Updates for Faculty & Staff

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Mar 25 2013

Faculty members from the schools of Health Professions and Architecture and Design presented the paper, "Stories Construct Designs: An Interdisciplinary and Intergenerational Approach to Home Modifications," at the annual Aging in America Conference, March 12-16 in Chicago. They include:

  • Tobi Abramson, Ph.D. (tabramso@nyit.edu), director of mental health counseling and the NYIT Center of Gerontology and Geriatrics.
  • Gioia Ciani, Ph.D. (gciani@nyit.edu), assistant professor of occupational therapy.
  • Lauren Heisler-Varriale (lheisler@nyit.edu), adjunct professor of occupational therapy.
  • Martha Siegel (msiegel@nyit.edu), associate professor and chair of the Department of Interior Design.

In addition, Abramson presented the paper, "It's Never Too Late to Rock and Roll." 

Faculty members in the Department of Nursing participated in a two-day core course (March 9 and March 16) focused on best practices for professionals responsible for caring for America's aging population. The course is part of a gerontology grant awarded to NYIT by the Health Resources and Services Administration. NYIT's nursing program has also received a high needs nursing aid grant from the New York State Education Department for the 2012-2013 fiscal year.

Robert Amundsen, Ph.D. (ramundse@nyit.edu), associate professor and chair of the Department of Energy Management, presented the paper, "Urban Farming: Victory Gardens for Sustainable Communities," at the International Energy and Sustainability Conference, March 22 in Farmingdale, N.Y. He also organized the five-day preparation course for the Certified Energy Manager exam, March 18-22 at NYIT-Old Westbury.

Susana H. Case, Ph.D. (shcase@nyit.edu), professor and coordinator for behavioral sciences at NYIT-Manhattan, published the poem, "Nothing From Nothing," in the spring 2013 issue of Bluestem. She also read her poetry as part of the event, "Slapering Hol Press Poets in New York City," March 22 at Cornelia Street Café.

Patricia Chute, Ed.D. (pchute@nyit.edu), dean of the School of Health Professions, attended the Middle East and North Africa regional meeting of the Association of Academic Health Centers International, March 18-19 in Doha, Qatar. She also served as an invited panelist at the annual conference of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions, March 21-22 in San Diego, Calif., where she presented "Providing Graduates for the Dynamic Environment Within Health Care Today."

Terese Coe (tcoe@nyit.edu), adjunct professor of English, has republished her translation from German to English of Heinrich Heine's poem "Where?" Read more.

In addition, the forthcoming sonnet anthology, Phoenix Rising from the Ashes, will include seven of Coe's sonnets and/or translations: one original, four translated from German to English of poet Rainer Maria Rilke, and two translated from French to English of poet Pierre de Ronsard.

Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D. (zdong02@nyit.edu), assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, attended the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate of Computer and Information Science REU Principal Investigator Meeting, March 14-15 in Philadelphia. Dong, who has received a three-year NSF grant to establish a Research Experience for Undergraduates site at NYIT, participated in a training workshop and a student recruitment session. Read more.

Satasha Green, Ph.D. (slgreen@nyit.edu), dean of the School of Education, and Nada Anid, Ph.D. (nanid@nyit.edu), dean of the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, presented "Training K-12 Teachers in STEM Education: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach," March 9 at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Integrated STEM Education Conference in Princeton, N.J.

Jacquelyn Nealon, Ed.D. (jnealon@nyit.edu), vice president for enrollment, communications, and marketing, served as an expert panelist for a presentation on "The Business of Getting Into College," March 23 in New York City.

Amr Swid, Ph.D. (aswid@nyit.edu), assistant professor and dean of students at NYIT-Bahrain, and Ahmed ElMelegy, Ph.D. (aelmeleg@nyit.edu), assistant professor of management at NYIT-Bahrain, co-authored the international conference proceedings "E-Services Adoption in the Telecommunication Sector in Bahrain" and "User Acceptance and Use of Technology in Higher Education: An Empirical Study." They also co-published the articles "E-Services Adoption in the Telecommunication Sector in Bahrain" in the Journal of Global Business and Technology and "User Acceptance and Use of Technology in Higher Education: An Empirical Study" in Management Education: An International Journal.

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (evanberg@nyit.edu), associate dean and executive director of the NYIT Vocational Independence Program, published the article, "When Do I Begin Transition Planning?" It appears in the March 2013 issue of Different Roads.

In addition, he gave a lecture to 250 master's-level social work students on "Risk and Resiliency in the Disabilities Population," March 13-14 at Columbia University. The lecture is part of a month-long series.

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