MetroFocus Full Episode: Cornell NYC Tech, Broadband, Lady at the O.K. Corral, Math Museum

This edition of MetroFocus features some of the best segments from the past months beginning with an in-depth report on the coming Cornell NYC Techcampus on Roosevelt Island.  The two billion dollar project will break ground next winter with students and faculty expected to arrive in 2017.  In addition to graduate applied sciences and computer engineering courses, a dual-degree master’s program in Information Systems will be offered due to a collaboration between Israel’s Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Cornell University.  Host Rafael Pi Roman interviews Dan Huttenlocher, Dean and Vice Provost of Cornell NYC Tech, and Professor Craig Gotsman, Founding Director of the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute, about building a culture for tech innovation, the challenges facing a new graduate school and how Cornell Tech will contribute to New York’s growing tech economy.

A story from Mountain Lake PBS in upstate New York takes us to the town of Thurman as it becomes one of the first communities in the nation to try a new way to bring high speed broadband internet service to rural communities.

Think you know all there is to know about the gunfight at the O.K. Corral?  Ann Kirschner, University Dean of the Macaulay College Honors College at the City University of New York, joins Pi Roman to discuss her new book, “Lady at the O.K. Corral,” the story of Wyatt Earp’s wife Josephine Marcus.

And Pi Roman takes a trip to Manhattan’s Museum of Mathematics to see what’s making math fun.

Watch the individual MetroFocus segments below and stay up to date on MetroFocus news from the New York region on Twitter.

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> FROM THE WORLD'S LEADING CENTER FOR FINANCE, THE ARTS, PUBLISHING, SCIENCE, RESEARCH, MEDIA, AND OVATION, AND MUCH THIS IS 'METROFOCUS.' WINNER OF THE NEW YORK STATE MORE.

BROADCASTERS AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING LOCAL INTRODUCED TELEVISION PROGRAM.

TONIGHT, HIGH-TECH AND HIGH EXPECTATIONS.

IN MANY WAYS, THIS PROJECT IS ITSELF A START-UP.

A NEW WAY TO BRING BROADBAND TO TOWNS STILL DIALING FOR ACCESS.

THE GUNFIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL IS WHAT MADE HISTORY.

BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT MADE WYATT EARP A HOUSEHOLD NAME?

IT WAS JOSEPHINE.

AND HOW TO MAKE MATH A WHOLE LOT OF FUN.

FUNDING IS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE FORD FOUNDATION, WORKING WITH VISIONARIES ON THE FRONT LINES OF SOCIAL CHANGE CORPORATE FUNDING FOR 'METROFOCUS' IS PROVIDED BY WORLDWIDE.

MUTUAL OF AMERICA, YOUR RETIREMENT COMPANY.

AND BY THE FOLLOWING -- WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.' IT'S BILLED AS A CAMPUS BUILT

> HELLO.

FOR THE NEXT CENTURY.

CORNELL NYC TECH IS BEING BUILT TO RIVAL STANFORD IN SILICON THE CAMPUS WILL BE SET ON ROOSEVELT ISLAND AND MILLIONS IN ALLEY.

PRIVATE FUNDING.

IT WILL COMBINE NEW YORK'S IVY LEAGUE UNIVERSITY CORNELL WITH ISRAEL'S FAMOUS UNIVERSITY.

IN A MOMENT, WE'LL HEAR FROM THE MEN LEADING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW CAMPUS, BUT FIRST, A QUICK OVERVIEW.

THE ARCHITECT'S DRAWINGS SHOW TWO MILLION SQUARE FEET OF CLASSROOMS, LABS, OFFICES, HOUSING, AND CONFERENCE CENTERS AND ACRES OF NEW GREEN SPACE ON THE TWO-MILE-LONG ROOSEVELT WITH AN AERIAL TRAM ON THE WEST SIDE AND ONLY ONE BRIDGE ON THE ISLAND.

EAST, SOME OF THE 12,000 RESIDENTS ON THE TINY ISLAND ARE BUT FOR OTHERS, THE ARRIVAL OF 20,000 CONSTRUCTION WORKERS OVER THE YEARS IS GOOD NEWS.

I THINK THE ISLAND IS KIND OF CULTURE SHOCK.

I THINK THAT PERSONALLY IS GOING TO BRING A LOT TO THE ISLAND.

I MET UP WITH A COUPLE PEOPLE FROM THE SCHOOL.

IT WAS VERY, VERY NICE.

INTRODUCED TO A LOT OF PEOPLE ON THE ISLAND.

IT WAS GOOD.

THEY WOULD DO A LOT OF WORKSHOPS, WHICH IS EXCELLENT.

AND IT'S A GOOD FIT.

