<<January 28, 2000>>

Dr. David A. Johnson <daj@utk.edu>

Robert J. Rodrigues <rrodrigues@paho.org>

Alexandre Rivas <alex_mau@argo.com.br>

Dr. Pablo Pulido <pablopulido1@compuserve.com>

Kimberly K. Obbink <kobbink@montana.edu>

Victor T. Ching <vicching@compass.com.ph>

Shin Takuma <st245@columbia.edu>

Clarito Dimayuga <dimen426@hotmail.com>

Renee Ebert <sathealth@aol.com>

Dear David:

(1) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT I).

(2) I wonder if I can visit you and Renaissance Center in Nashville on 2/7th
and 8th, after I attend Joe Pelton's mtg on 2/5th at INTELSAT in DC.

If not, we have to postpone after you finish your cataract operation on 2/22nd.

However, if I may say, it would be better to talk about
telemedicine demo for Alex's Manaus workshop on May 25th and 26th
with your medical people ASAP. This is because not only Bob
Rodrigues of PAHO but also Dr. Pablo Pulido, Executive Director of
the PanAmerican Federation of Associations of Medical Schools,
will attend it, hence we have to have a very good success with the
demo -- good preparation is the key to the success.

I also would like to visit the Latin American Center to talk with its
head -- we did not have enough time with him at my visit in the last
spring time. This is to prepare for Alex's group in Manaus for distance
learning courses.

If possible, I would also like to pay my respects to Greg Cole and Ric Lichtwardt.

Pls let me know the schedule ASAP so that I can reserve my air tickets.

Dear Rashid:

(3) Many thanks for your msg (ATTACHMENT II).

(4) Upon your request, I admitted Deborah Biggs into our listserve.

(5) We are now forging ahead to establish a Global University System with
global broadband Internet which are to be financed with Global Service
Trust Fund (GSTF). Pls visit following URLs for more information;

(a) http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/,

(b) http://www.uta.fi/EGEDL/,

(c) http://www.kagawa-jc.ac.jp/~steve_mc/asia-pacific/index.html.

When you visit (b), pls click Roger Boston's web in its home page.
Then, click August 9 in the left column.

You can then click Telemedicine1 and Telemedicine2 at the top of the
right-hand side column to view video clipping of our echocardiograph
demonstration with Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia University in New
York with PictureTel via ISDN at 384 Kbps.

In this home page, pls also click "FINAL REPORT OF THE CONFERENCE."
Then go to "IV. Compilation of comments:" in PART I. Then click Sin
Takuma on October 8th. You can then find Dr. Takuma's (Presbyterian
Hospital) report of this demonstration.

(6) In PART II of this final report, you can also find drafts of pilot
project proposals by groups in Asia-Pacific, North America, Central
America, Amazonas, European and African regions.

Our counterparts at the University of Philippines/Open University (UPOU)
is now planning to have a mini-workshop in Manila on March 29 to 31 to
brainstorm how to deliver distance learning from the US -- including the
nurse/nutrition training by Ninfa (see ATTACHMENT III) and telemedicine
demonstration with echocardiography as we did during our Tampere event,
if Victor can locate PictureTel and ISDN line in Manila which is to be
made with Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia University in New York

Dear Victor:

Pls let me know the results of your mtg this week-end in Manila ASAP.

Should you be interested participating in this (and/or even for the
group in Manaus), pls ask Deborah Biggs and any other appropriate
persons to send me following information ASAP;

(a) Full official address (title, division, affiliation, mailing
address, phone/fax, email, and URL, etc.) with social security number,

(b) A half to one full page of brief descriptive bio,

(c) A half to one full page description of possible contribution to
our colleagues in those regions through this project, -- including
brief descriptions of intended distance learning courses, how it
is to be delivered through narrowband Internet, etc. This is very
important to convince peer group members of the NSF travel grant

The administrative center for the Asia-Pacific region is Montana State
University/Bozeman and the one for the Amazonas region is the University
of Tennessee/Knoxville (UTK). Both are now preparing their travel grant
applications to the NSF for Americans attending the workshops.

However, pls be aware that the NSF grant can accept up to 2 persons from
the same educational institutions.

Dear Renee:

(7) Many thanks for your msg of 1/24th with your social security number.

Should you wish to participate in the Manila workshop, pls send me your
info of the Item (6)-(a) to (c) ASAP. Thanks.

