Faculty/Staff Achievements 2013

 4th Quarter

December 2013

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."

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.

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.

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.

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."

The book of poems, Earth and Below, by Susana H. Case, Ph.D. (shcase@nyit.edu) professor and coordinator for behavioral sciences at NYIT-Manhattan, is listed as a "Best Holiday Buy for Poetry 2013" in the November 2013 issue of the Washington Independent Review of Books. The publication wrote: "This is an incredibly important book about organizing labor and copper workers. Its illustrations could make up a history course. Its writing could change a world view of inequities." Read more.

November 2013

Claude Gagna, Ph.D., 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., 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.

Maureen Cardoza, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor of nursing, and Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N., 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., 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, 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., 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., associate professor of teacher education, and Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D., 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., 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., 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.

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.

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

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."

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.

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.

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.

NYIT staff members and students participated in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk on Oct. 20 in New York City, including:

  • Deepa Bhalla, director of NYIT's Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP).
  • Vanderie Vielie, HEOP counselor.
  • Susan Heim, director of residential life at NYIT-Manhattan.
  • Josheema Oliver, assistant director of residential life at NYIT-Manhattan.
  • Michael Schneider, director of Counseling and Wellness at NYIT-Manhattan.

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Susana H. Case, Ph.D., professor and coordinator for behavioral sciences at NYIT-Manhattan, read her work on Oct. 1 at Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City. Her poem, "The Acid Thrower's Wife," appears in the current issue of Hawai'i Pacific Review, and her poems, "Garbage" and "Happiness Is an Option" are published in the current issue of The Milo Review.

Deborah Y. Cohn, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing, co-published the article, "The Bright Side: An Examination of Green Marketing Product Strategies for Sustainability with Diffusion of Innovation Characteristics," in the 2013 issue of the European Journal of Business Research.

Elizabeth Donaldson, associate professor of English, presented her paper, "ELIZA, Meet PARRY: Psychiatry and Mechanical Reproduction," on Oct. 6 at the annual meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts in Notre Dame, Ind. The paper explores chatterbot computer programs and psychiatry. Read an abstract (PDF).

Peter Douris, Ed.D., co-published the article, "Martial Arts Training Attenuates Arterial Stiffness in Middle Aged Adults," in the September 2013 issue of the Asian Journal of Sports Medicine. Read more (PDF).

PAs in the Plaza

Lawrence Herman, associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies, and president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), brought favorable attention to his profession with NYIT students on Oct. 8 for a Today Show broadcast featuring "PAs on the Plaza" (pictured at right). The event was part of PA Week 2013 organized by the AAPA.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., associate professor of English, presented the paper, "Robots and Emotions: Theories, Prescriptions, and Ethical Implications," at a conference on "The Posthuman: Differences, Embodiments, Performativity," Sept. 11-14 at Sapienza University in Rome, Italy.

Frank Mruk, associate dean of the School of Architecture and Design, made a presentation for the event, "New York State Schools of Architecture: Deans Roundtable," at the AIA Regional Convention, Sept. 27 in Syracuse, N.Y. He also served as a reviewer for the Oct. 11 design challenge, Build a Better Burb: ParkingPLUS, organized by the Long Island Index.

Staff members in the Office of Career Services organized and attended "Out in the Workplace" on Oct. 8 at KPMG in Manhattan. In addition to NYIT, event co-hosts were Fordham University, John Jay College, Pace University, and Columbia University. More than 30 NYIT students, staff, and alumni attended the community event to raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by members of the LGBTQ community and how they, with the help of progressive leaders and allies, can work together to make the workplace an inclusive environment for all. The event started with a lively networking session, followed by a diverse panel of speakers from the financial sector, professional services, education, journalism, and higher education. NYIT participants included:

  • Michael Schiavi, professor of English, who served as moderator.
  • Amy Bravo, assistant dean of career services, who served as committee chair.

