Names of Participants for Funding Request

Roger Boston
Houston Community College System

G. Robert Converse
Maui Community College

Renee A Ebert, MPH
UCLA School of Public Health

Ben I. Haraguchi
Foundation for the Support of the United Nations (FSUN)

Dr. David A. Johnson
The University of Tennessee/Knoxville

Steve McCarty
Kagawa Junior College

Kimberly K. Obbink
Montana State University

Norman H. Okamura
University of Hawaii

Nels D. Sanddal
Critical Illness and Trauma Foundation

Mr. John H. Southworth
University of Hawaii

Ninfa Springer
University of Michigan

Robert E. Springer, MFA
WhitmoreLake, MI

Shin Takuma, M.D.
Columbia University

Takeshi Utsumi

Tapio Varis
University of Tampere

Richard Wah
The University of the South Pacific (USP)

Information for Funding Request

Roger Boston

I. Address:

Roger Lee Boston
Rockwell Chair/Instructor
Distance Education/Technology Center
Houston Community College System
4310 Dunlavy Street
P.O.Box 7849
Houston, Texas 77006
Tel: +1-713-718 5224
Fax: +1-713-718 5301 (secondary)
Social Security Number:

II. Reason for selection:

He is the instructor for the workshop on the topic of "Low Cost Teleconferencing."

III. Expected tasks after the conference:

His college will engage in the exchange of educational/vocational training
courses with the counterpart educational institutions in the Philippines.

IV. Bio:

Roger Boston is currently with the faculty of the Houston Community College
System and holds the joint titles of "Rockwell Chair" and "Consultant for
Creativity", an innovation supported by the Rockwell Foundation since 1985.

A transplant from private industry a decade and a half ago where he was
involved as an information systems manager, he has built an international
reputation in distance learning since helping his organization to go "online"
with their credit courses in the late 1980's.

He is a member of the PBS Going the Distance Advisory Group, the State of
Texas Distance Learning Master planning group, a teacher with the Virtual
College of Texas, and is instrumental in the restructuring efforts now ongoing
within the Houston Community College System to deliver distance courses more

He has worked with more than four dozen organizations coast to coast to help
them in their efforts to implement electronic and multimedia instructional
delivery systems and is a frequent presenter at gatherings of the ITC and
other groups interested in Distance Learning. He is pioneering in the use of
low-bandwidth collaborative tools for instruction delivery across the internet
and often teaches his classes from remote areas to test the technology.

Frequently on-camera and behind the scenes for the Texas STARLINK group,
hosting and moderating satellite teleconferences and internet webcasts, he is
also active in the CAADE Consortium (Consortium for the Advancement of
Affordable Distance Education) and assists that group in its efforts to
deliver instruction worldwide via internet and via lower-bandwidth POTS connections.

Since 1997 he has been an active participant in the "Global LEARN Day"
movement, working behind the scenes and on camera in numerous global events to
help user in the age of truly world wide delivery of instruction.

He was the 1995 recipient of the ACCT Western Region Faculty Award, and his
former students have built up a scholarship fund in his name of more than
sixty thousand dollars, going to deserving students electing a career in
computers and information technology.

V. Proposed Contributions:

During the mini-workshop in Manila, Roger Boston will conduct low-cost
videoconferencing through narrow-band Internet, and introduce several distance
learning courses available from his Houston Community College.

G. Robert Converse

I. Address:

G. Robert Converse
Project Director/Principal Investigator
National Science Foundation Advanced Technology Education Project
Project Director USDOE Title III Project
EdTech Support Coordinator UH-UK Faulkes Telescope Project
Co-PI MCC-CalTech Super Computing Specialties Project
Beowulf Cluster Project Director
Special Assistant to the Dean
Maui Community College
310 Ka'a Humanu Ave.
Kahului, Hawaii 96732
Tel: +1-808-984 3447
Fax: +1-808-244 0862
Social Security Number:

II. Reason for selection:

1. He will actively participate in the construction of the pilot
project proposal for the establishment of the global broadband
wireless/satellite Internet in the Philippines.
2. He will make a presentation on Hawaii's SkyBridge System (a
microwave network among Hawaiian islands) which may be applicable
to many locations in the Philippines.

III. Expected tasks after the conference:

1. He will be the major coordinator in Hawaii for the project of
establishing the Pacific/Asia broadband Internet,
2. His college will help the operation of the Maui Research and
Technology Center and also engage in the exchange of
educational/vocational training courses with the counterpart
educational institutions in the Philippines.

IV. Bio:

G. Robert Converse has been a community college administrator and resource
developer for over 25 years. He has written and administered over ten million
dollars in funded projects. He has over twenty years experience as an academic
administrator in Pacific Rim Education having served as Academic Dean at
American Samoa Community College and as Learning Center Director and Special
Assistant to the Academic Dean at Maui Community College. He has also served
as a student services administrator at Penn State's Pennsylvania College of
Technology. He is currently a member of the Advisory Board for the State of
Hawaii DOE-NSF Project.

