Faculty/Staff Achievements

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College of Arts and Sciences

Winter/Spring 2016

Nicholas Bloom, Ph.D. (nbloom@nyit.edu), associate professor of social science and chair of interdisciplinary studies and urban administration, received a 2016 Outstanding Faculty of the Year Award from NYIT’s office of Student Affairs with the accolade: “Professor Nicholas Bloom epitomizes the concept of a brilliant individual, yet is not reticent in being personable and conscious of his environment. He takes teaching and learning very seriously and is happy to share his knowledge with others and help them to grow intellectually. Professor Bloom tries to make his students really understand the world as it is, and as it should be.”

Bloom was also featured in a podcast, “There Went the Neighborhood” produced by The Nation and WNYC Studios.

Terese Coe, M.A. (tcoe@nyit.edu), adjunct instructor of English, had several of her poems published in recent months, including: “The Painter” in the journal Italian Americana (Winter 2016); “Market Instrument” in the journal Able Muse (December 2015); “Anasazi” on Everse Radio (January 2016); and “Far from Shore” in The Moth, Scotland (Winter 2015).

In addition, New Walk magazine, U.K., published a review of Professor Coe’s book, Shot Silk, in November 2015.

Anthony Dimatteo, Ph.D. (dimatteo@nyit.edu), professor of English, had his new book of poems In Defense of Puppets reviewed by the Washington Independent Review of Books. The book is available through Future Cycle Press.

Dimatteo also published his poem, “The Pelt,” in the British journal, The Lake.

Amanda Golden, Ph.D. (agolde01@nyit.edu), assistant professor of English, was invited to lead a seminar, “Annotating Modernism,” at the University of Oxford in the U.K. in June 2016. The seminar introduced Dr. Golden’s forthcoming book, Annotating Modernism: Marginalia and Pedagogy from Virginia Woolf to the Confessional Poets, which addresses the history of modernism in academic institutions, focusing on the reading and teaching strategies of writers before and after World War II. Following an overview of modernist writers’ reading and annotating strategies (including Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, and Ezra pound), Golden’s talk focused on Sylvia Plath’s teaching of Joyce and Eliot at Smith College from 1957 to 1958, analyzing the marginalia in her personal library and her teaching materials.

Also in June, Golden presented “Textbook Greek: Thoby Stephen in Jacob’s Room” about Virginia Woolf’s Greek translations, archives, and literary landscapes at the 26th Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf at Leeds Trinity University, England.

In April 2016, Golden posted Navigating Modernism's Visual Historyon the website, Teaching Women’s Writing in English, addressing the ways that her Writing New York course at NYIT invites students to develop greater facility with visual and digital tools as they construct arguments analyzing the role of New York in poetry, prose, and fiction predominantly from the first half of the twentieth century. In addition, the journal Studies in the Novel included Golden’s NYIT website for her course, Global Digital Modernisms, in its teaching tools for Digital Humanities and the Novel.

Reviews by Golden and Jonathan Goldman, Ph.D. (jgoldm03@nyit.edu), associate professor of English, were published in the 2016 issue (Volume 22) of the journal Woolf Studies Annual (WSA). Golden is also Book Review Editor of WSA.

And in March 2016, Golden gave presentations on “Orlando’s Plath” for students at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, and “Sylvia Plath’s Bees” at the United States Military Academy.

John Hanc, M.A. (jhanc@nyit.edu), associate professor of communication arts, published “Before There Was Hamilton, There was Burr” in Smithsonian magazine. The story provided a counterpoint to Hamilton, the Broadway musical currently garnering a lot of attention, by telling the same story from another perspective via an examination of Gore Vidal’s 1973 classic work of historical fiction, Burr.

The New York Times also published two stories by Hanc in their Museums section. The first, “Home Sweet Home Museum Changes Its Tune”, was about the rebranding of a small museum in East Hampton, New York when the original premise for its creation—that it was the inspiration for the song “Home Sweet Home,” written by 17th century actor and playwright John Howard Payne—was proven historically incorrect. The second, “The Battles of Wilmington, N.C. – in World War II, That Is”, described the efforts of Wilmington native Wilbur D. Jones to recognize the contributions of Wilmington, N.C. to World War II and to “make the city and adjacent seaside towns a sprawling ‘museum of the home front’ by linking existing institutions and historical sites along a trail.”

