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April 2014

Accomplishment

Business Plan Competitors

Congratulations to faculty members who guided NYIT's Trache Time and Roomi student-teams (pictured) to the New York State Business Plan Competition Finals in Albany, N.Y. Our students impressed judges on March 28 with their entrepreneurial pitches during the competition's regional round hosted at NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. Faculty co-advisors for Trache Time include Gioia Ciani, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, and Joanne Scillitoe, Ph.D., associate professor and director of NYIT Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. Read more.

News

John Hanc, associate professor of communication arts, has published three articles, including:

  • "Minnesota Makes Do Without a Civil War Battlefield," March 19 in the arts/museum section of The New York Times. Article discusses how the Minnesota Historical Society launched a Civil War walking tour though no Civil War battles were fought anywhere near the state. Read more.
  • "New Worlds Open at the Artist's Easel," March 12 in the retirement section of The New York Times. Article explores later-in-life-artists, such as a retired 77-year-old hairdresser and stroke survivor, who discovered a talent for painting after taking an art class offered at his retirement home. Read more.
  • "A Tale of Two Universities," in the March/April 2014 issue of Arrive, the award-winning magazine of Amtrak Acela Express. Article contrasts the culture of MIT and Harvard. Read more.

Farzana Gandhi, assistant professor of architecture, presented the talk, "Pencils and Post-Its," March 23 at the interdisciplinary Structures for Inclusion 2014 Conference in New York City. She discussed her vision of the architect's role in the future of public interest design.

Terri White, director of vocational services for NYIT Vocational Independence Program, published the article, "Finding the Best Employers for Young Adults on the Spectrum," April 1 in Exceptional Parent Magazine.

March 2014

Accomplishment

The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) installed David Broder, D.O., associate dean of NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, as vice speaker of its House of Delegates. AOA is the national professional membership organization for more than 104,000 osteopathic physicians and osteopathic medical students in the United States. Read more.

News

Terese Coe, adjunct professor of English, published her French-to-English translation of Pierre de Ronsard's poem, "Epitaph for François Rabelais," online at The Poetry Foundation, home of Poetry Magazine. It previously appeared in the magazine's print edition.

Frank Mruk, associate dean, business and strategic planning, for the School of Architecture and Design, has recently made news, including:

  • The March 2014 issue of Entrepreneur Magazine quotes him in the article, "The un-office," about new workplace trends such as movable walls, outdoor spaces, and sometimes no office at all.
  • The Long Island Index, a project of the Rauch Foundation, interviewed him for the article, "Inside the New American Dream: Q&A with Architect Frank Mruk." Read more.
  • In addition, he served as a U.S. representative for the 2014 international interdesign, "Humanising a Metropolis," Feb. 5-19 in India. The workshop co-sponsored by Welingkar School and the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design convened the heads of Mumbai government organizations, executives from Microsoft and Cosco, and faculty and administrators from universities.

Lisa Runco, Ph.D., assistant professor of life sciences, became an honorary member of NYIT's Phi Eta Sigma chapter on March 12. Members of the prestigious national honor society recognized her dedication, concern, and care for students in helping them to achieve academic excellence.

Two authors in the 2014 issue of Harvard Review of Psychiatry cite a study by Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of NYIT's Vocational Independence Program. He originally published his study, "Supporting More Able Students on the Autism Spectrum: College and Beyond," in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. In the journal's April 2014 issue, he also published the book review, "John J. Ratey (2008): Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain."

The American Educational Research Association elected Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D., associate professor of instructional technology, as the program chair of its Computer and Internet Applications in Education Special Interest Group.

News

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education selected Patricia Chute, Ed.D., dean of the School of Health Professions, to serve as its higher education administration representative for a three-year term from August 2014 to 2017.

Alan Fairbairn, associate professor of hospitality management, attended the 2nd World Tourism Conference, Dec. 15-17 in Orlando, Fla. He chaired several sessions and presented his research on marketing trends for nature, eco, and adventure tourism.

Terry Nauheim, chair and associate professor of fine arts, received the New York State ACE Women's Network's Faculty Leader of the Year Award on March 1 at NYIT-Old Westbury.

Michael Schwarting, professor of architecture, and Frances Campani, associate professor of architecture, presented the talk, "Modern Artifact - The 1931 Aluminaire House," during Modernism Week, Feb. 13-23, in Palm Springs, Calif. Modernism Week is an annual celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture, art, and contemporary thinking. Their presentation on Aluminaire House, the first American work by Albert Frey, a pioneer of modern architecture in Palm Springs, was well-received by audience members at the Palm Springs Museum of Contemporary Art, including Judith DiMaio, dean of the School of Architecture and Design.

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of NYIT's Vocational Independence Program, gave an interview as part of the series, "A Cup of Tea With..." on i-studentglobal.com. He also published the cover story, "Preparing Students with Disabilities for International Travel," on March 6 in Exceptional Parent magazine.

Accomplishment

The National Science Teachers Association appointed Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D., associate professor of instructional technology, to serve on its technology advisory board from 2014 to 2017.