His experience with Pacific Rim Education includes high technology and
telecourse program development for diverse populations including Pacific
Islanders in American Samoa and the large population of Native Hawaiians,
Oriental and Filipino students at Maui Community College.

Mr. Converse is currently active in the implementation of distance education
delivery of English, Computer Engineering Technology and Electronics
Engineering Technology Programs via interactive television and the world wide
web. Components of the ECET Program that have been adopted internationally
include the NIDA workstation interactive CU-SeeMe laboratory and the
QuizCenter web-based test center. Converse has been a presenter at seven
national conferences in the past three years including three by the League for
Innovation and one international conference. He is the author and developer of
the Bootstraps developmental education program for minority students.

V. Proposed Contribution:

Programs currently offered by Maui Community College via Distance Education
include but are not limited to the following; Administration of Justice,
Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology and Practical Nursing. In
addition there are several individual classes in the humanities, language arts
and the sciences including mathematics. MCC also has a RN Program on campus.
Several courses are offered on line including English, mathematics and
economics. MCC is in the planning stages for an on-line AA Degree in liberal
arts and a new program and the AS Degree in Disaster Management which is being
developed in cooperation with George Washington University. Another program in
the planning stages is the AS Degree in Super Computing Specialties. This
program will have some on-line courses and will include a 6-month certificate
program for individuals already degreed in ICS. This is being developed in
cooperation with ISI at USC and NSF. MCC is also implementing an on-line
English tutoring program.

Renee A Ebert, MPH

I. Address:

Renee A Ebert, MPH
Coordinator for International Distance Learning Project
UCLA School of Public Health
409 Colton Street
Newport Beach, California 92663
Phone: 949-642-4650
Fax: 949-646-2289
Social Security Number:

II. Reason for selection:

A Speaker at the mini-workshop.

III. Expected tasks after the conference:

Extend distance learning courses on public health to the Philippines -- see below.

IV. Bio:

Nationality: US Citizen

UCLA Masters Degree in Public Health
Applicant to UCLA Doctoral Program for distance learning to rural U.S. and
developing countries

Current Post: Coordinator for International Distance Learning. Public Health
Education curriculum for a global community through satellite live lectures
from UCLA to initial contact, Ministries of Health in Cairo, Egypt and Uganda.
Purpose of project: to use telecommunications for live including Internet
connectivity in its newest formats (webcasting) to developing nations.
Position is as coordinator working with Osman Galal, MD, PhD and Paul Torrens,
MD, MPH at UCLA. Work consists of identifying corporations to support the
project, creating a public health dialogue for corporations that helps define
the importance of the project.

Past Post: Hughes Satellite & Telecommunications Research of healthcare
industry at large for telecommunications. Included developing nations seeking
access to twenty-first century health care for application at the community
level to educate populations.

Current Research Interests include identifying the best ways to achieve
satisfactory telecommunications links to developing nations for public health
education. The purpose of the project is to increase education while decrease
serious attrition of physicians from developing countries. Work closely with
telecommunications industry to fine tune delivery of live lectures, use of
Internet II via satellite signal for live, broadcast (webcasting) quality
seminar and interaction between UCLA and Ministry of Health in Cairo and Natal
University Medical School in Durban, South Africa. Interface with UCLA
technical group. Communicate with consultant staff at WHO where project will
be evaluated for content among other criteria. Work closely with the
principal investigators on issues of curriculum content, aides to teaching
students. Meet and make presentations to physician delegations from Indonesia,
Egypt and Saudi Arabia to introduce the distance learning concept. Write
speeches on distance learning for important meetings.

Experience as it relates to current work is extensive in rural health care
needs in terms of education as a means to improve rural health. Work includes
direct contact through consulting with rural hospitals throughout the United
States to build medical and nursing staff and educational programs. As part
of consulting I have conferred directly with a cross section of community
leaders, physicians administrators and those representative of the population,
conducting needs assessments and implementing and improving health care
delivery programs.

Publications, Abstracts, Presentations:

Role of University in Developed Country Toward Interface/Development with
University in Developing Country, Speech, January 1999

Distance Learning for Public Health Education, Lecture at Chapman University
for graduate students, December 1998

Internet connectivity via satellite for public health distance learning,
Lecture at UCLA to visiting delegation of Obstetricians from Egypt. July 1998

Public Health Education to Developing Countries using Satellite and other
Telecommunications Technologies, Renee Ebert, MPH, copyright November 1997.

Health Practices for the Village health education/applications for nurses
and paramedics. Lecture at UCLA Library to Indonesian Hospital Association,
Directors of Hospitals, June 1997

Telecommunications in integrated systems to address total education needs
from physician to patient. Panel discussion at Telemedicine Summit, May 1997

Interactive Distance Learning and the Masters in Public Health Degree, Lecture
presented at UCLA to Egyptian Physician Delegation, 1996

Similarities in Health Care Needs for Developing Countries and Rural America,
Presentation at University of Southern California to Hungarian Medical Society
President and Officers, August, 1993

Collaborative efforts with Health and Human Services & Public Health
Scholarship: Matching physicians to communities. Presentation to American
Rural Health Association, Washington, DC, 1983


Ben I. Haraguchi

I. Address:

Ben I. Haraguchi
Foundation for the Support of the United Nations (FSUN)
809 United Nations Plaza, Suite 1200
New York, NY 10017
Tel: +1-212-986 8114
Fax: +1-212-986 8131

II. Reason for selection:

He and his colleagues of his organization in Manila are spearheading this
project with Kim Obbink.

