(continued from previous page) world-class symposia modeled after the famed 1946 Moore School summer sympo- sia, which historians regard as seminal in the development and rapid growth of the modern computing industry.
“These meetings were successful be- cause they provided a forum in which key players from industry, government and academe met and openly debated the nature and implications of ENIAC’s revolutionary technology,” noted Dr. Gregory C. Far- rington, SEAS dean. “And then they acted upon this knowledge in their own fields of expertise and influence.”
So, too, will the 50th Anniversary of ENIAC Symposia convene in 1996 with world-renowned leaders in specific fields who will gather to exchange, debate and collect insights on critical aspects of the information revolution.
“The Moore School summer symposia focused on the theoretical and practical challenges of developing electronic com- puting machines,” Dr. Farrington explained. “The ENIAC 50th Anniversary Symposia will review the progress of that revolution and propose ideas to take advan- tage of information-age technologies on productivity, individual empowerment and society as a whole.”
The symposia topics will include: health-care delivery, corporate manage- ment in the information age, commerce in cyberspace, the creative mind, and the future of information and learning in the information age.
The ENIAC celebration also has be- come a cooperative venture of Penn, the City of Philadelphia and other professional organi- zations that have designated 1996 as “The Birth of the Information Age.” In conjunction with several corporate partners, the University and the City are planning a multifaceted celebration involving ex- hibits, workshops, lectures and other activities.
“Birth of the Information Age” events will be spotlighted during 22 trade shows and conventions related to information technology that will be held at the Pennsyl-
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vania Convention Center in 1996 and 1997. Among the groups with definite links to the ENIAC 50th Celebration are ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery), “The First Society in Computing”; the IEEE Computer Society; and EDUCOM. Combined, the three organizations have 300,000 members.
The ENIAC 50th Celebration Commit- tee—led by President Rodin; James A. Unruh, chairman and chief executive offic- er, Unisys Corporation and chairman of Greater Philadelphia First; The Franklin Institute; and Philadelphia Mayor Edward G. Rendell (C ’65)—will head a broad- based coalition of industry, professional, academic and government associations.
Some key events and exhibits of the “Year of Computing” Celebration include:
A dinner on Feb. 14, 1996, with interna-
tional leaders will honor pioneers in computing.
Next summer, The Franklin Institute will
open a new, $7 million permanent exhibit, “Inside Information,” that will explain key scientific concepts of information technology.
Philadelphia tourist and government agen-
cies are creating a network of interactive, information kiosks—Philadelphia-By-Day, Philadelphia-By-Night—to debut this fall at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
ACM, founded shortly after the unveiling
of the ENIAC, will also launch its 50th anniversary commemoration during ACM’s Computing Week ’96 conference held in conjunction with the ENIAC celebration. ACM’s year-long celebration will com- mence with a retrospective on computing
and ACM’s role in the early stages of the field, and culmi- nate in San Jose in March 1997 with a prospective on the future of information technology. An 85,000-member association, ACM will host special events and more than 75 conferences during the year that will recog- nize the mutual 50th anniversaries throughout the world. One of the events is a six-game match between World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov and the top-rated computer chess program from IBM in Philadelphia Feb. 10-17.
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Answers to College Search Questions
College-bound teenagers—and their parents—often can be overwhelmed by the choices and requirements of college admission. What courses are important to take in high school? How significant are extracurricular activi- ties, test scores and interviews?
The answers are right here on cam- pus and available to Penn employees and their families, whether their stu- dents plan to apply to Penn or else- where.
The undergraduate admissions of- fice will host two seminars this month for Penn families whose teenagers are beginning the college-search process. One session will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13; another will be repeated on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 10:30 a.m. Both will be held in Alum- ni Hall of the Towne Building, School of Engineering and Science, Smith Walk between 33rd and 34th Streets.
The sessions will focus on the col- lege-selection process for large and small, public and private colleges. Admissions officers will discuss what it takes to gain admission to a compet- itive college, how to get the most out of a campus visit and other issues such as financial aid. The seminars are free, and the office requests partici- pants to R.S.V.P. to 898-7502.
For the 1995-96 school year, The Franklin
Institute and Unisys will install state-of- the-art equipment in selected elementary schools nationwide as part of the three- year, $6 million Science Learning Network (SLN) project funded by Unisys and the National Science Foundation. SLN is de- signed to encourage science teachers to use the Internet as an on-line educational re- source in the classroom.
For more information about ENIAC events, contact Stephen F. Brown, assistant dean for external partnerships, SEAS, 898-6564.