Best, Tak

Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2000 10:38:11 -0500
From: djohnutk <djohnutk@utkux.utcc.utk.edu>
To: Tak Utsumi <utsumi@columbia.edu>
Subject: FWD: RE: Wireless Internet with ITFS


I am forwarding this reply from our Associate Vice Chancellor, for your
information. We have a good level of interest now to build on. While I can't
provide support for your travel to Tennessee, I do hope you can arrange a
visit to Knoxville and Nashville in the near future. I am now working on
trying to set up the telemedicine demo to Manaus.



>===== Original Message From gcooper@knoxville-notes.ips.utk.edu =====
The telemedicine project does sound like the best project for a
demonstration. And, I agree that if we could get a Global University group
to the Renaissance Center, that might help "spark" more ideas for projects.
Also, your idea of attracting a couple of the potential funding sources,
like World Bank or USAID. We're anxious to work with you in any way.


David A. Johnson, Ph.D., AICP
Professor Emeritus of Planning
University of Tennessee
108 Hoskins Library
Knoxville, TN 37996-4015
Fax 423 974-5229

Home: 8 Hilltop Rd, Asheville, NC 28803
Home tel: 828 277-5792
Mail: PO Box 1647, Knoxville, TN 37901

Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2000 16:25:32 -0500
From: "Rashid Bashshur" <bashshur@umich.edu>
To: utsumi@columbia.edu
Cc: Dbiggs@umich.edu
Subject: Add a colleague to "partners"

Dear Dr. Utsumi,

It was a pleasure to meet you in Geneva and to
have you participate at the WHO meeting. The
international work you're doing is of great interest
to our institution, and we look forward to opportunities
for collaboration. In the meantime, I would like to ask
if you would add the name of Deborah Biggs,
Associate Director of International Health at this
institution to your mailing list of "partners," the
same list you have me on.

Her e-mail address is: dbiggs@umich.edu

We would like to consider specific ways in which
our institution would play a positive role in the global
systems that you are developing.

Best wishes,


Rashid Bashshur, PhD
Director of Telemedicine
University of Michigan Health System
Editor in Chief
Telemedicine Journal
Professor of Health management & Policy
University of Michigan
Tel: 734 647 3089 e-mail: bashshur@umich.edu
Fax: 936 9406

Secretary and Editorial Assistant: Steve Jordan


Ninfa Saturnino Springer, PhD, RD, FAAMR, FADA
Associate Professor Emerita, School of Nursing, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, 48104 USA
Home Address: 8234 Woods Trail
WhitmoreLake, MI 48189
SS 485-46-9960
For curriculum vitae: <http://www.umich.edu/~ninfa

Ninfa Saturnino Springer completed her undergraduate degree from the
University of the Philippines and a dietetic internship and 2-year
administrative appointment at the Philippine General Hospital. Awarded a
Fulbright travel grant, she continued her studies at the University of Iowa
where she completed her dietetic internship, masters and doctorate (1959)
degrees in nutrition. Most of her professional career has been in university
settings. In 1995, after a distinguished teaching, research, and service
career, she retired from the University of Michigan School of Nursing as
Associate Professor Emerita and Assistant Research Scientist Emerita.
Although no longer actively teaching, Ninfa has not so much retired from, but
rather retired to authoring and continued promotion of nutrition.

In addition to university teaching, she has served as a strong advocate to
improve nutrition services during her many and varied consultation activities.
She has consulted for institutions here and abroad, such as day care and
school lunch programs, food and nutrition research & training agencies,
hospitals, intermediate school districts, legal firms, mental health agencies,
nursing homes, the Balik Scientist Program of the Philippines Department of
Science and Technology and the United Nations Development Program.

She has made outstanding contributions to many allied professional groups. She
has been invited to speak at meetings of allied professions such as those for
occupational therapists, dental hygienists, and public health workers. Her
experience working with as many as 20 disciplines at the UM has molded her
into a unique interdisciplinarian. It has resulted in publications with
co-authors from the fields of education, information technology, nursing,
pharmacology, psychology, social work, and special education. For example,
with a psychologist as co-author, an audio recording on Consultation:
Principles and Practices was offered by American Dietetic Education for
continuing education credit for many years. One of her books was adopted by
the Nurses Book Society and the Special Education Library.

