14.373, FYI: CfA,TESOL Newsletter,MS Comp Ling, EUROLAN-2003

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Subject: 14.373, FYI: CfA,TESOL Newsletter,MS Comp Ling, EUROLAN-2003

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Date:  Mon, 03 Feb 2003 15:46:44 -0500
From:  "JFDP" <JFDP at americancouncils.org>
Subject:  CfA: U.S. Hosts for Balkan/Eurasian Scholars

Date:  Tue, 04 Feb 2003 22:51:39 +0400
From:  "Maher Bahloul" <mbahloul at aus.ac.ae>
Subject:  MA TESOL Newsletter

Date:  Tue, 04 Feb 2003 14:12:56 -0500
From:  vanvalin <vanvalin at acsu.buffalo.edu>
Subject:  Interdisciplinary MS Program in Computational Linguistics at  Buffalo

Date:  Sun, 2 Feb 2003 13:43:18 +0200
From:  "Dan Cristea" <dcristea at infoiasi.ro>
Subject:  EUROLAN-2003 Summer School - First call for participation

-------------------------------- Message 1 -------------------------------

Date:  Mon, 03 Feb 2003 15:46:44 -0500
From:  "JFDP" <JFDP at americancouncils.org>
Subject:  CfA: U.S. Hosts for Balkan/Eurasian Scholars

Call for Applications from U.S. Host Institutions for the 2003-2004
Academic Year

American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP)

American Councils is pleased to announce opportunities for U.S.
institutions to host participants of the Junior Faculty Development
Program (JFDP) for the 2003-2004 academic year.  JFDP is a non-degree,
professional development program intended to provide opportunities for
university faculty from 15 Balkan and Eurasian countries to develop new
courses, implement curriculum reform, and cultivate new teaching skills
and techniques through exposure to U.S. educational methods.

JFDP Fellows are selected through open competitions in Armenia,
Azerbaijan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Tajikistan,
Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

JFDP Fellows help internationalize their U.S. host institutions by
bringing cultural diversity and new perspectives in teaching and
learning.  Likewise, Fellows may serve as potential vehicles for
on-going collaborations and institutional partnerships.  During the
program, JFDP Fellows informally attend courses in their fields of
study.  As visiting scholars, Fellows may make presentations, give
special lectures, co-teach courses or participate in departmental
projects, if such opportunities exist.  U.S. hosts are asked to provide
a faculty advisor who is willing to guide the Fellow with academic
pursuits related to course development, professional networking, and

JFDP is a fully funded program of the Bureau of Educational and
Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State.  Information and
the host application are located at the JFDP Web-site:

The JFDP Web-site offers a fully online application and an option to
download the printable application.  Printed applications may be faxed
or mailed to the address below.

Deadline: Friday, March 14, 2003

Junior Faculty Development Program
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC  20036
Tel: (202) 833-7522;  Fax: (202) 293-0037
JFDP at americancouncils.org

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Date:  Tue, 04 Feb 2003 22:51:39 +0400
From:  "Maher Bahloul" <mbahloul at aus.ac.ae>
Subject:  MA TESOL Newsletter

Please find the link to the first issue of the MA TESOL Newsletter.


Dr. Maher Bahloul,
Coordinator, MA TESOL Program

Maher Bahloul, PhD
Assistant Professor of English & Linguistics
MA TESOL Program Coordinator
American University of Sharjah
Department of English, Mass Communication & Translation
P.O.Box 26666
Sharjah, UAE
Phone (971-6) 515-2714
e-mail: mbahloul at ausharjah.edu

-------------------------------- Message 3 -------------------------------

Date:  Tue, 04 Feb 2003 14:12:56 -0500
From:  vanvalin <vanvalin at acsu.buffalo.edu>
Subject:  Interdisciplinary MS Program in Computational Linguistics at  Buffalo

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Department of
Linguistics at the University at Buffalo (The State University of New
York) jointly participate in a master's-level curriculum in
Computational Linguistics resulting in a M.S. in Natural Sciences.
We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2003 semester
(application deadlines: May 1 for international students, May 15 for US
The curriculum consists of an equal number of computer science and
linguistics courses and a final project and typically takes four
semesters to complete.  The research interests of the faculty in the
curriculum are diverse and include speech recognition, grammar
development, parsing, statistical NLP, computational semantics, and
knowledge representation.
For any question regarding this curriculum or applications, visit our
webpage (http://linguistics.buffalo.edu/programs/cl_curriculum.htm ) or
contact, Professors William J. Rapaport (rapaport at cse.buffalo.edu) or
Jean-Pierre Koenig (jpkoenig at buffalo.edu).

