The Quilt Recognizes Wendy Huntoon with Top Technology Honor March 09, 2023

Technology leaders celebrate networking pioneer and co-principal of Women in IT Network (WINS)

SEATTLE, Wash. (March 8, 2023)The Quilt, a consortium of regional Research and Education (R&E) networks throughout the United States, today announced that Wendy Huntoon is this year’s recipient of the Dave Reese Distinguished Service Award.

This esteemed award is named in honor of Dave Reese (1958-2019), a founding member of The Quilt who served in several leadership roles for the organization including chairman of the board and treasurer. He set the bar high with his extraordinary sense of community, and this award recognizes others who have shown the same level of leadership, support, and service to The Quilt and the national R&E networking community.

“This award recognizes individuals who appreciate the diverse set of organizations that comprise The Quilt and dedicate their time to supporting initiatives that broadly impact its members,” said Jen Leasure, president and CEO of The Quilt. “Wendy’s contributions to The Quilt are far-reaching for me personally and the organization. While her professional accomplishments exemplify the characteristics associated with the Dave Reese Distinguished Service Award, it is her personal commitment to people that merits the award.”

For more than 30 years, Huntoon has provided leadership, service, and support to The Quilt (even serving as its first Executive Director) as well as the national R&E networking community. Huntoon currently serves as co-principal investigator for Women in IT Network at SC (WINS), an NSF-funded initiative that she co-founded. Additional achievements include serving in leadership roles at 3ROX, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, and KINBER. From the onset of her career to her current position, she has been a driving force and champion for gender diversity, inclusion, collaboration and advancing networking for the collective R&E mission.

Huntoon received this recognition during The Quilt 2023 Winter Member Meeting happening now through March 9.  She joins previous winners Marla Meehl (2021) and Jim Stewart (2022) in receiving this award.

Broadband innovations, OARnet help Ohio land the world’s first “Intelligent State” honor February 16, 2023

Intelligent Community Forum recognizes state’s efforts to expand broadband access

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Jan 3, 2023) — The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) recently named the State of Ohio the world’s first “Intelligent State” for its focus on improving broadband access and infrastructure to support economic growth. The Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) was highlighted as a key partner in the state’s broadband efforts.

“We are so honored to be part of what makes Ohio an Intelligent State and proud to work alongside so many incredible partners,” said Pankaj Shah, executive director of OARnet. “Ohio is making enormous strides in providing broadband access to more and more of its citizens and can serve as a model for broadband innovation for states and provinces around the world.”

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NYSERNet Moves the Needle on Routing Integrity: Implementing Peer-Facing RPKI Route Origin Validation February 16, 2023

A Q&A with Bill Owens, NYSERNet

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Routing integrity is an end-to-end challenge that requires the participation of the entire Internet2-networked community and beyond.

So, what does that mean? It’s in everyone’s best interest to work together to ensure our research and education (R&E) networks are protected from common routing threats that impact security and resiliency. The path forward to strong routing integrity requires collaboration, and the benefits ripple far beyond any one network’s border.

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