Brooklyn, NY, United States
Brooklyn, NY, United States

Pratt Institute is a private, nonsectarian, non-profit institution of higher learning located in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, United States, with a satellite campus located at 14th Street in Manhattan. It originated in 1887 with programs primarily in engineering, architecture, and fine arts. Comprising five schools, the Institute is primarily known for its highly ranked programs in architecture, interior design, and industrial design, and offers both undergraduate and Master's degree programs in a variety of fields with a strong focus on research.U.S. News and World Report lists Pratt as one of the top 20 colleges in the Regional Universities North category. Princeton Review recognizes Pratt as being one of the best colleges in the northeast, making it among the top 25% of all four-year colleges and universities in the United States. Wikipedia.

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"At Voya, we know that education and financial literacy are vital to a fulfilling life — to and through retirement," said Rodney O. Martin, Jr., chairman and CEO of Voya Financial. "We are proud to partner with Scholarship America, who shares our commitment to educating and empowering young people so that they take control of their future. We are thrilled to join in celebrating the 2017 Dreams to Success award recipients — and to honor the extraordinary individuals and organizations who have contributed to their success." Martin and award-winning journalist and TV personality Katie Couric served as honorary co-chairs for the Dream to Success dinner. Decorated Army combat veteran, author, CEO of BridgeEdU and soon-to-be chief executive of Robin Hood, Wes Moore, served as master of ceremonies. Scholarship America recognized three outstanding scholarship programs: the mikeroweWORKS Foundation; Wells Fargo's Veteran Scholarship and Emergency Grant Program and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation works hard to debunk myths about the skilled trades and help close the skills gap. Through its scholarship programs, including the Work Ethic Scholarship Program, the Foundation provides financial assistance to people getting trained for skilled jobs that are in demand. The Foundation has granted, or facilitated the granting of, more than $4 million in technical and vocational education to trade schools across the country. Michelle Ahola and Eric Kovacevich, students who've received scholarships through mikeroweWORKS Foundation, presented the award to Mike Rowe. As CEO of the Foundation, Mike Rowe speaks regularly about the country's dysfunctional relationship with work and challenges the persistent belief that a four-year degree is automatically the best path for most people. Ahola studied concrete industry management and Kovacevich is a manufacturing engineering technology student. Wells Fargo's Veteran Scholarship and Emergency Grant program was recognized for its needs-based scholarships and grants that help veterans and spouses of veterans with disabilities obtain education or training necessary to successfully integrate back into civilian life. Scholarship recipient and veteran Amare Lovely, a student at the University of San Diego, and former scholarship recipient Catherine Gonzalez, who now works at Wells Fargo, presented the award to Jerry Quinn, Wells Fargo's Military & Veteran Programs Manager. Since 2012, Wells Fargo has committed more than $75 million to helping military service members, veterans and their families succeed through career transition, financial education and housing initiatives. Founded in 1932 to promote the agriculture industry, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas and presented nearly 17,000 new and renewable scholarships since the first scholarship was awarded in 1957. Currently more than 2,400 students are on Show scholarships, attending more than 80 different Texas colleges and universities. The value of these scholarships is approximately $47 million. Sarah Brubaker, a NASA aerospace engineer and graduate of the University of Texas in Austin, and Rashard Harris, a civil engineering student at Texas A&M University, presented the award to Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's Jim Winne. Winne, a native Texan, is the Chairman of the Board-Elect of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™. Winne was elected a Show director in 2004, and a member of the Show's Executive Committee in 2014. Martha Kanter, executive director of the College Promise Campaign, and chair of Scholarship America's Dream Awards Committee, announced 2017 Dream Award recipients. The Scholarship America Dream Award is a unique national program intended to spotlight the gap between college access and completion and the need for students to get through their postsecondary educations and complete their degrees. The awards support students who have successfully completed their first year of college, but who need financial help to continue pursuing their degrees. The 2017 Dream Award recipients are: Umesh Bhandari, University of Texas at Arlington; Mikayla Bridgewater, Missouri University of Science & Technology; Yessenia Cantero Hernandez, Northern Kentucky University; April Lewis, Spelman College; Shun Lin, University of California - Berkeley; Arial Martinez, South Mountain Community College; Jorge Morales, San Francisco State University; Ezekiel Ogden, Northern Arizona University; Tiara Wills, Pratt Institute and Shanell Yenchik, Northern Arizona University.  Additional dinner highlights included recognition of the 15th anniversary of the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, which has delivered more than $100 million in scholarships to students affected by the 9/11 attacks and the honoring the legacy of Scholarship America's founder, Dr. Irving A. Fradkin, who passed away in November, 2016. Diploma Sponsors Americans for the Arts BP America Barry Griswell/Performance Management Group Chick-fil-A Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Kaplan University Lumina Foundation Murthy Law Firm Raymond James Financial Services The World Journal Student Sponsors BP America Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP Jane Chwick Ruth Ann M. Gillis & Michael J. McGuinnis Herman Miller Cares ITW The Principal Financial Group Hosted Tables Robert C. Ballard Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation GEICO Martha Kanter Doug Mello J. Stephen & Joan Putnam Mim Shreck The Structured Finance Industry Group Philip J. & Irmy Webster Wells Fargo Yale New Haven Health "We are very grateful to these generous sponsors, as well as to all who hosted tables or made donations," said Robert C. Ballard, president and CEO of Scholarship America. "In the end, it is all about the students. Education changes lives and we are committed to making postsecondary success possible for all students. We are honored these individuals and organizations share and support this vision too. " Learn more about Scholarship America and see videos and photos from the Dreams to Success Awards Dinner at About Scholarship America For nearly 60 years, Scholarship America has worked directly with students, parents, colleges, businesses and communities to empower people to fulfill their college dreams. As the nation's largest private education support organization, having distributed over $3.7 billion to more than 2.3 million students, Scholarship America is now working to further engage the private sector to support programs and policies that advance equity in postsecondary education and help students overcome barriers to access, persistence and attainment. More information is available at or by following @scholamerica. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:

