Ralf Peetz, PhD Appointed to Greenbelt Conservancy Board of Directors

It has been announced that College of Staten Island (CSI) Interim Associate Provost Ralf Peetz, PhD, has been appointed to the Greenbelt Conservancy Board of Directors. Dr. Peetz came to Staten Island in 2003 as an Assistant Professor in Chemistry at CSI and the City University of New York doctoral faculty. He holds a PhD from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and specializes in designing materials with useful properties. His current research is dedicated to finding new materials for future generations of solar cells. Dr. Peetz has served as an elected faculty leader for several years, and currently in the role of Interim Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Student Success. “The Greenbelt is a jewel of Staten Island, and I would love to see it more integrated in a meaningful way into our Borough, through partnerships and stewardship, such as are currently underway with the College of Staten Island,” Dr. Peetz commented.

Dan McCloskey, PhD, Achievements Noted in Long Island Tech News

An article in Long Island Tech News announcing William Floyd High School chemistry teacher Martin Palermo’s selection as a member of Stony Brook University’s third annual class of “40 Under Forty” also notes that College of Staten Island (CSI) Associate Professor of Psychology Dan McCloskey, PhD, is a 1993 William Floyd High School graduate and winner of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers.

Read the full article on the Long Island Tech News Web site.


CSI Launches New Special Issue of Women’s Studies Quarterly

Queer Methods is now available.

General co-editors Matt Brim, PhD, Associate Professor of Queer Studies at the College of Staten Island (CSI), and Amin Ghaziani (University of British Columbia) announce the publication of Queer Methods, a special double issue of WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly.

The launch event for the volume was held December 8th at the Bureau of General Services, Queer Division, an independent queer cultural center, bookstore, and event space in New York City.

WSQ, the longest continuously-published women’s studies journal in the U.S., is sponsored by CSI and published by the Feminist Press at the CUNY Graduate Center.

For more information visit the Feminist Press Web site.







Tyehimba Jess Receives Lannan Literary Award

Tyehimba Jess, an Associate Professor in the Department of English, was recently named a Lannan Literary Award recipient for 2016.

Jess is the author of Leadbelly, a winner in the 2004 National Poetry Series. The Library Journal and Black Issues Book Review both named it one of the “Best Poetry Books of 2005.” His other work, Olio, published in 2016, has been called “Encyclopedic, ingenious, and abundant…” in Publisher’s Weekly‘s starred review, and was selected as one of the five best poetry books of 2016.

Jess has been at CSI for seven years and is currently on sabbatical in Chicago for the year, returning in fall 2017.

“Professor Jess is a poet of emotional depth and range. The College community applauds this national recognition. CSI students are fortunate to learn the craft of poetry in his classes and from his books and readings,” noted Nan M. Sussman, PhD, Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Lannan Literary Awards and Fellowships were established in 1989 to honor both established and emerging writers whose work is of exceptional quality. The awards recognize writers who have made significant contributions to English-language literature.

To view the full list of winners, visit the Lannan Website.





Frank Burbrink Weighs In On Ice Age Vertebrates Study

An article on American Museum of Natural History online discussed the contributions of researchers from the College of Staten Island (CSI) to ice age vertebrates studies. The article, “Climate Change Generated Mixed Responses in Ice Age Vertebrates,” quotes College of Staten Island Professor Frank Burbrink, who is also an associate curator in the Museum’s Department of Herpetology and lead author of the study: “A big glacier should have affected everybody. It doesn’t matter if you’re a snake or a bird, it probably makes it hard to live there.”

Read the full article on the Museum Web site.