A building that encourages collaboration and creativity
The Advanced Science Research Center is an unprecedented University-wide research endeavor that will open opportunities for scientists from throughout CUNY as well as for new faculty now being recruited.
A core of 20 new researchers—a director and three faculty for each of the five initiatives—will be ASRC resident scientists. Recruitment of the directors is carefully focused on individuals with national reputations who are both top-tier researchers and science leaders who are committed to creating an innovative research environment with a focus on collaboration across disciplines. Each of the 20 ASRC resident scientists will also have a faculty appointment at a CUNY senior college.
Top faculty researchers currently working in ASRC disciplines on CUNY campuses will use the center’s core facilities and find opportunities for collaboration, expanding the scope of their work. Many have been recruited in the past few years as part of CUNY’s strategic development of these initiatives, culminating in the ASRC.
The ASRC will help CUNY researchers expand the scope and scale of their work in a variety of ways. Faculty from throughout CUNY may apply to use the ASRC’s high-end core facilities—its Clean Room and Nanofabrication Center, Visualization Room and labs outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment such as nuclear and functional MRI and electron and fluorescent microscopes. In addition, faculty may apply for space in the ASRC on a temporary or project basis—to conduct research that requires extended use of ASRC facilities, for instance, or to collaborate with faculty from other campuses, or other institutions.
In addition to the 20 faculty research positions that will be based at the ASRC, the center will provide opportunities for about 50 technical and support staff. These positions will be filled as the center’s planned 2014 opening approaches.