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News and Events of Interest to the College Community October 27, 2010
Cuomo & Koch, Together Again
In Campaign Stop at John Jay, Candidate Wins Ex-Mayor’s Backing for Governor & Unveils Sweeping Ethics Reform Plan
For just the second time in 28 would create a voluntary system years, a gubernatorial candidate of public campaign ﬁnancing, named Cuomo visited John Jay strengthen the penalties against College for a major campaign lawmakers who defraud their appearance. constituents or the government, New York State Attorney General and strip the pension beneﬁts from Andrew Cuomo, the Democratic public ofﬁcials who are convicted nominee for Governor, chose of a felony related to their ofﬁcial the College as the site of a press duties. conference on October 5 at which Koch, still feisty at age 85, hailed he unveiled an aggressive ethics Cuomo as a public ofﬁcial who agenda, “Clean Up Albany: Make has “spent his career standing up It Work.” Cuomo also received the for New Yorkers, taking on the endorsement of former New York toughest challenges and making City Mayor Ed Koch, who hailed him progress on issues that others as a “clear choice for reform.” have ignored.” The candidate’s “It is time to put a stop ethics agenda, Koch said, is to Albany’s dysfunction and designed to achieve independence, corruption,” Cuomo told the crowd accountability and transparency and gathered in the Gerald W. Lynch “transform our government into Theater. “If we want to bring one that New Yorkers deserve.” integrity back to the halls of our In 1982, Cuomo’s father, Mario, During a recent campaign stop at John Jay, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo makes a point about his proposal for sweeping ethics reform in Albany, as former New York City Capitol, then we must take action. who was then seeking his ﬁrst term Mayor Ed Koch listens. Koch endorsed Cuomo’s bid to become New York’s next Governor. My Clean Up Albany agenda is the as Governor, made a campaign stop aggressive approach we need to their ofﬁce accountable, we will restore New at John Jay to release a criminal take. By cracking down on public corruption, Yorkers’ conﬁdence in their government.” justice policy statement that included his staunch ending pay-to-play and holding those who abuse Among other provisions, Cuomo’s ethics plan opposition to the death penalty.
November 4 8:00 AM NYC-DR Roundtable Breakfast
The Colors of War, with Terry Rosenberg A traveling slide-show exhibition of 100 digital paintings.
Presented by the CUNY Dispute Resolution Consortium at John Jay College and the Association for Conﬂict Resolution of Greater New York Room 610 Haaren Hall
November 9 6:30 PM Patrick V. Murphy Lecture
Garry McCarthy Police Director, Newark, NJ Room 630 Haaren Hall
November Is CUNY Month!
New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman on October 13 announced the creation of the state’s ﬁrst Permanent Sentencing Commission, which will be housed, ﬁttingly, at John Jay College. The commission will conduct a comprehensive and ongoing evaluation of sentencing laws and practices and recommend reforms to improve the quality and effectiveness of statewide sentencing policy. It will be co-chaired by New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. and Judge Barry Kamins, the administrative judge of the State Supreme Court (Criminal Term) in Kings County. Martin F. Horn, a Distinguished Lecturer at John Jay, will serve as the commission’s executive director, with the expertise and resources of the
New NYS Sentencing Commission to Call John Jay Home
College at his disposal. Horn previously served as commissioner of New York City’s Department of Correction and Department of Probation, and as executive director of the New York State Division of Parole. John Jay President Jeremy Travis said the selection of the College as the commission’s home, and Horn as its executive director, is an honor that “recognizes the expertise of John Jay’s faculty and reafﬁrms the College’s leadership in criminal justice matters.” Creation of a permanent sentencing commission was recommended by the shortterm Commission on Sentencing Reform in its 2009 report to Governor David Paterson titled “The Future of Sentencing in New York State: Recommendations for Reform.” The new commission will follow through on actions proposed in that report as well as examine others, including truth-in-sentencing, post-incarceration programs for offenders, alternatives to incarceration, victim participation in sentencing, and the collection and analysis of reliable data for use in crafting sentencing policies. “There is no one-size-ﬁts-all model for criminal sentencing,” said Vance. “Four decades after most of our sentencing laws were passed, it’s time for New York to focus on being smart on crime. This will mean longer sentences in some instances, while in others identifying appropriate cases for alternatives to incarceration. In all cases, our goal is to prevent crime, keep our streets safe, and ensure fairness and justice in our courts.” The commission’s vice-chairs are Derek P. Champagne, the Franklin County District Attorney and current president of the New York State District Attorneys Association, and Judge Patricia Marks, Monroe County Court Judge and Supervising Judge for the Criminal Courts in the Seventh Judicial District. The commissioners of the state Department of Correctional Services and the state Division of Criminal Justice Services and the chair of the state Board of Parole will serve as members ex-ofﬁcio. The commission will also include representatives from throughout the state’s criminal justice community, including criminal defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges, legislators, policymakers, academics, victim advocates and other stakeholders. “I am honored to serve in this important effort,” said Horn. “New York’s sentencing scheme is a patchwork of provisions added over time with serious consequences for defendants, victims, and the community. Chief Judge Lippman’s creation of a permanent commission is an opportunity to preserve New York’s success in making our communities safer and improve the quality of justice at the same time.”
