A Letter from ASRC Leadership
September 2019 marks the Advanced Science Research Center’s fifth anniversary. As we look back on the work and accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students, there is indeed much to celebrate—and much to look forward to as we continue and expand partnerships with our supporters and collaborators, especially those from CUNY and New York state!
Today, scientists are called to address a growing demand for technological advances and an accelerating list of threats to our planet and humanity. The solutions to these challenges will not be realized within siloed areas of research, but through the dynamic, innovative thought produced when scientists work across disciplines for the public good.
When the ASRC opened its doors, CUNY brought together newly hired researchers, staff, and faculty to catalyze just such interdisciplinary scientific research and discovery and to develop a CUNY–wide network that builds on the university’s strengths in five distinctive, but increasingly connected areas of research: environmental science, nanoscience, neuroscience, photonics and structural biology. The ASRC seeks every day to inspire and enable scientists, entrepreneurs, and trainees to advance creative, multidisciplinary solutions to the most pressing issues facing society.
In the short time since it launched, the ASRC has already begun to succeed in this ambitious mission. In just 60 months, the ASRC team has generated more than 400 scientific publications—many in partnership with researchers across CUNY; mentored more than 180 students and its first class of Ph.D. graduates; attracted over $50 million in funding; and awarded $600,000 in seed grants to CUNY faculty for the advancement of cutting-edge research. ASRC staff and faculty also have taken their knowledge beyond the walls of academia and into the community through volunteer work with the ASRC IlluminationSpace science center, which seeks to plant seeds of possibility in the young minds of future scientists.
The ASRC 5×5 Anniversary celebration is an opportunity to mark these successes. More importantly, through this yearlong endeavor we will bring together scientists from our community and beyond to explore and establish new research directions and collaborations that will amplify our efforts to catalyze interdisciplinary science at CUNY and across academia, nonprofit, government, and industry.
We invite you to be a part of the ASRC 5×5 Anniversary celebration, which will set the tone for our next five years of scientific innovation. Please check back here frequently to see what we have in store over the next several months. In the meantime, we look forward to celebrating with you!
Dean for the Sciences
The Graduate Center, CUNY
Associate Dean for the Sciences and Executive Director
Advanced Science Research Center
ASRC In the News
Shereen weighed in on a new Nature Physics paper outlining how a group of researchers were able to use MRI and a scanning tunnel microscope to image on the atomic scale.
Recent Study on Declining Snowpack Levels by ASRC Researcher Andrew Reinmann Featured in The New York TimesMay 6, 2019
Maple trees need to be about 40 years old before they can be tapped for syrup, but a recent study suggests that the changing climate is a threat to that process of growth and renewal, said ASRC researcher Andrew Reinmann in The New York Times.
Recent Study by Patrizia Cassacia on the Effects of Extreme Weather on Mothers and Infants Featured by Popular ScienceFebruary 19, 2019
Popular Science has featured a recent study from the lab of ASRC Neuroscience Initiative Director Patrizia Casaccia on Climate change’s growing threat to the mental health of newborns whose mothers were victims of severe storms, floods, wildfires and other climate disasters.
Local governments can take steps to resist federal rollback of legislation meant to protect the climate, writes ASRC Environmental Science Initiative Professor Peter Groffman.
A recent Nature article explores biologists’ growing understanding of how liquid phase separation might impact the development of diseases in cells. “[…] scientists around the world have jumped on the idea that phase separation can explain how cells partition the molecules swarming inside them,” said Dr. Shana Elbaum-Garfinkle
5x5 Anniversary Events
Join the ASRC in celebrating our “5×5” Anniversary during a series of special events beginning September 2019 through May 2020.
All events will be livestreamed. Further details are forthcoming, so please visit this page for frequent updates.
5×5 Anniversary Lecture Series: Venkatraman “Venki” Ramakrishnan, Ph.D.
Thursday, September 26, 2019
5×5 Anniversary Symposium: A Celebration of Interdisciplinary Research
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
5×5 Anniversary Summit: The Future of Transdisciplinary Research