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  1. PI NSF Florida Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Professor of Mathematical and Computer and Information Sciences Recipient: US DOE[NNSA] Samuel P. Massie Chair of Excellence in Cyber Security Hispanic Engineers National Awards & Achievements Conference 2002 Educator of the Year 4NRP Celebration: The NSF National Research Platform 11:00 AM, February 10, 2023. PANEL: Reaching More Minority Serving Institutions ONE RICHARD A. ALÓ Ph.D., Dean, College of Science & Technology
  2. Reaching More Minority Serving Institutions TWO • MODERATOR: Reaching More MSIs: ¿WHY? Richard A. Aló, Dean, Science & Technology Florida A & M University • TCU Experience: CI Issues at Tribal Colleges/ Universities Al Anderson, CIO Salish Kootenai College: • HSI’. Experience: High-Performance Computing at CSUSB Samuel Sudhakar, VP & CIO , California State Univ.San Bernardino • The R1/PWI Experience: Road to Empowerment is Slow, Steady and Deliberate Jill Gemmill, Executive Director, Research Computing, Clemson Univ. • HBCU Experience: Empowering Jackson State University Deborah Dent, Chief Information Officer, Jackson State University • MS-CC: Advancing CI @ HBCUs, TCIUs and other MSIs Ana Hunsinger, Vice President, Community Engagement Internet2:
  3. 1970 THE FUTURISTS VISION33 BROADENING PARTICIPATION in STEM • Time Out for DATA OUR MSIs • Who Are They? Where Are They? Role of Regional Networks Reinventing the University- The ECONOMIST 6/2014 • Data new currency on Campus • CyberInfrastructure Development • New Learning Modalities- Tear Down Wall Between Research and Teaching; Promotes collaborative diversity • Discrete Math vs. Calculus OUTCOMES: National Research Platform provides • Foundation for Reinventing the University • Adds an A to STEM • Significant Path for Broadening Participation in STEAM Richard A. Aló Ph.D. Reaching More MSIs: ¿WHY? 3
  4. 1970 4 The Tofflers: Heidi & Alvin: Futurologists Social Scientists • predicted the anxieties of a world upended by rapidly emerging technologies FUTURE SHOCK-1970 • relationships between people and political and economic structures is significantly altered by the impact of new technology. THIRD WAVE-1980- Nature of Society • Knowledge, Wealth, Force at the End of the Twenty-First Century • Use of Wealth and Force is available to the Elite • KNOWLEDGEIS AVAILABLETONON-ELITEAS WELL POWER SHIFT-1990- Knowledge is Most Democratic Source of Power
  5. 2014 The ECONOMIST 5 Creative Destruction (cover feature) • Cost Crisis, • Changing Labor Markets and • New Technologies Treatise: TURNING OLD INSTITUTION [US Universities] on its HEAD Reinventing: NOT EASY BUT promises a better, more affordable education for more people. NRP HELPING to REINVENT the UNIVERSITY
  6. VISION. 6 Reduce Reduce Vast Underrepresentation in STEM Broaden Add ‘A’ & Broaden Participation in STEAM Work Work Collaboratively to Equalize the Playing Field
  7. ¿WHY? 7 ¿Do we need to Engage More MSIs? Broadening Participation in STEM TIME OUT FOR DATA richard a. aló, Dean College of Science and Technology Florida A & M University
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  9. USA China India UK S&E doctoral degrees, by selected countries: 2000 -2018 Source:
  10. CST Accolades Inventors: Dr. Suresh V. K. Eyunni (Department of Chemistry) Dr. Kinfe Ken Redda (CoPPS, IPH) Research team received the following US Patent No. 16/132,853. Aug 4, 2020. “Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society Chapter reestablished FAMU Premedical Program featured in Diverse Issues in Higher Education Dr. Daniel Osborne Professor of Mathematics awarded the Faculty Generating Prestigious Award. Also pictured Janei Elliston Mathematics Major is admitted to the Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at FSU, Fall 2020. Dr. Bereket Mochona was a core leader of the Florida-California CaRE2 – FAMU Research Education program. He is also serving as UF-FAMU ReTOOL Program Coordinator Source:; :; 69% 13% 18% US Pop 2016 AA HLA 54,904 research PHDs awarded in 2016 35,557 to US citizens/Perm Res in 2016; with 1,729 PhD: MATH, STATISTICS, COMPUTER SCI ONLY 10% to HURMs or 172 35,557 in 2016* (%) 10 67% 14% 19% US Pop 2021 52,250 research PHDs awarded; 5.4% decrease from 2020 31,674 awarded to US citizens/Perm Res in 2021; 1,671 PhD : MATH, STATISTICS, COMPUTER SCI, only 11% to HURMs or 168 31,674 in 2021* (%) Research doctorates awarded TEN AA HLA
  11. Data shown for AY 2017-2018 (Pew Research Center) Decrease in Black Male STEM Engagement Source: • Black men have access to fewer financial resources. • Black youth are more likely to be suspended in secondary school • Black male students lack access to role models in education. • College campuses can be racially hostile to Black men
  12. Pew Research Center 2017-2019 Enrollment for Black students dropped further during the pandemic. • Enrollment for Black men dropped 14.3% in spring 2021 compared to the previous spring, • Enrollment for Black women fell 6.9% over the same time period. ( leaders-seek-boost-enrollment-black-men)
  13. Our MSIs WHO ARE THEY 13 Our Minority Serving Institutions
  14. WHY HBCUs, HSIs, TCUs?- Relatively small percentage of MSIs serve a much greater proportion of URM students 14 Engaging MSIs- • Efficient way to INCREASE URMs-next generation of scientists, engineers. • Significant Contributions to initiatives on competitiveness through education/ development of URMs that excels them in computing 2/6/23 14 ETHNIC TYPE US Institutes of Higher Learning IHLs % of US IHLs % of all Ethnic Enrollment % BS STEM degrees Produced HSIs 539 17 67 67 HBCUs 107 3 10 25 TCU 32 1.009 0.6
  15. Engaging more MSIs ¿WHY??? 15 We Make an Impact on 1. ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE 2. PERSISTENCE THERE is a LITANY of RESEARCH ON HBCUs Despite Limited resources Disparities Representing merely 3% of US IHLs Prepare most of the nation’s Black leaders in critical areas, such as STEM.
