Ohio has officially launched the Third
Frontier Network (TFN), the most advanced statewide, fiber-optic
network for education, research and economic development. The TFN will
link universities, colleges and research facilities across the state,
beginning an unprecedented era of scientific research. Specifically,
the TFN will promote collaboration throughout the state on advanced
research in drug design, personalized medicine and genetic research.
The importance of these fields of study and the impact the TFN will
have on future research was explained by David Millhorn, PhD, director
of UC's Genome Research Institute, as he set the stage for an inaugural
live videoconference Nov. 30. Using a beta (prerelease) version of
high-quality, videoconference software and hardware, Dr. Millhorn spoke
to audiences in Columbus and around the state at 60 frames per second,
twice the speed of the current videoconference rate. More informa-tion
about the TFN can be found at www.tfn.oar.net.