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SURA News Update, march 2004

Jefferson Lab and Nuclear Physics

Virginia Outstanding Scientist Award. JLab nuclear theorist and senior scientist Anatoly Radyushkin, also a physics professor at Old Dominion University, was named a Virginia Outstanding Scientist of 2004 for his work on generalized parton distributions, a theory in the field of quantum chromodynamics that is allowing physicists to, for the first time, obtain a 3-dimensional snapshot of the inner structure of the particles that make up the nucleus of the atom. The Virginia Outstanding Scientist Award recognizes scientists who have made a recent contribution to basic scientific research that extends the boundaries of a field of science. JLab press release February 24, 2004. ODU press release February 25, 2004. Governor's press release February 20, 2004.

20-year basic research vision. The Department of Energy Office of Science unveiled in mid-February its twenty-year strategic plan "which charts a course for science over the next two decades that promises dramatic increases in knowledge and scientific achievements." DOE press release February 12, 2004. Both the strategic plan and Secretary Spencer Abraham's twenty-year science facility plan are available on the Department's Office of Science web site.

DOE FY05 budget request. Ray Orbach, Director of the Office of Science, gave testimony to the House Committee on Science regarding the Office's FY2005 budget request. "The FY 2005 budget request of $401 million gives highest priority to exploiting the unique discovery potentials of the facilities at the RHIC and Continuous Electron Beam Accelerator Facility (CEBAF) by increasing operating time by 26% compared with FY 2004. R & D funding is provided for the proposed Rare Isotope Accelerator (RIA) and 12 GeV upgrade of CEBAF at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility." Excerpted from DOE press release February 11, 2004.

DOE competition for lab contracts. The Department of Energy announced extension and competition decisions for its national lab contracts, including the Jefferson Lab. "The Department will compete the management contract for this facility following a one (1) year extension of the current contract which ends on September 30, 2004, providing sufficient time to conduct a competition resulting in an award by September 30, 2005." Excerpted from DOE press release, January 30, 2004.

Information Technology

High performance computing. The SURA IT Committee sponsored a meeting of the directors of the high performance computational centers, focused on IT research applications. Participants discussed topics including the AT & T fiber partnership in the context of high performance computing, current state of funding for high performance computing, high performance computational activities among member schools, and potential joint actions and initiatives. This meeting was sponsored in conjunction with the Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC) in Washington, DC. SURA IT Committee Chair: Dave Lambert. SURA contact: Gary Crane.

NMI grid planning session. NMI Testbed sites and collaborators convened in Atlanta on January 26 to share institutional experiences in grid technology and to begin identifying synergistic activities that could be valuable on a regional or extra-regional scale. This planning session was the first step to exploring how best to apply grid expertise developed in the Testbed project in support of current and future SURA projects and programs. Working groups were formed to further explore four specific project areas: grid-enabled collaborative teaching environment, improved analysis of grid application requirements, regional grid conference, and regional certificate authority. Results from these working groups will be available for discussion at the SURA IT Committee meeting in April. SURA contact: Mary Fran Yafchak.

NMI Testbed sites presentations. PI's and participants from several Testbed sites presented at GlobusWorld 2004 in January and simultaneously over the AccessGrid. Art Vandenberg, Georgia State University; Jay Boisseau, Texas Advanced Computing Center, Shawn McKee, University of Michigan; Sandra Redman, University of Alabama in Huntsville; and Marty Humphrey, University of Virginia highlighted the concept of a campus grid and the requirements for developing inter-institutional, versus project-specific, grids. See presentation materials Thursday, 10:30 a.m. session.

NSF-NMI (NSF Middleware Initiative). The NMI Integration Testbed annual report for the period September 2002 through August 2003, NMI Testbed Year 2 Progress Report and a status report of activities since then, Testbed Status, Sept 2003 - Feb 2004 are now available on the NSF-NMI website Testbed General Status & Reports. SURA contact: Mary Fran Yafchak.

NMI Testbed REU's. Three of five NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) positions are in place: two at Georgia State University and one at University of Michigan. Students are learning the basics of NMI components and actively participating in evaluation of Testbed components. At the University of Michigan, the REU student is exploring NMI capability within the context of the ATLAS experiment, with the goal of creating a new integrated software package for ATLAS built upon NMI components. Georgia State University REU students are working on two projects, Muon particle detector GRID for K-12 and GRID-enabled applications including graphic rendering with the GSU Digital Aquarium, with the objective of creating a grid and process at the University for grid-enabling applications. SURA contact: Mary Fran Yafchak.

6th Annual SURA VIDE® Digital Video Workshop. Registration continues for the SURA-VIDE® 2004 Digital Video Workshop, widely hailed an essential event for learning more about the development and deployment of digital video for research and education. Scheduled for March 23 and 24 at the University Place Conference Center, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, the Workshop opens with an evening (March 22) keynote by Fred Kitson, Director of the Mobile and Media Systems Lab, Hewlett-Packard. Presentations and breakouts over the two-day workshop will cover such topics as distributed learning, medical applications, data collaboration, managing digital collections, international initiatives, and new technologies (MPEG4, SIP, HDTV-over-IP). Internet2 Commons Coordinator Training is offered before the main workshop and two post-workshop events, Education, Public Broadcasting and the Internet and ViDe® Workshop on H.350 will be offered as well. SURA contact: Sue Fratkin.

