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CCNY Class of ’15 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Named

Mexican-born Violeta Contreras Ramirez, a student in The City College of New York’s Honors Program graduating with a double major in biology and psychology, will be the Class of 2015 Valedictorian at CCNY’s 169th Commencement Exercises, May 29. Da Wi Shin, a Korean immigrant and biomedical engineering major in the Macaulay Honors College at City College, will be the Salutatorian. The honors cap award-laden undergraduate work at City College by the two standouts. Both are graduating with 3.99 GPAs. Contreras Ramirez, a Westchester, N.Y., resident who plans a career in both research and medicine
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Greenland Darkening to Continue, Predicts CCNY Expert Marco Tedesco

Darkening of the Greenland Ice Sheet is projected to continue as a consequence of continued climate warming, Dr. Marco Tedesco, a City College of New York scientist, said at theEuropean Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly in Vienna today. Tedesco told a press conference in the Austrian capital that the projection is based on a model that only accounts for the effects of warming on snow grain size and melting. An associate professor in City College’s Division of Science and head of its Cryospheric Processes Laboratory that he founded, Tedesco is an authority on the Greenland Ice Sheet
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Myriam Sarachik Speaks on the Rights of Women and Scientists

More than 70 years ago, Myriam Sarachik’s family fled her native Belgium when the Germans invaded. After several attempts they succeeded in escaping the Nazis in late 1941. They lived for more than five years in Cuba and then settled in New York in 1947. In the early 1960s, Dr. Sarachik battled hard to gain a faculty position in physics at a time when there were few women in the field. Today, Sarachik is Distinguished Professor of Physics at The City College of New York. On Thursday, April 23, she speaks of her past experiences and her life-long advocacy for women in science and the human
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CCNY Launches Harlem Children’s Theatre Festival, May 9

In the latest treat for young members of the neighboring community and beyond, The City College of New York launches its first annual Harlem Children’s Theatre Festival Saturday, May 9. Fun and educational events are scheduled 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the college’s Aaron Davis Hall Theatre B. The program includes sing-a-longs, storytelling, performances and a raffle at the end of the festival. Formerly Family Arts Day, the event is free and open to children aged two to 10, their siblings and parents from Harlem and surrounding communities. It is presented by the School of Education’s Graduate
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Nobel Laureate Steven Chu to Present Cummins Lecture at CCNY, April 17

Nobel Laureate and former U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu will deliver the third Herman Cummins Lecture at The City College of New York 3 p.m. Friday, April 17. Entitled “Microscopy 2.0 plus Energy and Climate Change,” his talk in the North Academic Center room 0/201, will survey microscopy, energy, climate change and the transition to a sustainable world. Chu served as the Secretary of Energy from January 21, 2009, to April 22, 2013. He was charged with helping implement President Obama's agenda to invest in clean energy, reduce dependence on foreign oil, address the global climate
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Johnny Luo’s Airborne Team Receives NASA Award

A NASA mission team led by 12 scientists, including Dr. Z. Johnny Luo, associate professor in The City College of New York Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and NOAA-CREST Institute, has received the NASA Group Achievement Award. The team was cited by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden for "outstanding accomplishments in Studies of Emissions and Atmospheric Composition, Clouds and Climate Coupling by Regional Surveys (SEAC4RS)." According to the award letter, the honor is "one of the most prestigious awards a group can receive and is presented to selected groups who have
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Junior Antonios Mourdoukoutas Named 2015 Goldwater Scholar

Honorable Mention for Christina Moawad Antonios Mourdoukoutas, a junior majoring in biomedical engineering in the Grove School of Engineering and Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York, has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship for 2015. Christina M. Moawad, who is also a Macaulay Honors College junior majoring in biomedical engineering, received an Honorable Mention. The federally funded Goldwater Scholarship is America’s premiere award for undergraduates majoring in math, science and engineering. It recognizes students who demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding
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Writer Hasanthika Sirisena wins Juniper Prize

Hasanthika Sirisena, adjunct lecturer in creative writing at The City College of New York, has won the 2015 Juniper Prize for fiction for her short story collection “The Other One.” The book will be published in spring 2016 by the University of Massachusetts Press, which gives out the award. Sirisena’s stories have appeared in such publications as “Narrative,” “The Kenyon Review,” “Glimmer Train,” “Epoch” and “StoryQuarterly.” Her work has been anthologized in “Best New American Voices” and named a notable story by Best American Short Stories in 2011 and 2012. A 2006 alumna of the Division of
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6 From CCNY Named NSF Graduate Research Fellows

Danielle G. Rivera, a master of Science in biology major at The City College of New York and five recent CCNY graduates have been awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. The fellowships recognize and support exceptional students who have proposed graduate-level research projects in their fields. Selection is through a national competition. Fellows receive an annual stipend of $34,000 and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance for graduate study that leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree in science or engineering. Rivera graduated from City College
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CCNY Junior Neville Green Elected NSBE National Chair

Joshua James voted national finance chair of 29,000-member group Neville Green, a junior in The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering was elected national chair of the 29,000 member National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) at its 2015 convention March 29 in Anaheim, Calif. A second City College junior, Joshua James, was elected national finance chair of the student-managed organization. Both will serve one-year terms beginning May 1. Green, a Yonkers resident born in Barbados and majoring in chemical engineering, previously served as NSBE national secretary. In his
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