Spring 2014

April 8, 2014

Stated Meeting of the Faculty Address by President Karen L. Gould

Introduction

Good afternoon. We'd like to thank David Grubbs, associate professor in the Conservatory of Music, for providing his composition "The Distance" from his latest album, Dust & Mirrors, co-composed with Andrea Belfi and Stefano Pilia. I am pleased to join you today for the spring 2014 Stated Meeting of the Faculty and State of the College Address.

A Year of Achievement in 2013–14

This time of year provides a wonderful opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments and look forward to the year ahead. And while there have been challenges to face, we have much to celebrate. I am joined today by Provost Bill Tramontano and Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration Joe Giovannelli. You will hear from each of them shortly.

With Commencement just a month and a half away, we look forward to graduating approximately 4,000 students, many of whom have received important awards, scholarships, graduate school admission, and job opportunities, thanks to the excellent mentoring, coaching, and letter writing of our faculty and the ongoing encouragement of dedicated academic advisers.

In addition, faculty members have garnered significant recognition this year, receiving prestigious awards for their scholarship and creative work and an impressive array of externally funded grants to support their research and creative activity. Since last July, faculty members across multiple schools have been awarded more than $7 million in grants and contracts, while nearly three dozen books and monographs and scores of journal articles have been published. We look forward to sharing some of these achievements later in the presentation.

Progress on College Infrastructure Expansion and Enhancement

The Leonard & Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts

Construction continues on the new Leonard & Claire Tow Center for the Performing Arts. Although progress was slowed temporarily during the coldest winter months when cement could not be poured, construction is back on track, and we will continue to see the building taking more defined shape over the spring and summer. This state-of-the-art facility will provide critically needed performance and rehearsal space for students and faculty in the Conservatory of Music and the Department of Theater, while serving as a beautiful beacon for artistic excellence and innovation for the college and the borough.

The Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema

The Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema, which will be located in the historic 25 Washington building on the Steiner Studios lot, continues to advance. Under the leadership of Dean Maria Conelli and the Feirstein School's founding director, Jonathan Wacks, the faculty in several departments has worked to develop a world-class graduate curriculum that will provide graduate students with direct experience in all aspects of film production, post-production, scoring, and directing. Last month, we received notice from CUNY that the new master of arts in cinema studies has been registered at the state level, and the M.F.A. in cinema arts, with multiple tracks, is under consideration in Albany. Two new M.F.A. degrees in sonic arts and musical scoring will be considered by the Faculty Council later this afternoon. And, thanks to Vice President Sillen, Dean Conelli, and Professor Wacks, we have received interest from corporate donors to support student scholarships and visiting speakers.

2200 Nostrand Avenue

Since we last met, there have been several significant developments regarding 2200 Nostrand Avenue, the property on which the former Meat Barn and fruit stand were located. This property was recently purchased through the generosity of a trustee of the Brooklyn College Foundation and has now been transferred to the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) as part of the Brooklyn College grounds.

Last October, the Department of City Planning, the New York City Council, and the mayor approved a change in zoning for the site and the adjacent parking lot behind Whitman Hall. This zoning change will allow for the future planning and construction of a new home for the School of Business, with ground-floor college-related retail space, and an adjacent student residence hall. The previous zoning would not have permitted any college-related use or construction. Now that these official approvals are in place, we can begin to consider appropriate interim uses for the acquired site as well as long-range planning.

More SMART Classrooms

After much frustration with the slowness of the CUNYfirst procurement process, we are finally about to begin rolling out a new series of SMART classrooms across the campus. Our $3 million allocation to this project has been approved, and we will begin to renovate 20 to 30 classrooms each summer, over the next three summers. We will keep the campus updated on these developments, including the scheduling of specific classrooms slated for upgrades.

State Fiscal Year 2014–15 Budget Update

On March 31 and early on April 1, the New York State Legislature approved and Governor Cuomo signed the budget for State Fiscal Year 2014–15, which runs from April 1, 2014, through March 31, 2015. The budget includes several pieces of good news for CUNY and for Brooklyn College. Here are some of the highlights:

Operating Budget

On the good news front regarding the operating budget: The maximum Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) award was increased to $5,165 from $5,000, closing some of the gap between the current tuition and TAP award, but not meeting CUNY’s request for an increase to $6,500. As many of you may know, the maximum TAP award had not been increased since 2001. This is a good first step, but we have much more work to do here.

