Updates for Faculty & Staff

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Nov 26 2012

Employee Recognition Ceremony

NYIT recognized employees who have achieved important milestones in their years of service at the university during a Nov. 15 luncheon and awards ceremony at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion in Old Westbury. Pictured is Robinson Despeignes, associate director of international education, with President Guiliano at the ceremony. Read more.

Congratulations to staff members in the Office of Publications and Advertising on earning top honors for product and service marketing presented by the 2012 International GALAXY Awards. Read more.

Faculty members in the School of Health Professions and the College of Osteopathic Medicine presented "Enhancing Baccalaureate Nursing Education Through Technology: Integrating Interprofessional Core Competencies of Communication and Teamwork Through Multidisciplinary High Fidelity Simulation Scenarios" at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's Baccalaureate Education Conference on "Changes and Challenges in Baccalaureate Nursing Education," Nov. 16 in San Antonio, Texas.

  • Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N. (sneville@nyit.edu), associate professor and chair of the Department of Nursing. She was also selected to receive a completive scholarship to attend a training course for certification in End-Of-Life and Palliative Care for Veterans prior to the conference in San Antonio, Texas. This certification is an example of how nursing faculty members are committed to First Lady Michelle Obama's "Joining Forces" initiative and to NYIT as a veterans-friendly institution.
  • Lisa Sparacino, R.N. (lsparaci@nyit.edu), instructor and chair of the Department of Nursing's simulation committee.
  • Tony Errichetti, Ph.D. (terriche@nyit.edu), professor, chief of virtual medicine, and director of the NYIT Institute for Clinical Competence (ICC).
  • Patricia Myers-Hill (pmyers@nyit.edu), associate director of the ICC.
  • Anthony Guerne (aguerne@nyit.edu), patient simulation specialist for the ICC.
  • Barbara Piccirillo (bpicciri@nyit.edu), assistant professor of physician assistant studies.
  • Barbara Wighton, R.N. (bwighton@nyit.edu), lab supervisor and adjunct professor of nursing.

In addition, the faculty group presented "Integrating Interprofessional Core Competencies of Communication and Teamwork Through Multidisciplinary High Fidelity Simulation Scenarios" at the Seventh Annual Evidenced Based Practice Research Conference on "Translating Evidence From Bench to Bedside," Oct. 25 in Melville, 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 as a member of the Nassau University Health Center's Ethics Committee.

Babak D. Beheshti (bbehesht@nyit.edu), associate dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, has been selected by the IEEE-USA Nominations and Appointments Committee to serve as a candidate for the 2013 IEEE-USA vice president of career and member services. Candidates for this position will appear on a slate to be voted upon by the IEEE-USA Assembly on Dec. 14.

Nicholas Dagen Bloom, Ph.D. (nbloom@nyit.edu), associate professor of social sciences and director of the NYIT Core Curriculum, was interviewed as part of a segment on public housing for Brian Lehrer.TV. The segment aired four times on CUNY TV during the week of Nov. 12. Watch the segment.

In addition, Bloom organized a well-attended panel on public housing at the October 2012 Urban History Association meeting at Columbia University and led a tour of major public housing projects for visiting scholars, including leading researchers from MIT and Oxford University. The panel was selected for coverage by a popular academic blog. Read more.

Susana H. Case, Ph.D. (shcase@nyit.edu), professor and coordinator for behavioral sciences at NYIT-Manhattan, had an excerpt from her chapbook, The Scottish Café, reprinted in the November 2012 edition of The BIG Notebook, a newsletter of the MAA Special Interest Group for Mathematics in Business, Industry, and Government. To read more, download a pdf (see page 4).

Claude Gagna, Ph.D. (cgagna@nyit.edu), associate professor of life sciences and director of NYIT's biology laboratories, was invited by New Jersey Medical School in Newark to present the Grand Rounds for its medical students, medical residents, physicians, and teaching and research faculty in November. His seminar on "Novel Multi-Stranded, Alternative and Helical Transitional DNA and RNA Microarrays (Next Generation Microarrays): Applications to Dermatology" discussed the Gagna/NYIT patent in terms of clinical medicine.

In addition, he gave a seminar on Nov. 15 at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J., on "B-DNA, Z-DNA and Single-Stranded DNA in Normal Human Epidermis: Effects of Cell Death (Apoptosis and Terminal Differentiation/Denucleation)." His discussion focused on research involving normal and diseased skin and how DNA plays a role in both.

Peter Harris (pharris@nyit.edu), chair of the Department of Accounting and Finance, published the article, "The Positive Future Outlook of the Last In First Out Inventory Methods," in the September 2012 issue of the Asian Journal of Empirical Research, and co-authored "COSO Explores Avoiding Bias in Individual Business Decisions as a Form of Corporate Governance," with Katherine Kinkela (kkinkela@nyit.edu), adjunct professor of accounting, in the September/October 2012 issue of Internal Auditing.

Francy Magee (fmagee@nyit.edu), dean of campus life at NYIT-Old Westbury, presented the paper, "Classroom Based Learning for Faculty: What Professors Learn from their Students about Teaching," on Nov. 16 at the annual meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education in Las Vegas.

Charles Matz (cmatz@nyit.edu), assistant professor of interior design, conceived the mobile exhibition pavilion for "Through My Window," an acclaimed photography show slated to appear in Milan and Paris in 2013. Read more.

Sarah Meyland, J.D. (smeyland@nyit.edu), director of the NYIT Center for Water Resources Management, gave a presentation to the Long Beach League of Women Voters, city officials, and members of the public on the importance of the Lloyd Aquifer, the only source of water for the City of Long Beach, N.Y. Her presentation was held shortly before Hurricane Sandy, which caused tremendous damage to the city's infrastructure, including its drinking water system.

Michael Schwarting (jschwart@nyit.edu), professor of architecture who is on sabbatical this year, recently completed a month at the American Academy in Rome as an affiliated fellow from NYIT. He is working on a book, Rome: Formation and Transformation, about urban design in Rome during the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

Ernst O. VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (evanberg@nyit.edu), associate dean and executive director of the NYIT Vocational Independence Program (VIP), and Paul Cavanagh, Ph.D. (pcavanag@nyit.edu), director of academics and evaluation for VIP, published the article, "Planning Your Special Child's Future: It's Never Too Early to Start!," on Nov. 13 in Parenting Special Needs Magazine.

Papers by Nader Vossoughian (nvossoug@nyit.edu), associate professor of architecture, and Tobias Holler (tholler@nyit.edu), assistant professor of architecture, were accepted for the annual meeting of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture on "New Constellations, New Ecologies," March 21-24, 2013 in San Francisco.

James Wyckoff, (jwyckoff@nyit.edu), adjunct assistant professor of communications arts, gave a presentation on "Health Communication Employment Opportunities" to the health sciences class of Assistant Professor Lorraine Mongiello (lmongiel@nyit.edu) on Nov. 14 at NYIT-Old Westbury.

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