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NYIT's E-Newsletter for Staff and Faculty | Tuesday, October 25, 2011


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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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's book, which was reviewed in The New York Times; Jacqueline Taylor Basker's painting and film; Curtis Carbonell's papers on evolutionary theorist Stephen Jay Gould; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet Alan Fairbairn (M.A. '90)

Alan Fairbairn

'90) brings a unique perspective to his hospitality classes. In the first week of November, he will launch Agritourism International Network, a Web-based marketing company for rural and adventure tourism. Read more.

Save the Date: SOURCE Kickoff Party


Faculty members from all schools are invited to share their ideas for the 2012 Symposium of University Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE) by attending one of two kickoff parties at the New York campuses:
Manhattan campus: Tuesday, Nov. 8, 12:45-2:10 p.m., 16 W. 61st St., room 723
Old Westbury campus: Thursday, Nov. 10, 12:45-2:10 p.m., Anna Rubin Hall, room 311




Election Day Notice


To provide faculty and staff members at NYIT's New York campuses an opportunity to vote in federal and state elections on Tuesday, Nov. 8, registered voters who will not otherwise have four consecutive hours to vote between the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. will be excused from reporting to work before 10 a.m. Alternately, if your polling place is in New York state, you may leave at 5 p.m. If your polling place is located in New Jersey or Connecticut, you may leave at 4 p.m. Please discuss your plans with your supervisor.

Going Green Pays Off

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Solar panels and new light bulbs are greening the Old Westbury campus, saving nearly $65,000 a year. Pictured above are two people making this happen – Gregory Banhazl, director of business development, and alumnus Matthew Mathosian of EmPower Solar. Read more.

Play Trivia, Win a Prize

questions Test your NYIT knowledge by answering this Weekly Update trivia question correctly. Email your answer to The first to answer correctly will win an NYIT t-shirt:

In which parade was an NYIT grad the first female grand marshal?

A. Thanksgiving
B. Rose Bowl
C. St. Patrick's Day
D. Columbus Day

Congrats to Jillian Kehoe, librarian in the Art and Architecture Library, who responded first to the trivia question posed in the last Weekly Update.

What was the name of the NYIT yearbook from 1961 to 1991?
B. The Edumator

Good Luck to Team NYIT in Battle of the Brains

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Three NYIT students will take part in a battle of logic, strategy, and mental endurance in IBM's Battle of the Brains competition on Sunday, Oct. 30 at Adelphi University. Good luck to students Nicholas Maccharoli, Iskandar Askarov, and Robert Pinkerton who will be led in competition by Felix Fischman, adjunct professor in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. Read more.


Congrats, Cast Iron Chefs!


Congrats to the "Little-Endians" team, winners of the NYIT Cast Iron Chef competition on Oct. 20. Team members included Dan Quigley, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Elaine Brown, associate professor and chair of the English department; and Tom Jacobs, assistant professor of English.

Technology Tip

Tech Tips

Tracking appointments has never been easier. Simply use drag and drop in Microsoft Outlook to calendar appointments. Read more on Service Central's Technology Tips webpage.

Upcoming Events

Free Basketball Tickets Cheer on NYIT men's basketball on the road at a preseason game at Villanova on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Complimentary tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The bus will leave at 1:30 p.m. from NYIT-Old Westbury and return the same night. For more information, contact Sabrina Polidoro, assistant director of sports information, at 516.686.7504 or

GEOMETRIC STRANDS: Silk, Glass, Paper View this art exhibition on display until Thursday, Oct. 27 at NYIT Gallery 61, 16 W. 61st St., Manhattan campus.


Ending Alzheimer's NYIT's Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics is co-hosting a special screening of "Ending Alzheimer's," a video presentation of experts on aging and Alzheimer's disease. The event, which includes a reception and post-screening discussion, is today from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium of Broadway (AOB), Manhattan campus. Registration is requested for this free event, which is also open to the public. Register for the event.

Architecture and Design Lecture Peter Eisenman, principal of Eisenman Architects in New York City, will give a special presentation today at 6:30 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Old Westbury campus. Read more.

In Flight Come to the opening reception of the art show "In Flight" on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7-9 p.m. at Minibar, 482 Court Street, Brooklyn, N.Y. The show features drawings and paintings by Yuko Oda, assistant professor of fine arts, and will run until Monday, Dec. 12.

City Harvest Food Drive NYIT's Society of Hosteurs is sponsoring a food drive from Tuesday, Nov. 1 to Friday, Nov. 18. Drop off your donation at 26 W. 61st St., room 508, Manhattan campus.

Parkinson's Lecture Series The Adele Smithers Parkinson’s Disease Treatment Center presents an educational seminar for people with Parkinson’s disease and their families on Tuesday, Nov. 1, noon-2 p.m. in Riland Auditorium, Old Westbury campus.

SIGGRAPH 2011 Attend the electronic theater screening, one of the highlights of the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 6:30-9 p.m. at the AOB, Manhattan campus. This event is free for all NYIT faculty, staff members, and students.

Provost Discovery Luncheon Join NYIT Provost Rahmat Shoureshi, Ph.D., at his first Provost Discovery Luncheons for NYIT's New York campuses on Tuesday, Nov. 1 in Manhattan and on Thursday, Nov. 3 in Old Westbury. R.S.V.P. for one of the upcoming luncheons.


