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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”

Jamaica Bay (Not World)
To Be CUNY's Oyster

Oysters harvested from Jamaica Bay on the dinner plates of New Yorkers will become a reality if all goes as planned by a recently established consortium of Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn College and the U.S. National Park Service's Gateway National Recreation Area.

Oysters played an important role in the local economy from time when the Bay was harvested by Canarsee Native Americans up until the 1920s. By then the combination of water pollution and over-farming brought oystermen permanently into port. The goal of the project is to restore oyster beds to pre-20th-century levels. Researchers from KCC's Department of Biological Sciences and Brooklyn Collegeôs Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center (AREAC) will be placing dozens of cages with oyster seedlings throughout Jamaica Bay.

Afterward, they will monitor seedling growth, water and air temperatures, oxygen levels, and the effects of existing pollution on the oysters. On November 16 the project (one of several designed to reintroduce vanished sea life back to Jamaica Bay) was launched, appropriately enough, at a Fort Tilden pier at the Breezy Point section of National Gateway Park.