Faculty & Staff Achievements

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College of Arts and Sciences

Summer 2017

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.

Winter/Spring 2017

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.”

Andrew Costello, Ph.D., assistant professor of behavioral sciences and a retired deputy inspector of police, 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.” 

Amanda Golden, Ph.D., assistant professor of English, gave an interview, “Bringing Anne Sexton Back into the Conversation: Q&A with Amanda Golden,” in Cultural Compass, a blog at the Harry Ransom Center of the University of Texas at Austin, in November. Golden discussed her new book, The Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton, a collection of essays by literary critics and poets, which brings “new attention to Anne Sexton’s poetry, archives, and legacy.” Known for her confessional style of poetry, Sexton won a Pulitzer for her work in 1967. The Ransom Center is among America’s finest research libraries, documenting the work of some of the nation’s most creative writers and artists.

John Hanc, M.A., associate professor of communication arts, published two articles in recent months. The first, “The Pilgrim Leader You Should Really Be Thankful for This Thanksgiving,” about Edward Winslow, who helped save the Plymouth colony and who is responsible for our knowledge of the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621, was published on the Smithsonian magazine’s website, where Hanc is a contributing writer. The second article, “Freeport’s Hellfighter: Behind the Lines, But No Less Vital,” was a cover story in the Sunday, February 19, 2017, issue of Newsday. Tied to Black History month, it tells the story of Arthur Weaver, a 90-year-old Freeport resident, who served in the segregated Army during World War II, and after the war, made the military and defense work his career. Hanc describes Arthur as “a self-effacing, good-natured man, who provides an interesting perspective on what is both an ugly and heroic chapter in American history.” The story also ran online with the title “Black WWII Vet in Freeport Recalls His Service Overseas.”

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. LaGrandeur also penned an op-ed, “Saving the Invasion of the Job-Snatchers,” that appeared in USA Today on March 13, 2017. The article’s subtitle declares that “Historic technical upheaval demands a dramatic response, not Trump-style protectionism,” and the author lays out a number of options he believes the U.S. should pursue (instead of the current administration’s proposed job claw-backs), including a basic government-income guarantee for the unemployed while they retrain, and the requirement of technology firms to compensate individuals each time they use their data.

Roger Yu, Ph.D., professor of physics, published “Chaos in a Stadium-Shaped Acoustic Cavity” in the November issue of The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA) in which he discusses “a numerical scheme [that] has been developed to solve wave equations for chaotic systems such as stadium-shaped cavity.”

Fall 2016

Nicholas Bloom, Ph.D. (nbloom@nyit.edu), associate professor of social sciences, had his new book, Affordable Housing in New York, featured in an article in Metropolis magazine. The article, “Can Affordable Housing Overcome the Odds (Once Again) in New York?," called the book “an excellent primer on the many efforts that have been made toward tackling affordability, with lessons both cautionary and encouraging.” The book was co-edited by Bloom and highlights case studies on affordable city housing written by more than two-dozen scholars, including Matthias Altwicker, B.Arch, M.U.P. (maltwick@nyit.edu), associate professor of architecture. Bloom, along with co-editors Lawrence Vale and Fritz Umbach, was also awarded Best Edited Book in Planning History at the 2016 International Planning History Society for a collection titled Public Housing Myths (Cornell University Press).

Susana H. Case, Ph.D. (shcase@nyit.edu), professor and program coordinator of behavioral sciences, read from her manuscript-in-progress at Queens Council on the Arts as part of a Boundless Tales Anniversary celebration, which featured writers with a connection to the borough of Queens.

Michael Gamble, Ph.D. (mgamble@nyit.edu), professor of English, along with his wife, Teri Gamble, Ph.D., professor of communication studies at The College of New Rochelle, were honored with an APEX 2016 Award of Excellence in the “One-of-a-Kind Publications—Print” category for their book, The Public Speaking Playbook. The APEX Awards for Public Excellence is an annual competition “recognizing excellence in publishing by professional communicators.”

