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NYIT's E-Newsletter for Staff and Faculty | Tuesday, January 31, 2012


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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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Read about Dolores Burton's article on teaching mathematics; David Hogsette's research on Frankenstein; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet Jason Van Nest and Wei Ding

Van Nest and Ding

One of the latest interdisciplinary research projects by NYIT faculty has paired Jason Van Nest, assistant professor of architecture, and Wei Ding, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science, to write software for designing skyscrapers. They are among the faculty members awarded 2012 Institutional Support for Research and Creativity (ISRC) grants this month.

Read more about Wei Ding.

Read more about Jason Van Nest.

R.S.V.P. for 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.

NYIT Architect Honored for Innovation


The American Institute of Architects has recognized the firm run by Tobias Holler, assistant professor of architecture, with its New Practices New York Award. Holler Architecture was one of seven firms chosen from among 50 applicants founded within the past five years. Holler's innovative projects include LIRR Long Island Radically Rezoned, a collaboration with an NYIT student, alumna, and others. Read more.

Save the Date: Microsoft Recruiting in New York


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.

Macedonian Doctors Visit NYIT for Parkinson's Disease Expertise


Macedonian doctors and the head of the country's new Foundation of Parkinson’s Disease Patients toured NYIT's Adele Smithers Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Center to learn about the latest physical therapy methods and equipment used to treat patients. Read more.

Hospitality Studies Department Represents NYIT at PCMA Conference


Faculty, staff, and students representing NYIT's Department of Hospitality Studies attended the Convening Leaders Conference hosted by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), Jan. 8-11 in San Diego, Calif. They networked with more than 3,500 attendees and participated in programs such as "15-Minute Mentors." NYIT's Department of Hospitality Studies has the largest PCMA student chapter in the tri-state area. Read more.

Pictured with students are Alan Fairbairn (center), associate professor of hospitality studies, and Stephanie Langdon (second from left), staff associate for hospitality studies and the New York PCMA chapter chair of new professional programming.

Educators Convene for Conference on Student Learning

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NYIT's School of Education hosted a Jan. 27 conference on Response To Intervention (RTI), which is used to help educators assess how well students are learning. The conference drew on the expertise of John Kappenberg (second from right), adjunct associate professor of education, and Dolores Burton (far left), associate professor and chair of the Teacher Education Program, who co-authored the book, The Complete Guide to RTI, An Implementation Toolkit. They are pictured with New York State Sen. Carl L. Marcellino (second from left), a former New York City high school teacher and administrator, and Michael Uttendorfer (far right), dean of the School of Education. 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:


Where in the world is this NYIT campus?

A. Vancouver
B. Nanjing
C. Abu Dhabi

Congrats to Librarian Danielle Apfelbaum, who responded first to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update.

Which of the following is true of the sculpture:
A. It's inspiration!

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. The next class is Tuesday, Feb. 7 (there is no class today). 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 Champion items (through Feb. 4).

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

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 Thursday, March 1. Read more.

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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. The next screenings are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 2 and include Pariah (7 p.m.) and Drive (9:15 p.m.) Read the full New York Spirit Awards film schedule, and email to R.S.V.P. for screenings.

Bowery Poetry Club Reading The NYIT community is invited to a poetry reading by Terese Coe, adjunct professor of English, on Sunday, Feb. 5, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Bowery Poetry Club, 308 Bowery, New York City. Admission is $7, and refreshments will be served. Coe's poems and translations have appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, Poetry, Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, and various other U.S. and U.K. journals.

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

Taha Al-Douri, Ph.D., associate professor of interior design at NYIT-Abu Dhabi, was quoted in the New York Times article, "An Ambitious Arab Capital Reaffirms Its Grand Cultural Vision." Read more.

Dolores Burton, Ed.D., associate professor and chairperson of the Teacher Education Program, published the paper, "Teaching Mathematics to All Students with the Brain in Mind," in the December 2011 issue of the New York State Mathematics Teachers Journal.

Joanne Donoghue, Ph.D., exercise physiologist in NYIT's Academic Health Care Center, published the article, "Effects of Exercise and B Vitamins on Homocysteine and Glutathione in Parkinson's Disease: A Randomized Trial," in the journal Neurodegenerative Diseases. Her study co-authors included:

  • Ely Rabin, Ph.D., assistant professor of neuroscience and histology.
  • Enrico Fazzini, D.O., Ph.D., clinical associate professor of medicine.
  • William Werner, Ed.D., associate professor of physical therapy.

Lawrence Herman, associate professor and director of physician assistant admissions, published the article, "Decisions, Decisions: How We Make Choices," a book review of On Second Thought: Outsmarting Your Mind's Hard-Wired Habits, in the January 2012 edition of PA Professional.

In addition, Professor Herman and Oren Shtayermman, Ph.D., director of NYIT's Mental Health Counseling Program, co-authored the article, "The Use of Prescription Stimulants to Enhance Academic Performance Among College Students in Health Care Programs," in the Journal of Physician Assistant Education.

David S. Hogsette, Ph.D., associate professor of English, published the article, "Metaphysical Intersections in Frankenstein: Mary Shelley's Theistic Investigation of Scientific Materialism and Transgressive Autonomy," in the summer 2011 issue of Christianity and Literature.

Lynn Rogoff, adjunct professor of communication arts, is overseeing an interdisciplinary team of undergraduate and graduate students from the Schools of Management and Engineering and Computing Sciences, and the College of Arts and Sciences, to compete in the New York State College Business Plan Competition on April 26 at SUNY Albany.

Michael Schiavi, Ph.D., professor of English, gave a reading and signed copies of his book, Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo, at New York's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center on Jan. 10.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and executive director of the Vocational Independence Program of NYIT, was interviewed about the change in the definition of autism in the Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders by two news organizations: and Newsday.

Tao Zhang, Ph.D., co-authored the paper, "Improving the Capacity of Large-Scale Wireless Networks with Network Assisted-Coding Schemes," in the January 2012 issue of IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications.

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