IRON announces office slate for 2014

The Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON) today named its slate of incoming officers for calendar 2014.

Boise, ID, January 20, 2014 – The Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON) is pleased to announce its 2014 slate of officers. IRON officers and board of directors are chosen from the organization’s Charter and General Associates which include representatives and members at large of the state’s education, health care, research, state and local government, and economic development organizations.

For 2014:

• President and Chief Executive Officer, Viji Murali, Vice President for Information Services and Chief Information Officer for Washington State University in Pullman, WA.
• Vice President, Howard Grimes, Vice President of Research and Economic Development for Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID.
• Treasurer, Daniel Ewart, Chief Information Officer for the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID.
• Secretary, Allen Schmoock, Chief Technology Officer and Director of Information Technology for Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID.
• Immediate Past President, Stacey Carson, Vice President of Operations for the Idaho Hospital Association in Boise, ID.

The board wishes to express their gratitude to the outgoing IRON officers including:

• Incumbent President and Chief Executive Officer Stacey Carson, Idaho Hospital Association
• Incumbent Vice President Viji Murali, Washington State University
• Incumbent Secretary, Max Davis-Johnson, Boise State University
• Incumbent Treasurer, Spalding Jugganaikloo, Brigham Young University-Idaho
• Incumbent Immediate Past President, Brent Stacey, Idaho National Laboratory

(Editor Note: IRON’s President and Vice President are elected by the IRON Board of Directors, and typically serve a one year term. IRON’s Secretary and Treasurer are appointed by the President/ Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for indefinite terms and serve at the pleasure of the President and CEO.)

Stacey Carson, Vice President, Operations for Idaho Hospital Association

”IRON has connected more than 80 thousand students, researchers and healthcare professionals to a national and international community. IRON’s Associates are connected via a network that they own and operate for the betterment of their institutions, their communities and for everyone in the State of Idaho.

IRON’s officers and directors are committed to the continued long-term fulfillment and success of the IRON vision and we are in good hands with incoming President and CEO.”

Viji Murali, Vice President for Information Services and Chief Information Officer for Washington State University

“IRON is poised to take advantage of the many opportunities presented by the changing technologies through a solid vision developed by our associates for education, research and healthcare to become the entity of choice for cost-effective solutions for our organizations. Washington state university is a multicampus, research, land grant institution, and connections to local, national and international networks would not have been possible without IRON.”

Howard Grimes, Vice President of Research and Economic Development for Idaho State University

“Through partnerships with our sister institutions, healthcare providers, and Idaho National Laboratory (INL), IRON has advanced the availability and cost-effective access to the Internet, Internet2, National Lambda Rail, and other resources not previously available to ISU. IRON has enabled research, education, advancements in healthcare collaboration, and fostered collaboration effectively with other counterparts within Idaho, as well as nationally and internationally. Perhaps most importantly, by working in this collaborative manner we, and the state of Idaho, has acquired critical resources in an extremely cost-effective manner.”

Daniel Ewart, Chief Information Officer, University of Idaho

“Our partnership in IRON has done so much more than provide a robust, cost-effective connection to the Internet. It has allowed us to connect many of our locations together, enabling teaching, learning, research and communication. Our participation also allows us to further our mission as the land grant, outreach-focused higher education institution in the state while providing opportunities for collaboration with local, state and federal agencies across Idaho. We remain proud to be a charter member of IRON and looking forward to participating in IRON continued growth and success.”

Allen Schmoock, Chief Technology Officer and Director of Information Technology for Lewis-Clark State College

“Unlike a research institution, Lewis-Clark State College’s (LCSC) specialty is teaching and learning, and it places a premium on communication between students and instructors. In today’s higher education environment, instruction and communication often occur online. During the last semester of 2013, over two-thirds of LCSC’s students took at least one online course. The college depends on IRON’s bandwidth and dependability to serve local and world-wide online constituents. For five years IRON has carried LCSC’s online courses efficiently and reliably.”

Chartered in late 2007, “IRON” (www.ironforidaho.net) is a cooperative effort between five universities located in the Northwest region of the United States, the State of Idaho, the Idaho Hospital Association, and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), to establish a high-performance regional optical network within the State of Idaho. IRON is owned, operated and managed by these Charter and General Associates.

Today, five years after its inception, IRON provides low-cost, high-speed bandwidth to more than 175,000 students, teachers, administrators, researchers, and health care professionals across the state of Idaho.

Organizations eligible to participate in the Idaho Regional Optical Network, Inc. (IRON), a not-for-profit Idaho corporation, include those engaged in research, public and private education, health care, and economic development; as well as libraries, museums, and local, state, and federal government agencies. IRON, like 40 similar Regional Optical Network organizations operating in other states across the country, provides access and connectivity, at speeds of up to 10 gigabits, to the Internet, and to both of the nation’s advanced research and education broadband networks, Internet2 (www.internet2.org), and the National Lambda Rail (www.nlr.net).