IT'S A GOOD FIT.

THE GROUND BREAKING IS SET FOR NEXT WINTER AND THE FIRST STUDENTS AND FACULTY ARE SCHEDULED TO ARRIVE ON THE ISLAND IN 2017.

BUT IT WON'T BE FULLY COMPLETED UNTIL 2037.

CORNELL UNIVERSITY IS THE LOCAL PARTNER IN CORNELL TECH, ITS ACADEMIC PARTNER, ISRAEL'S OLDEST UNIVERSITY.

IT IS FAMOUS FOR TURNING OUT TECH TALENT IN ISRAEL, A COUNTRY OF SEVEN MILLION PEOPLE WITH MORE THAN 4,800 START-UPS.

TO GET THE NEW UNIVERSITY PROGRAM STARTED, GOOGLE DONATED 22,000 SQUARE FEET OF ITS GIANT HEADQUARTERS AND HOSTED THE BETA CLASS OF CORNELL STUDENTS THIS PAST YEAR.

GRADUATE STUDENTS STUDYING COMPUTER SCIENCE ARRIVED IF MORE ARE EXPECTED TO ARRIVE THIS SEPTEMBER.

JANUARY.

THE HOPE IS THAT GRADUATES WILL START UP NEW TECHNOLOGY COMPANIES IN THE CITY.

JOINING US NOW ARE THE DEAN OF THE CORNELL NYC TECH CAMPUS, AND THE FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF THE JACOBS TECHNION CORNELL INNOVATION INSTITUTE.

DAN, THE CORNELL CAMPUS IS SUCH A LONG-TERM PROJECT.

WHAT'S THE PAYOFF FOR NEW YORK CITY RIGHT NOW AND IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS?

THE PAYOFF REALLY IS THE LONG-TERM PAYOFF.

IN THE SHORTER TERM, WE'RE ALREADY STARTING TO ATTRACT SOME OF THE BEST TECHNOLOGY TALENT IN THE WORLD.

BUT ACADEMIC TALENT, WHICH IS ALSO INTERESTED IN REALLY CONTRIBUTING TO THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF NEW YORK CITY.

SO OUR FACULTY AND OUR STUDENTS ARE OUT THERE ENGAGED AND WORKING WITH COMPANIES AND NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS HERE IN NEW YORK, BRINGING MORE TECHNOLOGY EXPERTISE TO THE CITY, ALREADY, EVEN THOUGH WE'RE BARELY OFF THE GROUND.

WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE TECHNION INNOVATION INSTITUTE AND THE LARGER TECH CAMPUS?

THE CAMPUS ITSELF IS A CORNELL CAMPUS BECAUSE CORNELL UNIVERSITY IS THE SENIOR PARTNER IN THIS PROJECT AND THEY'RE LEADING THE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE CAMPUS ITSELF.

WITH THE CAMPUS WE HAVE THE EMBODIMENT OF THE PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE TWO UNIVERSITIES, WHICH IS THE TECHNION CORNELL INNOVATION INSTITUTE.

THAT'S WHERE WE HAVE THE KEY PROGRAMS, THE RESEARCH PROGRAMS OF THE CAMPUS ITSELF.

THE MASTERS AND Ph.D. PROGRAMS WILL BE DIFFERENT FROM THE CONVENTIONAL MASTER OF ENGINEERING DEGREE PROGRAMS WHICH WE'VE ALREADY OFFERED IN THE SPRING.

THOSE WERE EASIER TO START WITH.

IN THE FUTURE, WE'LL HAVE MORE INTERDISCIPLINARY.

TALK ABOUT IT.

WHAT IS INNOVATIVE ABOUT THE TECH NEON INNOVATION INSTITUTE?

ONE OF THE REASONS THE TECH NEON IS INVOLVED IN THE FIRST PLACE IS THAT THE INNOVATION AND THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP THAT YOU SEE IN ISRAEL IS SOMETHING THAT THE CITY OF NEW YORK WANTS TO HAVE IN NEW YORK CITY.

ISRAEL IS QUITE FAMOUS FOR ITS TECHNOLOGY, AND THE START-UPS THAT YOU USE EVERY SINGLE DAY.

THAT'S TYPE OF CULTURE WE'RE TRYING TO BRING TO NEW YORK THROUGH THE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS, THROUGH THE RESEARCH CITY.

WE'LL BE DOING, THROUGH THE INTERACTION WITH THE TECH ECOSYSTEM IN NEW YORK CITY, WE'RE HOPING TO BRING SOME OF THAT TO NEW YORK.

AND EVENTUALLY GROW THE TECH ECOSYSTEM HERE IN THE CITY AND IN THE WORDS OF MAYOR BLOOMBERG, TURN IT INTO THE HIGH-TECH CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.

