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One hundred years ago today, five men and two women were secretly transported by barge up the Mississippi River to an abandoned Louisiana plantation. The seven were suffering from leprosy, one of the most feared and loathed conditions of the time. And the plantation was to become the one hospital in the United States devoted solely to treating the disease and to offering a long-term sanctuary to its patients.
November 13, 1991 | KRISTINA LINDGREN
Cal State Fullerton officials on Tuesday unveiled an ambitious plan to form a joint university-industry center for research in systems engineering at the Fullerton campus. The idea for the Applied Research Center for Systems Science, which would work jointly with member firms to develop new systems and train future engineers, was formally presented to officials of 11 prominent corporations, including Rockwell International, Hughes Aircraft Co., TRW and McDonnell Douglas.
October 20, 1990 | From Associated Press
The House voted Friday to spend more than $41 billion on dams, highways, airports and various military and university projects. In a rush to finish its work next week and avoid having to return after the November elections, House members voted overwhelmingly in favor of a transportation spending bill and another energy and water spending bill, together amounting to $33 billion. Also passed by voice vote was an $8.4-billion appropriations bill for military construction projects, including $3.
June 1, 1988 | CARLA LAZZARESCHI, Times Staff Writer
The University of California at Berkeley was one of five universities named Tuesday as a "center of excellence" and was awarded a still unspecified grant to conduct advanced research into new techniques for manufacturing semiconductors. The award was made by Sematech, the semiconductor research consortium created a year ago to lead efforts by U.S. companies to regain supremacy in chip making from their Japanese counterparts.
January 14, 2007 | Don Lee, Times Staff Writer
En Li left China in 1986, convinced that was the best way to become a world-class biologist. The alternative was getting trained at poorly equipped Chinese labs or universities hollowed by the Cultural Revolution. So the graduate of Peking University went to Boston and obtained a doctorate in biology from MIT. He joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School, teaching and doing cutting-edge research in genetics.
December 4, 1988 | VICTOR F. ZONANA, Times Staff Writer
Night has fallen here, and the monkey doctors are having a party. The scene is a dinner-dance at a Symposium on Nonhuman Primate Models for AIDS where 250 veterinarians and researchers are letting off steam after two days of intense scientific discussions. With cowboy hats clamped to their heads, some down margaritas. Others venture onto the dance floor where a Texas trio warbles such tunes as "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "Redneck Mother."
August 17, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
New York has defeated California in a bid for a $50-million national center for earthquake research, it was revealed Saturday. A committee of the National Science Foundation selected the State University of New York at Buffalo for the center over the University of California, Berkeley. Buffalo and Berkeley were the two finalists mainly because they have the only two state-of-the-art earthquake simulators in the United States, officials said.
The country that gave the world such tongue-twister towns as Wagga Wagga, Bongolongong and Dog On Tucker Box is now ready to build the Multi Function Polis. The federal government this week announced a $9.5-million start-up grant for MFP, a planned billion-dollar city of high-tech industries, research centers and 50,000 people on what is now a toxic waste dump and swamp outside Adelaide, capital of South Australia.
August 16, 2002 | From Associated Press
J. Craig Venter, whose former company spent two years mapping human DNA, unveiled plans Wednesday to open a research center that will be capable of decoding a person's genes in seconds. He said he hopes the DNA sequencing, which now can take months and costs millions of dollars, will be done for about $1,000. Making it widely available could help doctors predict what diseases patients may face and treat problems before they arise.
January 22, 1988 | LEO C. WOLINSKY, Times Staff Writer
Gov. George Deukmejian declared Thursday that he accepts full blame for California's loss of a $4.4-billion federal atom smasher project, saying, "If it makes some people happy to blame the governor, I'll take the responsibility." But Deukmejian insisted that the loss of that project and others in recent months does not mean that California is losing its high technology advantage to competing states.
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