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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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Read about Dolores Burton and John Kappenberg's book; Nada Anid's appointment to the board of the Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition; Edward Guiliano's tribute to iconic writer Martin Gardner; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet NYIT's NSF Grant Researchers


High-tech science education is the topic of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded to interdisciplinary researchers Shiang-Kwei Wang, associate professor of instructional technology; Lisa Runco, assistant professor of life sciences; and Hui-Yin Hsu, associate professor of teacher education. The trio presented their research to the NYIT community at the first Provost Discovery Luncheon in November. See below for updates on the next step for their research and other campus endeavors.

Read more about Shiang-Kwei Wang.
Read more about Lisa Runco.
Read more about Hui-Yin Hsu.

New York State Awards Economic Development Grant to NYIT

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NYIT's School of Engineering and Computing Sciences has been awarded an economic development grant from New York State's Empire State Development, and will consolidate and expand its ongoing industry-academic partnerships by creating a new Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center. The center will foster innovation and promote collaborations among industry, the academic community, professional organizations, and government. Read more.

President Guiliano Welcomes Chinese Scholars to New York

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Chinese scholars Xinyu Guo and her husband, Zhong Wu, met with President Guiliano and members of the NYIT administration on Dec. 6-7 at the New York campuses. Ms. Guo is project manager at the Jiangsu Provincial Department of Education.

Get Caught with a Holiday Away Message


Before leaving for the holiday break, remember to set your out-of-office message for email by following NYIT guidelines. We'll be looking to catch three faculty or staff members with the right out-of-office message. Winners will receive a free notebook and pen.


Congrats to Architects Going to Costa Rica


Nine architecture students will bring their creative designs and skills to Costa Rica to develop a recycling and education center – after thousands of people voted for them on Facebook in an innovative competition hosted by NYIT. Read more.

NYIT Students and Alum Collaborate on Wind Turbine Project

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NYIT energy management students will soon help to monitor the energy production, efficiency, and performance of a 40-foot-tall wind turbine in Islip, N.Y. They will be guided by alumnus Walter Poggi (B.S. '69), president of Retlif Testing Laboratories, the company constructing the turbine this spring. Read more.


Faculty Share Engineering and Medical Research


On Dec. 8, NYIT engineering and computer science experts presented research that could benefit the medical field. Pictured (from left) are Tao Zhang, associate professor of of electrical and computer engineering; Barbara Ross-Lee, vice president for health sciences and medical affairs; Michael Colef, associate professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering; Rahmat Shoureshi, provost and vice president for academic affairs; Jong Lee, assistant professor of mechanical engineering; and Huanying (Helen) Gu, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering. Read more.

Nurses Explore Global Health at United Nations

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A Dec. 8 visit to the United Nations in New York City convened nursing faculty members and students for a forum on global nursing and health issues. The day's agenda included a tour and delegate briefing of U.N. millennial developmental goals, and a meeting about national health issues at the U.S. Mission. Participating faculty members included Maureen Cardoza, assistant professor of nursing; Carol Caico, assistant professor of nursing; Susan Neville, associate professor and chair of the nursing department; and Eileen Scanlon, adjunct professor of nursing.

Play Trivia, Win a Prize

questions Test your knowledge of NYIT's star power by answering this Weekly Update trivia question correctly. Email your answer to The first to answer correctly will win an NYIT t-shirt:

Which Hollywood actors and/or actresses came to the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway this year for screenings of their latest films?

A. Glenn Close
B. Michael Shannon 
C. Dennis Farina 
D. A and B only
E. All of the above.

Upcoming Events

PHONEography NYIT Gallery 61 presents an exhibition of mobile phone images by faculty, staff, and students through Monday, Jan. 9 at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor, Manhattan campus.

Home Modification Project View interior design and occupational therapy students' presentations of their joint projects on Thursday, Dec. 15, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in the Rockefeller Auditorium, Old Westbury campus.

Books4Cause Drive Make a difference by donating books to Addis Alem, Ethiopia, by Friday, Dec. 16, Old Westbury campus, or donate your books online.

Covenant House Toy Drive NYIT's Society of Hosteurs is collecting new toys for children ranging from infants to age seven through Friday, Dec. 16. Drop off unwrapped toys to 26 W. 61st St., rooms 508 and 511, Manhattan campus.

Coat Drive The Office of Housing and Residential Life in Manhattan is collecting new and gently used coats through Thursday, Dec. 22 as part of the 23rd Annual New York Cares Coat Drive. Drop off coats at 26 W. 61st St., room 108. For more information, email

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Nada Anid, Ph.D. (, dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was voted unanimously to the board of the Greater Long Island Clean Cities Coalition.

Babak D. Beheshti (, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering technology, presented the paper, "A Proposed API for the Information Plane of the WSN Integrated Technical Reference Model (I-TRM)," and chaired a session on SDR systems at the SDR '11 Wireless Innovation Conference and Exposition, Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in Washington, D.C.

Dolores Burton, Ed.D. (, associate professor and chair of the Teacher Education Program, and John Kappenberg (, adjunct associate professor of education, wrote the book, The Complete Guide to RTI: An Implementation Tool Kit. Read more.

Jonathan Goldman, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of English, gave the talk, "A Case of Trademark, Arthur Conan Doyle, Bass Ale, and the Branding of Character in Late Victorian England," Dec. 7 at a Victorian seminar at CUNY Graduate Center in New York City.

Leonard B. Goldstein, Ph.D. (, NYCOM director of clerkship education, and Yili Huang (D.O. '11) published their manuscript, "Temporomandibular Disorder: Examining the Cause and Treatments," in the November/December issue of Practical Pain Management.

Edward Guiliano, Ph.D. (, president of NYIT, published the essay, "Perhaps a Few Kind Words: A Tribute to Garden Mardner," in the book, A Bouquet for the Gardener: Martin Gardner Remembered.

The project, "LIRR: Long Island Radically Rezoned," led by Tobias Holler (, assistant professor of architecture, was called "noteworthy" for being 100 percent water-, energy-, and resource-neutral, in a Dec. 8 article in Long Island Business News.

Sarah Meyland, J.D. (, associate professor and director of the NYIT Center for Water Resources Management, presented the paper, "Planning for Managed Yield for Groundwater Resources," at the annual conference of the American Water Resources Association, Nov. 7-10 in Albuquerque, N.M.

James Nolt (, associate professor of management at NYIT-Nanjing, was quoted in the Dec. 7 Voice of America article, "U.S., China Hold Defense Talks."

Michael Schwarting (, director of NYIT's graduate program in urban and regional design, served as academic advisor to a group of graduate students, who published their research project, "What Color is Mixed Use on a Land Use Map?" in Town + Gown.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (, associate dean and executive director of the Vocational Independence Program of NYIT, published the Dec. 9 article, "Changes in Federal Policy Help Students with Intellectual Disabilities Gain Access to College," in Exceptional Parent

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