News Article | February 27, 2017

What’s not to love about recycling? it makes people feel good, it keeps waste out of landfill, it is a virtuous cycle. Aluminum recycling is a particularly feel-good success story, with sixty percent of the aluminum produced coming from recycled sources. And recycling aluminum uses 95 percent less electricity than virgin aluminum. What could possibly be wrong with this picture? Lots, it turns out, according to Carl A. Zimrig in his new book Aluminum Upcycled: sustainable design in historical perspective. He’s an associate professor of sustainability studies at Pratt Institute, and has written a real eye-opener. He makes a provocative case that it is just not good enough. It is a case that we have made before on TreeHugger: that recycling just isn't good enough, we still have to reduce consumption. Office for Emergency Management. War Production Board/ edited for over the top racism/Public Domain Aluminum is wonderful stuff, but it takes a lot of electricity to make it, (13,500 to 17,000 kWh per ton) to break the bond between oxygen and aluminum in aluminum oxide. Prior to World War II there was a massive government program to build dams for hydroelectric power, less for the benefit of the American people and more for the needs of aluminum refining for the inevitable war effort. After the war, there was more aluminum production capacity and electrical power than anyone knew what to do with, so the aluminum companies got to work imagining things that could be made from aluminum, from folding lawn chairs to aluminum siding. But the stroke of genius was the disposable aluminum container that became the bottom of TV dinners and frozen food. An Alcoa exec is quoted: “the day was at hand when packages would replace pots and pans in the preparation of meals.” And then, the biggest score of them all, the aluminum beer and pop can, which like the disposable bottle, was not recycled but thrown out the car window. I want to be recycled/Screen capture Now we are on familiar TreeHugger ground: the invention of the litterbug, the Keep America Beautiful campaign that turned single-use packaging into litter that the user was responsible for picking up, the municipality responsible for taking to the quickly filling dumps, then the rise of recycling as it became clear that stuff had to be diverted from the dumps. Aluminum is relatively easy to recycle and reuse, but it is not as clean and easy as people think. There are alloys that have to be removed using chemicals like chlorine; there are fumes and chemical releases that are toxic. “although the contaminants released by recycling pale compared to the ecological damage of mining and smelting primary aluminum, the waste products of scrap recycling must be considered when considering the consequences of returning the metal to production.” But hey, it’s recyclable and more importantly, it is recycled. that’s why the USGBC, Bill McDonough and others consider recycled aluminum to be sustainable and green. That’s why Apple claims that its computers are greener, because they are solid aluminum. But there is a problem- the market for aluminum keeps growing. Ford is now making its most popular truck out of it, and other car manufacturers are going this route to lighten their vehicles and improve mileage. The Tesla Model S is solid aluminum. There is simply not enough recycled aluminum to meet demand, and companies like Apple still need the virgin stuff where they can control the properties of the alloy more precisely. Making virgin aluminum is hugely destructive, starting with the mining of bauxite, “an open pit process that leads to deforestation and leaved behind toxic “red mud” lakes that can overflow and pollute local ground water” (see what happened to this Hungarian town a few years ago). The bauxite is then shipped to where the electricity is, in Iceland, Quebec, Oregon or more likely these days, China. More aluminum is going into long-lasting products like cars and furniture, which means less available for recycling. More is going into disposables where it is blended with plastics, like ketchup pouches, coffee pods and Tetra-Paks, where recycling is too expensive and is done mostly for show. Zimring concludes: In the end, buying stuff made with recycled aluminum creates the demand for more virgin aluminum and more environmental destruction. Zimring concludes with another TreeHugger-like zinger: -car sharing, bicycle sharing, product service systems, simply owning less stuff and sharing more so that overall demand for new stuff declines. Because even such intense and virtuous recycling that we do with aluminum, even if we catch every single can and aluminum foil container, it’s not enough. We still have to use less of the stuff if we are going to stop the environmental destruction and pollution that making virgin aluminum causes. And as for the architects who think specifying recycled aluminum is green: it’s not. A wonderful, eye-opening read, available from Johns Hopkins University Press. To this TreeHugger, the book is something of a vindication; I have been complaining about our broken recycling system, about the Keep America Beautiful campaigns, and about the evils of aluminum cans for years (see related links below) No wonder I loved the book. But it is a controversial issue, even among TreeHuggers; Mike has made the case for aluminum here.

