Past Features

March 5, 2007 (Vol. 5, No. 3)

Lehman Faculty Contributing Scholarship, Scientific Research, and Creative Works

Following is the final segment of the 2007 Quorum Series, presenting highlights of the research being conducted by Lehman College faculty.

Sandra Levey
Juliana Maantay
Norma Kolko Phillips
Susan Polirstok
Gaoyin Qian
Christina Sormani
Thomas C. Spear
Eleanore T. Wurtzel
A. Talha Yalta

Sandra Levey

Sandra Levey
Sandra Levey
Sandra Levey (Associate Professor, Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences) published the following articles: "Variables that affect Bilingual Spanish/English and English-Speaking Children's Word Recognition Skills," SpeechPathology.com, Continuing Education (CEU) Course, pp. 1-34 (June 2006); "Word recognition skills of bilingual Spanish/English and English-speaking children," SpeechPathology.com, pp. 1-31 (March 2006); and "The role of vowels in the discrimination abilities of bilingual adults and children," SpeechPathology.com, pp. 1-12 (October 2005).

Professor Levey also produced the following abstracts: "Reading and discrimination abilities of bilingual Spanish/English-speaking children," Xth International Congress for the Study of Child Language, p. 228 (2005); "Discrimination abilities of bilingual Spanish/English-speaking adults and children," A. D. Pierce (ed.), First ASA Workshop on L2 Speech Learning, p. 14 (2005); and "Reading skills and the discrimination of English vowel contrasts by bilingual Spanish/English-speaking children: is there a correlation?" The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 5, Vol. 117, p. 2400 (2005).

She also delivered the following papers at conferences: "Knowledge of multilinguistic and multicultural differences" and (with E. Rodriguez) "An examination of the variables that predict children's word recognition," Meeting of the American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, Miami Beach (November 2006); "Reading and discrimination abilities of bilingual Spanish/English-speaking children," Xth International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Berlin, Germany (July 2005); "Discrimination abilities of bilingual Spanish/English-speaking adults and children," Acoustic Society of America Workshop on Second Language Speech Learning, Vancouver, British Columbia (May 2005); and "Reading skills and the discrimination of English vowel contrasts by bilingual Spanish/English-speaking children: Is there a correlation?" 149th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Vancouver, British Columbia (May 2005).

Dr. Levey was awarded the PSC-CUNY Research Award (2005-2006) for "Discrimination of English vowels by bilingual Spanish/English-speaking children."

In other news, Professor Levey was inducted into Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society at Lehman College, and as of 2006, she is a Continuing Education Administrator for the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences.

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Juliana Maantay

Juliana Maantay
Juliana Maantay
Juliana Maantay (Associate Professor, Environmental, Geographic and Geological Sciences) co-authored (with J. Ziegler) Geographic Information Systems for the Urban Environment (Environmental Systems Research Institute Press, 2006), a 620-page textbook and case study compendium, with a CD-ROM containing data, computer mapping, and spatial analysis lab exercises.

She also published the article "Asthma and Air Pollution in the Bronx: Methodological and Data Considerations in Using GIS for Environmental Justice and Health Research" in Health and Place, vol. 13, pp. 32-56 (2007). She presented a paper based on this article at both the NOAA-CREST Symposium at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in Chicago. She also published the article (with M. Clarke) "Optimizing Recycling in all of New York City's Neighborhoods: Using GIS to Develop the REAP Index for Improved Recycling Education, Awareness, and Participation," in Resources, Conservation, and Recycling, vol. 46, no.2, pp. 128-148 (February 2006).

Professor Maantay reviewed the following books: Power, Justice, and the Environment: A Critical Appraisal of the Environmental Justice Movement edited by David Nagub Pellow and Robert J. Brulle (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2005) in Urban Geography, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 198-200 (2005) and Street Science: Community Knowledge and Environmental Health Justice by Jason Corburn for the Journal of the American Planning Association, vol. 72, no. 3, pp. 379-380 (2006).