  16. A litany of research has firmly documented HBCUs’ impact on the academic performance of Black students U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, notes 17 HBCUs: top BS STEM degree producers to Blacks HBCUs are credited with producing 38% of Blacks with BIO Degrees, 31% in mathematics, 35% in computer science, 22% in engineering (Gasman, 2012). e.g., Fries-Britt & Turner, 2002; Gasman, 2008; Palmer & Gasman, 2008; Palmer & Wood, 2012) and STEM specifically (Gasman, 2010, 2012;
  17. How does R&E ecosystem benefit from URMs Inclusion 17
  18. With: 1.Declining STEM Enrollments, 2. Growing Minority Population 18 1. We seek innovative, significant programs to increase enrollment and success of diverse URM in STEM, for example. • Digital professions [cybersecurity, additive manufacturing, architecture, data science evolving. • CYBER ENABLED SCIENCE Growth [Domain science merged with Market Science] 2. HE policies, pedagogies, climates, and initiatives must • effectively promote racial/ ethnic minority students’ educational attainment in STEM. 3. MSIs have shown efficacy in facilitating the persistence of URM students in STEM. • Collectively responsible for producing nearly one-third of the nation’s minority STEM graduates. Note: Palmer et al, SUNY Binghamton, published the compendia: Fostering Success of Ethnic and Racial Minorities in STEM - share salient institutional characteristics, unique aspects of climate, pedagogy, and programmatic initiatives at MSIs that are instrumental in enhancing the success of URMs in STEM.
  19. Are there opportunities for greater collaboration between regional networks and these institutions? Yes, NSF MS-CC. 19 Lessons learned from the Missing Millions report Access to resources /opportunities is essential, but without the ability to use/ execute the resources/ opportunities, the impact will be minimal. Underrepresented communities/ institutions require some effort and focus on preparatory training /support to effectively use these resources and opportunities Long-term participation/ engagement with these resources and opportunities require vibrant communities • A working community of peers • A community for a sense of “belonging” and engagement • A vibrant community for growth and sustainability
  20. Roles for regional networks to help promote and provide more shared services to HBCUs and MSIs? 20 Assisting in Equalizing the Playing Field- Reach out, Educate them Assist in overcoming barriers such as funding: • training for IT professionals to supp • better network infrastructure (HSI) • [HSIs, TCUs, HBCUs] NEEDS: Staff Support and Institutional Support [[HSIs, TCUs, HBCUs] Lack of institutional staff, technology/ resources to fulfill this important function (TCU) Failure of senior administration and some faculty to understand the importance of having an advanced cyberinfrastructure (HSIs] Remote areas where students get no Internet access. (TCU) Faculty with a background in using big data [lack of curriculum at 2-year level (TCU) People on campus who have vision for using data beyond accreditation compliance(HSI)
  21. Strategies regional networks can use to attract more HBCUs/ MSIs Collaborate with 2/3 MSIs or a R1/R2 institution to get NSF grants suchs as CC* Assist overcome barriers. MS-CC undertook a major MSI survey Results showed the following barriers • U.S.HE-EnvyofWorld; SymbolofProsperity,Createsopportunitiesforpersonalgrowthanddevelopment. Historical/current educationaltrendsshow truerforsomemorethanothers. • Access /participation consistently remains a hallmark of the Privileged, White Patriarchal class; Women and people of color are largely excluded from the enterprise. • In U.S. HE race is largely subordinated to identity framed around pervasive practices of ethnocentrism, cultural elitism, and discrimination. (Anderson, 1998; Watkins, 2001). • Through racial oppression, HBCUs emerged from foundation to present and continue to defend and define their existence. • UnderstandinghowHBCUsdevelopedpromoteneweducational,social,andeconomicopportunitiesforAfricanAmericansis criticalinshapingaredefinedperspectiveaboutAmericanhighereducation. 21
  22. Reinventing. 22 the University • June 2014 The Economist • Cover Feature: Creative Destruction
  23. MINING TALENT Single Most Global Preoccupation • The Economist CREATIVE DESTRUCTION. 23
  25. NRP assists in providing New Learning Environments and Modalities 25 • Help to Tear Down the Wall • Provide Persistence for Completion • Provide Much Needed Engagement • Provide Collaborative & Diversity
  26. HyperWalltileddisplaySystemforBigDataResearch Collaborative&DiverseEngagement [NavajoTech&UHD] • Hispanic, Native & African American Students Collaborate
  27. CyberInfrastructure Center for Sensing of Polar Ice Sheets
  28. Innovation • Intelligence • International • Inclusivity Emulating Silicon Valley for FAMU Students Transforming Big Data to Knowledge • Artificial Intelligence • Machine Learning • Data Science/Engineering/Coding • Cyber Security • Data Visualization Transforming Students to Knowledge Generators • Big Data Scientific Culture • Research and Learning • Workforce Development FAMU CST Big Data I4V and Cyber Security Research and Learning Lab Front: iPodia Global Classroom; How Diversity impacts Learning Back right: Visualization wall. Not seen- computational, cybersecu
