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A New Chapter

February 3, 2012

Dr. Rheanna Sand

 

In just over 24 hours, I will be a freshly-minted New Yorker. Yep, I'm moving on from Life in Northern Town. After seven long years as an underpaid, overworked graduate student, it's time to start my new life as an underpaid, overworked post-doc. But when you're new employer is Cornell University, and you're going to be living on the next Science Island, being underpaid and overworked doesn't seem so terrible.

What do I mean by Science Island, you ask? Well, if you haven't heard, in December Mayor Bloomberg (lookitme, calling him "Mayor Bloomberg" already) announced that Cornell University won the bid to build the next big tech school to rival the likes of MIT or Silicon Valley - and they will be building it in my new backyard, on Roosevelt Island, a two-mile strip of land in the East River.

 


Roosevelt Island with the lovely backdrop of Queens. (Photo by Jonathan Laventhol)


Cornell already has a campus in NYC - duh, I'm going to be working there - but it's a medical school, and relatively small compared to other facilities in a three-block radius, like Rockefeller University or the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Research Center. But this new Cornell graduate school will be a state-of-the-art, energy efficient, carbon-neutral campus gleaming with trapezoidal glass buildings filled with brand new centrifuges and computing grids. With the help of Israel's Technion Institute, the new Cornell NYC Tech will focus on three multi-disciplinary aims - a healthier life, our built environment, and connective media. By 2017 the first phases should be up and running, meaning that I will literally be able to watch while this campus is built from the ground up.

 

See? Literally in my backyard. (Photo from Cornell University website)

 

I just hope the construction noise doesn't disturb my beauty sleep. HEY, SHUDDUP, I'M FRIGGIN' SLEEPIN' OVER HEEEYA! (I'm working on my NY accent… or was that a bit too Jersey?)

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