Faculty and Student Accomplishments: February 2014

View all the recent accomplishments and accolades of Manhattan College’s faculty and students.

Office of Mission

From Feb. 1-3, Br. Jack Curran, FSC, Ph.D., vice president for Mission, joined leaders from fellow U.S. Lasallian colleges and universities at the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The following topics were addressed: Catholic Intellectual Tradition; Strategies for Engaging the Faculty; Past, Present, Future Mission Leaders: A National Study, Mission and the Board of Trustees; Integration of Community Service with Academic Courses; Lasallian Formation for Higher Education; and Lasallian Networking of Academic and Department Disciplines.

School of Arts

On Feb. 5, a team of three Manhattan College communication majors, Taylor Aufiero ’15, Joseph Cusmano ’15 and John Touhey ’15, won the Social Media prize at the 2014 Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s annual Savvy Credit Video Festival for their public service announcement “Debt Stalker.” Their prize is a one-on-one networking meeting with a professional in the entertainment industry.

Mehnaz M. Afridi, Ph.D., director of the Manhattan College Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center, gave two lectures in the month of February:

Additionally, Afridi has several speaking engagements in March:

Roksana Badruddoja, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, recently presented at a variety of national conferences:

  • Diasporic Fiction: Project of Empire and Consolidation of the Nation-State at the South Asian Literary Association annual meeting in Chicago, Jan. 8-9. Additionally, she served as the invited chair of a panel, “Sri Lankan Nationalism and Insurgency.”
  • Contesting Maternal Ideology: The Yonic Myths of Motherhood at the Sociologists for Women in Society annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 6-9.
  • The South Asian Diaspora and Queer Spaces: Challenging Normative Spatial Powers at the annual Eastern Sociological Society meeting in Baltimore, Feb. 20-23.

Julie Leininger Pycior, professor of history, wrote an article, “Pete Seeger’s Powerful, Enduring Network,” which was featured in the Religion section of the Huffington Post.

School of Science

Mathematics majors Alexandra Iovine ’14 and Janie Schlauder ’14 presented Pitch Perfect? Analyzing the Passing Networks of Manhattan College Women’s Soccer at the 2014 Joint Mathematics Meetings in Baltimore on Jan. 11. The presentation included the results of their fall 2013 research seminar in Applied Network Theory, which was organized by Helene Tyler, Ph.D., associate professor of mathematics. Of the 24 talks included in the Mathematics and Sports section, only five were delivered by undergraduates.