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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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Read about Catherine Flickinger's profile in Corporate Counsel; Anthony DiMatteo's article on Shakespeare; Jack Conrad's research on fossil lizards for the American Museum of Natural History; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet Deborah Cohn

Deborah Cohn

When Deborah Cohn (M.B.A. '89), Ph.D., became associate professor of marketing studies at NYIT in 2010, she returned to the place that launched a newfound career path. Now, as director of the School of Management's Professional Enrichment Program for NYIT's New York campuses, she helps students prepare for their own career paths. Read more.

R.S.V.P. Online for Next Provost/Faculty Conference

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NYIT Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., is hosting his next Faculty/Provost Conference for all full-time faculty on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 12:30-1:50 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus, and Thursday, Feb. 2, 12:30-1:50 p.m. at Riland Auditorium, Old Westbury, campus. Lunch will be served. R.S.V.P. online for the Faculty/Provost Conference.

Live on Twitter - NYIT Doctors in Haiti


Doctors from NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine and Center for Global Health are visiting Haiti this week to work with the country's health providers to provide clinical services and onsite medical training. They will also explore future educational opportunities for NYIT students interested in learning about global health. Pictured are Deborah Lardner, assistant professor of emergency medicine; Michael Passafaro, assistant professor of emergency medicine; Edward Gotfried, associate professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine; and William Blazey, assistant professor of family medicine.

Follow them on Twitter @NYITmag.

Call for Abstracts: Longing and Inhibition in Film


Faculty are invited to share 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 by Wednesday, Feb. 1. Papers are due on Thursday, March 1. Read more.

NYIT Architects Visit Costa Rica

Costa Rica

Catch up on the progress of NYIT architecture students, who are helping to design a recycling center in Nosara, Costa Rica. Read more on Facebook.

Two New Trustees Join NYIT


Two new executives have joined NYIT's board of trustees: Lady Barbara Judge, chairwoman of the Pension Protection Fund in the United Kingdom and chairwoman emeritus of the U.K. Atomic Energy Authority, and Peter. J. Romano (B.S. '76), founder and CEO of Peter J. Romano & Co., a management consulting and land development firm.

NYIT Brings Broadway Theater to China

Chinese delegates

NYIT hosted Chinese cultural officials and industry executives, who sampled the business side of Broadway as part of the second Cultural Trade and Industry Exchange program. The training program was designed by China's Ministry of Culture and Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment, the namesake company of one of Broadway's leading theater businesses. Read more.

Faculty Advance Genetics Research


Medical researchers at NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine are using a new high-tech scanner to advance their genetic investigations of epilepsy and neurologic diseases, such as Parkinson’s Disease. 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:


Which of the following is true of the sculpture:

A. It's inspiration!
B. It was a gift from the Whitney family.
C. It's on display in the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway.
D. It was designed by an NYIT alum.

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

Bookstore Sales Stop by NYIT's Bookstore in Salten Hall, Old Westbury campus, for an extra 25 percent off clearance items (through Jan. 28) and 25 percent off Champion items (through Feb. 4).

Book Drive Donate books now through Tuesday, March 27 to the Community Service Center in Manhattan (1849 Broadway, room 204) or the Office of Career Services in Old Westbury (Salten Hall, room 3) or Manhattan (26 W. 61st St., room 211). Proceeds will benefit Housing Works, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the homeless and those living with HIV/AIDS.

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2012 Film Independent Spirit Awards NYIT community members are invited to reserve spots for free screenings now through Thursday, Feb. 9 at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. Tonight, there are screenings scheduled for The Interrupters (6:45 p.m.) and Midnight in Paris (9:30 p.m.) Read the full New York Spirit Awards film schedule, and email to R.S.V.P. for screenings.


School of Education Symposium NYIT's Teacher Education Program will host the symposium, "Rethinking Education with RTI in Mind: Academic Success for Every Child," Friday, Jan. 27 at 8:30 a.m. - noon, NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Old Westbury campus. Registration is $25 and includes a copy of the book, The Complete Guide to RTI: An Implementation Toolkit.

Desert Rooftops William Rockwell, adjunct professor of architecture, has collaborated with artist David Brooks on the first installation of his project, Desert Rooftops, on view through Sunday, Feb. 5 at The Last Lot project space, 46th Street and 8th Avenue in New York City.

A Conversation with the Provost: Tenure and Promotion Processes Tenure-track faculty members are invited to attend a Q&A session with NYIT Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Rahmat Shoureshi on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 12:30-1:50 p.m. in Harry Schure Hall, room 227, Old Westbury campus. For more information, email

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

Mohammad Awwad, Ph.D. (, associate professor of marketing at NYIT-Amman, had his paper, "Emotional Intelligence and Entrepreneurial Orientation: The Moderating Role of Organizational Climate and Employees' Creativity," accepted by the Journal of Research in Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

Kiran Balagani, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of computer science, presented "Defeating Cyber-Behavioral Biometrics with Non-Zero Effort Attacks: A Case with Keystroke Dynamics for Continuous User Verification," at Fordham University's 2012 International Conference on Cyber Security, Jan. 9-12 in New York City.

Jack Conrad, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of anatomy, described the fossil lizard Gobiderma pulchrum in an article for the bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Read more.

Anthony DiMatteo (, professor of English, published the article, "When Blood Is their Argument: Shakespeare on War, Freedom, and the Nature of Man," in the winter 2012 issue of College Literature: A Journal Of Critical Literary Studies.

Jonathan Geisler, Ph.D. (, associate professor of anatomy, published a paper on a previously unknown species of extinct dolphins in the January-February 2012 issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. Read more.

Catherine Flickinger, J.D. (, general counsel at NYIT, is profiled in the article, "A Learning Process," in the January 2012 issue of the magazine Corporate Counsel. Read more.

Joseph Frey (, adjunct professor of management, is quoted in the article, "EU Doesn't Trust World Bank, IMF for Bailout," in The Asian Age.

Frank Lorne, Ph.D. (, professor of management, and Petra Dilling, Ph.D. (, associate dean at NYIT-Vancouver, published the article, "Creating Values for Sustainability: Stakeholders Engagement, Incentive Alignment, and Value Currency," in the 2012 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Economics Research International.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (, associate dean and executive director of the Vocational Independence Program of NYIT, published the online article, "When a Student with a Disability Seeks Employment: Education Matters," Jan. 13 on Read more.

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