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QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Those who do not have time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness". -Edward Stanley
The Earl of Derby
MRP Fun Quiz: take a smaller ball (baseball, tennis ball, golf ball, etc.) and hold it directly above (just touching) a basketball. Drop the two balls from shoulder height, making sure that when the basketball hits the ground, the smaller ball is still centered just above the basketball. Theoretically (assuming all collisions are elastic, no air resistance or internal friction, etc.), how high will the smaller ball rise after it is projected back into the air by the basketball? Of course, your experimental results won't quite achieve this theoretical value, but you will likely be surprised, anyway. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
STUDY WARNS SHORTAGE OF TECH-SAVVY WORKERS LOOMS
A report by the Information Technology Association of America warns that one out of every 10 jobs requiring information technology skills is going unfilled due to a shortage of qualified workers. The association surveyed 2,000 large and mid-sized companies and found at least 190,000 unfilled information technology jobs. The report cited a decline in college graduates with degrees in mathematics or computer science. "It's like running out of iron ore in the middle of the Industrial Revolution," says the association's president. A VP for Cap-Gemini America, a U.S. consulting company, predicts that if the trend continues, U.S. companies will opt to send more of their work overseas where they can find eligible job candidates. For a copy of "Help Wanted: The IT Workforce Gap," check out http://www.itaa.org. (Chronicle of Higher Education 7 Mar 97) -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
FROM: Edupage, 20 March 1997 MULTIMEDIA WILL BE LIFE SKILL FOR 21ST CENTURY
In a new college textbook, Fred T. Hofstetter of the University of Delaware says "the ability to use multimedia will emerge as a life skill in the twenty-first century. Citizens who do not know how to use multimedia will become disenfranchised. Cut off from the Information Superhighway, they will end up watching life go by instead of living it fully." (Multimedia Literacy, McGraw-Hill, 1997) -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
FROM: CAMPUS WATCH * 25-March-1997 NOTEBOOK COMPUTER PROGRAM APPROVED FOR CLAYTON, FLOYD
Regents of the University System of Georgia just approved an Information Technology Project through which Clayton College & State University and the two-year Floyd College will begin a joint prototype program this fall to supply all students with notebook computers. More than 8,000 students will be involved in the Universal Personal Information Technology Access (UPITA) project. It includes unlimited, remote Internet access, e-mail, walk-up and telephone user assistance, and a campus "smart" card. Designated as auxiliary enterprises, the programs will cost students an additional $200 per quarter and are expected to be self sustaining within four years. Contact: Jim Davis, CCSU director of institutional research & planning, davis=AT=gg.clayton.edu -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
FROM: Edupage, 27 March 1997 SEVENTH-GRADERS TO GET LAPTOPS FOR "TOTAL IMMERSION"
The Kent, Connecticut, school district has bought every one of its 36 seventh graders a $1,855 laptop computer, purchased through a program set up by Toshiba and Microsoft. A school administrator says: "It's like learning French in France rather than in Connecticut. It's total immersion as opposed to dabbling." Students will store their computers in locked cabinets during lunch and other periods when the systems are not being used. (New York Times 26 Mar 97) -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
FROM: NET-HAPPENINGS Digest - 9 Apr 1997 to 10 Apr 1997 - Special issue
Subject: TeleOlympics97 Announcement
THE ACADEMY 1997 TELEOLYMPICS
MAY 8-15, 1997
"The important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, the important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well. To spread these precepts is to build up a stronger and more valiant and, above all, more scrupulous and more generous humanity."
- - De Coubertin
The Organization For Community Networks (OFCN) will be hosting the
Academy One 1997 TeleOlympics on May 8-15, 1997. It is open to
school-age children worldwide (ages 6-18) with the ability to send
and receive electronic mail over the Internet. The TeleOlympics is a
project where students go out into their schoolyards on the same day
and "compete" in events involving running, jumping, and throwing.
Results are then sent electronically to The Academy. Special rules
have been established for wheelchair students. Information regarding
each school will be exchanged using a listserv called acad-olympics.
