• New CUNY-GLOBE Partnership Will Expand and Innovate NASA’s Environmental Science and Education Program Infrastructure

    The $11.1M award will provide enabling infrastructure for a diverse, global community. A team of researchers from the CUNY Graduate Center, the CUNY ASRC, Brooklyn College, Lehman College, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, and State University of New York at Fredonia has been selected to receive a highly competitive cooperative agreement award aimed at expanding Read More [...]

  • Prof. Brian Giebel’s Study Highlighted in NSF’s Transformative Projects List

    The National Science Foundation celebrated Earth Day, April 22, by highlighting NSF projects that are transforming how researchers understand plastic waste. Professor Brian Giebel, Environmental Sciences Initiative, kicked off the list with his project that studies how discarded plastics can affect soil health and function. The project, a collaboration beween Giebel and Professor Benjamin Bostick Read More [...]

  • Breaking the Cycle

    A new NASA grant will support the Environmental Science Initiative’s work to help address the link between climate change and extreme nitrogen cycles A team of ASRC researchers has been awarded a $2 million, three-year grant from NASA to investigate nitrogen flux runoff from the Mississippi River Basin into the Gulf of Mexico. Led by Read More [...]

  • Nanoscience Professor Xi Chen Awarded NSF Grant to Explore Harnessing Evaporation to Produce Clean Energy

    In the realm of renewable energy where solar, wind, and thermal sources take center stage, a new technology is quietly emerging: energy generation through evaporation. Though in its infancy, evaporation technology holds the potential to revolutionize the clean energy sector by providing an efficient, abundant, and cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels. Xi Chen, a professor Read More [...]

  • Centering Local Knowledge and Leadership Are Critical to Achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Water Security Goal

    Recently published paper coauthored by ASRC Environmental Science researchers details learnings from a global virtual marathon on water access. Water is one of the most critical and threatened resources in the face of climate change and environmental upset. So much so that addressing water security is among the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. That Read More [...]

  • Top Research Stories

    Every year, CUNY ASRC researchers challenge scientific limits and find the most creative ways to expand the world's understanding of the Earth that we inhabit. Here are 10 stories that offer a glimpse at some of the innovative work produced by our researchers. We hope these stories serve as motivation to pursue your goals and Read More [...]

  • “Healthy” Lawns Are Making the Environment Sick

    A new study finds that fertilized lawns are hotspots of nitrogen export into our water and atmosphere. [...]

  • Welcoming the Newest Members of the CUNY ASRC

    Nanoscience Initiative Wasiq Mahmood, undergraduate student Serter Lüleburgaz, postdoctoral researcher Conor Andrews, high school student Yan Rigual-Rosado, undergraduate student Muhtasim Syed, undergraduate student Emmet Shermanm, CUNY ASRC staff member Julianne Villar, undergraduate student María Pérez Ferreiro, short-term scholar Shayan Salehian, Ph.D. rotation student Hema Kuntrapakam, postdoctoral researcher Supreet Kaur, postdoctoral researcher Surya Marjit, master's student Read More [...]

  • Mark Hauber to Lead the Advanced Science Research Center at the CUNY Graduate Center

    New York, NY, July 20,2023 — The City University of New York Graduate Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Hauber as the executive director of its Advanced Science Research Center (CUNY ASRC). Established in 2014, the CUNY ASRC is a world-class STEM research and education institution dedicated to interdisciplinary science that addresses Read More [...]

  • The Second Life of Plastics

    A National Science Foundation grant will help an ASRC-led multi-institutional team track and quantify how plastics break down in the environment More than 25 million metric tons of plastic end up in the Earth’s soil every year, and how those plastics degrade can have major impact on the environment, plants, animals and humans. With the Read More [...]