Archive for July, 2012

Concept Contest Spurs Renaissance in Affordable Housing

July 24, 2012 | City College

Via Verde, a new, 222-unit housing project in the South Bronx, is being hailed as a triumph of sustainability, affordability and beauty. “I don’t think there will be any housing studio (class) where students will not be looking at Via Verde as a case study,” says Lance Brown, ACSA Distinguished Professor of Architecture in City College’s Spitzer School of Architecture. “For the next five years it will be the go-to project for how to integrate principles of sustainability with design excellence.”

CCNY Groomed Miss Albania Shoots for the Stars

July 24, 2012 | City College

There is Colin Powell, former military leader, statesman and author. There is also Jonas Salk, creator of the polio vaccine, and Andrew Grove whose Intel chip revolutionized computers. The list of notable City College of New York alumni is lengthy.

Now add Floriana “Lola” Garo to the roll. A year after graduating from CCNY with a BS degree in International/Global Studies, the 5-foot-11 beauty queen who began her modeling career at City was chosen Miss Albania 2012.

Baruch College graduate earns National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

July 24, 2012 | Baruch College

Baruch College graduate Belen Guerra-Carrillo was recently awarded a fellowship by the National Science Foundation for her graduate research efforts.

Bonjour, Paris!

July 24, 2012 | Brooklyn College

Sophomore Jordan Abettan isn’t certain what he wants to study or pursue as a career, but he knows one thing for sure: He’s planning to have a ball next academic year when he heads to Paris as an exchange student, partly on the dime of the U.S. State Department.

Medgar Evers College Upward Bound Program Receives $250,000 Dollar Grant to Aid At-Risk High School Students

July 23, 2012 | Medgar Evers College

The Medgar Evers College Upward Bound Program recently received a one-year $250,000 dollar grant from the Department of Education. This is part of a five year grant in the amount of $1,250,000 that the college will receive, pending satisfaction of program mandates assessed on an annual basis.

The New Community College Try

July 23, 2012 | The University

There are too many worms. In a mid-Manhattan classroom, 20 applicants write their thoughts about going to community college on paper cutouts and stick them to a poster of a tree — multicolored, tapered leaves for hopes, square bits of trunk for strengths, squiggly worms for fears. The worms dominate.

CUNY RISING

July 23, 2012 | The University

Major construction projects support record enrollments — and help bolster the city’s economy.

Fueled by unprecedented enrollment increases in the past decade, The City University of New York is generating needed construction and renovation programs that support both modern facilities for current and future generations of students and economic development in New York City.

Alumni and Faculty Contribute to Four Emmy-Nominated Stories

July 23, 2012 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Several alumni and faculty members of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism were part of news teams that were nominated for this year’s Emmy Awards. The winners will be announced Monday, Oct. 1 at a ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, in the Time Warner Center in New York […]

Alumni and Faculty Contribute to Emmy-Nominated Stories

July 23, 2012 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Several alumni and faculty members of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism were part of news teams that were nominated for this year’s Emmy Awards. The winners will be announced Monday, Oct. 1 at a ceremony at Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, in the Time Warner Center in New York […]

Rosemarie Maldonado, Assistant Vice President and Counsel at John Jay College, Appointed to the New York City Panel for Educational Policy

July 23, 2012 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has appointed Rosemarie Maldonado, Assistant Vice President and Counsel at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, to the New York City Panel for Educational Policy.

Sociology Professor Testifies Before U.N. Committee

July 23, 2012 | Brooklyn College

Brooklyn, N.Y.—Based on decades of leadership and persistent advocacy for children’s rights, Gertrud Lenzer, professor of sociology and director of the Children’s Studies Center for Research, Policy, and Public Service, recently returned from Geneva, where she was invited by the United Nations to participate in a working group on children’s rights. Lenzer was representing the […]

Tiffany Pham

July 23, 2012 | College of Staten Island

SEEK student Tiffany Pham received a BA in SLS-Early Childhood Education and a BS in Mathematics. She will now pursue a Master of Arts degree in Adolescent Mathematics Education at Brooklyn College. During her five years at CSI, Pham not only worked diligently on her studies, she also made a huge contribution to the College and the community.

Lung infection ailed ‘Maiden’ Inca mummy before sacrifice

July 22, 2012 | The University

The so-called Maiden mummy of a 15-year-old Incan girl who was sacrificed 500 years ago is giving up some secrets, revealing the teenager suffered from a bacterial lung infection at the time of her death, scientists report Wednesday.

Sitting vs. hunting: Both use same amount of energy, study says

July 22, 2012 | The University

Get this: Although you may be just sitting at your desk or planted on your couch while reading this, you are burning the same number of calories as the hardest-working hunter-gatherer in East Africa.

How to Build a Middleweight Black Hole

July 19, 2012 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

A new model co-developed by BMCC Science Professors Saavik Ford and Barry McKernan shows how an elusive type of black hole can be formed in the gas surrounding their supermassive counterparts.

LaGuardia Community College Basic Skills Students Win NYC Writing Contests

July 19, 2012 | LaGuardia Community College

Two LaGuardia Community College basic skills students, who both returned to school after a long hiatus to become voracious learners and budding writers, recently won New York City writing contests for literacy students.

Two Alumni Score Fulbright Awards

July 19, 2012 | Brooklyn College

Recent alumni Gil Agassi and Sophie Knowles have been granted awards to work abroad for a year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

ABSI, New Obesity Measure: Better Than BMI?

July 18, 2012 | The University

Body mass index (BMI) is a widely used indicator of obesity, but a new study suggests it may not be the best predictor of whether your weight raises your risk of death.

How to build a middleweight black hole

July 18, 2012 | The University

A new model shows how an elusive type of black hole can be formed in the gas surrounding their supermassive counterparts. In research published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, scientists from the American Museum of Natural History, the City University of New York, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology, and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics propose that intermediate-mass black holes—light-swallowing celestial objects with masses ranging from hundreds to many thousands of times the mass of the Sun—can grow in the gas disks around supermassive black holes in the centers of galaxies. The physical mechanism parallels the model astrophysicists use to describe the growth of giant planets in the gas disks surrounding stars.

Making Their Dreams a Reality

July 18, 2012 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

When Steven Roberts enrolled at BMCC in 2009, he couldn’t say for sure what a PhD was. “I knew I wanted to become a psychologist, but I had no idea how that would happen,” he says. “I figured I’d go to school, major in Liberal Arts, and the cards would fall into place.”