Faculty Honors and Activities

April 2012


Robert Bittman (Dist. Prof., Queens, Biochemistry, Chemistry) provided the keynote speech on “Synthetic Sphingolipids as Immunoregulatory Agents” at the 2011 Southeast Regional Lipid Conference in Cashiers, North Carolina.

Randolph L. Braham (Dist. Prof. Emer., City, Political Science), director of the Rosenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit, Commander Rank of the Romanian Republic. The ceremony took place on March 19 at the Consulate General of Romania in New York City.

Banished to the Homeland: Dominican Deportees and Their Stories of Exile (Columbia University Press, 2011), by David C. Brotherton (Prof., John Jay, Criminal Justice, Sociology, Urban Education) and Luis Barrios (Prof., John Jay, Psychology), was cited by Joseph Nevins in "A Tale of Two Voyages and the Global Colour Line," Aljazeera, February 24, 2012.

Joseph W. Dauben (Dist. Prof., Lehman, History) was awarded the 2012 Albert Leon Whiteman Prize, established by the American Mathematical Society in 1998, for his contributions to the history of Western and Chinese mathematics and for deepening and broadening the international mathematical community’s awareness and understanding of its history and culture.

Jason Eckardt (Assoc. Prof., Brooklyn, Music), cofounder and executive director of Ensemble 21, was awarded his second commission for a new composition from the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation at the Library of Congress. He is also working on a new chamber music piece featuring a piano solo with strings for the NOVA Chamber Music Series of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Abdeslem El Idrissi (Asst. Prof., Staten Island, Biology) served as chair and William L’Amoreaux (Assoc. Prof., Staten Island, Biology) as cochair of the organizing committee for the 18th International Taurine Meeting this April in Marrakech, Morocco. Both led sessions and presented plenary talks during the conference.

Evelyne Ender (Prof., GC, Comparative Literature) presented a paper titled “Louise Bourgeois’s Memory Cells” at the 2011 ThinkArt Memory conference held at Boston University. More recently, her lecture at the 2009 Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris on the place of women in the Geneva School has now appeared in Les Femmes dans la critique et l’histoire littéraires (Champion, 2011). She also published an essay on Antigone in Adelphiques, Soeurs et frères dans la littérature française du XIXe siècle (Kimé, 2010) and a chapter on nineteenth-century lyric poetry in French Global: A New Approach of French Literary History (2010).

Raymond Erickson (Prof. Emer., Queens, Music) was appointed to the Spring 2012 faculty of Juilliard’s new historical performance program, which recently was endowed with a $20 million gift. He also will be giving the keynote speech in April at the Baldwin-Wallace College Bach Festival, one of the nation’s oldest.

Mauricio A. Font (Prof., Queens, Sociology), director of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies, gave an interview to Fox News on the upcoming visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Cuba. The interview was aired in late March.

David A. Gerstner (Prof., Staten Island, Theatre) was selected for a 2012 Choice Outstanding Academic Title for his book Queer Pollen: White Seduction, Black Male Homosexuality, and the Cinematic (University of Illinois Press, 2011). The award is granted by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries,a source for reviews of academic books, electronic media, and internet resources to those in higher education. 

David Harvey (Dist. Prof., GC, Anthropology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, History) was recently elected an Honorary Fellow of St. John’s College, Cambridge.

James V. Hatch (Prof. Emer., City, Theatre) and his wife Camille Billops, who holds an M.F.A. degree from City College, are entering their final year of publication of Artist and Influence, an annual journal published since 1981 by the Hatch-Billops Collection.  Founded in 1975, Hatch-Billops is a research library that houses an archival collection of oral histories of African American, Asian, and Hispanic artists from all fields of the graphic, performing, and spatial arts.

Sylvia Kahan (Prof., Staten Island, Music) served as keynote speaker at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s Winter Festival 2012, “Immortal Investments.” At the Rose Studio at Lincoln Center in February, her lecture, titled “The Legendary Salon,” focused on the influential, avant-garde salon of Winnaretta Singer, Princess de Polignac.

Barbara Mackenzie (Adj. Asst. Prof., GC, Music), director of the Barry S.  Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation and editor-in-chief of Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM), has been elected president of NFAIS (the National Federation of Advanced Information Services). NFAIS a member organization of which RILM, the world’s most comprehensive music bibliography, is a part. The presidency is a three-year cycle; Mackenzie’s term as president-elect is just ending, and next year she will be past president.

Douglas Mennin (Assoc. Prof., Hunter, Psychology) was interviewed by three media in March. He provided scientific perspective on the Jet Blue pilot’s breakdown on the 11 o’clock NBC News on March 29, http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/JetBlue-Pilot-Flight-Las-Vegas-JFK-Passengers-Video-144640475.html; spoke about anti-anxiety medication on NPR’s “The Leonard Lopate Show” on March 23, http://www.wnyc.org/shows/lopate/2012/mar/23/please-explain-anxiety-and-benzodiazepenes/; and was quoted on the same topic in “Listening to Xanax,” Lisa Miller’s New York magazine cover story on March 18, http://nymag.com/news/features/xanax-2012-3/.

Anjana D. Saxena (Asst. Prof., Brooklyn, Biochemistry, Biology) was among several coauthors of  “Specific Domains of Nucleolin Interact with Hdm2 and Antagonize Hdm2-Mediated P53 Ubiquitination,” FEBS Journal (2011). She also received an American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar Award in Cancer Research for participating in the 2011 AACR 102nd Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

Pamela Sheingorn (Prof. Emer., Baruch, History, Theatre), a leading authority in the fields of medieval culture, medieval history, and women’s history, was honored by Elina Gertsman, Assistant Professor of Medieval Art at Case Western Reserve University, and Jill Stevenson, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at Marymount Manhattan College, for her past and ongoing contributions to medieval studies. Gertsman and Stevenson dedicated their book Threshold of Medieval Visual Culture: Liminal Spaces (Boydell Press, 2012) to Sheingorn.

Submitted on: APR 4, 2012

Category: Faculty Activities, Faculty Awards