Faculty and Student Accomplishments: November 2013

Read all of the latest news from Manhattan College students and faculty.

School of Arts

Joan Cammarata Ph.D., professor of Spanish, presented the paper “The Wit and Wisdom of Comic Folk Characters,” at the 14th annual Conference of the
International Society for Luso-Hispanic Humor Studies held Oct. 17-19 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She also presented the introduction to the keynote speaker and chaired the session “La risa en el Siglo de Oro.”

School of Business

Natalia Boliari, Ph.D., assistant professor of economics, participated in the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 3. She placed 36,600th of 50,304 finishers with a time of 04:53:33.

School of Education and Health

Karen Nicholson, Ph.D., associate professor of education, was among 21 inaugural inductees of the Eleanor Roosevelt Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi at the honor society’s 49th Biennial Convocation in Dallas from Oct. 24-26. Each member has demonstrated significant and long-term contributions of service to KDP as well as a commitment to the society’s ideals and excellence in education.

As part of the weekend’s events, several Manhattan faculty and students gave group presentations:

  • Brother Raymond Meagher, FSC, assistant professor of education, presented “Building Classroom Communities: Reaching 21st Century Students” with elementary and special education majors Megan Morelli ’14 and Maria Sanzari ’14.
  • Karen Nicholson, Ph.D., associate professor of education, presented “Enhancing Future Teachers' Global Understanding Through Experience” with secondary English major Giuliana Addesso ’14 and elementary and special education majors Casey Burns ’14 and Michael Dugan ’14.
  • William Merriman, Ph.D., dean of the School of Education and Health, professor Shawn Ladda, Ed.D., and associate professor Lisa Toscano, Ed.D, of kinesiology presented  “Connecting Spirit, Mind, and Body: From Service Learning Theory to Practice.”
  • Elementary and special education majors Lisa Izzo ’14 and Caitlin Palumbo ’15 presented “Building Bridges to Local and International Communities.”

School of Engineering

Jessica M. Wilson, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental and civil engineering, coauthored an article, “Source Water Changes and Energy Extraction Activities in the Monongahela River, 2009–2012,” in Environmental Science and Technology (Oct. 2013).

Manhattan College was well-represented at the 2013 Municipal Engineers Scholarships, which were awarded on Nov. 15 at Terrace on the Park in Flushing, N.Y. The first four winners received a $2,500 scholarship through engineering private sector donations, among them, three Jaspers: Kaitlin Parlow ’14, Matthew Post ’14 and Matthew Sangen ’14.

School of Science

Ankur Agrawal, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science, was nominated as a finalist for the distinguished paper award at the 37th annual Symposium of American Medical Informatics Association for his article, “Identifying Inconsistencies in SNOMED CT Problem Lists using Structural Indicators.” As part of the Nov. 18 symposium, he also gave a presentation.

Agrawal also co-authored “Identifying Problematic Concepts in SNOMED CT using a Lexical Approach”(MedInfo, 2013), which was a student paper competition finalist at the 2013 World Congress on Medical Informatics in Copenhagen.

Agrawal’s paper, “The readiness of SNOMED problem list concepts for meaningful use of electronic health records” (Elsevir, Vol. 58, Issue 2, 2013), appeared in ScienceDirect's Top 25 hottest articles in the field of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine for the period April to June 2013.

Shawn Ladda, Ed.D., professor of kinesiology, was an invited speaker at the Citizens’ Committee for Children of New York’s Policy Briefings on Nov. 14 entitled, “Making the Case for Physical Education in NYC Schools.”

Manhattan College students competed at the Association for Computing Machinery programming contest at Yale University on Oct. 27. The participants were: Thomas Arias ’14, Marc Belevan ’14, Blerim Cobaj, Andrew Franceschina ’16, Andre Oliveira ’12, Kathryn Sacca ’14, Richard Schmidt ’16, Tyler White ’15 and Steven Zuniga ’16.

 “It was a great experience for our students to compete next to their peers from some of the best colleges in the nation and the world,” says Val Kolesnikov, Ph.D., associate professor and chair of computer science. “All teams solved at least one problem and one of the teams solved four problems — a record for Manhattan College programming teams.”