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The New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) offers undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in more than ninety fields of study, including Architecture and Design; Arts and Sciences; Education; Engineering and Computing Sciences; Health Professions; Management; and Osteopathic Medicine.

A non-profit independent, private institution of higher education, NYIT has more than 14,000 students attending campuses on Long Island and Manhattan, online, and at its global campuses. NYIT sponsors 11 NCAA Division II programs and one Division team. Led by President Edward Guiliano, NYIT is guided by its mission to provide career-oriented professional education, offer access to opportunity to all qualified students, and support applications-oriented research that benefits the larger world. To date, 94,000 graduates have received degrees from NYIT.

In 2007 NYIT opened a campus in Nanjing, China, with undergraduate programs in Communication Arts, Business Administration, Computer Science, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. NYIT-Nanjing lies on the sprawling, modern NUPT campus in Xianlin, close to Nanjing's many cultural and commercial attractions.


"Making Creativity Work" Panel Discussion Participants

Poorna Mysoor is a PhD student at HKU, Faculty of Law. Poorna received her first law degree from India from National Law School of India University and her LLM from London University. Qualified in India, England and Hong Kong, Poorna had been in practice of intellectual property law for about 10 years in Hong Kong. Before that, she has practiced in India as a litigator. In her years in practice, she has advised on copyright licenses, patent prosecution and anti-counterfeiting strategy in relation to Hong Kong and the Asia Pacific region in general. She has also spent a year as an in-house counsel for a biotechnology company, gaining insights into how ideas turn into patents. For her PhD, Poorna’s focus of research is on copyright issues on the Internet. In December 2012 she presented a paper on “Implied Licenses in Copyright Law: Some issues of copyright infringement on the Internet” in the 4th Cross Strait Copyright Conference held in Hong Kong. Poorna’s paper on the right of communication to the public from the European law perspective is being published in Intellectual Property Quarterly in May, 2013. Poorna has also given talks and lectures on various aspects of intellectual property law. She is also a member of the advisory team of Creative Commons Hong Kong. Poorna is also a trained as a vocalist in Hindustani classical music (north Indian style). She has founded a small group of Indian classical musicians called Baithak, to showcase Indian classical and folk music in Hong Kong. She is also a member of an Indian choir group,Tharangini.

Dr. Sampsung Xiaoxiang Shi, graduated from Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Australia with a Ph.D. degree in Law (2010), and also received degrees of Master in Civil and Commercial Law (2006) and Bachelor in Law (2003) from the East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL). Dr. Shi has become a lecturer of intellectual property law in ECUPL since March 2010, and worked for the Bureau of Coordination for Shanghai World Expo as a legal manager, handling intellectual property issues from March to December 2010. He was also a post-doctoral research fellow at the Faculty of Law of QUT from August 2011 to March 2012. Dr. Shi was accepted into the annual Summer Doctoral Programme (SDP) run by the Oxford Internet Institute in partnership with The Berkman Centre for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School in 2007.


GeoffreyBell is Assistant Professor of Communication Arts at NYIT-Nanjing. He holds an MFA degree in Imaging and Digital Arts from The University of Maryland. His films have been presented at Eyebeam Museum of Art and Technology, Bap Lab Festival in New York City and various film festivals in Europe and Asia. He has also worked for MTV Interactive. He received his PHD in Media and Communication from the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, where he studied digital film-making with English writer, director and composer Mike Figgis, best known for his 1995 Oscar-winning film Leaving Las Vegas. Geoff’s Ph.D. dissertation, “On Techne of Authority: Political Economy in a Digital Age,” is slated for publication by Atropos Press, Fall 2013.


Beverly J. Butcher, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English at NYIT Nanjing, is a multicultural interdisciplinary scholar with a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Folklore from the University of California at Berkeley (UCB) who took her Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is the author of Chinese and Chinese American Ancestor Veneration in the Catholic Church, 635 A.D. to the Present (2010) as well as of numerous encyclopedia and journal articles primarily concerning Chinese American and Pacific Islander American folklore, history, and religion. Her love of films began as an undergraduate when she worked as cashier and usher at the Pacific Film Archive, UCB Art Museum. She was recently appointed Director of the NYIT Center for Humanities and Culture at NUPT.


Patrick Karle has over 25 years’ experience as a communication professional specializing in worldwide publicity programs for IBM and other corporations. He worked on the Charlie Chaplin-inspired “Tool for Modern Times” advertisements for the original IBM Personal Computer and pioneered new video PR techniques for IBM Sports and Image Events at 8 Indianapolis 500s and the 1994 Winter Olympics. He has an MFA from the University of Arizona and 16 years’ experience teaching college-level PR/AD courses in the US and China, including 7 years at Eastern Michigan and Seton Hall Universities. His recent articles on emerging technologies have appeared in, RFID Journal and other publications.


Thomas Speirs is the creative director of this year’s “Making Creativity Work” PSA project. He has over 20 years’ experience in film and TV in New York and China. As an actor, he most recently played Victor Lypton in the CCTV 9 production “Secret Events of the Ming Gou Period.” He also appeared in Herb Gardner’s 1996 film “I'm Not Rappaport” (Gramercy Pictures) and China Film Group’s “Forever Enthralled,” (2008) and in television commercials for Audi Automobiles (2008). He served as chief camera operator on The Road Home, a 2005 documentary film following the lives of disabled American veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan on their road to recovery. Thomas has been working in China for the past eight years, and since 2008 he has been teaching full-time in the Communication Arts program. 


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