Congress Members, Staff Turn Out for ESnet’s Congressional Briefing on Science Networking

From left to right: Greg Bell (ESnet), Susan Gregurick (NIH), Vint Cerf (Google), President David Lassner (University of Hawai’i) and Chip Elliot (Raytheon BBN).

July 29, 2015

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More than 60 people, including two members of Congress and dozens of staffers, turned out for a special one-hour briefing on the critical role of networking in advancing scientific discovery in academia, industry and national laboratories. ESnet Director Greg Bell was joined in the panel discussion by Vint Cerf, Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist and a father of the Internet, University of Hawai’i President David Lassner and Susan Gregurick of the National Institutes of Health. Chip Elliott, Chief Engineer of Raytheon BBN, moderated the July 28 session, which was organized by Don Medley, head of the lab’s Government and Community Relations Office.

Congressman Randy Hultgren (R-IL) gave a welcoming note to the session, as did Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), and cited the role of stimulus funding in supporting ESnet’s 100 Gbps backbone network and the importance of ESnet’s multi-100 Gbps trans-Atlantic extension. The briefing, held in association with the House Science and National Labs Caucus, was held in the Rayburn House Office Building. Also attending were representatives from the National Science Foundation, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the University of California and journalists.