News

Eduard I. Dedkov, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical sciences in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, published the research article, "Coronary Vessels and Cardiac Myocytes of Middle-Aged Rats Demonstrate Regional Sex-Specific Adaptation in Response to Postmyocardial Infarction Remodeling," in the January 2014 issue of the journal Biology of Sex Differences. One of his co-authors is Kunal Oak, a fourth-year osteopathic medical student. Read an abstract.

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of NYIT's Vocational Independence Program, published the article, "Preparing Teens with Special Needs and Learning Issues for College," on Feb. 25 on ExpertBeacon.com.

February 2014

Newsday video

News

Newsday interviewed Nada Anid, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, for written and video stories about Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day on Feb. 20 at NYIT's New York campuses. University Business and First Bell, an e-newsletter published by the American Society for Engineering Education, highlighted the Newsday coverage as a "Leading the News" story on Feb. 24.

Terese Coe, adjunct professor of English, published her Shakespeare cento, "Actors," at everseradio.com. A "cento" is composed of various lines from works by one or numerous authors. Her poem originally appeared in The Shakespeare Newsletter published by Iona College. Coe also published a translation from German to English of Rainer Maria Rilke's poem, "Evening" (originally "Abend"), in the current issue of Measure, an online poetry journal.

Anthony Dimatteo, professor of English, NYIT, published the book of poems, Beautiful Problems.

Mindy Haar, Ph.D., director of program development for the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, gave the presentation, "Building Sense of Community in Online Formats," at the 31st Annual Kansas State University Academic Chairperson's Conference on Feb. 13 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Accomplishment

Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D., associate professor of instructional technology, and Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D., associate professor of teacher education, are highlighted in the 2014 winter newsletter published by Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Abraham Fisher School of Education. They presented the "hands-on" professional training session, "Apple Mobile Device Deployment Strategies for Teaching and Learning," to NSU faculty. Their presentation, which introduced more than 20 apps that can be integrated into courses, was based on their recent e-book, The Amazing iPad Book for Teachers. Read more (PDF, see page 2).

Rosalia Davi and Adrienne McNally

Accomplishments

Rosalia Davi, assistant director of experiential education for NYIT Career Services, received the 2014 New Professional Recognition Award from the Long Island Council of Student Personnel Administrators on Feb. 7 at the group's 32nd annual conference in Garden City, N.Y. The award recognizes her commitment and professional contributions to improve her department, campus, and university. Davi is pictured at right holding her award next to her supervisor and nominator Adrienne McNally, associate director of experiential education.

Francy Magee, dean for campus life at NYIT-Old Westbury, successfully earned her Ed.D. from Columbia University's Teachers College earlier in February. Her dissertation, "How Faculty at Undergraduate Institutions Incorporate Undergraduate Research in Their Work Lives," involved interviews with 43 faculty members from four undergraduate colleges.

News

Claude Gagna, Ph.D., associate professor of life sciences, participated in the 29th Long Island Science and Engineering Fair on Feb. 10 in Woodbury, N.Y.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of the NYIT Vocational Independence Program, served as an invited speaker for Career Mentoring Day on Feb. 12 hosted by Columbia University's School of Social Work.

Accomplishments

Robert N. Amundsen, Ph.D., associate professor and director of NYIT's M.S. in Energy Management program, received certification as a LEED Accredited Professional by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED—Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—is a rating system for the design and operation of eco-friendly buildings.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) appointed Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D., associate dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, a 2014 board representative for member and geographic activities, an area focused on meeting the needs of members and supporting recruitment and retention strategies. He was also named the new student activities chair for IEEE Region 1 encompassing the Northeast United States.

Cathy Bernard, associate professor of English, published a letter to the editor on Jan. 13 about the Chris Christie bridge scandal in The New York Times. Read more.

Terese Coe, adjunct professor of English, published seven sonnets in the new Canadian anthology, The Phoenix Rising from the Ashes. They include one original sonnet, four German-to-English translations of Rainer Maria Rilke's sonnets, and two French-to-English translations of Pierre de Ronsard's sonnets.

The Professional and Development Network in Higher Education elected Francine Glazer, Ph.D., assistant provost and director of the NYIT Center for Teaching and Learning, to its board of directors. The network comprises more than 1,500 members in 24 countries and is a premiere professional society for faculty development.

Lawrence Herman, associate professor and chair of the Department of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies, gave the keynote panel presentation, "The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and The Changing Healthcare Marketplace," on Jan. 26 at the annual winter educational meeting of the Association of PAs in Cardiovascular Surgery in Orlando, Fla.

In addition, the Jan. 27 MedPage Today article, "PAs Switch Specialties with Ease," includes quotes by Herman. Read more.

News

Faculty members in the School of Education hosted 16 Chinese scholars from Xi'an Shiyou University on Jan. 23 at NYIT-Manhattan. Michael Uttendorfer, Ed.D., dean of the School of Education, conducted the professional development workshop, "Academic Systems in the United States." Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D., associate professor of instructional technology, and Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D., associate professor of teacher education, co-presented the workshop, "Finding Grant Resources and Managing Grant Awards." Wang and Hsu also published the paper, "Evolutionary Technology: Using Google Earth, Cyber Databases, and Geotagged Photos to Enhance Students' Scientific Practices and Understanding of Darwin's Theory of Evolution," in the peer-reviewed journal Science Scope.