ONE OF THE CHALLENGES, IT'S GOING TO TAKE 24 YEARS TO BE

IN MANY YEARS, THIS PROJECT IS ITSELF A START-UP.

COMPLETE.

IT'S A START-UP INSIDE A UNIVERSITY AND PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GOVERNMENT, WHICH IS ALMOST A SELF-CONTRADICTION.

REALLY WHAT WE ARE DOING RIGHT NOW IS ARTICULATING THE VISION THAT GUIDES THIS CAMPUS FORWARD FOR THAT 25-YEAR TIMEFRAME, AND THEN STARTING TO DO THE IMPLEMENTATION.

WHEN I USE THE ANALOGY TO THE START-UP, IT'S VERY MUCH LIKE A START-UP THAT'S JUST GOTTEN ITS INITIAL SIGNIFICANT FUNDING FROM INVESTOR WHERE YOU TEND TO BE A LITTLE BIT LONG ON EXCUSE AND SHORT ON VISION.

NOW WE'RE FOCUSED ON BUILDING THOSE PROGRAMS.

WHAT WAS THE ROLE OF MAYOR BLOOMBERG IN GETTING THIS DREAM TO BECOME A REALITY?

WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE NOT ONLY THE MAN BEHIND US, BUT HIS

HERO.

ENTIRE ADMINISTRATION AND THE CITY HERE HAS BEEN HELPING US.

WE CALL THEM THE THIRD PARTNER IN THIS PROJECT.

CORNELL, TECHNION, AND THE PEOPLE OF NEW YORK.

WE MEET WITH THEM QUITE REGULARLY TO GET THEIR FEEDBACK, SUGGESTIONS, COMMENTS.

WE'RE VERY FORTUNATE TO HAVE THAT TYPE OF SUPPORT.

HIS TENURE ENDS AT THE END OF THIS YEAR.

ARE YOU AT ALL CONCERNED ABOUT A POST BLOOMBERG NEW YORK CITY,

I'M NOT CONCERNED ABOUT A POST-BLOOMBERG NEW YORK CITY DAN?

WITH RESPECT TO THIS CAMPUS AT ALL.

AND THIS IS SOMETHING THAT REALLY HAS VERY BROAD SUPPORT, AS CRAIG WAS SAYING.

THE ONE THING THAT I THINK WHERE BLOOMBERG REALLY HAS BEEN ABLE TO PLAY A UNIQUE ROLE AS THE MAYOR IS MORE BROADLY AROUND BEING A CHAMPION FOR THE TECH SECTOR IN NEW YORK CITY.

THE MAYOR, BECAUSE OF HIS MIX OF BEING THE MAYOR AND ALSO HAVING SUCH A STRONG ENTREPRENEURIAL BACKGROUND HIMSELF IN TECH-RELATED BUSINESSES IS REALLY AN UNPARALLELED SPOKESMAN, ALMOST ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, FRANKLY.

NOW, HOW CAN YOU GUARANTEE THAT ALL THOSE SCIENTISTS, ENTREPRENEURS THAT YOU TRAIN, AFTER YOU TRAIN THEM WILL STAY IN NEW YORK CITY AND WON'T GO TO SILICON VALLEY?

OF COURSE, WE CAN'T GUARANTEE IN THE SENSE THAT WE DON'T HAVE AN INDENTURED SERVITUDE PROGRAM, BUT WE'RE BUILDING STRONG TIES, STRONG NETWORKS FOR OUR STUDENTS WHILE THEY'RE HERE, SO THEY'RE TRIED INTO THE EARLY STAGE INVESTORS HERE IN NEW YORK TO THE START-UP COMPANIES IN NEW YORK.

ALL OF OUR STUDENTS DO INTERNSHIPS AND PROJECTS WITH COMPANIES AND WITH EARLY STAGE INVESTORS WHILE THEY'RE HERE IN WHEN THEY HAVE THAT VERY STRONG NETWORK UPON GRADUATION, IT WILL NEW YORK CITY.

BE A VERY STRONG ATRACTOR TO KEEP THEM HERE IN NEW YORK.

WHAT'S BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE THAT YOU FACED SO FAR AS YOU'VE STARTED YOUR JOB?

ATTRACTING THE VERY BEST FACULTY.

A KEY TO A GOOD CAMPUS IS THE UNIVERSITY'S FACULTY AND GETTING THE BEST, THE BRIGHTEST, THE CORRECT PROFILE WE NEED TO BUILD THIS VERY UNIQUE CAMPUS IS WHAT'S BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE SO FAR.

DAN, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

I WOULD AGREE WITH CRAIG, THAT IT'S REALLY -- I'D SAY JUST A LITTLE BROADER, IT'S GETTING THE CULTURE RIGHT.

