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August 26, 2008 | Jean Merl
Two scholars from local universities are among eight recipients of the National Medal of Science, the nation's highest honor for science and technology. Leonard Kleinrock of UCLA and Andrew J. Viterbi of USC were among the 2007 laureates announced Monday by President Bush in Washington. The National Medal of Science honors individuals for pioneering research in such fields as physical, biological, mathematical, social, behavioral and engineering sciences. The National Science Foundation administers the award, which was established by Congress in 1959.
MCI WorldCom Inc. said Thursday that it has begun a major upgrade of the National Science Foundation's nationwide network for testing next-generation Internet technologies that will quadruple the network's data-carrying capacity. The Los Angeles-to-San Francisco leg of the very-high-speed Backbone Network Service, or vBNS, is the first to get the upgrade and can now carry 2.5 gigabits of data per second. That's more data than 1,600 high-speed T-1 lines can carry.
November 19, 1990
After reading "How U.S. Failed in Science" (Nov. 8), we are disgusted at the quality of scientific knowledge possessed by most Americans. It is obvious to most of us here at Caltech that the U.S. school system is unable to teach science properly. Indicative of this lack of knowledge, the sample questions printed in the article, as used by the National Science Foundation's poll, show a lack of scientific understanding. Of the 10 survey statements printed, two were impossible to answer.
June 20, 1995 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
Orange Coast College's biology department has won a $42,000 National Science Foundation grant to upgrade its computer equipment. The award is the first from the NSF to the Costa Mesa school. "It is quite an honor to receive a National Science Foundation grant," said Patsee Ober, Orange Coast College's grant writer. The money will be spent for interactive computer hardware and software that will allow students to simulate some experiments without setting foot in a laboratory. Biology Prof.
October 11, 1993 | SHELBY GRAD
Irvine Valley College has received a $40,131 grant from the National Science Foundation that will be used to buy 23 computer workstations specially designed for social science students. The computers will allow students to quickly access a variety of statistical data bases, reports and surveys while gaining hands-on experience working with scientific data. "Most of our computers are used in traditional ways in business or for desktop publishing," said George McCrory, spokesman for the college.
Wanting to see if computer investments pay off in the corporate world, IBM Corp. and the National Science Foundation are funding a $2.1-million, three-year study at UC Irvine. "The idea came from IBM," said Kenneth Kraemer, director of UCI's Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations. "We had been working for four years to create a global database to study this area, so they came to us and asked if we were interested in doing the study." IBM will provide $1.
March 18, 1985 | BOBBIE RODRIGUEZ \f7
A UC Irvine computer science professor has received a 1985 Presidential Young Investigator award for his research in computer programming. Richard N. Taylor, assistant professor of information and computer science, is one of 200 scientists nationwide who will receive $25,000 a year for up to five years as part of the National Science Foundation grant program, said Joel Don, a UCI spokesman.
May 1, 2013 | By Morgan Little
Republicans in Congress, long skeptical of the value of some taxpayer-supported research, have taken aim at the National Science Foundation with a bill that seeks to limit the scope of its grants. A draft bill by House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), which was obtained by Science magazine, would require the foundation's grants to “advance the national health, prosperity or welfare” or “secure the national defense.” The current National Science Foundation criteria are broader and allow the foundation to weigh the “intellectual merit” and “broader impacts” of the proposed research.  The bill would also require that projects are not “duplicative” of other federally funded works.
March 13, 2013 | By David Ng
The Watts Towers in South Los Angeles will be the subject of a new study conducted by experts from UCLA to determine the stability of the historic sculptures, which were completed by Simon Rodia in 1954. The study, now  underway, is expected to be completed by early next year. Chief among the concerns are cracks that have plagued the towers for many years. Sensors have been placed around the site to measure variables such as wind and sun exposure. Experts are also measuring the effects that earthquakes have had on the sculptures.  The study is being carried out by engineers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.
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