Hanc also wrote a number of stories for Newsday, including: “Uphill Ride from a Downhill Sport (5/8/16), relating the unlikely trajectory of one Harry Kaiser, who went from a Depression-era childhood on Long Island’s South Shore to induction in the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in April; “Fan Favorite” (5/1/16), about Mineola-born Carlos Mendes, who plays professional soccer for the New York Cosmos; and “Boston Marathon Entrant Jules Winkler, of Medford, Is Oldest at 84” (4/17/16), about the Patchogue-Medford native who is the oldest participant (out of 30,000) runners in the 2016 Boston Marathon.

In addition, Hanc wrote two complementary stories about the acclaimed Broadway musical Hamilton: the first, “A ‘Hamilton’ Field Trip for 500-plus Bay Shore Students” (6/16/16) about how Bay Shore High School raised money for its entire junior class to attend the show, while integrating both the musical and Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton biography into their American history and English curriculums; and the second, “‘Hamilton’ Field Trip: For Bay Shore High, History on Broadway” (3/30/16), a follow-up on the big day.

And finally, Walter’s Way, the 2015 memoir that Hanc co-wrote for Walter Scherr, a now-91-year-old entrepreneur who helped introduce the fax machine to North America, won silver in the Memoir category of the 2016 Axiom Book Awards.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D. (klagrand@nyit.edu), professor of English, had an essay, “Posthumanism and Contemporary Art,” published by the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). The piece was commissioned by the museum to form the conceptual underpinnings of their Spring 2016 exhibition. LaGrandeur was also invited to give the keynote address for the exhibition.

Niharika Nath, Ph.D. (nnath@nyit.edu), associate professor and department chair of life science, and her students contributed to the promotion of undergraduate science research by serving as assistant judges and mentors and providing feedback to budding scientists from 7th and 8th grades at the 2016 Science Fair at Transfiguration Academy in Bergenfield, New Jersey. NYIT Faculty and Students, and Transfiguration Academy 8th Graders

Lynn Rogoff, M.F.A. (lrogoff@nyit.edu), adjunct associate professor of English, was a panelist at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas (January 2016) on The Immersive World of Kids and Games. The panel shared their thoughts on developing VR game series for kids.

Rozina Vavetsi, M.Sc. (rvavetsi@nyit.edu), associate professor of fine arts, gave a week-long (April 4-8) workshop, "Retro Remix," at Ecole de Communication Visuelle in Paris, France. Professor Vavetsi also served as lecturer and panelist on the "Graphic Design Undercover" presentation, March 21, at the Graphic Design Forum hosted by Baruch College, New York, NY.

Fall 2015

Anthony DiMatteo, Ph.D. (dimatteo@nyit.edu), professor of English, published the chapbook of poems Greetings from Elysium. He also published the poem "Furious Journey" in Canopic Jar.

John Hanc (jhanc@nyit.edu), associate professor of communication arts, won silver in the exercise and fitness category of the annual Living Now Book Awards for The Ultra Mindset co-authored with Travis Macy and published by Da Capo Press. The Living Now Book Awards honor a wide range of publishers and the best in self-improvement and self-help books.

Lynn Rogoff, Ph.D. (lrogoff@nyit.edu), adjunct associate professor of communication arts, and College of Arts and Sciences students, represented NYIT at the New York City 2015 Media Lab Summit. The annual summit is "a snapshot of the best thinking, projects, and talent in digital media from universities in NYC and beyond." Read more.

Jacqueline Taylor Basker, Ph.D. (jbasker@nyit.edu), adjunct professor of fine arts, is featured in the exhibition "We Are You Project of Latino Artists" at the Human Rights Institute Gallery at Kean University in Union, N.J. The exhibit on social justice and immigration runs through January 2016. Read more.

In addition, Taylor Basker co-curated the 2015 exhibition "United Nations, United Smiles" at the United Nations Headquarters Gallery in New York City. Worldwide participants created artwork based on smiles. All artwork goes into the World Smile Archive.

College of Osteopathic Medicine

Winter/Spring 2016

David Broder, D.O. (dbroder@nyit.edu), associate professor and associate dean received an honorary induction into the osteopathic political advocacy honor society Omega Beta Iota in April. He was one of two physicians awarded the honor this year. 30 students from across the country, including one from NYIT, were also inducted. Omega Beta Iota was founded in 2007 to emphasize the importance of the work that osteopathic physicians and medical students do for the nation’s political system.

