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

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John Hanc, M.A., associate professor of communication arts, published two articles: "The Pilgrim Leader You Should Really Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving," about Edward Winslow, who helped save the Plymouth colony and is responsible for our knowledge of the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621, was on the Smithsonian magazine's website; and "Freeport's Hellfighter: Behind the Lines, But No Less Vital," a cover story for Newsday tied to Black History month tells the story of Arthur Weaver who served in the segregated Army during World War II.

N. Sertac Artan, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, published a paper, "A low-cost, scalable, current-sensing digital headstage for high channel count µECoG," in the Journal of Neural Engineering (IOP) on February 8, 2017.

Radoslaw (Radek) Nowak, Ph.D., assistant professor of human resource studies, published a research paper, "Demystifying Absorptive Capacity: Focus on Firm Size and Employee Empowerment," in the International Journal of Innovation Management, the official journal of the International Society of Professional Innovation Management (ISPIM), on February 7, 2017. In his study, Nowak found that a higher level of empowerment can alleviate the problem of diminished innovative capabilities in large bureaucratic organizations.

Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Teacher Education, had her peer-reviewed article, "Preservice Teachers' Uses of SMILE to Enact Student-Generated Questioning Practices," published in the International Journal of Innovation in Education. Hsu was re-elected president of The Chinese American Academic and Professional Society (CAAPS). She delivered a lecture at the invitation of NYITCOM, titled "Applying Learning Theories in Medical Education," to medical scholars of 2017. Hsu led a group of Childhood Education students in NASA STEM workshops at New York Hall of Science and Partnership for After School Education.

Houwei Cao, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science, co-authored "Improving Cold Music Recommendation through Hierarchical Audio Alignment," which was presented at IEEE ISM 2016 (The IEEE International Symposium on Multimedia) in San Jose, Calif., in December.

Ahmed Awad, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science, co-edited Information Security Practices, Emerging Threats and Perspectives, a book that features "contributions by prominent global researchers and practitioners," as well as the work of two of NYIT's Information, Network, and Computer Security (INCS) alumni, Anoop Chowdary Atluri and Vinh Tran.

Carol Dahir, Ed.D., professor and chair of school counseling, was the keynote speaker for the School Counselors' Circle of the Philippines event in Manila in December. She delivered "Multicultural Competencies and Ethical Issues: Millennial Concerns for School Counselors."

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., professor of English, had his article, "Early Modern Literature," published in December 2016 in The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Posthuman, an interdisciplinary publication on technology and literature. LaGrandeur's article takes the form of an actual chapter in the book, which is published by Cambridge University Press.

Nicholas Bloom, Ph.D., associate professor of social sciences, had his book, Public Housing That Worked: New York in the Twentieth Century, featured in "Bronx Tale: A Young Progressive Addresses Poverty on His Home Turf," an article about New York City Councilman Ritchie Torres, in the December 12 issue of The New Yorker magazine. Torres named the book as one of the go-to publications he keeps on his office shelf. The article also ran online as "Fighting for the Poor Under Trump."

Azhar Ilyas, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, published a book chapter, "Surface Modifications and Surface Characterization of Biomaterials Used in Bone Healing," in Materials and Devices for Bone Disorders, in November 2016.