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NBCU Academy at CCNY

CCNY’s Colin Powell School joins NBCUniversal News Group’s pioneering NBCU Academy

The City College of New York’s Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership is one of 17 academic partners nationally in NBCUniversal News Group’s new NBCU Academy, an innovative, multiplatform journalism training and development program for four-year university and community college students. A partnership with historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions and colleges with significant Black, Indigenous, Latino, Asian American and Pacific Island and tribal populations, NBCU Academy signals Comcast NBCUniversal and NBCU News Group’s commitment to diversity
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David Lohman Butterfly Mimicry Research

CCNY biologist David Lohman finds Asian butterfly mimics different species as defense against predators

Many animal and insect species use Batesian mimicry – mimicking a poisonous species – as a defense against predators. The common palmfly, Elymnias hypermnestra (a species of satyrine butterfly), which is found throughout wide areas of tropical and subtropical Asia, adds a twist to this evolutionary strategy: the females evolved two distinct forms, either orange or dark brown, imitating two separate poisonous model species, Danaus or Euploea. The males are uniformly brown. A population group is either entirely brown (both males and females) or mixed (brown males and orange females). City
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Computer Science faculty Jie Wei [left] and Zhigang Zhu

Three-year Air Force grant engages CCNY & Harlem students in advanced sensing research

The seamless integration of sensing and computing is credited for numerous technological breakthroughs in recent years. Taking a deep dive into this exciting world, City College of New York computer science students are about to embark on a project to integrate the sensing power of multimodal signals with big data analytics and deep learning to enable the identification of military targets under previously difficult conditions. This is thanks to a $434,000 three-year grant to City College computer faculty Jie Wei and Zhigang Zhu from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR). In
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Henry and Ruth Newhouse

City College announces new scholarship for EAS students

The City College of New York is pleased to announce a major gift by Ruth Sragow Newhouse to establish the Henry Newhouse Scholarship Fund. The new Fund will support qualified undergraduate or graduate students majoring in earth and atmospheric sciences at the College. Recipients of scholarships from the Fund will be determined by the EAS Department’s Scholarship Committee. While the awards are predominantly merit-based, the criteria will also take students’ circumstances and backgrounds into account. “We are very grateful for this gift, which is, by far, the biggest one ever received by the
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H. Jack Geiger

In memoriam: H. Jack Geiger, Professor Emeritus CUNY School of Medicine and community health pioneer

The City College of New York is mourning the passing of H. Jack Geiger, Professor Emeritus and a founding faculty member of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at CCNY that became part of the CUNY School of Medicine (CSOM). He was 95. The New York Times has hailed Dr. Geiger for using medicine to tackle poverty, racism and the threat of nuclear destruction. Two groups he helped start won Nobel Peace Prizes. “Dr. Geiger was the founding Chair of the Department of Community Health and Social Medicine (CHASM), which he chaired from 1978 until his retirement in 1996,” said Erica
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 Stefan Pukatzki, Francis J. Santoriello cholera research

City College scientists provide new insights into cholera microbe and chances of pandemic strain

Researchers at The City College of New York have uncovered a novel way in which Vibrio cholerae, the aquatic microbe that causes cholera, may increase its competitive fitness, and the likelihood of creating pandemic strains of the bacteria. The finding was revealed by examining the type VI secretion system, or T6SS for short, a secretion system used by Vibrio cholerae to inject toxic proteins into neighboring bacterial cells, killing them and increasing its survival advantage. The researchers studied a gene cluster within the T6SS called auxiliary cluster 3 (Aux3). The gene cluster exists in
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Renata kobetts Miller and Thomas Peele, NEH grant directors

CCNY receives $150K NEH grant to develop unique digital humanities minor

The City College of New York Division of Humanities and the Arts is the recipient of a $150,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Initiatives Grant to develop and pilot an innovative curriculum for a minor in digital humanities. The grant is over three years. “This is a tremendously important and timely award that will support our ongoing efforts to build a compelling 21st century humanities curriculum and that will fuel vital DH faculty research,” said Erec R. Koch, Dean of Humanities and the Arts at City College. Students in the program will augment their traditional
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Physics Professor Sebastian Franco

CCNY physics students earn third straight national recognition

For the third year in a row, The City College of New York student chapter of the Society of Physics Students (SPS) is the recipient of an Outstanding Chapter Award from the SPS National Office. The accolade continues recognition of the chapter for its excellence as a top-tier student-led physical sciences organization, a designation given to fewer than 15 percent of all SPS chapters at colleges and universities in the United States and internationally. “This is the highest level of distinction given to our chapters,” said Brad R. Conrad, director, Society of Physics Students & Sigma Pi Sigma
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MFA in Creative Writing candidate Lucy McKeon wins prestigious Pushcart Prize

MFA in Writing student wins Pushcart Prize

City College MFA in Creative Writing candidate Lucy McKeon has won a 2020 Pushcart Prize for her essay, "Of Love and Blindness.” Since 1976, The Pushcart Prize has recognized the year’s best poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction published by small presses. McKeon’s essay was originally published in The Point literary magazine in 2019. McKeon has also published work in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The Nation, and Vanity Fair. “I'm so grateful to my editor Rachel Wiseman and the rest of the editorial team at The Point for their work and for nominating my essay,” said McKeon, who is an
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Joshua Kemp, Schwarzman Schola

Highly selective Schwarzman Scholars program names CCNY alum Joshua Kemp in Class of 2022

Joshua Kemp, a 2017 graduate of the Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York, is one of 154 outstanding potential future leaders from 39 countries and more than 3,600 applicants named Schwarzman Scholars by the highly selective program. The recipient of a BA degree in International Relations from the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, he heads to the Schwarzman College at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, next August to pursue a one-year master’s in Global Affairs. The Schwarzman Scholars Class of 2022 comprises an exceptional group of individuals. They
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