Science Wire


February 14, 2014 | Hostos Community College

As Eugenio María de Hostos Community College continues to improve its ability to support students and better execute the institution’s mission, we are pleased to announce that five new members and three new officers have been appointed to the Hostos Foundation Board. The Board’s newly-elected officers are José A. Sánchez-Kinghorn, Chairperson; Dolores Batista, Vice Chairperson; […]

Noted Epidemiologist Dr. William W. Latimer Named Dean of Lehman College’s New School of Health Sciences, Human Services, and Nursing

February 14, 2014 | Lehman College

Dr. Latimer comes to the Bronx after serving as the Elizabeth Faulk Professor and Chair of the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida.

Environmental Economics Major Finalist for Zayed Future Energy Prize

February 11, 2014 | City College

Arlae Castellanos’ solar power and energy education proposal for New York City high school earns her trip to Abu Dhabi, $50,000 to support her project

Arlae Castellanos, a junior at The City College of New York majoring in environmental economics through the CUNY BA program was a finalist for the 2014 Zayed Future Energy Prize. She traveled to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the 6th annual awards ceremony, January 20, and received $50,000 to support her project, which competed in the global high school category.

Seeing Stars

February 10, 2014 | Borough of Manhattan Community College

Both Science Professor Quinn Minor and his student Macarthur Young are fascinated by the stars.
“Originally, I was into physics more than astronomy,” says Professor Minor, “and examining questions like, ‘How did the universe start?’”


February 10, 2014 | Hostos Community College

Eugenio María de Hostos Community College professors who are collaborating with the faculty of H.E.R.O. High (Health, Education, and Research Occupations High School) recently heard actions plans developed by their students for the prevention of chronic diseases that affect many Bronx residents. Hostos professors Edward King, Allison Gorr, Sherese Mitchell, Ana Ozuna, Juan Preciado, Rowland […]

Manga comics may help promote fruit consumption among youth

February 9, 2014 | The University

A recent pilot study in Brooklyn, New York, with minority students found that exposure to Manga comics (Japanese comic art) promoting fruit intake significantly improved healthy snack selection. As snacking accounts for up to 27% of children’s daily caloric intake, and childhood obesity has been linked to inadequate intake of fruits and vegetables, the results of this study could have wide-reaching implications.

Budding Scientists Prepare for Second Annual Bronx Sci-Fest at Lehman College

February 7, 2014 | Lehman College

Lehman College will host its second annual Bronx SciFest on Wednesday, February 26. Selected high school students from around the Bronx will gather at Science Hall to present their research projects to a panel of judges. The winner will receive a cash prize and a four-year scholarship to Lehman, plus the opportunity to compete at the New York City Science and Engineering Fair.

Project Teaches Undergrads to Reconstruct Ancient Family Histories

February 6, 2014 | City College

Approximately 200 student volunteers from The City College of New York and seven other New York area colleges are participating in The New York City Student Ancestry Project. The project kicked off Monday, February 3, at an event at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), where the students provided DNA cheek swabs for National Geographic’s Genographic Project.

CCNY Architecture Students Honor Brick Through Competition

January 31, 2014 | City College

Students to apply venerable materials for modern designs in contest sponsored by masonry contractors and bricklayers union
“It is important that you honor the material that you use,” architect Louis Kahn said in a 1971 talk to students at the University of Pennsylvania. Third-year students in City College’s Spitzer School of Architecture this semester will honor brick, the material Kahn used to make his point.

