Faculty/Staff Achievements 2012

4th Quarter

December 2012

Ann Aptaker, adjunct professor of art history, served as moderator for a discussion on the works of master collagist Romare Bearden on Dec. 13 at ACA Galleries in New York City.

William Blazey, D.O., assistant professor of family medicine, contributed the article, "Live Well This Holiday Season," in the inaugural issue of Living Out. Read more.

Susana H. Case, Ph.D., professor and coordinator for behavioral sciences at NYIT-Manhattan, published the poem, "Monterosso," in vol. 52 of Tar River Poetry.

Roberta Degnore, Ph.D., adjunct professor of English, has published three books in 2012, all available on Amazon.com: Gold Digger!, Stuck Up, and Until You See Me. View her new website.

Elizabeth J. Donaldson, Ph.D., associate professor of English, co-edited the book, The Madwoman and the Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability, published by Ohio State University Press.

Leonard B. Goldstein, D.D.S., Ph.D., director of clerkship education at the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, and 4th-year osteopathic medical students Sriniketh Sundar and Matthew Martell, published the article, "Postoperative Pain Relief after Knee and Hip Replacement: A Review," in the December 2012 issue of Practical Pain Management.

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

  • "Before Salem, There Was the Not-So-Wicked Witch of the Hamptons," one of Smithsonian Magazine's most emailed online stories for the week of Oct. 22, read more.
  • "At Shrine to Beats, Squares Are Welcome, Too," Oct. 26 in The New York Times, read more.
  • "Beyond Competition, Running for a Greater Cause," Nov. 8 in The New York Times, read more.

Jeffrey Raven in India

Pictured is Jeffrey Raven, associate professor and director of the Master of Architecture in Urban and Regional Design (holding a flower bouquet), at a meeting on sustainable design at Sharda University in Uttar Pradesh, India. Read his faculty/staff achievement for details about his recent business trip to India.

Mindy Haar, Ph.D., director of program development for the NYIT Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, contributed to "Cold Season Prevention Pointers" on the Mom.Me web site. Read more.

Peter Harris, professor of accounting and faculty coordinator of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), has passed all 12 of the Internal Revenue Service's VITA/TCE certification course exams, including advanced and international tests, and is a VITA instructor. Read more.

A review by Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., of a NYC TEDx conference on emerging technologies that he attended on Dec. 3, has been published by the Institute of Ethics and Emerging Technologies. Read more.

Sarah Meyland, J.D., director of the NYIT Center for Water Resources Management, testified at a bi-county public hearing on finding solutions to better manage the groundwater supply and aquifer system on Long Island. She recommended development of an aquifer compact similar to the compacts that manage river systems in New York state and elsewhere.

Jeffrey Raven, associate professor and director of the Master of Architecture in Urban and Regional Design, recently returned from a trip to India, where he met with colleagues at universities, public officials, and private-sector leaders. He served as a member of an international jury for the European Union-India workshop, "Shaping a New Capital City to Fit Indian Life," and as a speaker at the "Building Livable Cities: Ideas Symposium," hosted by the Urban Vision Symposium on Dec. 5 in Mumbai.

Oren Shtayermman, Ph.D., assistant professor of mental health counseling, published a review of Liane Holliday Willey's book, Aspergirls: Empowering Females with Asperger Syndrome, in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Amr Swid, Ph.D., assistant professor of management and dean of students at NYIT-Bahrain, published the article, "Effects of Newcomers Traits on Gaining Political Knowledge of the Organizations," in the Journal of American Academy of Business. Read an abstract.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of the NYIT Vocational Independence Program (VIP) and Paul Cavanagh, Ph.D., director of academics and evaluation for VIP, published the article, "Job Trends and Students with Disabilities," in the December 2012 issue of Exceptional Parent magazine. In addition, VanBergeijk published an online book review of Matthew Dicks' novel, Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, on Dec. 12 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and the op-ed, "New Autism Definitions Will Leave Too Many Out of Services," on Dec. 11 in Newsday. Read more.

An interdisciplinary, semester-long research initiative coordinated by Tobi Abramson, Ph.D., director of the NYIT Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics, and Martha Siegel, chair of the Department of Interior Design, has culminated in students presenting their projects to help elderly residents "age in place," or avoid moving from their homes. Read more.

Nada Anid, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, and Satasha Green, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education, have been named partners of the New York State STEM Education Collaborative.

