NSF Awards Faculty Member for Moving at the Speed of 40 Gigabits per Second

CSI was awarded a $210,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Research Instrumentation (MRI) program in order to acquire state-of the-art signal generation and detection instruments for an automated, versatile, programmable, experimental platform that will enable cutting-edge research and multidisciplinary engineering training on advanced communication technologies. These signal generators and detectors are instruments that generate and test arbitrary wide-band electronic signals. The experimental platform will transfer electronic signals into optical signals for research in optical communication systems and networking.

The principal investigator of the grant was Dr. Xin Jiang, Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Physics at CSI. Dr. Jiang received her PhD in Electronics, Physics, and Opto-Electronics in 1995 from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China where she received two national awards for excellent research on optical amplifiers and multiple-wavelength optical communications. Prior to joining CSI, Dr. Jiang has worked in R & D and engineering organizations of several high-tech companies. Since coming to CSI she has been working on building a first-class modern experimental laboratory on optical communication. “Advanced experimental equipment is the foundation of high-quality experimental research in (the) science and engineering field,” she said during a recent interview. The proposal, which was initially rejected (but with good reviews) in the summer of 2009, is Dr. Jiang’s first NSF grant. She calls the grant a “boost to my research” and believes that it will “lay the foundation of our first-class optical communication experimental laboratory.”

Dr. Jiang hopes that the experimental platform will take advantage of the High-Performance Computing Center (HPCC) to enable research on high-speed communications with improved performance on many applications. One such application that Dr. Jiang is envisioning is to provide experimental, state-of-the-art testing equipment for researchers and engineers in the optical communications field “to meet the insatiable demand for data communication at a faster speed and higher quality,” according to Dr. Jiang. The grant will provide funding for major research instruments to build a state-of-the-art experimental test bed, which will enable a broad variety of research activities.

A broader impact of the acquisition of the equipment is that it will greatly enhance the current experimental facilities in telecommunications at CSI/CUNY. Seminars, workshops, and graduate and undergraduate classes will be developed to produce young engineers with a wide skill-set, able to do innovative work in all broadband communication fields. Dr. Jiang and her colleagues plan on recruiting “underrepresented minorities or (female) students for lab management, equipment operation, development, and research using the experimental platform, continuing CSI’s tradition of being a leader in on- and off-campus research in CUNY and all of New York City.

The National Science Foundation is a Congressional agency created in 1950 “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare…” With an annual budget of about $6.9 billion, the NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported research conducted by this country’s colleges and universities.