Faculty members in the Department of Physical Therapy gave presentations at the Combined Sections Meeting hosted by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Feb. 3-6 in Las Vegas. They are:

  • Veronica Southard, D.H.Sc., associate professor, and Peter Douris, D.P.T., Ed.D., professor: poster and platform presentation on their study of the use of resistive exercise in a homecare setting for patients with congestive heart failure and the challenges of doing this type of research. A grant from the Home Health Section of the APTA supported their study. The APTA also inducted Southard as a member of its Nominating Committee of the Section on Geriatrics.
  • Rosemary Gallagher, D.P.T., assistant professor: panelist for a presentation on a study conducted by the Parkinson's Disease EDGE Task Force that used standardized outcome measures for the treatment of Parkinson's disease.
  • John Handrakis, D.P.T., Ed.D., associate professor: platform presentation on his research done with NYIT physical therapy students on the effects of cold challenges in people with tetraplegia.

New Scientist features the article, "Send Wireless Power Long Range with Lasers and Balloons," about a project by Stephen Blank, Ph.D., professor of electrical and computer engineering. The article outlines his idea for sending hundreds of kilowatts of power over long distances using lasers and military-grade balloons. Read more.

Susana Case, Ph.D., professor and coordinator for behavioral sciences at NYIT-Manhattan, published the poem, "You Were Wondering, Perhaps, About Keith Richards?" It appears in the current issue of Fourteen Hills. She also published four of her photographs in the latest issue of the literary magazine, Petrichor Review, and her photograph, "Woman in Doorway," in the current issue of Apeiron Review.

Terese Coe, adjunct professor of English, published the poem, "Gallery Opening, Greene Street," in the new issue of The Stony Thursday Book, an annual publication of poems out of Limerick, Ireland,

Aydin Farajidavar, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, presented his paper, "Smart Architectures for Implantable Wireless Pulse Generators for Gastric Disorder Management: A CPS Approach," Feb. 7 at the 2014 National Workshop on Research Frontiers in Medical Cyber Physical Systems hosted by the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Va. He collaborated on his research with Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs, and faculty members at Georgia Tech and University of Auckland.

The American College Personnel Association honored Patrick Love, vice president for student affairs, as a senior scholar for working as an advocate to integrate scholarship into the practice of student affairs.

Kate O'Hara, Ph.D., assistant professor of instructional technology, was quoted in the article, "Private School's Chromebook Program Explains Why Google's Laptops Have Captured Nearly 20% of the Educational Market," on Jan. 28 on TechRepublic.com.

Jungho Park, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics, and Philip Strzelecki, senior mechanical engineering student, presented their paper, "Traveling Waves in Fluid Dynamics," Feb. 6 at NYIT-Old Westbury. The paper, which originated as a project for NYIT's 2013 Symposium on University Research and Creative Expression, investigates the onset of traveling wave solutions and their structures in relation to climate dynamics. It has been accepted for publication by the refereed research journal, Analysis and Applications.

Lisa Runco, Ph.D., assistant professor of life sciences, co-authored the paper, "Tailoring the Immune Response via Customization of Pathogen Gene Expression," in the peer-reviewed Journal of Pathogens.

Rich Simpson, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, co-presented "Toward a Method for Enhancing Text Entry Rate with Single-Switch Scanning" at the annual conference of the Assistive Technology Industry Association, Jan. 31 in Orlando, Fla. He discussed how his research can be used by clinicians to configure communication devices to maximize communication efficiency.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of the NYIT Vocational Independence Program, published two book reviews online on Jan. 31 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. He reviewed Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey and With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child, Vol. 6, by Keiko Tobe.

January 2014

Yucatan Peninsula

Pictured are students and alumni from NYIT's Vocational Independence Program (VIP) on an excursion to the Yucatan Peninsula organized by Ernst VanBergeijk, associate dean and VIP executive director. Read his news item for more details.

Accomplishments

Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., president of NYIT, spoke about "The Bicentennial Boys: Dickens and Browning and Why They Still Matter" on Jan. 15 at the National Arts Club in New York City. His audience included members of The New York Browning Society.

Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N., professor and chair of the Department of Nursing, was elected vice president of the Transcultural Nursing Society's Northeast/Tri-State/Metropolitan New York City Chapter. The society seeks to provide nurses and other health care professionals with the knowledge necessary to ensure cultural competence in practice, education, research, and administration—a focus shared by NYIT's nursing program.

Vesna Zeljkovic, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, published her book, Video Surveillance Techniques and Technologies. Read more.

News

Nada Anid, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, and Marta Panero (mpanero@nyit.edu), Ph.D., director of strategic partnerships for the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, co-authored "Preparing for the Next Storm: Power Generation of the Future," in the January 2014 issue of TechNews. Read more (PDF).

In addition, Anid gave the opening remarks at the conference, "How Knowledge Can Save Power," co-sponsored by NYIT on Jan. 23 at NYIT Auditorium on Broadway in Manhattan.

