Faculty Accomplishments: College of Arts & Sciences

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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, appeared on Argentinian TV news in a segment on August 2, 2018, about the possibilities for using AI in relation to agriculture. The program, "Hoy Pampero" (Today's Farmer), is geared toward farmers in Argentina's grain belt.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., professor of English, was the invited keynote speaker for a symposium in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Thursday, July 12. His talk, "Artificial Intelligence: Potential and Risk," focused on the future challenges and opportunities presented by AI for Latin American economies and societies. LaGrandeur was invited by the Inter-American Development Bank (BID) and its sponsored Latin American think-tank, the Institute for the Integration of Latin America and the Caribbean (INTAL). Various government ministries from Argentina were also involved with the symposium.

Joanne S. Grasso, D.A., adjunct associate professor in social sciences, published her second book, George Washington's 1790 Grand Tour of Long Island, on July 9, 2018. Grasso is scheduled to follow up the publication with multiple public book talks in New York City and Long Island.

John Hanc, M.A., associate professor of communication arts, had his article, "Athletic and autistic, Long Island man is outrunning expectations," published as the cover story of the LI Life section of Newsday, on July 7, 2018. The story focuses on a severely autistic 28-year-old who happens to be an extremely talented distance runner, and how two top local runners have devoted their time and energies to helping him.

John Hanc, M.A., associate professor of communication arts, was honored at this year's Press Club of Long Island Media Award ceremony, held on June 7, 2018. Hanc won First Place—Humor Narrative for "He Dumps Trash Can Liner, Faster Time is in the Bag," a column about how he and the NYC Marathon had changed since he last ran the race 30 years ago; Second Place—Lifestyle Feature Narrative for "Scout on a Mission: Troop Turns Back Time," about a local Boy Scout who discovered and restored an overgrown 18th century family cemetery; and Second Place—Profile Narrative for "A Soldier's Art Draws on His WW I Service," the story of Salvatore Cillis, who recounted his war experiences in a series of illustrated letters that were displayed at the New York Historical Society. All of the articles were published in Newsday, where Hanc is a contributing writer.

Susana Case, Ph.D., professor of behavioral sciences, has had her poetry published spring semester 2018 in Calyx, 2 Bridges Review, Muse, Dash, Inscape, Rhino, and other literary journals.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., professor of English, co-organized the Posthuman Ethics Global Symposium on April 27-28, 2018 in New York City. LaGrandeur also chaired a number of panels and presented his paper, "Emerging Technology, Art and the Posthuman."

John Hanc, M.A., associate professor of communication arts, had his story, Building Skills Outside the Classroom With New Ways of Learning," published in the special Learning Section of The New York Times on April 5, 2018. The article discusses innovative experiential programs for secondary school students.

John Misak, D.A., assistant professor of English, and Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., professor of English, have been honored to be selected to participate in an NSF I-Corps Boot Camp this spring. Their application was selected by the NYC Regional Innovation Node of the NSF to put them among a select group of entrepreneurs for activities at Columbia University to help develop their project for creating an augmented reality (AR) mobile application for the English classroom.