By Carlo Alaimo

CSI WOMEN TOPPLE COUGARS FOR CUNYAC REGULAR SEASON TITLE


The College of Staten Island women’s soccer team used an early scoring surge coupled with incredible defending, to score a 4-1 win over host Medgar Evers College in a CUNYAC matchup at Aviator Field earlier this afternoon in a contest that determined the CUNYAC Regular Season Championship for the sport.  By virtue of the win, CSI (10-4 overall, 5-1 CUNYAC) has guaranteed at least a tie with MEC (8-7-1, 4-1 CUNYAC) in the standings when play is completed.  CSI owns the tiebreaker over the Cougars with a stronger record over common out-of-conference opponents.  The Dolphins will enter the upcoming CUNYAC Championship as the No. 1 seed and Medgar Evers will earn the No. 3 seed, when semifinal play opens on October 31 at the College of Staten Island’s Soccer Complex.
Falling at the hands of the Cougars, 4-2, earlier in the year, CSI knew that only a win could secure its fate as regular season champs, so the Dolphins peppered the MEC goal end early, and struck paydirt just two minutes into the game.  CSI freshman Demi-Jean Martorano was spilled to the left of the goal box about 30 yards out and after a foul was whisted, the heads-up Martorano quickly shot in a free kick that caught MEC goalkeeper Yishka Chin out of position, giving CSI the early advantage.
Then, one of the best defensive plays of the game ensued.  The Cougars sprung loose for an equalizer when a Kathy Salcedo pass found a streaking Shakera Ho-Sang racing down the heart of the field.  CUNYAC’s leading scorer shed off a defender breaking clean on goal but her shot was thwarted by a great stop by freshman keeper Victoria Donegan, who was sidelined with injury the first time the sides faced off.  With momentum back on their side, the Dolphins attacked.  Finally, a loose ball in the midfield was played by Natalie Tombasco on the right side.  Running out of real estate, Tombasco flicked a shot on goal that was completely mishandled by Chin and ended up in the net to give CSI and improbable 2-0 lead at the 12:16 mark.
The Cougars crawled back in at 22:16, as this time, Ho-Sang was able to rip past the CSI defense on a pass from Latima Malachi.  This time, the junior put one in the upper corner of goal to cut the lead in half, 2-1.  Almost on cue, however, the Dolphins awoke from a short slumber and again turned on the offense.  Littering the MEC goal with attackers, an Amanda Percaccio shot was deflected and bounced around in the box before settling on the foot of Tombasco, who got just enough of a soft shot away to beat Chin on the lower left side to give CSI back a two-goal lead, 3-1, at 24:40.
The Dolphins scored a fourth time at 29:42.  Tombasco completed her natural hat trick this time by lacing her 10th goal over the season via a semi-breakaway.  Running parallel with the defense Tombasco sailed a bending shot over Chin off of a Martorano pass, who was caught too far out of goal after the turnover.  CSI was up at intermission, 4-1.
Although winning on the scoreboard, CSI took a nasty hit when midfielder Paige Buono was forced to leave the game with a handful of minutes left in the first stanza with what appeared to be a very serious injury.  The injury happened on a rough sliding tackle by Giancarla Denegri.  Denegri was carded although the foul was completely unintentional and without malice.  Buono did not return.
Although MEC owned the edge in second half shots 9-4 (7-2 on goal), CSI was crisp defensively in the second stanza, thwarting a series of shots and forcing low-percentage shots from wide of goal.  When the Cougars did have good looks, Donegan was sensational, turning back another breakaway opportunity by Ho-Sang midway through the second half.  Contributing to he cause was the tandem of Percaccio and Jessica Levy, who frustrated the MEC forwards and clamped down on the often dangerous Ho-Sang when she was given open space.
The CUNYAC Semifinals are set to be played on October 31 at CSI.  No. 2 Medgar Evers College will play either John Jay College or City College of New York to open play at 12pm.  No. 1 CSI will play the other at 2pm.  The two winners will advance to the CUNYAC Championship to be played on Sunday, November 6, at Metropolitan Oval in Maspeth, New York, at 2pm.




DOLPHINS AND SETTERS DRAW IN MEN’S SWIMMING; PACE WINS ON WOMEN’S SIDE


The College of Staten Island men’s and women’s swimming and diving squads officially kicked off their seasons this evening, hosting the Pace University Setters at the CSI Sports & Recreation Center.  In a very rare occurrence, the Dolphins men swam to a 118-118 draw, while the Setters raced past the women, 170-43.  Both men’s teams are now an identical 0-0-1 this season.  The Pace women are 1-0, while the Dolphin women are 0-1.
The men’s meet was a tight race the entire way and culminated with an exhilarating ending that was a cliffhanger for nearly everyone in attendance.  Despite the tie finish, CSI never trailed in the contest, taking a 13-4 lead right out of the gate with a win in the 400-yard Medley Relay.  After first place finishes by Vladislav Romanov, Pavel Buyanov and Danila Novikov,the Dolphins continued to keep Pace at bay, earning a double-digit lead after four events.
CSI earned their biggest lead after 9 events.  Romanov powered to a 52.65 finish in the 100-yard Backstroke to help CSI to a 91-73 advantage.  From there, however, the Setters chipped away, and after Oren Taylor scored 95.45 in 3-meter Diving competition, Pace was within three, 101-98, with two events left.  Finally, in the 400-yard Freestyle Relay, Pace had a chance to win by taking the top two spots, but the CSI team of Novikov, Joe Lee, Robert Stumpf, and Louis Algarin just narrowly edged out the Pace foursome to take second place, preserving at least a tie.
Over on the women’s side, Pace led from start to finish, and did it with some impressive runs in the pool.  The Setters took first and second place in the first five events before Jeanne Leung and Priscilla Alvarez scored much-needed points in 1-meter Diving.  
Kaitlyn Lynch and Georgina Goulding scored two first-place finishes and another in the 400-yard Medley Relay to earn three each on the night, while Cassandra Gentile scored first place with very impressive diving efforts.  For the Dolphins, Gabriella Villarruel earned a pair of third-place finishes, while Vasiliki Stergioula and Jessica Pifalo also placed third place in an event as well over the NCAA Division II Setters.
Both CSI swim programs will get a little layoff before their next meet.  The teams will open up CUNYAC play against John Jay College on the road in November 5.




