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A Faculty Commons Quarterly Volume 8

Spring 2017


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N EW YOR K CIT Y COLLEGE OF T ECH NOLOG Y of the City University of New York

Faculty Commons

Russell K. Hotzler President

A Center for Teaching, Learning, Scholarship and Service

Bonne August Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Miguel Cairol Vice President for Administration and Finance Marcela Katz Armoza Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs Gilen Chan Special Counsel/Legal Affairs Designee

Julia Jordan, Director Assessment and Institutional Research Tammie Cumming, Director Yimi Zhao, Senior Institutional Research Analyst Isana Leshchinskaya, Survey Services Liaison Stephanie Haughton, RF Technician Johnathan Liu, Research Assistant Office of Sponsored Programs Barbara Burke, Director Patty Barba Gorkhover, Associate Director Eleanor Bergonzo, Assistant Director

Stephen M. Soiffer Special Assistant to the President/ Institutional Advancement

Grants Outreach Coordinators 2016-2017 Professor Hon Jie Teo Professor Geoff Zylstra

Pamela Brown Associate Provost

US Department of Education Title V Opening Gateways Charlie Edwards, Co-Director

Justin Vazquez-Poritz Dean, School of Arts and Sciences Kevin Hom Dean, School of Technology and Design

Design Team Professor Anita Giraldo, Artistic Director Kevin Rajaram, Web Master Arianna Bollers, William Luperena Erin Mayoyo, Marlon Palmer Ashley Valera, Natalie Yeung, Designers

David Smith Dean, School of Professional Studies Carol Sonnenblick Dean, Division of Continuing Education

Curator Professor Sandra Cheng

Professional Development Advisory Council (PDAC) Lubie Alatriste Daniel Alter Esteban Beita Nadia Benakli Marianna Bonanome Karen Bonsignore Juanita But


Candido Cabo Gwen Cohen-Brown Susan Davide Rebecca Devers Lynda Dias Mary Sue Donsky Aida Egues


Boris Gelman Pa Her Louise Hoffman Paul King Darya Krym Janet Liou-Mark Karen Lundstrem

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Zory Marantz John McCullough Djafar Mynbaev Tony Nicolas Susan Phillip Marcia Powell Estela Rojas

Rebecca Shapiro Kimberly Strickler Ryoya Terao Shauna Vey

Pamela Brown, Chair


Spring 2017

City Tech Takes Stock and Looks to the Future


2018 Middle States Accreditation


What Gen Ed Means To Me


Ethical Reasoning


Scholars Exchange


Creative Arts Showcase




Bonne August

Karen Goodlad

“Portrait of a Tyrant” Robert Ostrom

“From Plato to Newton, Van Gogh to Darwin, it is within Gen Ed courses that students start to develop a worldly view of their profession and a deep appreciation of the cultural benefits of a modern society.” Ivan Guzman

Construction Management and Civil Engineering Technology

Along Bayou Sale Road, Cocodrie, Louisiana, 2017 “The trees have died from salt water intrusion, one of the problems caused by sea level rise.” Cover by Robin Michals

E d itor s, Ba rba ra Bu rk e and Ju li a Jo rd an | D e s i g ne r, Ma rlon Palm e r | P r i nt i n g , D ig ital Im ag ing C e nte r at C it y Te ch NUCLEUS: A FACULTY COMMONS QUARTERLY

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City Tech Takes Stock and Looks to the Future Bonne August • Completing (Fall 2017) a magnificent new building, along with making Improvements to every aspect of the physical plant and upgrading equipment and facilities in virtually every department. • Approving and implementing a reimagined general education program that is integrated seamlessly and richly into the career and technology programs


s the 2016-2017 academic year ends, we are completing the first draft of the college’s selfstudy for reaccreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. This two-year self-study process--carried out by over eighty faculty and staff members and students and engaging many more in surveys, focus groups, and interviews-has enabled us to reflect on changes and accomplishments at the college since the 2008 reaccreditation and now compels us to address new challenges and opportunities ahead. Several of the most cherished accomplishments of the past ten years are highlighted in this issue of Nucleus; the self-study identifies many others, including: • Growing from 12,000 to over 17,000 students. • Adding over 200 highly qualified full-time faculty members, with a remarkably broad range of talent and achievements.

