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NYIT's E-Newsletter for Staff and Faculty | Tuesday, September 20, 2011


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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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Read about 13 faculty and staff Standard of Excellence Award winners … John Hanc's article in The New York Times … Yuko Oda's presentation at Symposium on Democracy: My Digital Life @ The Speed of Light, and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet Cecilia Dong, Ph.D.

Cecilia Dong

Network forensics, mobile apps, and engineering tools for "smart marketing" are just a few endeavors led by Cecilia Dong, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. Read more.


Medical and Health Professions Convocation Welcomes Students, Honors Faculty and Staff

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NYIT hosted a convocation for medical and health professions students on Sept. 13. The ceremony featured a video tribute to the late Stanley Schiowitz, D.O., an osteopathic medical pioneer and former NYCOM dean, and honored five national leaders in health policy and patient advocacy. Pictured third from left is award recipient Eugene Oliveri, D.O., former president of the American Osteopathic Association, with Thomas Scandalis, D.O., dean of NYCOM, President Guiliano, and Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O., vice president for health sciences and medical affairs. Several faculty and staff members also won Standard of Excellence Awards for their leadership and accomplishments. Read more.

NYIT Partners with Broadway for Arts Education

No Snap Judgments

NYIT is teaming up with Broadway to integrate arts education into schools by using technology. On Oct. 13, the Broadway cast of The Addams Family will lead a live broadcast from the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway to several middle schools around the country addressing the need for tolerance and acceptance. The cast will speak to educators, students, and representatives from the media, and encourage students to take the No Snap Judgments pledge to spread understanding and tolerance in their schools. This is a new approach to theatre arts education through the use of technology in the classroom, facilitated by the Educational Enterprise Zone (EEZ) in NYIT's Technology Based Learning Systems Department.

Don't Miss Egyptian Consul General at AOB

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Youssef Zada, the Egyptian Consul General, will visit the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway (AOB) this Thursday, Sept. 22 to discuss recent events in Egypt. Faculty and staff members are invited to meet with Consul General Zada at the AOB at noon; he will speak at 12:30 p.m. and participate in a question-and-answer session. R.S.V.P. to

Architecture and Design Lecture Presents Thatch for a New Century: Bottle Roofing

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The first architecture and design lecture of the semester will delve into NYIT faculty members' design for bottle roofing, a system for reusing plastic bottles to build roofs in developing nations. The lecture "Thatch for a New Century: Bottle Roofing" will be presented by Jason Van Nest, associate professor of architectural building technology, and Farzana Gandhi, visiting assistant professor of architecture, on Thursday, Sept. 22, 6:30 p.m. at 16 W. 61st St., 11th floor auditorium, NYIT-Manhattan. Read more.

NYIT Conference Convenes Industry Leaders on Cyber Security

dean Nada Anid cyber security panel

Experts at this year's Cyber Security Conference called for cooperation among companies, government agencies, and nonprofit groups to nab cyber criminals. Nada Anid (pictured top left), dean of NYIT’s School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, encouraged conference participants to collaborate on solutions to the industry's most pressing issues. Conference topics included the latest security threat posed by hacktivists (people who hack systems to draw attention to a specific social issue), dealing with world governments rich from cybercrime, and balancing privacy and security as cloud computing gains popularity. Read more.

164 Exchange Students at NYIT's New York Campuses This Fall


This fall, the Center for Global Exchange has welcomed 164 new students from around the world, including those from NYIT's campuses in Nanjing, Amman, Bahrain, Vancouver, and Abu Dhabi. In addition, there are 56 students from Huajing, China, as well as others from Denmark, Germany, and the Dominican Republic. Welcome to all!

Follow the Center for Global Exchange on its new Facebook page.

NYIT Golf Outing Nets $49K


The 7th Annual Athletics Golf Outing raised $49,000 for the Bears Den Athletic Fund on Sept. 12 at The Hamlet Golf and Country Club in Commack, N.Y. Pictured are: John Sullivan, Matt Sullivan (B.S. '10), Kevin Hennessy, and Bill Hempel. Read more.

Need a Student Worker?

Are you looking to hire a federal work-study student? If so, contact Caren Sobier, assistant director of student employment, at or call 516.686.7606.

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Climate Week NYC Herbert Fox, professor of mechanical engineering, will moderate the Climate Week NYC panel, "Plug-in Cities: What EV Means for the Future of Urban and Regional Transporation," on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Cornell Club, 6 E. 44th St., NYC. This event is open to the public. The panel convenes government energy officials and power utilities from New York and Quebec to discuss electric vehicle policies and their benefits. Read more.

Free Flick On Wednesday, Sept. 21, watch the German science-fiction film, Metropolis, at 5:30 p.m. in the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, room 102 (The Soundstage), Old Westbury campus. Refreshments will be served.