DOLPHINS MOVE TO 4-1 IN CUNY WITH WIN OVER JOHN JAY


The College of Staten Island women’s soccer team battled the harsh weather to win their third straight, this time travelling to Met Oval to take out conference-rival John Jay College, 1-0, in a game held earlier this afternoon.  The win moved the Dolphins to 8-3 overall and 4-1 in the CUNYAC, while also guaranteeing them no less than a No. 2 seed in the four-team CUNYAC Tournament to be held at month’s end.  John Jay fell to 2-6, 1-4, respectively.
The last time the two teams squared off CSI took a lop-sided, 8-0, win at the CSI Soccer Complex, but this time, devastating winds and cold temperatures forced both teams to take a defensive stance the entire way.
“The gusts were up to 40 miles per hour,” said CSI head coach John Guagliardo.  “We were against the wind for the first half and we essentially threw everyone back to protect our goal.”
JJC out-shot the Dolphins, 10-4, in the first stanza with the wind at their backs, but CSI was able to hold off the hungry Bloodhounds.  CSI turned things around in the second frame, out-shooting the home squad, 9-5, and registering the most important shot in the 61st minute.  A Paige Buono centering lead pass found CSI leading scorer Demi-Jean Martorano, who raced in and buried the game-winner.
“We had a feeling stepping onto the field that this could end up being a 1-0 game either way,” said Guagliardo.  “Once we held them in the first half, we felt really good about ourselves and our defense played outstanding soccer in the second half.”
CSI was anchored in the back with a solid performance from Amanda Percaccio, Nicole Quattrocchi, Jessica Levy and Stephanie McNichol.
Up next will be a non-conference test for CSI, when they travel to Madison, New Jersey for a date with the College of St. Elizabeth on Tuesday at 3:30pm.




WOMEN’S SOCCER MOVE PAST CCNY, 5-1


The College of Staten Island women’s soccer team used a strong start and opportunistic game play, to take a 5-1 decision over visiting City College of New York in a CUNYAC contest played at the CSI Soccer Complex earlier this afternoon.  The win lifted the Dolphins to 7-3 overall and 3-1 in the CUNYAC, while the Beavers fell to 0-14, 0-4, respectively.  The win completes a CSI season sweep of CCNY, as the Dolphins insured themselves of a least a tie for second place in the CUNYAC standings when the women’s tournament kicks off later this month.
In their first meeting, it took the Dolphins almost 70 minutes to crack the scoring column in the eventual 1-0 win.  This time around the Dolphins used just 2:24 to hit paydirt.  Lauren Neglia laced a shot off of CCNY keeper Jessica Cardona, and the rebound found the open leg of Christina Jacob, who fired from just outside the goal box into the low left hand corner to put CSI on top, 1-0.  
From there, the game moved back and forth with both teams advancing into the other’s zone.  Finally, at 30:10, CSI leading scorer Demi-Jean Martorano punched in a 10-yarder off of a Jacob lead pass to double CSI’s lead.  With momentum on their side, CSI struck again three minutes later, when a Martorano cross found a wide-open Christina Sgarlato who headed it in from close range.  CSI inserted the dagger with 21 ticks left in the stanza, when Sgarlato banged home her second goal off of a Neglia rebound, who earned her second assist.
A headstrong CCNY came out with force in the second half, as CSI pulled back many players in a defensive stance in the final 45 minutes.  Throwing players forward only when needed, CSI scored again late, at 85:53, when Natalie Tombasco raced in from the right, shed a defender and laced a shot in the net on a Cassandra Black feeder.  With 48 seconds left, however, the Beavers broke up the shutout.  A racing Yanique Newman got behind the CSI defense and as she was about to shoot in the box, she was clutched by CSI keeper Danielle McLaughlin, prompting a foul call.  Newman was awarded a penalty shot, and nailed it in to the top corner, to make it a 5-1 final.
Despite the lop-sided score, the game was statistically very even.  CCNY held a 16-14 edge in overall shots, while the Dolphins held the edge in shots on goal, 11-8.  CCNY held a 2-1 edge in corner kicks, while CSI committed 10 fouls to CCNY’s 4.  There were no bookings.
The game had a pink backdrop today, as the Dolphins celebrated their 2nd Annual Kick for a Cure event, designed to promote breast cancer awareness and raise money for the Staten Island Breast Cancer Research Initiative.  The team and staff wore pink, and members of the St. Joseph Hill Academy High School marched out with the Dolphins during introductions, also in pink.  
CSI will return to action on Friday, when they travel to Met Oval for a CUNYAC date with John Jay College on Friday afternoon at 2pm.  CSI won the earlier season meeting with the Bloodhounds at CSI, 8-0.




