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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.

NYIT Hosts U.S. Navy "Top Gun"


Admiral Robert F. Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), will discuss the Asia-Pacific region and the strategic challenges and opportunities surrounding the rise of China at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway on Thursday, April 7, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Admiral Willard has served as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, the world's largest fleet command, and the 34th vice chief of naval operations. On a lighter note, he was aerial coordinator for the 1986 movie Top Gun and appeared on film, piloting an enemy aircraft against "Goose" and "Maverick." NYIT's College of Arts and Sciences and the National Committee of US-China Relations (NCUSCR) are sponsoring the presentation, which is free of charge to NYIT faculty, staff, and students. Because of the high level of security surrounding the event, you must register online by the close of business on Monday, April 4, in order to gain admittance. For questions, contact NCUSCR at or 646.273.6100.

Autism Speaks - NYIT Listens

Autism Speaks - NYIT Listens

NYIT will "light it up blue" as part of the second national Autism Speaks awareness campaign in April. All community members are encouraged to wear blue jeans on Friday, April 1, and make a $5 donation to Autism Speaks. In addition to blue themed messages online, on digital signs, and in social media, a number of events are planned. The Community Service Center on the Manhattan campus will host a Take Action for Autism table from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 1, and Tuesday, April 4, in the lobby of 1855 Broadway. Stop by to trace a puzzle piece to send to Autism Speaks, get a pin, and find out how to get involved. At the Old Westbury campus on Tuesday, April 5, autism awareness events in Salten Hall and the Student Activities Center during free hour include a take-action petition, tracing puzzle pieces, and a bake sale to benefit the organization.

Don't Miss Dickens on Broadway


On Friday, April 15, Dickens on Broadway: A Pre-Bicentennial Celebration comes to the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. The event includes a Charles Dickens roundtable discussion featuring seven expert panelists as well as a Dickens reading and one-man show. The panel's remarks will be moderated by NYIT President Guiliano, who is an editor of Dickens Studies Annual. Attendees must R.S.V.P. online.

Write and Pitch Your Commentary


Have an opinion you want to share with the media? Learn how to write, pitch, and publish op-ed essays in a fast-moving workshop led by the Office of Communications and Marketing this Wednesday, March 30, at 4 p.m. Bring an idea and a pen to the Tower House first-floor conference room, NYIT-Old Westbury. To reserve a spot, contact Briana Samuels at

NYIT Rallies for Japan

NYIT Rallies for Japan

Members of the NYIT community are holding a number of fundraisers in support of relief efforts in Japan.  In addition, on Monday, April 4, NYIT community members are invited to aroundtable discussion on Japan's relief efforts, nuclear energy issues, and long-term consequences. Moderated by School of Engineering and Computing Sciences Director of Energy Management Robert Amundsen, the open forum will take place in Theobald Hall, room 409, Old Westbury campus, from 6 to 8 p.m. 

NYIT-sponsored fundraisers supporting relief efforts in Japan include:

NYIT-Old Westbury:

  • Thursday, March 31, 12:30 - 2 p.m.: Buy a Hope for Japan bracelet and sign an origami crane, Salten Hall and the Student Activities Center
  • Thursday, March 31, 6:30 p.m.: Campus life student leaders will lead a candlelight vigil and moment of silence on the academic quad

  • Wednesday, April 5, 12:45 p.m.: "A Day With No Shoes" fundraiser for Japan, Chile, and Haiti. Take your shoes off and enjoy live music, pizza, and raffles. New Technology Building, 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor. Contact Elizabeth Hutzler(
  • Thursday, April 7, 12:30 -2 p.m.:, Sale of student-created origami cranes and calligraphy, Student Activity Lounge, 1849 Broadway.
  • Saturday, April 9, 1 - 8 p.m.: We Are One Exhibition and sale of artwork ($100-$200) donated by more than 80 Japanese artists living in New York, with 100 percent of proceeds going to the Japan Society's earthquake relief fund. Includes live musical performances and workshops about Japan. Gallery 61, New Technology Building, 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor. Contact Yuko Oda (


Enjoy the World of a Cosmic Visionary


Mathematician, patent owner, painter, and author Edward Belbruno, Ph.D., will share unique insights on "The Art and Science of a Cosmic Visionary" on Thursday, March 31, 6 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. Belbruno, a consultant with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), has had exhibitions in Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis, and Washington, D.C. A reception will follow at NYIT's Gallery 61 (NYIT New Technology Building, 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor), which is exhibiting Belbruno's artwork through April 7.

NYIT Salutes Women at the Intrepid

Intrepid mentors


Intrepid mentors

Last week, members of the NYIT community participated in two "Salute to Women" events, celebrating women’s contribution to society and the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. The first, "Girls in Science and Engineering Day" on March 20, included NYIT presentation booths on osteopathic medicine, groundwater/aquifer systems, and robotics. On Tuesday, March 22, 12 NYIT faculty members served as mentors to more than 150 students from high schools in New York City at this year's Youth Leadership Conference. Read more.

A World of News

Education Without Borders

Education Without Borders 2011
President Edward Guiliano is joining six NYIT students at this week's 2011 Education Without Borders (EWB) conference in the United Arab Emirates. Dhirar Al-Mukhtar, Christopher Jewth, Elyas Kashfi, Margarita Koutsouras, Jonathan Pekor, and Valerie Suttenberg -- representing NYIT campuses in Old Westbury, Amman, and Bahrain -- are delegates at the biennial international conference. It serves as a networking hub for over 1,000 students and practitioners trying to use education and technology to solve global problems ranging from energy efficiency to health care. EWB hosts international thought leaders to be speakers and mentors to the students during the conference. This year, NYIT’s President Guiliano and First Lady Mireille Guiliano are among the 115 mentors attending.

