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Archive for 2011

Harris Psomiadis Dies at 82; Founded Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at Queens College

December 20, 2011 | We Remember

Harris Psomiadis, founder of the Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies at Queens College and its director for 30 years, is remembered as “a visionary and a pioneer in Greek studies” by assistant director Effie Lekas. Professor Psomiadis built “the largest center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies outside of Greece right here at Queens College” and also was “a great teacher…. brilliant but humble,” Lekas said. Psomiadis died of cancer Aug. 13 at age 82.

Gerald M. Friedman, Distinguished Professor of Geology, Dies at 90

December 20, 2011 | We Remember

World-renowned geologist Gerald M. Friedman, who retired in 2004 as a Distinguished Professor at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, died Nov. 29 at age 90. Before coming to CUNY in 1984, he taught for 20 years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), worked in the oil industry and came to be viewed as one of the founders of the modern study of sedimentary rock.

Patrick V. Murphy, Police Leader Who Reformed New York Force, Dies at 91

December 19, 2011 | We Remember

Patrick V. Murphy, the son of a New York City policeman who rose to lead the Police Department in the early 1970s, steering it through one of its rockiest periods as he instituted reforms to root out corruption in the ranks, died Friday at a North Carolina hospital. He was 91 and lived in Wilmington, N.C.

Trend: How Solid is Supersolid?

December 19, 2011 | Scholarship

Macroscopic quantum properties of helium-4, one of the simplest and oldest elements in the universe, continue to puzzle and amaze scientists. Supertransport in solid helium-4 is the most elusive and controversial conundrum of all.

Irwin Schneiderman Dies at 88; Guided the City Opera

November 20, 2011 | We Remember

Irwin Schneiderman, a lawyer and a philanthropic leader who guided the New York City Opera through a decade of ups and downs, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 88.

Evelyn H. Lauder, Champion of Breast Cancer Research, Dies at 75

November 20, 2011 | We Remember

Evelyn H. Lauder, a refugee of Nazi-occupied Europe who married into an illustrious family in the beauty business and became an ardent advocate for breast cancer awareness, raising millions for research, died on Saturday at her home in Manhattan. She was 75.


November 1, 2011 | We Remember

Former colleagues of the late Laurence Wilson, longtime music director and chairman of the Music and Art Department at Borough of Manhattan Community College, extol him as a consummate musician, outstanding educator, innovative administrator and beloved friend who shared his talent with audiences worldwide and his knowledge and support with students and associates.

The chemistry of cocaine

October 27, 2011 | Scholarship

Engaging undergraduate organic chemistry students is often very challenging. It requires special effort to generate enthusiasm for learning such seemingly abstract concepts as functional group chemistry, synthetic routes, and reaction mechanisms. Students often do not see the relevance of these concepts to their own lives or interests.

Deficit Reduction Versus Job Creation

October 27, 2011 | Scholarship

The continuing financial crisis is exacting an enormous price: Poverty is rising in the United States, unemployment remains high, and consumer confidence is in freefall as we watch our elected leaders engage in dysfunctional political tactics that have brought our democracy, and our economy, to its knees. This doesn’t bode well for our nation’s future.

Tax Benefits for Higher Education

October 27, 2011 | Scholarship

With annual college expenses running as high as $50,000, CPAs should be aware of the opportunities the IRS offers taxpayers for 2011. Although, dollar for dollar, credits are usually the preferred choice, CPAs should help taxpayers review the requirements and limitations of both credits and deductions and choose the method that will best minimize their tax liabilities.