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May 15 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM 5th Annual Forensic Psychology MA Student Research Conference
For more information, visit http://sites. google.com/a/jjay.cuny.edu/msrg/ Room 630, Haaren Hall

News and Events of Interest to the College Community May 13, 2009

All Aboard at the Jay Stop
New Student-Centered Web Presence Makes Its Debut
There’s a new place on campus for John Jay students to hang out: the Jay Stop, a new component of the College Web site that offers a broad range of features geared specifically to student interests and information needs. The Jay Stop was unveiled on May 11 in what developers described as a “soft launch” — the core of the new site and many of its features made their debut, with more expected to roll out in the weeks ahead. Among the features are RSS feeds from the John Jay calendar, links to TV, radio and news outlets on campus, a section on personal money management, “Learning Essentials,” and “My JJay,” a controlled-access feature allowing students to track their course schedules, transcripts, bursar information and more. “The goal of the Jay Stop is to build community among the students through the use of technology,” said Vice President for Student Development Berenecea Johnson Eanes. “Student Council President Shaheen Wallace, as part his election platform, made a commitment to more efficient communications with students. Through the efforts of the Department of Information Technology and the staff of the Office of Student Activities, such a means has been created, and we look forward to seeing how this tool can be developed to service our students even more.” Ana Giron of the Department of Information Technology (DoIT), the architect and designer of the Jay Stop, credited students with much of the impetus for the new site, including the name itself. As the site evolved over a two-month period, various features were tested and modified through the use of student focus groups. “We went into the focus groups with certain assumptions, and were surprised by some of what we learned,” said Giron. The students, she said, felt they were lacking basic information about their school, as well as a sense of community. The new site will include a self-managed section for the John Jay student government and a provision for user feedback. Developers also hope to be able to create the means for students to upload their own content to the video section of the Jay Stop. There will also be a “Who’s Who” feature, an “Of Interest Around Campus” section and a page simply titled “Free Stuff” — a rundown of no-charge things to enjoy on campus. Potential students can also visit the site to get a sense of what campus life at John Jay is like.

May 21 & 22 8:15 AM - 5:00 PM 4th Annual National Conference: Men & Women Coming Together to Stand Up and Speak Out to End Violence Against Women
For more information, visit www.acalltomen.org, or email Jessica Greenfield, jgreenfield@jjay.cuny.edu Various locations, Haaren Hall

May 26 5:00 PM Commencement Awards Ceremony
Gerald W. Lynch Theater

May 27 6:00 PM Honorary Degree Recipients’ Dinner
Office of the President

The home page of the new Jay Stop, where John Jay students can find a wealth of information and interactive features geared to their needs and interests.

May 27 7:00 PM -11:00 PM 3rd Annual Night of the Stars: A Celebration to Honor the Graduating Class of 2009
(Event limited to members of the graduating class.) 6th Floor, Haaren Hall

Oyez! Oyez! Oh Yes!
John Jay students had their day in court on April 9 and made the most of the opportunity, sweeping first through fourth places in the annual CUNY-wide Moot Court Competition held at Fordham University Law School. The four medal-winning students were part of a field of 15 — eight of them from John Jay — in

John Jay Students Have their Day in Court at CUNY-wide Moot Court Competition
the Moot Court Competition. “How spectacular!” said President Jeremy Travis. “This is a great tribute to our students, and to our nascent pre-law program. And thanks to our coaches for doing a great job.” “First place I can take no credit for,” said Professor Martin Wallenstein, Chair of the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, who was one of the coaches. Referring to Ryan Wade, who won the competition for the second consecutive year, Wallenstein said, “He knows more law than most of the attorneys here.” Wallenstein was assisted in the coaching efforts by Rosemarie Maldonado, Counsel to the President; Sylvia Montalban, Assistant Counsel; and Michael Liddie, Deputy Labor Designee. “It was a lot of work,” Wallenstein said. “These students really had to push themselves.” The students had just a month to prepare. “It was fast and intense,” said Wallenstein. “My philosophy in coaching is to work them so hard in practice that the competition seems a breeze.” In addition to Wade, John Jay’s other awardwinning moot court competitors were senior Najah Gall, who took second place, sophomore Tricia Lewis, who finished third, and senior Beruryah Batyehudah, who finished fourth. “Tricia Lewis really worked and really came through,” Wallenstein noted. “She worked her way into the medals.” The competition was done “blind,” meaning that the judge — former Manhattan prosecutor Anne B. Rudman, who is now an attorney in private practice — had no idea what school the students represented until the competition and the judging were completed. “I’m proud of our students,” said Wallenstein. “They won because our classes at John Jay gave them a great background and because they prepared very well.”

May 28 10:30 AM & 3:00 PM 2009 Commencement Ceremonies
The Theater at Madison Square Garden

Students Learn About Service from Those Who Have Been There, Done That
Speaker after speaker at an April 23 awards luncheon urged a spirited group of John Jay students and visitors from Roosevelt High School in Yonkers to discover their purpose and to focus on “perseverance, goals and outcomes” in making their mark on society. The Service Learning and Civic Engagement Awards Luncheon was co-sponsored by the John Jay African-American Studies Department, the Black Male Initiative and the Connecting Classroom to Community program. Before joining John Jay students and faculty for lunch, the 40 high school students spent the day getting a firsthand look at what John Jay had to offer, including a CSI-type demonstration courtesy of the forensic science faculty. “Each of you has a purpose,” said Professor Kwando Kinshasa of the African-American Studies Department. “It’s up to you to find it out through investigation and experience, and then use it to make a major change in this world.” Basil Smikle Jr., a political consultant and former top aide to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, offered an interactive keynote talk in which he stressed the importance of perseverance. “I want to help you get to a place where you can walk in the door and get whatever you want… . People may tell you it’s not your time or your place, but there should be nothing stopping you.” In a closing “pay it forward” admonition, Smikle reminded the students, “As you go out

From left: Basil Smikle Jr., Professor Lori Martin, director of the Connecting Classroom to Community program, Victoria Oyaniran, and Assemblyman Keith L.T. Wright.

and start demanding your place in this world, remember that there are other folks you can lend a helping hand to.” Five John Jay students were presented with Excellence in Academic Writing awards: Kirill Yemelyantsev, Bryant Duell, JaJa Grays, Amy Diallo and Shanelle McIntosh. New York State Assemblyman Keith L. T. Wright made a special appearance at the luncheon to present the service award that bears his name. “There’s no greater calling than service learning and civic engagement,” said Wright, who has represented Harlem in the Assembly since1992. He presented the Keith L. T. Wright Service to Victoria Oyaniran, a student in the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.

John Jay students have plenty of reasons to smile after trouncing the competition in the annual CUNY-wide Moot Court Competition. From left, first-place finisher Ryan Wade, Najah Gall (2nd place), moot court judge Anne B. Rudman, Beruryah Batyehudah (4th place) and Tricia Lewis (3rd place).

As the World Watches, John Jay Students Shine at U.N. Event
For the fifth consecutive year, a delegation of John Jay students captured a top honor at the National Model U.N. (NMUN) Conference, held in New York April 7-11. The 16-member John Jay contingent, which this year represented the African nation of Burkina Faso at the NMUN, won an honorable mention for overall team performance, as well as the team’s first-ever award for outstanding position paper. “As you can imagine, we are all extremely pleased with this outcome,” said a proud Professor George Andreopoulos of the government department, who is director of the John Jay Center on International Human Rights and an advisor to the team. “Being part of this team is entirely voluntary and takes hours of hard work and determination to carefully and accurately manage being a delegate, while being a full-time student and, for some, a full-time employee as well.” The team served as delegates on seven different U.N. committees and as an independent advisory justice and clerk on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). In preparation for the conference, the students conducted extensive research on the national, regional and international policies of Burkina Faso on topics ranging from the situation in Israel/Palestine and the rights of children in armed conflict to climate-change economics and regional trade and integration, in addition to the applicable law for the two cases before the Rwanda tribunal. The 2009 team, chosen from a pool of roughly 50 applicants after a rigorous screening process, included Patrick Scullin, Rennae Francis, Gabriele C. Ursitti, Mark Benjamin, Eva Helena Hernik, Stephanie Valarezo, Norhan Basuni, Mike Rodriguez, Beyi Polanco, Ama-Mariya Ampah, Geeta Gangadeen, Peter J. Cella, Marie-Andree Barthelemy, David Sabatelle, Jennifer Shim and Natalia Lysetska. Matt Zommer, a lecturer in the government department, assisted by his department colleagues Jacques Fomerand and Andreopoulos, coached them. The NMUN Conference is recognized as one of the largest, international collegiate competitions in the world, attended by more than 3,000 students from 29 countries.

CITY OF BROTHERLY LOVE? Playwright and actor Sean Christopher Lewis stalks the
stage of the Gerald W. Lynch Theater during the New York premiere of his one-man play Killadelphia: Mixtape for a City on April 29. The play, which weaves together the story of murdered teaching fellow Beau Zabel (on screen) with interviews of inmates at Graterford Prison, was preceded by a panel discussion featuring the playwright along with Professors P.J. Gibson and Peter Moskos, and Robyn Buseman of the Restorative Justice Program run by the Philadelphia Mural Arts Project.

