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Read about Raed Abu Zitar's paper published in Artificial Intelligence Review; Anthony DiMatteo's poem; John Hill's new architecture guidebook; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet Anthony Di Santo, Gabriel Sunshine, and Rifat Tabi


This year marks 45 years of service at NYIT for professors Anthony Di Santo (architecture), Gabriel Sunshine (physics), and Rifat Tabi (mechanical engineering). The trio will be among employees honored for their years of service at NYIT's Employee Recognition Ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 1.

Read more about Anthony Di Santo.

Read more about Gabriel Sunshine.

Read more about Rifat Tabi.

Vote NYIT Architects to Costa Rica


NYIT students are competing to travel to Costa Rica to create a recycling and education center in Nosara, a rural community along the Pacific coast, as part of an interdisciplinary design-build project initiated by Tobias Holler, assistant professor of architecture. The NYIT community will have an opportunity to make this happen by voting for their favorite projects through a competition on Facebook. Voting begins today and closes on Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. The team with the most votes will travel to Costa Rica.

Vote for your favorite project.

Attend Faculty Research Presentations


All Manhattan and Old Westbury faculty members are invited to attend the first Faculty Research Presentations with NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine, hosted by Provost Rahmat Shoureshi on Thursday, Dec. 8, 12:45-2:10 p.m. in Riland Auditorium, Old Westbury campus. The presentations, which will be simulcast from Riland to the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, will include:

  • "A Security Enabled Wireless Network Architecture for Healthcare Monitoring" by Tao Zhang, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, and Michael Colef, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of electrical and computer engineering.
  • "Medical Terminologies and Electronic Health Records" by Huanying (Helen) Gu, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering.
  • "Development of Three-Dimensional (3-D) Anthropomorphic Numerical Models of the Adult and Adolescent Male Body" by Jong Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering.

R.S.V.P. for the presentations.

Meet an Engineering Icon at the AOB

Eleanor Baum

The first female dean of a school of engineering in the United States, Eleanor Baum of The Cooper Union, will give the presentation, "The New Face of Engineering Leadership," on Wednesday, Nov. 30. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. presentation at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway in Manhattan. Bus service will be available from/to the Old Westbury campus. Register for this event.

Baseball Coach Bob Hirschfield Retires

Bob Hirschfield

After more than 30 years of coaching NYIT's baseball team, Bob Hirschfield has announced his retirement. Current assistant coach Michael "Butch" Caulfield will serve as interim head coach for the upcoming 2012 season. Read more.

Make a Difference at NYIT


Have an idea on how the quality of life can be improved at NYIT? If you have suggestions on any changes or initiatives that could make our lives and workplace better, email Chief of Staff Peter C. Kinney III at


Spread Holiday Cheer to Needy Families


Support NYIT's efforts to bring holiday cheer to those in need through these events at the New York campuses:

Collection Day Help New Yorkers in Catskill, N.Y., which suffered extreme flooding after Hurricane Irene, by donating housewares, cookware, electronics, and other items on Saturday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in Salten Hall, Old Westbury campus. Read a full list of items needed.

Island Harvest Food Drive Donate one can or $1 through Friday, Dec. 9 in the decorated boxes in the Office of Student Employment in Old Westbury or Manhattan.

Covenant House Toy Drive NYIT's Society of Hosteurs is collecting new toys for children ranging from infants to age seven through Friday, Dec. 16. Drop off unwrapped toys to 26 W. 61st St., rooms 508 and 511, Manhattan campus.

Toys for Tots Drive NYIT's Department of Athletics will host its annual Toys for Tots drive on Tuesday, Dec. 6 and Wednesday, Dec. 7 during its home basketball games against C.W. Post. In lieu of paying for admission, fans may bring a new, unwrapped toy. For more information, call 516.686.7504 or email

Coat Drive The Office of Housing and Residential Life in Manhattan is collecting new and gently used coats through Thursday, Dec. 22 as part of the 23rd Annual New York Cares Coat Drive. Drop off coats at 26 W. 61st St., room 108. For more information, email

Apply for Women's Forum Education Awards


Apply by Thursday, Dec. 15 for the 2012 Women’s Forum of New York Education Awards. Female applicants must be at least 35 years old and living in New York City, be pursuing their first associate's or bachelor's degree, have attended a college in New York City during the 2010-11 academic year (enrolled for at least six credits that year), and have at least one additional semester of three credits to complete graduation requirements after June 2012. Read more about awards criteria.

