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Archive for 2017

Spine-Tingling Research

May 4, 2017 | City College, Science Briefs

“The brain has to talk to the spinal cord in order to make any kind of movement,” says Jack Martin, medical professor at the CUNY School of Medicine at The City College of New York, “so after a spinal-cord injury, those connections become impaired. That results in a reduced ability to make the kinds of movements we are accustomed to,” says Martin. To help change that, the New York State Department of Health awarded Martin a $4.27 million grant to look into brain development and the recovery of movement function after brain or spinal injury. The grant brings his research awards since October 2013 to $7.97 million.  “Normally nerve cells communicate with one another by way of what are similar to little electrical impulses,” Martin says. “We found out that if you increase the number of those impulses you can get the nerve cells to make new connections,” he says. Martin and his colleagues have been experimenting with neuromodulation to activate nerve cells. “The reason we’re excited with this neuromodulatory approach is that it can be noninvasive,” Martin says. “I see our work as a piece to a larger puzzle, which is to try to repair neural circuits.” 

Meeting of the CUNY Board of Trustees

May 1, 2017 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Meeting of the Board of Trustees, May 1, 2017.

Brain Teaser

April 20, 2017 | City College, Science Briefs

“I personally am very excited about this idea of brain decoding, this idea that we can measure brain activity and figure out where your thoughts are,” says Lucas Parra, professor of biomedical engineering at CCNY. “I work in the lab with electroencephalography. It records electric brain signals … how we perceive sound, images … speech. We’re looking at what happens when you’re watching movies or when you’re playing video games,” Parra says. “We get a sense of are people engaged, are they paying attention, will they remember what they saw weeks later. … Different modalities allow you to analyze different kinds of neuro processes associated with decision-making and things that are maybe more downstream from the initial perception.”

Committee on Facilities, Planning and Management

April 6, 2017 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Facilities, Planning and Management, April 6, 2017.

Committee on Academic Policy, Program and Research

April 6, 2017 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Academic Policy, Program and Research, April 6, 2017.

The Life of Lehman: From Wall Street Scion to Liberal Lion

April 4, 2017 | Book Beat, Lehman College

Herbert H. Lehman may be the most notable but neglected New York political figure of the last century – a popular governor and senator of his day now known mostly as the namesake of CUNY’s Lehman College. In Herbert H. Lehman: A Political Biography, Duane Tananbaum, a professor of American history at the college, reveals the unlikely story of the New York financier who became a liberal conscience for the nation.

Subcommittee on Investment

April 3, 2017 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Subcommittee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Subcommittee on Investment, Monday, April 3, 2017.

Committee on Fiscal Affairs

April 3, 2017 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Fiscal Affairs, April 3, 2017.

Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration

April 3, 2017 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Standing committee meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Faculty, Staff and Administration, April 03, 2017.

Committee on Audit

March 29, 2017 | Board of Trustees Meetings & Public Hearings

Meeting of the Board of Trustees, Committee on Audit, Marc 29, 2017.