The final budget also approved $500,000 for child care, $1.7 million for ASAP, and $600,000 for SEEK. While not a Brooklyn College issue per se, the budget included a $75 increase in "base aid" for community colleges to $2,497. This is still below the FY2009 level of $2,675, but it is moving in the right direction.

Capital Budget

This year's capital budget for CUNY is a welcome departure from the dry capital allocation seasons of the past two years. The new state budget includes at least $35 million in new capital funds for the college's Roosevelt Science Teaching Commons, a state-of-the-art, LEED-certified science facility that will replace the aging Roosevelt Hall. The sum of funds on hand for the new Roosevelt Science facility now stands at $100 million, with an additional $190 million needed. We are deeply appreciative of the strong support that our elected officials provided during this year's budget process.

I am also pleased that Brooklyn College received the greatest level of capital support this year when compared to other CUNY senior colleges, and whose allocations ranged from $10 million to $30 million. And, there is a $67 million lump-sum pool for senior college projects, which is yet to be allocated specifically by the Senate. In addition, the state capital budget includes $12.5 million in new funding for critical maintenance projects at Brooklyn College, and our college will also share in more than $130 million in additional support across CUNY for critical maintenance and reconstruction projects to address health and safety, mechanical and infrastructure needs, the Americans with Disabilities Act, science labs, and other projects. These much-needed funds will allow us to address some of the many deferred maintenance issues across our campus.

DREAM Act Legislation

Regrettably, the state budget did not include an agreement on DREAM Act legislation, which passed in the Assembly but failed in the Senate. The New York State DREAM Act would have allowed undocumented immigrants who graduate from a New York State high school to be eligible for TAP awards. This is a high priority for me personally, as I know it is for many of you and for many students. Brooklyn College and CUNY will continue to push for adoption of the DREAM Act between now and the end of the session in June.

Technology Committee

I am very pleased with the recommendations of the Committee on Campus Technology, which issued its final report on Aug. 23, 2013. I want to thank Senior Vice President Joseph Giovannelli for chairing the committee and the committee members for spending a considerable amount of time reviewing our campus technology issues and aspirations, considering the consultant’s report, and thinking through solutions that can begin to address our most pressing needs. The quality of our technology infrastructure and service are critical to serving the diverse and evolving educational requirements of our campus community. 

At this time, I would like to invite SVP Giovannelli to provide a brief update on the recommendations of the committee and the next steps in implementation.

Joseph Giovannelli Update

Thank you, President Gould.

The Ad Hoc Committee on Campus Technology met during the 2013–14 year into the summer, completing its work this past fall. Composed of faculty, staff, and members of the student body, the committee’s broad charge was to examine and assess the current delivery of information technology on campus, and to make specific recommendations to improve those services. We worked with a highly qualified outside consultant, Mr. Phil Hill.

The committee's final report has been released and is posted on the college's WebCentral Portal, under the ITS tab. I will send all members of the college community an e-mail this week directing them to the link, so that anyone may read the report in its entirety.

The committee examined campus technology in all of its most important manifestations, including instructional and academic support, research, and administrative functions. Extensive surveys and focus groups were conducted. The review touched on services provided by both the college's Office of Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Office of Academic Information Technology (AIT). The report proposes several specific main recommendations, plus a number of technical changes to our network infrastructure. The main recommendations can be grouped into four areas.

Improve Data Access, Speed, and Reliability Across the Campus

  • Develop reliable high-bandwidth Internet access.
  • Create near-ubiquitous Wi-Fi access across campus.
  • Upgrade server reliability in the data center.
  • Work with a qualified network consultant to address specific flaws and weaknesses in the current campus network.

Improve Customer Service

  • Create a culture of customer service.
  • Improve Help Desk operations and functions.

Strengthen Instructional Computing

  • Upgrade and expand the number of SMART classrooms.
  • Develop a plan to support online education experimentation and development.

Strengthen Technical Support for Faculty and Students

  • Provide services to better back up local data.
  • Review faculty and staff computer replacement policies and schedules.
  • Increase the use of automated software management.
  • Establish clear and formal service-level standards.
  • Review the viability of shifting selected services to the cloud.

My office will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of these recommendations. An ad-hoc Advisory Committee for Technology Implementation (ACTI) will be created later this spring to monitor and support the implementation plan. The ACTI will include representatives from the faculty, students, and staff (including CLTs and administrative staff), chosen by the president in consultation with the deans, the faculty, and student government.

