Stories from the Circle

Louisiana researchers use LONI to understand transmission of coronaviruses

Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that can infect both humans and animals and may cause respiratory symptoms. In 2003, the SARS CoV (coronavirus), a member of this group, caused a severe acute respiratory disease syndrome (SARS) outbreak. Recently, another..

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Indigenous tribes in Southern California join Pacific Wave

Fourteen Native American tribes in Southern California are now directly connected to the state-of-the-art International Internet Exchange, Pacific Wave, and its peering, high-performance scientific networks, and ever-expanding global connectivity. This new connection enables tribal libraries, scientific research facilities, and cultural..

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Networkmaine rapidly upgrades Internet in K-12 schools

Networkmaine, collaborating with the Maine Department of Education, continues to be successful in upgrading network connections at K-12 schools during the COVID-19 pandemic through the Maine School and Library Network (MSLN) project. Remote learning and hybrid schedules have driven the..

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Quantum computing and entangling MAX network with MARQI

The turn of the 20th century bore witness to the transformative power of the Internet. We are now at a 21st century inflection point, heralding (pun intended!) accelerated transformation with quantum technologies. Frontier advances can be realized with the potential of transporting..

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FRGP continues to broaden the reach of R&E Networks

The Front Range GigaPoP (FRGP) is the lead Research and Education Network (REN) on two NSF CC* awards.  BiSON-West (BiSON) is a planning grant that is on a second year, no-cost extension. The grant’s goals are to extend FRGP services..

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SI-MORe-OFFN Award connects additional institutions to Oklahoma’s Science DMZ

A grant awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) will expand research computing at five more Oklahoma colleges and universities. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (OSRHE) and OneNet received $232,275 in funding for the Small Institution Multiple Organization..

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WVNET leads Kids Connect Initiative in West Virginia

West Virginia’s K-12 schools last fall faced an educational dilemma – how best to continue educating students during a worldwide pandemic. As school districts shifted to remote education for their students, access to high-speed internet was not available to all..

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KanREN tackles rise in cybersecurity threats during pandemic

Last spring – as workplaces, medical offices and schools struggled in response to the COVID-19 pandemic by implementing a variety of online connectivity solutions – another threat lurked beneath the surface. At a time when almost every aspect of our..

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ESnet supports speed everywhere through Data Mobility Exhibition

A big part of ensuring the success of science is ensuring that science data can be shared.  The advanced networking resources that move this data must be performant and ready to support data transfers when, where and no matter how..

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Broadband data collection as a mechanism for community engagement in Michigan

Data gathering is an imperative first step in broadband planning and expansion efforts. However, collecting accurate information on a household level can be significantly more challenging for rural and less affluent communities.  The Michigan Moonshot has developed an engagement platform..

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EPOC trials Virtual Deep Dives to enhance cyberinfrastructure workflows

Research and Education (R&E) networks form the “circulatory system” for science. Understanding scientific workflows, and creating technical solutions that are able to assist and adapt to the changing needs of science, remains a critical gap that must be addressed for..

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OSHEAN works with Ocean State Libraries for Take IT Outside Initiative

OSHEAN Inc., a leading non-profit internet service provider (ISP) with cloud and security services for anchor institutions across the State of Rhode Island and surrounding region, and Ocean State Libraries (OSL) have been awarded $85,000 from Rhode Island Gov. Gina..

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OARnet enables expansion of broadband access through Ohio Pilot Project

The Ohio Academic Resources Network (OARnet) has pushed Ohio forward for more than 30 years with advanced networking and technology solutions serving the government, education, health care and public broadcasting communities.  Ohio is awash in innovation in response to COVID-19,..

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CEN supports members through the challenges of 2020

Connecticut Education Network (CEN) provides more than a network of vital infrastructure and digital connectivity. It is a network of people and organizations extending into each and every Connecticut community, connecting anchor institutions (CAI) that serve all citizens. In 2020,..

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NJEdge turns to digital transformation to close the digital divide

Concerned with making “every citizen digital”, Edge in New Jersey is working to provide ultra high-speed broadband access for all, and can be viewed as a catalyst for bringing the benefits of an innovative, digital economy and society to the..

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Link Oregon serves key role in response to COVID crises

Link Oregon was just beginning its third year when the pandemic struck. This statewide, facilities-based broadband network provider—for the public and non-profit sectors in Oregon—responded to the crisis in multiple ways. From the earliest days of the pandemic, Link Oregon’s..

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MCNC leads digital equity innovations in North Carolina

Digital equity, community champions, real-time resources, growth mindset, helping neighbors – MCNC continues to serve North Carolina’s technology needs at an unprecedented pace. For 40 years MCNC has connected and protected communities with high-speed Internet and networking technologies. Over those..

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I-Light meets Indiana’s networking needs during COVID

Networking in the time of COVID-19 challenged all of us over the course of the past year. The sudden transition from working in-person to being collaborative and productive remotely while staying safe and socially distanced was a major adjustment—and we..

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Illinois invests in ICN, future of the state’s workforce

It’s been a year since Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s capital budget included $20 million to strengthen the Illinois Century Network (ICN).  This critical investment has ensured that Illinois remains competitive in the national and global economy with a highly-educated workforce. ..

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CASA radars use LEARN connectivity to shorten weather response windows

Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere (CASA) is a University of Massachusetts Amherst Engineering Research Center featuring a network of Doppler radars that offers early detection of impactful weather. CASA radars originally were deployed in southwestern Oklahoma, where extreme weather..

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CARES Act funding plus UETN equals positive impact for Utah’s telehealth and education

This past year has been a challenge for everyone, not least for teachers and school districts trying to walk the line between keeping students safe and ensuring their learning is kept on track during the pandemic. The Utah Education and..

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MREN collaborations helping create next-gen networks for data intensive science

Each year, with its international, national and regional partners, the Metropolitan Research and Education Network (MREN) collaborates with SCinet to create a national testbed for the annual ACM/IEEE International Supercomputing Conference for High-Performing Computing, Networking, Storage, and Analysis. Because of..

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MOREnet celebrates 30 years during a year to remember

In 1991, MOREnet was asked to link together 13 Missouri public colleges and universities in order to share research using the electronic interchange later to be named the World Wide Web or Internet. In 1992, the connection was extended to..

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FRGP-NTUstar: Using Air (Technology) to Learn and Understand New Things

National Science Foundation Campus Cyberinfrastructure (CC*) award grants improve scientific research by supporting improvements in campus and regional networking on large and small higher education campuses. Navajo Technical University (NTU) in Crownpoint, N.M., received a CC* in 2019, with the..

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OneNet’s Next Generation Classroom Initiative Transforms Learning

Today’s education system is in the midst of a digital transformation. As classrooms become increasingly dependent on technology, tablets are beginning to replace textbooks and educational apps are transforming the way students interact with learning material. The adoption of technology..

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MOREnet KIDS: The K-20 Interoperable Data Solution

As key stakeholders in educational institutions make decisions to mold the best learning environment for today’s students, accurate and comprehensive data is crucial. Many struggle with downloading, uploading and merging data from multiple systems to provide information for education leadership,..

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OARnet Partnership Supplies Network to Boost Ohio Drone Research

For more than 30 years, OARnet has provided statewide connectivity for a wide variety of innovative projects across Ohio. These projects include a booming esports industry, a growing number of next-generation 911 systems, an ever-widening network of telehealth services, K-12..

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