III. Expected tasks after the conference:

Coordination and administration of this project.

IV. Bio:

Mr. Haraguchi received his A.B. degree (with distinction) from Stanford
University in 1964, an M.A. degree from the University of Hawaii (East West
Center) in 1966, and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1969.

He is a partner at the Law Firm of Arent Fox Kintner Plotkin & Kahn, which he
joined in 1993 from his previous Law Firm of Morrison & Forester at which he
was also a partner.

Mr. Haraguchi's corporate practice includes extensive experience in
negotiating and documenting asset and stock acquisitions, mergers, joint
ventures, technical assistance and licensing agreements, corporate
reorganizations and divestitures, and financing of all kinds. He has
represented firms in establishing manufacturing facilities throughout the
United States, assisting in site selection and acquisition, state and local
economic development assistance, construction and financing and has organized
a number of seminars for Japanese companies with the New York State Department
of Commerce and JETRO in Tokyo and New York City on investing in the United

His representation of international clients in joint ventures covers the
fields of new materials, auto parts, steel products, machinery and machine
tools, heavy industrial equipment, computers, software, smelting, refining,
and mining. He has also been extensively involved in the work out of troubled
joint ventures.

Mr. Haraguchi's real estate practice includes extensive experience in the
acquisition, development, environmental clean-up and disposition of real
estate of all kinds. He has been involved in a number of office building
acquisitions, ski resort and golf course acquisitions and the organization and
sale of golf club memberships and has advised clients with respect to the
securities and tax aspects of such sales.

Mr. Haraguchi is a co-founder, officer and director of the Foundation for the
Support of the United Nations and a member of the American Bar Association and
the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

Dr. David A. Johnson

I. Address:

Dr. David A. Johnson
Professor Emeritus
School of Planning
108 Hoskins Library
The University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-4015
tel 423 974-5227
fax 423 974-5229
web page:
Social Security Number:

II. Reason for selection:

Board member of GLOSAS/USA, and a Speaker at the mini-workshop.

III. Expected tasks after the conference:

Coordination and administration of this project.

IV. Bio:

Born: New York, NY, Dec 8, 1935

Education: Yale University, (BA, 1957); Yale University, (MCP, 1963);
Cornell University (PhD, Regional Planning, 1974).

Biosketch of David A. Johnson

David A. Johnson, AICP, is Professor Emeritus of Planning at the University of
Tennessee, Knoxville, where he served for 19 years. He was also an elected
faculty member in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at
Tennessee. Previously he taught in and directed planning departments at
Syracuse University and Ball State University.

Prof. Johnson received bachelors and masters degrees in architecture and city
planning from Yale University and a PhD in regional planning from Cornell
University. He has been a Fulbright Scholar in Cyprus, India, Thailand, and
the Soviet Union. He is a past President of the Fulbright Association of the
United States. Johnson has directed university linkage projects in a number
of countries including Manaus, Brazil and Coimbra, Portugal. Most recently,
he has been active in reconstruction efforts in Bosnia and bicommunal peace-
making in Cyprus.

Prior to embarking on a teaching career Prof. Johnson served as a professional
planner on the staffs of the Washington National Capital Planning Commission
and the Regional Plan Association of New York. His published writings have
focused on planning theory and history. He has written numerous articles on
the planning activities of the Tennessee Valley Authority and the development
of the New York Metropolitan Region.

He has served on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Planning
Association and is the author of PLANNING THE GREAT METROPOLIS, London:
Chapman & Hall, 1996. Dr. Johnson is active in international distance
education and is an advisor to the Global University System, based in Tampere,

V. Proposed Contribution:

Dr. Johnson has participated in GLOSAS distance learning workshops between the
University of Tennessee in Knoxville and Moscow and Budapest. He presented a
paper at the EGEDL conference in Tampere, Finland in August 1999. Dr. Johnson
is developing an on-line version of a four-week training program offered by
the University of Tennessee on "Management for Sustainable Natural Resource
Development and Environmental Protection." His participation in the workshop
would provide an opportunity to match the course with needs in the Philippines
and the South Pacific region.

Steve McCarty

I. Address:

Steve McCarty
Professor, Kagawa Junior College
President, World Association for Online Education:
Residence: 3717-33 Nii, Kokubunji, Kagawa 769-0101 JAPAN
Tel: +81-877-49-8041 (office, direct)
Fax: +81-877-49-5252 (any time)
E-mail: <>, <>;
home: <>; Web mail: <>
Website Map:
Mirror Site:
In Japanese:
Mirror Site:
Social Security Number:

II. Reason for selection:

A Speaker at the mini-workshop.

III. Expected tasks after the conference:

Work on the preparation of a large event in Japan -- see below.

