AcIS to Participate in Virtual National Internet2 Day

NEW YORK, February 23, 2004 Columbia University Academic Information Systems (AcIS) will be one of five national sites hosting the first ever virtual National Internet2 Day, on Thursday, March 18, 2004, at Butler Library beginning at 8:15 A.M. The Columbia community and the general public are invited to attend. During the day-long web cast, national speakers from disciplines including science and research, teaching, performing arts, and collaborative technologies will demonstrate the potential of advanced network applications.

A special feature of the web cast will be a live jazz performance at Columbia at 3:00 P.M. Professor Chris Washburne of Columbia’s Music Department will be sitting in as guest trombone soloist with Manhattan School of Music’s top student jazz combo. They will be performing jazz standards from the American Classics Song Book. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion with speakers from all five sites, highlighting several leading performing arts institutions’ uses of Internet2.

Columbia is a member of Internet2, a consortium of 205 universities working in partnership with industry and government to develop and deploy advanced network applications and technologies, accelerating the creation of tomorrow’s Internet. The primary goals of Internet2 are to create a leading-edge network capability for the national research community, enable revolutionary Internet applications, and ensure the rapid transfer of new network services and applications to the broader Internet community.

“We are pleased to announce the first virtual National Internet2 Day in hopes that we can generate greater awareness of Internet2 capabilities at institutions around the country,” said Ted Hanss, Internet2 Director of Applications. “Internet2 applications can make a tremendous difference in how we live and work each day. Through this event, we aim to further demonstrate the potential of advanced network applications on member campuses and institutions—making a difference in how students learn, professors teach, and researchers collaborate.”

For additional information about Virtual National Internet2 Day at Columbia please contact Alan Crosswell at 212-854-3754, or visit AcIS’s web site about the event at

Academic Information Systems (AcIS) is the central organization supporting academic use of technology at Columbia University. It is a service organization whose mission is to improve the quality of instruction and research at the University through the strategic use of computing and communications technologies. AcIS also provides several core services to all faculty, students, and staff at Columbia including e-mail services, network services and Internet access, central web servers, and a central ID system for managing access to computing resources. To learn more about AcIS go to

AcIS is part of the Information Services Division at Columbia University, which also includes the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL), the Center for Research on Information Access (CRIA), the Electronic Publishing Initiative at Columbia (EPIC), and the University Libraries.

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