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

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Elizabeth J. Donaldson, Ph.D., associate professor of English, recently edited the book, Literatures of Madness: Disability Studies and Mental Health, published by Palgrave Macmillan on August 13, 2018. The book brings together scholars working in disability studies, mad studies, feminist theory, Indigenous studies, postcolonial theory, Jewish literature, queer studies, American studies, trauma studies, and comics to create an intersectional community of scholarship in literary disability studies of mental health. The volume addresses the under-representation of madness and psychiatric disability in the field of disability studies, which traditionally focuses on physical disability, and explores the controversies and the common ground among disability studies, anti-psychiatric discourses, mad studies, graphic medicine, and health/medical humanities.

Susana Case, Ph.D., professor of behavioral sciences, has had her book of erasure poetry, Erasure, Syria, based upon newspaper coverage of the war in Syria, published by Recto y Verso Editions on August 10, 2018.

Jonathan Goldman, Ph.D., associate professor of English, was featured on WNYC's syndicated show and podcast Soundcheck on August 10, 2018. The segment, "NYC-Based Spanglish Fly Leads the Boogaloo Revival," includes an in-studio performance by Goldman's Latin music group Spanglish Fly, interspersed with host John Schaefer interviewing Goldman about Latin music history. Goldman's music project is corollary to his NYIT Latino/a culture courses and research and writing​ about Latin/Puerto Rican music and culture in the USA.

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.

Milan Toma, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering, published an, "Fluid–structure interaction analysis of cerebrospinal fluid with a comprehensive head model subject to a rapid acceleration and deceleration" in the Journal of Brain Injury, on July 30, 2018. Toma's paper discussed the use of fluid-structure interaction simulations to assess numerically the interaction between cerebrospinal fluid flow induced by trauma and brain.

Milan Toma, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering, gave a presentation on "Cerebrospinal Fluid-Brain Interaction Simulations Subject To Loading Conditions" at the 13th World Congress on Computational Mechanics, held July 22-27, 2018, in New York City. Toma was the sole NYIT representative at the conference, which attracted 3,500 researchers from around the world.

Nada Anid, Ph.D., vice president of strategic communications and external affairs, called for increases in manufacturing funding for education and workforce training programs to ensure U.S. competitiveness in the global market in an article titled "The ChE in Context: Educating the Future Advanced Manufacturing Workforce" in CEP Magazine on July 19, 2018. The article is Anid's second contribution as chair of the Public Affairs and Information Committee (PAIC) of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), a 60,000-member global organization. Previously, in January 2018, she highlighted the importance of the Food-Energy-Water Nexus as an engineering and public policy priority in the aftermath of natural disasters like Hurricane Maria in an article titled "The ChE in Context: The food-Energy-Water Nexus: An Engineering and Public Policy Priority."

Milan Toma, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering, presented his poster titled, 'Mitral Valve Regurgitation Treatment with an Intravalvular Spacer: Fluid-Structure Interaction Analysis" at the 8th World Congress of Biomechanics, held July 8-12, 2018, in Ireland. Toma was the first author of the study, which was conducted in collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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.