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Eric Schmidt and Qualcomm Founder Irwin Jacobs Join Mayor Bloomberg As Advisors To Cornell NYC Tech

(Photo: CornellNYC Tech)

Cornell NYC Tech, the Ivy League school’s Technion assisted expansion onto Roosevelt Island, just got a huge PR boost from three big names. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Qualcomm Founder Irwin Jacobs, and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt have all been tapped to be advisors to the new tech campus.

Now they’re like the super-important ultra-rich white guy Avengers of Cornell.  Read More

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Cornell NYC Begins Accepting Applications for ‘Highly Selective’ Beta Class

Artist's rendering. (Image: Cornell University)

The starchitect-designed Roosevelt Island campus won’t be ready ’til sometime in 2017, but that doesn’t mean the embryonic staff of Cornell NYC Tech plans to sit around for the next half decade, twiddling their thumbs. A rolling stone gathers no moss! Time and tide wait for no man! Haven’t you heard there’s a tech talent crisis on?

Today Cornell University (with Mayor Bloomberg, naturally) announced that applications are now being accepted for the “beta class” of the school’s one-year Master of Engineering in computer science program. Classes commence in January 2013, in space borrowed from Google. So if you’ve been kicking the tires on a graduate degree, today could very well be your moment of glory.  Read More

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Forbes Anoints Stanford as a ‘Billionaire Machine’

High praise.

Today is the online debut of Forbes‘ “Top Colleges” issue. Only they should have called it the “Top College” issue, because–though the rankings aren’t online yet–that big splashy profile of Instagram founder Kevin Systrom makes it pretty clear that Stanford is coming out ahead. Apologies all around to Cornell, Technion, Columbia, NYU, MIT, Harvard

Mr. Systrom’s debt to his alma mater is no secret, and Ken Auletta’s New Yorker profile is really patient zero in this epidemic of Stanford Fever, but Forbes takes it to the next level, devoting a fair bit of the piece to crowning the Palo Alto Trade School as king of the academic hill, tech-wise. The feature is full of lines like this: Read More

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East Harlem None Too Keen on the Idea of $300M. to Accomodate Cornell

We One-Upped Peter Thiel

The latest challenge for the city’s grand applied-sciences plans: Some ticked-off East Harlemites, says the Daily News.

As we’ve mentioned before, building that snazzy billion-dollar campus on Roosevelt Island requires demolishing the antiquated old Coler-Goldwater long-term care hospital. Hundreds of patients–many of them with complex needs and financial situations–have to be relocated before October 2013.

The good news is the city has a plan: The Daily News reports that, in order to squeak in under the deadline, “city officials are racing to erect several facilities in East Harlem that will house as many as 700 Coler-Goldwater patients.” But that’s going to cost some $300 million and the locals are, frankly, peeved. Read More

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Building the Roosevelt Island Tech Campus Requires Relocating a Lot of Sick People

Artist's rendering. (Image: Cornell University)

It’s easy to get the impression that literally everyone in New York City is thrilled by the prospect of the Roosevelt Island tech campus. But one population is less than thrilled, and for good reason. That’s the long-term residents of Goldwater Hospital, which is due for demolition to make way for construction. DNAInfo spoke to several and found them less than reassured about their futures. Read More

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At Tumblr HQ, Mayor Bloomberg Announces Daniel Huttenlocher as the Founding Dean of New Tech Campus

Mr. Huttenlocher

A source tells Betabeat that Mayor Bloomberg has a “big announcement” about the city’s tech campus slated for his 11.30am appearance at Tumblr’s 21st Street offices today.

Does that mean the New York City Economic Development Corporation is finally revealing a second-place winner for the campus competition? Nope! Although a decision was expected in January, city officials say they may have underestimated the time frame based on the ease of its negotiations with Cornell-Technion. (Stanford dropping out of the race probably streamlined the process as well, we imagine.) While the Roosevelt Island campus nabbed the city’s entire $100 million grant, the EDC is optimistic that some kind of financing negotiations can be worked out to support one (or all!) of the remaining proposals: NYU in Downtown Brooklyn, Carnegie Mellon at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, or Columbia in Manhattanville.

In the meantime, we did get the early word on one big personnel decision as far as Cornell and Technion’s $2 billion Roosevelt Island applied sciences extravaganza. Professor Daniel P. Huttenlocher, Cornell University’s Dean of Computing and Information Sciences, has been named Cornell Vice Provost and founding Dean of the new campus. Read More

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NYU’s Brooklyn Tech Campus Is a Top Contender, But MTA’s Jay St. Asking Price Has Grown [UPDATED]

NYU's proposed campus at 370 Jay St.

For months, Mayor Bloomberg has dangled the possibility of picking two winners for the city’s tech campus competition. He even left the possibility open while announcing that the New York City Economic Development Corporation would give the full $100 million grant to Cornell-Technion to build an applied sciences campus on Roosevelt Island. Now Crain’s is reporting that between the remaining contestants, NYU’s Downtown Brooklyn proposal may have “taken center stage” over Carnegie Mellon’s Navy Yard campus and Columbia’s Manhattanville proposal.

Hey, if the Fulton St. Mall can have its own Shake Shack, why shouldn’t the M.T.A’s derelict former headquarters on nearby 370 Jay St. be transformed into a Center for Urban Science and Progress?

Although Crain’s says NYU, the M.T.A., and E.D.C. all want to make a deal to help revitalize Downtown Brooklyn, “but money is the sticking point.” Read More

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Early Decision! Mayor Awards Tech Campus Grant to Cornell and Technion [LIVEBLOG]

tech campus presser

Everyone thought the decision as to who would build the new applied sciences campus in the city would be made known in January. But after Stanford pulled out of the race for a grant to build a tech campus in New York City Friday afternoon, things happened fast. Shortly after Stanford’s surprise announcement, Cornell University, another top contender, announced it had received a $350 million anonymous donation earmarked for the campus. Then over the weekend, news leaked that Cornell’s proposal, submitted in conjunction with Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology, had been chosen (in line with the affinity between the tech scenes in Israel and New York).

Cornell and Technion proposed a campus of 2.1 million square feet with classrooms, laboratories, housing, and a conference center at the city-owned Goldwater Hospital site, on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, according to the city.

“I’m thrilled that Cornell-Technion University will engineer our city’s economic future on Roosevelt Island. This is a game changer for our city. I look forward to working with Cornell-Technion University and local residents in the months ahead to build the most vibrant, successful campus possible,” City Council member Jessica Lappin said. Read More