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Nature 539 (17 November 2016)
Published online 16 November 2016

The CUNY Advanced Science Research Center brings the nation’s leading urban public university to a landmark moment in its multibillion-dollar commitment to innovative science and doctoral training in the STEM disciplines.

The City University of New York has a rich history of world-class science and a 170-year old mission to provide quality, accessible education.

CUNY’s new Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) is a university-wide venture that elevates its legacy of research and education through initiatives in five interconnected disciplines: Nanoscience, Photonics, Structural Biology, Neuroscience and Environmental Sciences.

The ultimate mission of the ASRC is to foster expansive new research yielding practical benefits for society, including the commercialization of intellectual property and emerging technologies that boost the city and regional economies. It is the nucleus of an integrated network comprising top researchers from across the university taking on challenges ranging from nanofabricated material discovery, to working on solutions to ensure the future of the global water supply.

As part of New York’s multi-year commitment to science, innovation and economic development, the ASRC is strategically located on the south campus of City College of New York, and plays a key role in advancing CUNY’s goal of becoming the kind of entrepreneurial university that contemporary public institutions need to be to flourish.

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