Jonathan Goldman, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, organized and served as a respondent on the panel, "Legal Joyce," on Jan. 11 at the 129th Annual Meeting of the Modern Languages Association in Chicago.

Peter Harris, professor of accounting, co-authored the paper, "Development of Payment System: Case of Central Bank of Bahrain," published in the first-quarter 2014 issue of the International Business and Economics Research Journal.

Lawrence Herman, associate professor and chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, was interviewed for "10 Questions," an online article published on Jan. 15 by MedPage Today, a health care news service. The Q&A also ran in MedPage Today's email newsletter sent to U.S. students enrolled in medical schools and health profession programs. Read more.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of NYIT technical writing programs, was invited to serve as an international referee for applications to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada's Insight Grants Program in January. The council is Canada's equivalent of the National Endowment for the Humanities in the United States.

Pam Treister, R.N., clinical instructor of nursing, is quoted in the online article, "Why Become a Nurse?" Read more.

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of NYIT's Vocational Independence Program (VIP), led a group of eight VIP students and alumni on a 10-day tour of the Yucatan Peninsula to explore Mayan Ruins in Mexico and Belize. They climbed pyramids, snorkeled in caves, and studied the jungle's flora and fauna.

In addition, VanBergeijk conducted the workshop, "Job Interviewing Techniques for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum," on Jan. 16 at the Simons Foundation in New York City.

health care professionals

Accomplishment

David Jackson, D.H.Sc., associate professor of physician assistant studies, attended a meeting for health care constituency groups on Dec. 12 in Washington, D.C. He is pictured (far left) with Maureen Regan, president of the New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA), and U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer. Jackson serves as NYSSPA's government affairs chair and as 1st vice speaker of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

News

Susana Case, Ph.D., professor and coordinator for behavioral sciences at NYIT-Manhattan, had a review of her book, Salem in Séance, published in the fall 2013 issue of the literary magazine, Valley Voices.

Newsday interviewed Steven Shapiro, Ph.D., professor of finance, on Dec. 23 for the article, "Money Fix: When Not to Contribute to a 401(k)." Read more.

Accomplishment

NYIT won silver in the category of student recruitment: individual print piece in the 2014 CASE Accolades Awards for the NYIT Viewbook produced by the offices of Communications and Marketing and Enrollment Services.

News

Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D., associate professor of teacher education, and Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D., associate professor of instructional technology, presented the paper, "Using Audioblog and Mobile Device to Assist English-Language Learning," Nov. 16 at the 43rd conference of the New York State Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages in White Plains, N.Y.

Peter Harris, professor of accounting, co-published the paper, "U.S. GAAP Conversion to IFRS. A Case Study of the Cash Flow Statement," in the 2014 first-quarter issue of Journal of Business Case Studies.

December 2013

Accomplishment

Lawrence Herman, associate professor and chair of the Department of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies, received a 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award from Stony Brook University's School of Health Technology and Management. Herman, who earned his B.S. from Stony Brook's PA Program in 1993 and is the current president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, received his award at a Nov. 14 event attended by nearly 250 of the school's faculty and students. He also gave the presentation, "Mega-Trends That Will Dramatically Change Health Care."

News

Francine Glazer, Ph.D., assistant provost and director of the NYIT Center for Teaching and Learning, was invited to serve on the executive advisory board of the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association, which advances the scholarship and practice of teaching and learning in higher education. The association focuses on three core areas: networking and collaboration; research, innovation, and academic publishing; and higher education development and capacity building.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of technical writing programs at NYIT-Old Westbury, presented the paper, "Ancient Definitions of Personhood and Difficult Social Precedents: The Homunculus, the Golem, and Aristotle," on Dec. 7 at the Personhood Beyond the Human Conference at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. His paper explores examples of ancient androids—the golem and the homunculus—to examine how the West has traditionally defined what it is to be human, and references literature describing these androids as well as Aristotle's Politics to show historical perspectives on this question. Read a paper abstract.

Tom Jacobs, Ph.D., assistant professor English, published the article, "Pretty Far from Okay…" in Anamnesis, an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to the study of tradition, place, and things divine. The article is about the convergences between Flannery O'Connor's work and Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.

Accomplishments

Cheryl Hall, D.H.Sc., assistant professor of physical therapy and academic coordinator of clinical education, presented the research poster, "What's All the 'Hype' about Skype? The Effectiveness of Video Calling in Clinical Education," at the 2013 American Physical Therapy Association's Education Leadership Conference, Oct. 4-6 in Portland, Ore. In addition, an interview with Hall will be included in an upcoming issue of Advance for Physical Therapy and Rehab Medicine. She discusses the challenges of providing home health care services to children in her early intervention practice.

The Journal of Geriatrics and Palliative Care appointed Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N., professor and chair of the Department of Nursing, to its editorial board.

News

health fair

B. Suzy Diggle-Fox, R.N., instructor of nursing, oversaw students from various NYIT health programs who participated in a daily health fair, Nov. 4-8 during National Health Professions Week. She is pictured above at far right. Read more.

