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UCLA scientists take part in signing of U.S.-Cyprus agreement

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A UCLA delegation recently took part in a historic international event — the signing of the first bilateral science and engineering agreement between the United States and Cyprus as part of the Obama administration’s initiative to encourage research cooperation with developing countries.

The agreement between Cyprus and the U.S. was signed Feb. 5 by Cyprus Minister of Finance Charilaos Stravrakis and US Ambassador
Signing Agreement
US Ambassador to Cyprus Frank Urbancic, left, and Cypriot Minister of Finance Charilaos Stavrakis, seated right, sign a historic agreement that will promote research cooperation between the two countries.
Frank C. Urbancic in Nicosia, Cyprus. It aims to strengthen scientific and technological capabilities, broaden and expand relations between scientific and technological communities in both countries, and promote scientific and technological cooperation for mutual benefit.

Invited to present at seminars held in honor of the signing were three from UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science and the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI). Among the 12 invitees were faculty from MIT and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

UCLA  and  Cypriot
From the left, Alexandros Shailos, Ioanna Kakoulli, Cypriot Finance Minister Charilaos Stavrakis and Kosmas Galatsis.
Representing UCLA were Kos Galatsis, executive director of the Center on Functional Engineered NanoArchitectonics and the Western Institute of Nanoelectronics in the Electrical Engineering Department; Ioanna Kakoulli, assistant professor of materials science and engineering and the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology; and Alexandros Shailos, technical director of the Quantum Research Core Facility at the CNSI.

“This is a huge honor for the UCLA community,” said Roberto Peccei, vice chancellor for research at UCLA. “Our presence at this historical event places UCLA at the cutting edge of government in science and technology and will help strengthen UCLA’s reputation as a leader in nanotechnology and archaeological research and development.”

Potential collaborations with UCLA researchers can have a significant impact on the future development of science and technology in up-and-coming tech-based countries such as Cyprus.

“The CNSI has a solid track record for developing associations and conducting collaborations with technology institutions around the globe, and we look forward to building productive associations in Cyprus which have the potential to result in important developments in scientific research.” said Leonard H. Rome, interim director of the CNSI and associate dean for research for the David Geffen School of Medicine.

Representing a wide range of backgrounds, the UCLA delegates highlighted research going on at the campus in three arenas — nanotechnology, archaeology and oceanography. Galatsis, for example, described the campus's leadership in nanotechnology research and development in his talk on cooperation between academia and business.

Kakoulli showcased the novel approaches and cutting-edge research in the fields of heritage preservation and geobioarchaeology while Shailos talked about research undertaken at CNSI in novel materials, device structures as well as various experimental techniques.

During their stay, the visiting faculty toured research facilities and museums with a focus on discussing nanotechnology, archaeology and conservation.

“We are committed to sharing ideas for establishing a blueprint for Cyprus’ nanotechnology research and development initiatives and its continued growth in the area of archaeology research.” Peccei said. The expansion of strategic government funding programs will be vital to the plan along with government-university collaboration models.
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