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Six undergraduates awarded Mellon Fellowships

City College of New York anthropology major Chayanne Marcano will spend her summer researching the relationship public spaces have with local communities. The Bronx resident is one of six City College students awarded two-year Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships (MMUF) by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The MMUF program is designed to encourage the most talented students from groups traditionally underrepresented in graduate education to enter PhD programs and pursue careers in research and college teaching. “As a Mellon Mays Fellow, I want to analyze and critique the relationship public
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City College Center for the Arts honors stars at inaugural awards gala

Two-time Grammy Award winner Arturo O’Farrill was among the honorees at the City College Center for the Arts Inaugural Awards Benefit at the Aaron Davis Hall on the CCNY campus on Monday. Themed “Celebrating the Arts and Artists,” the gala also honored actress, dancer and choreographer Carmen de Lavallade; director and screen writer Gina Prince-Bythewoodand singer-songwriter Alexa Ray Joel. Musical highlights of the evening included a celebration concert by O’Farrill, the 2009 and 2015 Grammy Award winner for Best Latin Jazz album, who performed with his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. There were
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City College biodiversity software is world finalist

“WALLACE,” a biodiversity web application created by a team led by City College of New York biologists Robert P. Andersonand Jamie M. Kass, is one of six finalists selected worldwide by the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) in the inaugural Ebbe Nielsen Challenge. The first and second-place winners will be announced at the GBIF Governing Board meeting in Madagascar this October. “The creativity and ambition displayed by the finalists is inspiring,” said Roderic Page, chair of the Challenge jury and the GBIF Science Committee. “My biggest hope for the Challenge was that the
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Four CCNY undergraduates awarded Gilman Scholarships

Four high achieving undergraduates at The City College of New York have been awarded 2015 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships for study abroad this summer. The students and their destinations this June are: Troy Blackwell, Jr. (junior, political science/public relations) is headed to Universidad De La Rioja, Spain, to study the Spanish language and Spanish art movements; Dalvin Delia (sophomore, international studies) will study the Italian language, culture and grammar at Senigallia in Italy; Stefanos Ugbit (junior, economics) is going to the University of Jordan to study Arabic
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CCNY student startups win $144K in Zahn Entrepreneurship Pitch

Student startups with concepts ranging from a chip that can determine drug treatment options for cancer patients to reusable bamboo cloth baby diapers were the big winners in The City College of New York’s Zahn Innovation CenterEntrepreneurship Final Pitch Wednesday night. A total of $144,000 in prize money to fund the winning ventures was given out by sponsors including the Moxie Foundation, City College alumnus Harvey Kaylie, ’60 and Standard Chartered Bank, at CCNY. College teams competed in four categories. “Vivoz Biolabs” won the $50,000 Kaylie Prize for hardware and physical products
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Trumpet great Ralph Alessi to play CUNY Jazz Festival, May 7-8

The 15th Annual CUNY Jazz Festival, a gathering of bands and ensembles from across the CUNY system, takes place May 7-8 at The City College of New York. Trumpet player/composerRalph Alessi, whose artistic voice has been hailed by Jazz Times as "sophisticated and disciplined as post-modern jazz gets," will be the festival's guest artist. The festival, in Aaron Davis Hall, Theatre B, is free and open to the public. "Ralph Alessi is one of the most influential and expressive modern jazz trumpet artists. I am thrilled to have him as our guest artist at this year's Festival," said Mike Holober
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Syed Haider, ’14, wins Salk Scholarship for medical school

Syed Haider from The City College of New York’s Class of 2014 has been awarded a 2015 Jonas E. Salk Scholarship for medical school by the City University of New York. Salk Scholarships provide a stipend of $8,000 per scholar, to be appropriated over three or four years of medical studies.The awards recognize the high ability and scholarship of students who plan careers in medicine and the biological sciences, and who are judged likely to make significant contributions to medicine and research. Honorees are selected on the basis of original research papers undertaken with prominent scientist
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CCNY students stellar at CSTEP Conference

City College students placed first in five fields at the 23rd Annual Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) conference at The Sagamore on Lake George-in-Bolton Landing, NY, April 19. The College also recorded one second place finish. The winning students from the Division of Science, their mentors and poster presentations were: Michelle Almeida (mentor Christine Li), genetics; Andrea Cardenas (mentor Anuradha Janakiraman), microbiology; Avaje Jackson (mentor Fardad Firooznia), biology; Stephanie Pena (mentor Karin A. Block), environmental science; Abdul Rashid Abdulai (mentor
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CCNY Researchers Use Novel Polarization to Increase Data Speeds

As the world’s exponentially growing demand for digital data slows the Internet and cell phone communication, City College of New York researchers may have just figured out a new way to increase its speed. Giovanni Milione, a PhD student under City College Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering Robert Alfano, led the pioneering experiment conducted at the University of Southern California with collaborators from Corning Incorporated, Scotland, Italy and Canada. “Conventional methods of data transmission use light which has the fastest speed in the universe. However, these methods
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Two CCNY Students Awarded LAGRANT Foundation Scholarships

Kai Simmonds and Donna Dei-Baning, students in The City College of New York’s media and communication arts (MCA) department, have been awarded 2015 LAGRANT Foundationscholarships. They are the only recipients from New York State. The scholarships support students from ethnically diverse backgrounds pursuing careers in advertising, marketing and public relations. Simmonds, a Harlem resident majoring in advertising and public relations, is one of 22 exceptional students in his field awarded undergraduate scholarships nationwide. Dei-Baning, who is pursuing a master of professional studies degree
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