Class of 2004...
The hard work and perseverance of CCNY's dedicated faculty and student body bore fruit in 2004. Researchers at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at CCNY and Stony Brook University made a breakthrough discovery with promising implications for the fight against colon cancer. They compared the effects of plain aspirin against the disease to aspirin containing nitric oxide (NO). Their tests demonstrated that the combination of aspirin and NO not only improved protection against colon cancer, but also diminished the negative side effects associated with the regular drug.
Dr. Myriam P. Sarachik, Distinguished Professor of Physics at CCNY, also made noteworthy advancements in her field. Her research in molecular magnets and the development of quantum computers, earned her the 2005 Oliver E. Buckley Prize in Condensed Matter Physics.
In addition to Dr. Sarachik's award, two more CCNY faculty members received recognition for their advancements in their disciplines. Latif M. Jiji, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Professor Linda R. Prout, director of the Media and Communication Arts Department's journalism program, received the 2004-2005 Fulbright Scholar grants. The United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright board award the grants for study, research, or teaching abroad. The grant allowed Professor Jiji to research heat transfer in Senegal; Professor Prout used the unique opportunity to teach Western journalism theory and practice in China.
The establishment of the Dominican Studies Institute at City College in 1994 led to its development as the quintessential academic resource on the Dominican people in the United States. In recognition of its importance, the City Council of New York awarded the institute $1.377 million for capital funds and operating expenses, breaking records as the largest donation from the City Council to an individual CUNY school.
2004 also marked an important milestone in City College sports. After an eight-year hiatus due to financial reasons, funding from Alumni and the City College Fund allowed for the reintroduction of baseball to CCNY. The Beavers returned, with a home field in the Bronx's Roberto Clemento State Park, as members of the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC), ready to compete in the CUNY championships.