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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (11/9/05)
Contact: Brooke Alexander, Office of Congressman Jim McCrery, 202.225.2777, or Lynn Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120

Centenary Reacts to Funding Announcement

Congressman McCrery Announces $1 Million for Centenary among $3.05 Million for Northwest Louisiana Groups

The following news release is from the press office of Congressman Jim McCrery.

McCrery Secures $3.05 Million for Northwest Louisiana Groups

"(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Congressman Jim McCrery today praised House passage of the Fiscal Year 2006 Science, State, Justice and Commerce Conference Report. The report contains $3.05 million for Shreveport-area projects.

"Centenary College of Louisiana is home to one of the nation's premier undergraduate science curriculums. It is the only college that offers students the opportunity to combine lecture and laboratory into one class, an approach that has served as a national model for science research and education. Current research is focused on proteomics, or the mapping of protein sequences within a human gene. To support ongoing faculty and student research, Centenary will receive $1 million toward the purchase of new lab technologies, including a mass spectrometer, Western blotting equipment and data analysis software

"Also focusing on science education is the Sci-Port Discovery Center. With over 200 hands-on exhibits and hundreds of interactive programs, Sci-Port offers an entertaining approach to learning about science and technology. The center is currently undergoing a 25,000 square foot expansion. The $600,000 in federal funding will be used to equip the new area with an interactive planetarium, 60 space exhibits, 30 math exhibits, and three themed playspaces.

" 'Both Centenary and Sci-Port Discovery Center are leading the wave of the future through science education and research. I am pleased that this funding will help make available the equipment needed to further their mission,' said McCrery.

"Shreveport Bossier Community Renewal (SBCR) has been recognized nationally as a model for community enhancement. For 10 years, volunteers have been working closely with residents in troubled areas, teaching the value of personal relationships and family support. This technique has lead to reduced crime rates in the targeted areas. The $1 million provided in this legislation will enable SBCR to expand their initiative by forming a National Center for Community Renewal, which will offer educational tools for building and sustaining safe and caring communities.

" 'SBCR has paved the way for community development, throughout Shreveport Bossier and across the nation. I am pleased that I was able to secure this funding for such a worthy organization,' " said McCrery.

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