“My students are deserving of the wonderful opportunities that life has to offer, even if they have to demand a seat at the table.”
“Lean into the present and don’t waste time” are tenets of Dr. Tashana Samuel’s proactive philosophy, words by which she lives. A child psychologist specializing in cognitive development, Dr. Samuel holds a Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center, with research experience including a longitudinal study at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital Center under Drs. Catherine Monk and Laraine McDonough. Since becoming Assistant Professor of Psychology at Guttman in 2015, Dr. Samuel is simultaneously teaching Statistics in the First-Year Experience and Introduction to Psychology in the Liberal Arts and Sciences – Humanities and Social Sciences Program of Study; conducting research on “techniques to alleviate academic anxiety in community college students”; publishing the promising findings in an article co-authored with fellow Guttman faculty Dr. Jared Warner; and sharing their pedagogical impact in service of our students. Also involved in expanding psychology course offerings at the College, she is excited to teach Guttman’s upcoming first iteration of Child Psychology.
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.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology Dr. Kristina Baines authored a chapter in the recently published Narrating Practice with Children and Adolescents, edited by Mery F. Diaz and Benjamin Shepard. The book shares engaging stories by social workers, sociologists, researchers, and helping professionals that aim to center the young client’s story, drawing on the professionals’ experiences with a variety of disadvantaged populations in New York City and around the world.
Assistant Professor of Human Services Dr. Anya Spector and Guttman alumna Krimili Infante co-authored an article in the latest issue of Social Work Education: The International Journal.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology Kristina Baines participated in a special meeting of Maya leaders and academics in Southern Belize on October 25 and 26. The indigenous Maya community is engaging in next steps after a historic landmark decision by the Caribbean Court of Justice supporting indigenous governance of their lands. The gathering, Ab’ink of Maya Traditional Knowledge Holders and Academics, took place to discuss ways of moving forward following the legal victory.
Associate Professor of Urban Studies Molly Makris co-authored an op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer. “The Segregating Effects of School Choice Policies” discusses the pitfalls and promises of school choice policies, and proposes proactively integration measures as a way to reduce opportunity gaps.
Associate Professor of Sociology Mary Gatta’s latest column on InsiderNJ.com discusses the issue of surprise medical billing, and New Jersey’s recently passed law, Out-of-Network Consumer Protection, Transparency, Cost Containment and Accountability Act, which aims to combat the medical practice.
Assistant Professor of Psychology Tashana Samuel has published an article titled, “I Can Math!”: Reducing Math Anxiety and Increasing Math Self-Efficacy using a Mindfulness and Growth Mindset-Based Intervention in First-Year Students” in the Community College Journal of Research and Practice. Professor Samuel’s research investigated the effect of embedding a combined mindfulness and growth mindset intervention within a required first-year, two-semester developmental statistics course. Results from the study indicate that this new approach not only reduced math anxiety, but had also increased math self-efficacy in a sample of college students.
“Don’t bring a negative attitude [to what you’re doing] – you’ll be the one to lose out. Have a positive outlook!”
It certainly takes a specialist to see potential in biowaste: an expert like Guttman’s Assistant Professor of Science Dr. Jihyun Kim, who has a Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry from Georgetown University and over 20 years of experience in research and teaching. In fact, she and Dr. Lawrence Pratt from Medgar Evers College, CUNY, were awarded a three-year National Science Foundation grant toward the development of a new biofuel from a mixture of brown grease and waste plastics. Student participants in the CUNY Research Scholar Program work under Dr. Kim’s guidance to transform brown grease – not cooking oil, she emphasizes – into biofuel.
Dr. Grace Pai, Program Coordinator of Global Guttman, has authored an article highlighting the proactively inclusive, “promising” approach of preparing first-generation, community college students of color for their first study-abroad experiences. Titled “Promoting Well-Being and Safety Abroad: The Role of Continuous Reflection and Peer Education Before, During, and After Travel,” the piece appeared in the Summer 2019 edition of the quarterly Global Impact Exchange.