Kudos for Triple-Threat Faculty
Members of the John Jay faculty were honored at an April 23 reception for their outstanding efforts in teaching, scholarship and service to students — “the three legs of the proverbial three-legged stool,” according to President Jeremy Travis. New to the list of faculty honors this year was a Distinguished Teaching Prize, established by the office of Provost Jane Bowers and overseen by the advisory board of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Three faculty members were chosen for the initial prizes. Nathan Lents of the Department of Sciences was nominated by his colleague Anthony Carpi. Jillian Grose-Fifer of the Department of Philosophy and Dara Byrne of the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, both of whom teach in the Freshman Learning Communities program, were nominated by students. The award for Faculty Service to Students, which recognizes mentoring, advisement and involvement in student activities, was presented to Carpi, one of the creators of the Program for Research Initiatives for Science Majors (PRISM). He was nominated by his department chair, Professor Lawrence Kobilinsky. Awards for faculty scholarship included the Donal E. J. MacNamara Junior Faculty Award, which is presented annually to an instructor or assistant professor. The 2009 recipient was Amy Adamczyk of the Department of Sociology, a specialist in religious contextual influences on delinquency and cross-national differences in attitudes about crime and deviance. Scholarly excellence awards were presented to Amy Adamczyk, Lisa Farrington (Art and Music), Bilal Khan (Mathematics and Computer Science), Margaret Bull Kovera (Psychology), Susan Opotow (Sociology), Hung-En Sung (Criminal Justice) and Philip Yanos (Psychology).

COURT IS NOW IN SESSION: History’s most notorious betrayer, Judas Iscariot (kneeling), is in the spotlight during a tense courtroom scene in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, which was staged at John Jay April 21-25 under the direction of Professor Dana Tarantino. As an accompaniment to the play, the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts presented a guest lecture “Judas on Trial: Theatre and Theology,” by the Rev. James Martin, S.J.

BENJAMIN LAPIDUS (Music and Art) performed his recent work Herencia Judía on March 29 at the Eldridge Street Museum in Manhattan. On April 4, he performed with his Latin jazz band Sonido Isleño at the Bronx Library Center. ELLEN BELCHER (Library) was a panelist on the Feminist Archaeologist Panel at the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art on March 14. The panel was presented in conjunction with the Fertile Goddess in the Herstory Gallery, an exhibit that runs through May 31, for which Belcher was a consultant. PETER MOSKOS (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) spoke on the Baltimore Ghetto at the Yale University Urban Ethnography Project Mini-Conference, “The Urban Ghetto: Then and Now,” during the Eastern Sociological Society’s annual meeting in Baltimore, MD, on March 20. BETTINA CARBONELL (English) presented a paper on “Bearing Witness in Twenty-First Century Museum Practice“ at the Curating Difficult Knowledge conference held April 16-18 at Concordia University in Montreal. M. VICTORIA PÉREZ-RÍOS (Government)
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presented “Back to the Future: Accountability for Past Abuses in Consolidated Democracies“ at the New York State Political Science Association Conference, which took place at John Jay on April 24-25. She also chaired the panel on Current Issues of International Relations MARTIN WALLENSTEIN (Communication and Theatre Arts) presented two papers at the centennial meeting of the Eastern Communication Association (ECA) from April 22-26 in Philadelphia. The first, titled “Freedom of Speech 1909-1919: The Dark Decade,” was an invited paper. The second, “The Big Chill: First Amendment and the War on Terror,” was peerreviewed and received an award as Top Paper in Communication Law and Ethics. Wallenstein was also elected chairperson of the ECA Communication Law and Ethics Interest Group. JOHN STAINES (English) gave a paper on “Violence and Generic Experiment in Thomas Nashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller” at the meeting of the Renaissance Society of America in Los Angeles on March 21. He also attended the Shakespeare Society of America conference in Washington, DC, where on April 11 he presented a paper on religious controversial prose of the 1590s, “Comic Violence” and “Martin’s Reforming Word in the Marprelate Tracts.” HOWARD PFLANZER (Communication and Theatre Arts) had a staged reading of his play Living with History: Camus Sartre De Beauvoir presented May 5 and 6 at the Medicine Show Theatre in Manhattan. STEPHEN HANDELMAN (Center on Media, Crime and Justice) delivered a talk on “How do Organized Criminals Hijack State Activities?” at a special seminar on organized crime and corruption hosted by the RAND Corporation in Arlington, VA, on May 1.

ADINA SCHWARTZ (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) made a Continuing Legal Education presentation, “Biting the Bullet: Challenging Firearms Evidence,” as part of the Fifth Annual Indigent Criminal Defense Seminar: Advanced Skills for the Experienced Practitioner, sponsored by the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Virginia State Bar, in Richmond, VA, on April 3. KIMORA (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) recently spoke to a group of female inmates who are enrolled in the Going Out by Going In prisoner reentry program at the Century Regional Detention Facility in Los Angeles. In addition, she spoke to 35 atrisk youth in the Vital Intervention Directional Alternative program at the Lennox Station campus in Watts. DELORES JONES-BROWN (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) served on a panel titled “Prosecutorial Discretion: From Mistake to Misconduct,” sponsored by the Diversity Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Other invited talks include “Police Brutality: In the 10 Years Since the Death of Amadou Diallo” for the Women’s City Club of New York, and a presentation at the Russell Sage Foundation for the Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity.

DIANA E. FRIEDLAND (Sciences) has published a manuscript in the February 2009 issue of Biochimica et Biophysica Acta: Genes and Regulatory Mechanisms. The title of the paper is “Characterization of pokeweed antiviral protein binding to mRNA cap analogs: Competition with nucleotides and enhancement by translation initiation factor iso4G.” Friedland presented this work with student researchers from John Jay and Pace University. ANDREW KARMEN (Sociology) had the seventh edition of his book Crime Victims: An Introduction To Victimology, published recently by Wadsworth/Cengage. The original edition, published in 1984, was the first and only comprehensive textbook in the victimology field at that time.

ROBERT MCCRIE (Protection Management) received the Eugene R. Fink Memorial Award from the Associated Licensed Detectives of the State of New York at the group’s annual banquet in New York. ISABELLE CURRO (Security) received one of the New York State Bar Association’s President’s Pro Bono Service Awards on May 1, in recognition of her work in promoting pro bono service as a path to achieving equal access to justice. JANE KATZ (Health and Physical Education) competed in the recent Albatross Open masters’ swim meet held in North Bethesda, MD, by the Montgomery Ancient Swimmers. She won the 50-meter, 100-meter and 200-meter backstroke events, setting a new meet record in the 100meter race. RODDRICK COLVIN (Public Management) was recently elected as the incoming President of the New York State Political Science Association.

DAVID KENNEDY (Anthropology) has had his article “Drugs, Race and Common Ground: Reflections on the High Point Intervention“ published in the March 2009 issue of NIJ Journal, a publication of the National Institute of Justice. KATHLEEN COLLINS (Library) had her new book, Watching What We Eat: The Evolution of Television Cooking Shows published this month by Continuum.

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April 1 3:15 PM Indoor Triathlon
10 minutes each of swimming, cycling and running Pool & Cardiovascular Fitness Center, Haaren Hall

News and Events of Interest to the College Community April 1, 2009

Steamboat Is In, and Wallace Is Aboard
Congratulations are in order to Shaheen Wallace, president of the John Jay Student Council, for winning the prestigious Steamboat Foundation Summer Scholarship. He topped a field of more than 300 eligible students to become the third John Jay student to win the coveted honor. Like the two winners who preceded him — Abdoulaye Diallo in 2007, and Amanda Ingle in 2008 — Wallace, a junior government major, will be partnered with the Center for Court Innovation (CCI) for the three-month paid internship. The scholarship provided by the Greenwich, CT-based Steamboat Foundation allows outstanding students to connect with acknowledged leaders in public, private and nonprofit organizations. John Jay’s Office of Honors, Awards and Special Opportunities identified 315 eligible students — those expected to graduate in 2010 and carrying a current GPA of at least 3.5 — and invited them to apply. Litna McNickle, the office’s director, said the process of paring down the field was “very rigorous.” The office held workshops on résumé writing, crafting personal statements, how to dress for success, and more. The goal was to find candidates who were self-motivated and possessed first-rate writing skills, among other traits, according to McNickle. “It’s a good way to insure that we have vetted very strong, capable students who are going to perform well as Steamboat Scholars,” she said. Wallace underwent a series of nine interviews, including sessions with John Jay President Jeremy Travis and Adam Mansky, the director of CCI. “I’ve never done anything that draining in my life,” he said. “It’s not for the faint-hearted, and it’s definitely a test of character. But after I was done, it was really a great feeling.” Wallace has his sights set on attending law school and becoming a federal prosecutor.

Student Council President Wins Prestigious Summer Scholarship

April 6 2:00 PM Judas on Trial: Theatre and Theology

Guest lecture by the Rev. James Martin, SJ, advisor to the off-Broadway production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Presented by the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts Room 330, Haaren Hall

April 21 3:30 PM Changüí and the Pan-Caribbean Roots of Cuban Popular Music in Guantánamo
Room 630, Haaren Hall

Shaheen Wallace

Presentation, Performance and Book Signing by Benjamin Lapidus

Sharpton: “It’s Time to Get Involved”
The Rev. Al Sharpton paid a call on John Jay on March 17, where he challenged students and others to help close the gap in treatment of people based on race. “Institutional inequality in the United States hasn’t changed just because we’ve elected a black president,” said Sharpton, who ran for president himself in 2004. At some point, you must have the courage to get in the game, to get involved,” he said, calling on students to “help formulate an agenda that will make this all work in your time, in your generation.” Taking note of his surroundings — the nation’s premier college of criminal justice — Sharpton took issue with those who suggest that he and his civil rights organization, the National Action Network, are anti-police. “There’s a misnomer that we are anti-police because we are against police brutality,” Sharpton said. “We are no more anti-police than every cop who arrests a criminal in a minority neighborhood is anti-minority.” “If you have a hostility or disconnect between police and the community, it makes the police job that much more difficult,” noted Sharpton, who has been an invited speaker at recent police recruitment rallies. Citing a number of cases of police brutality or excessive use of force, including the shooting of Sean Bell outside a Queens nightclub and the sodomizing of Abner Louima at a Brooklyn stationhouse, Sharpton said the basis of protests he has led is that “you cannot let this kind of behavior go unchecked.” The civil rights leader called for the creation of a special section within the U.S. Department of Justice to deal specifically with police misconduct. “It is only when you break out of local and county politics that you can get a measure of justice,” he observed.

