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Fukushima and the One Hundred Year Storm

April 27, 2011 | City College, Newsmakers

Japan’s devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunami were unavoidable forces of nature, but the nuclear meltdown that resulted was man made, according to Michio Kaku. “If you take a look at Fukushima, there have been previous tsunamis that have hit the exact same area,” says Kaku, professor of theoretical physics at City College, referring to the area about 140 miles north of Tokyo where the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station was built. In an interview, Kaku pointed out that engineers tend to study incidents that take place in their own lifespan, not long term. “When it comes to nuclear power, we have to look at the 100-year storm.”
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Krugman and the Rabbit Hole of Economics

April 21, 2011 | CUNY Lecture Series, Graduate Center, Newsmakers

In today’s topsy-turvy world, what used to make sound, economic sense is no longer the case, according to Paul Krugman, winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Economics and a New York Times columnist. “We are in Bizzaro-land now. Both consumer and government saving depresses the economy because the money isn’t being spent at businesses that will spur investment,” says Krugman, who appeared at the Graduate Center as part of the series, “Perspectives: Conversations on Policy and Place with Peter Beinart,” to discuss the Obama’s administration’s missteps, failed policies in other countries and a reluctance, across the board, to accept responsibility. “If people had actually listened to economists,” says Krugman, “then the profession deserves a lot of the blame.”
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An Evening with New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller

April 20, 2011 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Lecture Series, Newsmakers

What Bill Keller, executive editor of New York Times, still enjoys, most, about journalism is what attracted him to it in the late 1960’s when he wrote for the Pomona College student newspaper. “The things I’ve always always found most satisfying about journalism was the exploratory function-wading into a big, puzzling situation and than explaining it in a way that people might fund find really engaging,” said Keller, who was at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, in an event sponsored by the New York Press Club and moderated by WNYC’s “On The Media” managing editor and host, Brooke Gladstone. Keller spoke about a wide range of issues, including the new online pay model, as well as the rewards of the job. “My favorite reaction, when people respond to a story, isn’t, gee, I didn’t know that, but, gee, I never thought of it that way-and editing the paper is a lot like that.”
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White House Honors for John Jay Professor

March 18, 2011 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Newsmakers

In a White House ceremony earlier this year, Anthony Carpi, professor of Environmental Toxicology at John Jay College, was recognized with the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring — the most prestigious honor in his field. “It was an absolute thrill to see the program that we had initiated become so effective and to be recognized on a national level,” says Carpi, who was nominated by the college and selected by the National Science Foundation for his work in creating PRISM. The undergraduate research initiative creates opportunities for forensic science students to engage in faculty-mentored research projects. It was also gratifying, Capri says, “to meet the president, who has been so involved with science and education.”
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A Rhodes Scholar’s Dream to Help

February 16, 2011 | Brooklyn College, Newsmakers, William Macaulay Honors College at CUNY

For 2011 Rhodes Scholar Zujaja Tauqeer, the dream of becoming a doctor — like both her parents — was instilled in her and her older sister at a very young age. “We had to finish our education and become doctors, and nothing has changed except that we’re in a different country,” says Tauqeer, a senior, studying medicine and history at Macaulay Honors College at Brooklyn College. As victims of religious persecution in Pakistan, the family was granted asylum in the U.S. in 1998, eventually settling in Staten Island. Tauqeer, who is the seventh student in CUNY’s history to win a Rhodes Scholarship, plans to attend the University of Oxford in England this fall and hopes to return someday to her native Pakistan. “I’d like to work there to improve social stability through medicine.”
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A Hostage Ordeal Remembered

February 4, 2011 | Borough of Manhattan Community College, Newsmakers

Three decades after his release on Jan. 20, 1981, after 444 days of captivity in Iran, Barry Rosen discussed the ordeal and its emotional aftermath. “I lived on a day-to-day basis and my only hope was to survive each day,” says Rosen, who today is the executive director of public and external affairs at Borough of Manhattan Community College. Rosen was the press attaché in Tehran when students stormed the U.S. Embassy, and was among the 52 people who were bound, blindfolded and isolated during their incarceration. “It affects me today — Iran is part and parcel of my life and anybody who says it isn’t, who went through this situation, is not telling you the truth.”
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Earning an Edge at Baruch

January 4, 2011 | Baruch College, Newsmakers

Students at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College have an edge when it comes to finding positions, according to Terrence Martell, director of the school’s Weissman Center for International Business. “Baruch has students with multilingual and multicultural capabilities, so we’ve tried to take those characteristics and make them part of a more attractive package to employers,” says Martell, who has been director of the Weissman Center since 2001. In an interview, Martell discussed the evolution of the center since its inception in 1994, and how it prepares students to survive the current sluggish economic climate. “We do this through a study aboard program, the global student certificate, and the international internship program.”
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Rivers at Risk

December 1, 2010 | City College, Newsmakers

Nearly 80 percent of the world’s rivers are so adversely affected by humanity’s footprint that the drinking water of 5 billion people and the survival of thousands of aquatic species are threatened, according to a report in the September issue of Nature. “We’ve repaired problems after they arise,” says Charles Vörsömarty, a professor of civil engineering and director of CUNY’s Environmental Crossroads Initiative at City College and the lead author of the study entitled, “Global Threats to Human Water Security and River Biodiversity.” Vörsömarty insists that there should be a more proactive approach and a global sharing of information and tools. We should be “protecting ecosystems and allowing ecosystems to do the very good job that they naturally do in providing stable and clean water supplies.”
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New Dominican Gallery Opens

December 1, 2010 | City College, Newsmakers

In recent years, the Dominican Republic has accounted for the largest number of the foreign-born residents in New York City. And now a new exhibition space has opened to celebrate that experience. “We wanted people to see the diversity of the Dominican people,” says Ramona Hernandez, director of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at City College, about the gallery, which is housed in the library’s multipurpose room. The inaugural show, “Manifestaciones,” by the artistic collective Dominican York Proyecto GRAFICA, is a set of 12 prints that explore the Dominican American identity.
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Fewer School Cooks, More Student Pounds

October 26, 2010 | Hunter College, Newsmakers

Sharp budget cuts to the National School Lunch Program in the 1980s contributed to our current epidemic of overweight and obese children, according to Hunter College sociologist Janet Poppendieck. “They cut labor and replaced school cooks with bulk convenience foods — the precooked, defrost and reheat pizzas and chicken nuggets,” says Poppendieck, author of “Free For All: Fixing School Food in America,” adding that unhealthy food choices were part of the wider culture, as well. “In the 80s, people saw taking their kids to fast food restaurants as a treat and increasingly these were the foods that young people wanted.”
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