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The Quilt 2014 Fall Member Meeting – Register Now! August 06, 2014

At the invitation of Quilt member WiscNet, The Quilt will be holding its Fall Member meeting at the Monona Terrace on the shores of Lake Monona in Madison, Wisconsin, September 9-11, 2014

Registration Closes Friday, August 22nd

MEETING DETAILS

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Broadening the Reach NSF Workshop (3) July 23, 2014

Date: September 4–5, 2014
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

Broadening the Reach: A Cyberinfrastructure Program for Non-Research-Intensive and EPSCoR Institutions is an NSF-funded Internet2 project aimed at supporting the enhancement of campus network infrastructure and external connectivity of small colleges and universities, including but not limited to those in EPSCoR states, having notable research projects, even though the institution may not be primarily research-focused. The program will offer two forms of support: workshops focused on campus infrastructures and external connectivity to support research and teaching, and campus visits by consulting specialists to assist with technical implementation.

The workshop will consist of 1-1/2 days of presentations divided into two parts. The first part will focus on information covering technical, organizational, and administrative aspects of upgrading and integrating cyberinfrastructure into the campus environment in support of campus based research and teaching activities. The second part of the workshop will include topics that address the form and content of infrastructure proposals to the NSF and the identification of research drivers within the campus environment, with the goal of enabling institutions to respond competitively to NSF infrastructure opportunities, such as the current CC*IIE solicitation.

Who Should Attend?

The workshop is aimed at campus IT professionals who are responsible for the planning, design and implementation of the campus IT infrastructure in support of research and teaching activities, as well as at those on campus familiar with the research and teaching activities and priorities. Each organization may send up to two attendees to the workshop. Others will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

This is the third workshop in the Broadening the Reach (BTR) series. The first BTR workshop was held in Kansas City, Missouri, 18–19 Feb, 2014; the second BTR workshop was held at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah, May 6–7, 2014. See each workshop for more information and links to presentations.

Lodging & Travel

Hotel:  Raleigh Marriott City Center
Room block dates: August 31–September 5, 2014
Room block cut-off date: Friday, August 13, 2014
Room block reservations: Book your group rate at Raleigh Marriott City Center
Room rate: $169 USD/night.

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KINBER ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICERS July 16, 2014

STATE COLLEGE, PA (July 14) — At its annual meeting held recently, the Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) elected and announced its new officers for the next two years.

Jinx Walton, chief information officer at the University of Pittsburgh, was named as the chair after serving as KINBER’s vice chair for the past two years.  She succeeds Dr. Bruce Taggart, vice provost for library and technology services at Lehigh University.

“KINBER has met the challenges involved in securing initial funding and building the PennREN network,” Walton said. “Now, we have the very exciting ability to unite the Commonwealth’s resources – its schools, libraries, communities, healthcare and research centers – and advance Pennsylvania’s economic development.

“I am honored to serve as chair of the KINBER board, to see the potential we envisioned four years ago take hold across the state and lead to new opportunities for Pennsylvania residents.”

Kevin Morooney, vice provost for information technology at The Pennsylvania State University, was named as vice chairman.  Dr. Celeste Schwartz, vice president, information technology at Montgomery County Community College and representative for the PA Commission for Community Colleges, is the new board treasurer.  Ken Blackney, associate vice president, IRT core tech infrastructure at Drexel University, will remain as secretary.

About KINBER

KINBER is a nonprofit membership organization that provides broadband connectivity, fosters collaboration, and promotes the innovative use of digital technologies among education, healthcare, economic development, libraries, public media and other anchor institutions that improve the quality of life for communities in Pennsylvania through research, education and public service. Established in 2010 through a grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, KINBER is committed to delivering equitable, reliable and affordable access, space for collaboration, and digital tools for research and education to inspire tomorrow’s scientific discoveries, enable the exchange of ideas and culture among diverse populations, educate the next generation of citizens and revitalize Pennsylvania’s economy.

KINBER’s first project, PennREN, delivers a state-wide platform for connecting its members through facilities-based fiber-optic networking, which enables value-added services like realistic high definition video, real-time videoconferencing, and data sharing and provides opportunities for member institutions to share best practices, content and programs. PennREN lights more than 1,600 miles of fiber on a middle-mile network that connects more than 70 locations. For more information on PennREN and KINBER, visit www.kinber.org.

 

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