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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UW System Contact: Sharyn Wisniewski (608) 262-6448
UW-Extension Contact: Mary Grant (608) 262-1034

March 8, 2000

Brown Named Senior Consultant for
Learning Technologies Research and Development

MADISON - Judy Brown, emerging technology analyst for the Wisconsin Technical College System, has been named senior consultant for learning technologies research and development at UW System, effective March 27.

Brown will work on partnership development, research and assessment, planning and procurement, and coordination and communication for learning technology. Among her specific duties will be working with industry, government and educational information technology leaders to identify emerging technologies and select technologies for research development pilots and projects.

The senior consultant for learning technologies research and development position is shared between UW System and UW-Extension. Brown will report to Ed Meachen, associate vice president for Learning and Information Technology, UW System Administration, and to Mary Grant, interim associate dean of the Division of Continuing Education Extension, UW-Extension.

"Part of Judy's duties will be to identify opportunities for partnerships between UW System institutions and other educational and private sector institutions to enhance educational opportunities for UW students, faculty and staff," Meachen said. "Recently, she had an integral role in facilitating the partnership for WTCS and UW System with the Department of Defense for the Wisconsin Advanced Distributed Learning Collaborative Laboratory."

"We are extremely fortunate to have someone with Judy's level of expertise in the areas of research, analysis and implementation of emerging technologies join our team," Grant said. "Judy will contribute to our continued focus on the research and development of tools and applications that enhance the integration of technology and learning."

Brown has been an emerging technology analyst with Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) since 1996. Prior she was an emerging technology analyst with Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton.

Since 1994, Brown has been the Business Computer Technology columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, writing a technology column for the Monday Business section.

As a PC Week Corporate Partner since its inception in 1990, Brown is a member of a select group of corporate technology leaders who give input to the leading weekly publication for computer enterprise professionals. She currently directs the PC Week Corporate Partner Program that involves coordinating vendor meetings, communications, product testing and evaluations with over 25 leading computer professional decision makers nationwide.

Brown has been a judge for the Best of Comdex at the six most recent Comdex events, the largest computer trade show in the U.S., attracting more than 200,000 technology buyers.