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1st Locke Prizes in Environmental Sustainability Awarded
With heat domes, torrential rains, mudslides, and other climate-related woes making headlines this summer, this compelling painting of a half-scorched earth couldn't be more meaningful. The artist, Baruch student Steven Rodriguez, is one of five winners of the Susan Locke Prizes in Environmental Sustainability. The prizes were awarded this year for the first time.

Steven says the painting conveys “the two sides of climate change. On the left shows our planet left in its raw state absent from man’s influence. On the right shows our advancement of technology at the expense of our planet.” Steven's piece took second place in the prizes' arts category.

First place for arts went to Julian Tineo, for his fictional news articles casting humans as victims in calamities that typically involve animals. One of Julian's headlines read: "Autopsies Reveal 104 Pieces of Plastic Found in 3-Year-Old Girl's Stomach."

In the research category, first-place winner Chelsea Wepy looked at environmental factors in Latin American and Caribbean migration; second-place winner Austin Tucker looked at New York City's energy transmission system; and a team from the Weissman Center for International Business took third place for a policy brief on how electric vehicles could help create a greener New York City.

The prizes are funded by Baruch Psychology Professor Emerita Susan Locke, with $200 going to first-place winners, $150 for second place and $100 for third place. Read more about the winning entries here.
Weissman Offers New 12-Month MS in I/O Psych
Weissman will offer a new version of its industrial/organizational psychology master's degree next year. The new EMSIOP (Executive Master of Science in Industrial/Organizational Psychology) degree is a low-residency program designed for individuals with at least five years of work experience. Students will be able to complete the program in three semesters over 12 months and will receive individualized assessment and coaching throughout the program. Classes will be taught remotely, with in-person sessions held two weekends a month. 

Read more about the program here and help us spread the word about a July 28 information session for prospective students. Register for the info session here. Applications for Fall 2022 admission are due February 1, 2022.
Faculty Grants, Publications, and Media Mentions
WSAS Professors Jamal Jalilian-Marian and Adrian Dumitru (Natural Sciences) won a $400,000 two-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to work on high-energy quantum chromodynamics in heavy-ion collisions.

The research focuses on understanding the conditions that may have existed in the early universe, a few microseconds after the Big Bang. The funding is a continuation of a previous grant; so far the professors, who are both theoretical physicists, have received a total of about $1.75 million from the DOE to support their work.
As an expert on Cuba and co-editor of the recently published book Cuba's Digital Revolution, WSAS Sociology and Anthropology Professor Ted Henken is in demand by media covering the protests in Cuba. He was quoted by The Associated Press in a story that appeared in many places including ABC News Online, Fortune, and Voice of America. He was also interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Equal Times, and NPR, and wrote a piece under his own byline for Slate. In an interview with the New York Post, he explained that mobile internet availability in Cuba is a "a big blow to totalitarianism, which only thrives by keeping people ignorant and isolated."

Meanwhile The New York Times interviewed WSAS Sociology and Anthropology Professor Katrin Hansing, who spent much of the past year doing research in Cuba. “There are tremendously long lines to get into supermarkets,” Hansing told the paper, describing the deprivations that fueled the protests. “The same can be said for medicine. There is nothing: There is no penicillin, there’s no antibiotics, there’s no aspirin. There’s nothing, really.”
  • Writing in The Chronicle of Higher Education, WSAS English Professor Rafael Walker says higher ed should play a role in ending gun violence by enlisting "psychologists and humanists to tell us why guns maintain such a grip on the American imagination; legal and policy experts to generate strategies for disarming objections to gun control; artists to create works that invite viewers to glimpse the beauty of a world free of the mass, random carnage that firearms permit." His essay mentioned Baruch student Soléi Spears, who was murdered last spring.
  • Mishkin Gallery Director and WSAS Arts Administration Professor Alaina Claire Feldman wrote about the history of natural history exhibitions and how they contribute to “capitalist consumptions” of nature that continue today. Her essay, called “Flooding the Exhibition: Oceanic Encounters in the Age of Aquarium,” was published in the journal Parse.​
  • The CUNY Graduate Center's Thought Project podcast interviewed WSAS/GC Psychology Professor Christopher Stults about his research on relationships among young gay and bisexual men. The research contradicts the stereotype that these types of relationships are promiscuous: "These are people who in fact care very much about each other and they are going to great pains to protect their partner and the relationship as a whole." Listen to the podcast here.
  • The Journal of Visual Studies published an article by WSAS Communication Studies Distinguished Professor Alison Griffiths called “‘The Crystal Reveals the Whole’: Medieval Dreamscapes and Cinematic Space as Virtual Media.” Griffiths says the piece is about "dreaming as a prototype for immersive media and the idea of film projection during the Middle Ages; it crosses the fields of media studies and medieval visual studies."

