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June 6, 2001

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UC San Diegoís Larry Smarr has been elected to the board of directors of the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), a not-for-profit consortium of California universities formed to facilitate the development of advanced network services in the state.

"I look forward to contributing to the leadership and direction needed to allow CENIC to bring cost-effective advanced communication services to all higher education and research institutions in California," said Smarr. "This new responsibility meshes nicely with my role as director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology [(Cal-(IT)²]."

Smarr is also a professor of computer science and engineering at the Irwin and Joan Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego. He is known internationally for his role in the creation of the modern information infrastructure. The first backbone of the NSFnet linking the national supercomputer centers was established while he was director of National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).

Cal-(IT)² is a collaborative partnership between UC San Diego and UC Irvine, one of four institutes funded through Governor Gray Davisí California Institutes for Science and Innovation program. The instituteís overarching mission is to extend the reach of the current information infrastructure throughout the physical world.

One of Cal-(IT)²ís key projects is developing new environmental monitoring infrastructure that can collect data from a wide variety of sensing devices, communicate to a central archive facility, and visualize and analyze these data in a control room. The results will be used to gain crucial information about the health of the civil infrastructure, earthquake damage, water pollution, and snowpack level as related to the supply of drinking water.

CENIC is a not-for-profit corporation formed by the California Institute of Technology, California State University, Stanford University, the University of California, and the University of Southern California, to facilitate and coordinate the deployment, development and operation of a set of seamless and robust advanced network services.

One of CENICís initiatives is the Digital California Project (DCP), a cohesive and seamless advanced services network interconnecting K-12 schools and institutions of higher education in California.

More information about CENIC can be found at

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