Updates for Faculty & Staff

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Jul 30 2013

teachers workshop

Pictured are teachers who participated in a training module on scientific practices presented by NYIT School of Education professors. See faculty achievement for Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D., associate professor of instructional technology, and Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D., associate professor of teacher education.

David Broder, D.O. (dbroder@nyit.edu), associate dean of postdoctoral education for the College of Osteopathic Medicine and president of NYCOMEC, chaired the New York delegation to the American Osteopathic Association's House of Delegates meeting, July 17-21 in Chicago. He also served as vice chair for the association's Reference Committee on the Constitution and Bylaws, and was appointed parliamentarian.

Farzana Gandhi (fgandhi@nyit.edu), assistant professor of architecture, gave a public design presentation on July 24 about her collaboration with El Puente, a nonprofit organization committed to holistic wellness and the arts for the Latino community in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Leonard B. Goldstein, D.D.S., Ph.D. (lbgoldst@nyit.edu), director of clerkship education for the College of Osteopathic Medicine, published the paper, "Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: A Review of the Treatment Options and Modalities," in the July 2013 issue of Practical Pain Management. His co-authors included Mark Ishak (D.O. '13), a neurosurgery resident at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Pamela A. Medina (DO '13), an internal medicine resident at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens.

Mindy Haar, Ph.D. (mhaar@nyit.edu), director of program development for the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, gave a presentation on healthy snacking on July 16 to Nassau County Department of Health staff in Uniondale, N.Y. This is the first lecture in a "Healthy Health Department" series on workplace wellness that will be given by School of Health Professions faculty members in partnership with the New York State Prevention Agenda.

Peter Harris (pharris@nyit.edu), professor of accounting, published the manuscript, "GAAP vs. IFRS Treatment of Leases and the Impact on Financial Ratios," in the summer 2013 edition of Review of Business and Finance Case Studies. He also co-wrote the paper, "An Overview of Foreign Currency Exposure," with NYIT M.B.A. student Simran Kaur, published in the July 2013 issue of Asian Journal of Empirical Research.

Niharika Nath, Ph.D. (nnath@nyit.edu), associate professor of life sciences, co-authored the article, "Flurbiprofen Benzyl Nitrate (NBS-242) Inhibits the Growth of A-431 Human Epidermoid Carcinoma Cells and Targets β-catenin," published in the 2013 issue of the journal, Drug Design, Development, and Therapy. The paper discusses a novel compound that was synthesized and shown to be effective against skin cancer cells by studies in cell culture. The compound was demonstrated to inhibit the beta-catenin signaling pathway, which is implicated in development of non-melanoma skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

Susan Neville, Ph.D., R.N. (sneville@nyit.edu), associate professor and chair of the Department of Nursing, and Maureen Cardoza, Ph.D., R.N. (mcardoza@nyit.edu), assistant professor of nursing, have received funding for the second year of NYIT's Health Resources and Services Administration grant for Workforce Advancement through Geriatric Education. As part of the grant's program, they worked together to offer core and advanced courses in July to professionals at Nassau Health Care Corporation.

Kristen Panella (kpanella@nyit.edu), director of environmental health and safety, participated in an interactive roundtable discussion on lab safety and compliance on July 25 at Stony Brook (N.Y.) University. He spoke about federal and state regulations required of labs and how to create a culture of safety and compliance.

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (evanberg@nyit.edu), associate dean and executive director of the NYIT Vocational Independence Program, conducted a daylong training, "Providing Support to Students on the Autism Spectrum While at College" on July 17 for faculty and administrators at the University of Akron in Ohio. He also published the article, "Summer Travel Options for Children with Disabilities," which appeared on the cover of the July 2013 issue of Exceptional Parent magazine. 

Jason Van Nest (jvannest@nyit.edu), assistant professor of architecture, was elected to the Board of Directors of the MacDowell Colony's Fellows Executive Committee. MacDowell Colony is a leading artist colony in the United States.

Shiang-Kwei Wang (skwang@nyit.edu), Ph.D., associate professor of instructional technology, and Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D. (hhsu02@nyit.edu), associate professor of teacher education, co-hosted professional development workshops for 33 New York City middle school science teachers from July 8 to 19. They trained the teachers in water quality and evolution theory with a focus on using technologies to enhance students' literacy and scientific practices. The workshops are part of their project, "Cyber Enabled Learning: Digital Natives in Integrated Scientific Inquiry Classrooms," funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Read more.

David P. Yens, Ph.D. (dyens@nyit.edu), associate professor of family medicine and educational development and assessment, co-authored the paper, "A Research Primer: Basic Guidelines for the Novice Researcher," published in the July 2013 issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

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