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Stanford receives $2 million for laboratory modernization

STANFORD -- Malcolm R. Beasley, professor of applied physics, is the project director for a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation for the renovation of the McCullough Building. Stanford was one of 69 colleges and universities that received $52.8 million to modernize laboratories and research areas as part of NSF's Academic Research Infrastructure program.

Stanford's grant application was submitted as part of a plan to establish a new materials center, called the Laboratory for Advanced Materials. According to Beasley, the new laboratory will focus more intensively on creating novel materials than does the existing Center for Materials Research. It also will be oriented toward developing materials for the future, rather than studying those of current interest. Specific areas of study will be high- temperature superconductors and new optical and magnetic materials, he says.

The renovations involved have been incorporated in the new Science and Engineering Quad project announced in October. The $2 million from NSF is being added to $32 million from the administration and the $77.4 million pledged by alumni David Packard and William Hewlett to establish the new mini-campus.



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