February 15, 2002

Contact: Bob Bruce, 503-725-5700

UO Brain Research Tops State Universities Federal Requests

EUGENE -Oregon's public universities will request more than $20 million in federal fund support during fiscal year 2003.

The State Board of Higher Education Friday authorized the state's seven public universities to seek federal support for 15 priority projects. The projects, with requests ranging from $350,000 to $6 million, look for funds to support a variety of research initiatives, campus construction efforts and public services.

The largest request comes from the University of Oregon. The UO will seek $6 million in federal funds to continue the development of its Brain, Biology and Machine initiative. The initiative is an interdisciplinary effort to advance teaching and research in the area of integrative information science. Congress has already appropriated federal money to the UO project over the past three fiscal years. The additional funds are being sought to support research, add a building and equipment for laboratories.

Following is a complete list of projects, by campus, to be included in the OUS Congressional request:
Eastern Oregon University Rural Frontier Delivery Program, $1 million, for unmet health care needs of those in rural communities of Eastern Oregon.
Oregon Institute of Technology Clean Energy Business Incubator, $926,000, to develop a clean energy oriented business incubator.

Clean Energy Technology Training Programs for Incumbent and Underemployed Workers, $950,000, to serve as a clearinghouse and research center for promoting education, skill development and career building for clean energy workers.
Oregon State University Business and Information Technology Extension Program, $1.95 million, pioneering outreach program to assist Oregonians in adopting leading-edge technology in business, community and personal life.

Virtual Center for Transboundary Waters, to be determined, to share knowledge and open dialogue across parties in transboundary water issues.
Oregon State University Central Oregon Aviation Initiative, to be determined, integrated plan to create program and facilities for airport operations management, air traffic controller training, Small Airport Transportation System operator training evaluation.
Portland State University Engineering and Science Center, $3 million, support for building a $70 million engineering and science center on the PSU campus. Funds will match city and private contributions.

Bradford P. Millar Library/Middle Eastern Studies/Judiac Studies Program, $350,000, funds to increase and enhance library collections.

Building Livable and Sustainable Communities, $2 million, proposed program to building livable communities in urban and metropolitan areas. Program offers base of research and best practices.
Southern Oregon University Southern Oregon Multimedia Institute, $1 million, institute to advance the interface among computer science, the arts and multimedia in education, research and development.

Theatre Education Project, $800,000, creation of a contemporary theatre education institute with local schools, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and other performing arts organizations in Southern Oregon.

The AuCoin Institute for Ecological, Economic and Civic Studies, $1.25 million, funds for scholar-in-residence endowment, research on teaching, community short courses, conflict resolution workshop series, facilities, equipment and personnel.
University of Oregon Brain, Biology and Machine, $6 million, continued development of innovative integrated research and teaching. Funds for construction and equipment.

Museum of Natural History, $2.5 million, expansion of storage areas for collections, offices, laboratory space and field equipment storage.

School of Music Building, $750,000, funds for new addition to expand capacity and crate additional opportunities for performance.

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