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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 John Hanc - Faculty Profile

John Hanc

Professor, author, journalist, and avid runner John Hanc discusses his new book, Not Dead Yet, how he keeps up with the 24/7 news grind, and his latest endeavors on and off campus. Read more.


NYIT President Congratulates Stony Brook Graduates

President Edward Guiliano commended English majors at the College of Arts and Sciences departmental convocation during Stony Brook University's commencement on May 25. Dr. Guiliano, who received his Ph.D. from Stony Brook, told graduates the key to success is understanding the connection between ideas and people, and using this ability to turn professional challenges into opportunities. Read more.

Energy Conference Draws Top Experts

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NYIT's sixth annual energy conference, "Beyond Carbon: Offshore Energy and Technologies," convened 140 people on June 2 at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion. Keynote speaker Monique Leclerc, Ph.D., Regents professor at the University of Georgia's Laboratory for Environmental Physics, kicked off the event by discussing the state of climate science.

The conference featured presentations by seven alternative technology experts who discussed climate change, new wind and wave technologies, and hydraulic fracturing, a controversial topic in New York. Anita Thompkins, chief of the drinking water and municipal infrastructure branch at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, discussed the latter topic, detailing the agency's current study of potential impacts to drinking water caused by hydraulic fracturing, a drilling technique for extracting natural gas from marcellus shale embedded 5,300 feet into the earth. "For one well bed, you need at least 3.8 million gallons of water to make this fracturing happen," Thompkins said. Read more about topics discussed by other speakers.

Take the Carbon Footprint Survey

The Rauch Foundation has selected NYIT to lead the next phase of the Long Island Carbon Footprint Project. Do your part to support the project by filling out this residential survey about energy consumption habits. The survey is open to all Nassau and Suffolk County residents.


NYIT-Nanjing Students Graduate

Hundreds gathered to honor the 132 NYIT-Nanjing students who graduated on June 5 at the InterContinental Hotel in Nanjing, China. Among those attending: President Guiliano, Board Chair Linda Davila, College of Arts and Sciences Dean Roger Yu, and Dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Nada Anid as well as Yang Zhen, president of Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications (NUPT), and Beatrice Camp, U.S Consul General in Shanghai. President Guiliano saluted the graduates and encouraged them to use their newfound skills to succeed in the international job market. "The NYIT degree that I will confer upon you is a degree respected the world over," he said. "It is your business passport to the 21st-century global economy." Read more.

Barbara Ross-Lee Praises Medical Residents

Barbara Ross-Lee

Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., vice president for health sciences and medical affairs, addressed graduates of Nassau University Medical Center's residency program on June 3. "New science and technology will continue to make your diagnostic and treatment decisions easier and more timely," she said. "So your days of learning are not over -- they are, as you know, in your chosen specialties -- lifelong. As you leave here today, don't forget that with your help this health care system is capable of delivering the best health care in the world."

NYIT Community Invited to Tour South Africa

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Got wanderlust? Sign up for the YMCA Study Tour to South Africa and experience the cities of Cape Town, Durban, and Pietermartizburg from Saturday, Nov. 26 to Sunday, Dec. 12. This one-time opportunity is available through NYIT's longstanding community partner, the International YMCA, and is ideal for any faculty members doing South African research. The inclusive program fee is $3,300 for YMCA accommodations, transportation, and most meals. Register by Friday, Aug. 12, for one of 20 open spots. For more information, check out the International YMCA's website or contact Amy Bravo, director of experiential education and employer outreach, at

Take Time to Welcome New Faces


First impressions count for NYIT's incoming students. Be ready with a smile and a helping hand this summer as accepted students and their parents arrive on campus for placement exams and orientations. See when new students will be visiting.

Health Care Center Expands in Central Islip


Celebrate the open house of the NYIT/NYCOM Family Health Care Center on Thursday, June 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. at 267 Carleton Ave., Central Islip, N.Y. This new and improved center brings a broader range of clinical services to the Central Islip community. To R.S.V.P., email Sonia Johnson at or call 631.348.3254.

Technology Tip

Technology Tips

Tired of scribbling your appointments on Post-it Notes only to lose them? Has setting up meetings with other busy colleagues become a never-ending round of phone tag? If you're looking for an easy way to set up and track meetings, NYIT's Service Central has a tip for you. Try Microsoft Outlook's Scheduling Assistant. Read more on Service Central's Technology Tips webpage.

NYCOMEC Aces Accreditation


The New York College of Osteopathic Medicine Educational Consortium (NYCOMEC) of NYIT received a perfect score from the American Osteopathic Association for accreditation for overseeing its own internships, residencies, and fellowships. NYCOMEC was only one of two osteopathic postdoctoral training institutions to achieve this status. Read more.


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 for more information 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 with the NYIT community on Thursday, June 16, 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. For reservations, please call 516.686.1421.

NYIT alumni and students are invited to the premiere of Starla, a new film by alumnus and filmmaker 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 an afternoon 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, and all proceeds benefit the center. Read more.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Robert Amundsen, Ph.D. (, director of the graduate energy management program, discussed NYIT's green facility manager training program in the article, "Better Buildings Initiative Sets New Energy Information Reporting Standards," in the June 2011 issue of Building Operating Management. Read more.

Nada Anid, Ph.D. (, dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, discussed NYIT's plans to expand its technology programs in the article, "Big Apple Views Applied Sciences Campus as a Plum for Technology Commercialization," on May 24 in Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News.

Judith Di Maio, A.I.A. ( dean of the School of Architecture and Design, wrote an article in Italian about architecture for the magazine, Paesaggio Urbano.

Anthony DiMatteo (, professor of English, wrote the poem, "In Our Place," which won first place in a contest sponsored by Smartish Pace. Read the poem.

Cecilia Dong, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, published the paper, "Load-Balanced Combined Input-Crosspoint Buffered Packet Switches," in the May 2011 issue of IEEE Transactions on Communications.

Anthony Errichetti, Ph.D. (, chief of virtual medicine, provided his insight in the article, "Robo-Simulator Gives Shaky New Surgeons the Strokes of Smooth Operators," on May 25.

Alan Fairbairn, C.H.A. (, associate professor of hospitality management, was quoted in the article, "In Service to the Bottom Line," about service in the hospitality industry in the May 20-26 issue of Long Island Business News.

John Hyde (, dean of career services, listed "College Degrees that Make the Grade" on Read more.

Alex Ott (, associate dean for academic support and retention services, presented the workshop, "Has Financial Aid Kept Pace with College Costs? How Both Have Changed and the Implications for Transfer Students," at the 18th annual New York State Transfer and Articulation Association (NYSTAA) conference on May 25 in Corning, N.Y. He also completed a year as president-elect of NYSTAA and is beginning his term as president.

Spencer Turkel, Ph.D. (, associate provost, academic affairs, ranked among the authors of the top 100 cited papers in orthopaedic surgery according to the findings of a study by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. The study examined a database of scientific papers published between 1945 and 2008. Dr. Turkel's paper, "Stabilizing Mechanisms Preventing Anterior Dislocation of the Glenohumeral Joint," published in 1981, was cited 385 times during this period.

Mandy Zhang, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of communication arts, is first author of the article, "Message Features Matter More Than Evidence Form: An Experiment of HIV PSAs Using Physiological Measures," which she presented at the 61st Annual Conference of the International Communication Association on May 26-30 in Boston. She also presented the poster, "Novel Sex Stories! The Effects of Message Type, Novelty, and Sexual Content on Attention to HIV PSAs," and served as chair for the session, "Understanding the Role of Message Features, Social Norms, and Structural Norms in Health Campaigns."

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