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Hello Tina and Tak,

Below are the edits/changes for the Air/Water Chapter
of the book. The text includes your edits along with
other changes Gerald and I made. They do not have
special markings to highlight them. I hope that does
not make it difficult.
Please let me know if there are other changes that need to
be made or if something is unclear.

Thanks,
Rhonda Christensen

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<<May 10, 1997>>

Rhonda Christensen
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University of North Texas
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Dear Rhonda, Gerald, and Tina:

(1) Tina:

Many thanks for your msg.

(2) Rhonda and Gerald:

Attached is the outline of your proposed paper with Tina's editorial
comments.

Pls reply to Tina's request at your earliest convenience. Thanks.

My comments are in << >>.

Best, Tak
**************************************

Date: Tue, 29 Apr 1997 15:32:10 -0600
From: Tina Greenwood <greenwood_t@FORTLEWIS.EDU>
Subject: Re: Outline and bio
To: Tak Utsumi <utsumi@www.friends-partners.org>

Hello, Tak. I'm glad to see the pieces of the book keep rolling in. As
usual, my comments follow below in [[ ]].

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OMITTED HERE BY T. UTSUMI <<May 10, 1997>>
=================================================

Air and Water Elementary School Projects

The Air and Water Projects are curriculum-based telecommunications
projects with Internet-based, thematic, elementary school curricular
exchanges for global interaction. Since 1991, students ages seven to
twelve have participated from as many as eight nations in a project year.
The activities were designed by educators in various countries to be
student-centered. The international projects enable children in overseas
locations to share and compare information via teacher-moderated
electronic mail exchanges on the uses of water and air in their local
environments. Some project participants have taken part in
audioconferences and Slow-Scan TV (CU See-Me) video exchanges, as well.
These are long term semester projects which exhibit cooperative learning
at a global level.

Classroom Activities

The curriculum is divided into four modules. Each module sets forth
a specific topic and suggestions to be used as guidelines for
participating teachers. Each teacher then approaches these topics using
his/her own creative instructional style and lesson plans. When the
students receive module summaries, they compare the information they
gathered to the information transmitted from the other sites. For
example, classrooms at each site may gather daily rainfall data and
compare it to rainfall data at other sites. These comparisons may lead
to discussions regarding why certain regions are better adapted to
growing particular crops than others. Students are able to discuss,
make comparisons, estimate results and draw conclusions concerning cause
and effect within a reasonable time frame that wouldn't have been
feasible with regular mail.

Each year the curricular implementation also includes a short unit
at the beginning of the project to allow the participating children to
find out about their new "computer friends". This is an important
component in the success of a project of this type. Because children are
naturally curious about each other, setting aside time in the beginning
allows them to concentrate on the curriculum during the modules. The
students are researching, discovering and sharing information about water
and air in their communities.

Future Prospects

Funding is currently being sought to develop new content to extend
the scope of this project to the upper middle school level, and to expand
the email-based mode of interchange to include bilingual
(English-Spanish) Web-enhanced multimedia. If external funding is
secured, the current Web page will be upgraded to handle RealAudio/Video
segments, as well as web-launched Hyperstudio stacks. This will enable
the most interesting local culture components (accents, dress, classroom
and home environments), which now are available to students only
after-the-fact with video tape or in real-time audio exchanges, to be
immediately available around the globe as part of the introductory and
shared-analysis portions of the project.

These new project activities will take advantage of the current trend
toward individual Hyperstudio project authoring by middle school
students, giving them a feeling of direct ownership in their class's
activities through currently available technology. It is envisioned that
multiple Web pages and/or sites (RealAudio/video and Hyperstudio stacks)
will eventually evolve into different sharing clusters (usually four to
six schools from different nations), providing students and their
teachers with authentic experiences in collaborating with peers in a
global work environment.

