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Guttman Professor Named STEM Pedagogy Institute Fellow

May 4, 2022 | Academics, Faculty, Fellowship, Research, STEM

The Teaching and Learning Center’s STEM Pedagogy Institute (SPI) has named Professor Jihyun Kim, Assistant Professor of Science at Guttman Community College, a fellow for summer 2022. SPI serves to engage with critical issues associated with STEM-related disciplines and fields. More specifically, SPI seeks to attract, support, and retain ethnic, racial, and gender minorities. Methodical and empathetic pedagogical approaches can help students from underrepresented groups develop deeper connections to STEM inquiry. In the process, students can envision diverse futures made possible by STEM learning.

Guttman Professor Named CITA 2022 Summer Institute Experiential Learning Fellow

April 20, 2022 | Academics, Faculty, Fellowship, Research, STEM

The CUNY Innovative Teaching Academy (CITA) has accepted Professor Jihyun Kim, Assistant Professor of Science at Guttman Community College, as an Experiential Learning Fellow for summer 2022. CITA Institutes focus on extended, in-depth examinations of special topics in teaching and pedagogy. The Experiential Learning CITA Institute will be facilitated by Dr. Jennifer Maloy, Queensborough Community College, and Dr. Claudette Davis, LaGuardia Community College.

Guttman Professors Publish Paper on Reducing Math Anxiety Through Psychological Intervention in the Classroom

April 11, 2022 | Academics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Publication, Research, STEM

Guttman Community College Assistant Professor Tashana S. Samuel’s article “‘I Can Math, too!’: Reducing Math Anxiety in STEM-related Courses” was published online in the Community College Journal of Research and Practice on March 28, 2022. Professor Samuel, along with her co-authors, Sebastien Buttet and Jared Warner, note that “math anxiety has become an alarming social justice concern, as it results in negative academic consequences, contributes to disinterest and lack of persistence in STEM programs for underrepresented students, and limits their opportunities in STEM careers.”

Dr. Elizabeth Wentworth, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

March 2, 2022 | Academics, Faculty Feature, First Year Experience, Liberal Arts and Sciences, STEM

“I truly believe everyone learns differently and expresses their knowledge in different ways. I love seeing a student solve a problem a new way or apply to knowledge to something new. My goal is to foster intellectual curiosity rather than memorization and to build relationships where students feel safe making mistakes and trying new things.”

Dr. Elizabeth Wentworth’s doctoral dissertation investigated the integration of music instruction in the high school mathematics classroom. Since beginning at Guttman in 2016, her focus has been primarily on teaching. “Now that I am in my third year as an assistant professor I am starting to plan for more research,” says Dr. Wentworth. “I intend to continue looking at interdisciplinary work’s impact on student success and motivation.” Prior to teaching at Guttman, Dr. Wentworth taught three years of high school mathematics and coached the high school mathematics team, as well as the Academic Decathlon team. Dr. Wentworth has an undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester with majors in mathematics, music, and English, and a minor in history. Dr. Wentworth’s master’s and doctorate are from Teachers College Columbia University where she specialized in mathematics education.

Dr. Ayisha Sookdeo, Assistant Professor, Biology

March 1, 2022 | Academics, Faculty Feature, First Year Experience, Research, STEM

“I think it is important for students to understand that their ability to stick with tasks, goals, and passions is crucial for success. Perseverance demands effort and practice, which is the truest way to unlock our highest potential.”

Dr. Ayisha Sookdeo joined Guttman College in 2019. She came to Guttman because she was excited to get the opportunity to teach students in a college that truly emphasizes the importance of dedicated and compassionate instruction.

Dr. Jinzhong Niu, Assistant Professor, Computer Science

January 21, 2022 | Academics, Experiential Learning, Faculty, Faculty Feature, Global Guttman, Information Technology, Research, STEM

Professor Jinzhong Niu

Guttman Alumni Hailey Ayala and Prof. Derek Tesser Named Winners at the 2021 CUNY Research Scholars Program Symposium

October 20, 2021 | Academics, Alumni, Alumni Achievement, Experiential Learning, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Research, STEM

Guttman Alumna Hailey Ayala is one of a select few winners of the 2021 CUNY Research Scholars Program Symposium for her research presentation of “Quantifying tropical land cover change in the Chocó Hotspot of Biodiversity between 2006-2011 utilizing Palsar-1 satellite imagery”.   Ayala worked with mentor and Professor Derek Tesser, who specializes in Environmental and Geological Sciences, to present her research at the Symposium. 

Dr. Kim’s Students and Research Mentees Present at 68th Annual NY American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Symposium

May 19, 2021 | Academics, Conference Presentation, Information Technology, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Research, STEM, Student Achievement

Guttman Statistics Faculty and Students Present Paper at National Numeracy Network 2020-2021 Annual Meeting

May 19, 2021 | Academics, Conference Presentation, Faculty, Research, STEM, Student Achievement

Guttman Associate Professor of Mathematics Dr. Marla A. Sole and her students Tamika Daley and Mendel Batashvili presented the paper “Never miss a teachable moment: How to cultivate statistical literacy and time-management traits that foster success” at the National Numeracy Network 2020-2021 Annual Meeting, held virtually February 26-28, 2021. According to the abstract, the presentation was on “a class project designed to investigate media claims that teens have changed their sleeping habits in response to the pandemic.” Guttman students Tamika Daley and Mendel Batashvili spoke about the research they and their peers conducted to collect “robust evidence to support or refute… the validity of claims made,” as well as what they learned from the project, both mathematically and personally. These gains, made through students “engaging… in meaningful, authentic investigations,” model how rigorous empirical methods can create a deeper grasp of statistics.

Guttman’s Dr. Grace Pai Co-Hosts American Mathematical Association of Two-Year College Webinar on COIL

April 23, 2021 | Academics, Conference Presentation, Experiential Learning, Faculty, International Education, STEM

With Dr. Irene Duranczyk of the University of Minnesota and Dr. Schiro Withanachchi of Queens College, CUNY, Guttman Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies Dr. Grace Pai co-hosted “Globalizing Curriculums with Data: COIL Energizes the Learning Environment,” an installment in the 2021 American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) Webinar Series sponsored by McGraw-Hill. The presenters explained Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), a high-impact pedagogical practice widely used in disciplines like language learning, cultural studies, and health studies. The objective of COIL is to connect classes from institutions in different countries in working together virtually on a common project, sometimes across disciplines.