April 21-25 8:00 PM The Last Days of Judas Iscariot
Presented by the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts Gerald W. Lynch Theater (Call 212-695-6908 for ticket reservations.)

April 23 5:00 PM Conversations in Literature & Law

Conspiracy, Inc.: Zoot Suits, Cockroach People and Chicano Culture’s Rethinking of Legal Discourse Carl Gutierrez-Jones University of California, Santa Barbara Room 630, Haaren Hall

John Jay Student and Sister Tackle “The Amazing Race”
It’s no secret that John Jay is a college filled with high-achieving students. LaKisha Hoffman, a 28-year-old undergraduate, is looking to add her name to the list, but in a rather unconventional way: She and her sister are contestants on the popular TV reality show “The Amazing Race.” LaKisha, a youth program coordinator and basketball coach, recently transferred to John Jay from Western Illinois University. Both she and her Jennifer Hoffman jogs through a Siberian city in her underwear, accompanied by 24-year-old sister, Jennifer, are former Division I college athletes, her sister LaKisha (left) and a more sensibly clad Russian runner during an episode of “The Amazing Race.” and they are hoping to become speed Lada sedan over snowy streets to take a the first all-female team to win the around-theRussian bride to her wedding. world race. In another challenge, Jennifer was required “The same strengths that make me a good to pair up with two local runners for a 1.4-mile coach — patience and a strong competitive jog to the local ballet and opera theater. There nature — will ultimately make me the best racer was just one hitch: she had to complete the run the game has seen,” LaKisha said. Siberian-style — in her underwear. Fortunately The race was completed as this issue went to the weather was a balmy 27 degrees Fahrenheit, press, but the competitors are strictly prohibited and Jennifer stripped down without hesitating, from divulging any details as to the contest’s asking those around her, “Don’t I look hot?” outcome. In one recent episode, the Hoffman Prior to “The Amazing Race,” neither LaKisha sisters and other racers found themselves in nor her sister had traveled extensively outside of Novosibirsk, Russia — 400 miles inside the the United States. To them, the race is a “journey Siberian heartland. There, they faced a series of of a lifetime.” challenges that included driving a balky, fourThe Rev. Al Sharpton greets Charly Feliz, a sophomore criminal justice major, outside the Gerald W. Lynch Theater following his March 17 talk on the new civil rights movement.

Travis Talks Reentry with House Committee
President Jeremy Travis traveled to Washington, DC, on March 12 to participate in a weeklong series of hearings by a House Appropriations subcommittee on prisoner reentry and other criminal justice challenges. “Our nation has never before witnessed the phenomenon of prisoner reentry at the scale we see today,” Travis told members of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies. “There is a simple explanation: More people are coming home because we are putting more people in prison.” The people coming home from prison — 90 percent of them male — face significant barriers to their reintegration, Travis said, and in many cases their return places huge burdens on urban localities already struggling with poor schools, poor health care and weak labor markets. Travis said the historic Second Chance Act, passed with broad bipartisan support last year, has made an enormous difference in the nation’s approach to the reentry issue, but federal funding for reentry initiatives remains woefully inadequate. “The point is obvious,” said Travis. “If the federal government wishes to make a significant change in the experience of people leaving prison, much more money will be needed.” Noting that recent and ongoing research has provided volumes of information on which intervention approaches work to promote prisoner reintegration, Travis told the subcommittee: “We should now marshal our resources to fund those interventions and to insist that all reentry programs meet a standard of proven effectiveness.” Travis urged Congress to provide support for several promising innovations, including offender notification forums, comprehensive interagency initiatives, reentry courts and community-based interventions. Such efforts, he said, “represent a new frontier in reentry innovation.” [President Travis’s testimony can be read online at http://www.jjay.cuny.edu/2308.php.]

McCabe Fellowship Breakfast Means Wearing o’ the Green
The McCabe Fellowship Breakfast held on March 13 turned into a homecoming of sorts, with a former honoree and a former McCabe Fellow among those who traveled from Ireland to attend the annual celebration at John Jay. The event celebrates the exchange program created in memory of Irish police detective Jerry McCabe, who was killed in the line of duty during an attempted robbery in June 1996. Each year, two or more members of An Garda Siochána, the Irish national police, come to John Jay for an intensive course of study toward a graduate degree. Former keynote speaker and honoree Niall Burgess, the Irish consul general in New York, attended the McCabe breakfast and offered greetings in which he observed that the connection between John Jay and the Republic of Ireland is part of the “mighty strength that links our two countries.” And, in a nod to those at the event who acknowledged wearing green only one day a year — on St. Patrick’s Day — Burgess said, “We’re all Irish in God’s eyes.” Also bringing greetings to McCabe attendees was Detective Superintendent Orla McPartlin of An Garda, who earned a master’s degree from John Jay as one of the first McCabe scholars, from 1997-1998. She now heads the police service’s international liaison section. Professor Bettina Murray, a member of the John Jay Foundation board, introduced the morning’s keynote speaker and honoree, Seán Aylward, Secretary General of the Irish Ministry of Justice, as the “steady hand on the tiller that keeps the Ministry of Justice on course.” Aylward noted the violent deaths of two British soldiers and an Irish police constable in the week prior to the McCabe breakfast, and said the murdered peacekeepers had “left behind a community that doesn’t want to return to the days of violence.” Citing the words of John Jay, Aylward observed, “Wise rulers will recognize that the best way to frustrate the efforts of those who would tear us apart through violence is by unity of purpose.” He called on police to exercise moral and legal leadership while employing a minimum use of force. This year’s McCabe scholars are Gardaí John Griffin, a graduate student in public administration, and Emer Clarke, who is pursing a master’s in criminal justice.

Criminal Injustice

Marty Tankleff (above left) greets award-winning author and investigative reporter Richard Firstman following the March 17 Book & Author Series presentation on A Criminal Injustice: A True Crime, a False Confession, and the Fight to Free Marty Tankleff, co-authored by Firstman and former NYPD detective Jay Salpeter (right). The book tells the story of Tankleff’s wrongful conviction and 17-year imprisonment for the murders of his parents. He was freed in 2007, largely on the strength of new evidence unearthed by Salpeter. Distinguished Professor Saul Kassin (rear), an expert in false confessions, moderated the event, telling the audience, “This is a crazy case about how powerful a confession can be when it’s accompanied by no other evidence.” Salpeter, a John Jay alumnus (BA, 1978) who spent seven years working to get Tankleff exonerated and freed, said Tankleff, then just 17 years old, was arrested by the lead detective in the case to protect the actual killer. “Not one thing in this case was properly investigated,” he said. Firstman said everything in Tankleff’s “so-called confession” ended up being disproven.

Xabier Agirre, senior analyst with the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, was the featured speaker for the International Criminal Justice Major lecture series on February 26, where he spoke about the use of crime mapping and other data analysis techniques to indict Sudanese officials for genocide and other crimes against humanity in the Darfur region. Agirre is the author of the forthcoming book Methodology for the Investigation of International Crimes (Brill, 2010).

A John Jay Welcome, and Thanks for a Job Well Done
Two new faculty members and 24 new staff were given their official welcome to John Jay on March 9 at the Spring 2009 Faculty and Staff Meeting, an event that also served as the occasion for recognizing those who have served the College for 20 or more years, as well as faculty who are newly tenured or promoted. Joining the faculty were Charles McKenzie, an assistant professor of English who will be focusing his scholarship on John Jay’s new literature and law major, and Jon M. Shane, an assistant professor of police science and a specialist in organizational stressors and police performance. The newest staff members include nine from Academic Affairs, six from Enrollment Management, three from Finance and Administration, three from Institutional Advancement, two from Student Development and one from the Office of the President. Fifty members of the John Jay community were recognized for long service to the College. The 2009 honorees were led by two faculty members with 40 years of service: Barbara

Professor Anne-Marie Sapse and President Travis enjoy a laugh as she reflected on her 40 years at John Jay.

Odabashian (English) and Anne-Marie Sapse (Sciences). In addition, the faculty and staff meeting honored newly tenured and promoted faculty, a 29-member contingent led by four new full professors: Luis Barrios (Latin American and Latina/o Studies), Anthony Carpi (Sciences), Bilal Khan (Mathematics and Computer Science) and Karen Terry (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration).

Jeremy Pohl, a 2008 graduate of John Jay’s forensic science program who now works at the New York City police crime lab, has won the Eastern Analytical Symposium Student Award for his outstanding research in forensic analytical chemistry. Pohl has been working with Professor Yi He of the Department of Sciences (at right in photo) on a project to develop a novel method for detecting trace levels of methamphetamine and its metabolite in urine samples. A patent application has been submitted for the procedure, which is said to have potential commercial value. In addition, a manuscript has been submitted to a peer reviewed journal. The award was presented by Professor Barbara Kebbekus of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (left in photo).