Celebrating Black History Month

January 31, 2014 | Medgar Evers College

Medgar Evers College (MEC) is gearing up for a Black History Month packed with informative, inspiring and entertaining events.  The month kicks off with a forum entitled, “Reclaiming Our Ancestral Legacy through Courage, Strength and Fortitude, and continues on with a community blood drive, Black history trivia game, poetry slam, panel discussions and more.  All […]

Unlocking the Mystery of Memories

January 29, 2014 | Hunter College

Scientists have long tried to understand how the brain makes memories, but were, until now, frustrated by their inability to look at the workings of individual neurons. Dr. Hyungsik Lim, an assistant professor of physics at Hunter College, contributed to a recent study, published in Science, in which scientists observed fluorescently tagged messenger RNA (mRNA) […]

CCNY Named To Princeton Review’s 2014 List Of ‘Best Value Colleges’

January 28, 2014 | City College

The City College of New York is one of the nation’s “Best Value” colleges and universities, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles CCNY in its book, “The Best Value Colleges: 2014 Edition” (Random House/Princeton Review), and on its website at

Sophie Davis PA Graduation Thursday, January 30

January 28, 2014 | City College

The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education’s 40th commencement ceremony for the Physician Assistant Program at Harlem Hospital Center will be held 1 p.m. Thursday, January 30, in The Great Hall, Shepard Hall, on The City College of New York campus. The Class of 2014 has 28 students.

Are You Part Neanderthal? Genographic Project Uses 200 College Students’ Cheek Swabs To Trace Ancestry Back 200,000 Years

January 26, 2014 | Uncategorized

About 200 college students at the American Museum of Natural History opened their mouths Monday night and swabbed their cheeks for DNA analysis to trace their ancestry back a staggering 200 thousand years. In the process, they’ll even find out what percent Neanderthal they are. The students, who participated in The New York City Student Ancestry Project, with the City College of New York, may be lucky (or unlucky) enough to find out which thousands of people they can genetically consider their relatives.

Primates: Now with Only Half the Calories! A New Study by Associate Professor Herman Pontzer

January 21, 2014 | Hunter College

A new study by Dr. Herman Pontzer, an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Hunter College, shows that humans and other primates burn 50% fewer calories each day than other mammals of similar size. The study, “Primate Energetics and Life History,” which appears in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that this […]

Baruch Associate Professor David Gruber Uncovers Secrets of Biofluorescent Sealife

January 17, 2014 | Baruch College

National Science Foundation Publishes Professor’s Research The Covert World of Fish Biofluorescence: A Phylogenetically Widespread and Phenotypically Variable Phenomenon NEW YORK, NY-January 17, 2014 – A series of expeditions to the Bahamas and the Solomon Islands has led David Gruber, Associate Professor of Biology at Baruch College to discover bioflourescence in fish and

History Professor Studies Ancient Graffiti in Israel

January 16, 2014 | Brooklyn College

BROOKLYN, NY– For Karen B. Stern, making her way through the ancient tunnels and caves of ancient mortuary complexes in Israel is all in an ordinary day’s research. Her goal is to find and study carvings—pictures and texts—inscribed at the burial sites, carvings that the history professor calls graffiti, because unlike epitaphs, the inscriptions were made after the tombs […]

CCNY Team Models Sudden Thickening of Complex Fluids

January 16, 2014 | City College

A new model by a team of researchers with The City College of New York’s Benjamin Levich Institute may shed new understanding on the phenomenon known as discontinuous shear thickening (DST), in which the resistance to stirring takes a sudden jump. Easily observed in a ‘kitchen experiment’ by mixing together equal amounts of cornstarch and water, DST occurs because concentrated suspensions of hard particles in a liquid respond differently than normal fluids to shear forces.

Professor Michio Kaku Probes the Mind in Latest Book

January 16, 2014 | City College

Its publication date is more than a month away, but Dr. Michio Kaku, Henry Semat Professor of Physics at The City College of New York, is already receiving rave reviews for his latest book, “The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind.” The 400-page book, which probes the human brain and its immense potential, will be released by Doubleday February 25.

In Memoriam: Dr. Marie T. Filbin

January 15, 2014 | Hunter College

With great sadness, we write of the passing of Dr. Marie T. Filbin, Distinguished Professor of Biology and internationally renowned Hunter neuroscientist. Dr. Filbin passed away in Ireland where she was born, surrounded by family and friends, after a long illness. Dr. Filbin’s groundbreaking work describes the chemical environment of an injured nervous system and […]