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NYIT's E-Newsletter for Staff and Faculty | Tuesday, September 27, 2011


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Faculty and Staff Achievements

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Read about Claude Gagna's nomination by the 2011 World Technology Summit; Elizabeth Donsky's mixed-media installation; Lawrence Herman's conference presentation; Kevin LaGrandeur's paper on technology in cross-cultural mythology; and more in this week's full list of NYIT faculty and staff achievements.

Meet Jonathan Goldman, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of English Jonathan Goldman, Ph.D., discusses his latest book, Modernism Is the Literature of Celebrity, and upcoming writing projects on boogaloo music, trademarking, and Greek mythical heroes. Read more.

He also is a co-organizer of NYIT's March 2012 interdisciplinary conference Modernist Manhattan, and welcomes proposals for panels, individual papers, and other presentations until Saturday, Oct. 1. Download the call for papers.

Congratulations to NYCOM and School of Engineering and Computing Sciences on Grants

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Geriatrics training and medical education in the field of family medicine are the focus of two new grants totaling more than $2 million awarded to NYCOM from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. The projects receiving support are "Family Physician Faculty Training in Geriatrics" and "An Accelerated D.O./Family Medicine Residency Continuum." Both will be directed by Ronald Portanova, Ph.D., professor and chair of the department of biomedical science, with assistance from NYCOM faculty members.

The National Science Foundation awarded a $135,000 grant to Tao Zhang, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering (pictured top right), and Michael Colef, Ph.D., associate professor and chairperson of the electrical and computer engineering department (pictured top left). The grant funds their project, "Enhancing the Electrical and Computer Engineering Curriculum by Integrating Applications of Wireless Technology," for which they will serve as principal investigator and co-principal investigator, respectively.

Announcing New Provost/Faculty Conferences


All full-time faculty are expected to attend the upcoming Provost/Faculty Conferences. The first, for Manhattan campus faculty, will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 11 during free hour at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway. The Old Westbury campus event will occur during free hour on Thursday, Oct. 13 at Riland Auditorium. Important initiatives and plans will be shared by Provost Shoureshi, who will answer faculty questions as time allows. R.S.V.P. to if you have not done so already.

Advertise Your Campus Event on NYIT's New Elevator Signs

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Have you seen the new signs in the elevators at 1855 Broadway in Manhattan? To have your message posted on these or other digital signs on the Manhattan or Old Westbury campuses, email




Host An International Student for Thanksgiving


Invite an international student from NYIT's Old Westbury or Manhattan campus to join your family for a Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, Nov. 24. If you are able to host one or more students, please complete an application by Saturday, Oct. 15 and return it to Barbara Multari (Harry Schure Hall, room 207, Old Westbury campus, Download the form.

Schedule Your Flu Shot


Flu shots are now available for all faculty and staff members at the Academic Health Care Center, Riland, Old Westbury campus, and at the Central Islip Family Health Center. Schedule your appointment by calling 516.686.1300 (Old Westbury) or 631.348.3254 (Central Islip).


NYIT Co-Sponsors Advanced Energy 2011 Conference

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NYIT is supporting sustainability efforts by co-sponsoring the Advanced Energy 2011 conference, Oct. 12-13 in Buffalo, N.Y. The conference will focus on energy policy, clean energy curriculum and jobs, and sustainable technologies. Read more.


Egyptian Consul General Visits AOB

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Faculty members and students met Egyptian Consul General Youssef Zada on Sept. 22 during an interactive session at NYIT's Auditorium on Broadway. Zada discussed Egypt's revolution and upcoming parlimentary elections. Read more.


