In his report to the Board of Trustees, Chancellor James B. Milliken commented on several budgetary matters, including the University’s annual budget request and a first time, 4-year financial plan. Designed to support the University’s 4-year master plan, Chancellor Milliken said this year’s budget request “reflects our priorities for educating hundreds of thousand of students—supporting their success and helping them launch the careers that will uplift their families in the city and state.”
The Chancellor also updated the Board on new leadership for City College and said he expects the appointment of an interim president, “to happen in the very near future.”
Executive Committee Meeting of the Board of Trustees, October 26, 2016.
Nobody seems to like brown grease, but if you heat it up enough, you’ve got something, says Medgar Evers College assistant chemistry professor Lawrence Pratt: an alternative source of fuel. “Someday petroleum will run out,” he says, and food waste heated to 350 celsius and above is a potential replacement. “We can’t continually rely only on fossil fuels.” Pratt and his compatriots at Medgar Evers College experiment with heated brown food grease. “This stuff does not come from coal, petroleum or natural gas,” says Pratt. “It comes from waste. We need energy from algae. We need solar, we need wind,” he says.
Kim Kardashian may have broken the internet, but Lehman assistant astrophysics professor Matt O’Dowd has given a digital performance of The Quantum Experiment That Broke Reality. O’Dowd is the host of the PBS digital series Space Time, which has covered other scientific topics including Is an Ice Age Coming? and Why Haven’t We Found Alien Life? O’Dowd has a particular interest in using the Hubble Space Telescope to research black holes, which he calls some of this universe’s most important but least understood phenomena.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Student Affairs and Special Programs, October 24, 2016.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Fiscal Affairs, October 24, 2016.
Shining a certain kind of light on body tissue produces a glow that shows changes in the tissue, including cancer. The use of such biomedical optics will some day be able “to detect disease directly without taking tissue from the body,” says Robert R. Alfano, a distinguished professor of science and engineering at City College. “It’s sort of like ‘Star Trek,’ ” he says. “They scan your body, and you can get information directly.”
Baruch associate biology professor David Gruber was at a National Geographic Explorers meeting showing video of deep sea coral reef research when a fellow Explorer wondered if he had heard of soft robotics and whether that tool could be used in Gruber’s work. “There’s no biologist who’s using squishy robot fingers to go underwater,” Gruber says. He changed that by trying out the technology during a weeklong expedition on reefs deep in the Red Sea using Baruch’s remotely operated submarine. With the soft robotics, one can “work delicately with deep coral reef organisms,” Gruber says. And who knew Baruch has a submarine?
Public hearing of the Board of Trustees, October 19, 2016.
Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration, October 5, 2016.