IV. Bio:

Steve McCarty, born in Boston, specialized in Asia (B.A.) and then Japan
(M.A.) at the University of Hawaii. He resides on the island of Shikoku in
southwestern Japan with his wife Chisato and two sons in a local elementary
school. A rare foreign full Professor in Japan, Steve teaches English as a
Foreign Language in Mac, Windows and Language Labs. Since 1983 he has been
nationally active in the Japan Association for Language Teaching, including
the highest appointed office representing all research groups. In 1996 he
organized a colloquium on cross-cultural communication at the University of
Hong Kong Knowledge and Discourse Conference. In 1997 his multilingual online
library of publications was given a 4-star rating "very useful for research"
by the Asian Studies WWW Virtual Library based at the Australian National
University. His electronic text initiative with Japanese and European
collaboration, including an online guidebook to the region in 5 languages,
also was linked from the Japan WWW Virtual Library at Stanford University.
>From 1997 to 1998 he wrote a series on computing in Asia for Humanist, based
at London University. In 1998 he delivered the opening Keynote Address of the
Teaching in the Community Colleges Online Conference based at the University
of Hawaii. He also presented in Japanese on distance education at Kyushu
Institute of Technology, at a conference session broadcast by two-way
satellite to 15 universities. He was elected President of the World
Association for Online Education, an NPO registered in California, from 1998-
2001. In 1999 his research on Japanese-English bilingualism and biculturalism
appeared in a Japanese language collection of papers by a major linguistics
publisher. His article on online education in Japan also appeared in the major
U.S. educational technology magazine Educom Review. Steve's three articles on
Japan and 12 photos have been accepted by an encyclopedia forthcoming in 2000.
Over 100 of Steve's publications and Websites are available from:

V. Proposed Contribution:

Steve McCarty joined the Global University Consortium in 1998, and it has
become a long-term commitment, working closely with colleagues from around the
world, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. Steve has been assisting Dr.
Takeshi Utsumi more and more with clerical work such as developing Global
University System (GUS) Websites, translating documents into Japanese, and
editing documents written in English as a second language. Representing GUS to
an extent in Japan, Steve has been asked to help organize a subsequent GUS
Workshop in Tokyo. By attending the Manila Workshop, Steve could gain valuable
first-hand experience to serve delegates to Tokyo from the Philippines and
elsewhere in the region.

Long study and experience of intercultural communication points to being
helpful without being patronizing. This experience included an internship with
Benjamin Cayetano, now Governor of Hawaii, the highest-ranking American of
Philippine ancestry. Having edited books and many other writings by non-native
users of English, Steve can maintain their style while getting their intended
meaning across more clearly. Again, by going to the Philippines, Steve can
assess where his skills may be needed as the University of the Philippines
Open University and other scholarly institutions in the Philippines work more
closely in the future with the Global University System. The general pattern
is liable to continue where Asia-Pacific nations including the Philippines
look to Japan for economic and technical assistance. Steve's Japan base,
contacts, fluency and literacy in Japanese may prove helpful in long-term
trust-building negotiations, as English does not provide an effective enough
link between Japan and other countries.

Steve is an American with permanent residency status and the only resident of
Japan among those nominated to the NSF to attend the Manila Workshop. Steve
maintains the following GUS Web pages and directories, with related
information on the Philippines appearing throughout the Website:

Global University System Asia-Pacific Framework:

Global University System Asia-Pacific News and Links:

Global University System Background Documents in Japanese:

Global University System Late 1999 Correspondence:

Global University System Early 2000 Correspondence:

Kimberly K. Obbink

I. Address:

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

II. Reason for selection:

As the director of BTC, she will actively participate in the construction of
the pilot project proposal for the establishment of the global broadband
wireless/satellite Internet in the Philippines and the Pacific/Asia region.

III. Expected tasks after the conference:

1. BTC is to become the major administrative center of the
Pacific/Asia operation of the global broadband Internet,
2. Coordinate the activities of MSU for the educational/vocational
training course exchange with the counterparts in the Philippines
and later in the Pacific/Asian countries.

IV. Bio:

Kim Obbink is Director of the Burns Telecommunications Center at Montana State
University. The Center, named for Montana U.S. Senator Conrad Burns, is an
innovative, self-supporting outreach and distance learning facility that works
with campus, state, regional and national constituents to make education
opportunities and resources available to all citizens. Kim currently directs
all activities of the Center and oversees the telecommunications portion of
the Second Century fund raising campaign that was instrumental in establishing
the Center.

Kim has a masters degree in education from Iowa State University and is
currently a doctoral candidate in adult and higher education at MSU. Kim has
worked in outreach and distance learning for the past 15 years. She has
received numerous competitive grants for programs related to science
education, distance learning and telecommunications, with a particular focus
on meeting the needs of citizens living in rural and underserved areas. She
is currently Co-PI on the NSF funded National Teachers Enhancement Network
which delivers online graduate credit science courses to science teachers
internationally and served as Co-PI for six years on an NSF funded Young
Scholars program using telecommunications to support rural Montana youth
interested in science careers. Other current funding includes HHS and TIIAP
funds for distance learning for rural emergency medical technicians and a NASA
grant for the development of K-12 online courses and multimedia materials
using NASA data. A previous TIIAP grant provided funds for telecommunications
training and outreach to Montana Tribal Colleges.