Rubin G.D.,Pratt Institute
Journal of Thoracic Imaging | Year: 2015

Fundamental to the diagnosis of lung cancer in computed tomography (CT) scans is the detection and interpretation of lung nodules. As the capabilities of CT scanners have advanced, higher levels of spatial resolution reveal tinier lung abnormalities. Not all detected lung nodules should be reported; however, radiologists strive to detect all nodules that might have relevance to cancer diagnosis. Although medium to large lung nodules are detected consistently, interreader agreement and reader sensitivity for lung nodule detection diminish substantially as the nodule size falls below 8 to 10mm. The difficulty in establishing an absolute reference standard presents a challenge to the reliability of studies performed to evaluate lung nodule detection. In the interest of improving detection performance, investigators are using eye tracking to analyze the effectiveness with which radiologists search CT scans relative to their ability to recognize nodules within their search path in order to determine whether strategies might exist to improve performance across readers. Beyond the viewing of transverse CT reconstructions, image processing techniques such as thin-slab maximum-intensity projections are used to substantially improve reader performance. Finally, the development of computer-aided detection has continued to evolve with the expectation that one day it will serve routinely as a tireless partner to the radiologist to enhance detection performance without significant prolongation of the interpretive process. This review provides an introduction to the current understanding of these varied issues as we enter the era of widespread lung cancer screening. Copyright © 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.

Pattuelli M.C.,Pratt Institute
Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology | Year: 2011

The use of primary source materials is recognized as key to supporting history and social studies education. The extensive digitization of library, museum, and other cultural heritage collections represents an important teaching resource. Yet, searching and selecting digital primary sources appropriate for classroom use can be difficult and time-consuming. This study investigates the design requirements and the potential usefulness of a domain-specific ontology to facilitate access to, and use of, a collection of digital primary source materials developed by the Library of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. During a three-phase study, an ontology model was designed and evaluated with the involvement of social studies teachers. The findings revealed that the design of the ontology was appropriate to support the information needs of the teachers and was perceived as a potentially useful tool to enhance collection access. The primary contribution of this study is the introduction of an approach to ontology development that is user-centered and designed to facilitate access to digital cultural heritage materials. Such an approach should be considered on a case-by-case basis in relation to the size of the ontology being built, the nature of the knowledge domain, and the type of end users targeted. © 2010 ASIS&T.

Rubin G.D.,Pratt Institute
Radiology | Year: 2014

Computed tomography (CT) has had a profound effect on the practice of medicine. Both the spectrum of clinical applications and the role that CT has played in enhancing the depth of our understanding of disease have been profound. Although almost 90 000 articles on CT have been published in peer-reviewed journals over the past 40 years, fewer than 5% of these have been published in Radiology. Nevertheless, these almost 4000 articles have provided a basis for many important medical advances. By enabling a deepened understanding of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, CT has facilitated key advances in the detection and management of disease. This article celebrates this breadth of scientific discovery and development by examining the impact that CT has had on the diagnosis, characterization, and management of a sampling of major health challenges, including stroke, vascular diseases, cancer, trauma, acute abdominal pain, and diffuse lung diseases, as related to key technical advances in CT and manifested in Radiology.

