News and Events of Interest to the College Community February 16, 2011

February 22, 23, 26 CUNY Athletic Conference Women’s & Men’s Basketball Championships
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Washington Worth Noting Professor Carpi Goes to for Mentoring Efforts Science Chair Honored by Obama
“And what did you do during your winter break?’ If you’re Professor Anthony Carpi, chair of the Department of Sciences, you visited the White House on January 27 to receive a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. Carpi was one of 11 individuals and four organizations honored by President Barack Obama. The honorees, Obama said, “have gone above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that the United States remains on the cutting edge of science and engineering for years to come. Their devotion to the educational enrichment and personal growth of their students is remarkable, and these awards represent just a small token of our enormous gratitude.” In addition to his personal mentorship of dozens of John Jay students, Carpi was cofounder of the Math & Science Resource Center and science peer-mentoring program. Along with Professors Lawrence Kobilinsky and Ron Pilette, he co-founded the College’s Program for Research Initiatives for Science Majors (PRISM), an undergraduate initiative that creates opportunities for forensic science students to engage in facultymentored research projects. “I am truly honored and humbled to receive this prestigious award, and very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with outstanding students at John Jay,” said Carpi, who joined the College’s faculty in 1997 and specializes in environmental toxicology. “The real reward is knowing that the mentoring programs we’ve created have provided the support and resources that our students need to reach their full potential.” President Jeremy Travis said Carpi’s award is a recognition of the science program at John Jay. “This is a great honor for the College,” said Travis. “This award to Professor Carpi, who has trans-

Nat Holman Gymnasium, City College

February 23 7:00 PM The 1960s — The Struggle for Justice Intensifies
Music as Advocacy: How Songs Can Change History Peter Yarrow Multipurpose Room, North Hall

February 25 9:00 AM Annual Malcolm/King Breakfast
Keynote Speaker: Derrick Bell, Esq. Honoree: Artist Faith Ringgold Tickets: $35; students, $15. RSVP to 212.237.8764 Gymnasium, Haaren Hall

February 28 7:00 PM The 1960s — The Struggle for Justice Intensifies
20th & 21st Century Feminism: From Small Groups to Global Politics Robin Morgan Room 630, Haaren Hall

Professor Anthony Carpi is greeted by President Obama during a White House ceremony at which Carpi was honored for outstanding mentoring efforts.

March 7 7:00 PM The 1960s — The Struggle for Justice Intensifies
Lyndon Johnson’s ‘Great Society’: A Free-Market Critique Richard Ebeling Room 630, Haaren Hall

Behavioral Intervention Team Stands Ready to Respond to Students in Crisis
Among the disturbing post-incident revelations in the aftermath of the recent shooting tragedy in Tucson, AZ, in which six people were killed and 14 others were wounded, was the fact that the alleged gunman had been dismissed from the local community college for his bizarre and threatening behavior. At John Jay, the Division of Student Development’s Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) has been on the alert for signs of possible students in crisis for some time, and stands ready to take appropriate action as needed. In the aftermath of an earlier mass killing — the Virginia Tech shootings in April 2007 — John Jay formed a committee to develop BIT and other crisis responses. BIT was charged with identifying, assessing and monitoring students who exhibit “moderate to elevated levels of distress or disruption, and/or behavioral dysregulation, including homicidal, suicidal, assaultive or selfinjurious threats,” and implementing timely interventions that protect the welfare of the student and the safety of the college community. The primary goal is to provide threat assessments and early intervention before a crisis arises. The team is chaired by Dean of Students Wayne Edwards, and also includes the Director of Accessibility Services, Director of Public Safety, Director of Health Services, and three counselors, including the Director of Counseling, the Director of the Women’s Center, and Counsel to the President. On a case-by-case basis, BIT may also call upon the expertise of other members of the college community for consultation on risk assessment and interventions. The team meets biweekly to discuss current cases, which may include a wide range of behaviors, such as order of protection violations, improper and potentially delusional contacts with professors or aggressive text-message advances aimed at a fellow student. The assessment

formed the science program at John Jay and has established strategies aimed at mentoring young scientists, underscores his accomplishments.” The award “reinforces the image of John Jay as a nationally recognized institution known both for the scholarship of our faculty and our deep commitment to undergraduate education,”

Travis said, adding a note of gratitude to the City University for the “support that has made this possible.” The College’s new building scheduled to open in the fall of 2011 will include an increase of nearly 50 percent in the number of state-of-the-art teaching labs available to students.

