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NYIT's E-Newsletter for Staff and Faculty | Tuesday, March 13, 2012


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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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Read about high-fidelity simulation sessions conducted by NYIT medical and health faculty; John Hanc's article in The New York Times; Rozina Vavetsi's workshop on information design in Paris, France; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet Nicholas Bloom, Ph.D.

Nicholas Bloom

Growing up in Baltimore shaped Nicholas Bloom's future as an urban historian. "Baltimore was a dynamic place to grow up because it was falling apart," Bloom says. "For everything you need to understand about the city, and why it is so fascinating, just watch the HBO TV series The Wire." Read more.

There's Still Time to Share Your Message with President Guiliano

NYIT President Edward Guiliano

Post a congratulations message to President Guiliano online for the naming of the Edward Guiliano Global Center at NYIT's main Manhattan campus building at 1855 Broadway. Read the hundreds of messages posted by the NYIT community and colleagues.


NYIT Catalog to Go Digital

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The 2012-2013 NYIT Catalog will be the university's first exclusively digital academic catalog. Associate Provost Spencer Turkel, Ph.D., leads the digital catalog effort, collaborating with the academic deans as well as the offices of Communications and Marketing, Information Technology and Infrastructure, and Registrar. The 100% online catalog will be published on the university's website, accessible via a range of digital devices. Students, staff, visitors, and faculty will be able to print out sections as needed. The digital effort is expected to improve NYIT's sustainability efforts, as well as increase the reach, accessibility, and searchability of the catalog.

If you have any questions about the digital catalog, please contact Spencer Turkel at Questions regarding the catalog production and editing should go to John Roleke, Communications and Marketing, at Find updates on the catalog project online.

Encourage Students to Rally for Engineering Careers ... Win an Intel Notebook Computer

Stay With It

NYIT students are invited to participate in a social media campaign and national pep rally on Wednesday, March 14. The Stay With It campaign encourages students to continue their pursuit of engineering degrees. Food will be served, clubs will make presentations, and prizes will be raffled, including an Intel notebook computer, scientific calculator, binary clock, and more. Read more.

Members of the NYIT community attended the Girls in Science and Engineering weekend, March 3-4, at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City. Four engineering senior design teams and members of NYIT's IEEE student chapter led by Cecilia Dong, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, presented LEGO and Vex robots as well as several workshops. Medical students and faculty members demonstrated robotics used at NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine. Read more.

Relay for Lunch

Relay for Life

Faculty and staff members are invited to attend a "Relay for Lunch" event on Tuesday, April 10, 12:30-2 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion. The buffet luncheon, donated by NYIT's Dining Services, will support NYIT's Relay for Life on Friday, April 20 at 7 p.m. to Saturday, April 21 at 7 a.m. Cost is a $20 minimum donation at the door; 100 percent of proceeds will be donated to Relay for Life. Make checks payable to the American Cancer Society. To R.S.V.P. for the luncheon, email by Tuesday, April 3. For more information, email or

Save the Date: Cast Iron Chef

Cast Iron Chef

Step out of the office and into the kitchen for the next Cast Iron Chef event on Thursday, April 19, 4-7 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion. Faculty and staff members are invited to support colleagues at this event. For non-participants, the cost is $20, including food, drinks, and entertainment. Interested in competing? View competition guidelines and download a pdf to apply by Friday, March 16.

View NYIT Architects in Costa Rica

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Architecture students were interviewed by News 12 Long Island about their design-build project to develop a recycling and education center in the coastal community of Nosara, Costa Rica. Watch the video.

Follow NYIT's English Language Institute on Facebook


NYIT's English Language Institute (ELI) has a new Facebook page. Use it to learn about how ELI provides students with the language and cultural skills they need to participate in academic, social, and professional settings in the United States. Follow ELI on Facebook.

VIP Program Celebrates 25 Years

VIP students

Faculty and staff members, alumni, and students from the Vocational Independence Program (VIP) of NYIT celebrated the program's 25-year anniversary with an 11-day trip to Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands in January. They are pictured at Aachen Cathedral, home to the shrine of Charlemagne (Charles the Great) in Germany. Faculty and staff members on the trip included Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D., associate dean and VIP executive director, and Carol Jockle, social counselor and VIP travel training instructor.

NYIT Center for Global Health Explores Costa Rica Exchange

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Faculty members in NYIT’s College of Osteopathic Medicine are exploring opportunities for students and residents at its Bronx teaching hospital, St. Barnabas, to earn academic credits through an innovative cultural immersion program with Universidad Iberoamerican (UNIBE) Costa Rica. The program would give participants access to all levels of the health system in Costa Rica as well as Spanish language instruction. Edward Gotfried, D.O., director of the NYIT Center for Global Health, is pictured (center) with members of UNIBE Costa Rica. 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:

What is NYIT's i-Stan?

