No fewer than 27 high-powered academic centers from around the globe have jumped at the chance to create an applied sciences research campus in New York City. May the best brainiacs win. And may they bring to the five boroughs a top-tier graduate school that will become an incubator for bolstering the city as a tech powerhouse. After a long decline in the manufacturing sector of yesteryear, New York’s economy became overly dependent on Wall Street for prosperity. It’s been a great run, but the economic meltdown and the planetary dispersal of the financial industry have made long-term reliance on the money machine a foolhardy proposition. The future clearly resides in technology, whether in cell phone applications or in complex data-crunching. Long the birthplace of ideas, New York must ride brainpower and electrons into the 21st century. To nurture such growth, Mayor Bloomberg in December invited institutions of higher learning to compete for a chance to open a sciences program that would provide intellectual firepower for a growing local industry. The city would provide aid for capital projects and land, perhaps at the Brooklyn Navy Yard or Governors Island. A stunning array of schools responded. They included Stanford, a dominant… Read full this story
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