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CCNY Overhead Imagery Hackathon Team

CCNY places 3rd in international overhead imagery hackathon

Four computer science undergraduate students and one graduate student took The City College of New York to third place in the Overhead Imagery Hackathon (OIH). The international competition entailed utilizing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) methods to classify different types of building damage caused by natural disasters, such as hurricane, flood, earthquake and fire. Dubbed CCNY + AFOSR to acknowledge the presence of the Air Force Office of Scientific Research’s Erik Blasch as an advisor, the team comprised graduate student Bilal Abdulrahman; and undergraduates Billy
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Erica Friedman, CUNY School of Medicine Interim Dean

Hispanic health foundation presents top award to CUNY medical school Interim Dean Erica Friedman

Dr. Erica Friedman, Interim Dean of the CUNY School of Medicine (CSOM) at The City College of New York and a medical student educator for more than 25 years, is a recipient of the 2021 Hispanic Health Leadership Award from the National Hispanic Health Foundation (NHHF). The award is presented to outstanding individuals who have served in significant leadership roles and have helped improve the health of Hispanics and other underserved populations. Friedman was specifically cited by the NHHF for her “leadership in ensuring the longevity of the Sophie Davis Biomedical Education Program mission
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President Luis Abinader visits CCNY

D.R. President Luis Abinader inaugurates “1961: Year of Freedom” exhibit at CCNY

In New York City for the United Nations General Assembly, Luis Abinader, state President of the Dominican Republic, took time off to visit The City College of New York and inaugurate the “1961: Year of Freedom” exhibit that commemorates the end of the Rafael Trujillo dictatorship on the Caribbean Island 60 years ago. Pres. Abinader was joined at the ceremony by City College President Vincent Boudreau. A free and open-to-the-public photography exhibit on the CCNY campus, “The Year of Freedom” runs through Nov. 30, 2021. It is organized by the Dominican ministries of Culture and Education and
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CCNY campus diversity

Wall Street Journal ranks CCNY #1 nationally for best value

The City College of New York ranks #1 for Best Value among the top 250 U.S. schools, according to the 2022 Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education Best College Rankings. The publications determined this by dividing each institution’s overall score by its net price. City College, #212 overall on the rankings out of 796 colleges and universities, was followed in second place by another CUNY school, Baruch College, for value. CCNY also ranked #6 for Environment, a category that reflects four elements that are fortes for CCNY, which has a student body representing more than 150 nationalities
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Ricardo Polanco, civil engineering, is a 2022 TRB Minority Student Fellow

City College honors student Ricardo Polanco is TRB national fellow

Ricardo Polanco, an Honors student at The City College of New York majoring in civil engineering, is one of 24 Americans selected as Minority Student Fellows by the Washington, D.C.-based Transportation Research Board (TRB), a program unit of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Born in Manhattan of Dominican immigrant parents, Polanco is the only Fellow from the East Coast north of Maryland State. A junior, he’s one of 15 undergraduate and nine graduate students in TRB’s Class of 2022. As a TRB Fellow, Polanco and his peers will research and explore ideas and
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CWE professor Carlos Aguasaco, Ambroggio Prize winner

Poet, CCNY professor Carlos Aguasaco wins Academy of American Poets’ Ambroggio Prize

“Cardenal en mi ventana con una máscara en el pico / Cardinal in My Window with a Mask on its Beak,” a poetry manuscript by Carlos Aguasaco, professor of Latin American cultural studies at The City College of New York, is the winner of the Academy of American Poets’ Ambroggio Prize. On his Twitter, @aguasaco_carlos, Aguasaco dedicated the award to the more than 45 million Spanish speakers in the U.S., “especially to all the migrant workers, dreamers, & refugees, many of whom attend #CUNY.” Established in 2017, the Ambroggio Prize is the only annual award of its kind in the United States that
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Seamus Scanlon_2021 City Artist Corps grant recipient

Seamus Scanlon, CCNY librarian and playwright, earns $5K City Artist Corps grant

Playwright and City College of New York librarian Seamus Scanlon is the recipient of a $5,000 City Artist Corps grant for NYC-based working artists disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The program is presented by The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA), with support from the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and Queens Theatre. Scanlon was recognized for his award-winning play “The Long Wet Grass.” He will arrange a bilingual reading – in English and Spanish – of the play. Actors Gina Costigan and Tim Ruddy will
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Jorge E. González, NOAA-CREST Professor at CCNY

$1.5M NSF grant funds new CCNY, U. Colorado sustainable tech research center

The City College of New York is partnering with the University of Colorado Boulder in an innovative National Science Foundation-funded research center for sustainable building technology. A $1.5 million NSF grant, matched by industry associates for a minimum of $3 million over five years, will establish the Building Energy Smart Technologies (BEST) Center in Boulder. BEST’s mission will be to advance sustainable buildings and cities ranging from HVAC manufacturing, to smart glazing for windows, smart building controls, advanced insulation materials, new energy storage systems, and improved air
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Instagram Live Speaker Series: Latinx/a/o Heritage Month (LHM) Edition, in collaboration with Student Leadership & Campus Life at Guttman Community College, on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m.

City College celebrates Latinx/a/o Heritage Month with 2021 events

The Department of Student Life and Leadership Development at The City College of New York celebrates Latinx/a/o Heritage Month 2021 with a LHM Virtual Honoree Wall representing the 21 Latin American countries from Sept. 15-Oct. 15. As part of their Instagram Live Speaker Series, Student Life & Leadership Development will host their Instagram Live Speaker Series: Latinx/a/o Heritage Month (LHM) Edition, in collaboration with Student Leadership & Campus Life at Guttman Community College, on Tuesday, Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. Dr. Grisel Y. Acosta (Bronx Community College) and Elena Romero (FIT &
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Lucas Parra_Jens Madsen heart rate research

CCNY experts Lucas Parra and Jens Madsen find listening to recorded narratives synchronizes heart rates

Heart rate patterns fluctuate under many conditions. Meditation reduces heart rate while being surprised increases it. Listening to stories also affects heart rate. These changes occur synchronously among people listening individually, not only in groups, indicating cognitive processing of the story affects us on a physiological level separate from relational dynamics. Conversely, narratives do not seem to affect respiratory rate. Heart rate pattern changes also occur in patients suffering from disorders of consciousness when audio narratives are played. These fluctuations could be effective
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