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NEWS IN BRIEF

IT, NTS to merge

KU Information Services has announced that two of its units, Information Technology and Networking and Telecommunications Services, will merge by July 1. The goal of the reorganization is to ensure continuity of all information technology operations on KU's Lawrence campus. The decision to integrate the IT and NTS divisions came after lengthy consideration of current and likely future demands on Information Services to meet the rapidly evolving and converging information and technology needs of KU.

There are fewer and fewer practical distinctions between information, applications and the network resources that deliver them to the KU community. No lay-offs or other terminations are planned or expected as a direct result of the change. The new division, yet to be named, will be led by Donna Liss, associate vice provost for information services.

Economics department moving to Snow Hall

The Department of Economics will move to Snow Hall effective Jan. 8. The main office will be in Room 415, but there will also be offices on the second, third and fourth floors.

Chair Joe Sicilian's office will be 415D Snow Hall. His phone number will remain 864-2842. All the other faculty contact information will be posted on the department's Web site, www.economics.ku.edu, after the end of the fall semester. The department is moving to be closer to the rest of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and to gain more office space.

Newly installed fiber optic link connects campuses

Earlier this semester, KU Information Services activated the first fiber optic link directly connecting the Lawrence and Edwards campuses. The new link greatly increased the speed of transmission and the ability to move large amounts of data between the campuses. As a result, network performance was enhanced at the Edwards Campus, and users there now experience less wait time while using the Internet and other network resources.

The link supports KU's Lawrence-Edwards teaching and research collaborations and allows both campuses to function as "one university" in available technology services. The new fiberlink is the first step in what is expected to be ongoing development of fiber optic connectivity between all of KU's campuses and beyond.

Medical Center surpasses United Way giving goal

The KU Medical Center's United Way campaign has exceeded its 2006 goal with more than $73,462 in pledges, according to Ile Haggins, director of alumni and community relations.

Much of the money raised will support United Way agencies in the medical center neighborhood, such as the Duchesne Clinic, El Centro and Wyandotte Center for Community Behavioral Healthcare.

Together with more than $85,500 from KU Hospital and affiliates, the medical center was one of the top three contributors to United Way of Wyandotte County, which reported pledges topping $2.26 million.

Web-based education expert to speak at KU

The e-Learning Design Lab Series on Technology, e-Learning and Policy has announced its upcoming lecture scheduled for Feb. 6. Vladimir Ustov, professor of computer science and information systems at Bradley University, is known for his expertise in Web-based education and applications of information technologies. The title of Uskov's presentation is "Technology and Instructional Approaches for Advanced e-Learning." It will be held at 4 p.m. at Nichols Hall in the Apollo Room. A pre-reception will be hosted in Nichols lobby at 3:30 p.m. The public is welcome. For more information, contact Cheryl Harrod at 864-0760.

Berry's assessment tool 'one of nation's best'

Marianne Berry, professor of social welfare, has created one of the nation's best assessment tools for use in child welfare services, according to independent researchers at the Center for Social Services Research at the University of California.

Berry's Strengths and Stressors Tracking Device was among the top four assessment tools used to assess families' parenting practices and child well-being when the researchers evaluated the 85 measures currently in use in the United States.

To qualify for the study, the assessment tools had to comprehensively addresses the major domains of family assessment, be valid and reliable for the appropriate stage of assessment and be practical for use in child welfare settings.

Berry's device is two pages long, compared to other tools that are much longer, which helps child welfare agencies searching for comprehensive ways to assess families, while not sacrificing accuracy.

Online survey to guide phone directory content

All KU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to answer a 10-question online survey about the annual KU telephone directory, which is delivered every October. The survey results will help guide the content of next year's directory.

To take the survey, log on to the Kyou portal at https://students.ku.edu with your KU online ID and password, select the "Community" tab, then click on "Directory Survey." Survey responses are anonymous; Kyou portal simply limits access to the university community.

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