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Bill Gates Invites NYIT to the Imagine Cup

Imagine Cup

Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems. Microsoft's Imagine Cup inspires students to tackle the ambitious problems of our world. On Feb. 1, NYIT's Microsoft Competition Kick-Off featured Andrew Parsons (pictured), Academic Developer Evangelist with Microsoft, who held workshops and meetings with students and faculty at the Manhattan and Old Westbury campuses. Find out more about the Imagine Cup at NYIT.

VENUE ADDITION: Catch Waiting for Superman at Manhattan and Old Westbury Campuses

Waiting for Superman

Waiting for Superman, one of 2010's most powerful and talked-about documentaries, will be shown at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway and at Rockefeller Auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011, 7 - 10 p.m. "Bring on Superman," a panel discussion featuring regional educational experts, will follow and be streamed from Manhattan to Old Westbury. R.S.V.P. online or e-mail for more information.

Security Blankets: Honoring Colleagues

Security Blankets

NYIT Gallery 61 is pleased to present Security Blankets: Honoring Colleagues. NYIT-Manhattan students collaborated with the campus's security guards in the current exhibition at Gallery 61. The guards selected their favorite quilts from the previous show "Outspoken Quilts, by Katherine Knauer, and spoke about their lives and interests. Photographs taken by Natasha Jahangir; Interviews edited by Ellinor R. Mitchell. The exhibition will be on view January 20 through February 18, 2011 at NYIT Gallery 61.

Save the Dates

"I Love NYIT," Thursday, Feb 17: The NYIT Alumni Federation cordially invites staff, faculty, and alumni to attend I Love NYIT, a fundraising event, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Old Westbury campus. The event, featuring a performance by jazz cabaret/Broadway recording artist Rosemary Loar, will benefit the new NYIT Alumni Federation Legacy Scholarship Fund. For information, contact Joe Fortine, director of alumni relations, at 516.686.1254 or

Spring Cruise, Friday, May 20: All members of the NYIT community are invited to participate in the Spring Formal Cruise around lower Manhattan. Enjoy dinner, a cash bar, DJ and dancing, prizes, and entertainment. Board at 7:15 p.m. at Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, and sail until 11 p.m. Price: $35 per person for NYIT students, faculty, and administrators; $40 per person for guests. Register for the Spring Formal Cruise.

Free Yoga

The Counseling and Wellness Center, in conjunction with the West Side Y.M.C.A, is offering free yoga classes every Wednesday through May 11 from 1 to 2 p.m. at 16 W. 61 Street, 11th floor auditorium.

Upcoming Events

National Sexual Responsibility Week
National Sexual Responsibility Week is February 14 – 18. The Counseling and Wellness Centers on both campuses have planned educational programs for this topic. On Feb. 3, the Manhattan Counseling & Wellness Center will present "Sex Jeopardy" – Healthy Relationships, from 1 to 2 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., in Room 721.

On Feb. 17, the Old Westbury Counseling & Wellness Center will present "Sex Expo" – Healthy Relationships, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, Room 308. Give-a-ways and refreshments will be provided at both events.

Calling all iPods

iPod donationsMP3 player outdated? iPod not mod? Don't toss them! Instead, help someone find peace. NYIT, in association with the nonprofit organization Music and Memory, is collecting old digital audio players to donate to senior citizens with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's, or who have suffered a stroke. Drop off at the following NYIT-Manhattan locations: Riverside/Affinia Residence Halls (contact your Resident Advisor); 1849 Broadway, room 204; 1855 Broadway, main lobby; 16 W. 61st St., room 612 (drop in the black box). For more information, e-mail

Drop-off boxes are located at:

  • Manhattan campus
    Community Service Center – 1849 Broadway, room 204
    Career Services – 16 W. 61st St., room 612 (black box)
  • Old Westbury
    Community Service Center – Salten Hall, room 3

For more information about the new Community Service Centers and how you can support them, please visit!

Faculty and Staff Achievements

In response to Mayor Bloomberg's announcement about funding an engineering school in New York City, NYIT's Dean of Engineering and Computing Sciences Nada Anid, Ph.D., ( wrote a letter to the editor of Crain's that was published on Jan. 9, 2011.

Patricia Chute (, dean of the School of Health Professions, co-authored a section, entitled "Providing Services in Educational Contexts: Defining the Role of the Pediatric Audiologist" in the Comprehensive Handbook of Pediatric Audiology (2011, Plural Publishing).

Anthony DiMatteo (, professor of English, had three poems published in Denver Syntax (Issue 22).

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Nutrition Catherine Gerweck, D.M.D. (, was part of a group that published "Evidence-Based Clinical Recommendations Regarding Fluoride Intake from Reconstituted Infant Formula and Enamel Fluorosis," a report from the American Dental Association Council on Scientific Affairs Expert Panel on Fluoride Intake from Infant Formula and Fluorosis, in JADA 2011 in January 2011.

Mindy Haar (, director of clinical nutrition, was quoted in Diets in about a U.K. ruling that Vitaminwater had too much sugar to be called "nutritious." Read the article.

Miroslaw Majewski (, professor of mathematics at NYIT-Abu Dhabi, co-chaired the annual Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics, held at the University of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur in December 2010. He also lectured on the Wolfram Alfa research tool and Edo period mathematics and its modern interpretation in dynamic geometry software.

Yuko Oda (, assistant professor of fine arts, has had her drawings accepted into The Drawing Center's Viewing Program, a curated artist registry that is consulted by a wide variety of arts professionals from across the globe.

Pat Precin (, assistant professor of occupational therapy, guest-edited an issue of WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation (Vol. 38, Issue 1), entitled "Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Work," in which seven of her articles were published.

Lisa Runco, Ph.D. (, assistant professor, Department of Life Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, co-authored a paper accepted by the journal Microbiology, entitled "Contributions of chaperone/usher systems to cell binding, biofilm formation and Yersinia pestis virulence." Her review article, "Harnessing DNA Synthesis to Develop Rapid Responses to Emerging and Pandemic Pathogens," will appear in the 2011 Journal of Pathogens.

Caren Sobier (, assistant director of student employment, and Tanya Patterson-Stanley, staff associate in NYCOM's Office of Financial Aid, have been nominated to be the 2011 District 4 Representatives for Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators (NEASEA).

The Feb. 7, 2011, New Yorker article "Crush Point" mentions LI News Tonight's video coverage in which Wal-Mart officials discussed crowd management issues prior to Black Friday 2008, when one person was killed and several injured at a Wal-Mart in Valley Stream, N.Y.

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