Even at this early point I am happy to say that several of these recommendations are already in the process of being implemented. For example, we have made great strides recently in the extension of Wi-Fi and expect about 90 percent of the campus buildings to have it by the fall semester. Other recommendations will need more time — or the identification of new resources — in order to be fully carried out. Regardless of the challenges, our goal will be to move toward implementation of as much of this list as possible over the next year.

As President Gould has indicated, a first-rate technology infrastructure is critical to serving the needs of all on campus. I look forward to the challenging work ahead of us.

Now, I'd like to turn it over to Provost Tramontano to provide us with an update.

Provost Tramontano Update

Thank you, SVP Giovannelli.

As I mentioned at the Faculty Council Meeting on Feb. 11, I am focused on one, very important report that is due in June: the Periodic Review Report.

PRR

A Periodic Review Report Steering Committee, consisting of representatives from all major college divisions, is working on drafting the college's application for reaccreditation to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, due June 1, 2014. The report updates activity on our self-study findings submitted in 2009 at the time of our last site visit and focuses on four of the 14 Middle States characteristics of excellence — institutional effectiveness, learning outcomes assessment, planning, and resource allocation. When a complete draft is available, it will be published on the portal for comment. Among the many attachments to the main PRR document will be the college's Graduate Program Review, which will report on the findings of our review of graduate program review activity from departmental, school, and college-wide perspectives, and include recommendations for priority implementation.

At this time, I would like to express my thanks to the PRR Steering Committee — Michael Anderson, Michael R. Ayers, Lidy Chu, James T. Eaton, Alan Gilbert, Patrick Kavanagh, Greg Kuhlman, Kip Marsh, Nicole Haas, Althea Sterling, and Colette Wagner — and to Michael Rawson (History), who is drafting the graduate program review report based on the work of the initial design committee in 2011–12, the work of the graduate deputies in 2012–13, and the deans in summer and fall 2013.

Jamaica Bay

The Science and Resilience Institute at Jamaica Bay will be a top-tier research center that promotes the understanding of resilience in the urban ecosystem and adjacent communities. The institute, a partnership among academic institutions, nongovernmental organizations, and community groups, will conduct research to understand the nature and robustness of our waterways, develop models for studying these systems, disseminate knowledge about the processes that affect resilience, and determine ways to manage ecosystems to ensure sustainability.

We have several partners participating in this venture, including the City University of New York, Columbia University, Cornell University, Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York Sea Grant, Stevens Institute of Technology, Stony Brook University (SUNY), and the Wildlife Conservation Society. We are also in the process of conducting a national search for a permanent director.

New Hires

We have many new faculty joining us in the fall of this year. In total, 34 new full-time faculty will be on campus, including:

  • Newman Chair in Philosophy
  • Zicklin Chair in the Honors Academy
  • Outside chairs in Modern Languages and Literatures, and in Finance and Business Management

We are already in the process of planning for 2015 fall hires.

Status of the Dean Searches

I am pleased to announce Richard Greenwald for the Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences. Richard will be joining us July 1. He is currently the executive dean at St. Joseph's College, and we are happy to have him.

Negotiations continue for the Dean of Education position.

I'm happy to announce that two programs have been reaccredited: the DPD program in Health and Nutrition Sciences by ASCEND, and the speech pathology program by ASHA.

Discussions with CUNY about doctoral granting status to Brooklyn College in biology, chemistry, and physics are continuing.

Faculty Highlights

As the president mentioned, the Spring Stated Meeting is an opportune time to recognize the numerous achievements of faculty and students, and it always gives me great pleasure to be able to recognize so many of our faculty across a range of grants and awards.

In FY 2014, faculty received awards, both research based and programmatic, from a variety of federal, state, and city sources and private agencies. Awards were granted for research, institutional support, training, and student support and program development. NIH supported professors Quadri, Juszczak, Ikui and Chua. Support from NSF was given to Associate Professor Muth. Both the USDA and the EPA supported Associate Professor Cheng. Professors Reiser and Romer were granted an award from the Agnes Varis Trust, and Professor Yanofsky was supported by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Here are some additional highlights:

Jeanne Theoharis

When Jeanne Theoharis penned her book on Rosa Parks, I'm sure she was a bit surprised to uncover little-known facts about the Civil Rights icon's lifelong activism. And perhaps she was even more surprised when the book she wrote earned much international acclaim and an Image Award from the NAACP. Theoharis took home the award for Outstanding Literary Work earlier this year at the 45th Annual NAACP Image Awards ceremony in Pasadena, Calif., besting luminaries such as Maya Angelou and Stanley Crouch, who were nominated in the same category. Congratulations on this important contribution, Professor Theoharis.

