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The proposed topics of the Research Component reflect the expertise accumulated by the Investigators' ongoing research at CSULA, and USC. Such topics include the following:

· novel measurement instruments for interstellar exploration,

· detection of cool companions around nearby stars,

· learning genetic algorithms a suite of problems in space science.

The research partnerships are to be established to

1) involve multidisciplinary research activities falling through a number of themes of NASA OSSÂ’s interest, and

2) explore innovative methodologies to improve the learning process by transferring research results to educational materials using current computer software tools and technologies.