JOHN MATTESON (English) is one of the judges of the 2009 Dashiell Hammett Prize, awarded annually for literary excellence in crime writing. Matteson also accepted an invitation to give the Class Day address at the Columbia University School of General Studies in May. One’s Sociological Memory: A Contemporary Interactive Perspective,” in which he revisited and discussed the sociological and economic implications of the 1955-1956 Montgomery, AL, Bus Boycott. MICHAEL PFEIFER (History) served as commentator on a panel titled “Race, the Courts, and Public Spectacle in Louisiana” at the annual meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association in Monroe, LA, on March 19. KLAUS VON LAMPE (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) was an invited speaker at the 12th European Police Congress in Berlin on February 11. He spoke on “The European Dimensions of Organized Crime: Some Remarks from a Criminological Perspective.” M. VICTORIA PÉREZ-RÍOS (Government) presented a paper on the “UDHR and the Millennium Developmental Goals: Making the Three Generations of Rights a Reality” and was the discussant on a panel on Transitional Justice at the International Studies Association annual convention in New York from February 15-18. JON-CHRISTIAN SUGGS (English, emeritus) gave the keynote lecture, “Imperium in Imperio: Double Consciousness, Double Citizenship and the Promise of the Obama Presidency,” for African-American History Month at Salisbury University in Salisbury, MD, on February 10. In April he will present a paper on race and “love” in Melville’s Billy Budd at the American Society for Law, Culture, and the Humanities in Boston; in May he will present two chapters of his novelin-progress, After Jubilee, at the Working Group on Law and Slavery at the Gilder-Lehrman Center at Yale, and in June he will present a paper on Hannah Elias and the murder of “the man who invented New York” at the annual conference on New York State history. GLORIA PRONI and ELISE CHAMPEIL (Sciences) presented a paper titled “Assessment of Students’ Likeability of the ‘Clicker’ and ‘Wiley Plus’ Technologies in Organic Chemistry” at the CUNY IT Conference on December 5, 2008.

Institutional Memory
In addition to Professors Odabashian and Sapse, the following people were recognized for long service to the John Jay community: 35 Years: Roselyn Blassberger, Edward Davenport, Jannette O. Domingo, Francis McHugh, Arnold Osansky, Meyer J. Peikes, Patricia Sinatra; 30 Years: Warren F. Benton, William C. Heffernan, Alan Hoenig, Marlene Kandel, Debra Hairston-Parker, Francis X. Sheehan, Rodolfo G. Sy, Maria R. Volpe, Linda R. Von Lumm; 25 Years: José Arcaya, Robert C. Delucia, Mary S. Gibson, Ernest Gilde, Lesley A. Hansen, Inez Ligon, Sylvia Lopez, Mayra Nieves, Esther Owens, Alan Winson, Shirley D. Zimmerman; 20 Years: Frederick R. Brodzinski, Kinya Y. Chandler, Catherine F. Collins, Saundra Dancy, Yvonne A. Hatchett, Dennis P. Hood, Ainsworth James, Jane Katz, Jonathan E. Kranz, Michael A. Liddie, Phillip N. Marsh, Thomas McGonigle, Eugene O’Donnell, Frank J. Pannizzo, Jill C. Robbins, Lisa Rodriguez, Denise B. Santiago, Ronald R. Spadafora, Frank G. Straub, Wendell J. Velez, Beatrice Young.

BETSY HEGEMAN (Anthropology) presented “Culture-Bound Syndromes and Diagnosis” to the Grand Rounds of Upstate Medical School Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology in Syracuse, NY, on March 26. She also met with the Psychoanalytic Study Group of Syracuse and presented “MPD and Spirit Possession: the Influence of Culture”. KIMORA (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) presented a paper on “Methamphetamine Abuse and Treatment in Rural America” at the 2009 annual meeting of the Southern Rural Sociological Association in Atlanta, GA, on January 31-February 3. KWANDO M. KINSHASA (African American Studies) was invited to Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan from February 16-19 as their 2009 King-Chavez-Parks Visiting Scholar. As the visiting scholar, Kinshasa gave lectures on African American history, criminal justice, global migration policies, sociology and social policy. He also presented a paper titled “History and

GLORIA PRONI (Sciences) will have her articles “CD-sensitive Zn-porphyrin tweezer host-guest complexes. Part 1: MC/OPLS-2005 computational approach for predicting preferred interporphyrin helicity” and “CD-sensitive Zn-porphyrin tweezer host-guest complexes. Part 2: cis- and trans-3hydroxy-4-aryl/alkyl-beta-lactams. A case study” published in a forthcoming issue of the peerreviewed scientific journal Chirality. SIMON BAATZ (History) is the author of the foreword to a new edition of Clarence Darrow’s Crime: Its Cause and Treatment, published in the Kaplan Classics of Law series.

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News and Events of Interest to the College Community March 11, 2009

March 13 8:30 AM McCabe Fellowship Breakfast

Black History Month Wraps Up with Salute to Malcolm X, Dr. King, Obama & Malone

March 17 4:00 PM Book & Author Lecture

A Criminal Injustice: A True Crime, a False Confession, and the Fight to Free Marty Tankleff Richard Firstman and Jay Salpeter Moderated by Professor Saul Kassin Room 630, Haaren Hall

March 19 5:00 PM Conversations in Literature & Law

Where the Wild Things Are: Children’s Literature and the Constitution of Law Desmond Manderson McGill University Room 630, Haaren Hall

Milly-ann Isaac belts out the anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” at the 19th annual Malcolm/King Breakfast on February 27, as President Jeremy Travis, Vice President for Student Development Berenecea Johnson Eanes, Dean of Graduate Studies Jannette Domingo and Dr. James Malone look on. Malone, the event’s honoree, retired in January after 40 years at John Jay, during which he served as the first director of the SEEK Department, the first vice president for administrative affairs and dean of students, among other positions. Travis pointed out that Malone also served as a tennis opponent and coach. In his acceptance remarks, Malone said: “What I am most proud of are the many students I have helped to develop a different world view. That makes my heart sing.” The event’s scheduled keynote speaker, New York State Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, was unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances.

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March 22 4:00 PM Water, Our Most Precious Resource: A Celebration of World Water Day
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Baseball & Softball Teams See Big Things in Store in 2009
One sure sign that spring is just around the corner is the return of baseball and softball to the John Jay calendar. The men’s baseball team opened its eighth season under head coach Dan Palumbo on February 22, in a road game played under raw wintry conditions against Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. The Bloodhounds lost 12-7 in their only game before heading South for a seven-game trip to Florida. The women’s softball team began its 2009 season on March 6 with a four-game tournament in Virginia Beach, VA. Results of those games were not available as this issue went to press. “We had a positive season last year which was perfect to build on when approaching this season,” said second-year head coach Laura Drazdowski. “We are a much different team from a year ago. We have our core group of players returning this year along with a great incoming class, which is the perfect recipe for improvement. The veterans are excited about what they believe we can accomplish this season, and the newcomers are enthusiastic and eager to prove themselves.” The team is led by junior shortstop Danielle Bonici, a first-team CUNY Athletic Conference all-star, and senior catcher Marlenne Nuñez, a second-team all-star. They are among 10 returning players from the 2008 team, including sophomore starting pitchers Angela Lam and Nina Chao. Seven freshmen have been added to the squad. The softball team begins its home season on March 28 with a doubleheader against conference rival Baruch. The 2008 baseball team narrowly lost out in a bid for a second straight CUNYAC title, falling to the College of Staten Island 8-7 in the championship game. This year’s squad will feature five returning position players, including first-team conference all-stars John Massoni in right field and Xavier Perez at shortstop. When not playing the outfield, Massoni will

A narrated concert including traditional spirituals, gospel and folk music

March 30 6:00 PM 2009 Alumni Reunion

Saluting the classes of 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004. Honorees: Anthony J. Lamberti, Esq. (BA, 1978) and Professor Karen Kaplowitz, English Department RSVP to alumnireunion@jjay.cuny.edu Gymnasium, Haaren Hall

Luis Guzman (left) and Michael Colletta hope to be part of another championship season for John Jay’s baseball team.

Marketing & Development Pro Is John Jay’s Newest VP
Vivien Hoexter, a veteran fundraising program. executive in the highly Prior to Gilda’s Club, competitive nonprofit Hoexter was vice president sector, has been named of AFS Intercultural as the College’s new Vice Programs/USA, one President for Marketing and of the world’s largest Development. international high school President Jeremy Travis exchange programs. She announced the appointment has also been director on February 9. Hoexter of development for The succeeds Tova Friedler, who Hunger Project, a global retired at the end of January. anti-poverty initiative. “In every position she has Hoexter earned her held, Vivien has been highly bachelor’s degree in successful at increasing the history (magna cum laude) organization’s visibility, buildfrom Yale College, and a ing a team of professionals master’s degree in business committed to the organizaadministration, with a tion’s mission, and leveraging concentration in marketing, external support for that from the Wharton School Vice President for Marketing and Development mission,” Travis said. “These at the University of Vivien Hoexter skills are precisely what John Pennsylvania. Jay needs at this point in our history.” “I am thrilled to be part of such a vibrant Hoexter most recently served as chief community,” said Hoexter, whose department executive officer of Gilda’s Club Worldwide, includes alumni relations, fundraising and an organization that provides emotional and development, special events planning, social support to people with cancer, their communications, public relations, graphics families and friends. In that role she doubled and design, and Web site management. “I the organization’s fundraising income, launched look forward to serving the students, faculty a planned-giving campaign and generated and other stakeholders of this very important more than $1 million through a new corporate institution.”

help anchor a pitching staff that also includes fellow senior Michael Colletta. Catcher Luis Guzman, a second-team CUNYAC all-star, will return to his duties behind home plate, while centerfielder Edwin Hernandez and first baseman Johan Abad are also back for another season. All three are juniors. “This team is working incredibly hard right now,” Palumbo said in a pre-season assessment. “We have a better work ethic than I have seen in a few years and there is a great feeling of cohesiveness on the team.”

