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HCHC Weekly Updates

Honors College Announcements for the Week of September 14-20, 2011


1. Biology classes of potential interest to pre-law students

CSI: Hunter (Forensic Biology)
Fulfills 4.5 credits of GER/2/E Lab Requirement
BIOL 150 (4.5 credits) Prerequisite: Math 101

Lecture - Monday and Thursday 8:10-9:25am Lab 3hr- depends on section

Course Description: Introductory laboratory course for non-biology majors. Cover techniques used by forensic scientists to analyze a crime scene, and the biological concepts behind them. Learn how biological evidence like fingerprints, blood, and DNA are collected, analyzed, and presented as evidence to solve crimes. Former guest speakers include: Innocence Project, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and current DNA forensic research.

The credits for this course will not count towards the credits required for the Biology Major.

For further information about this course please contact Dr. Janette Gomos Klein at:



Bilingual (fluent in English and Spanish) research assistant needed to assist physician with research projects taking place at NYU School of Medicine/Bellevue Hospital Center Department of Pediatrics and/or Woodhull Hospital. 

Projects involve looking at the impact of parent literacy on children’s health, with areas of focus including parent understanding of medication instructions/prevention of medication errors, and childhood obesity prevention.

The research assistant would help with multiple aspects of the research projects, including:

Data collection
-       Enrollment of families
-       Performing parent interviews and administration of assessments

Maintenance of research data
-       Scoring of questionnaires and assessments
-       Data entry

Administrative support
-       Preparation of materials for assessments
-       Ordering/organizing study materials, including incentives for participation and office supplies

-       Fluency in English and Spanish
-       Excellent communication and organization skills
-       Prior research experience (preferred)

This position also provides a unique opportunity to become involved in research projects with the potential to collaborate on scholarly abstracts / publications.

If interested, email Ms. Cerra at with a copy of your most recent resume and the Volunteer Application.

For more information on Resume, Cover Letter, and Letter of Interest writing please see the Career Development Office located on the 8th floor of the East Building and view their website here:



Doctors and admissions representatives from Weill Cornell will be discussing:
*Disparities in Health
*The Holistic Review Admissions Process: The need for it!
*Medical School Admissions process at Weill Cornell Medical College
*Summer program opportunities for premedical and medical students at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering
*Cancer Center
*Time management, how to do it all?

Time: September 14, 2011 (Wednesday) 1-3 PM
Room: TBA


4. PAID fall internship position -- apply ASAP to Halpern, Brown Darienzo!!

We are happy to announce a great paid part-time internship opportunity beginning this Fall, 2011. Below please find the job position details and its qualifications. We welcome all students with a keen interest in the law to apply, however freshmen and sophomores are preferred.

To apply for the position, submit your resume by email at with the subject line "Fall Internship 2011" in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.

After the resume is submitted, you will be contacted to schedule an in-person interview.

Company Overview:
 Halpern, Brown & Darienzo, Esqs. specializes exclusively in personal injury and represents people who are victims of another party’s negligence or carelessness. Our firm is dedicated to providing the best possible legal representation to our clients. We are a firm of lawyers and supportive legal professionals that work in a team based environment on a wide range of legal initiatives, including litigation support, discovery matters, legal writing, and case investigations.

For more information, visit us on the web at

Position Details – Part Time-Legal Assistant
The Law Offices of Halpern, Brown & Darienzo, Esqs. is seeking an exceptionally bright, detail oriented, multitasking and self-motivated individual to support our legal team.

This individual must commit to 3 or 4 days a week, for 6 hours each day.  Specific days of the week are contingent upon individual’s class schedule.  

This exciting role requires superior attention to detail, the ability to meet deadlines, great organizational skills, and the ability to juggle multiple critical tasks. As such, the candidate must be skilled at anticipating problems, managing multiple priorities and problem solving. A high level of integrity and discretion in handling confidential information and professionalism in dealing with clients, inside and outside the company, is important.

The Legal Assistant is responsible for arranging conferences and developing materials for client meetings, basic legal writing, general office support functions, such as file maintenance, and direct support on expense reports, appointments, etc. The ideal candidate is able to handle a substantial amount of secretarial work in a team environment, while keeping abreast of general business objectives, policies, standards, services, procedures and related information in order to maintain a comprehensive awareness of the law office. Other key responsibilities include:

Basic Qualifications:   
•    Detailed planning, time management and organizational skills
•    Advanced knowledge of Macintosh and Windows Operating systems as well as strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.    
•    Excellent organizational skills, ability to manage multiple projects at once, follow through and meet deadlines
Preferred Qualifications
•    Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
•    Positive, proactive and able to always exercise great judgment
•    Ability to demonstrate sound judgment even in ambiguous situations
•    Ability to work independently while being able to contribute successfully to cross-functional teams
•     Strong written and oral communication skills
•    Strong analytical and computer skills
•    Common sense, great judgment, and a good sense of humor

To be determined, commensurate with experience.


5.  Public Policy Program Open House

concerned about climate change and the environment?
worried about social or economic inequities?
passionate about education and health reform?
interested in immigrant rights?

