Charles Liu in the Media

College of Staten Island (CSI) faculty director of the Macaulay Honors College and The Verrazano School Dr. Charles Liu went on a science filled media run.

Dr. Liu was first featured in National Geographic’s StarTalk where he joined Neil deGrasse Tyson to discuss the science of Seth McFarlane’s Family Guy.

Dr. Liu was also quoted in the American Museum of Natural History article “ Your Guide To The Summer Night Sky,” where he discusses how one can spot particular stars and constellations such as the “Summer Triangle” in heavily polluted areas like New York City.

View the StarTalk video on the National Geographic website.

View the full American Museum of Natural History article on the Public Now website.

Community Health Worker and Care Management Support Program Celebrates with Completion Ceremony

The CHW and CMS Completion Event celebrated the new Programs.

On June 6, faculty, students, and their family and friends gathered together at CSI’s Green Dolphin Lounge to celebrate the accomplishments of adult learners and a growing relationship with an outstanding community partner.

The event, which was covered by Borderland Films, featured the accomplishments of Community Health Worker (CHW) and Care Management Support (CM) program graduates; their funder, the Staten Island Performing Provider System (SIPPS); and the College’s Office of Community, Educational, and Economic Engagement, which designed and implemented both programs.

Both programs afforded current healthcare-sector incumbent workers the opportunity to earn a credential pertinent to new and evolving roles in healthcare while attaining three college credits.  The CHW program was created for adults with little or no college experience, while the CM program was designed to introduce college graduates, who are working in the field of care management, to CSI’s Master of Social Work (MSW) program and equip them with a care management credential.

Community Health Workers attended Anthropology 100 with Dr. Philippe Marius to better understand the theory behind societies while accruing general education credits; Care Managers studied the opioid epidemic with Dr. Christine Flynn-Saulnier in Social Work graduate course SWK 684 Drugs and Alcohol.

The programs enrolled healthcare workers at different stages of their careers in education, yet the broad goals of the programs were the same: to provide existing healthcare workers the access to training and education to help them grow in their careers while providing the best support to their clients, who are most often Medicaid recipients. The clients whom the graduates will serve often have difficulty accessing quality healthcare due to cultural, language, and/or socioeconomic barriers. Thanks to the students’ funder, SIPPS, the learning opportunities may have been free, but student commitment was unwavering.

The CHW program ran from October to May, meeting two evenings per week. Care Management students attended class one evening a week during the Spring 2017 semester, along with one full Saturday a month. Despite full-time work, family responsibilities, and for many, a long lapse since being a student, the students flourished. Both programs were designed for the adult working student, featuring small class sizes and a combination of faculty who possess both academic and industry expertise. For CHW students, this equated to two teachers in the classroom at all times. At the start of the CHW program, lead instructor, Deeana Dobrer provided technical training, while CSI English Department faculty member Sara Paul,  helped students enhance their literacy skills, which are not only critical for the CHW role, but in Anthropology 100, which they took in Spring 2017.  Once enrolled in ANT100, Paul remained present in class with Dr. Marius.

CSI faculty and staff joined graduates, along with family members, co-workers, and friends, for an informative and celebratory evening in the Green Dolphin Lounge.

“Partnership with the Social Work Department and the Sociology and Anthropology Department truly made these programs a success,” says Chris Cruz Cullari, Executive Director of the Office of Community, Educational, and Economic Engagement. Cruz Cullari and his Office, who formed the relationships with SIPPS and academic departments, ultimately designed and implemented both programs. Appropriately named the Office of Community, Educational and Economic Engagement, the Office does just that, bridging the Staten Island community’s needs appropriately with the resources of the College to foster Staten Island’s economic growth.

“This graduation tonight–with its emphasis on community partnership, health-related concerns and solutions, education, and career development–is the very embodiment of the College’s stated commitment to ‘Borough Stewardship,’” commented Ken Iwama, JD, Vice President for Economic Development, Continuing Studies, and Government Relations.

The CHW and CM programs are just two examples of the work that SIPPS is committed to partnering with the College to implement. Work is already underway to offer another CHW cohort in Fall 2017 and a Recovery Peer Advocate program is currently being designed. For more information about any of the programs mentioned in this article, contact Chris Cruz Cullari at

View the video of the Ceremony, which includes interviews and background, on CSI’s YouTube page.

Complete list of students of the 2017 CHW and CM Support Programs:

CHW Completers:

Aruni Aniju, Staten Island University Hospital

Jacqueline Aust Sierra, Richmond University Medical Center

Siobhan Baptiste, Staten Island University Hospital

Vistell Burton, Staten Island University Hospital

Charles Cooper, Project Hospitality

Cintia Cruz, Richmond University Medical Center

Maribel Espinosa, Project Hospitality

Donna Graziano, Community Heath Action of Staten Island

Justine Jackson, Richmond University Medical Center

Barbara Reffell, Staten Island University Hospital

Sandy Richardson, South Beach Psychiatric


CM Support Completers:

Beata Biszkowiecki, Community Health Center of Richmond

Samantha Cancilla, Project Hospitality

Stavros Delardas, Community Health Center of Richmond

Jamie Guiterrez, NYC Health+Hospitals Sea View

Cherri Hugee, The Jewish Board

Derek Louie, The Jewish Board

George Bambara Quoted on

College of Staten Island (CSI) professor Dr. George Bambara was quoted on after Preferred Dental Technologies Inc. announced a product demonstration. Dr. Bambara is also a faculty member at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and holds Fellowships in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the International Academy of Dento-Facial Esthetics.