Congrats to NYIT's Golden-i Winners


Congratulations to NYIT faculty members and students who participated in Motorola Solutions' Golden-idea Competition and Partner Conference on Nov. 16-17. NYIT's Team Third Eye won third place and will receive a Golden-i headset when it comes to market.

Their project (pictured top left) entailed programming Golden-i to operate a drone. A pratical application of this innovation would enable surveillance guards to oversee multiple locations at one time, improving performance, efficiency, and productivity.

Life Insurance Reminder for All Employees


As part of NYIT's employee benefits package, life insurance is provided to all full-time employees in an amount equal to two times their base annual salary up to a maximum of $100,000. IRS regulations require NYIT to add the cost of life insurance over $50,000 to an employee's taxable income. As in the past, this will take place in the first paycheck issued in December. For questions and/or information about the amount added to your taxable income, contact Terri Katsch, benefits associate, at or Maureen Gaughran, associate director of human resources, at

Play Trivia, Win a Prize

How well do you know NYIT's campuses? 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:


Which of the following is true of the pictured bridge:

A. It's a historic landmark near the Vancouver campus.
B. It's located near the NYIT de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury.
C. It's a popular walkway for students going to class on the Nanjing campus.
D. None of the above.

Congrats to senior accountant Beth Witkiewicz, who responded first to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update.

Choose as many events as occurred in the 1990s at NYIT:
A. School of Engineering students took first place in the U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Air Road Rally in Los Angeles.
B. NYIT was the only Long Island college or university to make U.S. News & World Report's list of top higher education institutions.
D. Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates received NYIT's Presidential Medal.

R.S.V.P. for 2011 Holiday Parties


Mark your calendar for NYIT's holiday parties in New York:
Manhattan Campus – Wednesday, Dec. 14, 3:30-5 p.m., 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor.
Old Westbury Campus – Thursday, Dec. 15, 3:30-5 p.m., NYIT de Seversky Mansion.
R.S.V.P. to attend the holiday parties.

Upcoming Events

Free Flick On Wednesday, Nov. 30, watch the sci-fi crime thriller, A Scanner Darkly, at 5:30 p.m. in the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, room 102 (The Soundstage), Old Westbury campus. Refreshments will be served.

SGA Relay for Life Fundraiser Join the Student Government Association for its Relay for Life fundraiser on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at Moe's Southwest Grill, 90 Northern Blvd., Greenvale, N.Y. Proceeds raised will benefit Relay for Life.

Designing a Better World NYIT’s Fine Arts Department presents a panel discussion on how design improves the world on Thursday, Dec. 1, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor, Manhattan campus.

No Globe Exhibition Seven paintings by Frank Meuschke, workshop supervisor for architecture, are on display through Saturday, Dec. 3, at No Globe Exhibition Space, 488 Morgan Ave., Brooklyn, N.Y.

Solar Energy in New York Solar energy experts will discuss industry initiatives on Monday, Dec. 5, 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway in Manhattan.

Interdisciplinary Lecture Independent historian John L. Busch will give a presentation on his new nonfiction book, Steam Crossing, on Monday, Dec. 5, 7 p.m. in Salten Hall, room SC-1, Old Westbury campus.

PHONEography NYIT Gallery 61 presents an exhibition of mobile phone images by faculty, staff, and students, Thursday, Dec. 1-Monday, Jan. 9 at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor, Manhattan campus. Save the date for the opening reception on Thursday, Dec. 8, 5-7 p.m.

Festival of Lights - Old Westbury Dress in your native country's cultural attire and enjoy entertainment and food from around the world on Thursday, Dec. 8, 6-10 p.m., Salten Hall, rooms SC-1 and SC-2, Old Westbury campus.