DOLPHINS BACK ON TRACK WITH WIN OVER YESHIVA


The College of Staten Island women’s soccer snapped their mini two-game slide, winning a lop-sided non-conference contest against visiting Yeshiva University by an 11-0 count in a game held earlier this afternoon at the CSI Soccer Complex.  The win boosted the Dolphins to 6-3 overall while the Maccabees fell to 0-4.
CSI got off to a  quick start and never looked back, taking a 6-0 lead into intermission on the bright, warm day.  Freshman Demi-Jean Martorano, CSI’s leading scorer coming in, stayed crisp, earning four of the six first-half goals to improve to 13 goals for the season.  She scored the first at 1:19 on a nice inside feed from Christina Jacob, then posted her second just under seven minutes later via a Natalie Tombasco goal on a bending shot from the left of the goal box.
Up 2-0, senior captain Lauren Neglia then tallied on a breakaway thanks to a Martorano pass at 11:03.  Martorano then tallied two more, at 31:32 and 41:28 to put the game completely out of reach.  For good measure, Neglia added one just inside halftime via a penalty shot when a Maccabee defender touched the ball in the box with her hands.
In the second half, CSI had five different goal scorers, as the Dolphins both emptied heir bench and played their attackers on the back line and vice-versa.  Paige Buono, Jessica Levy and Natalie Tombasco scored goals unassisted, while Christina Jacob and Christina Flynn scored on goals off of Amanda Percaccio and Michele Kelley passes.
Danielle McLaughlin picked up the win, making a single save for CSI.  YC keeper Tracy Steinberger posted 11 saves in the loss, as CSI out-shot the Maccabees, 38-5 (22-1 on goal).
CSI will return to action on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30pm against City College of New York at the CSI Soccer Complex.  It will also mark CSI’s 2nd Annual Kick for a Cure, as the team will be donating proceeds raised at the event for the Staten Island Breast Cancer Research Initiative.




Two Student Teachers Return from Galapagos

Alvin Hillary and Deja Latrese Mullings, two students enrolled in CSI’s Teacher Education Honors Academy (TEHA), spent one month this summer student teaching at La Escuela Tomas de Berlanga, a K-12 school situated in the highlands of Santa Cruz, one of the many islands that make up the Galapagos archipelago.

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Alvin, a senior in the Teacher Academy, and Deja, a junior, traveled to Santa Cruz in July with Dr. Susan Sullivan, Professor of Education, to begin month-long stints as student teachers.

“CSI is the only school that offers student teaching in the Galapagos,” Dr. Sullivan commented proudly, adding that the several bilingual teachers at the school helped make for a “perfect transition.”

Alvin, who taught Biology, Chemistry, and Natural Science to the approximately 120 students, called the experience “a biologist’s dream.” Although he wasn’t fluent at the outset, Alvin taught in Spanish explaining that the terms described in the students’ texts were similar to those in English. He also said that the students were just as eager to learn English from him as they were to teach him Spanish. To the New York native, “it was odd how nice everyone was.”

Deja, who taught Math and observed Physics, spoke a little less Spanish than Alvin but was able to teach the universal formulas of the two disciplines in English, translating the texts from English to Spanish during off-hours. There was some difficulty assimilating to the living conditions in the Galapagos, due to factors like the undrinkable water. “There wasn’t even a movie theater,” Deja said.

The students were later joined by Dr. Irina Lyublinskaya, Professor of Math and Science Education, who served as a classroom observer and provided guidance to the two student teachers.

Dr. Lyublinskaya viewed the trip’s purpose as two-fold. The first priority was to take advantage of the school’s location. “The school is in a national park,” she said during an interview. She also claimed that the program was a “great experience from a scientific perspective. After all, what better place for science teachers to teach natural sciences than the Galapagos?”