As Director of the Burns Telecommunications Center, Kim also oversees a number
of corporate funded programs including support from AT&T to provide teachers,
parents, and rural community leaders with Internet training, and funding from
US West to establish a distance learning masters degree in science education.
Kim also serves as a consultant to numerous distance learning programs
including the Suicide Prevention Center CDC project at the University of
Nevada, Genentech Inc. Access Excellence Program for science teachers, and
state liaison to the US West Pathways Program.

Norman H. Okamura

I. Address:

Norman H. Okamura, Ph.D.
Associate Specialist
Social Science Research Institute
University of Hawaii
Porteus Hall 704
2424 Maile Way
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
tel: (808) 956-2909; (808) 956-8848
fax: (808) 956-8019; (808) 956-2512
pager: 680-5215; cell: 227-9339

II. Reason for selection:

PEACESAT will be a critical component for establishing the Pacific/Asia
broadband Internet connection, allowing connections via satellite to the
Philippines and the Pacific islands. Dr. Okamura has a significant amount of
experience in the technical, legal, and cultural issues surrounding the use of
satellite broadcast to Pacific islands.

III. Expected tasks after the conference:

Dr. Okamura will participate in the technical design and proposal development
following the workshop. He will serve as a project liaison with PEACESAT for
establishing satellite broadcast for the broadband Internet connection.

IV. Bio:

Norman Okamura, Ph.D., is a Faculty Specialist in telecommunication policy,
planning, technology systems, and management with the Social Science Research
Institute of the University of Hawaii. Dr. Okamura formerly the Administrator
of the Hawaii Sate government Information and Communication Services Division.
During this tenure with the State, he was the primary technical and program
architect for the development of a multi-use, shared telecommunications
network supporting distance learning and many other applications. The network
consisted of DS-3 microwave links among the Hawaiian Islands with add-drop
multiplexing, a OC-3 SONET fiber optics network that interconnects K-12,
higher education, and state government organizations, and the Hawaii
Interactive Television system. Today, Dr. Okamura is the Principal
Investigator of PEACESAT ( a satellite
telecommunications network that interconnects 22 Pacific Island entities with
narrowband satellite links and directs the State Telehealth Access Network
that interconnects 27 sites in Hawaii. The network interconnects Hawaii and
the Pacific Islands region with narrowband and wide-band, multi-protocol
distance learning and telehealth links. Most recently, Dr. Okamura and the
Telecommunications and Information Policy Group has implemented an OC-3 ATM
network for 41 public and private K-12 schools, a community college, a
hospital, and government agencies. Dr. Okamura is in the process of
implementing new digital voice, data, and compressed video teleconferencing
links to the Guam, Palau, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands
and other Pacific Island jurisdictions.

V. Contribution to workshop:

Dr. Okamura will provide program and technical insight in discussing the many
alternatives for developing global distance learning networks and network
applications. He will also discuss principles of Global Networking that are
based on experiences in optimizing distance learning and development
telecommunications networks.

Nels D. Sanddal

I. Address:

Nels D. Sanddal
President & CEO
Critical Illness and Trauma Foundation
300 North Wilson Avenue, Suite 3002
Bozeman, MT 59715
Tel: +1-406-585 2659
Fax: +1-406-585 2741

II. Reason for selection:

A Speaker at the mini-workshop.

III. Expected tasks after the conference:

Extend distance learning courses on Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Training
to the Philippines -- see below.

IV. Bio:

Nels D. Sanddal, MS, REMT-B. Mr. Sanddal is currently the President and Chief
Executive Officer of the Critical Illness and Trauma (CIT) Foundation in
Bozeman, Montana, USA. CIT is a private non-profit organization that seeks to
improve emergency medicine through programs of research, training and
prevention. Mr. Sanddal has been a prehospital care provider for more than 25
years and has served the State of Montana as their Emergency Medical Services
(EMS) Training Coordinator. He has authored many articles and books on EMS
training and has been involved in distance learning activities for nearly two decades.

Mr. John H. Southworth

I. Address:

Mr. John H. Southworth
University of Hawaii
Research Associate, Curriculum Research & Development Group
Director, Distance Education, UH Laboratory School
Work: 1776 University Avenue, Honolulu, HI, 96822
Home: 1543 Kaminaka Drive, Honolulu, HI, 96816
Phones: 808-956-6871(w), 808-732-1647(h)
Fax: 808-956-4933
Social Security Number:

II. Reason for selection:

A Speaker at the mini-workshop.

III. Expected tasks after the conference:

Extend distance learning courses for secondary schools to the Philippines --
see below.

IV. Bio:

Born: Pomona, California, April 20, 1939

Education: Pomona College (Chemistry, B.A., 1961)
University of Bristol, England (Biochemistry, 1961-1962)
University of Hawaii (Oceanography, M.Sc. 1971)

Career Experience: John Southworth is a Research Associate for the University
of Hawaii Curriculum Research & Development Group and a science/technology
teacher at the UH Laboratory School. After his undergraduate education he
served as a science and math teacher with the United States Peace Corps in
Malaysia. After completing his graduate study he has worked in science and
technology education at the University of Hawaii and with other educational
technology projects.

