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

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Andrew Costello, Ph.D., assistant professor of behavioral sciences, is the featured expert in a Q&A on criminal justice schools and careers at Real Work Matters, a "resource for people interested in a non-traditional education path." Costello says, "A criminal justice degree will help in subject matter related to promotional exams over other degrees. Having a completed bachelor's degree prior to entry [in the field] will also allow for more effort in practice specialization within law enforcement while going up the supervisory ranks."

Sarah Meyland, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental technology and sustainability, gave testimony addressing Long Island water quality and contamination to the NYS Assembly and Senate Standing Committees on Environmental Conservation and Health, and presented "Understanding and Protecting Long Island's Drinking Water The Water Below" on episode 2 of "Water Matters," a web program on Long Island groundwater, produced by Grassroots Environmental Education, in October.

Melda N. Yildiz, Ed.D., chair of the Department of Instructional Technology, completed her Fulbright U.S. Scholar service at Azerbaijan State Pedagogy University and Azerbaijan Ministry of Education, Baku, Azerbaijan. She conducted research at the Ministry of Education and lectured at Azerbaijan State Pedagogy University as part of the project, "Transforming Teacher Education through Transdisciplinary Innovative Pedagogy: Participatory Action Research." She is one of more than 1,200 U.S. citizens who teach, conduct research, and provide expertise abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Recipients of the awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

Melda N. Yildiz, Ed.D., chair of the Department of Instructional Technology, was selected to serve as a board member (January 2016 – present) for the New York Fulbright Chapter of the Fulbright Alumni Organization.

Melda N. Yildiz, Ed.D., chair of the Department of Instructional Technology, co-wrote two articles, "Immigration Across Cultures Throughout History: Deconstructing the Myths and Misconception in Teacher Education," in the Journal of Education Leadership Review, and "Cultivating Global Competencies for the 21st Century Classrooms: A Transformative Teaching Model," in the International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development.

Melda N. Yildiz, Ed.D., chair of the Department of Instructional Technology, co-authored the book, Global Media Literacy: Teaching Beyond Borders, and authored the article, "Media Binds or Blinds? Community Mapping and Digital Stories from P20 Classrooms Deconstructing Myths and Misconceptions in Global Media Education," in Media and Information Literacy: Reinforcing Human Rights, Countering Radicalization and Extremism, published by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).