WBAL radio station in Baltimore aired an interview on Dec. 2 with Lawrence Herman, associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies, and president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He discusses the demand for PAs in light of the Affordable Care Act. Read more.

Lisa Sparacino, instructor of nursing, and Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N., professor and chair of the Department of Nursing, are quoted in the November 2013 issue of the Advance for Nurses newsletter about their expertise in post-intensive care syndrome.

The British Journal of Education, Society, and Behavioural Science invited Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of the NYIT Vocational Independence Program, to act as a peer reviewer.

News

Hafiz Imtiaz Ahmad, assistant professor of accounting, co-authored the paper, "Stock Prices and Implied Abnormal Earnings Growth," accepted for publication in the January 2014 issue of International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues.

Patricia Chute, Ed.D., dean of the School of Health Professions, published the article, "Coping and Supporting Your Child Who is Deaf," on ExpertBeacon.com. The article includes tips and advice for parents to help them deal with diagnosis and address their child's needs. Read more.

Anthony DiMatteo, professor of English, had his review of Susana Case's book of poems, Salem in Séance, published online by the literary journal Pirene's Fountain. Read more.

Ellen Greer, Ph.D., assistant professor of occupational therapy, Gioia Ciani, OTD, assistant professor and chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, and Anthony Errichetti, Ph.D., professor and chief of virtual medicine for the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, gave the presentation, "Telerehabilitation and the Standardized Patient: Strengthening Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Intervention Competencies," at the New York State Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference on Nov. 1 in Albany, N.Y.

John Hanc, associate professor of communication arts, published the article, "When Thanksgiving Meant a Fancy Meal Out on the Town," on Nov. 25 on Smithsonian.com. The article discusses the history of the celebration of Thanksgiving in America. Read more.

Leigh Mascianica, assistant director of Career Services, recently joined the executive board of MNYCCPOA, the Metropolitan New York College Career Planning Officer's Association. She will serve as secretary through 2015. Her role entails attending the association's meetings, keeping a record of their doings, conducting correspondence on behalf of the board, and carrying out all orders, votes, and resolutions not otherwise committed. She will also produce and distribute an annual roster of current membership.

Sumiao Li, associate professor of English and assistant dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at NYIT-Nanjing, had her creative nonfiction story, "Criticism and Self-Criticism," accepted by The Kenyon Review. Her piece will run as an online exclusive as part of the fall 2014 issue.

Alexander Ott, Ed.D., associate dean for academic and enrollment support services, and Lalitha Agnihotri, Ph.D., senior system analyst, gave a presentation on their paper, "Who Are Your At-Risk Students? How to Use Data Mining to Target Intervention Efforts," on Nov. 6 at the 2013 National Symposium on Student Retention in San Diego. The paper was also published in the conference proceedings.

Rajen Tibrewala, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Management Science Studies, hosted a four-part seminar series on emerging technologies in October and November 2013. More than 50 professionals from various organizations attended one or more of these seminars along with 20 faculty members and students from the schools of Management and Engineering and Computing Sciences. The seminars covered the changing technology landscape, cloud computing, big data, and project management and shifting career options.

Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D., associate professor of instructional technology, and Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D., associate professor of teacher education, co-presented two papers with NYIT graduate students Edward Powers and John Gienau at the National Science Teachers Association Area Conference, Nov. 6-9 in Charlotte, N.C. The papers are:

  • "Use a Social Networking Tool to Facilitate Scientific Skills and New Literacies."
  • "Use Google Earth and Cyber Databases to Conduct Inquiry."

November 2013

Accomplishments

Claude Gagna, Ph.D. (cgagna@nyit.edu), associate professor of life sciences, published two peer-reviewed articles in SkinMed Journal on his molecular biological research in human skin cancers. They include: "Anonymous Dermatopathologists: A Socioeconomic Solution to a Medical Problem" and "Dendritic Melanocytic Pseudomelanomas."

Robert J. Koenig, Ed.D. (rkoenig@nyit.edu), associate dean of the School of Management, delivered the keynote presentation at BCA Global's 20th Cultural Awareness Salute Dinner, Nov. 8 in New York City. His presentation was on "Addressing Environmental and Sustainability Concerns in the Hospitality Industry and Academic Institutions' Responsibility in Preparing Students for Career Success." Attendees included CEOs and presidents of leading businesses in the hospitality industry, executives from academic institutions, and celebrity chefs and representatives of the Food Network. Read more.

News

Maureen Cardoza, Ph.D., R.N. (mcardoza@nyit.edu), assistant professor of nursing, and Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N. (sneville@nyit.edu), professor and chair of the Department of Nursing, presented a webinar on Nov. 13 on the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Workforce Advancement for Geriatric Education (W.A.G.E.) program. The webinar included a summary of the program's objectives, curriculum, benefits to participants and clinical partners, and outcomes. Their audience included HRSA Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program grant recipients from universities and government agencies.

Deborah Y. Cohn, Ph.D. (dcohn02@nyit.edu), associate professor of marketing, presented the paper, "A Consumer Values Analysis of Attitudes Toward Green and Non-Green Vehicle Purchase," at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Northeast Business and Economics Association, Nov. 8 in Bretton Woods, N.H. Her research examines consumer motivations and values associated with buying environmentally friendly vehicles. She also discussed managerial recommendations for marketers of green products.