Biography of Rhonda Christensen

R. Christensen is currently Research Associate for the 2- year
Matthews Chair for Research in Education Project at the University of
North Texas in Denton, Texas, to develop instruments to assess teacher
and student attitudes toward information. For the past six years she has
coordinated an international curriculum-based telecommunications project
via Internet the Air and Water projects which currently involve
classrooms in 8 nations. She now specializes in technology integration
education, including internet applications for classroom teachers.

Ms. Christensen is currently a doctoral candidate in Information Science
at the University of North Texas. She received her B.A. in Elementary
Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University in 1985 and her
Master's of Science in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems from the
University of North Texas in 1992. She was a third grade teacher for 5
years before returning to graduate studies in 1990.

Biography of Gerald Knezek

Dr. Gerald A. Knezek is Associate Professor of Technology and
Cognition and currently holds the Matthews Chair for Research in
Education at the University of North Texas. He is also Director of the
Telecommunications and Informatics Laboratory for the Texas Center for
Educational Technology. He received his AB in mathematics and the social
sciences from Dartmouth College in 1974 and his master's in education and
doctorate degrees in educational psychology from the University of Hawaii
in 1976 and 1978, respectively. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Japan
1993- 94. He currently teaches courses in telecommunications, software
engineering, human-computer interaction and research methods. Dr. Knezek
is a technician plus an amateur radio operator (KB5EWV) and has been
involved in educating teachers about information technology in Texas and
the Pacific Basin for the past 16 years. He is a co-founder of the
Consortium for Affordable and Accessible Distance Education (CAADE) of
GLOSAS/USA.

