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Faculty Accomplishments & News: Summer 2017

June 22, 2017

Photo: (Left to right, top to bottom) Faculty members Robert Amundsen, Kelly Imperial, Bisrat Kinfemichael, Anand Santhanakrishnan, Christina Finn, William Werner, Joanne Scillitoe, Radoslaw Nowak, and Xun Yu

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College of Arts and Sciences

Nicholas Bloom, Ph.D., associate professor of social sciences, was interviewed on The Home Show, a documentary by Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Foreign Correspondent program, exploring housing affordability in major cities around the world. Additionally, Bloom participated in a panel discussion, “Reinventing Public Housing in New York City,” at the American Planning Association’s (APA) 2017 National Planning Conference on May 9.

Amanda Golden, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, launched her new book, The Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton, at a roundtable event on April 2017 at The New York Public Library. Golden moderated the event, which convened poets and critics featured in her collection of essays—the first devoted to Sexton’s poetry in more than two decades—to discuss Sexton’s legacy. Golden also had an article, “Textbook Greek: Thoby Stephen in Jacob’s Room,” published in the 2017 volume of Woolf Studies Annual, a “refereed journal publishing substantial new scholarship on the work of Virginia Woolf and her milieu.”

John Hanc, M.A., associate professor of communication arts, was a guest faculty member at the annual Harvard Medical School Writing, Publishing, and Social Media for Healthcare Professional course in Boston. This is his seventh year teaching the course, which helps physicians and healthcare leaders improve their writing skills and get their work published. Hanc also published a story, “'Treasure Box' Sheds Light on History of Motor Parkway,” in the April 18, 2017 issue of the Newsday LI Life section. The Long Island Motor Parkway, which opened in 1908, was the world’s first highway designed exclusively for automobiles. After it closed in 1938, the 44-mile highway receded into the woods and backyards of modern suburbia until a treasure trove of original maps and surveyor’s drawings brought the “ghost parkway” back to life.

In March, Hanc published three articles in The New York Times: “Workers Are Working Longer—and Better” (March 2, 2017), focusing on older workers who “are not only staying, but thriving” in knowledge-based industries such as education, law, business, and social services; “From Downsizing Boomers, a Flood of Donated Art” (March 4, 2017), highlighting the growing trend of baby boomers “offloading” large stores of artwork while still alive and how it has created a boon of seventies art for museums and historical societies; and “Museums With Ideas, Goals and Sometimes Art. But Walls? No.” (March 17, 2017), exploring the “number of small but innovative institutions in the United States and Europe built around often challenging concepts and lacking an actual building to give them literal form.”

Kevin LaGrandeur, Ph.D., professor of English, was quoted at length in “Robophobia: Bridging the Uncanny Valley,” an article at asme.org, the website of The American Society of Mechanical Engineers. In his quote, LaGrandeur laments the slow adoption of robotics in North America and Europe versus their growing acceptance in Japanese households.

School of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Robert Amundsen, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Energy Management, was featured in two articles: “Relying on Wind Power Could Cost Long Island” in Long Island Business News on May 2, 2017; and “Offshore Wind Farm May not Meet Peak Summer Demand on South Fork” in Newsday on April 16, 2017.

Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, had her paper, “Indoor Localization Framework with WiFi Fingerprinting,” presented at the 26th IEEE Wireless and Optical Communications Conference (WOCC 2017), April 7–8, 2017, by her co-author, NYIT graduate student and NYIT Research Experience for Undergraduates Fellow Rajan Khullar.

Paolo Gasti, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science, co-authored “Privacy-Aware Caching in Information-Centric Networking,” which was published in the March 8, 2017, issue of IEEE Transactions on Dependable and Secure Computing. The article evaluates “some efficient countermeasures [against timing attacks] that offer quantifiable privacy guarantees while retaining the benefits of ICN [Information-Centric Networking].”

Fang Li, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering, recently co-authored three journal papers: “The Influence of the Electrode Dimension on the Detection Sensitivity of Electric Cell-Substrate Impedance Sensing (ECIS) and its Mathematical Modeling” in Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical (March 2017); “Simulation Study of MEMS Piezoelectric Vibration Energy Harvester Based on C‐Axis Tilted AlN Thin Film for Performance Improvement” in AIP Advances (December 2016); and “A Novel Ropes-Driven Wideband Piezoelectric Vibration Energy Harvester” in Applied Sciences (December 2016).

Sarah Meyland, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental technology and sustainability, presented “Water Use and the Cost of Drinking Water on LI, NY 2017” at the 2017 Groundwater Summit on May 5, 2017, in Huntington Station, New York.