This listserv will be available as of April 8, 1997. In addition each
message will be posted to OFCN's website. Details are included
DETAILS ON THE TELEOLYMPICS
* Class A = ages 15-18
* Class B = ages 12-14
* Class C = ages 9-11
* Class D = ages 6-8
List of Events:
* 50 m run
* tennis ball throw
* long jump (choose either standing or running for your school)
* 400 m run (for all ages)
* 800 m run (for Class A and B)
* 1600 m run (for Class A and B)
Opening and Closing Activities - E-mail exchange. On the Opening Day, each participating school should send a letter to all of the other participating schools, wishing them good luck via the listserv. On the Closing Day, letters of congratulations should be sent to all other participating schools. These letters can include additional information and questions as desired, and potentially lead to establishing permanent keypal relationships with these other schools.
In the time prior to the TeleOlympics, schools are encouraged to post reports on the progress of training of their athletes, weather conditions, or other information of interest. Possibilities include stories of the Ancient Olympics, word searches in any language with the subject being the Olympics, or interviews and stories of athletes from their community who have participated in the Olympics. Individual athletes are also invited to share their training programs and results.
Participating schools may also begin to contact each other and exchange private e-mail as the registrations are posted. Regular updates of who is involved will be mailed to those participants who have only e-mail contact with Academy One. The listserv is another way to keep in touch but keep in mind that the amount of traffic could get quite large.
If you send pictures of your athletes during the
competition they will be posted to the website. You can mail
your pictures to:
The top three winners in each of the events and in each of the boys and girls age classifications can have their names, school identifications, national flags and a short biographical sketch posted. Teachers will be responsible for supplying the biographical sketches of all winners. It is advised that these biographies be one of the educational activities that each student prepares in case they are a winner. They can also be used to exchange with students in other countries.
"The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets."
INTERNET TOOLS AND SITES
FROM: David McCrindle
Tuesday April 15 5:58 PM EDT Federal Agency Launches Health Web Site NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Most people know that when shopping for a new car, home, or just about anything -- 'caveat emptor' -- let the buyer beware. But how about shopping for health news on the Internet? All too often, legitimate medical news and advice sit on the information superhighway, cheek-by-jowl with the electronic equivalent of a guy trying to sell you a piece of the Brooklyn Bridge. And telling the difference is not always simple -- even for health professionals. But help is on the way. The federal government launched a new Web site on Tuesday, called healthfinder (www.healthfinder.gov), which should make it easier to find dependable medical information. "With healthfinder, we're helping people get reliable health information --faster and easier -- over the Internet," said Donna Shalala, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. "We're covering a wide range of information, and we're providing information that people can trust." -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
INTERNET TOOLS AND SITES
FROM: Edupage, 23 March 1997 EXPERIENCING EVEREST THROUGH THE INTERNET
Students at an estimated 500 high schools from across North America will experience real-time interaction with climbers as they leave the base camp for their assault on Mount Everest in mid-April. An expedition Web site has been set up at www.vrsystems.com/everest/.
(Calgary Herald 19 Mar 97)
TECHNOLOGY / COMMUNICATION
FROM: Edupage, 13 March 1997 INTERNET USAGE HAS DOUBLED
A study by CommerceNet and Nielsen Media Research concludes that Internet use has more than doubled in the last 18 months, from 10% to 23% of all persons in the U.S. and Canada over age 16. A Nielsen executive says: "Not that long ago, the people using the Web tended to be a rather homogeneous group -- young, upscale and rather well educated. The big gains that we're seeing now are coming from outside that group." (Washington Post 13 Mar 97) -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
TECHNOLOGY / COMMUNICATION
FROM: Edupage, 6 April 1997 DIGITAL TV TO RULE THE WAVES BY 2006
The Federal Communications Commission voted to let every TV station in the country use a second channel for broadcasting digital versions of the programming now being distributed in analog format to conventional TV sets. By 2006, all broadcasts will be transmitted in digital form only, and all of the 240 million TV sets now in use in the U.S. will be obsolete at that time. Digital television sets -- which are expected to go on sale late next year --will offer extremely sharp, high-definition pictures on a new wide-screen monitor along with six-channel digital audio systems. For some period of time, the new digital programming will be available only via broadcast TV, and not by cable or satellite television. (New York Times 4 Apr 97) -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