• Securing millions of dollars in grant funding in support of STEM and humanities-focused projects, gen ed, faculty and student research—and the OpenLab. • Launching the Professional Development Center and creating opportunities for internships and employment. • Ranking 9th among 2,000 colleges and universities nationwide, and fifth among public colleges, in graduates who advanced two income quintiles or more above their starting economic position.

As we look at the future, beyond continuing to expand these successful efforts, the Self-Study Committee proposes goals for discussion and consideration by the college community: • Growing into our identity as a baccalaureate-level college of technology and communicating that identity to existing and potential partners and constituencies.

• Expanding support for faculty and undergraduate research.

• Through coordinated planning and marshalling of such resources as ASAP, Early College High Schools, and SEEK, enabling a far greater percentage of students to complete their degrees and ensure their economic future.

• Designing and registering more than a dozen baccalaureate degree programs, leading to an increase in baccalaureate enrollment that now accounts for nearly 50% of City Tech’s students

• Re-thinking systems and procedures stretched by the college’s rapid growth to strengthen communication and collaborative work in support of the college’s mission and goals

• Creating the Faculty Commons and other resources for faculty.


• Fully implementing assessment of student learning outcomes across all programs.


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• Embracing the creative use of technology to improve access and deepen engagement in instruction, academic support, interdisciplinary collaboration, and operations. • Unifying our diverse community around fundamental values of learning, equity, and service.

We have much to celebrate and much to discuss.

2018 Middle States Accreditation Self-Study Participants Noemi Rodriguez

Bonne August*

Standard III: Design and Delivery of the Student Learning Experience

Health and Human Services

Standard VII: Governance, Leadership, and Administration

Lourdes Smith

Director, Transfer Center/Recruitment

Margaret Rafferty*

Pamela Brown*

Hong Li*

Kim Cardascia*

David Smith*

Executive Committee Provost and VP for Academic Affairs Associate Provost

Executive Associate, Office of the Provost

Tammie Cumming* Director, Assessment and Institutional Research

L. Jay Deiner*

Faculty Co-Chair, Self-Study

Shelley Smith*

Faculty Co-Chair, Self-Study

Standard I: Mission and Goals

Computer Systems Technology Dean, School of Professional Studies

Daniel Alter

Restorative Dentistry

Monica Berger

Ursula C. Schwerin Library

Jill Bouratoglou

Architectural Technology

L. Jay Deiner* Chemistry

Renata Ferdinand English

Sue Brandt*

Gilberto Gerena

Faith Corbett*

Randall Hannum

Barbara Burke

Boyan Kostadinov

Paul Dorestant

Masato Nakamura

Kimberly Strickler

Andleeb Zameer

Entertainment Technology Director, Public Relations Director, Sponsored Programs Director, SEEK

Vision Care Technology

Division of Continuing Education Social Science (Economics) Mathematics

Mechanical Engineering Technology Biological Sciences

John Akana

Hospitality Management

Muhammad Ali Ummy

Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering Technology

Standard II: Ethics and Integrity

Standard IV: Support of the Student Experience Marcela Katz Armoza*

Dean, School of Arts & Sciences

Gilen Chan*

Cynthia Bink

Peter Spellane*

Yelena Bondar

Alexis Chaconis

Dorie Clay

Sandra Gordon

Cailean Cooney

Eli Neugeboren

Caroline Hellman

Special Counsel Chemistry

Director, Admissions Director, Faculty and Staff Relations Communication Design

Director, Counseling Director, ASAP

Director, Student Life and Development Ursula C. Schwerin Library English

Lisette Santisteban

Andrew Parker

Vincent Roach

Jenna Spevack

Wayne Robinson

Tasha Rhodes


Assistant VP, Enrollment Management Director, Business Management

Vera Amaral* Standard V: Educational Effectiveness Assessment Tammie Cumming*


Communication Design Registrar

Director, Human Resources

Lucas Bernard Business

Director, Assessment and Institutional Research

Peter Catapano

Stephen Soiffer*

Sandra Cheng

Lauri Aguirre

Lise Hunter

Ralph Alcendor

Shelley Smith*

Special Assistant to the President Director, First Year Programs Biological Sciences

Social Science (History) Humanities (Art History) Law and Paralegal Studies Architectural Technology

