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Medgar Evers College
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Medgar Evers College is a senior college of The City University of New York.Medgar Evers College was officially established in 1970 through cooperation from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who, while serving in World War II, became disenchanted by the knowledge that he was fighting for freedom halfway around the world while he and other American blacks endured segregation and other forms of racism. He later helped secure many social and political advances for African Americans, including helping the first black student, James Meredith, attend the previously whites-only University of Mississippi in 1962. Evers was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is a member-school of Thurgood Marshall College Fund.The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. The College also operates several external programs and associated centers such as Male Development and Empowerment Center, Center for Women's Development, Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy. Wikipedia.

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News Article | February 15, 2017

Akademos, Inc. announced today that it has partnered with The City University of New York, the nation’s leading urban public university, to provide online bookstore services that will give students access to a vast selection of low-cost textbooks along with a convenient, personalized ordering experience. Students from twelve CUNY colleges will be able to shop for textbooks in new, used, rental and eBook formats from any device using a custom-branded version of the mobile-optimized Akademos online bookstore. Students using Akademos’ proprietary peer-to-peer marketplace of over 100 million new and used textbooks will save an average of 60% off the list price of their course materials. “Governor Cuomo has announced an important initiative to make CUNY’s two- and four-year colleges tuition-free for many of New York’s middle class families. The partnership between CUNY and Akademos will further the Governor’s goal of affordability by addressing the rising cost of textbooks, a challenge CUNY students have been facing for some time,” said CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken. Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost Vita Rabinowitz added: “Our experience shows that students who purchase their textbooks are more likely to succeed in their courses of study. I am delighted that we are addressing this textbook affordability barrier while helping all CUNY students. Our students and faculty have responded well to the value and service Akademos already provides four of our colleges, and we are pleased to extend this service to additional CUNY colleges.” After a competitive vetting and bidding process, CUNY selected Akademos as its exclusive vendor for online bookstore services. Akademos currently serves Queens College, John Jay College, Medgar Evers College and CUNY School of Law. Over the next year, eight additional CUNY colleges will transition to Akademos service, including: Hunter College, Brooklyn College, City College, Bronx Community College, Hostos Community College, York College, School of Professional Studies, and Guttman Community College. Thereafter, remaining CUNY colleges may select and utilize Akademos’ services if they wish. “We are thrilled that CUNY selected Akademos as its exclusive online bookstore provider,” said John Squires, Akademos CEO. “We are eager to work with CUNY colleges to help lower the cost of learning materials, by providing students new low-cost choices from our broad supply of providers. In addition, our advanced faculty adoption software and curriculum consulting services will aid faculty in selecting innovative, high-quality materials for instruction that may further reduce costs for CUNY students and support the educational mission of the colleges.” To learn more about expanding affordable textbook options for students and online bookstore offerings for educational institutions, visit About The City University of New York The City University of New York is the nation’s leading urban public university. Founded in New York City in 1847, the University comprises 24 institutions: 11 senior colleges, seven community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, the CUNY School of Medicine, the CUNY Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law, the CUNY School of Professional Studies and the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy. The University serves more than 274,350 degree-seeking students and 260,000 adult and continuing education students. College Now, the University’s academic enrichment program, is offered at CUNY campuses and more than 300 high schools throughout the five boroughs of New York City. The University offers online baccalaureate and master’s degrees through the School of Professional Studies. About Akademos Akademos offers customized, online bookstore services and solutions that support what’s most important to institutions. From full-service virtual bookstores to unique products supporting on-campus shops, Akademos delivers cost savings for students while providing administrators and faculty with critical control over the textbook adoption and delivery process. Akademos offers an innovative textbook marketplace, best-in-class eCommerce platform, eLearning solutions, and a unique adoption and analytics portal. The company’s comprehensive supply-chain solution and commitment to responsive personal service makes it the choice of leading institutions throughout the country. Akademos helps institutions deliver the right course materials, at affordable prices, on time. Learn more at

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Geography Compass | Year: 2013

Master-planned estates are an increasingly proliferating phenomenon in urban development. These primarily residential estates have often been explored under the terms 'gated community', 'planned community' and 'common interest development', however the development of the term 'master-planned estate' or MPE by Australian geographers has opened up the terminology describing this phenomenon to a variety of planned residential forms. Three key themes dominate the literature on MPEs: privatization, socio-spatial polarization and community. Through assessing the research completed on MPEs to date, with specific attention to Australian research using this terminology, I explore these key themes, as well as oversights in the literature, particularly in the lack of research on inner-city MPEs. I conclude that new-build gentrification can offer a fruitful launching point to explore the development of inner-city MPEs. © 2013 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 50.00K | Year: 2014

