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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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From research to published articles to key presentations, read this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements or review NYIT's archive of faculty and staff accomplishments.

Meet Mandy Zhang, Ph.D.

Mandy Zhang

Assistant Professor of Communication Arts Mandy Zhang's studies of health literacy and the effectiveness of HIV/AIDS-prevention PSAs coincide with this year's commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the first HIV/AIDS diagnosis in the United States. Read more.

What's on Your Mind ...?

Ice Cream

Have something you'd like to ask President Guiliano at the upcoming ice cream socials at the Manhattan (July 19) and Old Westbury (July 26) campuses? Please send your questions to -- you'll also have the opportunity to ask your question during the informal Q&A session at the social. If you haven't R.S.V.P.'d, reserve your spot today.

School of Education and College of Arts and Sciences Lead $1 Million Project

This summer marks the start of a $1 million, five-year National Science Foundation-supported interdisciplinary project co-led by School of Education professors, Drs. Shiang-Kwei Wang and Hui-Yin Hsu, and Dr. Lisa Runco, assistant professor of life sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences. The project kicked off with its first professional development training workshop for K-12 teachers on July 11. The intensive workshop, which runs through July 22, will enhance teachers' scientific literacy and new literacies of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Read more.

Save The Date: Convocation

This year's convocation will be held on Thursday, Sept. 1, in Riland Auditorium, Old Westbury campus, and will be streamed live to the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. More details to follow in upcoming NYIT Weekly Updates.

President Guiliano to LI: Keep Best and Brightest

Edward Guiliano

Long Island's colleges and universities must work with government and business leaders to prevent talented graduates from leaving the area, President Edward Guiliano recently told top Nassau County business officials. Guiliano's presentation, "Higher Education: Dynamic, Diverse, and Driving Our Economy," noted the importance of higher education to Long Island's economy. He urged attendees to work on job creation and housing initiatives to help reverse the "brain drain" of young people who receive degrees in Long Island and then relocate to find affordable homes and plentiful jobs in more affordable areas. Read his speech.


Interior Design Department Honors Students

design students

NYIT interior design students received recognition at the June 16 Brendalyn Stempel 2nd Annual Scholarship Award luncheon, sponsored by the NYIT Office of Development and the Department of Interior Design. Three recipients -- Amanda Burke, Jacquelyn Lagravinese, and Jessica Slefko -- won $15,000 in scholarship money. Brendalyn Stempel, a member of the School of Architecture and Design and an interior designer, established the merit-based scholarship to provide financial support to hard-working students in their senior year.

Pictured from left to right: Martha Siegel, chair of the interior design department, with Amanda Burke, Brendalyn Stempel, Jessica Slefko, and Robert Allen, associate professor and interior design coordinator.

Verizon Grant Funds Teacher Training

A $160,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation will fund NYIT's work in training teachers and community leaders in New York state to use online lesson plans, games, and educational materials for engaging tech-savvy students. Read more.

Engineering Dean Tours Chinese Universities

Dean in China

A two-day trip to Shanghai, China, in June, took Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Nada Anid behind the scenes of academic programs at Tongji University and Fudan University, and into the board rooms of leading technology companies. Anid toured the College of Design and Innovation, School of Electronics and Information Engineering, and International Affairs Office at Tongji University, where she discussed opportunities for joint programs with school officials. At Fudan University, she met with Dr. Zhou Shaolin, professor of the NYIT-JUFE M.B.A. program, and toured the Nordic Center on campus. Her trip also included stops at IBM and Alcatel-Lucent, where she met with human resources personnel to discuss student internships.

NYIT Profs Run Summer Medical Academy

Members of NYIT's health and osteopathic medical faculty will introduce upstate New York high school students to health careers during a 12-day academic camp this month in Pine Bush, N.Y. Read more.

Actress Talks Career Arc at AOB

Kim Cattrall discussed role-playing, her definition of success, and why she initially declined the part of Samantha Jones in the HBO hit Sex and the City during a private event for members of the Screen Actors Guild at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. Read more.

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NYIT Remembers Stanley Schiowitz

Stanley Schiowitz

Former NYCOM dean Stanley Schiowitz, who expanded medical and health programs during his 25-year tenure at NYIT, passed away on June 27. He first became involved with NYIT more than three decades ago, when he helped to launch the medical college in 1977 with Alexander Schure, David G. Salten, and W. Kenneth Riland. He held a number of important positions and gained recognition for expanding NYCOM's enrollment from an inaugural class of 36 students to a program with more than 1,100 osteopaths in training. Read more about his life.

Save Energy, Cut Costs

Support NYIT's participation in the Long Island Green Homes Consortium program to raise awareness about energy-saving initiatives homeowners can pursue to cut costs and green their homes. You can start by visiting a new website that details information about free or reduced cost energy audits, rebates, and financing that may be available for Long Island homeowners who make energy upgrades. Read more.

News from NYIT-Vancouver

A team of three NYIT-Vancouver students, overseen by Abram Poczter, Ph.D., professor of management, won the title of "Industry Champion" in the GLO-BUS online business competition for the week of June 27 to July 3. They competed against teams around the world running fictional digital camera companies. Read more.

