Nobel Laureate John O’Keefe, ’63, pioneering engineer Michael Pope, ’44BEE and trailblazing Xerox Corporation chair and CEO Ursula Burns will be awarded honorary degrees at The City College of New York’s 169th Commencement Exercises, May 29. The awards are in recognition of their professional accomplishments.
Five master’s programs at The City College of New York have been listed among the top in the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools 2016” rankings released today.
More than 160 scholars from around the world will attend a four- day interdisciplinary conference on Spanish linguistics March 26 – 29 at The City College of New York. Themed “Spanish Contact, Expansion, and Transformation,” the 25th Conference on Spanish in the United States and 10th Conference on Spanish in Contact with Other Languages will be hosted by City College for the first time.
African literary greats Chris Abani and Ngugi wa Thiong’o conclude The City College of New York’s Chinua Achebe Legacy Series with talks March 12 and April 23, respectively, at CCNY’s upper Manhattan campus.
For her next project, City College of New York Professor Andrea Weiss ramps up the activism that’s been her hallmark as an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker. In “Bones of Contention,” whose research is funded by her 2014 Fulbright Scholars award, Dr. Weiss focuses on the erasure and denial of LGBT history in post-Franco Spain.
Valeria Munt, a graduate student majoring in international relations at The City College of New York, has been named a 2015 Diplomacy and Diversity Fellow by Humanity in Action. She is one of 24 Fellows from the United States and Europe selected for their academic excellence and leadership potential. There were 421 graduate applicants from nearly 200 universities worldwide.
The City College of New York begins its 2015 Women’s History Month (WHM) observance Tuesday, March 3, with a program of speakers and networking session 12 – 2 p.m. in the North Academic Center (NAC) Ballroom. The kickoff and other City College WHM events are free and open to the public.
“Smart Bridge Sockets,” a home energy management system that enables residential consumers to efficiently and autonomously manage home appliances, earned three City College of New York electrical engineering students first place in an international competition at the United Nations.
For the second year running, seven City College of New York student members of the Roosevelt Institute have had five papers accepted for publication in the Institute’s annual “10 Ideas Series” coming out in March. The booklet is a compilation of papers by Roosevelt student chapter members from the progressive non-profit organization’s more than 120 affiliated campuses.
Actors Delroy Lindo, Laura Osnes and Amanda Quaid will be among the speakers at the inaugural CUNY Theatre Festival at The City College of New York, Saturday, February 21. The event, 12 Noon to 10 p.m. in Aaron Davis Hall, features workshops and student productions from eight CUNY schools. All the events are free and open to the public.
Dr. Elaine Fuchs, an internationally renowned expert in skin biology, its stem cells and associated human genetic disorders, will deliver the annual Louis Levine-Gabriella de Beer Lecture in Genetics at The City College of New York, Thursday, March 12. Her talk, “Stem Cells in Silence, Action and Cancer,” will begin at 5 p.m. in The Great Hall. It is free and open to the public.
Pulitzer-Prize winning poet winning author Tracy K. Smith will be the featured guest poet at the 43rd annual City College of New York Poetry Festival, Friday, May 8. The all-verse event runs 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Aronow Theater, located in CCNY’s NAC building. Dubbed “the Woodstock of the Spoken Word,” the festival is New York’s longest-running poetry celebration.
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.