Peter Lipke

It is an honor to recognize Peter Lipke on his election as a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, whose groundbreaking work on amyloid proteins and fungi that are harmful to humans will especially benefit vulnerable populations, such as those affected by HIV and other immunosuppressive disorders. Congratulations, Professor Lipke, on your distinguished appointment.

Robert Cherry

In today's social, political, and economic climate, academic research plays a crucial role in underpinning important legislation on the local, state, and federal level. Robert Cherry income Americans," hosted by the Institute for Women's Policy Research. Thank you, Professor Cherry, for your continued work in the advocacy of working families.

Virginia Sánchez Korrol

Diversity on our campus is an important asset, in which we take pride and continue to foster. This extends to the importance of highlighting women in academia. On March 31, Virginia Sánchez Korrol, professor emeritus and former chair of the Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies and chair of the Centro Library and Archives Advisory Group at Hunter College, was honored with a Puerto Rican Women Legacy Award at the Comité Noviembre's First Annual Women's History Month Celebration, held at Brooklyn College. Virginia's work on Latino women, families, and ethnicity in New York City continues to enrich our ever-growing understanding and knowledge of Latino history. Congratulations on your much-deserved award, Virginia.

The Play Therapy Project

Under the direction of Carol Korn-Bursztyn, the Play Therapy Project at Brooklyn College has earned designation as an Approved Center of Play Therapy Education and Approved Provider of Play Therapy Continuing Education. Inspired by the unique location, creativity, and diversity of Brooklyn, the Play Therapy Project draws upon the arts and expressive media, and emphasizes the cultural contexts of play therapy with children and families. Offered through the Department of School Psychology, Counseling and Leadership, the project offers a graduate advanced certificate program in play therapy, approved by the New York State Department of Education. Congratulations, Carol, on this new program.

Here are some additional highlights:

  • Associate Professor Jennifer Ball was awarded the 2014–15 Andrew Mellon Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for her book project, Habit Forming: Representations of Byzantine Monastics 9th–15th Centuries.
  • The Art Department was granted State Ed approval for its new advanced certificate in museum education, to be offered with the master’s program in art history.
  • The Film Department was granted State Ed approval for its new master's program in cinema studies.
  • Associate Professor Kip Marsh(Theater) has been accepted into Harvard's Management Development Program for summer 2014.
  • Associate Professor David Grubbs' (Music/PIMA) new book, John Cage, the Sixties and Sound Recording (Duke University Press), has received rave reviews.
  • Mary DeBey and Jacqueline Shannon, associate professors, early childhood education, were awarded a $50,000 grant from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to develop an advanced certificate in early intervention and parenting.
  • Laurie Rubel, associate professor, secondary education, is the principal investigator of two projects funded by the NSF, Centering the Teaching of Mathematics on Urban Youth and Learning Mathematics of the City in the City.
  • In partnership with the National Parks of New York Harbors, Jennifer Adams, associate professor, Department of Secondary Education, and Brett Branco, assistant professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences Department, received a $50,000 NSF grant, subcontracted through Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER), to initiate a formal/informal institution partnership for science education and civic engagement.

Now I'd like to invite the president back to the podium.

Student Achievements

The remarkably varied achievements of our faculty this past year are clearly worthy of celebration today. Equally impressive are the outstanding accomplishments of many of our students — in the form of awards and fellowships that would not have been possible without the dedication and careful guidance of faculty members and dedicated staff.

Fulbright Awards

Two Brooklyn College students have won Fulbright Awards this spring, with another three in the offing. Daniel Friedman (M.F.A., creative writing/poetry) will be traveling to Austria to "study, collaborate on, and write a poetry manuscript on the philosophical and poetic potential in specific linguistic units in German and English." Chris Martin (M.A., education, social studies teacher) will be teaching English in Indonesia.

Leonard and Claire Tow Undergraduate Travel Study Awards

Along with faculty grants, Leonard and Claire Tow and the Tow Family Foundation provide undergraduate travel study awards each year to deserving students. This past year, Tow Travel Awardee Raymond Talovera, a television and radio major, traveled to Nihon University in Japan during the summer 2013 intersession and to China during the winter 2014 intersession to study how language and culture are depicted in Chinese and Japanese media. Raymond has created a documentary based on his travels and research, which he plans to develop further after graduation.

