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Read about Leonard B. Goldstein's six articles in the journal Practical Pain Management; Robert Rizzuto as guest chef on the Real Food cooking show; Caren Sobier's acceptance in the NEASEA training program; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

NYIT Welcomes Global Partners 

Chinese delegates

Marking another step in its plan to enhance global education, NYIT welcomed 17 Chinese delegates to its New York campuses on Feb. 14. Led by Mayor Zhu Keijiang of the Wuxi Municipal Government (pictured with President Guiliano), the delegation included Deputy President Song Xuefeng and Deputy Director Wang Wenjie, representatives from NYIT’s collaborative partner China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT), one of China’s elite universities. The visit included discussions to explore mutually beneficial joint ventures embraced by the city with NYIT, CUMT, and industry. Read more.

Meet Tom Jacobs, Ph.D.

Tom Jacobs

If asked to time travel, Assistant Professor of English Tom Jacobs, Ph.D., might say he'd want to go back to the 1920s, following Owen Wilson's character in Woody Allen's film, Midnight in Paris. Their likely destination would be a saloon haunted by Modernist literati such as Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, and maybe, on a good day, Picasso. The movie is about moments of unexpected connection, about the unexpected moments of fusion with the past. So, too, was the period of Modernism from the 1920s to 1950s—the subject of NYIT's interdisciplinary conference on Friday, March 2, co-organized by Jacobs. Read more.

Congratulations to NYIT's School of Management on Silver Partnership Award 

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce has awarded NYIT's School of Management and the Student Advancement Programs its Silver Partnership Award worth $10,000. The school received the award for the second consecutive year and is the only educational institution at the silver partnership level.


School of Architecture and Design Selected for Milan Furniture Fair


A team of nine students, alumni, and faculty members representing NYIT’s School of Architecture and Design has been invited to the SaloneSatellite exhibition, one of the world’s most exclusive design and furniture fairs. The event will take place on April 17-20 in Milan, Italy. The NYIT team is one of only a few schools selected to show its work, including a prototype of a chaise lounge designed by senior student Barbara Schoenenberger and a multi-screen video display highlighting the school's achievements. Read more.

Tell Your Students - Free Tutoring at NYIT's Learning Center and Online


The Learning Center helps students meet their academic goals by providing free tutoring in a variety of subjects. Qualified peer tutors also offer students valuable skill-building techniques. For more information, contact the Learning Center in Old Westbury (Harry Schure Hall, room 215) at and Manhattan (16 W. 61st St., room 718) at

Engineering Dean Attends White House Meeting on Education

Nada Anid

On Feb. 8, a White House engineering education meeting gathered senior U.S. officials, Intel executives, and engineering academic leaders including Nada Anid, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. The event launched a public-private partnership between Intel and President Barack Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness to address the nation’s shortage of engineers. Read more.

From this national collaboration with the White House to a new Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center on Long Island, NYIT is working to encourage students to pursue majors and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). "Everything you touch has an engineering component," said Dean Anid, in an article on the need for students in STEM in Long Island Business News. (A subscription is required to read this article.)

Play Trivia, Win a Prize

questions Test your NYIT knowledge by answering this Weekly Update trivia question correctly. Email your answer to The first to answer correctly will win an NYIT t-shirt:

All of the following historical figures visited NYIT for special events in the 1970s except for:

A. Congresswoman Bella Abzug
B. Boxer Muhammad Ali
C. Actor Paul Newman
D. Diplomat Henry Kissinger

Congrats to Christopher Scalchunes, senior technical support professional, who responded first to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update.

Which magazine featured the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, then the Templeton estate, on its cover in July 1962?

B. Time

Upcoming Events


Yoga Classes NYIT's Department of Occupational Therapy is offering yoga at the Old Westbury campus every first and third Tuesday of the month at 12:30 p.m. in the Occupational Therapy Lab, 500 Building, room 511. Pay what you can (the suggested donation is $3) to support the Student Occupational Therapy Association. For more information, email

Chat Partners Enhance your intercultural skills and chat with members of the NYIT community, who hail from 109 countries, every Tuesday, 12:30-2 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., room 623, Manhattan campus.

Free Flick This semester, the Wednesday night free flicks are themed on "dangerous women and their endangered men." View Fatal Attraction starring Glenn Close and Michael Douglas on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 5:30 p.m. in the NYIT de Seversky Mansion (The Soundstage, room 102). Refreshments will be served.