Anthony DiMatteo, professor of English, published two poems in the anthology, American Society: What Poets See, and three poems in the anthology, Men in the Company of Women.

Leonard B. Goldstein, D.D.S., Ph.D., director of clerkship education at the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine, published a review of the textbook, Mandibular Suction-Effective Denture and BPS: A Complete Guide for all Types of Edentulous Cases, published in the November 2012 issue of the New York State Dental Journal.

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of the NYIT Vocational Independence Program (VIP), and Paul Cavanagh, Ph.D., director of academics and evaluation for VIP, published the article, "Teaching Financial Literacy: A Key Aspect on the Road to Independence," in the November 2012 issue of Exceptional Parent Magazine. It also appeared on the publication's front cover. In addition, VanBergeijk was interviewed on Dec. 7 for a segment on autism on HuffPost Live, a news streaming network. The segment originated from a comment he posted online about a Dec. 2 New York Times article, “The Autism Advantage.” Read more.

Music Event for Diabetes

Pictured (left to right) are: NYIT students Ian Brand, Amanda Rachlin, an American Diabetes representative, Gina Mariani, Samantha Argondizza, and Alan Fairbairn, associate professor of hospitality studies, at the "Music Event for Diabetes" on Dec. 2 at NYIT-Old Westbury. See Fairbairn's entry for more information.

Members of the Office of Campus Security in Old Westbury, Manhattan, and Central Islip, N.Y., hosted a holiday luncheon for the Long Island College and University Security Consortium on Nov. 30 at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion. Nearly 90 people attended the luncheon including campus security directors Denis McGuckin (Old Westbury), William Joseph (Manhattan), and Frank Catalano (Central Islip) as well as Bill Marchand, director of facilities operations (Old Westbury). Read more.

School of Management professors teaching a capstone Business Strategy and Policy course oversaw students from NYIT campuses in China, New York, and the United Arab Emirates who participated in teams for a Global Business Strategy Simulation Game (GLO-BUS) and placed among the Global Top 100 Performers (out of 2,259 teams from 119 universities around the world). The course is given by faculty members:

  • James Nolt, Ph.D., associate professor of management and economics, NYIT-Nanjing
  • Ram Engira, adjunct professor of management information systems, NYIT-Manhattan
  • Abram Poczter, Ph.D., professor of management, NYIT-Old Westbury
  • Faisal Al-Khateeb, Ph.D., associate professor of management information systems, NYIT-Abu Dhabi

Faculty and staff members of NYIT's Vocational Independence Program (VIP) contributed to 32 entries in The Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of VIP. Oren Shtayermman, Ph.D., assistant professor of mental health counseling, also contributed to the publication. Read more.

Nada Anid, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was invited to serve as co-chair of the Engineering and Architecture Regional Industry Council of the Long Island STEM Hub. In addition, the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, N.Y., invited Anid to join its Aviation/Aerospace Regional Industry Council.

Cathy Bernard, associate professor of English, published the letter to the editor, "Online Classes for the Masses: What Gets Lost," in the Nov. 27 issue of the New York Times. Read more.

Annie Christain, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at NYIT-Nanjing, published three poems in Wag's Revue: "Pretending to Go and Come from Heaven by Fire," "The Andy Griffith Show: The Guitar Player," and "Thomas the Tank Engine Revelation 9." Read more. In addition, Christain read her poetry via videoconference at the 47th Annual Western Literature Association Conference on Nov. 9 in Lubbock, Texas.

Senior nursing students enrolled in a community health nursing course taught by Barbara Diggle-Fox, instructor of nursing, held health promotion and education sessions on Nov. 14 at NYIT-Old Westbury. They performed blood pressure, breast cancer, and diabetes screenings and presented information on STDs and nutrition.

A course in meetings, events, conventions, and expositions taught by Alan Fairbairn, associate professor of hospitality studies, includes the development of service-learning projects by his students, such as the "Music Event for Diabetes" at NYIT-Old Westbury. The Dec. 2 event attracted nearly 150 attendees and raised $1,340 for the American Diabetes Association, an effort that taught students about the importance of community service and forming partnerships.

Research on developing a wireless recording system for gastric activity and stomach contraction by Aydin Farajidavar, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, will be highlighted in the December issue of SCOPE Magazine, a quarterly publication of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. Farajidavar's system is the first of its kind to wirelessly record stomach contractions and could help physicians to chronically monitor stomach activity in real time. Electrical dysrhythmias of the stomach have been associated with significant gastric disorders.

