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May 30, 1995

RELEASE: 95-78 NASA ESTABLISHES MINORITY UNIVERSITY RESEARCH CENTERS NASA has selected seven universities to receive Minority University Research Center (MURC) cooperative agreement awards to enhance broad-based competitive research capability in NASA-related science and engineering pursuits. The MURC awards will provide the universities with research funding for five years. Each university will receive approximately $1.5 million for the first three years and $750,000 to $1 million for the final two years of research activities. The awards are intended to enhance each university's competitive research capabilities, to expand the nation's base for aerospace research and development and to increase participation of faculty and students from minority institutions in NASA-related research. The research will be in areas related to NASA's five strategic enterprises: Mission to Planet Earth, Aeronautics, Human Exploration and Development of Space, Space Science, and Space Technology. The universities selected to receive these awards are: - Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL Center for Hydrology, Soil Climatology and Remote Sensing - Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA Center for Space Medicine and Life Sciences - Prairie View A&M University, Prairie View, TX Center for Applied Radiation Research - Tennessee State University, Nashville,TN Center for Automated Space Science - The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM Center for Autonomous Control Engineering - The University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus Tropical Center for Earth and Space Studies - The University of Texas at El Paso The Pan American Center for Earth and Environmental Studies

The MURC program was established by NASA in 1990. This selection brings the total number of research centers to 14. The following are the initial NASA Minority University Research Centers that were selected in 1991: - Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA High Performance Polymers and Ceramics Research Center - Fisk University, Nashville, TN Center for Photonic Materials and Devices - Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL Center for Nonlinear and Nonequilibrium Aeroscience - Hampton University, Hampton, VA Research Center for Optical Physics - Howard University, Washington, DC Center for the Study of Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Atmospheres - North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC Center for Aerospace Research - Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, AL Center for Food Production and Waste Management in Controlled Ecological Life Support Systems. The awards are a result of a competitive selection process among proposals submitted by Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other minority universities including Hispanic-Serving Institutions. The MURC program is sponsored by NASA's Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, Washington, DC, with the support and collaboration from NASA program offices. -endNASA press releases and other information are available automatically by sending an Internet electronic mail message to In the body of the message (not the subject line) users should type the words "subscribe press-release" (no quotes). The system will reply with a confirmation via E-mail of each subscription. A second automatic message will include additional information on the service. Questions should be directed to (202) 358-4043.