A Pteropus giganteus flying fox

Fieldwork on remote islands for evolutionary study finds rare bats in decline, CCNY research

A study led by Susan Tsang, a former Fulbright Research Fellow from The City College of New York, reveals dwindling populations and widespread hunting throughout Indonesia and the Philippines of the world’s largest bats, known as flying foxes. Unfortunately, hunting not only depletes the flying foxes, which are already rare, but also potentially exposes humans to animal-borne pathogens (a process known as zoonosis). “For instance, the current case of Wuhan Coronavirus is thought to have been spread from wild bats to humans through an intermediate host at a wildlife market,” said CCNY biologist
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President Boudreau in Conversation with Dean Lokko on March 26 for SCIAME lecture series: “Climate Justice: Time to Think, Talk, and Make Change.”

CCNY President Boudreau and Spitzer School Dean Lokko talk climate, environmental and social justice

The City College of New York’s President Vince Boudreau and The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture’s Dean Lesley Lokko engage in a conversation for the 2020 SCIAME lecture series: “Climate Justice: Time to Think, Talk, and Make Change,” which coincides with CCNY’s Year of Sustainability and Climate Justice. On March 26, the pair will discuss a wide range of topics including President Boudreau’s almost 30-year career at CCNY; his research as a political scientist; the importance and role of architecture in climate, environmental and social justice; educational entrepreneurship; and
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Mahesh Lakshman hydrogenation research

CCNY chemists develop safer hydrogenation processes

Safe and environmentally-friendly hydrogen gas on demand could be on the horizon following a new "hydrogenation" chemical process in development at The City College of New York. Led by Mahesh K. Lakshman, the research uniquely bypasses the need for an external source of hydrogen gas to accomplish a wide range of hydrogenations. It appears as an inside cover feature in the 2020 issue #1 of journal “Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis.” Lakshman explained hydrogenation as the addition of hydrogen atoms. For instance, a very common application is for the production of fats from vegetable oils. In
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The Siberian Traps -- Benjamin Black_Ellen Gales volcano research

There’s a twist in the story of volcanism & mass extinctions, say CCNY researchers

An emerging scientific consensus is that gases—in particular carbon gases--released by volcanic eruptions millions of years ago contributed to some of Earth’s greatest mass extinctions. But new research at The City College of New York suggests that that’s not the entire story. “The key finding of our research is that carbon from massive, ancient volcanic eruptions does not line up well with the geochemical clues that tell us about how some of Earth’s most profound mass extinctions occurred,” said Benjamin Black, assistant professor in CCNY’s Division of Science, whose expertise includes
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Harriet Senie

Art historian Harriet Senie wins national teaching award

Harriet F. Senie, director of the MA art history program at The City College of New York, is the College Art Association’s (CAA) 2020 Distinguished Professor of Art History Award winner. She’ll receive the honor at the CAA annual conference in Chicago on Feb. 12. The 109-year-old CAA comprises more than 12,000 individual members, ranging from artists, art historians and scholars to curators, critics, educators and other professionals in the visual arts. Another 2,000 departments of art and art history in academic institutions, museums, libraries, and professional and commercial organizations
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Emsi_CCNY economic impact report_Jan_2020

City College’s $2 billion impact on New York economy

The City College of New York (CCNY), the founding college of the largest urban university system in the United States, added $1.9 billion in income to 10 counties in the New York region in fiscal year 2017-18. This is according to an economic impact study released by the labor analytics firm Emsi. The study measures the economic impact of City College on the business community and the benefits CCNY generates in return for the investments made by its key stakeholder groups -- students, taxpayers, and society. The report focuses on what Emsi terms the “CCNY Service Region,” 10 counties
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NEH 2020 Fellowship recipients Yaari Felber-Seligman [left] and Seiji Shirane.

NEH awards for CCNY historians Yaari Felber-Seligman & Seiji Shirane

Yaari Felber-Seligman and Seiji Shirane, historians at The City College of New York, are the institution’s latest National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) fellowship recipients. This is the fifth-year running that faculty in CCNY’s Division of Humanities and the Arts have won competitive NEH grants for innovative projects. The awards are part of $30.9 million in grants announced by the NEH to support 188 humanities projects in 45 states and the District of Columbia in 2020. NEH chairman Jon Parrish Peede said they’d funded just 11% percent of the fellowships proposals that it received “in
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CCNY Black History Month 2020

CCNY celebrates Black History Month

A celebration of black inventors, arts and crafts lessons, and an awards ceremony recognizing exceptional black faculty are some of the events during The City College of New York’s 2020 Black History Month observance. The schedule begins Tuesday, Feb. 4 with the traditional Black History Month kickoff, 6:30 - 9 p.m., in City College’s NAC Ballroom. It is co-presented by the Division of Student Affairs’ Department of Student Life & Leadership Development, and the Black Studies Program. On Friday, 12 – 2 p.m., Feb. 7, CCNY’s National Society of Black Engineers student chapter hosts “Blacks in
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Spring 2020 brings interesting and new programs and courses to CCNY.

CCNY hosts new courses and programs for spring 2020

This spring 2020 brings interesting and new programs and courses from different divisions, schools and continuing and professional studies to students at The City College of New York. As students return from winter break, they have an array of courses and programs to choose from. Following is a list of new courses and programs: The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture’s Urban Food Systems course taught by Andrea Johnson investigates urban food systems and their often contradictory objectives of nourishment, productivity, sustainability, and equity. Using NYC as a springboard, the
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The Connecting the Dots team. From left: Akira Kawaguchi, Michael Grossberg, Valerie Rutstein (Grove School Director of Finance & Administration), Ardie Walser and Dean Gilda Barabino.

City College’s Grove School launches innovative Data Science track

Connecting the Dots (CTD) is a highly collaborative project between the flagship schools in the City University of New York (CUNY) system, the largest urban university system in the country, and the State University of New York (SUNY) system, the largest higher education system in the nation. The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering and the University at Buffalo’s collaboration has been funded by the National Science Foundation and is aimed at strengthening the proficiency of data science competencies and analytics among students pursuing an undergraduate engineering degree
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