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NYIT's E-Newsletter for Staff and Faculty | Tuesday, June 21, 2011


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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 Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N.

Susan Neville

NYIT's Department of Nursing is thriving and so is the woman behind it, Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N., associate professor and chairperson. She discusses the recent accreditation of the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, new grants, and state-of-the-art labs. Read more.

Save the Date for Ice Cream!

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NYIT's annual ice cream socials will take place from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Manhattan campus (16 W. 61st St., 11th floor) on Tuesday, July 19, and at the Old Westbury campus (NYIT de Seversky Mansion) on Tuesday, July 26. Enjoy refreshments and a question-and-answer session with President Guiliano. Attendees are invited to send their questions ahead of time to  R.S.V.P. is required: reserve your spot today.

NYCOM Opens New Center in Central Islip

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NYCOM expanded its services with the opening of a new Family Health Care Center in Central Islip, N.Y. Services offered by the center include general medicine, minor breast surgery procedures, genetic counseling, physical and occupational therapy, and geriatric medicine. Local elected officials joined NYCOM faculty members for a ribbon-cutting event on June 16, and community residents welcomed the new center on June 18 at the center's Family Fun Day. Read more.

President Guiliano Speaks About Technology in Global Higher Education

Edward Guiliano

President Edward Guiliano shared his views on the link between technology and global higher education at the XVI International Association of University Presidents Triennial Conference in New York City on June 19. Using examples from NYIT, he explained how technology allows university students to meet global challenges. This year, the congress of chief executive officers from universities around the world explored the theme of "Building Bridges Through Education." Read President Guiliano's speech.

NYIT Scientist Wins $1.8 Million Grant

A. Martin Gerdes

NYCOM Chair of Biomedical Sciences A. Martin Gerdes, Ph.D., will conduct research on the link between heart failure and thyroid disease with a grant for $1.8 million that he has received from the National Institutes of Health. Read more.

Lights, Camera, Ed Koch

Ed Koch

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch talked politics and the arts during an interview with Jay Nordlinger, senior editor of National Review, at NYIT's television studio on June 17. Read more.


NYIT Global Campuses Celebrate Graduation

Members of the Class of 2011 at NYIT's global campuses celebrated in Nanjing (June 5), Bahrain (June 7), Abu Dhabi (June 9), Vancouver (June 10), and Amman (June 12). Pictured above are NYIT-Vancouver graduates.

Student Chapter Earns National Awards

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) has honored NYIT's student chapter with an Outstanding Chapter Award for 2010-2011 and, for the sixth time, a Superior Merit Award. The NYIT chapter, advised by William Ninehan, director of Human Resources Program Development, and Richard Dibble, Ph.D., director of the School of Management's Center for Human Resource Studies, was among the 10 schools out of 450 to receive the Outstanding Chapter Award. Read more.

Technology Tip

Technology Tips

Feeling sluggish with slow-running email? Get moving with this quick and easy technology tip to clean up your inbox. Read more on Service Central's Technology Tips webpage.

Energy Expert Discusses Solar Power

Gordian Raacke, executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island, gave a guest lecture about the importance of solar power to a solar energy technology class (ENGY 740) on June 16 at NYIT-Old Westbury. The class is taught by professor Robert Allgor, an alumnus of NYIT's M.S. in Energy Management program.

Upcoming Events

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.

NYIT alumni and students are invited to the premiere of Starla, a new film by Rik Cordero (B.F.A. '02), on Saturday, June 25, at 9 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. A pre-screening reception starts at 8 p.m., and a Q&A session will follow the film. Get exclusive updates.

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 at 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, published an op-ed urging solar energy use in Newsday on June 16. Read more.

Nada Anid, Ph.D. (, dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was interviewed in the article, "Career Focus: Power Engineering," in Today's Engineer. Read more.

Babak D. Beheshti (, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering technology, co-presented the talk, "An Intelligent Sensor Network Architecture for Robust and Dynamic System of Systems Testing," at the 15th Annual ITEA Test Instrumentation Workshop, May 9-13, in Las Vegas.

Richard Dibble, Ph.D. (, director of the School of Management's Center for Human Resource Studies, received the distinguished Joseph P. Duffy Award for Professional Excellence at the annual conference of the Long Island chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management.

Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of instructional technology, and Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D. (, associate professor of instructional technology, published the paper, "The Comparison Between Chinese and U.S. High School Students' Global Literacy," in the peer-reviewed journal Theory and Practice of Education.

Drawings by Yuko Oda (, assistant professor of fine arts, are part of the three-person exhibition, "Interface," on view through the end of June at the Navio Gallery in New Bedford, Mass.

Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O. (, vice president for health sciences and medical affairs, was appointed to the board of trustees at the University of New England.

Michael Schiavi, Ph.D. (, associate professor of English and coordinator of English as a second language, was interviewed by The Bilerico Project about his book, Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo. Read more.

Michael Schwarting (, professor of architecture, and Frances Campani (, associate professor of architecture, are working on a grant project to reshape the waterfront in Port Jefferson Village, N.Y. Read more about the project in Newsday.

Corri Wolf (, assistant professor of physician assistant studies, performed a study detailed in the article, "Overweight and Obesity Linked to Diverticulitis," in The Clinical Advisor. Read more.

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