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Date:  Sun, 2 Feb 2003 13:43:18 +0200
From:  "Dan Cristea" <dcristea at infoiasi.ro>
Subject:  EUROLAN-2003 Summer School - First call for participation


Summer School on

"The Semantic Web and Language Technology - Its Potential and

28 July - 8 August 2003
Bucharest - Romania

- First Call For Participation -

The Eurolan series of summer schools was established in 1993 and has
been held every other year, with the goal of stimulating young
researchers from all over the world to pursue high-level research in
natural language processing and language technology.


The fifth EUROLAN in the series will have as topic all aspects of the
developing Semantic Web technology and consider its potential and the
practicalities of applying it to enhance language processing

The promise of the Semantic Web has evoked enormous interest within the
community developing language technologies. On the one hand, it offers
the potential to exploit ontological descriptions of language data in
order to enable inferencing capabilities, which may not only drastically
enhance semantic processing, but also alter our conceptions of the ways
in which knowledge is represented and exploited in language processing
applications. On the other hand, to take full advantage of this evolving
technology, researchers and developers will need to understand the
potential as well as the limitations of the Semantic Web and master a
range of new technologies that have been designed to enable it. Finally,
the language technology community must be ready to contribute to
Semantic Web development in order to ensure that it meets the
requirements for language processing applications.

The so-called "Semantic Web community" encompasses several research
communities that have previously worked independently of one another,
including researchers in knowledge representation, ontology development,
and "knowledge exploitation"; web developers (including developers of
standards such as XML, RDF, OWL, etc.); and those who directly need to
exploit knowledge in applications. Linguistic knowledge used in language
processing at its various levels (morphological, syntactic, lexical,
discourse, etc.) includes a substantial part of general knowledge and
poses a significant challenge to Semantic Web developers in order to
handle the precision and complexity required for language processing
applications. Whatever the Semantic Web may evolve to be, researchers
and developers in language technology clearly need to learn what it is
and how it can be exploited for language processing, and at the same
time, work with semantic web developers to ensure that the semantic web
infrastructure is maximally usable for language processing applications.
EUROLAN-2003 will provide two weeks of intensive study of semantic web
technology and its application to natural language processing.
Internationally known scholars and researchers involved in leading-edge
work in relevant areas will serve as professors at the school, providing
half- and full-day seminars and hands-on labs to provide students with
in-depth understanding and experience.

Topics to be covered in the school include the following:

* What is the Semantic Web?
* Potential and limitations of the semantic web
* Supporting web technologies (XML, RDF)
* Ontologies, ontology design and development
* Ontology exploitation via inferencing
* Description logics and other approaches to inferencing
* Lexical semantics and the semantic web
* Use of the semantic web and related technologies in language
processing applications

The list of invited personalities is as follows:

* Dan Cristea, "Al. I. Cuza" University of Iasi, Romania
* Thierry Declerck, DFKI Saarbruecken, Germany
* James Hendler, University of Maryland at College Park, USA
* Jerry Hobbs, University of Southern California, Marina del Rey, USA
* Nancy Ide, Vassar College, USA
* Alessandro Lenci, University of Pisa, Italy
* Robert Meersman, Vrije Universiteit, Brussel, Belgium
* Srini Narayanan, SRI-International, Menlo Park, SUA
* Sergei Nirenburg, New Mexico University, USA
* Dan Tufis, Romanian Academy, Bucharest, Romania
* Hans Uszkoreit, DFKI and University of Saarbruecken, Germany
* Wolfgang Wahlster, DFKI and University of Saarbruecken, Germany
* Yorick Wilks, University of Sheffield, England


Eurolan-2003 will take place between 28 July and 8 August 2003 in
Bucharest - Romania.

The summer school will be organized to allow for both lectures and
hands-on experience for each of the areas covered. Morning sessions will
be devoted to tutorials, followed by afternoon sessions at which
students will work in collaboration with professors on practical
applications. The school will also include one workshop as well as round
tables and work meetings on topics of particular interest related to the
school's theme. They will be announced at a later date.

On Sunday, 3 August, a trip to significant Romanian landmarks will be

Registration and Fees

Information about registration and fees will be posted at a later date.

Program Committee

Dan Cristea
Nancy Ide
Jerry Hobbs
Dan Tufis
Hans Uszkoreit

Information on previous Eurolan events can be consulted at the address:

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