Amanda Golden, Ph.D. (agolde01@nyit.edu), assistant professor of English, edited a new book, This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton, published in November 2016. This collection of critiques of one of America’s most influential women writers “reassesses [Anne] Sexton and her poetry for the first time in two decades and offers directions for future Sexton scholarship.”

Anya (Anna) Hamrick, Ph.D. (ahamrick@nyit.edu), assistant professor of English at NYIT-Nanjing, had her peer-reviewed article, “Bodily Willfulness: Intentionality and the Neurological Unconscious in Dostoevsky’s A Writer’s Diary,” published in the International Journal of Russian Studies in July 2016. Hamrick also had a peer-reviewed article, “Psychic Surveillance: Punitive Psychiatry in Sokolov’s A School for Fools,” accepted for publication in The Lincoln Humanities Journal for fall 2016.

John Hanc, M.A.
(jhanc@nyit.edu), associate professor of communication arts, had three stories published in recent months in The New York Times. The first, “Teaching Professors to Become Better Teachers,” which explores the (relatively) new emphasis on improving undergraduate teaching that is emerging at many colleges and universities around the country, was published in a special Education Innovation section on June 22, 2016. The second article, “A Back Door Into the Marathon Connects Runners With a Cause,” discussing the motivation of charity marathoners, ran in the Sunday Sports section on October 30, 2016. The third, “Asking for Money? Compliment the Donor, Not Your Organization,” was published in the Giving section on October 31, 2016, as part of the Times’ annual look at trends in the world of philanthropy and development. The theme of this year’s section was about what motivates people to give. Hanc’s story was about the language of giving—the words and the appeals that skilled fundraisers use to get people to open their wallets. Hanc also co-authored, Organize your Emotions, Optimize your Life, a Harvard Health book and William Morrow paperback, which debuted in September.

Robert Sherwin, M.F.A. (rsherwin@nyit.edu), associate professor of communication arts, recently completed a 30-minute documentary, Fatal Encounter–The Last Indians of Greenwich, which dramatically captures how European settlers violently eradicated 700 Native Americans from an area in southwestern Connecticut—now one of the wealthiest suburbs in America—in  the worst massacre to occur between the two civilizations. Festival and educational screenings are planned.

Rozina Vavetsi, M.Sc. (rvavetsi@nyit.edu), associate professor of digital art and design, received two Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) InHouse Design Awards. (Scroll through until you arrive at The Hive logo.) The first was for the logo for The HIVE, a new NYIT facility featuring advanced design technologies (3-D printers, laser cutters, etc.). Vavetsi received her second award for a poster she designed for CITYArts, Inc. and the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District announcing a joint project with NYIT featuring design ornaments produced by students at The HIVE for display on the 2015 Lincoln Square holiday tree.

Peter Voci, M.F.A. (pvoci@nyit.edu), professor of digital art and design, had his sculpture featured in “Hawaiian Summer,” an exhibit at Viewpoints Gallery in Maui, Hawaii, that ran from July 9 – August 17, 2016.

College of Osteopathic Medicine

Fall 2016

Joanne DiFrancisco-Donoghue, Ph.D. (jdonoghu@nyit.edu), assistant professor, Min-Kyung Jung, Ph.D. (mjung01@nyit.edu), biostatistician, Jayme Mancini, D.O. (jmancini@nyit.edu), and Sheldon Yao, D.O. (syao@nyit.edu), associate professor and chair, co-authored an article, “Osteopathic manipulation as a complementary approach to Parkinson’s disease: A controlled pilot study” that was epublished in October in OsteoBlast, a publication of the American Academy of Osteopathy, prior to its print publication in NeuroReahabilitation.

School of Architecture and Design

Fall 2016

William Gates, M. Arch. (wgates@nyit.edu), adjunct assistant professor of interior design, is the architect of the United Nations Food Gardens, an initiative started in summer 2015 that established “small-scale food gardens and fruit-bearing trees on the UN Headquarters property in midtown New York. The designs incorporate raised beds, an area for wild flowers, and a kiosk with seating and shade.” This past summer, Gates teamed with NYIT interior design students to create beautiful signs for the gardens.