Another Tow Travel Award recipient, biology major Rachel Gorgy, traveled to China during the 2014 winter intersession as well. Her research focused on traditional Chinese medicine and its influence on the eye-care system in China. Rachel hopes to combine noninvasive approaches of traditional Chinese medicine with Western optometry in her future studies and clinical practice.

Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship

Sophomore Kaitlin Cockerham (major undeclared) has been awarded a highly competitive Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship. This fellowship provides internships, mentoring, and enriched educational opportunities to promising New York City undergraduates with the goal of increasing their life choices and developing their capacity to make a difference in their careers and in the lives of others.

National Conference on Undergraduate Research

This year, the Brooklyn College Honors Academy announced that 22 students from the Senior Thesis Colloquium had papers accepted for presentation at the 2014 National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). NCUR is the most competitive undergraduate research conference in the country and will convene at the University of Kentucky at Lexington in April. Over 300 research universities will be represented, and attendees are coming from more than 40 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.

This year's outstanding rate of acceptance is due to the hard work of the students and the superb mentorship of our faculty; thanks go as well to the department chairs and deans who have supported these efforts. The research disciplines represented at this year's conference include: Africana studies, art, biology, classics, computer and information science, English, history, philosophy, physics, political science, and sociology. 

Rosen Fellowship Winners for 2014–15

The Rosen Fellowship is, as many of you know, a highly competitive Brooklyn College fellowship supported by our wonderful Brooklyn Foundation trustee, Florence Rosen. This highly creative fellowship program is now in its fourth year, and the awardees selected for 2014 are indeed an impressive group of students. In previous years, the number of winners was capped at 8, but this year, due to the exceptionally strong applicant pool, Mrs. Rosen generously awarded 11 fellowships. Our winners and their projects are as follows: 

  • Jone Naujokaityte will be traveling to Alabama to lead a paleontological dig.
  • Aakaash Varma will be traveling to India and Pakistan to do an oral history of the 1947 partitioning.
  • Maryam Razaz will be traveling to Nepal to study Ayurvedic medicine.
  • Kadeem Swenson will be interning at MTV China.
  • Joshua Hoffman will be studying the history of the Cambodian genocide.
  • Shoshana Adler will be traveling to France to do an ethnography of the French poet Charles Peguy.
  • Dassy Levilev and Tiffany Collings will be starting a granola bar business.
  • Christopher Cohron will be traveling to Montana to study fossils and subsequently presenting his findings in Berlin.
  • Colleen Scriven will be filming a Web series based upon "Much Ado About Nothing."
  • Ashley Schwartz will be interning at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, D.C.
  • Deukyun Hwang will be filming a documentary in South Korea on the country's new marriage laws.

We must once again thank the incredibly dedicated Rosen Committee faculty members — Brigid O'Keeffe, George Rodman, Jean Grassman, and Caroline Arnold — and recognize the outstanding stewardship of this program by Evelyn Guzman and Stephen Gracia.

Summer Broadcast News Institute Program

Each summer, broadcast journalism students in the Broadcast News Institute Program produce their own local news broadcast for B-CAT, Brooklyn's community access channel. A newscast from the institute, under the direction of Stuart MacLelland, professor and chair of the Department of Television and Radio, has been nominated for a national student Emmy Award. The student producers, Nickeisha Johnson, Michael Gomez, and Anthony Tart, will attend the 35th Annual Television Academy Foundation College Television Awards in Los Angeles on April 23, and will also participate in panel discussions with other industry professionals. Nickeisha, Michael, and Anthony are also finalists in the Mark of Excellence Awards Northeast Regional Competition.

Robert Oliva — The Magner Career Center

And now I would like to focus briefly on the Magner Center, the professional development opportunities it has provided our students, and the able leadership of Bob Oliva, who has decided to retire after more than three decades of service to Brooklyn College. Bob began his career at Brooklyn College in 1981 as an adjunct lecturer. He was then appointed as a higher education assistant in fall 1985.

