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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.

Catch Up With Colleagues at the All-Majors Career Fair

Catch Up With Colleagues at the All-Majors Career Fair

NYIT faculty and staff members are invited to the All-Majors Career Fair on Thursday, April 7 from noon to 3 in Recreation Hall, Old Westbury campus. See students in action, connect with collegues ... Read more.


Preview Days Welcome Record Numbers

New York Preview Days Welcome Record Numbers

Hundreds of students and their families visited NYIT's Manhattan and Old Westbury campuses this past weekend for Preview Day 2011, with many noting NYIT was their "top choice school" as they considered plans for their first academic year. The record turnout took part in academic showcases with dozens of faculty members, one-to-one admissions and financial aid counseling sessions, and walking tours of the Lincoln Center neighborhood in Manhattan or open air the walkways on the Old Westbury campus. " Read more.


Don't Miss Dickens on Broadway

Don't Miss Dickens on Broadway

On Friday, April 15, Dickens on Broadway: A Pre-Bicentennial Celebration comes to the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. The event includes a Charles Dickens roundtable discussion featuring seven expert panelists as well as a Dickens reading and one-man show. The panel's remarks will be moderated by President Guiliano, who is an editor of Dickens Studies Annual. Attendees must R.S.V.P. online.

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NYIT Hosts U.S. Navy "Top Gun"

NYIT Hosts U.S. Navy

Admiral Robert F. Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), will discuss the Asia-Pacific region and the strategic challenges and opportunities surrounding the rise of China at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway on Thursday, April 7, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Admiral Willard has served as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the world's largest fleet command, and the 34th vice chief of naval operations. On a lighter note, he was aerial coordinator for the 1986 movie Top Gun and appeared on film, piloting an enemy aircraft against "Goose" and "Maverick." NYIT's College of Arts and Sciences and the National Committee of US-China Relations (NCUSCR) are sponsoring the presentation, which is free of charge to NYIT faculty, staff, and students. Because of the high level of security surrounding the event, you must register online by the close of business on Monday, April 4, in order to gain admittance. For questions, contact NCUSCR at or 646.273.6100.

NYIT Attends Education Without Borders Conference

NYIT Well-Represented at Education Without Borders Conference

Six students as well as President Guiliano and First Lady Mireille Guiliano attended last week's 2011 Education Without Borders conference in the United Arab Emirates. Dhirar Al-Mukhtar, Christopher Jewth, Elyas Kashfi, Margarita Koutsouras, Jonathan Pekor, and Valerie Suttenberg - representing NYIT campuses in Old Westbury, Amman, and Bahrain - were delegates at the biennial international conference that served as a networking hub for more than 1,000 students and practitioners trying to use education and technology to solve global problems. EWB also hosts international thought leaders to be speakers and mentors to the students during the conference. This year, NYIT's President Guiliano and Mrs. Guiliano were among the 115 mentors in attendance. Read more.

R.S.V.P. for Gold Coast Classic and More

Make Your Reservations for Gold Coast Classic and Other FUN-draisers

All faculty and staff members are invited to attend the annual Gold Coast Classic Professional Excellence Awards on Thursday, May 5, at the Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park. This year's honorees are Barbara Lynch, chef/owner of Barbara Lynch Gruppo, and Michael Martini, third-generation winemaker, Louis M. Martini Winery. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Lisa Moore at or visit

We Are One

NYIT will host the We Are One Exhibition and sale of artwork ($100-$200) donated by more than 80 Japanese artists living in New York, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the Japan Society's earthquake relief fund. The event will be held on Monday, April 11, from 2 to 9 p.m. and include live musical performances and workshops about Japan. Gallery 61, New Technology Building, 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor. Contact Yuko Oda at
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The annual VIP Dinner Dance alumni dinner dance will be held at the Marriott Hotel Islandia on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 7 p.m. All proceeds support programmatic improvements. To R.S.V.P. or make a donation, please call Sheree Incorvaia at 631.348.3139.

On Sunday April 17, at 10 a.m., the Vocational Independence Program will hold its inaugural Benjamin J. Cecil Walk for Independence to raise scholarships for students with disabilities to attend VIP. To sign up for the walk or to make a donation, please call Sheree Incorvaia at 631.348.3139.

Kick, Score, Save

NYIT's Office of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation is hosting the "Kick, Score, Save" soccer event on Saturday, April 30, at NYIT-Old Westbury campus. The event, which includes a women's soccer tournament, soccer clinics for children, and beat-the-pro competitions as well as a men's soccer game, will benefit Save the Children-Haiti.

Dean "Talks Trash" About Energy Options

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School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Dean Nada Anid, Ph.D., will moderate "Trash Talk: Options for Converting Our Solid Waste to Energy" on Thursday, April 7, 6-8 p.m., the New York Academy of Sciences. The "Trash Talk" series explores options for managing municipal solid waste that may offer large cities sustainable alternatives to landfill disposal and conventional incineration. Read more.

NYIT Welcomes New Vancouver Dean

NYIT Welcomes New Vancouver Dean

Devon A. Cancilla, Ph.D., is the new executive director and campus dean at NYIT-Vancouver, bringing with him more than 15 years of experience in higher education instruction, research, and administration. He plans to work on strengthening the academic offerings at NYIT-Vancouver while working on collaborative projects with NYIT's global campuses. "Being a part of a global campus provides remarkable opportunities to enhance the educational experience available to students and faculty," he said. Read more.

