Archive for June, 2013

Baboon gives diet experts food for thought

June 30, 2013 | The University, Uncategorized

Students from City University of New York (Cuny) and the University of Sydney observed a female baboon in the Tokai Forest of Table Mountain National Park for 30 days to study her dietary habits.

Exposing The Smallest Viruses

June 30, 2013 | The University, Uncategorized

1.2 million Americans live with HIV, more than 12.5 million have some type of cancer and 4.5 million are infected with hepatitis C. Researchers at the City Tech Lab located on the City University of New York campus are helping to detect diseases like these before the first symptom even appears.

Infographic: Using 2 Million Instagram Pics to Map a City’s Visual Signature

June 30, 2013 | The University, Uncategorized

The photos you take on Instagram are not just about you. Yes, the glamor shots of your dog, captured moments with friends, and gratuitous photographs your favorite meals do reveal a lot about you as an individual, but they can also say a lot about the city you live in. Phototrails, a collaborative research project between the University of Pittsburgh, the California Institute for Telecommunication and Information, and the Graduate Center at City University of New York, is using the patterns found in Instagram photos to create gorgeous “visual signatures” of cities around the world.

Hudson River Teeming with Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria due to Untreated Sewage Water

June 30, 2013 | The University

A team of researchers have now found strains of the deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria thriving in the river, especially from the Tappan Zee Bridge to lower Manhattan.

Turtles Provide Vital Clues About Fresh Kills’ Ecological Recovery

June 30, 2013 | The University

Scientists are looking into how well the former Fresh Kills dump on Staten Island dump is making the transition to parkland, and they are getting a helping hand — or flipper — from turtles. Borough reporter Amanda Farinacci filed the following report.

Sensing Calories Without Taste

June 30, 2013 | The University

Scientists have engineered fruit flies that can’t taste sugar, and, at first, the insects will show no preference between sugar water and plain water. But after 15 hours without food, the flies start to choose the sugar water, seemingly sensing the fact that the liquid contains life-sustaining calories even though they can’t taste anything.

From the Mouths of Babes and Birds

June 30, 2013 | The University

Babies learn to speak months after they begin to understand language. As they are learning to talk, they babble, repeating the same syllable (“da-da-da”) or combining syllables into a string (“da-do-da-do”).

Like humans, whales and monkeys pick up feeding habits from friends

June 30, 2013 | The University

Humans aren’t the only species swayed by fashion trends and peer pressure. Two newly published studies say vervet monkeys and humpback whales learn eating preferences and feeding techniques from their social groups, too.

In defense of dolphins

June 30, 2013 | The University, Uncategorized

In the fall of 1985, a giant humpback whale named Humphrey attracted international fame when he lost his way while migrating southward to breed. He ended up swimming into the San Francisco Bay instead. For two weeks rescuers from The Marine Mammal Center in California and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration desperately tried to lead him back to sea but had little success. Finally, they called in Diana Reiss, a renowned dolphin researcher, to help. By then Humphrey was already 80 miles inland and his beautiful coat was decaying due to extended exposure to fresh water.

Same-Sex Marriage Rulings Focus Spotlight on Prof. Richen’s Documentary

June 28, 2013 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

The U.S. Supreme Court’s back-to-back decisions in two same-sex marriage cases have brought attention to Yoruba Richen’s documentary, "The New Black."

The Complex Path to Justice

June 27, 2013 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

After completing a year of law school in her home country of Montenegro (the former Yugoslavia), Sanja Chastain moved to New York and in 2011 earned an associate degree in criminal justice from BMCC.
Next, she transferred to John Jay College and completed a dual baccalaureate/master’s program in forensic psychology in 2013.
“Only 29 of us were accepted,” she says of her accelerated studies at John Jay. “It’s a really tough program. You must maintain a 3.5 GPA. We all made it, though. If you struggle with certain classes, the professors are available, and you can participate in study groups.”

QCC Graduate Receives The 2013 Phi Beta Kappa Association of New York Scholarship

June 27, 2013 | Queensborough Community College

Paula Villacres, ʻ13, has received the 2013 Phi Beta Kappa Association of New York Scholarship, awarded to outstanding students who started at a community college and are inspired to continue their liberal arts education leading to a Bachelor’s degree.


June 27, 2013 | Macaulay Honors College

New York, NY – (June 26, 2013).  Steven L. Isenberg, the professor, lawyer and former newspaper publisher who recently served as Executive Director of PEN American Center, has been named Visiting Professor at Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York, effective August 1, 2013. Widely recognized for his dedication to literature and […]

Three Theoretical Physicists Join the Initiative for the Theoretical Sciences (ITS)

June 27, 2013 | CUNY Graduate Center

Three top theoretical physicists will join the Graduate Center in Fall 2013, two as visiting professors and one as full-time member of the GC’s central faculty in physics.

Dr. Kenya Beard Named Nurse Educator of 2013 by National Black Nurses Association

June 27, 2013 | Hunter College, Uncategorized

The National Black Nurses Association has named Kenya Beard, of the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, the Nurse Educator of the Year. Beard, EdD, GNP-BC, NP-C, ACNP-BC, CNE, is an assistant professor and the Josiah Macy Faculty Scholar at Hunter-Bellevue. The award recognizes “outstanding contributions to professional and/or patient education.” When news of the award was […]

Profs. Goode and Robson on Affirmative Action and Same-Sex Marriage Supreme Court Rulings

June 27, 2013 | CUNY School of Law

Professors Victor Goode and Ruthann Robson weigh in on this week’s Supreme Courts rulings and provide a break down of the affirmative action case and the same-sex marriage cases.

A Letter of Commendation from President Raab to Dean Steiner and The School of Education Faculty

June 27, 2013 | Hunter College

Congratulations on the wonderful recognition of the School of Education in the recent National Council on Teacher Quality and U.S. News & World Report ratings of teacher preparation programs. To see the program highlighted as having all five of its scored programs in the 96th percentile or higher nationwide, and as “the only institution that […]

John Jay Senior Accepted to Sought-After Summer Internship with the Federal Bureau of Investigation

June 27, 2013 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Kalyssa Daley, a Criminology major, was accepted into the highly competitive and prestigious Federal Bureau of Investigation Volunteer Internship Program this summer. The program is a ten-week internship that offers junior or senior undergraduates, graduates or post-doctorate students insight into the FBI’s operations and the opportunity to explore possible career prospects.

From Italy to Spain, Studying the Psychology of Crime

June 27, 2013 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Krista Giordano, who is majoring in forensic psychology, spent the spring 2013 semester studying in Florence, Italy through the College of Staten Island’s College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS) program. John Jay students are permitted to participate in CUNY campus-based study abroad programs.

Presidential Awards Honor Outstanding Faculty Members

June 27, 2013 | Hunter College

In a festive ceremony on May 15, President Jennifer J. Raab presented 12 members of the Hunter faculty with the 2013 Presidential Awards for Excellence. Held every spring, the ceremony is an opportunity for President Raab and the entire Hunter faculty to honor distinguished members of the academic community. The 2013 awards recognized contributions and […]