VOLUME. 10, ISSUE 1: May 2017

In this issue 
Calendar of events

Submit your Abstract for UbuntuNet-Connect 2017

UbuntuNet Alliance is pleased to inform researchers and prospective authors that it is now receiving Abstracts for presentation of papers at UbuntuNet-Connect 2017, the 10th annual research and networking conference of the Alliance.

UbuntuNet-Connect 2017 will be held on 2 – 3 November 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under the theme: “Enabling Intra – African Collaboration in Research and Education.”

Interested researchers and authors are now being invited to submit Abstracts of not more than 500 words addressing the conference’s three sub themes or on any other topic relevant to research and education networking.

Authors whose abstracts will be accepted will be asked to develop papers that will be published in the conference’s report and proceedings published on the UbuntuNet Alliance website under ISSN 2223-7062.

Abstracts should be submitted online not later than 11th August 2017. A full Call for Abstracts and other details relating to the conference are available online.

Dr. Margareth Mushi is new TERNET CEO

The Tanzanian Education and Research Network, (TERNET) in April 2017 appointed Dr. Magreth Mushi as its new CEO replacing Dr. Amosi Nungu who has been moved to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in the department of Science, Technology and Innovation.

Confirming her appointment, Dr. Mushi, who previously served as Deputy CEO for the NREN, said her vision is to make TERNET “a one stop shop” for education and research institution technology needs but said her immediate priority is to enhance value added services for the NRENs members.

A holder of a PhD in Computer Science, Dr. Mushi says time has come for African NRENs to facilitate the uptake of research and education network saying although some NRENs have made progress there are still many challenges affecting the performance of NRENs on the continent.

“African NRENs have a vision and are moving forward to realize that vision but there are roadblocks. These roadblocks are at different levels of establishment as NRENs with enough government support seem to be well established compared to NRENs with little or no support. It goes without doubt that NRENs are important in improving education and research in the country. Therefore, government and other stakeholder's approval and support is crucial for the establishment of NRENs.”

The Open University of Tanzania Lecturer also emphasized the need for strong Regional Research and Education Networks like UbuntuNet Alliance.  

“As important as the NREN is to the country, regional bodies like UbuntuNet Alliance are very crucial to the region since they build NRENs human capacity, solve regional problems through research and provide regional connectivity. It is therefore important to ensure that NREN members are doing their best to make the REN vibrant for them to be able to get the maximum benefits.”

  Keystone Symposia introduces virtual repository for global health community

Health scientists and researchers from around the world now have an open access to a collection of over 20 hours of scientific video presentations and discussions developed by the Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Keystone Symposia is a US based nonprofit organisation that convenes open- peer-reviewed conferences that connect the scientific community and accelerate life science discovery.
And to extend the reach of the conferences, Keystone Symposia has organised a repository for Live Virtual Events, SciTalks and ePanels where scientific leaders as well as up and coming young scientists present in Keystone Symposia conferences  discuss compelling topics and trends within the global scientific community especially on health.

Keystone Symposia Director of Digital Media, Nick Duwa said the repository will be of great use to scientists as it has a collection of wide range of discussion topics from across the world. Duwa has since called on research and education networking organisations and institutions to help promote the repository to their communities.  You can access Keystone Symposia's repository here.

Happy 9th anniversarry to NUANCE

The Newsletter of UbuntuNet Alliance: Networks, Collaboration, Education (NUANCE) is celebrating another milestone after clocking nine years of existence on 1st May 2017.

The official monthly e- newsletter of UbuntuNet Alliance was first published on the Alliance’s website on 1st May 2008 and since then it has evolved to  become one of the leading newsletters in the global research and education networking community.

Since its introduction, the newsletter continues to grow bigger and now boasts over 3500 subscribers and an average 2500 readership by release of next edition.

And to give member NRENs a platform to reach out to the scientific community, the newsletter has recently been featuring dedicated columns from CEO and CTO who have been explaining the progresses and challenges their NRENs are experiencing.

Apart from providing this platform, the newsletter also continues to bring to the NRENs news from other regions of the world to keep them up to date with research and collaboration breakthroughs and developments.

As the newsletter looks to celebrate its 10th anniversary next year, it promises to continue providing readers with research and education networking developments happening within the UbuntuNet Alliance region and beyond. Researchers, students and authors interested to contribute in the newsletter can do so by sending an email to info@ubuntunet.net. 

Internet 2 appoints Howard Pfeffer As new CEO 

The Internet2 board of trustees in April announced the appointment of Howard Pfeffer as its new president and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to replace incumbent president and CEO H. David Lambert, effective June 12, 2017.

A press release from the network said Pfeffer brings to Internet2 over 30 years of experience in networking, systems and software engineering and helped pioneer the development of broadband Internet in the cable industry.

The statement said as president and CEO, Pfeffer will serve on behalf of the Internet2 membership community and is responsible for establishing and fostering the vision and strategic direction of the organization and has ultimate responsibility and accountability for its success. In this role, Pfeffer will lead all activities for the non-profit organization to further support the research and education community in the United States and around the globe.  
“I am extremely honored and proud to have been selected as the next president and CEO of Internet2,” Pfeffer said. “When you look back in history, so many technologies and advancements in science and ground breaking innovations have come directly from the research and higher education community. I am excited to use my background and experiences to contribute to the next generation of new technologies and services. I am committed to working very closely with the Internet2 community to help further their academic and scholarship missions both nationally and globally.”

Pfeffer served as the senior vice president of the broadband technology group at Time Warner Cable where he successfully led the architecture, engineering and development of the telecommunications infrastructure for residential and business services. He brings a strong background of business experience, technical leadership, deep advanced network knowledge and a track record of growth of new services.    
Prior to his numerous leadership roles at Time Warner Cable, Pfeffer held engineering and technology positions at organizations such as America Online and Road Runner. Over the course of his career he has been awarded multiple U.S. patents.
Pfeffer earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and will be based in the Internet2 Washington, D.C. office.

Call for Articles

NUANCE is the monthly e-newsletter published by UbuntuNet Alliance. Key content  is news from, about, or of interest to National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Africa. We request and invite you to submit an item before the 20th of each month capturing:
  • News and developments from your NREN and news items of interest to NRENs
  • Content networks: how researchers and academics are using the REN infrastructure to enhance effectiveness and efficiency their work and to promote national and international collaboration
  • Hot tips about something you have done successfully (organisational or technical)
  • A photo that tells a story
  • Looking into the future, especially with regards to fibre infrastructure

Submissions should be sent to info@ubuntunet.net