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> Along with David Wiley, we apologize for the
> format of the following item which comes
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> Virtual University--Africa
>
>SOON, STUDENTS IN A NUMBER OF AFRICAN COUNTRIES WILL BE ABLE TO
>TAKE COURSES AND HEAR LECTURES VIA SATELLITE BROADCASTS. THE
>"AFRICAN VIRTUAL UNIVERSITY," AS IT'S CALLED, WILL SOON OPEN ITS
>ELECTRONIC DOORS.
>
>THE IDEA IS DARING, BUT SIMPLE -- ASSEMBLE LECTURES BY TOP
>PROFESSORS FROM AMERICA AND EUROPE AND THEN BEAM THEM TO AFRICA
>BY SATELLITE. THE WORLD BANK IS NEGOTIATING WITH UNIVERSITIES IN
>A DOZEN AFRICAN COUNTRIES TO MAKE THE IDEA A REALITY. THE
>"AFRICAN VIRTUAL UNIVERSITY" PLANS TO START OFFERING CLASSES THIS
>FALL. INITIAL COURSES WILL FOCUS ON SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING,
>HELPING PROVIDE THE EDUCATION NEEDED TO FUEL ECONOMIC GROWTH.
>
>ETIENNE BARANSHAMAJE DIRECTS THE PROJECT AT THE WORLD BANK. HE
>SAYS AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES ARE VERY EAGER TO GET THE PROJECT UP
>AND RUNNING.
>
> THEY JUST WANT TO SEE THIS HAPPEN. THEY DON'T WANT TO GO
> PROCRASTINATING AND DISCUSSING AND GOING FOR TRAINING AND
> WORKSHOPS AND SO ON. THEY JUST WANT IT TO BE DONE AND SOON
> BECAUSE THE DEMAND IS THERE AND THEY ARE READY FOR IT.
>
>TWELVE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES IN ENGLISH-SPEAKING
>COUNTRIES PLAN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROJECT. THEY ARE LOCATED
>IN ZIMBABWE, TANZANIA, KENYA, UGANDA, ETHIOPIA, AND GHANA. MR.
>BARANSHAMAJE SAYS ONE SITE IN ETHIOPIA IS ALREADY COMPLETE AND
>HAS BEEN USED FOR A DEMONSTRATION. STAFF AT AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES
>WILL BEGIN TO BE TRAINED THIS MONTH (MAY).
>
>IN ADDITION TO OFFERING COURSES, THE VIRTUAL UNIVERSITY WILL ALSO
>HAVE WHAT IS CALLED A DIGITAL LIBRARY. STUDENTS WILL BE ABLE TO
>USE COMPUTERS TO LINK TO THE INTERNET. THERE, THEY CAN READ
>SCHOLARLY JOURNALS THAT ARE AVAILABLE ON-LINE. THIS WILL MAKE IT
>POSSIBLE FOR STUDENTS TO HAVE ACCESS TO MANY PUBLICATIONS THAT
>ARE TOO EXPENSIVE FOR INDIVIDUAL UNIVERSITIES TO ORDER.
>
> IF YOU GO TO ANY [AFRICAN] UNIVERSITY, AND YOU LOOK AT THEIR
> RESOURCES, THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH SUBSRIPTIONS TO
> PERIODICALS AND SCIENTIFIC JOURNALS. ON THE OTHER HAND, WE
> KNOW THAT MORE AND MORE INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE ON-LINE.
> SO, THE IDEA IS BECAUSE UNIVERSITIES DON'T HAVE ENOUGH
> RESOURCES TO SUBSCRIBE TO THESE JOURNALS IN PRINT, LET'S
> HAVE A CONSORTIUM OF AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES AND SUBSCRIBE TO
> ON-LINE JOURNALS. AND, ALSO, LET'S ORGANIZE A LOT OF THE
> INFORMATION OF SCIENTIFIC QUALITY THAT IS AVAILABLE ON THE
> WORLDWIDE WEB, SO THAT ACADEMIC STAFF IN AFRICA CAN HAVE
> ACCESS TO THIS INFORMATION.
>
>MR. BARANSHAMAJE SAYS LINKS TO THE INTERNET WILL ALSO GIVE
>AFRICAN SCHOLARS THE OPPORTUNITY TO PUBLISH THEIR WORK
>ELECTRONICALLY. THIS WILL MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO A WORLDWIDE
>AUDIENCE. HE ALSO SAYS USING THE INTERNET CHANGES THE WAY
>STUDENTS LEARN, MAKING THEM MUCH MORE INDEPENDENT.
>
> EXPERIENCE HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT ONCE THE INTERNET SERVICE
> IS THERE, ONCE PEOPLE START TO GO ON-LINE AND EXCHANGE
> [INFORMATION], THE WAY OF LEARNING CHANGES TREMENDOUSLY AND
> YOU'RE DEVELOPING MORE AUTONOMOUS STUDENT LEARNERS AND
> PROBABLY DEVELOPING LEARNERS FOR LIFE, SO THEY CAN KEEP
> UPDATING THEIR KNOWLEDGE AS TIME GOES {ON].
>
>THE WORLD BANK IS FINANCING THE PURCHASE OF THE EQUIPMENT NEEDED
>BY THE AFRICAN VIRTUAL UNIVERSITY. ITS TRAINING STAFF IN SIX
>ENGLISH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES AND A SIMILAR NUMBER OF
>FRENCH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES. THESE INCLUDE SENEGAL, IVORY COAST,
>MAURITANIA, NIGER, BURKINA FASO, AND CAPE VERDE.
>
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<<July 13, 1997>>

Marcel Kooiman and Walter van Opzeeland
University of Twente
Enschede, The Netherlands
m.e.kooiman@student.utwente.nl
w.vanopzeeland@student.utwente.nl
OR;
Telecommunications Foundation of Africa
P.O.Box
Nairobi, Kenya
tfa@arcc.or.ke

Ms. Tina Evans Greenwood
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Dear Marcel and Walter:

(1) Attached below are the next-to-final of the outline of your paper
and bio, which were edited by Tina.

We are now ready to include them in the web site about our book
publishing project.

Pls provide us with your department, phone/fax, etc. to complete
your address.

(2) Pls also start prepare your full paper so that it will also be
included in the web -- then into our hard copy book, after
consulting with our publisher.

