Spotlight on Faculty
School of Education Professor Epstein’s book praised by peer
Assistant Professor of Education Shira Epstein’s book, "Teaching Civic Literacy Projects" (Teachers College Press, 2014), received a glowing review in the July 6 Teachers College Record. “The book feels as though it was written in our current time, in that it acknowledges the real world in which most teachers work,” wrote reviewer Andrea S. Libresco, professor of social studies education at Hofstra University.
Stanley Thangaraj's first monograph explores masculinity and sport among Asian Americans
Elise Engler draws all of Broadway
Elise Engler, adjunct lecturer in the School of Education, was the subject of a "Talk of the Town" item in The New Yorker, "On Broadway," that details the creation of her latest work, "A Year on Broadway."
Terri Watson discusses “No Child Left Behind”
Dr. Terri N. Watson, assistant professor in the School of Education, is the next speaker in the “Presidential Conversations: Activism, Scholarship, and Engagement”series on Thursday, December 4. Her talk, “No Child Left Behind: A Harlem Tale,” starts at 4 p.m. in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture’s Sciame Auditorium, AR-107, at City College.
Ethan Ham conceives social deduction games for autistic players
Professor Ham’s concept has received a Research in the Classroom Idea Grant from the City University of New York. The workshop starts
Debra Auguste-led discovery may help breast cancer treatment
Researchers led by Dr. Debra Auguste, associate professor, biomedical engineering, in the Grove School of Engineering, have identified a molecule that could lead to developing treatment for one of the most aggressive forms of breast cancer.
Triple negative breast cancers (TNBCs) have a high mortality rate owing to aggressive proliferation and metastasis and a lack of effective therapeutic options. However, Professor Auguste’s team, discovered the overexpression of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) in human TNBC cell lines and tissues, and demonstrated that it is a potential molecular target and biomarker for TNBC therapy and diagnosis.
Maria Ghilardi receives $2M grant to study local sleep
Entitled “Do single neurons need to sleep and why? Investigating the functional significance of local sleep in humans,” her five-year project is the third component of a larger $8 million study also involving the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Professor Ghilardi’s research will seek to determine if sleep in humans occurs locally, in small circumscribed regions of the cerebral cortex, during normal waking hours and if it is related to intense learning in those areas of the brain. The study will also attempt to establish whether local sleep is associated with specific human errors and if napping could prevent local sleep and its consequences.
"Presidential Conversations" series debuts November 13Architectural historian Dr. Marta Gutman will be the inaugural speaker in the new year-long series, "Presidential Conversations: Activism, Scholarship, and Engagement," debuting Thursday, November 13, at 4 p.m. in Shepard 95. The forum features a City College faculty member in conversation with President Coico. Dr. Gutman will talk about her book, "A City for Children: Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950," published last month.
Maria Tzortziou receives $2.3M NASA grantsAssociate Professor Maria Tzortziou of the earth and atmospheric sciences (EAS) department and NOAA CREST has received two three-year research grants from NASA for research on Carbon Dynamics along Terrestrial-Aquatic Interfaces. Dr. Kyle McDonald, Terry Elkes Professor in EAS, is a co-PI.
The projects will integrate advanced remote sensing observations of wetlands and coastal ocean color with novel mechanistic carbon cycling modeling to improve understanding of tidal wetlands as sources and sinks of carbon in a changing world. The projects involve collaborations with various academic and research institutions including Pennsylvania State University, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, University of Maryland, University Of South Florida, NASA, NOAA, USGS, EPA, DOE and the Smithsonian Institution.
Several CCNY undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral student will be involved in the project and will gain interdisciplinary hands-on training in fieldwork, satellite data analysis, and earth system modeling.
Gilda Barabino secures $1M in NSF funding
Gilda Barabino secures $1M in NSF funding
Her work in this area makes Dean Barabino a sought after speaker. She delivered a keynote address at the Association of Underrepresented Minority Fellows conference at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland on October 18.
“Flying into the Hurricane”
Over the past two semesters during his Sabbatical, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Associate Professor Z. Johnny Luo has spent hundreds of hours on scientific flights studying cloud dynamics. On October 30, photo images from his airborne missions go on display in the exhibit “Flying into the Hurricane: Science in Action” in the Marshak Café.