Jeffrey Raven, M. Arch. (jraven@nyit.edu), associate professor and director of the graduate program in urban and regional design, spoke on July 20 at Universita di Napoli II in Napoli, Italy, on “climate-resilient urban design” at the International Conference on Technological and Environmental Design for Climate Change Adaptation in Urban Areas. Raven is also lead author of the urban planning and design chapter for the Assessment Report for Climate Change in Cities.

School of Engineering and Computing Sciences

Summer 2017

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.

Winter/Spring 2017

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.

Robert Amundsen, Ph.D., associate professor and department chair of energy management, served as a panelist at the 2016 PSEG Long Island Energy Efficiency Conference on November 2, 2016. Amundsen gave an overview of credentials and training requirements for careers in sustainability and renewable energy.

Steven Billis, Ph.D., professor of electrical and computer engineering, presented his paper, “To Flip or Not to Flip,” at the 2016 Conference on Assessment: “Academic Quality: Driving Assessment & Accreditation” at Drexel University. 

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.

Babak Dastgheib-Beheshti, Ph.D., professor of telecomm and electrical engineering technology, published the articles, “Encryption for the Internet of Things (IoT),” for (In)Secure Magazine in September 2016, and “ Smart Devices Undone by Dumb Security,” in The Wall Street Journal on July 2, 2016. 

Aydin Farajidavar, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, co-authored an abstract, “A Novel System and Methodology for Continuous Ambulatory Monitoring of Gastric Slow Waves,” which was selected by The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) as a Poster of Distinction for presentation during the organization’s upcoming Digestive Disease Week (DDW) in May 2017 in Chicago, Ill. It was rated in the top 10 percent of all AGA abstracts selected for poster presentation at the event. DDW is the largest event in the gastroenterological field, with more than 14,000 attendees annually and more than 5,400 original lectures and poster/oral presentations. 

Paolo Gasti, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science, received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program for his research, “Towards Energy-Efficient Privacy-Preserving Active Authentication of Smartphone Users.” In November, Gasti published his article, “On Inferring Browsing Activity on Smartphones via USB Power Analysis Side-Channel,” co-authored by Farajidavar, in IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security (T-IFS).

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. In October 2016, Ilyas co-authored a conference paper, “In Vivo Evaluation of Novel Amorphous Silicon Oxynitrophosphide Implant Coatings for Rapid Bone Healing,” for the Materials Science & Technology 2016 Conference & Exhibition, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also presented his research work, “Electromechanical Fingerprinting of Cells for Tagless Identification of Cancer,” at the 13th Key Symposium: Bioelectronic Medicine—Technology Targeting Molecular Mechanisms at The New York Academy of Sciences in September 2016. 

Wenjia Li, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science delivered a tutorial, “Cloud Computing for Smart Transportation,” with assistant professor Dr. Ashwin Ashok of Georgia State University, at the 37th IEEE Sarnoff Symposium, in September 2016. In October 2016, Li published a research paper titled, “Node Localization Algorithm for Wireless Sensor Networks Using Compressive Sensing Theory,” in Springer’s Personal and Ubiquitous Computing (PUC) Journal, with Dr. Yehua Wei, associate professor at Hunan Normal University, China, and then-visiting scholar at NYIT.

Sarah Meyland, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental technology and sustainability, had several accomplishments in recent months. Meyland was a featured speaker at the Gardens as Art: Water Vistas program, where she presented on the Groundwater Resources of Long Island, August 27, 2016. She also provided review comments on the remedial options report regarding full containment of the Grumman Plume (Bethpage) to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and reviewed the project report to develop a hydraulic containment and groundwater remediation system for the Grumman Bethpage contamination plume. On September 12, Meyland 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.

