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In Defense of the Annual Checkup

January 4, 2016 | The University

Arguments urging doctors to abandon routine physical exams are based on insufficient evidence, a new research paper maintains.

Forensic Dig is No Mere Walk in the Park

December 28, 2015 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

While most John Jay students were hitting the textbooks in classrooms, study halls or the library, 10 members of a graduate class in forensic anthropology were out in Central Park in mid-November, excavating, collecting and examining skeletal remains. Professor Angelique Corthals of the Department of Sciences set up a crime scene in the composting area […]

LaGuardia’s Registered Nursing Program Holds 30th Pinning and Graduation Ceremony

December 23, 2015 | LaGuardia Community College

Thirty-eight nursing students celebrated their completion of the Registered Nursing Program at LaGuardia Community College, at an event held earlier this afternoon where they received their RN pins in a traditional Pinning ceremony, as well as their Associate in Applied Science diplomas.

Macaulay Honors College Students Cuba-Bound to Study Tropical Ecology

December 23, 2015 | Macaulay Honors College

Students from Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, along with Baruch College associate professor David Gruber, will take part in a unique experience in Cuba—studying tropical ecology at the Peninsula de Zapata National Park. The site is one of the Caribbean’s most important wetland areas, and at nearly 700,000 acres, one of the largest biosphere reserves […]

Judge Alice Fisher Rubin Elected Chair of City Tech Foundation

December 22, 2015 | New York City College of Technology

The City Tech Foundation is pleased to announce that it has elected the Honorable Alice Fisher Rubin, retired Judge of the New York City Civil Court, as chair of the Foundation. Judge Rubin had previously been serving as the Foundation’s Vice Chair and has been a board member since 1982. Judge Rubin succeeds Martin Jaffe, […]

How to Build a Safer Urban Garden

December 18, 2015 | The University

City gardens are blooming. In backyards, rooftops, and community lots, the number of U.S. urban dwellers growing food jumped from 7 million to 9 million from 2008 to 2013. Nearly one third of the country’s public elementary schools had a gardening program as of 2013, up 11 percent since 2008. Urban schools are especially likely to have them, and for great reasons: Studies show health and learning benefits for young children exposed to growing plants.

Weill Cornell Medical College presents alumnae award to President Coico

December 17, 2015 | City College

Lisa S. Coico, Ph.D., president of The City College of New York, is the recipient of the 2016 Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University’s Graduate School Distinguished Alumnus Award. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to biomedical research and education. It will be presented in May.

Professor William Solecki’s Report Presented at Climate Change Conference in Paris

December 15, 2015 | Hunter College

Hunter’s William Solecki, professor of geography and founding director of the CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities, has co-edited a wide-reaching and authoritative new report on climate change. The report’s Summary for City Leaders was just released at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, where representatives from 195 nations met to attempt to […]

Hostos Dances Its Way Into Giving Tuesday!

December 14, 2015 | Hostos Community College

Hostos Community College got into the #GivingTuesday spirit on December 1 by hosting an event that helped raise support for Hostos students and also awareness about health and wellness issues.

NIH gives SLU $2.2 million to design a cure for Hepatitis B

December 14, 2015 | The University

With proof-of-principle in his pocket and a new $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), SLU scientist John Tavis, Ph.D., will take his 25 year mission to finally develop a cure for the hepatitis B virus into the next phase.

Editor’s Menu Awards & Appointments Recognize LaGuardia Community College Faculty, Staff and Students for Contributions to Higher Education & Highlight Opportunities for Hands-On Learning

December 11, 2015 | LaGuardia Community College

Recent awards and appointments earned by LaGuardia Community College faculty, staff, and students reflect both the many contributions of LaGuardia leadership to enhancing the higher-education experience for the next generations of students—both at LaGuardia and at colleges nationwide—and highlight some of the vast experiential learning opportunities available to LaGuardia students.

Translating words into jobs and money

December 11, 2015 | The University

Learn a language online by playing games for free — that’s the selling point of Duolingo, a startup designed especially for people in developing countries, many of whom are learning English to improve their job prospects.

Astronomers fund copy of Jupiter’s Big Red Spot on dwarf star

December 11, 2015 | The University

Astronomers have discovered what appears to be a tiny star with a giant, cloudy storm looks like Jupiter’s Big Red Spot, using data from NASA’s Spitzer and Kepler space telescopes. However, this “exo-storm” hasn’t been spied on another gas giant, it’s been spotted in the uppermost layers of a cool, small star.

UCCRN Empowers Cities on the Frontline of Climate Change

December 9, 2015 | The University

The Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) released the Summary for City Leaders of the upcoming Second UCCRN Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities (ARC3.2) at the COP21 Climate Summit for Local Leaders. UCCRN is dedicated to providing the information that city leaders–from government, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, and the community—need in order to assess current and future risks, make choices that enhance resilience to climate change and climate extremes, and take actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

School of Natural and Social Sciences (NSS) Receives $733,000 Education Grant to Redefine 21st Century STEM Majors

December 9, 2015 | Lehman College

A $733,000 grant was awarded to Lehman’s School of Natural and Social Sciences (NSS) as part of the $20 million CUNY Strategic Investment Initiative. The grant is for the school’s “Modern STEM Major Initiative: A Redesign of Instruction, Curriculum, Experiential Learning for the 21st Century.” The funds will be used to build a firm STEM framework for supporting students in their required major courses and in pursuit of STEM careers. The grant is focused on what STEM classrooms of the future need to do to engage students in a way that excites and motivates them.

Lehman Marine Research Director Receives Award for Lifetime Dedication to Urban Waterways

December 9, 2015 | Lehman College

Dr. Joseph Rachlin, Lehman’s director of the Laboratory for Marine and Estuarine Research and interim associate provost and dean for research, was honored on November 7th with the “Great Work Award” for his nearly five decades of restoration work and research on the Bronx, Sawmill, Hudson and East Rivers. He is a professor in the Biological Sciences department.

Better Living through Chemistry and 3D Printing: CHEM 291 Students Present Pioneering Research

December 8, 2015 | Hunter College

New scientific research is thriving at Hunter – among students as well as faculty.  Guided by Hunter’s eminent teacher-scholars in high-tech campus laboratories, undergrads are designing and conducting their own original studies in rapidly advancing fields like biochemistry and neuroscience. For young scholars planning careers in research and medicine, one prized mentor is Mandë Holford, […]

York College geology professor, Dr. Nazrul Khandaker has been one of the college’s most prolific grants faculty members in 2015

December 7, 2015 | York College

York College geology professor, Dr. Nazrul Khandaker has been one of the college’s most prolific grants faculty members in 2015 making his mark in several ways:   Organizational Leadership Chair: Geological Society of America’s (GSA) International Interdisciplinary Interest Group (IIIG): 2015-2017 Nazrul Khandaker, York College, was approved by the GSA Council to act as Chair […]

Published Work of Lehman Professors Among Most Frequently Cited by Colleagues

December 7, 2015 | Lehman College

Being recognized by your colleagues and peers is perhaps the ultimate compliment a research professor can receive. Eight studies, published by seven Lehman professors in the School of Natural and Socials Sciences, are among the top one percent of most frequently cited publications in their respective fields, according to an analysis of the Web of Science. The […]

Brooklyn College Scholars Draw Record Audience at TEDxCUNY Conference

December 7, 2015 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– Beinecke Scholarship winner Sean DesVignes ’15 and Brooklyn College senior Sofia Ahsanuddin were among a select group of speakers at the recent TEDxCUNY conference, held at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center at Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. The second annual event was organized by Harry S. Truman Scholar and senior Jake Levin, and […]