Rubin G.D.,Pratt Institute
Journal of the American College of Radiology | Year: 2013

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is highly prevalent and is the primary cause of death for both men and women, worldwide. Because the disease develops over many years, there are opportunities to intervene and alter the course of CHD, assuming that there are reliable means for determining which individuals with coronary atherosclerosis will develop symptomatic CHD. CT provides 2 distinct means for coronary artery disease assessment - coronary artery calcium (CAC) measurement using noncontrast CT and coronary CT angiography (cCTA). The recent refinement of electrocardiographic triggering and gating with CT has enabled these techniques to be performed with greater reliability and substantially lower radiation exposure. This has led to widening availability of these diagnostic techniques and rapid expansion of our understanding of their potential clinical use. Within the context of CHD, 2 applications are particularly compelling - risk stratification of asymptomatic individuals with the intent of targeting therapy to prevent CHD and as gatekeeper to cardiac catheterization to minimize unnecessary invasive diagnostic coronary procedures. This review highlights key insights from recent investigations of CHD development and CT application toward the management of individuals at risk of developing or suspected of having CHD. © 2013 American College of Radiology.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: AISL | Award Amount: 938.03K | Year: 2017

This project, a collaboration of faculty at Pratt Institute and Oregon State University, will explore how people with low to no affinity for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) can be introduced to STEM ideas in ways that are appropriate for their cultural identity and designed to achieve reasonable outcomes that allow for continued STEM engagement. This project will study a new model, as a small scale exemplar of how science learning can be integrated into cultural events that attract audiences who do not identify themselves as interested in science or broader concepts associated with STEM. The model integrates science with art, music and play, producing live events, games, hands-on workshops, and interactive theater productions that are intended to inspire wonder and excitement. The basic principles are: to create unique opportunities for audiences to experience science in unorthodox ways, to connect with audiences at these events, and to help scientists engage a public they do not normally reach.

The goal of this project is to formally study and improve upon the practices that have been explored to date by carefully examining the implementation at two annual FIGMENT arts festivals in New York City and to determine outcomes based on three theoretical frameworks: the six strands of science engagement proposed by the National Research Council, the concept of follow-up activity, and subsequent reinforcing experiences. Initial evaluation results indicate the model is effective in advancing informal STEM learning and providing valuable public engagement with science training and experience for scientists. Participating scientists succeed in creating interest and attentiveness in audiences that do not normally engage in science, thereby opening the door for subsequent experiences. The research will be a quasi-experimental approach to test the degree to which encounters with models learning experiences create a higher probability to actively seek subsequent science experiences. Project deliverables include a how-to guide for professionals on expanding STEM audiences targeted at cultural institutions who want to incorporate science content into their activities, and for other institutions who want to integrate their activities into cultural settings. The how-to guide will be based on the body of research and evaluations developed that will illuminate the principles behind the model.

This work is funded by the Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program, which seeks to advance new approaches to, and evidence-based understanding of, the design and development of STEM learning in informal environments.

News Article | December 15, 2016

PIERMONT, NY, December 15, 2016-- Martin Berkon has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.Renowned as an artist and painter, Mr. Berkon began his professional journey by studying at the Pratt Institute and proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts from Brooklyn College in 1954, and a Master of Arts from New York University in 1959. Mr. Berkon has since participated in innumerable group exhibitions and one-man shows, growing and building his name with each one. He came to develop a personal abstract concept in oil, acrylics and watercolor. He has had solo shows at the Smolin Gallery, 20th Century West Gallery, The Soho Center for Visual Artists, and Genesis Galleries, all in New York City, the Blue Hill Cultural Center in Pearl River, New York, and the Schering-Plough Corporation Gallery in Madison, NJ. His work has been included in major group shows at the Brooklyn Museum, The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, OH, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, CT, and the Vero Beach Museum of Art in Florida. Notably, Berkon was commissioned to create paintings for NASA in 1984 and 1987, which were then displayed in the NASA Gallery of Art at the Kennedy Space Center and exhibited in many museums throughout the country. Additionally, Berkon's work has been acquired by The Aldrich Museum, the Vero Beach Museum and is in the corporate collections of Texaco, Pepsico and Pfizer.After amassing years of practical experience, Mr. Berkon desired to share his knowledge with others. From the mid 60's to the early 90's, he taught and lectured in a variety of colleges including Fairleigh Dickinson University, The City College of New York and Middlebury College. As a testament to his success, Mr. Berkon was featured in every edition of Who's Who in America published between 1995 and 2016, as well as numerous volumes each of Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in the East, and Who's Who in American Art. Looking forward, he aims to continue to grow, refine and develop his personal form of abstraction in watercolor and oil. Contact: 1-845-359-4719, As a testament to his success, Mr. Berkon was featured in every edition of Who's Who in America published between 1995 and 2016, as well as numerous volumes each of Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in the East, and Who's Who in American Art. Looking forward, he aims to continue to grow, refine and develop his personal form of abstraction in watercolor and oil.About Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America, Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis now publishes many Who's Who titles, including Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who in Science and Engineering, and Who's Who in Asia. Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at