  29. CENIC/PW Link 100G FIONA3 40G 192TB U Hawaii 40G 160TB NCAR-WY 40G 192TB UWashington 10G FIONA1 40G FIONA UIC 40G 3TB StarLight PRP/Towards National Research Platform United States Nautilus Hypercluster FIONAs 2021 Award: Connects 4 More Regionals and 3 Internet2 Storage & Test Sites 100G FIONA I2 Chicago 100G FIONA I2 Kansas City 100G FIONA I2 NYC 2015: 256 GPU 2022 600+ GPU FAMU Internet2 Backbone SE Atlantic Backbone DMZ 40/100 G FIONA 32 GPU cluster
  30. National Research Platform 1. Significant Key and 2. Foundation for Reinventing The University Provides institutions with alternative paths for Broadening Participation in STEAM Emphasizes the role of BIG DATA SCIENCE and ENGINEERING Discrete mathematics is an alternative to entering STEAM professions. NOTE: Rutgers University CENTER FOR DISCRETE MATH & THEORETICAL CS –NSF S&T founded 30 years ago Calculus is not for Everyone. Provides our institutions with Access to WorldofData-thenew currencyoncampuses. SurvivalasprofessionsbecomeDIGITAL PROFESSIONS;Allowsfocuson CYBER- ENABLEDSCIENCES
  31. GOAL: Tear down a Wall Between Research & Teaching 1. 2nd National Research Platform taught us What MSIs Need 2. Preconference Training Sessions & several NSF CC* Awards Taught 1. To Lay Foundation for New Consortium 2. NRP Could Provide, Services, Resources to Meet Challenges Ahead 2/6/23 31 MSIs NEED: 1. Leadership, 2. Desire to seek cutting edge innovation, 3. Critical collaborations for new partnership opportunities, 4. Expanding their mentoring network, and 5. Faculty engagement and buy-in.
  32. Quick Primer on Engaging MSIs in SLOW, STEADY DELIBERATE 2/6/23 32 Where We Are Today • Minority Serving-Cyber Infrastructure Consortium • NSF Toward a National Research Platform • NSF Pacific Research Platform Awarded How Did We Get Here • 1999 NSF Advance Networking with MSIs- improving computer networking and IT support • 2005 NSF CI-TEAM 0537498: MSI CI Institute Demo Project - implementing the MSI-CIEC CI Empowerment Coalition • 2007 MSI CI Empowerment Coalition initiated CI Days and spawned major outcomes • Several CC* GRANTS • Several NSF EPSCOR GRANTS
  33. Join ourMission ADVANCE INNOVATION and ENTREPRENEURSHIP: Mine Talent in STEAM While Engaging MSIs in the NRP Then we will be: Realizing Our Futures by Producing • Globally Competitive Scientists, Leaders, and Faculty • Engagement at the Cutting Edges of Learning and Industrial Advancements And Meeting our CHALLENGE: Contribute to Overcoming the Vast Underrepresentation of HURM Ph. D.s in STEAM
  34. Objectives Scientific and Broader Impacts of $3 Million Grant • Hub for HBCUs, TCUs, and other MSIs to utilize for CI advocacy, guidance, and expertise • Support for professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students at HBCUs, TCUs, and other MSIs • Enhance communication among researchers, university leadership, and CI professionals • Increase access to shared CI resources at MS-CC organizations • Increase diversity in the STEM talent pool and workforce • Increase the availability of workforce development opportunities for researchers, professional staff, and students at HBCUs, TCUs, and other MSIs • Advancing CI capabilities at these and other minority serving campuses • Advance understanding of the benefits for shared CI across a distributed community of colleges and universities in a mix of urban, suburban, and rural settings • Advance understanding around the importance of multi-stakeholder consortia supporting CI Principal Investigator: Ana Hunsinger, Internet2 Co-Principal Investigators: Dr. Richard Aló, Florida A&M University Dr. Damian Clarke, Meharry Medical College Dr. Deborah Dent, Jackson State University Jim Bottom, American Indian Higher Education Consortium Minority Serving Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) NSF CI Center of Excellence Demonstration Pilot Award # OAC-2137123
  35. WayMark Analytics acknowledges the traditional owners of the lands across the North American Continent. We pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging. Data and Computing Infrastructure for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) Stakeholder Alignment Survey Report – January 2021
  36. Thank you Now onto the panelists
  37. Salish Kootenai College Tribal College located on the Flathead Indian Reservation in Northwest Montana A little Info on tribal colleges ● Academic Programs are as varied as the number of colleges ● Emphasis on environment sciences and tribal cultures ● Lots of other STEM programs as well ● Some other programs at SKC ○ Nursing Programs, Dental Assisting, Social Work, Psychology, Education, Heavy Equipment and Highway Construction ● Provide workforce development certifications, other certifications such as EMT , medical assisting, etc. ● Associates, Bachelors, and Masters programs
  38. Cyberinfrastructure at TCUs ● Basic Infrastructure ● Data storage ● Computing services ● High speed Campus network to support infrastructure ● High speed Internet ● Cloud resources ● Sophisticated applications running on power computing systems ● People to help manage the infrastructure and provide training and guidance in the use of the infrastructure.
