Dr. Linda Hayden named to national research team

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Elizabeth City State University faculty can always be found working on national research projects so it should come as no surprise to learn that Dr. Linda Hayden is once again working with the national scientific community.

Working as part of a collaborative effort, Hayden is one of five researchers on a team that has just received a five year, $15 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant is to establish the Science Gateways Community Institute, or SGCI, a multi-institutional group that will focus on expanding the capabilities, number and sustainability of science gateways. The team is based at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California San Diego.

Science gateways are user-friendly web portals that allow scientists of all levels to access research tools like supercomputers. The portal is designed to make advanced research tools accessible to all users.

According to a press release from UC San Diego, the goal of the Science Gateways Community Institute is, “to increase the number, ease of use and effective application of gateways for the greater research and engineering community, resulting in broader gateway use and more widespread engagement in science by professionals, citizen scientists, students and more.”

ECSU, represented by Hayden, is joining Indiana University, University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, the Texas Advanced Computer Center at the University of Texas-Austin, and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in this effort. Hayden and ECSU will work on a Workforce Development project, designed to increase the number of gateway developers with a variety of training programs.