High Achievers

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Dr. Ned Douglass, chair of Science,
Technology & Society and assistant professor of physics, has been awarded a $62K grant to observe X-ray radiation from cosmic sources. He will do his research on NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory – considered one of the space agency’s “Great Observatories,” along with the Hubble Space Telescope and he doesn’t need to leave his office.

Dr. Douglass, who is also an astronomer, studies galaxy clusters –

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Eliana Artiaga ’18, a professional communications major at FSC, has been awarded the “Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leader Award” by the National Association for Campus Activities (NACA) Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference.

This award is presented to “an undergraduate student leader who has made a significant impact on campus life at their institution.”  Eliana was selected as the winner for the entire Mid-Atlantic region.

Eliana is a member of Sigma Delta Tau, and past president of the Campus Activities Board.

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Diane Kazanecki Kempter

Diane Kazanecki Kempter, Director of Student Financial Services, spoke recently about the state’s Excelsior Scholarship free-tuition program at a college financing seminar sponsored by Newsday.

Still something of a mystery to some parents and students, she provided a comprehensive presentation on the intricacies of the first-of-its-kind program.

Kazanecki Kempter told the audience how fortunate New Yorkers are to have the scholarship available to SUNY and CUNY students. She said the state expects more than 200,000 students to take advantage of Excelsior,

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Dr. Jill O’Sullivan, associate professor in the computer systems department, has been named a Top 50 Woman by Long Island Business News.

Says the newspaper: “Top 50 honorees always make a profound difference on the lives of Long Islanders.”

Dr. O’Sullivan is advisor to the student 3D Print Club. Most recently, she is in partnership with Infor to bring important training to FSC students.


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Reasoning through Madness: the Detective in Gothic Crime Fiction is the latest article by Dr. Michelle Miranda, associate professor, Department of Security Systems and Law Enforcement Technology.

According to Dr. Miranda, elements of Gothic horror, scientific reasoning and crime are presented throughout works of Edgar Allan Poe and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Such works include Poe’s stories of horror and mystery, and those featuring the detective C.

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Sylvia Nicosia, Director of Web Programming and Development in the Office for Institutional Advancement, won both the dazzling and practical Red Stapler Award at the Higher Education Web Professionals national conference.

Nicosia was awarded “Best of Track” in the Applications, Integration and Mobile category for her presentation, “From Classic, Universal, to Google Tag Manager: How to Safely Defeat the Beast.”


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Nursing faculty members Drs. Jennifer Bryer and Patti Cantamessa have been awarded a $10,000 Explorations in Diversity and Academic Excellence Grant by SUNY, to fund a workshop on diversity in healthcare education next April.

The purpose of the workshop is to analyze factors associated with healthcare disparities, by educating faculty, students and the public about the relationship between the lack of diversity among the healthcare workforce, lack of diverse health professions students, and inadequate access to healthcare by minority populations.

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Twenty-nine members of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity recently participated in the 24th Annual “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” walk at Jones Beach. Not only did they have an outstanding showing – placing 66th among 1,316 teams – but TKE raised $3,303 to help fund breast cancer research.

The money raised – which was $2,303 above goal – “showed how hard the students at Farmingdale State College worked and how much of an impact this disease has on everyone,”

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