October 2016   




Alumnus and Brooklyn DA Kenneth Thompson's Death Mourned  

John Jay College mourns the passing of alumnus Kenneth Thompson (B.A. '89), Brooklyn District Attorney, on Sunday, October 9, 2016.  Read More 

John Jay Skyrockets to 7th Place Nationwide in 10-Year Research-Grant Increase     

The Chronicle of Higher Education's 2016 Almanac recently listed John Jay College of Criminal Justice 7th among more than 600 universities nationwide in terms of greatest increase in research grant dollars for the fiscal years 2005 - 2014.  Read More 


New Study Shows John Jay PRISM Program Has Increased Graduation Rates and STEM Careers for Science Majors          

A new study in the Journal of Research in Science Teaching, led by Anthony Carpi, Professor of Environmental Toxicology and Dean of Research at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, shows that undergraduates who participate in the College's Program for Research Initiatives in Science and Math (PRISM), graduate more often with science degrees and attend graduate school and pursue STEM careers at higher rates.  Read More  

Professor Stoessinger's 88 Keys to Success        

In the words of John Jay adjunct professor and artist-in-residence Caroline Stoessinger, "Music is a language, and it's my language." Now, Stoessinger, with the help of Professor Nathan Lents, interim director of the Macaulay Honors College at John Jay, is sharing that language through a new program that gives free private piano lessons to selected students.  Read More


2016 Election Takes Center Stage in Live Broadcast        

Before a national audience on Sept. 26, John Jay College students showed themselves to be true "fierce advocates for justice" as they packed the Moot Court for a live broadcast of "The Young Turks (TYT) on Fusion." Read More  

John Jay's New Building Recognized as 'Overlooked Architectural Masterpiece'        

WJohn Jay College's New Building has once again garnered recognition for its striking design. The Real Deal, a leading New York City real estate news publication, recently listed the New Building among the "ten best buildings to see in America" and one of "coolest works of architecture in the country that often get overlooked."  Read More


Faculty Profile: Professor Browne-Marshall and Ballot-Box Justice  

Three years ago, when Professor Gloria Browne-Marshall began writing her new book, The Voting Rights War: The NAACP and the Ongoing Struggle for Justice, she said it was with the idea that by the end of President Obama's term, citizens might not be very enthusiastic about exercising their constitutional right to vote. Read More  

Scholarship Celebrates Legacy of Former President Lynch      

Faculty, staff and alumni gathered on Wednesday, Sept. 28, for a reception to help endow the Dr. Gerald W. Lynch Memorial Scholarship.
Created in memory of John Jay's third president, who died in 2013, the scholarship provides financial support to exemplary doctoral students who have a demonstrated interest in the areas of human dignity, human rights, social justice, and the police. Read More


Children's Center Named for Grateful Alumna

LaBrenda Garrett-Nelson (B.A. '75) has never lost sight of the impact John Jay College has had on her life. Once an activist student, she is now an active, and grateful, alumna, whose cheerful desire to give back to her alma mater recently led to a major gift to support the John Jay Children's Center. Read More  



Faculty and Staff Notes


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Mark Camillo (Security, Fire and Emergency Management) was an invited guest speaker on Sept. 15 at the National Basketball Association's security conference on "Insider Threat Awareness." The audience consisted primarily of arena security directors and security representatives from the 30 NBA arenas in North America.

Sara McDougall (History) was interviewed on Sept. 16 on Irish Radio's Moncrieff Show with Sean Moncrieff, discussing animal trials in medieval Europe. McDougall is aspecialist in late-medieval France, with particular focus on legal history and women's history 


The Printed Page
Kathleen Collins
(Library) has had her new book, Dr. Joyce Brothers: The Founding Mother of TV Psychology, published by Rowman & Littlefield.

Jeffrey Kroessler (Library) had his essay on terrorism, "Anarchists, Puerto Ricans, Croatians, Too: Nearly Everyone's Attacked NYC," published Sept. 25 in The Daily Beast.

Keith A. Markus (Psychology) published an article titled "Alternative Vocabularies in the Test Validity Literature" and "Validity Bites: Comments and Rejoinders" in the journal Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, as part of a special issue on test validity. Other recently published articles include "Consistent Treatment of Variables and Causation Poses a Challenge for Behavioral Research Methods: A Commentary on Nesselroade and Molenaar," in Multivariate Behavioral Research, and "Unfinished Business in Clarifying Causal Measurement: Commentary on Bainter and Bollen" and "Theory, Observation, and Validation: Commentary on Almond, Kim, Velasquez, & Shute," both in the journal Measurement. His obituary tribute to the late CUNY faculty member Roger Ellis Millsap appeared in American Psychologist.

Mary Ting (Art and Music) had her blog post "Because the Earth Needs a Good. . .Artist" featured on the website earthjustice.org on Aug. 29. Ting, a visual artist whose work reflects on grief, memories and human interactions with nature, also teaches in John Jay's Sustainability/ Environmental Justice program.


Heath Brown's (Public Management) article "Nonprofits May Hold Key to Immigrant Turnout in 2016" was featured in The American Prospect on Sept. 27. The article is an adapted excerpt from Brown's new book, Immigrants and Electoral Politics: Nonprofit Organizing in a Time of Change, which will be published by Cornell University Press on Nov. 8.



Daniel Feldman (Public Management) was recently elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Feldman, who served as a New York State Assemblyman for 18 years, has been a member of the John Jay faculty since 2010.

Mangai Natarajan (Criminal Justice) was among the guests at a luncheon reception in July at Clarence House, the official residence of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in recognition of her and others who are working toward solutions to domestic abuse. In June, Natarajan's article "Police Response to Domestic Violence: A Case Study of TecSOS Mobile Phone Use in the London Metropolitan Police Service" was published in Policing Journal, and on Sept. 26 she attended a dinner at the Houses of Parliament where the Metropolitan Police team responsible for the work was honored.




Oct. 20, 5:30 PM

"Justice as a Second Language" 

The inaugural lecture of the Franklin A. ThomasProfessor in Policing Equity, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff.  

For more information and registration, visit www.jjay.cuny.edu/gofflecture 


Oct. 22, 9:00 am - 4:40 pm

Fall 2016 Family Weekend

The Office of Student Transition Programs invites you to attend Family Weekend, a campus-wide celebration in honor of parents, grandparents, and all extended family.                                                  


Oct. 24, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Immigrant Latinos and Political Action in America: The 2016 Presidential Election and Beyond  A panel discussion featuring Heath Brown, Assistant Professor of Public Policy                                                  
Moot Court Room, 6.68 


Nov. 7, 1:40 pm

State of the College

President Jeremy Travis Presents the State of the College Address. Reception to follow.

Gerald W. Lynch Theater

Nov. 13, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm 

Open House 2016

Join us for an open house. RSVP online at www.jjay.cuny.edu/openhouse2016.


Nov. 16, 1:40 pm - 2:50 pm

Janai Nelson, Associate Director-Counsel, NAACP LDF

The Justice Nerds Lecture Series is a public forum on research and practice related to race and policing.

L63 Lecture Hall


Nov. 19 & Nov. 20

Mannes School of Music Presents Kaija Saariaho's "La Passion de Simone"

Composer Kaija Saariaho will perform in this critically-acclaimed production. Tickets available at ticketcentral.com or by phone at (212) 279-4200.

Gerald W. Lynch Theater

Nov. 30, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

OAR Grant-writing Mentorship seminar

Seminars will feature OAR and OSP staff, alongside experienced faculty colleagues, in small group settings that allow for productive Q&A and meaningful individual attention.