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Date: January 29, 2001

Cool Connectivity at 2001 New Media Conference

Neither William Shakespeare nor the Grinch can escape the all-pervasive influence of new media. Presentations about how both literary forms were enhanced on line and on the screen are among the many program items at this year's New Media Conference, "Content, Connectivity and Convergence," from Feb. 11 to 13 at UVic.

The Hyperion Award for outstanding contributions to new media will be presented to UVic grad Murray Goldberg on Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the conference opening reception at the Empress Hotel. The conference also includes a high tech career fair for post secondary students on Feb. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Student Union Building. "Content, Connectivity and Convergence" showcases emerging technologies and applications for the design and production of new media.

Conference highlights include:

o Keynote address by Bill Buxton, Chief Scientist for Alias/Wavefront, a Toronto-based company that develops software for industrial design and 3D animation and visual effects. One of its programs was involved in creating the digital citizens of Whoville in the 2000 smash hit film, The Grinch.

Feb. 12 at 9 a.m. University Centre Farquhar Auditorium

o Hyperion Award Presentation to Murray Goldberg, a UBC computer science professor, and UVic grad who developed WebCT, the world's most popular online course management system.

Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. Crystal Ballroom, The Fairmont Empress

o UVic faculty presentations:

Dr. Dave McCutcheon, faculty of business, on "Using Blackboard eLearning Tools"

Dr. Michael Best, department of English, on "Beyond Imagination: The Internet Shakespeare Editions as a Case Study in the Creation of Quality Content on the Internet"
(Dr. Best's Internet Shakespeare Editions is fast becoming one of the Web's leading Shakespeare sites. A computer program, "Shakespeare's Life and Times," will soon be released as a CD-ROM)

Drs. Bill Zuk and Robert Dalton, faculty of education, on "Intergenerational Experiences Using Website Exchanges of Visual Information."

Feb. 12 from 2 to 3 p.m. University Centre Farquhar Auditorium

Dr. Eric Manning, department of electrical and computer engineering, on "The New Media Innovation Centre Broadband Networking Cluster"

Feb. 13 at 3:30 p.m. University Centre Farquhar Auditorium

Other speakers include: Roger Mundell of the Centre for Economic Development and Applied Research at Royal Roads University; Kegan Adams, vice-president strategic customer relations, education at Telus; and Walter Stewart, director of global marketing, research and education for Silicon Graphics (SGI). Throughout the conference, SGI will demonstrate its Virtual Reality Center powered by an Onyx super-computer and featuring a high-resolution 14 x 9 foot screen. The Reality Center is designed for visualization and immersive virtual reality and is used in disciplines ranging from medicine to climatology.

Conference supporters include the B.C. Information, Science and Technology Agency. Advance registration fees for the conference are $399 ($449 at the door). Through the financial support of conference sponsors, subsidized registrations are available at $50 (+GST) to any student enrolled in a post-secondary institution in B.C. whose course work or career path lead to an interest in new media.

For further information on this year's New Media Conference check the conference website at www.maltwood.uvic.ca/nmc/2001/ or contact conference coordinator Ed Oscapella at (250) 472-1690.

Media Advisory: Members of the media are invited to attend all sessions of the New Media Conference. Please contact Ed Oscapella at (250) 472-1690 to receive accreditation or report to the registration desk at the conference.


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