A. An iPhone app.
B. A lab.
C. A wireless patient simulation.
D. None of the above.

Congrats to Suzette Lawrence, administrative assistant in pre-clinical education, who responded first to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update.

How many solar panels did NYIT install last year on the Green Lodge building in Old Westbury to cut electrical costs?

D. 65

Upcoming Events


The Carleton Group presents the NYIT Pride Contest. Upload your favorite NYIT photos and videos that you are proud of and win a prize. The winners will be picked biweekly through Monday, May 14. Show your NYIT Pride!

Free Flick View Meet John Doe, directed by Frank Capra, on Wednesday, March 14 at 5:30 p.m. in the NYIT de Seversky Mansion (The Soundstage, room 102). Refreshments will be served.

Augmenting Healing Through Alternative Therapies Attend the seventh annual NYIT Department of Nursing Colloquium on Thursday, March 15, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. in Riland Auditorium, Old Westbury campus. Read more.


Yoga Classes NYIT's Department of Occupational Therapy is offering 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

Chat Partners Enhance your intercultural skills and chat with members of the NYIT community, who hail from 109 countries, every Tuesday, 12:45-1:45 p.m. at 26 W. 61st St., room 502, Manhattan campus.

ASSE Conference NYIT will host this year’s American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Professional Development Conference on Wednesday, March 21, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in Salten Hall, Old Westbury campus. The event will feature a keynote address about risk and crisis communications by Pamela Walaski, president of the Pittsburgh-based JC Safety and Environmental, Inc.; a panel discussion with the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration; and several other technical topics on the safety industry. This year, the ASSE will also be offering the Transportation of Dangerous Goods course, which includes a certificate of training compliant with the Department of Transportation/International Air Transport Association. To attend the conference or ask questions, call Kristen Panella at 516.686.7731.

Energy Management Lecture Charles R. Goulding, C.P.A., president of Energy Tax Savers, Inc., will give a presentation on Monday, March 26, 7 p.m. in John J. Theobald Hall, room 409, Old Westbury campus. For information, email

What Happens at a Passover Seder? Learn about the core Jewish holiday of Passover and sample some of the ritual foods and songs of this more than 3,200-year-old festival on Thursday, March 29, 12:30-1:50 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, room 307, Old Westbury campus. R.S.V.P. to Librarian Jeffrey Feinsilver at 516.686.1153.

vitality in aging

Vitality in Aging Contest Do you know someone who views aging as an opportunity and/or someone over 65 who is thriving and aging with vitality? Nominate yourself or someone you know for the 2012 Vitality in Aging campaign. Fill out an online entry form by Friday, April 13. Select nominees will be featured in NYIT’s Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics’ Older Americans Month Tribute in May. Read more.

SOURCE Mark your calendar for NYIT's Symposium on University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) on Friday, April 20, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at NYIT-Manhattan. Keynote speaker Sidney Perkowitz, professor emeritus of physics at Emory University, will present "Science and Art: Closer Than You Think." Read more.

Cossacks & Commissars: A Musical Trip Through Russian History, 1900-1950 Experience a crucial period of Russian and world history through the music and documentary footage of the first half of the 20th century on Thursday, April 26, 12:30-1:50 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, room 307, Old Westbury campus. R.S.V.P. to Librarian Jeffrey Feinsilver at 516.686.1153.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

NYIT faculty members planned four inter-professional, high-fidelity simulation sessions for students in nursing, physician assistant studies, and medicine on March 5-12 at NYIT's Institute for Clinical Competence (ICC). The sessions, which focused on building teamwork capacity and promoting safe and effective team communication, were facilitated by:

Faycal Ben Adda, Ph.D. (, associate professor of mathematics at NYIT-Bahrain, was featured in the Tunisian newspaper, Sabah, for his research, "The Universe Accelerating Expansion: a Counterexample."

John Hanc (, associate professor of communication arts, published the March 7 article, "To Fall Asleep, Get Off the Couch," in the retirement special section of The New York Times. Read more.

Yuko Oda (, assistant professor of fine arts and founding organizer of NYIT's "We Are One" art fundraiser, participated in memorial ceremonies, March 10-11 in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The events commemorated the one-year anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Rozina Vavetsi (, associate professor of graphic design, presented a five-day workshop on information design at the École de Communication Visuelle in Paris, France. Through a series of lectures and hands-on workshops, she worked with students to investigate some of the non-obvious, information-rich, and real-world manifestations of graphic design.

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