Look Who’s Teaching at CUNY!

Coming on the heels of a year long program to showcase Rhodes, Truman and Goldwater scholars and other outstanding student stars, Chancellor Matthew Goldstein has announced the next phase of The City University of New York’s outreach efforts—a comprehensive campaign to spotlight CUNY’s extraordinary faculty.

The new campaign “Look Who’s Teaching at CUNY” features CUNY faculty who are winners of the National Medal of Science, the American Physical Society Buckley Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the Academy Award, the National Arts Medal and the Bancroft Prize and examples of others who are among the more than 1,000 new faculty who have come to teach at CUNY in the last seven years.

“When you start digging deep and looking at the faculties that we have across this university, you are absolutely stunned by the depth of talent,” said Chancellor Goldstein. “We want to get that talent known more into the marketplace. This is going to be a multifaceted approach at all levels of teaching and scholarship at this University. ”

The Chancellor noted that the faculty campaign is designed to build upon the success of earlier efforts. “We spend time, rightly so, talking about our very successful students,” he said. “We talked about Truman scholars and Goldwater scholars and Rhodes scholars and some of our students going on to the most coveted PhD programs and the best medical schools and law schools and business schools and great jobs that they are getting and we will continue to do that as more and more CUNY students win highly competitive awards.

“Now, what we really want to do is to celebrate the extraordinary work of a very dedicated faculty,” he said.

Complete information about CUNY’s outstanding faculty is available at: www.cuny.edu/lookwhoisteaching.

“While CUNY is rich in scholar talent in many fields,” the Chancellor noted, “of particular interest are the first class scientists, mathematicians, and engineering faculty that now are teaching at CUNY during what we have called ‘The Decade of Science.’ CUNY’s reputation, linked inextricably to New York City’s attractiveness as a place of employment and cultural cornucopia, has played an important role in rebuilding the ranks of our full-time faculty — an ongoing priority in our work with state and city officials.”

Among the distinguished faculty who are teaching at CUNY are:

The National Medal of Science winner; NIH and NSF grants; election to the National Academies; the Community College Professor of the Year
Dennis P. Sullivan, Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Albert Einstein Chair in Science at the CUNY Graduate Center, received the National Medal of Science; Professor of Chemistry Paris Svoronos of Queensborough Community College was named Carnegie/CASE Outstanding Community College Professor of the Year; Maribel Vazquez, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at CCNY, is studying brain cancer infiltration under NIH and NSF grants; Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering Sheldon Weinbaum of CCNY is a pioneer in biomedical engineering who has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.

Honors from the American Physical Society, NASA grants, the L’Oreal/UNESCO Laureate, the co-founder of String Field Theory, and other distinctions
Distinguished Professor of Physics Godfrey Gumbs of Hunter, recipient of the American Physical Society’s 2005 Edward A. Bouchet Award, is a Fellow of the APS, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the United Kingdom’s Institute of Physics; Michio Kaku, the Henry Semat Professor of Physics at CCNY, is an international authority on theoretical physics and co-founder of String Field Theory; Charles Liu, Assistant Professor of Astrophysics, College of Staten Island, is Associate in Astrophysics at the Hayden Planetarium, American Museum of Natural History; Assistant Professor of Astronomy Timothy Paglione of York College is Co-Director of the NASA Science, Engineering, Mathematics & Aerospace Academy, and Affiliate Director of the NASA NY Space Grant Program; Distinguished Professor of Physics Myriam P. Sarachik of CCNY, a world leader in experimental condensed matter physics, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, past President of the American Physical Society, a L’Oreal/UNESCO Laureate and winner of the APS Buckley Prize.

Two Presidential Early Career Awards; the Outstanding Woman Scientist Award; groundbreaking research in nanotechnology and radiation detection
Professor of Physical Sciences Gregory Aizin of Kingsborough Community College is conducting research to develop miniature electromagnetic radiation detectors under a grant from the U.S. Army Research Office; Daniel Akins, Distinguished Service Professor of Physical Chemistry and Professor of Chemical Engineering at CCNY and the CUNY Graduate Center, heads the Center for Analysis of Structures and Interfaces and is a research pioneer in nanotechnology; Hunter’s Jill Bargonetti, Professor of Biological Sciences, and Derrick Brazill, Associate Professor of Biology, both won the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, while Professor Bargonetti also received the Outstanding Woman Scientist Award of the Association for Women in Science.

Pulitzer Prizes, the National Medal of Arts, an Academy Award, the best novel in Mexico and the Villaurrutia Prize

Carmen Boullosa, Distinguished Lecturer in Foreign Languages and Literatures at CCNY, was honored for the best novel in Mexico in 2005, for Reforma, and received the Villaurrutia Prize for Antes; Distinguished Professor of Music John Corigliano of Lehman College and the Graduate Center won the Pulitzer Prize for his Second Symphony, and an Academy Award for Best Score for The Red Violin; Roy DeCarava, Distinguished Professor of Art at Hunter, and Gregory Rabassa, Distinguished Professor of Hispanic Languages and Literatures at Queens and the Graduate Center, both received the 2006 National Medal of Arts; Distinguished Professor of Humanities Isaac Goldemberg of Hostos Community College is Director of the Latin American Writers Institute and an internationally renowned Latino poet, playwright and fiction writer; Michael Wallace, Distinguished Professor of History at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, was co-winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898.

Two Bancroft Prizes; the American Book Award; the former head of the Congressional Budget Office
David Nasaw, Distinguished Professor of History and Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. Chair in American History at the CUNY Graduate Center, is author of the acclaimed new biography, Andrew Carnegie, and won the Bancroft Prize for The Chief: William Randolph Hearst; novelist Elizabeth Nunez, Distinguished Professor of English at Medgar Evers, won the American Book Award for Bruised Hibiscus and is co-founder and former Director of the National Black Writers Conference; June O’Neill, the Wollman Distinguished Professor of Economics at Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business and the Graduate Center, is former Director of the Congressional Budget Office; David S. Reynolds, Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at Baruch and the Graduate Center, won the Bancroft Prize for Walt Whitman’s America: A Cultural Biography.
The City University of New York is the nation’s largest urban public university. CUNY is comprised of twenty three institutions: eleven senior colleges, six community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law School at Queens College, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. The University serves more than 226,000 degree-credit students and 230,000 adult, continuing and professional education students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program for 32,500 high school students is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 280 high schools throughout the five boroughs of the City of New York. The University has launched an on-line baccalaureate degree through the School of Professional Studies, and a new Teacher Academy offering free tuition for highly motivated mathematics and science majors who seek teaching careers in the city’s public schools.
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