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December 2001

An Integrated City University Responds to the WTC Crisis

Bold, High-Tech TV Magazine Invites "Study with the Best"
NYC Past in Full Array At Inaugural History Festival
CUNY Community Colleges: Vital to City Economy
Arthur Miller Drops Back In for Finley Award at CCNY Dinner
Archaeologists Research Vikings
Faculty Experts Join Collaboration on World Trade Center Future
New Research Foundation Head
Asthma Initiative at BCC Registers Major Success
Oysters Reintroduced to Bay
York Grad Makes Naval History
Managing the 9/11 Crisis at BMCC
Hunter Cartographers Prepare Vital Ground Zero Maps For Rescue
CCNY’s Rosenberg/Humphrey Interns Continue Public Service Tradition
City Tech Prof Sheds Light on Titanic
New Device for Medical Diagnonis
Mina Rees, Pioneering Military Scientist
Annual Perspectives Nears 25th Anniversary
University to HIV Children: “Toys (and Lots Else) Are Us”
CUNY Archaeologists Receive Vikings Grant

CUNY's Northern Science and Education Center (composed of Brooklyn and Hunter Colleges and the Graduate Center) has just been announced as one of four co-applicants for the largest grant for an archaeological science project ever made by the prestigious private British Leverhulme Foundation.

The $2 million, four-year award will allow the teams from the Center and the Universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Stirling to continue their exploration of the human and ecological effects of Viking settlements in Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands, which lie between Iceland and Scotland. In recent years funding from the NSF has enabled CUNY undergraduates and graduates to actively participate in northern field research. A highlight of last summer's Icelandic expedition was the discovery by Brooklyn and Hunter researchers of artifacts from a 12th-century Viking settlement.

"The Vikings were the first people to inhabit Iceland, and the legacy of their lifestyle is a dramatic change in the environment of the island," says Prof. Sophia Perdikaris of the Brooklyn anthropology department. This funding, she believes, will ultimately help to "better manage not only Iceland's ecosystem, but other ecosystems around the world."