Corina Calinescu Mathematics

Angela Kavanagh

Director, New Student Center

Benito Mendoza

Computer Engineering Technology

Susan Nilsen-Kupsch Dental Hygiene

Susan Phillip

Working Group for Affiliation Requirements/Compliance Pamela Brown* Associate Provost

Angelo Pace*

Assistant VP, Budget and Finance

Patricia Cody

Hospitality Management

Chief Diversity Officer and Title IX Coordinator

Gerarda Shields

Ruth Garcia

Construction Management and Civil Engineering Technology

Sarah Standing

Humanities (Theatre)


Eric Lobel

Radiologic Technology and Medical Imaging

Emma Kontzamanis

VP, Enrollment and Student Affairs

Justin Vazquez-Poritz*


Standard VI: Planning, Resources, and Institutional Improvement


Corie McCallum

Manager, Student Life

Miguel Cairol*

VP, Finance and Administration

Lynda Dias*

Hospitality Management

Catherine Cullen

Environmental Control Technology

Michael Duddy

Architectural Technology

Maria Pagano

Social Science (Psychology)

Denise Sutton

Director, Communications

Rita Uddin

The role of the Executive Committee is to plan and facilitate preparation of the documentation roadmap and the self-study report. It will also compile the working groups’ standard-specific reports into a single coherent self-study report. The role of the Steering Committee is to advise the Executive Committee on key decisions in preparation of the self-study document, and to provide a communication link between the Executive Committee and the working groups.

Assistant VP, Chief Information Officer

Luis Vasquez

*Member of the Steering Committee

Communication Design


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What Gen Ed Means to Me New York City College of Technology aspires to be a living laboratory where General Education will allow students to develop knowledge from a range of disciplinary perspectives, and hone the ability to deepen and continue learning; acquire and use the tools needed for communication, inquiry, analysis, and productive work; work productively within and across disciplines; and understand and apply values, ethics, and diverse perspectives in personal, professional, civic, and cultural/global domains.

George Larkins

Department of Communication Design Gen Ed is the foundation and structure of my life. Something I did not recognize at first. But as life continued I have had the honor to look and study some incredible people who were exceptional at what they did. Realizing Gen Ed was in part responsible for these endeavors I discovered the extraordinary language of James Baldwin, Anais Nin, Langston Hughes, Franz Kafka among others‌It is that substance that gives me the ability to further my vision and the direction of my life. English, math, science and history I have learned how significant a role they have played in my life as an artist. I have learned to see the art in every form of Gen Ed.

Emilie C. Boone

Department of African American Studies Our Gen Ed curriculum offers students the opportunity to develop their curiosity and intellectual engagement across a range of disciplines.

Kim Abrams

Ursula C. Schwerin Library Teaching students for a successful career and life.

David Sanchez Jimenez Department of Humanities

General Education to me is learning the basic foundations of the main branches of human knowledge, particularly in the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, languages, and philosophy, which enables a person to acquire the critical perspectives in understanding most issues affecting human civilizations and society. Thus, a person is being equipped with the tools to further his/her own quest for advanced knowledge and personal development.

Javiela Evangelista

Department of African American Studies An applied and interdisciplinary education that is global in its scope, and as a result, meaningful and useful to students in their everyday lives and beyond their tenure at the college.



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Li Geng

Department of Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering Technology Gen Ed means the students will have foundational skills and knowledge that are necessary/useful to many disciplines such as Electrical and Telecommunications.

Akm Samsur Rahman

Department of Mechanical Engineering Gen Ed is the source of a broad spectrum of knowledge that builds the foundation of securing in depth knowledge and helps determine the major. These are foundational courses all students are required to take in order to build the breadth of knowledge, and as well go through the self-selection process whereby they can choose their academic pathway.

Heidi J. Boisvert

Department of Entertainment Technology One aspect of academia that is often overlooked, and not actively incorporated into the curriculum is what Martin Heidegger called “meditative thinking.” I believe Gen Ed affords students a form of thinking that similarly facilitates getting at the core truth of life. It is reflexive and encourages us to turn inwards to honor our own center of being, as well as our larger role within society. In contrast, “calculative thinking,” which emphasizes linearity, enables us to successfully get from Point A to B by researching, planning & organizing for a specific purpose. However, like, Heidegger, I see this as a “flight from thinking,” which disallows us from “contemplating the meaning which reigns in everything that is.” Gen Ed’s emphasis on interdisciplinarity and hands-on engagement is equally revealing, rather than enframing. 

