The Institute for Gravitation and the Cosmos is a multidisciplinary institute of Penn State researchers dedicated to the study of the most fundamental structure and constituents of the Universe.
Thomson Reuter Science Watch has put on their website an analysis of the past ten years work on Gamma-ray Bursts, the most energetic explosions in our universe, and in an interview with Peter Meszaros who is ranked #1 in the number of papers and total number of citations in GRB research. Peter's quote says: "Major questions of interest to all humanity, such as how the Universe looks at the earliest times and the largest distances we can probe, can be addressed with resources whcih require a minuscule fraction of the U.S. budget. International collaborations are invaluable in achieving such goals. Universities, both public and private, coupled to the resources of national labs and agencies, are ideal hothouses for providing the talent and manpower which can lead to momentuous scientific results." The complete article is available at http://sciencewatch.com/ana/st/gamma/09junGamMesz/.