HAVE YOU HEARD? Sarah Bartlett has been named dean of the CUNY Graduate Journalism School and Kevin H. Gardner the head of structural biology at CUNY’s ASRC … If you’re a veteran, you can get some extra help to graduate from CUNY debt free … More than 1,000 people attended the University’s Eighth Annual Black Male Initiative Conference, hosted by York College.

The doctor is in. Residents in 3,000 New York City households are getting free medical check-ups thanks to the Health Department and the CUNY School of Public Health. Participants in the second New York City Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NYC HANES) not only get life-saving vital signs information but also $100. Lorna Thorpe, lead investigator of the survey and director of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program at the CUNY School of Public Health, says the previous survey, in 2004, identified key health issues and led to legislation that banned smoking at city beaches and trans fats in foods. “We are looking for longer-term reasons why people are developing chronic conditions,” she told the New York Daily News

Queens College President James Muyskens announced his retirement, effective Dec. 31. The 70-year-old Muyskens, who has led the campus for the past 11 years, will become a professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center. During his tenure, the college’s enrollment jumped from 15,000 to 20,000 and the school won numerous accolades, including being ranked No. 2 in the nation in Washington Monthly’s list of colleges that give the “Best Bang for the Buck.” Evangelos Gizis has been named interim president. Sarah Bartlett has been named dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and Kevin H. Gardner has been appointed head of the structural biology initiative at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center. A former assistant managing editor of BusinessWeek and a New York Times reporter, Bartlett held the Bloomberg Chair of Business Journalism at Baruch before joining the faculty of the Journalism School. Gardner, a renowned biomedical researcher, hails from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he held the Virginia Lazenby O’Hara Chair in Biochemistry. His work focuses on how cells sense and adapt to their local environment. In addition to his ASRC post, he will be the Albert Einstein Professor of Chemistry at City College.

Hands across campuses. When Baruch College student Elona Karafin learned that Brooklyn College student Nancy Parmar had been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia and needed $60,000 for a bone-marrow transplant, she began raising money through Checkmate, Cancer! which she started to help young cancer patients. As of mid-October, her Saving Nancy Project had raised $36,004 from 480 donors through and was hosting bone-marrow drives to find a compatible donor.

More than 1,000 people turned out for the University’s Eighth Annual Black Male Initiative Conference, hosted by York College. The “Race, Law and Justice” conference, which focused on the history of race and racism in criminal justice, education, housing, residential segregation and employment, drew several prominent thinkers, including civil rights lawyer Juan Cartagena; Ron Daniels, the former leader of the Center for Constitutional Rights; and Paul Butler, a leading critical race theorist.

Electronic medical records keep doctors on their toes, according to new research by CUNY School of Public Health professors Stephanie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein and the Cambridge Health Alliance. According to the study of more than 28,700 patient visits and nearly 1,200 doctors, physicians who used electronic records were 5 percent more likely to order imaging.

Saying yes in Japanese. LaGuardia students waving Japanese flags and wearing kimonos greeted Akie Abe, the wife of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, when she took an hour-long tour of the campus in September with Sumio Kusaka, the ambassador and consul general of Japan in New York. After meeting with students who are studying Japanese and who recently participated in a study abroad program proposed by her husband, she was quoted in as saying that “it is very important for young people to learn the Japanese language, to visit Japan and interact with the local people.”

If you want to join the fight against air pollution, you may be able to do battle with your smartphone. New York City College of Technology professor Andy Zhang has been working with HabitatMap to develop an “AirCasting” app that tests the air by using a pair of robots to measure humidity, temperature, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, dust particles and pollution.

Updating Wikipedia. CUNY’s Graduate Center, Macaulay Honors College and Lehman College are among the schools of 15 universities, including Yale and Brown, offering college credit to students who put a feminist touch on Wikipedia entries.  Some 300 students are participating in Storming Wikipedia, which was set up by FemTechNet as part of its Dialogues on Feminism and Technology online course.

ObamaObama visits P-Tech: Welcomed by cheering students, President Obama on Oct. 25 visited Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-Tech, an innovative six-year, associate degree-granting school partnering with City Tech and IBM to offer students a computer science-focused program and job-ready associate degrees at graduation. Obama, who had praised P-Tech in his State of the Union address, called the Crown Heights, Brooklyn public school a model of public-private partnership and “a ticket to the middle class,” and urged Congress to invest more in such schools to better prepare young people to compete in the challenging global economy. Students at P-Tech, one of an array of new high schools created with the cooperation of CUNY, the city’s Department Education, and private industry, complete four years of high school and two years of college work before receiving their associate degree from City Tech along with an inside track to jobs at IBM.

New Posting: Harvard University has announced that former CIA Director and highly decorated four-star Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, who is teaching at Macaulay Honors College at CUNY this year, has been appointed a senior fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Dr. Petraeus has been appointed a Visiting Professor of Public Policy at Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, where he is teaching a seminar, “Are We on the Threshold of the (North) American Decade(s)?” His appointment is for the 2013-14 academic year. He is also teaching at the University of Southern California.

Dr. David Petraeus, four-star general and former CIA director, mingles with students at Macaulay Honors College reception.

Dr. David Petraeus, four-star general and former CIA director,
mingles with students at Macaulay Honors College reception.

In addition to his expertise in international relations, U.S. national security and military strategy, Dr. Petraeus’s current research interests include the impact on the U.S. of the ongoing revolutions in energy, information technology, manufacturing and life sciences. He earned a B.S. with honors at the U.S. Military Academy and his M.P.A. and Ph.D. at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy.


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