Como Named Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year by the NACNS

CSI's June M. Como has received the Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year award from the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists.

June M. Como, Lecturer of Nursing at the College of Staten Island, has received the Clinical Nurse Specialist of the Year award from the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS).

The award recognizes NACNS members for their outstanding professional achievements as Clinical Nurse Specialist Educators. Professor Como will be officially recognized at the NACNS annual awards luncheon on Friday, March 11 in Baltimore. 

Professor Como, who began her nursing career at CSI (she was a member of the final class of Staten Island Community College) said that she was “extremely excited and very humbled,” when she was nominated by Dr. Margaret Lunney of CSI’s Nursing Department. 

“Teaching is an important component of my life,” commented Como. “Being able to guide my graduate students toward their practice as CNSs in Advanced-Practice Nursing, assisting them in providing the highest level of evidenced-based patient-focused care, and implementing system-level changes in their respective health care settings is wonderfully fulfilling.”

Professor Como’s list of accomplishments is long and impressive, but perhaps none is more impressive than her work during 9/11 setting up a nurses’ health care and first aid center at the Staten Island Homeport. She spent nearly three months organizing health care coverage for personnel at Ground Zero. 

Professor Como is also the co-director of the CSI High-Fidelity Simulation Center where her students use mannequins to simulate real clinical circumstances. The mannequins have heart rates, blood pressure, and working lungs. “It is important that students experience a level of patient care in a safe environment where mistakes are not as costly,” she said. 

“Como’s dedication to the Staten Island community and to the development of CNS students through technology and leadership training is what helps set her apart from other members of her field. Como is a true leader in her field and the members of the CSI community are proud to call her their own,” CSI Provost and SeniorVice President for Academic Affairs Dr. William Fritz commented.

Como began her teaching career as a Critical Care Instructor at Methodist Hospital and has been teaching at CSI since 1992. She is the recipient of a number of awards and grants, earning tens of thousands of dollars as the Principal Investigator (PI) for several projects that use different aspects of technology to assist students in acquiring the critical thinking traits and skills in the nursing diagnosis, care, and evaluation of patients, families, and communities. She has published several articles in health care journals such as the International Journal of Human Caring and Holistic Nursing Practice. Her doctoral focus is on health literacy, medication adherence, and health outcomes in patients with heart failure. 

The NACNS was founded in 1995 to enhance and promote the valuable contributions of clinical nurse specialists to the health care industry. Members are highly influential in the nursing industry. They aid in the development of CNS education standards and support state-specific legislative initiatives. 

The Nursing program at CSI is one of the College’s longest-running programs, dating back to the 1960s when CSI was known as Staten Island Community College. Today, the Department has grown into one of CSI’s flagship programs, offering Master’s and Nurse Specialist degrees. CSI nursing graduates are employed in a variety of institutions throughout the city.

Schulman Named Distinguished Professor

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York has appointed CSI English Professor Sarah Schulman as Distinguished Professor.

The Board of Trustees of The City University of New York has approved the appointment of Professor Sarah Schulman as Distinguished Professor.

Professor Schulman is a tenured Full Professor in the Department of English and has been at CSI and CUNY since 1999. She made significant contributions across disciplines at national and international levels. Her work has made an invaluable impact in creative writing, theater, film, and, not least of all, gay and lesbian culture. Her art and political practices are known for their integrated multi-mediated approaches.

Commenting on her appointment, Schulman said, “This is, of course, a life-changing moment of recognition for me, and I am especially proud as a second-generation product of New York City public schools. My mother grew up in Brownsville/East New York, attended Thomas Jefferson High School, and was in the first class of women at City College in 1949, when women had to have higher GPAs than men to be admitted. I went to Hunter High School and to Hunter College, where I studied with Audre Lorde, an experience that has enriched me all my life. But really what is most meaningful for me about this promotion is that writing about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered people and people with AIDS, is finally being recognized as an organic and fundamental part of American Arts and Letters.”

Professor Schulman has published prolifically during her career: nine novels, four works of non-fiction, and one play. Her work has been translated into nine languages and has been included in scores of anthologies. She has produced more than a dozen plays in theaters and other performance venues. Her work in the arts has gained her Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships. This past year, her co-authored screenplay, The Owls, premiered at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival. As a journalist, her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian of London, The Nation, The Village Voice, Mother Jones, Interview, The Progressive, American Theater, Millennium Film Journal, and others.

Professor Schulman’s many contributions dedicated to the cultural and political spheres of LGBTQ arts and ideas were recently honored with the David R. Kessler Lecture and Award in LGBTQ Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. This past year Professor Schulman was also appointed to the Advisory Council of the Harvard Kennedy School, Carr Center for Human Rights and Social Movements.

“I have had some extraordinary students here at CSI,” Schulman added, “who I believe in and who deserve to advance and become leaders of our community and country. I worry that our most gifted students are not always getting the opportunities that they deserve and I hope that, as a teacher, I can relate to each of my students as an individual, both of us working to form a distinct partnership in learning, so that whatever they bring to the table can be recognized and enhanced by our collaboration.”

Igor Arievitch publishes book chapter about the activity approach in sociocultural psychology

Igor Arievitch, has just published a book chapter, cited below, about the activity approach in sociocultural psychology.  He joins a distinguished group of invited co-authors for the volume, including such other superstars of contemporary psychology as Rom Harre, John Shotter, Kenneth Gergen, Michael Cole, and others, each of whom represented branches of sociocultural psychology (discursive, hermeneutic, dialogical). Suzanne Kirschner and Jack Martin, the editors of the volume, are former presidents of the APA’s Division for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology.

