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is optimistic and says he foresees three future accomplishments
of the CNSI, although with different degrees of likelihood. "One
thing I'm sure will happen," he says, "is the CNSI will be training
a different and new generation of graduate students who are much
more broadly multidisciplinary. We will be training physicists who
will understand biology at a good operating level, or computer scientists
with a good foundation in material sciences. I am sure there will
be some very interesting, new and quite successful industry-university
collaborations that will emerge from this."
Peccei adds a footnote. "Another thing I wish very much to happen,
but I'm less sure about, is that some great science will emerge
from the institute. That's always much harder to predict, but there
are certainly some spectacular things going on already in nanosystems,
and there's a good chance they will come to fruition in CNSI."
Taubes is a Los Angeles-based science writer. His last article for
UCLA Magazine was "The Hot Zone" (Summer 2000).