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Resolution of 100 photons and quantum generation of unbiased random numbers
Christopher Gerry, Department of Physics and Astronomy
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May 2023

Dr. Christopher Gerry in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and his collaborators from the Quantum Optics Lab at the University of Virginia and the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, New York devised a method to generate truly random numbers. Such a feat has the potential to accelerate research in quantum physics, the study of our universe’s most fundamental building blocks: atoms and electromagnetic energy. Their findings were published in Nature Photonics in December 2022. Read more.



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Methods in Enzymology on Carotenoids
Eleanore Wurtzel, Department of Biological Sciences

March 2023

Dr. Eleanore T. Wurtzel is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Lehman College of The City University of New York (CUNY), a doctoral faculty member of the Biochemistry and Biology PhD programs of the CUNY Graduate Center, and Affiliate Scientist of The New York Botanical Garden. The Wurtzel laboratory conducts basic research on provitamin A carotenoid biosynthesis which is enabling sustainable solutions to global vitamin A deficiency. In recognition of her many contributions, Dr. Wurtzel was elected as a AAAS Fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and “honored for pioneering research on provitamin A carotenoid biosynthesis”(2006), awarded Fellow of ASPB by the American Society of Plant Biologists for “distinguished and long-term contributions to plant biology” (2012), was invited as a founding member of the ASPB Legacy Society (2016), and honored by The International Carotenoid Society as a Fellow of ICS “which recognizes members whose consistent contributions to the Society, the scientific community, and the general public demonstrate a commitment to excellence, leadership, and sound ethics” (2017).

In 2022, Dr. Wurtzel completed three volumes of Methods in Enzymology on Carotenoids, with 1700 pages of contributions from 55 carotenoid laboratories worldwide including 193 authors, which will be a valuable resource to support emerging areas of carotenoid research for years to come. The volumes were written and edited to highlight emerging research opportunities, resources, and open questions in a manner that could be understood across disciplines.


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The Battle Nearer to Home: The Persistence of School Segregation in New Y​ork City
Christopher Bonastia, Department of Sociology

July 2022

Christopher Bonastia, Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department, has published a new book: The Battle Nearer to Home: The Persistence of School Segregation in New Y​ork City (Stanford University Press, 2022).

"In The Battle Nearer to Home, I recount the nearly seven-decade struggle of everyday Black and Latino New Yorkers to transform the school system into one that offers their children the same chances to thrive as white students. The final two chapters take us to the present day, in which youth activists are engaging in innovative campaigns to redefine and experience “real” integration–not simply the mixing of bodies in classrooms, but the creation of a school system in which they are no longer forced to choose between a school with ample resources or one where they feel part of a genuine community."



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"The Real Psychology of the Trump Presidency" and "The Trump Doctrine and the Emerging International System"
Stanley Renshon, Department of Political Science
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October 2020

Political Science Professor Stanley Renshon offers two new works on the Trump Presidency, The Real Psychology of the Trump Presidency (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), his fourth psychological profile of a U.S. president, and The Trump Doctrine and the Emerging International System (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021) Read More


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The Radiation of Macaques out of Africa
Eric Delson, Department of Anthropology

August 2019

Eric Delson, Professor of Anthropology has published a paper on the radiation of macaques out of Africa. This paper is the result of a collaboration between two paleontologist (Eric Delson of Lehman College and David Alba from Spain) and three geneticist from Germany. They used the fossil records of macaques to constrain the dates of splitting of living macaque species from one another in the past, based on their relationships as determined by genetic analysis. Read More



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Microdamage as a Bone Quality Component
Victoria Dominguez, Department of Anthropology

May 2019

Victoria Dominguez, Assistant Professor of Anthropology has published a paper on skeletal quality and bone health. Skeletal quality is a major contributor to bone health and the goal of this paper was to outline consistent, repeatable methods for analyzing bone microcracks, a measure of skeletal quality. By understanding these underlying features of bone, they hope to be better able to address and prevent issues such as osteoporosis and fragility fractures in living populations. Read More


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Focused Laser Spike (FLaSk) thermocapillary patterning of Micro/Nanostructures
Andrei Jitianu, Department of Chemistry