Fall 2015

David Broder, D.O. (dbroder@nyit.edu), associate dean for the College of Osteopathic Medicine and vice speaker of the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), presided over AOA's 2015 House of Delegates meeting in Chicago. The House of Delegates is the legislative body of the AOA that sets policy, elects officers and trustees, ratifies the budget, and approves constitutional amendments. As vice speaker, Broder oversees more than 500 house delegates and another 400 alternates and observers. He also serves as an ex-officio member of the seven reference committees and as a house representative to AOA's board of trustees. Read meeting highlights.

School of Architecture and Design

Winter/Spring 2016

NYIT School of Architecture and Design hosted the NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) Region 2 Educator and Practitioner Symposium at the Auditorium on Broadway (AOB) in April 2016. This was the first time that all five constituencies in the mid-Atlantic region got together to discuss education. Topics of discussion included the future education process for licensure and the skills schools need to teach to meet the needs of practitioners within the next five years.

Fall 2015

Frances Campani (fcampani@nyit.edu), associate professor of architecture, and Jon Schwarting (jschwart@nyit.edu), professor of architecture, participated in the panel discussion "Pleasures and Perils of Modern Architecture Preservation" on Oct. 17 at the Pearlroth House, a flamboyant and elegant 1950s beach house on the east end of Long Island, N.Y. The house is an example of a preserved architectural landmark. Schwarting also participated in the 2015 New York State American Institute of Architects Conference in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. He gave a presentation on "Architectural Theory in Practice and Education" for continuing education unit credits and joined a roundtable discussion on "Practitioner vs. Educator: Is the Curriculum Doing the Job?"

David Diamond, Ph.D. (ddiamond@nyit.edu), associate professor of architecture, presented his research "Borrowing Landscape" in Paris at the Société Française des Architectes spring 2015 colloquium on "l'élan modern." In November, he published the essay "Borrowing Landscape and the Enigma of Corbu" in Le Visiteur.

Architecture Assistant Professors Mathew Ford (mford05@nyit.edu) and Jason Van Nest (jvannest@nyit.edu) co-authored "Simulating Paradoxes" and presented their paper at the fall 2015 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Conference. The paper was also published in the conference proceedings. In February 2016, they will engage academics and practitioners in a roundtable discussion on their research topic as part of the School of Architecture and Design's lecture series.

Jeffrey Raven (jraven@nyit.edu), associate professor and director of NYIT's Master of Architecture in Urban and Regional Design, served as a lecturer and panelist at "Urban Transitions in the Face of Climate Change," an event that marked the launch of the Urban Climate Change Research Network Hub in Paris, France. Raven presented his work as coordinating lead author on urban planning and design for the Assessment Report for Climate Change in Cities published in 2015 by Cambridge Press. The event spurred discussion ahead of the COP21 Paris Climate Conference.

In addition, Raven participated in a 30-member panel on "Extreme Heat: Hot Cities - Adapting to a Hotter World" on Nov. 12 in New York City. The American Institute of Architects organized the day-long symposium to focus on urgent topics such as urban climatology, review case studies, and make recommendations for the future. Read more.

School of Education

Winter/Spring 2016

Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D. (hhsu02@nyit.edu), associate professor and chair of the Department of Teacher Education, was invited by Mexico’s Ministry of Higher Education to give a talk on "Ambientes de Aprendizaje Movil basados en Interaccion Reflexiva" (Interactive Mobile Learning Environments highlighting Stanford Mobile Inquiry-Based Learning Environment, SMILE) at the Education and Workforce Readiness Conference in Mexico City, Mexico, March 3-4. The audience included university presidents from founding universities in Mexico.

Hsu was also recently elected President of The Chinese American Academic and Professional Society (CAAPS). Her appointment was featured in World Journal, the largest Chinese-language newspaper in the United States and one of the largest Chinese-language newspapers outside of China.

Additionally, Hsu presented a paper at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2016 annual conference titled, "Preservice Teachers’ Uses of SMILE to Enact Student-Generated Questioning Practices." She co-presented another paper, "The Impact of Professional Development on Teachers Enactment of New Literacy Practices on Middle School Students’ Reading and Science Content Learning Outcomes," with Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D. ( Shiang-Kwei.Wang@nyit.edu), associate dean and professor, also at NYIT School of Education. As the program chair of the Special Interest Group (SIG) "Computer and Internet Applications," Wang hosted the business meeting and facilitated the debate on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) with SIG members.

Hsu was invited by the University of La Guajira, Riohacha, Colombia, to give a talk on "Trends and Issues of ICTs in Teacher Education." She also worked with professors and teachers on research design for ICT (Information and Communication Technology) integration in both regular and Wayuu indigenous communities. Wayuu is a Native American ethnic group of the Guajira Peninsula in northern Colombia.

