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Anatomy Professors' Research Published in Science

Nikos Solounias

By investigating the teeth of 6,500 fossils, two anatomy professors in the College of Osteopathic Medicine have reconstructed the entire dietary history of horses. Matthew Mihlbachler, Ph.D., and Nikos Solounias, Ph.D., working with Florent Rivals, Ph.D. (Universitat Rovira i Virgili) and Gina M. Semprebon, Ph.D., (Bay Path College), discovered critical evidence in support of evolution due to adaptation. Their research suggests a lag time of over one million years between the evolution of horse teeth and dietary changes caused by climate. The findings were published in the March 4 issue of Science, and have already been covered by more than 50 media outlets worldwide.

Let Your Student's Voice Be Heard

Commencement Student Speaker Contest

Know a student graduating in May who would make a great commencement speaker? Please encourage your students to enter this year's commencement student speaker contest. Deadline to enter is Friday, March 11, 2011. Find out more.

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.

NYIT Partners with Intrepid Museum on STEM Education During Women's History Month


NYIT and the Intrepid Museum have partnered to celebrate the museum’s first Salute to Women program during Women’s History Month. Funds raised will provide resources for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educational programming for girls as well as for programming at the Intrepid. NYIT faculty and staff members will participate in Girls in Science and Engineering Day on Sunday, March 20, and the Youth Leadership Conference on Tuesday, March 22. Read more.

Don't Miss Astronaut Greg Olsen This Wednesday

Greg Olsen in Outer Space

Scientist and multimillionaire Greg Olsen, Ph.D., will give a lecture, "From Entrepreneurship to Spaceship," on Wednesday, March 9, at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, Manhattan campus. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; lecture from 6 to 7 p.m. Olsen was the third private citizen to orbit the Earth on the International Space Station. After training for five months at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Moscow, he spent 10 days in space, performing more than 150 orbits of the Earth. R.S.V.P. at

Attend NYIT-Manhattan Community Meeting

SGA NYIT-Manhattan

The NYIT-Manhattan Student Government Association invites you to its spring 2011 semester community meeting to hear directly from students about questions, insights, and concerns they have. Last semester's community meeting was a smash success as faculty and staff members participated in an engaging and lively discussion that resulted in services and communications improvements on the Manhattan campus. The meeting will take place on Thursday, March 31, 12:30 - 2 p.m., in the 11th floor auditorium of the New Technology Building, 16 W. 61st St.

Relay for Lunch

Relay for Life

NYIT-Old Westbury's Student Government Association invites faculty and staff members to a fundraising buffet luncheon at NYIT de Seversky Mansion on Wednesday, April 20. A minimum donation of $20 per person is requested. Because NYIT Dining Services is underwriting the luncheon, all proceeds will go directly toward this year's Relay for Life efforts to fight cancer. Seating is limited, so R.S.V.P. by April 13 to For more information, e-mail Pilar Visconti ( or Michael Burnett (

Announcement: Administrative Offices Closed March 24 and 25


NYIT's administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, March 24, and Friday, March 25, for spring recess, with the exception of NYCOM, which will close Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Amy Bravo (, director of experiential education and employer outreach, and Rosalia Mannino, assistant director of experiential education, presented "Growing Your Business: How to Secure Quality Interns the Right Way," at the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce "Growing Your Business" conference at Adelphi University’s Manhattan campus. Their presentation emphasized the value of building strong relationships among employers, students, and colleges when creating a successful internship program.

Mindy Haar (, director of the graduate program in clinical nutrition, was interviewed on the topic of mindful eating and weight loss by Long Island Business News. The article, "Digging Our Graves With Spoons," appeared in the Feb. 25 issue.

Associate Professor John Hanc's ( article, "Toned, Strong and a Little Gray, Too," about older adults who've become personal trainers as a retirement career, appeared in the New York Times on March 3, 2011.

Assistant Professor of Architecture Tobias Holler's ( paper, "LIRR-Long Island Radically Rezoned - a Regenerative Vision for a Living Island," was accepted for presentation and publication in the proceedings of the 99th annual conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), March 3-6, Montreal, Canada. Read more.

Robert J. Koenig, Ed.D. (, associate dean of Student Advancement Programs for the School of Management, had his paper, "A Template for Analyzing Costs Associated with Educational Delivery Modes," published the Journal of International Education Research (vol. 7, no. 1).

Michelle Posner-Stylianou (, a teacher in the Vocational Independence Program, is part of the "Rhythm and Noise! New Explorations in Color and Form" exhibition at ART (that matters), an arts collective that offers support and guidance to up-and-coming local artists, in Oyster Bay, N.Y. The exhibit will be on view through March 25. For more information, go to

Associate Professor James Turley (, NYIT's faculty athletic representative, attended the East Coast Athletic Conference Faculty Athletic Meeting held at Molloy College,Rockville Center, N.Y., on Feb. 25.

Faiz Zoubi, Ph.D. (, professor and assistant dean of School of Management at NYIT-Amman, co-authored a paper, "Exploring Relationship Marketing and Marketing Performance Success: An Empirical Investigation in the Insurance Services Sector from a Management Perspective," which was published in Amity Global Review, Vol. 6, No. 1, February 2011.

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