Robert J. Koenig, Ed.D., associate dean of the School of Management, hosted the three-hour seminar, "What Health Care Reform Means for the Hospitality Industry," on Nov. 29 at NYIT-Manhattan. The professional seminar was attended by more than 75 hospitality, human resources, legal, and management personnel and sponsored by the New York City Hospitality Alliance, Fox Rothschild LLP, and Cohn Reznick Benefit Consultants.

November 2012

Employee Recognition Ceremony

NYIT recognized employees who have achieved important milestones in their years of service at the university during a Nov. 15 luncheon and awards ceremony at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury. Pictured is Robinson Despeignes, associate director of international education, with President Guiliano at the ceremony. Read more.

Congratulations to staff members in the Office of Publications and Advertising on earning top honors for product and service marketing presented by the 2012 International GALAXY Awards. Read more.

Faculty members in the School of Health Professions and the College of Osteopathic Medicine presented "Enhancing Baccalaureate Nursing Education Through Technology: Integrating Interprofessional Core Competencies of Communication and Teamwork Through Multidisciplinary High Fidelity Simulation Scenarios" at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Baccalaureate Education Conference on "Changes and Challenges in Baccalaureate Nursing Education," Nov. 16 in San Antonio, Texas. In addition, the faculty group presented "Integrating Interprofessional Core Competencies of Communication and Teamwork Through Multidisciplinary High Fidelity Simulation Scenarios" at the Seventh Annual Evidenced Based Practice Research Conference on "Translating Evidence From Bench to Bedside," Oct. 25 in Melville, N.Y.

  • Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor and chair of the Department of Nursing. She was also selected to receive a completive scholarship to attend a training course for certification in End-Of-Life and Palliative Care for Veterans prior to the conference in San Antonio, Texas. This certification is an example of how nursing faculty members are committed to First Lady Michelle Obama's "Joining Forces" initiative and to NYIT as a veterans-friendly institution.
  • Lisa Sparacino, R.N., instructor and chair of the Department of Nursing's simulation committee.
  • Tony Errichetti, Ph.D., professor, chief of virtual medicine, and director of the NYIT Institute for Clinical Competence (ICC).
  • Patricia Myers-Hill, associate director of the ICC.
  • Anthony Guerne, patient simulation specialist for the ICC.
  • Barbara Piccirillo, assistant professor of physician assistant studies.
  • Barbara Wighton, R.N., lab supervisor and adjunct professor of nursing.

Zehra Ahmed, assistant professor and coordinator of community health initiatives for the NYIT Department of Physician Assistant Studies, was appointed as a member of the Nassau University Health Center's Ethics Committee.

Babak D. Beheshti, associate dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, has been selected by the IEEE-USA Nominations and Appointments Committee to serve as a candidate for the 2013 IEEE-USA vice president of career and member services. Candidates for this position will appear on a slate to be voted upon by the IEEE-USA Assembly on Dec. 14.

Nicholas Dagen Bloom, Ph.D., associate professor of social sciences and director of the NYIT Core Curriculum, was interviewed as part of a segment on public housing for Brian Lehrer.TV. The segment aired four times on CUNY TV during the week of Nov. 12. Watch the segment. In addition, Bloom organized a well-attended panel on public housing at the October 2012 Urban History Association meeting at Columbia University and led a tour of major public housing projects for visiting scholars, including leading researchers from MIT and Oxford University. The panel was selected for coverage by a popular academic blog. Read more.

Susana H. Case, Ph.D., professor and coordinator for behavioral sciences at NYIT-Manhattan, had an excerpt from her chapbook, The Scottish Café, reprinted in the November 2012 edition of The BIG Notebook, a newsletter of the MAA Special Interest Group for Mathematics in Business, Industry, and Government. To read more, download a pdf (see page 4).

Claude Gagna, Ph.D., associate professor of life sciences and director of NYIT's biology laboratories, was invited by New Jersey Medical School in Newark to present the Grand Rounds for its medical students, medical residents, physicians, and teaching and research faculty in November. His seminar on "Novel Multi-Stranded, Alternative and Helical Transitional DNA and RNA Microarrays (Next Generation Microarrays): Applications to Dermatology" discussed the Gagna/NYIT patent in terms of clinical medicine. In addition, he gave a seminar on Nov. 15 at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J., on "B-DNA, Z-DNA and Single-Stranded DNA in Normal Human Epidermis: Effects of Cell Death (Apoptosis and Terminal Differentiation/Denucleation)." His discussion focused on research involving normal and diseased skin and how DNA plays a role in both.