Upcoming Events

Free Basketball Tickets Join NYIT men's basketball on the road for 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. and return the same night to the Old Westbury campus. For more information, contact Sabrina Polidoro, assistant director of sports information, at 516.686.7504 or

Cast Iron Chef

Cast Iron Chef Preview Party NYIT Dining Services presents a preview of the first staff and faculty culinary cook-off today, 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

movie poster Deja Vu All Over Again The Center for Communication (CFC) presents its free media movie series this week at the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway (AOB), Manhattan campus. On Wednesday, Sept. 28, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., watch Network, a satire about the broadcast TV industry (4:30 p.m.), and Sweet Smell of Success, a film noir about a ruthless Broadway newspaper columnist (6:45 p.m.) A panel dicussion at 8:30 p.m. will include Larry Hackett, managing editor of People magazine, and New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel. Register today.

movie posterReporting News in the 21st Century The last event of this week's CFC free media movie series at the AOB will feature the newspaper documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times, on Friday, Sept. 30, 6:30 to 9 p.m. A panel dicussion following the film will include Page One director Andrew Rossi, author William McGowan, and New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel. Register today.

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

Free Flick On Wednesday, Oct. 5, watch the Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey, 5:30 p.m. at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion, room 102 (The Soundstage). Refreshments will be served.

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.

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Nada Anid, Ph.D. (, dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was quoted in the Sept. 19th article, "The NY Applied Science School: Are NYIT and Manhattan College in the Mix?" on Read more.

Elizabeth Donsky (, adjunct instructor of fine arts, produced a mixed-media drawing installation for "21 Rooms," an interactive art exhibit on Sept. 23 in York, Maine.

Alan Fairbairn (, associate professor of hospitality studies, organized and coordinated efforts to represent NYIT School of Management students at the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau Networking Conference, Sept. 21, Hyatt Place Long Island/East End, Riverhead, N.Y.

Karen Friel, Ph.D. (, associate professor and chair of the department of physical therapy, and Cheryl Hall, Ph.D. (, assistant professor of physical therapy, have been selected to present their research "Epidemiology of Lacrosse Injuries in the Elite Level Female High School Lacrosse Player" at the American Physical Therapy Association's February 2012 Combined Sections Meeting in Chicago.

Additionally, Dr. Friel and Veronica Southard, Ph.D. (, associate professor of physical therapy, will be presenting their work on integration of the iPad2 into the physical therapy classroom at the same conference's Technopalooza Forum.

Claude Gagna, Ph.D. (, associate professor of life sciences and director of the NYIT biology labs, was nominated by the 2011 World Technology Summit in the biotechnology category for developing the next generation multi-stranded and alternative DNA and RNA microarrays.

Huanying (Helen) Gu, Ph.D. (, associate profesor of electrical and computer engineering, was invited to attend the Society for Women Engineers' Corporate Partnership Council/National Science Foundation Workshop on Academic Leadership for Women in Engineering, Oct. 14-15 in Chicago.

Lawrence Herman (, associate professor of physician assistant studies, presented "More Twisted Tales From the Emergency Department: Cases You Can't Afford to Miss," at the New York State Society of Physician Assistants Annual CME Conference, Sept. 17 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D. (, associate professor of English and director of technical writing programs, presented the paper, “Technology in Cross-Cultural Mythology: Western and Non-Western,” at the Conference of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, Sept. 24 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Read an abstract or read the full paper.

Sarah McPherson, Ph.D. (, associate professor and chair of the department of instructional technology, and Stan Silverman, Ph.D. (, professor of instructional technhology, recently participated as panel members at the New York State Online and Blended Learning Summit 2, Sept. 14 at the University of Albany. Read more.

Yuko Oda (, assistant professor of fine arts, is exhibiting the interactive installation Flying, a yearlong project collaboration with Ted Johnson, an AT&T database programmer, in the group art show "Extraction," Sept. 23-Nov. 20 at Space Gallery, Pittsburgh, Penn.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D., (, associate dean and executive director of the Vocational Independence Program of NYIT, published the online article, "Life After High School for Students with Disabilities," on Sept. 23 in the I-Student Advisor webzine. Read the full article.

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