Governor George Pataki announced last Saturday that New York State will give $12 million in funding to Cornell scientists for work on the proposed Energy Recovery Linac (ERL) during his second visit to campus in a week. A prototype of the project, which will help create the brightest source of X-rays in the world, is slated to be completed by 2008. The ERL has an estimated cost of about $400 million. Despite the project’s high cost, Pataki said the ERL will promote a billion dollars in investments and help to create further science and technology advancements that will attract more scientists to the state.
In an earlier August visit, Pataki announced a New York State $50 million grant in funding for the renovation and consolidating of Cornell’s New York State Animal Health Diagnostic Center.