John Jay Delegation Takes ACJS Conference by Storm
Sixty of John Jay’s faculty members, staff and students arrived in Boston on March 10 for the four-day annual meeting of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), to present the fruits of their current research efforts. “Once again John Jay will have more presenters at the ACJS conference than any other college or university in the country,” said Dean for Research James Levine, who is among the conference attendees. “This is yet another manifestation of our ever-expanding research agendas and our prominence in the world of criminal justice scholarship.” At the conference, Professor Staci Strobl was named as the winner of the Richard J. Terrill Paper of the Year Award. Strobl was honored for “The Women’s Police Directorate in Bahrain: An Ethnographic Exploration of Gender Segregation and the Likelihood of Future Integration.” This article appeared in the International Criminal Justice Review and was hailed by the journal’s editor as “an excellent piece of scholarship.” Underscoring the prevalence of faculty-student research collaborations at John Jay, at least 20 students from a variety of undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs attended the conference as presenters or panel discussants. John Jay faculty representatives at the ACJS conference included: Alissa Ackerman, Katarzyna Celinska, Serguei Cheloukhine, Todd Clear, John DeCarlo, Kristin Englander, Beverly Frazier, Lior Gideon, Maki Haberfeld, Joseph King, Charles Lieberman, James Lynch, Yue Ma, Kevin McCarthy, Frank Pezzella, Megan Sacks, Walter Signorelli, Eli Silverman, Staci Strobl, Hung-En Sung, Karen Terry, Carrie Trojan and Cecile van de Voorde (Law and Police Science); Elizabeth Jeglic, Cynthia Calkins Mercado and Gabrielle Salfati (Psychology); Rosemary Barberet and Brenda Vollman (Sociology); David Kennedy (Anthropology/Center on Crime Prevention and Control); Matthew Zommer (Government); Marvie Brooks and Larry E. Sullivan (Library); Richard Culp and Vincenzo Sainato (Public Management); Roberta Belli and Candace McCoy (criminal justice doctoral program).

Like Sealy, Researchers at Annual Lecture See Education as a Weapon for Civil Rights
Reducing Racial Bias by Police Is the Goal
The legacy of Lloyd Sealy — pioneering police commander and educator — lived on at the annual lecture event named for the late John Jay professor, in a lively discussion of how police leaders can use research to reduce racial bias. The event, co-sponsored by John Jay and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), featured Dr. Tracie Keesee, the Division Chief of Research, Training and Technology for the Denver Police Department, and Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, a social psychologist at the University of California, Los Angeles. The two have been exploring how research and training can be applied together to address possible racial bias in police decision-making. “As police officers, especially black officers, we struggle to do the right thing, and to do right by the community,” said Keesee, a 20-year police veteran. To that end, the Denver PD conducted extensive research to determine the extent to which racial bias and stereotyped beliefs may influence officers’ handling of certain situations, such as the decision to stop, arrest or use physical force. “We brought in world-class scientists to ask pointed questions,” said Keesee. “After all, we in law enforcement often think we know all the answers.” The department created a partnership arrangement with university-based researchers, giving them wide access to information and promising them autonomy in terms of publishing their findings. Using a high-tech virtual reality simulator, officers were measured for their reactions to and handling of various threatening situations. In general, racial bias was found to affect officers’ reaction time, but not the decision to shoot the suspect. The department created a feedback loop consisting of officers’ behavior, training evaluations and psychological testing, Keesee said, and researchers were able to conclude that “training does what it’s supposed to do.” Goff followed Keesee to the podium and noted that as an outgrowth of the Denver research, a Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity was established, consisting of 15 police departments nationwide and researchers from John Jay, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford and UCLA. “The challenge for researchers is how do we translate findings from the lab to the street,” he said. “Like Lloyd Sealy, we believe education is a powerful weapon for civil rights,” Goff added. Sealy was one of 60 founding members of NOBLE in 1976. His 34-year career with the New York City Police Department saw him become the department’s first black precinct commander, and retire at the rank of assistant chief inspector.

Tracie Keesee, a division chief with the Denver Police Department, explores the use of research to reduce police bias, while co-researcher Phillp Atiba Goff awaits his turn at the microphone during the annual Lloyd Sealy Lecture. (See story at left.)

Speech Sleuths Analyze Art & Science of Forensic Linguistics
As the saying goes, it’s not what you say, but how you say it. According to forensic linguistics experts, however, it may be both. An all-day workshop on February 20, cosponsored by the Center for Modern Forensic Practice and the Department of English, brought together two of the top experts in the field to discuss “Forensic Linguistics for Investigative Practitioners,” with a focus on threat assessment, counterterrorism and criminal communications. The workshop was conducted in a splitsession format by Robert Leonard, head of the Hofstra University Department of Linguistics and director of the Hofstra Forensic Linguistic Project, and James R. Fitzgerald, a former FBI supervisory special agent who is now a violent crime consultant and a forensic linguist with the Academy Group Inc. Fitzgerald, a member of the FBI’s Unabom task force, described the investigation that ultimately led to the arrest and conviction of Theodore Kaczynski in 1996 as the “largest authorial attribution project ever undertaken by the FBI.” The task force, which at its peak considered roughly 2,500 suspects in the serial bombing investigation, pored over the 35,000-word manifesto written by Kaczynski in search of clues. One of the phenomena spotted in the document, as in numerous similar communications, was what Fitzgerald called “contraindicators,” or words and phrases that actually mean the opposite of what they appear to suggest. “What kind of person wrote this?” Fitzgerald said, noting that 95 percent of threat letters handled by the FBI are anonymous, and the writers usually put as much effort into the threat as they do into maintaining their anonymity. Other tip offs spotted by investigators include whether an individual writes out dates numerically with hyphens — as in 9-11-01 — slashes — 9/11/01 — or periods — 9.11.01. The postmarks and return addresses on threat letters may also be contraindicators, Fitzgerald said, in an attempt to confuse investigators. Such was the case with the 2001 Americathrax case, in which anthrax poison was mailed to a number of different targets. Fitzgerald and Leonard first met during the course of the Americathrax investigation that led nearly seven years later to the FBI’s identification of chemist Bruce T. Ivins as the most likely suspect.

On the Margins

Alford Young Jr., a sociologist at the University of Michigan and author of The Minds of Marginalized Black Men: Making Sense of Mobility. Opportunity and Future Life Chances, interacts with the audience that packed the Gerald W. Lynch Theater Lobby during a February 23 discussion and book-signing event co-sponsored by Center on Race, Crime and Justice.

Darkest Night
Performers from the Ruth Kanner Theatre Group at Tel Aviv University stage a scene from Cases of Murder (November 9, 1938: A protocol of fear brutality and death) during a special presentation at John Jay on February 27. The theatrical work reconstructs acts of violence committed against Jews during the night between November 9 and 10, 1938, known as Krystallnacht. Using a montage of documentary and literary devices, the scenes from Cases of Murder exposed the mechanisms of moral evasion, vague and ambiguous talk and turning blind eyes that made the atrocities possible. “It was significant that this work occurred at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The larger discourse on genocide, war crimes, human rights abuses and the struggle for social justice is clearly served by events such as this,” said Professor Seth Baumrin, who facilitated the event for the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts. The presentation also included readings of new work on the investigation of war crimes, enacted by John Jay Professor Ric Curtis and student Luis Guitierrez, and a discussion led by Professor Itai Sneh.

MIRIAM EHRENBERG (Psychology) gave an invited address at the annual conference of Globalisation for the Common Good, held in Melbourne, Australia. Her paper, “Applying Psychotherapy Techniques to Religious and Ethnic Conflict,” covered both western and Islamic psychotherapy approaches and the implications of each for conflict resolution. JEREMY TRAVIS (President) was the keynote speaker at the Public Service Conference on the Future of Community Justice in Wisconsin at Marquette Law School on February 20. His remarks focused on “Building Communities with
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Justice: Overcoming the Tyranny of the Funnel.” GEORGE ANDREOPOULOS (Government) delivered a series of lectures on “The Evolution of International Human Rights Norms” at the University of Bologna in January. The lectures were part of the university’s graduate program in human rights and humanitarian intervention. PETER MOSKOS (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) was a panelist at the New York Academy of Medicine’s “Harm Reduction” conference on January 23. He was also a featured speaker at the annual conference of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, held in College Park, MD, on November 23. R. TERRY FURST (Anthropology) presented “A Qualitative Exploration of Suboxone Opioid Maintenance in a Harm Reduction Setting in New York City,” a paper cowritten with Herman Joseph, and Sharon Stancliff, at the Columbia University Seminar Series in New York in December. Furst was also one of the authors, along with Stancliff and Joseph, of “Low Threshold Buprenorphine,” a paper presented by Stancliff

at the 7th National Harm Reduction Conference in Miami last November.

PATRICK COLLINS (Communication & Theatre Arts) had two books released in January by Sterling Publishers, a Barnes and Noble imprint. Negotiate to Win! is a tactical guide to achieving success in negotiations, and features a unique chapter on cross-cultural negotiation. The second book, Speak with Power and Confidence, is an updated and revised edition of Collins’ comprehensive guide to maximizing public speaking skills, originally published in 1998. Both works attracted the attention of foreign publishers at the Fall 2008 Frankfurt Book Fair. JOSEPH KING (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) published his article “Policing after Peel: the Government Moves to Centralize” in the Turkish Journal of Police Studies in 2008. His article “Police Problems: Labor Relations in the Early Police Service of the United Kingdom” appeared in the January 2009 issue of Police Forum, published by the Police Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

ALISSE WATERSTON (Anthropology) has had two new edited volumes published: An Anthropology of War: Views from the Frontline (Berghahn Books, 2009) and Anthropology Off the Shelf: Anthropologists on Writing (Wiley Blackwell, 2009, Maria D. Vesperi, co-editor). An Anthropology of War includes Waterston’s introduction, “On War and Accountability.” Anthropology off the Shelf includes a chapter by Waterston titled “Writing Poverty, Drawing Readers: Stories in Love, Sorrow and Rage.” Waterston serves as chair of the American Anthropological Association’s Committee on the Future of Print and Electronic Publishing to guide the digital transition of scholarly publishing. In November, Waterston presented a talk at the association’s annual meeting on “The Academy, the Market-State and the Dissemination of Anthropological Knowledge in the Digital Age.” PETER MOSKOS (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) had his book review of Hugh Holton’s The Thin Black Line: True Stories by Black Law Enforcement Officers Policing America’s Meanest Streets published in The Washington Post on January 11.