Sara Woolley Gomez

Department of Communication Design Gen Ed is the cohesive thread which links all of our disciplines at City Tech. Through Gen Ed we create a holistic learning experience for all of our students, imparting the same philosophies throughout all our courses.

Ivan Guzman

Department of Construction Management and Civil Engineering Technology In an ever more intertwined world Gen Ed courses help students adapt their craft within the context of their professional experience and personal life. From Plato to Newton, Van Gogh to Darwin, it is within Gen Ed courses that students start to develop a worldly view of their profession and a deep appreciation of the cultural benefits of a modern society.

Lili Ma

Department of Computer Engineering Technology General education provides students with knowledge that is outside of their technical fields. General education helps students to understand differences in cultures, religions, and politics that they will encounter in their personal and professional lives.



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Ethical Reasoning Karen Goodlad



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The Living Lab Gen Ed Seminar Spring 2017 theme was Ethical Reasoning. Utilizing the Living Lab model of pedagogy, faculty participants thought about how the general education learning outcome of ethical reasoning could be more visible in their courses and with their students. Participating in a five-part series, faculty members thought about engaging their students through high-impact educational practices, open pedagogy on the OpenLab, and place-based learning, always with enhanced assessment practices in mind. Final projects employed case studies and role-play, explored topics such as biomedical engineering and political commentary, and included practices such as service learning and first-year learning communities.

Ethical Reasoning is reasoning about right and wrong human conduct. It requires students to be able to assess their own ethical values and the social context of problems, recognize ethical issues in a variety of settings, think about how different ethical perspectives might be applied to ethical dilemmas and consider the ramifications of alternative actions… AAC&U VALUE Rubric on Ethical Reasoning



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The Office of Sponsored Programs sponsors Scholars Exchange as a means of enabling faculty who have won PSC

CUNY grants for research in the humanities and social sciences to present their work in progress to an audience of faculty peers. These informal interactive sessions have encouraged dialogue across departments and enriched the intellectual climate of the faculty community.

Marta Effinger-Crichlow Little Sallie Walker: The Impact of Rituals of Play on Black Women Dr. Marta Effinger-Crichlow will discuss her film project, Little Sallie Walker. This feature-length documentary, which is still in-production, celebrates how Black women found pleasure, refuge and power through childhood play. While the title of the film is inspired by the classic circle game, Effinger-Crichlow will describe how the women of Little Sallie Walker in Selma, AL, Los Angeles, CA, Seattle—Tacoma, WA, and New York City were not bound by one type of play. Their infinite imagining evokes memories of both pleasure and pain and shapes how these women view American society and their positions within it.

D. Robert MacDougall Legislating Morality? Bioethics and the Normative Evaluation of Health Policy Bioethics has always been interested in proposing and evaluating health laws and policies. But most of this political work in bioethics has focused on the moral duties of physicians or the rights of patients, rather than on the role or authority of the state to regulate health care. I explain the reasons for thinking that the field of bioethics has tended to utilize moral philosophy for questions that are, at root, political; and I suggest that bioethics would be better served by more rigorous attention to the questions and theories of normative political philosophy instead.

Megan Behrent Poetry and Politics: Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich and the Women’s Liberation Movement As poets, writers and activists, Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich were profoundly impacted by the social movements of the 1960s and 70s. After meeting as teachers in the SEEK Program at City College in the era of Open Admissions, they were also deeply engaged with each other as writers, feminists, socialists, lesbians, mothers, educators, and activists. Using archival research in addition to their published work, I explore their life-long friendship and the literary and political influence they exerted on each other and the radical movements of which they were a part. In doing so, I also contextualize their work within larger debates about race, class, and sexuality within the women’s liberation movement.  10


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Parvaneh Pourshariati Emperor Heraclius and Prophet Muhammad: A Case of Historiographical Mimicry? Seventh century Western Asia witnessed historical processes gradually coalescing into watershed events in world history: while the two major international players at the scene, the Sasanian Empire (224-651) in Iran and the Eastern Roman (330?1453) Empire, were depleting themselves in the “greatest war of late antiquity” (603628), the Prophet Muhammad (570-632) is said to have been in the midst of a rising prophetic career in the Arabian Peninsula. Curiosity: the incredible synchrony of the chronology of significant events in the life of the Prophet of Islam with that of the career of the Byzantine Emperor, Heraclius (575-641)! In the forthcoming lecture, I will attempt to discuss and explain this biographical synchrony.

