News Update :: Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Contracts, Deals, Awards

AT&T Antes Up for U. Central Florida Battlefield Sim Program

AT&T Inc. donated $50,000 to the University of Central Florida (UCF) to help fund graduate work in the live simulation technologies field. The donation is double what the firm donated to the school last year and the third donation AT&T has made in three years in support of the program.

The funds are earmarked for the “Sergeant First Class Paul Ray Smith Simulation and Training Technology Center,” a research park which also houses the U.S. Army’s Research Development and Engineering Command simulation and training research activity, which operates under the guidance of UCF’s Institute for Simulation and Training.

Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.) called the donation a “key component of a public-private partnership that benefits education and develops real-world technology to train our military before being deployed to the battlefield.” UCF instituted a master’s and Ph.D. degree program in modeling and simulation five years ago. During that time, more than 140 graduate students have contributed to the research.

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Nebraska Alums Sign Identity Theft Protection Service

The University of Nebraska Alumni Association picked LifeLock, an identity theft service, to protect communications with its 185,000 alumni throughout the U.S. Developers of the services tout its ability to “stop the crime before it happens” by acting as an anti-theft third-party on behalf of the membership. LifeLock said it authenticates personal information, maintains fraud alerts with major credit bureaus, and expunges members’ names from solicitation lists and junk mail, which it called a “major target of credit thieves – the pre-approved credit offer.”

Nebraska Alumni executive director Ed Paquette said, “Identity theft is a growing concern for our alumni of all ages. We wanted to be sure we selected a product that helps stop this crime before it happens. Our alumni have worked hard for what they have achieved and need the opportunity to protect themselves.”

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