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.
Although Ferdinand has been linked with a lucrative move abroad, it has been obvious for some time that his future lay at Old Trafford. He has spoken openly about his future hopes for the club and last week called time on his England career in a clear attempt to extend his availability for United. And despite the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, Ferdinand had no hesitation in signing another deal for next term, when he hopes to land a seventh Premier League title. “Who wouldn’t want to play in this fantastic team in front of 75,000 fans every week?” said the 34-year-old defender. “It has been an incredible journey and I am glad it will continue.” Ferdinand added: “I can now fully concentrate on my club career, which has worked well for me over the past few years. This is a great team to be part of and we are now moving into a new era, which is very exciting. “I have met with David Moyes and I am really looking forward to working with him and winning many more trophies with this great club.” Although there has been no official confirmation, it is anticipated there will be a testimonial for Ferdinand at some stage during the summer, although an opponent is yet to be agreed. Whilst the deal itself is hardly a surprise, it is significant in that it was agreed with Ed Woodward, who will take over as chief executive from David Gill in the summer, and had to be ratified by Moyes before finally being completed. It underlines the vast change taking place at Old Trafford, with both men amongst the rookies in United’s tour party when it leaves for Australia and the Far East in July. Only Javier Hernandez will miss the trip as he is required for Confederations Cup duty with Mexico in the summer. Shinji Kagawa will also be involved for Japan, although as United are due to play two tour games in the midfielder’s homeland it would be a major surprise if he did not make some sort of appearance. “It is clear for everyone to see that Rio has had one of his best seasons with the club,” said Moyes. “Even from the outside you can see what a big character Rio is around the dressing room. I am delighted he has signed a new contract and I am looking forward to working with him.” Rio Ferdinand has set his sights on winning more silverware under David Moyes after signing a one-year contract extension with Manchester United. Press Association