Renata Ferdinand Things I Tell My Daughter: An Autoethnography of African American Mothering My research provides a glimpse into the minutiae of mothering that reveal the intimacies and intricacies of black women as mothers. Specifically, it uses storytelling as well as narrative and performative writing to uncover what might remain hidden in the very practice of motherhood. What I offer here is a candid exploration into my life as a mother to an African American daughter in order to expose the ways in which I prepare her to traverse a racist and sexist society. In doing so, I aim to highlight how my mothering is complicated by existing societal problems involving race, class, and gender, and how this ultimately affects my mothering practices. As a result, the “lessons” or teachable moments for me are located in the nuances of everyday moments.

Deborah Courtney The Parallel Process of Giving and Receiving Service This study is a phenomenological exploration of the lived experiences of both those providing global service and those receiving the service. Focusing on a service project conducted by Journey/ChangeHeroes, in which homes were built for homeless families living in the slums, the parallel process of providing and receiving service was explored. Through participant observation extensive field notes were gathered based on appearance, facial expressions, body language, expression of emotion, verbal and physical interactions. Significant themes are emerging, which will be further explored in six-month follow up interviews at the end of March, 2017.

Jason Ellis & Patrick Corbett Mapping and Teaching to the Communication Challenges Facing Our Students with Serious Play What Is Serious Play? How Does It Work? Who Learns What? Our research introduces City Tech students to “serious play” as a way to think about how they communicate in a variety of situations. In our serious play workshops, small groups of students complete structured LEGO-based challenges that require them to design, and then share, their solutions with each other. Each challenge builds on some aspect of their identities as communicators as a way to productively highlight and discuss differences in communications needs and styles of individuals in group contexts.


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CREATIVE ARTS SHOWCASE Featuring 2016 PSC CUNY Research Awardees

Robin Michals Washing Away: Florida and Louisiana The damage anticipated from sea level rise to coastal communities is calculated in different ways: economic damage, numbers of people effected, and the social vulnerability of those people. In southern Louisiana and Florida, all three factors weave together with unique geography so that these areas face an imminent threat. The photographs that I took during a two week trip from Morgan City to Miami document a wide range of what will be lost from unique folk art environments to upscale condos. This work complements my ongoing series, Castles Made of Sand, about the low-lying areas in the New York City metropolitan area that are being impacted by sea level rise.

Jenna Spevack Treetones: A Self-Guided Tour Featuring the Trees of Governors Island I was awarded a five-month studio residency on Governors Island (March-July 2016) by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council to complete research and development of a public art project. Treetones Tour was a site-specific installation presented in May/June 2016 at the end of the residency. Hand-sewn fabric wraps, made from tree rubbings, were tied to 12 different trees on Governors Island. Visitors, guided by a self-directed tour map, were invited to visit the trees and collect bark rubbings from each stop on the tour. Highlighted species included American Elm, Red Oak, Norway Maple, Horse Chestnut and London Plane. The project was made possible with support from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Trust for Governors Island, and the National Park Service.

Shauna Vey The Last Vaudvillian: Recovering Baby Jane’s Stage Years “Baby Peggy,” now 98, starred in hundreds of comic shorts, a handful of full-length films, and a long-running vaudeville act, all before puberty. In her fifties, as she began to write about old Hollywood, we became friends. As she nears the century mark, I realize my opportunities to learn history from her are dwindling. When I interviewed her recently, “Baby Peggy” was engaged in the present, her own financial struggles with our health care system, Social Security, and finding a publisher for her novel. Instead of a portrait of vaudeville, I came away with a portrait of old age in America. Along with all prior tapes, this interview has been archived.

Adam Wilson factorOracle: an Extensible Max External for Investigating Applications of the Factor Oracle Automaton in Real-Time Music Improvisation There are several extant software systems designed to generate music in real-time using a factor oracle automaton constructed from the musical input of a human improviser. The impetus for the design of the factorOracle external is neither a desire to supersede these systems nor introduce novel algorithms for traversing the oracle, but rather to provide a fast, canonical interface for the automaton in the Max and Pure Data programming environments. The software provides both default heuristics for generating music and accommodation for userdefined rule-sets.



