In a Time of Recession, Brookhaven Grows
Its a Good Time to be In Science
As industries across America feel the pain of recession and companies continue to shrink their payrolls, there is a beacon in the smog. And that beacon, is Long Island. Seriously, it is.
As was reported in the New York Times on Friday, Brookhaven National Lab is starting some impressively large projects that will bring about 150 more scientists onto their 5,300 acre research grounds. Earlier this year, Energy Secretary Steven Chu used this space to announce how the $1.2 billion in stimulus money for national labs would be spent. Brookhaven is receiving $184.3 million of those funds.
Earlier this year, Governor Paterson announced that Brookhaven would be the home of the Empire State’s largest solar energy project. Providing 37 megawatts of power, this project will produce enough solar energy to power 6,500 households. It will also triple the state’s solar energy output in about two years.
And of course, there are jobs. There will be space for about 150 new scientists and it is estimated that 1,000 construction jobs will be created with the lab upgrades. Oh and finally, there are those really important advancements in science. Those should probably count for something too.