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Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials 
Surendra P. Shah
Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering 
and Applied Science
Northwestern University
Evanston, IL 60208-4400
708-467-1078 fax
Outreach Coordinator
Richard Garza
708-467-1078 fax

The Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials is developing the
scientific knowledge necessary to design the next generation of
cement-based materials with improved properties for new construction,
restoration of existing facilities, and for innovative manufactured

Center for Advanced Liquid Crystalline Optical Materials 
J. William Doane
Liquid Crystal Institute
Kent State University
Kent, OH 44242
216-672-2796 fax
Education Coordinator
Peter Palffy-Muhoray
216-672-2796 fax

The Center for Advanced Liquid Crystalline Optical Materials (ALCOM)
is dedicated to liquid crystal research, ranging from basic science to
information display technology. The results are disseminated through
ALCOM's outreach programs to industry, schools, and the community.

Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms 
Douglas K. Lilly
University of Oklahoma
100 E. Boyd Avenue, EC 1110
Norman, OK 73019-0628
405-325-7614 fax
Outreach Coordinator
Lisa McArthur
405-325-7614 fax

The Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms is developing and
testing methods of numerical prediction of convective-scale weather
including a new prediction model that will allow detailed predictions
of severe weather one to several hours in advance.

Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica 
Doyal A. Harper
Yerkes Observatory
373 West Geneva Street
Williams Bay, WI 53191-0258
414-245-9805 fax
Education Coordinator
James S. Sweitzer
University of Chicago
5640 S. Ellis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
312-702-8212 fax

The Center for Astrophysical Research in Antarctica is establishing an
observatory at the South Pole to probe the formation of structure in
the universe at wavelengths ranging from two to 3,000 microns.

Center for Biological Timing
Gene D. Block
Gilmer Hall, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22903
804-982-4505 fax
Education Coordinator
Mary Herndon
804-982-4505 fax

The Center for Biological Timing combines the efforts of investigators
at four universities-Brandeis University, Northwestern University,
Rockefeller University, and the University of Virginia-toward a
unifying goal: the elucidation of the molecular, cellular, and
system-level processes that generate, synchronize, and integrate
critical physiological oscillations within higher organisms.

Center for Clouds, Chemistry, and Climate 
V. Ramanathan
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California (0239)
La Jolla, CA 92093-0239
619-534-4922 fax
Education Coordinator
Hung V. Nguyen
619-534-4922 fax

The Center for Clouds, Chemistry and Climate develops theoretical,
observational, and modeling bases required to understand and predict
the changing climate and chemistry of the Earth's atmosphere as a
result of natural causes and/or human activities.

Center for Computation and Visualization of Geometric Structures
(The Geometry Center)
Interim Director
Richard McGee
The Geometry Center
University of Minnesota
1300 South Second Street, Suite 500
Minneapolis, MN 55454
612-626-7131 fax
Program Coordinator, Education and Outreach Arnie Cutler
612-626-7131 fax

The Geometry Center fosters research in geometry and related fields,
communicating geometric ideas among mathematicians and to the public
with modern computational and visualization tools.

Center for Computer Graphics and Scientific Visualization 
Donald P. Greenberg
Program of Computer Graphics
580 ETC Building
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-5501
607-255-0806 fax
Outreach Coordinator
Jonathan Corson-Rikert
607-255-0806 fax

The Center for Computer Graphics and Scientific Visualization focuses
on research in three-dimensional geometric and behavioral modeling,
rendering, user-computer interaction, and high-performance computing
to support visualization for science, medicine, industry, and

Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science 
Acting Director, Fall 1993-Spring 1994
Diane L. Souvaine
Director, Summer 1994-
Andras Hajnal
Rutgers University, Busch Campus
P.O. Box 1179
Piscataway, NJ 08855-1179
908-932-5932 fax
Associate Director for Education
Joseph G. Rosenstein
Program Director in Education
Deborah S. Franzblau
908-932-5932 fax

Researchers at the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical
Computer Science (DIMACS) develop the mathematical principles
fundamental to computing and telecommunications, and solve problems in
areas ranging from airline scheduling to DNA sequencing; the term
"discrete" is used because the focus is on digital rather than analog
or "continuous" processes.

