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"The Geometry Center, 1991-1998. RIP.," by Jeffrey Mervis. Science, 26 July 2002.

The author puts forth some of the possible reasons for the demise of theGeometry Center: "professional jealousy, loss of key personnel, shiftingpriorities, the lack of community support, or a breakdown in communication withNational Science Foundation (NSF) managers?" Despite its enviable annual budgetof US$2 million, shifts in the Center's mission may have contributed to its lackof support. Some of those involved--Richard McGehee, Rosemary Chang, RichardHerman, Robert Miner, and Donald Lewis--speculate about the Center's problemsand successes and reasons for closing.

--- Annette Emerson