BUILDING A NEW ORGANIZATION, THAT NEW ORGANIZATION IS REALLY INTENDED TO BE A MODEL FOR THE WORLD, TO BRING TOGETHER ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AND ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP WITH REAL WORLD REAL WORLD IMPACT IN TERMS OF COMMERCIALIZATION AND THEN ALSO IMPACT.

IN TERMS OF MORE BROADLY JUST SOCIETAL IMPACT WITH TECHNOLOGY.

SOME OF THE CHANGES, IT'S SAID THE GOAL IS TO SURPASS, OVERCOME SILICON VALLEY.

IS THAT YOUR GOAL?

MY GOAL IS TO BUILD NEW YORK INTO ONE OF THE WORLD'S LEADERS IN THE TECH SECTOR.

I ACTUALLY THINK WHAT'S MOST IMPORTANT IS TO IDENTIFY WHAT'S UNIQUE ABOUT NEW YORK THAT CAN MAKE IT AN EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL TECHNOLOGY CENTER.

I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S PROBABLY COMPLIMENTARY TOO RATHER THAN DIRECTLY COMPETING WITH THE VALLEY.

THERE ARE THINGS THAT THE VALLEY DOES WELL.

THERE ARE THINGS THAT WE BELIEVE NEW YORK CAN DO VERY WELL.

TO BE SPECIFIC, IT'S THIS BRINGING TOGETHER OF TODAY'S VERY INFORMATION-RICH INDUSTRIES, THINGS LIKE INFORMATION ENTERTAINMENT, HEALTH, WITH REAL LEADERSHIP IN WE'RE THE CENTER OF SO MANY OF THESE INFORMATION-RICH TECHNOLOGY.

INDUSTRIES, BRINGING REAL TECHNOLOGY EXPERTISE HERE ON THE GROUND IN NEW YORK CITY WE THINK IS A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR NEW YORK TO LEAD IN THE NEXT CENTURY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

ALL RIGHT, GENTLEMEN.

DEVELOPMENT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

IT'S BEEN A PLEASURE.

THANK YOU.

> IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE THAT FOR CLOSE TO 20 MILLION AMERICANS, 6% OF THE POPULATION, HIGH SPEED INTERNET ACCESS IS NOT A PART OF LIFE.

ACCORDING TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE PROBLEM IS MOSTFULLY RURAL AREAS WHERE ALMOST 25% ARE EITHER USING OLD AND SLOW DIAL-UP ACCESS, OR HAVE NO ACCESS AT ALL.

BUT AS WE HEAR NOW FROM TAMEKA WITHERSPOON, BRINGING BROADBAND TO UNDERSERVED AREAS IS A HIGH PRIORITY, AND THE TINY TOWN OF THURMAN IS ABOUT TO BE ONE OF THE FIRST IN THE NATION TO CONNECT IN A WHOLE NEW WAY.

TOWNS LIKE THURMAN ARE HARD TO REACH.

THURMAN IS VERY RURAL.

YOU CANNOT BUY GAS IN THE TOWN OF THURMAN.

YOU CAN'T BUY A GALLON OF MILK IN THE TOWN OF THURMAN.

IT'S VERY COMMUNITY ORIENTED.

VERY QUIET, PEACEFUL TOWN.

EVERYONE KNOWS EVERYONE.

BUT IN A MAJOR WAY, THEY'RE DISCONNECTED.

MUCH OF THE TOWN STILL USES DIAL-UP, OR DRIVES TO THE LOCAL TOWN HALL WI-FI HOT SPOT FOR INTERNET SERVICE.

WITHOUT BROADBAND ACCESS, LITTLE COMMUNITIES LIKE THIS ONE AREN'T GOING TO SURVIVE VERY WELL.

IT MAKES A HUGE IMPACT ON YOUR ENTIRE COMMUNITY.

YOUR CHILDREN CAN'T DO THEIR HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS, SO THEY'RE HAVING TO CHOOSE BETWEEN SPORTS AND GETTING THEIR HOMEWORK DONE.

COLLEGE APPLICATIONS -- IT AFFECTS EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE.

HOW YOU SHOP, HOW YOU BANK, EVERYTHING.

IF IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT'S ACCESSIBLE TO YOUR COMMUNITY, PEOPLE AREN'T GOING TO STAY IN THE COMMUNITY.

LIKE MANY OTHER NEW YORK TOWNS, THURMAN IS TAKING THEY'RE MOVING IN DIRECTIONS FEW HAVE GONE BEFORE.

INITIATIVES.

THEY'RE ONE OF THE FIRST COMMUNITIES IN THE COUNTRY TRYING TO CREATE A RESIDENTIAL LIFE-BASED NETWORK.

