BURLINGTON, Vt. John Cohn, PhD, chief scientist of design automation in the IBM Systems and Technology Group, has been working with students and faculty in the Emergent Media Center at Champlain College this winter.Cohn, an IBM Fellow and Vice President for the Americas for the IBM Academy, and five Champlain College game development students have been creating a multimedia educational companion piece for an electronic game that IBM has developed for Engineering Week 2008. The educational product will be delivered in a multimedia way that kids relate to, and it will illuminate what makes up an electronic game and what courses of study and careers are available in game-related fields.For Cohn, this is a self-designed assignment at Champlain that will benefit IBMs OnDemand Community outreach program. One of IBM and Cohns driving goals is to break through the negative perceptions of kids who might be turned off by science and technology. I know thats a hard problem to change perceptions, he said. But technology, science or math can be so beautiful, much in the way music and art are beautiful.Working with the Champlain College students has been mind-blowingly great, Cohn said. These students really get it. Game development students Ian Bissett, Michael Fowler, Bryan Hare, Wesley Knee and Lauren Nishikawa make up Cohns team.IBM built the processors for the Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and Wii. IBM doesnt currently make games, but we provide a lot the technology behind them, Cohn explained.In addition to his technical duties at IBM, Cohn has long promoted the excitement behind science and technology. Hes delivered entertaining science presentations to more than 30,000 school children over the years. In the near future, he hopes to employ new media such as online science and technology videos to create more enthusiasm for science and technology among Americas youth.
See also: Educational efforts are under way in the area of the outbreak, including a workshop for teachers aimed at disseminating messages about Ebola and its prevention, hospital placement of trained staff to provide information and counseling to patients and their families, and development and distribution of posters and leaflets for the public. Jun 11 CIDRAP News story on the outbreakhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/bt/vhf/news/jun1104ebola.html Jun 17 WHO disease outbreak noticehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2004_06_17/en/ Jun 18, 2004 (CIDRAP News) The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday said that the Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in Yambio, Western Equatoria province, south Sudan, appears to be under control. First reported in May, the outbreak grew to 30 cases, with seven deaths. Laboratory testing is continuing, according to the WHO, and active surveillance by the South Sudan Early Warning and Response Network is ongoing. A story from the United Nations Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN), posted on allAfrica.com, says the 23% mortality rate in the current outbreak is one of the lowest ever reported for Ebola infection. Outbreaks in Equatoria in 1976 and 1979 resulted in mortality rates of 53% and 65%, respectively, according to Abdullahi Ahmed, head of the WHO’s southern Sudan office. WHO and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will analyze the current outbreak to determine what may account for its lower mortality rate, says the IRIN story.