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February 23 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM Making (Much) Better Sense of the Culture of Black Men in Crisis
Dr. Alford Young Jr. University of Michigan Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Department of AfricanAmerican Studies, Gender Studies Program, the John Jay Black Male Initiative and the Center on Race, Crime and Justice. Gerald W. Lynch Theater Lobby

News and Events of Interest to the College Community February 18, 2009

Gazing into the Crystal Ball
A two-day conference intended, in the words of its organizer, to produce more light than heat, the Fourth Annual Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America returned to John Jay on February 2-3, with journalists, academicians and practitioners from across the United States taking a nuanced look at recent and impending changes in criminal justice. “This symposium has become a meeting place for people in criminal justice, a field that’s changing even as we speak,” said Stephen Handelman, Director of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice, which organized the event, with funding from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Focusing on the theme “A New Beginning? Exploring the Criminal Justice Challenges Over the Next Four Years,” the symposium wasted no time before diving into one of the thorniest issues currently on the American agenda, as panelists discussed the nation’s distressed economy and its relationship to crime trends. Crime trends, like economic conditions, are characterized by volatility, observed Professor Richard Rosenfeld of the University of MissouriSt. Louis. While Rosenfeld’s research showed similar patterns between crime trends and consumer confidence, he said that an increase in crime is not inevitable despite the recent sharp reversals in the economy. “After all,” he said, “crime did not increase substantially during the Great Depression.” Professor Delores Jones-Brown, Director of the Center on Race, Crime and Justice said the Obama Administration must deal with the “lack of legitimacy for police in communities of color.” With the economic downturn, she added, people may seek out jobs in law enforcement solely for the pay and benefits, rather than for publicservice reasons, thereby increasing the potential for incidents of excessive or lethal use of force by

Symposium Looks at Criminal Justice Challenges on the Horizon

February 24 6:00 PM Lloyd Sealy Lecture
Leadership in Police Equity: Using Research to Reduce Racial Bias Dr. Tracie L. Keesee Denver Police Department Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff University of California-Los Angeles Gerald W. Lynch Theater Lobby

Distinguished Professor Todd Clear makes a point during a panel discussion on “The Sentencing and Corrections Challenge” during the Guggenheim symposium. Also on the panel were (from left) Beryl Howell, a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, and U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner of Massachusetts.

February 27 8:30 AM Prisoner Reentry Institute Occasional Series on Reentry Research

Incarceration and Sexually Transmitted Infections: A Neighborhood Perspective James Thomas University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Gerald W. Lynch Theater Lobby

February 27 9:00 AM 19th Annual Malcolm/King Breakfast

Keynote speaker: The Hon. Malcolm A. Smith Majority Leader, New York State Senate Honoree: Dr. James Malone Professor of Counseling RSVP to 212-237-8764 Gerald W. Lynch Theater Lobby

police, particularly against young black males. Col. Dean Esserman, the Police Chief of Providence, RI, called on the assembled journalists to “tell the story” that America is losing its children to violence. “We bury our children or we arrest them. Where’s the moral outrage?” Esserman said. “The story is not being told.” Keynote speaker Judith S. Kaye, who recently retired after 15 years as Chief Judge of the New York State Court of Appeals, was introduced by President Jeremy Travis as “one of my heroes in this world.” Kaye, who was making her first public appearance since stepping down from the bench, urged attendees to focus on the “crucial but thoroughly unfulfilled job of educating the public about criminal justice matters.” Among the issues that Kaye pointed to were the cost of incarceration compared to the cost

of education; the prosecution of certain juvenile offenders as adults; and the need to provide alternatives to criminal justice, such as youth courts or restorative justice. “This is the time for all of us who care about justice in this country to roll up our sleeves and get to work,” Kaye said. Steven Brill, founder of American Lawyer magazine, Court TV and Verified Identity Pass Inc., served as keynote speaker for the symposium’s awards luncheon, and reminded the audience of his rule for covering the justice system: “Skepticism is an absolutely essential virtue.” “The real challenge for us as reporters is not to be anyone’s lapdogs,” said Brill. The symposium also included sessions on “solutions-oriented” crime coverage, privacy and civil liberties, the future of forensics, and the online world and crime.

College Salutes Reporters’ Quest for Justice
A newspaper need not be big to achieve big things, as was proven by Christine Young, a reporter for the 80,000-circulation Times HeraldRecord of Middletown, NY, one of the 2009 winners of John Jay College’s Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Awards. Young was honored at a luncheon on February 3 for her investigative report on the 1989 conviction of Lebrew Jones, who has spent 20 years in prison for the murder of a Manhattan prostitute. Young’s article, “I Didn’t Do That Murder,” prompted the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to open a new investigation into the case. The awards are presented annually in conjunction with the Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America. A second award was presented to Eric Nalder and the investigative team from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, for their series “The Strong Arm of the Law,” which exposed Seattle police bias in arrests for obstruction of justice and the questionable handling of complaints against police for wrongful use of force. “This year’s winning news stories show that newspapers large and small take seriously their commitment to reporting on criminal justice issues,” said President Jeremy Travis. Honorable-mention citations were awarded to Steve Weinberg of Miller-McCune magazine, for his exploration of wrongful convictions around the United States; Lomi Kriel and John Tedesco of the San Antonio Express-News, for their critical examination of the San Antonio police Tactical Response Unit, and Geoff Dutton and Mike Wagner of the Columbus Dispatch, for their series on Ohio’s DNA inmate testing program.

February 28 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Law Day @ John Jay
Including the Samuel and Anna Jacobs Foundation Lecture on the Law and the Legal Profession Speaker: The Hon. Juanita Bing Newton Deputy Chief Administrative Judge for Justice Initiatives Criminal Court of the City of New York RSVP to www.jjay.cuny.edu/lawday Various locations, Haaren Hall

Award winners Christine Young and Eric Nalder are joined by keynote speaker Steven Brill, founder of Court TV.

Deadlines Loom for Scholarship Aid to Qualified Students
Deadlines are looming for qualified John Jay students to apply for hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship funds, and dozens of awards for graduating seniors. “We have no shortage of highly qualified students at the College, and we’re always looking for more,” said Vice President for Enrollment Management Richard Saulnier. “We’re trying to ensure that institutional scholarship funds are being spent for the purposes they were intended, which is why we are encouraging as many qualified students as possible to apply.” The College offers scholarships for freshmen, sophomores, upper-division and graduate students as well as some specifically aimed at women, international students, law enforcement employees, researchpdf. Many also require minded students essays and/or letters of and more. Many recommendation. scholarships at both For a list of the undergraduate and scholarships that are graduate levels have currently available, March 2 deadlines, and including descriptions still others have March and eligibility criteria, 23 closing dates. go to http://www.jjay. Scholarship cuny.edu/scholarships. Coordinator Michael php. Information is also Scaduto pointed out available in the Office The Office of Scholarship Services is taking a strategic apthat most scholarships of Scholarship Services, proach to finding qualified candidates for scholarship aid. require completion and Room 1285N. submission of the John Jay Scholarship General “We’re taking a more strategic direction with Application form, available online at http://www. regard to scholarships,” said Scaduto. “We want jjay.cuny.edu/GeneralScholarshipApplication08. to recruit and retain qualified students, based on things like academics, public service and activities outside of academics, and then support them once they’re on campus, keeping them active in the larger John Jay community.” Scaduto noted that a “representative” 11member scholarship committee, chaired by Saulnier, has been working proactively to inform students about available scholarships and encouraging them to apply. “We develop criteria, select candidates and set application deadlines,” he said. A new Web feature allows students to sign up for the “John Jay College Scholars Network” to receive information about new and current scholarships, application information and deadlines, invitations to workshops and seminars, and other relevant updates.

Study Abroad Experience to Go Farther Afield in 2009
Flush with the success of John Jay’s first faculty-led study abroad programs last summer, four new courses will be offered by the College in 2009, in such locales as Korea, Greece, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. The new study abroad programs are: ¶ “Caribbean Cultural Criminology,” taught by Professors Luis Barrios (Latin American and Latino/a Studies) and Douglas Thompkins (Sociology), meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. ¶ “Religious and Cultural Co-existence Among Christians, Jews and Muslims in Greece,” taught by Professor Effie Cochran (English), meeting in Thessaloniki, Greece. ¶ “Korean Art and Culture,” taught by Professor Thalia Vrachopoulos (Art and Music), meeting in Seoul and selected other cities in Korea. ¶ “Women in Mexico: Labor, Violence and Social Change,” taught by Professor Natalie J. Sokoloff (Sociology), meeting in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Ken Lewandoski, the Director of International Studies and Programs, noted that the study abroad programs provide John Jay College academic credits, and qualify under the Study/ Travel Opportunities for CUNY Students (STOCS) program, through which participating students can receive $750 to $1,500 in financial aid. (The deadline for STOCS applications is March 16.) “These programs are academically rigorous,” Lewandoski said. “They are all designed to enhance a student’s chosen course of study.” The four-week programs include classroom lectures and discussions, field trips and presentations by

The White Tower, one of Thessaloniki’s most famous architectural landmarks.

