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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.

Countdown: 19 Days Until Commencement

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Surgeon General, NBA Legend, and Education Leader To Be Honored
NYIT will award honorary degrees to the U.S. Surgeon General, a legendary NBA player, and a leader of international education at commencement. The recipients, who will speak to an expected audience of 12,000, are Vice Admiral Regina M. Benjamin, U.S. Surgeon General; former NBA player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, founder of the Skyhook Foundation; and Denis Huisman, founder and president of the international school Groupe EDH. NYIT President Edward Guiliano will send off graduates and congratulate relatives during his address to the Class of 2011. Read more.

Michael Cavalli Wins Student Speaker Contest
Computer engineering senior and NYIT student ambassador Michael Cavalli will be the student orator at NYIT's 50th annual commencement. Erica Ayisi, Luke Ferland, and Peter Pitzer will serve as student marshals and hooders for this year's honorary degree recipients. Watch Michael's video.

For more information, visit the commencement website.


Save the Date for NYIT's 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. This year's conference will focus on how countries can tap into clean, renewable offshore energy sources along the coastline as well as above and beneath the water.

Associate Dean Skydives for Students

If NYIT Associate Dean Ernst VanBergeijk's day at the office on Monday felt like a plunge from the sky, it's because that's exactly what it was. Read more.

SOURCE Merges Technical and Creative Ideas


Students presented an array of impressive research and new ideas at NYIT's Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE)  on April 29. Nearly 140 people attended the keynote presentation, "Left Brain/Right Brain: Round Two, Four Decades of Change in Visual Computing and What Comes Next," by Donald Greenberg, professor and director of Cornell University's computer graphics program. Greenberg offered his perspective on visual computing during the past 40 years, which he says has been dominated by technical "left brainers." He asserted that "right brainers" are the future of the new generation of cloud computing. "My belief is that creative minds will rule." Read more.

NYIT Community Raises Over $40K for Relay for Life

Nearly 500 people turned out for NYIT's third annual Relay for Life, which ran for 24 hours starting at 7 p.m. on April 29 at President's Stadium. The event exceeded exceptations by raising more than $40,000. Cancer survivors Carlos Munoz, an architecture student, and Linda Spangler, an admissions representative, spoke about their experiences battling the disease. Read more.

New York to China: Dual-Degree Programs Flourish

NYIT and Tongji University in Shanghai, China, renewed their agreement to offer double-degree programs in management during meetings between representatives from both universities at NYIT's campuses during the last week of April. The collaboration enables Chinese students to expand their international knowledge and experience while earning both an American and Chinese degree.

HEOP Students Honored

On April 28, 18 students who have overcome personal and financial hardships were inducted into NYIT’s first chapter of the Chi Alpha Epsilon National Honor Society at a ceremony held at NYIT-Manhattan. The students, who are members of the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), were praised for their academic achievements and contributions to the community. New York State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins congratulated the  students and was inducted as an honorary member, along with John Agnelli III, NYIT’s dean of campus life, and Zennabelle Sewell, associate dean of campus life.

NYIT Kicks Up Support for Haiti

On April 20, NYIT's men's and women's soccer teams played in the “Kick, Score, Save” event at NYIT-Old Westbury to benefit the nonprofit Save the Children in providing quality education and a better future for Haitian children. The day's events included matches played by both teams, soccer clinics, and beat-the-pro competitions.

Upcoming Events


TIAA-CREF Comes to Campus A representative from TIAA-CREF will visit NYIT's Old Westbury campus to provide individual investment and retirement counseling. Appointments are available tomorrow (May 4) in Wisser Library, room L15. To schedule an appointment, contact Kendis Riley from TIAA-CREF today at 516.454.4006.

Race to Nowhere

Race to Nowhere Film Screening The School of Education will host a screening of the documentary Race to Nowhere on Thursday, May 5, at 5 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. Read more and reserve your seat for this free event.


Save the Date for MayFest Unwind at MayFest 2011, an outdoor festival on Thursday, May 5, featuring food, entertainment, and games in celebration of Senior Week. Join students, staff, and faculty at the Student Activity Center field at NYIT-Old Westbury. A bus will be provided for NYIT-Manhattan attendees.

Top Chef Contest Watch three finalists compete for an iPad in NYIT's very own Top Chef Contest during MayFest on Thursday, May 5, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Food Service House at NYIT-Old Westbury. For more information, contact Michael Burnett, associate dean of student services, at, or Pilar Visconti, director of food services, at

Modernism and Celebrity Lecture On Thursday, May 5, Jonathan Goldman, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, will present the lecture, "How Modernist Literature Created Celebrity As We Know It…and Vice Versa," at 1:15 p.m. at the New York Public Library in Manhattan. The event is open to the NYIT community. The lecture will expound on his monograph, Modernism is the Literature of Celebrity. Read more.

Energy Management Lecture On Monday, May 9, at 7 p.m., the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences will host the presentation, "Optimizing Thermal Energy Management with Modular, On-Demand Steam Systems," delivered by Jason P. Smith, senior manager of sustainability and strategic development for Miura North America, Inc. The event will be held in Theobald Hall, room 409, NYIT-Old Westbury. For more information, contact Robert Amundsen at or 516.686.7578.

Cloud Computing with Cisco On Wednesday, May 11, a representative from Cisco will discuss cloud computing from 5 to 6 p.m. in conference room B302 at NYIT-Amman. For more information, contact Lina Mattar at

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

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Nada Anid, Ph.D. (, dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, offered her insight on how citywide schools are enhancing engineering and technology programs in the article, “Science Friction: NYC, Schools Push Tech," published on April 24 in Crain’s New York.

Stephen Blythe, Ph.D., J.D. (, professor of business law at NYIT-Abu Dhabi, attended the 19th Annual Investment Law Conference, April 25-27 in Abu Dhabi. The conference was sponsored by the U.A.E. University College of Law. He delivered the speech, “Why the United Arab Emirates Should Continue To Pursue Bilateral Investment Treaties and Adopt Investor-State Arbitration in Them.” Read more.

Carol Dahir, Ed.D. (, associate professor and coordinator of the school counseling master's program, is first author of the recently completed second edition of The Transformed School Counselor, published by Pearson/Cengage.

Jonathan Goldman, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of English, published the book, Modernism is the Literature of Celebrity, with University of Texas Press in April. Read an excerpt.

Leonard B. Goldstein, Ph.D. (, associate professor of family medicine and NYCOM director of clerkship education, and Howard W. Makofsky (, associate professor of physical therapy, published the article, “The Role of Body Posture in Musculo-Skeletal Pain Syndromes,” in the April 2011 issue of Practical Pain Management.

John Hyde (, dean of career services, and Stan Silverman (, director of technology based learning systems, helped make a boy’s dream come true by getting the author and illustrator of Garfield, Jim Davis, to send him a special fan package. The Times News, Inc. published an article on April 28 about how Garfield’s self-proclaimed biggest fan received this surprise. Read more.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D. (, associate professor of English, published the chapter, “Robots, Moving Statues, and Automata in Ancient Tales and History,” in the book, Humanity and Technology: Critical Insights.

Raed Abu Zitar, Ph.D. (, professor and assistant dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at NYIT-Amman, has co-authored the article, "Speech Compression Exploiting Linear Prediction Coefficients Codebook and Hamming Correction Code Algorithm," in the International Journal of Speech Technology.

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