Pathway: Drawing In, On, and Through the Landscape View Car Drawing, a video by artist Terry Nauheim, associate professor of fine arts, that is part of an exhibition presented by The Drawing Center. The free opening reception is Wednesday, Sept. 21, 7 to 9 p.m., 855 Sixth Ave. (at 29th Street) in New York City. Read more.

Manhattan - Media Movie Series The Center for Communication presents "Newspapers-Pages from the Past" on Monday, Sept. 26, 5 to 9:30 p.m. at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. This free event will feature the films: Deadline-U.S.A., starring Humphrey Bogart as a crusading editor of a big-city newspaper (5 p.m.), and The Paper, a journalism thriller about a New York City tabloid directed by Ron Howard (6:30 p.m.) A panel dicussion will follow the films at 8:30 p.m. and will include author Pete Hamill and New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel. Register today.

Cast Iron Chef

Cast Iron Chef Preview Party NYIT Dining Services presents a preview of the first staff and faculty culinary cook-off on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 5 to 7 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Old Westbury campus. The cost is $15 for faculty and staff members invited to enjoy food, beverages, and music. The Cast Iron Chef competition will take place on Thursday, Oct. 20, 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion. R.S.V.P. by calling 516.686.1421 or emailing

Energy Management Lecture Craig Ennis, founder and CEO of EFT Energy, Inc., will present "Energy Information Systems and Data Collection" on Monday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. in room SC-1, Salten Hall, Old Westbury campus. This event is sponsored by the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. For more information, contact Robert Amundsen, Ph.D., director of energy management, at

Propagation Seems Good Here Tonight Terry Nauheim, associate professor of fine arts, performs her latest art project on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. at the Issue Project Room in Brooklyn, N.Y. Read more.


9th Annual Paws for Parkinson's Howl-O-Ween Dog Walkathon Raise money for Parkinson's research on Sunday, Oct. 23, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Marjorie Post Park, Merrick and Unqua Roads, Massapequa, N.Y. Activities include a one-mile walk, Halloween Hounds costume contest, prizes, raffles, refreshments, and more. Registration is $25 per dog (part of the proceeds will be donated to participating animal shelters). This event is presented by the American Parkinson Disease Association and generously sponsored by the Adele Smithers Parkinson's Disease Treatment Center at NYCOM of NYIT. For more information and/or to register, call 516.626.6114 or go to

Download the First Digital Edition of NYIT Magazine

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The digital edition of NYIT Magazine is now available as a PDF optimized for viewing on iPads and PCs. Download the Summer 2011 issue.




Faculty and Staff Achievements

Congratulations to the following faculty and staff members honored with the Standard of Excellence Award at NYIT's convocation for medical and health professions students on Sept. 13:

  • Tobi Abramson, Ph.D., director, NYIT Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics
  • Edward Gotfried, D.O., director, NYIT Center for Global Health
  • Wolfgang Gilliar, D.O., chair, department of osteopathic manipulative medicine
  • Christine Hutak, Ph.D., assistant professor, department of biomedical sciences
  • Dost Khalique, systems specialist, Academic Technologies Group
  • Donna Marie McMahon, D.O., assistant professor, department of pediatrics
  • Lois Small, program director, HCOP grant
  • Zehra Ahmed, assistant professor, physician assistant studies
  • Mark Gugliotti, adjunct instructor, physical therapy
  • Lauren Heisler, adjunct instructor, occupational therapy
  • Susan Neville, Ph.D., chair, department of nursing
  • Tara Piechowiak, assistant to the dean of health professions
  • Veronica Southard, associate professor, physical therapy

Frank Acevedo (, assistant professor and academic coordinator in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, has been selected as an abstract reviewer for the 2012 Society of Critical Care Medicine annual conference, Feb. 4-8, in Houston, Texas.

Claude Gagna, Ph.D. (, associate professor of life sciences and director of the NYIT biology labs, published the peer-reviewed journal article, "Cutaneous Signs of Systemic Disease," in Clinics In Dermatology. The article explores clinical medical diagnostics by dermatologists determining internal medical problems based on observations of human skin.

John Hanc (, associate professor of communication arts, published "Keeping Themselves Fit for Going to the Rescue" on Sept. 16 in The New York Times. Read the full article.

Yuko Oda (, assistant professor of fine arts, is presenting "What is Art and Technology? A Glimpse at Technological Art Amidst Global Shifts of Consciousness" at the Symposium on Democracy: My Digital Life @ The Speed of Light, Sept. 20-21, at Westminster College in Fulton, Miss. Her presentation will be streamed live on Wednesday, Sept. 21 at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time.

Michael Schwarting (, director of the graduate program in urban and regional design, presented "Is It Possible to Contextualize a New Built Form Type?" at the Interdisciplinary Yenikapi Symposium, Sept. 11-13, Istanbul, Turkey.

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