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Deborah Dent, Tracy Schroeder, Larry Smarr Headline Panel on Supporting Research and Education Communities at 2018 Internet2 Global Summit

Posted on May 03, 2018 by Sara Aly
Tags: 2018 Internet2 Global Summit, Frontpage News, Internet2 Member, News & Events, Research

Technology thought leaders from higher education to discuss mutual collaboration opportunities across a diverse research and education community


WASHINGTON, D.C., May 3, 2018 – Exploring and discussing real world applications of the challenges, opportunities and intersections in supporting the academy and researchers will be the subject of a May 8 panel discussion during the 2018 Internet2 Global Summit in San Diego.

Titled “A Win-Win Approach to Supporting the Shared Missions of Research and Education Communities,” the panel discussion is part of the general session that will start at 3:15 p.m. PDT and feature:

  • Dr. Deborah Dent, chief information officer, Jackson State University
  • Tracy Schroeder, vice president of information services & technology, Boston University
  • Dr. Larry Smarr, founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology and Harry E. Gruber professor of computer science at UC San Diego

Dr. Dent, Schroeder and Dr. Smarr will be joined on the panel by Internet2 president and CEO Howard Pfeffer, who will serve as moderator.

From left to right, Dr. Deborah Dent, Tracy Schroeder, and Dr. Larry Smarr will be participating in a panel on supporting research and education communities at the 2018 Internet2 Global Summit taking place May 6-9 in San Diego, CA.

This panel follows a keynote address by Dr. Manish Parashar, office director for the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure at the National Science Foundation, on “Realizing a Cyberinfrastructure Ecosystem that Transforms Science.”

“One of the many highlights of Global Summit is spotlighting how our community members work together and share knowledge that leads to advanced technologies and better research capabilities,” said Howard Pfeffer, president and CEO of Internet2. “Following Dr. Parashar’s keynote, we are looking forward to having technology thought leaders come together on stage and share diverse and invaluable leadership experiences from their work in supporting research collaboration and helping identify where a national organization, such as Internet2, can play a role in supporting multiple domains for the benefit of the entire research and education ecosystem.”

Dr. Deborah F. Dent is the chief information officer at Jackson State University. She oversees the management of the university's network and communications infrastructure, enterprise resource planning system and other information technology services that support all levels of research, learning, and teaching. Prior to joining Jackson State, Dr. Dent served as the deputy director of the information technology laboratory at the U. S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center in Vicksburg, MS.

Tracy Schroeder is the vice president of information services and technology Boston University (BU). She has responsibility for networking and telecommunications, systems infrastructure, communication and collaboration services, enterprise information systems, teaching and learning technologies, research computing, information security, and client computing support. Prior to joining BU, Tracy led the department of information technology services at the University of San Francisco (2002-2009) and served as president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities’ Conference on IT Management (2007-2009).

Dr. Larry Smarr is the founding director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership, and holds the Harry E. Gruber professorship in UCSD’s department of computer science and engineering. Before that he was the founding director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Dr. Smarr carried out theoretical, observational, and computational astrophysics for 25 years, has driven the early development of foundational components of our global cyberinfrastructure, and most recently has become a pioneer in the quantified self movement.

The 2018 Internet2 Global Summit meeting will convene research and education technology leaders from May 6-9 at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina hotel, and is co-hosted by CENIC, the University of California San Diego, and San Diego State University.

It will feature two keynote addresses, presentations from noted subject-matter experts, and sessions focused on advanced networks and trusted infrastructure, identity, federation and access management, and solutions for researchers with the goal of benefiting the entire research and education ecosystem.

The meeting’s program is available here. To register to attend, please visit

EDITOR’S NOTE: Members of the media interested in obtaining a press badge for the Global Summit should contact Sara Aly, or 720-379-9674.

About Internet2
Internet2® is a non-profit, member-driven advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 serves 328 U.S. universities, 60 government agencies, 43 regional and state education networks and through them supports more than 100,000 community anchor institutions, over 900 InCommon participants, and 69 leading corporations working with our community, and 61 national research and education network partners that represent more than 100 countries.

Internet2 delivers a diverse portfolio of technology solutions that leverages, integrates, and amplifies the strengths of its members and helps support their educational, research and community service missions. Internet2’s core infrastructure components include the nation’s largest and fastest research and education network that was built to deliver advanced, customized services that are accessed and secured by the community-developed trust and identity framework.

Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Denver, Colo.; Washington, D.C.; and West Hartford, Conn. For more information, visit or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.


Media contact:
Sara Aly, Internet2