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announcement that the UCLA-UCSB proposal was a winner led to some
mild and short-lived celebration among the participants. "We were
really happy," as Hu puts it. "We breathed a little more deeply,
and then we realized the real work is yet to come."
starters, three CNSI buildings - two at UCLA and one at UCSB - now
have to be planned, designed, built and staffed, with the goal of
creating what Hu calls the "new collaborative working environment
of the future." All three buildings, she says, "are intended to
be both focal points for activities of the institute and also a
means of bringing people and researchers together, with shared facilities
and the kinds of instrumentation needed to be accessed by a broad
scope of researchers."
unique CNSI multidisciplinary training and education program also
must be developed. Says Hu: "Part of what makes the investment in
CNSI worthwhile is the development of new kinds of multidisciplinary
educational programs that will produce new kinds of students, with
new kinds of skills, with a broader vision and perspective and with
experience already in working with industry in the kinds of multidisciplinary
teams that will be needed in the next generation."
the meantime, Heath, Hu and their colleagues are busy tracking down
temporary facilities for imaging and manufacturing, and beginning
to recruit faculty, as well.
task right now is pretty Herculean," says Heath. "My major fear
is that if we don't do it right, the CNSI will end up nothing more
than a research motel, with a bunch of unrelated people taking up
lab space. That's not the point; it's supposed to be a real institute
with a common scientific purpose. That's going to be a challenge
to make sure we do that correctly."