Susan Smith-Peter Quoted on MSN News.com and NY Times.com

Susan Smith-Peter, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of History at the College of Staten Island (CSI), weighed in on the 150th anniversary of Russia’s sale of Alaska to the United States. In the article, “150 Years After Sale of Alaska, Some Russians Have Second Thoughts” by Evan Gershkovich, Dr. Smith-Peter said, “The sea otters who were the heart of then-thriving fur trade had almost been wiped out, and the Russians also feared that if gold were discovered — as it would be, in the Klondike Gold Rush that started in 1896 — the Americans might overrun the territory.”

Read the whole story on MSN News.com.

The article can also be viewed on the NY Times.com.

 

 

 

 

Stephen Ferst Featured on La Republica.net

A photograph of Stephen Ferst, PhD, Executive Director of the Center for Global Engagement, appeared in an article on La Republica.net about the 100,000 Strong in the Americas program. Through the program, nursing students from the University of Ibero-America (Unibe) will travel to the United States in April for four weeks of exchange at the College of Staten Island.

Read the full story on La Republica.net.

There is also an English translation available via Google Translate.

Louis Petingi Receives 2016 International Conference on Computational Biology Best Paper Award

College of Staten Island professor Louis Petingi, PhD, has received the Best Paper Award of the International Conference on Computational Biology for 2016. Dr. Petingi’s paper, “A Graph-Theoretical Approach for Partitioning RNA Secondary Structures into Pseudonotted and Pseudoknot-free Regions,” was presented at the World Congress on Engineering and Computer Science Conference in San Francisco, Ca.

Dr. Petingi’s field of expertise is Graph Theory, one of the sub-fields of Mathematics. “This area of research has been applied to study systems that can be modeled as graphs, such as social, communication, chemical, and biological networks (e.g., DNA, RNA, protein networks). My research, until recently, was focused on the study of the reliability of communication networks (e.g., wireless, internet, satellite networks), but in 2013, I became very interested on Ribonucleic acid (RNA) prediction and structure,” noted Dr. Petingi, who also had the opportunity to write a paper in this area with Tamar Schlick, PhD, from the department of Mathematical Sciences of the Courant Institute, New York University.

“As RNA secondary structures can be represented as graphs, we found how well-known graph-theoretical algorithms can be applied to partition RNAs into basic regions and allow classification and identification of complex structures called Pseudoknots.  Pseudoknots are also identified using other computational techniques (e.g., dynamic programming), but Graph Theory offers a different perspective and an alternative research path to systematically investigate RNA structure,” explained Dr. Petingi, who began at CSI in 1998 as a tenured-track assistant professor of the Computer Science Department.

“This award not only honors Professor Petingi’s work, but it brings recognition to our university.  It is an example of the quality research done at CSI,” commented Vivian Incera, PhD, Professor of Physics and Dean of Science and Technology.

“From the beginning our research encountered many obstacles, since our methodology was relatively new to the scientific community as it does not belong to the traditional areas of Biology and Mathematics, but rather to the frontier of both fields. Consequently this award represents a recognition to a challenging research path,” Dr. Petingi said.

Dawn Fairlie Feautured on EurekAlert!: The Global Source for Science News

Dawn Fairlie, PhD, Assistant Professor of Nursing at the College of Staten Island (CSI), was featured in the story, “Words and experience matter to surrogates making end-of-life decisions.” According to the article, Dr. Fairlie “investigated the relationship between end-of-life terminologies and decisional conflict — defined as a state of uncertainty about what actions should be taken when they involve risk, loss, regret, or a challenge to our values — in surrogate decision makers. She simulated a situation in which people were asked to decide whether to provide or withhold cardiopulmonary resuscitation as end-of-life care for a loved one. Divided into two randomized groups, study participants received a survey packet that varied only in the phrases ‘Do Not Resuscitate (DNR)’ and ‘Allow Natural Death (AND).’ While the results revealed no difference in decisional conflict (perhaps because the situation was simulated rather than real), Dr. Fairlie did find that AND respondents perceived their decision as good and were eight times more likely to sign the document than DNR participants.”

Read the full feature on EurekAlert! The Global Source for Science News.

 

 

Kathleen M. Cumiskey Honored by Council Member Debi Rose’s Office

Council member Debi Rose, NYCC, 49thDistrict, will be hosting a recognition ceremony to celebrate Women’s History Month. College of Staten Island (CSI) Professor Rev. Kathleen M. Cumiskey, PhD, will be honored at the event, which will take place on March 24th at 7 pm in the PS 78 auditorium, located at 100 Tompkins Avenue, Stapleton. Rev. Dr. Cumiskey is Chairperson and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology.

According to Council member Rose, the evening recognizes “women who have played a special role in our community in the fields of education, advocacy and community service.”

The event is free and open to all. Reservations can be made by phoning Councilmember Rose’s office at  718-556-7370.

[VIDEO] Ruth Powers Silverberg featured on NBC, NY1, and AP News

Ruth Powers Silverberg, EdD, was featured in several news clips for her work with the Above Ground Railroad. Watch one video in the piece “In Trump Strongholds, An Effort Is Underway to Keep Immigrants Safe” on NBC News.com.

Silverberg, who is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Studies at the College of Staten Island (CSI), is also shown in videos on NY1 with Jen Balis and Alicia Isasi-Endress, two group members who are Silverbergs’ former students and graduates of the CSI Leadership Program.

Watch the videos, “Staten Island Immigrant Outreach Group Gaining Momentum” and “Effort Underway to Start Youth Immigrant Outreach Group,” on NY1.

Silverberg was also featured in an Associated Press (AP) News article. The piece, “Where Trump won in NYC, residents allay immigrants’ fears” by Claudia Torrens, details the efforts of Silverberg and her family, along with other New York City residents, to support Latino immigrants.

Read the full story and view the video of Silverberg, her family, and the Torres family in their home on AP News.com.

 

 

 

 

Comfort B. Asanbe to Serve as UN Department of Public Information Rep

Comfort B. Asanbe, PhD, Associate Professor and Licensed Psychologist in the Department of Psychology at the College of Staten Island (CSI) has been selected to serve as a Department of Public Information (DPI) Representative at the United Nations for the American Psychological Association (APA).  The appointment is a renewable five year term.

“APA-appointed representatives work within the NGO community at the U.N. headquarters in New York. Based on APA advocacy goals and priorities, APA representatives collaborate with other NGO representatives and APA offices and governance to identify issues, organize programs and draft statements that bring psychological science and a psychological perspective to bear on global policies and programs. Representatives also foster dialogue and information exchange between psychologists and APA and U.N. diplomats and representatives of U.N. agencies, and serve as APA’s conduit for information about the United Nations,” according to the APA Web site.