During the fall of 2018, Guttman Community College faculty have continued to expand their published scholarship, earn distinguished awards and grants, and present their estimable research.
Guttman Faculty Appointed to Lead Curriculum-Building Project by the National Institutes of Health- National Human Genomic Research Institute.
Dr. Karla Fuller, Associate Professor of Biology and Program Coordinator of Liberal Arts and Sciences-STEM, has been selected to lead a microbiome curriculum-building project by the National Institutes of Health – National Human Genomic Research Institute (NIH-NHGRI). Dr. Fuller will lead a team of 2 high school teachers, four community college faculty and 2 NHFRI researchers to create open access research based curriculum modules focusing on the microbiome.
Dr. Jihyun Kim, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, published a new article looking at the pyrolysis of brown grease that has been shown to produce kerosene-like hydrocarbons. The paper investigated the parameters of reaction temperature and time as brown grease was preheated and held at a set of temperatures before the distillation of the kerosene-like hydrocarbons.
“My first hope is that [my students] do not leave [my class] with math anxiety… that they see the application of what they learned in society, in practice.”
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Shadisadat Ghaderi seamlessly combines the scholarly and abstract with the pedagogical and practical. With her Ph.D. in the combinatorics branch of pure mathematics, Dr. Ghaderi is working on what she calls “the most important open problem” in her field, the matroid intersection conjecture proposed in 1990.
Professor Kristina Baines’s research on health and embodied ecological heritage (EEH) has been published in Medicine Anthropology Theory and featured on the CUNY SUM website. Scientists are not in agreement on the definition of “health.” As a cultural anthropologist, Professor Baines came up with the EEH as a way to frame health as a practice that studies both the physical body and social practice. Her research discusses “how communities and individuals communicate and measure health as part of everyday ecological activities, which they describe as ‘traditional’ or ‘heritage’ practices.”
Mary Gatta, Guttman Associate Professor of Sociology, has co-authored with economist Eileen Applebaum a new report released February 4, 2019, from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR): Passing Paid Leave Laws Is Just the Beginning: Lessons from the Field on Raising Awareness. In the absence of a national paid family and medical leave […]
Gathering student feedback on courses and instructors has become routine in higher education, with this information influencing important personnel decisions, for instance, assigning instructors to open classes. In addition to reviewing the literature that examines and critiques student evaluations of teaching, the researchers apply the lenses of gender and race to further probe the common practice. Dr. Allen offers important guidance on the use of this type of feedback. “Our study suggests that written comments are a precious resource of information and may prove instructive to chairs and higher education administrators in detecting bias in student evaluations. Thus, when making personnel decisions such as promotion and tenure of faculty of color and women, decision-makers have access to all the information provided by the instrument to help contextual summative assessments of teaching.”
Molly Makris, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, has co-authored an article in ChalkBeat titled, “We Study School Choice and Gentrification. Here’s How New York City Should Prepare for Amazon.” In the piece, Professor Makris and colleagues discuss the necessary measures New York needs to take to ensure that schools and neighborhoods do not suffer as a result of the business giant’s presence.
Dr. Dara Pir, Assistant Professor of Information Technology, achieved the 20th ACM International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI) 2018’s Top Performance in Eating Analysis and Tracking (EAT) Grand Challenge, Food Type Sub-Challenge. Dr. Pir was awarded with the Food Type Sub-Challenge Prize. His work is described in the ICMI 2018 Proceedings paper entitled “Functional-Based Acoustic Group Feature Selection for Automatic Recognition of Eating Condition.”
On December 6, 2018, Dr. Mary Gatta, Professor Meagan Lacy, and Dr. Nate Mickeslon presented their new publications at Guttman’s Book Talk event. Howard M. Wach, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, moderated the panel discussion and Q&A session. Dr. Mary Gatta’s new book, Waiting on Retirement: Aging and Economic Insecurity in Low-Wage Work, […]