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This special grants competition was offered in 2001 for collaborative projects in all academic and research fields that engage and enhance the use of advanced network services provided by Internet2. The recent Internet2 connection established at UC San Diego links UC campuses connected to CalREN2 with Mexican universities and research centers connected to the CUDI network. This advancement opens up new and unique possibilities for scientists, scholars, and teachers on both sides of the border to work together. In response, UC MEXUS and CONACYT seek to advance the development of new network-based applications in both California and Mexico and to encourage additional avenues for binational cooperation in research, technology, and education. Specifically, the primary objective of this program is to foster new collaborative initiatives that will make use of advanced network services in research and education and/or use these services for binational instructional development, strengthening academic and research capabilities, graduate student or technical training, and public service and education projects that apply research to public issues. Nine projects were approved for funding for a total amount of $355,115. The grant recipients are below, including co-principal investigators, departments, home campuses and institutions, and project titles.

Miguel A. Altieri, ESPM Insect Biology, UC Berkeley; Juan Jimenez-Osornio, Veterinaria y Zootécnica, Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán. A Pilot Internet Based Distance Learning Course on Agroecology, Involving Students of Five Mexican Agricultural Universities.

Wayne A. Cornelius, Political Science, UC San Diego; Jorge E. Preciado Velasco, Telemática, CICESE. Virtual Collaboration in the Californias.

Richard P. Duran, Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UC Santa Barbara; Rosa G. Montes, Ciencias Sociales, Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla. The MexLinks Consortium for Technology Access and Educational Advancement: Applying Internet2.

Isaac D. Scherson, Information and Computer Science, UC Irvine; Andrei Tchernykh, Computación, CICESE. Client-Server Discrete Event Simulation Over Very Large Communication Networks (Internet2).

R. Paul Singh, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis; Jorge Welti, Ingeniería Química y Alimentos, Universidad de las Americas – Puebla. Internet-Assisted Remote Experiments in Teaching Food and Biochemical Engineering.

Allen Van Gelder, Computer Science, UC Santa Cruz; José Torres Jiménez, Computación, Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey – Morelos. Parallel Algorithms for Solving Propositional Satisfiability Using the High Bandwidth of Internet2.

Nalini Venkatasubramanian, Information and Computer Science, UC Irvine; Alfredo Weitzenfeld, Computación, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. MIRO: Adaptive Middleware for a Mobile Internet Robot.

Luis Villarreal, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, UC Irvine; Hugo A. Barrera-Saldaña, Centro de Biotecnología Genómica. Bioinformatics Network for Education and Research.

Paul K. Wright, Mechanical Engineering, UC Berkeley; Arturo Molina, Integrated Manufacturing Systems Research Center, Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. A Collaborative Engineering Environment for Global Integrated Product Development.