Updates for Faculty & Staff

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Dec 03 2012

Music Event for Diabetes

Pictured (left to right) are: NYIT students Ian Brand, Amanda Rachlin, an American Diabetes representative, Gina Mariani, Samantha Argondizza, and Alan Fairbairn, associate professor of hospitality studies, at the "Music Event for Diabetes" on Dec. 2 at NYIT-Old Westbury. See Fairbairn's entry for more information.

Members of the Office of Campus Security in Old Westbury, Manhattan, and Central Islip, N.Y., hosted a holiday luncheon for the Long Island College and University Security Consortium on Nov. 30 at the NYIT de Seversky Mansion. Nearly 90 people attended the luncheon including campus security directors Denis McGuckin (Old Westbury), William Joseph (Manhattan), and Frank Catalano (Central Islip) as well as Bill Marchand, director of facilities operations (Old Westbury). Read more.

School of Management professors teaching a capstone Business Strategy and Policy course oversaw students from NYIT campuses in China, New York, and the United Arab Emirates who participated in teams for a Global Business Strategy Simulation Game (GLO-BUS) and placed among the Global Top 100 Performers (out of 2,259 teams from 119 universities around the world). The course is given by faculty members:

  • James Nolt, Ph.D. (jnolt@nyit.edu), associate professor of management and economics, NYIT-Nanjing
  • Ram Engira (rengira@nyit.edu), adjunct professor of management information systems, NYIT-Manhattan
  • Abram Poczter, Ph.D. (apoczter@nyit.edu), professor of management, NYIT-Old Westbury
  • Faisal Al-Khateeb, Ph.D. (falkha08@nyit.edu), associate professor of management information systems, NYIT-Abu Dhabi

Faculty and staff members of NYIT's Vocational Independence Program (VIP) contributed to 32 entries in The Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders, including Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (evanberg@nyit.edu), associate dean and executive director of VIP. Oren Shtayermman, Ph.D. (oshtayer@nyit.edu), assistant professor of mental health counseling, also contributed to the publication. Read more.

Nada Anid, Ph.D. (nanid@nyit.edu), dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was invited to serve as co-chair of the Engineering and Architecture Regional Industry Council of the Long Island STEM Hub.

In addition, the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, N.Y., invited Anid to join its Aviation/Aerospace Regional Industry Council.

Cathy Bernard (cbernard@nyit.edu), associate professor of English, published the letter to the editor, "Online Classes for the Masses: What Gets Lost," in the Nov. 27 issue of the New York Times. Read more.

Annie Christain, Ph.D. (lchrista@nyit.edu), assistant professor of English at NYIT-Nanjing, published three poems in Wag's Revue: "Pretending to Go and Come from Heaven by Fire," "The Andy Griffith Show: The Guitar Player," and "Thomas the Tank Engine Revelation 9." Read more.

In addition, Christain read her poetry via videoconference at the 47th Annual Western Literature Association Conference on Nov. 9 in Lubbock, Texas.

Senior nursing students enrolled in a community health nursing course taught by Barbara Diggle-Fox (bdigglef@nyit.edu), instructor of nursing, held health promotion and education sessions on Nov. 14 at NYIT-Old Westbury. They performed blood pressure, breast cancer, and diabetes screenings and presented information on STDs and nutrition.

A course in meetings, events, conventions, and expositions taught by Alan Fairbairn (afairbai@nyit.edu), associate professor of hospitality studies, includes the development of service-learning projects by his students, such as the "Music Event for Diabetes" at NYIT-Old Westbury. The Dec. 2 event attracted nearly 150 attendees and raised $1,340 for the American Diabetes Association, an effort that taught students about the importance of community service and forming partnerships.

Research on developing a wireless recording system for gastric activity and stomach contraction by Aydin Farajidavar, Ph.D. (afarajid@nyit.edu), assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, will be highlighted in the December issue of SCOPE Magazine, a quarterly publication of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. Farajidavar's system is the first of its kind to wirelessly record stomach contractions and could help physicians to chronically monitor stomach activity in real time. Electrical dysrhythmias of the stomach have been associated with significant gastric disorders.

Robert J. Koenig, Ed.D. (rkoenig@nyit.edu), associate dean of the School of Management, hosted the three-hour seminar, "What Health Care Reform Means for the Hospitality Industry," on Nov. 29 at NYIT-Manhattan. The professional seminar was attended by more than 75 hospitality, human resources, legal, and management personnel and sponsored by the New York City Hospitality Alliance, Fox Rothschild LLP, and Cohn Reznick Benefit Consultants.

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