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    APRIL 20, 2006
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TECH Center open 24/7 for final exams

During the last two weeks of the spring semester, the TECH Center will be open all night Friday and Saturday to accommodate students studying for final exams and finishing end-of-semester projects.

Normally, the center is open 24 hours from noon Sunday through 7:30 p.m. Friday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., but from April 26 through May 10, the TECH Center will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including weekends.

For students studying during the late hours, don’t forget that the TECH Center has a vending machine that sells basic computer supplies for computing needs.

The machine offers items such as CDs, USB flash drives, headphones and other computer items, as well as batteries, school supplies and personal care items, including tissues and aspirin.

The vending machine is located in the 12th Street side lobby area on the second floor of the center. It accepts Diamond Dollars purchases only.

For more information about the TECH Center, go to http://techcenter.temple.edu.

ITUG event to focus on interactive multimedia

On Thursday, April 27, the Instructional Technology Users Group event will spotlight the Prostate Interactive Education System. PIES is an interactive multimedia expert system developed by engineering professor Brian Butz and his team at the Intelligent Systems Application Center in the College of Engineering.

PIES provides patients who have been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer with information about treatment options and uses the metaphor of a health center to organize and introduce information to its users. Rooms of a health center are presented such as doctor offices, a library, a support group room, and a family room offering different perspectives of prostate cancer treatment. These perspectives allow patients to obtain a variety of information about the disease.

The PIES software package is the result of collaboration among the Temple University Intelligent Systems Application Center, the Fox Chase Cancer Center, and the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. Support for the development of PIES came from the National Cancer Institute, the Fox Chase Cancer Center, the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, the state Department of Health, and Temple University.

Faculty and staff are invited to attend this event, which will feature the intuitive interface provided by PIES. A demonstration will show how patients can access the experience of others and how PIES can be used as a decision aid to elicit a patient's preference with regard to treatment and quality of life.

The event will be presented on the Health Science Campus, from noon to 1 p.m. in Kresge lecture hall A. For more information, visit the ITUG Web site at http://isc.temple.edu/itug.