The Good Book

Larry Sullivan, Chief Librarian of the Lloyd Sealy Library, cradles one of the library’s most prized holdings, a Bible that was inscribed by former U.S. Chief Justice John Jay and given to his daughter in 1814. The restored Bible, which is housed in the library’s Special Collections, has been on loan to the College since 2006. John Jay’s direct descendant, David Livingston Jay Hughes (right), and his wife, Tracy, visited the College on January 28 to renew the loan arrangement with President Jeremy Travis for another five years. The renewed loan also includes the portrait of John Jay that hangs in Haaren Hall..

process is cloaked in confidentiality, to protect potentially troubled students as well as their potential or actual victims. “We stress confidentiality and due process, but candor is also a part of the process,” said Edwards. “We look at each case to make sure various protocols are followed.” The Dean and/or other BIT members may also meet with a student’s parents to elicit additional information on a case. When it comes to responses, BIT has a variety of carrot-and-stick options, from counseling to discipline to legal action. There are also cases that do not get an immediate intervention but remain “on the radar screen,” said Edwards. The challenges facing BIT, Edwards noted, are compounded by operating within a large public college with a commuter student base. The team’s work is abetted by timely awareness of threats, acts of violence and potential mental health emergencies. To that end, BIT produced a “Faculty & Staff Emergency Response Guide” that includes step-by-step reporting instructions, beginning with notifying the John Jay Department of Public Safety at 212.237.8888. “We recommend that all mental distress or suicide comments be taken very seriously,” said Edwards. “Assuming that someone is only seeking attention could be a very serious and potentially dangerous mistake.” In non-emergency cases, members of the college community can request a crisis consultation by calling the Department of Counseling at 212.237-8111. More information on BIT, including a policy and procedure guide and a downloadable BIT Report Form, can be found online at www.jjay.cuny. edu/3534.php.

Intrepid Journalists Cited for Criminal Justice Reporting
Investigative reporters from New York magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer walked away with the top prizes in the 2011 John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Awards competition. The awards were presented January 31 as part of the annual Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium, “Law and Disorder: Facing the Legal and Economic Challenges to American Criminal Justice,” hosted by John Jay’s Center on Media, Crime and Justice. “This year’s winning entries demonstrated once again how criminal justice journalism at its highest level can lead to changes in public policy and community awareness,” said John Jay President Jeremy Travis. The award in the single-story category went to Robert Kolker of New York for his article “I Did It,” an investigation into the 1992 case of a New york State man who served 19 years for a crime he did not commit after making a false confession to police. As a result of Kolker’s article, a subcommittee of the New york State Justice Task Force held hearings on the issue of tape-recording interrogations. A member of the awards panel called Kolker’s reporting “a stunning example of how the press can inform the public and help keep justice in our criminal justice system.” An investigative team from the Philadelphia Inquirer — Craig McCoy, Nancy Phillips, Dylan Purcell, John Sullivan and Emilie Lounsberry — won the excellence in reporting award in the series category for “Justice: Delayed, Dismissed and Denied,” a four-part series that exposed serious flaws in the Philadelphia court system. The series documented an epidemic of witness intimidation, a court debt of $1 billion in bail owed by defendants who skipped court and the highest fugitive rate in the nation. The Inquirer’s investigation led to the Philadelphia District Attorney and the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordering a series of reforms and reorganization blueprints. One of the awards judges commented that “other news media organizations should take a cue from the Inquirer and look at their local court systems.” Honorable mentions were presented to Jim Schaefer of the Detroit Free Press for “Overdue Justice,” an investigation of undistributed victimrestitution funds, and, in the series category, to Charles Piller of The Sacramento Bee for “The Public Eye,” a look at prison reforms, and to a joint team from ProPublica, the New Orleans Times-Picayune and “PBS Frontline” for “Law and Disorder,” a look at the New Orleans police force after Hurricane Katrina.