Center for Engineering Plants for Resistance Against Pathogens 
George Bruening
University of California
1930 Fifth Street
Davis, CA 95616
916-753-2697 fax
Education Coordinator
Stephen McGloughlin
916-753-2697 fax

The Center for Engineering Plants for Resistance Against Pathogens
(CEPRAP) is pursuing research to determine the genetic basis for food
plant resistance to pathogen attack, and uses this knowledge to
enhance and infer this resistance in the plant.

Center for High Performance Polymeric Adhesives and Composites 
James E. McGrath
Department of Chemistry
2111 Hahn Hall
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
State University
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0344
703-231-8517 fax
Education Director
Thomas Ward
703-231-8517 fax

The Center for High Performance Polymeric Adhesives and Composites is
working to establish and integrate fundamental concepts for the
design, synthesis, processing, and manufacturing of polymeric
adhesives and composites in order to better understand and control
their properties and performance in end-use applications.

Center for High Pressure Research
Donald J. Weidner
Department of Earth and Space Sciences
ESS 117
State University of New York, Stony Brook Stony Brook, NY 11794-2100
516-632-8240 fax
Science Program Coordinator
Glenn Richard
516-632-8240 fax

The Center for High Pressure Research focuses on methods for
reproducing the extreme temperatures, , and resultant materials found
in the Earth's interior, from crust to core.

Center for Light Microscope Imaging and Biotechnology 
D. Lansing Taylor
Department of Biological Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University
4400 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
412-268-6571 fax
Associate Director and Outreach Coordinator Daniel Farkas
412-268-6571 fax

The Center for Light Microscope Imaging and Biotechnology is
developing and integrating basic technology in optics, reagents, and
image understanding that, coupled with programs in basic biological
sciences and applications in areas such as neuroscience and cancer
research, are yielding advances truly useful to both science and

Center for Magnetic Resonance Technology for Basic Biological Research 
Paul C. Lauterbur
Biomedical Magnetic Resonance Laboratory University of Illinois
1307 West Park Street
Urbana, IL 61801
217-244-1330 fax
Education Coordinator
Marina Marjanovic
217-244-1330 fax

The Center for Magnetic Resonance Technology for Basic Biological
Research develops advanced instrumentation for magnetic resonance and
applies it to the most challenging and appropriate contemporary
problems, particularly to the relation of brain anatomy and function
to mental activity.

Center for Microbial Ecology
James M. Tiedje
Center for Microbial Ecology
540 Plant and Soil Science Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
517-353-2917 fax
Education Coordinator
Wynne Lewis
517-353-2917 fax
Assistant Education Coordinator
Teresa Thomas

Research at the Center for Microbial Ecology is focused upon an
understanding of the physiology of microorganisms in natural and
human-made environments. Direct technological applications of this
research relate both to the solving of present-day environmental
problems of air, water, and soil, and to the maintenance of the
biosphere for future generations.

Center for Molecular Biotechnology
Leroy Hood
University of Washington
School of Medicine FJ-20
Department of Molecular Biotechnology
Seattle, WA 98195
206-685-7301 fax
Outreach Manager
Valerie Logan
206-685-7301 fax

The Center for Molecular Biotechnology focuses on the
interdisciplinary development of new techniques and instrumentation
for the analysis of complex systems and networks of genes and proteins
through the application of leading-edge technologies from chemistry,
computer science, physics, engineering, and mathematics to key
problems in biology and medicine.

Center for Particle Astrophysics
Bernard Sadoulet
Center for Particle Astrophysics
301 Le Conte Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720
510-642-1756 fax
Program Coordinator, Education and Outreach Rose Sergeant
510-642-1756 fax

The Center for Particle Astrophysics attempts to elucidate the nature
of dark matter which, although not observed directly, is believed to
constitute more than 90 percent of the mass of the universe; solving
this fundamental problem requires a strong multidisciplinary approach
and innovative instrumentation, and offers many opportunities for
novel education programs.