The Delta Mu Delta Alpha Xi Chapter at NYIT-Vancouver celebrated its first annual induction ceremony for students on June 8. Led by faculty advisor Petra Dilling, associate dean of the School of Management at NYIT-Vancouver, the chapter is the first of its kind in Canada. Read more.

Pictured: Delta Mu Delta Alpha Xi inductee Jingjing You with Associate Dean Petra Dilling.

Two Technology Tips

Technology Tips

Want to dial a campus number in a hurry? NYIT's Voice Communications Network features a quick dial feature. Read more on Service Central's Technology Tips webpage.

Share a calendar and grant permissions in Microsoft Outlook 2010. Follow Service Central's step-by-step instructions.


Upcoming Events

Cyber Security Conference: NYIT's second annual Cyber Security Conference will be held on Thursday, Sept. 15 at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway – look for updates in future Weekly Updates and online.

Blackboard Support for Faculty
Academic Computing Services is available to assist faculty with Blackboard functions such as uploading documents, enabling student tracking, and copying course content from a previous semester. Register for an upcoming session today.

Need Certification in Blackboard?
Blackboard certification workshops will run through the summer. Register online or call TBLS at 631.348.3317.

Summer Art Exhibition
The collaborative work of students in the Vocational Independence Program (VIP) and NYIT's School of Architecture and Design and Department of Fine Arts will be displayed through Saturday, Aug. 6, at Gallery 61, 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor, NYIT-Manhattan.

Thursday Night at NYIT Mingle for happy hour with the NYIT community on Thursday, July 14, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion. The event costs $10 at the door for beer, wine, and food. All faculty and staff members are welcome. To R.S.V.P., call 516.686.1421.

Playing for Parkinson's
Support the Adele Smithers Parkinson's Disease Treatment Center by attending a concert by the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, July 17, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Riland Auditorium, NYIT-Old Westbury. Tickets cost $25 per person; all proceeds benefit the center. Read more.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Robert Amundsen, Ph.D. (, director of the graduate energy management program, was featured in the Long Island Business News article, "Ones to Watch in Green," on June 29. Read more.

He also published the op-ed, "Revitalize Long Island with Solar," in Long Island Business News. Read more.

Nada Anid, Ph.D. (, dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, discussed NYIT's plans for a master's program in bioinformatics and an engineering management program for IT and engineering executives in a June 29 article in Long Island Business News. Read more.

Babak D. Beheshti (, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering technology, presented "Wireless Sensor Networks, An Integrated Technical Reference Model" at the Long Island Forum for Technology (LIFT) Tech Roundtable hosted by Northrop Grumman on June 30 in Bethpage, N.Y.

Stephen Blythe, Ph.D., J.D., Ph.D. (, professor of business law in the School of Management at NYIT-Abu Dhabi, published a 784-page book, E-Commerce Law Around The World. This volume summarizes e-commerce law of the United Nations, the European Union, and more than 120 countries on six continents. It is available for purchase at and Read more.

Carol Dahir (, associate professor and coordinator of the school counseling program, presented, "Ten Years after the Transformation of School Counselor Preparation on Two Campuses," in June at the International Conference for Academic Disciplines in Aix en Provence, France. She also presented "Preparing Culturally Competent Educators," at the 4th International Conference and Practice in Education Society in June at the Peto Institute in Budapest, Hungary.

Elizabeth Donaldson, Ph.D., (, associate professor of English, presented the paper, "Psychomimesis: Art, Medicine, and the Imitation of Psychosis," at "The Pub, the Street, and the Medicine Cabinet," the 6th Biennial Meeting of the Alcohol and Drug History Society, June 23-26 in Buffalo, N.Y. Read an abstract of the paper.

She also co-edited "Representing Disability and Emotion," a special issue of the Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies, and co-authored the issue's introduction, "There's No Crying in Disability Studies!"

Cecilia Dong, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, published the paper, "Memory-Memory-Memory Clos-Network Packet Switch with In-Sequence Service," at the IEEE International Conference on High Performance Switching and Routing 2011, July 4-6, in Cartagena, Spain.

David Jackson (, adjunct assistant professor of physician assistant studies, was elected to a one-year term as second vice speaker to the board of directors of the American Academy of Physician Assistants.

Tobias Holler (, assistant professor of architecture, gave the presentation, "LIRR Long Island Radically Rezoned," during the Talk 20 session at the 2011 ACSA Teacher's Seminar "Performative Practices - Architecture and Engineering in the 21st Century" in New York City on June 16. Watch the presentation.

Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of instructional technology, and Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D. (, associate professor of instructional technology, received the Outstanding Paper Award at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2011 at Syracuse University for their paper, "Global Literacy: Comparing Chinese and U.S. High School Students," published in Multicultural Education & Technology Journal.

Yuko Oda (, assistant professor of fine arts, participated in the art exhibition, "Festival," at the Kips Gallery, June 16-29 in New York City.

Xuetai Qi (, assistant professor of philosophy at NYIT-Nanjing, published the paper, "The Naturalistic Foundations of Morality," in the June issue of Philosophical Trends.

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