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Computer Science Professor Andries van Dam will address the undergraduate Class of 2006 and entering graduate and medical students during Opening Convocation Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2002, on The College Green. Van Dam, who co-founded Brown's Department of Computer Science in 1978, will deliver an address that alludes to a Yogi Berra line, "The Future Ain't What It Used To Be." He will speak about the future of information technology, its implications and impact on society.

The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. with a procession of faculty, administrators and students through the Van Wickle Gates. University President Ruth J. Simmons will declare the 239th academic year officially open and welcome the 1,467 first-year students and 489 newly arrived graduate and medical students.

Van Dam is the Thomas J. Watson Jr., University Professor of Technology and Education and professor of computer science. He has been at Brown since 1965 and served as the first chairman of the Department of Computer Science. His primary research interests are in computer graphics, computer-based education and hypertext and electronic books. Van Dam co-authored the standard reference work in computer graphics, Computer Graphics: Principles and Practice, and serves on the technical advisory board of Microsoft Research and several startup companies.

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