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February 15, 2002

Eileen Hawley
Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas

Release: J02-19 -- New Educational Center Highlights Advanced Learning Techniques

A new educational facility, the Texas Learning and Computation Center (TLC2) located at the University of Houston, will be officially opened in a ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. CST Feb. 19. The center results from a partnership involving NASA’s Johnson Space Center, government and private industry.

The unique resources contained in the Texas Learning and Computation Center include high-tech classrooms, research facilities and high-speed computers that will be used by private industry and NASA to provide workforce development through distance learning. University of Houston students also will make use of the center’s unique capabilities.

Distance learning events will take advantage of state-of-the-art networking and videoconferencing equipment, as well as the ability to manipulate 3-D images on high- resolution, large-format monitors to share the excitement of science and technology with students.

Located in Philip Guthrie Hoffman Hall on the UH campus, the center was initially established in September 1999 with funding from the Texas Legislature and a nearly $4- million facilities grant from NASA. Other federal, state and local agencies are supporting individual projects and the center’s infrastructure. More than $22 million in research funding is associated with programs, institutes and centers supported by the Texas Learning and Computation Center.

The opening ceremonies will be broadcast live on the Internet at:

For information on the learning center, or Tuesday’s grand opening, contact the University of Houston Office of External Communications at 713/743-8155.


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