30 April 2009
From macworld.com: Amazon is inviting students, educators and researchers to apply for grants that will give them free access to the company’s hosted computing services.
The company expects to dole out up to $1 million per year worth of services, depending on the quality of the applications, it said.
Amazon has already made the offer to a few universities. Last year, 300 students in Harvard’s introductory computer science course used Amazon Web Services to learn firsthand about virtualization, scalability and multi-core processing, according to David J. Malan, lecturer on computer science at Harvard University.
17 April 2009
Space is a serious, expensive business on college campuses. There is a saying: “Academics will fight over money and kill over space.”
Following a decade-long building boom, a crippling recession, a spike in energy prices (with further increases probable), and in some regions fierce competition for a shrinking pool of students, the stakes of managing campus space have never been higher. Students, it is often assumed, decide whether or not to attend a college on the basis of the quality and quantity of space. And many researchers expect to have their own offices or laboratories, or both.
[Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)]