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Ingredient in olive oil kills cancer cells with their own enzymes

February 9, 2015 | The University

A Rutgers nutritional scientist and two cancer biologists at New York City’s Hunter College have found that an ingredient in extra-virgin olive oil kills a variety of human cancer cells without harming healthy cells.
The ingredient is oleocanthal, a compound that ruptures a part of the cancerous cell, releasing enzymes that cause cell death.

Magnetic material’s unusual heating effect could fry cancer cells at the perfect temperature

February 9, 2015 | The University

When exposed to a varying magnetic field, some conductive materials undergo a temperature increase of about 3-5 K over several minutes. This effect is called induction heating, and it occurs because small electric currents cause heating due to resistance.

Mayor de Blasio Announces U.S. Department Of Energy Award to CUNY to Spur Solar Electric Systems For Emergency Power During Power Outages

January 26, 2015 | The University

Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced that the City University of New York (CUNY) has won an $800,000 award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative Solar Market Pathways to support the growth of resilient solar electric systems that can supply clean, emergency power and provide energy storage during electricity outages, by enabling the systems to work independently of the grid.

Cinnamon smell prompts us to buy more expensive stuff, study finds

January 26, 2015 | The University

Stores assault the eyes and ears with blowout sales and catchy jingles to woo shoppers in from the street, but it looks like they should go straight to our noses if they want to make the sale.

Scientists Take Step Towards Practical Metamaterial Light Emitters

January 26, 2015 | The University

Hyperbolic metamaterial structure can both enhance and capture quantum dot light emissions January 19, 2015 A team from City College, City University of New York (CUNY), Purdue University and the University of Alberta has demonstrated how to both enhance light emission and capture light from metamaterials embedded with light emitting quantum dots. The breakthrough, they believe, […]

Population genomics unveil seahorse domain

January 26, 2015 | The University

In a finding vital to effective species management, a team including City College of New York biologists has determined that the lined seahorse (Hippocampus erectus) is more a permanent resident of the western mid-Atlantic Ocean than a vagrant.

Colleges Closed Tuesday

January 26, 2015 | The University

Due to the winter storm, all CUNY colleges will close on January 27, 2015. All essential employees are expected to report to work.

The Atlantic and Its Coverage of CUNY

January 22, 2015 | The University

Update on The Atlantic article on CUNY, which was replete with errors and a fundamentally fictitious student profile.

CUNY’s Citizenship Now! To Offer Free Legal Assistance for Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Applicants

January 21, 2015 | The University

CUNY’s Citizenship Now!, which offers free, high quality, and confidential immigration law services to New York City’s immigrant community, will provide free legal guidance to qualified applicants for President Obama’s deferred action program.

New UF study reveals oldest primate lived in trees

January 14, 2015 | The University

Say “primate” and most people wouldn’t think of a tree-dwelling, squirrel-like creature that weighs no more than a deck of playing cards, but a new study suggests that may perfectly describe humans’ earliest primate ancestors.

Self-Assembling Carbohydrates Trap Cancer Cells In A Cage

January 14, 2015 | The University

Chemists have designed a carbohydrate-based molecule that can surround and strangle bone cancer cells by self-assembling into a tangled web of nanofibers (J. Am. Chem.

Soc. 2014, DOI: 10.1021/ ja5111893). The molecule spares healthy cells because its assembly is triggered by an enzyme that’s overexpressed on cancer cells.

Statement by Chancellor James B. Milliken

January 9, 2015 | The University

President Obama’s plan for free tuition at community colleges sends a powerful signal of the importance of access to a quality education and of these vital front-line higher education institutions to America’s future.

Joint Statement by Chairperson Benno Schmidt and Chancellor James Milliken on the Passing of Governor Mario Cuomo

January 2, 2015 | The University, Uncategorized

The City University of New York deeply mourns the passing of Governor Mario M. Cuomo, whose legendary oratorical skills gave voice to millions and were matched only by his passionate commitment to a lifetime of exemplary public service.

After Hurricane Sandy, climate scientists and architects explore how to co-exist with rising tides

January 1, 2015 | The University

After the wind, rain and waves of Hurricane Sandy subsided, many of the modest homes in the Chelsea Heights section of Atlantic City, New Jersey, were filled to their windows with murky water. Residents returned to find roads inundated by the storm surge. Some maneuvered through the streets by boat. This mode of transport could become more common in neighborhoods like Chelsea Heights as coastal planners rethink how to cope with the increasing risk of hurricane-induced flooding over the coming decades. Rather than seeking to defend buildings and infrastructure from storm surges, a team of architects and climate scientists is exploring a new vision, with an emphasis on living with rising waters. “Every house will be a waterfront house,” said Princeton Associate Professor of Architecture Paul Lewis. “We’re trying to find a way that canals can work their way through and connect each house, so that kayaks and other small boats are able to navigate through the water.”

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.

Notes

January 1, 2015 | Salute to Scholars, The University

Research, Grants, Awards and Alumni

Books At-a-Glance

January 1, 2015 | Salute to Scholars, The University

Here is a collection of new books written by CUNY authors:

Page Turners: The Courage of Shirley Chisholm

January 1, 2015 | Salute to Scholars, The University

In her new book, Shirley Chisholm: Catalyst for Change, Brooklyn College education professor Barbara Winslow traces Chisholm’s life from her upbringing in Barbados and Brooklyn to her historic election as the first black woman elected to Congress and ends with her iconic 1972 presidential campaign.

Page Turners: Hidden New York on Foot

January 1, 2015 | Salute to Scholars, The University

Walking the streets of New York with William Helmreich is a trip into the hidden soul of this chaotic and often misunderstood city. On a recent tour in East Harlem, he shared a history lesson on the Robert F. Wagner housing development. He unraveled mini mysteries painted into an immense mural. And his knock on a basement door unlocked a heartwarming secret.

Field Study: Teaching Patients Health Care in Haiti

January 1, 2015 | Salute to Scholars, The University, Uncategorized

For York College assistant nursing professor Margarett Alexandre, sometimes humanitarian aid can do more harm than good: To create lasting change, volunteer missions need to be about helping others help themselves.