Student’s App Takes 3rd Prize
Alex Vlachokostas [left], a PhD student in the Grove School of Engineering, won third prize out of 60 participants for his innovative app “gist.ly” in an entrepreneur competition organized by the NYC Media lab. The app allows online readers to get the gist out of any literature, be it a scientific article or restaurant menu.
An electrical engineering major, Mr. Vlachokostas developed “gist.ly” in collaboration with University of Pennsylvania PhD student Nikos Nikos Vasilakis [right]. They started the project in City College’s Zahn Innovation Center and plan on commercializing it.
Zahn Prize Spawns Innovative Toy Web Site
Zahn Prize Spawns Innovative Toy Web Site
Laddine’s mission is to offer innovative toys recommended by child development psychologists with the goal of helping children improve their physical, cognitive, emotional and social skills while engaging in quality play.
The online venture is an example of how CCNY’s Zahn Innovation Center can inspire innovative entrepreneurship in the City College community.
Both economics majors, Ms. Nassereddine, '13 (left) and Ms. Lazashvili, '14 won the $20,000 prize in the Zahn Social Innovation Ideas Challenge open to CCNY students, faculty, staff and alumni only.
CCNY Students Awarded Women's Forum Fellowships
Three CCNY students who have overcome tremendous challenges were honored for their academic resilience Monday, October 6, during the Women's Forum of New York Fall Fanfare reception at Random House.
Kathleen Daniel [right], Jannette Hawkins, and Rita Rivera are 2014 Education Fund Fellows, part of a program that encourages women 35 years and older to pursue undergraduate education. CCNY President Lisa S. Coico assisted in presenting awards to a total of 30 fellows.
Macaulay Honors Student Kevin Vu Awarded EPA Fellowship
Macaulay Honors Student Kevin Vu Awarded EPA Fellowship
Kevin Vu, a junior in the Macaulay Honors College majoring in Civil Engineering, has been awarded a $50,000, Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) undergraduate fellowship by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA).
During the two-year fellowship, Mr. Vu will continue work on a water quality research project with his mentor Vasil Diyamandoglu, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at City College's Grove School of Engineering. Their research focuses on pharmaceuticals found in drinking water supplies under uncontrolled conditions.
In addition, Mr. Vu as part of his fellowship will next year serve a ten-week summer internship at the drinking water research laboratories at the USEPA National Research Facilities in North Carolina.
Professor Diyamandoglu, hailed Mr. Vu, as an outstanding student.
Zhiyi Chen [left] and Kuaile Zhao, doctoral students at City College, won "Best Student Presentation Awards" at the 18th International Molecular Beam Epitaxy Conference (MBE 2014) in Flagstaff, Ariz. There were only four student awards presented and it was the first time that any institution had won two awards at the conference in the same year.
Two CCNY Students Excel at International Conference
A fourth-year physics major, Mr. Chen won for his poster entitled, "MBE Growth and Characteristics of II-VI Semiconductor/Bi2Se3 Multilayers." His research is funded by the CCNY-Columbia NSF MIRT.
Mr. Zhao's poster was entitled, "Intersubband Absorption in ZnO/ZnMgO Quantum Wells Grown by Plasma Assisted MBE on c-plane Sapphire Substrates." The fifth-year electrical engineering major's study is funded by NSF CREST CENSES.
CCNY Awards Nine President’s Community Scholarships
Nine high-achieving students from upper Manhattan and the Bronx are the latest recipients of City College's President's Community scholarships to study free.
The freshmen, mostly from immigrant families, are the fifth cohort of Community Scholars since the program began in 2010. CCNY President Lisa S. Coico introduced the scholarships shortly after her tenure began to strengthen the links between the institution and the surrounding community. To date, 44 students have received scholarships. Read more.