She presented the paper "Asthma, Air Pollution, and Geo-Spatial Methodologies: What have we learned?" at the New York Academy of Sciences (January 2007). She was also a featured speaker at the GISMO International GIS Day meeting, where she gave the talk "GIS for the Urban Environment: Bringing Together Theory and Practice in New York City" (November 15, 2006).

In addition, Professor Maantay has been awarded a four-year grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to research issues of health disparities in the Bronx related to environmental burdens, as well as a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (through 2011) to research air dispersion modeling and the health impacts of pollution.

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Norma Kolko Phillips

Norma Kolko Phillips
Norma Kolko Phillips
Norma Kolko Phillips (Professor, Sociology and Social Work) edited (with Shulamith Straussner) the 2nd edition of Children in the Urban Environment: Linking Social Policy and Clinical Practice (Charles C. Thomas, 2006), including her chapter "Growing Up in the Urban Environment: Opportunities and Obstacles for Children." Dr. Phillips presented "Helping Urban Children" (with Graciela Castex, Richard Holody, and Carl Mazza) at the annual conference of the New York State Social Work Education Association, held in White Plains (November 2006). Professor Phillips, who is director of Lehman's Social Work Program, is happy to announce that the first class of M.S.W. students will graduate this June.

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Susan Polirstok

Susan Polirstok
Susan Polirstok
Susan Polirstok (Associate Dean of Education) has several recent publications, including: (with H. Shenkman) "Improving teaching and learning through cross-campus collaboration: The Scholarship of Teaching at the City University of New York," Excelsior: Leadership in Teaching and Learning, 1, 2, pp. 32-36 (2007); (with L. Houghteling) "Asperger Syndrome: A primer for behavioral interventionists," Journal of Early and Intensive Behavioral Intervention, 3, 2, pp. 187-195 (2006); (with J. Gottlieb) "Positive behavior intervention training for teachers," International Journal of Behavioral and Consultation Therapy, 2, 3, pp. 354-361 (2006); and (with A. Digby) "Mentoring education faculty toward tenure and promotion: The work of the research and writer's group," Journal of Faculty Development, 21, 2 (July 2007).

Professor Polirstok also gave the presentation "Using gentle teaching to develop functional communication skills in adolescents and young adults with severe autism," as part of a panel of CUNY faculty at the YAI National Institute for People with Disabilities 27th Annual International Conference (May 2006). In February 2006, Professor Polirstok participated as an invited panelist in the Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference in Atlanta, where she presented "A tale of two colleges in search of engaged teaching and learning at the City University of New York." In addition, she, along with J. Bahadourian, L. Felder, and M. Fazal, presented a workshop at Lehman College for teachers and parents, "Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders" (November 2006).

The volume The Scholarship of Teaching: Faculty Development Through Cross-Campus Collaboration, co-edited with Dr. Harriet Shenkman of Bronx Community College, is anticipated in June 2007.

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Gaoyin Qian

Gaoyin Qian
Gaoyin Qian
Gaoyin Qian (Associate Professor, Specialized Services in Education) wrote the chapter (with L. Tao) "Understanding the paradoxical relationship between domain specificity of in-service literacy teachers: epistemological beliefs and their instructional practices," in the 55th Yearbook of the National Reading Conference, J.V. Hoffman, D.L. Schallert, C.M. Fairbanks, J. Worthy and B. Maloch, (eds.), pp. 249-263 (National Reading Conference, Inc., 2006). He also published the article (with J. Pan), "Susanna's way of becoming literate: A case study of literacy acquisition by a young girl from a Chinese immigrant family," Reading Horizons 47, 1 (2006), and he authored (with L. Tao), "In-service teachers and Computer-Mediated Discussions: Ranges and purposes of reflection," Reading Horizons, 46, 2, pp. 115-142 (2005).

