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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.

Tune In to Commencement

Commencement honorary degree

NYIT's annual commencement ceremony will take place this Sunday, May 22, and will be webcast live on our website. Watch President Edward Guiliano's salute and remarks from this year's honorary degree recipients, including Denis Huisman, founder and president of the international school Groupe EDH; Vice Admiral Regina M. Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General; and former NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, founder of the Skyhook Foundation.

Service Notice: Portions of the east NYCOM parking lot (adjacent to the basketball/tennis courts) on the Old Westbury campus will be closed through Tuesday, May 24. Beginning Wednesday, May 18, the entire east NYCOM lot will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. These measures are being taken to ensure the safety of NYIT community members and to avoid potential damage to vehicles during the installation of tents. The lots will fully reopen on Wednesday, May 25.

Bill Plympton Teaches Master Class at NYIT

Prolific animator and cartoonist Bill Plympton will give a free master class on Friday, June 3, from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion on the Old Westbury campus. Plympton's work as an animator for independent films has garnered multiple Academy Award nominations. His illustrations have been published in the New York Times, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and National Lampoon. This event is free for NYIT faculty, staff, students, alumni, and board members. Seating is limited. R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, May 25 to Read more.

Congratulations to NYIT's Department of Nursing!

Today, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) granted accreditation for the baccalaureate degree program for five years.


NYIT Makes an Impression with Carbon Footprint Project

The next phase of Long Island's Carbon Footprint Project will be led by NYIT faculty and student experts who will study and evaluate data and design interactive features for a new website that will go live later this year. The website will give Long Islanders information about carbon emissions and enable them to share their own energy use statistics, compare them to other homeowners, and brainstorm ways to green their lifestyles. Read more.

VIP Students Graduate

The Vocational Independence Program (VIP) held its 21st annual graduation on May 13 at the Central Islip Student Activities Center. Stephen Shore, a professor and internationally recognized autism expert, gave an inspirational commencement address about his life as a person with autism and finding one's strengths and passions.

Speakers Line Up for Energy Conference

The sixth annual NYIT energy conference, "Beyond Carbon: Offshore Energy and Technologies," will be held on Thursday, June 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion on the Old Westbury campus. Seven speakers have already confirmed their attendance, including Anita Thompkins, chief of the Drinking Water and Municipal Infrastructure Branch of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Michael Deering, vice president for environmental affairs at the Long Island Power Authority. Their presentations will focus on the conference's central theme of how countries can tap into clean, renewable offshore energy sources along the coastline as well as above and beneath the water. Read more.

Sustainability Training Debuts at NYIT

NYIT will start offering a nine-month Sustainable Advisor Certificate Program this September for professionals in industries ranging from engineering to real estate development. This new program responds to the growing demand for professionals skilled in the practices of the multi-billion-dollar green building market. Read more.

NYIT Magazine Joins the Twitter-sphere

The spring 2011 issue of NYIT Magazine has arrived in mailboxes and online this week. For updates, follow @NYITmag, the magazine's new Twitter account.

Memorial Day Reminder

NYIT offices in New York will be closed on Monday, May 30, in honor of Memorial Day. Enjoy the long weekend!

Upcoming Events

Stress-free Zone
Destress at NYIT-Old Westbury events now through Thursday, May 19. Read more.

Animation Festival
The Fine Arts Department presents its annual animation festival on Thursday, May 19 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium, NYIT-Manhattan. The event showcases final student projects by B.F.A. and M.F.A. students from the Old Westbury and Manhattan campuses.


Long Island Walkathon to Cure Parkinson's Disease
On Saturday, May 21, join the 18th annual walkathon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Belmont Lake State Park in North Babylon, N.Y. Register now on the Long Island chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association's website.

PlaNYC 2.0
The Municipal Arts Society of New York will host "PlaNYC 2.0: In Conversation with Director David Bragdon," on Tuesday, May 24, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. Bragdon directs Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability for the City of New York. This event is free and open to the public. Register or R.S.V.P. by calling 212.935.2075.

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 from May 24-Aug. 6 at Gallery 61, 16 W. 61st St., Floor 11, at NYIT-Manhattan. The opening reception will be Tuesday, May 24, 5-7 p.m.

Ronald McDonald Fundraiser
Eat to support the Ronald McDonald pasta dinner fundraiser on Tuesday, May 24 at 5:30 p.m. and Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. in the NYCOM cafeteria at NYIT-Old Westbury. Dinner costs $5, and all proceeds will provide housing supplies for families in need on Long Island.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Nursing faculty members presented the poster, "Health Literacy for Health Care Providers: An Interdisciplinary Education Program," at the Institute for Healthcare Advancement’s 10th Annual Health Literacy Conference, May 4-6 in Irvine, Calif. They include:

Tobi Abramson (, Ph.D., director of the Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics and assistant professor of mental health counseling, presented the papers, "Family Therapy for Older Adults" and "The Road to Eudaemonia: Happiness is Vital for the Journey," at the Aging in America Conference, April 25-29 in San Francisco, Calif. Abramson also made opening remarks at the "Creativity Matters" symposium on health, wellness, and the arts at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Fransisco on April 28.

Nada Anid, Ph.D. (, dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was named to the board of directors of the Long Island Software and Technology Network in Melville, N.Y.

Babak D. Beheshti (, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering technology, presented the paper, "Middleware/API and Data Fusion in Wireless Sensor Networks," at the IEEE Long Island Systems, Applications, and Technology Conference on May 6 at Farmingdale State College.

Susana Case, Ph.D. (, professor of behavioral sciences at NYIT-Manhattan, attended the Hugo Steinhaus Symposium, May 6-7 at Wroclaw University of Technology in Poland, where she read from her recently published book, Kawiarnia Szkocka, a dual-language collection of poems about mathematics in pre-war Poland.

Treena Crochet (, associate professor of interior design and assistant dean of the School of Architecture and Design at NYIT-Bahrain, published the textbook, Designer's Guide to Building Construction and Systems for Residential and Commercial Structures, which offers interior design students a concise guide for learning about building construction and systems.

Peter Douris, Ed.D (, associate professor and chairperson of the Physical Therapy Department at NYIT, commented on phototherapy in the article, “Seeing the Light” in TodayinPT. Read more.

John Hanc (, associate professor of communication arts, published the book, Not Dead Yet, a memoir about Phil Southerland, a Type 1 diabetic who became a professional bike racer and founder of a team of diabetics. He finished the book with the help of an NYIT Scholar Incentive Award.

Lawrence Herman (, assistant professor of physician assistant studies, wrote McGraw-Hill’s board review and preparation test bank for family practice, which includes a 1,200-question online test bank with detailed explanations and links for answers to evidence-based medicine references. He also reviewed the New York Times best-selling book, The Language of God, in the May 2011 edition of The PA Professional

Photographs by Phil Hopper (, assistant professor of communication arts, are featured in a three-person show at DeBlois Gallery in Newport, R.I. His photographs depict political murals and graffiti in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and the Palestinian Territories, and will be part of the book, A Photographer's Journey, due out in fall 2012. Read more.

Andrew Torres (, assistant professor of architecture at NYIT-Bahrain, published the article, "Doha Debate Links It All Up," in the May 2011 issue of Middle East Interiors. The article summarizes his observations made while attending the Tasmeem Doha Design Conference in Qatar this past March.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D., (, associate dean and executive director of NYIT's Vocational Independence Program (VIP), published a review of Sarita Friedman's book, Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, on May 7 in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.


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