FYI posts are brief announcements, reminders, updates, and shout-outs. They cover successes, happenings, and advances at the Graduate Center.

FYI posts are brief announcements, reminders, updates, and shout-outs. They cover successes, happenings, and advances at the Graduate Center.

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January 5, 2023

Congratulations to Professor Irina Sekerina

Prof. Irina Sekerina was awarded a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board award from May 15 - August 14, 2023 to São Paulo (Brazil).
Here is the brief summary of the project:

By 2050, one in five people globally will be over 60. Language sciences have to establish what constitutes successful language and linguistic communication in later life. The goal of Dr. Sekerina’s 3-month Fulbright research project in Brazil (2023) is to combine a corpus linguistics approach and heritage language bilingualism to describe the Russian language of bilingual heritage Russian-Brazilian Portuguese elderly (Mage = 77) speakers in São Paulo. This project is a part of Brazilian Portuguese-Russian Corpus (BraPoRus) for which our team has started data collection in 2021. We will focus on three topics: (a) grammatical gender, (b) prosodic characteristics, and (c) narrative competence.

January 5, 2023

Professor Irina Sekerina to Teach in Belgium for Spring 2023

Prof. Irina Sekerina will be teaching 2 Masters-level courses (Feb. 14-April 26, 2023) at University of Ghent (Belgium).

The program is called Erasmus Mundus M.S. Program in Clinical Linguistics (

  1. Bilingualism
  2. Eye-Tracking in Language Research
January 4, 2023

Dissertation Proposal: Xuan Wong

Date: Wednesday, January 11, 2023
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: online (Zoom)
Thesis: MultiCLU: A General Framework for Multi-Stage Context Learning and Utilization

Zoom meeting details:
Meeting ID: 844 7580 5100
Passcode: 139509

December 29, 2022

CDC Announces Negative COVID-19 Test Requirement from Air Passengers Entering the United States from the People’s Republic of China

Source: Centers for Disease Control

Starting at 12:01 AM ET on January 5, 2023 all air passengers two years and older originating from the PRC will be required to get a test (such as a PCR test or an antigen self-test administered and monitored by a telehealth service or a licensed provider).

More information will be made available by CDC in the coming days. For a list of authorized tests, check here.

Read the full CDC article

December 19, 2022

Naiomy Guerrero accepted to a Museum Professionals Program at the Studio Museum

A round of applause goes to Naiomy Guerrero who was accepted to the Winter 2023 Museum Professionals Seminar at The Studio Museum in Harlem. The seminar is comprised of a series of workshops designed for emerging museum professionals to "incubate and ideate" their ideas.  Congrats to Naiomy!


December 15, 2022

Congrats to Tie Jojima for making the New York Times Best Art Books of 2022!

Ph.D. candidate Tie Jojima co-curated (with Rachel Remick and Aimé Iglesias Lukin) an exhibition of Mexican sculptor, Geles Cabrera. Geles Cabrera: Museo Escultórico was on view at the Americas Society this summer. An accompanying book of the same title was co-edited by Jojima.  She authored an essay on the interrelation between dance, affect, and Mexico city in Cabrera’s sculptural practice and wrote the artist’s chronology.  The New York Times has just recognized this book as one of the Best Art Books of 2022!  

December 11, 2022

Second Exam: Yudan Li

Date: Wednesday, December 14th, 2022
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: online (Zoom)
Thesis: Reinforcement Learning and its Applications

Zoom meeting details:
Meeting ID: 876 1394 2415
Passcode: 059600

December 9, 2022

Alumni Win Society for Music Theory Awards

Congratulations to Graduate Center Music program alumni Noriko Manabe (Ph.D. Music, ‘09) and Philip Stoecker (Ph.D. Music ’03), who were honored with awards at the recent Annual Meeting of the Society for Music Theory.

Manabe, an associate professor at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance, received the Outstanding Publication Award for her article “We gon' be alright? The ambiguities of Kendrick Lamar's protest anthem” Music Theory Online, 25(1).

Stoecker, chair of the Department of Music at Hofstra University, received the Outstanding Multi-Author Collection Award for co-editing (with Edward Venn) the book Thomas Adès Studies. Among other essays, this award-winning collection featured the article  “Sonic Allegory in Adès’s The Exterminating Angel" by CUNY Professor Yayoi Uno Everett.