Staff members from NYIT's Vocational Independence Program organized the 3rd annual Benjamin J. Cecil Walk for Independence and Homecoming on Oct. 5 in Central Islip, N.Y. The event featured a 5K walk, food, games and prizes, and a yard sale. Members of the NYIT lacrosse team manned booths along the midway and the event was even visited by the NYIT Bear. Proceeds from the event went to scholarships for students with disabilities.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of the NYIT Vocational Independence Program, published the article, "Overcoming Obstacles to Employment," in the October 2013 issue of Exceptional Parent magazine. 

PICTURED: James Henry Dunne (far left) organized an experiential learning trip to Citi Field for NYIT hospitality students. See his faculty news item for more information.

Faculty members in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, alumni, and more than 50 NYIT students attended the New York State Society of Physician Assistants Fall 2013 CME Conference, Oct. 4-6 in Tarrytown, N.Y. Their contributions included:

  • Frank Acevedo, assistant professor of physician assistant studies, presented the lecture, "Fluid Management in the Critically Ill Patient."
  • Jeff Chianfagna, adjunct assistant professor of physician assistant studies, presented two lectures: "ABGs and Mechanical Ventilation" and "Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines."
  • Lawrence Herman, associate professor, chairperson of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, and president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, gave the keynote address, "National Update on the State of the Profession and the Impact of Affordable Care Act."
  • David Jackson, D.H.Sc., associate professor of physician assistant studies, moderated the Medical Jeopardy Challenge Bowl attended by more than 300 students from across the state and presented the State of the State, Legislative Update and Agenda, as the society's government affairs chair. He also co-presented the poster, "The Effects of Organ Donation Education on Physician Assistant Donor Status," with Jennifer Bienz (M.S. '13) and Lauren Walsh (M.S. '13).
  • Kristine Prazak, assistant professor of physician assistant studies, presented the lecture, "Ovarian Cancer: Why Does It Continue to Elude Us?"

Nada Anid, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, and Marta Panero, Ph.D., director of strategic partnerships for the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, co-published the article, "Weathering the Storm - Power Generation of the Future," in the second quarter newsletter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals. The article discusses the potential of microgrids as sustainable, resilient components of 21st-century power infrastructure, and NYIT's plans to research and implement a power system run completely on renewable resources at its Old Westbury campus. Read more (PDF, page 11).

John Hanc, associate professor of communication arts, wrote the article, "Elderly Acting Just Might Improve … Line, Please!" The story published in The New York Times on Sept. 9 examined new research into the cognitive benefits of acting for older adults and included interviews with prominent psychologists and neuroscientists. Read more.

Yuko Oda, associate professor of fine arts, has a 2-D drawing and 3-D digital sculpture installation on display as part of the group exhibition, "Back to the Reality," at Projekt 722 Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y. The exhibition opened on Oct. 4 and runs to Oct. 27.

Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., vice president for health sciences and medical affairs, has received the American Osteopathic Association's highest award, the Distinguished Service Certificate, in recognition of her accomplishments in furthering the osteopathic medical profession. Read more.

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of NYIT's Vocational Independence Program, was the keynote speaker at the Aaron School Symposium on transition, Oct. 1 at Pace University in New York City.

Cheryl Zauderer, assistant professor of nursing, published the article, "Reflective Learning and Self-Reflection: Strategies to Decrease Anxiety in the Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nursing Experience," in the July/August 2013 issue of Nursing Education Perspectives.

James Henry Dunne, J.D., assistant professor of hospitality management, organized an experiential learning trip to Citi Field on Sept. 27 for NYIT students in the Society of Hosteurs. The outing included an expansive tour of food and beverage services in the stadium, which offers some of the highest-rated quality of food, across all price points, in the United States.

Peter Harris, professor and chair of the Department of Accounting, is quoted in the article, "Money Fix: Social Security Rules," on Oct. 2 in Newsday. Read more.

Steven J. Shapiro, Ph.D., professor of finance and director of the NYIT Center for Risk Management, is quoted in the Oct. 1 Christian Science Monitor article, "What Government Shutdown?" Wall Street Shrugs Off D.C. Turmoil-For Now." Read more.

