Faculty/Staff Achievements 2014

1st Quarter

March 2014

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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