Faculty Honors and Activities

October 2011

Mimi Abramovitz (Prof., Hunter, Social Welfare, Women’s Studies CP) delivered the keynote address at the 27th Annual Social Work Month Awards Celebration of the Social Service Employees Union on March 11. The topic was “Shock Doctrine Explains the Attack on Public Sector Program, Workers, and Unions.”

Zaghloul Ahmed (Asst. Prof., Staten Island, Physical Therapy) was one of only five research scientists to receive the 2011 NYC BioAccelerate Award from the New York City Investment Fund to continue their research.

Meena Alexander (Dist. Prof., Hunter, English) this spring received a Fulbright Specialists Award to hold a graduate seminar in multicultural poetics and to give a public lecture on “Postcolonial Memory” at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari.

Andrew Beveridge (Assoc. Prof., Queens, Sociology), president and CEO of Social Explorer, was a returning guest every Thursday in June on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show. He discussed New York’s diverse communities, particularly areas of ethnic concentration that are quickly changing in the city scene.

Robert Bittman (Dist. Prof., Queens, Biochemistry, Chemistry) was the keynote speaker at the National Lipid Forum of Finland on May 30. His talk was titled “FTY720 AND Alpha-Galactosylceramide Analogs: Two Immunoregulatory Sphingolipids.”

Marvin A. Carlson (Sidney E. Cohn Chair in Theatre Studies, Dist. Prof., GC, Comparative Literature, Theatre) served as one of two external search committee members for the Samuel Beckett Chair at Trinity College in Dublin. While there, he lectured on digital space in theatre. In the spring, he gave a number of keynote addresses, one on the challenges of translating Arabic drama at a translation conference in Belfast, another at the International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) conference in Pecs, Hungary, and two additional keynotes in Lisbon, Portugal, and York, England.

Fernando Coronil (Pres. Prof., GC, Anthropology), who died suddenly in August, and David Harvey (Dist. Prof., GC, Anthropology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, History) were participants in “About Academia,” a conference held at Harvard University. Conceived at and produced by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies in collaboration with the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University, the conference addressed the problematic relationship between the production of knowledge and economic power.

Elena Frangakis-Syrett (Prof., Queens, History, Middle Eastern Studies) was a Senior Residential Fellow at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations at Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey, during the spring of 2011. The fellowship allowed her to research the monetary systems and banking and investment practices in regional markets of the Near East in relation to a book-length project titled “Trade, Banking and Investment in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century Ottoman Empire.”

Joyce Gelb (Prof. Emer., GC, City, Political Science) was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in May 2010 in Israel, where she spoke at Tel Aviv University, the American Embassy, and Haifa University, where her host was the late Asher Arian (Dist. Prof., GC, Political Science). In the fall of 2010, she was a visiting scholar at the University of Lviv in the Ukraine and delivered a keynote address to the Teamsters Union for Women’s History Month on March 24, 2011.

Harold W. Goldstein (Prof., GC, Baruch, Psychology) and Charles A. Scherbaum (Asst. Prof., GC, Baruch, Psychology) won the 2011 M. Scott Myers Award for Applied Research in the Workplace for their research on developing employment tests that minimize the negative impact on minority test-takers while still predicting job performance. The award is granted by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology.

William H. Gottdiener (Assoc. Prof., John Jay, Criminal Justice, Psychology) and Patricia A. Zapf (Assoc. Prof., John Jay, Criminal Justice, Psychology) published, along with alumnus Gianni Pirelli (Psychology, 2010), A Meta-Analytic Review of Competency to Stand Trial Research. The American Psychological Association (APA) selected this cutting-edge study for a press release that has already been picked up by ten media outlets. For more information, visit: http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2011/02/incompetent-trail.aspx. Gottdiener, who has expertise in the fields of substance use research and treatment, psychopathology, scientific psychoanalysis, evidence-based practice, and psychotherapy integration, has also been named an associate editor of the Journal of Psychotherapy Integration.

Maria Hartwig (Prof., John Jay, Criminal Justice, Psychology) testified before the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology (Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight), in a hearing on behavioral science and security on April 6. The hearing addressed the scientific evidence behind the Transportation Security Administration’s SPOT (Screening Passengers by Observation Techniques) program, a method of credibility assessment currently employed at a number of U.S. airports. Hartwig’s testimony reviewed the theory and empirical findings on demeanor-based credibility judgments. Information about the hearing and testimony can be found here: http://science.house.gov/hearing/subcommittee-investigations-and-oversight-hearing-tsa-spot-program.

Cindi Katz (Prof., GC, Psychology) has accepted a distinguished appointment as the Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor in Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge for 2011–12.

Margaret Bull Kovera (Prof., John Jay, Criminal Justice, Psychology) became editor, this August, of Law and Human Behavior (LHB), the official journal of the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS)/Division 41 of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Victoria N. Luine (Dist. Prof., Hunter, Biology, Psychology) was the commencement speaker at Gowanda Central High School in Gowanda, N.Y., on June 24. She has also been elected as the secretary of the Federation of Associations in Brain and Behavior Societies.

Cynthia Mercado (Asst. Prof., John Jay, Criminal Justice, Psychology) testified, on April 29, as part of a public hearing to the New York State Assembly related to Assemblywoman Markey’s Child Victims Act of New York (A5488), which would extend the current New York State civil and criminal statute of limitations on child sexual abuse crimes. Mercado discussed the prevalence of sexual violence, the direct and indirect costs of sexual violence, and what is known about disclosure.