IN THE ADIRONDACKS, WE FACE A FEW CHALLENGES YOU DON'T FIND THE PARK AGENCY RESTRICTS US FROM BUILDING ON PEAKS OR ELSEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY.

RIDGELANDS, SO WE CAN'T JUST PUT A TOWER ON SOME MOUNTAIN.

IT WOULD NOT PASS THROUGH TREES AND LEAVES, WHICH MEANS YOU COULD NOT DO WIRELESS NETWORKS.

THE SIGNALS ARE MUCH LOWER FREQUENCY AND THEY TRAVEL THROUGH THE TREES.

THE GOAL IS TO TRANSMIT HIGH-SPEED INTERNET TO RESIDENTS USING WHITE SPACE, OR THE UNUSED PORTION OF THE ANALOG TV IT'S PERFECT FOR RURAL AREAS SINCE THEY TEND TO HAVE MORE SPECTRUM.

OPEN CHANNELS THAN CITIES.

IN THIS DAY, THEY'RE STILL IN THE TESTING PHASE.

IT'S A MATTER OF A RELAY, BOUNCING SIGNALS FROM ONE SPOT TO THE NEXT.

WHAT WE ARE DOING IS WE ARE BORROWING OR RENTING A SPACE ON THE FIBER FROM FRONTIER OR VERIZON, AND WE WILL PLUG INTO AND THEN WE WILL BE EXTENDING THAT AND COVER A CERTAIN RADIUS.

THAT.

AND WITHIN THAT RADIUS, THEN WE FIND ANOTHER SPOT AND BOUNCE THE SIGNAL TO THE NEXT AREA.

ONE THING WE ALREADY HAVE FIGURED OUT, WHERE TO PLACE THE HEART OF THE NETWORK.

THIS IS THE CENTER OF THE PROJECT.

WE'RE AT THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE ROAD.

ALONG THIS ROAD IS THE FIBER THAT WE INTENT TO TAP INTO.

WE HAVE TO THE RIGHT FRONTIERS FIBER.

WE ALSO HAVE VERIZON ON THE VERY SAME POLE.

WE HAVE CARRIER AND ROUTE DIVERSITY.

IT'S MOUNTED TO A TREE, SO IT'S UP IN THE LEAVES OF TREE.

FROM HERE WE HOPE TO COVER THE ROAD GOING TO THE NORTH.

GOING DOWN TO THE SOUTH AND WEST OUT TO THE LAKE.

THIS TOWN PULLED TOGETHER TO PROCURE A GRANT THROUGH THE STATEWIDE CONNECT NEW YORK BROADBAND INITIATIVE.

THOSE FUNDS COVER THE COST OF TESTING AND CONSTRUCTING A RESIDENTIAL NETWORK.

THERE WE GO.

OTHER WHITE SPACE EXPERIMENTS IN VIRGINIA AND CALIFORNIA, FOR EXAMPLE, WERE CONDUCTED USING OLDER MODELS.

IT'S BEEN TESTED IN A FEW YEARS OF THE COUNTRY.

THE S.E.C. HAS BEEN WORK ON APPROVING IT FOR A COUPLE YEARS AND HAVE DONE SO -- THEY FINALLY APPROVED THE USE OF IT.

THE EQUIPMENT WAS NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL EARLY THIS YEAR.

SO ANY TRIALS THAT WERE DONE ELSEWHERE IN THE COUNTRY WERE FIRST GENERATION EQUIPMENT FROM A DIFFERENT VENDOR.

SO WE'RE NOW ON SECOND-GENERATION EQUIPMENT WHICH NOW HAS MUCH HIGHER CAPACITY.

THEY CAN'T GET ONLINE.

THEY'VE ACTUALLY HAD PEOPLE STOP A SALE TO BUY A HOME HERE WHEN THEY FOUND THERE WAS NO INTERNET.

WE'RE HOPING THAT ONCE WE GET THURMAN UP AND RUNNING, WE FEEL CERTAIN IT WILL JUST TAKE OFF EVERYWHERE.

THEY'RE HOPING TO BEGIN THE BUILDING OF THE ACTUAL NETWORK DURING THE SUMMER, HAVING EVERYTHING UP AND RUNNING FOR RESIDENTS BY EARLY AUTUMN.

I'M TAMEKA WEATHERSPOON IN THURMAN, NEW YORK.

> THE ORIGIN OF THE SHOOTOUT FROM THE OK CORRAL IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS STORIES IN THE WIDE WEST.

THAT'S WHERE WYATT EART SHOT AND KILLED COWBOYS IN TOMBSTONE IN 1981.

