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April 18, 2007


– Over 700 Students, Mentors and Scholars Expected for 10th Annual Urban University Conference –

NEW YORK, April 18, 2007 – The City College of New York (CCNY) will host the 10th Annual Urban University Conference, April 27- 28. Over 700 students, mentors, and research scholars, mainly from metropolitan New York, are expected to attend the event, which aims to increase participation of underrepresented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers. 

The conference is sponsored by the City University of New York, the New York City Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NYC-LSAMP) and CCNY, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health, Yale University, Morehouse School of Medicine, Brookhaven National Labs and the National Science Foundation’s Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation.

Dr. Edmund W. Gordon, a distinguished educator, psychologist and researcher, will be the conference keynote speaker. He currently directs the Institute of Urban and Minority Education (IUME) at Teachers College, Columbia University, where he is Richard March Hoe Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Education. In addition, Dr. Gordon is the John M. Musser Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Yale University and the founding Director of the Institute for Research on African Diaspora in the Americas and Caribbean (IRADAC) at The City College.

Other notable speakers include: Elliott Dawes, University Director of the City University of New York’s Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI); Dr. Michaels Nettles, Senior Vice President, Policy Evaluation and Research, Education Testing Service, and Dr. Lea Ybarra, Executive Director, The Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth (CTY).

Also on the conference agenda are: a student research poster session highlighting projects by LSAMP and CUNY Research Scholars, workshops and panel discussions for students, a “Best Practices” symposium, exhibits by leading national research institutions and universities and a ceremony recognizing notable mentors from The City College and The City University.

City College faculty members to be honored are:

o     Daniel L. Akins, Professor of Chemistry and Director 
       of the CUNY Center for Analysis of Structure and

o     Joseph Barba, Dean of The GroveSchool of

o     Ramona Brown, Acting Vice President for Student

o     Jerry Guyden, Professor of Biology and Director of
       the Research Centers in Minority Institutions

o     Charles B. Watkins, Herbert G. Kayser Professor of
       Mechanical Engineering.

For more information about the 10th Annual Urban University Conference at CCNY, including registration information and speaker profiles, please visit: .


The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation is an academic support program whose goal is to substantially increase the number of underrepresented minority students who pursue and graduate with baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Since its inception in November 1992, a combination of NSF and NYC LSAMP sponsored activities to enhance CUNY STEM education have been institutionalized. The program is sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation in collaboration with the City University of New York.

About The City College of New York

For 160 years, The City College of New York has provided low-cost, high-quality education for New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. Over 13,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture, the School of Education, the Grove School of Engineering, the Center for Worker Education and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.