Professor Luo’s first flight last fall took him through Hurricane Ingrid over the Gulf of Mexico in a NASA plane. He was a Science Leader of a NASA mission looking at how convective clouds help process and transport air pollutants. The research continued early this year in the skies over the west Pacific Ocean.
“The idea is to motivate students to study science. It's no longer nerdy stuff but full of action, adventure and excitement,” he explained the purpose of the exhibit.
“La Sagrada Família” book coming November 24
Dean George Ranalli has authored the book “Sagrada Família - Gaudí's Unfinished Masterpiece: Geometry, Construction and Site” (November, 2014, Oscar Riera Ojeda Publishers Limited). It is an accompaniment to the ongoing exhibit of the same title at the Spitzer School of Architecture that he heads.
Lou Marinoff publishes seventh book
Philosophy Professor Lou Marinoff launches his seventh book, "The Power of Tao: A timeless Guide to Happiness and Harmony," 4 p.m. Saturday, October 25, in NAC 5/101. The event is free and open to the public. In his review, Buddhist philosopher Daisaku Ikeda said the book offers perceptive insight into Asian thought.
New book by William Crain
"The Emotional Lives of Animals and Children: Insights from a Farm Sanctuary," is the latest book by City College psychologist William Crain. It was published October 17 by Turning Stone Press. The book is based on Professor Crain's observations of animal behavior in a sanctuary he and his wife established in 2008.
Writing in "Psychology Today," Marc Bekoff says: "I was continually fascinated by how his observations of the wide array of emotions displayed by the rescued animals informed his view of the emotional lives of young children."
David Unger, an award-winning writer and the director of the Publishing Certificate Program at City College, will receive the Miguel Ángel Asturias Literature Prize, October 31, in Guatemala’s National Theater. The award is given out in honor of the 1967 Nobel Laureate in Literature who was from Guatemala. Mr. Unger, who is Guatemalan-born, will be honored for his lifetime achievements.
David Unger wins top literature award
Marta Bengoa named IIE Fellow
Professor Marta Bengoa, director of the Graduate Program in Economics in the Colin Powell School, was on October 14 appointed an External Research Fellow by the Institute of International Economics (IIE) at University Jaume I and University of Valencia. She is one of two fellows named this year at what ranks among the top 10 economics departments in Spain.
Professor Bengoa joins the institute, which includes external scholars from Austria, France, Germany and Hungary. She will develop various lines of work in the field of international economic relations linked to the analysis and study of the specialization on production, foreign direct investment and trade in different regions and countries. She will also be teaching seminars and mentoring some of the PhD students enrolled in the program.
CCNY researchers receive $5M in federal grants
More than $5 million in federal research grants has been awarded to four City College of New York researchers in the interdisciplinary CUNY Institute for Macromolecular Assemblies.
The funding is from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and Department of Defense (DoD). The recipients, all principal investigators for their respective projects, are:
Professor Ranajeet Ghose, chemistry; $1,024,780 from the NSF for his five-year project, "Conformational Dynamics and Regulatory Interactions in a Bacteriophage RNA Polymerase Complex." Read more.
New summer titles by CCNY faculty authors
"Zone Morality," philosophy Professor David Weissman's seventh book since 2000, is one of several titles by City College of New York faculty this summer and fall. The 128 page hardcover published by Walter De Gruyter, Inc. describes systems - families and businesses - and moral codes created by the causal reciprocities of their members. Other faculty publications include:
"Forgiveness and Remembrance: Remembering Wrongdoing in Personal and Public Life" (Oxford University Press) by Jeffrey M. Blustein, Arthur Zitrin Professor of Bioethics and Professor of Philosophy;
"Inequality in the Promised Land: Race, Resources, and Suburban Schooling" (Stanford University Press), by R. L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy, associate professor, Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership. Read more.
Eric D. Weitz awarded distinguished professorship
Dean of Humanities and Arts Eric D. Weitz has recently been named a Distinguished Professor with his tenure beginning September 1.