Your full paper may mention about the project/business plan how to
implement your datacasting, basing on your survey results -- it
should be very interesting one.

Best, Tak
**************************************

Datacasting, Proposed Plan for Africa

Research was performed in Kenya and Zimbabwe from June to September
of 1996 on the possibilities of data broadcasting to provide information
to organizations in the education, healthcare and agriculture sectors in
sub-Saharan Africa. The commercial sector, including Internet service
providers, was also involved in this research.
Datacasting is the transmission of data via radio, TV or satellite.
Digital information can be inserted into existing broadcasts or can be
disseminated through a dedicated channel. Research revealed that the most
promising applications for datacasting are in the educational and
healthcare sectors where it is beneficial to disseminate the same
information to a relatively large number of destinations.
Feasibility was determined by investigating four factors:
marketability, legality and technological and financial requirements.
Datacasting seems feasible, depending on two yet unknown factors: the
price the broadcasting organization will charge for the provision of
datacasting services and the attitude of governments toward this service.
Currently, broadcasting and telecommunication organizations in many
countries are in a process of liberalization and privatization, so they
are searching for various ways to increase their revenue. Providing
datacasting services is interesting to them.
Based on this feasibility study it can be concluded that datacasting
seems a promising opportunity to improve the dissemination of information
in sub-Saharan Africa. This conclusion resulted in a strategy consisting
of three steps. The first step is to initiate a pilot project in order to
test datacasting in practice. This step requires cooperation of the
government and the broadcaster and financial support. Kenya offers, for
two reasons, the best option to start a pilot project. In Kenya, a number
of interesting datacasting applications were found. Furthermore, the
Telecommunication Foundation of Africa (TFA) is located in Kenya, and it
can perform a leading role in the market development of datacasting. The
most appropriate transmission medium is the television channel. Empty
lines in the television signal (Vertical Blanking Interval) can be used to
disseminate information country wide. The pilot project will end with a
business plan for the second step which is to start a datacasting service
provider for the health and educational sectors. The third step is to
investigate other datacasting opportunities, for example, the use of free
capacity of satellites to datacast information to fill cache servers of
Internet service providers in sub-Saharan Africa with services such as
USENET, popular WWW pages, etc.
There are a number of other interesting applications of datacasting
in sub-Saharan Africa based on the strong points of datacasting:
- wireless point-to-area distribution of data,
- simultaneous reception of data,
- use of existing broadcast media (e.g. television, radio and satellite).
**************************************

Biographies of Marcel Kooiman and Walter van Opzeeland

The authors, Msc. Marcel Kooiman and Msc. Walter van Opzeeland,
studied the MSc. course in Industrial Engineering with the specialization
in information management at the University of Twente in Enschede, the
Netherlands. The datacasting feasibility study that was performed in
cooperation with the TOOLnet Foundation in Amsterdam and the
Telecommunications Foundation of Africa (TFA) in Nairobi Kenya, was their
graduation project. In March 1997, they graduated from the university as
majoring on the datacasting research project.
**************************************

Address

Marcel Kooiman and Walter van Opzeeland
University of Twente
Enschede, The Netherlands
m.e.kooiman@student.utwente.nl
w.vanopzeeland@student.utwente.nl
OR;
Telecommunications Foundation of Africa
P.O.Box
Nairobi, Kenya
tfa@arcc.or.ke
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* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D. *
* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education *
* Founder of CAADE *
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<<July 13, 1997>>

Prof. Jules G. Kaplan
Director of the Internship Program
Instructor Dept. of Economics
University of Colorado, Campus 256
Boulder, CO 80309-0256
303-492-7869
Fax: 303-492-7960
Fax: 303-417-0592
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Ms. Tina Evans Greenwood
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(1) Jay:

Attached is the next-to-final of your bio which Tina kindly
edited.

Pls send me the outline of your paper at your earliest
convenience.

