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AFRO-NETS> Supercourse Newsletter - Nov. 17, 2000
- Subject: AFRO-NETS> Supercourse Newsletter - Nov. 17, 2000
- From: Ronald LaPorte <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2000 06:15:41 -0500 (EST)
Supercourse Newsletter - Nov. 17, 2000
We are preparing to send out free CDs of the Supercourse as our gift
to you. Please send us your mailing address if you have not done so.
The CD will have as many lectures as possible; it will have at least
200. We are developing the CD so that you can put it into your com-
puter, and it will copy the lectures automatically onto your hard
drive. We have developed an indexing feature to help find lectures.
The lectures continue to grow. We will ask you to send a note to us
so that we can see where best to e-mail to you attachments that in-
clude new lectures.
Pedro Urra in Cuba is coordinating the translation of many lectures
into Spanish, Abdullatif Hussein into Arabic, Eugene Shubnikov into
Russian, and Shai Linn into Hebrew. Several others have expressed an
interest in helping to translate, please let us know if you would
like to help translate. As these become available, they will be dis-
tributed both via e-mail, and also downloadable off the web site.
We need your advice. We would like you to distribute the CD to others
in your department, and other friends. We especially want students to
have these lectures readily available, not only students in public
health but also in veterinary, nursing, occupational health, etc.
Putting the lectures on as many machines as possible makes the Super-
course in a way "Windows for health". In addition, by having people
register for new lectures, we also bring them into our global preven-
tion network. Who else in your country do you think would distribute
the course? We are approaching the epidemiologists in the state
health departments in the US, we are also going to ask Jeff Koplan if
we can place the Supercourse on their web site for downloading. It
would be ideal if Ministries of Health would duplicate the CDs and
distribute this nation wide. When you receive yours, please distrib-
ute the course as widely as possible.
We will be putting a disclaimer on the Supercourse, and would appre-
ciate your thoughts. We plan to include a disclaimer such as this:
"The Supercourse was developed by having leaders share their lectures
for free. It is the first use of a share-ware system in prevention.
We would therefore request that:
1. It is for the personal use of individual scientists without re-
striction, but cannot be sold;
2. If one uses a Supercourse lecture, the author of the lecture and
the Supercourse itself should be acknowledged."
We would appreciate if other disclaimers are warranted.
We will develop next year a system whereby each slide will be branded
with the name of the authors, with hypertext links to the author, and
Thanksgiving is coming!! Most certainly it is one of the best Holi-
days in the US.
Ron, Akira, Benjamin, Eun Ryoung, Beatriz, Fan, Faina, Deb, Tom,
Ronald E. LaPorte, Ph.D.
Director, Disease Monitoring and Telecommunications
WHO Collaborating Centre
Department of Epidemiology
Graduate School of Public Health
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15261, USA
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