Dr. Lyublinskaya’s other priority was to help La Escuela Tomas de Berlanga “take advantage of the ecological sciences of the Galapagos.” For her, the trip was all part of a bigger mission to incorporate technology into this natural science learning setting. Dr. Lyublinskaya called the program “a collaborative effort” and proposes that both sides will benefit from this collaboration.

For the CSI students, the experience was a beneficial one.

Alvin, who has completed his studies at CSI and is graduating in December, received a job offer just days after returning from the Galapagos.

Deja is using the experience to count toward her student teaching credits for the Teacher Academy and admits that “life is more stressful back home.”

Both consider the opportunity to travel to the Galapagos “an experience of a lifetime,” and they are planning to return next year when their former students, with whom they keep in touch via Facebook, graduate.

Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Lyublinskaya are hoping to receive enough funding to make the student teacher trip to the Galapagos a yearly endeavor.

The program was the brainchild of Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Lyublinskaya, collaborating professors in the Teacher Education Honors Academy at CSI. The seeds of the idea were planted several years ago, but how Alvin and Deja were able to take advantage of the opportunity is as much of a story as the trip itself.

Dr. Sullivan had plans to send students to Ecuador as long as six years ago, while helping to create the International Studies program for the then new CSI High School for International Studies. Sheila Roberts was the principal of a high school, Colegio Menor, in Quito, Ecuador with which the CSI High School was developing exchanges. When Roberts was named the newly appointed and first-ever bilingual director of La Escuela Tomas de Berlanga in the Galapagos, Dr. Sullivan realized it would be a wonderful opportunity for TEHA to collaborate with the school. The program was able to obtain funding through scholarships procured by Dr. Alfred Levine, the Acting Dean of Science and Technology, for two eager students.

The rest they say, is just part of natural evolution.

HUNTER TAKES DOWN CSI TO CEASE CUNYAC WIN STREAK


The College of Staten Island women’s tennis team suffered its first conference loss of the season, falling to host Hunter College in a match played at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York, by an 8-1 count.  The Dolphins lost their second straight overall to drop to 8-4 (5-1 CUNYAC), while the Hawks lifted their record to 9-0 (6-1 CUNYAC).
Hunter got on the board first and never looked back in doubles play.  Battling the temperamental rain and the damp courts, play got underway a bit early, as the threat of rain loomed.  The Hawks had an even quicker start as the team of Arielle Kamin and Stefanie Smith at No. 2 Doubles scored the first Hunter win, at 8-1.  A few moments later, play went final at No. 1 Doubles, where the team of Epraski Yushkova and Jennifer Kraham took an 8-2 winner.  Play was most intense at No. 3 Doubles, where the CSI team of Yelena Rasporskaya and Qing Li were in a duel with Hunter’s Ericka Jaramillo and Jessica Yi.  CSI got up early, staking themselves to a 4-3 lead, but the Hawks came roaring back to win the set, 8-5.
With a commanding 3-0 lead, Hunter used momentum to spring well ahead in singles.  Hunter was up, 7-0, before a pair of nail-biters ensued.  First, at No. Singles, CUNYAC Rookie of the Week Ilona Stoyko was battling with HC’s Kraham.  Stoyko got out ahead early, 4-1, but from there Kraham took over to win the first set, 7-6.  In another marathon second set, Kraham powered to a win, 7-5, denying CSI of the point they worked hard for.
Refusing to give in or be shut or, CSI got the lift it needed at No. 5.  There, CSI’s Rasporskaya was dead-locked with HC’s Jaramillo, as the pair won a series of points in the back-to-back match.  Rasporskaya was crisp early, winning the first set 6-3, but after going ahead 4-3 in the second, Jaramillo stayed aggressive and took a 6-4 winner, forcing a 10-point tiebreaker.  Rasporskaya took a 3-0 advantage, and even after Jaramillo tied it at 5-5, Rasporskaya stayed positive and nailed down the match by a 10-6 score, putting CSI in the scoring column and giving the unit a positive shine as it left the facility.
The win for Hunter situates them atop the conference with a 6-1 mark, one-half game ahead of the Dolphins in the standings with the head-to-head tiebreaker in their possession.  The CUNYAC Tournament begins Tuesday, October 19.  CSI has three more CUNYAC matches left on its schedule, with the first being on Thursday, October 7 against Medgar Evers College at 4pm at the CSI Tennis Center.