Best, Tak
**************************************

Biography of Jules Kaplan

Dr. Jules Kaplan currently teaches for the Department of Economics
at the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is also the Director of the
Internship Program for the Economics Department and teaches courses for
the Honors program. Dr. Kaplan is active in research. His interests
include public choice and the effectiveness of voter enacted tax
expenditure limitations and investigation of the role of technology in
increasing economic growth rates and worker productivity.
Dr. Kaplan has devoted a great deal of time to developing learning
materials on the World Wide Web. He has completed a Web-based course in
the Principles of Macroeconomics that is offered for University of
Colorado credit. Currently, students are enrolled in the course from
various locations throughout the world. The course is self-contained and
requires no supplementary textbooks. He will soon add courses in the
Principles of Microeconomics and Introductory Economics. A former
programmer, Dr. Kaplan will be adding many interactive components to these
courses to significantly enhance them as a learning experience.
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* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D. *
* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education *
* Founder of CAADE *
* (Consortium for Affordable and Accessible Distance Education) *
* President, Global University in the U.S.A. (GU/USA) *
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<<July 14, 1997>>

Rhonda Christensen
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(1) Rhonda and Gerald:

Attached is the next-to-final of the outline of your paper.

We are now ready to including it in the web site of our book
publishing project -- and later into a hard copy book after
consulting with our publisher.

Gerald:
I have one question to clear -- see below. Pls reply to me at your
earliest convenience. Thanks.

BTW, I will use this for our grant applications for our SSTTP
project, too.

Rhonda:
Pls start working on your full paper, since it may be attached
to our grant application to the NSF/Instructional Material
Development program, when we hear their favorable reply to our
preliminary proposal submitted to them soon.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Best, Tak
************************************** Air and Water Elementary School Projects

The Air and Water Projects are curriculum-based telecommunications
projects with Internet-based, thematic, elementary school curricular
exchanges for global interaction. Since 1991, students ages seven to
twelve have participated from as many as eight nations in a project year.
The activities were designed by educators in various countries to be
student-centered. The international projects enable children in overseas
locations to share and compare information via teacher-moderated
electronic mail exchanges on the uses of water and air in their local
environments. Some project participants have taken part in
audioconferences and Slow-Scan TV (CU See-Me) video exchanges, as well.
These are long term semester projects which exhibit cooperative learning
at a global level.

Classroom Activities

The curriculum is divided into four modules. Each module sets forth
a specific topic and suggestions to be used as guidelines for
participating teachers. Each teacher then approaches these topics using
his/her own creative instructional style and lesson plans. When the
students receive module summaries, they compare the information they
gathered to the information transmitted from the other sites. For
example, classrooms at each site may gather daily rainfall data and
compare it to rainfall data at other sites. These comparisons may lead to
discussions regarding why certain regions are better adapted to growing
particular crops than others. Students are able to discuss, make
comparisons, estimate results and draw conclusions concerning cause and
effect within a reasonable time frame that wouldn't have been feasible
with regular mail.

Each year the curricular implementation also includes a short unit
at the beginning of the project to allow the participating children to
find out about their new "computer friends." This is an important
component in the success of a project of this type. Because children are
naturally curious about each other, setting aside time in the beginning
allows them to concentrate on the curriculum during the modules. The
students are researching, discovering and sharing information about water
and air in their communities.

Future Prospects

Funding is currently being sought to develop new content to extend
the scope of this project to the upper middle school level, and to expand
the email-based mode of interchange to include bilingual (English-Spanish)
Web-enhanced multimedia. If external funding is secured, the current Web
page will be upgraded to handle RealAudio/Video segments, as well as web-
launched Hyperstudio stacks. This will enable the most interesting local
culture components (accents, dress, classroom and home environments),
which now are available to students only after-the-fact with video tape or
in real-time audio exchanges, to be immediately available around the globe
as part of the introductory and shared-analysis portions of the project.