Millions of Reasons to Cheer as College Wins Funding for Diverse Programs
John Jay’s First Year Experience program, the PRISM program for undergraduate science majors and the overall forensic science curriculum will be the beneﬁciaries of a number of large, multiyear federal grants recently awarded to the College. In addition, the College’s Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation Center will share with Temple University a $1-million grant from the U.S. Justice Department to design and implement an evaluation of the Community-Based Violence Prevention Demonstration Program (CBVP). A competitive Title V grant of more than $637,000 annually for the next ﬁve years will help enhance the First Year Experience and forensic science curriculum. “Funding for the FYE will be used to support the development of a comprehensive seminar program for incoming freshmen,” said the program’s Director, Kate Szur. In addition, Szur said, a curriculum supplement would be created that will include syllabi, teaching notes and other materials useful to new faculty members considering teaching such a seminar. “We would also like to develop a peermentoring program for freshmen, where First Year seminar courses would be supported by upper-class peers who would help with transition and adjustment issues,” Szur said. The same grant will support the curricular development of lower-level classes for forensic science majors, as well as a non-major introductory course on science and society. Professor Anthony Carpi, interim Chair of the Department of Sciences, said the aim is to make these classes more “research-oriented and inquiry driven.” The grant will also provide stipends for upper-level forensic science students engaged in undergraduate research. A separate grant of $600,000 from the U.S. Department of Education’s Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program will support the operation and expansion of John Jay’s Program for Research Initiatives for Science Majors (PRISM), which was created in 2006. The grant will fund student research stipends, travel to conferences, an annual newsletter and a Web site. “I think what this grant will do is expand the success we’ve been having in moving students from John Jay on to graduate PhD and MD programs,” said Carpi, “It’s just fantastic that we will be able to keep up that momentum.” The Justice Department grant, awarded by the Ofﬁce of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, will allow researchers at John Jay and Temple to assess the $8.6-million CBVP program, which replicates innovative best practices in violent-crime control, such as the Boston Gun Project and Chicago CeaseFire, said Jeffrey A. Butts, executive director of the Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation Center. “These approaches have evolved into promising strategies for violence reduction with theoretical underpinnings,” said Butts, “yet the empirical research assessing the impact of the initiatives is still developing. Attempts to replicate the models have not always been successful.” Four localities or local entities will participate in the research: the city of Oakland, CA; the city and county of Denver Safe City Ofﬁce; the Columbia Heights Shaw Family Support Collaborative in Washington, DC, and the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation. “Each of the cities will propose a mix of efforts,” Butts noted. “What we’re evaluating is not individual efforts within the cities, but each city’s total campaign. The Justice Dpeartment hopes to do that in a way that allows other cities to learn about the most effective methods.” The research is expected to be published in 2014.