Anand Santhanakrishnan, Ph.D., assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, published two articles in September 2016: “Factors Affecting Bacterial Propagation Toward Tumor Micro Environments” in MOJ Proteomics and Bioinformatics, and “A Micro-Finance Model for Spectrum Management in Wireless Networks,” in IEEE Transactions on Cognitive Communications and Networks.

James Scire, Ph.D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering, published his article, "Involving Undergraduate Students in Research through the Development of Low-Cost Optical Instrumentation," which he also presented at the Fall 2016 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Conference.

Jonathan Voris, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science, published two papers in recent months. As co-author, he presented “Driver Identification and Authentication with Active Behavior Modeling” in the proceedings of the 1st International Workshop on Green ICT and Smart Networking (GISN) co-located with the 12th International Conference on Network and Service Management (CNSM), in 2016. He attended both events to present this research. Voris also presented “You Are What You Use: An Initial Study of Authenticating Mobile Users via Application Usage” in the proceedings of the 8th EAI International Conference on Mobile Computing, Applications and Services (MobiCASE). In addition, Voris’s abstract, “Utilizing Behind-the-Wheel Behavior for Driver Authentication,” was accepted and presented at the 2016 Transportation Technology Summit: Innovative Mobility Solutions.

Xun Yu, Ph.D., department chair of mechanical engineering, recently co-authored three journal publications: “Piezoelectric Active Sensing System for Crack Detection in Concrete Structure” in the Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring; “Study on the Reinforcing Mechanisms of NS to Cement-Based Materials with Theoretical Calculation and Experimental Evidence” in the Journal of Composite Materials; and “Intelligent Concrete with Self-X Capabilities for Smart Cities” in the Journal of Smart Cities. Yu also presented Piezoelectric-Based Viscosity Probe for Early-Age Concrete Curing Process Monitoring” at the 2016 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE 2016) conference in Phoenix, AZ in November.

Nada Marie Anid, Ph.D., dean of NYIT School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, had a number of publications in recent months including, as book co-editor, The Internet of Women: Accelerating Culture Change, and as chapter author, Women in Academia: A Potential STEM Powerhouse, in the same book. 

Anid co-authored several papers with NYIT colleagues, including “A Collaborative, Multi-Campus Program for STEM Learning in Energy Science, Technology and Policy (ESTeP)” with Marta Panero, director of strategic partnerships in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences, along with G.P. Halada, and N. Simon, which was presented at the ASEE 123rd Annual Conference & Exposition in New Orleans, La., in June 2016. She also published, “Innovation and Entrepreneurship through Industry-Academic Collaborations: A Collegiate Model for Economic Development,” again with Panero, and presented by Brian Carbonette at the College-Industry Partnership Section at the ASSEE conference. She co-authored “Pathways to Cleaner Production in the Americas II: Application of a Competency Model to Experiential Learning for Sustainable Education” in the November 2016 Journal of Cleaner Production with Sarah McPherson, former chair of the Masters of Science in Instructional Technology at NYIT School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education, and Panero, along with W. Ashton, M. Hurtado-Martín, and N. Khalili; and also a second paper, “Pathways to Cleaner Production in the Americas I: Bridging Industry-Academia Gaps in the Transition to Sustainability,” in the January 2017 Journal of Cleaner Production, again with McPherson, Panero, W. Ashton, M. Hurtado-Martin, and N. Khalili. 

Finally, Anid co-authored “Autonomous Real-Time Water Quality Sensing as an Alternative to Conventional Monitoring to Improve the Detection of Food, Energy, and Water Indicators,” in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, March 2016, with Ziqian Dong, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; Frank Lee, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of Computer Science; Babak Dastgheib-Beheshti, Ph.D., professor of telecomm and electrical engineering technology; Panero; and A. Mickelson. 

Fall 2016

Babak Beheshti, Ph.D. (bbehesht@nyit.edu), professor of telecommunications and electrical engineering technology, had his article, “Encryption for the Internet of Things,” published in the September 2016 issue of (IN)SECURE Magazine, the first digital security magazine.