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George Bambara Named Member of Preferred Dental Technologies Forms Advisory Board

College of Staten Island (CSI) adjunct assistant professor Dr. George Bambara, DDS, DMD, MS, has been named as a member of the Preferred Dental Technologies forms advisory board. Erik Siegmund, chief executive officer of Preferred Dental Technologies Inc. and president of Preferred Dental Implant Corp., stated:”We are privileged to be able to work with a distinguished set of dental experts.”

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Dr. Irina Lyublinskaya Awarded NSF Grant for Developing Science Leaders Program

Dr. Lyublinskaya has been awarded an NSF grant.

The Discovery Institute of the College of Staten Island (CSI) is taking a stand for educators and future science leaders of the world. Dr. Irina Lyublinskaya, the Director of The Discovery Institute and Professor of Education, was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant award in the amount of $1,300,000. The grant will support the new program, Developing Science Leaders in High Need Elementary Schools: Noyce Master Teaching Fellows Academy, which aids 16 exemplary elementary school teachers in high-need schools on Staten Island. Teachers will receive a $10,000 salary supplement per year for five years, will take 12 credits of graduate-level work, and will participate in professional development training on leadership in STEM education. This program, developed in partnership with NYC District 31, will commence in the summer of 2017.

The aim of the program is to cultivate a cadre of science teacher leaders and a professional network of science leaders to improve the quality of science teaching in District 31 high-need elementary schools. The selected Title I school instructors will be provided with systemic professional development to enrich their science knowledge and teaching, and facilitate the growth of their leadership skills. To build these competencies, the project will engage teachers in a blended, multicomponent Professional Development (PD) that includes content-based graduate-level courses at CSI with integrated STEM research/lab experiences, face-to-face training led by CSI School of Education faculty and Discovery Institute experts, and online and face-to-face collaboration with project faculty.

Dr. Lyublinskaya recognizes the importance of this grant as she remarks, “I am so excited about an opportunity to change the culture of teaching and learning science in elementary schools on Staten Island. Having this grant will provide us with the opportunity to develop science leaders’ cadre and create a professional learning network in our district that will continue the empowerment of all elementary school teachers in the district beyond the five-year period of the grant.”

In addition to Dr. Lyublinskaya, the project team is led by Ken Gold, Dean of Education; Bethany Rogers, Associate Professor of the Department of Educational Studies; and Abdeslem El Idrissi, PhD, Professor of Biology. Partner organizations involved in the project include the Discovery Institute, the School of Education, and the Division of Science and Technology at CSI; New York City Department of Education District 31 (Staten Island); and Staten Island MakerSpace.


Christopher Anderson Featured on SeriouslyMedia

College of Staten Island (CSI) Assistant Professor Christopher Anderson, PhD, wrote an article, “When certainties fade: The changing state of academic research into the changing world of news,” which appeared on The piece was co-authored with Northwestern University’s School of Communication Professor Pablo Boczkowski.

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Sarah Schulman Discusses Latest Book

College of Staten Island (CSI) Distinguished Professor Sarah Schulman was featured in an Auto Straddle article in which she discusses her 18th book Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility and the Duty of Repair and various LGBTQ issues with Editor-in-chief Marie Riese Bernard.

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Largest-ever Undergraduate Research Conference Spotlights Student/Faculty Collaboration

The Conference took place in the Center for the Arts.

The fruits of the excellent academic connections between College of Staten Island (CSI) students and their faculty mentors were on display, last May, at the Annual Undergraduate Conference on Research, Scholarship, and Performance, which took place in the Center for the Arts.

This year’s Conference was the largest ever with 335 research poster presenters (200 actual posters), 12 oral presentations, and nine panel participants, as well as performances from 80 Music and Dance students, and works by 30 students of the Visual Arts.

CSI Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Gary Reichard, PhD, commented on the significance of the event. “The annual Undergraduate Conference on Research, Scholarship, and Performance provides important opportunities for CSI students to showcase their research and performance skills for fellow students, CSI faculty, and members of the campus and Staten Island communities. In its 16th year in 2017, it has become a jewel for CSI. The annual Conference underscores the exceptional one-on-one mentoring relationships between CSI’s world-class faculty and students.”

Poster presentations line the hallways for the Undergraduate Research Conference.

Beyond the research posters, panel discussions, and paper presentations, other highlights included a recital from the CSI Chamber Music Ensemble, a program featuring the CSI Dance Program, and the Undergraduate Research Conference Art Exhibition.

The Conference is sponsored by the Division of Academic Affairs with funding from CSI Student Government, the Office of Alumni relations, and the CSI Foundation.