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March 21, 1994 (Phone: 202/358-1977) RELEASE: 94-48 WINSTON-SALEM UNIVERSITY TO PARTICIPATE IN JOINT NASA VENTURE NASA announced today that two Winston-Salem State University faculty members have been selected to participate in the NASA/University Joint Venture Program (JOVE). The program provides opportunities for faculty members and students to become involved in space science research and makes available new linkages between NASA and a broader segment of American institutions of higher education. "NASA is committed to investing in the scientific and economic future of this country," said NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin. "Programs such as JOVE are an important part of that investment." JOVE is a NASA-sponsored research program designed to build greater research capabilities at American colleges and universities which have had little or no involvement with the U.S. space program. To qualify for the program, an institution must have received less than $100,000 in research funding from NASA. Two other North Carolina institutions, Fayetteville State University and Guilford College, also participate in the JOVE program. "The world is changing, giving us new scientific and technological challenges every day," said Goldin. "To confront these challenges, we need the new ideas, new methods and new information we will get from schools such as Winston-Salem State." NASA will invest $138,000 over three years to support Winston-Salem State's participation in the program. As part of the program, two members of the university faculty will travel to

NASA field centers for 10 weeks this summer to begin a program of "mentoring" by agency scientists. Dr. Fenglien Frank Lee, a faculty member of the Computer Science department, will collaborate with Dr. John Hogge of NASA's Science department. They will focus on ways to use information systems to stimulate minority students to pursue studies in science and engineering. -more-2Dr. Elva Jones, Chairperson of the Computer Science Department at Winston-Salem, will collaborate with Valerie Thomas, Assistant Chief of the Space Science Data Operations, at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. They will focus on ways to use information systems to stimulate minority students to pursue studies in science and engineering. Electronic network links between Winston Salem State and NASA will be established and when the professors return to school in the fall, they will use their work at Langley and Goddard to develop additional science curricula and joint research. The JOVE program was initiated in 1989 out of the belief that the large amounts of data produced by the space missions of the 1990's would provide significant opportunities for greater understanding of physical, biological and chemical processes. The program was begun to extend this data and NASA's resources to a larger segment of the eductional community and make a greater share of the country's academic research capability available to the agency as it attempted to use the data. "We have great hopes that partnerships like the JOVE program will lead to the kind of innovation and creativity we depend on at NASA," said Goldin. "I am very pleased that we will be working with Winston-Salem State University." -end-