Four CCNY PhD Students Awarded U.S. DoE Fellowships
Four CCNY PhD Students Awarded U.S. DoE Fellowships
Four PhD students at The City College of New York have been awarded Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowships for excellence by the U.S. Department of Education (DoE). The fellows, who will receive need-based support including a stipend of up to $30,000 annually from the second year of their respective programs, are: Jared Bass (molecular, cellular and developmental biology); Jose Cobo (biochemistry); Silas Hartley (biochemistry) and Alicia Sponholz (molecular, cellular and developmental biology).
This brings to eight the number of GAANN fellows at City College in the last ten months. Other recent fellows include Monika Buczek (molecular, cellular and developmental biology), William Houlihan (chemical engineering), Leo PeBenito (chemistry) and Nathan Will (biochemistry). Read more.
Students Awarded U.S.G.S Summer Internships
Elizama Pons-Montalvo, a geology major at The City College of New York, is working this summer at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center in Woods Hole, Mass. She is helping to investigate the impact of Hurricane Sandy under the USGS’s 2014 Summer Internship Program.
Ms. Pons-Montalvo is analyzing data collected along the coast of Fire Island in New York as part of an effort to measure wave and current processes that contribute to the movement of sediment during major storm events. The junior is one of six City College students, awarded summer internships by the USGS. Read more.
Atanda, '14, Awarded Pickering Fellowship
Oluwadamisi “Kay” Atanda, a City College of New York 2014 graduate, has been awarded a Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship. Mr. Atanda, who received a BA in political science from CCNY, summa cum laude, is one of 40 college graduates nationwide selected for the program, which prepares candidates to become members of the U.S. Foreign Service.
Fellows receive financial support toward a full-time master’s degree program in a field related to international affairs and diplomacy. They also participate in one domestic and one international internship. Upon the completion of their master’s degree, they commit to five years of service as a Foreign Service officer. Read more. Read more.
First Four President's Community Scholars Graduate May 30
The first four City College of New York President's Community Scholars will graduate May 30 as members of CCNY's Class of 2014. City College President Lisa S. Coico established the scholarship program, which provides full tuition for high-achieving students from upper Manhattan, in 2010.
The four graduating students are:
Laura Arias, a psychology major in the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership;
Daoud Nsangou, a computer science major in the Grove School of Engineering;
Mohammed Sabha, mathematics major;
Jatnna Taveras, also a psychology major in the Colin Powell School. Read more.
Teams Win $115K in City College Entrepreneurship Contests
GesTone, a technology using biosensors and smart detecting software to quantify and assess muscle tone, won the $50,000 Kaylie Prize for Hardware. It was the largest award of $115,000 in prize money distributed to 11 teams competing in three City College of New York entrepreneurship competitions this month that were run by the Zahn Innovation Center.
Muscle tone data is necessary for treating and measuring progress of patients undergoing physical therapy after a stroke. GesTone's biofeedback data will enable therapists to provide patients with more personalized treatment and better medical prognoses on their conditions. Tanjin Panna, Alvin Sarendranath, Tanya Uddin and Ann Marie Valuakulathil, all senior biomedical engineering majors in the Grove School of Engineering, comprise the team behind GesTone. Read more.
Shah Nawaz Chaudhary, Ariel Karten and Rebecca Moore, members of The City College of New York's Class of 2014, have been selected to receive the 2014 Jonas E. Salk Scholarship awarded by The City University of New York (CUNY). For the second year running, City College received more Salk awards among CUNY institutions.
Three City College Seniors Named 2014 Salk Scholars
For the second year running, City College received more Salk awards among CUNY institutions. It had four winners in 2013. Salk Scholarships provide a stipend of $8,000 per scholar, to be appropriated over three or four years of medical studies. The awards recognize the high ability and scholarship of students who plan careers in medicine and the biological sciences, and who are judged likely to make significant contributions to medicine and research. Honorees are selected on the basis of original research papers undertaken with prominent scientist/mentors. Read more.
Seven students from The City College of New York's Grove School of Engineering have won 2014 NIST-SURF fellowships for summer research with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Md. NIST, a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, describes itself as one of the world's leading research institutions.