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President Carter to Share History of Alaskan National Parks

President Carter to Share History of Alaskan National Parks
Students Invited to Join Him for a Live Webchat on December 2

In 1980, President Jimmy Carter doubled the size of the National Park System when he signed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). Students throughout the country can celebrate the anniversary of this landmark bill by joining President Carter on a live webchat on Monday, December 2 from 2-3 p.m. EST.

The theme for this special event, sponsored by Jimmy Carter National Historic Site in Plains, Georgia, is Celebrating President and Mrs. Carter and Their Contributions to the National Park Service. President Carter will speak on ANILCA then participate in a question-and-answer period.

An estimated 90,000 students will view the event thanks to an exciting new partnership between the National Park Service and Internet2, the U.S. national research and education network.

President Carter will answer questions via video from high school students from Plains High School (Plains, Ga.), Southwest High School (El Centro, Calif.), Sugar Salem High School (Sugar City, Idaho) and Woodrow Wilson Junior High (Dayton, Texas). Schools may view the event via a live web stream available at http://video.magpi.net, provided by MAGPI, or at http://idahoptv.org/INSESSION provided by Idaho Public Television.

ANILCA, often called the most significant land conservation measure in the history of our nation, protected more than 100 million acres of federal lands in Alaska. It doubled the size of the country’s national park and refuge system and tripled the amount of land designated as wilderness. ANILCA expanded the National Park System by more than 43 million acres, created 10 new national parks and increased the acreage of three existing parks.

The event is part of the Presidential Primary Sources Project, a collaborative program sponsored by the U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums, the National Park Service, the Internet2 K20 Initiative, and other primary source stakeholders. For more information, visit https://k20.internet2.edu/projects/presidential-primary-sources-project or http://www.nps.gov/teachers/classrooms/jimmy-carter-anilca-event.htm.

The Idaho Education Network, Texas Education and Telecommunication Network (TETN), the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), and Internet2 support the participating schools and provide the video technology.

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National Park Service and Internet2 To Deliver 150th Anniversary Reading of the Gettysburg Address Live To Schools and Libraries Across the United States

Park rangers to hold interactive videoconference with K-12 students and library patrons in Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, NJ, PA, and Utah

Washington, D.C.–(Nov. 18, 2013) —The National Park Service, Internet2, and Internet2 member organizations across the country are partnering to deliver Tuesday’s Dedication Day ceremony marking the 150th Anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address live over the Internet2 ultrafast network to an estimated 90,000 colleges and universities, K-12 schools, public libraries, and museums nationwide. To watch the live web stream starting at 9:30 a.m. EST or view the program archive, visit http://video.magpi.net/videos.

“The Gettysburg Anniversary showcases what the Internet2 community and the National Park Service can achieve by partnering together,” said John S. Morabito, Vice President of External Relations and General Counsel, Internet2. “We welcome the National Park Service into our community as a new member of Internet2 and look forward to helping them share our nation’s treasureswith students across the country by using the Internet2 Network.”

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson will speak at the event, which also features U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, and a reading of the Gettysburg Address by Lincoln portrayer James Getty. In addition, Justice Scalia will give the Oath of Allegiance for 16 people to become U.S. citizens.

Following the official ceremony, six K-12 schools and public libraries from around the country will connect with park rangers from Gettysburg National Military Park over interactive videoconferencing to discuss the following three themes:

· The aftermath of the battle of Gettysburg;
· Myths surrounding President Lincoln’s visit to Gettysburg in 1863; and
· The meaning of the Gettysburg Address, then and now.

The schools and libraries participating in the interactive videoconferencing program include:

Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho;

Cornell High School, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania;

Passaic Valley High School, Little Falls, New Jersey;

Portage Lake District Library, Houghton, Michigan;

Russell Middle School, Winder, Georgia; and

Utah Education Network (students from Salt Lake City School District).

This interactive portion of the program is part of the Presidential Primary Sources Project (PPSP), which is sponsored by Internet2’s U.S. UCAN K20 Initiative, U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums, and the National Park Service.

Often called “the greatest university without walls,” the National Park Service has a history of leveraging technology to teach history, culture, and the forces that shape the nation’s natural environment throughout its nearly 200 year history.

The live web stream and interactive videoconferencing are made possible by staff and technology provided by the National Park Service, Internet2, 3ROX, MAGPI, Washington State University, Idaho Education Network (IEN), Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON), Utah Education Network (UEN), NJEdge, PeachNet, Texas Education and Telecommunications Network (TETN), and MERIT Network, Inc.

For more information on this event, visit http://www.magpi.net/Community/Programs/150th-Anniversary-Gettysburg-Address.
About Internet2®

Internet2 is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions.

Internet2 also operates the nation’s largest and fastest, coast-to-coast research and education network, and serves more than 90,000 research and educational institutions, including more than 245 U.S. universities, 70 government agencies, 38 regional and state education networks, 60 leading corporations working with our community and more than 100 national research and education networking partners representing more than 50 countries. Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, MI; Emeryville, CA; Washington, D.C, and West Hartford, CT. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.

