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Announced: 12th National Black Writers Conference

March 11, 2014 | CUNY Matters, Medgar Evers College

The Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College, CUNY, is set to host the Twelfth National Black Writers Conference (NBWC) which will be held on the campus of Medgar Evers College (MEC) from Thursday, March 27 through Sunday, March 30, 2014. Honorees of the 2014 NBWC include Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott; best-selling author Walter Mosley; author and poet Quincy Troupe; French-Caribbean writer Maryse Conde; and posthumously, Margaret Burroughs, co-founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History.

Baruch College Hosts Three-Part Discussion Series: Arts, Artists and de Blasio’s New York: Creative Partnerships-Arts, Cultural Organizations and Colleges

March 10, 2014 | Baruch College

NEW YORK, NY-March 10, 2014 – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio ran and won on a platform of a “tale of two cities.” His election prompts us to ask what a vision for a more egalitarian society could mean for the arts in our city. The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at […]

Baruch College to Honor DR. Matthew Goldstein and Dr. Lewis Friedman at 25th Annual Baruch Dinner

March 10, 2014 | Baruch College

  NEW YORK, NY- March 10, 2014 – Friends, colleagues and alumni of Baruch College will pay tribute to Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor Emeritus, The City University of New York and Dr. Lewis Friedman, Retired Faculty Member, Baruch College School of Public Affairs during the 25th Annual Bernard Baruch Dinner, Tuesday, April 22 at The Pierre […]

3rd Annual Women’s Empowerment Conference

March 10, 2014 | CUNY Matters, Medgar Evers College

Students, faculty, and staff, join us in saluting the legacy of New York City’s first black congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm, at the 3rd Annual Shirley Chisholm Women’s Empowerment Conference, March 15, 2014. The conference will be a daylong gathering of elected officials, community activists, business leaders and educators, including: NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, State Senator Velmanette Montgomery, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, and NYC Council Member Laurie Cumbo.

12th Annual SmartPitch Challenge Gives CUNY Student Entrepreneurs a Creative Outlet for Business Ideas

March 10, 2014 | Baruch College, Uncategorized

NEW YORK, NY-March 10, 2014 – Student entrepreneurs throughout the City University of New York (CUNY) are encouraged to sign up for the 12th Annual SmartPitch Challenge, offering a valuable learning experience and $25,000 in prizes. The Smart Pitch Challenge, created by the CUNY Institute for Virtual Enterprise, gives student entrepreneurs an opportunity to create […]

CCNY Psychologist Wins Top APA Award for 2nd Consecutive Year

March 7, 2014 | City College

For the second time in as many years, a City College of New York psychology professor has received the American Psychological Association (APA) Division 39 Scholarship and Research Award. This year’s recipient is Professor Elliot L. Jurist. His colleague, Dr. Paul Wachtel, won in 2013. This is the first time that professors from the same institution have been given the award in consecutive years.

Baruch Students Shine at 2013 CUNY Nobel Science Challenge

March 6, 2014 | Baruch College

    NEW YORK, NY- March 6, 2014 – Baruch College students shined during the 2013 Nobel Science Challenge recently presented by the City University of New York (CUNY). At a ceremony held in February, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research honored the winners of the 2013 CUNY Nobel Science Challenge. CUNY undergraduates […]

Celebrating Women’s History Month

March 5, 2014 | Medgar Evers College

March is Women’s History Month and Medgar Evers College (MEC) is proud to celebrate women and their achievements across the spectrum.

City Tech Student Team to Compete in U.S. Energy Department’s 2015 Solar Energy Decathlon

March 5, 2014 | New York City College of Technology

New York City College of Technology students have been selected as one of 20 teams worldwide to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 Solar Energy Decathlon. The teams now begin a two-year process to build solar-powered, highly energy-efficient houses that combine affordability, innovation and design excellence. The teams will design, construct and test […]

Yale Geneticist Richard Lifton to Speak at City College March 27

March 4, 2014 | City College

Yale University biochemist Richard P. Lifton, who discovered the link between genetics and high blood pressure, will deliver the annual Louis Levine-Gabriella de Beer Lecture in Genetics at The City College of New York. His talk on “Genome Approaches to Understand Hypertension and other Common Diseases” will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in The Great Hall. It is free and open to the public.

