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John Jay Magazine (Fall 2010)

John Jay Magazine (Fall 2010)

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John Jay Magazine
FALL 2010
John Jay College
The CiTy UniversiTy of new york
of Criminal Justice
John Jay College
of Criminal Justice
Jeremy travis
, ... ... I..
President’s Letter 
Undergraduates shine as first-rate researchers
The Phenomenon ofFalse Confessions
College Hopes So, As Hi-Tech TeachingTakes Hold
Recognize Extraordinary Dedication To TheCause Of Justice
John Jay Magazine
Dear friends of John Jay College,I am pleased to report to you that the transformation of John Jay College, which was launched four years ago with a historicvote of our College Council, is on track and on schedule.This fall, we admitted our first all-baccalaureate freshman class in the College’s history, completing the phase-out of associatedegree programs. More than 2,000 freshman baccalaureate students were admitted, a record-breaking 24-percent increasein freshman enrollment over 2009. This new class set another record: 85 percent of them came to our orientation for newstudents. At the same time, almost 1,200 transfer students enrolled at the College, along with 480 new graduate students.During this past year, we successfully launched the CUNY Justice Academy, our joint degree partnership program with the sixCUNY community colleges. Through the Academy, John Jay has provided guaranteed access to its baccalaureate programsfor students who complete an associate degree in a criminal justice-related major at a CUNY community college. We haveestablished joint degree programs in criminal justice, forensic science and forensic financial analysis, and this fall 4,241 studentswere enrolled in the Justice Academy. This accomplishment speaks to the powerful appeal of a John Jay education.Ambitious faculty hiring continues with strong support from CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein. Even in these times of financialconstraints, we welcomed 20 new full-time faculty to our College. In fall 2004, John Jay had 338 full-time faculty; in fall 2010 wehave 424 full-time faculty. They are an impressive group, having earned their doctorates from some of the best universities in theworld. They value John Jay’s distinctive interdisciplinary environment and embrace the opportunity to teach our highly motivated, justice-oriented students.Enriched academic programs lie at the heart of John Jay’s transformation. Enrollment in new liberal arts has already exceededour expectations — 200 John Jay students declared majors in English and 174 in Economics. These distinctive majors speakto our mission of “educating for justice.” This year, our new Honors Program admitted its inaugural class of 25 students.Pulitzer Prize-winning Professor John Matteson was selected to serve as the first Faculty Director of this program, which isdesigned to nurture students’ academic excellence and leadership potential in order to prepare them to meet the globalchallenges of the future.These complementary initiatives place John Jay solidly in the top tier of the nation’seducational and research institutions, while retaining our distinctive focus on criminal andsocial justice, and graduating students who are prepared for challenging careers in acomplex world.Finally, the most exciting development of all is the progress on our new building, risingmajestically on 11th Avenue at 58th Street. The building is completely enclosed. Sheetrockis being installed to create classrooms, offices, labs and theaters. The workers have brokenthrough walls to connect Haaren Hall to the new building. The open space between the twobuildings is taking shape. We are on schedule to move into the new building next year.This new building will transform the College, providing a fitting venue for John Jay aswe begin our second half-century. Your continuing support of our College is vital to our futureas we continue to prepare future generations to meet the challenges of justice.
John Jay Magazine 
is a publicationof Marketing and Development,published twice a year and distributedfree to alumni and friends ofJohn Jay College of Criminal Justice.
899 TENTH AVENUE NEW YORK, NY 10019 T.212.237.8600 F.212.237.8607 JTRAVIS@JJAY.CUNY.EDU
Jeremy Travis
Vice Presidentfor Marketing and Development
 Vivien Hoexter 
Executive Directorof Communications& Editor
Christine Godek 
Senior Writer
Jennifer Nislow 
Contributing Writers
Peter DodenhoffMarie Rosen
Photography Coordinator
Doreen Viñas Pineda 
Alumni Contributor
C. Sunil Persaud
Production Coordinator
Kathy Willis
“One thing we hope to do is find a bridgebetween faculty research andundergraduates’ ability to conduct research.We think it will help improve whatundergraduates do at that level, and increasefaculty engagement and contact with them,”said Lopes. “I think that it will spur studentson to achieve more. Our hope is that 25percent of undergraduates will engage inresearch at some time during their career.”While the program combines four revenuestreams to award stipends of up to $2,500per academic year, perhaps more significantis that PRISM exposes students toprofessional conferences, other researchers,professors and potential research advisers,and offers them the opportunity to presenttheir work. Students are selected for theprogram based on their desire to doresearch and the submission of a researchproposal.Richard Piszczatowski, 21, a junior andForensic Science major, has been conductingoriginal research on the protein CTGF(Connective Tissue Growth Factor) whosemain function is to help cells stick togetherand to grow. Blood platelets are full of thesubstance, which makes sense sinceplatelets stick together to form clots. Themystery, according to Piszczatowski, iswhere the CTGF comes from, since the cellsthat produce platelets have none of theprotein.
“I’m trying to figure out how thecells that make the bloodplatelets signal to the othercells, ‘I’m making bloodplatelets, we need to get thisprotein into them soon,’” hesaid. “What I did was take theDNA sequence of CTGF. Whathappens is there are a groupof enzymes that read this DNAsequence and produce theimportant protein. But therehas to be something to kickstart that because you can’talways be making proteins24-7,” said Piszczatowski.From the origins of an essentialblood-clotting protein to thewell-being of immigrantmothers, from the horror ofhuman trafficking to thecharacteristics of bankrobbers, John Jay studentsdisplayed the breadth of theirscholarship during a week-longconference that highlighted theyear’s research at theundergraduate level.
While teaching will always be a pillar ofJohn Jay’s mission, the College has showncontinued growth towards becoming aresearch-focused institution, particularlywith regard to its undergraduate population,according to Anne Lopes, Dean ofUndergraduate Studies.
Students making presentations atconference
Our hopeis that25 percent ofundergraduates will engage inresearch atsome timeduring their career.
Students are selectedfor theprogrambased ontheir desireto doresearch and thesubmissionof a researchproposal
Posters and presentations from McNair scholarsAnne Lopes, Dean of Undergraduate Studies
 Asking the
Undergraduates Shine as First-Rate Researchers
By Jennifer Nislow
Among those students who presented research at the
“Celebrating Research and Creativity @ John Jay”
conference last May were those who are being mentored andfunded by a program within the Department of Sciences calledPRISM (Program for Research Initiatives for Science Majors).

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