Updates for Faculty & Staff

Faculty and Staff Accomplishments and News

Nov 05 2013

NYIT picked up five silver awards in the 9th Annual International Davey Awards for 2013, thanks to the creative efforts of the Office of Publications and Advertising. The five pieces were honored in the following categories:

  • Animation for NYIT Mission Impossible
  • Magazine Ad for the We’re Out There. Join Us campaign
  • Billboard for the CBS Times Square Super Screen
  • Art Illustration for the Edward Guiliano Portrait
  • Silver for the "Ghana boy reading Anansi" photograph

More than 4,000 international entries came from the best small firms in the world. The awards are sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top tier professionals from a Who's Who of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms. For more information, visit www.daveyawards.com or www.iavisarts.org.

Tobi Abramson, Ph.D. (tabramso@nyit.edu), assistant professor of counseling, Martha Siegel, (msiegel@nyit.edu), associate professor and chair of the Department of Interior Design, and Lauren Heisler-Varriale (lheisler@nyit.edu), adjunct professor of occupational therapy, presented “Narrative Approaches to Building the Workforce Interprofessional Education: Using Stories to Construct Designs,” on Oct. 24 at the 41st Annual Conference of the State Society on Aging of New York. Their presentation showcased work by NYIT students majoring in interior design, occupational therapy, and mental health counseling.

Lalitha Agnihotri, Ph.D. (lagnihot@nyit.edu), senior system analyst, Alexander Ott, Ed.D. (aott@nyit.edu), associate dean for academic and enrollment support services, and Niyazi Bodur, Ph.D. (Niyazi.Bodur@nyit.edu), vice president for IT and infrastructure, gave the presentation, “Who Are Your At-Risk Students? Using Data Mining to Target Intervention Efforts,” at the EDUCAUSE 2013 Annual Conference.” It focused on how NYIT built its Student At-Risk Model that predicts which first-year students are most at risk of attrition and offers possible risk factors based on past NYIT students’ characteristics and enrollment behavior. The model gives NYIT’s Student Solutions Center powerful, data-driven tools to more effectively reach out to and counsel students at risk. Read more.

Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D. (bbehesht@nyit.edu), professor of electrical and computer engineering technology and associate dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, had his paper, “Performance of a Reference Implementation of a Novel Technical Reference Model for Wireless Sensor Networks,” accepted for publication in the fall 2013 issue of the International Journal of Modern Engineering.

Cathy Bernard (cbernard@nyit.edu), associate professor of English, published two letters to the editor on Oct. 22 in The New York Times:

Anthony DiMatteo (dimatteo@nyit.edu) published the poem, “O Mary Lou,” in the current issue of Waccamaw literary journal.

Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D. (ziqian.dong@nyit.edu), assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, attended the NSF Conference on Research Experiences for Undergraduates Student Scholarship, and presented a poster on NYIT's Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site on Oct. 27-28 in Arlington, Va. The conference, hosted by the Council on Undergraduate Research, brought together REU student scholars, faculty, and National Science Foundation program directors to share research findings in poster sessions as well as to discuss ethics, recruitment, fellowships, and career opportunities at breakout sessions.

Mindy Haar, Ph.D. (mhaar@nyit.edu), director of program development and the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, gave the presentation, “Factors Associated with Perception of Community in Allied Health Coursework,” on Oct. 23 at the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions Conference in Orlando, Fla.

Michael Schwarting (jschwart@nyit.edu), professor of architecture, and Frances Campani (fcampani@nyit.edu), associate professor of architecture, received a 2013 ARCHI design from the American Institute of Architects’ Long Island Chapter for their firm’s work on 243 Broome St., a residential building in New York City.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (evanberg@nyit.edu), associate dean and executive director of the NYIT Vocational Independence Program, presented the paper, “Alternative College Programs: An introduction,” on Nov. 2 at the Developmental Disability Education and Service Conference and Expo hosted by the Korean American Behavioral Health Association in Flushing, N.Y. He was also appointed to the external board of reviewers for Autism Speaks postsecondary scholarships.

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