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January 2005 Issue

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Third Frontier Network "Lights Up"

Published January 2005

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.


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