Daily News Editorial Praises Hunter College’s Collaboration with Weill Cornell Medical College!

Dear Commons Community,

Hunter College received accolades in today’s Daily News editorial for its collaboration with Weill Cornell Medical College at the new Belfer Research facility.  Here is the editorial:

Hunter’s bold leap: A CUNY college reaches for the stars with a gleaming new biotech research center!

“The evolution of City University into a top institution of higher education that also schools the masses has crossed a new threshold in laboratories on Manhattan’s East Side.

Hunter College professors and students have taken up residence in a state-of-the-art medical and biotechnology research center, along with fellow brainiacs from Weill Cornell Medical College. That would be the Cornell of the Ivy League.

By smartly purchasing a floor in Cornell’s newly opened Belfer Research Building on E. 69th St., Hunter vaulted its talent to the forefront of New York’s growth as a center for innovation. As good as anyone anywhere, they circulate among the very best, including Nobel Prize laureates.

Students and professors come from around the world, with plenty of them — root, root, root for the home team — from city high schools and colleges.

Among other things, they’re building infinitesimal structures for delivering targeted medicines, exploring the venom of marine snails as the basis for a superpowerful non-addictive painkiller, analyzing vast amounts of genomic data, developing a technique for rapidly diagnosing colorectal cancer with minimal side effects and searching for a variety of anti-cancer breakthroughs.

By happenstance, they discovered that a compound prevalent in virgin olive oil really does kill cancer cells. Who knows where that might lead?

At its founding, Hunter College had the then-revolutionary mission of educating women to work as teachers. Under President Jennifer Raab, the school is now moving into the science revolution of tomorrow.

Just what the doctor ordered.”

Congratulations, Hunter!


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