Tuesday, April 29, 2008

NETC 2008

I know I haven't blogged in a while, but I thought I'd tell you about NETC 2008. It's a conference for technology professionals who work in Extension.

What's Extension?

Good question. Each state in the U.S. has one university that has the mission of community outreach - they're called landgrant universities. The University of Florida is one such institution. So, on top of education and research, UF also has outreach programs directed at Floridians. Information on food safety, water conservation, gardening - a lot of stuff.

Why are you there?

I'm sort of a technology professional - I mean, I'm a web coordinator, and that's sort of techie. Techie enough anyway. Whoops - I've just been told my free internet is going away - see you next week!

Poaching Florida's Profs

"My office is flooded with resumes from your best scientists and we are flat out going to hire them away from your universities if you don't get your act together in Florida."

— Spoken by Erskine Bowles, President, University of North Carolina System, to Mark Wilson, President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Originally published in the Florida Chamber of Commerce's weekly eNewsletter on Monday, April 28, 2008.