TECHNOLOGY / COMMUNICATION
FROM: Edupage, 6 April 1997 PCs' BIG THREE ENTER DIGITAL-TV FRAY
Computer powerhouses Microsoft, Intel and Compaq Computer are still trying to persuade television broadcasters to adopt their technical standards for digital TV, which would emphasize Internet-based information services and interactivity, as well as high-definition picture quality. PC makers are hoping that their intervention will enable the large-screen personal computer to migrate from the den to the living room, eventually replacing the television set as the primary family entertainment device. "Any notion that consumer electronics are not going to get smart is fallacious," says Microsoft's senior VP of consumer products. "We are trying to stretch out a hand to the consumer-electronics and broadcast industries and say, 'We can help you with this transition.'" Computer makers favor a "progressive-scan" monitor technology, while consumer electronics companies have traditionally used an "interlaced" approach. PC makers anticipate the cost of building digital-TV technology into a personal computer to be around $100 to $150. "More people are gong to watch digital TV on the PC because it's going to be built into the architecture," says Compaq's senior VP for technology and corporate development. (Wall Street Journal 4 Apr 97) -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
TECHNOLOGY / COMMUNICATION
FROM: Edupage, 17 April 1997 SPEED ISN'T EVERYTHING WHEN IT COMES TO CD-ROMs
CD-ROM drives are getting faster, but industry analysts say consumers should beware of marketing hype: "The speed race that is going on between the CD-ROM drive vendors is more for the benefit of the PC makers," says a Disk/Trend Inc. researcher. "They need some way of differentiating their product... Beyond (8x), from a user point of view, there is almost imperceptible improvement." With an 8x drive transferring data about 1,200 kilobytes per second, most experts say that's plenty, even for video playback. "In the home or SOHO (small office-home office) environment, there is very little to be gained by moving to leading-edge CD-ROM drives," says an analyst with Freeman Associations Inc. (Investor's Business Daily 17 Apr 97) -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
TECHNOLOGY / COMMUNICATION
FROM: Edupage, 23 March 1997 VDOLIVE TECHNOLOGY DELIVERS TV-QUALITY VIDEOSTREAMING
VDOnet says its new VDOLive technology is capable of producing TV-quality video on Web sites, delivering video streaming at 30 frames a second. The new version, due out during the second quarter, incorporates an improved compression technology that permits PC users to access video from the same file for any data download rate. (Broadcasting & Cable 17 Mar 97) -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
TECHNOLOGY / COMMUNICATION
Subject: AD: Software and serial interface for contact switch Mime-Version: 1.0 Company:
851 06 BRATISLAVA
fax: 00 421 7 5332 475 Product:
Software and serial interface to be used for the estimation of selected biomechanical parameters while jumping on the contact switch mattress. Software (IBM compatible) and interface, together with the contact mattress (your own or supplied) estimates contact and flight times during rebound jumps. It also calculates and on-line displays additional parameters as height of the jump, mean acceleration and power in active phase of take off, velocity in final moment of take off etc. Software and serial interface for contact switch mattress. Easy to operate menu driven software includes test setup (start at the touch down or take off, test termination by time or number of jump, selection of 5 on-line graphs), data management, extensive test report module ("jump by jump" or interval evaluation in graphical or digital form, selection of specified No of best jump, integrated age and sex related norms with automatic indication of percentile ranking) and many other features. Cost:
199 USD + 12 USD postage and handling Used:
by athletes, coaches, scientists and physiotherapist
for the assessment of
- explosive power of lower extremities
- strength endurance of lower extremities
- utilization of elastic energy
- distribution of fast twich fibers
- optimal drop jump height for plyometric training
- effect of training, etc. Endorsement:
used by Sports Sciences Institutes and Departments at Universities in Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Bratislava, Warsaw, Calgary, Prag, Pilsen Research evidence:
Eur. J. Appl. Physiol. (1983) 50:273-282 (principles). Sports Training. Med. and Rehab., 1990, Vol.1, pp. 317-325 (reliability study). Principles description:
Estimation of contact and flight times during rebound jumps by means of the special contact mattress interfaced to computer with calculation of height of the jump, mean acceleration during active phase of take off, mean power in active phase of take off, velocity in the final moment of take off and mean power during entire jump cycle. Contact for more information:
fax: +421 7 5332 475
Demo version may be downloaded as "jumpdemo.zip" from ftp.ims.hu/upload/jumpdemo (After unpacking run "jumper.exe" following instructions in "manual.txt"), or will be sent upon request. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
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