UAPB gets $280k NSF grant for dedicated research network

Over the last several years, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB)  has developed innovative and productive research groups exploring topics in bioinformatics, nanosciences, security analytics and biotechnology. One challenge that continues to confront all research groups and projects at UAPB is that of the limited ability of the campus’ network to support large science data movement between research laboratories, national and global research partners. UAPB was awarded a $281,488 grant from the National Science Foundation to create a Dedicated Research Network (DRN), making UAPB one of only two schools in the state with a network of this nature.

The result of a collaboration between the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and Technical Services, this project is designed to enhance the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff’s campus network infrastructure to enabled dynamic network services for research activities.

“This project is very important to the UAPB research community and I’m excited for Technical Services to play a pivotal role in ensuring its success,” Technical Services Director Wilette Totten said.  “It’s rewarding to know that the proposal that was written was deemed valuable for our university.  This project will have a great impact on UAPB student learning and the community we serve.”

The network will enhance existing large-scale research activities to take advantage of new network capabilities in particular by separating research network traffic on the campus, and among partners onto a specialized local dedicated research network (DRN). This will enable faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and students who have appropriate knowledge to make great and immediate strides in their research activities.  The network will also serve as education and training ground for a new generation of researchers and majority minority student population from a Historically Black/College University (HBCU) in cutting-edge research disciplines within Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

For more information about this project, call Dr. Jessie Walker at (870) 575-8774 or walkerjj@uapb.edu.

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