News Update :: Tuesday, April 18, 2006


Russian Students Triumph at ACM College Programming Bowl

Students from Saratov State University in Russia won first place in the Association for Computing Machinery’s International Collegiate Programming Contest. The 30th annual "battle of the brains," which was hosted by Baylor University and sponsored by IBM Corp., challenged students to solve a semester's worth of programming problems within a five-hour deadline…

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Stanford Summit to Explore Coming Era of 'Superintelligence'

Stanford University futurists are organizing a conference next month to explore “Singularity,” an era of theoretical human superintelligence created as the rate of technology change accelerates over the coming decades.

The theory has been embraced by Ray Kurzweil, the noted inventor of omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, and the text-to-speech synthesizer. "Based on models of technology development that I've used to forecast technological change successfully for more than 25 years, I believe…by the 2040s our civilization will be billions of times more intelligent,” Kurzweil said…

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U. Cincinnati Delivering School, Class Info Via Mobile Phones

This semester the University of Cincinnati has begun delivering class announcements, assignments, schedule changes, and other school information to its 35,000 students via their mobile telephones. “The number one goal of the university's strategic plan is to place students at the center," said Michael Lieberman, dean of instructional and research computing…

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CA Joins Carnegie Mellon Electronic Sourcing Consortium

Software services mega-firm CA has joined Carnegie Mellon's Information Technology Services Qualification Center (ITSqc), a research consortium that aims to formulate best practices in external IT services sourcing and electronic sourcing. Una O'Neill, senior vice president and general manager of CA Technology Services said the company wanted to lend its expertise, as well as pursue the consortium’s ultimate goal: to streamline the business of software outsourcing…

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Educational Food Chain Becoming Wireless Top to Bottom

Considering the technology transformations in many of the nation’s primary and secondary schools, higher education institutions have less than five years to go wireless. That’s if what’s happening at the typical American middle school is any guide. The Wichita Kansas Public School System said it is standardizing on the wireless Palm TX handheld computer for its seventh-grade technology program...

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Contracts, Deals, Awards

Egypt, Berkeley, Intel, Sign Accord to Develop Tech Curricula

The governments of Egypt, the University of California at Berkeley, and the Intel Corp. have signed a memorandum of understanding to implement the firm’s higher education technology at Cairo University, Alexandria University, Ain Shams University, and the American University Cairo. Hoda Baraka, first deputy to the Minister of Communications and Information Technology, called IT competency “key contributors to Egypt's productivity and economic growth.”…

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WebAward Competition Call for Entries Announced

The Web Marketing Association has announced the call for entries for its 10th annual international WebAward Competition. This competition that sets industry benchmarks based on the seven criteria of a successful Web site. Universities represent an important category in the competition, and the Association will again be honoring the Best University Web site of the year. The deadline for entry is May 31, 2006…

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