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CCNY’s 2021 ABRCMS winners

CCNY Students excel at national STEM research conference

Eleven City College of New York undergraduates from the CUNY School of Medicine at CCNY, the Division of Science, and the Grove School of Engineering were winners at the ABRCMS 2021: The Virtual Experience. The students were among 4,000 participants in the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) event that attracts undergraduate and graduate students, researchers, scientists, program directors and administrators from more than 350 U.S. colleges and universities. Following are details about the 11 CCNY winners at ABRCMS, their disciplines and project titles: Adebola
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CCNY Professor Emeritus Sheldon Weinbaum receives prestigious Benjamin Franklin Medal

Dr. Sheldon Weinbaum, Professor Emeritus in The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering, is the recipient of a 2022 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Biomedical Engineering from The Franklin Institute. Past recipients include Nikola Tesla, Marie and Pierre Curie, Thomas Edison and Albert Einstein. More than 120 Franklin Medalists have gone on to receive the Nobel Prize. “As a Franklin Institute laureate, you join a group of the most esteemed scientists and engineers of the past two centuries,” said Darryl Williams, senior vice president, Science and Education, at The Franklin Institute
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“Archives as Muse Symposium: How Creatives Use the Archives,” takes place today, Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. It considers how creatives use the archives with a special focus on the work of award-winning writer, journalist and educator, Herb Boyd.

CCNY’s MFA in Creative Writing creates “Archives as Muse: A Harlem Storytelling Project”

“Archives as Muse: A Harlem Storytelling Project” is a three-year project from the MFA in Creative Writing program at The City College of New York, which was made possible by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The goal of the project is to connect with, serve, understand and celebrate the Harlem community while enhancing the community’s own tools for memory, research and creativity. The storytelling project, directed by Michelle Valladares, lecturer and director of the MFA in Creative Writing, aims to include symposia, interviews, online workshops and exhibits as well as a resource
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CUNY School of Medicine at CCNY, PHR, CUNY School of Law and the CUNY School of Public Health’s research shows asylum seekers who obtain forensic medical evaluations are more likely to be granted U.S. protection.

CCNY, CUNY and PHR research shows asylum seekers who obtain forensic medical evaluations more likely to be granted US protection

According to a new study by the CUNY School of Medicine at The City College of New York, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), the CUNY School of Law and the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy, asylum seekers and other immigrants who obtained forensic medical evaluations were granted protection in the United States in 81.6 percent of cases facilitated by PHR between 2008 and 2018, nearly twice the national asylum grant rate of 42.4 percent during the same period. A forensic medical evaluation performed by an independent clinician can document the physical or psychological
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Tech giants Google & Cisco partner with CCNY in expanded professional studies program

The City College of New York is transforming its Continuing and Professional Studies Programs (CPS), expanding previously established programs and courses, as well as implementing new programs and partnerships. The move follows CCNY President Vincent Boudreau’s vision of creating an education model by which students can fully immerse themselves in high-demand careers, while also forging innovative solutions to achieve this goal. CCNY has now established major partnerships with Google and Cisco, and will soon start offering courses for the Cisco Academy Certificate, including introduction to
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Chris Bobko joins CCNY’s Zahn Innovation Center as its director

Chris Bobko joins CCNY’s Zahn Innovation Center as its director

The Zahn Innovation Center at The City College of New York names Chris Bobko, former chief engineering officer of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, as its new director. Bobko is a graduate of Princeton University and has a master’s degree and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His background as chief engineering officer at HyperloopTT and associate professor in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University brings his academic and startup experience together. “I am
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CCNY joins $177 million NASA mission to study thunderstorms in the tropics

The City College of New York’s latest NASA collaboration is a $177 million earth science mission to study the behavior of tropical storms and thunderstorms, including their impact on weather and climate models. The mission will be a collection of three SmallSats flying in tight coordination, called Investigation of Convective Updrafts (INCUS), and scheduled for launching in 2027 as part of NASA’s Earth Venture Program. CCNY atmospheric scientist Z. Johnny Luo helped develop the concept. “The novelty of the INCUS mission is that it will provide the first global observation and investigation of
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Dark molecular isomers lit up by CCNY scientists and partners using optical cavities

In chemistry, molecules are manipulated by changing the constituent atoms, or their arrangements. Now a group of physicists and chemists from The City College of New York and Spain can demonstrate how the use of an optical cavity (where light is trapped) is also able to change the molecular property of photo-isomerization – a light activated process that modifies the optical response. Entitled “Selective isomer emission via funneling of exciton polaritons,” their study appears in Science Advances. While the photophysical properties of isomers are of great significance in organic
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Second CCNY “Writers on Iran” spotlight features acclaimed author Dalia Sofer, Nov. 12

Award-winning author Dalia Sofer discusses her novel “Man of My Time,” a New York Times Editors’ Choice and Notable Book of 2020, in the second edition of The City College of New York's “Writers on Iran” reading series on Friday, Nov. 12. The Zoom event starts at 6:30 p.m. and is free to the public. Click here to register. The reading series is presented by City College’s MFA in Creative Writing Program, where Sofer, who was born in Tehran and moved to New York as a child, teaches. Amir A. Ahmadi, also a critically acclaimed Iranian author and visiting professor in the MFA program, was the
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CCNY experts master defects in semiconductors

Researchers at The City College of New York have discovered a novel way to manipulate defects in semiconductors. The study holds promising opportunities for novel forms of precision sensing, or the transfer of quantum information between physically separate qubits, as well as for improving the fundamental understanding of charge transport in semiconductors. Using laser optics and confocal microscopy, the researchers demonstrated that they could make one defect eject charges – holes – under laser illumination allowing the other defect several micrometers away to catch them. The charge state of
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