Wednesday, February 7, 2018

2017-2018寒假小记-Winter break 2017-2018

How's your Winter break 2017-2018? 
Ruby and Nick share their Winter break experience in U.S.A. and China.
来一起看看Ruby 和 Nick 的在美国和中国的寒假经历吧~

This is the best winter break I've spent in the U.S. I met my fantastic puppy, Diu Diu. Winter in New York can be cold, so I think maybe this is one of the reasons why I wanted to find a puppy. They are adorable and make you feel so warm and happy. I looked for the perfect puppy in New York, Boston and Delaware. Finally, I found my puppy in a small farm in Pennsylvania. He is so cute and I feel so lucky to be with my Diu Diu.


Over winter break this year, I went back to China to visit my family and friends. I went through the ancient city gate, went back to my hometown, and my friends were waiting for me in a traditional Chinese restaurant. As most of you probably know, people in China enjoy eating tasty dishes together. The same goes for people in the United States! After lunch, we watched the movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which was a hot movie, both in U.S.A and in China. Attending my friend’s wedding was the most amazing memory from my trip. My friend, the groom, wore a nice suit and the bride wore a traditional wedding dress. Good wishes to them. Now that I’ve been living abroad in the U.S. for a long time, I have a new way of looking at my Motherland. She has a unique, splendid history. I’m so grateful for all of the experiences I’ve had both in the U.S. and in China. And I’m excited to be back at Hofstra to continue my education and see all of my friends.


Saturday, January 27, 2018

MS in Occupational Therapy Earns Accreditation 职业疗法硕士学位项目获得行业高度认可

The Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program at Hofstra University has received seven-year accreditation from the American Occupational Therapy Association’s Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Accreditation is an important public recognition that Hofstra’s program meets the highest standards of education set by the profession.
“We are extremely proud to have achieved this designation,” said MSOT Program Director and Assistant Professor Gioia Ciani, OTD, OTR/L. “Accreditation is a rigorous process, and receiving accreditation is a significant achievement. This accomplishment reflects Hofstra’s commitment to train and develop effective, compassionate, evidence-based practitioners who meet professional standards as well as the occupational needs of a diverse, global society.”
Launched in 2015, the MSOT program prepares graduates to become registered and licensed health professionals who help clients with mental, physical, or emotional disabilities develop or recover the skills they need to live life fully.  Occupational therapists work with people of all ages, and in settings such as schools, pediatric hospitals, private residences, community centers, rehabilitation hospitals, businesses, and nursing homes.
Occupational therapy is a vital part of treatment for many disabilities and conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral palsy, and autism. Responsibilities can include helping children with disabilities engage fully in school, teaching individuals with injuries or the loss of a limb how to regain skills, and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
The curriculum includes interprofessional learning activities and projects with other disciplines in the School of Health Professions and Human Services, such as public health, athletic training, exercise science, speech, and behavioral health.  Students will have guided experiences with clients beginning in the first semester of study, and also gain hands-on experience with equipment, evaluation and intervention tools, assistive devices, and technology in a state-of-the-art OT therapy lab.
The 68-credit program is offered on weekdays and evenings, and can be completed in two-and-a-half years of full-time study, which includes several fieldwork experiences.
Graduates of the program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for the occupational therapist administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Zarb Ranks High(商学院排名新高)

The Frank G. Zarb School of Business is an outstanding business school, and its online MBA is the 17th best in the nation, according to the latest rankings from The Princeton Review.

Frank G. Zarb School of Business(霍夫斯特拉大学弗兰克扎布商学院)是一所杰出的商学院,它的在线MBA(工商管理学硕士)项目在最新的The Princeton Review(普林斯顿教育评论)全国排名中获得新高,位列17,。

The Zarb School is ranked among the 267 Best Business Schools in the U.S. for 2018, as well as one of the Best Business Schools in the Northeast. The online MBA program is the highest-ranked such program in New York state, and the only one in the New York metropolitan area to make the list.


The rankings both reflect the quality of Zarb’s MBA programs and are compiled based on lengthy student surveys as well as data supplied by each school about career outcomes, academic rigor and admission selectivity.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Research Pays Off 霍夫斯特拉大学荣誉学院有偿研究助理项目

