Updates for Faculty & Staff

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments and News

Oct 01 2013


Congratulations to the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences on receiving a $1.2 million federal grant from the Economic Development Administration to fund and establish an Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovation Center at NYIT. The award was announced on Sept. 26 by U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten E. Gillibrand and Congressman Steve Israel. The center will serve as an incubator to foster on-campus business creation and create 65 jobs. Read more.

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Lawrence Herman (lherman@nyit.edu), associate professor and chair of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, and president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, led the Sept. 25 media event, "American Academy of Physician Assistants Virtual Briefing on States Addressing Increased Health Care Demand." Participants on the call included The Associated Press, Bloomberg, Scripps Howard, The Kansas City Star, and St. Louis Business Journal, among others.

In addition, Herman made the keynote presentation, "The Affordable Care Act and the Four Mega Forces That Will Drive Health Care," Sept. 18 at the Association of Family Practice Physician Assistant CME Conference in New Orleans, La. He also presented the conference poster, "Variability in the Administration of Liquid Medications by Prescribing Clinicians Using a Spoon."

Yuko Oda (yoda@nyit.edu), associate professor of fine arts, presented the art game installation, Flying, at the DUMBO Arts Festival, Sept. 27-29 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Read more.

A building preservation project by Michael Schwarting (jschwart@nyit.edu), professor of architecture, and Frances Campani (fcampani@nyit.edu), associate professor of architecture, is featured in the article, "In Queens, Now May Not Be Time for an Old House of the Future," Sept. 18 in The New York Times. The article describes their efforts to preserve Aluminaire House, the first prefabricated all-metal house made in the United States and a past NYIT architecture project. Read more.


Alan Fairbairn (afairbai@nyit.edu), associate professor of hospitality management, attended a certification seminar hosted by Smith Travel Research in Nashville, Tenn. The seminar provides the basis for achieving CHIA (Certified Hotel Investment Analyst) offered through the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Certification will allow Fairbairn to offer the same opportunity to NYIT students. To date, only about 200 people worldwide have completed CHIA.

Peter Harris (pharris@nyit.edu), professor of accounting, and Petra Dilling (pdilling@nyit.edu), associate professor of accounting, co-published the paper, "Communication of Corporate Social Responsibility Information on Canadian Corporate Webpages," in the fall 2013 issue of The International Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice. They also co-presented the paper, "The Theoretical Defenses of the Last in First in Inventory Methods," at the Global Business and International Management Conference, July 2-4 at NYIT-Vancouver.

In addition, Harris contributed to the process of refereeing papers for publication in The International Journal of Social Sustainability in Economic, Social, and Cultural Context and was noted as an associate editor for his efforts.

David S. Hogsette, Ph.D. (dhogsett@nyit.edu), professor of English and writing coordinator at NYIT-Old Westbury, presented the paper, "Romanticism in Victorian Mythopoeic Fantasy: The Relationship between Coleridge's Cognitive Theory and George MacDonald's Redemptive Imagination," at the International Conference on Romanticism hosted by Oakland University, Sept. 26-29 in Rochester, Mich. The conference celebrated its 20th year, and Hogsette has participated in it multiple times since 1994. This year, he was invited to chair a panel on "Creative Relations," which investigated various issues related to Romantic theories of creation and creativity and how they played out in reality.

Robert J. Koenig, Ed.D. (rkoenig@nyit.edu), associate dean of the School of Management, delivered the presentation, "Leadership, Etiquette, and Service in the Hospitality Industry," at the Brotherhood Winery, America's oldest winery, on Sept. 25 in Washingtonville, N.Y.

Radomir Mihajlovic, Ph.D. (rmihajlo@nyit.edu), adjunct associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, was interviewed for a feature article in the September 2013 issue of Geopolitika, a European monthly magazine. He discussed systems problems, general prospects, and specific benefits of small countries on the path to a global, unified world.

Giovanni Santamaria, Ph.D. (gsantama@nyit.edu), adjunct professor of architecture, served as a panelist for the lecture, "The Humanistic Legacy in Renzo Piano's Architecture," Sept. 26 at Montclair University. As part of the panel, he presented the discussion, "Renzo Piano: Tekne and Poiesis, Character of the Place between Groundscape and Roofscape."

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (evanberg@nyit.edu), associate dean and executive director of the NYIT Vocational Independence Program, published the article, "Managing the Effects of Divorce on Kids with and without Disabilities," Sept. 20 on ExpertBeacon.com.

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