Peter Harris, chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance, published the article, "The Positive Future Outlook of the Last In First Out Inventory Methods," in the September 2012 issue of the Asian Journal of Empirical Research, and co-authored "COSO Explores Avoiding Bias in Individual Business Decisions as a Form of Corporate Governance," with Katherine Kinkela, adjunct professor of accounting, in the September/October 2012 issue of Internal Auditing.

Francy Magee, dean of campus life at NYIT-Old Westbury, presented the paper, "Classroom Based Learning for Faculty: What Professors Learn from their Students about Teaching," on Nov. 16 at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education in Las Vegas.

Charles Matz, assistant professor of interior design, conceived the mobile exhibition pavilion for "Through My Window," an acclaimed photography show slated to appear in Milan and Paris in 2013. Read more.

Sarah Meyland, J.D., director of the NYIT Center for Water Resources Management, gave a presentation to the Long Beach League of Women Voters, city officials, and members of the public on the importance of the Lloyd Aquifer, the only source of water for the City of Long Beach, N.Y. Her presentation was held shortly before Hurricane Sandy, which caused tremendous damage to the city's infrastructure, including its drinking water system.

Michael Schwarting, professor of architecture who is on sabbatical this year, recently completed a month at the American Academy in Rome as an affiliated fellow from NYIT. He is working on a book, Rome: Formation and Transformation, about urban design in Rome during the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of the NYIT Vocational Independence Program (VIP), and Paul Cavanagh, Ph.D., director of academics and evaluation for VIP, published the article, "Planning Your Special Child's Future: It's Never Too Early to Start!," on Nov. 13 in Parenting Special Needs Magazine.

Papers by Nader Vossoughian, associate professor of architecture, and Tobias Holler, assistant professor of architecture, were accepted for the annual meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture on "New Constellations, New Ecologies," March 21-24, 2013 in San Francisco.

James Wyckoff, adjunct assistant professor of communications arts, gave a presentation on "Health Communication Employment Opportunities" to the health sciences class of Assistant Professor Lorraine Mongiello on Nov. 14 at NYIT-Old Westbury.

Tobi Abramson

Staff members at the NYIT Community Service Centers in Old Westbury and Manhattan registered more than 450 voters in advance of the Nov. 6 presidential election. Through actions such as voter registration drives on campus and in the residence halls, hosting a lively student debate, and gathering students to watch televised presidential debates, the NYIT community showed its civic engagement.

Tobi Abramson, Ph.D., gave a presentation on the brain and human behavior to students in a psychology class (pictured) at North Shore High School in Glen Head, N.Y.

Zehra Ahmed, assistant professor and coordinator of community health initiatives for the NYIT Department of Physician Assistant Studies, was appointed to the Clinical Education Committee of the Physician Assistant Education Association.

AB Architekten, a firm run by Matthias Altwicker, associate professor and chair of the Department of Architecture, has published an article on "Next Generation Housing Project for Hempstead, Long Island" in the book, Architecture of Low Energy Consumption. Read more. In addition, his firm presented the current state of a new vision plan for Fulton Street in Brooklyn on Oct. 11 at Cornell University as part of the MasterPlans/MasterMinds presentation for DesigNYC.

Susana H. Case, Ph.D., professor and coordinator for behavioral sciences at NYIT-Manhattan, signed a contract with Anaphora Literary Press for her book, Elvis Presley's Hips & Mick Jagger's Lips.

Annie Christain, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at NYIT-Nanjing, has published the poem, "Puteum Abyssi: Till I Get to the Bottom and I See You Again," which will appear in a forthcoming issue of Oxford Poetry.

Jack Conrad, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy, was a guest lecturer in late October at Villanova University. His lecture, "Alotta Squamata: More Branches on the Family Tree of Lizards and Snakes," reviewed approaches used to study the evolutionary history of reptiles, recent advancements in the field, and his research program at NYIT.

