Class of 2011...
The year 2011 was filled with innovation, change, and reward at CCNY. Several City College faculty members received honors and awards for their undertakings and advances. Two history professors, Dr. Gregory Downs and Dr. Emily Greble, received faculty research awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Dr. Katherine C. Chen, an assistant professor of sociology, won the 2011 Best Book Prize for the Outstanding Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), and Dr. Robert P. Anderson, Associate Professor of Biology, was chosen as a finalist in the New York Academy of Sciences Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists. Additionally, the National Academies' Board on Infrastructure and the Constructed Environment (BICE), appointed Hillary Brown, a professor of architecture, to the board for a three-year term, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) elected Professor Robert E. Paaswell as a Distinguished Member, and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) selected Dr. Mitchell B. Schaffler to join the College of Fellows.
CCNY students also embarked on great undertakings, demonstrating their incredible skills and work ethic. Ph.D. student Asia Tsang used crowd funding to raise money to conduct research in flying fox bats and their role in spreading disease; and biology major Ashton Dorminvil helped uncover a 19th century African American village in Central Park. Many CCNY students have received recognition for their work. The awards presented to students in 2011 included the Pearson Prize for Higher Education, the American Chemical Society's Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.
The College itself also took on new endeavors, making curricular changes and establishing new programs to improve the quality of education for its students. The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education implemented a new program to teach physicians-in-training to help their patients by encouraging them to ask the right questions. CCNY's Continuing and Professional Studies introduced a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program in October to provide more short-term vocational training options to students and the Department of Theatre and Speech founded a professional theatre company called the New Harlem Arts Theatre (NHAT).
The College's efforts were recognized by various organizations, which encouraged CCNY's progress by providing it with donations and funding. The donations awarded to CCNY included $15 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to fund NOA- CREST and $4 million from the U.S. Department of Education to fund its efforts to attract more Hispanic and low-income students into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.