She has been described as a creative teacher, being among the first in the
School of Nursing faculty to utilize computer modules in her course. She has
been involved in content-authoring of instructional technology for the past
twenty years, moving from database and simple online programs, to distributed
computing and finally to web-based instruction. With the assistance of her
husband and websmith, Robert Springer, post-retirement activities by both are
focused on the continuing development of VCON, an acronym for Virtual Class on
Nursing/Nutrition. VCON is a web-based, case-based, interactive program Over
eight years, she has authored/co-authored six modules: Assessment of
Nutritional Status; Nursing/Nutrition Interventions in Type 2 Diabetes;
Pregnancy and Nutrition: Risk Factors and Interventions; Nutrition and
Exercise Associated Amenorrhea; Nutrition Therapy in End Stage Renal Disease;
and Nutrition Therapy in Essential Hypertension. Each year, two University of
Michigan faculty use eight VCON units for approximately 200 Level III and IV
students. This year, VCON is being pilot tested on distance education mode in
five US universities by undergraduate and graduate nutrition students,
dietetic interns, and family practice residents. Plans are underway to share
VCON around the globe for continuing education program of the
Nutritionist/Dietitian's Association of the Philippines.

Robert E. Springer, MFA
Postal,email address etc. same as Ninfa's
Websmith of:
SS 385-32-9986

After completing a BFA in arts in Olivet College in Michigan, Bob enrolled in
graduate study at the the University of Iowa where he completed a Master of
Fine Arts degree. It was also at the UI where he met and married Ninfa
Springer. Immediately after Ninfa's graduation, they went back to Ninfa's home
country, the Philippines, where he taught Humanities at the University of
Southern Philippines and the University of the Philippines. He also had a
brief stint as a copywriter for an advertising agency.

Upon returning to the US, Bob was in museum practice, as registrar in two
large and prestigious museums in Detroit and Dearborn, until retirement. He
was among the first group of registrars in the US to install (at the Henry
Ford Museum) a museum-wide computerized system for central documentation of
collection records and loans. After retirement, Robert became involved in
Ninfa's information technology program and was instrumental in developing the
web-based version of her program.

Robert is a self-taught websmith but he has skillfully applied his Fine Arts
education in website designing. The many websites that he has designed and
constructed are listed above. He plays a major role in the design and
construction of VCON, including 'tricky' parts such as the Quiz and Feedback
sections, where results are automatically sent to the course instructor. He
continues to attend workshops and seminars on computer technology at the UM
and keeps himself abreast with new development in software/hardware.

Ninfa and Bob's contribution to GUS Workshop in Manila, March 2000:

We have been participants in Dr. Utsumi's Global University System since 1998
and have viewed the electrocardiography on treadmill demonstration in Tampere
through the telemedicine department at the University of Michigan School of
Medicine. However, our interest is not for programs employing expensive, high
technology but rather in the development of instructional modules for
university teaching or continuing education using widely available internet
hardware/software. Ninfa is a Philippine American who recognizes the need for
inexpensive technology programs appropriate for developing countries. She
continues to maintain her professional communications with colleagues in the
Philippines, particularly those in the University of the Philippines (UP) and
Nutritionist/Dietitian's Association of the Philippines (NDAP).

Soon after retirement, Ninfa and Bob went to the Philippines, she as Visiting
Professor at the UP and Bob as consultant in UP's two museums. In 1996, the
American Dietetic Education announced a Wimpheimer-Guggenheim Essay contest on
International Nutrition. Since Ninfa was already involved in the development
of instructional modules at the University of Michigan (UM), she submitted an
essay proposing to use VCON for continuing education of dietitians in the
Philippines. The essay, involving two universities, UP and UM, was written
with the Chancellor of the newly established UP Open University and the
President of the NDAP. The essay won the $1000 prize! At this time,
negotiations are being made to give NDAP access to use VCON for their
continuing education program. The need for tele-education centers have yet to
be resolved. (Dr. Librerio, also a workshop participant, is a proponent of the
tele-education centers). These personal connections that Ninfa and Bob have
made during their last two trips to the Philippines after 1995 are valuable in
making collaboration between the two countries successful. It was these types
of connections that I have shared with Tak and now want to share with the
workshop planners and attendees.

