DATE:  February 20, 2007       
CONTACT: Dr. Claudia Johnston 361.825.2712; or Steve Paschal 361.825.2336
Dr. Claudia Johnston to Make Presentation on Pulse!! Virtual Learning Clinic Learning Lab at EDUCAUSE Conference

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Dr. Claudia L. Johnston, associate vice president for special projects at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, will make a presentation on “Pulse!! The Virtual Clinical Learning Lab: An Electronic Learning Space for the Net Generation” Friday, Feb. 23 at the EDUCAUSE Southwest Regional Conference in Austin.

Johnston is the originator and principal investigator for Pulse!! The Virtual Clinical Learning Lab, a federally-funded research project to determine whether high-level medical learning can occur in computer-generated virtual space.

The Pulse!! learning platform has been in development since March 2005. Its funding to date has come from almost $10 million in grants through the Office of Naval Research. A&M-Corpus Christi has contracted BreakAway Ltd. of Hunt Valley, Md., an industry leader in the development of sophisticated analytical training applications, advanced management models and leading-edge data visualization tools, to produce the high-fidelity Pulse!! platform, which puts learners in a virtual medical environment to diagnose and treat medical problems.
EDUCAUSE is a national nonprofit association promoting the use of information technology in higher education. For more information, call 361-825-2712, or go to the Pulse!! Web site at