<<March 17, 2000>>

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

Dr. Gayle D. Cooper <gcooper@utk.edu>

Ms. Andrea Damewood <damewooda@outreach.utk.edu>

Dr. Fadia Alvic <Fadia.Alvic@rcenter.org>

Alexandre Rivas, Ph.D. <alex_mau@argo.com.br>

Roger Lee Boston <rboston@tenet.edu>

Dr. Andrey S. Narvsky <narvsky@astrive.com>

Dear David:

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

(2) I thank you very much, indeed, for your arrangements of my visits to the
UTK and Renaissance Center in Dickson, TN on 3/14th and 15th. Our
visits were very fruitful.

(3) I particularly enjoyed visiting the Centennial Mall in Nashville. It is
fantastic! -- very informative and educational. My wholehearted
congratulations on your excellent vision and design!! Your monument can
certainly last for centuries to come, for the benefit of children of all ages.

Dear Gayle:

(4) It was my great pleasure to have met with you.

(5) The pedagogy of your distance learning is the one we would like to
follow, i.e., face-to-face mtg of instructor and students at the
beginning and at the end of semester with the use of various e-learning
approaches between them.

After our mtg, I visited Ms. Damewood and learned about the
excellent SYMPOSIUM audio (and other) conferencing system.

(6) I am very happy that the availability of your courses will be presented
at our mini-workshop in Manaus, Amazona on May 31, June 1 and 2.

I would greatly appreciate it if your courses may also be
available to other regions of the globe, e.g., Asia/Pacific, Ukraine,
etc., through the channels of our Global University System.

(7) I also appreciated to hear of your willingness to submit a travel grant
application to the NSF for the Manaus workshop.

Dear Fadia:

(8) I thoroughly enjoyed visiting your wonderful Renaissance Center in the
middle of Tennessee farm land!! It was also my great honor to speak to
the Rotarian gathering at lunch time.

(9) I would greatly appreciate it if you can attend our Manaus workshop to
speak about;

(a) Inter-state relationship between Tennessee and Amazon,

(b) Tennessee Virtual University,

(c) Renaissance Center.

(10) About the videoconferencing (30 to 45 minutes):

(a) Date and time:

It will be in the evening of May 31st.

Brazil has two time zones; with Brasilia on the east side, and Manaus
on the west side, so that Manaus is one hour ahead of New York,
which means that it is two hours ahead of Dickson.

(b) Manaus capabilities:

1. 256 Kbps Internet,

2. 384 Kbps ISDN line with a PictureTel.

(c) Your side capabilities:

1. 3 to 4 lines of T1 at 1.5 Mbps,

2. PictureTel.

(d) Your web site:

I visited your very informative web site. I wonder if your people
can add the following features, if possible;

1. a walk-through of your center,

Roger Boston's web shows a walk-through of his school
building, and Andrey Narvsky's web shows a walk-through
of Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

2. 360 degree panning, e.g., panorama of your rotunda,

Roger's web site shows a 360 degree panning of his class room,

3. rotation of 3D artifacts,

4. Zoom-in and -out feature,

For those above two features, pls visit panorama with
zoom in/out of Copan Museum in Honduras -- see
<http://maya-archaeology.org/html/copanImageMenu.html>, and go to

(11) Outline of videoconferencing session:

(a) About the Inter-state relationship between Tennessee and Amazon:

If David can find a person of this program in D.C., he/she may
give us his/her brief greeting.

(b) About Tennessee Virtual University:

An appropriate person may speak about this from your center.

(c) About Renaissance Center:

During my talk at the Rotary Club, I mentioned how lucky
youngsters living nearby Dickson are, and I hoped if such
marvelous benefits of your center could be available to

@@@@under-served children around the world via broadband Internet.

Someone of your center may describe it with PictureTel via ISDN
line, while we in Manaus retrieve your web site (*) with his/her
instruction which icon is to be clicked, etc. His/her video and
the web pages will be shown in two separate large screens (or TV
monitors) in Manaus.

(*) Hopefully, your web site will have those features
mentioned above, in addition to the present ones.

If you have a fish-eye lens on your camera, you may also
show your splendid planetarium through your PictureTel and ISDN line.

Interactivity is the key factor of effective distance learning,
and Internet can easily provide it around the world. I then
wonder if the interactive control buttons on a seat in the
planetarium can be extended to Manaus via Internet so that
children there can control your show of space and universe in Planetarium.

In a sense, this is to demonstrate your capability to be the
center of Cyberworld -- even in the middle of Tennessee farm land.

Dear Alex:

(12) Pls allocate their videoconferencing time after the telemedicine
demonstration in the evening of May 31st.

Best, Tak

Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2000 14:58:38 -0500 (EST)
From: David A Johnson <djohnutk@utkux.utcc.utk.edu>
To: Alex Rivas <alex_mau@argo.com.br>
cc: Takeshi Utsumi <utsumi@columbia.edu>
Subject: Re: Conference in Manaus, BR (fwd)

Alex: Here is the reply from our UT Administration regarding use of the
logo. Thank you for including us. We have had good meetings here at UT
and at the Renaissance Center in Dickson TN where we hope to have
interactive session with Manaus Unamaz meeting. More details to follow.



David A. Johnson, Ph.D., AICP
Professor Emeritus, School of Planning
College of Arts and Sciences
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
108-I Hoskins Library
Knoxville, TN 37996-4015
e-mail daj@utk.edu or davidj@buncombe.main.nc.us
tel 423 974-5227
fax 423 974-5229
tel home: 828 277-5792
home address: 8 Hilltop Road, Asheville, NC 28803
home mail address: PO Box 1647 Knoxville, TN 37901-1647

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 14 Mar 2000 16:34:25 -0500
From: gcooper@knoxville-notes.ips.utk.edu
To: djohnutk <djohnutk@utkux.utcc.utk.edu>
Subject: Re: Conference in Manaus, BR

Dave, the use of the logo on the website is fine. Just be sure that the tm
is included to indicate its trademark. Good meeting this morning. Dr.
Utsumi is impressive. He especially seemed interested in our "IT pathways"
project, which everyone who hears about it seems to applaud. Good luck with
your other visits.

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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

Dr. Gayle D. Cooper
Associate Vice President
Statewide Continuing Education
Public Service and Continuing Education
The University of Tennessee
Suite 109 Student Services and Administration Building
Knoxville, TN 37996-0212
Fax: 423-974-9014

Ms. Andrea Damewood
Instructional Media Developer
University Outreach and Continuing Education
The University of Tennessee
212 Conference Center Building
Knoxville, TN 37996-4127
Fax: 865-974-0264

Dr. Fadia Alvic
Program Director, Renaissance Center
and the Tennessee Virtual University (TVU)
UT Office of Statewide Continuing Education
The Renaissance Center
855 Highway 46 South
PO Box 608
Dickson, TN 37056
Fax: 615-740-5618

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

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
boston_r@hccs.cc.tx.us (secondary)

Dr. Andrey S. Narvsky
Head of the Department of Multimedia and Distance Education
of St.Petersburg State Marine Technical University
General Director of Lanck Software Ltd.
3 Lotsmanskaya street
St.Petersburg, 190008
ph +7-812-325-8146
fax +7-812-157-2455
(The above two sites are bilingual about St.Petersburg museums, developed by Andrey's group.)

* 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 *
* 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: utsumi@columbia.edu; Tax Exempt ID: 11-2999676 *
* http://www.friends-partners.org/GLOSAS/ *

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