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Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT): UCLA has received three IGERT grants to promote development of innovative models for graduate education and training and collaborative research that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. The three IGERT-funded programs include the Materials Creation Training Program, which builds on major initiatives at UCLA to train scientists as leaders in the design and production of new materials for electronic, communication and nanoscale devices; the NeuroEngineering Training Program, a multidisciplinary graduate-training program of education and research involving the UCLA Brain Research Institute and the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science; and the Integrated Bioinformatics Training Program, which provides rigorous training for Ph.D. candidates in 13 participating departments, supporting them with tools for creating robust new bioinformatics applications. The program also supports summer research internships for undergraduates in bioinformatics.

Center for Embedded Networked Sensing (CENS): Embedded network sensors are large-scale distributed systems composed of smart sensors and actuators embedded in the physical world. These systems will collect and monitor information on such diverse subjects as medical patients, plankton colonies, endangered species, soil and air contaminants and buildings, bridges and other man-made structures. Over the next 10 years, CENS will receive up to $40 million from NSF, which has designated the center as one of six new Science and Technology Centers (STCs). The STC program began in 1987 to fund important fundamental-research activities, encourage technology transfer and provide innovative approaches to interdisciplinary research challenges.

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