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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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From research to published articles to key presentations, read this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements or review NYIT's archive of faculty and staff accomplishments.

Meet Artist and Humanitarian Yuko Oda - Faculty Profile


Yuko Oda, assistant professor of fine arts at NYIT-Manhattan, talks about how her recent art benefit, "We Are One," raised more than $17,000 for Japan earthquake relief. Read more.


Rally for Relay for Life

Relay for Life

On Friday, April 29, support the fight against cancer by participating in NYIT's third annual Relay for Life at NYIT-Old Westbury.

In advance of the event, $3,380 was raised at the first-ever Relay for Lunch attended by 90 people on April 20 at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion. The luncheon was hosted by Michael Burnett, associate dean of student services, Pilar Visconti, director of food services, and the Relay for Life Student Committee. Register for Relay for Life.

SOURCE Spotlights Research


Attend NYIT's annual Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) to view students cutting-edge research and new ideas, on Friday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at NYIT-Manhattan. The event's keynote speaker is Don Greenberg, professor and director of Cornell University's Computer Graphics Program. He will deliver the lecture, "Left Brain/Right Brain: Round Two, Four Decades of Change in Visual Computing and What Comes Next," at noon at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. Read more.

Newsday Features NYIT Student


A Newsday cover story featured career advice from NYIT student Steven Maybloom on Sunday, April 24. In the article, "Jobless LIers Retool Skills for New Careers," Maybloom discussed his transition from working as a financial adviser to attending NYIT's graduate energy management program. Read the full article.


Bowl for Ghana Strikes at Poverty

Ghana Bowl

More than 90 guests attended Bowl for Ghana, a charity event that raised $830 on Saturday, April 9. NYIT officers from Phi Eta Sigma, Golden Key, GIVE, and SGHA collaborated to make the event a success. Charity proceeds went to the Rohde Foundation, which works to end poverty and provide hospital care to those in need in Ghana.

JUFE Students Graduate in China


NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., congratulated graduates in NYIT's 10th M.B.A. cohort at partner institution Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics (JUFE) on Saturday, April 23. The 93 graduates were honored during a ceremony at JUFE's campus in Nanchang, China. Read his address.

Save the Date for NYIT's Energy Conference

Energy Conference

The sixth annual NYIT energy conference, "Beyond Carbon: Offshore Energy and Technologies," will be held on Thursday, June 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion on the Old Westbury campus. This year's conference will focus on how countries can tap into clean, renewable offshore energy sources along the coastline as well as above and beneath the water.

Going Gaga for NYIT

NYIT, in conjunction with marketing group GoGorilla, created a buzz outside the April 23 Lady Gaga concert at Nassau Coliseum. During the "guerilla" brand awareness campaign, Gaga look-a-likes handed out free T-shirts and shared information about NYIT with concert-goers, while photos and videos were posted on the Gaga for NYIT Facebook page.

Vitality in Aging Contest


Do you know someone who views aging as an opportunity? Someone over 65 who is thriving and aging with vitality? Nominate yourself or someone you know for the 2011 Vitality in Aging campaign! Fill out an online entry by Wednesday, April 27. Vitality in Aging candidates who are selected will be featured in NYIT’s Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics’ Older Americans Month Tribute.

New Ask a Librarian Service Launches

Ask a Librarian

The new and improved Ask a Librarian service is now available 24/7 for all NYIT community members. This service builds a keyword-searchable knowledge base made up of questions and answers. Search engine users can plug in their questions to get immediate answers. Questions can be submitted via multimedia channels. To submit a question, do one of the following:

Upcoming Events

Race to Nowhere

Race to Nowhere - Film Screening at NYIT Auditorium on Broadway
The School of Education hosts a screening of the documentary Race to Nowhere on Thursday, May 5, 2011. Read more and reserve your seat at this free event today.

Greek Week
From Monday, April 25, to Sunday, May 1, enjoy the festivities of this year's Greek Week at NYIT-Old Westbury, presented by NYIT's fraternities and sororities. For a full listing of weeklong events, read more.

Free Wednesday Night Flick
On Wednesday, April 27, watch the comedy-drama film, The Last Detail, at 5:30 p.m. in the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, room 102 (The Soundstage). Refreshments will be served.

Op-Ed Writing Workshop
On Thursday, April 28 at 2 p.m., Dave Marcus, NYIT’s director of media and public relations, will give a 45-minute workshop on writing, pitching, and publishing op-ed essays. The event will take place in Anna Rubin Hall, room 305, and is open to the NYIT community. To R.S.V.P., contact Briana Samuels at or 646.273.6022.

Research Seminar Series
On Thursday, April 28, the next session of this series, presented by the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, features Cindy Chang, Ph.D., discussing her research on “Real-Time Decision Support for Factory Control.” The 45-minute brown bag seminar is held during free hour at 12:30 p.m. in room DL3 of Harry Schure Hall at NYIT-Old Westbury and room 704 at NYIT-Manhattan. Please R.S.V.P. by e-mailing

Robots Face Off
Robots will go head-to-head on an obstacle course at the third annual Creative Contraptions Competition at NYIT-Old Westbury on Thursday, April 28. The robots designed by students in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences will compete to retrieve as much water as possible in a given time. Oral presentations begin at noon; races begin at 1 p.m. Read more.

CNN Anchor Headlines Lecture
CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O'Brien will give a presentation on Monday, May 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. She will discuss her memoir, The Next Big Story, and talk about her experiences covering the London terrorism attacks in 2005, Hurricane Katrina, and more.