These new project activities will take advantage of the current trend
toward individual Hyperstudio project authoring by middle school students,
giving them a feeling of direct ownership in their class's activities
through currently available technology. It is envisioned that multiple
Web pages and/or sites (RealAudio/video and Hyperstudio stacks) will
eventually evolve into different sharing clusters (usually four to six
schools from different nations), providing students and their teachers
with authentic experiences in collaborating with peers in a global work
environment.
**************************************** Biography of Rhonda Christensen

R. Christensen is currently Research Associate for the 2-year
Matthews Chair for Research in Education Project at the University of
North Texas in Denton, Texas, to develop instruments to assess teacher and
student attitudes toward information. For the past six years she has
coordinated an international curriculum-based telecommunications project
via Internet the Air and Water projects which currently involve
classrooms in 8 nations. She now specializes in technology integration
education, including Internet applications for classroom teachers.
Ms. Christensen is currently a doctoral candidate in Information
Science at the University of North Texas. She received her B.A. in
Elementary Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University in 1985
and her Master's of Science in Computer Education and Cognitive Systems
from the University of North Texas in 1992. She was a third grade teacher
for 5 years before returning to graduate studies in 1990.

Biography of Gerald Knezek

Dr. Gerald A. Knezek is Associate Professor of Technology and
Cognition and currently holds the Matthews Chair for Research in Education
at the University of North Texas. He is also Director of the
Telecommunications and Informatics Laboratory for the Texas Center for
Educational Technology. He received his AB in mathematics and the social
sciences from Dartmouth College in 1974 and his master's in education and
doctorate degrees in educational psychology from the University of Hawaii
in 1976 and 1978, respectively. He was a Fulbright Scholar to Japan 1993-
94. He currently teaches courses in telecommunications, software
engineering, human-computer interaction and research methods. Dr. Knezek
is a technician plus an amateur radio operator (KB5EWV) and has been
involved in educating teachers about information technology in Texas and
the Pacific Basin for the past 16 years. He is a co-founder of the
Consortium for Affordable and Accessible Distance Education (CAADE) of
GLOSAS/USA.

<<Gerald:
What is the "AB" degree from Dartmouth? Isn't it B.A.?>>
************************************** Addresses

Rhonda Christensen
Texas Center for Educational Technology
University of North Texas
P.O. Box 311337Denton, TX 76203
Voice (972) 788-4802
FAX (972) 788-2041
rhondac@tenet.edu

Dr. Gerald A. Knezek
Director, Telecommunications & Informatics Lab
Texas Center for Educational Technology
University of North Texas
P.O. Box 311337
Denton, TX 76203-1337
940-565-4195
Fax: 940-565-2185
gknezek@tenet.edu
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<<July 14, 1997>>

Ms. Tina Evans Greenwood
Managing Editor, GLOSAS News and
Library Instruction Coordinator
Fort Lewis College
612 East 32nd Street
Durango, Colorado 81301-81301
970-259-1345
970-247-7684
Fax: 970-247-7149
greenwood_t@fortlewis.edu
mfteg@uxa.ecn.bgu.edu

Dr. Vladimir A. Zolotarev
Laureate of State Komsomol Prize for development
of the new methods for water quality assessment
Founder of NOOSPHERE Information Fund (Global Survival)
Institute for Biology of Inland Waters RAS
Russian Academy of Sciences
P.O.Box 25, 152742, Borok,
Yaroslavl obl., Russia
FAX: +7-(0852)253845
noo@ibiw.yaroslavl.su -- use this for short msg.
zlm@dlc.edu.yar.ru -- use this for listserve distribution.

(1) Tina:

I am very glad to hear of your readiness to include the outline of
papers into the web site of our book publishing project.

Attached is the final of the one of Dr. Zolotarev's paper for your
inclusion into the web site.

Many thanks for your effort.

(2) Vladimir:

Pls start preparing your full paper which is to be included in our
hard copy book -- after consulting with our publisher.

Thanks in advance.

