CC* Regional: Sun Corridor Network Arizona Community College Research Expansion

Project: Research project

Project Details


CC* Regional: Sun Corridor Network Arizona Community College Research Expansion CC* Regional: Sun Corridor Network Arizona Community College Research Expansion As a global leader in high resolution electron microscopy, ASU plays an important role in characterizing critical properties of materials. The John M. Cowley Center for High-Resolution Electron Microscopy houses a dozen electron microscopes that can probe the physical, electronic and chemical structure of matter on an atomic scale. Instruments & techniques include Ion Milling; Electron Microprobe; Scanning Electron Microscopy; Transmission Electron Microscopy; Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy; and Aberration Corrected Electron Microscopy. We propose to extend high-performance communications from ASU to Maricopa Community College in order to enable STEM collaboration using these critical science assets. An example is access to the Titan Krios electron microscope, a dedicated cryogenic electron microscope for life science imaging of cellular and macromolecular assemblies. This instrument is particularly attractive from a collaboration perspective, in that it could be operated remotely, by students and faculty at Maricopa Community College, through use of Skype, TeamViewer, and Globus. Remote sessions would allow real-time interaction with the microscope and camera computer screens, in collaboration with ASU staff. Data from each session would be immediately transferred to servers at the remote sites, allowing closer examination of images. Such collaboration will provide students and faculty at Maricopa Community College interactive access to critical science assets, and they will be able to work with ASU faculty to analyze and understand instrument imagery. It may be possible to have multiple campuses working cooperatively during a remote session, even expanding collaboration across institutions. Additionally, the National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health are partners in using this instrument, and may be potential collaboration partners for this project. In order to enable this collaboration capability, we propose to: Support design of a Science DMZ, including local infrastructure design, at Maricopa Community College; Act as a technical liaison between Sun Corridor Network (SCN) and Maricopa Community College; and Support end-to-end science data flow testing and performance assurance. CC* Regional: Sun Corridor Network Arizona Community College Research Expansion Under the guidance of Sun Corridor Network and Northern Arizona University, this project would plan, design and implement a new, secure campus research network. During this two-year project, Sun Corridor Network and Northern Arizona University will lead the planning of network improvements for Maricopa Community Colleges, Coconino Community College, and Tohono Oodham Community College in order to improve performance and equipment. The planning process will advance small campus networking practices and engage regional tribal colleges in improving science and research capacity throughout the state. In the second year, based on data gathered in year 1, the project leadership will design and implement an improved network infrastructure. This upgrade is essential to connect the state community colleges to rural communities and is necessary for current and future community college research and collaboration across departments, colleges, and institutions to produce, exchange, and analyze the large, complex datasets associated with STEM research.
Effective start/end date8/1/196/30/22


  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $239,233.00


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