Archive for July, 2014

Secrets of the Octopus

July 27, 2014 | The University

Have you ever wondered why the mighty eight-armed octopus never gets tangled up in knots? In a surprising discovery that revealed some of the secrets of the octopus, Brooklyn College psychology professor Frank W. Grasso and researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found that a chemical repellent in octopus skin prevents the arms from grabbing each other.

The tiny nautilus may help illuminate the history of brain development

July 27, 2014 | The University

Unlike most other soft-bodied cephalopods — cuttlefish, squid and octopus — the nautilus has no camouflage, no ink and relatively poor vision

For-profit home care agencies cost Medicare billions extra, yet provide worse care: Health Affairs study

July 27, 2014 | The University

For-profit home health agencies are far costlier for Medicare than nonprofit agencies, according to a nationwide study published today [Monday, Aug. 4] in the August issue of the journal Health Affairs. Overall cost per patient was $1,215 higher at for-profits, with operating costs accounting for $752 of the difference and excess profits for $463. Yet the quality of care was actually worse at for-profit agencies, and more of their patients required repeat hospitalizations.

Summer of science: City schools team with local colleges for STEM programs

July 27, 2014 | The University

For these city kids, it’s the summer of STEM.

As interest in science, technology, engineering and math — known as STEM — heats up in classrooms across the Big Apple and nationwide, local colleges are giving younger students a shot at a high-tech higher education.

Public schools from across the city are teaming with colleges such as Columbia University, New York University, Lehman College and City College of New York to offer dozens of kids free summer school classes on futuristic topics.

New York City Department of Education Director of STEM Linda Curtis-Bey said the city’s partnerships with universities give kids access to cutting-edge classes.

Selectivity and Graduation Rates

July 27, 2014 | The University

Educators continue to debate “undermatching” — the idea that many talented low-income students do not even apply to, let alone enroll at, the most competitive institutions to which they could gain admission.

Food and thought: Baruch College professor brings organic produce to Corona

July 27, 2014 | The University

This teacher is dishing out more than just food for thought.

Baruch College assistant professor Regina Bernard has teamed with her students to launch a program that brings organic fruits and vegetables to Corona, where they say healthy meals are hardly on the menu.

“It’s not hard to tell there’s a real food gap in this part of Queens,” said Bernard, 37, who teaches black and Latino studies.

Professor John DeCarlo Discusses Privately Paid Police in The Atlantic

July 24, 2014 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Associate Professor John DeCarlo of the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration is quoted prominently in an article that appeared in The Atlantic on the growing phenomenon of privatized policing. DeCarlo, a 34-year veteran of the Branford, CT, Police Department, including four years as its police chief, commented on the recent move […]

Clips of The Week

July 23, 2014 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

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CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Dr. David Gomez Interim President of Hostos Community College

July 22, 2014 | The University

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York has appointed Dr. David Gomez as the interim president of Hostos Community College.

CUNY Board of Trustees Appoints Judith E. Bergtraum As Interim Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management

July 22, 2014 | The University

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York today appointed Judith E. Bergtraum as Interim Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning, Construction and Management. For the past seven years she has served as deputy to Vice Chancellor Iris Weinshall, who is leaving to become the chief operating officer of the New York Public Library.

CCNY Hosts American Advertising Federation AdCamp for Second Year

July 21, 2014 | City College

AdCamp, an exclusive program established by the American Advertising Federation (AAF) to introduce high school students of diverse backgrounds to advertising and communications professions, returns to The City College of New York, July 27 – August 1.Nineteen top students from around the nation, including Chicago, Mexico City and Fayetteville, Ga., were selected by the AAF for the camp following a competitive application process.

Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay Awarded $3.6 Million to Support Research on Resilience in Urban Coastal Ecosystems

July 21, 2014 | The University

The Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay (SRI), a research consortium led by The City University of New York (CUNY), has been awarded $3.6 million from the Department of the Interior’s Hurricane Sandy Mitigation Funding to support research projects that will advance knowledge of resilience in urban coastal ecosystems.

CUNY Trustees Name Five New Distinguished Professors The University’s Highest Faculty Rank

July 17, 2014 | The University

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York unanimously named five outstanding scholars as Distinguished Professors, the highest faculty rank, at its June 30 meeting.

City Tech Salutatorian’s Artwork Featured in Exhibition Hosted by the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia

July 17, 2014 | New York City College of Technology

The Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia is hosting the Ljiljana and Milica Jevtic: Beauty and Nature art exhibition on Thursday, July 24, from 6pm to 8pm, at 62 West 45th Street, 7th floor, in Manhattan. Milica Jevtic is City Tech’s 2014 Salutatorian. Jevtic, a budding academic, is a Serbian who was born in […]

CUNY Announces First Round of Residencies as Part of the New CUNY Dance Initiative

July 17, 2014 | The University

The City University of New York has awarded 20 dance companies/choreographers residencies as part of the 2014 CUNY Dance Initiative (CDI).

Bring Your Kids to a Flight Simulator and Planetarium at Free NASA Camp

July 17, 2014 | York College

QUEENS — The final frontier is coming a little closer to home. This summer, kids can learn all about planets, participate in flight simulations and study 3-D printing, during a free NASA-designed program offered at York College in Jamaica. The hands-on classes are part of the Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy Program (SEMAA), and […]

JP Morgan Chase and John Jay Host Empowerment Symposium for Women Veterans

July 16, 2014 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

John Jay College of Criminal Justice in collaboration with JP Morgan Chase hosted the Women Veterans Empowerment Symposium on Wednesday, June 25. They held the event to bring awareness to the significance of women veterans and to deepen an understanding of women’s specialized needs as they move into civilian life and prepare for civilian professions. […]

Brooklyn College Remembers Claire Tow ’52

July 15, 2014 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Philanthropist Claire Tow ’52 died peacefully on July 7 after a 14-year struggle with Lou Gehrig’s Disease (ALS). She was 83. Born on August 29, 1930 in Brooklyn, NY, Claire was the daughter of Sigmund and Sadie Schneider. Growing up in Brighton Beach, Claire followed in her older sister Lucille’s footsteps, attending Abraham Lincoln High […]

SEEMA PROGRAM AT YORK

July 14, 2014 | York College

York College’s Science Engineering Mathematics Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) was recently featured on NY1 News. SEMAA is a free and exciting STEM program for school children from first grade through sixth grade in the summer. The week-long class is still registering students for the week of July 21 through 25. The fall 2014 program will then […]

York College’s Science Engineering Mathematics Aerospace Academy featured on NY1 News

July 14, 2014 | York College

York College’s Science Engineering Mathematics Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) was recently featured on NY1 News. SEMAA is a free and exciting STEM program for school children from first grade through sixth grade in the summer. The week-long class is still registering students for the week of July 21 through 25.