Farzana Gandhi (fgandhi@nyit.edu), assistant professor of architecture, served as an invited presenter and panelist for the interdisciplinary 2013 NYC UXPA World Usability Day Event on Nov. 14 in New York City. She gave the talk, "Designing for Wellness on the Street."

Jonathan Goldman, Ph.D. (jgoldm03@nyit.edu), assistant professor of English, delivered the presentation, "Oscar Wilde, Trademarking Taste," at the Oscar Wilde and the Law Conference on Nov. 7 at University of Tulsa in Tulsa, Okla.

Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D. (hhsu02@nyit.edu), associate professor of teacher education, and Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D. (shiang-kwei.wang@nyit.edu), associate professor of instructional technology, co-authored the article, "Human Impact on Water Quality: Conducting Inquiry Activities With Cyber Databases and ICTs," published in the November 2013 issue of Science Scope.

Vanaja Menon Vadakepat, Ph.D. (vvadak01@nyit.edu), associate professor of marketing, published the article, "Rural Retailing: Challenges to Traditional Handicrafts." in the November 2013 issue of the Journal of Global Marketing. Read more (login required).

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (evanberg@nyit.edu), associate dean and executive director of the NYIT Vocational Independence Program, conducted two workshop presentations on "Work Opportunities for Students on the Autism Spectrum" at the biannual Future Quest Conference, Nov. 16 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Accomplishments

NYIT won silver in the W3 Awards honoring excellence on the Web for an NYIT Moments student video about Robert Hammarberg (B.S. '13) produced by the Office of Publications and Advertising. More than 4,000 entries were reviewed in the competition by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals in advertising, marketing, and interactive media from organizations such as Disney, Coach, HBO, MTV, Wired, and Yahoo. View the video.

Jonathan Goldman, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, had his book, Modernism Is the Literature of Celebrity, reviewed in the summer 2013 issue (Vol. 36, No. 4) of the Journal of Modern Literature. Reviewer Carey James Mickalites wrote that the book makes "a sophisticated and compelling contribution both to the growing field of celebrity studies and to modernist criticism" and called it "a dazzling performance of energy and enthusiasm balanced with elegant and persuasive close readings."

John Hanc, associate professor of communication arts, published the article, "At Historic Homes, Unearthing a Deeper View of Slavery," on Oct. 27 in the exhibitions/fine arts section of The New York Times. Read more.

News

Faculty members in the School of Health Professions presented the symposium, "Preparing the Healthcare Workforce: An Academic and Service Partnership Continuing Education Geriatric Program," at the 41st Conference of the State Society on Aging of New York, Oct. 23-25 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Their presentation featured the curriculum, program dynamics, and preliminary results of the NYIT Department of Nursing's gerontology grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. Participants included:

  • Tobi Abramson, Ph.D., assistant professor of counseling
  • Maureen Cardoza, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor of nursing
  • Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N., professor and chair of the Department of Nursing
  • Saundra Sirmans, R.N., adjunct professor of nursing

Nada Anid, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, attended the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in San Francisco, where she was a panelist on the topic of "Economic Development Through Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation: Bringing Together Industry, Academia, and Government." She also co-chaired a session on "Green Engineering and Sustainability in the Collegiate Curriculum" and made introductory remarks at the Third Annual World Congress on Sustainable Engineering. Anid holds leadership positions on the Managing Board of the AIChE Institute for Sustainability, the AIChE International Committee, and the International Society for Water Solutions. She is also a sustainability area section chair and an ABET program evaluator on behalf of AIChE and the Engineering Accreditation Commission.

Eduard I. Dedkov, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of biomedical sciences, published the article, "Structural Composition of Myocardial Infarction Scar in Middle-Aged Male and Female Rats: Does Sex Matter?" It appears in the November 2013 issue of the Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry. One of his co-authors is Yevgen Bogatyryov, an NYIT student majoring in life sciences. Read an abstract.

Bhuall Nandkumar, Ph.D., professor of life sciences, has been invited to present his position paper, "Integration Using STEM—Science Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics with Special Reference to Inquiry; Hands-on Learning; and Project-based Learning for the 21st Century," at the Caribbean Science Foundation's workshop (in collaboration with the Ministry of Education in Guyana), Dec. 2-3 in Georgetown, Guyana. The workshop's main focus is to share work of the Caribbean Science Foundation and Guyana's Ministry of Education to promote STEM education. The work of the Caribbean Academy of Sciences and its linkages to other Academies of Sciences will be presented.

Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N., professor and chair of the Department of Nursing, co-presented the project, "Health Checks: An Innovative Grass Roots Community Health Action Plan to Build Capacity and Impact Community-driven Outcomes," at the American Public Health Association Meeting and Exposition, Nov. 5 in Boston. The project is an outcome of her collaboration on an interdisciplinary initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Leadership Academy for the Public Health. Read more.

Oren Shtayermman, Ph.D., assistant professor of counseling, had his forward published in the book, Out of Mind - Out of Sight: Parenting with a Partner with Asperger Syndrome, by Kathy Marshack.

