Updates for Faculty & Staff

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Oct 19 2012

Walk for Independence

Faculty, staff, and students (pictured) representing NYIT's Vocational Independence Program (VIP) participated in the annual Benjamin J. Cecil Walk for Independence on Oct. 13 in Central Islip, N.Y. More than 200 people attended the event, which raised almost $12K in scholarships for VIP students. Staff members from NYIT's Department of Food Services provided walkers with a continental breakfast to energize them before the walk, followed by carnival games staffed by the NYIT women’s softball team and Jason Imperati (jimper01@nyit.edu), athletics compliance officer.

Members of the School of Health Professions who are faculty associates of the NYIT Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics presented the paper, "Bridging the Academic and Community Divide," in a session on Geriatric Education for Preparing the Next Generation at the 40th Annual Conference of the State Society on Aging of New York Conference, Oct. 17-19 in Rochester, N.Y. They include:

  • Tobi Abramson, Ph.D. (tabramso@nyit.edu), director of the NYIT Center for Gerontology and Geriatrics and the mental health counseling program.
  • Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N. (sneville@nyit.edu), associate professor and chair of the Department of Nursing.
  • Mindy Haar, Ph.D. (mhaar@nyit.edu), director of the graduate program in clinical nutrition and the didactic program in dietetics.
  • Veronica Southard, D.H.Sc. (vsouthar@nyit.edu), associate professor of physical therapy.

Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D. (ziqian.dong@nyit.edu), assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, had her U.S. patent application, "Forwarding Data Through a Three-Stage Clos-Network Packet Switch with Memory at each Stage," approved on Sept. 25.

Claude Gagna, Ph.D. (cgagna@nyit.edu), associate professor of life sciences and director of NYIT biology laboratories, published the letter, "Publish and Perish," in the October 2012 issue of Scientific American. The letter discussed the recent controversy about releasing precise data on how to make the deadly H5N1 virus airborne and possible dangers of this data being used in bioterrorism.

Leonard B. Goldstein, D.D.S., Ph.D. (lbgoldst@nyit.edu), director of clerkship education for NYIT's College of Osteopathic Medicine; and Frank Genese, OMS IV, published the article, "Trigeminal Neuralgia: A Closer Look at this Enigmatic and Debilitating Disease, Part II," in the October 2012 edition of Practical Pain Management.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D. (klagrand@nyit.edu), associate professor of English and director of NYIT's technical writing programs, published the article, "Robots, Moving Statues, and Automata in Ancient Tales and History," in the book, Critical Insights: Technology & Humanity.

Flu Clinic Participants

Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N. (sneville@nyit.edu), associate professor and chair of the Department of Nursing; Barbara Diggle-Fox (bdigglef@nyit.edu), instructor of nursing; and Roisin Rogers (rroger01@nyit.edu), adjunct professor of nursing, oversaw senior nursing students who participated as one of several teams in an Oct. 18 flu vaccination clinic in Freeport, N.Y. NYIT nursing students attend county-wide flu clinics as part of their community health clinical course rotations each year.

Breast Cancer Walkers

In addition, Diggle-Fox and Carol Caico, Ph.D. (ccaico@nyit.edu), assistant professor of nursing, walked in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk with NYIT nursing students on Oct. 21 at Jones Beach, where they were among more than 60,000 participants—a record-setting number and the largest turnout of any U.S. state for this breast cancer walk.

Kate E. O'Hara, Ph.D. (kohara@nyit.edu), assistant professor of instructional technology, presented "Technology Meets InTASC: Creating Artifact ePortfolios" at the Curriculum, Learning, and Assessment Studies Conference, Oct. 17 at New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, N.J. Her presentation focused on the process of assisting K-12 teachers in the Newark Global Village School Zone to create digital artifact portfolios aligned with InTASC (the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) model core teaching standards.

Thomas Zimmerman (D.O. '00, tzimmerm@nyit.edu), assistant professor of family medicine, is a Certified Professional in Health Care Information and Management Systems, which demonstrates experience, knowledge, competency and skills in the analysis, design, implementation and maintenance of health care information technology systems.

In addition, he was elected as president of the American Osteopathic Association of Medical Informatics and invited to speak about the implementation of electronic medical record systems on behalf of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians in October.

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