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New Titles/CUNY Authors

April 22, 2014 | CUNY Matters, The University

Scottsboro Boys’ Letters; World’s Fair as Flashpoint; Bad Health from Big Firms; Family Leave in California; A Scholar Reflects on Father’s Life

Book Talk: A Billy Collins Bemusement

April 22, 2014 | CUNY Matters, The University

When I teach my Chaucer-to-Milton survey at Hunter College, I always begin with Billy Collins’ droll “The Trouble with Poetry” since I know there will be a lot of poetic trouble on my syllabus for today’s students — a gaudy bouquet of the flowers of rhetoric, like ecphonesis (exclamation, Shakespeare’s beloved “O”) or epizeuxis (repeating a word for emphasis, Lear’s famous five “nevers”).

For Your Benefit: Leadership Learning

April 22, 2014 | CUNY Matters, The University

Loïc Audusseau, chief technology officer at Bronx Community College, believes this: “As a leader, I am only as good as my team.”

At Your Service

April 22, 2014 | CUNY Matters, The University

Write, Write, Market; On-Site Training Courses; Sharing Sick Leave

Happy DNA Day: Genetic Results From New York City Students Reveal Microcosm of the World

April 21, 2014 | The University

Sixty-one years ago tomorrow, James Watson and Francis Crick published a landmark paper on the structure of DNA. Now, April 25 is recognized as DNA Day, a day for celebrating all that we know about genetics, including what DNA tells us about our ancient past. Today, Genographic Project scientists are collaborating with populations around the globe to better understand this ancient past, and fill in the missing gaps of what we know about our shared human history.

Why Twitter Selfies Matter: They May Reveal Our Moods

April 21, 2014 | The University

To see how happy city dwellers are, it may help to look at the photos they post on Twitter, according to researchers who recently won one of Twitter’s first #DataGrants.

Massage: Thai vs. Swedish

April 21, 2014 | The University

Research evidence suggests that despite large differences in their fundamental principles, Thai and Swedish massages produce nearly identical health benefits. With only a single treatment, both massage styles reduce the heart rate, increase range of motion, and offer prolonged mood improvement and anxiety reduction.

Scientists Learn How to Put an Octopus to Sleep

April 21, 2014 | The University

We can’t really ask an octopus to count backward from 10. Which is just one of the tricky things about putting an octopus under.

Joint Statement by Chairperson Benno Schmidt And Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly On the Passing of Former State Senator Basil Paterson

April 17, 2014 | The University

The City University of New York mourns the passing of the Honorable Basil Alexander Paterson, a longstanding supporter of CUNY and the enhancement of its educational mission.

MIT, CUNY Researchers Observe Energy-Carrying Quasiparticles For The First Time

April 16, 2014 | The University, Uncategorized

While excitons have been understood in theory for decades, the authors of a new Nature Communications study have directly observed these quasiparticles responsible for energy transfer in solar cells, LEDs and semiconductor circuits for the first time.

CUNY Awarded Three 2014 New York Emmys

April 8, 2014 | The University

The City University of New York won three 2014 New York Emmy Awards, one for a video segment about the Civil Rights era on the University’s website and two by CUNY TV’s long-running Spanish-language program “Nueva York.”

Scientist seeks safe treatment for cephalopods

April 7, 2014 | The University

Olivia Mae Davis, a student at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center in New York City, is currently working with octopuses to determine how they are affected by anesthesia.

CUNY Start for Pre-Community College Level Students: Helping NYC High School Graduates In Math, Writing and Reading

March 31, 2014 | The University

Seven in 10 New York City public high school graduates and other incoming City University of New York students pass reading, writing and math assessment tests they previously failed after completing an innovative pre-community college level program, according to new CUNY data.

CUNY & SUNY To Celebrate Undergraduate Student Research In Albany

March 31, 2014 | The University

Albany – Undergraduate students from City University of New York and State University of New York campuses across the state will showcase their research at the Legislative Office Building Tuesday in Albany. Students will present more than 100 poster displays highlighting their research in a range of academic disciplines at the event.

Statement by CUNY Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly, The City University of New York, on the 2014-2015 State Budget Agreement

March 30, 2014 | The University

The 2014-15 New York State Budget agreement announced yesterday by Governor Cuomo and the leadership of the New York State Senate and Assembly includes vitally important improvements in the operating and capital budgets of The City University of New York

Tigra Scientifica: Mammals and Metabolism

March 30, 2014 | The University

“Mammals typically live fast-paced lives, mature in a few months, reproduce prodigiously and die in their teenage years, if not before,” Sharon Dewar, public relations director of Lincoln Park Zoo, said. However, humans and other primate relatives take years to mature, reproduce infrequently and live long lives.

How Lil Wayne the NYC Octopus Will Help Scientists Understand the Brain

March 30, 2014 | The University

It wasn’t hard to name Lil Wayne. He actually volunteered to take the rapper’s moniker.

On April 2, Frank Grasso, director of the Biomemetic and Cognitive Robotics Lab at Brooklyn College, showed me around his lab spaces—from where they build mobile robots to where they keep their axolotls and fiddler crabs to the crown jewel: his wall of octopus tanks.

Two CUNY Students Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships

March 21, 2014 | The University

Two CUNY students have been awarded the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the nation’s premier award for undergraduates majoring in math, science and engineering.

Media Advisory: CUNY “Model Senators” Will Debate Campaign Financing Bill In NYS Senate Chamber To Kick off CUNY’s 18th Annual Model Senate Program at the Somos El Futuro Conference in Albany

March 21, 2014 | The University

The City University of New York, in partnership with the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Task Force, will host a mock debate between CUNY students on the issue of campaign financing on the floor of the New York State Senate chamber on Saturday, March 22nd, from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., to kick-off the CUNY Model Senate Program during this weekend’s Somos El Futuro Conference, when some of the state’s most influential Latino lawmakers will gather in Albany.

A Message from Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly to the University Community

March 20, 2014 | The University

All of us at the University were profoundly saddened by the collapse of two East Harlem buildings last week, which resulted in the tragic deaths of two members of the CUNY community: John Jay College student Alexis Jordy Salas and Hunter College Campus Peace Officer Sgt. Griselde Camacho.