THERE'S A STORY BEHIND THE STORY THAT MAY SURPRISE YOU.

WYATT EARP'S COMMON LAW WIFE, A JEWISH WOMAN ORIGINALLY FROM NEW YORK CITY, NOT ONLY HELPED SPARK THE GUNFIGHT, SHE ALSO HELPED SPARK THE TALE THAT HAS MADE THE NAME WYATT EARP SYNONYMOUS WITH LAW AND ORDER.

IN A RECENTLY PUBLISHED LOOK 'LADY AT THE OK CORRAL,' UNCOVERED SOME INCREDIBLE NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE LEGEND AND ABOUT A TRULY TRAIL BLAZING WOMAN FROM THE AMERICAN FRONTIER.

AND WELCOME TO 'METROFOCUS.'

ANN, WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO WRITE THIS TERRIFIC BOOK?

THANK YOU.

WELL, THERE'S A SPARK, AND THEN THERE'S ALL THE STUFF THE SPARK WAS AN E-MAIL FROM A FRIEND WHO SAID DID YOU KNOW UNDERNEATH.

THAT WYATT EARP IS BURIED AT A JEWISH CEMETERY?

I THOUGHT THAT'S EMPOSSIBLE.

IN A WAY, IT WAS THE SPARK BECAUSE IT SET ME AND OFF RUNNING TO FIGURE OUT HOW DID WYATT EARP GET THERE?

IT LED ME TO WYATT EARP'S JEWISH WIFE.

LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE THAT GREW UP IN THE '50s, THERE I WAS PLUNKED DOWN IN FRONT OF A BLACK AND WHITE TV.

YOU MEAN WYATT EARP HAD A JEWISH WIFE?

I DIDN'T SEE THAT IN THAT VERSION.

THERE WAS A JEWISH WOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

I'M A JEWISH WOMAN FROM NEW YORK.

THAT SEEMED IMPROBABLE.

THEN THERE'S THE GUNFIGHT ITSELF.

IT HAD SUNK ITS ROOTS SO DEEPLY INTO OUR PSYCHE THAT EVERY DAY, I HAD A GOOD LITTLE ALERT ON OK CORRAL.

A TEACHER'S UNION FIGHT, TO A CONGRESSIONAL SHOWDOWN.

IT'S A METAPHOR THAT WE THINK UP.

SO THE IDEA THAT THE GUNFIGHT, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS ABOUT POLITICS AND POWER AND MONEY, THE IDEA THAT THERE WAS THIS WOMAN JOSEPHINE MARCUS WHO HAD A LOVER ON BOTH SIDES, THAT STRUCK ME AS AMAZING.

AND WYATT EARP HIMSELF, I THOUGHT HE WAS THE GUY WITH THE TURNS OUT IT WAS REALLY JOSEPHINE THAT PUT THAT WHITE HAT ON HIS HEAD.

I LIKE THE WHITE SIDE.

THE TRUTH IS, LIKE MOST PEOPLE, THERE WAS A LOT OF BLACK AND WHITE IN ALL OF US, A LOT OF GOOD AND BAD.

BUT IT WAS JOSEPHINE REALLY WHO SHAPED THE LEGEND OF WYATT EARP.

THAT WAS A REVELATION.

WHAT I FOUND INTERESTING IN YOUR BOOK IS THAT IN THE WEST, YOU DIDN'T SEEM TO CONFRONT MUCH, IF ANY ANTI-SEMITISM.

IT'S AN INCREDIBLE PARADOX.

FOR MANY OF US WHO GREW UP ON THE EAST COAST, WE DON'T KNOW AS MUCH AS WE SHOULD ABOUT WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE ON THE WEST COAST.

THE SAN FRANCISCO THAT JOSEPHINE GREW UP IN, WHEN HER FAMILY WENT FROM PRUSSIA TO NEW YORK, A HIGHLY STRATIIED SOCIETY.

THE UPPER CRUST WERE THE GERMAN JUS AND THEN EVERYBODY ELSE.

JOSEPHINE'S FAMILY WAS FROM PRUSSIA, IE POLAND.

THEY DIDN'T BELONG TO THAT UPPER CRUST.

I BELIEVE THAT ONE OF THE REASONS JOSEPHINE RAN AWAY FROM HOME TO BECOME AN ACTRESS WAS BECAUSE JOSEPHINE DIDN'T WANT TO BE SECOND RATE ANYTHING.

SO SHE WENT OFF.

YOU TALK A LOT ABOUT HOW SHE'S UNCONVENTIONAL.

BUT WHAT I FOUND FASCINATING IS HOW SHE'S A MIX OF BEING UNCONVENTIONAL AND VERY CONVENTIONAL.

