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June 25, 2006View for printing

Statewide research initiative signed at MSU

Morehead State University today became the newest partner in a statewide technology program linking thousands of K-12 public school computers into a computing grid to support scientific research projects at Kentucky’s universities.

photo-andrews-gupton-adkinsMSU and the Kentucky Dataseam Initiative (KDSI) a non-profit technology corporation based in Louisville and operating in 32 school districts, announced and signed the partnership agreement during a meeting of the University’s Board of Regents.

“This is an incredible opportunity for us to help our public school colleagues better utilize educational technology in their instruction while we participate in some of the most exciting research underway in Kentucky,” said MSU President Wayne D. Andrews. “We are proud to partner with Kentucky Dataseam and Apple in this historic enterprise.”

State Rep. Rocky Adkins, who sponsored legislation in 2004 to devote state coal severance funds to support the initiative in coal-producing counties, described Thursday’s announcement as “another giant step forward in realizing Kentucky’s educational and economic potential.”

Adkins noted that 16 school districts in MSU’s 22-county service region already have received new Apple computers through Dataseam and that MSU is well positioned to provide the summer workshops needed to help K-12 teachers become proficient in using new computers and educational software.

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