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

Claude E. Gagna, Ph.D., associate professor of life sciences, had an abstract, "Left-handed double-stranded Z-DNA Microarrays," published in Molecular Biology of the Cell, on December 13, 2018. The abstract, as presented at the 2018 American Society for Cell Biology Annual Meeting, is connected to his research, based on the Gagna/NYIT patent, for the next generation of DNA microarrays, where he is developing prototypes of double-stranded left-handed Z-DNA microarrays. Z-DNA is an alternative form of DNA that plays a major role in regulating human cells. These prototypes, which represent the next generation of DNA microarrays, will be part of an STTR-NIH grant to commercialize them as biomedical research products for sale to scientists to use in a variety of research projects.

Edward Guiliano, Ph.D., professor of English, published an article, "Happy Birthday, Scrooge!" online at Penn State University Press on December 3, 2018.

Amanda Golden, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, launched the paperback publication of This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton by University Press of Florida at Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop on November 28, 2018. The event, which included an introduction by Golden and readings by writers Deirdre Coyle, Jeanne Marie Beaumont, and Briallen Hopper, was live streamed to Facebook.

Elizabeth J. Donaldson, Ph.D., associate professor of English, presented her paper, “Airless Spaces: Schizophrenia and the Relations of Narrative Production,” as part of a Neurodiversity/Neuronarrative panel at the Society for Science, Literature, and the Arts (SLSA) annual conference in Toronto, Ontario on November 16, 2018.

John Misak, D.A., assistant professor of English, published an article, A (Virtual) Bridge Not Too Far: Teaching Narrative Sense of Place with Virtual Reality," in Computers and Composition, Volume 50 on November 13, 2018. The article explains how virtual reality (VR) games can help students realize the importance of narrative sense of place and outlines a VR exercise for students to experience immersion as a parallel to how written works transport readers to their environments.

Jonathan Goldman, Ph.D., associate professor of English, was featured in a review of the new album, "Ay Que Boogaloo," from Goldman's Latin music group, Spanglish Fly, in All About Jazz on November 12, 2018. According to reviewer Chris M. Slawecki, "Jonathan Goldman sure seems like one interesting dude. An Associate Professor at New York Institute of Technology, Goldman edited the seminal study Joyce and the Law (University of Florida Press, 2017) and leads one of the most famous reading groups for one of Joyce's most infamous works, Ulysses. And as lead trumpet and bandleader for New York's own Spanglish Fly, he's one of the world's leading proponents of the irresistibly liberating rhythms, sounds and beats of Latin soul and boogaloo."

Amanda Golden, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, organized and presented on the roundtable, "Feminist Designs: Visualizing the Future of Modernist Digital Humanities" at the Modernist Studies Association Conference in Columbus, Ohio, November 10, 2018.

John Misak, D.A., assistant professor of English, served as a panelist at Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association's 116th conference at Western Washington University in Bellingham on November 10, 2018. As part of his presentation, "More Than Just Words, Words, Words: Using AR to Illustrate the Context Behind the Text of Hamlet, Misak displayed a prototype of an Augmented Reality application that both he and Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., professor of English, are working on to teach complex humanities texts, like Shakespeare's Hamlet.