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Fighting Fire with Data: Wildfire Detection, Prevention, & Situational Awareness Systems

Smart investments in strategic technologies can limit the devastation brought by wildfires. One promising — and proven — line of defense is connecting remote cameras and weather sensors across the state to a vast mesh of wireless and fiber-optic cable to relay data. The collected data is combined and analyzed to produce information that supports wildfire prevention, detection, and management.

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Indentifying Tiny Organisms with Giant Impact on Climate

Advances in automated plankton identification will benefit the fields of both computer science and biological science, enabling improved classification algorithms for machine learning and vast new data streams for plankton ecology. With success, the ability to rapidly and automatically find patterns in plankton ecology could drastically speed up observations of climate change challenges and solutions.

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Bringing Internet Access to Environmental Education in Yosemite

CENIC, UC Merced, and the National Park Service are collaborating to get Internet access to the new NatureBridge campus in 2019, which will offer many benefits and support environmental education for youths far and wide.

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Scientists Use Machine Learning to Prevent Senior Falls

Researchers are developing intelligent devices that predict and prevent deadly falls among the elderly by using machine learning that is supported by the cyberinfrastructure of the Pacific Research Platform.

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How Connectivity Strengthens Communities through Education, Employment, and Health Care

In the greater San Diego area, the Tribal Digital Village operates a community network that serves 17 reservations and brings with it much-needed digital resources. Internet access has bolstered key areas to improve quality of life for families.

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The CENIC Internship: A Gateway to Networking

Available to students at any accredited college or university, CENIC's paid, part-time internship presents a thorough, hands-on inroad to the world of computer networking. Past interns have come from a variety of educational backgrounds, and have found the internship helped hone their career directions. Hear about their experiences and advice.

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Leading the Charge on Science DMZs to Support Big-Data Research

Scientists working in fields such as genomics, climate science, and galaxy exploration accumulate huge data sets that require high-performance computer networking. Science DMZs and the Pacific Research Platform enable researchers to collaborate securely on these data sets from far-flung locations. Learn how UC Santa Cruz developed its cyberinfrastructure.

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A BIIG Milestone: Over 350 of California’s Hardest-to-Reach K-12 Schools Now Have Broadband

As a result of BIIG funding, 356 of California's most remote and underserved schools are now connected to reliable, high-speed broadband Internet. Read about the public-private partnerships, the benefits of connecting to CalREN for schools, and how CENIC will finish the job.

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Automated Networks at the Service Edge

Automation is revolutionizing industries across the globe, and networking is no exception. Read Kireeti Kompella's perspective on the benefits of an automated network, from enhanced security to higher level engineering.

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Internet for All in California: Overcoming Challenges and Creating Solutions

Champions for equal Internet access from the public and private sector band together to close the digital divide and establish Internet for all in California. Read about their innovative solutions, from legislative action to industry disrupting business models.

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Tribal Digital Village’s Quest for Connectivity

Matt Rantanen and the Tribal Digital Village battle geographical obstacles and infrastructural impediments to establish connectivity for Southern California's tribal communities. Read how they apply solutions such as wireless tech, solar power, and unlicensed spectrum.

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Grow Food, Grow Jobs: How Broadband Can Boost Farming in California's Central Valley

Broadband helps farmers and students in California’s Central Valley use technology and develop skills to improve the agriculture economy. Read how CENIC collaborators such as the USDA, UC ANR, community colleges, and ISPs find funding and develop plans for better connectivity for the far reaches of the state, to help grow food and grow jobs.

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Sacramento Library Offers Gaming, Virtual Reality Programs Thanks to Greater Broadband Capacity

California libraries enjoy much greater bandwidth since connecting to CENIC’s CalREN backbone, and are now embracing and encouraging active access and content creation by its patrons, and developing new online routes of discovery, interaction, and learning. Read about sophisticated new ventures at the Sacramento Public Library.

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The Unfinished Internet: Vint Cerf on Expansion, Education, and Preservation

At CENIC's 2018 conference, Internet co-founder Vint Cerf advocated for broader Internet access, greater digital literacy, and improved digital preservation. Read the blog and watch his keynote now.

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CalREN Facilitates Communications During Napa Fires via Local Libraries

High-speed broadband service through CENIC’s CalREN network enabled the Napa County Library to serve as communications hub during wildfires.

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The Exploratorium and CENIC

The Exploratorium was the first cultural organization to join CENIC, and their connection to CalREN has supported remarkable programming and powered scientific discovery.

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CENIC’s Network Operations Center

Once an institution is connected to CalREN, CENIC’s Network Operations Center (NOC) is the first point of contact for any issues or questions that arise. NOC engineers monitor the network 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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California Emerging Technology Fund and CENIC: In Pursuit of a Common Goal

CENIC and the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) share a common goal: to close the digital divide by accelerating the deployment and adoption of high-speed broadband.

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Partnerships Between Research and Education Networks and the Private Sector

CENIC works with many private sector organizations to operate production and leading-edge research and education networks.

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California Libraries Look to a Future Enabled by High-Speed Broadband

Connection to high-speed broadband via CalREN enables librarians to realize administrative efficiencies, expand digital content, and broaden educational opportunities.

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Cybersecurity: New Directions for Research and Education Networks

A panel of national experts in online security was convened during CENIC’s 2017 annual conference focused on sorting through the various models of securing what was widely recognized as “insecurable” by those in attendance.

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Rivers in the Sky: How PRP Enables Scientists to Predict Extreme Weather

What would it take for weather forecasters to be able to predict seasonal climate effects — such as the extreme drought followed by the extreme floods experienced in the American West over the past few years?

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Strengthening Education, Cultural Preservation, and Healthcare in the Pacific Islands using Research

The indigenous peoples of the Pacific Islands were perhaps the world’s first “space explorers,” who set off on large canoes to seek out and discover the islands of the great Pacific Ocean more than 7,000 years ago. David Lassner presented a strategic direction for computer networking from the perspective of the Pacific Islands.

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The Power of Human Networks to Fuel Global Research and Education

The pursuit of knowledge is a global activity fueled by human curiosity and enabled by high-capacity broadband R&E networks.

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CENIC Presents Innovations in Networking Awards

Each year CENIC presents the Innovations in Networking Awards to highlight the exemplary innovations that leverage ultra-high bandwidth networking, particularly where those innovations have the potential to transform the ways in which instruction and research are conducted or where they further the deployment of broadband in underserved areas.

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Pacific Wave and CENIC

Pacific Wave continues to be one of CENIC’s major international initiatives, operated in partnership with the Pacific Northwest Gigapop. Undertaken as a part of an effort to improve service to CENIC members, Pacific Wave makes possible improved high-performance connectivity between CalREN and 29 Asia Pacific countries.

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SFJAZZ Collaborates with K–12 Schools and Public Libraries Using CalREN

In honor of Black History Month, SFJAZZ Education’s School Day Concert program presented award-winning bassist and bandleader Marcus Shelby and his Quintet to over 800 students at 11 schools across the SF Bay Area.

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Pacific Research Platform: The Future of Big Data Collaboration

The Pacific Research Platform supports a broad range of data-intensive research projects that will impact science and technology worldwide. To meet the needs of researchers in California and beyond, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a five-year, $5-million grant to fund the Pacific Research Platform (PRP).

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Building a CENIC Security Strategy

Twenty million people rely on CENIC’s network to connect with each other and the world. A new effort aims to ensure that the network remains secure, safe, and reliable. We talked with Sean Peisert and John Dundas about cybersecurity approaches for the CalREN network.

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