A new family of innovative immobilized metal affinity chromatography (IMAC) resins based on graphene oxide (GO) nanosheets for protein purification is proposed. These IMAC resins potentially constitute a disruptive technology in the protein purification market well beyond the current level of application of IMAC stationary phase materials. This novel IMAC material is expected to provide improved protein loading capacity and specificity compared to commercially available resins. Alternative applications in response to customer needs of the IMAC material and its possible derivatives will be explored. The most promising commercial applications of the proposed IMAC resins will be determined on the base of a customer discovery and business development effort by means of a targeted market exploration in the biotechnology sector.

The IMAC method is an elegant and powerful approach for isolation of proteins with high purity. The team estimates that the IMAC resin global market is likely to experience further growth. The IMAC resin proposed herein, when compared to existing commercial products, will: a) be endowed with higher volumetric and gravimetric metal density, b) exhibit superior protein loading capacity and purity, c) ensure state-of-the-art durability and chemical stability, d) promote high retention of activity of isolated proteins, e) provide control of binding affinity versus analyte protein specificity. Some of these characteristics have been investigated in the course of the research conducted. Other applications may be possible beyond the natural business segment of the IMAC resin.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 13.96K | Year: 2012

This award provides funding to support planning visits to the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The PI and his Malaysian collaborator, Dr. Sim, are chemists who share an interest in computational chemistry, applied particularly to organometallic structures. The trips will allow Prof. Pratt to plan collaborative work on copper alkylates and to lay the groundwork for a continuing collaboration between Fisk University and the University of Malaya, including perhaps a future IRES program for U.S. students. The specific focus of the initial collaboration will be copper alkylates with Dr. Sim undertaking experimental work and Dr. Pratt implementing computer simulations of molecular structure and transitions states in reaction mechanisms.

This planning visit aims to establish an international collaboration in both research and education in topics related to organometallic chemistry. The results of the work on lithium cuprates should advance knowledge of mechanisms of conjugate addition to unsaturated carbonyl compounds. These materials are of practical as well as theoretical interest because of their use as semiconductors, light-emitting diodes, and catalysts. Coming from a Historically Black university, and working with a female professor in Malaysia, the PI is establishing programs that have a significant impact on human-resource development in science. This project will contribute significantly to the scientific engagement of NSF grantees in Malaysia.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 223.51K | Year: 2012

The Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms Program supports Professors Lawrence M. Pratt, at Fisk University in Nashville TN, and Marcus A. Tius at the University of Hawaii who will continue their efforts to better understand the structures and reaction mechanisms of lithium carbenoids. The project will use a combination of computational quantum chemistry and NMR spectroscopy to determine the structure of lithium carbenoids in solution, and their tendency to form mixed aggregates with other lithium compounds. Mixed aggregates are well known in organolithium chemistry, and they sometimes have dramatic effects on reactivity and selectivity. The reaction mechanisms studied to date have often been quite complex, and would be very difficult to elucidate without the use of computational chemistry. Preliminary work completed during the initial grant period has shown which computational methods are most appropriate for the problems in this study. The predictions of the reaction products, obtained from the calculated mechanisms, will be tested in the laboratory of the Tius synthetic group. Frequently, two or more reaction mechanisms are operating concurrently, and changing the reaction conditions may enhance or suppress one mechanism. This sometimes results in improved reaction selectivity, purer products, and reductions in the production of toxic wastes. It may also show that the reagents being investigated are not ideal for a particular reaction, and may spur the search for alternate synthetic methods.

With the support of the Chemical Structure, Dynamics and Mechanisms Program in the Chemistry Division at the National Science Foundation, Professors Lawrence M. Pratt, at Fisk University in Nashville TN, and Marcus A. Tius at the University of Hawaii will contribute to further understanding of lithium carbenoid reactions that can lead to a wider application in synthetic organic reactions. Organolithium reagents are ubiquitous in modern synthesis but little is known about the factors affecting their structure and reactivity. Broader impacts are in student education and training, with the largest impact on minority students. Fisk University is a Historically Black College/University (HBCU), with about 98% African-American and about 70% female students. The University of Hawaii is a collaborating institution, and is also committed to the inclusion of minorities in science. Louisiana Tech University is also a collaborating institution, with a large African-American student population and some joint faculty appointments with Grambling State University, another HBCU. A major impact of this research will be to revitalize the graduate (MS) program at Fisk, which had been hurt by economic conditions in recent years. A goal of this project is to help those students bridge into a program of their choice, possibly at one of the several research universities collaborating with Professor Pratt on this and other projects.