Mar de Fez-Laso, Ph.D., associate professor of physics at NYIT-Bahrain, served as the keynote speaker at the 2012 Research Forum of AHLIA University, Nov. 5-6 in Bahrain. She spoke about the Large Hadron Collider and gave a summary of the latest results in experimental particle physics, with a focus on searches for the particle Higgs boson.

Claude Gagna, Ph.D., associate professor of life sciences and director of NYIT's biology laboratories, was named an honorary member of the NYIT chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society at the Old Westbury campus.

Jonathan Goldman, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, attended the Modernist Studies Association Conference, Oct. 18-21 in Las Vegas, Nev. He chaired a panel on "Modernism and Self-Help" and participated in a seminar, where he discussed his paper, "What Was Shavianism?" on the elusive legacy of George Bernard Shaw.

NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., delivered the keynote speech, "The Pixarization of Global Education and Technology Management in Media and Communications," at the International Forum of Higher Education in Media and Communication's MLeague Education Forum 2012 on Oct. 20 in Beijing, China. Coordinated by the Communication University of China, the forum gathered higher education leaders and experts from around the world to discuss trends in media and communications education. Read his speech. In addition, President Guiliano published a Huffington Post commentary on "The College Students of Tomorrow and the Ongoing Paradigm Shift in Education." Read more and share the blog post directly from The Huffington Post via Twitter and Facebook.

Mindy Haar, Ph.D., director of program development for the NYIT Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, presented an Oct. 23 national continuing education webinar, "Is There a Proactive Diet to Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer?" The webinar for health professionals was sponsored by Gannett Education and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. View the webinar.

Tobias Holler, assistant professor of architecture, gave an Oct. 16 presentation in Manhattan as part of the American Institute of Architects' New Practices New York lecture series in celebration of Archtober, architecture and design month in New York City. Read more.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of NYIT's technical writing programs, had an article published on the website for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, an international think tank of which he is an affiliate scholar. Read the article, "Do Medieval and Renaissance Androids Presage the Posthuman?"

Fred Rosen, adjunct associate professor of communication arts, had his Writer's Digest article, "How to Submit Nonfiction Books," reprinted in Writer's Yearbook 2013.

Amr A. Swid, Ph.D., assistant professor and dean of students at NYIT-Bahrain, published the article, "The Moderating Role of Socialization Efforts in Newcomer Adjustment," in the International Journal of Economics and Business Research. Read more.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean of NYIT's Vocational Independence Program, presented the paper, "The Emergence of Comprehensive Transition and Post-Secondary Programs for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities or Higher Functioning Autism," at the New York State Council for Exceptional Children Annual Convention, Nov. 2-3 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Sabiha A. Wadoo, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, published the paper, "Adaptive Control of a Hyperbolic Partial Differential Equation System with Uncertain Parameters," at the 2012 International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Sept. 16-19 in Anchorage, Alaska. Read more.

October 2012

Walk for Independence

Faculty, staff, and students (pictured) representing NYIT's Vocational Independence Program (VIP) participated in the annual Benjamin J. Cecil Walk for Independence on Oct. 13 in Central Islip, N.Y. More than 200 people attended the event, which raised almost $12K in scholarships for VIP students. Staff members from NYIT's Department of Food Services provided walkers with a continental breakfast to energize them before the walk, followed by carnival games staffed by the NYIT women’s softball team and Jason Imperati, athletics compliance officer.

Members of the School of Health Professions who are faculty associates of the NYIT Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics presented the paper, "Bridging the Academic and Community Divide," in a session on Geriatric Education for Preparing the Next Generation at the 40th Annual Conference of the State Society on Aging of New York Conference, Oct. 17-19 in Rochester, N.Y. They include:

  • Tobi Abramson, Ph.D., director of the NYIT Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics and the mental health counseling program.
  • Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor and chair of the Department of Nursing.
  • Mindy Haar, Ph.D., director of the graduate program in clinical nutrition and the didactic program in dietetics.
  • Veronica Southard, D.H.Sc., associate professor of physical therapy.

Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, had her U.S. patent application, "Forwarding Data Through a Three-Stage Clos-Network Packet Switch with Memory at each Stage," approved on Sept. 25.

Claude Gagna, Ph.D., associate professor of life sciences and director of NYIT biology laboratories, published the letter, "Publish and Perish," in the October 2012 issue of Scientific American. The letter discussed the recent controversy about releasing precise data on how to make the deadly H5N1 virus airborne and possible dangers of this data being used in bioterrorism.

