Research News

  • Sept 10:

UIS has received notice of a CC*IIE Networking Infrastructure Award from the National Science Foundation (NSF)

Award Title:  NWIRED – Network Innovation for Research and Education at Georgetown: Science DMZ and Cloud Services.

Awarded Amount:  $452,373.00

The proposal to NSF was a collaborative effort led by Principal Investigator Ardoth Hassler (Associate VP of UIS), and co-PIs Stephen Moore, Director of Research Technologies (UIS) and Clay Shields, Professor of Computer Science.

UIS employees Scott Allen, Director of Network Services; James Kuhar, Senior Manager, Integrated Network Operations; Daniel Tamiru, Senior Network Engineer; and, Alisa Kang, Solution Architect are subject matter experts on the proposal and implementation.

nsfsmalllogoAward Abstract:

Georgetown University is creating a Research Community Science DMZ network for scientific collaboration internally and with external researchers, leveraging GU’s extant plan for Multi-Processing Label Switching deployment on campus. The IP networks at the off-campus GU Virginia Data Center (VDC) are securely extended via encrypted Layer-2/3 connection into cloud services, including access to Amazon Web Services, Internet2 Net+, and compute and storage resources. 

These enhancements provide a friction-free, high-speed network to support Big Science and Big Data. Campus data use is expanding from terabytes to petabytes, extending into campus labs, commercial cloud services, and Mid-Atlantic Crossroads Regional Gigapop and Internet2 researchers through a layer 3 Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). The GU Science DMZ and campus MPLS network architectures securely and deterministically separate research traffic from general Internet and administrative traffic. This flexible infrastructure enables faculty and others involved in STEM to work with colleagues on campus and at off-campus sites as though they were in the same lab, leveraging the speed of the 10 Gbps connection to Internet2. The Science DMZ includes the addition of a Data Transfer Node (DTN) host to support high-speed data transfers, Software Defined Networking (SDN) to extend services beyond GU’s borders and perfSONAR to maintain performance data on network throughput, availability, and latency.

The Science DMZ, with the ability to access cloud compute and storage resources, leverages 10Gbps network enhancements on campus and to Internet2. Research and education are expanding at GU. Strategic investments have been and are being made in faculty, programs and infrastructure. The GU network, including the Science DMZ, enables flexible access to on campus and cloud resources, enabling more compute and storage intensive research. As research programs expand, the quality of education and research available to STEM undergraduate and graduate students is enriched.


  • May 1: 

New, lower UIS Service Rates
See chart here 

  • April 1:

HPC Medusa

Our new High Performance Computing Cluster, “Medusa” is now on line.

  • March 12:

Ardoth Hassler, Clay Shields, and Steve Moore submitted a NSF Infrasture grant .”Title: CC*IIE Networking Infrastructure: NWIRED – Network Innovation for Research and Education at Georgetown: Science DMZ and Cloud Services.”

  • Jan 25:

Research Technologies associate, Alex Mihai, is promoted to new position, IT Program Manager. Congratulations Alex.

  • Nov 12

RT hosted a delegation from Japan’ s Research Organization of Information and Systems. We exchanged our respective approaches to research systems administration, and identified collaborative projects. 



  • Sept 27:

UIS has received notice of award for our National Science Foundation (NSF) Network Infrastructure proposal submitted on April 3, 2013.

Award Title: Enabling Big-Data Science Collaboration at Georgetown

Awarded Amount: $379,018.00


Scott Allen, Director of Network Services (UIS) and James Kuhar, Senior Manager, Integrated Network Operations (UIS) serve as subject matter experts on the proposal and implementation.

The grant award was made possible by the support of 49 representative GU science faculty researchers on the Main and Medical Center campuses who provided compelling examples of their STEM research work and letters of support describing how an enhanced network will benefit their work.


Georgetown is upgrading high-end networking across the main and medical center campuses to support science faculty. These faculty routinely collaborate across the campuses, within and across disciplines, and with colleagues at other universities, at-large private research facilities, and National Labs as they research complex physics, genomics, functional magnetic resonance imaging, Internet search indexing, and other computationally-intensive topics.

These network improvements enable end-to-end 10 Gbps connectivity among GU’s science buildings, campus backbone, off-campus data center, Mid-Atlantic Crossroads (MAX) Gigapop, and Internet2. 1Gbps or 10Gbps connections are provided to select locations within the buildings.

The ability to share and analyze large datasets, and disseminate findings advances scientific and technological understanding. Improvements in GU’s science facilities have led to increased applications and enrollments of undergraduate and graduate STEM students. This infrastructure is designed to further bolster STEM research and education at GU. Investments during the past 5 years have doubled the size of faculty in the Computer Science Department; built a new building for biology, chemistry, and physics; and enhanced other infrastructure to support research, including support of a computational core facility, creating an isolated security research network, and increased data storage capacity. This award is enabling over 300 Main Campus and Medical Center researchers to collaborate and broadly share their work on campus, connect equipment, enhance their ability to collaborate with researchers off campus, as well as benefit extensive basic sciences research on the contiguous medical campus.”

  • Sept 27:

“Georgetown Deserves to Boast More About its Impressive Research Efforts: InTheCapital artice on research at Georgetown.

  • July 23:

Georgetown University contracts research and advisory services from the Gartner Group. These services include analysis published by Gartner in research areas such as Application Development and Management Strategies, Enterprise Network Strategies, Health Care Technologies, and Integrated Document and Output Management among others. Information and login here.

  • July 2:  

Research Technologies’ Associate, David Zapple, has co-aiuthored a paper “Controlled cortical impact results in an extensive loss of dendritic spines that is not mediated by injury-induced amyloid-beta accumulation” for the Journal Of Neurotrama (in Press). Authors are .Charisse N. Winston, Deepa Chellappa, Tiffany Wilkins, David J. Barton, Patricia M. Washington, David J. Loane, David N. Zapple & Mark P. Burns. Congratulations David !!

  • Apr 23: 

The Georgetown University Medical Center has launched the Center for Cellular Reprogramming to promote research and education of a recent discovery involving stem-like cells that hold great potential for personalized medicine.

  • Apr 6:

Brain Anomaly Explains Some Austics’ Difficulty Recognizing Faces

  • Apr 5:

MATLAB site licence announced. You will need a MathWorks account registered under your (new window) e-mail address to access the Georgetown licensed MATLAB software.  Please follow the instructions found on the UIS website (new window).

  • Feb. 11, 2013:

ARC Associate, Fatima Marie Kolawole completed Biology simulations for Dr. Mathhew Hamilton’s Population Genetics course. View simulations at

  • Feb. 7, 2013:

RT created and posted videos from recent Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics (ICBI) Symposium: View videos at


  • Dec 12, 2012:

RT Director, Stephen Moore listed as key personnel in NIH proposal “Cultural Experience of Violence: Health Implications for Immigrant Youth.” PI” Eldima Yearwood, School of Nursing.


  • Oct 15, 2012:

ARC Associate, Dave Zapple, is funded as key personnel on NINDS grant,  “The role of apoE and APOE genotype in amyloid-beta clearance after TBI”. The PI is Mark P. Burns, Phd, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience.