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This will be brief, but if this is not changed, it's awful news for WI universities:

A bill currently awaiting approval by Wisconsin’s legislature could jeopardize data-intensive research projects at the University of Wisconsin by effectively forcing the school to withdraw from high-speed networks, such as Internet2, that link universities around the world.

“Virtually all our science-based traffic…flows through that network, so it would be catastrophic,” said Paul DeLuca, the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

One project at risk is the Protein Structure Initiative, which collects and shares x-ray crystallography and protein structure data among over a dozen institutions.

Source:  The Scientist

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  •  Tip Jar (0+ / 0-)

    Exspectamus et vigilamus: quod nolite somnamus.

    by tapu dali on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 10:42:12 AM PDT

    •  And the UW Chancellor resigned yesterday (1+ / 0-)
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      She is going to Amherst.

      She got her PhD at UW, but can't stomach the atmosphere in Wisconsin any more.

      One of several links

      •  The Walker puppet UW-MADISON chancellor (0+ / 0-)


        She went behind the Regent's back with Walker to try to get Madison split off and partially privatized, with an enormous tuition boost.

        She can't stomach the atmosphere because she tied herself to Walker.

        RECOUNT. Recall - We did it!! VOTE against the frauds, then VOTE TO TAKE WISCONSIN BACK!!! Rescind. Rebuild. Now with more voting, thanks to republican dirty tricks.

        by stcroix cheesehead on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 12:36:29 PM PDT

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        •  That's really not a fair characterization - (1+ / 0-)
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          she was hired as chancellor well before Walker even announced his candidacy.  She was certainly not his "puppet" by any stretch.  She was talking about ways to increase the UW-Madison's independence from the state in her interviews, and she perceived that Walker would be open to such a separation, for budgetary reasons.

          You've also mischaracterized the tuition increases.

          I'm not a Biddy Martin fan, but I also do not have the ax to grind that you seem to have.

          Who knew? Ignorance isn't bliss after all; it's only simple-minded certitude!

          by aggieric on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 01:31:03 PM PDT

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  •  Bug or feature? (2+ / 0-)
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    reenactor, celdd

    Kills unions and science at the same time.

  •  He wants to charge the state more money (1+ / 0-)
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    to access the internet, the cost of which will eventually be passed on to the students.  And people actually believe he is concerned about government waste.  Walker and the people who support him are frauds.  

  •  to clarify (3+ / 0-)
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    It's not the University of Wisconsin's connection to "internet2" that's getting cut - it's "Wiscnet" which is how the different satellite colleges in the UW statewide system talk to each other.

    So what this means is that Madison, the central campus, would still be on internet2, but the other smaller 2-year and 4-year campuses would no longer have their high-speed connections through Madison anymore and would thus no longer be able to get to internet2 through that route.

    It should be pointed out that being an institution that is connected to internet2 is in fact a requirement for many federal grants these days.  Not just a technically good idea, but in fact a LEGAL requirement to qualify for said grants.

    Saving money, my ass.

    •  Picky point, but we're not "satellites" (0+ / 0-)

      Madison is the flagship.  Madison and Milwaukee are the R1 doctorals.  

      The rest of us are the comprehensives, which educate somewhere around half of the students in the state or more.  We are freestanding and have no real relationship with UW-Madison.  

      RECOUNT. Recall - We did it!! VOTE against the frauds, then VOTE TO TAKE WISCONSIN BACK!!! Rescind. Rebuild. Now with more voting, thanks to republican dirty tricks.

      by stcroix cheesehead on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 12:42:46 PM PDT

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      •  You're talking about administration, not TCP/IP (0+ / 0-)

        I was referring to the network structure, not the college accreditation or other issues.  The network is structured such that many of the smaller colleges use their WiscNet connection such that UW-Madison is acting as their ISP.  They are satellites of Madison in the same sense that my home computer network, with it's printer, laptop, desktop, and PS3, is a satellite of Charter Cable's network.

  •  I thought that provision (0+ / 0-)

    or item or whatever it is called had been dropped from the budget?

  •  They should just ignore it. (0+ / 0-)

    Who would have standing to stop them?

    It's better to curse the darkness than light a candle. --Whoever invented blogs, c.1996

    by Rich in PA on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 11:31:19 AM PDT

    •  Huh? (0+ / 0-)

      They legislate everything we do down to the type of toilet paper and cleaning products we use.  

      Every position we have is an itemized part of the state budget.

      They micromanage everything.

      RECOUNT. Recall - We did it!! VOTE against the frauds, then VOTE TO TAKE WISCONSIN BACK!!! Rescind. Rebuild. Now with more voting, thanks to republican dirty tricks.

      by stcroix cheesehead on Wed Jun 15, 2011 at 12:40:02 PM PDT

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