In 1974 he founded the Educational Computer Unit, the original educational
technology support unit on the UH campus. In 1984 he was designated as one of
the "Electronics Using Educators of the Year" by the Electronic Learning
magazine "for significant contribution to the advancement of education through
technology." He served as co-director of the original University of Hawaii
Computer-Based Education Planning Committee in the 1970's. Among results of
that effort was the acquisition of services of the PLATO Computer-Based
Education system. He has, since 1980, been involved with UH Lab School
distance learning programs and projects. From 1985-89 he worked with the
Hawaii Department of Education (HDOE) in developing the TELEclass Project that
led to later development of the HDOE educational and informational technology programs.

During that time he participated as a member of the Apple Computer Education
Advisory Council on telecommunications and distance learning. He has authored
various papers on the topic and wrote a chapter in the Networking Volume of
the Learning Tomorrow Series. From 1995-98 he worked as Coordinator for the
Technology Collaborative of the Pacific (that worked with the Hawaii-Pacific
educators under the Regional Technology in Education Consortium) that has been
addressing the issues of equity and access to educational technology for
students, teachers and administrators in the Pacific region. He helped found
the Pan Pacific Distance Learning Association that annually presents programs
for educators during the Pacific Telecommunications Conference in Honolulu.

V. Proposed Contribution:

His extensive background with both years of work in professional development
and integrating technology in the classroom provide a realistic view of the
realities of educational use of technology and distance education. His
international living and working experiences, especially in Asia and the
Pacific region, provide additional value and understanding of the issues
involved with education overseas.

VI. Presentation:


My experiences with distance learning go back to the early 1970s and continue
to the present day in Hawaii. The PEACESAT network provided my earliest
opportunities to link my students with others throughout the Pacific. In
early days it was audio only; now we can use digital videoconferencing with
places like Samoa and Guam. This SYNCHRONOUS experience has been complemented
by the use of phone-based and Internet-based systems. Included have been Slow
Scan (freeze frame) TV, CU-SeeMe, and NetMeeting types of systems.

ASYNCHRONOUS communication has included networking with systems such as PLATO
(now known as NovaNET) and EIES (the New Jersey Institute of Technology's
Electronic Information Exchange System). More recently I have been using
Internet based systems such as Nicenet's Internet Classroom Assistant for
classes and other special projects.

In the area of telehealth, I would like to focus on the Electronic Field Trip
model we at the University of Hawaii Laboratory School have developed with the
UH Medical Technology program. In this we use a combination of asynchronous
and synchronous methods. A "What's Med Tech?" topic is created with links to
web sites on medical technology. My students post introductions and questions
that are answered (as replies) by the UH Med Tech staff. Then a synchronous
teleconference is held in conjunction with showing a videotape in class. The
students can ask further questions during the live teleconference. The
project ends with students posting e-mail thanks with mention of something
they learned. Follow-up invitations to visit an actual med tech lab have
resulted for students interested in learning more about the field.

The above is only one of many possible adaptions to the Electronic Field Trip
model than could be run using only e-mail and extended to more sophisticated
synchronous videoconferencing systems than we have had available but the
concepts would be the same.

Other experience with educational technology has included use of various
computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases for
a variety of educational management tasks.

The above could be demonstrated or discussed depending on the on-site
arrangements in Manila.

Robert and Ninfa Springer

I. Address:

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
Social Security Number:
For curriculum vitae: <

II. Reason for selection:

A Speaker at the mini-workshop.

III. Expected tasks after the conference:

Extend distance learning courses on nutrition to the Philippines -- see below.

IV. Bio:

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

I. Address:

Postal,email address etc. same as Ninfa's
Websmith of:
Social Security Number:

II. Reason for selection:

A Speaker at the mini-workshop.

III. Expected tasks after the conference:

Extend distance learning courses on nutrition to the Philippines -- see below.

IV. Bio:

After completing a BFA in arts in Olivet College in Michigan, Bob enrolled in
graduate study at 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.

V. Proposed Contribution by Ninfa and Robert:

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. Librero, 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.

We will demonstrate VCON at the workshop. All we need is an internet
connection. Since we have six modules available, attendees can select any
module and go through the program which includes the following sections: Unit
Background, Case Overview, Case Records, Learning Exercises, Quiz and
Feedback. The last three sections are interactive.

The demonstration can motivate users to develop modules related to their
specialty or topics, target groups, learning objectives, using similar format.
VCON is an ideal program in countries with limited technology resources; the
information superhighway via internet presents a most convenient and
inexpensive tool allowing access to learners unlimited by continent, country,
island or town.

Shin Takuma, M.D.

