Cooperative Science Centers Moving Forward

NOAA's Educational Partnership Program initiated in 2001 has recently added a fifth Cooperative Science Center, the Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology Cooperative Science Center (ISETCSC). North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC is the new ISETCSC's lead institution and will partner with NOAA scientists to train and educate students in NOAA-scientific areas and develop technology and analysis techniques for global data sets for improved understanding of climate change. The other seven partnering academic institutions are the University of Alaska Southeast, California State University at Fresno, City College of City University of New York, Fisk University, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, North Carolina State University, and the University of Minnesota.

The primary research thrust areas at the new ISETCSC include: sensor science and technology development, analysis of observing systems, and information technology applications.

Dr. Steven Koch from ESRL's Global Systems Division (GSD) has agreed to serve as the Technical Monitor for ISETCSC. To initiate collaboration between the Center partners and NOAA scientists, an ISETCSC meeting was hosted at ESRL in Boulder on November 7-8. The meeting focused on discussions of potential research and educational outreach topics with interested NOAA scientists. The meeting was a success in that numerous participants were identified and vital groundwork for the implementation plan was laid. The plan will be completed by December 1, 2006.

ISETCSC is part of NOAA's Educational Partnership Program, which provides financial assistance through competitive processes to minority serving institutions (MSIs) that support research and training of students in NOAA-related sciences. The program's goal is to increase the number of students who are trained and graduate in sciences directly related to NOAA's Mission.

The Cooperative Science Centers were established to advance scientific research at MSIs and to train their students in coursework directly related to NOAA's mission.

Contact information
Name: Steven Koch
Tel: 303-497-5487
Steven.Koch@noaa.gov