Updates for Faculty & Staff

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments and News

Oct 16 2013


Faculty and staff members in the School of Architecture and Design organized and attended TEDxNYIT on Oct. 10 at the Manhattan campus. More than 150 people attended the event, which convened speakers and performing artists across industries to discuss the meaning of resiliency in the context of today's society.

Judith DiMaio (jdimaio@nyit.edu), dean of the School of Architecture and Design, is the recipient of a Distinguished Achievement Award from the New York Society of Architects. She will be presented with the award at the organization's annual dinner in November in celebration of its 107th anniversary.

Farzana Gandhi (fgandhi@nyit.edu), assistant professor of architecture, was interviewed about her work for the feature article, "El Timbiriche: Designing for Wellness in Williamsburg's Southside," by Urban Omnibus, an online publication of the Architectural League of New York. Urban Omnibus is dedicated to defining the culture of city-making and explores perspectives in architecture, art, policy, and activism in New York City's public spaces. Read more.


Susana H. Case, Ph.D. (shcase@nyit.edu), professor and coordinator for behavioral sciences at NYIT-Manhattan, read her work on Oct. 1 at Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City. Her poem, "The Acid Thrower's Wife," appears in the current issue of Hawai'i Pacific Review, and her poems, "Garbage" and "Happiness Is an Option" are published in the current issue of The Milo Review.

Deborah Y. Cohn, Ph.D. (dcohn02@nyit.edu), associate professor of marketing, co-published the article, "The Bright Side: An Examination of Green Marketing Product Strategies for Sustainability with Diffusion of Innovation Characteristics," in the 2013 issue of the European Journal of Business Research.

Elizabeth Donaldson (edonalds@nyit.edu), associate professor of English, presented her paper, "ELIZA, Meet PARRY: Psychiatry and Mechanical Reproduction," on Oct. 6 at the annual meeting of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts in Notre Dame, Ind. The paper explores chatterbot computer programs and psychiatry. Read an abstract (PDF).

Peter Douris, Ed.D. (pdouris@nyit.edu), co-published the article, "Martial Arts Training Attenuates Arterial Stiffness in Middle Aged Adults," in the September 2013 issue of the Asian Journal of Sports Medicine. Read more (PDF).

PAs in the Plaza

Lawrence Herman (lherman@nyit.edu), associate professor and chairperson of the Department of Physician Assistant (PA) Studies, and president of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), brought favorable attention to his profession with NYIT students on Oct. 8 for a Today Show broadcast featuring "PAs on the Plaza" (pictured at right). The event was part of PA Week 2013 organized by the AAPA.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D. (klagrand@nyit.edu), associate professor of English, presented the paper, "Robots and Emotions: Theories, Prescriptions, and Ethical Implications," at a conference on "The Posthuman: Differences, Embodiments, Performativity," Sept. 11-14 at Sapienza University in Rome, Italy.

Frank Mruk (fmruk@nyit.edu), associate dean of the School of Architecture and Design, made a presentation for the event, "New York State Schools of Architecture: Deans Roundtable," at the AIA Regional Convention, Sept. 27 in Syracuse, N.Y. He also served as a reviewer for the Oct. 11 design challenge, Build a Better Burb: ParkingPLUS, organized by the Long Island Index.

Staff members in the Office of Career Services organized and attended "Out in the Workplace" on Oct. 8 at KPMG in Manhattan. In addition to NYIT, event co-hosts were Fordham University, John Jay College, Pace University, and Columbia University. More than 30 NYIT students, staff, and alumni attended the community event to raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by members of the LGBTQ community and how they, with the help of progressive leaders and allies, can work together to make the workplace an inclusive environment for all. The event started with a lively networking session, followed by a diverse panel of speakers from the financial sector, professional services, education, journalism, and higher education. NYIT participants included:

  • Michael Schiavi (mschiavi@nyit.edu), professor of English, who served as moderator.
  • Amy Bravo (abravo@nyit.edu), assistant dean of career services, who served as committee chair.

Staff members from NYIT's Vocational Independence Program organized the 3rd annual Benjamin J. Cecil Walk for Independence and Homecoming on Oct. 5 in Central Islip, N.Y. The event featured a 5K walk, food, games and prizes, and a yard sale. Members of the NYIT lacrosse team manned booths along the midway and the event was even visited by the NYIT Bear. Proceeds from the event went to scholarships for students with disabilities.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (evanberg@nyit.edu), associate dean and executive director of the NYIT Vocational Independence Program, published the article, "Overcoming Obstacles to Employment," in the October 2013 issue of Exceptional Parent magazine. 

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