motorcycle to raise
money for student-oriented technology projects on campus.
The college is partnering with a management and technology
consulting firm to raffle a motorcycle from Orange County
Chopper, a Montgomery, N.Y. builder of custom motorcycles.
The firm will build the chopper exclusively for the project,
and design it in SUNY Orange colors, blue with orange flame

The money raised from the raffle will be used to create an
entire wireless campus, and possibly a number of smart
classrooms and video conference rooms.

The project is the idea of James Dutcher, associate vice
president of technology at SUNY Orange and Edward Leva,
president of Wellington Steele and Associates, a
Rochester-based consulting firm, which will provide
initial funding for the project. "Many academic
organizations today must function under considerable
budget constraints in order to move forward with the
appropriate technology plan for our campus,” Dutcher
said. “We had to rise to the challenge of finding
alternative sources of funding."

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New Campus Tech: Gateway Debuts Pen-Equipped Notebook

Gateway, Inc. ( introduced a notebook
PC that also provides the convenience of pen input. The company
said the computer was designed for professional users, including
educational institutions.

The new Gateway convertible notebook can be accessed via a
full-sized keyboard. Users can also take handwritten notes, draw
diagrams and edit documents in tablet mode by using the pen.
The notebook features a 14-inch widescreen display which has the
familiarity of a legal pad and is flush with the surrounding frame.

The system can be configured for mobility with a lightweight
battery option and standard integrated 802.11g or 802.11a/b/g
WiFi. The new convertible uses Intel 915 chipsets with PCI
Express architecture and dual-channel DDR2 memory support.
It also uses either an Intel Celeron M processor or an Intel
Pentium M processor with Intel Centrino technology. The
notebook’s Gateway M280 model was designed for enterprise and
education customers which need stable images and a longer managed
life cycle.

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