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Sleep Tight: Study Suggests Our Ancestors Were Able To Live Off Way Less Than 8 Hours Of Sleep

October 15, 2015 | The University

Guilty of not getting the recommended eight hours of sleep last night? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. According to a 2013 Gallup survey, 40 percent of Americans fail to meet this standard. However, a recent study suggests eight hours of sleep may not be as integral to our health as we have been led to believe.

Shrinking habitats in store for Arctic mammals

October 15, 2015 | The University

A new study examining how 28 of Alaska’s mammal species will respond to future climate warming was released recently by the U.S. Geological Survey. Information for the study, conducted by several University of New Mexico alumni, was gathered using field research coupled with genetic analyses to determine how mammals responded to past climate changes.

CUNY School of Law Dean to Step Down in 2016

October 9, 2015 | The University

Dean Michelle J. Anderson of the CUNY School of Law is stepping down following the conclusion of this academic year after 10 years of outstanding leadership and service, announced Chancellor James B. Milliken today.

The Gray Whale Sneaks Back into the Atlantic, Two Centuries Later

October 8, 2015 | The University

Two years ago, tour boats taking passengers to look for dolphins off the coast of Namibiasaw a strange sight: out of the water, a humped, bumpy dark gray back rose up, striped with scars and spotted with barnacles.

Jewish Voice New York: Gary Barnett Sells 5 Ring Buildings to HLP in Over $250M Deal

October 8, 2015 | The University

In a deal worth more than $250 million, Gary Barnett’s Extell Development has closed on the sale to HLP Properties of five of its Ring portfolio office buildings, which it had been ground-leasing to the Kaufman Organization, The Real Deal reports being told by sources.

New Human Ancestor Walked Like Us, Climbed Like an Ape

October 6, 2015 | The University

The mysterious human ancestor called Homo naledi was primed for success in a prehistoric triathlon, new research shows—if the challenges were walking upright, climbing trees, and handily wielding tools.

Flipping Molecular Attachments Amps Up Activity of CO2 Catalyst

October 5, 2015 | The University

New research by chemists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory and their collaborators offers clues that could help scientists design more effective catalysts for transforming carbon dioxide (CO2) to useful products. The study, published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition, reveals how a simple rearrangement of molecular attachments on an iridium hydride catalyst can greatly improve its ability to coax notoriously stable CO2 molecules to react.

Real Estate Weekly: WHO’S NEWS: Tsao jumps to BHS from Elliman

October 2, 2015 | The University

Brown Harris Stevens, the exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, announced that Kathy Tsao, an agent with nearly 20 years of experience, has joined its flagship Park Avenue office as a licensed associate real estate broker.

The Wall Street Journal: Real Estate Board’s John H. Banks: A Regular Joe for a Real Estate Honcho

October 2, 2015 | The University

John H. Banks III is no fan of the necktie. He comes from a working-class family, and he enjoys doing things where the Windsor knot would be out of place, like going to a Yankees game or tending his garden.

Alcoholics Should Quit Smoking To Stay Sober

September 30, 2015 | The University

New research suggests that people with a history of alcohol problems who continue to smoke are at a greater risk of relapsing.

Statement by CUNY Board of Trustees Chairperson Benno Schmidt

September 29, 2015 | The University

We strongly support the efforts of CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken and the University’s administration in working to obtain a fair contract with faculty and staff. The Chancellor has indicated that the resolution of the collective bargaining is his highest priority and the Board of Trustees is in complete agreement.

Exclusive Video: First “Glowing” Sea Turtle Found

September 28, 2015 | The University

Yes, this sea turtle is glowing neon green and red. No, it’s not radioactive.

The critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle is the first reptile scientists have seen exhibiting biofluorescence—the ability to reflect the blue light hitting a surface and re-emit it as a different color. The most common colors are green, red, and orange.

The A train to Hollywood

September 25, 2015 | Salute to Scholars, The University

Brooklyn College’s new film school is a discount ticket to the movies  By Richard Firstman Barry Feirstein knows a good idea when he hears one. As a young investment analyst in the late 1970s, he was gripped by the outlandish idea of a few bearded guys on the West Coast that one day everyone would have […]

Telecommuting works best in moderation, science shows

September 24, 2015 | The University

Organizations are increasingly offering employees a variety of work-from-home options despite sometimes conflicting evidence about the effectiveness of telecommuting. A comprehensive new report reveals that telecommuting can boost employee job satisfaction and productivity, but only when it’s carefully implemented with specific individual and organizational factors in mind.

Researchers develop promising metal-based compound to fight kidney cancer

September 24, 2015 | The University

Researchers developed a promising metal-based compound that destroys kidney cancer cells, while leaving normal cells unharmed. The findings may provide a new way of treating kidney cancer, opening the potential for more potent and less toxic therapies that would give cancer patients a better quality of life.

Chancellor Congratulates Lehman College President Fernández and Macaulay Honors College Dean Kirschner for Exemplary Service to The University

September 16, 2015 | The University

Two outstanding leaders at The City University of New York — President Ricardo R. Fernández of Herbert H. Lehman College and Dean Ann Kirschner of the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY — are stepping down next year after long and exemplary service to CUNY, Chancellor James B. Milliken announced today.

Palm to Palm with an Ancient Human Relative

September 16, 2015 | The University

On September 9th, news reached humanity of a previously unknown hominin relative called Homo naledi. It was discovered in Maropeng, South Africa, about three hundred feet beyond the entrance to a cave chamber called Dinaledi (“Rising Star,” in the local Sesotho language). Getting to the species’ fossilized remains was a claustrophobic proposition. The access chute was only about eight inches wide in places, earning it nicknames like “Post Box” and “Superman Squeeze.” Because the principal investigator on the dig, Lee R. Berger, a paleoanthropologist at the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, could not himself fit through the Post Box, he placed an advertisement on Facebook for “skinny and preferably small” cavers with “excellent archaeological/paleontological excavation skills” and a willingness “to work in cramped quarters.” Six young women were selected from among the fifty-seven respondents.

Lessons from Killer Snails: A Q&A with Biologist Mande Holford

September 11, 2015 | The University

This Q&A features Mande Holford is Assistant Professor, Chemical Biology at City University of New York’s Hunter College. She does research into how the venom of conoidean snails can be used to help fight cancer.

A Message from Chancellor Milliken

September 10, 2015 | The University

Dear Colleagues: Welcome As the new academic year starts there is much good news to report and so many reasons to be proud of how one of the nation’s largest and most important public universities serves the city, state and country. We have the highest enrollment in our history; we’re launching a medical school and […]

On 9/11, CUNY Students Will Pledge Service to New York City

September 10, 2015 | The University

Nearly 900 students from eight CUNY colleges will pledge to serve New York City by joining 135 community organizations through the CUNY Service Corps.