Leonard B. Goldstein, D.D.S., Ph.D., director of clerkship education for NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine; and Frank Genese, OMS IV, published the article, "Trigeminal Neuralgia: A Closer Look at this Enigmatic and Debilitating Disease, Part II," in the October 2012 edition of Practical Pain Management.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of NYIT's technical writing programs, published the article, "Robots, Moving Statues, and Automata in Ancient Tales and History," in the book, Critical Insights: Technology & Humanity.

Flu Clinic Participants

Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor and chair of the Department of Nursing; Barbara Diggle-Fox, instructor of nursing; and Roisin Rogers, adjunct professor of nursing, oversaw senior nursing students who participated as one of several teams in an Oct. 18 flu vaccination clinic in Freeport, N.Y. NYIT nursing students attend county-wide flu clinics as part of their community health clinical course rotations each year.

Breast Cancer Walkers

In addition, Diggle-Fox and Carol Caico, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing, walked in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk with NYIT nursing students on Oct. 21 at Jones Beach, where they were among more than 60,000 participants—a record-setting number and the largest turnout of any U.S. state for this breast cancer walk.

Kate E. O'Hara, Ph.D., assistant professor of instructional technology, presented "Technology Meets InTASC: Creating Artifact ePortfolios" at the Curriculum, Learning, and Assessment Studies Conference, Oct. 17 at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, N.J. Her presentation focused on the process of assisting K-12 teachers in the Newark Global Village School Zone to create digital artifact portfolios aligned with InTASC (the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) model core teaching standards.

Thomas Zimmerman (D.O. '00), assistant professor of family medicine, is a Certified Professional in Health Care Information and Management Systems, which demonstrates experience, knowledge, competency and skills in the analysis, design, implementation and maintenance of health care information technology systems.

In addition, he was elected as president of the American Osteopathic Association of Medical Informatics and invited to speak about the implementation of electronic medical record systems on behalf of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians in October.

Nicholas Dagen Bloom, Ph.D., associate professor, chair of interdisciplinary studies, and director of the NYIT core curriculum, was interviewed by the nationally distributed magazine, The American Prospect. In addition, his research findings on public housing provided material for two articles in the magazine: Joel Klein's Misleading Autobiography" and "Public Housing: Government-Sponsored Segregation."

Carol Caico, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing, has published two papers in the Journal of Nursing: "Perimenopause/Menopause Support Research Program: A Pilot Study" (February-April 2012 issue) and "Lifelong Implications of MRSA: A Case Study" (May-July 2012 issue).

Elizabeth J. Donaldson, Ph.D., associate professor of English, presented the paper, "Avatar, Neuroprosthesis, and the Death of the Disabled/Human Body," at the Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Sept. 30 in Milwaukee, Wisc.

Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been awarded a $2,500 mini-grant through the National Science Foundation's ENGAGE program, subcontracted by Stevens Institute of Technology, to evaluate the spatial skills of incoming NYIT engineering students and provide training for those in need of such skills. Strong spatial visualization skills are cognitive skills linked to success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Today Show

In celebration of Physician Assistant (PA) Week, Lawrence Herman, associate professor and director of physician assistant studies and primary care initiatives, participated in PAs on the Plaza, Oct. 10 on NBC's "TODAY Show" hosted by Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer. They spoke with hundreds of PAs in attendance. Herman, who is also president-elect of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, is pictured holding an NYIT umbrella.

Tobias Holler, assistant professor of architecture, provided commentary for the Oct. 3 article, "Design Key to Architecture Success," in Long Island Business News. Read more (login required).

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of NYIT's technical writing programs, has been invited to join the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, a nonprofit, international think tank that seeks to understand the impact of emerging technologies on individuals and societies, locally and globally. Read more at ieet.org.

Jim Martinez, Ph.D., assistant professor of instructional technology, served as a panelist at the 2012 Performing the World Conference, Oct. 4-7 in New York City. He participated in the session, "CESTEMER: Cultivating Ensembles in STEM Education and Research."

Michelle Posner-Stylianou, teacher/counselor for NYIT's Vocational Independence Program, was featured in the Oct. 11 article, "RP Artists Meld Nature with Canvas in Exhibit," in The Village Beacon Record. The article discusses her dual art exhibition with husband, Stelios, scheduled to open on Friday, Oct. 19 at the Knox School Solarium Gallery in St. James, N.Y.