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2017 PSC CUNY Research Awardees Awardee



Viviana Acquaviva Alyssa Adomaitis & Tsun-Yin Tung (co-PI) Nathan Astrof Megan Behrent Jill Belli Oleg Berman Christopher Blair Heidi Boisvert Emilie Boone Angelika Brekman Corina Calinescu Sandra Cheng Patrick Corbett Javiela Evangelista Andrea Ferroglia Li Geng

Measuring the metallicity of galaxies through strong line indicators Impact of Sex in Luxury Fashion Advertisements on Brand Credibility, Image and Purchase

Anita Giraldo M. Genevieve Hitchings Tina Kao Nadia Kennedy Paul King Boyan Kostadinov Lufeng Leng Xiaohai Li Xiangdong Li Lili Ma D. Robert MacDougall Alberto Martinez & Diana Samaroo (co-PI) Ariane Masuda Suzanne Miller Sheila Miller Diana Mincyte Masato Nakamura Mark Noonan Akm Samsur Rahman Johannah Rodgers

Physics Business Business Biological Sciences English English Physics Biological Sciences Entertainment Technology African American Studies Biological Sciences Mathematics Humanities English African American Studies Physics Electrical & Telecommunications Engineering Technology Communication Design Communication Design Social Science Mathematics Architectural Technology Mathematics Physics Computer Engineering Technology Computer Systems Technology Computer Engineering Technology Social Science Chemistry Chemistry Mathematics English Mathematics Social Science Mechanical Engineering Technology English Mechanical Engineering Technology English

Annette Saddik David Sánchez Jiménez

English Humanities

Ashwin Satyanarayana Sean Scanlan Yu Wang Joe Xinzhou Wei

Computer Systems Technology English Computer Engineering Technology Electrical & Telecommunications Engineering Technology Communication Design Mechanical Engineering Technology

Dan Wong Angran Xiao

Cation-PI Interactions in GPCR Expression and Function Poetry and Politics: Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich and the Women’s Liberation Movement Utopian Hope and Digital Happiness: An Expanded Understanding of Well-Being Collective Properties and Phase Transitions in Excitonic Systems in Novel Two-Dimensional Materials Quantifying spatial and temporal patterns of diversification in horned lizards (Squamata: Phrynosoma) Walking Wounded: A Living Lab and Multi-Media Dance Performance Transforming Trauma through Biomedia A Focus on Haitian Photography: New Approaches to Charlemagne Péralte Nicotine Toxicity in Lung Cells and Implications for Electronic Cigarettes Use Algebraic and Number Theoretic Aspects of Representations of Vertex Algebras Florentine Comic Drawings: Spectacle, Caricature, and the Print Tradition Using LEGO SERIOUS PLAY as a Cross-Cultural Communications Training Tool Reshaping National Imaginations in the Midst of Civil Genocide: Denationalization in the Dominican R Top Quark Pairs and Weak Bosons at the LHC Indoor Localization and Mapping in the Internet of Things DEMOCRACY SPOKEN HERE--Message, Typography and Politics A Closer Look: Cornelia Hesse-Honegger’s ‘Disturbed’ Insects Inhibitory Deficits of Polymodal Sensory Inputs and Motor Outputs in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Prospective Mathematics Teacher Learning in a Video Club Roebling and the D & H Canal Limiting Forms of Iterated Circular Convolutions of Random Skew Polygons in R^m Analytical Estimation and Experimental Validation of Nonlinear Interference in Distributed Raman Amplification Study of A Framework for Quantum Simulation with Adiabatic Quantum Evolution Cloud Based Wearable Vision System for American Sign Language Translation Vision-Assisted Cooperative Target Tracking with Flexible Formation Patterns Righting Health Policy: How Kant Shows Us Why Bioethics Needs Political Philosophy Study of novel multi-target compounds: Inhibition of amyloid-b aggregation, and intracellular protection against amyloid-b aggregates and reactive oxygen species. Functional Graphs and Goppa Codes The Elmer Show! Tibetan Logic Gender Politics in the Shadows: The Racialization of the Rural/Urban Divide in Eastern Europe? Stochastic Simulation for New Design of a High-Efficiency Combustion Chamber in Waste-to-Energy Brooklyn Tides: The Fall and Rise of a Global Borough Development of Barium Doped and Silica Reinforced Geopolymer for Ferroelectric Applications. In Writing: An Exploration of the Affordances and Properties of Verbal Language in Handwriting, Typewriting, Word Processing, and JavaScript Tennessee Williams in Context (solicited book project for Cambridge UP) The Rhetorical Functions of Citation in College Academic Writing: A Cross-language Study on Master´s Thesis Written in English and Spanish Big Data in Cloud Robotics using Neuromorphic Computing The Disappearing Home: Homesickness in an Age of Globalization Graphical Security Model for IoE-Based Smart Healthcare System A practical RFID data protection scheme over wireless sensor network Connected Divergents An Automated CAD/CAM System for Furniture Making


