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NYIT's E-Newsletter for Staff and Faculty | Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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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.

NYIT Welcomes New Provost and General Counsel

NYIT Provost

Scholar, researcher, and university leader Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D. (, is NYIT's new provost and vice president for academic affairs. He joined NYIT on Aug. 15 and his appointment has made news on Long Island with an Aug. 19 Newsday article profiling his accomplishments. Read more about his more than 30 years of experience in academia.



NYIT welcomes Catherine Flickinger as the new general counsel. She brings more than 30 years of experience, including the past 24 years as executive vice president and general counsel of Hachette Filipacchi Media. She earned her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.



Meet Babak Beheshti

Babak Beheshti

Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Babak Beheshti recently completed his second term as president of NYIT's Academic Senate and currently directs software development at Ikanos Communications. Read about his latest research.

R.S.V.P. Online for Next Week's Convocation!


Reserve your spot today for NYIT's annual convocation, featuring President Guiliano's state-of-the-institution address, presentation of the Presidential Technology Awards, and acknowledgements of new personnel and promotions. A barbecue lunch will be held in the NYCOM circle immediately following the event. This year's event will be held on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 11 a.m. in Riland Auditorium, Old Westbury campus; it will be streamed live to the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. A complimentary bus will also be available from/to the Manhattan campus–reservations are necessary. R.S.V.P. online to attend at either campus.

President Addresses Global Educators in China

NYIT President

"Universities are natural incubators of ideas, collaboration, and ingenuity," NYIT President Edward Guiliano told fellow presidents and representatives from more than 160 universities at the World University Presidents Forum in Shenzhen, China, on Aug. 13. His address has received widespread coverage in Asian media, including the Xinhua News Agency and Shenzhen Daily in China, and The Philippine Star in the Philippines. Read his full address "Globalism and Higher Education: Modeling the 21st Century."


First-Year Medical Students Begin Studies

VP of Health Sciences

A new group of 301 first-year medical students received a warm welcome on Aug. 16 from Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., vice president for health sciences and medical affairs, as they commenced their education at NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine. Also greeting the group was President Guiliano and NYCOM Dean Thomas Scandalis. Read more.




Chinese-American Professionals Discuss Environment, Public Health


NYIT-Manhattan hosted the sixth annual Environment and Public Health Network for Chinese Students and Scholars (ENCSS) on Aug. 17 and 19. Sixty young Chinese-American professionals discussed sustainable technology, policy, and entrepreneurship. Read more.

Be a Green Long Island Homeowner

LI Green Homes

NYIT is helping raise awareness about energy-saving initiatives for homeowners as a community supporter of the Long Island Green Homes Consortium, which provides information on making homes more energy-efficient. According to the consortium, 75 percent of Long Island homeowners have already taken steps to save energy. Read more.

Technology Tip

Tech Tips

Follow these three easy steps to merge your Microsoft Outlook calendars. Read more on Service Central's Technology Tips webpage.


Wisser Library's End of Summer Hours

  • Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Closed: Saturday - Sunday, Aug. 27 - 28
  • Closed: Saturday - Monday, Sept. 3 - 5

Need a Student Worker?

Are you looking to hire a federal work-study student? If so, contact Caren Sobier, assistant director of student employment, at or call 516.686.7606.

Upcoming Events

Cyber Security Conference: NYIT's second annual Cyber Security Conference will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway – look for updates in future Weekly Updates and online.

Blackboard Support for Faculty
Do you need to "clone" your Blackboard course? Interested in learning some quick tips? Register today for a 30-minute Blackboard training session.

Need Certification in Blackboard?
Blackboard certification workshops are running throughout the summer. Register online or call TBLS at 631.348.3317.

Cast Iron Chef Cast Iron Chef
Join us for this inaugural staff and faculty culinary cook-off hosted by NYIT Dining Services on Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on the NYIT de Seversky Mansion Patio. For more information, contact Ytala Ruiz at 516.686.1421 or email

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Faculty members from NYIT's School of Engineering and Computing Sciences attended the June 8-9 Cyber Infrastructure Protection Conference at City College of New York. They discussed cyber infrastructure protection policies and technologies with colleagues from academia, industry, and government agencies. Participants included:

  • Michael Colef, Ph.D. (, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.
  • Cecilia Dong, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering.
  • Helen Gu, Ph.D. (, associate professor of computer science.
  • Ayat Jafari, Ph.D. (, associate dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences.
  • Tao Zhang, Ph.D. (, associate professor of computer science.

