Faculty and Student Accomplishments: January 2014

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

School of Arts

Cory Blad, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, and the students who participated in the 2013 January Scandinavia program received a personal Christmas card from Jon Gnarr, the Mayor of Reykjavik, whom they met last January while studying in Reykjavik, the capital and largest city of Iceland. Dr. Blad is moderating a program there again this month along with Kelly Marin, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, and 18 students.

Nancy Cave, coordinator of the study abroad program, was quoted in A Student Guide to Study Abroad written by Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, Allan Goodman and Sir Cyril Taylor, and published by world leaders in study abroad, the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS). “The application process for studying abroad can seem daunting. Students should not underestimate how much time is needed to complete the application process. My observation over the years has been that students who start planning in their freshman year for a semester abroad in their junior year find the process to be less stressful and not so overwhelming,” Cave says.

Psychology major Mary Kate Kelly ’15 is the seventh recipient of an award from the Kate Anne McNeil Study Abroad Scholarship Fund. The McNeil family and friends established this scholarship to memorialize Kate’s life, which was cut short on St. Patrick’s Day 2010. Kate studied abroad in fall 2009 and had a wonderful experience. This scholarship is meant to help other students take advantage of the many historical and cultural opportunities abroad.

The Manhattan College Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center (HGI) and Manhattan College students received several awards from city, state and the Riverdale Jewish Relations for their work on the Beis Menachem of Parkchester Synagogue in the Al-Imaan Mosque project in the East Bronx. Jack Consiglio ’16 and Mehnaz Afridi, Ph.D., director of the HGI Center, attended a legislative breakfast to receive five awards on October 20, 2013.

Afridi was featured in “Jews and Muslims: So Far, So Close,” a documentary film by director Karim Miske. The film aired in France in October 2013.

She also had several public speaking engagments in November 2013:

  • A lecture on “Anti-Semitism and the Rippling Effects of Nazi Propaganda” at Drew University.
  • The annual Holocaust lecture hosted by Florida International University at the Jewish Museum, Miami, entitled, “Shoah through Muslim Eyes.”
  • A community talk on “Muslims and the relationship with others” at the Islamic Istanbul Cultural Center, Miami.

Matthew Muehlbauer, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of history, co-authored Ways of War: American Military History from the Colonial Era to the Twenty-First Century (Routledge), which was released in December 2013. It is currently available on Routledge.com and T&F eBookStore.

School of Engineering

Anirban De, Ph.D., P.E., associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, presented a lecture, “Modeling the effects of surface blast on underground structures with or without protective barriers” at the 93rd annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB), held in Washington, D.C., in January 2014. The lecture is based on a paper he published in the conference compendium with coauthors Alberto Morgante (CEEN Class of 2013) and professor Thomas F. Zimmie (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute). The research leading to this work is part of a recently concluded project funded by the National Science Foundation.


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