7 Grove School Students Win NIST Summer Fellowships
"The NIST research fields matches the engineering majors at CCNY very well, and the seven represent the largest number of City College participants in the NIST-SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow) program since 2010," said Dr. Yuying Q. Gosser, director of the Grove School's Office of Student Research and Scholarship, who initiated the CCNY-NIST institutional connection in 2010. Read more.
3 CCNY Theatre Majors Headed to London for Summer
Three City College of New York theatre majors will spend this summer in an intensive eight-week program at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA), supported by the City College Fund and the Division of Humanities and the Arts."This is a huge deal," said Professor Rob Barron, chair of the CCNY Department of Theatre and Speech. "LAMDA is an extraordinary training program. It's an opportunity that 95 percent of our students couldn't afford to do on their own." Read more.
Grove School Concrete Canoe Club Wins Regional Meet
The Grove School of Engineering's Concrete Canoe Club took first place in the Metropolitan Conference concrete canoe competition, with their canoe "Goethals," and will go on to compete for the national championship June 19 – 21 in Pittsburgh, PA. The finals of the regional event, consisting of five races, were held April 27 on Cook's Pond in Denville, N.J. Read more.
CCNY Names Class of ’14 Valedictorian & Salutatorian
Sophie Davis Student Developing Low-Cost Solar Panels
Faizullah Mashriqi, a first-year student in the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, not only wants to be a doctor, he wants to produce lower cost solar panels. Since his junior year in high school, the Fresh Meadows resident has been working with Queens College physicist Luat Vuong on a method to use aluminum as a conductor.
He has a patent pending for an approach that uses high pressure to insert titanium oxide nanoparticles into the metal by piercing the aluminum oxide that forms on the surface. Aluminum oxide acts as an insulator, making aluminum a poor conductor. The nanoparticle-enhanced metal would conduct electricity produced by organic solar cells that could be applied like paint. Since the panels could be produced in ambient air, manufacturing costs would be far less than for silicon-based technology. Faizullah’s research was recently featured in the Daily News.
City College Students Excel at Black Engineers Convention
A prize-winning app developed in 24 hour by three City College of New York engineering students took first place in a "Hackathon" competition held at the National Society of Black Engineers' (NSBE) 40th annual national convention, March 26 - 30 in Nashville, Tenn. The award was one of the 11 accolades garnered by the 52 City College students participating in the event. Read more.
City College Students Garner 7 Awards at CSTEP Conference
Seven out of ten students from the City College Academy for Professional Preparation (CCAPP) who presented at New York State CSTEP Student Conference won awards in their categories, the most among the 49 participating institutions. The conference was held April 11 – 13 in Lake George. CCNY students received three distinguished winner awards and four honorable mentions. Read more.
CCNY Standout Simone Gordon Wins Fulbright to India
Graduating senior Simone Gordon capped a stellar four years at The City College of New York by receiving a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award. The childhood education major, who graduates May 30 with a 3.9 GPA, will travel to India on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. Read more.
CCNY Junior Wins NY Women in Communications Scholarship
Kar Yee Au, a junior in The City College of New York's media and communication arts (MCA) department, is one of 17 exceptional students named New York Women in Communications (NYWICI) Scholars for 2014. The recipients of the highly competitive award were selected on the basis of academic excellence, need and a demonstrated commitment to the field of communications. Read more.
10 Humanities Students to Attend CCNY-Stanford Summer Program
City College of New York Dean of Humanities and the Arts Eric Weitz today announced the next 10 students who will follow in Jonathan’s path as the second cohort of the CCNY-Stanford Summer Research Program. They will spend eight weeks on the Stanford University campus conducting research with a faculty mentor and participate in weekly seminars on the graduate school application process and research in the humanities. Jonathan Aguirre, one of last year's participants, will attend Princeton University this fall on a fellowship to pursue a PhD in Spanish and Portuguese. Read more.
The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York today announced the winners of $8,000 in prizes in a competition intended to help students learn how to design with brick. Dean George Ranalli and Professor Christian Volkmann, coordinator of the third-year undergraduate studio, presented the awards at a ceremony in the school’s Sciame Auditorium.
