Salute to Scholars

Sayonara Lehman, Hello Japan

May 25, 2016 | Salute to Scholars

SHANIK VASQUEZ’S interest in things Japanese began at 12 with “Naruto,” a Japanese anime (animated) television series about an adolescent ninja; next came manga comic books and Japanese pop music. Krystal Garcia’s own pen and ink drawing, well, drew her in, as anime and manga became influences.

He’s Working on That Migraine for You

May 25, 2016 | City College, Macaulay Honors College, Salute to Scholars

MIGRAINE headaches throb painfully, sometimes triggering nausea, vomiting and extreme sensitivity to sound and light. They can be incapacitating.

Studying Germany to Help Staten Island

May 25, 2016 | Baruch College, Salute to Scholars

ALL POLITICS may be local, as former House Speaker Tip O’Neill famously said, but sometimes the route toward becoming effective in Staten Island means a detour through Germany. At least that’s the way Sebastian Franco (Baruch College, ’16) sees it.

The Music Sounds Like Social Justice

May 25, 2016 | CUNY Graduate Center, Salute to Scholars

SINCE EL SISTEMA, Venezuela’s acclaimed national system of free classical music education, began in 1975, it has come to represent an avenue for social change, national unity, a path out of poverty and what creator José Antonio Abreu calls the expression of “sublime feelings.”

Studying Sexual Identity Issues in Japan

May 25, 2016 | Salute to Scholars

LGBT Americans today benefit from more than 45 years of a vigorous civil and human rights movement. While rear-guard attacks continue over anti- discrimination laws in areas like housing, employment and even bathroom access, the LGBT community has achieved what just a few years ago was unimaginable, most prominently with marriage equality.

No Quitting on Life, Now Law School Is in Sight

May 25, 2016 | Bronx Community College, Salute to Scholars

DARNELL REED (Bronx Community College, ’16), now at City College, intends to become an attorney. He was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the national community college honor society, and is among 50 students nationwide to win a 2016 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholarship worth $1,250.

Working on Stress Relief

May 25, 2016 | Hunter College, LaGuardia Community College, Salute to Scholars

IF YOU COULD control stress, would you learn more effectively?

Ready to Wander the World — Teaching English

May 25, 2016 | Queens College, Salute to Scholars

THERE’S A GREAT and fascinating world to see, and Linda Mathew intends to see it one classroom at a time.

Searching for Microbes That Love To Eat Our Plastic Trash

May 25, 2016 | Hunter College, Kingsborough Community College, Salute to Scholars

THE WORLD is drowning in plastic. Almost every shred ever created still exists. Some is processed into other products, like polar fleece fabric. Some is recycled by melting, which consumes energy and releases toxic fumes.

Relearning Her Mother Tongue

May 25, 2016 | City College, Macaulay Honors College, Salute to Scholars

ALINA SHEN GREW UP speaking Mandarin at home, but her fluency slipped as she went through New York City’s public schools. “They didn’t have the resources to support instruction in Chinese,” she says.

Master Teachers Inspire a Career Choice

May 25, 2016 | Guttman Community College, Salute to Scholars

IF CHRISTINA WIRSING (Guttman Community College, ’16) had not always liked children, she might have had a hard time as she was growing up. After all, her mother owns a day care center and her normal summer employment involves being a counselor at a camp, where she teaches arts and crafts to children. Luckily, youngsters always delighted her.

Depressed? She Has an App for That

May 24, 2016 | Brooklyn College, Macaulay Honors College, Salute to Scholars

CAN DEPRESSION be diminished by using a brain-training app? That was the question asked – and, in a pilot trial, positively answered – by an app that Rebecca Baron (Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College, ’18) designed during an internship at Mount Sinai Hospital

He Digs Anthropology and Arabic

May 24, 2016 | Hunter College, Salute to Scholars

‘ARABIC IS SUCH an expressive and beautiful language, but it’s daunting because the vocabulary is so huge,” says David Kanbergs (Hunter College, ’17). “There are so many specific words, like a verb to say someone became one-eyed.”

Engineering First-World Health Care for the Third World

May 24, 2016 | City College, Salute to Scholars

GROWING UP in Ghana, Solomon Mensah dreamed of becoming a physician, even while earning an associate degree in mechanical engineering.

Can Math Applications Add Up to World Peace?

May 24, 2016 | Macaulay Honors College, Queens College, Salute to Scholars

TAMAR LICHTER faces the delightful quandary of being pulled in opposite directions by her love of mathematics. Will she head into pure mathematics or applied mathematics? Luckily, she’s pretty good at both.

A Car Crash Steered Her Toward Medicine

May 24, 2016 | Hostos Community College, Lehman College, Salute to Scholars

WHEN she was a child in Nigeria, Rabiat Ajao (Hostos Community College, ’16) had the misfortune to be hit by a car while riding a motorcycle. She was rushed to the hospital, “but I never got adequate care” and could neither walk nor go to school for three months.

Dr. Data

October 28, 2015 | CUNY Graduate Center, Salute to Scholars

CUNY alum JT Kostman wants to know all about you — to find out what you want and what you’ll be happy to pay for. By Richard Firstman Such is the tenuous state of the great American magazine industry that the future of the greatest magazine company may depend on a psychologist. That is, a psychologist who’s […]

McCann’s Mission

October 27, 2015 | Hunter College, Salute to Scholars

MFA Writing Students Vaulting the Impossible Author Colum McCann, recipient of the 2009 National Book Award for fiction for Let the Great World Spin, teaches each spring in Hunter College’s Creative Writing MFA program. His new collection of short fiction, Thirteen Ways of Looking, will be published by Random House in October. McCann is also […]

Campus Tour: At the Center of Thriving Technology

January 1, 2015 | Salute to Scholars, The University

Three years ago, while on the way to class, New York City College of Technology senior Yevgeniy Babkin got off on the wrong floor and discovered the Mechatronics/Robotics Technology Center.


January 1, 2015 | Salute to Scholars, The University

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