Science Wire

CCNY’s Nancy Sohler talks research-based activism in healthcare

October 9, 2015 | City College

One of Dr. Nancy Sohler’s research interests in the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at The City College of New York is examining barriers to accessing appropriate health care for underserved populations. She talks about her work in her Presidential Conversations lecture, “Empowering Future Healthcare Providers in Haiti: Medicine, Education, and Research,” Thursday, Oct. 15. The talk, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture’s Sciame Auditorium, is free and open to the public.

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.

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.

City Tech and Partners Host NYC Veteran Resource Expo at Borough Hall

October 6, 2015 | New York City College of Technology

City Tech has partnered with the Veteran Success Resource Group (VSRG) to host the NYC Veteran Resource Expo on Tuesday, October 20, at Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Downtown Brooklyn, from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. The Expo is free and open to all Veterans, Active Duty, families and caregivers. City Tech has a long […]

City Tech Symposium Explores General Education From Microbes to Stars

October 6, 2015 | New York City College of Technology

To celebrate the integrative and interdisciplinary nature of general education at City Tech, the College will host the Living Lab General Education Symposium “From Microbes to Stars,” on Friday, October 23, in Namm 119, 300 Jay Street, Downtown Brooklyn, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The symposium will feature Dr. Monica Devanas, Director of Faculty […]

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.

City Tech Hosts Event Introducing the CUNY Haitian Studies Institute

October 1, 2015 | New York City College of Technology

City Tech will host “Images of Haiti in US Society,” an event to introduce and promote the establishment of the CUNY Haitian Studies Institute (HIS), which is dedicated to the production and dissemination of knowledge through interdisciplinary research and critical analysis about Haitian life in the diaspora and in Haiti, on Thursday, October 15, in […]

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.

The Klitgord Mosaics: Celebrating Our History, Saving Our Legacy

September 30, 2015 | New York City College of Technology

City Tech will host an opening reception for “The Klitgord Mosaics: Celebrating Our History, Saving Our Legacy” on Thursday, October 1, 5pm – 7pm, in the Grace Gallery, N1123, Namm Hall, 300 Jay Street, Brooklyn. The exhibition will run through October 15, 2015. This multimedia exhibition focuses on the history of City Tech and the […]

Prepare to Be Scared at City Tech’s Haunted Hotel

September 30, 2015 | New York City College of Technology

Prepare to be scared!! City Tech’s 16th annual, high-tech haunted hotel, The Gravesend Inn, returns again this year in the Voorhees Theatre, 186 Jay Street (north of Tillary), downtown Brooklyn. Tickets are $8 general admission, $5 for students with ID and group sales. Tickets are free to all City Tech students with City Tech ID […]

Macaulay Honors College Student Ranks the Most and Least Wired Countries in the World

September 29, 2015 | Macaulay Honors College

Students at Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York analyzed big data in a range of topics, including a global comparison of access to digital communications that showed which countries were the most and least wired nations in the world, crunching the numbers of the 207 nations identified by the UN. Working […]

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.

Lehman Professor Takes Off as New Host of PBS Digital Astronomy Series

September 24, 2015 | Lehman College

When it came time to choose a new host for the immensely popular PBS digital series Space Time, the producers picked a Lehman College astrophysics professor with just the right stuff. Matthew O’Dowd, the Australian-born Physics and Astronomy Department assistant professor, is about to launch an online video career of hosting a web series that explores the universe […]

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.

Medgar Evers College Professor Wins Prestigious NSF Grant

September 23, 2015 | Medgar Evers College, Uncategorized

Brooklyn – Medgar Evers College (MEC) is pleased to announce that Dr. Lawrence Pratt, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science, was awarded a three-year $239,364 National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant for his project entitled “RUI: Reactions, Mechanisms, and Intermediates in Hydrocarbon Fuel Oil Produced from Brown Grease: Important Information for Scale […]


September 23, 2015 | Bronx Community College

A New Pipeline Program Will Prepare Up to 20 Students for Four-Year College and Graduate School in a Fast-Growing Field September 10, 2015 — Health care is the largest employer in the Bronx. Now a new program at Bronx Community College will soon provide the next generation of employees — thanks to a $60,500 grant […]

New funding for PhD fellowships brings CCNY awardees to 14

September 22, 2015 | Uncategorized

Two PhD students mentored at The City College of New York have been awarded Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Fellowships for excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. The fellows, who will receive need-based support including a stipend of up to $32,000 annually during the second year of their respective programs, are Christine Chrissian (biochemistry) and Mikhail Miroshnikov (chemistry).

Structural biology supergroup converges on CCNY

September 21, 2015 | City College

Leading structural biology researchers from around the country take part in the opening symposium of two neighboring initiatives — the City University of New York Advanced Science Research Center Structural Biology Initiative and the City College of New York Center for Discovery and Innovation’s Structural and Molecular Biology Cluster — on Sept. 25.

CCNY Biologist David Lohman leads $2.5 million NSF-funded study on butterfly evolution

September 21, 2015 | City College

Dr. David J. Lohman, assistant professor of biology at The City College of New York, and his colleagues received $2.5 million in grants from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative study to resolve the evolutionary history of all butterfly species. Entitled “ButterflyNet—an integrative framework for comparative biology,” the support is part of $12.3 million in NSF Genealogy of Life awards announced last week.