Center for Photoinduced Charge Transfer
David G. Whitten
Department of Chemistry
University of Rochester
Hutchison Hall
Rochester, NY 14627
716-473-6889 fax
Education Coordinator
J. A. Kampmeier
716-473-6889 fax

The Center for Photoinduced Charge Transfer advances the fundamental
scientific understanding of the process by which the energy of photons
is converted into the potential energy associated with the separation
of charge, a vital process in photosynthesis, photography, and

Center for Quantized Electronic Structures 
James L. Merz
Center for Quantized Electronic Structures (QUEST) University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
805-893-8170 fax
Educational Director
Fiona Goodchild
805 -893-8170 fax

The Center for Quantized Electronic Structures has assembled an
interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to examine new
physical phenomena and potential applications from microscopically
small electronic structures exhibiting quantum effects in one, two,
and three dimensions: so-called quantum wells, quantum wires, and
quantum dots.

Center for Research in Cognitive Science 
Lila Gleitman and Aravind K. Joshi
Center for Research in Cognitive Science University of Pennsylvania
400C 3401 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6228
215-573-2048 fax
Administrative Director
Trisha Yannuzzi
215-573-2048 fax

The Center for Research in Cognitive Science links together
researchers from the fields of computer and information science,
linguistics, mathematics, neuroscience, philosophy and psychology, to
pursue an understanding of the human mind and develop new technologies
based on this research.

Center for Research on Parallel Computation 
Ken Kennedy
Computer and Information Technology Institute William Marsh Rice University
6100 S. Main Street
Houston, TX 77005
713-285-5136 fax
Associate Director, External Relations
Ann Redelfs
713-285-5136 fax
Outreach Coordinator
Theresa Chatman

The CRPC is helping to make massively parallel computer systems as
usable as conventional supercomputer systems are today by focusing on
research in parallel algorithms, applications, programming support,
and through strong programs for education and outreach.

Center for Superconductivity
Miles V. Klein
Materials Research Laboratory
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 104 South Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801
217-244-2278 fax
Assistant Director for Educational Outreach Harold Myron
Argonne National Laboratory
Division of Educational Programs, Building 223 Argonne, IL 60439
708-252-3193 fax

The Center for Superconductivity addresses fundamental questions about
the mechanisms and materials of high-temperature superconductivity and
conveys the knowledge gained to the industrial and educational

Center for Synthesis, Growth, and Analysis of Electronic Materials 
John M. White
Department of Chemistry
University of Texas
Austin, TX 78712-1167
512-471-9495 fax
Education Coordinator
Pamela Cook
512-471-9495 fax

At the University of Texas at Austin's Center for Synthesis, Growth,
and Analysis of Electronic Materials, chemists, physicists, and
engineers work together to develop new molecules and materials and new
concepts for smaller, faster, and more densely integrated electronic

Center for Ultrafast Optical Science
Gerard A. Mourou
University of Michigan
IST Building, Room 1006
2200 Bonisteel
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2099
313-763-4876 fax
K-12 Education Coordinator
Debbie Clark-McCormick
313-763-4876 fax

The Center for Ultrafast Optical Science develops and implements
ultrashort-pulse lasers for basic research in atomic, plasma,
chemical, and solid-state physics with diverse applications in
medicine, high- speed computing, biotechnology, and fiber-optic,
high-bit-rate communications.

Southern California Earthquake Center
Science Director
Keiiti Aki
Department of Geological Science
University of Southern California
University Park
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0740
213-740-0011 fax
Assistant Director, Education
Curtis D. Abdouch
213-740-0011 fax
Executive Director
Thomas L. Henyey
Assistant Director, Outreach
Laurie A. Johnson

The Southern California Earthquake Center promotes earthquake hazard
reduction by defining, through research, when and where future
damaging earthquakes will occur in southern California, calculating
the expected ground motions and communicating this information to the

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