Faculty and Student Accomplishments: May 2014

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

School of Arts

Mehnaz M. Afridi, Ph.D., director of the Manhattan College Holocaust, Genocide and Interfaith Education Center, was a guest speaker at Religious Pluralism and Interfaith Understanding: A Conversation with Students at Regis High School on May 16. The event, which was held in an effort to build understanding and foster collaboration across religious lines, also featured speaker Tom Dobbins, Jr., justice and peace coordinator for the Department of Social and Community Development of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, and moderator Henry Goldschmidt, Ph.D., director of education programs for Interfaith Center of New York.

School of Engineering

Civil and environmental engineering major Christopher Melillo ’15 was awarded the John C. Robbins Scholarship at the New York Section American Water Works Association's 100th Anniversary Conference at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, N.Y., on May 13. The scholarship is awarded to a college junior or senior in a major that is beneficial to the drinking water industry and selection is based upon academic achievement and extracurricular activities.  

School of Science

Computer science major Anthony Masi ’15 presented a poster Implementing a graphical user interface for SNOMED CT at the 19th annual Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges Northeastern Conference at Providence College in Providence, R.I. on April 25. He worked under the advisement of Ankur Agrawal, Ph.D., assistant professor of computer science.

Eight students presented their research projects at the 62nd annual American Chemical Society Undergraduate Research Symposium at St. John's University, Queens, N.Y. on May 3:

  • Michelle Annabi ’14, New Organic Laboratory Experiment - The Synthesis of Indigo and Indigo Carmine;” and “Determining the Structure of a New Zeolite, SUZ-9
  • Stephen Baratta ’15, Transition Metal-Free Carbon-Carbon Coupling Reactions Between Alkyl Halides and Aryl Boronic Acids
  • Marybeth Dooley ’15, The Most Effective Synthesis of Biodiesel
  • Monika Gruca ’14, Remediation of Water Containing Chromium (VI) With Insoluble Vitamin C Derivatives
  • Izzat Izzat ’14, Transition Metal-Free Formation of Secondary Alcohols From Aldehydes and Boronic Acids
  • Paulo Markaj ’16, Remediation of Water Containing Chromium (VI) With Insoluble Vitamin C Derivatives
  • Daniel Schiavone ’14, Determining the Structure of a New Zeolite, ZSM-18
  • Kevin Speina ’14, A New Approach to RNA Self-Assembly

Biochemistry major Joseph Mozdzierz ’17 was recognized with a Westchester Chemical Society Outstanding Student Achievement Award in a freshman-level chemistry course at the Westchester Chemical Society Distinguished Scientist Award dinner at Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y., on May 1.