George Mason University Posts

Gig.U Network Brings Super High Speed Internet to 28 Universities

A group of American universities have banded together to offer their campuses high speed computer networks beyond anything that is currently commercially available. The Gig.U project will offer one-gigabit connections to university campuses and their surrounding areas, which the project hopes will draw companies to the areas. The New York Times reports that in the test program in a small area near Case Western, three startups moved to the neighborhood within three months.

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4 Schools Allows Video College Applications [VIDEO RESULTS]

Four schools are now encouraging students to send videos instead of essays. According to Newsweek about 5-10% of the applications sent to the four schools include videos. The four schools include Tufts, George Mason, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and William and Mary. Some of the videos submitted have gained thousands of views on YouTube. Below are some of the results. [Newsweek]

The Math Dances: Tufts’ Optional Essay: 6b

Tufts Admissions Video Adam Bangser

Shoe and Tech Company Partner To Create GPS Shoes For Alzheimer’s Patients

Technology company Aetrex and shoe company GTX are two companies that are getting together to resolve a problem that Alzheimer’s patients tend to have.  Many Alzheimer’s patients tend to suffer from “critical wandering incidents.”  About 60% of Alzheimer’s patients have found themselves in this type of incident at some point in their life.

“The technology will provide the location of the individual wearing the shoes within 30 feet, anywhere on the planet,” stated George Mason University assistant professor Andrew Carle.  Carle assisted with the project.  Carle said that embedding a GPS into shoes works pretty well because Alzheimer’s patients tend to remove unfamiliar objects from their bodies, but remembering to get dressed is one of the last few memories that they have.

The shoes can even have a “geo-fence” feature activated.  A concerned party will have the ability to be notified to a home phone number, cellphone number, or e-mail sent when a boundary is crossed by the patient.

“The shoe we intend on developing with Aetrex should help authorised family members, friends, or caretakers reduce their stress and anguish by enabling them to locate their loved ones instantly with the click of a mouse,” stated Chris Walsh, COO of GTX.

[via Gizmodo/ABC.NET]

Thomas Reuters Lawsuit Against George Mason Software Gets Dropped


Last year Thomson Reuters filed a lawsuit against Virginia’s George Mason University.  George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media had created a bibliography software called Zotero and Thomson Reuters believed that they violated copyright as a result.  George Mason had supposedly reverse engineered Thomson Reuters’ bibliography software called EndNote.

Zotero has the ability to open files using EndNote and save them as open formats.  Thomson Reuters’ license agreement prohibits software from having that sort of functionality.  Thomson Reuters was asking for $10 million in damages as a result.  A few days ago the lawsuit was dismissed by a Virginia Circuit Court judge.

Zotero works as a Mozilla Firefox plug-in that enabled people to store and organize research.  It has been downloaded over one million times since last September.  George Mason University said that they had no renewed a license for EndNote and will not make any changes to the software.

[via TechDirt]

GMU PhD Student Curtis Melvin Uses Google Maps To Plot N. Korean Sights

North Korea is becoming one of the biggest concerns in the world right now.  The country is currently testing out long-range missiles for whatever reason.  North Korea is one of the most secretive and repressed countries in the world.

Curtis Melvin, a PhD student at George Mason University and several other civilian spies have made a few trips to North Korea and has managed to put together a map of different areas of interest in the country using Google Maps.  Some of the areas include secret prison camps, burial grounds, missile storage facilities, etc.

Melvin detailed some his research on his blog North Korea Uncovered.  “”Mr. Melvin and his correspondents have plotted out what they say is much of the country’s transportation network and electrical grid, and many of its military bases,” stated an article in the WSJ about Melvin’s research.

Back in February I wrote an article about how there has been U.S. military activity spotted in Pakistan using Google Earth.  Some people in the military believe that this could be a risk, but in the case of Melvin’s project, I see Google Maps as being more beneficial to U.S. intelligence.

[via Gadling]