Under Bob's directorship, the Magner Career Center has offered important guidance and career-building opportunities for students, and it has also brought together hundreds of alumni, who contribute time, energy, and resources to help our students reach their professional goals. Since 2005, over 900 alumni have assisted the Magner Career Center by serving as student mentors, internship employers, and guest speakers, representing organizations that include Bank of America, Merrill Lynch, Wiley Publications, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, HBO, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Unilever. Alumni have also been instrumental in sharing job and internship opportunities, and hosting company visits to organizations such as Google, Simon & Schuster, the Food Network, Estée Lauder, and many more. And over 300 alumni have participated in the Magner Networking Nights, representing CNN, Citigroup, SUNY Downstate, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York City Office of Labor Relations, among others. Another 200 alumni have served on career panels and workshops, representing Johnson & Johnson, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, NBC, Goldman Sachs, and New York State United Teachers. This year we have surpassed last year's total of 920 internships, with 1,060 student placements, a significant accomplishment.

We deeply appreciate Bob's sterling commitment to our students’ future success and to the college. Bob, please stand for a moment so that we can applaud the achievements of the Magner Center under your leadership. We wish you all the best in the future. Thank you, Bob.

Tow Professor Fellowships for 2014–15

Each year I have the pleasure of announcing the recipients of the Tow Professor Fellowships. These unique awards recognize distinguished contributions in teaching, scholarship, and the advancement of the college's mission. Through the continuing generosity of Leonard and Claire Tow and the Tow Family Foundation, we are awarding four professorships for the coming year. Each Tow Professor will receive a $25,000 stipend. This year, we received a number of very strong nominations. Narrowing the field to four awardees was extremely difficult, and I hope we will receive a number of re-applications next year.

I invite the Tow Professors for 2014–15 to stand and be recognized. In alphabetical order:

Carol Connell, professor of finance and business management

Professor Connell's research on monetary reform strategy has drawn critical praise and opportunities to speak at NYU, Notre Dame, Duke University, and others. In 2008, she received an Earhart Foundation Research Fellowship to work on international finance research, which resulted in her 2012 book, Reforming the World Monetary System: Fritz Machlup and the Bellagio Group. Carol is currently the editor of Modern Heterodox Economics, a monograph series focused on intransigent problems in the world economy from an economic and business perspective. She has excelled in the classroom as well; in addition to her overall high marks as an instructor, students often cite her ability to help them think independently, and analyze and solve problems. In addition, she has given generously of her time to work with other faculty in the coaching of students for prestigious fellowships, including the Jeanette K. Watson, Jack Kent Cook, and Gilman awards.

Andrew Delamater, professor of psychology

Recognized widely for his research on the nature of extinction learning in Pavlovian conditioning, Professor Delamater has established an impressive record of research and published scholarship; in the past three years alone he has published 14 papers or book chapters, the majority of which appear in leading international journals, and he has been invited to serve as associate editor and on the editorial board of major, international journals in his field. Recently, Andrew was awarded a $1,000,000 grant by the National Institute on Drug Abuse through the SCORE program of the National Institute of General Medical Science. By maintaining an active research laboratory here on campus, Andrew also provides valuable mentorship and professional development to both undergraduate and graduate students in psychology.

Kenneth Gould, professor of sociology and urban sustainability

A productive scholar, renowned for his research on the environment and sustainability, and an able faculty leader, Professor Gould brought highly effective leadership as the chair of the Sociology Department from 2007 to 2013, while he continued to produce an impressive range of scholarly publications, including a revision of the textbook, People, Power, and Politics, a co-authored book, nine book chapters, and three peer-reviewed articles. During this time, Ken also maintained his reputation as an outstanding educator, teaching introductory courses because he believes that it is important for students to see a department chair engaged and involved at every level. Earlier this year, Ken was appointed director of the Urban Sustainability Program at Brooklyn College.

Laurie Rubel, associate professor of secondary education

Associate Professor Rubel is unable to be here today, as she is presenting research at a conference at Tulane University in New Orleans. She has already established a national and international reputation as a scholar, has been recognized by her peers as an outstanding teacher, and has continued to attract significant levels of external funding for the benefit of her students and her research in the borough. In the last five years, she has attracted more than $1 million in grants to the School of Education. She is the principal investigator for two NSF-supported projects dedicated to creating new tools and resources that support math education and enhance learning for high school students in urban populations: City Digits: Learning Mathematics of the City in the City; and CAREER: Centering the Teaching of Mathematics on Urban Youth.

Please join me in a round of applause for these exceptionally fine teachers, scholars and academic leaders, and for our generous alumni, Leonard and Claire Tow.

Finally, I want to thank you all for your commitment to our college and our students. It is a tremendous honor to continue to serve as your president.

Thank you for attending.