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Mike Nair-Collins (Philosophy BA, 2004) has been appointed to a tenure-track position in the Department of Medical Humanities and Social Sciences at the Florida State University College of Medicine after completion of a Ph.D. in philosophy and cognitive science at the CUNY Grad center.  Dr. Nair-Collins, who specializes in philosophy of mind research interests and bioethics, will be teaching ethics to medical students in addition to offering philosophy courses to undergraduate and graduate students.  His responsibilities also include clinical consults in the hospital.

Janice Cori Cobb (Anthropology) was awarded Patent #6329149 for inventing a procedure for extracting DNA from dental remains without harm to crown and roots. She developed this technique as she worked on remains she helped recover in the late 1990s in China. Janice graduated Suma Cum Laude in 1989 with a major in History and returned to complete nearly all course requirements for the B.A. Anthropology. She earned her M.A. in Anthropology at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks.  

Robert Talisse (Philosophy), Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, together Matthew Cotter (History and Humanities Honors) are the main organizers for a conference at the CUNY Graduate Center to honor the centenary of the controversial philosopher, Sydney Hook's birth. Another Philosophy alum, Robert Tempio is also working on the conference. Talisse and Tempio are publishing a new book on Sydney Hook.



 Eric Leonard (Political Science) was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. Mark Rendeiro (also Poli Sci) was accepted this year at University of Amsterdam in their Master's of European Communications Program.

Gus Penaranda (Poli Sci) was named Director of the Mayor's Office of Outside Business Investment for the City of Paterson. All graduates from the Pre-Law program who were admitted to Law School are currently in the top half of their respective classes. Ruben Scolavino (Poli Sci and Pre Law) recipient of a Seton Hall Presidential Scholarship Award, graduated from Seton Hall Law School and has accepted a position with the Bronx D.A's Office. Larry Joseph and Rob Francin are both finished their second year at Rutgers Law School. Joseph was named to the Rutgers Moot Court Board.

Women's Studies alumna, Maria Rodriguez was the subject of a feature article in The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education (February 2002), ALatinas Earn Awards for Women's Studies" that highlights her winning the National Women's Studies Association 2001 "Women of Color" essay contest. Four Women Studies alums have returned to teach as adjuncts for the department after completing their Master's elsewhere: Edward Jankowski (Fordham, Psychology), Robin Dwyer (Drew, Theology), Tracy Francese (Monmouth, Psychological Counseling), and Jill Zinckgraf (Rutgers, Public Policy).

Lakeisha Brooks, a graduate of the public policy MA program, is now the director of YouthWORKS program, a job readiness and internship program at West Side High School. To read more about her work, click here.