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Archive for February, 2017

NY Times: Lights, Camera, Color: New Film School Focuses on Industry’s Diversity

February 28, 2017 | CUNY in the News

Amanda Reyes was auditioning for her umpteenth acting role in New York City recently when the casting director asked her to “be more ghetto.” It was nothing new. She had worked for several years in Los Angeles, and the acting parts for Latinas were for teenage moms, gang bangers and hustlers — never the protagonist […]

PHYS.ORG: Newfound primate teeth take a big bite out of the evolutionary tree of life

February 28, 2017 | CUNY in the News, Science

Fossil hunters have found part of an ancient primate jawbone related to lemurs—the primitive primate group distantly connected to monkeys, apes and humans, a USC researcher said. Biren Patel, an associate professor of clinical cell and neurobiology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, has been digging for fossils in a paleontologically rich area […]

Washington Post: Taking a lawbreaking past out of college applications

February 28, 2017 | Science

The rejection notices from the graduate programs at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Missouri didn’t offer Stanley Andrisse an explanation. But the former drug dealer thinks he knows why the schools turned him down: He checked the box on the application that asked whether he’d been convicted of a crime.

NY Times: The Forgotten Legacy of Herbert Lehman

February 27, 2017 | CUNY in the News

On election night 1928, after his first campaign for public office, Herbert H. Lehman and his wife left a note on their bedroom door for their children: “Don’t wake us. Daddy has been beaten, but he doesn’t feel badly.” Mr. Lehman awoke a few hours later to discover that, in fact, he had been elected […]

Our Time Press: Lennox Commisiong’s Inspirational Portraits

February 27, 2017 | Alumni

American celebrities are getting a lot of attention these days.  Bold and compelling,  each one takes Commissioning about 300 hours to complete.   The process of creating a pointillist mosaic for each portrait is laborious and intensive.  “I use an exacto knife and ruler to cut little pieces of museum quality Color-Aid paper,” the artist explains. […]

NY Daily News: Women in science: Limitless discovery

February 27, 2017 | Alumni, CUNY in the News

When Rosalyn Yalow was applying for graduate fellowships in 1941 after earning a B.A. in chemistry and physics magna cum laude from Hunter College, she found only one school honest enough to explain why she kept getting rejected everywhere: The sciences were an all-male preserve, so there was no chance that she as a woman […]

In The News: Blue eggs more likely to fool hosts

February 27, 2017 | Science

AMERICAN ROBINS AND European blackbirds reject brown eggs and accept blue-green eggs regardless of the colour differences between their own eggs and parasitic eggs, a new study has found. Hosts of avian brood parasites have long been assumed to reject foreign eggs from their nests based on the total degree of dissimilarity in colour to […]

Alternet: Could There Be An American Reichstag Fire?

February 27, 2017 | Books

Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and the court system. — Donald Trump, tweet, February 5 On the night of February 27, 1933, less than a month after Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany, fire gutted the central chamber of the Reichstag in Berlin, the […]

Baltimore Sun: Judith Berkowitz, Baltimore social worker and social activist, dies

February 27, 2017 | We Remember

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of Isidore Herz, a clothing manufacturer, and Rachel Herz, a homemaker. Her parents were immigrants from near Krakow, Poland. She was a 1945 graduate of New Utrecht High School and earned a degree in elementary education from Brooklyn College. She then taught at a Brooklyn elementary school. […]

SI Live: 100-year-old celebrated by Congressman Dan Donovan

February 27, 2017 | Alumni

Perhaps it’s Staten Island’s camaraderie and community spirit that brings out the very best in its residents, inasmuch as yet another super senior is rounding the century mark. The latest centenarian to grace the elite roster is James Washington, the seventh of eight children born to sharecroppers, Nora and George Washington, in Mullins, S.C.