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“Walk the Talk” is about showcasing action, articulating outcomes with evidence based results, and engaging in continuous improvement. Successful proposals will highlight how individuals and/or teams journey through trial and error to reach a best practice. Presentations and interactions will emphasize provable outcomes. Presenters and facilitators are encouraged to include students in leadership roles as part of their proposal to present. Walk the Talk is for pro-active and reflective practitioners who are committed to improving and enhancing learning outcomes and learning spaces on campuses across CUNY.
Dr. José Antonio Bowen
President, Goucher College
Author of Teaching Naked
Dr. Vita C. Rabinowitz
Executive Vice Chancellor
and University Provost
The City University of New York
Will you use Amazon.com to purchase gifts and books this holiday season? If you do you, this is a great opportunity to help support the Graduate Center Library!
For every purchase made through the GC Library’s Amazon link, located on the library website, you can help fund the Library. Through a program called Amazon Associates, the GC Library earns anywhere from 4% to 8.5% on nearly all purchases.
As an example, if you ordered the book HyperCities: Thick Mapping in the Digital Humanities, the Library will receive 7% of the purchase price or about $1.25. That might not seem like much but it adds up!
Ordering books or eBooks through Amazon for the new semester? Again, we would like to encourage you to purchase through the Amazon logo on the GC Library’s website.
But your purchase doesn’t have to be only books! The Library earns a percentage from nearly anything purchased, including electronic products, Amazon Instant Video, MP3 downloads, DVDs, video games, apparel, health & beauty products, household items, pet supplies, sports equipment, tools, gift cards and more. The best part is there are no additional costs added to the purchase price. A percentage earned from your purchase goes directly to the Library which benefits the students, faculty and staff.
You can get to our Amazon Associates page by either clicking on the Amazon logo on the the Library’s website or the Support the Library link at the bottom of the Library’s website, which will take you to our Donations and Gifts page.
When you get to Amazon, you will see gccunyvirtualboo appear at the end of the Amazon web address. Then just order as usual.
The Graduate Center Library truly appreciates your support.
As you may have heard, CUNY will retire Learning Objects tools — i.e. Campus Pack blogs, wikis, journals, and podcasts — in Blackboard at the end of the Fall 2016 semester. If you have been using these tools, which have characteristic orange icons, you’ll want to save copies of student-created content for your records and recreate course activities using Blackboard-native tools.
We have created a short video tutorial that shows how to do this plus how to create Blackboard blogs and wikis in your course site to replace the ones that will be retired.
Here are the basic steps for saving your Campus Pack (CP) content:
This process creates a compressed folder with an .html file for each page of the site (whether journal, blog, or wiki), which can be opened in any web browser. Please note, comments in blogs or wikis will not be retained. When saving journals, you can select an option to include comments.
To save blogs or wikis with comments, unfortunately the only way is to print each page with comments to a .pdf file:
To save media from a CP podcast, open the podcast, right-click on the media in the player and select “Save Video/Audio As.”
Please email us with any questions you might have, or if you’d like any support with this transition.
A variety of resources are available for undocumented students both within CUNY and elsewhere. Depending on your specific need(s) there are a variety of resources:
- TheDream.US: http://www2.cuny.edu/financial-aid/scholarships/the-dream-us/
- LULF: https://www.lulf.org/apply/[lulf.org]
- Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute: http://www.lehman.edu/cuny-mexican-studies-institute/scholarships.php[lehman.edu]
- Metropolitan Center for Mental Health: http://www.metropolitancenter.com/services/[metropolitancenter.com]
- Ackerman Institute for the Family
- The Institute for Family Health: http://www.institute.org/[institute.org]
- By NYC Law, residents have the right to:
- Equal Health Care Treatment
- Hospital Treatment, regardless of ability to pay
- Language Assistance
- Confidentiality (including immigration status)
- For health care options: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/ochia/downloads/pdf/guide-to-health-insurance-for-immigrants.pdf
- CUNY Citizenship Now! http://www1.cuny.edu/sites/citizenship-now/services/
- United We Dream: http://unitedwedream.org/help/[unitedwedream.org]
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): http://www.thenyic.org/DACA[thenyic.org]
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): http://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/snap-policy-non-citizen-eligibility[fns.usda.gov]
- For Emergency food, please visit your local food bank. http://foodbanknyc.org/foodprogramlocator[foodbanknyc.org]
- Coalition for the Homeless: http://www.coalitionforthehomeless.org/get-help/help-with-something-else/#1[coalitionforthehomeless.org]
- Hud Exchange: https://www.hudexchange.info/[hudexchange.info]
Atmospheric chemical composition is crucial in determining a planet’s atmospheric structure, stability, and evolution. Attaining a quantitative understanding of the essential chemical mechanisms governing atmospheric composition is nontrivial due to complex interactions between chemical species. Trace species, for example, can participate in catalytic cycles – affecting the abundance of major and other trace gas species. Specifically, for Mars, such cycles dictate the abundance of its primary atmospheric constituent, carbon dioxide (CO2), but also for one of its trace gases, ozone (O3). The identification of chemical pathways/cycles by hand is extremely demanding; hence, the application of numerical methods, such as the Pathway Analysis Program (PAP), is crucial to analyze and quantitatively exemplify chemical reaction networks. Here, we carry out the first automated quantitative chemical pathway analysis of Mars’ atmosphere with respect to O3. PAP was applied to JPL/Caltech’s 1-D updated photochemical Mars model’s output data. We determine all significant chemical pathways and their contribution to O3 production and consumption (up to 80 km) in order to investigate the mechanisms causing the characteristic shape of the O3 volume mixing ratio profile, i.e. a ground layer maximum and an ozone layer at ∼ 50 km. These pathways explain why an O3 layer is present, why it is located at that particular altitude and what the different processes forming the near-surface and middle atmosphere O3 maxima are. Furthermore, we show that the Martian atmosphere can be divided into two chemically distinct regions according to the O(3P):O3 ratio. In the lower region (below approximately 24 km altitude) O3 is the most abundant Ox ( = O3 + O(3P)) species. In the upper region (above approximately 24 km altitude), where the O3 layer is located, O(3P) is the most abundant Ox species. Earlier results concerning the formation of O3 on Mars can now be explained with the help of chemical pathways leading to a better understanding of the vertical O3 profile.
