[buug] Fwd: Pearson Education User Group Program Newsletter -- February 2009

Michael Paoli Michael.Paoli at cal.berkeley.edu
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Pearson Education User Group Program Newsletter
Issue 13  February 2009

Thank you for reading the Pearson Education User Group Program monthly
newsletter for official group members. Please pass this along to your
colleagues and share our news and offers.


News & Announcements

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