Anand Santhanakrishnan, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, co-authored “Joint Spectrum and Energy Efficiency in Device to Device Communication Enabled Wireless Networks,” which was published in IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networks (March 2017). The project was funded by an NYIT ISRC grant.

Xun Yu, Ph.D., associate professor and department chair of mechanical engineering, is serving as a guest editor for a special issue on “High Performance and Smart Nano Engineered Composites for Civil Infrastructures,” for Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology, a SAGE journal, with the first papers to be published in October 2017.

School of Health Professions

Christina Finn, M.S., assistant professor of occupational therapy and clinical associate of the NYIT Center for Sports Medicine, presented her poster, “The Role of Occupational Therapy in Concussion Management,” at the 2017 AOTA (American Occupational Therapy Association) Annual Conference and Centennial Celebration in Philadelphia. While there, she gave an interview on the role of occupational therapy in the treatment of concussions, which was promoted on social media sites by ImPACT Applications, Inc., the maker of the leading computerized concussion management tool.

John Handrakis, D.P.T., associate professor of physical therapy, had his manuscript “Effect of Heat Exposure on Cognition in Persons with Tetraplegia” accepted by Journal of Neurotrauma. Two of the co-authors (Zhen Ni Guan and John W. Nulty) are graduates of NYIT’s Physical Therapy, D.P.T. program. Handrakis’ abstract, “Developing a Feedback-Controlled Heated Vest to Address Thermoregulatory Dysfunction,” was also accepted for presentation at the 2017 Educational Conference of the Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals (ASCIP), to be held September 3–6, 2017 in Denver.

Susan Neville, Ph.D., professor of nursing, received an award for 10 years of service from Nassau County’s Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Over the years, she has served on the organization’s command staff and volunteered at numerous emergency sites, including local shelters during Hurricanes Irene and Sandy.

William Werner, Ed.D., associate professor of physical therapy, co-authored “The Reliability of the Sensory Organization Test in Parkinson’s Disease to Identify Fall Risk,” which was published in the International Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy in March 2017.

School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education

Daniel Cinotti, Ph.D., assistant professor of school counseling, was selected to present at two sessions at the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) 2017 Conference & Expo in San Francisco, March 2017. The first, “Promoting the Role of the School Counselor in Bullying Prevention and Intervention,” focused on the role school counselors play in identifying and addressing bullying within their schools. The second, “A Tale of Two Worlds: The School Counselor and The School Counselor Educator,” discussed the evolving role of the School Counselor Educator their impact on the “education, identity development, leadership, and advocacy skills of School Counselors.” Additionally, Cinotti was named to ACA President Catherine Roland’s Advisory Committee on the Roles and Opportunities for School Counselor Educators.

Elizabeth J. Donaldson, Ph.D., associate professor of English, gave the invited lecture, “Writing Madness: Fredric Wertham and the Psychiatric Utility of Literature,” at Columbia University’s Disability, Culture, and Society seminar series in March 2017. The seminar provided “a venue for scholars working in disability studies—which examines the social, political, cultural, and historical factors that define disability—to interrogate the current state of the field and identify the most crucial problems and concerns for its future.”

Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of the Department of Teacher Education, and Shiang-Kwei Wang, Ph.D, associate dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education, published a peer-reviewed article, “Integrating Technology: Using Google Forms to Collect and Analyze Data,” in Science Scope, April/May 2017. Hsu and Wang also presented a workshop, “Using SMILE (Stanford Mobile Inquiry-Based Learning Environment) to Facilitate Student-Generated Questioning Practices in Science Classrooms,” at the 2017 National Science Teachers Association Annual Conference on Science Education in Los Angeles in April.

School of Management

Bisrat Kinfemichael, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics, presented “Sectoral Convergence of Labor Productivity in the US States,” at the Eastern Economic Association 43rd Annual Conference in February 2017.

Purushottam Meena, Ph.D., assistant professor of operations management, co-chaired a special session, “Recent Trends in Maintenance, Production and Quality,” for CODIT’17, the IEEE International Conference on Control, Decisions, and Information Technologies, April 5–7, 2017, in Barcelona, Spain. At the session, panelists and attendees reviewed integrated approaches in the management and design of production systems, which has become a topic of increasing importance over the past few decades.

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.

Joanne Scillitoe, Ph.D., associate professor of management, did a Q&A on entrepreneurship for a WalletHub piece, “2017’s Best Large Cities to Start a Business.” WalletHub is a website “dedicated to helping people efficiently attain top WalletFitness™ so they may enjoy life instead of worrying.”

Vocational Independence Program

Kelly Imperial, M.S., director of employment training, was appointed the new Education/Workforce Connection Committee Co-Chair for the Hauppauge Industrial Association of Long Island. Imperial is one of only a few not-for-profit representatives to act as a committee chair for this association.