Prince Among Slaves Screen this film and attend a panel discussion for New York City educators on Thursday, Nov. 3, 4:30-8:30 p.m. at the AOB, Manhattan campus.

Waste-to-Energy Exchange Learn about waste-to-energy as a sustainable source on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the AOB, Manhattan campus.

South Asian International Film Festival Screen films from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Nepal during this festival, Nov. 10-15. The AOB will show several films starting with the North American premiere of The Temple, on Thursday, Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. A Q&A with Director Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni will follow the film.

Market Makers Want to know what it takes to make green, high-performance building into the new normal? Don't miss a panel of leading experts who can answer this question and more on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor, Manhattan campus.

Marijuana Smokeout Learn about the dangers of marijuana use and strategies to quit on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 12:45-2:10 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, room 308, Old Westbury campus. Lunch will be provided. For more information, email counselor Joan O'Connor at

Motorola Golden-idea Competition and Partner ConferenceAttend the conference's workshops and presentations, Nov. 16-17 at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Old Westbury campus. This conference is free for all NYIT faculty and staff members.

Great American SmokeoutLearn about the dangers of tobacco use and strategies to quit on Thursday, Nov. 17, 12:45-2:10 p.m. in Anna Rubin Hall, room 308, Old Westbury campus. “Adopt a smoker” to help someone you care about quit smoking. Lunch will be provided. For more information, email counselor Joan O'Connor at

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Mohammad S. Awwad, Ph.D. (, associate professor of business and marketing at NYIT-Amman, published the article, "The Impact of Internal Marketing on Commercial Banks’ Market Orientation," in the January 2011 issue of the International Journal of Bank Marketing.

Jacqueline Taylor Basker, Ph.D. (, chairperson of the department of fine arts and computer graphics at NYIT-Amman, participated in the June 2011 Cairo Biennale, "Revolution and Cohesion." In the United States, she exhibited her painting "Gaza Light" in September at Westbeth Gallery in New York City and showed her film Aftermath: 9/11 and NY Artists in "Afterwards and Forwards: A Ten-Year 9/11 Reflective Art Exhibit" at New Jersey City University.

In addition, Dr. Basker published the article "Women Voting in Gaza in 1922!" in the September 2011 issue of the International Journal of Humanities and Social Science. She is the webmaster and assistant editor of Falastin, a journal dedicated to Palestinian culture, history, and current events.

Amy Bravo (, director of experiential education and employer outreach; Adrienne McNally (, assistant director of experiential education; and Rosalia Mannino (, assistant director of experiential education, joined Brilynn Fields, an NYIT graduate student and director of the Old Westbury Community Service Center, in attending the Association of American Colleges and Universities conference on personal and social responsibility, Oct. 13-15 in Long Beach, Calif.

Curtis D. Carbonell (, assistant professor of English, published the papers, "Wilson and Gould: The Engagement of the Sciences and the Humanities," in the May 2011 issue of the Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, and "Gould as a Third Culture Thinker: Revising Darwinism," in the April 2011 issue of Ecloga Online Journal.

Claude Gagna, Ph.D. (, associate professor of life sciences and director of the NYIT biology labs, published "Presence of Left-Handed Z-DNA in the Epidermis of Melanoma Tissue" in FASEB Journal. He originally presented this abstract at the 2011 Experimental Biology Meeting in Washington, D.C.

's article, "Multistranded, Alternative, and Helical Transitional DNA and RNA Microarrays: The Next Next Generation," published in the journal American Laboratory.

Tobias Holler(, assistant professor of architecture, presented "LIRR Long Island Radically Rezoned" on a panel at the symposium, "After Effects: Emerging Metrics In Landscape," Oct. 22 at The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Robert Koenig, Ed.D. (, associate dean of the School of Management's Student Advancement Programs and Department of Hospitality Studies, and Stephanie Langdon (, staff associate for the Hospitality Management program, accompanied 50 students in the Society of Hosteurs on an educational trip to Brotherhood Winery on Oct. 5 in Washingtonville, N.Y., where they learned about the wine-making process.

Niharika Nath, Ph.D. (, associate professor of life sciences, and undergraduate students majoring in biomedical engineering presented their research at the Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting, Oct. 15 in Hartford, Conn. Their papers included "Modification of Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs for Enhanced Anti-Cancer Activity" and "Hydrogen Sulfide-Releasing Aspirin Induces the Phase II Enzyme NQO1."

Yuko Oda(, assistant professor of fine arts, participated in "Till All Is Green," a curated benefit exhibition for Japan on Oct. 20. Proceeds were donated to relief efforts for the children of Japan in the Tohoku area affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Michael Schiavi(, Ph.D., professor of English, appeared in the documentary Vito, which had its world premiere at the New York Film Festival on Oct. 14 at Lincoln Center, New York City. He also appeared in two Q&A sessions after the screenings.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D., (, associate dean and executive director of the Vocational Independence Program of NYIT, published the online article, "When a Student with a Hidden Disability Enters the College Classroom," Oct. 17 on

Nader Vossoughian(, associate professor of architecture, wrote Otto Neurath: The Language of the Global Polis, which was reviewed in the Oct. 23 New York Times' Sunday Book Review section. Read the article.

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