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SCU Launches Center for Science, Technology, and Society with founding partner Applied Materials

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2001

SANTA CLARA, Calif., -Feb. 6, 2001-With the support of founding partner Applied Materials, Inc., Santa Clara University today publicly launched its Center for Science, Technology and Society, an international Center of Distinction dedicated to understanding and influencing how science and technology impact society. As part of this launch, the Center will host its first national conference in April of 2001, introduce its new publication the STS Nexus magazine and public Web site (, and offer enhanced coursework and educational programs for SCU students.

The Center, located on the SCU campus, is designed to draw on academic and industry experts to foster a global network that promotes dialogue and studies issues related to the influence of new technologies on the family and culture, the workplace and organizations, and law and public policy. The Center will sponsor research projects and symposia, host visiting scholars, establish university courses for students, and conduct public policy forums.

"Positioned in Silicon Valley, the heart of the world's most fertile ground for innovation and change, Santa Clara University is the right place for this Center," said Paul Locatelli, S.J., president of Santa Clara University. "With the support of Applied Materials and other sponsors, the Center's vision to provide an intellectual forum for the study and discussion of the impact of technology on our life and work can become a reality."

Applied Materials has led the way in launching the Center with a challenge grant, invested at the program's inception, that has already helped raise nearly $4.3 million in support from Silicon Valley individuals and other companies such as Amdahl Corporation, Fujitsu, Ltd., Hewlett-Packard and Xilinx, Inc.

"Since Applied Materials systems touch virtually every chip made in the world today, our technology clearly has a significant impact on the way that people live and work," said James C. Morgan, chairman and chief executive officer of Applied Materials. "As a global technology leader, we felt that it was important to help launch this Center so that all of us can better understand and prepare for the transformation of our world into a more globally connected society."

"The Center's purpose is to be a force in determining how scientific and technological advancements can benefit society," said Jim Koch, director of the Center for Science, Technology and Society. "By providing an independent crossroad for researchers, policy advocates, and those at the frontiers of innovation, we can contribute to advances in the design and use of technology to improve the quality of life."

In its initial development phase, the Center sponsored numerous research projects, including studies of mobile computing, embedded sensor technologies, the rise of wireless technologies in Japan, and the impact of technology on the family. It also developed course materials, launched a new University minor in Information Technology and Society, and hosted regional conferences on storage technology, privacy, and the digital divide.

The Center's national conference, "Technology and Us-A Vision for the Future," which is set for April 2001, will feature dialogue with a diverse range of experts, including Manual Castells, an expert on the networked society; Pulitzer Prize winner and social chronicler David Halberstam; former presidential adviser Ira Magaziner; Mary Furlong, founder of Third Age Media and John Seely Brown, chief scientist of Xerox Corporation - among many others.

"This conference is just one of the many programs that the Center will sponsor to bring together leaders from across various disciplines to examine the implications of our technological world," concluded Koch .

The Center for Science, Technology and Society, an international Center of Distinction at Santa Clara University, aims to provide guidance and expertise on ways to foster innovations that lead to beneficial, humanistic, and sustainable legacies for society. The Center, formed in late 1997, is one of the three Centers of Distinction at the University. For more information on the Center, visit

Santa Clara University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located in the heart of Silicon Valley, with 7,350 students. For the 11th consecutive year, the University has been ranked second for overall academic quality among all regional universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report. SCU sustains its high national academic reputation by offering a strong core curriculum shared by all undergraduate students and by involving students in all disciplines in significant research. The University celebrates its 150th anniversary in the 2000-2001 academic year. For more information about SCU, visit

Applied Materials (Nasdaq: AMAT) is a leader of the Information Age and the world's largest supplier of products and services to the global semiconductor industry. Applied Materials' website is at

Kelly Shenefiel
Santa Clara University
Phone: 408-554-5125

Jeff Lettes
Applied Materials
Phone: 408-563-5161

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