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John O’Keefe, Class of ’63, Wins Nobel Prize

October 6, 2014 | City College, The University

Dr. John O’Keefe, a 1963 alumnus of The City College of New York, was today awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He is CCNY’s tenth Nobel laureate, placing the institution among the top ranks of public colleges and universities nationwide.

A Message to the CUNY community from Chancellor James B. Milliken

October 5, 2014 | The University

Update on proposed amendments to University policies and procedures addressing sexual assault, sexual harassment and student discipline.

Cutting power could dramatically boost laser output

October 5, 2014 | The University

Lasers – devices that deliver beams of highly organized light – are so deeply integrated into modern technology that their basic operations would seem well understood. CD players, medical diagnostics and military surveillance all depend on lasers.

Report Shows Extent of Racialized Criminalization over last 30 years

October 5, 2014 | The University

This week’s report on the frequency and distribution of misdemeanor arrests from 1980 to today from John Jay College of Criminal Justice provides clear evidence of what many have known for years. The NYPD is engaged in a wide-ranging social experiment in the mass criminalization of poor non-white New Yorkers.

Why Eating Lunch at Your Desk is Making You Fat

October 5, 2014 | The University

Preparing a healthy lunch at home is a luxury most of us don’t have time for. But—thanks to an alarming new study—it’s something we all should be doing regularly, as it’s seriously unhealthy to grab lunch around the office every day.

Making stars: Astronomy program provides tools, support to enhance diversity

October 5, 2014 | The University

Like so many other children, Fabienne Bastien did not like to go to sleep at bedtime

Nobel Prize in Medicine Is Awarded to Three Who Discovered Brain’s ‘Inner GPS’

October 4, 2014 | The University

A British-American scientist and a pair of Norwegian researchers were awarded this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday for discovering “an inner GPS in the brain” that enables virtually all creatures to navigate their surroundings.

Simple Interventions Can Prevent High Birth Weight Among Newborns, Study

October 4, 2014 | The University

Simple interventions can help avert high birth weights in newborns, according to a new study by the University of Adelaide. The finding is significant because infants with higher birth weight face heightened risk of becoming obese as children or adults.

More Freshmen and High Achievers Are Choosing CUNY

September 26, 2014 | The University

The City University of New York is experiencing record enrollment this fall as more students than ever – including more freshmen and high achievers — choose CUNY for its extraordinary value from quality academics to exceptional affordability to opportunity-rich programs and New York City location.

Monkey populations will suffer as climate change alters their food

September 25, 2014 | The University

If you consider the consequences of global warming, it’s always the major effects that receive the most attention – glaciers melting, sea levels rising, more frequent and more intense bushfires, floods and cyclones.

Most Who Abuse Painkillers Are Unprepared If Overdose Strikes: Study

September 25, 2014 | The University

Although teens and young adults who abuse prescription painkillers face a high risk of overdose, most don’t know how to respond when one occurs, new research shows.

Food, Culture in Old New York

September 24, 2014 | The University

In Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in Nineteenth-Century New York, Cindy Lobel, an assistant history professor at Lehman College, serves up a richly detailed account of the origins of the food industry in a century that brought enormous changes to the city’s cultural, social and political life. Deftly written, with fine illustrations, Lobel’s cultural history takes us on a fascinating tour of the foodways, describing the farms and markets that supplied the kitchens of the burgeoning city. Lobel also explains how the explosion of restaurants — from posh dining rooms to sixpenny eating houses — helped establish New York’s roots as the world’s greatest culinary center.

Chancellor Milliken Designates Dr. Eduardo J. Marti Interim President of Bronx Community College

September 17, 2014 | The University

Prominent educator Dr. Eduardo J. Martí, whose career includes a quarter century of service as a president of CUNY and SUNY community colleges, has been designated by Chancellor James B. Milliken as Interim President of Bronx Community College, subject to approval by the CUNY Board of Trustees.

Bronx Community College President Joseph Stepping Down To Become a University Professor

September 17, 2014 | The University

Chancellor James B. Milliken has announced that President Carole M. Berotte Joseph of Bronx Community College will be leaving her post effective Friday, October 3, 2014 to commence a study leave after which she becomes a University Professor.

Finding hints of gravitational waves in the stars

September 16, 2014 | The University

Scientists have shown how gravitational waves—invisible ripples in the fabric of space and time that propagate through the universe—might be “seen” by looking at the stars.

Justice Department launches study of racial bias among police

September 16, 2014 | The University

Broadening its push to improve police relations with minorities, the Justice Department has enlisted a team of criminal justice researchers to study racial bias in law enforcement in five American cities and recommend strategies to address the problem nationally, Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday.

More costly doesn’t mean better

September 9, 2014 | The University, Uncategorized

A study of hospital administrative costs in eight nations published Sept. 8 in Health Affairs finds that hospital bureaucracy consumed 25.3 percent of hospital budgets in the United States in 2011, twice as much as any other nation. The study is the first across multiple nations with widely varying health systems. It was carried out by teams from the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany and the Netherlands. Costs were lowest (about 12 percent) in Scotland and Canada, both of which have single-payer systems. Data covered virtually all hospitals in each nation. Administrative spending totaled $667 per capita in the U.S., $158 in Canada, $164 in Scotland, $211 in Wales, $225 in England and $325 in the Netherlands. French and German costs were about 40 percent lower than in the U.S.

At Your Service

September 4, 2014 | CUNY Matters, The University

New, Improved Adjunct Health Insurance; Bequeathing Unused Time Off; Latino Faculty Initiative

Grants and Honors

September 4, 2014 | CUNY Matters, The University

The University’s renowned faculty members continually win professional-achievement awards from prestigious organizations as well as research grants from government agencies, farsighted foundations and leading corporations. Pictured are just a few of the recent honorees. Brief summaries of many ongoing research projects start here and continue inside.

The Chancellor’s Desk: Coming Home, Again

September 4, 2014 | CUNY Matters, The University

In May, I completed almost a decade as president of the University of Nebraska, from which I graduated 35 years ago. NU was founded in 1869 as a “land-grant” university under the Morrill Act of 1862, signed by President Lincoln to expand educational opportunity to the children of farmers and mill workers. Today, in a small state, NU has a $2.48 billion budget, 50,000 students on five campuses, outreach in 93 counties and a global impact through distance learning and partnerships abroad. Nothing is more important to Nebraska than its public university.