Spotlight on Faculty
Lance Jay Brown Begins Term as AIA-NY Chapter President
Lance Jay Brown, ACSA Distinguished Professor of Architecture in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, was inaugurated as president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York chapter December 10. Founded in 1857, the New York chapter is the oldest and largest chapter of AIA with nearly 5,000 members.
Teresa Bandosz Named "Journal of Colloid and Interface Science" Editor
The "Journal of Colloid and Interface Science" has added Dr. Teresa J. Bandosz, professor of chemistry and chemical engineering, to its team of editors. Professor Bandosz, who investigates environmental applications of adsorption, modification of materials and new sorbents and catalysts, has authored or co-authored 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals. Her papers have been cited more than 7,000 times. The "Journal of Colloid and Interface Science" publishes original research findings and insights regarding the fundamental principles of colloid and interface science and conceptually novel applications of these principles.
Tony Ro's 'Blindsight' Research Featured on NSF Video
Dr. Tony Ro, a neuroscientist in the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership's Department of Psychology, was featured in a recent National Science Foundation "Science Nation" video, which also aired on PBS NewsHour. Professor Ro is artificially recreating a condition called "blindsight" in his lab. "Blindsight" is a condition that some patients experience after having damage to the primary visual cortex in the back of their brains. Person's affected by this condition can still discriminate visual information, albeit without any awareness. His research aims to develop a clearer picture of how other parts of the brain respond to visual stimuli.
MCA Professor is Finalist for Global Ad Award
Gerardo Blumenkrantz, assistant professor Ad/PR, Department of Media and Communication Arts, and BIC creative track director, was named a finalist in the non-profit category of the London International Awards (LIA) November 4. The judging was done at the Encore/Wynn Las Vegas and he was recognized for his branding campaign on behalf of UNICEF. Professor Blumenkrantz served as an art director and creative director for the project designed by Ogilvy Indonesia for UN agency. The LIA is a global ad awards program for advertising, digital, branded content, design, production, and music and sound.
New Distinguished Professor
Dr. Daniel M. Greenberger, Mark W. Zemansky Professor of Physics, has been appointed a CUNY Distinguished Professor. The CUNY Board of Trustees approved his appointment June 24. Professor Greenberger, who joined CCNY in 1963, is the fifth active physics faculty member to hold that title. CCNY Provost Maurizio Trevisan said the appointment recognizes Professor Greenberger's national and international stature in his field and the significance of his contributions.
Ghosn Paper Wins IABSE Award
"Codes for Safety Assessment of Existing Bridges—Current State and Further Development," co-authored by civil engineering professor Michel Ghosn,has won the 2012 Outstanding Paper Award from the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE). It took first place in the scientific paper category and was published in the IABSE journal "Structural Engineering International." Professor Ghosn and his co-authors, Dawid Wisniewski and Joan Ramon Casas, will receive the prestigious award at the opening ceremony of the 36th IABSE Symposium in Kolkata, India, on September 24 - 27.
Davidson Film Premier
"HANS RICHTER: Everything Turns – Everything Revolves," a documentary by award-winning CCNY film professor Dave Davidson makes its East Coast premier 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 26, at the Jacob Burns Film Center (364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville, NY 10570). The screening will be followed by a question and answer session with Professor Davidson. A major force in redefining art and film in the 20th century, Richter was also director of CCNY's Institute of Film Techniques – the first documentary film school in the United States – from 1941 to 1957. For ticket information, visit www.burnsfilmcenter.org or www.hudsonwest.org .
2013 Faculty Award Winners
Daniel DiSalvo, assistant professor of political science, and Barbara Naddeo, associate professor of history, are the co-recipients of this year's CCNY Outstanding Teaching Award. They top the list of 2013 Faculty Award Winners announced by the Office of the Provost. The other honorees are: Ian Howe, adjunct lecturer, economics (Mentoring Award in Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, Humanities and Arts, and Social Sciences); Ilona Kretzschmar, associate professor, chemical engineering (Mentoring Award in Architecture, Biomedical Education, Engineering and Science) and biology professor Sally Hoskins (Provost's Prize for Pedagogical and Curricular Innovation).
Denn Docu Premiers at Tribeca
"Out of Print," a documentary co-produced by Morton Denn, Albert Einstein Professor of Science and Engineering, and narrated by Meryl Streep, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival April 25.It's been hailed as a fascinating, in-depth look at publishing's milestones and what it means to adapt that history to the rapid expansions of the information age.
Dekel Named Mellon Fellow
Mikhal Dekel, associate professor of English and comparative literature, has received a Mellon Mid-Career Fellowship from the Graduate Center of CUNY and a City SEEDS Research Grant for her research project on the "Tehran Children." Professor Dekel recently published an introduction to this project in the collection "The Globaland the Intimate " (Columbia University Press, 2012) and has given invited talks on this topic at Columbia University and at Haifa University.
Valdés Presents Papers
Dr. Vanessa K. Valdés, assistant professor of Spanish and Portuguese, spoke at the 44th Annual Northeast Modern Languages Association Convention in Boston March 21 – 24. Her paper was titled "Yearning for Home in the Caribbean Diaspora." Earlier, she was a participant, March 7 – 9, in the first biennial conference on Latina/o Literature and Culture at John Jay College. Her paper there was titled "Is Diaspora Transnational? A Future Course of U.S. Latino/a Literary Criticism."
Baron Edits Journal
The latest edition of the "International Journal of Middle East Studies," edited since 2009 by CCNY history professor Beth Baron, is out. In her five years at the helm, Professor Baron has helped maintain the publication, the flagship journal of the Middle East Studies Association, as the most prominent in the field. It publishes original research on politics, society and culture in the Middle East from the seventh century to the present day.
This year's National Magazine Awards – the Academy Awards of the publishing industry – have a City College connection. Ina Saltz, chair of the electronic design and multimedia art department, was among the judges March 6 -7 that picked the winners who will be announced at next month's Awards Gala at the Rose Theater.
Psychology's Milstein at NJ Conference
Dr. Glen Milstein, associate professor of psychology, was a panelist March 2 at a New Jersey Psychiatric Association conference in Princeton on mental health and spirituality. A licensed clinical psychologist and researcher on collaboration between clergy and mental health clinicians, he discussed the role of spirituality and faith in coping with death and dying.
'Searching for Zion'Creative Writing Professor Emily Raboteau's latest book, "Searching for Zion" was published January 8 by Atlantic Monthly Press. It has received rave reviews from several publications including "The Wall Street Journal," "The San Francisco Chronicle," and "The Chicago Tribune." An excerpt was published in "Salon." "I doubt there will be a more important book of nonfiction this year," says noted author Dave Eggers of The Huffington Post's #1 pick of Best Books of 2013.
More Lyn Magic
English Professor Lyn Di Iorio, whose debut novel "Outside the Bones" fused Afro-Caribbean mysticism and crime, has co-edited a new book that explores the supernatural in other writings. "Moments of Magical Realism in US Ethnic Literatures" (Palgrave Macmillan, December 2012) bolsters conceptions of magical realism by suggesting that it is alive and well in the works of Latino, African-American, Native American and other ethnic writers.