CUNY TV Special ‘Look Who’s Teaching Science at CUNY’ To Be Aired on June 20 at 10 p.m. on Channel 75

Eight award-winning CUNY science faculty, in lively conversation with City University of New York Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, and a studio audience of science students, will be featured in a two-hour special on CUNY-TV, Channel 75, on Wednesday June 20 at 10 p.m. It is part of a Decade of Science at CUNY Series.

The program will also be available via webcast 24/7 at

The scientists will discuss their research in CUNY labs on cancer, macromolecular structures, string field theory, nanostructures, galaxy evolution, spinal cord injuries and condensed matter physics and what led them to develop a passion for their fields. Students, parents, teachers and the public will have an extraordinary opportunity to learn about science careers and the major research issues of our time.

“The City University of New York has embarked on a major initiative, the Decade of Science from 2005 though 2015, to build on our long and distinguished history of teaching and research in the sciences and related disciplines,” said Chancellor Goldstein. “Our nation’s ability to compete in the international marketplace of science, careers and ideas is a matter of national security. At the core of our work are our very distinguished CUNY faculty, dedicated to providing students with all of the tools needed for their success.”

They include:

Dr. Ruth Stark is Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at the College of Staten Island since 1985 and The CUNY Graduate Center, who will be teaching at City College this fall. Director of the CUNY Institute for Macromolecular Assemblies, Dr. Stark’s research focuses on the molecular structure and dynamics of large molecular assemblies.

Dr. Jill Bargonetti, Professor of Biology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, examines cell life and its regulation by tumor suppressor protein P53. Dr. Bargonetti received a United States Presidential Early Career Award, considered the highest national honor for young scientific investigators, among her many honors.
Dr. Derrick Brazill, Associate Professor of Biology at Hunter College and The Graduate Center, was awarded a $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation for his research on how organisms monitor and regulate cell density. He is also a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award, and like Dr. Bargonetti, is very much involved with mentoring students.

Dr. Michio Kaku has taught for more than 25 years at City College, where he holds The Henry Semat Chair and Professorship, and is on the doctoral faculty at The Graduate Center. A theoretical physicist, he was one of the founders of string field theory. In addition to his work on Einstein’s Theory of Everything, Professor Kaku is an accomplished author and host of Explorations, a weekly nationally syndicated program heard on 100 radio stations. In 2006, Professor Kaku hosted a four-part mini series for BBC TV about the mysterious nature of time.

Dr. Daniel Akins, Professor of Chemistry at City College and at The Graduate Center, has been a CUNY faculty member since 1981. Director of the CUNY Center for Analysis of Structures and Interfaces, his principal research involves quantum properties of molecular nanostructures and the exploitation of such properties for formulating new nanomaterials. Among Professor Aiken’s many honors and awards is the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, which he received in 2000.

Dr. Marie T. Filbin is a Distinguished Professor of Biology at Hunter College and at The Graduate Center. She joined the biology department in 1990. Dr Filbin has discovered a way to block the inhibiting function of the molecule MAG and all other inhibitors that prevent the spinal cord from regenerating after an injury, a research breakthrough of great potential to victims of spinal cord injuries. For her work, Professor Filbin was selected as a co-recipient of the 2001 Ameritech Prize Toward Finding a Cure for Paralysis. She is the first woman to be awarded this prize.

Dr. Myriam Sarachik is a Distinguished Professor of Physics at City College where she began teaching in 1967, and at The Graduate Center, is an experimental condensed matter physicist and has published nearly 150 articles in professional journals. She is a member of many prestigious professional organizations, including The National Academy of Sciences and a past president of the American Physical Society. Dr. Sarachik was also named 2005 L’Oreal/UNESCO for Women in Science Laureate for North America.

Dr. Charles Liu is an Assistant Professor of Astrophysics at the College of Staten Island. He works on observational studies of galaxy evolution and the star formation history of the universe, including the study of star burst galaxies, post star burst objects and colliding, merging, and interacting galaxies, as well as quasars. Dr. Liu is currently participating in two large projects that are looking deep into the universe, an international collaboration with the Multiwavelength Survey by Yale-Chile (MUSYC) and a Hubble Space Telescope Treasury Program called Cosmos.
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