Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Upgrades Bandwidth and Connectivity in West Virginia

Three Rivers Optical Exchange

The Three Rivers Optical Exchange (3ROX), the high-performance Internet hub operated and managed by the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC), has significantly upgraded the link between PSC and West Virginia University (WVU). At the same time, WVNET (West Virginia Network), a network organization that serves schools, government and non-profits in West Virginia, has joined 3ROX, which gives West Virginia clients of WVNET a significant bandwidth upgrade as well as access to expanded research and education resources.

The new 3ROX link to WVU increases bandwidth 64-fold — from 155 megabits per second (Mbps) to 10 gibabits per second (Gbps). “This is a big step forward for research and education connectivity to WVU,” says Wendy Huntoon, PSC director of networking. The upgrade enhances support for clean-energy related research at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory with campuses in Morgantown and Pittsburgh. NETL researchers use the 3ROX link to access supercomputing resources at PSC.

By joining as a participant in 3ROX, WVNET upgrades connectivity from West Virginia K-20 schools to research and education networks such as Internet2 — from eight 155 Mbps links (aggregating to about five Gbps) to two 10 Gbps connections (one from Morgantown and another from Huntington). Among other education and government facilities, the upgraded WVNET bandwidth will link the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) facility in Greenbank, West Virginia, with WVU and the WVU Astrophysics program. From WVU, the 3ROX/WVU high-bandwidth link will then connect NRAO Greenbank with the global astronomy community.

More important to WVNET than the improved bandwidth per se, says Dan O’Hanlon, director of WVNET, is the collaboration with 3ROX. “We’ve wanted to become more involved in the educational community,” says O’Hanlon, “and participating in 3ROX meets our goals. It’s a big gain for West Virginia that we’re now able to collaborate with people who are involved in supercomputing and have world-class experience in running a research and education network.”

The catalyst for the collaboration and the upgrades, says Huntoon, was the 10 Gbps connection that 3ROX provided last year for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Environmental Security Computing Center in Fairmont, West Virginia. “The NOAA grant was stimulus funding,” says Huntoon, “and because we had infrastructure in place, we’ve been able to provide these expanded services very competitively from a cost perspective. We formed an effective partnership with WVNET, WVU, NETL and NOAA and these upgrades — to a total of 40 Gbps within a year — transform the West Virginia Internet landscape.”

Click here for more information about 3ROX.

WVU to host Recruitment Consortium meeting March 8

Mark your calendars!

WVU’s first WV Employer Recruitment Network Consortium meeting will be Thursday, March 8th 2012 from 8:00am until 11:00am at The Erickson Alumni Center, Morgantown, WV.

The University is very pleased to host this meeting on the topic of “HEALTHCARE REFORM” presented by Dr. Christopher Colenda, M.D., M.P.H. Dr. Colenda is the Chancellor for Health Sciences at West Virginia University, receiving the appointment in November, 2009.  Previously, he served as the Jean and Thomas McMullin Dean of the College of Medicine of Texas A&M Health Science Center and Vice President for Clinical Affairs.  He is dean emeritus from Texas A&M.

He has held previous academic and administrative appointments at Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine, Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Medical College of Virginia of Virginia Commonwealth University.

At the national level, Dr. Colenda is currently a board member of the Liaison Committee for Medical Education, the executive committee of the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  He served for 3 years on the Psychological Health External Advisory Subcommittee for the Defense Health Board, Department of Defense.

Dr. Colenda is an accomplished geriatric health services and clinical investigator and has published over 110 articles and book chapters. Notable past recognitions include the American Psychiatric Association’s Jack Weinberg Award in Geriatric Psychiatry, Outstanding Faculty Award from the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University in 2004, and the Alumni Star of the School of Medicine of the Medical College of Virginia.  He is a member of AOA and Sigma Xi Honorary Societies.  He was also elected to the American College of Psychiatrists in 1998, and listed among the Best Doctors in America since 1994, Best Doctors in the Midwest in 1998, and Best Doctors in the Southeast in 1995.

He earned his B.A. in Chemistry from Wittenberg University, his M.D. from the Medical College of Virginia of Virginia Commonwealth University, and his M.P.H. degree in Health Services Administration from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Colenda completed training in psychiatry at the University of Virginia Hospitals and at Emory University where he served as Chief Resident and Fellow. His training in preventive medicine and public health was at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Hygiene.

RSVP TO JENNIFER.ROBBINS@MAIL.WVU.EDU  by February 28 to reserve your spot.


WVU to host Veterans Summit on Nov. 3

West Virginia University will be hosting Veterans Summit III: “Communication Across Veterans Programs – Reaching West Virginia’s Vets” on Thursday, November 3, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Erickson Alumni Center Grand Ballrooms.

The event is sponsored by WVU’s Division of Human Resources, Office of the Veterans Advocate, Student Affairs, President’s Office for Social Justice, Academic Affairs and the WVU Center in Excellence for Disabilities.

The goal of the Summit is to increase communication with our veterans and among service providers in the areas of health care, employment and education.

There will be several speakers in the morning including a discussion on creating a Mobile Application for veterans.  In the afternoon there will be three separate panel discussions occurring at the same time.  The three sections will be on Health Care, Employment and Education.  People can RSVP early at http://employment.hr.wvu.edu/veterans_summit_iii  Limited seating is available.

For further information please contact Amanda White at 304-293-7894.

WVU currently hiring for many technology positions

West Virginia University currently has tons of great job openings for tech professionals. Check out the links below to view the job postings:

Application Administrator


Application/Support Specialist


Applications Administrator Sr.


Applications Systems Analyst Programmer


Data Management Specialist


Data Reporter


Database Administrator


Director – Application Maintenance and Support


Director – Information Security


e-Learning Program Manager


IAM Engineer


LAN Analyst Network Engineer


Sr. Application Programmer


Systems Engineer


Technical Application Administrator


Technical Manager


Voice Technician


Web Developer


Web Developer


Web Developer


Web/Graphic Designer


WVU is Hiring IT Professionals

West Virginia University cordially invites you to attend the WVU Technical Employment Networking Night on Thursday, April 29, 2010, from 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the Erickson Alumni Center in Morgantown, WV.
Bring your resumes and business cards and spend the evening with us to learn about WVU employment opportunities and our wonderful family oriented community. Many hiring managers will be on hand to talk about the projects and technologies they are currently exploring!
Networking Night Agenda
6:00 p.m. – Registration and Networking (doors open to job seekers)
6:30 p.m. – Welcome and Department Presentations
7:30 to 9:00 p.m. – Networking with Departments

For more information and how to register for this event please visit:
Event Registration http://simpleforms.scripts.wvu.edu/sf/NetworkingNightRegistration/
Event Information
Event Poster
Business casual attire is recommended.