Berkeley Puts All Its Eggs in Two Baskets

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Science  08 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5438, pp. 226-227
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5438.226

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The University of California, Berkeley, is planning a major spending spree to tackle problems that span traditional scientific boundaries. This week Berkeley officials announced that they have raised some $100 million in private money toward the construction of two huge new research buildings in which researchers from departments ranging from physics and chemistry to molecular biology and public health will rub shoulders daily. When new money for programs and 15 new faculty positions are added to the mix, the total bill will likely approach $500 million, making it one of the most expensive interdisciplinary endeavors in the country.