March 2019

Chemistry Department Chair, Andrei Jitianu along with Lehman Chemistry undergraduate student Jennifer Guzman published a paper on thermocapillary patterning of micro/nanostructure. Focused Laser Spike (FLaSk) patterning possess the advantage of being applicable to a wide range of materials, with demonstrated result on metals, ceramics and polymers, but still being capable of generating structures on the micro-to-nano scale. There are additional untapped opportunities in the simultaneous thermo-fluid and thermo- or photo-chemical patterning to exceed the capabilities of either mechanism alone for the production of structured materials. Read More


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Presentation on Elemental Composition of Soils in Urban Park at AGU
Dr. Yuri Gorokhovich, Department of Earth, Environmental and Geospatial Sciences



December 2019

Dr. Yuri Gorokhovich, Associate Professor is working on a research project with student John Butler to present elemental composition of soils in urban parks at AGU. Urban parks represent complex ecological framework often altered from its natural state by urbanization and land cover change. Developement of viable mangement strategies requires analysis of existing state of soils, including their chemical composition. One of the most effective, economical and speedy techniques to identify elemental composition of soils is X-ray fluorometry (XRF). Using statistical methods (histograms, correlation matrices, principal component analysis and Support Vector Machine analysis) and existing available data on natural variations of elements in soils Dr. Gorokhovich and his team were able to characterize elemental composition of soils and suggest future management strategies. Read More

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Chapter for "The Routledge Companion to Environmental Planning"
Juliana Maantay, Department of Earth, Environmental and Geospatial Sciences


Lehman College Professor, Juliana Maantay published a chapter in a new book, "The Routledge Companion to Environmental Planning". Goals of intra-generational equity are central to her chapter on environmental justice. She discusses the growing recognition that minorities tend to be unjustly affected by environmental burdens as well as the issue that arise in attempting to cohere these issues into a proper plan.Read More

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Improving Population Mapping and Exposure Assessment
Juliana Maantay, Department of Earth, Environmental and Geospatial Sciences



July 2019

Lehman College Professor, Juliana Maantay has published a new paper on her findings on improving population mapping in urban areas. 3-D dasymetric mapping is an innovative technique to help more accurately analyze environmental and health impacts, exposure to risk and hazards, and environmental justice concerns of urban populations, which we are using to model conditions in data-rich urban areas such as New York City. We were concerned, however, that due to the detailed built environment and population data required, the method would not be as effective in urban areas that are relatively data-poor, so a main goal of this research was to discover whether or not 3-D dasymetric mapping is also viable under different data availability circumstances. We chose São Paulo, Brazil as a case study for our comparison with New York City, and found that, with certain limitations, the method still works quite well. Read More

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Distrinctive Seafloor Fabric Produced near Western versus Eastern Ridge-Transform Intersections of the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Dr. Heather Sloan, Department of Earth, Environmental and Geospatial Sciences


February 2019

Dr. Heather Sloan, Associate Professor has published a paper on her new findings on distintictive seafloor fabric. This work links previously unexplained asymmetry of the seafloor along the Mid-Atalntic Ridge with migration of the Ridge over the underlying mantle. The objective was to improve our understanding of how 70% of the Earth's surface, the seafloor, is formed by exploring the relationship between seafloor morphology and ridge migration. Read More




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Self-Esteem and Anxious Responses to Partner Feedback
Anna Luerssen, Department of Psychology

March 2019

Anna Luerssen, Assistant Professor has published a new article on self-esteem and anxious responses to partner feedback. Receiving feedback from romantic partners is an important way to strengthen a relationship, to build intimacy and to activate positive change. Nevertheless, people who doubt their worth in relationships, such as those with lower self-esteem, may have a hard time making the most of these exchanges. In the current work, Dr. Luerssen found that people with lower self-esteem anticipate feeling anxious about receiving both negative and positive feedback from dating partners. Moreover, this anxiety is associated both with the desire to avoid the feedback as well as declines in satisfaction in long-term relationships over time. Read More

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Calling Chemists to Support Open Scientific Exchange with Chinese Scientists
Eugene Chudnovsky, Department of Physics

November 2019

Distinguished Professor Eugene Chudnovsky, a co-chair of the Committee of Concerned Scientists, published a letter in C&E News directed to its readership encouraging all chemists to support the free exchange of ideas with Chinese scholars and scientists, particularly in the biomedical and cancer areas. Read More




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