SHE LIVED WITH TWO MEN NOT BEING MARRIED TO THEM, AND NEVERTHELESS SHE WAS THE PERFECT WIFE TO BOTH OF THEM.

JOSEPHINE REALLY WAS THE LADY OF THE OK CORRAL AND THAT TITLE IS IN PART IRONIC, BECAUSE THERE WERE THOSE TWO SIDES OF HER.

ON THE ONE HAND, SHE WANTED TO BE LIKE HER SISTER WHO WAS WEALTHY AND VERY CONNECTED IN SAN FRANCISCO SOCIETY THEN THERE WAS THE OTHER PART OF JOSEPHINE, WHICH I ACTUALLY EVENTUALLY.

THINK IS THE REAL JOSEPHINE, AND THAT'S THE ADVENTUROUS, THE WOMAN WHO WAS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR THE NEXT ADVENTURE, THE NEXT

NOW, I UNDERSTAND THAT THE STUDENTS AT THE HONORS COLLEGE, FORTUNE.

IN WHICH YOU'RE THE UNIVERSITY DEAN, THAT THEY HELPED YOU RESEARCH THIS BOOK.

HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?

OH, WELL, IT'S ONE OF MY GREAT PRIVILEGES TO BE WORKING WITH A STUDENT BODY THAT I THINK IS THE MOST INTERESTING STUDENT BODY NOT ONLY IN NEW YORK, BUT ANYWHERE.

MANY OF OUR STUDENTS ARE IMMIGRANTS.

THEY REALLY REPRESENT THE FUTURE LEADERS OF NEW YORK AND THEY BRING INCREDIBLE ENERGY AND INTELLECTUAL DRIVE AND FIRE IN THE BELLY TO EVERYTHING THEY DO.

AND SO I HAVE HAD A SERIES OF STUDENTS WHO HAVE WORKED WITH ME ON THIS PROJECT.

HOW DOES MACAULAY FIT IN TO SYSTEM?

MACAULAY IS THE COLLEGE OF THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK.

AND WE WORK AS A PARTNERSHIP WITH EIGHT OF THE COLLEGES OF THE CITY.

WE HAVE A CAMPUS IN EVERY BOROUGH.

THEY ARE STUDENTS AT CITY COLLEGE.

WHAT'S SO INTERESTING ABOUT THAT STRUCTURE IS THAT THEY ARE PART OF THE HALF A MILLION STUDENTS.

CUNY'S FOOTPRINT IS UNBELIEVABLE.

I DON'T THINK THERE'S A BUSINESS OR ORGANIZATION IN NEW YORK THAT DOESN'T HAVE CUNY ALUMS AND STUDENTS WORKING IN IT.

WE HAVE OUR STUDENTS ON THE ONE HAND SIT NEXT TO THE WORKING MOTHER WHO'S HOLDING DOWN THREE JOBS TO GO TO SCHOOL, THE RETURNING VET FROM AFGHANISTAN, THEY HAVE THAT EXPERIENCE OF THE VERY, VERY BROAD CUNY STUDENT BASE, AND THEN THEY HAVE THIS SLICE OF HONORS EDUCATION, WHICH REALLY TAKES THESE VERY ACADEMICALLY WELL PREPARED STUDENTS WHO COME OUT OF JUST 100 HIGH SCHOOLS IN NEW YORK CITY.

AND GIVE THEM NOT ONLY A TERRIFIC EDUCATION, BUT THAT SENSE OF WHAT LEADERSHIP IN NEW YORK IS REALLY ALL ABOUT.

ANN, CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE WONDERFUL BOOK AND FOR YOUR WORK AT MACAULAY.

WONDERFUL.

THANK YOU.

GLAD TO BE HERE.

> IT'S BEEN A FAVORITE SUBJECT FOR MOST OF US ONCE WE GET PAST TWO PLUS TWO, AND THAT DOESN'T EQUAL GOOD NEWS.

WHAT'S THE ANSWER?

IT MAY BE THE NEW ZEALAND MATHEMATICS HERE IN MANE, WHERE MAKING MATH FUN IS ADDING UP TO A NEW SOLUTION.

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF MATHEMATICS, OR MOMATH.

WORKED AS A QUANTITATIVE ANALYST AS A LONG ISLAND HEDGE FUND HAD THE IDEA TO OPEN IT.

WE HAVE THIS STRANGE ATTITUDE FOR MATHEMATICS.

I'VE SEEN IT AT A PARTY.

IT'S OKAY TO SAY HEY, YOU KNOW, I WAS TERRIBLE AT MATH.

WEREN'T YOU?

THAT KIND OF THING.

IT'S SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE.

YOU WOULD NEVER SAY I COULD NEVER REALLY READ VERY WELL.