  39. Cyberinfrastructure at TCUs ● They face the same challenges that mainstream colleges and universities face ● American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) is the consortium that all tribal colleges are part of.
  40. Cyberinfrastructure Issues at TCUs
  41. Three General Areas CI Issues at TCUs ● Resource Challenges ○ Budgetary limitations have driven TCUs to prioritize other campus needs over those of their IT department. This tendency to under prioritize the needs of the IT department contributes to every identified technical issue. ○ IT personnel deficit ● Technical IT Infrastructure Issues ○ Many of the TCUs have significant deficiencies in their basic physical infrastructure. ● Internet Connectivity Challenges ○ At the time of the study’s completion, TCU Internet connection
  42. A Pathway to Improvement ● AIHEC Cyberinfrastructure Effort ● Minority Serving - Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) ○ MS-CC NSF Grant PoCG ○ Tiger Teams ● Development of and access to Shared Resources ○ Technical resources such as clusters, cloud storage, etc ○ Training resources ○ People
  43. What SKC is looking to accomplish with CI ● Develop a comprehensive CI Plan that allow researchers and educators to use CI technologies to improve and expand their research and provide more educational opportunities to our students. ● Develop internal and external relationships with CI people to that researchers and educators can get the training and access to resources that they need. ● Identify those areas of the campus that CI can enhance ● The CI Plan will establish a path for SKC to develop and maintain a more technically sophisticated infrastructure for researchers and educators.
  44. High Performance computing at CSUSB Past-present-future
  45. Mission of information technology services Our mission is to support student, faculty and staff success by providing world class customer service, fostering faculty-led innovation and research, and enhancing operational efficiency through the effective use of information technologies.
  46. FACULTY LED RESEARCH 1. CSUSB is one of top five institutions in the CSU for Faculty Led Research - $44 million in federal funding in 2022-2023 2. Received R2 Designation in 2022 3. Most of the funded research projects did not require high performance computing 4. When it was needed, faculty went on their own to garner resources from their colleagues and partner institutions
  47. • We needed to find resources for faculty who needed high performance computing resources • We didn’t necessarily have the funding, expertise or the resources to build an infrastructure in house • We experimented with building a HPC Cluster with hopes of securing NSF funding to build an infrastructure The need
  48. • Dean Caballero brought researchers from Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) in 2015 to talk to our faculty about using resources for their HPC needs • We worked with XSEDE for a couple of years, but their resources didn’t quite match up with what our faculty needs were. • We ended up buying HPC resources from the San Diego Super Computing Center to support our faculty needs • In 2017, CENIC introduced us to the Pacific Research Platform (PRP) Exploration of resources outside CSUSB
  49. • The PRP is a partnership of more than 50 institutions, led by researchers at UC San Diego and UC Berkeley and includes the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and multiple research universities in the US and around the world. The PRP builds on the optical backbone of Pacific Wave, a joint project of CENIC and the Pacific Northwest GigaPOP (PNWGP) to create a seamless research platform that encourages collaboration on a broad range of data-intensive fields and projects. Pacific (NATIONAL) Research Platform
  50. • In June 2017, CSUSB becomes a part of the Pacific Research Platform, the second CSU to become a part of this prestigious research network • We worked with our team at ITS to create a Science DMZ and get connected to the Platform • In 2018 James Macdonell and Dr. Dung Vu attend the FIONA workshop at the CENIC Annual Conference CSUSB becomes a member of the PRP
  51. In 2018, CSUSB one of the eight CSU campuses that was upgraded to a 100 Gig link to California Research and Education Network (CalREN) operated by CENIC ( overview) Campus had two 10 Gig links. One of the reasons CSUSB was chosen for this upgrade was its focus on supporting faculty-led research. • • CSUSB backbone connectivity upgrade
  52. • - Dr. Dung Vu, Information Security & Emerging Technologies analyst/programmer • - James Macdonell, Information Security & Emerging Technologies lead infrastructure analyst • - Dr. Youngsu Kim, 2021-2022 HPCI Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Mathdmatics • - Dr. Bradford Owen, Director of Academic Technologies & Innovation HPCI Team
  53. Open Science Grid (OSG): 200,000.0 Sus : PRP Nautilus Cluster petabyte of distributed Ceph storage CPU and GPU compute distributed across 150+ nodes In Progress • Jetstream • • They are deploying Jestream2 system with GPU for Windows software that other platforms do not. We will be testing and introduce to Faculty. • • Cloudbank • • Through NSF funding, they will grant cloud credits to faculty. We are attending their presentation in coming week. Resources available to our faculty today
