Dr. Amy Beth’s Conference Session and Webinar on Environmental Design Research in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Befitting the abrupt move of teaching, learning, and academic conferences to digital platforms as a result of the pandemic, Guttman Chief Librarian Dr. Amy Beth facilitated a session titled Environmental Design Research and CoVid: Brainstorming research approaches to understanding our new normal & EDRA-Socializing at EDRA51 – the Environmental Design Research Association Annual Conference – hosted virtually from Tucson, AZ, in April 2020.
In February 2020, Guttman Associate Professor of Sociology Dr. Alia Tyner-Mullings presented “More Than the Renaissance: Revisiting the Periodization of Disney Animated Feature Films” at the Eastern Sociological Society Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. The presentation posits that, “if examining changes in popular culture,” the way a cultural artifact “is understood” must be contextually “defined [and] situated in a longitudinal analysis.” When the particular work “intersects with multiple social institutions, careful examination of the elements and their place in time is especially relevant.” Dr. Tyner-Mullings argues that “one example of this is the movies created by the Walt Disney Company. …They are not only a product of a media conglomerate and serve an entertainment function, but they, like other forms of media, also contribute to the education and socialization of children.”
Dr. Tashana Samuel was awarded a PSC-CUNY Grant in the amount of $5994.50 in order to conduct Math Anxiety Reduction Research. She was also a part of the CUNY Research Scholars Program (CRSP) where she served as a mentor to 2020 CRSP Fellow and Guttman Graduate Clarissa Intriago for research assistance on a math anxiety research project entitled, “Reducing math anxiety in the classroom using a mindfulness and growth mindset approach (MAGMA).”
Dr. Nicole Kras Leads Nationwide Presentations on Self-Care, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Ecotherapies, and More
Guttman Human Services Professor Dr. Nicole Kras presented a workshop and a poster at the National Organization for Human Services Conference in Anaheim, CA this past October. “During the workshop, Providing Urban Community College Human Services Students Opportunities for Engaging in Self-Care: Utilizing Art Experientials and Ecotherapy-based Activities, focus was on the importance of encouraging human services students to develop self-care strategies,” stated Dr. Kras.
Alongside colleagues from CUNY and SUNY, Professor of Political Science Dr. Marcus D. Allen contributed to the Gotham Thought Leaders Series webinar entitled The New Normal for Higher Education: COVID-19 & Beyond. Moderated by Manhattan Deputy Borough President Aldrin Bonilla, the panel covered the experiences and implications of virtual learning, teaching, counseling, and supervising on students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Speakers also addressed how the sudden transition to virtual learning has influenced access, equity, inclusion, student learning and achievement, and career advancement. Panelists shared their insights on how they expect shrinking budgets to affect institutions of higher education, their workforce, and the students they serve. Finally, the participants reflected on both the challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as its impact on their teaching and research.
In the midst of the pandemic, Assistant Professor of Business Dr. Rodrigo Lobo has contributed to the highest tier in the field of management and business. Despite the cancellation of the Academy of Management (AoM) Specialized Conference Advancing Management Research in Latin America, where he had been accepted to present this year, Dr. Lobo’s paper was published in the conference’s prestigious Global Proceedings. Stemming from this accomplishment, Dr. Lobo was also guest speaker at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (ISG) Lab Research Seminar for graduate faculty, which was held online.
Dr. Dalvin Hill & Class of 2019 Alumnus Hector Castro Co-Author Health Information Technology Paper to be Presented at International Conference
Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator of Information Technology Dr. Dalvin Hill and class of 2019 alumnus Hector Castro have co-authored an article titled “The Impact of Integrating Data Generated from Wearable Devices into a Patient Health Record (PHR)”. This paper was accepted for presentation at the 22nd International Conference on Collaborative Care, Integrated Health Systems and Management Models conference in the fall. The article proposes the inclusion of data generated from wearable devices, such as smart watches, in a patient’s health record.
Guttman Lecturer of Biology Derek Tesser is a co-PI on a proposed CUNY Conference on Climate Change Education, awarded a $10,000 CUNY Interdisciplinary Climate Crisis Research Grant (ICCRG). The conference, planned for the fall, will bring together K-16 educators from the NYC regional area to discuss how to better teach climate change to a wide audience.
On January 24, Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs Nicola Blake and Associate Dean of Academic Programs and Planning Niesha Ziehmke presented at the American Conference of Academic Deans (ACAD) Annual Meeting. They led an interactive workshop titled “Courageously Collaborative Leadership: Engaging Campus Stakeholders for Positive Change,” which provided strategies to initiate and foster support for new or refined campus initiatives. Using two case studies, Deans Blake and Ziehmke demonstrated that having courageous conversations can bolster project outcomes and implementation. During the workshop, participants identified initiatives at their home campuses and brainstormed how to apply the strategies learned to increase stakeholder buy-in and participation in college undertakings in order to achieve enhanced results.
Guttman Chief Librarian Amy Beth, along with CUNY colleagues Ann Fiddler, CUNY Office of Library Services; Jean Amaral and Gina Cherry, Borough of Manhattan Community College, gave a presentation at the Open Education Global Conference in Milan, Italy, titled, “Open Platforms for Open Educational Resources” on November 28.