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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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Read about Sumit Chakravarty's research on advanced algorithms in image analysis; Theodore Flaum's designation as an honorary fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians; William Marchand and Michael Scarpa-Burnett's humanitarian award from the North Shore Rotary Club; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

NYIT Celebrates the Edward Guiliano Global Center

NYIT President Edward Guiliano Global Center

Members of the NYIT community celebrated the naming of the Edward Guiliano Global Center at 1855 Broadway in Manhattan on March 16. The festivities included an outdoor ceremony unveiling the building's new name, followed by a reception commemorating President Guiliano's visionary leadership, scholarship, and philanthropy. Read President Guiliano's remarks and view a video tribute.

Meet Architect John Hill

John Hill

Writing about architecture is both profession and pleasure for John Hill, adjunct assistant professor of architecture at NYIT-Manhattan. He is an avid blogger and author of the book, Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture. "Architecture infiltrates most aspects of my waking life—work, reading, talking, photographing—so I never really considered writing about anything else," he says. Read more.

R.S.V.P. for Faculty Cross-Disciplinary Health Research Series


All Manhattan and Old Westbury faculty members are invited to attend the next 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 Tuesday, April 3, 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 A. Martin Gerdes, Ph.D., chairman of biomedical sciences; Isaac Kurtzer, Ph.D., assistant professor of neuroscience and histology; and Jack Conrad, Ph.D., assistant professor of anatomy and basic sciences. Lunch will be served at both campuses. R.S.V.P. online for the research series.

Save the Date: NYIT Gold Coast Classic

Gold Coast Classic

NYIT will celebrate 15 years of student scholarship support while honoring distinguished culinary and oenological leaders at the 2012 Gold Coast Classic on Thursday, May 3, at the Ritz-Carlton, Battery Park, in New York City. Since its inception, this annual food and wine gala has raised more than $5 million for NYIT students. This year's event will honor chef Daniel Bruce of the Boston Harbor Hotel; winemaker Chuck Wagner, co-founder of Caymus Vineyards in Rutherford, Calif.; and wine critics Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher, who have written for some of America's leading newspapers, notably the weekly wine column, "Tastings," in The Wall Street Journal. Read more.

For more information, visit To attend the event or for sponsorship, ticket sales, and auction lot donation information, call Lisa Moore, director of development operations, at 516.686.7644 or email

Show Your NYIT Pride

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


NYIT Team Raises $20K for Pediatric Cancer Research


Faculty, staff, and students from NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine shaved their heads to raise more than $20,000 on March 18 in support of a St. Baldrick’s fundraiser for pediatric cancer research. View the photo gallery and read more.

Campus Programming Board Wins National Award

Campus Programming Board

Congratulations to NYIT-Old Westbury's Campus Programming Board (CPB) on winning a national award at the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities National Conference, March 17 in Jacksonville, Fla. As National Campus Programming Board of the Year, NYIT was selected from more than 500 colleges, universities, and U.S. military bases around the world. Pictured are Andrew Shehata, CPB president; Alida Thompson, CPB coordinator; Karen Lee, CPB vice president; Michael Scarpa-Burnett, associate dean of campus life; and Mohamed Abbas, CPB secretary. Assistant Director of Student Activities Mehtap Donuk also attended the conference.

Congrats to NYIT Alumna, Scholarship Winner


Nadia Logab (B.S. '10) is the recipient of the Chevening Scholarship, a full-paid grant to study in the United Kingdom. She intends to pursue an M.S. in political science and political economy this fall at the London School of Economics. Congratulations, Nadia!


Try the DemographicsNow Database


DemographicsNow is a trial database on the NYIT Library's Web page. Use the database before the trial period ends on Thursday, April 12 and email your feedback to or


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 was the Edward Guiliano Global Center at 1855 Broadway in Manhattan before NYIT's ownership of the building?

A. Another school.
B. A hotel.
C. A mall.
D. A conference center.

Congrats to Cheryl Hall, assistant professor of physical therapy and academic coordinator of clinical education, who responded first to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update.

What is NYIT's i-Stan?

C. A wireless patient simulation.

Upcoming Events

Preparing Health Care Workers for Pediatric Emergencies Attend this course, which is part of the Pediatric Disaster Management Core Curriculum, today and Tuesday, April 3, 6-9:30 p.m. in Riland Auditorium, Old Westbury campus. Registration is free for NYIT faculty, staff, and students. Register for the two-day course.