  54. HPC Projects at CSUSB ❏ Dr. B. J. Becerra, (Information and Decision Sciences) Predicting Pediatric Sleep Apnea ❏ Dr. Y. Kim, (Mathematics) Symbolic Computations in Algebra ❏ Dr. K. Liszka, (History, Benson and Pamela Harer Fellow in Egyptology, director of the Wadi el Hudi expedition) Dr. B. Kraemer, (Robert and Francis Fullerton Museum of Art CSUSB, co- director of the Wadi el Hudi expedition) Ancient Egytian Wadi el-Hudi expedition ❏ Dr. J. Meyer (Mathematics) Cryptography ❏ Dr. J. Pham (Chemistry & Biochemistry) Advanced Functional Materials ❏ Dr. S. Ratnasingam (Mathematics) Investigations in Statistics
  55. • Some institutions take the "lifeguard" approach to high- performance computing • - Support staff are aware of faculty high-performance computing projects but don't necessarily build or manage technical solutions • - They "stay out of the pool" and keep a birds’ eye view, but are able to jump into the pool at a moment’s notice How HPC Resources are provided to faculty
  56. • At CSUSB, we take a "world class customer service" approach to faculty high- performance computing • - We provide up to 100% assistance with building and managing technical solutions, based on faculty’s needs • - We recommend the computing resources best suited to faculty’s projects • - We deploy software and build HPC systems adaptable to resources allocations ( RAM, CPU, GPU, etc.) • - We assist how to operate the software in HPC • - We provide tech support and collaborate with HPC centers • - Our goal is to pursue, locate, and secure computing solutions which allow faculty to successfully complete their research – giving up is not a solution How HPC Resources are provided to faculty
  57. • - Outreach to new HPC centers to request resource allocations • - Explore features of each HPC center • - Build relationships, and become active in forums such as the Campus Champion Group • - Participate in presentations, trainings, conferences to learn new technologies • - Collaborate with HPC techs to provide solutions • Current HPC-assisted research at CSUSB: • v5m4Y4fmC5Vdv495_KZIZNO4pHiUNNWRak7MP-9No/edit#gid=1354376216 • How dO we acquire HPC resources?
  58. The Road to Empowerment is Slow, Steady, and Deliberate Lessons from 14+ years of practice Jill Gemmill
  59. •Why? – Regional •EPSCoR •C-Light network •Increase diversity at Clemson •Changes in incoming student populations Tales from a PWI point of view
  60. •SC and TN EPSCoR jurisdiction partnership for growth in Computational Systems Biology and Materials Science •Outreach to HBCUs in SC, TN NSF EPS 0919440 09/2009-08/2013 Collaborative Research: An EPSCoR Desktop to Teragrid Ecosystem 1+ national level resources 5+ HPC applications on regional resources 50+ beyond desktop desktop
  61. Steps •Who are MSI outreach experts? •Claflin •CI Days etc. •MSI-CIEC (NSF-0636352 CI- TEAM Implementation Project: Minority Serving Institutions (MSI)-Cyberinfrastructure (CI) Empowerment Coalition) Richard Alo Joey Brenn Nick Panasik
  62. •A program of workshops, site visits, and best practices documentation to administrators, campus IT groups, and researchers at institutions across the South, partnering with SoX, Internet2, and Esnet. NSF OAC 1440659 09/2014-09/2016 C*IIE Region: Southern Partnership in Advanced Networking (SPAN) Damian Clarke
  63. •a new model for more effective engagement of HBCUs in the cyberinfrastructure ecosystem •Bring together CIOs and faculty •Write campus CI plan NSF ACI 1659297 02/2017-01/2018 CC* Cyber Team: Cyberinfrastructure Empowerment for Diverse Research, Scholarship, and Workforce Development (CI Empower) Deborah Dent Bobby Clarke
  64. Steps •NSF OAC 1827127 CC* Networking Infrastructure: Bulldog Connectivity and Research (SCSU) •NSF OAC 1827098 CC* Networking Infrastructure: Jackson State University (JSU)-Research Network •NSF OAC 1925641 CC* Networking Infrastructure: Claflin Research Network Damian Clarke Donald Walter Deborah Dent Tor Kwembe Joey Brenn Nick Panasik
  65. Steps •HBCU Workshop June 2018 •Organized and led by HBCUs •HBCUs explaining CI to other HBCUs •MS-CC Chartering document Urban Wiggins Tom Jackson
  66. Timeline Center of Excellence Idea
  67. Summary Thoughts •RELATIONSHIP IS KEY •Trust •Time •Doing work together •CIOs + FACULTY •Inflection point: HBCUs take ownership and lead •Success: Role of “facilitator” is transitional •Greatest impact where multiple programs overlap
  68. Some Challenges •Balancing desire for locally owned resources w. using what’s available regionally/nationally •R1s may be able to host •Facilitator/Support staff •a challenge to hire even one •Shared staff person model doesn’t exist yet •Affiliation w. regional or R1 larger team •Role of faculty at these institutions is key
  69. Reaching More Minority-Serving Campuses Dr. Deborah Dent CIO - Jackson State University
  70. Jackson State University • Urban University Located in Jackson Mississippi • Number of Student - 7000 • Carnegie Classification – R2 • President - Mr. Thomas Hudson, J.D.