Five Student Teams Win $8,000 in Spitzer School Brick Design Contest
Five Student Teams Win $8,000 in Spitzer School Brick Design Contest
Grove School Alums Establish IEEE Student Chapter in Haiti
The catastrophic 2010 earthquake that claimed the lives of more than 300,000 Haitians and displaced 1.3 million more impacted persons of Haitian descent throughout the diaspora, and The City College of New York was no exception. Michele Boisrond, Paul Merisier and Richard D. Sam, 2013 graduates of City College's Grove School of Engineering, are applying their knowledge to help students in their homeland prepare for and respond to future disasters. Read more.
LAGRANT Foundation Awards Scholarships to 3 City College Students
Three students from The City College of New York Media And Communication Arts (MCA) Department – an undergraduate advertising/public relations major and two students in the new Masters in Branding + Integrated Communications program – are LAGRANT Foundation 2014 scholarship recipients. The scholarships support students from ethnically diverse backgrounds pursuing careers in advertising, marketing and public relations. Read more.
Spitzer School Students Design Residence for Peruvian Hospital
Visiting volunteers working at a hospital in rural Peru will soon have an environmentally friendly residence to stay at thanks, in part to the efforts of two graduate students in City College’s Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. The Yantaló Volunteer House, which is affiliated with the Yantaló Peru Foundation, is expected to open later this year. Read more.
Two CCNY Students Named Watson Fellows
City College of New York freshman Fariha Hussain and sophomore Kachael Stocks have received Jeannette K. Watson Fellowships for 2014. Now in its 15th year, the Watson Fellowship program, which is supported by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, provides summer internships, professional development opportunities and mentoring for outstanding undergraduate students from 12 select New York City colleges and universities. Read More.
City College of New York senior chemical engineering major Alla Zamarayeva, a 2013 Goldwater Scholar, and six recent CCNY graduates have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.
7 from City College Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
The new fellows, besides Ms. Zamarayeva, are:
- Howie Neal Chu, ’13, currently doing graduate work in chemical engineering at the University of Michigan.
- Elaa Hilou, ‘ 13, currently doing graduate work in chemical engineering at Rice University
- Daniel Lurie, ’12 (CUNY BA Program), currently working as a research assistant at the Child Mind Institute in New York, who proposed a cognitive neuroscience research project.
- Jason Martinez, ’13, currently doing graduate work in civil engineering at the University of Michigan.
- Aniqua Rahman, ’13, currently doing graduate work in biomedical engineering at Cornell University.
- Mariya Shcheglovitova, ’10, currently a researcher in life sciences (ecology) at George Washington University.
Grad Student's Thesis Featured on 'Journal of Biogeography' Cover
City College of New York graduate biology student Aleksandar Radosavljevic's master's thesis research was featured on the cover of the April issue of the "Journal of Biogeography." The editors also selected it as a "special paper," giving it top placement on the table of contents. Coauthored with his mentor, Professor Robert Anderson, the article, "Making better Maxent models of species distributions: complexity, overfitting and evaluation," provides principles and protocols for tuning model parameters for species individually, which can improve the performance of Maxent models. Mr. Radosavljevic used the Caribbean spiny pocket mouse, Heteromys anomalus, which is indigenous to northwestern South America, as an example. Maxent is a software package developed by Professor Anderson and colleagues that is widely used worldwide for modeling species habitat requirements and studying their geographic ranges.
A mentoring program launched by The City College of New York ’s student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) is off to a flying start after winning a $1,500 Diversity Action Grant from the Society’s metropolitan section.
ASME Awards $1,500 for Student Club’s Mentoring Program at CCNY
"The grant will be used in the development of our mentoring program, which was created to help with retention in the mechanical engineering department," said club president Nathali Bertran. Read more.
CCNY Biology Major Making Composting More SustainableComposting converts organic household waste into a source of nutrients that can enrich garden soil. However, the runoff it produces can be detrimental to the quality of surrounding bodies of water. City College of New York biology major Rebecca Panko has been investigating whether this runoff, or leachate, could be used in a more sustainable way. Read more.