Fred Rosen, adjunct associate professor of communication arts, recently completed a story for the April 2013 issue of Hustler magazine. It will be the first article to appear in a national magazine about the use of nano drones, robotic hummingbirds, flies and moths developed for surveillance purposes by a consortium of private businesses and universities, and points out that at present, there is no legislation restricting their use in domestic air space.

Giovanni Santamaria, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of architecture, delivered the lecture, "CrosScape. Urbanized Territories and Integrated Methodologies," at the Third International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies: Spaces and Flows, Oct. 11-12 at Wayne State University in Detroit. Read more.

Donglin Wang, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at NYIT-Nanjing, is a co-author of "Modified Linear Prediction Algorithm for Narrow Band Interference Suppression in Universal Mobile Telecommunication System," accepted on Oct. 13 in the refereed Wiley journal, Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing.

NYIT Faculty

Faculty members attended a cross-disciplinary networking wine and cheese reception hosted by NYIT Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D. (pictured, far right) on Oct. 2 in Manhattan.

Nada Anid, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, and Roger Smith, adjunct professor of architecture, were quoted in the Oct. 3 article, "The Future of Engineering Firms," in Long Island Business News. In addition, Anid was invited to join the newly founded Engineering Regional Industry Council of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council.

Deepa Bhalla, director of the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), and Vanderie Vielie, HEOP counselor, organized a Sept. 21 cultural exchange for NYIT students in New York City. Read more.

Nicholas Dagen Bloom, Ph.D., associate professor, chair of interdisciplinary studies, and director of the NYIT core curriculum, wrote the article, "Learning from New York," accepted by the Journal of the American Planning Association.

Amy Bravo, director of experiential education and employer outreach, served as a panelist for the presentation, "Introducing Service-Learning Into the Curriculum and Assessment Methods," moderated by Adrienne McNally, assistant director of experiential education. The Sept. 24 event was hosted by the Long Island Regional Service-Learning Network at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue N.Y.

Susana H. Case, Ph.D., professor and coordinator for behavioral sciences at NYIT-Manhattan, published the poem, "Zeno in Keweenaw," in the October 2012 issue of Pudding Magazine.

Annie Christain, Ph.D., assistant professor of English at NYIT-Nanjing, helped to organize an American Culture Club meeting on the topic of life at the U.S. military academy West Point, Oct. 8 in China.

Lawrence Herman, associate professor and director of physician assistant studies and primary care initiatives, was a guest of Dr. Aaron Katz, chair of the Department of Urology at Winthrop University Hospital, on "Katz's Corner," a live broadcast aired on Oct. 7 on WABC 770 radio. He represented the American Academy of Physician Assistants, of which he is president-elect. Listen to a podcast of the show.

David S. Hogsette, Ph.D., professor of English and coordinator of the writing program at NYIT-Old Westbury, delivered the presentation, "Using Safari Live Web-Conferencing Technology in Technical Writing Courses: How Nonhuman Software Can Rehumanize Online Learning Spaces," at the Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Sept. 30 in Milwaukee, Wisc. Read more.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of NYIT's technical writing programs, presented the talk, "A Survey of Tools for Teaching with Technology," at the Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Sept. 30 in Milwaukee, Wisc. The presentation was part of a panel called "Teaching in the Age of New Media," and was co-authored by Francine Glazer, Ph.D., assistant provost and director of the NYIT Center for Teaching and Learning, and Sebastien Marion, librarian III, virtual services. Co-investigators included Daniel Quigley, Ph.D., associate professor of English and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Stanley Silverman, professor of education and director of Technology-Based Learning Systems; Michael Uttendorfer, Ed.D., associate professor of education and assistant provost of academic affairs; and Kate O'Hara, Ph.D., assistant professor of education.

Michael Schiavi, Ph.D., professor of English, read the paper, "When One (Dead) Gay Italian Son Helps Another," at the Sept. 29 conference, Radically Gay: The Life and Visionary Legacy of Harry Hay, in New York City.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of the NYIT Vocational Independence Program (VIP), and Paul Cavanagh, Ph.D., director of academics and evaluation for VIP, published the Oct. 5 article, "Employment and Transitioning: Ten Tips to Finding the Right Transition Program," in Exceptional Parent magazine.

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