The City University of New York (CUNY)

United States of America (USA)

Research collaboration in New York City

Research collaboration in New York City

The City University of New York (CUNY) is the largest urban university in the United States and provides high-quality, accessible, and affordable education for 270,000 degree-credit students, and for nearly 250,000 additional adult, continuing, and professional education students at 25 campuses and schools located across all five boroughs of New York City.

Since the founding of City College of New York in 1847, the colleges that comprise the of the CUNY system have been responsible for transforming the lives of millions of people. In 1961, the New York State Legislature established The City University of New York as an integrated institution with a distinctive mission: to be “responsive to the needs of its urban setting,” and “to maintain and expand its commitment to academic excellence and to the provision of equal access and opportunity.” The University now includes eleven senior colleges, seven community colleges, The Macaulay Honors College, and six graduate and professional schools.

CUNY’s 6,700 full-time faculty features internationally recognized experts in nearly every academic field; they generate over $440,000,000 annually in extramural research and training funds. Many faculty members combine outstanding academic credentials with significant real-world experience, and are recognized with prestigious fellowships, grants and awards, including the Nobel Prize, membership in the National Academies and other learned societies.

CUNY is home to more than 100 research centers, institutes and consortia, which provide research opportunities for both faculty and students as well as opportunities for employment, internships, and interdisciplinary collaboration.

In turn, CUNY students reflect remarkably diverse backgrounds, with family heritage linked to over 205 countries. More than 40% of undergraduates were born outside the United States, approximately 44% are first- generation Americans, and about 20% of students are the first in their families to attend college.

CUNY colleges are attracting record numbers of high academic achievers, including numerous student winners of prestigious national honors including Rhodes Scholars, Marshall Scholars, Truman Scholars, and many National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows. In addition, the University’s long list of distinguished alumni includes 13 Nobel Laureates—among the highest number from any public university, and including 2 women from CUNY’s Hunter College alone.

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1 February 2016 - 31 January 2017

Region: Global
Subject/journal group: All

The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for The City University of New York (CUNY) published between 1 February 2016 - 31 January 2017 which are tracked by the Nature Index.

Hover over the donut graph to view the WFC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.

Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.

158 43.40 40.75

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Physical Sciences 77 21.30 18.65
Life Sciences 50 10.33 10.33
Chemistry 32 12.27 12.27
Earth & Environmental Sciences 20 5.20 5.20

Highlight of the month: The City University of New York (CUNY)

A rite of (nasal) passage for evolution

© SciePro/Science Photo Library/Getty

© SciePro/Science Photo Library/Getty

A wildebeest-like creature that roamed the plains of Africa some 75,000 years ago had an unusual facial feature never seen in other mammals and similar only to the duck-billed dinosaurs that lived tens of millions of years earlier.

A team from the United States and Australia that included a researcher from the City University of New York took CT scans of six intact skulls of juvenile and adult Rusingoryx atopocranion, a little-known long extinct hoofed mammal. They observed large, hollow nasal passages that may have helped these ancient wildebeest-like animals deepen their normal vocal calls.

The closest match they could find in the fossil record comes from hadrosaur dinosaurs, which had their own trumpet-like nasal crests that might have helped the herbivores communicate in the face of predatory danger.

The archaeological finding, the authors say, is an “outstanding example” of convergent evolution, in which unrelated organisms — in this case, mammals and dinosaurs — adapt to similar environments by developing corresponding traits.

  1. Current Biology 26,503–508 (2016). doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.12.050

View the article on the Nature Index

1 February 2016 - 31 January 2017

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 54.71% Domestic
  • 45.29% International

Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.

Top 10 international collaborators by WFC (318 total)

  • The City University of New York (CUNY), United States of America (USA)
  • Foreign institution
  1. French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France (3.85)
  2. McGill University, Canada (3.24)
  3. WestCHEM, United Kingdom (UK) (3.18)
  4. Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea (2.22)
  5. University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (UK) (2.17)
  6. University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom (UK) (2.17)
  7. Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain (2)
  8. University of Haifa (HU), Israel (2)
  9. Australian National University (ANU), Australia (1.98)
  10. Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany (1.78)

Note: Collaboration is determined by the weighted fractional count (WFC), which is listed in parentheses.

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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