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NSF PA/M 03-37 - August 22, 2003

NSF Donates Computers to Morgan County Observatory
NSF deputy director to make official presentation on Aug. 28

ARLINGTON, Va.-The media and public are invited to attend a short ceremony on the grounds of Greenwood School in Morgan County, W.Va. on Aug. 28 at 1:00 p.m. as the Morgan County Observatory Foundation accepts from the National Science Foundation (NSF) a donation of excess computer equipment originally worth nearly $30,000. The equipment is for a recently constructed amateur astronomy facility housing a 16-inch telescope. The equipment will become an important addition to the new astronomy resource room that will be operational for a "public star party" the following evening, Aug. 29.

The NSF Academy, NSF's professional development arm, is donating the equipment. NSF is an independent federal agency that supports almost all fundamental science and engineering research at colleges and universities, as well as education programs in science, mathematics, engineering and technology from K-12 through graduate level. The NSF Academy conducts several of its Program Management Seminars at the nearby Coolfont resort and conference center. The academy's donation is being made under NSF's "Computers for Learning" program, begun in 1997.

NSF Deputy Director Joseph Bordogna will present the equipment to Kevin Boles, president of the Morgan County Observatory Foundation. Other NSF and local dignitaries will also attend. The ceremony will be held just outside the observatory. In case of inclement weather, the Greenwood School cafeteria will be the backup ceremony location.



Joseph Bordogna, NSF deputy director
Kevin Boles, president, Morgan County Observatory Foundation


"Computers for Learning" equipment donation ceremony


Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003 at 1:00 p.m.


Greenwood School, Morgan County, W.Va. (from Berkeley Springs, two miles south on U.S. 522, to left on Winchester Grade Rd., then nine miles east to the school, on the left)

For more information contact:

Media contact:

 Bill Noxon

 (703) 292-7750

For more information on the Morgan County Observatory, see:


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