Updates for Faculty & Staff

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments and News

Oct 08 2013

PICTURED: James Henry Dunne (far left) organized an experiential learning trip to Citi Field for NYIT hospitality students. See his faculty news item for more information.


Faculty members in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, alumni, and more than 50 NYIT students attended the New York State Society of Physician Assistants Fall 2013 CME Conference, Oct. 4-6 in Tarrytown, N.Y. Their contributions included:

  • Frank Acevedo (facevedo@nyit.edu), assistant professor of physician assistant studies, presented the lecture, "Fluid Management in the Critically Ill Patient."
  • Jeff Chianfagna (jchianfa@nyit.edu), adjunct assistant professor of physician assistant studies, presented two lectures: "ABGs and Mechanical Ventilation" and "Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines."
  • Lawrence Herman (lherman@nyit.edu), associate professor, chairperson of the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, and president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants, gave the keynote address, "National Update on the State of the Profession and the Impact of Affordable Care Act."
  • David Jackson, D.H.Sc. (djacks01@nyit.edu), associate professor of physician assistant studies, moderated the Medical Jeopardy Challenge Bowl attended by more than 300 students from across the state and presented the State of the State, Legislative Update and Agenda, as the society's government affairs chair. He also co-presented the poster, "The Effects of Organ Donation Education on Physician Assistant Donor Status," with Jennifer Bienz (M.S. '13) and Lauren Walsh (M.S. '13).
  • Kristine Prazak (kprazak@nyit.edu), assistant professor of physician assistant studies, presented the lecture, "Ovarian Cancer: Why Does It Continue to Elude Us?"

Nada 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 the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, co-published the article, "Weathering the Storm - Power Generation of the Future," in the second quarter newsletter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals. The article discusses the potential of microgrids as sustainable, resilient components of 21st-century power infrastructure, and NYIT's plans to research and implement a power system run completely on renewable resources at its Old Westbury campus. Read more (PDF, page 11).

John Hanc (jhanc@nyit.edu), associate professor of communication arts, wrote the article, "Elderly Acting Just Might Improve … Line, Please!" The story published in The New York Times on Sept. 9 examined new research into the cognitive benefits of acting for older adults and included interviews with prominent psychologists and neuroscientists. Read more.

Yuko Oda (yoda@nyit.edu), associate professor of fine arts, has a 2-D drawing and 3-D digital sculpture installation on display as part of the group exhibition, "Back to the Reality," at Projekt 722 Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y. The exhibition opened on Oct. 4 and runs to Oct. 27.

Barbara Ross-Lee, D.O. (Barbara.Ross-Lee@nyit.edu), vice president for health sciences and medical affairs, has received the American Osteopathic Association's highest award, the Distinguished Service Certificate, in recognition of her accomplishments in furthering the osteopathic medical profession. Read more.

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (evanberg@nyit.edu), associate dean and executive director of NYIT's Vocational Independence Program, was the keynote speaker at the Aaron School Symposium on transition, Oct. 1 at Pace University in New York City.

Cheryl Zauderer (czaudere@nyit.edu), assistant professor of nursing, published the article, "Reflective Learning and Self-Reflection: Strategies to Decrease Anxiety in the Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nursing Experience," in the July/August 2013 issue of Nursing Education Perspectives.


James Henry Dunne, J.D. (jdunne@nyit.edu), assistant professor of hospitality management, organized an experiential learning trip to Citi Field on Sept. 27 for NYIT students in the Society of Hosteurs. The outing included an expansive tour of food and beverage services in the stadium, which offers some of the highest-rated quality of food, across all price points, in the United States.

Peter Harris (pharris@nyit.edu), professor and chair of the Department of Accounting, is quoted in the article, "Money Fix: Social Security Rules," on Oct. 2 in Newsday. Read more.

Steven J. Shapiro, Ph.D. (sshapi01@nyit.edu), professor of finance and director of the NYIT Center for Risk Management, is quoted in the Oct. 1 Christian Science Monitor article, "What Government Shutdown?" Wall Street Shrugs Off D.C. Turmoil-For Now." Read more.

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