Updates for Faculty & Staff

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Nov 12 2012

Tobi Abramson

Staff members at the NYIT Community Service Centers in Old Westbury and Manhattan registered more than 450 voters in advance of the Nov. 6 presidential election. Through actions such as voter registration drives on campus and in the residence halls, hosting a lively student debate, and gathering students to watch televised presidential debates, the NYIT community showed its civic engagement.

Tobi Abramson, Ph.D. (tabramso@nyit.edu), gave a presentation on the brain and human behavior to students in a psychology class (pictured) at North Shore High School in Glen Head, N.Y.

Zehra Ahmed (zahmed01@nyit.edu), assistant professor and coordinator of community health initiatives for the NYIT Department of Physician Assistant Studies, was appointed to the Clinical Education Committee of the Physician Assistant Education Association.

AB Architekten, a firm run by Matthias Altwicker (maltwick@nyit.edu), associate professor and chair of the Department of Architecture, has published an article on "Next Generation Housing Project for Hempstead, Long Island" in the book, Architecture of Low Energy Consumption. Read more.

In addition, his firm presented the current state of a new vision plan for Fulton Street in Brooklyn on Oct. 11 at Cornell University as part of the MasterPlans/MasterMinds presentation for DesigNYC.

Susana H. Case, Ph.D. (shcase@nyit.edu), professor and coordinator for behavioral sciences at NYIT-Manhattan, signed a contract with Anaphora Literary Press for her book, Elvis Presley's Hips & Mick Jagger's Lips.

Annie Christain, Ph.D. (lchrista@nyit.edu), assistant professor of English at NYIT-Nanjing, has published the poem, "Puteum Abyssi: Till I Get to the Bottom and I See You Again," which will appear in a forthcoming issue of Oxford Poetry.

Jack Conrad, Ph.D. (jconra01@nyit.edu), assistant professor of anatomy, was a guest lecturer in late October at Villanova University. His lecture, "Alotta Squamata: More Branches on the Family Tree of Lizards and Snakes," reviewed approaches used to study the evolutionary history of reptiles, recent advancements in the field, and his research program at NYIT.

Mar de Fez-Laso, Ph.D. (mdelma01@nyit.edu), associate professor of physics at NYIT-Bahrain, served as the keynote speaker at the 2012 Research Forum of AHLIA University, Nov. 5-6 in Bahrain. She spoke about the Large Hadron Collider and gave a summary of the latest results in experimental particle physics, with a focus on searches for the particle Higgs boson.

Claude Gagna, Ph.D. (cgagna@nyit.edu), associate professor of life sciences and director of NYIT's biology laboratories, was named an honorary member of the NYIT chapter of the Golden Key International Honour Society at the Old Westbury campus.

Jonathan Goldman, Ph.D. (jgoldm03@nyit.edu), assistant professor of English, attended the Modernist Studies Association Conference, Oct. 18-21 in Las Vegas, Nev. He chaired a panel on "Modernism and Self-Help" and participated in a seminar, where he discussed his paper, "What Was Shavianism?" on the elusive legacy of George Bernard Shaw.

NYIT President Edward Guiliano, Ph.D. (president@nyit.edu), delivered the keynote speech, "The Pixarization of Global Education and Technology Management in Media and Communications," at the International Forum of Higher Education in Media and Communication's MLeague Education Forum 2012 on Oct. 20 in Beijing, China. Coordinated by the Communication University of China, the forum gathered higher education leaders and experts from around the world to discuss trends in media and communications education. Read his speech.

In addition, President Guiliano published a Huffington Post commentary on "The College Students of Tomorrow and the Ongoing Paradigm Shift in Education." Read more and share the blog post directly from The Huffington Post via Twitter and Facebook.

Mindy Haar, Ph.D. (mhaar@nyit.edu), director of program development for the NYIT Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, presented an Oct. 23 national continuing education webinar, "Is There a Proactive Diet to Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer?" The webinar for health professionals was sponsored by Gannett Education and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. View the webinar.

Tobias Holler (tholler@nyit.edu), assistant professor of architecture, gave an Oct. 16 presentation in Manhattan as part of the American Institute of Architects' New Practices New York lecture series in celebration of Archtober, architecture and design month in New York City. Read more.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D. (klagrand@nyit.edu), associate professor of English and director of NYIT's technical writing programs, had an article published on the website for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, an international think tank of which he is an affiliate scholar. Read the article, "Do Medieval and Renaissance Androids Presage the Posthuman?"

Fred Rosen (frosen@nyit.edu), adjunct associate professor of communication arts, had his Writer's Digest article, "How to Submit Nonfiction Books," reprinted in Writer's Yearbook 2013.

Amr A. Swid, Ph.D. (aswid@nyit.edu), assistant professor and dean of students at NYIT-Bahrain, published the article, "The Moderating Role of Socialization Efforts in Newcomer Adjustment," in the International Journal of Economics and Business Research. Read more.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (evanberg@nyit.edu), associate dean of NYIT's Vocational Independence Program, presented the paper, "The Emergence of Comprehensive Transition and Post-Secondary Programs for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities or Higher Functioning Autism," at the New York State Council for Exceptional Children Annual Convention, Nov. 2-3 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Sabiha A. Wadoo, Ph.D. (swadoo@nyit.edu), assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, published the paper, "Adaptive Control of a Hyperbolic Partial Differential Equation System with Uncertain Parameters," at the 2012 International IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Sept. 16-19 in Anchorage, Alaska. Read more.

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