Learn more about Hunter's exciting program in public policy at our upcoming
Open House
Wednesday, September 14, at 1: 3 0pm
At Roosevelt House, 47--‐49 East 65th Street
(Between Park and Madison Avenues)

The new undergraduate program in public policy offers students an opportunity to study key policy issues and analyze ongoing political debates on national, state and local levels. It provides students with a strong foundation of knowledge on the inner workings of the government, its structure, and the different factors involved in the shaping and passage of policies affecting both our local communities and society at large.

The 18--‐credit minor and 27--‐credit certificate programs in public policy prepare students not only for a career in policy--‐related fields, but provide them with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to be active participants in a democratic society.

RSVP to or call 212--‐396--‐7946 to reserve your spot


6. Special Program at St. Jude's Hospital

YOU MUST HAVE A 3.4 GPA (Overall AND in Biology, Physics, and Math) to apply.

Apply for our NIH/NCI-funded (5 R25CA023944-28) Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program.

The program offers a unique opportunity for pre-doctoral students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, research and clinical conferences, and a core lecture series designed specifically for them.

All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their faculty mentor publishes.

A primary goal of the POE program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research. Thus, we are particularly interested in highly qualified students with a serious career interest in cancer research, either as a clinical scientist or laboratory-based research scientist.

Medical students spend a minimum of 9 weeks in the program. The minimum tenure requirement for all others is 11 weeks. The stipend is $4,000. Fully furnished group housing adjacent to our campus is provided at no cost for non- local students.

The POE home page ( contains links to the program application, which must be submitted online.

The deadline for receipt of all 2012 application materials is February 1, 2012. Early application is highly recommended.

Letters of recommendation sent as PDF attachments to email are preferred, but hard copy is accepted.

Members of under-represented ethnic minority groups and women are particularly encouraged to apply, since one of our major long-term program goals is to increase the diversity of persons engaged in oncology research and practice. Our NIH/NCI-funded (2 P30CA021765-33S1) Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) grant provides stipends for additional undergraduate under-represented minority POE Program participants.


7.   Zadie Smith reads at Hunter! 

Thursday, October 6, 2011  
Part of the Hunter College MFA Program's Distinguished Writers Series Fall 2011. 
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Faculty Dining Room, Hunter College, West Building, 8th floor.

RSVP: to or 212-772-4007. Reading is free and open to the public but RSVPs are required.

Zadie Smith is the author of three novels. Her debut, White Teeth, won the James Tait Black Memorial Award, the Whitbread Book Award, the Guardian First Book Award, the Commonwealth Writers First Book Prize, the Bettie Trask Award and was also included in the TIME 100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005. She is also the author of The Autograph Man and On Beauty and the essay collection Changing My Mind. GRANTA named her one of the best British Novelists Under 40. She is a tenured professor of fiction at New York University and a book reviewer for Harper's Magazine.


8.   Carol Muske-Dukes reads at Hunter

Thursday, October 20, 2011
Part of the Hunter College MFA Program's Distinguished Writers Series Fall 2011. 
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Faculty Dining Room, Hunter College, West Building, 8th floor. Lexington Ave at 68th St

RSVP: to or 212-772-4007. Reading is free and open to the public but RSVPs are required.

Carol Muske-Dukes is the author of seven collections of poetry, including Sparrow and most recently Twin Cities, as well as four novels, the most recent of which, Channeling Mark Twain, was a National Book Award finalist in 2007. She is the founder of the doctoral Program in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California and currently teaches there. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Ploughshares, Antaeus, The New Yorker and Paris Review.


9.  Nick Flynn reads at Hunter!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Part of the Hunter College MFA Program's Distinguished Writers Series Fall 2011. 
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Faculty Dining Room, Hunter College, West Building, 8th floor

RSVP: to or 212-772-4007. Reading is free and open to the public but RSVPs are required.

Nick Flynn's memoir Another Bulls--t Night in Suck City won the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for the Art of the Memoir, and has been translated into ten languages. He is also the author of two books of poetry: Some Ether, which won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award, and Blind Huber. He has been awarded fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation, The Library of Congress, The Amy Lowell Trust and The Fine Arts Work Center. His poems, essays and non-fiction have appeared in The New Yorker, the Paris Review, National Public Radio's "This American Life" and The New York Times Book Review.


10.   Alice Fulton reads at Hunter!

Thursday, December 8, 2011
Part of the Hunter College MFA Program's Distinguished Writers Series Fall 2011.               
Time: 7:30 p.m.

Location: West Lobby, Hunter College, West Building, Ground Floor.

RSVP: to or 212-772-4007. Reading is free and open to the public but RSVPs are required.

Alice Fulton's 2001 poetry collection Felt was awarded the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress. Her other books include Palladium (winner of the National Poetry Series and the Society of Midland Authors Award), Dance Script With Electric Ballerina (winner of The Associated Writing Programs Award) and most recently Cascade Experiment: Selected Poems. Stories from her first fiction collection, The Nightingales of Troy: Connected Stories, were selected for the Best American Short Stories, the Pushcart Prize and the Editor's Prize in Fiction. Her poetry has been included in five editions of The Best American Poetry series and in the 10th Anniversary edition, The Best of the Best American Poetry.  


