Faculty Accomplishments: College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences is excited to share recent accomplishments from our faculty and staff members.

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Accomplishments are listed by date of achievement in reverse chronological order, with the most recent first.

All Recent Accomplishments

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., professor of English, had his chapter “Artificial Slaves in the Renaissance and the Dangers of Independent Innovation,” published in AI Narratives: A History of Imaginative Thinking about Intelligent Machines edited by Stephen Cave, Kanta Dihal, and Sarah Dillon on March 5, 2020. This chapter not only traces the advent of proto-AI in fictional and non-fictional Renaissance literature but also its points of contact with today's AI and related social concerns.

Jonathan Goldman, Ph.D., associate professor of English, was the subject for a feature article "Jonathan Goldman: Bump And Let It Slide," that was published on February 27, 2020 in All About Jazz magazine.

Andrew Costello, Ph.D., assistant professor of behavioral sciences, was interviewed by News 12 Long Island on February 15, 2020, about a phone scam that resulted in the loss of money from a senior citizen couple.

Andrew Costello, Ph.D., assistant professor of behavioral sciences, appeared on a Fox News Channel panelon February 15, 2020, discussing recent threats against NYPD by MS-13 gang members.

Jamel Vanderburg, adjunct professor of interdisciplinary studies, received the Brilliance Award on February 14, 2020 from Young People For. Jamal was given this award in honor of his dedication to civic engagement in the community and youth development.

Ben Ovryn, professor of physics, had his research article, "Modeling membrane nanotube morphology: the role of heterogeneity in composition and material properties," published in Scientific Reports, an open access, multidisciplinary journal from Nature Publishing Group, on February 13, 2020. His research, done in collaboration with scientists at University of California, is a theoretical description of the biophysical mechanisms that give rise to shaped membrane nanotubes. The results demonstrate that a delicate balance between the mechanical properties of the plasma membrane and local protein density governs the morphology of the membrane nanotube.

Jonathan Goldman, Ph.D., associate professor of English, was featured in the peer-reviewed journal, James Joyce Quarterly in an article titled “Clever, Very: Jonathan Goldman,” on February 6, 2020. Goldman was interviewed about his position as vice president and incoming president of the James Joyce Society.

Jonathan Goldman, Ph.D., associate professor of English, published an essay, “How Dorothy Parker Got Fired from Vanity Fair,” in The Public Domain Review on February 6, 2020. The piece is a result of research for his site New York 1920: 100 Years Ago Today, a project sponsored by a two-year ISRC grant.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., professor of English, was invited to speak at the Ulrich Museum of Art of Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas on emerging technology and art on February 6, 2020. In his talk,“Voices from the Vault,” he spoke about Brooklyn artist Lee Adler's artwork and the anticipated the bonding of humans and machines in the 21st century.