Both Hsu and Wang were invited to give a talk on the Teacher Preparation and Certification Process, and Online Teaching and Learning at the Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Flushing, New York, April 23, 2016. There were about 100 attendees who were interested in becoming certified to teach in the State of New York. Read more here and here.

Jim Martinez, Ph.D. (jmarti23@nyit.edu), assistant professor of instructional technology, presented his service-learning research project, “Improving Engagement of Diverse STEM Students Through Service-Learning,” at three poster sessions at the 2016 Carnegie Summit on Improvement in Education in San Francisco in April.

Kate E. O'Hara, Ph.D. (kohara@nyit.edu), assistant professor of instructional technology (MSIT), designed and coordinated NYIT’s second annual Speed Tech Conference in January 2016. Sarah McPherson, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the MSIT program provided opening remarks and was followed by eight presenters, including current MSIT students, MSIT alumni, NYIT staff, and colleagues from the field of K-12 education. Presentations were on a variety of topics ranging from teaching coding to students, to using game‐based audience response systems for learning, to using multimedia presentation and assessment tools for teaching.

O’Hara also received Honorable Mention from the Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award for her edited volume, Teacher Evaluation: The Charge and the Challenges. Founded in 1902, the Society is an interdisciplinary professional and academic association with a primary goal of providing a forum for consideration of major issues, tasks, and problems confronting professional educators. O'Hara discussed her book with the Box: “Q&A with Faculty Author: Kate E. O’Hara”.

Additionally, O’Hara was an invited speaker at the Rockland Literacy Professional Learning Forum, held at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, New York. As editor and contributing author of the recently published book, Teacher Evaluation: The Charge and the Challenges, O’Hara spoke about the issues both pre-service and in-service teachers face in relation to current evaluation measures that are biased, unreliable, and reliant upon quantitative outcomes.

Fall 2015

Carol Dahir, Ed.D. (cdahir@nyit.edu), professor and chair of the Department of School Counseling, celebrated the release of the third edition of her book The Transformed School Counselor at the 2015 Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors Conference in Philadelphia. The book, co-authored with Carolyn Stone, is used in school counseling programs across the country.

Dahir, along with Assistant Professors Megyn Shea, Ph.D. (mshea01@nyit.edu), and Daniel Cinotti, Ph.D. (dcinotti@nyit.edu), of the Department of School Counseling, presented several workshops at the conference.

Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D. (hhsu02@nyit.edu), associate professor and chair of the Department of Teacher Education, presented two papers at E-Learn 2015, an event for educators in Kona, Hawaii. She co-authored "Preservice Teachers' Uses of SMILE to Enact Student-Generated Questioning Practices" with Paul Kim, Ph.D., chief technology officer at Stanford University, and "New Literacy: Integrating Technology and Literacy Skills into Science Learning" with Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D. (shiang-kwei.wang@nyit.edu), associate dean of the School of Education.

Sarah McPherson, Ph.D. (smcphers@nyit.edu), associate professor and chair of instructional technology, was selected as a Pedagogical Fellow by YOUniversity Bound, a private enterprise created to improve K-12 academic performance, increase high school graduation rates, and encourage higher education. She also was a panelist at Intellectual Entrepreneurship: The Business of Schools Conference, where she received a Certificate of Merit from the New York State Assembly presented by 10th District Assemblyman Chad A. Lupinacci.

Kate E. O'Hara, Ph.D. (kohara@nyit.edu), assistant professor of instructional technology, published the article "Traveling the Road of Research: Stories of Teaching and Technology" in Brock Education: A Journal of Educational Research and Practice, a peer-reviewed Canadian publication. She also co-authored the article "Buyer Beware: Lessons Learned from edTPA Implementation in New York State" in Thought & Action, the National Education Association's peer-reviewed journal. Read more (PDF).

School of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Babak Beheshti, Ph.D. (bbehesht@nyit.edu), professor and associate dean for the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was elected as the 2016-2017 delegate/director for region 1 in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Assembly. IEEE is the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology. Regional delegates/directors are also members of the group's board of directors, IEEE's highest governing body.

School of Health Professions

Winter/Spring 2016

Mark Gugliotti, D.P.T. (mgugliot@nyit.edu), assistant professor of physical therapy, presented his research on ulnar nerve neurodynamics at the 2016 APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in Anaheim, CA.

