News from The City University of New York

“Solar Roofpod” Returns Atop Spitzer School

December 16, 2014 | City College

The City College of New York’s student-designed “Solar Roofpod” is making a comeback atop the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture building. Envisaged as a solution to New York City’s energy and emission problems, the innovative structure had been in storage since placing second in the “People’s Choice Award” at the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon on the National Mall.

The first phase of its installation is nearing completion, allowing for its use as a classroom, living lab and lecture event space, hopefully in the spring semester, said Christian Volkmann, associate professor in the Spitzer School, who supervised its construction.

Senior Stephanie Petit-Homme Named Gilman Scholar

December 15, 2014 | City College

Stephanie Petit-Homme, a City College of New York senior with dreams of making a difference globally as a human rights lawyer, has been awarded a 2014 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad. The political science and French double major will spend the spring semester at Université Paris VIII in France.

CCNY Psychologist Links Burnout and Depression

December 15, 2014 | City College

Research by City College of New York psychology Professor Irvin Schonfeld in the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership suggests a strong connection between burnout and depression.

CCNY Study Brings Novel “Thync” Device Close to Fruition

December 12, 2014 | City College

To test a revolutionary device that has been the buzz of the scientific world in recent weeks, the startup Thync turned to City College of New York biomedical engineering Professor Marom Bikson. At his world-class neuromodulation lab in the Grove School of Engineering, Professor Bikson led a study that validated if the revolutionary device could change moods in a single session of use and keep them elevated over six weeks of use.

LaGuardia Community College Foundation Installs New Chairperson

December 12, 2014 | LaGuardia Community College

Suresh Sani, President of First Pioneer Properties, Inc., was sworn in as the newly elected chairperson of the LaGuardia Community College Foundation on December 2.

Sani succeeds Paul Higbee, a partner of G.C. Andersen Partners, LLC, who served as the Foundation chair for four years and is now serving as an honorary director.

BuzzFeed’s Kate Nocera, ’09, Shares Congressional Reporting Award

December 12, 2014 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Class of ’09 alum Nocera and her BuzzFeed colleagues Greg Johnsen and John Stanton have been awarded the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress this year.

LaGuardia Community College Offers Training in Solar Panel Installation and Sales Careers Apply by December 19

December 11, 2014 | LaGuardia Community College

LaGuardia Community College next month will launch Solar Plus Pro, a professional training program that will help individuals join or advance their career in the booming field of solar energy, a $13.7 billion a year industry.

Applications for the training will be accepted through Dec. 19, 2014.