Capital University News, California State University, Sacramento
funds add up to $1.5 million
boost for Sacramento State Space Center
Sacramento State’s plans for a Space and Science Center
came one step closer to fruition with today’s announcement of a $950,000
federal appropriation for the facility. The proposed $8 million center will
contain an observatory, planetarium, hands-on science exploration areas and
laboratories for student interested in astronomy research.
Congresswoman Doris Matsui was instrumental in getting the measure included
in the Science, State, Justice and Commerce Appropriations Report. The funds
augment $550,000 the University received last year through the help of her husband,
the late Congressman Robert Matsui.
Sacramento State President Alexander Gonzalez said, “Sacramento State
and the science and math community owe a great debt of gratitude to Congresswoman
Doris Matsui and the late Congressman Robert Matsui for their dedicated work
on behalf of the University. The $1.5 million in federal funding they have secured
for the University will be the catalyst for building a Science and Space Center
that will benefit not only the students of Sacramento State but the entire Sacramento
In a news release, Doris Matsui said, “This facility will further enhance
Sacramento State’s leadership, which already partners with NASA scientists
on engineering and astrophysics research projects.”
The funds will allow the University to expand its partnerships with NASA and
purchase a wide range of equipment including solar and astronomical telescopes,
observatory domes and high-volume lab servers. Part of the project will house
the Center for Mathematics and Science Education to support and enhance the
skills of more than 1,000 K-12 mathematics and science teachers each year.
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