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Onward California: UC and Cisco celebrate a long-standing collaboration

Whether you know it or not, the University of California has probably played a part in your day — from the batteries developed for the hybrid car you drive, research that helped grow the fruits and vegetables you eat, or friends and family members that may have attended or work at one of the world-class UC campuses, national labs, or life-saving medical centers.

And Cisco’s connections with UC run deep. According to LinkedIn, nearly 5,100 Cisco employees have a UC degree.

The UC system has launched the Onward California tour to encourage thousands of passionate supporters to share why they think UC makes California better. The tour celebrates some great UC people and innovations, many of which may surprise you, and has some fun, interactive ways you can share your UC connections.

As a California-based company, we’re proud to host a stop and encourage our employees, regardless of where you went to college, to join UC staff in celebrating the collaboration.

UC’s Onward California Mobile Tour will be coming to Cisco’s San Jose Campus on September 17, 2012 in the parking lot between bldgs. 4 & 5 from 11 am – 2 pm.  Come show your support for UC and for higher education in California, and get a free ice cream treat. We look forward to seeing you there!

Learn more about the campaign, and some of the groundbreaking research conducted through the UC system at www.onwardcalifornia.com.

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Welcome Aboard San Jose State University!

Located a mere 10 miles away from Cisco’s headquarters, San Jose State is the newest university to turn to Cisco WebEx. The school will be using the tool as a way to improve their effectiveness and collaboration between their facility and staff via online meetings.

Can you think of three ways you can improve collaboration within a university? We did! This is what we came up with:

  1. Collaborate as a group online even at times when group members can’t meet in person
  2. Review lecture notes with colleagues before or after class
  3. Attend a lecture from a remote location

Want to learn more about WebEx? Click here.

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BYOD on a University Campus: A Student’s Perspective

There is a new generation of college students out there, I would know as I recently was one of them.  Information being at your fingertips is no longer a luxury, it is a necessity.  Professors’ expectations of their students have increased dramatically due to the wealth of information on mobile devices.  Every class I attended leveraged some form of wireless access to the web.  Instant message in response to real-time questions and online submissions are just two of many examples of how network access has been integrated into the education system.  Professors would consistently use online tools such as online drop boxes for projects and web conferencing tools.  According to MarketWire 92% of college students feel a laptop is a necessity, this indicates that the requirement of mobile access at a university is a given and the college experience is defined by the ease of that access. 

Professors are on tight schedules and are generally available only at certain times of the day.  Imagine- wanting to contact a professor during open hours only to fall short because your laptop had difficulty getting any kind of connection.  I remember the frustrations of wanting to revisit PowerPoint presentations on a class website in the library, only to realize that I was sitting by the one window notorious for being a wireless dead zone.  Dorms were infamous for spotty coverage.  Having the dorm room located closest to the access point for best access was purely by luck of the draw.  I was not so lucky.  In my dorm, you would not get any wireless access unless you were sitting right next to the hallway.  That’s why I am especially envious of the students of Colorado University, whose alma mater upgraded to enterprise-class coverage. 

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Economic Development, Biotech and Research Come Together for Innovation at BIO 2012

If you missed BIO 2012, you missed a lot.  The public and private sector came together this week on Boston to examine innovation opportunities to promote economic growth through collaborative research and development projects.  The event drew 16,505 industry leaders from 49 states and 65 countries.  Boston was host to universities, researchers, state, local and federal government economic development representatives, clinicians and private industries.  This was science at its best at a truly global event.  Discussions around where the biotech industry is going and how pharma is changing took center stage most of the week.

A positive trend was noted in a special state of bioscience development report that analyzes state and national biotech employment patterns. Despite job losses in the U.S. private sector, it showed that US biotech industry actually added jobs between 2001 and 2010.  Throughout the week multiple conversations and meetings took place discussing how the ability to collaborate was a key element to attracting biotech projects.  Many countries visited the Cisco booth to discover what they needed to do to create an infrastructure to welcome biotech development. How can governments work together with biotech companies to produce and atmosphere that welcomes and fosters innovation?

 

 

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Happy 75th Birthday to our Golden Gate Bridge!

May 27, 2012 at 12:05 am PST

According to John Morgridge, Cisco’s former CEO, the founders hit on the name and logo while driving to Sacramento to register the company — they saw the Golden Gate Bridge framed in the sunlight  and that’s how our Cisco logo was born.  They hoped the logo would shape the future, “convey something about creating an authentic life and making a living at something you believe in, in a place you love, with people you really like to be with”. 

Back in the late 1800s, the only way to cross the bay was by ferry.  It was in 1923 when California legislature passed the act approving the project to build the bridge.  On May 27, 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge finally opened, connecting San Francisco and Marin for the first time.  Back then, we built bridges to connect different parts of the bay.  Since then, we have built technologies to connect classrooms in schools K-12 and universities around the world.  Read More »

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