  71. Research Leadership Deborah Dent (CIO & PI) Damion Brown (CISO) Roy Straughter (Network Engineer) Emily Bishop (Innovation Specialist) Michael Robinson (CTO) Joseph Whittaker ( VP Research) Almesha Cambell, (Assoc VP Research) IT Research Support Team
  72. Key Partners • MS-CC • Internet2 • National Science Foundation • U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center • U.S. Department of Defense • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: • U.S. Department of Education: • National Institutes of Health • NASA • Other Higher Education Institution • Recent Announcement: UARC Consortium • under the leadership of Howard University
  73. Climbing to R1 §Jackson State University (JSU) experienced a dramatic increase of 90.96% in sponsored research funding for the 2022 fiscal year, far outpacing the previous cycle. §The growth aligns with the ‘Elevate’ theme of JSU’s Strategic Plan. R1 Carnegie Classification R2 Carnegie Classification Jackson State University
  74. Climbing to R1 §“JSU will raise the level of research prominence by leveraging our ‘high research activity’ status, increasing our research capabilities, growing strategic partnerships, driving innovation and economic development, and providing opportunities for faculty and students to engage in impactful collaborative research.” Dr. Joseph Whittaker, VPR R1 Carnegie Classification R2 Carnegie Classification Jackson State University
  75. •Research Excellence is part of the university’s strategic plan, “JSU Elevate.” •The university has established research focus areas in Materials, Energy Sciences and Engineering; Supply Chain and Logistics; Biomedical and Public Health; Geosciences, Environmental and Ocean Sciences; and Data Science, Analytics, and Visualization. • Cybersecurity and Cyber Infrastructure education and research will be interwoven throughout these focus areas, enabling high-level research in a more secure environment.
  76. Our Role in the Journey • Providing Cyberinfrastructure Services
  77. Cyberinfrastructure at JSU
  78. 2013 - Realized CI’s Importance 2017 – Developed CI Plan under the guidance of the NSF Empower Grant CC* Grant in 2018 Upgraded Network to 100GB Established Science DMZ 2018 Part of the founding of the MS-CC CI Roadmap
  79. 2019 Attended CC* meeting and introduced to 3NRP & the Quilt March 2021 – MS-CC Partners with Internet2 January 2022 – Onboard CISO October 2022 – CI Workshop CI Roadmap
  80. • Challenges • Limited Access to External HPC Resources • Small HPC Clusters (In Silos) • Coming in the Near Future • Access to Cloud Resources for HPC • Access to CI Engineers and MS-CC Tiger Team • Access to Additional Computing Resources
  81. Needs: *Faculty Involvement *Dedicated CI Workforce • Enhanced training opportunities for faculty and staff • Workforce development • Exposure and participation in interdisciplinary CI professional communities. • Access to subject-matter experts with leading-edge cyberinfrastructure skills
  82. [ 83 ] Fourth National Research Platform (4NRP) | February 10, 2023 Ana Hunsinger, VP Community Engagement, Internet2 NSF Awards # OAC-2137123 and OAC-2234326 The Minority Serving-Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC): Advancing CI at HBCUs, TCUs, and Other MSIs
  83. [ 84 ] THE VISION We will engage as full contributors to the global R&E community MS-CC envisions a transformational partnership to promote advanced cyberinfrastructure (CI) capabilities on HBCU, HSI, TCU, and MSI campuses. We are advancing connections across campuses around data, research computing, teaching, curriculum development, professional development, and capacity-building. We will learn and grow as a consortium, lifting up all participating institutions by advancing cyberinfrastructure for research and education across diverse fields, disciplines, and communities in ways that reflect the unique voices and interests of our communities.
