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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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Read about Faycal Adda's paper on gravity, electromagnetism, and light; Maureen Cardoza's appointment as president of the Nassau-Suffolk Council for Nursing Education and Nursing Practice; Robert Neumann's Pro Chef II Certification; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet Tobi Abramson, Ph.D.

Tobi Abramson

Changing perceptions drives Tobi Abramson, Ph.D. As director of the NYIT Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics, her goal is to change people's attitudes about aging.

"You never stop learning about yourself and the world when you work with older adults," Abramson says. "It's up to us within universities to give students the exposure to some exciting areas they don't know about, such as aging." Read more.

Attend Modernist Manhattan Conference on Friday, March 2


Register for NYIT's annual interdisciplinary conference, Modernist Manhattan, on Friday, March 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium. The conference will gather scholars at NYIT-Manhattan to interpret modernism in politics, art, and literature. Read a full conference schedule and register for the event.

Read NYIT Magazine's Winter 2012 Issue

NYIT Magazine

Cyber security, hospitality alumni, and veterans affairs are just a few of the topics covered in the Winter 2012 issue of NYIT Magazine. Read the magazine online or download the digital edition as a PDF optimized for viewing on tablet PCs. For more of the latest news, follow NYIT Magazine on Twitter.


Try the World News Digest Database


The World News Digest is currently a trial database on the NYIT Library's Web page. Use the database before the trial period ends on Thursday, March 1 and email your feedback to or


Health Professions Faculty Share New Research

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NYIT faculty members in the School of Health Professions presented their research at the Feb. 16 session of NYIT's cross-disciplinary health research series. Associate Professor of Physician Assistant Studies Lawrence Herman (far left) discussed the results of his study investigating a dangerous strain of bacterial infection, and Associate Professor of Physical Therapy John Handrakis (center) presented his research on the effects of cool temperatures on people with spinal cord injuries. They are pictured (left to right) with Patricia Chute, Ed.D., dean of the School of Health Professions; Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., vice president for health sciences and medical affairs; and Rahmat A. Shoureshi, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs. Read more.

Engineering Dean Talks Sustainability in Dubai

Dean Nada Anid

Green public transportation and road safety were among the topics discussed by Nada Anid, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, who delivered the keynote address at the Feb. 14 Dubai Award for Sustainable Transport ceremony in the United Arab Emirates. The event was spearheaded by the Crown Prince and Chairman of the Executive Council Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (pictured with Anid) and convened public and private sector leaders in support of sustainable initiatives. Read more.

Congrats to NYIT-Amman M.B.A. Student Winners

M.B.A. students

M.B.A. students at NYIT-Amman have won the 2012 CFA Institute Research Challenge hosted by CFA Jordan. They were led by faculty advisor Nitin Arora, assistant professor of management, in a competition designed to test their knowledge of equity research, valuation, and ethics. Read more.

Play Trivia, Win a Prize

How well do you know NYIT? Test your knowledge by answering this Weekly Update trivia question correctly. Email your answer to The first to answer correctly will win an NYIT t-shirt:

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Choose the leading Long Island company that dedicated the pictured computer lab to NYIT:

A. Grumman Corporation
B. Cablevision
C. Bed Bath & Beyond
D. Computer Associates

Upcoming Events


Chat Partners Enhance your intercultural skills and chat with members of the NYIT community, who hail from 109 countries, every Tuesday, 12:45-1:45 p.m. at 26 W. 61st St., room 502, Manhattan campus.

Autism Spectrum Disorders Attend a discussion on working with students who have autism and asperger's syndrome on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 2-3:30 p.m. at the Office of Career Services in Old Westbury (Salten Hall, room 3) and Manhattan (26 W. 61st St., room 211). The workshop, presented by the Vocational Independence Program of NYIT, will identify characteristics of and effective interventions for students with high-functioning autism and asperger's syndrome.

Free Flick This semester, the theme of Wednesday night free flicks is "dangerous women and their endangered men." View Rain, starring Joan Crawford, on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the NYIT de Seversky Mansion (The Soundstage, room 102). Refreshments will be served.

Measuring Your User Experience Design Learn 15 methods for ensuring user acceptance and business success for Web products and companies on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 6 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium, Manhattan campus. The cost is free for members of the New York Technology Council and $20 for nonmembers. Register for this event.

Architecture Gallery Reception Designs by Assistant Professor of Architecture Tobias Holler's firm will be on display on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Cristin Tierney Gallery, 546 W. 29th St., New York City. The award-winning work of HOLLER Architecture will be exhibited on Planar Mosaic screens, which are small LCD video tiles that can be arranged in various patterns. To attend, email

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

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, "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.

Assignment: China Join Mike Chinoy, senior fellow at the University of Southern California’s U.S.-China Institute and former CNN senior Asia correspondent and Beijing bureau chief, for a showing of his film Assignment: China – The Week that Changed the World on Thursday, March 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. R.S.V.P. to by Monday, March 5.

Augmenting Healing Through Alternative Therapies Attend the seventh annual NYIT Department of Nursing Colloquium on Thursday, March 15, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Riland Auditorium, Old Westbury campus. Read more.

ASSE Conference NYIT will host this year’s American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Professional Development Conference on Wednesday, March 21, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in Salten Hall, Old Westbury campus. The event will feature a keynote address about risk and crisis communications by Pamela Walaski, president of the Pittsburgh-based JC Safety and Environmental, Inc.; a panel discussion with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration; and several other technical topics on the safety industry. This year, the ASSE will also be offering the Transportation of Dangerous Goods course, which includes a certificate of training compliant with the Department of Transportation/International Air Transport Association. To attend the conference or ask questions, call Kristen Panella at 516.686.7731.

vitality in aging

Vitality in Aging Contest Do you know someone who views aging as an opportunity and/or someone over 65 who is thriving and aging with vitality? Nominate yourself or someone you know for the 2012 Vitality in Aging campaign. Fill out an online entry form by Friday, April 13. Select nominees will be featured in NYIT’s Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics’ Older Americans Month Tribute in May. Read more.

SOURCE Mark your calendar for NYIT's Symposium on University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) on Friday, April 20, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at NYIT-Manhattan. Keynote speaker Sidney Perkowitz, professor emeritus of physics at Emory University, will present "Science and Art: Closer Than You Think." Read more.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Faycal Adda, Ph.D. (, associate professor of mathematics, published the paper, "The Inner Connection Between Gravity, Electromagnetism, and Light" in the 2012 issue of Advanced Studies in Theoretical Physics.

Maureen Cardoza, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of nursing, was elected president of the Nassau-Suffolk Council for Nursing Education and Nursing Practice.

Robert Neumann (, sous chef at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, obtained Pro Chef II Certification at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, N.Y. This certification is recognized as the equivalent of chef de cuisine training by the CIA and American Culinary Federation.

Thomas Scandalis, D.O. (, dean of NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine, was quoted in the Feb. 24 article, "LI Doctors Struggle with HR, Office Tasks," in Long Island Business News.

Oren Shtayermman, Ph.D. (, conducted a Feb. 21 webinar on "The 10 Biggest Fears Men Have About Cancer and Why They Are Important."

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (, associate dean and executive director of the Vocational Independence Program of NYIT, and Paul K. Cavanagh, Ph.D. (, director of academics and evaluation for VIP, co-published the Feb. 23 online article, "Brief Report: New Legislation Supports Students with Intellectual Disabilities in Post-Secondary Funding," in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

In addition, VanBergeijk published the Feb. 23 online article, "When a Student with Autism Seeks Employment: Personal Contacts and Experience Matter-Part Two," on Read more.

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