Spotlight on Faculty
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.
Zarin Book ReadingAlso hot off the presses is "An Enlarged Heart" (A. A. Knopf, February 12, 2013) a book of essays by Cynthia Zarin, CCNY's new Distinguished Lecturer in Poetry. Ms. Zarin will read from her book, which was recently reviewed in "Kirkus Reviews," 6 p.m., February 25 at the Corner Bookstore, 1313 Madison Avenue & 93rd Street, Manhattan.
More Lyn MagicEnglish 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.
Spanish TranslationProfessor Di Iorio's translation of the 19th century Spanish poem "To Puerto Rico (I Return) by Jose Gautier Benitez, appears in Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's bestselling memoir "My Beloved World" (Knopf, January 2013). The book's title is taken from a line in the poem. "This is a poem that informs the structure of nostalgia for many Puerto Rican-Americans," said Professor Di Iorio, who also compiled the book's glossary and consulted on cultural and translation issues for both the English and Spanish versions.
Miko + Thayer Exhibit"Baseless Legion of Architects Rent Asunder," a collaborative exhibition
by Art Department faculty members Dave Miko and Tom Thayer opened February 17 at the Eleven Rivington gallery, 195 Chrystie Ave., Manhattan. It runs through March 17, 2013. This new Miko + Thayer collaboration presents a progression of their work towards more ambitious scale and pictorially experimental territory.