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

All Recent Accomplishments

Susana Case, Ph.D., professor of behavioral sciences, won a Pinnacle Book Award for Best Poetry Book, Summer 2020, on August 20, 2020, for Dead Shark on the N Train, published by Broadstone Books.

Sophia Domokos, Ph.D., assistant professor of physics, received a National Science Foundation Award for her proposal, "RUI: Solitons in Holography," on August 18, 2020, for research in an area of string theory called holographic duality. The three-year grant, which runs from September 1, 2020, through August 31, 2023, has a total intended award amount of $120,000. Kevin Park, M.F.A., assistant professor of digital arts and design, is a co-investigator on the grant and will work with Domokos to produce engaging visualizations of her work.

Jamel Vanderburg, adjunct instructor of interdisciplinary studies, was mentioned in the 2020 Young People For Alumni Report, published on August 12, 2020, for his civic engagement work with students at New York Tech.

Babak D. Beheshti, Ph.D., dean of NYIT College of Engineering and Computing Sciences, was quoted in the story "Imagining the Newsroom of Tomorrow," published in The Washington Post on August 7, 2020. The story discussed how 5G could reshape the future of journalism.

John Handrakis, D.P.T., Ed.D., professor of physical therapy, joined an international panel of experts on the American Spinal Injury Association (ASIA) webinar series to present their committees’ findings and 2020 revisions to the International Standards to Document Autonomic Function after SCI (ISAFSCI), on July 31,2020. Handrakis chairs the temperature regulation and autonomic control of sweating sub-committees. The webinar was streamed live and attended by over 150 registered participants representing 22 countries.

Houwei Cao, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science, received a National Science Foundation Award for her proposal, "EAGER: Towards Adaptive and Robust Multimodal Emotion Recognition In-the-Wild," on July 30, 2020. The one-year grant, which runs from August 1, 2020, through July 31, 2021, has a total intended award amount of $99,916.

Amanda Golden, Ph.D., associate professor of English, discussed her book, Annotating Modernism, with the New York City Irish Studies Symposium as part of an event called "Sylvia Plath and Irish Modernism," on July 27, 2020.

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., professor of English, was appointed to the editorial board of the new refereed journal The Journal of Posthumanism on July 20, 2020. "The Journal of Posthumanism is an international multilingual peer-reviewed scholarly journal promoting innovative work to transverse the fields ranging from social sciences, humanities, and arts to medicine and STEM. In line with the efforts of creating a broad network beyond disciplinary boundaries, the journal seeks to explore what it means to be human in this technologically-saturated, ecologically damaged world."

Milan Toma, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering, published paper in Biology titled "Effect of Edge-to-Edge Mitral Valve Repair on Chordal Strain: Fluid-Structure Interaction Simulations," on July 18, 2020. The paper demonstrates the potential for computational simulations to aid in the pre-procedural evaluation of possible complications such as chordal rupture and leaflet perforation following percutaneous edge-to-edge repair.

Jamel Vanderburg, adjunct instructor of interdisciplinary studies, served as a co-moderator on a panel entitled "Breaking Barriers: A Virtual Roundtable Discussing Racial Disparities in America," on July 12, 2020. The roundtable came out a discussion between Vanderburg and his co-moderators Andrew Oliver, senior project manager for Empire State Development and Kanell Harvard, an event planner with Dhat’s a Trip, about how to navigate racial issues in the current climate.