  84. MS-CC Purpose • Increase access to CI capabilities • Enhance communication between researchers, CI professionals and campus leadership, and between institutional members • Support CI-enabled professional and career development • Collective advocacy and partnerships MS-CC Guiding Principles Inclusion | Innovation | Stakeholder Value MS-CC Stakeholders • Researchers, educators, and students • Cyberinfrastructure professionals • Campus leadership • Industry partners • Foundations and funding agencies
  85. [ 86 ]
  86. [ 87 ] NSF CI Center of Excellence Demonstration Pilot Objectives • Create a connective and collaborative organization that serves as a centralized hub for HBCUs, TCUs, and other MSIs to utilize for CI expertise, experience-sharing, and advocacy. • Increase awareness, availability, and financial support for CI-relevant professional development for faculty, staff, and students at HBCUs, TCUs, and other MSIs. • Enhance communication among researchers, university leadership, and CI professionals. • Increase access to shared CI resources at MS-CC organizations. Minority Serving Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) Award # OAC-2137123 – 10/1/2021 to 9/30/2023 Scientific and Broader Impacts • Advance understanding of the benefits for shared CI across a distributed community of minority-serving colleges and universities in a mix of urban, suburban, and rural settings • Advance CI capabilities at these and other minority serving campuses • Increase the availability of workforce development opportunities for researchers, professional staff, and students at HBCUs, TCUs, and other MSIs • Increase diversity in the STEM talent pool and workforce • Advance understanding around the importance of multi-stakeholder consortia supporting CI
  87. [ 88 ] • Dr. Richard Aló, Florida A&M University • Al Anderson, Salish Kootenai College • Jim Bottum, American Indian Higher Education Consortium • Joey Brenn, Claflin University • Dr. Ming-Hsing Chiu, Dillard University • Bobby Clark, Clemson University • Dr. Damian Clarke, Alabama State University • Dr. Deborah Dent, Jackson State University • Tom Jackson, North Carolina A&T State University • Leah Kraus, North Carolina Central University • Dr. Kylie Nash, Alabama A&M University • Dr. Adebisi Oladipupo, Morgan State University • Dr. Urban Wiggins, University of Maryland Eastern Shore MS-CC Guided by Consortium Leadership Council (CLC) representing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs)
  88. [ 89 ] 2022 Activities for the MS-CC Monthly Consortium Meetings, Pulse Surveys Outreach and workshops • March 15, 2022: Open Science Grid All Hands Meeting presentation • April 5, 2022: South Carolina Divine Nine Legislative Day presentation • June 15, 2022: TNC22 presentation • June 22-23, 2022: North Carolina A&T State University workshop • August 17-18, 2022: Salish Kootenai College workshop • September 13, 2022: NSF LFO 2022 Research Infrastructure Workshop panel • September 13, 2022: HP HBCU Tech22 Conference presentation • September 19, 2022: HBCU Presidents’ Convening • September 20-23, 2022: National HBCU Week break out session presentation • September 21, 2022: NSF CC* PI / Quilt meeting panel presentation
  89. [ 90 ] MS-CC: Coalescing HBCUs, TCUs, HSIs, and other entities Alabama A&M University Alabama State University Albany State University Alcorn State University American Baptist College Barber-Scotia College Benedict College Bennett College Bethune-Cookman University Bishop State Community College Bowie State University Claflin University Clark Atlanta University Denmark Technical College Dillard University Elizabeth City State University Fayetteville State University Fisk University Florida A&M University Florida Memorial University Grambling State University Hampton University Jackson State University Jarvis Christian University Johnson C. Smith University Knoxville College Langston University LeMoyne-Owen College Livingstone College Meharry Medical College Miles College Mississippi Valley State University Morgan State University Morris College Norfolk State University North Carolina A&T State University North Carolina Central University Prairie View A&M University Saint Augustine’s University Shaw University South Carolina State University Southern University at New Orleans Spelman College Stillman College Tennessee State University Tougaloo College Tuskegee University University of Arkansas – Pine Bluff University of Maryland Eastern Shore University of the District of Columbia University of the Virgin Islands Virginia State University Virginia Union University Winston-Salem State University HBCUs (54) Aaniiih Nakoda College Cankdeska Cikana Community College Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Little Big Horn College Navajo Technical University Salish Kootenai College Turtle Mountain Community College TCUs (7) California State University – Fresno Essex County College Florida Atlantic University Housatonic Community College Houston Christian University Mendocino College New Mexico State University – Main Campus Northern Arizona University Oxnard University Taft College Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi Texas Tech University The University of Arizona University of California – Riverside University of Illinois – Chicago University of Redlands West Texas A&M University HSIs (17) University of Colorado – Boulder University of Delaware University of Maryland Baltimore County (API) University of Mississippi University of North Carolina – Greensboro University of North Carolina – Pembroke (NASNTI) University of Oklahoma University of South Carolina University of Southern Mississippi University of Wisconsin – Madison Arizona State University Brandeis University Chicago State University (PBI) Clemson University Colorado State University Fordham University Georgia Tech Harvard Medical School Indiana University Mars Hill University North Carolina State University Penn State University University of California - Berkeley Other Higher Ed (23) American Indian Higher Education Consortium Arkansas Economic Development Commission CI Compass Great Plains Network HA ThirtyOne Internet2* NTIA Ohio Supercomputer Center San Diego Supercomputer Center South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs Southern Crossroads TrustedCI UCAR United Negro College Fund Waymark Analytics Other Entities Supporting MS-CC (15) As of January 19, 2023
  90. [ 91 ] 1. How will promising faculty members with meritorious research projects be able to leverage research infrastructure to accelerate science when they have little to no support as it relates to CI and research workflows? 2. How will I ever be a competitive grant applicant without having significant capabilities to train and scale my staff to ensure we are able to meet criteria necessary to be a competitive applicant? 3. What is the value of IAM, clouds/HPC and other technology tools and solutions if these are not readily available on a campus and with no capabilities for implementation to support researchers that may be able to use them? Challenges HBCUs and TCUs Face
  91. [ 92 ] Objective • Significantly increase and accelerate cyberinfrastructure-centric research capacity at MS-CC campuses through a set of new approaches from which we can then learn and potentially frame a repeatable, successful model for cyberinfrastructure implementations on the campuses of minority-serving institutions. Principal Investigator: Ana Hunsinger, Internet2 Co-Principal Investigators: Al Anderson, Salish Kootenai College James Brenn, Claflin University Dr. Deborah Dent, Jackson State University 21st Century Research-Cyberinfrastructure for MSIs through the Minority Serving - Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC): A phased approach to engage the Missing Millions Minority Serving Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) Award # OAC-2234326 Start date: 10/1/2022 Projected end date: 9/30/2027 NSF Award Approach • Initial allocation of at least five (5) Proof of Concept Grant (PoCG) Awards to select MS-CC institutions that allows each to perform campus specific CI assessments that drive an overall CI strategic plan and a roadmap to pioneer new capabilities that advance CI-centric research, and empower scientific advancements. • Establishing teams of expert CI Professionals that will provide support to the PoCGs through consultation, implementation of expanded CI capabilities, and leading efforts to ensure these institutions are participating and collaborating with the broader CI ecosystem. • MS-CC as a more robust effort so that it can be able to support future PoCGs and to support a more directed approach to ensure these institutions are participating and collaborating with the broader CI ecosystem.