Ziqian (Cecilia) Dong, Ph.D. (ziqian.dong@nyit.edu), associate professor of electrical and computer engineering; Fang Li, Ph.D. (fli08@nyit.edu), assistant professor of mechanical engineering; Babak Beheshti, Ph.D. (bbehesht@nyit.edu), professor of telecommunications and electrical engineering technology; and Dean Nada Anid, Ph.D. (nanid@nyit.edu), are among the co-authors of “Autonomous Real-Time Water Quality Sensing as an Alternative to Conventional Monitoring to Improve the Detection of Food, Energy, and Water Indicators” in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

School of Health Professions

Summer 2017

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.

Winter/Spring 2017

A quote by Mindy Haar, Ph.D., director of academic management in interdisciplinary health sciences, from an article titled “Breakfast Foods You Should Never Buy” in Rodale’s Organic Life, July 2016, was reposted last October on three additional sites, including MSN LifestyleWeekly Challenger, and Recipeland.

Susan Neville, Ph.D., professor and chair of nursing, and the entire Nursing Department achieved a stellar 2016 first-time NCLEX-RN licensure pass rate of 97.67%. “This is way above the New York State 2016 mean rate of 82.88%, and is also above the pass rates of all our peer institutions,” said Sheldon Fields, Ph.D., dean of NYIT School of Health Professions. NCLEX-RN exams are administered by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN), which “is dedicated to developing psychometrically sound and legally defensible nurse licensure and certification exams consistent with current practice.”

Fall 2016

Zehra Ahmed (zahmed01@nyit.edu), assistant professor and department chair of physician assistant studies, presented “Cultural Competence 101,” a workshop at the New York State Society of Physician Assistants (NYSSPA) conference held October 7-9 in Tarrytown, New York.

Mindy Haar, Ph.D. (mhaar@nyit.edu), director of academic management in interdisciplinary health sciences, presented “Using New Technologies to Bridge the Virtual Distance in Online Health Education Delivery Formats” at the American Public Health Association (APHA) 2016 Annual Meeting in Denver on November 1.

David Jackson, DHSc. (djacks01@nyit.edu), associate professor of physician health studies, was named to the 14-member board of directors of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) in July 2016. He is serving as vice president and speaker of the House of Delegates.

Kristine Prazak, M.S. (kprazak@nyit.edu), assistant professor of physician assistant studies presented “Use of Virtual Patient Software to Enhance Physician Assistant Student Knowledge and Competence in Palliative Medicine and End-of-Life Care” at the New York State Society of Physician Assistants Fall 2016 CME Conference in October 2016. She also presented “Uterus, Cervix, Tubes, and Ovaries...Oh My! What You Need To Know About Gynecologic Malignancies,” and co-presented “What Do 18-26 Year-Olds Know About Human Papillomavirus and its Associated Risks?” at the American Academy of Physician Assistants Annual Conference in May 2016. Prazak also published her peer-reviewed article, “Ovarian Cancer: Practice Essentials” in Physician Assistant Clinics in July 2016.

School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Education

Summer 2017

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.

Winter/Spring 2017

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.”

Elizabeth J. Donaldson, Ph.D., associate dean for interdisciplinary academic initiatives and associate professor of English, presented two talks, “Fat, Blood, and Fiction: The Novel as Neurological Laboratory,” and “Comics and Schizophrenia” at the annual Modern Language Association Conference in Philadelphia in January.

Hui-Yin Hsu, Ph.D., associate professor and chair 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 also re-elected president of The Chinese American Academic and Professional Society (CAAPS). Additionally, she delivered a lecture at the invitation of NYITCOM, entitled “Applying Learning Theories in Medical Education,” to medical scholars of 2017. Hsu led a group of Childhood Education students to conduct NASA STEM workshops for science educators at New York Hall of Science and Partnership for After School Education.

