8/27/2013 9:55:27 AM
Daily Gazette: Editorial: Nano comes to downtown Albany
We’re still not sure whether the split between UAlbany and the
College of Nanosciences and Engineering (starting next year the college
will become its own independent campus within the SUNY system) was
necessary — or necessarily a good thing. But we have no such doubts
about the college’s purchase of Kiernan Plaza, a landmark building in
downtown Albany, for use as a hub for “Smart Cities” technologies. We
think that’s a great thing.
The nanosciences college is a major success, credited with attracting
millions of private research dollars, numerous high-tech companies, and
the GlobalFoundries chip manufacturing plant to the region. But, like
the college itself, which sits on UAlbany’s uptown campus, many of those
jobs, and the people who hold them, are outside the region’s cities.
Physically as well as academically, it’s a thing apart.