Best, Tak
************************************** "Microcosm -- Tool for Understanding Systems Self-Evolution"

"All things are interdependent." Meister Eckhart

Microcosm is an interdisciplinary science/art educational resource
for practical field/simulation study of sustainable development as the
coevolution of humankind and the biosphere. The major problems of our
time are systemic problems -- interconnected and interdependent -- and
thus require a systemic approach to be understood and solved. The systems
view of life is grounded in the sciences of systems theory and ecology.
The life of Earth functions as a single organism. Microcosm is a
kind of an ecosystem model that is small in size yet has the appropriate
integrity to reflect the biotic circulation of the Earth. So, we can
learn the harmony of the world in a drop of water. We can move from small
and simple to large and complicated systems using principles of fractal
geometry.
There are three subdivisions of the project combining games and both
scientific and practical approaches: 1) virtual journey to the microscopic
wonderland, leading to practical monitoring experience from facilitating
universal method to the Automated Biomonitoring International Network
(ABIN), 2) evolution -- the living history of the biosphere and 3)
noosphere -- the road to sustainable development.
************************************** Brief Biography of Vladimir Zolotarev

Vladimir Zolotarev, Ph.D., is President of Noosphere Information
Fund (Global Survival) and senior research biologist of the Protozoology
Group, Institute for Biology of Inland Waters, Russian Academy of
Sciences. He is the 1989 Laureate of State Komsomol Prize for development
of new methods for water quality assessment.
He received his Ph.D. in biology from Moscow State University and
his M.S. from Yaroslavl State University. He has research experience in
both natural and model aquatic communities in studying experimental
microcosms and the lakes of Karelia, Lake Baikal, Lake Ladoga, the acidic
lakes of Darwin National Park, the White Sea and the Volga and Amur
rivers.
He continually participates in academic conferences. Some of his
recent activities include participation in the Second International
Conference on Distance Education in Russia (ICDED) in 1996, the
International Academic Conference of the Global Forum in Manchester in
1994, the second International Symposium on Free Living Heterothrophic
Flagellates in St. Petersburg in 1994 and the first International Lake
Ladoga Symposium in St. Petersburg in 1993.
************************************** Address

Dr. Vladimir A. Zolotarev
Laureate of State Komsomol Prize for development
of the new methods for water quality assessment
Founder of NOOSPHERE Information Fund (Global Survival)
Institute for Biology of Inland Waters RAS
Russian Academy of Sciences
P.O.Box 25, 152742, Borok,
Yaroslavl obl., Russia
FAX: +7-(0852)253845
noo@ibiw.yaroslavl.su
zlm@dlc.edu.yar.ru
**********************************************************************
* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D. *
* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education *
* Founder of CAADE *
* (Consortium for Affordable and Accessible Distance Education) *
* President, Global University in the U.S.A. (GU/USA) *
* A Divisional Activity of GLOSAS/USA *
* (GLObal Systems Analysis and Simulation Association in the U.S.A.) *
* 43-23 Colden Street, Flushing, NY 11355-3998, U.S.A. *
* Tel: 718-939-0928; Fax: 718-939-0656 (day time only--prefer email) *
* INTERNET: utsumi@columbia.edu; Tax Exempt ID: 11-2999676 *
* FTP://champlaincollege.qc.ca (IP 198.168.102.231) *
* http://www.wiu.edu/users/milibo/wiu/resource/glosas/cont.htm *
* http://www.friends- *
* partners.org/oldfriends/education/globaluniv/synopsis.html *
**********************************************************************

Originally posted at the Website: http://library.fortlewis.edu/~instruct/glosas/GN/ by Tina Evans Greenwood, Library Instruction Coordinator, Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado 81301, e-mail: greenwood_t@fortlewis.edu, and last updated May 7, 1999. By her permission the whole Website has been archived here at the University of Tennessee server directory of GLOSAS Chair Dr. Takeshi Utsumi from August 9, 2000 by Steve McCarty in Japan.