Please join me in congratulating Prof. Arievitch on this impressive scholarly achievement.

Stetsenko, A. & Arievitch, I.M. (2010). Cultural-historical activity theory: Foundational worldview and major principles. In J. Martin and S. Kirschner (Eds.), The Sociocultural Turn in Psychology: The Contextual Emergence of Mind and Self (pp.231-253). New York, NY: Columbia University Press.

Dr. Deborah Popper elected to Greenbelt Conservancy Board

The Greenbelt Conservancy recently elected four new board members to its 19-member volunteer board of directors.

Dr. Deborah Popper teaches geography at the College of Staten Island and Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). She also teaches as a visiting professor at Princeton University’s Environmental Institute. Dr. Popper is director of CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College at the College of Staten Island.

Also elected were James Devine, president and CEO of Global Container Terminals; Monique Kusick, project director for the New York Academy of Medicine in Harlem; and Mark Vogt, property and financial manager for Morgan Stanley Realty.

Greenbelt Conservancy officers for 2011 are: Kathleen E. Vorwick, president; Beverly Garcia-Anderson, first vice president; Paul Eklof, second vice president; Paul Ainslie, treasurer; Eileen Kavanagh, secretary.

Returning board members are: Christopher H. Benbow, Dr. Craig Campbell, Romaine Gardner, Donna Hakim, Catherine Morrison Buck; Catherine Morrison Golden; Louise Petosa; Dr. Kenneth Saccaro, Henry J. Stern and Sally Williams.

The Greenbelt Conservancy’s mission is to promote, sustain and enhance Staten Island’s 2,800-acre Greenbelt through education, recreation, conservation and research. The conservancy works in partnership with New York City Parks.

U.S. International Trade Commission Invites CSI Professor for Talk on Counterfeit Goods

Professor Alan Zimmerman and Professor Peggy Chaudhry

CSI Professor Alan Zimmerman was invited to speak before the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) last month to discuss the economic impact of the sale of counterfeit goods in China.

In his talk entitled “Protecting International Property Rights: The Special Case of China,”  Zimmerman focused on how the counterfeit market in China adversely affects sales of genuine goods in the U.S. The talk, based on the book, The Economics of Counterfeit Trade: Governments, Consumers, Pirates, and Intellectual Property Rights, co-authored by Zimmerman and Prof. Peggy Chaudhry, pinpointed specific issues of counterfeit trade, namely the level of consumer complicity and extent of the host country’s enforcement of intellectual property (IP) laws.

The size of the Chinese counterfeit market is vast, 93% of the potential market for the film industry is lost to counterfeiting as well as 25% of health care goods.  The most damage is done through business software piracy, which accounts for nearly 100% of software used in China. “The Chinese government recognizes this issue as a major problem and they are working hard to improve the situation,” says Zimmerman who is currently visiting China to continue his research.

At the USITC, Zimmerman primarily focused on his findings from a researcher’s lens, but he also defined certain situations in China that helped breed the sale and consumption of counterfeit goods, such as the lack of enforcement of IP laws. Zimmerman also touched on Chinese history and philosophy in pinpointing the obstacles that legitimate brand holders must overcome, outlining one major historical pillar of Chinese belief, “individual inventions draw on past knowledge, which belongs to all citizens.”

The USITC is an independent, quasi-judicial Federal agency with broad investigative responsibilities on matters of trade. The agency investigates the effects of dumped and subsidized imports on domestic industries and conducts global safeguard investigations.  The Commission also serves as a Federal resource where trade data and other trade policy-related information are gathered and analyzed. The information and analysis are provided to the President, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), and Congress to facilitate the development of sound and informed U.S. trade policy.

Alan Zimmerman is a Professor of Business and Area Coordinator for the International Business program at CSI. He teaches Global Strategy and Business-to-Business Marketing for the Master’s program.  He has co-authored three books on international business.

[video] Dr. Naider accepts President’s Medal at Celestial Ball

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Dr. Fred Naider, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at CSI, and Member of the Doctoral Faculty at The Graduate Center/CUNY, highlighted student achievements and the importance of scholarships during his acceptance speech of the President’s Medal at the second annual Celestial Ball.

After thanking the Ball committee and his family, friends, and colleagues, Dr. Naider told the attendees about his father, Leonard, known to his children as “The Old Sarge,” who fought at Normandy in World War II. Although Leonard never received a college degree, he valued education and worked hard to ensure that his children benefited from a good education. He also taught his children to recognize kindness and express their gratitude. With those sentiments in mind, Dr. Naider thanked CSI President Dr. Tomás D. Morales and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. William Fritz for the honor of receiving the President’s Medal.

Dr. Naider then explained that he has “lived a privileged life…I am one of those people who just never left school. I have spent virtually all of my life learning, teaching, or doing research.” His main focus, however, was on the wonderful students at CSI with whom he has had the pleasure of working, including Dr. Leah Cohen, who recently attended a Nobel symposium in Germany. “At CSI, our students receive an education that is second to none, and they have the opportunity to inspire their teachers and, in turn, to hopefully absorb some of the passion that we have for our disciplines,” he added. Dr. Naider concluded his remarks with stories of CSI students who beat almost insurmountable odds to graduate and eventually become very successful in their scientific careers, noting that scholarship funds help to create more stories with happy endings like these.

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