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 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

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 January 2016 - 31 December 2016 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.

166 44.76 42.59

Outputs by subject (WFC)

Subject AC FC WFC
Life Sciences 53 10.74 10.74
Earth & Environmental Sciences 21 4.62 4.62
Chemistry 36 14 14
Physical Sciences 78 20.94 18.78

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

Impact of climate-related disasters depends on food security

© Jan Speiser/EyeEm/Getty

© Jan Speiser/EyeEm/Getty

The fate of ancient communities in the wake of climate-related catastrophes could offer clues about future disaster management.

An international team, including City University of New York researchers, examined the impact of food security in seven ancient cultures on their recovery from a climate-related event.

Four pre-Columbian regions in the American Southwest deserts were compared with three sub-polar North Atlantic islands during Norse occupation. By looking at a range of social and environmental factors the team showed communities that were food secure, fared better after a climate-related challenge.

They found food vulnerability was caused by social factors such as limitations on networks and mobility rather than the quantity of food available to the community.

The researchers say because the results are consistent across cultures and time they suggest ways to deal with future climate-related catastrophes. In particular, they highlight the “critical need” to reduce vulnerabilities to food shortages as part of effective disaster management.

  1. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 113, 298-303 (2016). doi: 10.1073/pnas.1506494113

View the article on the Nature Index

1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

International vs. domestic collaboration by WFC

  • 57.97% Domestic
  • 42.03% International

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

Top 10 international collaborators by WFC (312 total)

  • The City University of New York (CUNY), United States of America (USA)
  • Foreign institution
  1. WestCHEM, United Kingdom (UK) (3.18)
  2. French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France (3.03)
  3. Seoul National University (SNU), South Korea (2.24)
  4. University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom (UK) (2.17)
  5. University of Glasgow, United Kingdom (UK) (2.17)
  6. University of Haifa (HU), Israel (2)
  7. Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain (2)
  8. Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany (1.90)
  9. Australian National University (ANU), Australia (1.69)
  10. McGill University, Canada (1.47)

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

Affiliated joint institutions and consortia

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