Updates for Faculty & Staff

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments and News

Apr 08 2014


Tobi Abramson, Ph.D. (tabramso@nyit.edu), assistant professor of mental health counseling, presented the workshop, "Aging and Happiness: Learned Optimism, Positive Psychology, and Intrinsic Creative Flow," and participated in the roundtable discussion, "Fear of the Other: Managing Diverse Clients in a Segregated Culture," at the Aging in America Conference, March 10-15 in San Diego, Calif. She also discussed the benefits of creative engagement for older adults on the "Project Independence" radio program, March 21 on 88.1 FM.

Steven Billis, Ph.D. (sbillis@nyit.edu), professor of electrical and computer engineering; Nada Marie Anid, Ph.D. (nanid@nyit.edu), dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences; and Marta Panero, Ph.D. (mpanero@nyit.edu), director of strategic partnerships for School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, co-authored the paper, "Global Competency: Are Engineering Students Ready?" It was accepted for presentation at the 121st Annual American Society for Engineering Education Conference, June 15-18 in Indianapolis. A second paper written by Billis, "Big Data Analytics: Where Is It Going and How Can It Be Taught at the Undergraduate Level? A Partnership Between NYIT and IBM," was accepted to the 2014 Frontiers in Education Conference.

Anid also made a presentation at the "U.S.-China Ten Year Framework for Energy and Environment Cooperation" bilateral meeting in Washington D.C. The meeting included high-level officials from the U.S. State Department, the National Development and Reform Commission of the People's Republic of China, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Energy Administration, and the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection. During the meeting's "Water-Energy Nexus in Cities" session, Anid highlighted NYIT's collaborative work with Peking University as leaders in the U.S.-China "EcoPartnership on Groundwater Monitoring, Protection, and Training," and gave an overview of NYIT's upcoming global conference on the Water-Energy Nexus on April 17 in Beijing. Read more about the conference.

Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D. (ziqian.dong@nyit.edu), assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, gave the talk, "Estimation of Missing Measurements in Computer Networks: Matrix Completion vs. Compressed Sensing," at the York Tensor Scholar Program, Women in Mathematics and Computing Day, Feb. 20 in Queens, N.Y. Her presentation was part of National Engineering Week's "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" dedicated to encouraging female students to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, mathematics, and engineering. She spoke alongside distinguished scholars of mathematics and computer science from universities throughout New York City.

The paper, "A Multichannel Wireless Mapping System for Monitoring Gastric Slow Wave Propagation," co-authored by Aydin Farajidavar, Ph.D. (afarajid@nyit.edu), assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, was accepted by the International Gastrointestinal Electrophysiology Society Workshop, the flagship event for gastrointestinal research during Digestive Disease Week in May 2014. The paper was also selected as the workshop's Robert Stern Award Winner. It discusses the development and validation of a novel wireless approach for recording gastric activity that will allow researchers and clinicians to accurately diagnose gastrointestinal symptoms and patterns using longitudinal studies.

Jonathan Goldman, Ph.D. (jgoldm03@nyit.edu), assistant professor of English, presented the paper, "Literary Boogaloo," on March 22 at the 2014 meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association in New York City. His paper examines Puerto Rican literature and the genre of Latin boogaloo emanating from East Harlem in the 1960s.

The Village Voice interviewed Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (evanberg@nyit.edu), associate dean and executive director of NYIT Vocational Independence Program, for the article, "Universities' Response to the Surge in Autism Diagnoses," published on April 2. Read more.

VanBergeijk also presented the paper, "Funding for Postsecondary Transition Services," at the 2014 Autism-New Jersey Transition Conference, April 4 in Clark, N.J.

NYIT faculty members, including Cheryl Zauderer, Ph.D. (czaudere@nyit.edu), assistant professor of nursing, helped to prepare students for New York State Nursing Association Lobby Day on March 26 in Albany, N.Y. Read more.

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