IT WOULDN'T HAPPEN.

WE HAVE A PROBLEM AND I WANTED TO SEE IF I COULD DO SOMETHING

ALREADY THE 19,000 SQUARE FOOT SPACE WITH 30 UNIQUE MATH ABOUT IT.

EXHIBITS OF TWO FLOORS IS ATTRACTING MANY MORE VISITORS THAN EXPECTED.

THOSE EXHIBITS ARE ALL ABOUT TURNING MATH FROM ABSTRACT CONCEPTS INTO THINGS YOU CAN TOUCH AND FEEL AND DO.

WHAT I NEED YOU TO DO NOW IS STAND HERE THIS ONE OF THESE TWO RED CIRCLES.

I'LL GET THE OTHER ONE.

TELL ME WHAT THIS SAYS.

YOU HOLD YOUR ARMS UP IN THE AIR.

AND YOU'RE GOING TO SEE LOTS OF COPIES OF YOURSELF.

IF YOU LEAN OVER ON TO THAT CONSOLE AND HIT THE WORD YES, WE'LL HAVE TO COMBINE OUR IMAGES.

NOW YOU'RE ON MY SHOULDERS AND I AM ON YOUR SHOULDERS.

THERE YOU GO.

THE TWO OF US ARE ACTUALLY COLLABORATING TO CREATE THIS

SO WHAT DOES THIS TEACH KIDS ABOUT MATH?

PATTERN.

THAT MATH IS NOT JUST ABOUT NUMBER, BUT ALSO ABOUT PATTERNS.

THAT YOU CAN WORK TOGETHER.

WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO MAKE THIS.

AND IT TEACHES KIDS THAT BEAUTIFUL THINGS COME OUT FROM VERY SIMPLE IDEAS.

AN EXHIBIT CALLED MASS SQUARE, AN EVER-CHANGING DISPLAY THAT DETECTS YOUR FEET.

ITS GOAL, TO MAKE MATH PUZZLES AND GAMES THAT EMERGE A KIND OF

IF YOU STEP OVER THERE, YOUR REASON IS MY REASON.

CONTACT SPORT.

I LIKE THE MATH WORK BEHIND ME BECAUSE IT ADDS A LOT OF SHAPES AND A LOT OF FUN ACTIVITIES.

ON THE GROUND FLOOR, THEY AREN'T THE ONLY ONES LINING UP TO RIDE THE SQUARE FEEL TRYKES.

THIS IS THE ONE YOU ALWAYS LEARN ABOUT.

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE SURPRISE IN MATHEMATICS.

IF YOU JUST ROLL AWAY.

YOU DONE EVEN NEED TO USE YOUR HANDS.

THE POINT IS EVERYBODY KNOWS THAT A SQUARE WHEEL CAN'T POSSIBLY ROLL, RIGHT?

WE WANT TO SHOW HERE THAT WITH MATH, YOU CAN MAKE THINGS THAT SEEM TO BE IMPOSSIBLE.

YOU CAN MAKE THEM POSSIBLE.

IT'S THAT ELEMENT OF SURPRISE.

IT'S THE ELEMENT OF I'VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THAT BEFORE.

YOU KNOW WHAT?

IT'S A HECK OF A LOT OF FUN.

BUT FOR WHITNEY, THERE'S A FAR MORE SERIOUS SIDE TO THE

ALL RIGHT.

EXHIBITS, SOMETHING THAT CONTINUES TO MOTIVATE HIM.

WE WANT TO HAVE EXPERIENCES THAT CAN BE ANSWERED IN A LESS E IF WE SPARK CURIOSITY, THAT TAKES WORK, LIKE ANYTHING.

VISCERAL LEVEL.

LIKE FIGURING OUT HOW TO PLAY THE FLUTE BETTER, YOU HAVE TO THAT'S GOING TO COME THROUGH THE KIND OF ATTENTION THAT MAYBE PRACTICE.

CAN'T HAPPEN IN A MUSEUM.

BUT WE CAN LIKE THE SPARK HERE.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE PEOPLE TAKE AWAY FROM A VISIT TO THE MATH

I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU TAKE AWAY WHEN YOU MUSEUM?

COME HERE IS THAT YOU PERSONALLY CAN BE INVOLVED WITH MATH AND YOU CAN CREATE MATHEMATICAL IDEAS THAT ARE BEAUTIFUL AND YOU HAVE TO MAKE YOUR OWN 3-D STRUCTURE.

EXCITING.

YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN SET OF TILES THAT INTERLOCK IN SOME EVERYONE IS ABLE TO BE INVOLVED WITH MATH AND DO SOMETHING UNIQUE WAYS.

BEAUTIFUL AND EXCITING.

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