Nursing Event Focuses on Health Literacy

Nurses Spring to Action

The Department of Nursing held its Sixth Annual Spring Colloquium on March 17. This year's event focused on the dynamics associated with health literacy and familiarizing health care professionals with the process and understanding of basic health information for making accurate health decisions. More than 250 health care professionals and students attended the colloquium.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Sanjoy Bose, Ph.D. (, associate dean of the School of Management, NYIT-Abu Dhabi, had his article, "Hindu Ethical Considerations in Relation to Tax Evasion," accepted for publication in The Ethics of Tax Evasion in Theory and Practice (Robert W. McGee, ed.), to be published by Springer.

Amy Bravo (, director of experiential education and employer outreach, was honored by the YMCA of Greater NY as the Volunteer of the Year for outstanding and dedicated service at the annual awards ceremony at the Grand Hyatt on March 16, 2011 PHOTO

Librarians Clare Cohn ( and Seth McQuale ( participated in to participate as panelists in two live SirsiDynix webinar sessions on March 31 focusing on hosted integrated library system server solutions adopted by NYIT in 2010.

Carol Dahir, Ed.D. (, associate professor and coordinator of school counseling in the School of Education, was lead author of the just-published second edition of the textbook, The Transformed School Counselor ( Brooks-Cole).

Jeremy Ducos (, assistant director of student activities and leadership development, led 10 NYIT students on an alternative Spring Break trip to Peru. Read a blog about their efforts in helping members of the community and be on the lookout for a video the students are producing.

Mehtap Donuk (, assistant director of student activities, and Michael Burnett (, associate dean of campus life, both representing NYIT's Old Westbury campus, gave two presentations at the 2011 Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities (APCA) National Conference in Atlanta, Ga., on March 23-27. Their topics: "Understanding Student Development through a Social Work Lens: A Strengths-Based Approach to Empower Students to Become Effective Social Change Agents" and "Community Service: Relay for Life & Colleges Against Cancer." Among the more than 300 schools represented by an estimated 1,200 students and advisors were five students from NYIT (pictured).

Members of the Neuroscience and Histology Department, including German Torres, Ph.D. (, associate professor, Brian Hallas, Ph.D. (, professor/chair, Joerg Leheste, Ph.D. (, assistant professor, and Jeffrey Dileo (, 2011 NYCOM Fellow, co-authored a paper, "Silent Information Regulator 1 Mediates Hippocampal SIRT1 Mediates Hippocampal Plasticity Through Presenilin 1," published in Neuroscience (179:32-40).

Fletcher O. Lee, Ph.D., J.D., LL.M. (, professor in the School of Management, NYIT-Amman, received a LexisNexis Top-10 Paper Award for his presentation, "If They Can Change the Meaning of Ordinary English, They Can Change the Law," at the 14th International Symposium on Legal Informatics, IRIS 2011, held in Salzburg, March, 24-26. The paper appears in Europäische Projektkultur als Beitrag zur Rationalisierung des Rechts (Vienna: Austrian Computer Society) and in Jusletter-IT. He also contributed "Human Resources Assessment and Digging Up Dirt: Getting Around the Libel Laws," to Law, Morality and Power (Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2011), available online.

Joerg Leheste, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of neuroscience and histology, participated as judge in The Charles Duggan Long Island Science & Engineering Fair, in Woodbury, N.Y., on March 22, 2011.

Francy Magee (, dean of campus life in Old Westbury, presented two sessions at the annual conference of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) in Baltimore, Md., March 27-30: "Building a Generalist Career in a Specialized Student Affairs World" and "Exploring our Space: Roundtable for "Upper-middle" Level Student Affairs Professionals." She was selected to chair the Burning Issues Committee for the ACPA Commission on Administrative Leadership, where she will develop venues for national-level discussions on hot topics in higher education with other ACPA members. PHOTO

Barbara Multari (, director of the Office of International Education, and Karen Johnson (, assistant director, led a field trip in which NYIT students Elphas Kimutai from Kenya, Viviene Williamson from Jamaica, Samprada Shrestha from Nepal, and Abishek Dileep Kumar from India wore their native dress and shared stories of their culture with kindergarten students in Suffolk County, N.Y.

Lisa Runco, Ph.D. (, assistant professor, Department of Life Sciences, participated in a biology forum in Washington, D.C., hosted by Pearson Publishers that focused on how Pearson can be more creative in solving teaching problems, making a direct impact on future textbooks, and media technology.

Oren Shtayermman, Ph.D. (, chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and mental health counseling program director, was appointed as the editor of the New York Mental Health Counselors Association Journal of Clinical Counseling.

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (, associate dean and executive cirector of the Vocational Independence Program, co-authored a chapter, entitled "What can help people with autism spectrum conditions to find and keep employment?," in Autism Spectrum Conditions: International Experts Answer Your Questions on Autism, Asperger Syndrome and PDD-NOS (Hogrefe Publishing).

Garon Wheeler, Ph.D. (, NYIT-Abu Dhabi campus dean, presented "Krashen's Theory of Language Acquisition" at the 7th CamTESOL conference in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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