PI: Lawrence M. Pratt
Proposal Number: 1507069

Brown grease is a semi-solid mixture of fats, oils, and greases that collect in the sewage system and sewage treatment plants, and which must be collected and removed to prevent blockages, overflows, and damage to equipment. The volume of this waste, somewhere between one and two billion gallons per year, is sufficient to consider its recycling into liquid transportation fuel as opposed to incinerating it, which produces greenhouse gases. This goal of this project is develop a process to convert brown grease into a fuel similar to kerosene using a process called low-temperature pyrolysis, where the brown grease is heated up in absence of air. The research suggests that trace metals such as iron that are present in brown grease may promote the reaction process, and so the research plan will focus on determining which reaction steps in the overall process are catalyzed by these metals. The proposed research will be carried out by a team of undergraduate students at the Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York (CUNY), which is a minority serving institution. Benefits of this research include increasing the supply of non-fossil fuels, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, elimination of brown grease disposal problems, and training of underrepresented minority students in chemistry, energy, and environmental science. This project also has international collaborators from Malaysia and Vietnam that are interested in using the new technology to solve similar waste steam problems in their respective countries.

Unlike triglycerides extracted from vegetable oils, brown grease is predominantly free fatty acids, and so cannot undergo the homogeneous transesterification to biodiesel. The overall goal of the proposed research is to develop a fundamental understanding of the reaction mechanisms for the low-temperature pyrolysis of brown grease to linear hydrocarbons. It is hypothesized that the reaction scheme proceeds by a two-step process were fatty acids in the waste stream are decarboxylated to ketone intermediates and then deoxygenated to hydrocarbons. Furthermore, it is hypothesized that soluble iron or copper present in the waste matrix catalyzes some of these reactions. The research plan has three objectives. The first objective is to elucidate the major reaction pathways from brown grease and model mixtures of the waste matrix to hydrocarbon products. The second objective is to determine how the principal metals found in brown grease catalyze these reactions. The third objective is to develop a continuous reaction process and assess the energy return on energy invested for sustainable energy concepts based on recovery and conversion of brown grease to fuel. The experimental approach will employ gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and thermogravimetric analysis to characterize the reaction system. Computational quantum chemistry will also be used to elucidate the reaction mechanisms and to help determine whether some compounds observed in the reaction mixture are byproducts or intermediates. Although the research focuses on brown grease, the research outcomes have potential to develop new routes and fundamental understanding for the chemical conversion of free fatty acids to fuel. The proposed research will be carried out by a team of undergraduate students at the Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York (CUNY), which is a minority serving institution.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: EDUCATIONAL LINKAGES | Award Amount: 385.51K | Year: 2014

The City University of New York (CUNY)/Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) Center for Global Climate Research (CGCR), is based on research related to Geoscience, Atmospheric Science, Sun-Earth interaction and Global Climate Impacts. CUNY/GISS CGCR-Phase II will continue to provide this unique undergraduate student research experience for a second three-year period. Each Summer, ten students will be recruited in the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site and will be distributed among the research teams (five at CUNY, five at GISS) under the mentorship of CUNY faculty and NASA scientists. Students will receive a stipend for 10 weeks of research experience. In addition to recruiting students from four-year colleges, the proposed activities will continue to include an active recruitment of students at the community college level. Student external to CUNY, in greater NYC Region, are also encouraged to apply. The CUNY/GISS REU Site will continue to seek 60% under-represented minorities and 40% female participation each year. The Objectives are to: a)provide undergraduate summer research opportunities in Global Climate Change and related areas at CUNY and GISS to a larger Greater NYC region constituency; b)provide enrichment activities at GISS and CUNY which include basic technical skills workshops and
seminars; c)assist students in continuing their research during the academic year, leveraging existing NASA, NSF and NOAA programs; and d)increase the number of students in the STEM pathway to graduate school and to the scientific workforce.

Intellectual Merit :
Students will be involved in existing research projects which are collaborations with NASA scientists and CUNY faculty funded by NASA and/or NOAA. Students will be engaged in original research and contributing to the general body of knowledge in Global Climate Change. The collaboration occurs within a small urban geographical area, which enables faculty and students to interact with scientists on daily basis. The faculty, students and scientists have developed a unique relationship that has benefited both CUNY and NASA GISS.