The ﬁrst week in October is celebrated as National Tutor Appreciation Week, and John Jay paused to recognize the roughly 100 tutors who work tirelessly to help John Jay students master their collegelevel studies. Tutors from a number of specialized “learning labs,” including the Math & Science Resource Center, the Center for English Language Support, the Communication Arts Lab, the Foreign Language Lab, the Writing Center and the SEEK Tutoring Center, received kudos from top college ofﬁcials, including certiﬁcates of appreciation presented by Dean of Undergraduate Studies Anne Lopes. The event, said MSRC Director Michele Doney, “is a small way of saying ‘thank you’ for the enormous contributions of our tutors,” many of whom are versatile enough to be working in more than one resource center. (Photo by Navraj Sandhu)
Tackling Tough Questions in Black & White
Can a black ex-convict with a violent past reinvent and reintegrate himself in a society that neither prepared him for his return nor is itself prepared for it? That question was examined through a variety of lenses at an October 14 panel discussion of the new book Zebratown by Professor Greg Donaldson. The book, subtitled The True Story of a Black Ex-Con and a White Single Mother in Small-Town America, explores the ups and downs in the life of Kevin Davis — “Killer Kev” — who spent seven years in the New York State prison system on a gun-possession conviction, after having beaten a homicide charge in the same incident. Co-sponsored by the Center on Race, Crime and Justice and the Center on Media, Crime and Justice, the panel brought together the author along with Professor Delores Jones-Brown and Stephen Handelman, directors, respectively, of the two centers; Professor David Brotherton, Chair of the Department of Sociology, and Professor Amy Green, Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies. Donaldson, a member of the Department of Communication and Theatre Arts, described his subject as a fearsome-looking, heavily muscled “über-thug” with a frightening résumé and a carefully codiﬁed warrior ethic. Despite this, Davis is articulate and burning with a desire to make it in the post-incarceration world. “This is not a feel-good book,” Donaldson said of Zebratown, “but while the book may be depressing, it is authentic.” Donaldson followed Davis for eight years to write the book and said that upon reﬂection: “This has not been a comfortable experience; I’m afraid people will see Kevin Davis and decide he’s not worth it.” Brotherton, Handelman and Green took turns analyzing Zebratown and its subject matter from different perspectives that reﬂected their areas of scholarly expertise. Brotherton spoke of the book’s criminological elements, Handelman explored it as a piece of human-interest journalism and Green discussed its pedagogical and theatrical relevance. Handelman noted that the loftiest role the media can play is to “help you rethink what you thought to be true and real.” Donaldson’s book, he said, serves as “a template for how to write about criminal justice issues from now on.”
Scholars the world over know that John Jay College offers unrivaled opportunity for study and research, and on October 4 President Jeremy Travis hosted a welcome reception for the latest cohort of international visitors to the campus. On hand were (from left): Ciara McCormack (McCabe Fellow), President Travis,, Annette Connolly (McCabe Fellow), Sir Ian Blair (Ofﬁce for the Advancement of Research), Andrew Briers (Bramshill Exchange Scholar), Annelies Vredeveldt (Department of Psychology) and Steven Ritchie (Fulbright Scholar). Other visiting scholars at the College this year include those conducting research in economics, psychology, law and police science, and in the Lloyd Sealy Library.
A Great Day for Italian-American Pride
The accomplishments of pioneering educator Dr. Maria Montessori were the focus of a lecture by scholar Leonisa Ardizzone as part of John Jay’s Italian Heritage and Culture Month on October 7. President of the Salvadori Center in New York, Ardizzone has been a public-school teacher working with high-risk students in Seattle, New York City and Ithaca, NY. Having taught at Fordham and Adelphi universities, she holds a doctorate in International Educational Development. Her work in peace education, said President Jeremy Travis during his opening remarks, gives Ardizzone “a home at John Jay.” Ardizzone noted that Montessori, who was born in Chiaravalle, Italy, in 1870, attended an all-boys school at the age of 13 because she wanted to learn how to be an engineer. From there, she went on to medical school. In 1894, Montessori became the ﬁrst woman in Italy to earn a medical degree. It was through her medical work that she became interested in working with children, said Ardizzone, and treating special-education children was what led her to create the teaching philosophy that underlies the Montessori Method. “The ﬁrst thing she did was come up with this idea, after working with 16 children — essentially, throw-away children in the streets of Rome —that they all could learn, they all had the same abilities, and that helped her come to the place that children are in fact agents of their own learning,” said Ardizzone. In Montessori education, children choose what they want to study, she explained. They select an activity, they complete it, work on it, and then “my favorite thing,” quipped Ardizzone, “they clean up after themselves.” Children educated at Montessori schools, she continued, are able to follow their own curiosity, explore a variety of materials and often work alone, learning self-sufﬁciency. The tribute to Montessori was co-sponsored by John Jay Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration Robert Pignatello and CUNY’s John D. Calandra Italian American Institute.
