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NSF PR 03-118 - October 6, 2003

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 Manny Van Pelt

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$30M NSF Grants Establish New Centers For Learning and Teaching at Missouri, Rutgers, Berkeley

ARLINGTON, Va.—The National Science Foundation today announced the award of 5-year, $2 million annual grants to the University of Missouri, Rutgers, and the University of California- Berkeley to establish new K-12 Centers for Learning and Teaching.

The grants are to build current and future leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education through the schools' graduate programs; improve elementary and secondary education practice, and provide opportunities for research.

The foundation supports Centers for Learning and Teaching that specialize in one of three categories: Issues in Elementary and Secondary Education, Issues in Higher Education and Nanotechnology Education. Today's awards raise to 13 the number of centers focused on elementary and secondary issues. There are presently two centers for higher education and faculty enhancement. A solicitation to establish the first nanotechnology centers is currently open.

"These awards demonstrate the National Science Foundation's continued commitment to addressing science, technology, engineering and mathematics education concerns at all levels," said Dr. Judith A. Ramaley, who leads NSF's Directorate for Education and Human Resources. "The centers will be the link between science and the science of learning."

UC-Berkeley has titled its center "Technology-Enhanced Learning in Science," or "TELS." TELS, led by Berkeley's Marcia C. Linn, is a collaboration between Arizona State University, Boston University, Mills College, Norfolk State University, North Carolina Central University, Penn State University, the Technion Institute of Technology, Berkeley (Calif.) Public Schools, Mount Diablo (Calif.) Unified School District, Tempe (Ariz.) public schools and Maynard (Mass.) Public Schools.

The University of Missouri has titled its center the "Center for the Study of Mathematics Curriculum," which will be led by Barbara Reys. Collaborators include Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, University of Chicago, Horizon Research, Inc., Columbia (Mo.) Public School District, Novi (Mich.) Community School District, Battle Creek (Mich.) Public Schools and Kalamazoo (Mich.) Public Schools.

Rutgers has titled its center, led by Joseph G. Rosenstein, "The Center for Mathematics in America's Cities." This center unites Rutgers with the City University of New York, the University of Pennsylvania, and other New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey public school districts and institutions.

All of the centers are "virtual" centers; no actual facilities or infrastructure is being built as part of the grants.


Principal Investigators:
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey- Joseph G. Rosenstein, (732) 445-4065,
University of Missouri- Barbara Reys, (573) 882-8744,
University of California- Berkeley- Marcia C. Linn, (510) 643-6379,

University Press Office Contacts:
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey- Patricia Lamiell, (732) 932-7084, ext. 615,
University of Missouri- Mary Jo Banken, (573) 882-6211,
University of California- Berkeley- Kathleen Maclay, (510) 643-5651,

NSF's Directorate for Education and Human Resources, under the leadership of Dr. Judith A. Ramaley, guides the nation's research based education programs and initiatives at the elementary through high school, undergraduate and graduate levels to foster academic and professional pursuits in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The directorate's 2003 funding by Congress was $903.17 million.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering, with an annual budget of nearly $5.3 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 universities and institutions. Each year, NSF receives about 30,000 competitive requests for funding, and makes about 10,000 new funding awards. The NSF also awards over $200 million in professional and service contracts yearly.

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