Class of 2012...

In 2012, CCNY students and faculty demonstrated their commitment to both knowledge and humanitarian causes by conducting research that addressed pressing environmental and health issues. Chemical researchers from CCNY aided in the development of a non-toxic and sustainable battery made from purpurin, a dye found in the roots of the madder plant. Dr. Debra Auguste, an associate professor of biomedical engineering in the Grove School, received the National Institutes of Health Director's New Innovator Award. She was awarded $1.5 million over five years to research personalized therapies that arrest the growth of breast cancer. Biomedical engineering major Jaeseung Hahn also received a grant for cancer research. As one of nine CCNY students who won the 2012 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, he obtained $121,500 over three years to create new types of branched gold nanoparticles, or nanostars, to use in cancer detection and treatment.

In addition to these individual and group-based pursuits, City College also took a collective stance against social issues, specifically targeting problems dealing with children's education in the US. Using a $1.2 million grant awarded by the Noyce Foundation, CCNY's School of Education founded the Robert Noyce Teacher Academy Scholars Program. The program combats the shortage of highly trained math and science teachers in New York City's secondary schools by preparing undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors for teaching careers in urban middle and high schools. The History Department also joined the effort to improve education quality by releasing "Flight to Freedom: The Mission Behind Mission US," a new multimedia educational tool intended to help 5th through 9th graders learn history. Furthermore, CCNY hosted a two-day conference on October 12th- 13th to discuss strategies to improve children's educational success.

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