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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 17, 2007

Schumer And Clinton Announce Nearly $900,000 For University Of Albany New York Center For National Competitiveness In Nanoscale Characterization Included In Omnibus Bill


Funding Will be Used to Support Nanotechnology Innovation Across the Capital Region

Schumer, Clinton Pushed for Funds to be Included in Fiscal Year 2008 Omnibus Appropriations Bill Expected to Pass the House Tonight and the Senate Tomorrow

WASHINGTON, DC—Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that $893,000 for the University of Albany’s New York Center for National Competitiveness in Nanoscale Characterization will be included in the Fiscal Year 2008 Omnibus Appropriations Bill. The omnibus bill, which includes 11 appropriations bills, will be voted on by the House and Senate this week, before being sent to the President for his signature.

“This is great news for Albany and the entire Capital Region,” said Schumer. “This crucial funding will cement the partnership between NIST and U Albany making this research hub a national center of excellence, and a leader in nanotechnology research. Not only will this underscore the University’s position at the forefront of nanotechnology research but it will attract many companies to the area creating new jobs and making Albany and New York companies competitive in the global market. Furthermore, having this federal research center here in Albany ensures that the government is giving money back to New York taxpayers. This is the beginning of a sustainable relationship that will continue to benefit all involved for years to come.”

"This is great news for the University of Albany, and I am thrilled that our colleagues in Congress have recognized the Center’s value by including this critical funding,” said Senator Clinton. “Their official inclusion as one of the six institutions in the country that will be working with the Department of Commerce on nanotechnology research is more positive reinforcement for the region’s capacity to lead the nation in nanotechnology research and development. New York deserves to be working with the other elite centers around the country and leading our efforts into this incredible field of research and development.”

The $893,000 in federal funds will be used for The New York Center for National Competitiveness in Nanoscale Characterization (NC)3, a partnership between the National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST) and the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) of the University at Albany to advance nanoscale metrology innovations and strengthen the resulting R&D-manufacturing-commercialization eco-system, in accordance with the report entitled “Sustaining the Nation’s Innovation Ecoystem by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST).”

This funding is critical to bolster the R&D and education programs in critical dimension environmental scanning electron microscopy technology, focused ion beam methodologies, dual electron and focused ion beam techniques for metrology of 3D nanostructures as well as many other programs that would advance nanoscale metrology innovations.

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