  • Ethnic and Racial Studies published WSAS History Professor Andrew Sloin's research on the paradoxical tensions between Bolshevik anti-capitalist politics and Soviet anti-imperialism in relation to the phenomena of anti-Semitism and mass anti-Jewish violence in Civil War-torn Ukraine.

  • WSAS History Professor Vincent DiGirolamo and his book Crying the News: A History of America's Newsboys were featured on CUNY TV's One to One show hosted by Sheryl McCarthy.

  • WSAS Political Science Professor Mitchell Cohen's essay "Irving Howe: Un socialiste libéral" appeared in the May 2021 issue of Esprit, one of France's leading intellectual journals. It is a French translation of "Irving Howe: A Socialist Life," which appeared in the Fall 2020 issue of Dissent. His article "For a Liberal Socialism" will appear in summer 2021 issue of Dissent. His book, The Politics of Opera: A History from Monteverdi to Mozart came out in paperback last winter. The book won Baruch's Presidential Achievement Award for Scholarship (2017), was named one of the best books of the year in the London Evening Standard, won the prose award for music of the Association of American Publishers, and was shortlisted for the Shannon Prize in European Studies.

  • WSAS Journalism Professor Andrea Gabor's piece about gaps in broadband infrastructure, "Congress Fails Schoolkids Struggling to Learn Online," was published by Bloomberg.
Alumni Spotlights
Elisha Ortiz graduated from Baruch in 2013 with a journalism degree and served as editor-in-chief of Dollars & Sense while at Weissman. Today, she's a breaking news reporter at NBCNews.com with an incredibly impressive resume after just a few years in the field. She uses her maiden name, Elisha Fieldstadt, as her byline.

"At NBC News, I've earned a Peabody and been nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award," she said. "I've covered most every major national news story and some international news stories in the last eight years (I was working as an intern at NBC before graduating from Baruch). Recently, I've been focused on covering the horrific condo collapse in Miami, every day since the morning it happened, writing more than a dozen articles about it. I've covered the collapse almost exclusively, diverting attention to a couple stories on Richard Branson, one on Bill Cosby, the breaking news on Sha'Carri Richardson, a story when Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall and a couple other breaking stories. While it seems like a lot in between, this is actually the most singularly-focused I've ever been on one story for more than two weeks. Shortly after the collapse, I was a guest on iHeartRadio's The Daily Dive podcast to talk about my coverage." She's also a mom to 10-month-old Laila.

To keep up with her latest stories, follow her on Twitter.
WEISSMAN I/O PSYCH ALUMNUS FEATURED: The Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology did a Q-and-A with Eric Knudsen, who earned his MS at Weissman and his PhD from The Graduate Center. Knudsen is now head of Glint People Science Research at LinkedIn.
Looking Ahead: October Social Media Seminar
Mark your calendars for October 14, noon to 1 pm, for a workshop co-sponsored by the CUNY Graduate Center on how to promote your research on social media. The session will be online, open to Baruch Weissman faculty, GC faculty, and graduate students at both schools. We'll tape it for those who can't attend live. Stay tuned for registration details.
Got news, questions, or feedback? Email baruchwsas@baruch.cuny.edu.
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