Archive: NYIT Weekly Update: Dec 20, 2011
NYIT's E-Newsletter for Staff and Faculty | Tuesday, December 20, 2011

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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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Read about Curtis Carbonell's paper on intelligent design creationism; research presentations by neuroscience and histology faculty members; Yuko Oda's art benefit; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet Ytala Ruiz

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If you've heard of NYIT's Cast Iron Chef Competition, then you've likely heard of Ytala Ruiz. The office assistant's work on the faculty/staff cook-off is one of the many tasks she manages for the Office of Dining Services. Read more.

 

Happy Holidays to All!

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NYIT wishes all faculty members, staff, and administrators happy holidays and best wishes for the New Year. The New York campuses will be closed from Friday, Dec. 23 until Monday, Jan. 2 (offices will re-open on Tuesday, Jan. 3.) Intersession in New York begins on Tuesday, Jan. 3 and ends on Friday, Jan. 20, 2012.

Give Blood Today

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Support NYIT's winter blood drive today, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Hall of Fame, Student Activities Center, Old Westbury campus. The drive is sponsored by the Long Island Blood Service and NYIT's Student Government Association, Tau Sigma Chi, and Eta Chi Gamma.

 

 

Get Caught with a Holiday Away Message

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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 NYIT's Award-Winning Publications and Advertising Department

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NYIT has received four Accolades Awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) in its District II Competition. The awards are for the print design of NYIT publications and the advertising campaign, “NYIT. We’re Out There. Join Us.” Congratulations to the department of publications and advertising for outstanding work on these projects!

Play Trivia, Win a Prize

questions Test your knowledge of NYIT during the holidays by answering this Weekly Update trivia question correctly. Email your answer to updates@nyit.edu. The first to answer correctly will win an NYIT t-shirt:

The number of mini-light bulbs used to decorate the NYIT de Seversky Mansion for the holidays is closest to:

A. 3,500
B. 4,500
C. 5,500
D. 6,500

Congrats to Susan Heim, director of housing and residential life at NYIT-Manhattan, who responded first to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update.

Which Hollywood actors and/or actresses came to the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway this year for screenings of their latest films?
E. All of the above (Glenn Close, Michael Shannon, and Dennis Farina).

Upcoming Events

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 sheim@nyit.edu.

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.

Independent Film Spirit Awards The NYIT Auditorium on Broadway has been selected as the sole New York City venue for the Spirit Awards. NYIT members may attend screenings, Thursday, Jan. 12 - Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 at the NYIT AOB, Manhattan campus. More information will follow in the first week of January.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty members and students presented research posters at the Annual Conference of the American Osteopathic Association, Oct. 30-Nov. 3 in Orlando, Fla. Participants included:

  • Brian Hallas, Ph.D. (bhallas@nyit.edu), professor and chair of the department of neuroscience and histology.
  • Joerg Leheste, Ph.D. (jleheste@nyit.edu), assistant professor of neuroscience and histology.
  • German Torres, Ph.D. (torresg@nyit.edu), associate professor of neuroscience and histology.

In addition, College of Osteopathic Medicine faculty members and students attended the Annual Conference of the Society for Neuroscience, Nov. 12-16 in Washington, D.C., where they shared research and presented a symposium on "Non-Pharmacological Approaches for the Treatment of Parkinson's Disease." Participants included:

  • Brian Hallas, Ph.D. (bhallas@nyit.edu), professor and chair of the department of neuroscience and histology.
  • Isaac Kurtzer, Ph.D. (ikurtzer@nyit.edu), assistant professor of neuroscience and histology.
  • Joerg Leheste, Ph.D. (jleheste@nyit.edu), assistant professor of neuroscience and histology.
  • Raddy Ramos, Ph.D. (rramos02@nyit.edu), assistant professor of neuroscience and histology.
  • German Torres, Ph.D. (torresg@nyit.edu), associate professor of neuroscience and histology.

Curtis Carbonell, Ph.D. (ccarbo04@nyit.edu), assistant professor of English, published the article, "Intelligent Design Creationism and the Mechanisms of Postmodernity," Nov. 4 online in the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture.

Susana H. Case, Ph.D. (shcase@nyit.edu), professor of behavioral sciences, is profiled in the current edition of Pressje, a Polish arts, culture, and politics journal.

Claude Gagna, Ph.D. (cgagna@nyit.edu), associate professor of life sciences and director of NYIT biology labs, was awarded a gold medal from the U.S. Army "for supporting the veterans at New York Institute of Technology." He accepted the award from one of his students, Sergeant Nishant Parekh.

In addition, the American Medical Association renewed Dr. Gagna's membership in 2012 for promoting the science of medicine and research.

Fred Goldner (fgoldner@nyit.edu), adjunct professor in the master's in energy management program, is co-author of two books, Energy Efficiency Guide for Existing Commercial Buildings: Technical Implementation, and Energy Efficiency Guide for Existing Commercial Buildings: The Business Case for Building Owners and Managers.

Robert Hill, Ph.D. (rhill01@nyit.edu), associate professor and chair of the department of anatomy, published two papers with his osteopathic medical students in the journal Anatomical Science International.

The project, "LIRR: Long Island Radically Rezoned," led by Tobias Holler (tholler@nyit.edu), assistant professor of architecture, was called "grandiose" in a Dec. 14 article in the Long Island Herald. Read more.

In addition, Holler was interviewed in the December issue of the Voice of Nosara about an NYIT student design competition for developing a recycling and education center in Nosara, Costa Rica. Read more.

Robert J. Koenig, Ed.D. (rkoenig@nyit.edu), associate dean of the School of Management's Student Advancement Programs and Department of Hospitality Studies, was quoted in a Dec. 14 article in Long Island Business News.

Yuko Oda (yoda@nyit.edu), assistant professor of fine arts, participated in the second "We Are One" art exhibition to benefit the Japanese Earthquake Relief Fund, Dec. 17 in Brooklyn, N.Y.



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