Faculty/Staff Achievements 2014

2nd Quarter

June 2014

On May 20, Alex Ott, Ed.D., associate dean, Academic and Enrollment Support Services, co-presented a workshop entitled "Retention Initiatives: From Enrollment Management to Institutional Interventions" at the New York State Transfer and Articulation Association's 21st annual conference in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR), Washington D.C., has elected Niharika Nath, Ph.D., associate professor, life sciences, as a councilor in the health sciences division. In her three-year term beginning June 2014, she will assist CUR in hosting undergraduate poster sessions on Capitol Hill and producing its quarterly journal.

Kelly Imperial, associate director of admissions and development for NYIT’s Vocational Independence Program,  had her article, “Explore postsecondary options for students with learning differences” published on ExpertBeacon.com. Read the article.

Sharon Koehler, D.O., is planning a Breast Health Symposium & Men’s Health Program on Sept. 21, 12:30 – 2 p.m. at the Grace international Cathedral, Uniondale, N.Y.  Funded by a grant from the Church of St. Patrick (Huntington, N.Y.) and the New York Breast Cancer Support Group, the event is free of charge and includes lunch.  Other participating faculty include: Assistant Professors Sonia Rivera Martinez, D.O., Kathleen Pergament, D.O., Brookshield Laurent, D.O., Carlos Magalhaes, D.O., and Assistant Dean Bhuma Krishnamachari, Ph.D.

NYITCOM Dean Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O., and Sheldon Yao, D.O., acting chair of the OMM department, along with graduating student physicians John Hassani, Martin Gagne, and Gebe George, published "Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment as a Useful Adjunctive Tool for Pneumonia" in the 87th issue of Journal of Visual Experiments (JoVE). One of the first video journals focusing on the use of OMT for pneumonia, it allows readers to view demonstrations of osteopathic manipulative techniques. View the presentation.

May 2014

Anthony DiMatteo, professor of English, published the poem, "Second Nature," in The Cortland Review. Read more.

Aydin Farajidavar, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, co-presented a poster based on his research paper, "A Multichannel Wireless Mapping System for Monitoring Gastric Slow Wave Activity," during Digestive Disease Week in May. He gave a talk on the same topic at the 2014 International Gastrointestinal Electrophysiology Society (IGES) meeting on May 3 in Chicago. His paper received the Robert Stern Best Young Investigator Award from IGES. Farajidavar developed his multichannel wireless mapping system in NYIT's Integrated Medical Systems Laboratory and tested it in the Auckland Bioengineering Institute at University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D., associate professor of teacher education, and Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D., associate professor of instructional technology, presented the paper, "The Impact of Professional Development on Middle School Science Teachers' New Literacy Practices in the Classrooms," at the 2014 annual conference of the Internal Reading Association on May 10 in New Orleans, La.

Nada Anid, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, received the Outstanding Faculty Recognition Award at NYIT's Student Affairs Leadership and Service Ceremony on May 2. The award honors her dedication to NYIT students, who collectively noted: "Not only does she try to prepare us for the real world academically, she extends a hand to make those personal connections that are so vital to our success."

Ed Jessup, librarian II, published the article "Emotional Branding Creates the Bond" in Quirk's Marketing Research Media. Read an abstract.

Paul Cavanagh, Ph.D., assistant dean of NYIT Vocational Independence Program (VIP), and Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of NYIT VIP, co-wrote the chapter, "Residential and Treatment Options for Adolescents and Young Adults on the Autism Spectrum," in Adolescents and Adults on the Autism Spectrum, a book published by the Yale University Child Study Center.

Lawrence Herman, associate professor and chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, gave the panel presentation, "The Promise and Potential of Personalized Cancer Care: Integrating Personalized Medicine into Clinical Practice," on April 29 at the American Cancer Society Meeting on the National Forum on the Future of Health Care in Washington, DC. He also provided expert commentary for the article, "Primary Care Crucial to Team-Based Models, Triple Aim Initiatives," published on May 6 by FierceHealthcare, a daily e-newsletter for health care executives. Read more.