In addition, Dr. Dong also attended the NIKSUN World Wide Security and Mobility Conference Wireless Summit on July 26 in Princeton, N.J., and published the paper, "Estimation of Missing RTTs in Computer Networks: Matrix Completion vs. Compressed Sensing," in the July 2011 issue of Computer Networks.

Frank Acevedo (, assistant professor and associate director of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, gave two presentations on June 23 at the Critical Care Medicine Conference for the Association of Physician Assistants in Cardiovascular Surgery in National Harbor, Md. They included "Deep Vein Thrombosis in Cardiac Surgery; What Does the Literature Say?" and "Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: Where Are We at in 2011?"

Zehra Ahmed, (, assistant professor and student activities coordinator for the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, presented "Cultural Competence: Why Do We Need It and How Do We Get It?" at the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants' summer conference on Aug. 12 in Washington, D.C.

Nada Anid, Ph.D. (, dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was invited to serve on the Education and Workforce Work Group, one of four groups that will help prepare a strategic plan for economic growth on Long Island through New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's Regional Economic Development Council. Read more.

Dolores Burton, Ph.D. (, chairperson of NYIT's teacher education program, was invited to comment on "The Use of Students Test Scores to Evaluate Teachers." Her opinion was published in the newsletter of the National Council of Measurement in Education.

Beverly J. Butcher, Ph.D. (, associate professor of English at NYIT-Nanjing, has published "Traditional Hawaiian and Chinese Folk Traditions in the Contemporary Hawaiian Catholic Church" in Literatures of the Pacific Islands in European Languages. She also presented "Ancestor Veneration in Taiwan's Catholic Church" at the May 2011 international conference on Taiwan studies, "The Origins, Transformation and Development of Taiwan's Maritime Cultures." She presented "The Philadelphia Chinatown Gateway Reconsidered" at the April 2011 "Crossing Borders: Traveling, Teaching, and Learning in a Global Age", an NYIT-sponsored conference in Nanjing, China.

Leonard B. Goldstein, D.D.S., Ph.D. (, director of clerkship education, and Mark Ghobrial, a fourth-year osteopathic medicine student, published their article, "Dislocated Shoulder: Approaches to Lessen the Pain of Reduction Techniques," in the July/August 2011 Issue of Practical Pain Management.

In addition, Dr. Goldstein and Kayar Bhavsar, a fourth-year osteopathic medicine student, published their article, "Pain Management Dilemmas od Sickle Cell Disease," in the June 2011 issue of Practical Pain Management.

Lawrence Herman (, associate professor of physician assistant studies, presented "Clinical Management of Osteoporosis: Translating Fracture Risk Into Individualized Care" at the Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery Annual Conference and CME on Aug. 19 in Chicago. He also presented "Case Studies In Persistent Pain: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!" and "Twisted Tales From The ER: Cases You Don’t Want To Miss" at the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistants Summer Conference and CME on Aug. 11 in Washington, D.C.

Tobias Holler (, assistant professor of architecture, and two alumni from the School of Architecture and Design were profiled in the article, "LI Architects Reveal Influences," in Long Island Business News.

John Hyde (, dean of NYIT's Office of Career Services, provided tips for job-seekers in the Aug. 11 article, "Companies Are Hiring. Just Not You," in Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Read more.

Jacquelyn Nealon, Ed.D. (, vice president for enrollment, communications, and marketing, was interviewed on Aug. 8, on Nightly News with Chuck Scarborough on NBC Nonstop. Dr. Nealon talked about how NYIT and other universities need to reach new demographics during recruitment because of a continuing decline in high school graduates. She also explained the importance of messaging to students and interacting with them on many levels, including social media and the Web.

Lazaros Pavlidis (, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering technology, participated in various conferences and seminars this summer, including the RTECC - Real-Time and Embedded Computing Conference (May 19, Huntington, N.Y.), Atlantic Design & Manufacturing Exhibition (June 7, New York City), Sensors Expo & Conference (June 8, Rosemont, Ill.), Texas Instruments Technical Design Seminar (June 9, Duluth, Ga.), and WaveForum Developers Conference (Aug. 3-4, San Diego, Calif.)

Michael Schiavi, Ph.D. (, associate professor of English, gave a reading on July 30 from his book Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo, followed by a Q & A and signing, at Giovanni's Room, a bookstore in Philadelphia.

Peter Voci (, director of NYIT's M.F.A. program and chair of the Department of Fine Arts, designed a Sept. 11 memorial for the lobby of the Morrelly Homeland Security Center of the Applied Science Foundation for Homeland Security in Bethpage, N.Y. View photos of the memorial.

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