Role of Arab Women in the Mideast Spring
Female researchers, politicians, social activists, and corporate executives gathered at NYIT's Amman campus on March 26 for a panel discussion on the role of Arab women in the political events unfolding in their homelands. NYIT Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Jacqueline Taylor Basker, Ph.D., and Jordanian Senator Amal El Farhan, Ph.D., moderated the event. Attendees included Ihsan Barakat, Jordan's first female Attorney General; Reem Abu Hassan Obeidat, a Jordanian attorney and National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow at the American Center for Oriental Research; and Fida Adely, professor of Arab Studies at Georgetown University. Taylor shared artwork by female artists who participated in the International Symposium of Art.

Educational and Cultural Immersion in Turkey


Graduate students in the school counseling program presented "Opening Minds and Hearts: an Educational and Cultural Immersion in Turkey" at the Turkish Cultural Center of New York on March 9. The students shared experiences during their 16-day trip to Turkey last summer. The journey, the third such NYIT school counseling trip since 2008, included visites to cultural organizations, family dinners, and exploring the rich history of Turkey.

Celebrating Student Success

NYIT-Amman student Yazan Dahshan has been named to the Jordan National Olympic Soccer Team. The defenseman is an undergraduate in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences.

NYCOM NYIT's medical students and faculty won prestigious awards at the annual American Academy of Osteopathy Convocation this year in Colorado Springs, Colo., March 16-20. Vivian Siu, OMS IV; Amanda Cooper, OMS III; and Mostafafa Rezk, OMS V, won the Louisa Burns Osteopathic Research Poster Competition for clinical research. Siu also won the Undergraduate Academy of Osteopathy's service merit award, which includes a fully sponsored trip to Germany. Cheryl Dinglas, OMS IV, received meritorious recognition for her case, "MT Effectiveness in the Labor and Delivery Department."

Submit Your Nominations for This Year's Presidential Technology Awards

Presidential Technology Awards

All members of the NYIT community are encouraged to nominate colleagues for outstanding achievements in one of five categories for this year's Presidential Technology Awards, which will be presented at convocation on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011. Open to all faculty and staff members from all NYIT campuses, the awards recognize and encourage the creative and effective use of technology to enhance teaching, research, and service. Please visit the awards page for more information; online nomination forms must be completed no later than April 4, 2011.

TIAA-CREF Visits Campus

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A representative from TIAA-CREF will visit NYIT's Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses to provide individual investment and retirement counseling for employees. To schedule an appointment, please contact TIAA-CREF's Kendis Riley at 516.454.4006.

Old Westbury campus (Wisser Library, room L15): Thursday, April 7, and Wednesday, May 4.

Manhattan campus (1855 Broadway, third-floor computer lab in library): Monday, April 25, and Monday, May 9.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

College of Osteopathic Medicine Assistant Professor Reem Abu-Sbaih, D.O. (, Professor and Chair of Clinical Sciences Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O. (, Assistant Professor Patricia Kooyman, D.O. (, and Assistant Professor Michael Terzella, D.O. (, served on the international judging panel for the Louisa Burns Osteopathic Poster Competition at the American Academy of Osteopathy's annual convocation in Colorado Springs, Colo., March 16-20.

Anthony DiMatteo (, professor of English, had his article, "Our Sovereign Process: Reading Shakespeare's Politics," published in College Literature (Spring 2011).

Tobias Holler (, assistant professor of architecture, was quoted in a Long Island Business News article, "Home Sizes Getting Smaller on LI," March 16, 2011. Read more.

George Kostopoulos, Ph.D. (, Professor Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, NYIT-Nanjing, was keynote speaker at the Cyber Security China Summit 2011 in Shanghai, China, March 24-25, 2011. His paper was titled "Cybersecurity: Expanding the Front Lines of Defense."

Stefania Mariano (, assistant professor of management, had her chapter, "Becoming a Blogger: A Social Knowledge Experiment," published in Social Knowledge - Using Social Media to Know What You Know (IGI Global, 2011).

Assistant Professor Michael Terzella, D.O. ( was appointed sub-committee chair for recruitment for the American Academy of Osteopathy’s (AAO) membership committee during the AAO annual convocation in Colorado Springs, Colo., March 16-20.

Assistant Professor Sheldon Yao, D.O. (, was appointed chairman of the American Academy of Osteopathy’s (AAO) membership committee during the AAO annual convocation in Colorado Springs, Colo., March 16-20.

Frank Zeman (, assistant professor of energy management and director of the Center for Metropolitan Sustainability, was featured on NPR's "Talk of the Nation" on March 24, 2011. Zeman discussed the consequences of shuttering U.S. nuclear plants due to the aftermath of the Japanese crisis. Listen to the program.

Faiz Zoubi, Ph.D. (, professor and assistant dean of the School of Management at NYIT-Amman, has been awarded the 2011 Amity Global Academic Excellence Award by Amity University, the largest private university in India. Amity based its unanimous decision on Zoubi’s 30-year contribution to global research on increasing organizational effectiveness through cross-cultural values, attitudes, leadership, and self-awareness. The awards ceremony took place at the 13th annual International Business Horizon conference, Feb. 23-25, in Delhi, India.

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