Research & Education
Internet2 is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation’s leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions. www.internet2.edu
MCNC is helping to build a strategy for shared services to support North Carolina’s education enterprise. The North Carolina Education Cloud (NCEdCloud) initiative started through the Race to the Top award the state received in 2010. NCEdCloud will provide a shared services strategy that will likely include best of breed applications and services from private-sector providers and concentrated but geographically diverse highly-reliable, highly-available, server infrastructures supporting the K-12 education enterprise statewide. Specifically, this will facilitate the migration from LEA-hosted server infrastructure to cloud-hosted infrastructure as a service.
N.C. Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI)
NCDPI provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 100 charter schools serving over 1.4 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education. www.ncpublicschools.org
North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC)
NCRC is located in the City of Kannapolis, just north of Charlotte. Centered on the advancement of nutrition, agriculture and human health, scientists from universities, industry, government and non-profit organizations are finding new ways to promote healthy lifestyles and to prevent, treat and cure the most prevalent diseases of our times like cancer, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s and other diet and lifestyle-related disorders. Research combines multiple scientific focuses spanning fruits, vegetables, grains, herbs, bioactive compounds, exercise physiology, post-harvest physiology to brain and fetal development. All of the campus’ partners and collaborators, on and off campus, have access to the support of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Bioinformatics Services Division and the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI), which houses the largest and most advanced collection of scientific equipment in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, light microscopy and NMR. Opportunities are unlimited to form research collaborations, use DHMRI’s equipment, host conferences or join the campus. www.ncresearchcampus.net
NOAA National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)
NCDC in Asheville maintains the world's largest climate data archive and provides climatological services and data to every sector of the United States economy and to users worldwide. Records in the archive range from paleoclimatic data to centuries-old journals to data less than an hour old. The Center's mission is to preserve these data and make them available to the public, business, industry, government, and researchers. www.ncdc.noaa.gov/
Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI)
PARI is a public not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) foundation established in 1998. Located in the Pisgah Forest 30 miles southwest of Asheville, N.C., the PARI campus is a dark sky location for astronomy and was selected in 1962 by NASA as the site for one of the first U.S. satellite tracking facilities. Today, the 200 acre campus houses radio and optical telescopes, earth science instruments, 30 buildings, a fulltime staff and all the infrastructure necessary to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and research. PARI offers educational programs at all levels, from K-12 through post-graduate research. www.pari.edu
Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI)
RENCI develops and deploys advanced technologies to enable research discoveries and practical innovations. RENCI partners with researchers, policy makers, and technology leaders to engage and solve the challenging problems that affect North Carolina, our nation and the world. An institute of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, RENCI was launched in 2004 as a collaborative effort involving the UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University and N.C. State University.