News Article | February 17, 2017

SOUTHBURY, CT, February 17, 2017-- William C. Rorick has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.Backed by more than four and a half decades of practiced industry experience, Mr. Rorick is uniquely qualified to oversee a wide range of tasks on behalf of the City University of New York Queens College Music Library, where he has served as assistant professor emeritus since 1996. Prior to entering the field in a professional capacity, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and business administration from Ohio Wesleyan University, a Bachelor of Music in music history and literature from the University of Utah, and a Master of Music in music history and literature from Northwestern University. Upon graduating, Mr. Rorick took on the roles of curator of the orchestral-choral library, reference assistant and office manager of the Manhattan School of Music Library. He spent four years in that position, after which he earned a Master of Library Science from Pratt Institute and began as a music reference librarian for the CUNY Queens College Music Library, where he remained from 1974 until 1996. During that time, he returned to school to obtain a Master of Arts in musicology from New York University, which propelled him to additional roles as assistant professor and instructor at the CUNY Queens College Music Library.In order to remain abreast of changes in the field, Mr. Rorick affiliates himself with the Hudson Valley Art Association, Allied Artists of America, Audubon Artists, Connecticut Pastel Society, and the New York Society of Portrait Artists, as well as many others. Throughout his career, he has contributed articles to professional journals and taken part in public and private portrait exhibitions for the Connecticut Society of Portrait Artists, the New York Society of Portrait Artists, the Hudson Valley Art Association, Portrait Society of Atlanta, Portrait Society of America, and the American Artists Professional League. A frequent exhibitor with the Kent Art Association in Connecticut, Mr. Rorick has been awarded many times for his work; he has earned local, regional and national arts awards, including Best in Show from the Connecticut Classic Arts Association, Jerry's Artarama Award from the Connecticut Pastel Society, an award from the Allied Art Association for his graphic pencil drawing, "My Mementos," and The Ridgewood New Jersey Art Institute Award from the Kent Art Association. Further, he has been included in three volumes of Who's Who in American Education, 16 volumes of Who's Who in the World, and 11 volumes of Who's Who in American Art. Looking toward the future, Mr. Rorick intends to experience the continued growth and success of his career.About Marquis Who's Who :Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis now publishes many Who's Who titles, including Who's Who in America , Who's Who in the World , Who's Who in American Law , Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare , Who's Who in Science and Engineering , and Who's Who in Asia . Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at

The International Association of HealthCare Professionals is pleased to welcome Kalliope Barlis, NLP, Acupuncturist, to their prestigious organization with her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare. Dr. Kalliope Barlis is a highly trained and qualified acupuncturist with an extensive expertise in all facets of her work, especially neurolinguistic programming. Dr. Barlis has been in practice for more than 10 years and is currently serving patients within her own private practice, Building Your Best, located in Sunnyside, New York. Dr. Kalliope Barlis graduated with her Doctor of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Degree from the B.F.A Fine Arts-Pratt Institute in 2005. She is a Licensed NLP Trainer, and the Co-Founder of the Symposium on Natural Language Processing. Dr. Barlis is renowned internationally as an expert in neuro linguistic programming. Her work helps people eliminate fears and gain motivation. She attributes her success to her desire to maximize brain function in humans, and when she is not working, Dr. Barlis enjoys writing and hiking. Learn more about Dr. Barlis here: and and be sure to read her upcoming publication in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare.

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