College Planning & Management

AUG 2012

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NEWS + TRENDS TechWatch + RESEARCH SLU Wins Grant From Silicon Mechanics R ecently, Saint Louis Univer- sity (SLU), Saint Louis, MO, one of nearly 200 university applicants, won a complete high-performance computer cluster do- nated by Silicon Mechanics and its vendor partners. According to a release from Silicon Mechanics, Inc., SLU plans to use the next-generation hardware for six dif- ferent research areas: Digital Theology, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Biology, Chemistry, Business, and Com- puter Science. These departments will take advantage of the new cluster for a variety of exciting research projects. For example, the Center for Digital Theology will advance further into the fi eld of paleography, using the cluster to process large sets of digital images of pre-modern manuscripts. The Biology Department will be able to more ef- fi ciently analyze the large amounts of data associated with studying climate change in the Andes Mountains, while the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering Department will run simulations of parachute and cargo drops. In addition to helping SLU update its current clusters, the cluster will help Saint Louis University to reach its overarching, long-term goals for research. "One of our university goals is to be a Top- 50 research institution," explains Keith Hacke, interim CIO and vice president of Information Technology Services at SLU, "and having these kinds of computer systems is mandatory for a move like that. This is excellent, state-of-the-art equip- ment, and we're incredibly excited to put it to work." SUCCESSFUL DESIGN AV Technology for Presentation Facilities What is needed in today's classrooms and meeting rooms? How do you plan for it? Be the first to find the solution. Join Steve Thorburn, Infocomm's Educator + CONTINUING ED Professional Development Important for Technology Use At the recent 2012 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference, Compass Learning surveyed participants and found that technology plays some role in student education at all of their schools or districts. Thirty-seven percent of the attendees also found professional development for teachers is critical to the suc- cess of technology integration in the classroom. According to Fred Waugh, vice president of marketing for Compass Learning, "It is clear that the future success of our students, teachers, and districts will be incumbent upon the successful use of technology to create 21st-century learning environments." Other fi ndings include: • 33 percent of those interviewed mentioned the use of computers in the classroom, but 21 percent are using iPads as well. • 35 percent identifi ed the shortage of funding as the biggest challenge for education. • 30 percent of those interviewed identifi ed access to a vast world of resources as a key benefi t of technology, while 21 percent were excited about students creating their own knowledge. 52 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / AUGUST 2012 of the year, for a fun and fast-paced look at how technology both new and old is best applied to classrooms, meeting rooms, and other presentation spaces. From the chalkboard to lecture capture to telepresence, learn how all the tools of the teacher, lecturer, and business leader are integrated into the built space. Updated from last year — the session is sure to be a sellout. You should attend this workshop if you: • are involved in the planning or design of formal or informal learning spaces. • lead a service unit that supports users of multimedia presentation facilities. • are responsible for audiovisual technology. • or your role is: IT director, architect, interior designer, facility manager. Earn 6 AIA CEUs while engaging in past and present ideas of technology. For more information on this workshop, to register, or to contact Thorburn Associates, visit www.ta-inc.com/planning.html. SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 Following SCUP Southern Regional Conference Sheraton Raleigh Hotel Raleigh, NC WWW.PLANNING4EDUCATION.COM

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