Hometown Heroes
The John Jay baseball program gave a tip of the collective cap on January 24 to two prominent members of the local baseball scene, at the annual Lou DeMartino Memorial Dinner. John Brant, a member of the John Jay Athletics Hall of Fame and three-year team co-captain in the late 1970s, was presented with the Distinguished Baseball Alumni Award. Brant, a summa cum laude graduate of John Jay and a decorated lieutenant with the Port Authority Police Department, told guests at the fundraising dinner that “playing at John Jay was one of the greatest points of my life.” Lou Santos (right), a longtime figure in sandlot baseball and youth baseball instruction, was honored with the Lou Demartino Lifetime Achievement Award. Dan Palumbo, John Jay’s head baseball coach and interim Director of Athletics, presented the awards and served as the dinner’s master of ceremonies.

local persons of interest. Housing arrangements will vary from one program to the next, including apartments, dormitories or living with indigenous families. All students will be required to attend a pre-departure orientation, and to share their experiences with the broader John Jay College community upon their return, Lewandoski said. Application dates for the four courses vary. For more information on the study abroad opportunities, contact the appropriate faculty program directors, or Lewandoski at 212-4841339, email klewandoski@jjay.cuny.edu.

CUNY FIRST Application Package Packs a Lot of “Wow!”
CUNY FIRST, a comprehensive array of applications that will streamline and enhance finance, personnel and student service processes, is coming to John Jay, and members of the Department of Human Resources are hoping to share with the rest of the College the various “wow! moments” they say are built into the system. Addressing a Town Hall meeting on January 29, Christel Colón, the College’s Director of Human Resources, said the implementation of CUNY FIRST – which stands for Fully Integrated Resources and Services Tool – will be “a change for the better, the faster, the easier, the more accurate.” It will also represent a major step toward making the College a more paperless operation. “I can’t wait for the PAF bonfire,” she said, referring to the personnel action forms that would be phased out by the creation of an online reappointment process. Praveen Panchal, John Jay’s Chief Information Officer, moderated the gathering and pointed out that existing CUNY systems are “archaic, difficult to maintain and failing every day. The lack of information in the existing systems, Panchal said, leads to enormous redundancy and inaccuracy. According to Panchal, CUNY has more than 35,000 employees, with no comprehensive human resources system. In addition, the University receives more than 10,000 job applications a year. The Talent Acquisition Management (TAM) module of CUNY FIRST will be used to help streamline the hiring process, and then a Human Capital Management (HCM) module will come into play, handling a broad range of personnel functions such as time and leave, reappointment, and changes in personal information or status. The two modules will be the first human resources components to roll out, with an implementation target date of summer 2009. The entire system, Panchal emphasized, is designed with privacy and security in mind. Personal information can only be viewed by the individual in question and authorized College officials. The new system’s potential for doing mass reappointments as opposed to processing them individually, and its “Quick Hire” function for speeding the process of hiring college assistants and adjuncts, were among the “wow! moments” noted by Colón, who underscored her own excitement with CUNY FIRST by adding that “I came into HR for the people, not the paperwork.” CUNY FIRST is being launched in stages, with the entire system expected to be operational by the winter of 2010-2011.

BEN JORGENSEN (Physical Education and Athletics) was named as the College’s new head men’s tennis coach. Jorgensen, who has been a tennis instructor for more than 15 years, was the top singles player as a member of the men’s tennis team at New York University in 1989 and 1990. He is also a working actor who has appeared in several films and daytime soap operas. be presented by the Mystery Writers of America on April 30. DAVID BROTHERTON (Sociology) had his book Keeping Out the Other: A Critical Introduction to Immigration Enforcement Today (Columbia University Press) cited as “Outstanding Academic Title for 2008” by Choice, the review magazine of the American Library Association. Brotherton co-edited the book along with Philip Kretsedemas of the University of Massachusetts. and “International Courts and Conflict Resolution: Toward a New Normative Framework, Social Justice and New Debates,” at the annual meeting of the Southern Political Science Association, held in New Orleans, LA, in early January. She also chaired a panel on Domestic Implications of International Law and served as a discussant on a panel on Pedagogy and Research. Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Strobl was nominated for her paper “The Women’s Police Directorate in Bahrain,” which appeared in the International Criminal Justice Review Journal. NISHAN PARLAKIAN (Communication and Theatre Arts, emeritus) received the St. Vartan Award from the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), for his lifelong achievements in the performing arts. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese, said, “It is through individuals like [Parlakian] that the future of Armenian theater will remain vibrant among the next generation of Armenian Americans.”

STACI STROBL (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) is one of the finalists for the Richard J. Terrill Paper of the Year Award to be presented in March by the

KIMORA (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) will have her article titled “The Correctional Educator: A Nontraditional Occupation” published in the May/June 2009 issue of Offender Programs Report, a publication from the Civic Research Institute that is devoted to “innovative programs, management strategies and legal developments in offender rehabilitation.” SIMON BAATZ (History) had his book, For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb and the Murder that Shocked Chicago (HarperCollins), chosen as a finalist for the Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Non-Fiction Crime Book in 2008. The award will
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ADINA SCHWARTZ (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) made a Continuing Legal Education presentation on “Daubert Challenges to Firearms Identification” on January 10 at the Fifth National Seminar on Forensic Science and the Law, sponsored by the Office of Defender Services of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. ELLEN BELCHER (Library) presented a paper titled “Is there a Halaf Bead and Pendant Typology? A Look at the Evidence” at the Bead Technology Workshop hosted by the British Museum in London, England, on January 12-13. JANE KATZ (Physical Education and Athletics) conducted one-day clinics on “Swimming for Total Fitness and Swim Basics” at the Jewish Community Center in Tucson, AZ, on January 4 and The Club for Women, an all-women health club in Phoenix, on January 6. M. VICTORIA PÉREZ-RÍOS (Government) presented two papers, “Cooperation against Transnational Crime: Lessons from the Balkans”

Research under Glass

A student pauses to take in the latest gallery display in the lobby of Haaren Hall, an eight-panel salute to student-faculty research efforts. The exhibit features faculty members and students representing a broad range of disciplines, from hard science to the humanities, from criminal justice to computing.

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February 2-3 8:30 PM 4th Annual Guggenheim Conference on Crime in America
A New Beginning Exploring the Criminal Justice Challenges for the Next Four Years. Presented by the Center on Media, Crime and Justice. Includes presentation of the annual John Jay Excellence in Journalism Awards. Room 630, Haaen Hall

News and Events of Interest to the College Community January 28, 2009

New Center Focuses on the Private Sector’s Changing Security-Preparedness Needs
Since 9/11, John Jay has aggressively focused on developing programs to meet the changing security imperatives of the private sector. The opening of the Center for Business Preparedness is the latest addition to this strategy. This research hub will be led by a recognized expert in corporate security and business risk management. Thomas E. Cavanagh, whose appointment was announced by President Jeremy Travis on January 22, comes to John Jay from The Conference Board (TCB), where he was Senior Research Associate, having joined TCB’s research staff in 1998. “With corporate security expert Tom Cavanagh as its director, the Center on Business Preparedness will be able to offer a comprehensive program of research and networking opportunities that will keep practitioners abreast of the latest developments and enable them to benchmark their efforts against the prevailing standards,” Travis said. Cavanagh, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, has served as principal investigator for a number of major reports on corporate security and preparedness, including “Corporate Security Management: Organization and Spending Since 9/11,” “Navigating Risk: The Business Case for Security” and the forthcoming “Preparedness in the Private Sector.” “The field of business preparedness is relatively new and is evolving very rapidly,” Cavanagh observed. “It incorporates a lot of different elements, ranging from routine security management to business continuity and disaster recovery. At John Jay, we will be able to draw on an extensive body of expertise on protection management, emergency response, cybercrime and terrorism to create a dynamic and exciting program on business preparedness. “John Jay has a tradition of effectively integrating top-quality research with practical experience, so it is an excellent home for this new program, and I look forward to the challenge of developing it,” Cavanagh said. As a research and information clearinghouse, the Center for Business Preparedness will explore best practices, preparedness standards and procedures, and analyses of public safety and corporate security strategies. Its first initiative, undertaken in conjunction with The Conference Board, will be an in-depth examination of preparedness in the private sector. Researchers will interview corporate security executives to determine the extent to which specific

February 3 7:30 PM Happy Birthday, Felix Mendelssohn!

A concert celebrating the 200th birthday of the Romantic composer. Narrated by Eli Wallach. Gerald W. Lynch Theater

Thomas E. Cavanagh (left), director of John Jay’s new Center for Business Preparedness, and the cover of one of his recent reports for The Conference Board.

preparedness standards have been implemented. The project will also gather and report data on corporate procedures for emergency response, disaster recovery and crisis management. The research will be funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to The Conference Board. “We’re delighted to see that the work we began here will continue in partnership with John Jay, and we congratulate them on the establishment of the Center,” said David J. Vidal, founder of The Conference Board’s security and preparedness research programs and director of its Center for Corporate Citizenship & Sustainability.

February 20 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM Forensic Linguistics for Investigative Practitioners
A workshop presented by the Center for Modern Forensic Practice and the John Jay Department of English. RSVP to jdoyle@jjay.cuny.edu. Room 630 Haaren Hall

February 23 12:30 PM - 3:00 PM Making (Much) Better Sense of the Culture of Black Men in Crisis

Dr. Alford Young Jr. University of Michigan Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Department of African American Studies, Gender Studies Program, CUNY Black Male Initiative and the Center on Race, Crime and Justice. Gerald W. Lynch Theater Lobby

College Says Bravo! to Latest Group of Employees Who Go the Extra Mile
Twenty-two employees were honored as the latest winners of the Bravo! Employee Recognition Awards on December 19. “I don’t often get a chance to say to a group of employees like the ones we have here how appreciative I am of all your hard work,” said President Jeremy Travis. “You have strengthened the core values of this institution.” The third semiannual group of divisional Bravo! award winners were recognized for their “new and creative ideas, innovative problemsolving and superior customer service,” said Robert Pignatello, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration. Pignatello went on to note that a new wellness and work life initiative will soon be unveiled at John Jay, as an outgrowth of the successful Bravo! Summer Institute launched in 2008. The College’s vice presidents were called to the podium in alphabetical order to introduce the employees in their units who were to receive the Bravo! awards. The winners were: Academic Affairs: Priscilla Acuna (Interdisciplinary Studies Program), David Barnet (Office of Educational Partnerships), Esperanza Lopez-Herrera (Department of Government), Ashton Franklyn (Criminal Justice Center), Susy Mendes (Office of Sponsored Programs); Student Development: William Altham (Health Services), Ma’at Lewis Coles (Counseling Center), Premwati Sukhan (Office of Internships and Cooperative Education); Finance and Administration: Yagris Diaz (Bursar’s Office), Christine Johnson (Human Resources), Ynes Leon (Facilities Management), Cadelie Neat (Business Office), Louie Perillo (Department of Information Technology), Shirley Robinson (Mailroom), Barbara Wala (Security); Enrollment Management: Crystal Brathwaite (One-Stop Center), Ariel Del Rosario (One-Stop Center), Dawn Layne (Registrar), Mariela Nuñez (Graduate Admissions), David Primak (Registrar), Sara Scaldaferry (Registrar); Strategic Planning: Gail Hauss (Institutional Research).

