Calvin Holder receives Mills G. Skinner Education Award

Dr. Calvin Holder received the Education Award at The New York Urban League’s 49th Annual Mills G. Skinner Awards Gala.

Additional honorees included: Lucille Herring, who received the Health and Social Welfare Award; Minnie Graham and Veronica Peart, who received the Charles Langere Community Service Award, and Catherine Barnett, who received the Clarence “Butch” Mangin Award.

The awards were created to honor the Rev. Mills G. Skinner for his long and dedicated service, constructive leadership and unwavering spiritual guidance to the Staten Island community.

Petingi, Zhang receive $356,000 NSF grant

The National Science Foundation has provided a $356,134 grant to support a three-year REU Site at the College of Staten Island with technical support from CUNY’s High Performance Computing Center, in an area of increasing national importance: Computational Methods in High Performance Computing with Applications in Computer Science. The award is also sponsored by Department of Defense.

“REU Site: Research Experience for Undergraduate in Computational Methods in High Performance Computing with Applications to Computer Science” is under the direction of Principal Investigator (PI) Louis Petingi and co-PI Xiaowen Zhang.  Team members include:  Feng Gu, Zhanyang Zhang, and Nelly Tournaki from the School of Education.

The REU Site recruits eight undergraduate students, for a ten-week summer experience, who undertake challenging problems with their mentors, in different research sub-fields of computer science (e.g., Graph Theory, Network Reliability, Cryptography, Network Security, Wireless Ad-hoc, Sensor Networks, and Complex Systems Modeling and Simulation) that require parallel processing programming techniques to be solved. Selected students develop competency in scientific research, improve oral presentations and writing skills. The program is aimed to help students produce significant research results which are written up in a format acceptable for publication in either a conference or journal.

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William Fritz named 2014 GSA Fellow

Dr. William J. Fritz was named a Geological Society of America (GSA) Fellow for 2014.

Society Fellowship is an honor bestowed on the best of the profession, in recognition of
their distinguished contributions to the geosciences, by election at the spring GSA Council meeting.

According to July 2014 issue of GSA Today magazine, Dr. Fritz was recognized for having trained many field geologists in the field geology courses that he taught, publishing several seminal articles that have helped us understand the geology of the Yellowstone hotspot, tectonic sedimentation in associated graben basins, and deposition of volcaniclastic and lacustrine sediments.

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GSA’s newly elected Fellows will be recognized at the 2014 GSA Annual Meeting Awards Ceremony on Sunday, 19 October, at the Vancouver Convention Centre.

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President Fritz receives Effective Leadership Award

Dr. William J. Fritz, president of the College of Staten Island, is joined by fellow honoree John Catsimatidis at the Annual Golden Age Awards Banquet held by the Latino Center on Aging.

Dr. William J. Fritz, president of the College of Staten Island (CSI), received the Effective Leadership Award on behalf of CSI at the 22nd Annual Golden Age Awards Banquet held by the Latino Center on Aging (LCA).

According to Mario E. Tapia, president and chief executive officer of the LCA,  Dr. Fritz and the college received the award for significant contributions and exemplary commitment to the betterment of the Latino/Hispanic communities throughout the world.

The June 2014 event took place at the Inter-Continental, The Barclay, in New York City, with Rafael Pi Roman, a producer and host with WNET’s Channel13 and Giovanna Drpic, host and producer of the Emmy-nominated “Money & Main$treet” on Verizon Fios1 News, acting as the masters of ceremony. The 2013 commemorative journal co-chairs included Rita DiMartino and Jean Fuentes.

Dr. Fritz was joined by fellow Golden Age Award honorees: Dr. Félix Eudardo Nallim, Humanitarian; Dr. Antonio Pérez, Community Leadership; Rafael Pi Roman, Community Service; John Catsimatidis, Corporate; and Mr. Saul Greenberger, Corporate.

Katie Cumiskey named LGBTQ Changemaker

New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer presents Rev. Dr. Kathleen M. Cumiskey with the LGBTQ Changemaker Award. Photos by Rick Stockwell or Hugh Hysell.

Rev. Dr. Kathleen M. Cumiskey, Director of the Social Media Lab and Associate Professor, Psychology/Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and the MA in Mental Health Counseling Program, was honored as an LGBTQ Changemaker by New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer at Macy’s Herald Square June 26, 2014.

The Commendation reads:  “Commendation presented to Rev. Dr. Kathleen M. Cumiskey for her work to build a positive, empowered and supportive LGBTQ community in Staten Island; for her commitment to improving the quality of life of LGBTQ people throughout the city; for her continued advocacy on behalf of equal rights and same-sex marriage; and for her tremendous contributions to the City of New York”.

The other honorees were Sharon Stapel, the Executive Director of the Anti-Violence Project & Nathan M. Schaefer, Executive Director of the Empire State Pride Agenda.

John Arena wins Book Award

John Arena, assistant professor of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, was named co-winner of the Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award by the  American Sociological Association for his book Driven from New Orleans: How Nonprofits Betray Public Housing and Promote Privatization. The award recognizes sociologically related books that make a distinguished and significant contribution to the eradication of racism.