Bob's first hand experience in university level instruction in the Philippines
has been augmented by years of involvement in Philippine-oriented professional
associations in the United States. Recent visits to the Philippines has
provided a heightened awareness of the uncertain distribution of technological
resources. Many individuals and private institutions enjoy state of the art
computer equipment while many state educational facilities possess outmoded
hardware. Programs to benefit the people must take this into consideration
and, hopefully, provide for future development.


From: "vicching" <vicching@compass.com.ph>
To: <lex@laguna.net>, <upou@laguna.net.ph>, <artpesigan@yahoo.com>,
<fhs-upou@mozcom.com.ph>, <tbarcelo@iconn.com.ph>, <sdemla@mozcom.com>,
<fhs-upou@mozcom.com>, <utsumi@columbia.edu>, <rbrsat@pworld.net.ph>,
Subject: Mini-workshop
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2000 14:42:28 -0800

January 24, 2000

I'm Victor T. Ching, friend of Dr. Tak Utsumi..
Regarding the discussion being mentioned by Dr. Utsumi. I don't know, if you
people will have time to discuss this further (our side in Manila).

The target mini-workshop is schedule on March 29-31 on my part. I am very much
interested but how are we going to meet this, and how far are we working on
this already.

Dr. Utsumi mentioned some equipment needed for videoconferencing and other
matters should be discuss, etc.

My suggested target of our meeting is on January 29 or 30, this Saturday or
Sunday, place at Greenhills or your suggested area.

We must know each other and wish this workshop become successful and step
toward the bright future of every Filipino.

19th/F, Cityland 10, Tower 1,
6815 H. V. dela Costa St., cor. Ayala Avenue,
Salcedo Village, Makati City
Tel. 8674490 to 92/8127733
List of Distribution

Dr. David A. Johnson, AICP
Board member of GLOSAS/USA
Former President of Fulbright Association
Professor Emeritus, School of Planning
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tenneseee
108-I Hoskins Library
Knoxville, TN 37996-4015
Tel: +1-423-974 5227
Fax: +1-423-974 5229

Robert J. Rodrigues, M.D.
Regional Advisor in Health Services Information Technology
Division of Health Systems and Services Development
Pan American Health Organization
Regional Office of the World Health Organization
525 Twenty-Third Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037
Fax: 202-974-3614
NetMeeting Server: ils.paho.org

Alexandre Rivas, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Director of the Center for Environmental Sciences
University of Amazonas - Brazil
C.P. 4208, Manaus 69053-140
+55-92-635 32 33
+55-92-644 23 22
Fax: +55-92-644 23 84

Dr. Pablo Pulido
Executive Director
PanAmerican Federation of Associations of Medical Schools
Apartado de Correos 60411
Caracus 1060-A
Fax: +58-2-945-4275
Sede de la Direccion Ejecutiva
Calle el Torreon, Quinta FEPAFEM
Urb. Sorocaima, La Trinidad
+58-2-93-0875 / 943-2840 / 93-0857
Fax: +58-2-943-285-40

Kimberly K. Obbink
Burns Telecommunications Center
128 EPS Building,
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-3860
Tel: +1-406-994 6550
Fax: +1-406-994 7856

Victor T. Ching
President, Philippine Office
Foundation for the Support of the United Nations (FSUN)
Chinatown Broadcasting Network
Rm. 1908 Cityland 10 Tower 1
6815 H. V. Dela Costa St., cor. Ayala Ave.
Salcedo Village, Makati City
867-4490 to 92
Fax: 00632-812-7733

Shin Takuma, M.D.
Cardiology Division
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
Department of Medicine
College of Physicians & Surgeons
Columbia University
630 West 168th street
New York, NY 10032-10391
Tel: +1-212-305-9875
Fax: +1-212-305-9049

Clarito Dimayuga, MD
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center
Department of Medicine
College of Physicians & Surgeons
Columbia University
630 West 168th street
New York, NY 10032-10391
Tel: +1-212-305-9875
Fax: +1-212-305-9049

Renee Ebert, MPH
International Distance Learning
School of Public Health
University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
310-794-2886 at Media Center (Tues/Thursday)
* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E., Chairman, GLOSAS/USA *
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* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education *
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* Global University System (GUS) *
* 43-23 Colden Street, Flushing, NY 11355-3998, U.S.A. *
* Tel: 718-939-0928; Fax: 718-939-0656 (day time only--prefer email) *
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