A LinkedIn series on assessing institutions for students with disabilities features an article by Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of the NYIT Vocational Independence Program. The article, "Assessing an Institution for Students with Hearing Impairments," was originally published on i-studentglobal.com.

NYIT picked up five silver awards in the 9th Annual International Davey Awards for 2013, thanks to the creative efforts of the Office of Publications and Advertising. The five pieces were honored in the following categories:

  • Animation for NYIT Mission Impossible
  • Magazine Ad for the We’re Out There. Join Us campaign
  • Billboard for the CBS Times Square Super Screen
  • Art Illustration for the Edward Guiliano Portrait
  • Silver for the "Ghana boy reading Anansi" photograph

More than 4,000 international entries came from the best small firms in the world. The awards are sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top tier professionals from a Who's Who of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms. For more information, visit www.daveyawards.com or www.iavisarts.org.

Tobi Abramson, Ph.D., assistant professor of counseling, Martha Siegel, associate professor and chair of the Department of Interior Design, and Lauren Heisler-Varriale, adjunct professor of occupational therapy, presented “Narrative Approaches to Building the Workforce Interprofessional Education: Using Stories to Construct Designs,” on Oct. 24 at the 41st Annual Conference of the State Society on Aging of New York. Their presentation showcased work by NYIT students majoring in interior design, occupational therapy, and mental health counseling.

Lalitha Agnihotri, Ph.D., senior system analyst, Alexander Ott, Ed.D., associate dean for academic and enrollment support services, and Niyazi Bodur, Ph.D., vice president for IT and infrastructure, gave the presentation, “Who Are Your At-Risk Students? Using Data Mining to Target Intervention Efforts,” at the EDUCAUSE 2013 Annual Conference.” It focused on how NYIT built its Student At-Risk Model that predicts which first-year students are most at risk of attrition and offers possible risk factors based on past NYIT students’ characteristics and enrollment behavior. The model gives NYIT’s Student Solutions Center powerful, data-driven tools to more effectively reach out to and counsel students at risk. Read more.

Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D., professor of electrical and computer engineering technology and associate dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, had his paper, “Performance of a Reference Implementation of a Novel Technical Reference Model for Wireless Sensor Networks,” accepted for publication in the fall 2013 issue of the International Journal of Modern Engineering.

Cathy Bernard, associate professor of English, published two letters to the editor on Oct. 22 in The New York Times:

Anthony DiMatteo published the poem, “O Mary Lou,” in the current issue of Waccamaw literary journal.

Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, attended the NSF Conference on Research Experiences for Undergraduates Student Scholarship, and presented a poster on NYIT's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site on Oct. 27-28 in Arlington, Va. The conference, hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research, brought together REU student scholars, faculty, and National Science Foundation program directors to share research findings in poster sessions as well as to discuss ethics, recruitment, fellowships, and career opportunities at breakout sessions.

Mindy Haar, Ph.D., director of program development and the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, gave the presentation, “Factors Associated with Perception of Community in Allied Health Coursework,” on Oct. 23 at the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Michael Schwarting, professor of architecture, and Frances Campani, associate professor of architecture, received a 2013 ARCHI design from the American Institute of Architects’ Long Island Chapter for their firm’s work on 243 Broome St., a residential building in New York City.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of the NYIT Vocational Independence Program, presented the paper, “Alternative College Programs: An introduction,” on Nov. 2 at the Developmental Disability Education and Service Conference and Expo hosted by the Korean American Behavioral Health Association in Flushing, N.Y. He was also appointed to the external board of reviewers for Autism Speaks postsecondary scholarships.

October 2013

Accomplishments

Carol Caico, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing, is a co-author of the book, Pathophysiology of Nursing Demystified, published by McGraw-Hill.

John Hanc, associate professor of communications arts, published the article, "At Historic Homes, Unearthing a Deeper View of Slavery," on Oct. 25 in The New York Times. Read more.

In addition, a panel that Hanc served on in August 2013 was filmed by CSPAN and can now be viewed online. "Race for News: Terrorism, Journalism, and the Boston Marathon Bombing" convened leading journalists at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference in Washington, D.C. He was invited to speak as a panelist due to his experience running in the 2013 Boston Marathon and writing about it for Newsday. Watch the video.

Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D., associate professor of instructional technology, and Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D., associate professor of teacher education, received the 2013 Outstanding Paper Award at the world conference on e-learning hosted by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, Oct. 21-24 in Las Vegas. They presented two papers, "The Impact of Professional Development on Science Teachers' Inquiry and New Literacy Practices: Using ICTs as Cognitive Tools" and "Enhancing Scientific Inquiry and Practicing New Literacy Skills through ICTs and Mobile Devices."

News

Faculty members in the School of Health Professions gave presentations at the Physician Assistant Education Association Annual Meeting, Oct. 17-18 in Memphis, Tenn. They include:

  • Corri Wolf, assistant professor of physician assistant studies, on "The Effect of the Graduate Record Examination on Minority Applications."
  • Larry Herman, associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies, and president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)—"My Life: Disrupted," on disruptive technologies in medicine and medical education. Herman also represented the American Academy of Physician Assistants on Oct. 21 at the Institute of Medicine's 43rd Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

NYIT faculty members representing the College of Osteopathic Medicine participated in the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research Clinical Trials Fair to discuss their research with patients and caregivers on Oct. 19 in New York City. Read more.

