ICYMI: December 2014

Hostos Dental Hygiene Students Particpate
In The 2014 Greater New York Dental Meeting

The Hostos Dental Hygiene delegation at the
2014 Greater New York Dental Meeting.

On Sunday, November 30, 2014, Hostos Community College had a dental hygiene delegation composed of faculty and students participate in the 2014 Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM), the largest dental congress and exposition in the United States. Held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, this year the GNYDM held its 90th congress.
Table clinic presentations by the Hostos dental hygiene delegation were coordinated by Professor Sandra Castellanos.
Student presenters:
  • The Public’s Perspective of a Dental Hygienist - Gabriela C. Duenas and Jessica Granda.
    • The Hidden Truth About Hookah Smoking - Rafik M. Michael, Raymonise M. Neptune-Sterling and Paola Fernández
  • To Drill Or Not To Drill? The Process of Remineralization on Enamel Lesions - Carolina Murillo, Nira M. Orbegozo and Ingrith García
  • Pain Management for the Dental Hygienist - Melania Zaharie, Maria Vassallo and Janice Anthony
  • Berries Against Oral Cancer - Linda Espino
Faculty presenters:
  • The Benefits of Rectangular Collimation - Professor Sandra Castellanos
  • Obtaining Better Posterior Oral Visibility - Professor Salim Rayman and Dr. Elvir Dincer
  • Outreach Humanitarianism Combating Oral Health Disparities - Professor Diana Macri and Dr. Luz Aguirre (Columbia University)
  • Pain in the Hispanic Population - Professor Julie Bencosme
Congratulations to the Hostos delegation for their hard work and dedication to the Dental Hygiene profession.
Hostos Annual Celebration
Of Student Poets Honors Hostos The Man

Hostos’ 12th Annual Celebration of Student Poets held on November 20 held a special significance because it honored Eugenio María de Hostos, the man the College was named after.

The celebration was organized by professors Maya Sharma and Christine Hutchins with support from professors Ian Scott, Craig Bernardini and Karin Lundberg. Germán Santos, President of the Hostos English Club, also had a hand in making the event possible.

Hostos Interim President David Gómez was one of the special attendees for what is always one of the College’s signature events.

The real stars were the students, who read their original poems which were judged by faculty. The competition also holds an educational element as it bolsters students’ writing and reading skills, while giving them deeper insight into great literature.
2014 Winners:
1st prize, Neftalí Pabón
2nd prize, CheeChee Bourne
3rd prize, Ordanis Castillo
Audience prize, Germán Santos

Hostos Celebrates Science & Welcomes
Leading Nanochemist And CUNY
Professor Dr. Rein Ulijn

From left to right: Prof. Francisco Fernández, Prof. Vyacheslav Dushenkov,
Provost Dr. Carmen Coballes-Vega, Keynote Speaker, Dr. Rein Ulijn,
Prof. Ralph Schwartz, and Prof. Damaris-Lois Y. Lang.

Always looking to promote the importance of science, Hostos launched a “Science Day” celebration on November 18.

The event ran through November 21 and kicked off with a special lecture by Einstein Professor of Chemistry at Hunter College Dr. Rein Ulijn. Earlier this year Dr. Ulijn was appointed by The City University of New York Board of Trustees to head the nanoscience initiative at the new CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC).

His lecture, “Inspired by Biology: Recent Developments and Opportunities in Nanotechnology,” was heard by an audience of over 150 people composed of students, faculty and staff in the Multipurpose Room.

Dr. Ulijn joined CUNY from the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, Scotland, where he ran an acclaimed nanochemistry lab and served as Vice Dean of Research. He is a pioneer in an area of nanoscience—the study and control of matter on atomic and molecular scales—that focuses on creating materials and systems that are inspired by biology and have unique “adaptive” properties.

In addition to other educational activities, Science Day featured a photo exhibit, “Salmon, Bears and People,” which ran from November 19- 21, in the A-Atrium. The exhibit by Hostos Professor Vyacheslav Dushenkov explored both nature and people of remote Kamchatka peninsula.

Science Day was organized by Hostos’ Natural Sciences Department, led by Chairperson Professor Francisco Fernández, and coordinated by Professors Damaris-Lois Y. Lang, Vyacheslav Dushenkov, Biao Jiang, and Ralph Schwartz.

Hostos Science And Engineering Students
Visit Colgate-Palmolive

Hostos students at the Colgate-Palmolive plant.

A joint effort between the Hostos Student Government Association, the Dual Degree Engineering Program; as well as the Physics, Engineering, Robotics and College Discovery Team clubs organized a field trip for a group of 40 Hostos students interested in science and engineering to go to the Colgate-Palmolive facilities in New Jersey on November 7.

While touring the plant students interacted with chemists, biologists and industrial designers and learned about the process behind the production and improvement of toothpaste, soap, detergents, and other products. The group was even given the opportunity to make hand soap, assemble whitening pens for teeth.

Hostos Students Present Their Research
At The Annual Biomedical Research Conference

For Minority Students

Top: Professor Mohammad Sohel, Vázquez, Wellington and Professor
Yoel Rodríguez; Bottom left: Kemar Wellington and Leslie Vázquez;
Bottom right: Wellington and Vázquez with Professor Steinberg.
Hostos students Leslie Vázquez and Kemar Wellington were selected by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) reviewers to present results of their summer research at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS), the largest scientific conference for minority student researchers in the Biomedical field.

The summer research experience for Leslie and Kemar was made possible by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant awarded to Dr. Neal F. Lue, professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Weill Cornell Medical School and Olga Steinberg, an associate professor in the Natural Sciences Department at Hostos Community College.

Professor Steinberg was awarded the ASM-LINK Travel Award to present her STEM-mentoring project at the mentoring workshop organized by ABRCMS, and Professors Yoel Rodríguez and Mohammad Sohel were awarded the Judge Travel Award from by ABRCMS to participate in the evaluation process of student research posters and oral presentations.

Nearly 2,000 college students from all over the country were selected to present their work. This was the first time that Hostos students participated in ABRCMS.
About Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
Now in its fourteenth year, ABRCMS is one of the largest, professional conferences for underrepresented minority students and students with disabilities to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), attracting approximately 3,300 individuals, including 1,700 undergraduate students, 400 graduate students and postdoctoral scientists and 1200 faculty, program directors and administrators. Students come from over 350 U.S. colleges and universities. All are pursuing advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and many have conducted independent research. The conference is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced training in STEM and provide faculty mentors and advisors with resources for facilitating students’ success. More than 500 representatives from graduate programs at US colleges and universities as well as scientists from government agencies, foundations, and professional scientific societies join ABRCMS in the exhibitors program to share information about graduate school and summer internship opportunities. These representatives present research opportunities, funding sources, and professional networks.
During the four-day conference, over 1,500 students participate in poster and oral presentations in twelve disciplines in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including mathematics. All undergraduate student presentations are judged and those receiving the highest scores in each scientific discipline and in each educational level will be given an award during the final banquet.
This conference is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity (TWD) and managed by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).