Mindy Haar, Ph.D. (mhaar@nyit.edu), director of academic management, was quoted in Self magazine in “16 Dietitians Share How They Get Back on Track After Overeating.”

John Handrakis, D.P.T., Ed.D. (jhandrak@nyit.edu), associate professor of physical therapy, was the lead author on “Self-Reported Effects of Cold Temperature Exposure in Persons with Tetraplegia” in The Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine in March 2016.

Kelly Lavin, M.S. (klavin02@nyit.edu), assistant professor of occupational therapy and Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., M.S.W., associate dean and executive director of NYIT Vocational Independence Program (VIP), collaborated to have students from the School of Health Professions’ Occupational Ttherapy program work with VIP’s special-needs students, enriching their lives and helping them make significant gains in their Activities of Daily Living (ADLs). As evidence of their leadership and scholarship skills, the occupational therapy students wrote an article, “Utilizing Occupational Therapy in Postsecondary Transition Programs for Students with Neurologically Based Learning Disabilities,” published in May 2016 at i-Studentglobal.com.

Pam Treister, D.N.P. (ptreiste@nyit.edu) and Donna Darcy, M.S. (ddarcy@nyit.edu), both clinical assistant professors in nursing, published “Medication Administration and Knowledge Retention in Baccalaureate Nursing Students,” which was presented at IMCIC ’16 (International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics, and Cybernetics) and ICSIT 2016 (International Conference on Society and Information Technologies) in Orlando, Florida in March.

Fall 2015

Suzy Diggle-Fox, Ph.D. (bdigglef@nyit.edu), assistant professor of nursing, Marie Bathard, adjunct clinical instructor of nursing, and 16 senior nursing students participated in New York Sen. Kemp Hannon's Senior Health Expo in Garden City, N.Y. The students administered more than 160 free flu or pneumococcal vaccines at the event.

School of Management

Winter/Spring 2016

Robert Koenig, Ed.D. (rkoenig@nyit.edu), associate dean, department chair for hospitality studies, and director of the School of Management Global Center for Hospitality Management, spearheaded the NYC Hospitality Alliance Speaker’s Series “Tipping Conference” in March 2016 at NYIT Auditorium on Broadway (AOB). The daylong event, attended by 240 guests, brought together NYIT students and leaders in the restaurant industry for a day of learning and networking. Topics of discussion included gratuities, the law, and eliminating tipping in lieu of alternative compensation models.

Joanne Scillitoe, Ph.D. (jscillit@nyit.edu), associate professor of entrepreneurship and academic director for the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, visited the Philippines for three weeks as a recipient of the 2015-2016 Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAEF)/Fulbright-Sycip Distinguished Lecturing Award, giving lectures on incubation, innovation systems, and entrepreneurship in college curricula at several institutions. The award was made possible by the Washington SyCip Family Foundation of the Philippines, which is dedicated to the advocacy of quality education in that nation.

Fall 2015

Radoslaw Nowak, Ph.D. (rnowak@nyit.edu), assistant professor of human resource management, presented his research at the 35th International Conference of the Strategic Management Society in Denver. His research investigates how a firm's diverse external alliances and internal ability to implement process improvements can increase the effectiveness of business operations, resulting in superior performance.

NYIT Staff and Administration

Winter/Spring 2016

David Cirella, M.L.S. (dcirella@nyit.edu), librarian at NYIT’s Manhattan library, authored the article “Going The Third Way: Developing Custom Software Solutions for Your Library,” published in the March 2016 issue of Computers in Libraries.

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., M.S.W. (evanberg@nyit.edu), associate dean and executive director, published a two-part series in May, “Should Students on the Autism Spectrum Consider Studying Abroad?” at i-Studentglobal.com.Read Part I and Part II

Erin Vlasak, M.S. (evlasak@nyit.edu), director of student support services, co-authored “Teaching Your Young Adult to Travel Independently & Confidently,” published in the March 2016 issue of EP Magazine.

Fall 2015

Paul Cavanagh, Ph.D. (pcavanag@nyit.edu), assistant dean of NYIT Vocational Independence Program (VIP), and Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (evanberg@nyit.edu), associate dean and executive director of VIP, co-published the article "Federal Government Continues Its Drive to Include Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Higher Education" in the September 2015 issue of Exceptional Parent Magazine.

Michelle Ranaldo (mranaldo@nyit.edu), director of technology for NYIT Vocational Independence Program, published the article "FLIP Your Child's Summer Vacation" in Exceptional Parent Magazine.