News from The City University of New York

Biology Professor’s Study Could Pave Way for Greater Understanding of how Plants and Animals Grow and Develop

December 29, 2016 | Lehman College

Dr. Zhi-Liang Zheng, a biology professor and plant scientist in the Department of Biological Science, published a paper last month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) that demonstrates a connection between Rho GTPase and RNA polymerase II (Pol II), two key molecules involved in cellular signaling and transcription in eukaryotes. Eukaryotes are organisms whose cell contains a nucleus and other organelles and animals and plants are both eukaryotic organisms. Zheng and his colleagues have provided genetic and biochemical evidence that links these two molecules in an intracellular signaling pathway.

Lehman Scientists Part of Significant Finding in Particle Physics and Astronomy

December 29, 2016 | Lehman College

Lehman College is a collaborating institution in The Pierre Auger Observatory in Pampa Amarilla, Argentina, the largest cosmic ray observatory in the world. The observatory tracks and observes particle showers produced by ultra-high energy cosmic rays.

Lehman Professor Luis Anchordoqui and Research Associate Tom Paul, are members of the Observatory’s prestigious 500-member collaboration of world-class scientists, and recently contributed to what could be a potentially significant discovery in the world of particle physics and astronomy They both are part of the Lehman Department of Physics and Astronomy.
The duo is part of a team that according to the journal Nature, have found that “particle showers caused by natural ultra high energy collisions in Earth’s atmosphere, produce more muons—heavier cousins of the electron, than current physics models can explain.”

Nine CCNY faculty members named CUNY Mellon diversity fellows

December 28, 2016 | City College

Nine City College of New York professors are recipients of Mellon Faculty fellowships designed to increase diversity and the retention rate of CUNY faculty. They will participate in the new CUNY Mellon Faculty Diversity Career Enhancement Initiative funded by a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

City College undergrads lead development of chemical method

December 27, 2016 | City College

Credit goes to a team of chemistry and biochemistry students at The City College of New York for enabling the identification of a new chemical “deprotection” technique.

Queens College Receives $1.6 Million Grant in Partnership With Queens South Field Support Center to Promote Diversity in the Teaching Profession

December 22, 2016 | Queens College

A New York State grant for $1.6 million will help address the goals of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative by funding a new collaboration between Queens College and the Queens South Field Support Center.

CCNY architecture student Marina Santos wins AIA honor

December 22, 2016 | City College

Marina Santos of The City College of New York’s Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture is the winner of a 2016 American Institute of Architects New York State (AIANYS) Student Award. The honor is for her project “Reach,” a design proposal for an art gallery at Brooklyn College.

Lehman College Partners with EON Reality to Establish a Virtual and Augmented Reality Center in NYC

December 21, 2016 | Lehman College

This academy will support the training of new Virtual and Augmented Reality professionals as well as support the development of VR and AR applications that will assist in teaching Lehman’s students. The new program will be housed at the College’s satellite campus, CUNY on the Concourse.

HRGJ Clinic Successfully Urges U.N. to Address U.S. Policies that Harm Trafficking Victims

December 21, 2016 | CUNY School of Law

In partnership with the Legal Aid Society, The Human Rights and Gender Justice (HRGJ) clinic successfully urged the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Trafficking to address the harmful impact of criminalization of trafficking victims.

CUNY Law Professor’s Blog Is One of ABA Journal’s Top 100 Blawgs

December 21, 2016 | CUNY School of Law

Professor Ruthann Robson’s “Constitutional Law Prof Blog” was named to the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 list for 2016.

CCNY’s Mikhal Dekel receives NEH faculty award

December 21, 2016 | City College

City College of New York English professor Mikhal Dekel, is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities faculty award for her book in progress “Tehran Children: On the Trail of WWII Refugees in Uzbekistan and Iran.”

CCNY AD/PR seniors shine in client pitch competition

December 19, 2016 | City College

Seniors from The City College of New York’s Advertising/PR Program excelled in The Ad/PR Workshop Client Pitch, where three teams pitched their integrated marketing campaigns on behalf of The City College Fund, a non-profit fundraising organization established in 1946 to support CCNY. Team Ethix won for their “City Moments Campaign.”