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2019 Alumni Dinner honorees

Renowned physicist Michio Kaku receives Finley award, four distinguished alumni receive CCNY honors

Michio Kaku, the internationally renowned theoretical physicist and co-founder of string theory, is the 2019 recipient of the John H. Finley Award. The award is given out by the Alumni Association of The City College of New York for exemplary and dedicated service to the City of New York. The Alumni Association also honored four notable City College alumni for outstanding post-graduate achievement. They received the Townsend Harris Medal at CCNY’s 139th annual alumni dinner in CCNY’s Great Hall. Kaku is Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics at City College where he’s taught for 45 years
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CCNY physicist Vinod Menon

Optical society elects CCNY physicist Vinod Menon to Fellowship

Pioneering City College of New York physicist Vinod Menon can add to his burgeoning honors with his election as a Fellow Member of The Optical Society (OSA), the foremost professional association in optics and photonics, globally. Fellows are selected based on several factors, including contributions to education, research, engineering, business and the community. Menon, whose research in light-matter interaction at the nanoscale level has advanced the field of photonics, is one of 94 new members internationally in OSA’s 2020 Fellows Class. It includes scientists from universities and research
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Hillary Brown, Spitzer School of Architecture

CCNY architect Hillary Brown joins National Academy of Construction

Hillary Brown, FAIA, professor and sustainability expert in The City College of New York’s Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, is one of 39 new members elected to the National Academy of Construction (NAC). She was inducted into the Class of 2019 at the Academy’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee. Brown was selected from more than 300 leaders considered for membership. She was cited by NAC as “a recognized leader, author, and academician in sustainability, infrastructure, and the built environment, advancing innovation towards high performance buildings and next-generation
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Resonance Raman technique developed by Robert Alfano's team at CCNY

Brain cancer-detecting innovation by CCNY researchers receives two U.S. patents

Raising hopes of rapid and more specific brain cancer diagnoses, a new “Resonance Raman” technique developed by world-renowned physicist Robert R. Alfano and his IUSL research group at The City College of New York is the recipient of two U.S. patents. “Light gives you far greater molecular information than the common modalities like chemical tests, X-Rays, CAT scans, which all provide an image and not the content,” said Alfano, Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering at CCNY and an inventor with more than 120 patents to his name. “Light can show you at the molecular level what the
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Tech to Protect Challenge has a total of 182 prizes totaling $2,200,000. Winning solutions will receive cash prizes and national recognition.

Grove School co-sponsors Tech to Protect Hackathon in NYC, Nov. 1-3

The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York is a regional co-sponsor and host of the New York City Tech to Protect Challenge, a national hackathon designed to help emergency responders—including EMS, firefighters and police—accomplish their mission to serve and protect communities nationwide. The contest takes place from Nov. 1-3 and is open to the public. The event is one of ten in-person hackathons inviting participants to create technology solutions that will aid emergency responders in serving and protecting communities across the country. Join fellow students
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La Habana 500: A New York Salute to a Timeless City takes place from Nov. 12-15, 2019.

CCNY helps celebrate 500th anniversary of Havana

The City College of New York, Hostos Community College and John Jay College of Criminal Justice in collaboration with the School of Visual Arts will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the founding of the city of Havana with “La Habana 500: A New York Salute to a Timeless City” from Nov. 12-15. The program consists of a series of seminars, walking tours, a film screening and a concert and explores the arc and trajectory of the city’s fascinating story, identifying and exploring points where Cuban and United States history intersect. “The role New York City has played in the history of the
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CCNY Mechanical Engineering Professor Hao Su [third from left] with members of his research team and a model of their exoskeleton.

Lightweight soft exoskeleton takes shape at CCNY

In a huge boost to his quest to offer mobility to people with lower limb disabilities, City College of New York mechanical engineer Hao Su is the recipient of a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It will advance his work on a hybrid soft exoskeleton that combines the advantages of rigid exoskeletons and textile-based exosuits to overcome lower-limb impairments, particularly in seniors. The grant will establish the Center of Assistive and Personal Robotics for Independent Living (APRIL) in the Grove School of Engineering to study assistive robotics to
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Universidad Ricardo Palma students

New study abroad program leads CCNY undergrads to Peru

Add Lima, Peru, to the list of numerous study abroad destinations for City College of New York students. An agreement between CCNY and the South American nation’s Universidad Ricardo Palma paves the way for CCNY undergraduates to spend the winter intercession, Jan. 2 - 23, 2020, at the renowned institution in the Peruvian capital. The program “CCNY/Universidad Ricardo Palma, Literature and Culture in Lima, Peru,” has been tailored for traveling students to earn six credits in Peruvian literature, history and culture. The latter will be taught in English, while Spanish for non-native speakers
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