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   from the issue of October 26, 2006

Computer sci center to honor Schorrs


University of Nebraska alumni June and Paul Schorr III of Lincoln have been honored by their son and daughter, Paul "Chip" Schorr IV and Melissa Condo, both of New York City, with the naming of a new computer science center at UNL.

The Schorr children provided a significant contribution to the University of Nebraska Foundation toward a project to redesign and renovate the former South Stadium Building at the south end of Memorial Stadium for the Paul and June Schorr III Center for Computer Science and Engineering. The Schorrs were surprised by their children's gift announcement at the NU-Texas game Oct. 21.

"The University of Nebraska is something our family has supported for as long as we can remember," Chip Schorr said. "It's an important part of our family and has been a very meaningful part of our parents' lives, so it's a great way to honor them."

The three-story building had been home to Athletic Department offices since it was built in 1972. Athletic offices recently were relocated to the new Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex at the stadium's north end.

Construction of the Schorr Center for Computer Science and Engineering is planned to start in January and is estimated to be completed in fall 2007. It will provide 18,434 square feet to help consolidate areas of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering that are currently located at two other areas on campus and a leased space off campus.

The move also places the department adjacent to its offices in nearby Avery Hall.

"This new facility is critical to our vision to be broadly recognized for innovative research in software engineering, informatics and systems," said Richard Sincovec, chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and Henson professor of engineering, communications and information sciences. "The growth of our research space is necessary to maintain our momentum, to our success in hiring and retaining outstanding faculty, and to our ability to recruit top students and educate them to be the future leaders and innovators of the information age."

The UNL Research Computing Facility, which provides campuswide services to researchers who need high performance computer resources, also plans to make the new center its home.

"Collaboration is central to all we do, and this will certainly be enhanced," said David Swanson, director of the Research Computing Facility. "Technically, we'll be able to directly link, and significantly grow, our resources to meet increasing needs; more importantly, it will only enhance our ability to communicate with faculty, staff and students."

PrairieFire, the most powerful supercomputer in the state, will also move to the Schorr Center from its current home in the Miller and Paine Building at 13th and O streets in downtown Lincoln.

The new location will allow PrairieFire to be directly wired with other department computers, together offering the power and storage capacity of more than 1,000 PCs. Funding is already in place to double this computing strength once the new center opens.

Sweethearts since high school, Paul and June Schorr met in Lincoln in ninth grade after their families had moved from other cities a few years earlier, Paul from Hastings and June from Chicago. They both attended the University of Nebraska and were married a year before graduating in 1959.

June Schorr received degrees in fashion merchandising and English, and Paul Schorr graduated with a degree in electrical engineering.



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