I. Address:

Shin Takuma, M.D.
Post doctoral research fellow of Medicine
Department of Medicine
Columbia University
630 West 168 the Street
New York, NY 10032-3784
Tel: 212-305-9875
Fax: 212-305-9049
Social Security Number:

II. Reason for selection:

The telepresence demonstration with echocardiography will be performed at the
workshop by the Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia University in New York. The
echocardiograph signal of a patient on a tread mill in Manila will be sent to
Presbyterian for diagnosis, as we have done during our Tampere event in
Finland last August. However, this time, the 3D image of his heart will also
be constructed as an upgraded feature. Both will be disseminated to the
participants around the world via ISDN and Internet.

He may also conduct a demonstration of low-cost distance learning on nurse
training with CD-ROM, web (and if necessary, video- or audio-conferencing) via
Internet for the Continuing Medical Education (CME).

III. Expected tasks after the conference:

Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center may engage in the telemedicine practice
with counterparts in the Philippines through the global broadband Internet we
plan to establish.

IV. Bio:

Dr. Takuma is a graduate of the University of Occupational and Environmental
Health, the school of Medicine, Japan. He was trained at Shonan Kamakura
General Hospital as Cardiac surgeon. He is now working at Columbia University
as an Associate in Medicine. He is also a director, division of cardiovascular
research, Medintec Inc.

His prominent 3D cardiac imaging research has often been introduced at mass
media. Since the heart is a most mysterious organ in the human body, Dr.
Takuma is using advanced digital imaging technologies to integrate medical
information about the heart.

Recently, he heads new medical networking projects in Medintec, Inc. Medintec
is the biggest soft-house in Japan and mainly produces intelligent medical
software. He is also making educational program for the nurse. The program
will be downloaded through Internet and will be supported by Q and A section
using real-time broad-band network.

Takeshi Utsumi

I. Address:

Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E.
Chairman, GLOSAS/USA
President Emeritus and V.P. for Technology and Coordination of Global
University System (GUS) 43-23 Colden Street
Flushing, NY 11355-3998
Tel: 718-939-0928
Fax: 718-939-0656 (day time only--prefer email)
Social Security Number:

II. Reason for selection:

Chairman of GLOSAS/USA, and a Speaker at the mini-workshop.

III. Expected tasks after the conference:

Coordination and administration of this project.

IV. Bio:

Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E., is Chairman of the GLObal Systems Analysis and
Simulation Association in the USA (GLOSAS/USA) and President of the Global
(electronic) University (GU/USA) System (a divisional activity of GLOSAS/USA).

He is the 1994 Laureate of the Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance
Education. His public services have included political work for deregulation
of global telecommunications and the use of e-mail through ARPANET, Telenet
and Internet; helping extend American university courses to the Third World;
the conduct of innovative distance teaching trials with "Global Lecture
Hall(GLH)" multipoint-to-multipoint multimedia interactive videoconferences
using hybrid technologies; as well as lectures, consultation, and research in
process control, management science, systems science and engineering at the
University of Michigan, the University of Pennsylvania, M.I.T. and many
universities, governmental agencies and large firms in Japan and other

Among more than 150 related scientific papers and books are presentations to
the Summer Computer Simulation Conferences (which he created and named) and
the Society for Computer Simulation International. He is a member of various
scientific and professional groups, including the Chemists Club (New York,
NY); Columbia University Seminar on Computer, Man and Society (New York, NY);
Fulbright Association (Washington, D.C.); International Center for Integrative
Studies (ICIS) (New York, NY); and Society of Satellite Professionals
International (Washington, D.C.).

He received Ph.D. Ch.E. from Polytechnic University in New York, M.S.Ch.E.
from Montana State University, after study at the University of Nebraska with
Fulbright scholarship. His professional experiences in simulation and
optimization of petrochemical and refinery processes were at Mitsubishi
Research Institute, Tokyo; Stone & Webster Engineering Corp., Boston; Mobil
Oil Corporation and Shell Chemical Company, New York; Asahi Chemical Industry,
Inc., Tokyo.

Tapio Varis

I. Address:

P. Tapio Varis, Ph.D, Professor
Acting President, Global University System
Chairman, GLOSAS/Finland
Professor and Chair
Media Culture and Communication Education
Hypermedia laboratory
University of Tampere
P.O.Box 607
FIN-33101 Tampere
Tel: +358-3-215 6110
GSM: +358-50-567-9833
Fax: +358-3-215 7503

II. Reason for selection:

Acting President of Global University System, and a Speaker at the mini-workshop.

III. Expected tasks after the conference:

Coordination and administration of this project.

IV. Bio:

Tapio Varis is currently Professor and Chair of Media Culture and
Communication Education at the University of Tampere Finland (Journalism and
Mass Communication and Department of Teacher Education), consultant on new
learning technologies for the Finnish Ministry of Education and advisor to
several international organizations. In 1996-97, he was UNESCO Chair of
Communication Studies at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain. He has
also been a faculty member of the European Peace University, the University of
Art and Design in Helsinki and Communication and Media Scholar at the
University of Helsinki.

Tapio Varis is a former Rector of the University for Peace in Costa Rica and
Professor of Media Studies in the University of Lapland, Finland. He has
published approximately 200 scientific contributions, the latest being MEDIA
OF THE KNOWLEDGE AGE, published by Helsinki University Press 1995 (in
Finnish). He is listed in Who's Who in the World (1984 & 1995) and Men of
Achievement (1986 & 1995).