Stephen Handelman of the Center on Media, Crime and Justice (left) and President Jeremy Travis join with award winners and other key participants in the annual Guggenheim Symposium on crime in America. From right: Keynote speaker John Conroy of the Better Government Association of Chicago; Joel Wallman, program officer with the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation; Robert Kolker of new york magazine; Nancy Phillips and Craig McCoy, both of the Philadelphia inquirer.

No Ifs, Ands or Butts
Students, faculty and staff at John Jay and the 22 other City University campuses will soon be able to breathe a little easier, after the CUNy Board of Trustees on January 24 voted to implement a university-wide ban on smoking. Campuses will have until September 2012 to impose the new rules, giving them time to launch educational campaigns, post no-smoking signs and provide counseling assistance for those who wish to kick the habit. Campuses will be free to ban smoking before the university deadline. At John Jay, smoking will be banned on the Jay Walk, the rooftop commons that will be a centerpiece of the expanded campus set to open in the fall. English Professor Karen Kaplowitz, president of the John Jay Faculty Senate and a member of the advisory task force that recommended the CUNy smoking ban, said the prohibition will allow John Jay to enjoy “a beautiful, tobacco-free campus in the middle of Manhattan that is unthreatened by cigarette smoke and butts.” The ban will be less noticeable at urban colleges like John Jay, Baruch and Hunter, since it will not apply to smoking on public sidewalks.

CUNY Board OK’s Smoking Ban for 2012
A more sweeping application of the smoking ban would apply to campuses with significant green spaces between buildings, such as the College of Staten Island and City College.

Student Achievers
david saBatelle, a graduate student in International Criminal Justice, won the 2010 global paper competition of the American Society of Criminology’s Division of International Criminology, for his paper, “The Scourge of Opiates: The Illicit Narcotics Trade in the Islamic Republic of Iran.” He received the award at the ASC meeting in San Francisco in November. nazia MaHMood, a Forensic Science major, won a Student Research Award at the Eastern Analytical Symposium held November 15-18. Mahmood was one of just six undergraduates nationwide to receive the award this year. She has been working with Professor yi He in the Department of Sciences on a project to identify chemical fingerprints in beverages by using inductively coupled plasma–mass spectrometry.

London Calling
Professor Staci Strobl (right) of the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration traveled to London January 20 to receive the Radzinowicz Memorial Prize for the best paper in the British Journal of Criminology. Strobl won the award for her article “Policing housemaids: The criminalization of domestic workers in Bahrain.” The award was presented by Pat Carlen, the journal’s editor in chief, at the annual meeting of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies at the University of London’s School of Oriental and Asian Studies.