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Todd Sedmak, (202) 331-5373 or todd@internet2.edu

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Nez Perce tribe expands broadband access on the Nez Perce Reservation

The Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON) and the Nez Perce Tribe announce a partnership to expand the Tribe’s broadband access and collaboration within the reservation and across the region.

Lapwai, ID, June 14th, 2013 – The Nez Perce Tribe recently completed expansion of its broadband communications infrastructure for enhanced administrative, education public safety, and health care opportunities to better serve residents throughout the five-county Clearwater region in northern Idaho that make up the Nez Perce Reservation. Expanded access to IRON’s ultra-high-speed fiber optic network will also expand the effectiveness of the Tribe’s business, education, health care and public safety operations. When the Tribe first joined IRON in 2010, it became the first Native American tribe in the nation to actively participate in the broadband network opportunities provided by a Regional Optical Network such as IRON. Initial access was accomplished by leasing a 20 Mbps, digital microwave circuit to create a connection between the Tribe’s tribal headquarters in Lapwai, ID, and the IRON network access point in Pullman, WA. In June of this year, the Tribe completed construction of its own digital wireless network connecting Tribal Headquarters in Lapwai, at speeds up to 300 Megabits/ second, with IRON’s new point-of-presence (POP) currently being installed in Moscow, ID.

”The Nez Perce Tribe is excited about being able to utilize the backbone service from the Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON) in our digital wireless network,” stated Chris St. Germaine. “The connection to IRON provides high bandwidth back bone connection, a redundant access to the internet and offers significant cost savings for the Tribe. The IRON connection will benefit both tribal government operations and the subscribers to the Tribe’s wireless internet service. Until recently such broadband connection has not been available due to the general lack of carrier grade access throughout the reservation and the region,” continued St. Germaine.

Chartered in late 2007, “IRON” (www.ironforidaho.net) is a cooperative effort between five universities located in the Northwest region of the United States, the State of Idaho, the Idaho Hospital Association, and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), to establish a high-performance Regional Optical Network (RON) within the State of Idaho. IRON is owned, operated and managed by its Charter Associates. Today, only five years after its inception, IRON provides low-cost, high-speed bandwidth to more than 175,000 students, teachers, administrators, researchers, and health care professionals across the state of Idaho.

Organizations eligible to participate in the Idaho Regional Optical Network, Inc. (IRON), a not-for-profit Idaho corporation, include those engaged in research, public and private education, health care, and economic development; as well as libraries, museums, and local, state, and federal government agencies. IRON, like 40 similar organizations operating in other states across the country, provides access and connectivity, at speeds of up to 10 billion characters per second, to both of the nation’s advanced research and education broadband networks, Internet2 (www.internet2.org), and the National Lambda Rail (www.nlr.net).

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University of Idaho expands broadband access for Agricultural Research Sites

The Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON) and University of Idaho announce a partnership to expand the state’s broadband access and collaboration within the state, across the nation, and globally.

Moscow, ID, June 14, 2013 – University of Idaho increases its broadband communications infrastructure for enhanced education and research opportunities to serve U of I’s Agriculture Research sites in Hagerman, Kimberly, Twin Falls, Caldwell and Parma. Access to IRON’s ultra-high-speed, fiber optic network will expand U of I’s effectiveness in creating opportunities for the school’s students, faculty, administrators, and research staff, and will also enhance Idaho’s collective ability to advance science, research, education, health care, and economic development across the entire State. Working with local, digital wireless and wire-line providers, the University and IRON have established broadband access and connectivity at speeds up to 100 Megabits/second from these very remote research sites which previously had to rely on internet access over low-speed, copper or satellite connections.

“U of I very much appreciates our service from the Idaho Regional Optical Network (IRON). The ability to interconnect with IRON’s and the nation’s high-speed broadband research networks will substantially enhance our ability to support our researchers throughout the state. IRON has worked closely on a full partnership basis and helped foster collaboration with these important research sites where broadband access has been either too costly to acquire or is basically unavailable”, said U of I Chief Information Officer, Dan Ewart.

Chartered in late 2007, “IRON” (www.ironforidaho.net) is a cooperative effort between five universities located in the Northwest region of the United States, the State of Idaho, the Idaho Hospital Association, and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), to establish a high-performance Regional Optical Network (RON) within the State of Idaho. IRON is owned, operated and managed by its Charter Associates. Today, only five years after its inception, IRON provides low-cost, high-speed bandwidth to more than 175,000 students, teachers, researchers, and health care professionals across the state of Idaho.

Organizations eligible to participate in the Idaho Regional Optical Network, Inc. (IRON), a not-for-profit Idaho corporation, include those engaged in research, public and private education, health care, and economic development; as well as libraries, museums, and local, state, and federal government agencies. IRON, like 40 similar organizations operating in other states across the country, provides access and connectivity, at speeds of up to 10 billion characters per second, to both of the nation’s advanced research and education broadband networks, Internet2 (www.internet2.org), and the National Lambda Rail (www.nlr.net).

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