  92. MS-CC Proof-of-Concept Grant (PoCG) Program • novel approach to CI planning and capacity development to advance research and education programs at TCUs and HBCUs • combination of funding and dedicated expert facilitation • local CI workforce development and planning activities • partnership with MS-CC’s “Tiger Teams” of experts on campus CI capabilities and stakeholder alignment • up to 5 years of support • Phase I recipients TBA in Feb 2023 • at least 1 TCU, 1 HBCU • future phases planned, depending on outcomes & funding • complementary to existing CI funding mechanisms • potential implications for supporting CI, research, and education advancement at other institutions
  93. MS-CC Campus CI Facilitation Services Advising and support from Cyberinfrastructure and Stakeholder Alignment Tiger Teams on: • CI facilitation/co-facilitation for researchers and educators • CI assessment, service design, & operation • CI staffing and workforce development • stakeholder identification toward CI planning, collaborative survey development • campus CI governance structures • collaboration liaising • CI funding mechanisms & proposal development • development of campus CI Plans and Science Drivers (toward CC* funding) • compliance review, grant management applied in combination for deep engagement with PoCG recipients, and to inform future specific, short-term CI facilitation for other MS-CC campuses
  94. [ 95 ] Internet2 in support of HBCUs, TCUs and other MSIs working together to reduce the gap between their campus cyberinfrastructure and the global R&E ecosystem • Workforce: Increasing the number of qualified students entering the STEM workforce from HBCUs and broadening the CI knowledge and capabilities of faculty, staff, and students at HBCUs • Campus Infrastructure: Supporting the resources necessary to develop the workforce on HBCU and TCU campuses, leading CI advancements on campuses. Allowing institutions to become a training ground that develops professionals who are able to implement and operate their campus CI. • Research: Advancing CI capabilities that allow for new, and more robust community-focused research that has historically not been able to advance at HBCUs due to limited resources • Collaboration: Using Tiger Teams as a shared service among organizations to broaden collaborations, discussions, and communities of practice within the HBCU and TCU community and ensuring perspectives are considered throughout the entire research and education community Scientific and Broader Impacts • Advance understanding of how a consortia of shared resources and expertise can allocate these resources to historically underserved institutions for targeted impact in their communities, and toward diversifying the STEM workforce • Allow new collaborations to occur between HBCUs, TCUs and already established research communities, allowing for new ideas to be incorporated into practices that may not have previously considered the needs of minority-serving communities • Enable Federal agencies to gain insight into STEM fields and programs essential to minority-serving communities • Pioneer new capabilities that better meet the needs, advance CI-centric research, and empower scientific advancements on HBCU, TCU, and other MSI campuses Intellectual Merit 21st Century Research-Cyberinfrastructure for MSIs through the Minority Serving - Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC): A phased approach to engage the Missing Millions Minority Serving Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (MS-CC) Award # OAC-2234326 NSF Award
  95. [ 96 ] 1Q2023 Upcoming Activities for MS-CC Outreach and workshops • January 31, 2023: NSF Cyberinfrastructure Workshop (CC*) – Navajo Technical University presentation • February 10, 2023: Fourth National Research Platform panel • February 17, 2023: MS-CC Virtual CI 101 Series: Demystifying Terminology • February 23, 2023: CI Compass All Hands Meeting presentation • March 8, 2023: NSF OAC Technical Talk presentation • March 21-22, 2023: Claflin University workshop • April 2023: University of Maryland Eastern Shore workshop • May 8-11, 2023: Internet2 Community Exchange panel, presentation • May 10-11, 2023: Inaugural MS-CC Annual Meeting CI and STEM Mentoring and Internship Programs (TBD) • CI and STEM students; coordinated by MS-CC, with mentors and internships across MS-CC members, institutional partners, and industry
  96. [ 97 ] Join us! CI 101 Virtual Series Kickoff Friday, February 17th at 1PM ET Registration required: • What is Cyberinfrastructure (CI)? • What is a CI Plan? • How a CI Plan Supports Campus Research • Why you Need a CI Plan • Starting a CI Plan • Questions & Discussion • Additional Resources: CI Plan Examples
  97. [ 98 ] Mark your calendars and join us May 10-11, 2023 Inaugural MS-CC Annual Meeting Picture Credit: freepik
  98. [ 99 ] Pulse Survey The 2023 MS-CC survey is being finalized. Take the time – let us know what’s important to your campus and community. Stay tuned for an email in the coming week! MS-CC is Hiring! Looking to fill the following positions in 1Q/2Q 2023: • MS-CC Program Director • CI Engineer • PoCG Project Manager
  99. Thank you! Ana Hunsinger, PI, MS-CC VP Community Engagement, Internet2