Michael Hattem, '11, Wins Mount Vernon Fellowship
Michael D. Hattem, a PhD candidate in history at Yale University who graduated summa cum laude from CCNY in 2011, has been named a Mount Vernon Fellow. The fellowships are offered by the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. They support scholars whose research focuses on George Washington, Colonial America, the Revolutionary Era, and Early Republic. Mr. Hattem's work at Yale focuses on the political culture of the late colonial period and the coming of the American Revolution. He is a contributing editor of "The Junto: A Group Blog on Early American History," and producer of "The JuntoCast," a monthly podcast about early American History.
Ghebre E. Tzeghai, PhD '84, Elected to National Academy of Engineering
Dr. Ghebre E. Tzeghai, who earned a PhD in chemical engineering at City College in 1984, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Election to the Academy is one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to a professional engineer. Dr. Tzeghai, who is global research and development director for Procter & Gamble, was honored for his contributions to world health through the development and commercialization of dental care and personal hygiene products. Examples include the Crest ProHealth line of products, and Olay scalp and skin health products. He is only the fourth African-American elected to the NAE bioengineering section, which has 129 members, according to Dr. Sheldon Weinbaum, CUNY distinguished professor emeritus of biomedical engineering, who, himself, is a NAE member.
Forward Syreeta Williams Reaches 1,000-Point Mark
Syreeta Williams, a senior forward on The City College of New York basketball team, scored her 1,000th career point in the [date] game against College of New Rochelle. Ms. Williams, a graduate of Francis Lewis High School in Queens, scored 26 points in the game, leading the Beavers to a 79-66 win. Over her career, she has averaged 10.5 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. She is the 12th woman to reach career 1,000 points playing for City College.
Former CCNY Track Star Appears in Nike Super Bowl VideoMechelle Barnwell, a Division III All-American in women's track and field at City College, appeared in a Nike video billboard that was displayed in Herald Square during Super Bowl week. Ms. Barnwell, who works as a running specialist at the company's flagship Nike Town store on E. 57th Street, was asked to participate in a 40-yard dash Nike's Hall of Innovation Super Bowl promotion. "I figured even though I haven't ran (competitively) in seven years, 40 yards couldn't be too bad. Maybe my muscles might still remember," she said. Her muscles didn't forget, and she won the race with a time of 5.7 seconds, earning her a spot in the video.
Brendan Kiely Publishes First Novel "The Gospel of Winter"
Brendan Kiely received an MFA in creative writing from The City College of New York. His first novel, "The Gospel of Winter," is a riveting tale of a 16-year-old boy confronting major challenges in school and at home, all complicated by his relationship with a priest in his neighborhood church. A candid look at the pushes and pulls of adolescence with major challenges being faced in a realistic and captivating manner. Kiely's writing has appeared in Fiction, Guernica, The AWP Writer's Chronicle, and other publications. He began work on his debut novel while in the MFA program where he credits several of his professors with nurturing the process to fruition. Also while attending the program, his early work on the novel received the prestigious Doris Lippman Award in Creative Writing. Originally from the Boston area, he now teaches at an independent high school and lives with his wife in Greenwich Village.
Praise for THE GOSPEL OF WINTER:
"A book that will be as satisfying to literary readers as it will to
--- Colum McCann, NYT Bestselling author and National Book Award winner for Let the Great World Spin
"Brendan Kiely's finely tuned debut accomplishes something rare--it pulls you into its main character's pain and truth without letting you forget how beautiful the world, and people, can really be."
--- John Corey Whaley, Printz and Morris Award-winning author of Where Things Come Back
"Kiely deftly captures the difficulty of becoming oneself in a world filled with contradictions and mixed messages, artfully drawing us into the complex story of a young man's search for identity, for comfort, for faith."
--- A.M. Homes, author of May We Be Forgiven, winner of the Women's Prize for Fiction