Faculty Honors

New City Post for John Jay Prof

John Jay College of Criminal Justice Adjunct Professor Michael Mansfield has been appointed chairman of New York City's Business Integrity Commission. The commission licenses and regulates three business sectors that have historically been preyed upon by organized crime: the private carting industry, four of the city's public wholesale markets and the shipboard gaming industry. "The Business Integrity Commission has made great strides in combating mob activity in industries that used to be world-famous for corruption," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in announcing the appointment. "Michael Mansfield, with his extensive background in law enforcement, is the perfect fit to lead the agency, and I look forward to working with him in continuing BIC's work." For the last 23 years, Mansfield rose through the ranks of the Office of the District Attorney of Queens County, where he held a number of management positions.

Awards for 3 Hunter Scientists

Dr. Neepa Maitra, Hunter College Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy, was named a 2007 Cottrell Scholar and received an award of $100,000 to further her research and teaching.

Dr. Cynthia Degazon, Associate Professor of Nursing, received a three-year, $950,000 grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to continue the BEST program (Becoming Excellent Students in Transition to nursing). The program seeks to reduce the nursing shortage and increase the number of underrepresented minorities in the nursing profession.

Dr. Nicholas Freudenberg, Distinguished Professor of Public Health at Hunter and Social/Personality Psychology at the Graduate Center, received the 2007 Morton Deutsche Conflict Resolution Award from the American Psychological Association's Society for the Study of Peace, Conflict and Violence. The award recognizes his scholarly work on violence prevention as well as his efforts to address challenges that incarcerated adolescents and adults face when rejoining society.

Kudos to 2 Baruch Authors

Baruch College Professor of American Art Gail Levin's Edward Hopper: An Intimate Biography, originally published in 1995 and reissued in an expanded version this year, has been selected by The Wall Street Journal as one of the "five best" artist biographies ever.

Associate Professor of Public Affairs Robert C. Smith has won the 2007 Robert E. Park Book Award for his work Mexican New York: Transitional Lives of New Immigrants. The award is given by the American Sociological Association's Community and Urban Sociology Section to the author of the best book-length research monograph on community and urban sociology published in the past two years.