Music, Drama and More Fill the Theater’s Spring Bill
A great college, like a great city, deserves a great performing-arts program, and with that in mind, John Jay’s Gerald W. Lynch Theater has unveiled its Spring 2009 Series of concerts, plays and other events. The season commences on February 3 with a 200th birthday salute to Felix Mendelssohn, who is perhaps best known for his “Wedding March,” originally composed as incidental music for a production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The free concert narrated by actor Eli Wallach will include selections from the string octets Mendelssohn wrote as a youth, arias from his oratorio “Elijah,” and his Trio for Piano in D Minor. Another bicentennial — that of the death of composer Joseph Haydn — will be marked in a series of performances beginning February 18, as the Gotham Chamber Opera presents the New York City stage premiere of Haydn’s L’isola Disabitata (Desert Island). The production, directed by acclaimed choreographer Mark Morris, will also be presented on February 21, 25, 27 and 28. Theatre, theology and the judicial process collide when the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, in conjunction with the APACHE Project, presents The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, directed by Professor Dana Tarantino. The serio-comic play, which will be performed from April 21-25, takes an imagined look at the plight and fate of the New Testament’s most notorious sinner in a trial of “God and the Kingdom of Heaven and Earth v. Judas Iscariot.” The Spring 2009 Series also includes: ¶ Water, Our Most Precious Resource, a narrated free concert of traditional spirituals, gospel and folk music to celebrate World Water Day on March 22; ¶ “Killadelphia,” the latest work from award-winning playwright and performer Sean Christopher Lewis, which runs April 29, 30 and May 1, and uses hip-hop and documentary theater techniques to tell the story of murdered teaching fellow Beau Zabel; ¶ Culturefest!, a weeklong festival of performances and events from March 2-5 to celebrate John Jay’s cultural diversity; ¶ Ballet Academy East presenting the spring performance by its Pre-professional Division, May 22-24, with works choreographed by leading artists of the dance world; ¶ Barnes & Noble Storytelling Hour, on February 4, March 18 and April 8, a special story time for children and caregivers. Complete details of coming events, including times and ticketing information, are on the theater Web site, www.jjay.cuny.edu/theater. Email theater@jjay.cuny.edu to get regular updates about events.

The newest recipients of the Bravo! Employee Recognition Awards, joined by Senior Vice President Robert Pignatello and President Travis, have plenty of reason to smile after they were honored on December 19.

Welcome to the College Experience

Students show off the research projects they created as part of their Freshman Opportunity class taught by Professors Kimberly Helmer and Marco Navarro. “A year ago, as a senior in high school, I never would’ve dreamed I’d be doing this,” said Heidy Ramirez (at left in photo above right). The students will undertake new team-based research projects in the spring semester, choosing from a broad palette of course options.

Brady Scores, On and Off the Court
Gary Brady, a shooting guard with the John Jay men’s basketball team, knows how to “pay it forward,” and prominent media outlets have taken notice. Brady, a junior on the team that last year won the first CUNY Athletic Conference championship in program history, was the subject of a feature report on the MSG network on December 20, which focused on his work at the same group home in the Bronx where he grew up. His story has also been told on the Web site d3hoops. com, which covers Division III collegiate basketball. Brady was just 9 years old when he began living at the Andrus group home, and he is now in his third year as a counselor at the facility, working an overnight shift four nights a week. His days are filled with a full-time class load, studying and homework, and during basketball season, practices and games. He credits his success to the guidance provided by his own counselors, mentors and coaches, who he says “made time for everything.” Brady now makes the same time as mentor for scores of youngsters in the same situation he once faced. The cable TV report appeared on MSG Network’s “Aéropostale College Basketball Weekly” show. A link to the MSG video will appear soon on the John Jay Athletics Web site, www.johnjayathletics.com. For the d3hoops online article, “Mature Beyond His Years,” visit www.d3hoops.com/nation/09/dec18.htm.

Inauguration Provides Study Opportunity of a Lifetime
As scholarship students go, Michael Yusupov is more fortunate than most. During the midyear break in January, while classmates were enjoying a respite from their studies, Yusupov was in Washington, DC, participating in a 10-day academic seminar tied in to the historic inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation’s 44th President on January 20. The Campaign 2008 Presidential Academic Seminar Series comprises four separate academically tailored seminars in conjunction with the 2008 presidential campaign, of which the Presidential Inauguration session is the last. Sponsored by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, the series has been held every four years since 1984. The highly competitive seminar offered Yusupov a backstage look at the 2008 presidential inauguration, focusing on the new president and the formation of his administration, and the impact of the media on American politics. Through a combination of lectures, site visits, tours, and special events, Yusupov and the other participating students and faculty explored the critical issues surrounding the transfer of power, the political processes involved, and how the nation’s leaders are responding to the outcome of the 2008 elections.

The seminars “are designed for the elite college or university student who has or yearns for a heightened sense of civic engagement and will enjoy interacting with internationally recognized figures including politicians, journalists, professionals and many more,” according to the Web site www.campaign2008.info. “This is a first-rate program, with many learning opportunities, culminating in the inauguration itself,” President Jeremy Travis said in an e-mail to Yusupov, a senior BA/MA student in public administration. “We are so proud that you have been selected for this scholarship opportunity.”

SIMON BAATZ (History) had his book, For the Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb and the Murder that Shocked Chicago (HarperCollins) chosen by USA Today as one of its 10 Best Books for 2008. Jonathan Yardley, the book critic for The Washington Post, chose For the Thrill of It as one of the Top 15 Books for 2008, and R.V. Scheide of The Sacramento News & Review selected Baatz’s book as one of the year’s Best 55 Books. JOCK YOUNG (Sociology) had his new book, Cultural Criminology: An Invitation, written with Jeff Ferrell and Keith Hayward, published by Sage. The book was launched in November at the American Society of Criminology meeting in St. Louis. JILL STAUFFER (Philosophy), who is currently on fellowship in residence at the Graduate Center, has had her new book, Nietzsche and Levinas: “After the Death of a Certain God,” published by Columbia University Press. The volume was coedited with Bettina Bergo. JANE KATZ (Physical Education and Athletics) had her article “Joint-Friendly Water Workout” published in the October/November 2008 issue of Arthritis Health Monitor. Her article on “The Healthy Swimmer” appeared in the November/ December issue of USMS Swimmer magazine. ADINA SCHWARTZ (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) published Parts 1 and 2 of her article “Challenging Firearms and Toolmark Identification” in the October and November/December issues of The Champion, the journal of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Part 1 was the cover story in the October issue. The articles are also scheduled to be reprinted in The California Defender. by the Federal Secretariat of Public Safety. He addressed the Social Cabinet of the Province of Santa Fe on policies of social inclusion in the field of crime control; spoke at the Universities of Buenos Aires and Rosario on his recent book The Vertigo of Late Modernity; and presented his research on multiagency crime prevention to the U.N. Development Program on local initiatives in this area. While there, he also had productive meetings with the National Director of Criminal Policy and the director of the U.N. program regarding future research on crime and social exclusion. JANE KATZ (Physical Education and Athletics) presented a talk on “Health and Exercise Through the Holidays” on December 17 as part of the David Rogers Health Policy Colloquium at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. HOWARD PFLANZER (Communication and Theatre Arts) had readings of his plays UFO Story and The Flowers Sing: Strindberg’s Dream presented by the Living Theatre in Manhattan on December 2.

MICHAEL PFEIFER (History) presented a paper titled “The Midwestern Making of Racial Lynching: The Lynching of African-Americans in the Civil War and Reconstruction” at the American Historical Association meeting in New York City on January 3. Pfeifer previously presented a paper, “Lynching, Law, and Sectional Identity in the Antebellum Border States” on October 25 in Louisville, KY, at the Filson Institute Academic Conference on Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. JOCK YOUNG (Sociology) gave a series of six lectures during a recent visit to Argentina. He was the introductory plenary speaker at the international seminar on “Rethinking the Role of the State in Crime Prevention,” hosted

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KIMORA (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) was appointed to the board of directors of OPEN Inc. (Offender Preparation & Education Network, Inc.), a correctional service agency founded in Dallas, TX, in 1979. “We are thrilled Dr. Kimora has agreed to serve on our board,” said the organization’s executive director, Ned Rollo. “She brings a national and academic perspective to us.”

DUANE GREEN (Facilities Management) won the heavyweight title in the biennial Tournament of Champions amateur boxing competition held at Nassau Coliseum in December. Green, who trains at the Young Boxing Association (YBA) gym in the Bronx, chalked up two technical knockouts and one decision en route to the championship. In the first round, he scored a TKO over the fighter who had defeated him for the title two years ago.

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