Joining City College in 2012, Eric D. Weitz, Ph.D., is trained in modern European and German history; his work in recent years has extended to the history and politics of international human rights and crimes against humanity. As Dean of Humanities and Arts, Weitz has been building the faculty and identifying new resources for faculty research and creative activity. He has promoted interdisciplinary collaborations across the College, and has sponsored new programs for students that provide them with major educational experiences outside of New York City. Read More.
CCNY Alumni Associations presents Service Awards June 12
Christian Volkmann, associate professor in The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, will receive the Faculty Service Award from the Alumni Association of The City College of New York. The Association's Administrative Staff Service Award will go to Yana Joseph, administrative manager in City College's Division of Humanities and the Arts.
Professor Volkmann and Ms. Joseph top the list of honorees at the Alumni Association's 162nd annual meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, June 12, in The Great Hall, Shepard Hall, at City College. Read more.
Rajan Menon named Carnegie Council Global Ethics Scholar
Rajan Menon, who holds the Anne and Bernard Spitzer Chair in Political Science at The City College of New York's Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, has been appointed a Global Ethics Fellow by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs.
One of six fellows named this year, he joins the Council's Global Ethics Network, which includes scholars from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Ghana, India, Israel, Japan, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey and the United States. Read more.
Dr. Latif M. Jiji, Herbert Kayser Professor of Mechanical Engineering in the Grove School of Engineering, received The City College of New York's President's Award for Excellence Tuesday, May 13, for his half century of work at CCNY. Professor Jiji was among the honorees at CCNY's 2014 faculty recognition ceremony in The Great Hall, Shepard Hall on the college campus.
Latif Jiji Receives CCNY President's Award for Excellence
"City College is a great institution because at its core is a strong, dedicated, and hardworking faculty," said President Lisa S. Coico, in honoring Professor Jiji and the other faculty award recipients. Read more.
Professor Daniel DiSalvo of the political science department and Professor Andrea Weiss of the media and communication arts department are the latest City College faculty members to receive Fulbright Awards. Professor DiSalvo will teach a short-course on U.S. history and politics at Universidad de San Andres in Buenos Aires. Professor Weiss will go to Spain for research and production on a documentary about erasure and denial of LGBT history in post-Franco Spain. Read more.
Dan DiSalvo, Andrea Weiss Get Fulbrights
Jazz Great Steve Wilson Enhances CCNY Music Program
is acclaimed as one of the finest saxophonists in the business. Now he
is back at The City College of New York helping enhance the music
department's jazz curriculum. Simultaneously, his illustrious career
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scheduled May 19 at the Village Vanguard. Hired last fall as professor
of jazz studies, he has been imparting his vast knowledge to the
College's graduate jazz ensemble as well as teaching the graduate jazz
theory class and undergraduate jazz repertory and performance practice.
Although he has taught previously at the Manhattan School of Music and
Juilliard, this is his first full-time tenure-track position in higher
education. Read more.
CCNY Team Develops Cancer Drug Screening Technology
"Nueva York," CUNY TV's Spanish-language cultural series created and produced by City College film Professor Jerry Carlson, won two New York Emmy Awards at the 57th Annual Awards Ceremony at the Marriot Marquis March 30. The members of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences recognized the show for the fifth time as the Best Magazine Program. Now in its 10th season, "Nueva York" was also honored for Craft Specialty: Musical Composition / Arrangement. The winning piece was Tyrik Washington's composition for the "Pamela Gonzales" episode, which aired in May 2013. Read more.
Jerry Carlson's "Nueva York" Wins Two Emmys
Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith Awarded Fulbright to Sierra Leone
Dr. Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith, associate professor of psychology in City College's Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, will spend the 2014-15 academic year exploring women and wellness in post-conflict Sierra Leone, her native country, as a Fulbright Scholar. During Sierra Leone's lengthy civil war, which ended in 2002, women and girls experienced unprecedented levels of gender-based violence, and more than a decade later their sense of wellness remains challenged.
