2017 Internet2 Global Summit

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Mae Jemison Mae Jemison

Dr. Mae Jemison spoke on Monday, April 24.

Dr. Jemison presented “STEM: The Importance of Science, Technology, Engineering & Math” in developing the next generation of problem solvers and entrepreneurs, an important topic for colleges and universities, as well as municipal regions working in partnership with businesses to attract and develop STEM talent. Dr. Jemison is a physician, professor, NASA astronaut and the first woman of color to go into space. She was NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist performing experiments in material science, life science and human adaptation to weightlessness.


Dr. Mae C. Jemison is currently leading 100 Year Starship (100YSS) an initiative seed funded by DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) to assure the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star is possible within the next 100 years. She also is founder of the technology consulting firm, The Jemison Group, Inc. that integrates the critical impact of socio-cultural issues when designing and implementing technologies, such as their projects on using satellite technology for health care delivery in West Africa and solar dish Stirling engines for electricity generation in developing countries.

Dr. Jemison, the first woman of color in the world to go into space, served six years as a NASA astronaut. She flew aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-47 Spacelab J(apan) mission in September 1992 and was NASA’s first Science Mission Specialist performing experiments in material science, life science and human adaptation to weightlessness.

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Ian Glazer Ian Glazer

Ian Glazer, Senior Director for Identity at Salesforce, spoke on Tuesday, April 25.

Ian Glazer is an international leader in identity, having held key positions in multi-national corporations advising them on the development of identity strategies. Ian is no stranger to higher education and its challenges in the support of research and education in a global context, having participated in Internet2 meetings in the past. Most recently, Ian has been providing thought leadership about the maturing of identity, identity practice, standards, and professional development. Ian spoke on “The Changing Face/Fate of Identity” at Global Summit, sharing important insights with the our community as it grows its trust and identity practices and defines future needs.


Ian Glazer is the Senior Director for Identity, at Salesforce. His responsibilities include leading the product management team, product strategy and identity standards work. Prior to that, he was a research vice president and agenda manager on the Identity and Privacy Strategies team at Gartner where he oversaw the team’s research. He is the founder and Chair of the Kantara Initiative Identity Professionals Discussion Group and was a founding member of the Management Council and Board of Directors for the US Identity Ecosystem Steering Group (IDESG). During his decade plus time in the identity industry he has co-authored a patent on federated user provisioning, co-authored the Service Provisioning Markup Language (SPML) Version 2 specification, contributed to the System for Cross Domain Identity Management (SCIM) Version 2 specification, and is a noted blogger, speaker, and photographer of his socks.

Larry Smarr Larry Smarr

Larry Smarr, Founding Director of Calit2, spoke on Wednesday, April 26.

Professor Smarr’s talk was entitled, "Toward A National Big Data Superhighway." Research in data-intensive fields is increasingly multi-investigator and multi-institutional, depending on ever more rapid access to ultra-large heterogeneous and widely distributed datasets. The Pacific Research Platform (PRP) is an NSF-funded research project which extends NSF-funded campus Science DMZs to a regional model, built on the CENIC/Pacific Wave backbone, establishing a science-driven high-capacity data-centric "freeway system." The PRP spans all 10 campuses of the University of California, as well as the major California private research universities, four supercomputer centers, and several universities outside California. Fifteen multi-campus data-intensive application teams, including particle physics, astronomy/astrophysics,  earth sciences, biomedicine, and scalable multimedia, act as drivers of the PRP, providing feedback over the five years to the technical design staff. Over the next three years, PRP will examine sustainable methods for expanding such
regional networks to a national scale.

Following the keynote presentation, the community is encouraged to continue the conversation - at Global Summit and after - about future collaborations and visions for where the broader research and education community should be investing time and resources for the next generation of infrastructure and services.


Larry Smarr is the founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UC San Diego/UC Irvine partnership, and holds the Harry E. Gruber professorship in UCSD’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering. Before that he was the founding director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at UIUC. Smarr carried out theoretical, observational, and computational astrophysics for 25 years, has driven the early development of foundational components of our global cyberinfrastructure, and most recently has become a pioneer in the quantified self movement. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served on the NASA Advisory Council to 4 NASA Administrators, was chair of the NASA Information Technology Infrastructure Committee and the NSF Advisory Committee on Cyberinfrastructure, and for 8 years he was a member of the NIH Advisory Committee to the NIH Director, serving 3 directors. He received his PhD in Physics at the University of Texas at Austin and spent three years as a Harvard Junior Fellow. Smarr can be followed on Twitter (@lsmarr) or on his portal http://lsmarr.calit2.net/.