Location/Dislocation: Re-Imagining Space Visit the latest art exhibit at NYIT Gallery 61 in Manhattan through Thursday, Feb. 23, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Take the Google Apps and Blackboard Challenge The Center for Teaching and Learning is hosting a Google apps workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 12:30-1:50 p.m. in Old Westbury (Harry Schure Hall, room 227/DL-5) and Manhattan (1855 Broadway, room 702/DL-5).

Microsoft Recruiting Microsoft will be visiting NYIT's New York campuses on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 12:45-2 p.m. to recruit software developers for full-time and internship positions. Notify your students now, and ask them to R.S.V.P. for this event.

Provost Discovery Luncheon Join NYIT Provost Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., at his next Provost Discovery Luncheon on Thursday, March 1, 12:30-1:50 p.m. at Riland Auditorium in Old Westbury. Peter Voci (M.F.A. '76), professor and chairperson of the department of fine arts, will present a demonstration of motion capture at the luncheon, which will be simulcasted from Riland to the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. His presentation will cover a brief history of motion studies, its current applications in the arts and sciences, and NYIT's motion capture projects. R.S.V.P. for the luncheon.


Call for Abstracts: Longing and Inhibition in Film Faculty members interested in sharing their research at the NYIT-NUPT Student Film Festival and International Symposium should submit their abstracts on the event's theme is "Longing and Inhibition in Film." by Thursday, March 1. The symposium, hosted by NYIT-Nanjing's Center for the Humanities and Culture, will feature individual and panel presentations by film professionals and academics. If you're interested in submitting a paper, email a 500-word abstract to Symposium Chair Beverly J. Butcher, Ph.D., at Read more.

Modernist Manhattan NYIT's annual interdisciplinary conference will gather scholars to interpret modernism on Friday, March 2, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium, Manhattan campus. For more information, email or Read more.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Nicholas Bloom (, associate professor of social sciences and director of NYIT's Discovery Core Curriculum, co-authored an opinion piece for Newsday on the proposed replacement of the Tappan Zee bridge with a 10-lane highway. Read more.

Claude E. Gagna, Ph.D. (, associate professor of life sciences and director of NYIT biology labs, is the advisor to NYIT's Biomedical Research Society, which recently hosted a presentation by U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Mario L. DeBartolo. More than 60 students attended the event.

A. Martin Gerdes, Ph.D. (, professor and chair of biomedical sciences for NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine, was quoted in Newsday about the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids commonly found in fish oil. Gerdes was part of a team that published a study last year about omega-3 fatty acids providing protection against heart tissue scarring. Read more.

Leonard B. Goldstein, Ph.D. (, associate professor of family medicine and director of clerkship education, published six articles pertaining to the diagnosis and treatment of Temporomandibular disorders in the online edition of the journal Practical Pain Management. Read more.

Mindy Haar, Ph.D. (, director of program development for NYIT's Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, was quoted in the article, "Chocolate: The Truth," in the February 2012 issue of Long Island Pulse magazine. Read more.

Lawrence Herman (, associate professor and director of physician assistant admissions and primary care initiatives, has created a YouTube video to teach diabetic patients and clinicians how to painlessly inject insulin. Read more.

Frank Lee, Ph.D. (, associate professor and chairperson of the department of computer science, and Alexandra Arnone (, assistant director of admissions recruitment, accompanied NYIT student leaders in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers club on Feb. 12 to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City.

Erin O'Keefe (, associate professor of architecture, was selected by the Humble Art Foundation as one of its 31 Women in Art Photography. All selected photographers will participate in a summer 2012 exhibition at the Hasted Kraeutler Gallery in New York City.

Robert Rizzuto (, director of dining services, will be the featured chef on the Real Food cooking show on Telecare TV, slated to air today and Friday, Feb. 17 at 10:30 p.m. and online at

John F. Schwally (, adjunct professor of communication arts, is post-production supervisor of the new Discovery I.D. TV series, Deadly Sins, which will premiere on Saturday, March 3.

Caren Sobier (, assistant director of student employment, is the state representative for the Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators and the latest member to be accepted into its Student Employment Essentials Train-the-Trainer Program.

Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D. (, associate professor of instructional technology, published the article, "An Explorative Case Study on the Effectiveness of Using Mobile Devices to Conduct Teacher Professional Development," in the International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation. Read more.

Raed Abu Zitar, Ph.D. (, assistant dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at NYIT-Amman, published the paper, "Recognition of Arabic Sign Language (ArSL) Using Recurrent Neural Networks," in the February 2012 issue of the Journal of Intelligent Learning Systems and Applications.

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