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Hofstra University has broken ground on a new $75 million Science and Innovation Center that will provide new opportunities for students on its East Campus in Hempstead.

The new center will be home to programs in the DeMatteis School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the recently expanded Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistants.

Officials said that “both schools are fast-growing and the new 75,000-square-foot, state of the art building will address the demand for skilled graduates in the sciences and health care to meet the growing need for applied science, engineering, and nursing professionals.”

“As we emerge from the global pandemic and build New York back better than it was before, we must fully recognize the critical role cutting-edge science and skilled healthcare professionals played in fighting COVID-19," Cuomo said. 

"This state-of-the-art facility at Hofstra University represents an investment in the innovative technology and professional workforce that will better prepare New York State for the public health challenges of the future.”

The Science and Innovation Center will be located across from Hofstra's new Guthart Hall of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

“Hofstra's Science and Innovation Center will bring scholarship together with simulation and practical applications in engineering, applied science, and nursing practice,” University President Stuard Rabinowitz said.

“This building is designed with students, faculty and the professions in mind, to allow them access to facilities and equipment that takes learning to the next level and will prepare future professionals in advanced science and health professions to meet the challenges of the next century.”

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran added: “Hofstra's new Science and Innovation Center places Nassau County on the forefront of solving some of the world's most complex and critical challenges in the fields of applied science, engineering, and healthcare.”

According to officials, Hofstra's new Science and Innovation Center will “address a growing need for engineers and graduates with advanced technical knowledge, while providing advanced nursing students with simulation facilities and labs.”

“Hofstra University's new Science and Innovation Center will provide world-class educational opportunities and help our region retain highly educated, talented graduate students,” Sen. Kevin Thomas stated.

“The Center is a smart investment in Long Island's future as an economic force in research, technology, and health care, and will support our region's continued recovery and resiliency from the COVID-19 pandemic.” 

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Condo Collapse: Family Reunification Center Set Up To Assist People In Finding Missing Relatives

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A family reunification center has been set up for anyone looking for unaccounted or missing relatives after a condo partially collapsed in Surfside early Thursday morning.

It happened at the 12-story Champlain Towers South, located at 8777 Collins Avenue, which has 136 units. Officials said 55 units on the northeast side were involved in the collapse.

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Firefighters used truck-mounted ladders to reach people trapped on balconies. Thirty-five were pulled out of the building. A 12-year-old boy was pulled from the rubble.

For those looking for family members who were staying in the building, the reunification center is at 9301 Collins Avenue. People can also call (305) 614-1819.

CBS4’s Lisa Petrillo went there and spoke with a young couple in their 20s who are babysitting their five nieces and nephews here while they’re on vacation from Charlottesville. They described it as the most frightening thing they’ve been through.

“They heard what they called a wave. They said it sounded like a really strong wave in the water and all of a sudden they started to feel the building completely swerve. They ran down the stairs and they said the dust was unbelievable. They ran down with these little kids and were taken here,” said Petrillo.

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The couple said the kids just want to go home.

Petrillo said a mother and her two sons showed up at the center with water.

“They live down the street (from the Champlain Towers South) and they have three friends that live in that South Tower. She has been calling them all morning long. She has not been able to reach them. She was on the verge of tears, she’s trying to stay positive saying maybe they’re in the hospital. It’s just surreal what is happening here,” said Petrillo.

She said emotions were running high and people were coming inside trying to find their loved ones.

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“It’s a very scary situation, very sad situation,” said Petrillo.

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