June News  

Welcome New ePartner - TeleHealth Services (6/30/2003)
Please join us in welcoming our newest ePartner, TeleHealth Services, the largest provider of healthcare television products in the United States. They are a division of Telerent Leasing Corporation, founded in 1957 and headquartered in Raleigh. In addition to becoming an ePartner, TeleHealth Services has also committed to sponsoring a Senior Design Center project this fall challenging students to create a web-based quotation and order entry program for their sales force. Keith Scott, Director TIGR Customer Care Center, will be our primary interface. Welcome Keith and TeleHealth Services

Departmental Research Grants, Gifts, and Support (6/30/2003)
Apple Computer has awarded Drs. Chris Healey and Rob St. Amant grants for an Apple Developer Connection (ADC) Select membership. Apple's ADC Select Program allows developers to use the ADC web site, and bundles a Developer Connection Mailing subscription, customized for Select members, with two incidents of technical support, access to prerelease software seeding, and more. The grants are collectively valued at $1,000. Microsoft has provided the department with a one year subscription to the MSDN Academic Alliance, a web-based community designed to help meet the needs of academic developers in the areas of Computer Science, Engineering and Information Systems. This gift provides our faculty access to a wide range of teaching tools and technical articles, as well as access to the latest MS technologies, curriculum tools, and developer software. The annual subscription gift is valued at $799. Dr. Michael Young's proposal to supplement his CAREER award to provide Research Experiences for Undergraduates has been approved by the NSF for $15,000. The funding will begin in the fall of this year to support two students. The research funded by the award seeks to build theories about interaction with exploratory virtual environments, and to create virtual worlds that can be used to measure the effectiveness of those theories.

Student Design Team Competes in Washington DC (June 29 - July 1, 2003)
In May, we told you about the NC State Computer Science Design Team chosen as one of the 10 finalists in the Fourth Annual IEEE Computer Society International Design Competition (CSIDC). The NCSU CSC team comprised of Nathan Green, Jeremy Maness, Buck Webb, and JR Wilson, the only finalist from a US university, will compete in the World Finals in Washington, DC, June 29 - July 1, 2003. If you live in the DC area, or will be traveling there during this period, our team would welcome your encouragement and support. Demonstrations & presentations, which are open to the public, will be held at the Grand Hyatt, 1000H Street NW, Washington DC. Our team will be conducting product demonstrations in their booth on Monday, June 30, from 9 am – 12:15 pm on Level 3B in the Constitution Ballroom, Section CDE. Their presentation will also take place in this area on Tuesday, July 1, from 11:25 am – 12:00 pm. If you can, please join us! To read more about this outstanding accomplishment, see http://www.ncsu.edu/news/press_releases/03_06/178.htm.

CSC Student Receives CRA Award (6/30/2003)
Phillipe Loher (BS 2002) was recently recognized by the Computing Research Association (CRA) as an Honorable Mention award winner in the 2003 Outstanding Undergraduate Awards competition. During his trip to attend the awards banquet in San Diego, Phillipe was able to meet other great researchers such as the inventors of RSA encryption and Java!. Currently a Software Developer for IBM's Lotus Software Group, the experience was an extremely gratifying one for Phillipe. He recalls, "When I arrived and met people my own age who were also doing research, I noticed how much I really missed doing research. It's something I will never forget and something I want to come back to. Thank you again for your kind support." We echo Phillipe's gratitude, for if not for the unrestricted funding provided by our ePartners and alumni, budgetary constraints would have not made this life experience possible. In a related historical note of significance, only NC State and Dartmouth have had winners of this award in both the male and female categories! .

Faculty/Staff Promotions & Honors (6/30/2003)
Dr. Annie Antón was recently selected to join the prestigious Defense Science Study Group. The DSSG selects young professors from many of the nation's top universities, as well as non-university affiliated men and women, all of whom have been nominated by senior academic officials; DSSG alumni, mentors, and advisors; and other officials from various government agencies to take part in DSSG. Over the course of the two-year program, those invited to participate focus on defense policy, related research and development, and the systems, missions, and operations of the armed forces. Annie is the first faculty member in any discipline chosen from NC State University. There are 106 alumni and 15 in the current 2002-2003 class. Annie is the 14th Computer Scientist to be selected. More information on the DSSG is available at http://dssg.ida.org. Congratulations to staff member, Krista Hutchinson, for being selected a June recipient of the College of Engineering Pride of the Wolfpack award!

Epic Games Announces $1M Contest (6/30/2003)
One of our valued ePartners, Epic Games, has asked to share some big news with our readers regarding the recent launch of their $1,000,000 Nvidia Make Something Unreal Contest. This multi-phase, multi-category contest is open to all. We are particularly excited that in the "educational" category, in which they plan to give away as many as 15 high-end workstations (with NVIDIA graphics and AMD Athlon processors) to the most worthy educational institutions whose students and/or faculty enter the contest. Phase I of the contest carries a July 15, 2003 deadline for entries, but the entire contest runs through February 2004. For more information, visit http://www.unrealtournament2003.com/?contest.

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