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Obesity’s Sick Days

September 21, 2010 | City College, Newsmakers

The number of work days Americans lose each year due to obesity has more than doubled in the past two decades, according to a new study co-authored by Erica Lubetkin, acting chair of the Department of Community Health and Social Medicine at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. “Many creative solutions will be needed to reverse this trend,” says Lubetkin, “and these interventions must be implemented through an individual’s life span — particularly during early childhood.”
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Nobel Laureate Lederman, Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Address CUNY Grads

June 11, 2010 | City College, CUNY Lecture Series, Hostos Community College

Nobel Laureate Leon M. Lederman challenged The City College’s Class of 2010 to “help make the world a better place” in a commencement speech delivered 67 years after his own graduation from CCNY. The renowned physicist, who received his B.S. in chemistry in 1943, urged the graduates to tackle the most difficult issues of their time. “The major concerns facing the citizens of the 21st century will be population growth, environmental and global climate change, and the increasing gap between the rich and poor,” said Lederman. “It’s my wish that you — beneficiaries of the greatest education I know — can enjoy its benefits and help make the world a better place.” Other distinguished speakers at The City University of New York’s 2010 commencement ceremonies included U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who told Hostos Community College graduates of her mother’s struggle as a single parent and return to school, at 47, for a nursing degree. “Hostos opened the doors to my mother’s dreams and it opened the path to where I am today,” said Justice Sotomayor.
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Little Bubble, Big Bang

June 11, 2010 | City College, CUNY Lecture Series

Think bubbles that form new bubbles, inflating, creating a flat, uniform multiverse — an infinite bubble bath. In Allan Guth’s theory of the universe, multi-universes exist, each created in a quantum event — the bang of the Big Bang theory — a rapid, turbocharged inflation that flattens the universe only to bubble again and create a new one. What triggered the inflationary cosmos? Therein lies uncertainly, but Professor Guth reports that “once inflation starts, it never stops.” A theoretical physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of “The Inflationary Universe,” (1997), Guth presented “Inflationary Cosmology: Is our Universe Part of a Multiverse? “, the keynote lecture of a symposium hosted by The City College of New York. He is introduced by Michio Kaku, CCNY’s Henry Semat professor in theoretical physics.
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Down Side of Globalization

May 11, 2010 | City College, CUNY Lecture Series

Two decades ago, the goal of globalization — making goods cheaper and more available — seemed like an ideal way to level the economic playing field, but according to Jon Jeter, author of “Flat Broke in the Free Market: How Globalization Fleeced Working People,” its deregulation and privatization policies have resulted in today’s high unemployment and led to an all out-war on the working class. “The first step in improving our circumstances is to come to terms with the social and political construction of our discontent, known in the U.S. as the global financial system,” said Jeter, a former South Africa bureau chief for the Washington Post, who spoke at a Book Talk sponsored by CCNY’s Center for Worker Education. “The free market has, virtually, enslaved us.”
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Cuomo Says Go Green

April 30, 2010 | City College, CUNY Lecture Series

To fix the economy, says former Gov. Mario Cuomo, we must focus on manufacturing, which “made us economically strong in the first place.” Delivering the Samuel Rudin Distinguished Visiting Scholar Lecture at City College, Cuomo said, “The nation needs to invest in technology, with a distinct green emphasis that will include making and selling turbines for wind farms, solar panels, clean coal, and, yes, nuclear power plants.” New York’s longest-serving Democratic governor added that despite providing “extraordinary assistance to banks, major industries, citizens out of work,” the Obama administration’s response to the downturn “has not been enough.” The president, Cuomo said, “needs to create an economic stimulus, but, at the same time, not create a deficit so great that it cheapens our dollar unduly and convinces the Chinese to cut their badly needed lending to us.” Listen Now >>

Wild Adventure

April 27, 2010 | City College, CUNY Lecture Series

A dip in a tank full of hungry piranhas or communing with a pack of wild African dogs is like a day at the office for nature writer Richard Conniff. The frequent contributor to Smithsonian and National Geographic, Conniff shares his outrageous vignettes from his latest book, “Swimming with Piranhas at Feeding Time: My Life of Doing Stuff with Animals,” at a Book Talk sponsored by City College’s Center for Worker Education. In one story he described his fascination with how cheetah cubs were able to devour an antelope killed for them by their mother. “Their mouths were blood red,” said Conniff, explaining why the cubs were in such a rush to finish their meal. “Vultures had began to edge closer like waiters wanting to clean up after a banquet so they can go home.”
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John Payton, Change Agent

April 22, 2010 | City College, CUNY Lecture Series

Attorneys are essential agents for social change, says John Payton,
prominent civil rights lawyer and president of the NAACP Legal Defense
Fund. “The mission, from Thurgood Marshall right up to now, is to transform
our democracy into an inclusive one, across all races, all groups, all
classes,” said Payton, who said that discrimination and bias “never fix
themselves all by themselves.” Payton delivered the Skadden, Arps Lecture
in Legal Studies at City College.
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In Pain Language

March 16, 2010 | City College, CUNY Lecture Series

Brooklyn dermatologist Dr. David Biro knows what it’s like to be at both ends of the medical spectrum, as doctor and a patient. Biro was only 31 when he was diagnosed with a rare and serious blood disease that required a bone marrow transplant. “When I was in pain from the ulcers in my mouth after chemotherapy and radiation, my ‘simple picture’ consisted of a series of small fires that swept down the piping of my GI tract,” said Biro, using the term “simple picture” to describe the “silent wall of suffering” that accompanies most serious illnesses and their treatment. Speaking at a Book Talk lecture sponsored by CCNY’s Center for Worker Education, Biro, now assistant clinical professor of dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, discussed his latest book “The Language of Pain: Finding Words, Compassion, and Relief.” He shares how language, whether spoken, written or drawn, can be used to communicate physical and emotional pain. “Language can be as powerful as medicine.”
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The Air We Breathe

March 16, 2010 | City College, CUNY Lecture Series

Aerosols — suspended liquid or solid pollutant in the atmosphere — drastically affect health and climate, says City College Professor Fred Moshary, a leading expert in environmental monitoring whose research team at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology Center has been analyzing pollutants in order to control them. “When you inhale these particulates, they can penetrate quite deep and trigger asthma attacks and affect the pulmonary system, ” he says. At the Serving Science Cafe Series, Prof. Moshary delivered the lecture “Sensing and Sensibility: Monitoring a Changing Environment.”
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Metro Transit Can Be Fixed, Says Paaswell

March 1, 2010 | City College, CUNY Lecture Series

MTA mega-projects such as the extension of the No. 7 subway line and the Second Avenue subway are crucial to improving the state’s worn, traffic-clogged transportation infrastructure, says City College Interim President Robert Paaswell, a prominent transportation expert. Speaking at the College’s Center for Worker Education, Paaswell analyzes the multi-billion dollar costs versus potential economic benefits of major proposals to modernize the city’s aging transit system, a key engine in the region’s economy. “The success of New York is based on the success of getting people to work,” said Paaswell, who directed the federally funded University Transportation Research Center at CUNY.
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