In 2006, Professor Qian and L. Tao presented the paper "How can we benefit from a broad conceptualization of literacy? Lessons from curricular changes of literacy education over past decades in the U.S. for Chinese literacy education," at the Alliance for International Education Conference in Shanghai; in December 2005 they also presented "To what extent do in-service literacy teachers base instructional practices on their beliefs about knowing and learning?" at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference in Miami. On March 25, 2006, he was the Co-Chair of the symposium at Lehman College, "A Dialogue on Russia and China Today," in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the meetings of the United Nations that were held on the Lehman campus.

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Christina Sormani
Christina Sormani (Associate Professor, Mathematics) wrote the article "Convergence and the Length Spectrum," which was accepted for publication by Advances in Mathematics. Professor Sormani also delivered the Plenary Address at the Midwest Geometry Conference, where she presented the paper (co-authored with Zhongmin Shen) "The Topology of Riemannian Manifolds of Nonnegative Ricci Curvature."

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Thomas C. Spear

Thomas C. Spear
Thomas C. Spear
Thomas C. Spear (Professor, Languages & Literatures) wrote the articles "Réseaux créoles et insulaires," Situations créoles: pratiques et représentations, Carlos Célius, ed., pp. 281-297 (Nota Bene, 2006), and "Lectures francophones ex-centrées," in L'Écrivain dans l'espace francophone, pp. 95-97 (Les Dossiers de la Société des Gens de Lettres, 2006).

Professor Spear was also an invited guest speaker at a two-day forum in Paris, sponsored by the Société des Gens de Lettres, entitled "L'Écrivain dans l'espace francophone: langue, médiation, édition et droit d'auteur" (March 2006). He also delivered the paper, "Preserving, Digitizing and Promoting Haiti's Literary Archives," at the Haitian Studies Association Conference in Charlottesville, Virginia (October 2006).

Professor Spear was an invited guest, along with other authors and editors, for the special program "Frictions francophones," hosted by Christian Tortel on France Ó television, which was broadcast on March 22, 2006. He was also interviewed on Dominique Batraville's morning program, "Á haute voix," for Mélodie FM Radio, Port-au-Prince, Haiti, broadcast on June 28, 2006.

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Eleanore T. Wurtzel

Eleanore T. Wurtzel
Eleanore T. Wurtzel
Eleanore T. Wurtzel (Professor, Biological Sciences) was elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was honored for "pioneering research on provitamin A biosynthesis in cereal crops and organizing the first Gordon Research Conference on Plant Metabolic Engineering." Professor Wurtzel was also elected to serve on the Gordon Research Conferences Selection and Scheduling Committee (Fall 2007-Spring 2013), and is currently serving as Vice-Chair of the Minority Affairs Committee of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), where she created the new ASPB Diversity Bank. In August 2006, she organized and chaired the 2006 ASPB Symposium of Medicinal Plants and Ethnobotany at the Joint Annual Meeting of the ASPB and the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists.

Professor Wurtzel wrote (with E. Grotewold) the book chapter "Plant Metabolic Engineering" for The Encyclopedia of Chemical Processing, Sunggyu (K.B.) Lee, (ed.), pp. 2191-2200 (Marcel Dekker, Inc., 2006). She also authored (with R.F. Quinlan and T.T. Jaradat) "Escherichia coli as a platform for functional expression of plant P450 carotene hydroxylases," Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics, which is available online. In addition, she wrote the article (with M. Cervantes-Cervantes, C.E. Gallagher, and C. Zhu), "Maize cDNAs expressed in endosperm encode functional farnesyl diphosphate synthase with geranylgeranyl diphosphate activity," Plant Physiology (2006). Upon invitation, Professor Wurtzel presented the paper "Plant genomics: molecular solutions to global vitamin A deficiency," to the Princeton University section of the American Chemical Society (January 2006).

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A. Talha Yalta

A. Talha Yalta
A. Talha Yalta
A. Talha Yalta (Adjunct Lecturer, Economics, Accounting, and Business Administration) published the article "GRETL 1.6.0 and its Numerical Accuracy," Journal of Applied Econometrics, 22, 4 (2007). In February 2006, he also presented the paper "Household Saving Behavior Under Liquidity Constraints," at the Eastern Economic Association Annual Conference in Philadelphia.

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