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January 10, 2005 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Tsunami Lecture Available Through Supercourse

Experts from the U.S., Russia, and Iran have prepared a free lecture on tsunamis (http://www.pitt.edu/~super1/lecture/lec18071/index.htm) as part of the Supercourse lectures from the Global Health Disaster Network. This global network of 18,000 academic faculty members from 151 countries (http://www.pitt.edu/~super1) offers 2,032 free lectures from leading scientists, including six Nobel Prize winners. The mission is to provide the best possible educational materials on health at no cost, in an effort to reduce fear and save lives; here it is applied to the Dec. 26, 2004, tsunami disaster.

The concept of a library of lectures for all to use is in many ways similar to that of freeware or open source software. It is designed to be a teaching support system. An open peer-review and ratings system ensures quality. The lectures are in a Web-based, icon-driven format mainly with graphic presentation and text, plus hyperlinks for more information. Other Supercourse lectures cover mad cow disease, monkeypox, acute asthma, HIV/AIDS, the earthquake in Iran, and so on.

Source: Ronald E. LaPorte, contact for the Supercourse, super1@pitt.edu



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