April 15, 2011 | Vice Chancellor for Research
As we advance toward the end of the academic year, let me take
this opportunity to update you on the progress of the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), and new programs to further develop the flagship research areas that will be the foundation of the research conducted in this state-of-the-art facility.
Construction of the ASRC and the new CCNY Science Building continues on schedule with both buildings fully framed (see photo). As a means of enhancing faculty communication and research efforts in the flagship areas of the ASRC (Photonics, Environmental Sciences, Structural Biology, Neuroscience, and Nanoscience), the CUNY Research Office has begun a series of thematic workshops dedicated to each of these areas. In January 2010, the first of these workshops brought together CUNY photonics faculty and graduate students. A result of this first workshop has been the submission of collaborative NSF proposals by CUNY faculty. In November 2010, the second workshop brought together over 125 CUNY researchers from many disciplines whose research collectively encompass environmental studies. On June 6, 2011, the third workshop will be held at the CUNY Grad Center to bring structural biologists from across the University to discuss their research and develop focal issues for research in this area at CUNY.
We have also initiated the CUNY Advanced Science Seminar (CASS) series. About once per month throughout the academic year, we are inviting present and future national leaders in our flagship research areas to visit CUNY. Each speaker is presenting a seminar at the CUNY Graduate Center structures that can manipulate light. Applications discussed include cloaking technologies and optical black holes. On March 25, Dr. Kevin Gardner, Professor of Biochemistry, UT Southwestern Medical Center, discussed his research on the structure dynamics and functions of PAS domains—protein regions crucial for many protein/protein interactions.
In May, there will be two CASS presentations. On Friday, May 20, Dr. Charles Marcus, Professor of Physics, Harvard University, will discuss his his group’s research on the fabrication of submicron electronic and throughout the day, meets with faculty and students. The first two of these seminars drew great attendance and spurred interesting discussions among attendees.
In May 2011, we will be hosting two CASS speakers. On May 20, Dr. Charles Marcus from Harvard University will discuss the design and fabrication of submicron structures such as carbon nanotubes, and on May 27, Dr. Trevor Douglas from Montana State University will talk about the use of viruses and other molecular machines in fabrication and medicine. I invite all of you to visit the CUNY Research homepage to find out more about the ASRC, the flagship workshops, and the CUNY Advanced Science Seminar series.