SURA/CIPP CyberSecurity Symposium. The 2004 SURA/CIPP CyberSecurity Symposium on March 8 and 9, at the George Mason University School of Law in Arlington, Virginia, is targeted to enhance federal funding to SURA institutions by promoting research-based security collaborations. The Symposium will feature information sessions on cybersecurity research, education, infrastructure protection and best practices. Members of Federal agencies that provide funding to security research and university security officers will be on hand to provide information and promote collaboration on cybersecurity. This event is an activity of the SURA Cybersecurity Working Group. Working Group Lead: Joy Hughes, Vice President and CIO, George Mason University. SURA contact: Mary Fran Yafchak.

SGA resolution-ORNL HPC. The Southern Governors' Association adopted a resolution supporting the high performance computing initiative at Oak Ridge National Lab. Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen sponsored the resolution, extending its support of a high performance supercomputer network grid to complement its resolution of support of SURA and the National Lambda Rail initiative through the Southern eCorridors Project.


Technology Transfer and Academic Outreach

Terahertz Applications Symposium. SURA will host the Terahertz Applications Symposium: Bridging the Gap from R & D to the Marketplace on March 16-17 in Washington, DC. This event will be a forum for education and discussion between academia and industry regarding emerging terahertz technologies, with a focus on medical imaging, pharmaceutical, and security applications. The purpose of this symposium is to begin bridging the gap between the growing base of scientific research and the potential marketplace applications. SURA contact: Matt Thomas.

Southeast Technology Expo. RTI, intellectual property law firm of Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer, & Risley (TKHR) and SURA are partnering to launch a series of events that will highlight the commercial opportunities emanating from the Southeast region's rich research and development resources. The first annual Southeast Technology Expo, New Frontiers in Therapeutics: Emerging Technologies in Infectious Disease and Oncology, will be held at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel, adjacent to the Research Triangle Park, on October 5-7, 2004. The first Expo will focus on emerging anticancer, antiviral, and antimicrobial therapeutics, along with supporting technologies such as bioinformatics, drug delivery, and genomics. Expo organizers anticipate as many as 30 universities will participate at this event. The Southeast Region represents one of the top three concentrations of university-based R & D in the life sciences. Southeast Technology Expo contact: Susan E. Brown, 919-541-7401. SURA contact: Matt Thomas.

COVITS 2004. SURA is participating in COVITS 2004 as a Silver Level Sponsor. The upcoming Commonwealth of Virginia's Information Technology Symposium is a world-class conference focused on the convergence of business, government, and academia leadership to identify, discuss, and propose solutions to critical technology issues. SURA's participation will bring focus to the technical capabilities surrounding Jefferson Lab and the Hampton Roads universities. The conference will be held in Norfolk, Virginia, on September 26-28, 2004. Keynote speaker for this year's event is NBC Nightly News anchorman Tom Brokaw. SURA contact and COVITS Advisory Committee member: Matt Thomas.

AUTM. SURA will be promoting technology transfer of Jefferson Lab technologies at the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) annual conference, March 3-6, 2004 in San Antonio, Texas. This event brings together thousands of technology transfer directors and associates from universities across the world, plus numerous representatives from the private sector, service industries, and government labs. SURA contact: Matt Thomas

Executive, Management, Administrative

Board appointments. The following appointments and re-appointments have been made to the SURA Board of Trustees. SURA contact: Elizabeth Lawson.
* the reappointments of Richard Ewing (Texas A & M), Arthur Vailas (University of Houston), Larry Medsker (American University), and M.J. Soileau (University of Central Florida);
* the appointment of Fred Tompkins, Vice President for Research, by President Joseph Johnson to represent the University of Tennessee;
* the appointment of John Lehman, Acting Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, by Chancellor William Shelton to represent East Carolina University; and,
* the appointment of Alan Nathan by the SURA Executive Committee, as a Trustee-at-Large, to serve on the Jefferson Lab Committee.

SURA staff. Greg D. Kubiak will join the SURA team in mid-March as Director of Relations and Communications. Kubiak, a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Political Science, comes to SURA after five years as the Senior Policy Manager for the Southern Governors' Association. His twenty-plus years experience in government relations includes over five years in the office of former U.S. Senator David Boren (now President of the University of Oklahoma) where, as Chief Legislative Assistant, Kubiak directed legislative activities on the Senator's agenda.

Spring 2004 Board meeting. The Spring meeting of the SURA Board of Trustees will be held on April 6 & 7, 2004 at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza, 14th and K Streets, NW, Washington, DC. The Board will convene on Tuesday, 8:00am to noon for its plenary session. The SURA standing committees will meet Tuesday afternoon, 1:00pm to 5:30pm in break-out sessions. The full Board will reconvene in plenary session on Wednesday, 8:00am to 11:00am to hear reports and debriefs from each standing committee chair. SURA contact: Elizabeth Lawson.
Standing Committees:
Jefferson Lab Committee, June Matthews (MIT), chair.
Coastal Research Committee, Carolyn Thoroughgood (Delaware), chair.
Information Technology Committee, Dave Lambert (Georgetown), chair.
Development Committee, Jim Siedow (Duke), chair.
Relations Committee, President Andrew Sorensen (South Carolina), chair.
Finance Committee, Donald Lehman, (George Washington), chair. (Closed meeting: Committee members, SURA Trustees, and invited participants only).




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