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$3 million NASA grant makes CCNY deep space partner

The City College of New York is partnering with NASA on future space exploration missions after winning a $3 million three-year grant from the agency to develop advanced batteries for robotic spacecraft that will excel under the extreme temperatures and radiation of outer space. The funding from NASA’s MUREP Institutional Research Opportunity (MIRO) will establish the NASA-CCNY Center for Advanced Batteries for Space at CCNY in collaboration with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) and Northeastern University . Robert J. Messinger , assistant professor of chemical engineering in City College’s
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CCNY physicists use mathematics to trace neuro transitions

Unique in its application of a mathematical model to understand how the brain transitions from consciousness to unconscious behavior, a study at The City College of New York’s Benjamin Levich Institute for Physico-Chemical Hydrodynamics may have just advanced neuroscience appreciably. The findings, surprisingly by physicists, suggest that the subliminal state is the most robust part of the conscious network and appear on the cover of the journal “ Neuroscience .” “It’s a big step forward in terms of analysis and investigation of the brain,” said City College PhD student Francesca Arese Lucini
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CCNY’s Jeffrey Morris wins American Physical Society award

Jeffrey Morris , director of the Benjamin Levich Institute for Physico-Chemical Hydrodynamics at The City College of New York, is the recipient of the American Physical Society’s 2019 Stanley Corrsin Award . The prize recognizes a recent achievement of especially high impact and significance, a particular discovery, or an innovation in the field. Morris is cited by the College, Park, Maryland-based APS for: “outstanding contributions that elucidate the microscopic basis of the flow properties of suspensions, and their influence on macroscopic flow phenomena.” He will receive the award and
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CCNY Libraries' $20K boost from the GRAMMY Museum to preserve recordings

The City College of New York Libraries will digitize its archival collection of 221 oral-history recordings which capture interviews and panel discussions with notable African American artists from a variety of disciplines including theater, dance, visual arts, music as well as writers, playwrights and historians. The preservation of the recordings is due to a boost in funding from the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program . CCNY Libraries is one of this year’s 15 GRAMMY Museum grant recipients. Funded by the Recording Academy, the GRAMMY Museum Grant Program provides funding annually to organizations
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CCNY's Michael Sorkin is finalist in NYC innovative affordable housing competition

Hiding in plain sight in New York City are nearly two dozen potential solutions to the city's affordable housing shortage. Small, irregular vacant lots that are residential-ready yet challenging in scale to develop, these 23 city-owned properties are the focus of the 2019 Big Ideas for Small Lots NYC competition, which has named as a finalist The City College of New York Distinguished Professor Michael Sorkin , Director of the Graduate Urban Design program at CCNY's Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture , principal of Michael Sorkin Studio , and president of Terreform , a nonprofit
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Grove School’s Dean Barabino receives AlChE Award for Service to Society

Gilda A. Barabino , dean of The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering , is the recipient of the 2019 AIChE Award for Service to Society. The award, which will be presented at the annual AIChE meeting in November, recognizes outstanding contributions by a chemical engineer to community service and to the solution of socially oriented problems. Barabino is being acknowledged for her approach in using engineering principles to solve medical issues that include disease therapies and tackling health disparities, as well as for her public policy leadership to advance the engineering
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City College-led experts develop flood prediction model

The duration of floods can be determined by river flow, precipitation and atmospheric blocking. Now an international team of researchers led by Nasser Najibi and Naresh Devineni at The City College of New York is offering a novel physically based Bayesian network model for inference and prediction of flood duration. The model also accurately examines the timescales of flooding. Conceptualized by Najibi and tested on the Missouri River Basin, the statistical model is based on data in the area from the last 50 years. They found that long duration floods first require high flow conditions in
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Robert Alfano team identifies new “Majorana Photons”

Hailed as a pioneer by Photonics Media for his previous discoveries of supercontinuum and Cr tunable lasers, City College of New York Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering Robert R. Alfano and his research team are claiming another breakthrough with a new super class of photons dubbed “Majorana photons.” They could lead to enhanced information on quantum-level transition and imaging of the brain and its working. Alfano’s group based its research on the fact that photons, while possessing salient properties of polarization, wavelength, coherence and spatial modes, take on several
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Shimoda Mayor continues Japan’s reverence for CCNY founder Townsend Harris

More than 170 years after he founded The City College of New York and went on to forge U.S.-Japan relations, the lure of Townsend Harris continues in the Far East. On Monday, July 15, Mayor Yusuke Fukui leads a civic delegation from the city of Shimoda to CCNY to pay homage to Harris. The annual Japanese visits began in 1986. “This year marks 163 years since Harris arrived in Shimoda on August 21, 1856 to open the first American consulate,” said City College archivist Sydney Van Nort. “As first consul general there, he negotiated the treaty that is credited for opening the Japanese Empire to
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CWE senior Kereen Brown wins $10K Women’s Forum award

Kereen Brown, a senior in The City College of New York’s Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education (CWE) is the recipient of a $10,000 Women’s Forum Education Fund fellowship. The awards are given to high-potential women, age 35 and over, whose education and lives have been disrupted by extreme adversity. They recognize extraordinary and often heroic efforts in overcoming adversity in restructuring lives for success. Brown, who’s majoring in early childhood education , was a teen mother who, due to the lack of support and financial means to acquire childcare, had
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