The Cornell Column

Jane Swanson
Cornell Community Liaison
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Happy New Year! 2015 was a very exciting year for Cornell Tech, and we’re looking forward to what’s to come in 2016.

As you know, Cornell Tech is committed to supporting tech education at the K-12 level, and last month, we announced a groundbreaking computer science program with PS/IS 217 and Councilmember Ben Kallos.

We have launched a three-year effort to enable teachers at PS/IS 217 to incorporate computer science (CS) activity into every grade, across the curriculum. Over the three years, every teacher in the K-8 school will receive professional development in K-12 computing education. Our goal is to make it possible for all teachers to devise and implement CS lesson plans that support their curriculum and give students increasing comfort and skill in technology.

In November and December, all teachers participated in a 6-session introduction to computer science. Beginning in March, our consultant will begin working with a group of teachers to develop lessons for all grades that will integrate computational thinking and computing into other school subjects. In addition, the Museum of the Moving Image will provide professional development for two lessons for Grades 4-8 focused on game design and digital media.

We are thrilled to launch this program and I want to especially thank Councilmember Kallos for his leadership in this effort. As our “tech Councilmember,” he understands how important CS education is and has been a great partner in getting the program at PS/IS 217 off the ground.

We are seeing great progress in campus construction, with the rise of the superstructure of the residential Passive House, the topping off of the Bloomberg Center, and steel continuing to rise for the Bridge. We are having our next Construction and Community Task Force meeting on Monday, January 25th, from 6-8pm at 546 Main St, 12th floor conference room, where we will provide further updates.

We are very excited about an upcoming Discovery Roundtable with the Coler Rehabilitation and Nursing Care Center (Coler) that will take place in early February. This event will include Cornell Tech students and faculty along with Coler clinical staff, patients, and hospital leadership. Cornell Tech and Coler will share their organizations’ missions, programs and operations and explore the nature of each other’s work, with a particular focus on how they each view the role of technology in improving the lives of the disabled. Finally, and most importantly, they will engage in a discussion as to how the lives of people with disabilities might be improved through the creation of new technologies. We look forward to this new, exciting event with our soon-to-be neighbors on Roosevelt Island.

On the academic side, we announced recently two new degree programs that will start this coming fall. With Cornell Law School, we will offer a new Master of Laws (LLM) degree in Law, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. The one-year, full-time LLM degree is designed to provide practicing attorneys and recent law graduates with the specialized skills needed to support and lead tech companies in the increasingly complex and dynamic digital economy. A new Master of Engineering in Operations Research and Information Engineering will also start in the fall. The program will create decision-makers who can provide business intelligence for a fast-paced, data-driven tech world.

I look forward to seeing you all on the Island soon! Please visit construction.tech.cornell.edu for ongoing updates and to get in touch with us.

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