Vera Manzi-Schacht, adjunct professor of fine arts, was selected as a visiting artist/scholar in residence for summer 2014 at the American Academy in Rome. The academy nurtures the creative development of archeologists, architects, writers, historians and artists.

Rozina Vavetsi, associate professor and academic coordinator of NYIT Department of Fine Arts, gave a five-day workshop on information design at École de Communication Visuelle in Paris, France.

NYIT Nursing Faculty and Students

Pictured (left to right): Barbara Diggle-Fox, assistant professor of nursing, and NYIT Student Nurses Association officers Katrina Hendrickson, Ronni Kivovitz, and Stephanie Wilches-Escobar at the 62nd Annual National Student Nurses Association Conference. For more information, read Diggle-Fox's news item.

Danielle Apfelbaum, librarian I, co-presented "Two Birds, One Stone: ePortfolios as Professional Development and Patron Programming" on April 28 at the Connecticut Library Association's 123rd conference on "Recharge! Your Creativity, Your Library, Your Career."

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 the symposium, "Preparing the Health Care Workforce: A Geriatric Education and Service Program Partnership," April 25 at the New York State Council of Practical Nursing Education Conference in Albany, N.Y.

Susana Case, Ph.D., professor and program coordinator for behavioral sciences at NYIT-Manhattan, published the book, 4 Rms w Vu, printed by Mayapple Press.

Barbara Diggle-Fox, Ph.D., R.N., assistant professor of nursing, and senior nursing students represented NYIT at the 62nd Annual National Student Nurses Association Conference, "Strong Voices and Big Dreams: Influencing the Future," April 9-13 in Nashville, Tenn. The students presented the conference poster, "Safe Patient Handling Policy for Health Care Facility." 

In addition, they raised $1,845 as part of the Student Nurses Association (SNA) team formed to support Relay for Life, NYIT's annual cancer research fundraiser, on April 25 in Old Westbury. Team SNA was recognized at the event as one of the top five NYIT fundraising groups.

Min-Chung (Amanda) Han, Ph.D., assistant professor of business at NYIT-Nanjing, published the article, "Online Financial Products' Charm Attracts Chinese Netizens," April 23 in Korea Economic Review. Her article illustrates the recent popularity of online financial products among Chinese Internet users, such as NYIT-Nanjing student Yueyue(Emily) Yang, who invested her pocket money in Yuebao, a money market fund offered by the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba.

The book, Androids and Intelligent Networks in Early Modern Literature and Culture: Artificial Slaves, by Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of NYIT technical writing programs at NYIT-Old Westbury, won honorable mention for the annual Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Book Prize. This national prize is given annually to the best book produced the year before in science fiction and technoculture studies.

April 2014

John Hyde, dean of NYIT Career Services, co-hosted a recruitment forum on April 17 in New York City on behalf of HR/NY's employer relations group. It convened career development professionals from the tri-state area to discuss "The Changing Ecosystem" of school/employer relationships. He also moderated an employer panel of college recruiters in the tech/media space who provided their perspectives on issues and solutions pertaining to some of the current challenges facing colleges and universities.

Faculty members from the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine and School of Health Professions made presentations about their latest research at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine Conference (AACOM), April 2-4 in Washington, D.C. They include:

