[3] Federal News Service. Prepared Testimony of Dr. Rita Colwell, director, National Science Foundation, before the Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Independent Agencies, Senate Committee on Appropriations, March 23, 1999.

[4] Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) program briefing, Roundtable discussion by earthquake engineering researchers, NSF, February 10, 2000.

[5] SRI International Science and Technology, History of the NSF Earthquake Hazard Mitigation Program. Prepared for NSF, Draft Report, October 7, 1999, p. 43.

[6] EERI Newsletter. NSB Gives NSF’s earthquake mitigation program green light to continue planning a national network for high performance seismic simulation, November 1997.

[7] J. Jirsa and D. Abrams. Planning meeting scheduled for June regarding national network of high performance seismic simulation facilities. EERI News, April 1998.

[8] An Experimental Facilities Initiative in Earthquake Engineering: Action Plan for Upgrading, Expansion and Utilization. Report to the NSF, January 1996.

[9] Report for a National Science Foundation Workshop for Tsunami Research Facilities. NSF Workshop Report, 1998.

[10] Federal News Service. Prepared Testimony of Dr. Joseph Bordogna, acting deputy director, National Science Foundation, before the Basic Research Subcommittee, House Committee on Science, Feb. 23, 1999. Prepared Testimony of Dr. Eugene Wong, assistant director for engineering, National Science Foundation, Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space; Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, June 29, 1999. (These two statements are essentially identical.)

[11] White Paper: Towards a Vision for the NEES Collaboratory, version 3.0, Task Group on Collaboratory Research, NEES Consortium Development Project, CUREE; Oct. 1, 2002.

[12] NSF’s NEES website: <www.eng.nsf.gov/nees>. NEES Consortium, Inc., website: <www.nees.org>. NEESgrid website: <www.neesgrid.org>.

[13] Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES): Earthquake Engineering Research Equipment, Program Solicitation (NSF 00-6) December 20, 1999.

[14] Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES): System Integration, Program Solicitation (NSF 00-7) December 2, 1999.

[15] NEHRP Coalition in Support of Reauthorization of the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program. Testimony of Dr. Daniel P. Abrams, Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, before House Committee on Science, Subcommittee on Basic Research, April 24, 1997.

[16] NSF Press Release (NSF PA 98-2), April 28, 1998.



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