Free Flick View Wild at Heart, directed by David Lynch, on Wednesday, March 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the NYIT de Seversky Mansion (The Soundstage, room 102). Refreshments will be served.


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

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.

Management Strategies for Cloud Computing InformationWeek editor-at-large and author Charlie Babcock will discuss trends in cloud computing on Tuesday, April 3, 6-8 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium, Manhattan campus. Read more.

Relay for Life

Relay for Lunch 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

Blood Drive Give blood on Thursday, April 12, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Hall of Fame, Old Westbury campus.

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.

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.

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." Remind your students that abstracts are due Friday, March 30. 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

Babak D. Beheshti (, assistant dean and associate professor of electrical and computer engineering technology, presented the March 11 talk, "Strategic Planning for Geographic Units," at the IEEE Region 1 Student Conference and Board of Governors Meeting in Hartford, Conn.

Catherine Bernard (, associate professor of English, published a letter on March 11 in The New York Times. Read more.

Dolores Burton, Ed.D. (, associate professor of education and chair of teacher education, has returned from completing a Fulbright project at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. Her book, The Complete Guide to RTI: An Implementation Toolkit, co-authored with John Kappenberg, Ed.D. (, adjunct associate professor of education, was used as a framework to revise curriculum and instruction to increase retention and achievement for the university's freshman cohort.

Sumit Chakravarty, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of computer and electrical engineering at NYIT-Nanjing, was invited to present two papers at the 2012 Society of Photographic Instrumentation Engineers' Defense, Security and Sensing Conference, April 23-27 in Baltimore, Md. They are "A Manifold Learning Based Identification of Latent Variations in Root Cross Sections of Plants" and "Retinal Image Analysis for Quantification of Ocular Disease."

Anthony DiMatteo (, professor of English, gave the lecture, "A Black Matter for the King: From Virgil's Baldric to Shakespeare's Gage," on March 9 at the New College of Florida's Medieval and Renaissance Conference.

Theodore Flaum, D.O. (, assistant professor of osteopathic manipulative medicine, was named an honorary fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians (ACOFP) during its Annual Conclave of Fellows Award Ceremony, March 17 at the ACOFP 49th Annual Convention and Scientific Seminar in Kissimmee, Fla.

Leonard B. Goldstein, Ph.D. (, director of clerkship education for NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Nayeema Chowdhury, OMS-IV, published the article, "Diagnosis and Management of Myofascial Pain Syndrome," in the March 2012 issue of Practical Pain Management.

The book, Not Dead Yet, by John Hanc (, associate professor of communication arts, has won honorable mention in the category of memoir/autobiography in the 2012 American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) annual writing competition. This is Hanc's second ASJA award.

Lawrence Herman (, associate professor and director of physician assistant admissions and primary care initiatives, participated in a listening session hosted by the American Academy of Physician Assistants on March 7 at NYIT. Read more.

Tobias Holler (, assistant professor of architecture, had his Attain This! project featured on the Build a Better Burb website. The project entails the design of an affordable, ultra-low energy home to be built in Deer Park, N.Y. Read more.

William Marchand (, director of facilities operations, and Michael Scarpa-Burnett (, associate dean of campus life, were honored by the North Shore Rotary Club on March 14 in Old Brookville, N.Y., for their humanitarian efforts in support of the Catskills (N.Y.) Hurricane Fund during the fall 2011 semester.

Birasnav Muthuraj, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of management studies at NYIT-Bahrain, chaired a session and presented the paper, "Knowledge Management and Human Capital Benefits: An Empirical Study," at the 3rd International Conference on Business and Economic Research, March 12-13 in Bandung, Indonesia.

Michael Schiavi, Ph.D. (, professor of English and coordinator of ESL, has been nominated for a 2012 Lambda Literary Award (LLA) in the category of gay memoir/ biography for his book, Celluloid Activist: The Life and Times of Vito Russo. The LLA is the highest honor given in the field of lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender literature. Read more.

Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D. (, associate professor of instructional technology, and Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D. (, associate professor of teacher education, presented the paper, "Enhancing Scientific Inquiry and Practicing New Literacies Skills Through ICTs and Mobile Devices," at the 2012 Mobile Learning International Conference sponsored by the International Association for Development of the Information Society, March 11-13 in Berlin, Germany.

James Wiesenfeld (, professor of architecture, served as technical advisor for and appears in the Pangolin Pictures production, Built to Last, which will air on the Weather Channel later this year.

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