An Update on the Center for Urban Science and Progress

FROM: Paul Horn, Sr. Vice Provost for Research
RE: An Update on the Center for Urban Science and Progress

Dear Fellow NYU Community Members,

Just a quick note to update you about New York City's Applied Science initiative, and particularly about NYU's ongoing conversation with the City about our proposal for the creation of the Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP).

On Monday, Mayor Bloomberg announced that the City had reached agreement with Cornell University and Technion to create an applied sciences and engineering institute on Roosevelt Island. NYU is very pleased by this development, which will be important for the city's economic future; the expanded presence of more great universities in the city is better for New York and better for New York's universities. We congratulate everyone involved.

As you will remember, NYU and its CUSP partners focused on Downtown Brooklyn as the site for our proposed center. In the first paragraph of his press release and in his remarks, the Mayor noted that the Cornell/Technion announcement was the first selection. I am pleased to report that we are enthusiastically continuing our talks with the City on establishing CUSP in Brooklyn. We believe our CUSP applied science institute will have a transformative impact on the vibrant and expanding tech sector in Brooklyn, and – along with Cornell's new institute – make New York a world leader in innovation and technology.

We expect the City to make an announcement about additional decisions in January; I look forward to providing you with additional updates about the project.

Paul Horn
Sr. Vice Provost for Research