Holiday Buffet Luncheon NYIT Dining Services invites all faculty and staff members to its luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion. Information about time and pricing will follow.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Tobi A. Abramson, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of mental health counseling and director of the NYIT Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics, helped to organize and present the Kermit Schooler Symposium, "Aging Well: The Role of Mental Health," at the State Society on Aging of New York conference, Oct. 26-28 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Frank Acevedo (, assistant professor, academic coordinator, and associate director of the department of physician assistant studies, and Salvatore Barese (, associate professor and chair of the department of physician assistant studies, presented the spotlight lecture, "On Your Mark, Get Set, Go: Winning the Tenure Race," at the annual Physician Assistant Education Association meeting, Nov. 3 in New Orleans, La.

Kurt Amsler, Ph.D. (, associate dean for research and professor of biomedical sciences, co-authored two posters with Josephine Axis (, research technician, and presented them with NYCOM students from his laboratory at the American Society of Nephrology annual meeting, Nov. 10-13 in Philadelphia. The posters include "SFKs Regulate Both Pore and Leak Pathways of Paracellular Permeability in Renal Epithelial Cells" and "Src Family Kinase Activity Promotes Ureteric Bud Branching While Limiting Ureteric Bud Segment Elongation during Mouse Fetal Kidney Development."

Paul Cavanagh, Ph.D. (, director of academics and evaluation of the Vocational Independence Program of NYIT, and Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (, associate dean and VIP executive director, co-authored the paper, "The Higher Education Opportunities Act: Implications for Individuals with ASDs," which Dr. Cavanagh presented at the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence Annual Conference, Nov. 16-18 in Columbus, Ohio.

In addition, Dr. Cavanagh presented two sessions on "Work Opportunities for Students on the Autism Spectrum" at Future Quest 2011, a college and career forum for students with disabilities, Nov. 19 at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va.

Elaine Della Vecchia, Ph.D., R.N. (, assistant professor of nursing; Lisa Sparacino, Ph.D., R.N. (, instructor of nursing; and Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N. (, associate professor and chair of the Department of Nursing, presented "QSEN Quality and Safety Across the Curriculum: A Stepwise Model for Integration and Replication," at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses' 2011 Baccalaureate Education Conference, Nov 17-19 in St. Louis, Mo.

Anthony DiMatteo (, professor of English, published the poem, "The Measure," in the fall issue of Tar River Poetry.

John Hill (, adjunct professor of architecture, wrote the book, Guide to Contemporary New York City Architecture.

NYIT-Bahrain faculty members Stefania Mariano, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of management, and Qadir Mohiuddin, Ph.D. (, associate professor of management, edited the book, The Role of Expatriated in MNCs Knowledge Mobilization.

James Nolt (, associate professor and assistant dean of the School of Management at NYIT-Nanjing, published the article, "China Bubble a Global Concern," Nov. 23 in the Asia Times. Read the article.

In addition, he wrote the article, "China’s Looming Economic Crisis," for the Institute for Policy Studies’ Web publication, Foreign Policy in Focus, and was also quoted in an article on The Daily Beast.

Barbara Salvesen (, office assistant for academic affairs in NYCOM, represented NYIT at the first National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners Focus Group on Nov. 10 in West Conshohoken, Penn.

John F. Schwally (, adjunct professor of communication arts, was post-production supervisor of the A&E Network's hit series, "Steven Seagal: Lawman," which premieres on Wednesday, Dec. 14.

Michael Uttendorfer, Ed.D. (, dean of the School of Education, was interviewed for a segment on "Getting Your Money's Worth." Watch the interview.

Krys Zaba (, director of global and international admissions, was quoted in the Nov. 11 edition of Sweden’s Metro International and featured in Today, the magazine that accompanies the annual Kunskap and Framtid (Student and Knowledge) Fair in Goteborg, which he also attended to provide information about NYIT programs and scholarships to prospective students in Sweden.

Raed Abu Zitar, Ph.D. (, assistant dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at NYIT-Amman, published his paper, "Genetic Optimized Artificial Immune System in Spam Detection: A Review and a Model," in the journal Artificial Intelligence Review.

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