From Micronesia to San Francisco & Beyond: A Total Solar Eclipse Presented by The Exploratorium Via Live HD Streaming The Exploratorium in San Franc

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From Micronesia to San Francisco & Beyond:

A Total Solar Eclipse Presented by The Exploratorium Via Live HD Streaming

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The Exploratorium in San Francisco is collaborating with NASA and the National Science Foundation to produce a live broadcast of the total solar eclipse from the Federated States of Micronesia on March 8th and 9th. The fully eclipsed sun will be visible from only a few Pacific islands, but the live broadcast from Woleai, also known as Oleai, a coral atoll of twenty-two islands in the eastern Caroline Islands in the Pacific Ocean, will make this amazing phenomenon available to hundreds of countries and millions of people around the world.

The “path of totality” for an eclipse – or the area on earth where people can see the moon fully covering the surface of the sun – is only 100 miles wide and moves in a curved path across the globe. With this eclipse’s remote, oceanic path, few people will see the 2016 eclipse live, but the Exploratorium is sending a team to Woleai to film and broadcast the event to share with the masses. Educators, students, and the general public will have access to a live program through the Internet, mobile phones, and television.

The Exploratorium will produce several programs in San Francisco that evening, all of which will be streamed live in high definition, allowing people all over the world to enjoy this spectacular celestial event. The telescope feed with Spanish narration will be transmitted by the Exploratorium through CENIC's CalREN for streaming worldwide. Events include: 

Live One-Hour Program: From 5:00–6:00 p.m. there will be a live one-hour program that provides information about the eclipse and safe viewing techniques, as well as an exploration of the Micronesian island from which the eclipse is being broadcast. This program features stunning live eclipse imagery from four telescopes (1/4 disc and full-disc in white light and with H-Alpha filters) and explores the science of the sun, using high-definition images and video from NASA satellites.

Telescopic Imagery Feed: From 4:00–7:00 p.m., a second feed will feature telescope imagery of the entire eclipse for just over three hours, without any commentary, allowing news stations and museums to conduct their own educational programming.

Spanish Narration: A third feed will feature a shorter version of the telescope-only feed, with live narration in Spanish provided by Exploratorium scientist Dr. Isabel Hawkins.

If you are a library or a school and are interested in creating a school or community event around this program, or for general information, contact Nicole Minor at nminor@exploratorium.edu.

CHI Partnership Enhances Healthcare in Monterey County

CENIC and Community Health Innovations (CHI) have formed a new partnership to enhance healthcare for patients and providers in Monterey County by providing faster Internet speed to transfer vital health information. Community Health Innovations convened a meeting at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula to recognize the first Monterey County medical partnerships with CENIC, thereby enhancing healthcare coordination opportunities for Monterey County.

“We welcome the opportunity to work with Community Health Innovations, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, and Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System — all innovators in quality healthcare,” said CENIC President and CEO Louis Fox. “Our network is richer for their participation, and we are delighted to assist these remarkable healthcare institutions in deepening their clinical care, research, and education collaborations with California’s academic medical centers, who are among the founding members of CENIC.”

Click here to read more about this exciting partnership!

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January's CENIC Star: Michael Gong

Network Engineer Michael Gong has been named January's CENIC Star!

Michael is a network engineer in CENIC’s Operations group, a position he did not stumble upon randomly. Through a friend who was an employee at CENIC, Mike learned about the organization’s work and vision and made it his mission to work for CENIC. He was hired in October 2011 and has been a stellar employee ever since.

In addition to his day-to-day responsibilities, Mike has made notable contributions in several important areas to improve CENIC's operational capabilities, including optical tools development, CAMEL documentation, the development of case studies, and by developing a new deployment process for libraries. For the last four years, Mike has continually worked to enhance his technical skills and consistently sought to use his broader set of skills in innovative ways to benefit the Operations team and the organization. Thanks, Mike!

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CENIC's 2016 Annual Conference

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With just a few weeks left until our 2016 Annual Conference: The Right Connection, March 21-23 at UC Davis, CENIC is busy putting the finishing touches on this year’s event. With sessions covering topics such as the digital divide, the Pacific Research Platform, wireless learning spaces, and the transcendent connection between jazz and libraries on the CENIC network, there is truly something for everyone on the agenda. But it won’t be all work and no play. CENIC’s Events & Engagement Coordinator Michelle Perez-Robles has planned wine tastings, live performances, and more.

Click here for the conference program >

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TAC Update

Upcoming Joint TACs Meeting:

A joint meeting for both TACs will be held on March 23, 2016, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at the UC Davis Conference Center (550 Alumni Lane, Davis, CA) in Ballroom C. Or, dial into the meeting by calling 888-450-4821, and use participant passcode 237960.

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Libraries Update

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For the last two years, work has been underway to bring high-speed broadband to all of California’s public libraries by connecting them to the California Research & Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity 3,800-mile fiber-optic-based network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20 million users, including the vast majority of K-20 students together with educators, researchers, and others working in California’s vital public-serving institutions. This network is operated by the Corporation for education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), a non-profit California corporation that connects California to the world—advancing education and research statewide by providing the world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration, and economic growth.

Califa, has been contracted by the California State Library to administer the program and coordinate with participating libraries for the services that will deliver high-speed broadband to them and enable libraries to use the CalREN network. As of last month, Califa has updated its website to include everything libraries need to get connected. The website includes links to project reports, answers to frequently asked questions, a list of participating library jurisdictions, information on the steps necessary to connect to CalREN and a link to press on the project. Click here to see Califa's new web page and to learn more about this exciting project.

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About CENICwww.cenic.org
CENIC connects California to the world—advancing education and research statewide by providing the world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration and economic growth. This nonprofit organization operates the California Research and Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20 million users, including the vast majority of K-20 students together with educators, researchers and other vital public-serving institutions. CENIC’s Charter Associates are part of the world’s largest education system; they include the California K-12 system, California Community Colleges, the California State University system, California’s Public Libraries, the University of California system, Stanford, Caltech, and USC. CENIC also provides connectivity to leading-edge institutions and industry research organizations around the world, serving the public as a catalyst for a vibrant California.

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