  • "HRSA Health Careers Opportunity Program: Medical Students Gain Competence While Reaching Out to Underserved Communities," presented by Lois Small, project manager for medical educational grants; Mary Ann Achtziger, associate dean, student administration; and Ronald Portanova Ph.D., professor and associate dean of assessment.
  • "Accelerated Medical Careers: Can a 3-Year Medical Degree Enhance Rather than Dilute Professional Skills," presented by Small; John Kappenberg, Ed.D., associate professor and chair of Department of Medical Education; and William Blazey, D.O., assistant professor of family medicine. The session focused on advancing the success of osteopathic medical education as envisioned in the 2013 AACOM Report of the Blue Ribbon Commission for the Advancement of Osteopathic Medical Education.
  • "A Comprehensive Program to Enhance Family Physician Skills in Geriatrics," presented by David Yens, Ph.D., associate professor, family medicine, Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N., professor and chair, Department of Nursing; Zehra Ahmed, M.B.B.S., assistant professor of physician assistant studies; Tobi Abramson, Ph.D., assistant professor of counseling; and Tony Errichetti, Ph.D., chief of virtual medicine and director of NYIT's Institute for Clinical Competence. The session focused on developing methodologies for family medicine physicians to work more effectively with the growing geriatric population. 
  • "The Use of "Technology-Mediated Clinical Education," presented by Abraham M. Jeger, Ph.D., professor and associate dean of clinical education; David C. Levine, M.D., assistant professor and assistant dean of clinical sciences, and Leonard B. Goldstein, D.D.S., Ph.D., director of clerkship education. They focused on NYIT's use of interactive, online medical education resources to deliver a consistent core curriculum across all hospital affiliates for clerkship education. 

Kelly Imperial, associate director of admissions and development for NYIT's Vocational Independence Program, published the article, "Helping Students on the Autism Spectrum Navigate the College Search and Application Process," April 8 in Exceptional Parent magazine.

NYIT professors

PICTURED: Professors Hui-Yin Hsu and Shiang-Kwei Wang, associate professors in the School of Education, with Max Longhurst from Utah State University, at a conference in Philadelphia. For more information, read their news item.

The U.S. Patent and Trade Office issued Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, patent no. 8675673 on March 18 for her invention, "Forwarding Cells of Partitioned Data Through a Three-Stage Clos-Network Packet Switch with Memory at Each Stage."

Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D., associate dean of NYIT School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, published the paper, "Performance of a Reference Implementation of a Novel Technical Reference Model for Wireless Sensor Networks," in the fall/winter 2013 issue of the International Journal of Modern Engineering. The paper highlights a novel architecture for software design of wireless sensor networks. This hierarchical, highly modular behavioral model allows rapid development of new systems for emerging applications. The paper also presents quantitative performance measurements of the model.

Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, presented papers at the 11th IEEE International Conference on Networking, Sensing and Control, April 7-9 in Miami, Fla. They include:

  • "Microblogging as a Social Sensing Tool," which discusses the development of an online social sensing and analysis tool that harvests microblogs from Chinese twitter, Sina Weibo, and processes and analyzes data for participatory sensing and sentiment analysis.
  • "Indoor Localization for Mobile Devices," co-authored with NYIT graduate student Randolph Espejo and co-presented with NYIT students in the Research Experience for Undergraduates program who participated in the conference's student paper competition.

Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D., associate professor of teacher education, and Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D., associate professor of instructional technology, co-presented several papers at the 2014 American Educational Research Association conference, April 3-7 in Philadelphia, including:

  • "The Impact of Professional Development on Science Teachers' Technology Integration: Using Information and Communication Technologies as Cognitive Tools."
  • "Investigation of Middle School Science Teachers' and Students' Use of Technology Inside and Outside of Classroom."
  • "The Impact of Professional Development on Middle School Science Teachers' New Literacy Practices in the Classrooms."

Jim Martinez, Ph.D., assistant professor of instructional technology, and Amy Bravo, assistant dean of career services, met with a delegation of 30 elementary school principals from Holon, Israel, on April 7 to discuss NYIT's service and STEM learning initiatives with public magnet schools, and to explore potential international partnerships. Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs, welcomed the delegation on their tour of public schools in New York City.