Undergraduate students are working as paid research assistants on faculty projects ranging from developing rapid screening for designer opioids to studying child labor practices in South Asia as part of a new initiative from Hofstra University Honors College.
The Honors College Research Assistants Program promotes faculty-student research collaborations in disciplines such as biology, engineering, fine arts, marketing, film, and political science, and allows students to gain valuable practical skills while providing much needed staffing for ongoing faculty projects.  Current research teams are working on projects as diverse as assessing cancer biomarkers, analyzing government and community interactions during the Flint water crisis, and studying entrepreneurship trends among immigrants.
“The greatest benefit of this exchange is that it builds mentoring relationships between students and their faculty that change lives and make careers,” said Honors College Dean Warren Frisina, PhD, who created and oversees the program with Associate Dean Vimala Pasupathi, PhD. “Research assistants work side by side with cutting-edge scholars, taking the information discussed in the classroom and applying it to solving problems, discovering new ideas, or thinking deeply about fundamental human questions. Students get to discover what it feels like to be a contributor of new knowledge, to be one of the persons pushing forward a conversation in their field.”
“这个项目最大的好处是它在师生的合作中建立了生活与职业上的指导关系。”霍夫斯特拉大学荣誉学院主任Warren Frisina博士说道,Warren Frisina博士和荣誉学院副主任Vimala Pasupathi博士建立并审查了这个项目。“身为学生的研究助理和前线顶尖的学者们并肩科研,讨论,解决问题并发现新的主意,深入思考人类的基本问题。学生们能在这个过程中发现创造新知识的感觉,为推动自己领域的发展贡献力量。”
The pilot program began in the spring 2017 semester with 13 undergraduate research assistants hired from 41 applicants, and continues now in the fall with support for 20 assistants, thanks to a generous gift from Hofstra trustee and alumnus Steven Witkoff JD’83.
2017年春季学期开始的首轮项目雇佣了从41名申请者中的13霍夫斯特拉大学本科生作为研究助理。如今2017年秋季又新增添了20名助理。感谢Hofstra 83级校友Steven Witkoff以及其他慷慨的捐助者帮助建设这个项目。
The research assistants are Honors College students who are expected to work about 10 hours a week for 14 weeks during the semester for a $2000 stipend.  Faculty members requesting a research assistant must show how a project’s tasks will allow the student to use current skills or learn new ones, as well as explain how the student will contribute directly to the scholarly work.
“We created this program to provide faculty with material support to make progress on the projects that animate their scholarly lives and to give our students a window into how exciting such work can be,” said Dean Frisina.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Physics Prof Works on Nobel Research 物理学教授的研究助力“发现引力波”获诺奖

Dr. Brett Bochner, the professor of physics and astronomy, contributed to research that won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics while he was a graduate student at MIT in the mid-1990s. He also served as a Hofstra-based consultant for several years afterward.
Brett Bochner博士是天文物理教授,他的研究为今年 “发现引力波” 波获得诺贝尔奖贡献了力量。他曾就读于麻省理工学院,现担任霍夫斯特拉大学的顾问。
Dr. Rainer Weiss of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), recipient of the Nobel Prize – shared with Dr. Kip Thorne and Dr. Barry Barish of Caltech – was Dr. Bochner’s Ph.D. adviser for more than five years. They served as collaborators in the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory) Project.
麻省理工学院的Rainer Weis 博士、和加利福尼亚理工学院的Kip Thorne博士、Barry Barishboshi分享了这一届的诺贝尔物理学奖。其中,Rainer Weis 博士曾作为Brett Bochner的博士导师5年之久。他们一起作为项目合作者服务于LIGO项目(激光干涉引力波天文台)。

The main focus of Dr. Bochner’s research was modeling the Dual Recycling configuration of the Advanced LIGO detector, which succeeded at detecting Gravitational Waves (GWs) almost immediately after being turned on in 2015.
Asked to recall his experience working with Dr. Weiss, Dr. Bochner said, “He was an experimentalist, with a single-minded focus on this project. He demanded that his students work very hard and work independently.”
Dr. Brett Bochner
Brett Bochner博士)
“I knew from the beginning that the detection of gravitational waves was inevitable,” Bochner said. “And this team was so determined, so focused. I didn’t know it would take 25 years from the time I started with them, but I’m not at all surprised that they have achieved this kind of recognition.”
LIGO is a laser-based system for detecting ripples in the fabric of space (GWs), predicted by Albert Einstein precisely 100 years earlier. The first LIGO detection was of GWs emitted by a collision of two Black Holes over 1.3 billion light-years away. This conclusively proved the existence of GWs, as well as the existence of black holes themselves.
To date, LIGO has detected at least four such merging black hole binary systems, one (recently announced) merging Neutron Star binary system, with many new types of discoveries anxiously anticipated. “Gravitational Wave Astronomy” represents an entirely new way of observing the most violent events in space and for broadening our knowledge of the universe.
From the inception of LIGO to its celebration with the Physics Nobel Prize, this project has endured 45 years of development, involving almost 1,000 researchers from more than 20 countries, including Hofstra’s own Dr. Bochner.
“Working on the LIGO taught me to become very independent with my own research,” said Bochner, who is currently working on his own scientific research programs here at Hofstra. He is studying the reasons why it appears the universe is accelerating and not decelerating, and if this can be attributed to a
theorized cosmic substance referred to as dark energy, or to some alternative mechanism.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Happy Halloween!

For many students studying in US, the most impressive holiday is Halloween! Last Wednesday night, students dressed costumes and had a wonderful night. 

Before many people come to the US, many international students don’t know that there are stores where people can buy Halloween costumes. People can buy Vampire costumes, Captain America's shield, unicorn masks, etc. And the most interesting thing in these stores is that they have a lot of props that move and scare customers. It’s a lot of fun. 

Around Halloween time, there are pumpkins carved into different faces and characters on peoples' doorsteps. People call them jack-o'-lanterns. On Long Island, there are many pumpkin lantern shows. This is where artists display their jack-o-lantern masterpieces.

The Halloween parade in New York City is something you don’t want to miss if you’re on Long Island. It’s like a carnival with people dressing up and scaring each other. It was great.

Happy Halloween!