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New Titles/CUNY Authors

September 4, 2014 | CUNY Matters, The University

Planning Slavery’s End; Revisiting Incompatible Musicians; Foraging for Everything; Solving Disease Mysteries; Hiding the Louvre

For Your Benefit: Writing Guidance for Faculty Authors

September 4, 2014 | CUNY Matters, The University

Like many, Vanessa Valdés, a City College associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese, believes writing is hard work. In describing the process, she mentions “navigating the anxiety of writing.” Yet she is the author of Oshun’s Daughters: The Search for Womanhood in the Americas, published this year by the SUNY Press. It is a project, no doubt, she would have completed on her own. But she credits the University’s Faculty Fellowship Publication Program — and Shelly Eversley, a Baruch associate professor of English and her program mentor — for providing crucial support as she wrote. And for making the book even better.

Book Talk: These Boots Are Made for Walking

September 4, 2014 | CUNY Matters, The University

This book is utterly pedestrian. Let me explain. Back when Billy Helmreich was a boy growing up on the Upper West Side, his father would entertain him with a pastime called “Last Stop.” The two would hop on the subway, get off at one of the system’s far-flung terminuses, and explore the neighborhood on foot. They eventually worked down to some third-to-last stops.

Single Stop, Petrie Foundation Provide Financial Safety Net for CUNY Students

September 4, 2014 | CUNY Matters, The University

Two years ago, as Borough of Manhattan Community College student Turner Simplice was studying for her English final exam, she received the unsettling news that she was being evicted from her home.

‘We Chose CUNY’ – Chancellor Milliken

September 4, 2014 | CUNY Matters, The University

The busiest man on campus this summer may have been James B. Milliken, CUNY’s energetic new Chancellor. Barely off the plane from Nebraska, he took office on June 1 and hit the concrete running — handing out diplomas at commencements, recommending three new college presidents at his first CUNY board meeting and spending many of his days on a whistle-stop tour of CUNY’s 24 campuses.

$55 Million Jump-Start For 2020 on 20 Campuses

September 4, 2014 | CUNY Matters, The University

Eight entrepreneurial programs. Twenty campuses. Fifty-five million dollars. Those are the numbers for the first grants awarded in the state’s new NY CUNY 2020 program, launched by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature to support work across CUNY that connects academic achievement with entrepreneurship and economic development. The projects, selected by staff from CUNY and the state’s Empire State Development agency after a competitive bidding process, will help create 3,800 jobs over six years.

New Master’s, Doctoral Programs Lead CUNY’s 2014 Academic Offerings

September 4, 2014 | The University

New academic degrees – including a Master of Fine Arts in Cinema Arts and a Master of Arts in Cinema Studies at Brooklyn College, a Master’s in Social Work and a Doctor of Nursing Practice at the College of Staten Island and an online Bachelor of Science in Information Systems at the CUNY School of Professional Studies – are among 20 degree and certificate programs debuting this fall at The City University of New York.

From Teacher and Pupil At P.S. 20 to CUNY Dean And Master’s Graduate

September 4, 2014 | The University

John Mogulescu is now the senior University dean for academic affairs. But in 1968, he was a newly minted sixth-grade teacher at P.S. 20 in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Retail employees frustrated by slashed hours, erratic schedules: study

September 3, 2014 | The University, Uncategorized

A new survey of city retail workers claims many are losing their shirts to “disturbing” new staffing trends.

Bureaucracy consumes one-quarter of US hospitals’ budgets, twice as much as other nations

September 3, 2014 | The University

A study of hospital administrative costs in eight nations published today in the September issue of Health Affairs finds that hospital bureaucracy consumed 25.3 percent of hospital budgets in the U.S. in 2011, far more than in other nations.

Bureaucracy consumes one-quarter of US hospitals’ budgets, twice as much as other nations

September 3, 2014 | The University

A study of hospital administrative costs in eight nations published today in the September issue of Health Affairs finds that hospital bureaucracy consumed 25.3 percent of hospital budgets in the U.S. in 2011, far more than in other nations.

It’s a CUNY Trifecta! Brooklyn College, Queens College and Baruch College Named Nation’s Top Three “BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK” Schools

August 27, 2014 | The University

The top three “Best Bang for the Buck” colleges in the nation are colleges of The City University of New York, according to the Washington Monthly magazine.

New research shows temperatures vary block by block

August 26, 2014 | The University

This summer has seen the temperature rise above the severe heat mark of 90 degrees just five times, with the latest happening Wednesday afternoon. That’s far fewer times than in an average New York summer.

Study redefines ecological model: Competition among species can cause geographical isolation

August 25, 2014 | The University

In a study that could alter traditional notions in the fields of ecology and evolutionary biology, three City College of New York researchers present results indicating that competition between two species can lead to the geographic isolation of one of them. The finding by biologists Eliecer E. Gutiérrez, Robert A. Boria and Robert P. Anderson is the cover story in the August issue of the Swedish-published journal “Ecography” under the title, “Can biotic interactions cause allopatry? Niche models, competition, and distributions of South American mouse opossums.”

Robin Hood Foundation Announces Semi-Finalists for $5 Million College Success Challenge

August 19, 2014 | The University

Robin Hood, New York’s largest poverty fighting organization, ideas42, a leading behavioral ideas lab, along with The City University of New York (CUNY), the leading urban university system in the U.S., today announced the semi-finalists for The Robin Hood College Success Prize, a competition designed to identify scalable technology solutions to increase the three-year graduation rates of the most at-risk community college students—those enrolled in remedial courses

Study at Deepwater Horizon spill site finds key to tracking pollutants

August 18, 2014 | The University

A new study of the ocean circulation patterns at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill reveals the significant role small-scale ocean currents play in the spread of pollutants. The findings provide new information to help predict the movements of oil and other pollutants in the ocean.

Workshops Work

August 17, 2014 | The University

A growing number of states have begun to require community colleges to allow more students with academic deficiencies to skip remediation and enroll directly in college-level courses. New research shows this approach can work, particularly if those students receive additional academic support.

Guttman Community College to Mark Its Inaugural Commencement on Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August 15, 2014 | Guttman Community College, The University

NEW YORK, NY, August 15, 2014–Stella and Charles Guttman Community College, The City University of New York’s first new community college in more than 40 years, will celebrate its first commencement on August 27th. The commencement ceremony will take place on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Gerald W. […]


July 28, 2014 | The University

Competitive grants awarded for projects that connect economic development and academic excellence and will create more than 3,800 jobs over six years

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.