Danielle Apfelbaum, librarian I, co-presented the program, "Job-Seekers and Students: Learn How to Create an ePortfolio," on Oct. 21 at the Oyster Bay-East Norwich (N.Y.) Public Library. Attendees received guidance on planning an eportfolio, from selecting materials and structuring content, to choosing a Web-based platform.

Carol Caico, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing, participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Oct. 20 with Maureen Cardoza, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing (the group's team leader), Josephine Axis, research technician, and NYIT students at Jones Beach in Long Island, N.Y. Congratulations to the NYIT Student Nurses Association on raising $4,170 for the cause!

Terese Coe, adjunct professor of English, published the poem, "In Spate," in The Huffington Post. Read more.

Francine Glazer, Ph.D., assistant provost and director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, was the invited presenter at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's 2013 Blended Learning Symposium on Oct. 17. She presented three workshops:

  • STEM-focused: Blended Learning, Better Learning
  • Blended Learning: Create Time, Create Conversation, Create Depth
  • It Takes a Village: Building Courses in a Learning Community.

Leonard B. Goldstein, D.D.S., Ph.D., director of clerkship education at the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, published the article, "Safe Usage of Analgesics in Patients with Chronic Liver Disease: A Review of the Literature," in the October 2013 Issue of Practical Pain Management. His co-author, Sina Menashehoff (D.O. '10), is a resident in physical medicine and rehabilitation at Stony Brook University Medical Center.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., associate professor of English, presented the paper, "Magical Code and Coded Magic: The Persistence of Occult Ideas in Modern Gaming and Computing," on Oct. 3 at the annual conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts in Notre Dame, Ind. The paper explores the parallels between computer coding and Renaissance alchemical codes, especially as represented in literature of the period. Read his paper abstract (PDF page 6).

Kate E. O'Hara, Ph.D., assistant professor of instructional technology, presented the session, "Using Web 2.0 Tools to Meet ELA Common Core Learning Standards," on Oct. 19 at the 18th Annual Rockland Literacy Extravaganza at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y. The event was attended by preschool to grade 12 teachers, administrators, and literacy coaches from New York City and the Hudson Valley region.

Pamela H. Treister, R.N., clinical instructor of nursing, presented her paper abstract and poster, "Teaching, Learning, and Technology: Use of Game-Play as an Active Learning Pedagogy to Critical Thinking and Teamwork," Oct. 17-20 at the 40th Annual National Conference on Professional Nursing Education and Development in Kansas City, Miss.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of NYIT's Vocational Independence Program, gave the presentation, "Post-Secondary Options for Students with Neurologically Based Disabilities: NYIT's Response," on Oct. 23 at The Cove School in Evanston, Ill.

Accomplishment

Nada Anid, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was inducted into the Long Island Business News (LIBN) "Most Influential Women in Business" Hall of Fame and selected as a member of its 2013 class of Long Island's Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business. It's the third time she's received the LIBN award for her contributions to the region's economy and to the community in which she does business. Read more.

News

Terese Coe, adjunct professor of English, published her poem, "Tompkins Square," on the website of the American Arts Quarterly. Read more.

B. Suzy Diggle-Fox, instructor of nursing, oversaw six NYIT nursing students who participated in the 12th Senior Health Expo sponsored by Sen. Kemp Hannon on Oct. 3 in Garden City, N.Y. They administered flu and pneumococcal vaccines to senior citizens, answered their questions, and provided educational information about health care services, from mammogram access to tips for doing background research on insurance providers.

Farzana Gandhi, assistant professor of architecture, presented her design for a mobile wellness unit for Williamsburg, Brooklyn, as part of the "Healthy Communities" DesigNYC Exhibition on Oct. 15 at the New York Design Center. It will also be featured at Pro Bono Day with the TapRoot Foundation on Oct. 23 at the Center for Social Innovation in New York City.

Robert J. Koenig, Ed.D., associate dean of the School of Management, delivered the presentation, "American Cultural Tastes, Social Mannerism, and the 1985 Presidential Inauguration," to dignitaries of China's Peking University, CEOs of leading businesses, and celebrity media personnel on Oct. 1 at the Sheraton Pentagon in Washington, D.C. Koenig served as an executive sous chef for the 1985 inauguration of President Ronald Reagan and Vice President George H. Bush.

Sarah Meyland, J.D., associate professor of environmental technology and director of the NYIT Center for Water Resources Management, was quoted as an expert in a Newsday series on Long Island water issues. She discussed the problem of water waste and over-pumping aquifers, especially to irrigate lawns, an issue of special concern in Nassau County, N.Y.

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of NYIT's Vocational Independence Program, presented the paper, "Finding Funding for Postsecondary Transition Services," at the 31st Annual Autism New Jersey Conference, Oct. 18 in Atlantic City, N.J.