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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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Read about Jacquelyn Nealon's financial aid tips in The New York Times; Xuetai Qi's article on metaphysics; Robert J. Koenig's Best Paper Award; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

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President Guiliano Global Center

The Edward Guiliano Global Center will be the new name of the main Manhattan campus building at 1855 Broadway. The naming by NYIT's Board of Trustees recognizes President Guiliano's leadership in raising NYIT's global profile and his commitment to scholarship and philanthropy. Several initiatives related to the naming will take place, including a recognition ceremony and reception on Friday, March 16, and an exhibit at NYIT-Manhattan. Read more.

The NYIT community is invited to share their well wishes online. The messages will be posted on a "virtual wall" that will be unveiled on Thursday, Feb. 16. If you prefer to do so in writing, please address your letters to: Edward Guiliano, President, NYIT, 1855 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10023-7692.

Meet Lawrence Herman


Associate Professor Lawrence Herman's path to physician assistant studies began decades ago on the slopes of Mount Washington in New Hampshire, when a life-changing experience inspired him to gain emergency medical experience. Now, as director of physician assistant admissions and primary care initiatives, he is at the forefront of addressing health care issues. At the Feb. 16 Faculty Cross-Disciplinary Health Research Series, he will present his latest research. Read more.

R.S.V.P. for 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 "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 Extended: Longing and Inhibition in Film 


The deadline for abstracts has been extended to Thursday, March 1 for faculty interested in sharing their research at the NYIT-NUPT Student Film Festival and International Symposium. The event's theme is "Longing and Inhibition in Film." 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.

Last Chance to Attend New York Spirit Awards at NYIT AOB

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Come to the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway for the final week of screenings for the 2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards. NYIT community members are invited to reserve spots for free screenings through Thursday, Feb. 9. Tonight's lineup includes We Were Here (7 p.m.) and My Week With Marilyn (9:15 p.m.) Read the full New York Spirit Awards film schedule, and email to R.S.V.P. for screenings.

NYIT Provost Lauds ISRC/TLT Grant Recipients

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NYIT’s Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rahmat A. Shoureshi, Ph.D., praised faculty members for partnering with each other on interdisciplinary research during presentations in Old Westbury and Manhattan last week. He announced that 24 research projects were awarded Institutional Support and Research Creativity (ISRC) grants and Teaching and Learning with Technology grants, totaling nearly $250,000. Read more.

Attend CTL Workshops on Google Apps


The Center for Teaching and Learning invites the NYIT community to attend its February 2012 Google apps workshops at the New York campuses, including:

Support Student Retention


Help NYIT retain students that are at risk of failing, dropping out of a course, or withdrawing. The Student Solutions Center has established an "early alert and intervention" program to offer students supportive services necessary for them to be successful. The Save Our Student (SOS) form can be submitted at any time during the academic year. Access an SOS form.

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:

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

A. Newsweek
B. Time
C. Vanity Fair
D. Life

Congrats to Julie Fratrik, director of the Center for Global Exchange, who responded first to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update.

Where in the world is this NYIT campus?


C. Abu Dhabi

Upcoming Events


Yoga Classes Do 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 106 countries, every Tuesday, 12:30-2 p.m. at 26 W. 61st St., room 502, Manhattan campus.

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.

Sex Expo In recognition of National Sexual Responsibility Week, NYIT's Counseling and Wellness Center presents an interactive session on relationships and sex on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 12:30-1:50 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, room 308, Old Westbury campus. Lunch will be served. For more information, email

Faculty Cross-Disciplinary Health Research Series All Manhattan and Old Westbury faculty members are invited to attend the Faculty Cross-Disciplinary Health Research Series hosted by NYIT Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., and Vice President for Health Sciences and Medical Affairs Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O. The event will take place on Thursday, Feb. 16, 12:30-1:50 p.m. at Riland Auditorium in Old Westbury. The presentations will be simulcasted from Riland to the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. Faculty presenters include John Handrakis, associate professor of physical therapy, and Lawrence Herman, associate professor of physician assistant studies. Lunch will be served at both campuses. R.S.V.P. online for the research series.

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.

Black History Month The Department of Campus Life at NYIT-Old Westbury invites all faculty, staff, and students to participate in a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m. in Salten Hall, room SC1. The event will feature acts and presentations based on the theme "Keeping the Dream Alive." If you're interested in participating, submit a 5-7 minute act/presentation via email to or by 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 20.

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.

Energy Conference Save the date for NYIT's annual energy conference, "Off the Grid: Power, Water, Shelter," Wednesday, June 13, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Old Westbury campus.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Nada Anid, Ph.D., dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, attended the Second U.S.-Maghreb Entrepreneurship Conference, Jan. 17-18, in Marrakech, Morocco. The conference convened to support and accelerate entrepreneurship in the Maghreb region by expanding regional and U.S. relationships.

In addition, Dean Anid and Marta Panero, Ph.D., adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering, attended the 6th Annual Entrepreneurial University Startups Conference, Jan. 19-20, in Washington D.C. The conference explored how university startups may result in high-value jobs and broad social impact.

Babak D. Beheshti, associate professor and assistant dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, is serving on the technical program committee of the SDR 2012 Wireless Innovation Conference and Exposition.

Richard Cooper, M.D., director of NYIT's Center for the Future of the Healthcare Workforce, published the letter, "Doctor Shortage Will Grow Worse," in Newsday. Read more.

Robert J. Koenig, Ed.D., associate professor and associate dean for the School of Management and Department of Hospitality Studies, received the Best Paper Award for "Are the Demographic Characteristics of Students Related to Their Preference for One Undergraduate Course Delivery Mode over Another?" at the Global Conference on Business and Finance, Jan. 3-6, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Niharika Nath, Ph.D., associate professor of life sciences, and Khosrow Kashfi, Ph.D., adjunct professor of life sciences, co-authored four journal publications in December 2011. They are all available ahead of print on

Jacquelyn Nealon, Ed.D., vice president for enrollment, communications and marketing, provided financial aid expertise in the Feb. 3 article, "Expert Advice on the Best Ways to Secure Financial Aid," featured on The Choice Blog in the The New York Times. Read more.

Xuetai Qi, Ph.D., assistant professor of philosophy at NYIT-Nanjing, published the article, "Dummett’s Semantic Dissolution of Metaphysics," in the January 2012 issue of the peer-reviewed scholarly journal Northern Forum.

Jason Van Nest, assistant professor of architecture, oversaw a student project involving the design of a building information model for Grant's Tomb, also known as the General Grant National Memorial in Riverside Park, New York City. The students' collaborative design was praised on a blog written by a software analyst for Autodesk, a leading company in 3-D design, engineering and entertainment software. Read more.

Rozina Vavetsi, associate professor of graphic design, presented the paper, "The Hidden World of Graphic Design Revealed," at the 2012 Design Principles and Practices Conference, Jan. 20-22, in Los Angeles, Calif.

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