Updates for Faculty & Staff

Faculty and Staff Achievements

Aug 13 2013

PICTURED: Graduate students studying school counseling and mental health attended the 6th Cultural Competence Summer Institute, July 15-19 at NYIT-Manhattan. For more information, read Carol Dahir's faculty achievement.

Gaberiel Bever, Ph.D. (gbever@nyit.edu), assistant professor of anatomy, has co-authored the article, "Evolutionary Origins of the Avian Brain," published on July 31 in Nature. Read more.

The American Osteopathic Association has named David Broder, D.O. (dbroder@nyit.edu), associate dean of postdoctoral education for the College of Osteopathic Medicine, as vice chair to its Council on Postdoctoral Training Institutions and appointed him to its Committee on AOA Governance and Organizational Structure and the Subcommitee on Constitution and Bylaws.

Carol Dahir, Ed.D. (cdahir@nyit.edu), professor and chair of NYIT's school counseling program, coordinated the 6th Cultural Competence Summer Institute, July 15-19 at NYIT-Manhattan. It provided experiential learning opportunities for attendees to enhance their ability to work with culturally and ethnically diverse student populations. Participants included 65 school counseling and mental health graduate students from NYIT, University of North Florida, University of Missouri, Portland State University, Northern Kentucky University, University of Buffalo, Oregon State University, and Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey.

Peter Harris (pharris@nyit.edu), professor of accounting, successfully passed Part 2: Taxation of Business Entities of the Special Enrollment Examination administered by the Internal Revenue Service. Passage of the exam's three parts leads to issuance of the prestigious Enrolled Agent designation.

Holler Architecture, a firm run by Tobias Holler (tholler@nyit.edu), assistant professor of architecture, was one of eight New York-based practices selected by the New York Restoration Project to submit proposals for the design of a storm-resistant pavilion in Sherman Creek Park on the Hudson River. Read more.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D. (klagrand@nyit.edu), associate professor of English, gave the presentation, "Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and Emotions," at the 2013 Metabody Conference on Multiplicities in Motion: Affects, Embodiment, and the Reversal of Cybernetics, July 24-31 in Madrid, Spain. The conference and his presentation were the first products of the Metabody Project, a $5.5 million research grant awarded by the European Union to a team of researchers from multiple disciplines and countries, including LaGrandeur.

Jim Martinez, Ph.D. (jmarti23@nyit.edu), assistant professor of instructional technology, and Olena Zhadko, Ph.D. (ozhadko@nyit.edu), manager of course development at the NYIT Center for Teaching and Learning, presented the workshop, "Teacher Professional Development on Educational Technologies: Lessons Learned," at the first NYC Schools Technology Summit on July 31 in Manhattan. Their presentation was based on a 10-month professional development program on instructional technologies for elementary school teachers offered at NYIT from September 2012 to May 2013.

Bill A. Mihajlovic, Ph.D. (rmihajlo@nyit.edu), adjunct professor of electrical and computer engineering, presented the paper, "Age Related Skin Deterioration, Internal Organs Aging and Possibility of Age Reversal," at the 20th IAGG-2013 World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics on Digital Aging: A New Horizon, June 23 in Seoul, South Korea.

Niharika Nath, Ph.D. (nnath@nyit.edu), associate professor of life sciences, co-authored research on a modified aspirin called hydrogen sulfide-releasing aspirin that was synthesized by her co-authors. Her manuscript, "Hydrogen Sulfide-Releasing Aspirin Inhibits the Growth of Leukemic Jurkat Cells," was published on July 26 in the journal Leukemia Research. The study demonstrates how the compound destroyed Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) cells in tissue culture at very low doses compared to the parent drug aspirin, and therefore it may have less toxicity than aspirin. At the level of mechanism, this compound is also shown to induce cell death pathway and reduce the expression of certain genes that cause cell proliferation.

Ernst VanBergeijk, Ph.D. (evanberg@nyit.edu), associate dean and executive director of NYIT Vocational Independence Program, published the online article, "Assessing an Institution for Students with Hearing Impairments," on July 26 at i-studentglobal.com.

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