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CENIC 2016 Annual Conference: The Right ConnectionWith the CENIC 2016 Annual Conference fast approaching, this year’s presentations are shaping up to be both important and informative. We hope you’ll join us for the conference March 21-23 at University of California, Davis.

CENIC 2016 Annual Conference: The Right Connection will feature three days of thoughtful presentations, interactive demos, dynamic speakers and plenty of opportunities to cultivate and strengthen relationships. In addition, the 2016 Innovations in Networking Awards will also be presented at the event. Register for the conference today!

The full program for CENIC 2016 Annual Conference: The Right Connection is available online. Here is a sample of this year’s program:

CENIC Network Bootcamp

On Monday, March 21, hear more about the current network and topology, learn more about the purpose of both international and national research and education (R&E)-focused organizations and networks, and learn more about cybersecurity. On Wednesday, March 23, participants can expand on the information provided in this session by attending the Boot Camp Deep Dive, an intimate Q&A that will provide detailed answers to questions generated during the Network Boot Camp session.

Closing The Digital Divide In California

“California may be the epicenter of the global Internet economy, but millions of Californians still find themselves on the wrong side of the digital divide, lacking access to a home broadband connection and the opportunities that come with it. Left unchecked, this divide will continue to drive educational disparities that will weigh on our economy for decades to come.”
Excerpt from a 2015 San Francisco Examiner article

The stakes are high but Californians who lack adequate access to broadband are fortunate to have several outstanding organizations working on their behalf, including the California Telehealth Network, California Emerging Technology Foundation, the California Broadband Council, the California State Legislature, and the California Center for Rural Policy. In this timely panel, Eric Brown, Sunne Wright McPeak, Carlos Ramos, Assembly Member Mark Stone and Connie Stewart will discuss the ways their respective organizations and initiatives are working to close this divide, and how the CENIC community might assist in closing this gap.

R&E Networks: Instruments Of Discovery

Modern research networks such as ESnet, CENIC and Pacific Northwest Gigapop (and similar networks around the world) are not merely infrastructures for service delivery, they are increasingly extensions of large-scale discovery instruments. High-energy physics pioneered this model, and other fields are following. For example, the discovery of the Higgs Boson would not have been possible without a worldwide grid-computing infrastructure, interconnected by high-speed research networks.

Participating in this panel are Harvey Newman, professor of physics at Caltech, and John Delaney, professor of oceanography at the University of Washington, who pioneered this idea years ago in their respective fields. They are joined by Greg Bell, the director of ESnet and a thought leader in the research network world, inspiring other network leaders to see their networks as instruments of scientific discovery, enabling researchers to share data, access computational tools and scientific instruments, and collaborative effectively, regardless of where the data, tools, resources and collaborators are located.

Reception & Special Performance

On Tuesday, March 22, savor appetizers and local wine while enjoying a special co-located performance, featuring renowned pianist and educator Geri Allen, who will perform live in Davis; Chris Chafe of Stanford University's CCRMA, who will play cello from the New World Symphony in Miami; and the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, who will perform in San Francisco. This presentation will highlight the use of the CENIC network by SFJAZZ, and provide an example of the possibilities for other cultural organizations to use the network.

Full Conference Program Available Online

The conference program is now online and ready for viewing. Click here to view the conference program and to read more about sessions and to see speaker bios.

Hotel & Conference Center Information

CENIC has reserved a block of rooms at the Hallmark Inn, in downtown Davis. The hotel is walking distance from the conference center and shuttles will also be provided.

The room rate is $134 per night and includes:

  • Complimentary hot breakfast
  • Complimentary parking
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Complimentary glass of local wine each evening

The deadline to make reservations at the Hallmark Inn is Feb. 28. You can make reservations by calling the reservation line at 800-753-0035, or by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please reference CENIC SF/ID#1957.

Sunday’s opening reception will be held at the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center and the rest of the conference will be held at the UC Davis Conference Center directly opposite the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts.


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