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Portrait of a Tyrant I’ve seen him before, crawling under church pews, tying parishioners’ shoes together. Herding the flock, so to speak. He forgets birthdays. He kills without honor. He knows the things that make us nervous: burnt toast, a meeting on a train and the extra valve in an alligator’s heart. Raise your hand, he chides, if your work is important. Would you believe me if I told you that for most of his life he has been busy answering doors? For him there seem to be two options: forget or regret. Two stories with the same ending: men in suits with shovels. Now and now and now, he tries to convince himself. How deep is your compassion? he taunts himself as if he were someone else. All the world’s a place where he doesn’t read this. All the world’s a place in which the water in the pipes. The world at arm’s length. In the distance he is sitting on a mule. He has that childish look of exaggerated attachment. Beside him, the single branch of a dead oak seems to move a dark cloud like a kite.

Robert Ostrom

First publication by Guernica / A Magazine of Art and Politics



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FACULTY CONTRIBUTORS Kimberly Abrams is Assistant Professor in the Library. Her areas of expertise are metadata, digital content management, and information literacy. She manages periodicals, cataloging, and electronic resources. Heidi Boisvert is Assistant Professor of Emerging Media Technologies, specializing in Game & Interactive Media Design, in the Entertainment Technology Department. She teaches 2D and 3D game design and development, virtual and augmented reality environments, physical computing as well emerging media theory. Emilie Boone is Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies. Her area of expertise is the art and photography of the African Diaspora. She teaches classes in African American art, Caribbean art, and African art.  Javiela Evangelista is Assistant Professor in the Department of African American Studies. Her areas of expertise include nation, human rights, and activism in the Caribbean. She coordinates courses on the Caribbean and teaches a range of courses that center African descendants. Li Geng is Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical and Telecommunication Engineering Technology. Her areas of expertise are Statistical Signal Professing, Internet of Things Applications and Data Analysis. She teaches courses across all levels of the discipline. Karen Goodlad is Assistant Professor in the Department of Hospitality Management. Her areas of expertise are wine and beverage management. She teaches both introduction and advanced courses and is a mentor to students and faculty alike. Ivan Guzman is Assistant Professor in the Construction Management and Civil Engineering Technology Department. His areas of expertise include Geotechnical Engineering and Foundation Engineering. He teaches Soil Mechanics, Strength of Materials, and Construction Management. George Larkins is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Design. His areas of expertise are motion design and filmmaking. He teaches Motion Design, Broadcast Design and Senior Projects. He is a mentor to several students in Motion Design and Interdisciplinary fields. Lili Ma is Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Engineering Technology. Her areas of expertise are in Controls and Robotics. She teaches all levels of courses in the area of Electrical/Computer Engineering. Robert Ostrom is Assistant Professor of English and author of Ritual and Bit (Saturnalia Books, 2016), The Youngest Butcher in Illinois (YesYes Books, 2012), and several chapbooks. Akm Samsur Rahman is Assistant Professor in the department of Mechanical Engineering. His area of expertise are high Temperature Composite and Bio-materials, Advanced Manufacturing and material testing and characterization. He teaches Computer Aided Manufacturing, Strength of materials and Engineering vibrations. David Sánchez Jiménez is Assistant Professor in the Humanities Department. His areas of expertise are second language acquisition and academic writing. He teaches all levels of Spanish language and Spanish for Heritage Speakers.  Sara Woolley Gómez is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Design. Her areas of expertise are Illustration, Character Design & Concept Art, and Drawing, both digitally and traditionally.  She currently teaches Introduction to Illustration, Foundations Drawing, and Figure Drawing.


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