The City College of New York was a co-leader nationally in producing the most 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Scholars, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has announced. City College and Seattle University each received four awards during the year to share top place among master’s institutions. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Karen Mackey Witherspoon, vice president, division of government, community and cultural affairs, The City College of New York, will be honored at The Network Journal’s (TNJ) “25 Influential Black Women in Business” luncheon March 26 in Manhattan. Emmy award-winning journalist Brenda Blackmon will emcee the 17th annual awards ceremony 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Midtown.
The American Institute of Architects’ Jury of Fellows has elevated George Ranalli, dean of The City College of New York’s Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, to its College of Fellows. Dean Ranalli and other 2015 fellows will be honored at an investiture ceremony at the AIA Convention in Atlanta, Ga., May 15.
In recent years, The City College of New York’s Engineers Without Borders-USA student chapter has spent summers and winter break working on water distribution and sanitation projects in rural Honduras. This winter, the chapter will extend its goodwill closer to home and help build a green and sustainable community center on a reservation.
A City College of New York led-team has successfully demonstrated how to both enhance light emission and capture light from metamaterials embedded with light emitting nanocrystals. The breakthrough, headed by physicist Dr. Vinod Menon, could lead to a range of applications including ultrafast LEDs, nanoscale lasers and efficient single photon sources.
Dr. Mary Erina Driscoll, dean of The City College of New York’s School of Education (SOE), has been named the Harold Kobliner Chair in Education at CCNY. The Kobliner Chair is bestowed upon a distinguished and committed faculty member in the SOE. It is named after Harold Kobliner, a 1950 CCNY alumnus, in tribute to his 40 years of service in the New York City public school system.
Dr. Neville A. Parker, Herbert G. Kayser Professor of Civil Engineering at The City College of New York, has been awarded the 2014 Distinguished Contribution to University Transportation Education and Research Award by the Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC).
In a field often dominated by men, City College of New York biologist Dr. Ana Carnaval’s lab at CCNY’s Harlem campus breaks the mold. During her four years at CCNY, she has mentored 21 women at different career stages – from college freshmen to international post doctorates. Up to 73 % of the researchers associated with her lab are female.
As the largest single chunk of melting snow and ice in the world, the massive ice sheet that covers about 80 percent of Greenland is recognized as the biggest potential contributor to rising sea levels due to glacial meltwater.
“Glimpses of Black People in the Earliest Documents of the Modern Americas,” an exhibit that traces the first African presence in the Americas, opens at The City College of New York Friday, May 1, 2015. It will be on view in the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute’s (DSI) exhibit room, NAC 2/202. On display will be images of original documents, transcriptions, translations and photographs of historic sites on the island-colony of La Española (Hispaniola) that is today the neighboring states of the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
One of the longest running weekend primetime television shows in the New York area is a program showcasing international cinema developed and hosted by award-winning City College of New York filmmaker and scholar Jerry Carlson. Now in its 20th year, “City Cinematheque” airs movies on CUNY-TV Saturday and Sunday nights at 9 p.m. followed by a discussion on the social and historical value of the film with scholars, film professionals and critics.
The Americas Film Festival of New York (TAFFNY), presented by The City College of New York’s Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education, will be held June 22-25, 2015. Today, the festival announced a call for submissions for feature films, documentaries, shorts and animations that represent the rich diversity of cultures, languages and stories of the Americas.
Prospects of developing computing and communication technologies based on quantum properties of light and matter may have taken a major step forward thanks to research by City College of New York physicists led by Dr. Vinod Menon.
Elena Romero and Grace Aneiza Ali, adjuncts in The City College of New York’s Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education (CWE), will speak at the Black Portraiture[s] II: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories conference in Florence, Italy, May 28-31, 2015. It will be the sixth in a series of conferences staged by New York University and Harvard’s Hutchins Center for African and African American Research.
As a child in his native Trinidad, Lenn Hypolite’s young mind was immersed in comic books. He grew up dreaming of creating his own Afro-Caribbean superhero. Thanks to The City College of New York’s electronic design and multimedia (EDM) program Mr. Hypolite is now about to introduce “Telestro” to readers.
The City College of New York’s student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers took first place in three categories in addition to scooping the best “Trailblazer Chapter Award” at the NSBE Region 1 conference in Hauppauge, N.Y.
The “Presidential Conversations: Activism, Scholarship, and Engagement,” series at The City College of New York continues in 2015. Dr. Ana Carnaval, assistant professor of biology at CCNY whose research has helped developed a new biodiversity metric called “phylogeographic endemism,” is the third speaker in the series, Thursday, February 5, 4 – 5:30 p.m. in Shepard 250. Her topic will be “Integrating Biology and Environmental Sciences to Understand Biodiversity Patterns in the Tropics.”
The City College of New York’s student-designed “Solar Roofpod” is making a comeback atop the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture building. Envisaged as a solution to New York City’s energy and emission problems, the innovative structure had been in storage since placing second in the “People’s Choice Award” at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon on the National Mall.
The first phase of its installation is nearing completion, allowing for its use as a classroom, living lab and lecture event space, hopefully in the spring semester, said Christian Volkmann, associate professor in the Spitzer School, who supervised its construction.
Stephanie Petit-Homme, a City College of New York senior with dreams of making a difference globally as a human rights lawyer, has been awarded a 2014 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad. The political science and French double major will spend the spring semester at Université Paris VIII in France.
Research by City College of New York psychology Professor Irvin Schonfeld in the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership suggests a strong connection between burnout and depression.