Lower Manhattan College Awarded National Science Foundation Grant
Borough of Manhattan Community College, located in Tribeca, is the beneficiary of a $600,000 grant to train students in developing mobile apps.
The Borough Manhattan Community College (BMCC), headquartered in Tribeca, has received a $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop academic courses that will train students with technical skills in advanced mobile app programming and development. The industry of creating apps for mobile devices has exploded over the last decade, and is expected to generate $935 billion in annual revenue by next year.
At BMCC, four professors have been designated “principal investigators” on the new project, which aims to deepen the New York region’s mobile programming workforce, while also guiding women and minority students into financially rewarding careers. BMCC is establishing this pipeline program as part of its mission to service historically underrepresented college students.
Professors Tamer Avcilar , Ching-Song Wei, Hao Tang, and Maryam Vatankhah will use the funds to train other BMCC faculty on developing courses that will provide students with technical skills in advanced mobile app programming and development. Classes are set to begin in next fall, with an emphasis on secure coding and cybersecurity.
The program also aims to help New York City meet the rapidly growing demand for skills in the local tech sector. Between 2016 and 2021, the City saw tech sector job growth of 33.6 percent, according to an October 12 report from New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. The same report documents that demand for smartphone app developers nearly quadrupled during that period.
“We have identified a growing need among New York City companies for mobile application developers,” observes Professor Avcilar. “For example, there are many companies, such as the car-sharing service Uber, that almost exclusively operate through smart phones. And there are many newer companies in New York City that are interested in offering their services, products or information through a mobile app as well.” He hopes graduates from the program will be eligible for entry level programmer jobs that have average starting salaries between $60,000 and $80,000 annually.
So far in 2022, BMCC has received four NSF grants totaling more than $828,000. The grant for the app program reprises a 2016 NSF award to BMCC, which funded the college’s creation of a cybersecurity concentration.
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City Hall Demands Fed Funding for FiDi & Seaport Resiliency Plan
Mayor Eric Adams is pushing the administration of President Joe Biden to provide $8.5 billion in federal funding to advance a suite of ten resiliency projects throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Among these is the Financial District and Seaport Climate Resilience Master Plan, which was unveiled in January, and for which funding has not been allocated. Read more…
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Three Proposals for a Climate Solutions Center on Governors Island
The administration of Mayor Eric Adams unveiled on Wednesday a trio of proposals submitted by the finalists in a competition to build a Center for Climate Solutions on Governors Island, which will combine interdisciplinary research on climate change with education in a single physical hub. Read more…
Eyes to the Sky, November 1-11, 2022
Planet Mars joins brilliant planet Jupiter and yellowish Saturn as an all-night planet, in the next two weeks, rising in the east-northeast around 8:20 tonight and an hour earlier in mid-November.
The moon is our guide to locating our solar system neighbors. Find Saturn above the waxing crescent moon tonight and above the half moon on November 1. On November 4, the moon travels the sky close below Jupiter and, on November 10 and 11, the waning gibbous moon appears in the vicinity of Mars.
Of quotidian concern to all regional Earthlings: Eastern Daylight Time falls away overnight November 5 to 6. Set clocks back one hour to awaken on Sunday the 6th to Eastern Standard Time (EST).
The Battery Park City Dog Association would like to thank the following people and businesses for participating in and donating to our 20th Annual BPC Halloween Puppy Parade on October 29th: Phil Castiglia, Judy Passer and Nefelie Kiskinis of Le Pet Spa, our co-hosts and the provider of the top prizes; all of the fantastic participants in the parade—human, canine and feline—for their enthusiasm, creativity and support for our annual community event; Battery Park Veterinary Hospital; Cobbler Express; Cove Nails; Inatteso Pizzabar; Le Pain Quotidian restaurant; Miramar Mediterranean seafood restaurant; New Fresh Cleaners; Picasso Pizza; RONSCAKES4U; and The Vince Smith Hair Experience. Also a huge thanks to our esteemed judges: Rena, Rich Brotman and Liam Galloway. And of course, thank you to the BPCA for issuing our permit and for making our judging area safe and clean. We will be posting pictures of the winners and the event soon at www.bpcdogs.org. (Above, Harper and his person, winners of Best Dog-Owner Combo for their PacMan get-up.)