Jana arsovska (Sociology) and Leonid Lantsman, a PhD student in criminal justice, conducted a training session on November 10 at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services–Newark Asylum Office, where they spoke on West African organized criminal networks and the exploitation of traditional belief systems as a method of control for human trafficking victims. On December 8, Arsovska led an additional training session on the changing operational methods of Albanian organized crime groups and their ties to political structures. Each session was attended by approximately 30 agents of the Newark office. klaus von laMPe (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) presented a paper on December 8 titled “Re-Conceptualizing Transnational Organized Crime: Offenders as Problem Solvers,” at the Second International Symposium on Terrorism and Transnational Crime, in Antalya, Turkey. The symposium was organized by the Turkish National Police Academy. kiMora (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) spoke to the staff of Options Recovery Services in Berkeley, CA, on January 5, about the cognitive skills needed to properly mentor offenders, as part of the Offender
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Mentor Certification program. She also spoke to counselors from Options Recovery Services about drug addiction certification through the California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors. On December 20, Kimora presented a prison re-entry training session to female inmates at the Bayview Correctional Facility in Manhattan. José luis Morín and Brian Montes (Latin American and Latina/o Studies) presented a paper on “Puerto Rican youth and Criminal Justice” at the Puerto Rican Social Conditions and Public Policy Conference at the Hunter College School of Social Work on December 10, 2010. Morín organized the conference in his role as director of the Puerto Rican Research and Policy Initiative at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. Morín also presented a paper on “The Latino Male and the U.S. Criminal Justice System,” at the young Latino Male Symposium at Arizona State University on October 1. terry Furst (Anthropology) delivered a paper, “An Exploration of The Socio-Behavioral Correlates Related to Patients Cycling In and Out of Buprenorphine (Suboxone) Treatment in a Harm Reduction Setting,” as part of the Columbia University Drug Seminar Series, held in December in New york. Furst was also one of the authors of the paper “Treatment: Beyond the Office,” delivered in October at the Australian Professional Society on Alcohol and other Drugs, in Canberra, Australia. Betsy HegeMan (Psychology) discussed a paper and videotape on November 13 at the NyU Postdoctoral Program Colloquium. The paper was Dr. Sheldon Itzkowitz’s “We’re All In It Together,” which showed facets of the personality and treatment of a woman diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder. Hegeman has been invited to

teach a course on cultural syndromes, dissociation and trauma in the NyU Postdoctoral Program. alisse Waterston (Anthropology) presented a paper on “Sacred Memory and the Secular World: The Poland Narratives” at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting in December 2010.

BetWeen tHe Covers
Fritz uMBaCH (History) will have his book The Last Neighborhood Cops: The Rise and Fall of Community Policing in New York Public Housing, published in February by Rutgers University Press. The book is part of the “Critical Issues in Crime and Society” series. alisse Waterston (Anthropology) had her edited volume, Anthropology off the Shelf: Anthropologists on Writing published in paperback in January by Wiley-Blackwell.

Justice Administration) has been appointed to the Criminal Justice Committee of Governor-elect Tom Corbett’s transition team in Pennsylvania. The committee will advise Corbett on matters pertaining to corrections, probation and parole, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and the State Police. Horn served as commissioner of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections from 1995 to 2000. Jon sHane (Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration) has been honored for his doctoral dissertation, receiving the “Highly Commended Award” on January 24 in the Outstanding Doctoral Research Award competition sponsored by the Emerald/European Foundation for Management Development. suzanne oBoler (Latin American and Latina/o Studies) has been appointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to serve on the Jacob Javits Fellows Program Fellowship Board. alisse Waterston (Anthropology) has been elected to the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association and serves on the Committee on Practicing, Applied and Public Interest Anthropology. Waterston was named chair of the Anthropological Communication Committee, and appointed to the Rapid Response Network, the AAA advisory group on matters related to anthropology and the military. Professor Waterston has also received a Mellon-funded fellowship from the Committee for the Study of Religion (CUNy Graduate Center). José luis Morín (Latin American and Latina/o Studies) has been selected to serve on the young Latino Male Working Group, consisting of prominent academics and community leaders from across the country.

Peer revieW
tHalia vraCHoPoulos (Art & Music), a specialist on contemporary Asian art, has won the Fulbright Senior Specialist Scholar Award, which she will use to lecture on faculty and curricular development at Korea University in Seoul. Wayne edWards (Dean of Students) received his PhD in sociology from the City University Graduate Center on February 1, following the acceptance of his dissertation, “Black Males, Money & More: Conduits and Barriers to Academic Success.” In the dissertation, Edwards contrasted the impact of a series of demographic, behavioral and attitudinal variables on educational outcomes of black males of low socioeconomic status versus black males of not-low socioeconomic status. Martin Horn (Law, Police Science and Criminal

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