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The neuroscience of memory intrigues Ellmore, an associate professor of psychology at City College and member of the Graduate Center’s doctoral faculty in behavioral and cognitive neuroscience. He studies brain activity to uncover how people remember – research relevant to understanding memory-robbing conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease or hemorrhagic stroke. read more
Where most New Yorkers view park and sidewalk-crack greenery as mere weeds, Ava Chin sees edible, super-nutritious food such as dandelion greens and “chicken of the woods” mushrooms, as well as medicinal plants. Chin, associate professor of creative nonfiction and journalism at the College of Staten Island, recently published a prizewinning memoir, “Eating Wildly: Foraging for Life, Love and the Perfect Meal,” which chronicles her discoveries as an “urban forager” spotting, gathering and cooking useful plants that grow wild in the city. read more