The global economy is at a crossroads. Can finance fix it? Proponents of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing say yes. In Sustainable, a finance-industry veteran offers an insider’s look at the promises, prospects and limitations of ESG investing and provides comprehensive solutions that would promote more optimal outcomes. Free.
Book presentation. Bits and pieces of the lives led long before the age of skyscrapers are scattered throughout New York City, found in backyards, construction sites, street beds, and parks. Indigenous tools used thousands of years ago; wine jugs from a seventeenth-century tavern; a teapot from Seneca Village, the nineteenth-century Black settlement displaced by Central Park; raspberry seeds sown in backyard Brooklyn gardens—these everyday objects are windows into the city’s forgotten history. Free.
Journalist Helen Epstein is the daughter of Holocaust survivor and Olympic swimmer Kurt Epstein. In this illustrated talk, she will describe the process of designing a documentary photographyt exhibit, starting with one artifact – her father’s tallis in which he was a bar mitzvah in 1917. $10 suggested donation.
Guest artists ChamberQUEER will present historically underrepresented queer figures in classical music. More details will be announced soon!Crumb: Vox Balanae, Four Nocturnes; and Higdon: Little River Songs. Free.
Unwind from the day with yoga. Strengthen the body and cultivate awareness in a relaxed environment as your instructor guides you through alignments and poses. All levels are welcome. Bringing your own mat is encouraged, as provided accessories are first come first serve. Free.
Lower Manhattan Greenmarkets
Greenwich Street & Chambers Street
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8am-3pm (compost program: Saturdays, 8am-1pm)
Bowling Green Greenmarket
Broadway & Whitehall St
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8am-5pm (compost program: 8am-11am)
World Trade Center Oculus Greenmarket
Tuesdays, 8am-5pm (ending this month)
The Outdoor Fulton Stall Market
91 South Street, between Fulton & John Streets
Indoor market: Monday through Saturday,11:30am-5pm
CSA pick-up: Thursday, 4pm-6pm; Friday, 11:30-5pm
Outdoor market: Saturdays, 11:30am-5pm
Today in History
On this day in 1512, the public saw the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel for the first time. The chapel is located in the Vatican (Rome). Photograph by Antoine Taveneaux
1214 – The port city of Sinope surrenders to the Seljuq Turks.
1512 – The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo, is exhibited to the public for the first time.
1520 – The Strait of Magellan, the passage south of South America connecting the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, is navigated by explorer Ferdinand Magellan.
1604 – William Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello is performed for the first time, at Whitehall Palace in London.
1611 – Shakespeare’s play The Tempest is performed for the first time, at Whitehall Palace in London.
1683 – The British Crown colony of New York is subdivided into 12 counties.
1755 – In Portugal, Lisbon is devastated by a massive earthquake and tsunami, killing between 60,000 and 90,000 people.
1765 – The British Parliament enacts the Stamp Act on the Thirteen Colonies in order to help pay for British military operations in North America.
1870 – In the United States, the Weather Bureau (later renamed the National Weather Service) makes its first official meteorological forecast.
1894 – Buffalo Bill, 15 of his Indians, and Annie Oakley are filmed by Thomas Edison in West Orange, New Jersey.
1922 – The last sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Mehmed VI, abdicates.
1944 – Donald Watson, an English animal rights activist, coins the term veganism.
1955 – The Vietnam War begins.
1960 – While campaigning for President of the United States, John F. Kennedy announces his idea of the Peace Corps.
1981 – Antigua and Barbuda gain independence from the United Kingdom.
2012 – Scientists detect evidence of light from the universe’s first stars, predicted to have formed 500 million years after the big bang
846 – Louis the Stammerer, Frankish king (d. 879)
1666 – James Sherard, English botanist and curator (d. 1738)
1838 – 11th Dalai Lama (d. 1856)
1849 – William Merritt Chase, American painter and educator (d. 1916)
1871 – Stephen Crane, poet, novelist, and short story writer (d. 1900)
1889 – Hannah Höch, German painter and photographer (d. 1978)
1940 – Barry Sadler, American sergeant, singer-songwriter (d. 1989)
1957 – Lyle Lovett, singer-songwriter
1423 – Nicholas Eudaimonoioannes, Byzantine diplomat
1972 – Ezra Pound, poet and critic (b. 1885)
2005 – Skitch Henderson, pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1918)
2006 – William Styron, novelist and essayist (b. 1925)
2018 – Amal Hussain, Yemeni famine victim who raised world’s awareness, dies aged 7