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Lecture Looks at Contributions of Educational Pioneer Montessori
Before her talk on the educational pioneer Dr. Maria Montessori, Leonisa Ardizzone, president of the Salvadori Center, was joined by (from left) President Jeremy Travis, Dean Anthony J. Tamburri of the John D. Calandra Institute at Queens College, and Senior Vice President Robert Pignatello.
FACULTY / STAFF NOTES
GEORGE ANDREOPOULOS (Political Science) recently addressed a symposium on human trafﬁcking held at the Nova Southeastern University School of Law in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Andreopoulos’s presentation was on “The Landscape of Human Trafﬁcking: A Global Perspective.” M. VICTORIA PEREZ-RIOS (Political Science) presented “Sierra Leone: A Hybrid Model to Follow,” at the American Political Science Association’s annual conference in Washington, DC, on September 2–5. In early July, she presented “‘The Alliance of Civilizations’ as an Effective Counter-terrorism Tool” at the 10th Comparative Interdisciplinary Section of the International Studies Association’s Millennium Conference, in Venice, Italy. She was also the discussant on the panel on Conﬂict, Migration and Minorities at the conference. KEITH MARKUS (Psychology) presented a colloquium titled "Measurement, Causation, and Test Validity: Theoretical Puzzles and Practical Problems" to the Doctoral Program in Social Personality Psychology at the CUNY Graduate Center on September 15 and the Doctoral Program in Psychometrics at Fordham University on September 22. JOSE LUIS MORÍN (Latin American and Latina/o Studies) presented a paper on “The Frontiers of Latino Studies: The Importance of Latino Studies in the 21st Century” at Montana State University as part of the events celebrating the inauguration of MSU’s 12th president on September 9 and 10. DIANA FRIEDLAND (Sciences) participated in the 2010 plant-biology conference of the American Society of Plant Biologists and Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists in Montreal, Canada, in August. Her presentation — “Binding Pokeweed Antiviral Protein to Tobacco Etch mRNA Constructs: Structural Recognition and Afﬁnity” — included research performed by two of her John Jay students, Alexandra Toney and Jeannine DeGrazia. Validity.” In addition, Markus’s article “Structural Equations and Causal Explanations: Some Challenges for Causal SEM” appears in the recent issue of Structural Equation Modeling: A Multidisciplinary Journal. In it, he discusses open questions about the nature of causal explanation as they relate to causal modeling in the behavioral sciences. JACOBY CARTER (Philosophy) had his anthology Philosophic Values and World Citizenship: Locke to Obama and Beyond published in September by Lexington Books, a subsidiary of Rowman and Littleﬁeld. In addition, his article “Just/New War Theory: Non-State Actors in Asymmetric Conﬂicts” has been published in the journal Philosophy in the Contemporary World.
JANE KATZ (Health and Physical Education) competed in the World Masters Swim Championships in Sweden this summer, medaling in the 200-meter backstroke and 800-meter freestyle. At the U.S. Master’s Summer Nationals, held in San Juan, PR, in August, she won the 1500meter freestyle as well as sweeping the 50-, 100and 200-meter backstroke events.
BETWEEN THE COVERS
KEITH MARKUS (Psychology) published two entries in the Encyclopedia of Research Design (Sage Publications, 2010) with John Jay students as coauthors. Markus and Kellie Smith published an entry titled “Content Validity.” Along with Jia-ying Lin, he published the entry “Construct
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