Broader Impacts :
This unique urban CUNY-GISS collaboration was expanded so that more undergraduate students in CUNY and the Greater New York City Region could experience the rich scientific research and the diversity of the melting pot environment of CUNY/GISS. Students are involved in cutting edge research, access to a NASA research center and have the opportunity of presenting their results at national conferences and as co-authors in peered review publications. The CUNY faculty and GISS scientists collaboration has a track record of working with students that are under-represented in STEM areas and advancing student through the STEM pathway to graduate study in areas in which fewer students are selecting as careers and where the loss of retired scientists is significant.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: ALGEBRA,NUMBER THEORY,AND COM | Award Amount: 145.00K | Year: 2014

Representation theory, originating in the work of mathematicians such as Issai Schur and Ferdinand Frobenius at the end of the 19th century, studies how the structure of algebraic objects (such as finite groups or Lie algebras) can be captured by simpler, linear objects, in particular, matrices. A theme common to all of the goals of this project is the use of representation theory to study geometric spaces. Three dimensional topological quantum field theories, quantum link invariants, and vertex operators were all developed in the 1980s and 1990s using various algebraic inputs. One main objective of this project is to lift these constructions to higher dimensions through the use of algebraic structures from representation theory. This objective is part of a program known as categorification.

The program of categorification was introduced by Louis Crane and Igor Frenkel. Generally speaking, the aim is that vector spaces should be replaced by categories and actions on vector spaces should be replaced by actions of functors on categories. The categories involved in this project are of a representation theoretic or combinatorial nature. New category-theoretic ideas need to be developed in order to achieve the most ambitious goals of the categorification program. Another part of this project is the application of representation-theoretic techniques to the classification problem of certain algebraic varieties equipped with a group action. The four areas of this project are the following: (1) categorification of the Reshetikhin-Turaev invariant, (2) categorification of the Turaev-Viro invariant, (3) categorification of Lie superalgebras, and (4) understanding the multiplicative structure of the coordinate rings of affine spherical varieties.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 94.27K | Year: 2012


Several approaches for biological and biomimetic energy conversion systems have been proposed. In particular, the possibility of using photosynthesis to produce hydrogen from biological resources is attractive, and both natural microorganisms and semi-artificial devices are being investigated within various national and international programs. The approaches of semi-artificial device research being followed are aimed at a photoelectrochemical system based on PSII and PSI, which are natural photosystems, and hydrogenase. The original model, proposed in 1979, entailed the use of particles floating in solution in the presence of redox mediators. New strategies proposed by the research team of Professor Michele Vittadello of CUNY Medgar Evers College and Professor Paul Falkowski of Rutgers University involve the immobilization of PSII and PSI CCs (core complexes) and hydrogenases onto electrodic surfaces. So far, no one has published a full working device using isolated core complexes.

Vittadello and Falkowski propose to demonstrate the possibility by assembling a viable photosynthetic hybrid system for water splitting based on graphene oxide (GO), core complexes of natural photosystems PSII and PSI, and Pt as a catalyst. Single-layered GO provides an ideal chemical ?canvas? for the self-assembly of photosynthetic proteins. The residual oxygen-containing chemical species include hydroxyl, carboxyl, epoxy, and ketonic functional groups concentrated at the edges of graphene quantum islands. The degree of oxidation can be used to control electron/hole transport properties. Although preliminary results for the PSI-GO and PSII-GO have been attained, the basis for this EAGER proposal is the attempt to demonstrate that photoinduced vectorial electron transfer is possible in triads comprised of PSII CCs, GO, and PSI CCs in a direct or facilitated fashion, giving rise to a supramolecular hybrid electron-transport chain with minimized overpotentials, on the model of the natural photosynthetic Z-scheme.

The investigators are well qualified for conducting this project given their background knowledge in photosynthesis, electrochemistry, biophysics, biochemistry, materials science and engineering. The research team includes Senior Research Associate Kamil Woronowicz and is in an excellent position to expand the collaborative effort in semi-artificial photosynthesis for hydrogen generation. The investigation of GO-protein interactions is highly transformational for bionanotechnologies with potential applications in multi-enzyme catalysis for fuel production and chemical synthesis, and protein purification for drug development. The successful proof-of-concept will lay the foundation for further studies. The vibrancy of the topic will help leverage the ongoing effort of the investigators in the STEM educational area, through the unique institutional expertise available at Medgar Evers College and at the Rutgers Energy Institute.

Randy Weston continues his year-long Artist-in-Residence at Medgar Evers College with Spiritual Awakenings, a free master class and performance with special guest Muhal Richard Abrams, on Tuesday, November 15, 5:00 – 7:00 pm in Founders Auditorium,...

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