Congratulations to the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences on receiving a $1.2 million federal grant from the Economic Development Administration to fund and establish an Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center at NYIT. The award was announced on Sept. 26 by U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Congressman Steve Israel. The center will serve as an incubator to foster on-campus business creation and create 65 jobs. Read more.

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Lawrence Herman, associate professor and chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, and president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, led the Sept. 25 media event, "American Academy of Physician Assistants Virtual Briefing on States Addressing Increased Health Care Demand." Participants on the call included The Associated Press, Bloomberg, Scripps Howard, The Kansas City Star, and St. Louis Business Journal, among others.

In addition, Herman made the keynote presentation, "The Affordable Care Act and the Four Mega Forces That Will Drive Health Care," Sept. 18 at the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistant CME Conference in New Orleans, La. He also presented the conference poster, "Variability in the Administration of Liquid Medications by Prescribing Clinicians Using a Spoon."

Yuko Oda, associate professor of fine arts, presented the art game installation, Flying, at the DUMBO Arts Festival, Sept. 27-29 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Read more.

A building preservation project by Michael Schwarting, professor of architecture, and Frances Campani, associate professor of architecture, is featured in the article, "In Queens, Now May Not Be Time for an Old House of the Future," Sept. 18 in The New York Times. The article describes their efforts to preserve Aluminaire House, the first prefabricated all-metal house made in the United States and a past NYIT architecture project. Read more.

Alan Fairbairn, associate professor of hospitality management, attended a certification seminar hosted by Smith Travel Research in Nashville, Tenn. The seminar provides the basis for achieving CHIA (Certified Hotel Investment Analyst) offered through the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Certification will allow Fairbairn to offer the same opportunity to NYIT students. To date, only about 200 people worldwide have completed CHIA.

Peter Harris, professor of accounting, and Petra Dilling, associate professor of accounting, co-published the paper, "Communication of Corporate Social Responsibility Information on Canadian Corporate Webpages," in the fall 2013 issue of The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice. They also co-presented the paper, "The Theoretical Defenses of the Last in First in Inventory Methods," at the Global Business and International Management Conference, July 2-4 at NYIT-Vancouver.

In addition, Harris contributed to the process of refereeing papers for publication in The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social, and Cultural Context and was noted as an associate editor for his efforts.

David S. Hogsette, Ph.D., professor of English and writing coordinator at NYIT-Old Westbury, presented the paper, "Romanticism in Victorian Mythopoeic Fantasy: The Relationship between Coleridge's Cognitive Theory and George MacDonald's Redemptive Imagination," at the International Conference on Romanticism hosted by Oakland University, Sept. 26-29 in Rochester, Mich. The conference celebrated its 20th year, and Hogsette has participated in it multiple times since 1994. This year, he was invited to chair a panel on "Creative Relations," which investigated various issues related to Romantic theories of creation and creativity and how they played out in reality.

Robert J. Koenig, Ed.D., associate dean of the School of Management, delivered the presentation, "Leadership, Etiquette, and Service in the Hospitality Industry," at the Brotherhood Winery, America's oldest winery, on Sept. 25 in Washingtonville, N.Y.

Radomir Mihajlovic, Ph.D., adjunct associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was interviewed for a feature article in the September 2013 issue of Geopolitika, a European monthly magazine. He discussed systems problems, general prospects, and specific benefits of small countries on the path to a global, unified world.

Giovanni Santamaria, Ph.D., adjunct professor of architecture, served as a panelist for the lecture, "The Humanistic Legacy in Renzo Piano's Architecture," Sept. 26 at Montclair University. As part of the panel, he presented the discussion, "Renzo Piano: Tekne and Poiesis, Character of the Place between Groundscape and Roofscape."

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of the NYIT Vocational Independence Program, published the article, "Managing the Effects of Divorce on Kids with and without Disabilities," Sept. 20 on ExpertBeacon.com.

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