News Update :: Tuesday, October 17, 2006

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Plagiarism or Peer Review: Anti-Cheating Tool Stirs Debate

Less than 20 percent of the faculty at Georgetown University take advantage of Turnitin.com, a Web-based subscription plagiarism-flagging service the university has used since 2002, according to Sonia Jacobsen, director of the university’s honor council. Jacobson spoke to the Bloomberg News Service, which reported on a debate heating up on college campuses on the merits of anti-plagiarism tools...

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Blackboard Hitches to Google’s Wagon

Blackboard Inc. said last week it would integrate Google Inc.’s search technology into its campus management systems. Blackboard joined Google’s Enterprise Professional Program. The move will provide “a tremendous value to people across a campus community, allowing them to develop greater search literacy to find information within academic departments, across disciplines, and even on campuses in other locations,” said Blackboard president Michael Chasen...

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High Ed Federated ID Management Group Gaining Clout

Ten universities and four academic service providers recently joined InCommon, which calls itself the first nationwide U.S. identity management federation for higher education. By grouping together, the federation members aim to build a “trust community” over which they can do business, move information, and authenticate the identities of members involved in such transactions...

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U. Illinois Installs Wireless System for VR Experiments

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has installed an inertial-acoustic IS-900 wireless tracking system – a wireless virtual reality system – at the Beckman Institute Cube. The Cube is an immersive chamber in which subjects can experience a completely unwired 3-D visualization. It is operated by the Integrated Systems Lab at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, an institute devoted to basic research in the physical sciences, computation, engineering, biology, behavior, and cognition...

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Temple to Open a Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center

With the help of a two-year, $3.5 million National Science Foundation grant, Temple University will open the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center. The SILC will be home to a consortium of researchers who will focus on spatial thinking from their respective fields of cognitive science, psychology, computer science, engineering, geoscience, education, and neuroscience, as well as teachers in the Chicago public schools...

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Contracts, Deals, Awards

MIT 'Ignition' Grants Awarded for Storage, Wireless Projects

MIT’s Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation awarded $488,000 in grants to MIT research teams working on new methods of storing energy, delivering medicine, drug development, and high-throughput wireless networks...

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Rhode Island Grant to Fund Collaborative Technologies

The state of Rhode Island has launched the Rhode Island Research Alliance, a statewide platform for supporting research across the state’s academic and commercial research institutions. The Alliance said its first move will be to allocate $1.5 million in new research funding, to be distributed through a competitive award process for research projects that explore means of interdisciplinary collaboration...

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UPCOMING EVENTS

2006 Conference on Educational Technology
in Charlotte, North Carolina, October 22-25, 2006

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