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Studying Baboons in Africa — and Learning About Humans

December 11, 2013 | Salute to Scholars, The University

IN PARTS OF AFRICA, baboons can be controversial. Some people consider them pests, while others value the lessons they teach us about human behavior.

Josie Marcus and the Legend of Wyatt Earp

December 11, 2013 | Salute to Scholars, The University

WYATT EARP was an icon of the American West. Both an outlaw and a lawman, he was the only man to walk away uninjured from the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona.

Books At-a-Glance

December 11, 2013 | Salute to Scholars, The University

A collection of new books written by CUNY authors

Photo Finish: The Favelas of Rio in Miniature on Queens College Campus

December 11, 2013 | Salute to Scholars, The University

WHILE IT BEGAN AS A GAME played by teens in one of the working-class Rio de Janeiro neighborhoods, or “favelas,” today Projecto Morrinho has evolved into an art installation meant to inspire social awareness and international dialogue on the Queens College campus.

Campus Tour: Guttman Community College

December 11, 2013 | Salute to Scholars, The University

Guttman Community College, formerly known as the New Community College of CUNY, opened in the fall of 2012. It’s the first CUNY community college to open in more than 40 years, and it was renamed after the University received a $25 million gift from the Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation. The donation, the largest to a community college in New York history, was given to support the college and other community college initiatives to boost student retention and graduation rates.

Governor Cuomo Announces Appointments of Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro and Barry F. Schwartz to the CUNY Board of Trustees

December 9, 2013 | The University

I am pleased to appoint Borough President James Molinaro and Mr. Barry Schwartz to the CUNY Board of Trustees, who will bring invaluable experience from both the public and private sectors to the University. I thank them for their leadership as CUNY continues to serve the students of New York City with the highest standards.”

Statement of Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly on the passing of Nelson Mandela

December 9, 2013 | The University

“Nelson Mandela famously said that ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. ‘…

Four CUNY Students Named 2014 Gilman Scholars

December 6, 2013 | The University

Four CUNY students have won the prestigious Benjamin Gilman International Scholarship for Spring 2014. The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at 2 year and 4 year colleges and universities to enable them to participate in study abroad worldwide. The scholarship targets students who do not traditionally participate in study abroad programs.

As Student Debt Nationwide Has Surpassed $1 Trillion, Nearly 80% at CUNY Graduate Debt Free

November 25, 2013 | The University

Nearly 80 percent of full-time college students are debt free when they graduate from The City University of New York, making CUNY a national leader in providing the golden combination in higher education value today: valued degrees, high-quality education, award-winning professors, affordable tuition, and the likelihood of debt-free graduation.

A Response to Growing Mental Health and Wellness Needs Among Today’s College Students

November 25, 2013 | The University

University Vice Chancellor Frank Sanchez reports that CUNY has taken specific steps to meet the national trend for expanded mental health and wellness service.
Clearly, these trends have important implications for campus administrators and counseling centers. Currently, CUNY has 19 counseling centers that provide services for approximately 270,000.

MOIA, OEM DEBUT “WE ARE NEW YORK: THE STORM” EPISODE;10th Episode Focuses on Preparing English-language Learners for New York City Emergencies

November 25, 2013 | The University

Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs Commissioner Fatima Shama and New York City Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph F. Bruno today announced the debut of the 10th “We Are New York” episode, called “The Storm.” “We Are New York,” a project of the City University of New York, is an Emmy Award-winning half hour TV show created to help people learn and practice English.

Signs of life preserved in meteor glass

November 24, 2013 | The University

Complex organic material discovered inside meteor impact debris in Tasmania, is providing scientists with new clues about where to look, when searching for life on other planets.

Hybrid nano-materials that could replace human tissue or today’s pills

November 24, 2013 | The University

A team of researchers has uncovered critical information that could help scientists understand how protein polymers interact with other self-assembling biopolymers. The research helps explain naturally occurring nano-material within cells and could one day lead to engineered bio-composites for drug delivery, artificial tissue, bio-sensing, or cancer diagnosis.

Model explains why liquid suspensions suddenly turn solid

November 24, 2013 | The University

A new model combining fluid dynamics with granular dynamics can provide important insights into discontinuous shear thickening – a curious effect that causes some fluid-like materials to suddenly behave like a solid. Developed by physicists in the US, the model agrees with key experimental observations and could help researchers develop new technologies based on shear thickening, such as flexible body armour.

Talented New Faculty Welcomed to The City University of New York

November 14, 2013 | The University

An award-winning mathematician who solved a problem that puzzled mathematicians for decades, the winner of a prestigious Young Scientist Award from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, one of the leading historians of Africa, a filmmaker who is one of the outstanding European directors of her generation, a historian of modern Southeast Asia, and an authority on Rabbinic Civilization and Classical Judaism are among talented new faculty welcomed to The City University of New York this fall.

Being Bored Just Got A Little More Interesting

November 13, 2013 | The University

We’ve all been there. A long car ride through the corn fields of Nebraska. A work party where you search for conversation that doesn’t center around the single mundane task you share for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. A two-hour zig-zagging line to board a 4-minute roller coaster ride. Boredom, we learned in 2006, comes in many nuanced forms, the style of one distinctly different from another. Now, thanks to a collaborative study, we have one more type of boredom we can add to the list.

Interim Chancellor Kelly Announces CUNY-wide Relief Effort for Typhoon Haiyan Victims

November 12, 2013 | The University

Responding to the horrific devastation in the Philippines, Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly has announced the establishment of a University-wide relief effort to assist the victims and others affected by Typhoon Haiyan, which has left many thousands dead, injured and displaced and areas of the country destroyed in likely its worst natural disaster.

Veterans Day Events at CUNY Complement New Services; Governor Cuomo’s “Experience Counts” Initiative Underway

November 8, 2013 | The University

CUNY is marking Veterans Day this year with dozens of events to be held honoring fallen heroes and U.S. Service members listed at

Muhammad Arshad Elected University Student Senate (USS) Chair

November 8, 2013 | The University

Muhammad W. Arshad, a master’s degree candidate in the Public Service Management Program at City College’s Colin L. Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, has been elected the twenty-eighth chairperson of CUNY’s University Student Senate (USS) for 2013-2014. Arshad graduated with a baccalaureate of science in chemical engineering from the City College of New York. His election gives him a seat and a vote on the Board of Trustees as the University’s student representative.

Governor Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg Declare November as CUNY Month 2013 to Showcase Campuses, Open Houses, Admissions and Financial-aid Workshops and More

November 4, 2013 | The University

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg have designated November as CUNY Month 2013, The City University of New York’s annual opportunity to showcase its campuses to the public through open houses, admissions and financial-aid workshops, cultural events, lectures, art exhibits, performances, sports tournaments, book talks, workshops for veterans and immigrants, and special events at its 24 colleges and professional schools in the five boroughs.