Women in Politics Panel Discussion

March 3, 2014 | Medgar Evers College

The Medgar Evers College (MEC) celebration of Women’s History Month kicks off tomorrow, Tuesday, March 4th, as the Center for Women’s Development, in collaboration with the Department of Public Administration, hosts a lively panel discussion which will explore the progress that women have made and the stumbling blocks they still face in the field of politics.

Medgar Evers College Hosts 11th Annual Social Work Month Conference

March 3, 2014 | Medgar Evers College

Medgar Evers College (MEC) will host its Eleventh Annual National Professional Social Work Month Conference on Friday, March 14th in Founders Auditorium.

Medgar Evers College Goes Green

March 3, 2014 | Medgar Evers College

Medgar Evers College (MEC) and Campus Planning are excited to announce the “MEC Quad” initiative. On March 12th, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, MEC students are invited to an Open House in Room L-12 (Art Gallery) to find out more about this Green initiative that reimagines Crown Street, between Bedford Avenue and Franklin Avenue, as a Campus Quad.

Ken Wissoker of Duke University Press to Convene GC Public Programming

March 3, 2014 | CUNY Graduate Center

Ken Wissoker, editorial director of Duke University Press, will join the Graduate Center in fall 2014 as director of intellectual publics and visiting distinguished lecturer.

Second Annual Bronx SciFest Shines Light on Research on Lehman College

February 28, 2014 | Lehman College

High school senior Raychell Vélez took the top prize in the festival, sponsored by Intel, winning a four-year scholarship and the chance to compete at the New York City Science and Engineering Fair.

Midwives: A Global Perspective — An evening with Ina May Gaskin, Sandra Lopez, and Barbara Katz Rothman on March 13, 6 pm at Macaulay Honors College

February 27, 2014 | Macaulay Honors College

Presented by Macaulay Honors College and the William R. Kenan Scholars Program at Macaulay  At: Macaulay Honors College 35 West 67th Street (btw Columbus and Central Park West) March 13th from 6 to 9pm Free and open to the public As midwives gain increased visibility and acceptance, and with the popularity of films like The Business of […]


February 26, 2014 | Hostos Community College

This year marks the 175th anniversary of the birth of the man for whom Hostos Community College was named. Born in Puerto Rico on January 11, 1839, Eugenio María de Hostos excelled in many fields, including literature, sociology, education, jurisprudence, and philosophy. With Hostos175 the College will commemorate the life and work of Eugenio María […]

Origin of Apes: Lehman College Researcher Joins International Team in Groundbreaking Discovery

February 26, 2014 | Lehman College

An international team of researchers, co-led by Professor William Harcourt-Smith, has discovered the remains of an ancient forest on Rusinga Island, Lake Victoria, Kenya – evidence of the habitat of the early ape Proconsul. Their findings – published in February 2014 in Nature Communications – show that Proconsul and its primate relative Dendropithecus inhabited “a widespread, dense, multistoried, closed canopy” forest. The fossils will help scientists understand the connection between ancient habitats and the emergence of ape lineages, including our own.

The Science Is In: Elephants Are Even Smarter Than We Realized

February 26, 2014 | The University

We now have solid evidence that elephants are some of the most intelligent, social and empathic animals around—so how can we justify keeping them in captivity? By Ferris Jabr February 26, 2014 One day in 2010, while taking a stroll in his backyard, Kandula the elephant smelled something scrumptious. The scent pulled his attention skyward. […]

New Study Supports Body Shape Index as Predictor of Mortality

February 24, 2014 | City College

In 2012, Dr. Nir Krakauer, an assistant professor of civil engineering in CCNY’s Grove School of Engineering, and his father, Dr. Jesse Krakauer, MD, developed a new method to quantify the risk specifically associated with abdominal obesity.

A follow-up study, published February 20 by the online journal PLoS ONE, supports their contention that the technique, known as A Body Shape Index (ABSI), is a more effective predictor of mortality than Body Mass Index (BMI), the most common measure used to define obesity.