Norfolk State University is using a $750,000 grant from NASA, a $185,000 award from the National Science Foundation, and $225,000 from the state of Virginia to build an observatory on Fan Mountain, about 20 miles from Charlottesville. The observatory will house a robotic telescope that may be operated by a control panel on the campus of Norfolk State. Students will be able to see live images from the telescope in the classroom. Eventually these images will also be available over the Internet. Initial research efforts will be focused on gamma ray bursts.

Howard University received a $992,004 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to establish a Center for Foreign Language Study. The center will promote the study of Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Japanese among American students from elementary school through college.


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