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SCinet Seeks to Close Gender Gap in IT Networking

SCinet winnersSCinet is working to close the gender gap in network engineering and high performance computing. Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the Energy Sciences Network, six professionals from around the U.S. brought their knowledge, skills and abilities to build and operate SCinet for SuperComputing 17 in Denver earlier this month.

Higher Ed More Entrenched in Tech — What’s the Message for CIOs?

CIO Scott MidkiffVirginia Tech CIO Scott Midkiff tells Education Dive how the answer to that question involves focusing on mission, creating relationships, integrating students into IT programs, and considering students first in ed tech decisions.

Implementing RPKI - It’s Easier Than You Think

RPKI graphicGeorge Washington University Principal IT Architect and Network Engineer Andrew Gallo shares this welcome message from a recent Internet2 Technology Exchange hands-on demonstration, part of a year-long effort to increase RPKI adoption in the higher education and research community.

Researchers Look to Patterns to Envision New Engineering Field

Researchers at University of Illinois-Urbana ChampaignResearchers at the University of Illinois are showing how the common interference patterns created when television cameras focus on people’s clothing patterns may hold the key to advancing electronics design to the very limits of size and speed.

Ciena Celebrates 25 Years

Ciena turns 25 graphicLongtime research and education community collaborator Ciena turns 25 in November. Read some of the many birthday wishes sent their way from an impressive lineup of customers and friends.

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Posts & Press

New Program to Accelerate Alignment Efforts in Identity and Access Management for R&E Community

TIER graphicThe TIER Campus Success Program will provide education and training, access to subject-matter experts, and will facilitate peer engagement. Participants will contribute documentation, presentations, and training on important “lessons learned” for the community-at-large.

Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative: Renewed Commitment to Supporting Diversity and Inclusion

Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative logoThe Gender Diversity Initiative established in 2014 by the Internet2 community has a new name—the Internet2 Inclusivity Initiative—and a renewed commitment to increasing the meaningful participation of not only women, but also underrepresented minorities, in information technology for the benefit of the entire research and education community.

Security Scene

Thoughts on a Cyber Security Exercise

Internet2 Network Connectors - croppedA Department of Homeland Security cyber security exercise leads Internet2’s Paul Howell to propose a wider vision of research and education network security—one that includes protecting access to vital cloud resources and the national and regional network infrastructures that provide access to them.

Exploring the Future of Collaboration Technology in Research and Education

virtual reality demo at TechEX17Ben Fineman shares his thoughts on where current collaboration technologies are taking the R&E community and how they’re poised to deliver on the promise of creating collaborative experiences that are “better than being there.”

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