Professor Akinsulure-Smith aims to understand the factors in Sierra Leonean society that hinder or help create a sense of wellness among women there. She plans to examine these factors from the perspectives of service providers and Sierra Leonean women. In Sierra Leone, Professor Akinsulure-Smith will partner with Caritas Freetown, a branch of Caritas Sierra Leone, a non-profit faith-based organization with a long, successful history of working with disempowered populations there; however, she will work independently.
City College of New York Professor of Hispanic Linguistics Laura Callahan has edited a new book honoring the scholarship of her University of California – Berkeley mentor. "Spanish and Portuguese across Time, Place, and Borders: Studies in Honour of Milton M. Azevedo" contains papers by Professor Callahan and 13 other former students of Professor Azevedo that cover new ground in the study of language and literature. Palgrave Macmillan will release it Wednesday, March 26. The 262-page book covers a diverse range of topics that includes linguistics and literature, and translation, society and language. All share a common focus on the dynamic nature of languages and the social forces that shape them across time, place, and borders.
Professor Callahan's New Book Honors Her UC Berkeley Mentor
Professor Azevedo has been a member of the Berkeley Department of Spanish and Portuguese since 1976. His former students who contributed to the volume now teach at institutions around the world. Besides City College they include: Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil), Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico), Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), University of Jyväskylä (Finland) and University of Arizona.
Dr. Tatyana Kleyn, an associate professor in CCNY's School of Education and The Graduate Center, CUNY, has been named a 2014 Fulbright Scholar. She was selected through a new Fulbright program that awards grants for teaching English as a foreign language (EFL). Professor Kleyn, a specialist in bilingual and bicultural education, will teach a course to EFL teachers and conduct a study about children and youth who have been deported themselves or whose parents were deported from the United States back to Mexico. She will spend the Fall 2014 semester at a host institution that has not yet been determined. The Fulbright Scholar Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, is the United States' flagship academic exchange effort.
Tatyana Kleyn Awarded Fulbright for Teaching and Research in Mexico
Seamus Scanlon Elected to MacDowell Fellows Executive Committee
Seamus Scanlon Elected to MacDowell Fellows Executive Committee
Seamus Scanlon, associate professor and librarian at the Centre for Worker Education, had been elected to the MacDowell Colony Fellows Executive Committee, an advisory group to the Peterborough, Vt., artists colony. MacDowell, established in 1896, is the oldest and one of the most prestigious artists colonies in the United States. Prominent writers who have been in residence there include: James Baldwin, Willa Cather, E.L. Doctorow, Spalding Gray, Oscar Hijuelos, Studs Terkel, Wendy Wasserstein and Thornton Wilder. Mr. Scanlon was a MacDowell fellow in 2012, and he completed work on his short story collection, "As Close As You'll Ever Be," (Cairn Press, 2012) there. He is the only librarian and only CUNY faculty member on the committee.
Professor Lakshman Awarded Fellowship for Travel to Japan
Professor Lakshman Awarded Fellowship for Travel to Japan
Keith Grant Wins Audelco 'VIV' Awards for 'Dreamgirls' Dominican Studies Librarian Nelson Santana Awarded Scholarship
David Crouse to Speak at Meta'14 in Singapore
David Crouse to Speak at Meta'14 in Singapore
Professor Alfano Organizes Supercontinuum Session for SPIE Photonics West
Dr. Robert R. Alfano, City College distinguished professor of science and engineering, has organized a half-day special panel commemorating the 45th anniversary of the discovery of the supercontinuum to be held February 5 at the SPIE Photonics West conference in San Franciso. Professor Alfano, who discovered the supercontinuum, will present a paper titled "Ultimate ultrafast white light's first observations: early discovery circa 1970." Six other papers will be presented on innovative research into non-invasive spectroscopic methods to detect the onset and progression of disease.
Lawrence Bank to Deliver Landis Lecture in Pittsburgh, Feb. 2014
Dr. Lawrence C. Bank, PE, FASCE, professor of civil engineering in the Grove School of Engineering, will be honored as the 2014 Landis Lecturer, Thursday, February 13, at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering. He will be recognized for his contributions to the field of structural engineering at the ceremony in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium, Oakland. Professor Banks's lecture will explore the sustainability of structural engineering education.
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.