John Mollenkopf (Director of Center for Urban Research and Dist. Prof., GC, Political Science, Sociology) and Steven Romalewski, director of CUNY Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research, were quoted in a New York Times article on the ever-changing neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. The article references their work in creating and updating interactive block-by-block census maps that indicate race and ethnic population changes at the neighborhood level. For more information, visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/05/nyregion/in-bedford-stuyvesant-a-black-stronghold-a-growing-pool-of-whites.html?_r=1

Ruth O’Brien (Prof., GC, Political Science) won the 2011 Chancellor’s Award for Disability Awareness. On March 1, she gave a keynote speech, titled “Ceilings Waiting to Be Broken: Women Sharing Discrimination Stories In and Out of Court,” to celebrate Women’s History Month at the University of Utah.

Susan V. Opotow (Prof., John Jay, Criminal Justice, Psychology) gave a September 7 keynote speech, “Moral Exclusion and Inclusion: Shifts over Time,” at the British Psychological Society (BPS) Social Psychology Section annual conference, University of Cambridge. Her research examines moral exclusion—how people come to see others as eligible targets of violence, exploitation, and harm—as well as moral inclusion—how people extend rights and resources to previously marginalized groups. She looks at a variety of social contexts, such as wartime, postwar periods, and times of environmental conservation. Editor of Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology and a fellow of the American Psychology Association (APA), Opotow is the 2011 awardee of the American Psychological Foundation Lynn Stuart Weiss Lecture.

Diana L. Reiss (Prof., Hunter, Psychology) will be a keynote speaker at the Bergamo Science Festival in Italy this October.

David Reynolds (Dist. Prof., GC, English) had an op-ed piece published in the New York Times on June 13, 2011. Titled “Rescuing the Real Uncle Tom,” the article discusses themes Reynolds addresses in his recent book Mightier Than the Sword: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Battle for America (Norton, 2011).

Jessica M. Rothman (Asst. Prof., Hunter, Anthropology) was featured in a New York Times article titled “Protein-Rich Diet Helps Gorillas Keep Lean.” She and her colleagues studied mountain gorillas in Uganda and found that they eat a protein-rich diet, supplemented with fruits. The research could help in preserving and creating ideal habitats for mountain gorillas, which are endangered. Rothman and her colleagues’ study appears in the current issue of Biology Letters. For more information visit: https://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/07/science/07obgorilla.html and http://rsbl.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2011/05/30/rsbl.2011.0321.

James Saslow (Prof., Queens, Art History, Theatre), in June, was honored by the premiere of his first full-length opera, The Picture of Dorian Gray, written with composer Jeffrey Brody and based on Oscar Wilde’s work. The opera was commissioned by the Longwood Opera Company in Needham, Mass.

Irvin S. Schonfeld (Prof., City, Educational Psychology, Psychology), who is also a GC alumnus (Educational Psychology, 1980), received the Distinguished Contributions to the Occupational Health Psychology Award from the Society for Occupational Health Psychology at the biennial “Work, Stress, and Health” conference on May 28.

Dennis Sullivan (Albert Einstein Chair in Science/Mathematics, Dist. Prof., GC/Queens, Mathematics) has been selected as one of five new honorary members of the Royal Irish Academy, an independent academic body that promotes study and excellence in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The principal learned society in Ireland, it has more than 420 members, who are elected in recognition of their academic achievements.

Ida Susser (Prof., Hunter, Anthropology, Public Health) was a guest on the Voice of Reason featuring Zo Williams, a radio program of Foxxhole radio channel. She was invited to talk about her book AIDS, Sex, and Culture: Global Politics and Survival in Southern Africa.

Nan M. Sussman (Assoc. Prof., Staten Island, Psychology) was invited to speak about her recent book, Return Migration and Identity: A Global Phenomenon, a Hong Kong Case at the Asia Society Hong Kong, the Royal Asiatic Society of Shanghai, the Asia Society Washington, the Strand Bookstore, and CUNY Asian American/Asian Research Institute. She was also interviewed on the Leonard Lopate Show (WNYC) on March 16, and her book has been featured in the South China Morning Post.

Leo Treitler (Dist. Prof. Emer., GC, Music), world-renowned musicologist, pioneer in the interdisciplinary study of medieval and early Renaissance music, and fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, received an honorary degree at the 2011 commencement of the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston.

Georgiana Shick Tryon (Prof., GC, Educational Psychology) was awarded American Psychological Association (APA) Fellow status based on evaluated evidence of outstanding contributions in the field of psychology. She was nominated for the award by APA Division 29 (Psychotherapy) in recognition of the national impact of her research on psychotherapy process.

Katherine Verdery (Julian J. Studley Faculty Scholar, Dist. Prof., GC, Anthropology) won the 2011 J. I. Staley Prize for The Vanishing Hectare (Cornell University Press, 2003). Presented by the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Staley Prize, one of the foremost in anthropology, is awarded to a living author for a book that exemplifies outstanding scholarship and writing in anthropology. The award also recognizes innovative works that go beyond traditional frontiers and dominant schools of thought in the field.

Submitted on: OCT 7, 2011

Category: Faculty Activities, Faculty Awards