Richard Wah

I. Address:

Richard Wah
Head of Distance Education and Deputy Director
University Extension
The University of the South Pacific (USP)
Laucala Campus
PO Box 1168
Suva, FIJI
Tel: (679) 212483
Fax: (679) 300482

II. Reason for selection:

His university recently inaugurated a digital satellite Internet link (USPNet)
at 64 Kbps with a dozen consortium members in the nearby small island
countries. This was made with the funds from Japanese, Australian and New
Zealand governments. On the other hand, the Leland program of the United
States Agency for International Development (USAID) (which has successfully
extended a similar digital satellite Internet at 128 Kbps to about two dozen
African countries) indicated their desire to emulate similar extensions to the
Pacific/Asia areas. The upgrading the USPNet could be one starting point.

When Takeshi Utsumi was invited in November, 2000 to the Round Table meeting
to prepare for the inauguration of the USPNet , Richard Wah indicated his
interest in joining in our Global University System project as firstly
importing some of distance learning courses from the U.S.

We will discuss these possibilities during the mini-workshop in Manila.

III. Expected tasks after the conference:

He will continue the above two possibilities.

IV. Bio:

Richard Wah is the Deputy Director and Head of Distance Education, University
Extension, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. He has been in
this position since 1991. His interests in distance education are wide. His
PhD thesis was titled: 'A postcolonial perspective of distance education. A
case study of the University of the South Pacific'.

Besides alternative approach and thinking about distance education, Richard is
very interested in the technological (having completed a masters in computing
from Essex University in the United Kingdom in 1988). He has written a number
of chapters on these two perspectives ie. technology in distance education and
a postcolonial perspective of distance education.

He is also interested in science teaching via distance education. His third
major area of interest in distance education is cost effectiveness and

Prior to coming to his current position he was firstly lecturer then head of
the National Extension Centre of the University of the South Pacific (USP)
which catered for more than 60% of all distance students of USP, the Fiji

Richard is by profession a training science teacher having completed his
bachelor of science degree with double majors in Biology and Chemistry, and a
Concurrent Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of the South
Pacific in 1976.

Some of his individual publications include:

Wah, R. (1992, 7-8 August). Cost Effectiveness in Distance Education: The
University of the South Pacific - A case in point. Paper presented at the 8th
Annual Conference on Teaching at a Distance, Madison, Wisconsin.

Wah, R. T. U. (1993). Contemporary developments in the restructuring and
management of distance education in the South Pacific. Seminar paper presented
at the University of Southern Queensland.

Wah, R. T. U. (1994). Definition and approach to distance education. The
University of the South Pacific. Paper presented at the UNESCO Study Visits
and International Seminar on Distance Education and Open Learning. University
of South Australia. 3 - 23rd September 1994.

Wah, R. (1995). Distance education - A conflict of interest. Paper presented
at the 12th Biennial Forum of the Open and Distance Learning Association of
Australia, Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Wah, R. (1997). Distance education in the South Pacific. Issues and
contractions. In L. Rowan, L. Bartlett, & T. Evans (Eds.), Shifting borders.
Globalization, localization and Open and Distance Education (pp. 69-82).
Geelong: Deakin University Press.

Wah, R. T. U. (1997). Communications in distance education. Te Kie. A forum
for distance and continuing education at USP.(2), 55 - 63.

Wah, R. T. U. (1997). Distance Education and its students. A case study from
The University of the South Pacific. In M. Goos, K. Moni, & J. Knight (Eds.),
Scholars in context. Prospects and transitions (pp. 67-73).
Brisbane: Post Pressed.

Wah, R. T. U. (1997). Fijian renaissance. In G. Chand & V. Naidu (Eds.), Fiji:
coups, crises, and reconciliation, 1987 - 1997 (pp. 151-169). Suva: Fiji
Institute of Applied Studies.

Wah, R. T. U. (1998). Authentic, mimic (wo)man, postcolonial ... Re-thinking
"choice" and "truth" in social science research. In B. Baker, M. Tucker, & C.
Ng (Eds.), Education's new timespace (Vol. 1, pp. 11-21). Brisbane: Post

Wah, R.T.U. (2000) To be or not to be technological. Technological change in
the University of the South Pacific. In T.Evans and D. Nation. Changing
University Teaching--
Reflections on creating educational technologies. Kogan
Page Ltd. London.

Continue to Draft/Travel grant application to NSF for Manila Mini-workshop (4 of 5)

* Takeshi Utsumi, Ph.D., P.E., Chairman, GLOSAS/USA *
* (GLObal Systems Analysis and Simulation Association in the U.S.A.) *
* Laureate of Lord Perry Award for Excellence in Distance Education *
* Laureate of Planet Earth Pathfinder Award *
* Founder of CAADE *
* (Consortium for Affordable and Accessible Distance Education) *
* President Emeritus and V.P. for Technology and Coordination of *
* 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) *
* Email:; Tax Exempt ID: 11-2999676 *
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