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“Presidential Conversations” Series Continues in 2015

The “Presidential Conversations: Activism, Scholarship, and Engagement,” series at The City College of New York continues in 2015. Dr. Ana Carnaval, assistant professor of biology at CCNY whose research has helped develop a new biodiversity metric called “phylogeographic endemism,” is the third speaker in the series, Thursday, February 5, 4 – 5:30 p.m. in Shepard 250. Her topic will be “Integrating Biology and Environmental Sciences to Understand Biodiversity Patterns in the Tropics.” The other scheduled speakers in the spring are: Dr. Andrea Weiss, Media and Communication Arts, “Bones of
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“Solar Roofpod” Returns Atop Spitzer School

The City College of New York’s student-designed “Solar Roofpod” is making a comeback atop the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture building. Envisaged as a solution to New York City’s energy and emission problems, the innovative structure had been in storage since placing second in the “People’s Choice Award” at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon on the National Mall. The first phase of its installation is nearing completion, allowing for its use as a classroom, living lab and lecture event space, hopefully in the spring semester, said Christian Volkmann, associate
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CCNY Psychologist Links Burnout and Depression

Research by City College of New York psychology ProfessorIrvin Schonfeld in the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership suggests a strong connection between burnout and depression. In a study of more than 5,500 school teachers to estimate the prevalence of depressive disorders in workers with burnout, 90% of the subjects identified as burned out met diagnostic criteria for depression. The study also examined the overlap of burnout with the atypical subtype of depression. Features of atypical depression were observed in 63% of the burned-out participants with major depression. “The
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Senior Stephanie Petit-Homme Named Gilman Scholar

Stephanie Petit-Homme, a City College of New York senior with dreams of making a difference globally as a human rights lawyer, has been awarded a 2014 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad. The political science and French double major will spend the spring semester at Université Paris VIII in France. Gilman Scholars are selected by the International Institute of Education from a competitive process in the 50 states and Puerto Rico. The program’s mission is to prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world
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CCNY Study Brings Novel “Thync” Device Close to Fruition

To test a revolutionary device that has been the buzz of the scientific world in recent weeks, the startup Thync turned to City College of New York biomedical engineering ProfessorMarom Bikson. At his world-class neuromodulation lab in theGrove School of Engineering, Professor Bikson led a study that validated if the revolutionary device could change moods in a single session of use and keep them elevated over six weeks of use. Approximately 100 City College students and staff participated in the trial this fall funded by a grant from Thync. Dr. Lucas Parra, professor of biomedical engineering
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Honors Student Rwanda-Bound to Study Genocide Aftermath

Twenty years after the genocide there claimed more than 800,000 lives, Suprita Datta, a City College of New York undergraduate travels to Rwanda December 26 to study how post-conflict societies develop. A junior in the Macaulay Honors College at CCNY majoring in international studies, Ms. Datta is one of five students and professionals from the United States selected by Global Youth Connect (GYC) for the two-week trip. “This gives me a chance to do what I want to do outside the classroom,” said Ms. Datta, whose concentration is conflict stabilization. “This is really relevant to what I want to
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Maria Ghilardi Receives $2M to Study “Local Sleep”

Dr. Maria Felice Ghilardi, associate medical professor in The City College of New York's Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, has received a $2.17 million National Institutes of Health grant to study “local sleep” in humans. Local sleep occurs when individual neurons in the brain of a waking person enter a state that closely resembles sleep. Entitled “Do single neurons need to sleep and why? Investigating the functional significance of local sleep in humans,” her five-year project is the third component of a larger $8 million study also involving the University of Wisconsin-Madison
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Paralegal Studies among CCNY CPS Winter Offerings

Do you want to learn a new skill and become more competitive in the job market? Then visit The City College of New York'sContinued and Professional Studies (CPS) program for its outstanding training opportunities. From paralegal certification and a nationally recognized food service management certificate course to the popular construction management program, CPS' winter offerings are designed to give members of the community a shot at a new career. Following are some of the classes available in January 2015: Community Interpreter + Medical or Legal Interpreter Programs; Paralegal Studies
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Dominican Legacy Gala Honor for Angel Estévez

As part of its 20th anniversary gala, the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (DSI) will Saturday, December 6, recognize City College Assistant Professor Angel L. Estévez and other standouts of Dominican heritage. Dr. Estévez and 21 high achievers will receive collector’s editions of the DSI’s “Dominican Blue Book” at the Dominican Intellectual Legacy Gala 6:30 p.m. in The Great Hall at CCNY. A member of the foreign languages and literatures and the former director of the master’s program in Spanish, Professor Estévez is profiled in the book. Eight City College alumni also appear in the
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DSI Offers Mellon Fellowships to PhD Candidates

The CUNY Dominican Studies Institute (DSI) at The City College of New York has received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to encourage more doctoral dissertations in Latino studies. The DSI is one of four institutions in the nation that will offer Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR) Mellon Fellowships to PhD candidates next spring. The University of California, Los Angeles Chicano Studies Research Center; University of Texas at Austin and the Hunter College Center for Puerto Rican Studies are the other grant recipients. "This is a three-year grant and is dedicated
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