Dear Commons Community,
In a decision that has been brewing for a while, US Department of Education Secretary John B. King Jr. yesterday rejected an appeal from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, one of the largest national accreditation agencies, to remain on its list of approved accreditors. As reported by The Washington Post:
“King is siding with his staff and an independent advisory board that deemed the council incapable of rectifying years of lax oversight of troubled for-profit colleges. Advocacy groups, lawmakers and state attorneys general have accused the accrediting agency of letting schools accused of fraud or with abysmal graduation rates receive millions of dollars in federal loans and grants, despite the risks to students and taxpayers.
The council has responded to the criticism by increasing the frequency of its on-site evaluations, removing board members with conflicts of interest, bringing in new leadership and stepping up enforcement actions. Its threat to revoke the accreditation of ITT Technical Institute set in motion a chain of events that ultimately led the for-profit schools to shut down. Still, the council’s efforts have not quelled objections to its participation in the federal student aid program.
“We are deeply disappointed in this decision as we believe it will result in immediate and meaningful harm to hundreds of thousands of students currently enrolled at ACICS-accredited institutions,” Roger Williams, ACICS interim president, said in a statement. “We believe the department’s decision-making process was flawed and potentially unlawful as it did not take this significant progress into account.”
Williams said the accreditation agency plans to file a lawsuit seeking an injunction. That will leave the schools the council accredits in a holding pattern until a final court ruling.
At stake is the future of nearly 300 colleges with 600,000 students. They will ultimately have 18 months to find a new accreditor to prevent students from losing access to government loans and grants. Other accreditation agencies might reject colleges accredited by the council, such as the Art Institutes, which would be the death knell for some. Even if council schools are able to find an accreditor willing to work with them, getting approval could be a long and arduous process.”
This decision was overdue but better late than never. It will be interesting to see what the new US DOE Secretary, Betsy DeVos, does with King’s decision.
24/7 Wall St. has compiled a list of top employers in each state. Generally, there is one company or public institution that employs the most people. Individual state governments and military were excluded from the list. Here is an excerpt:
“There is a large variation in the number of workers that the largest employers in each state employ. This is due largely to states’ various population sizes. In Maine, the largest employer — Hannaford Supermarkets — employs only 10,000 workers. By contrast, in Texas, the largest employer — Walmart — employs more than 171,831 workers.
As the world’s largest retailer, Walmart has an outsized impact on state labor markets. Walmart is the only company to claim the top employer spot in more than one state. In fact, the nation’s largest retailer employs the most people in 19 states.
Educational and medical institutions also frequently top a state’s list of employers. The most common largest employer across the 50 states, after Walmart, is the state’s university system. Educational services dominate statewide employment in 16 states. Organizations operating in the healthcare sector are often major employers as well. Several of these are also part of a university system.
To determine the largest employer in each state, 24/7 Wall St. reviewed employment figures for nonprofits and private and publicly held companies from company press releases, government data, business journals, local media reports, as well as statements from company representatives. For the purposes of our analysis, we treated state government employers like public universities as independent organizations, in keeping with how states frequently identify and compare company headcounts. Military bases were excluded from the rank. In most cases, employee counts for the various colleges, laboratories, and medical centers falling under a single university system were combined. This was because these systems frequently attribute employees from the university and medical centers together. However, when a spokesperson from the medical centers or universities identified the organizations as distinct employers, they were counted separately.”
This is an interesting list and readers may want to check out their own states. Here in New York, the State University of New York with 89,871 employees, is the largest employer.
This Friday, I’m releasing a chapbook of poems written for this awesome group show at Wayfarers.