Modernism and Celebrity Lecture
On Thursday, May 5, Jonathan Goldman, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, will present the lecture, "How Modernist Literature Created Celebrity As We Know It…and Vice Versa," at 1:15 p.m. at the New York Public Library in Manhattan. The event is open to the NYIT community. The lecture will expound on his monograph, Modernism is the Literature of Celebrity. Read more.

Spring Formal Cruise
Join members of the NYIT community on Friday, May 20, for the Spring Formal Cruise around lower Manhattan. Enjoy dinner, a cash bar, DJ and dancing, prizes, and entertainment. Board at 7:15 p.m. at Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, and sail until 11 p.m. Price: $35 per person for NYIT faculty, administrators, and students; $40 per person for guests. Register here.

Long Island Walkathon to Cure Parkinson's Disease
On Saturday, May 21, join the 18th annual walkathon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon, N.Y. Register now on the Long Island chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association's website

Countdown to Commencement 2011 commencement
Mark your calendar for the 50th annual commencement for students attending all NYIT campuses. The ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2011, at NYIT-Old Westbury. Find out more.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

With cyber crimes on the rise, NYIT's computer science program is a pertinent career track for students. Metro newspaper made this point in its article on Monday, April 18, with input from Ayat Jafari (, professor and chair of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and Nada Anid (, dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. Read more.

JAOA%20Cover_March2011The cover of the March 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association featured four professors from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of NYIT who participated in a clinical study discussed in the journal: Gregory Saggio, D.O. (, assistant professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine; Wolfgang Gilliar (, D.O., professor and chair of osteopathic manipulative medicine of NYCOM; Theodore Flaum, D.O. (, assistant professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine; and Sheldon Yao, D.O. (, assistant professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine. Read more.

Robert Amundsen, Ph.D. (, director of the graduate energy management program, was quoted in a Computerworld article on April 21 about how the federal government spends approximately $80 billion annually on IT and is using this financial clout to persuade IT vendors to go green. Read the full article. Amundsen also served as moderator of a panel discussion on power management at the Green IT and Cloud Computing Summit on April 20-21 in Washington, D.C. The summit focused on sustainable technologies for IT infrastructure.

Dolores Burton, Ed.D. (, chair of the teacher education program, was invited to participate in a faculty seminar from March 22 to 24 in Albany, N.Y. The seminar focused on using the technology resources of the IRIS (IDEA and Research for Inclusive Settings) Center for Faculty Enhancement to accommodate learner differences and implement response to intervention programs. Her participation was funded by Vanderbilt University through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Eduard I. Dedkov, M.D., Ph.D. (, assistant professor of biomedical sciences, served as the organizer and chair for the American Association of Anatomist Symposium, “Sex and Gender-Based Differences in the Cardiovascular System,” on April 10 during the Experimental Biology 2011 Meeting in Washington, D.C. In addition, Dedkov collaborated with osteopathic medical students Molly Kelly and Diana Teplitsky to present two research posters.

Petra Dilling, Ph.D. (, assistant professor and associate dean of the School of Management at NYIT-Vancouver, presented the paper, "The Stakeholder Perception of Corporate Social Responsibility - CSR Reporting and Organizational Age Matter," at the Institute for Business and Finance Research Conference on January 2-5, 2011, in Las Vegas. She received an Outstanding Research Award for her contribution.

Peter Douris, Ph.D. (, associate professor of physical therapy; Cheryl Hall, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of physical therapy; and Mark Gugliotti, Ph.D. (, adjunct professor of physical therapy, presented workshops at the Long Island District of the APTA's spring mini-conference hosted by NYIT's Department of Physical Therapy on April 10.

Rosemary G. Ferrucci, (, associate dean of the Office of Financial Aid, gave a presentation on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for 2011-12 at the Long Island Regional Advisory Council on Higher Education Financial Aid Information Seminar on March 7 at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue, N.Y. The seminar was held in conjunction with Long Island Congressman Tim Bishop.

Tobias Holler (, assistant professor of architecture, presented and published his paper, "Regenerative Suburbanism: Long Island Radically Reconsidered," at the 2011 Architectural Research Centers Consortium International Spring Research Conference on April 20-23 at Lawrence Technological University in Detroit, Mich.

Laurie Hollister (, associate director of career services, provided insights about the career networking website LinkedIn for a Newsday article published on Sunday, April 24. Read more.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D. (, associate professor of English and director of the technical writing program, presented “An Early Supporter of Online Interaction in the Classroom Turns Skeptical" at the April 2011 Conference of the Northeast Modern Language Association at Rutgers University.

Tricia Nicholes (, assistant professor of occupational therapy, presented the workshop, "Challenge Of Change: Supervising the Generation Me Fieldwork Student," at the Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference in March 2011.

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (, associate dean and executive director of the Vocational Independence Program, gave the lecture, “Autism Spectrum Disorders: NYIT’s Response,” during free hour on April 19 as part of Autism Awareness Month. He also had his book review of Social Enjoyment Groups for Children, Teens, and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Guiding Toward Growth published online in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders on the same day. He was also quoted in a Newsday article about autism on April 21. Read more.

Faiz Zoubi, Ph.D. (, professor and assistant dean of the School of Management at NYIT-Amman, participated in the development and initiation of the European Economic Chamber of Trade, Commerce, and Industry’s Global Commerce License (GCL) certification program.

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