Members of the new-peer reviewed journal Transforming Education invited Kate O'Hara, Ph.D., assistant professor of instructional technology, to serve as a member of its editorial board. The journal, published by the College of Education at the Georgia Regents University, disseminates scholarly research on transformation in education and promotes positive and progressive growth in the field.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of NYIT's Vocational Independence Program, provided his expertise for a story series on transition to adulthood for individuals with autism published by the Kennedy Krieger Institute's Interactive Autism Network webzine. The articles quote him and cite his work, including:

  • "Coming of Age: Autism and the Transition to Adulthood," published April 8, read more.
  • "Daily Living Skills: A Key to Independence for People with Autism," published April 10, read more.

Tobi Abramson, Ph.D., assistant professor of mental health counseling, presented the workshop, "Aging and Happiness: Learned Optimism, Positive Psychology, and Intrinsic Creative Flow," and participated in the roundtable discussion, "Fear of the Other: Managing Diverse Clients in a Segregated Culture," at the Aging in America Conference, March 10-15 in San Diego, Calif. She also discussed the benefits of creative engagement for older adults on the "Project Independence" radio program, March 21 on 88.1 FM.

Steven Billis, Ph.D., professor of electrical and computer engineering; Nada Marie Anid, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences; and Marta Panero, Ph.D., director of strategic partnerships for School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, co-authored the paper, "Global Competency: Are Engineering Students Ready?" It was accepted for presentation at the 121st Annual American Society for Engineering Education Conference, June 15-18 in Indianapolis. A second paper written by Billis, "Big Data Analytics: Where Is It Going and How Can It Be Taught at the Undergraduate Level? A Partnership Between NYIT and IBM," was accepted to the 2014 Frontiers in Education Conference.

Anid also made a presentation at the "U.S.-China Ten Year Framework for Energy and Environment Cooperation" bilateral meeting in Washington D.C. The meeting included high-level officials from the U.S. State Department, the National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Energy Administration, and the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection. During the meeting's "Water-Energy Nexus in Cities" session, Anid highlighted NYIT's collaborative work with Peking University as leaders in the U.S.-China "EcoPartnership on Groundwater Monitoring, Protection, and Training," and gave an overview of NYIT's upcoming global conference on the Water-Energy Nexus on April 17 in Beijing. Read more about the conference.

Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, gave the talk, "Estimation of Missing Measurements in Computer Networks: Matrix Completion vs. Compressed Sensing," at the York Tensor Scholar Program, Women in Mathematics and Computing Day, Feb. 20 in Queens, N.Y. Her presentation was part of National Engineering Week's "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" dedicated to encouraging female students to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering. She spoke alongside distinguished scholars of mathematics and computer science from universities throughout New York City.

The paper, "A Multichannel Wireless Mapping System for Monitoring Gastric Slow Wave Propagation," co-authored by Aydin Farajidavar, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, was accepted by the International Gastrointestinal Electrophysiology Society Workshop, the flagship event for gastrointestinal research during Digestive Disease Week in May 2014. The paper was also selected as the workshop's Robert Stern Award Winner. It discusses the development and validation of a novel wireless approach for recording gastric activity that will allow researchers and clinicians to accurately diagnose gastrointestinal symptoms and patterns using longitudinal studies.

Jonathan Goldman, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, presented the paper, "Literary Boogaloo," on March 22 at the 2014 meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association in New York City. His paper examines Puerto Rican literature and the genre of Latin boogaloo emanating from East Harlem in the 1960s.

The Village Voice interviewed Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of NYIT Vocational Independence Program, for the article, "Universities' Response to the Surge in Autism Diagnoses," published on April 2. Read more.

VanBergeijk also presented the paper, "Funding for Postsecondary Transition Services," at the 2014 Autism-New Jersey Transition Conference, April 4 in Clark, N.J.

NYIT faculty members, including Cheryl Zauderer, Ph.D., assistant professor of nursing, helped to prepare students for New York State Nursing Association Lobby Day on March 26 in Albany, N.Y. Read more.

Business Plan Competitors

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

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

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

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

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

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