Melda N. Yildiz, Ed.D., associate professor and chair of Instructional Technology, completed her Fulbright U.S. Scholar service at Azerbaijan State Pedagogy University and Azerbaijan Ministry of Education, Baku, Azerbaijan. Yildiz 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.” Yildiz 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 Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

Additionally, Yildiz co-authored the book, Global Media Literacy: Teaching Beyond Borders, New York, NY, Peter Lang Publishing. She also authored the article, “Media Binds or Blinds? Community Mapping and Digital Stories from P20 Classrooms Deconstructing Myths and Misconceptions in Global Media Education,” published in the Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue (MILID) 2016 yearbook, Media and Information Literacy: Reinforcing Human Rights, Countering Radicalization and Extremism, published by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Yildiz also wrote “Immigration Across Cultures Throughout History: Deconstructing the Myths and Misconception in Teacher Education,” an article published in a special edition of the Winter 2016 Journal of Education Leadership Review. She co-authored the article, “Cultivating Global Competencies for the 21st Century Classrooms: A Transformative Teaching Model,” in the International Journal of Information Communication Technologies and Human Development,” and was selected to serve as a board member (January 2016 – present) for the New York Fulbright Chapter of the Fulbright Alumni Organization.

Fall 2016

Sarah McPherson, Ph.D. (smcphers@nyit.edu), former department chair of instructional technology and former associate professor, published “Pathways to Cleaner Production in the Americas II: Application of a Competency Model to Experiential Learning for Sustainability Education,” on ScienceDirect.com, operated by Elsevier.

Kate E. O’Hara, Ph.D. (kohara@nyit.edu), assistant professor and interim chair of the instructional technology program, led a discussion on the recently published book, Teacher Evaluation: The Charge and the Challenges, at the 17th Annual Curriculum and Pedagogy Conference held in Cleveland, Ohio in October 2016. O’Hara, who is the book’s editor as well as a contributing author, spoke about the issues faced by both pre-service and in-service teachers involving current evaluation measures that are biased, unreliable, and reliant upon quantitative outcomes. O’Hara also presented her paper, “Teachers as Critical Thinkers—or at Least We Think We Are,” about the increasing neoliberal effort to anti-intellectualize the teaching profession through standardization of the scripted work of K-12 teachers, as well as their students.

School of Management

Summer 2017

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.”

Winter/Spring 2017

Ping Ke, Ph.D., assistant professor of accounting, received the Best Paper Award at the 2017 Annual Conference of Pan-Pacific Business Research Conference (PPBRC) in Pomona, Calif., in February. “Stock Buyback and Value Maximization,” examines why companies repurchase their own stocks. The PPBRC is “a highly interactive conference that provides the opportunity for participants to share their research in an interdisciplinary setting and to disseminate research findings with others in the academic and business community.”

Fall 2016

Colleen Kirk, Ph.D. (ckirk01@nyit.edu), assistant professor of marketing, was selected to receive the Bright Idea Award, sponsored by the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University and the New Jersey Policy Research Organization (NJPRO) Foundation, for her published paper “Investing the Self: The Effect of Nonconscious Goals on Investor Psychological Ownership and Word-of-Mouth Intentions.” The paper was selected as one of the top 10 of 141 papers compiled in the 2015 volume of the Publications of New Jersey’s Business Faculty.

Ravichandran Krishnamurthy, Ph.D. (kravicha@nyit.edu), associate professor of finance at NYIT-Abu Dhabi, received an award for outstanding contribution to education at the World Sustainability Congress in Dubai, held in October 2016. The award is presented to an individual who has “crafted leadership with his/her work and thinking” and recognizes excellence in the application of leadership principles to business situations.

Purushottam Meena, Ph.D.
(pmeena@nyit.edu), assistant professor of quantitative methods, represented NYIT as a panelist at the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) event, “Innovation and Supply Chain Optimization Based on Production and Market Potentials in the Dominican Republic and the USA,” as part of Dominican Week 2016. See additional coverage.

Vocational Independence Program

Summer 2017

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.