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I'd like to correct a number of factual errors and misleading statements in "NSF Cuts Back On Faltering Science, Technology Centers" [The Scientist, Feb. 4, 1991, page 1]. The article leaves the impression that Science and Technology Centers (STCs) have become a low priority at NSF. In fact, that is not the case. The STC program is not "faltering." Since your article was researched, nine new centers have been established and others are expected to be announced within the next few weeks. No mas

Alan Levitt
I'd like to correct a number of factual errors and misleading statements in "NSF Cuts Back On Faltering Science, Technology Centers" [The Scientist, Feb. 4, 1991, page 1]. The article leaves the impression that Science and Technology Centers (STCs) have become a low priority at NSF. In fact, that is not the case.

The STC program is not "faltering." Since your article was researched, nine new centers have been established and others are expected to be announced within the next few weeks.

No massive, "high profile" announcement of the second round of centers was planned (as was the case with the first round) for several reasons. The final fiscal year 1991 budget for research and related activities ultimately meant that NSF was able to allocate only $15 million instead of the $25 million originally planned for the second round of STCs. Foundation officials agonized over whether to reduce the number...

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