11.  UC Berkley at Hunter

Other disciplines also welcome

Diversity students encouraged to attend

Wednesday, September 14
Room 819 East
4:30 - 5:30 pm

Sponsored by
 Hunter College’s Office of Advising Services
Myrna Fader, Undergraduate Advisor for Graduate Study

RSVP to:
Dr. Josephine Moreno
Graduate Diversity Director, Arts & Humanities, UC Berkeley


12.   The Sixth Annual City University of New York Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI) Conference

Friday, October 7, 2011 at Hunter College/CUNY, from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Register for the Sixth Annual CUNY BMI Conference at or

Keynote lectures will take place in the Assembly Hall, Hunter College North.  Panel discussions will take place in large classrooms and lecture halls in the Hunter College West Building.


The Sixth Annual CUNY BMI conference, From High School or GED to J.D., M.D. or Ph.D.: Exposing African American/Black and Latino/Hispanic Students to Graduate and Professional School Opportunities, will feature morning, early afternoon and late afternoon keynote lectures as well as morning and afternoon panel discussions.

The general theme of our morning panel discussions is Pipeline to the Professions.  We hope that the morning sessions will create a foundation for our afternoon panel discussions by providing general information on the status of African American/Black and Latino/Hispanic students in graduate education.  Additionally, the morning panel discussions will reinforce the importance of performing well as an undergraduate as a first step to planning for graduate and/or professional school.  Further, the afternoon panel discussions will offer more specific information on the professions and preparing for graduate school, law school, medical school and business school.  In short, the Sixth Annual CUNY BMI conference is dedicated to exposing all undergraduates participating in CUNY BMI funded projects to post-baccalaureate opportunities and encouraging all of our students to pursue graduate education.

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Associate Professor of English Education, Teachers College, Columbia University and Host, Our World with Black Enterprise, the nationally syndicated television program, will deliver the Morning
Keynote Lecture.

Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President, Bennett College, Economist, and Author of Surviving and Thriving: 365 Facts in Black Economic History,will give the Early Afternoon Keynote Lecture

The Honorable Adolfo Carrión, Jr., Regional Administrator for New York and New Jersey, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development will give the Late Afternoon Keynote Lecture.


13.   Hunter Pre-Law Society Open House

September 14, Wednesday, Dean's Hours, beginning at 1:15 p.m.

Come meet the Pre-Law Society, the student club whose members are interested in gaining insight into areas of legal practice, sharing information about the law school application process and resources, and delving into legally-related issues of the day.  We'll chat over a pizza luch.  Room TH 311.


14.  Internship NYC Council Speaker's Office

The New York City Council is looking for a hard working, dependable, and punctual intern to work in the Office of Speaker Christine C. Quinn. An internship at the New York City Council will provide a great experience to students as they prepare for their future careers.  Students will learn all about the various parts of the Council as well as its various governmental policies.

This job is in the Department of Operations. Typical tasks include interacting with city agencies regarding emergency protocols, calling the offices of Council Members to report incidents, planning and coordinating training events for Council staff, and dealing directly with emergencies including hurricanes, power plant explosions, water main breaks, and more.  

We are looking for highly motivated and responsible individuals.  A strong proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint is necessary in addition to strong communication skills. We are looking for students who have a familiarity with government and policy and who have an interest in: public policy, healthcare, emergency management, law enforcement, environmental protection, public safety, economics, etc.

This internship will require students who can work 20 hours a week, but this is negotiable and they must also be flexible with their hours as they may have to work some evening and weekend events.  This is an unpaid internship but we can work with students to help them *earn credit* toward their graduation.

All applicants are encouraged to apply regardless of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.

To apply for a fall internship,
email your resume and cover letter to:
Casey Smith
250 Broadway, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10007

We are looking for someone who can start right away. The ideal days would be Tuesday-Thursday from 9-5 (or a combination of those days, keeping class scheduling in mind).

Contact information below for questions:

Casey Smith
New York City Council
Member Services, 14th Floor


15.  Public Health Panel coming to Macaulay!

Whether you are a pre-law, pre-med, interested in business or simply unsure what you want to do, public health is something we are all affect by. So come and find out what public health is and how it can fit into your professional plans! The following school and their representative will form the panel:Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health- Joseph Korevec Harvard School of Public Health- Vincent W. JamesYale School of Public Health- Mary KeefeJohns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health- Christina Salazar.



16.  Pre-Health Events Calendar

 Wednesday, September 14th – Weill-Cornell Medical College Disparities in Health Care and Medical School Admissions Panel. Representatives from Weill Cornell will be discussing: time management, special programs, admissions to medical school, and disparities in health.

Location: West 511. Time: 1-3 p.m.

Wednesday, September 21st – Overview of the Admissions Process & Application Procedures. Cathy Jalali, the Pre-Health Advisor will present information on the health professional school admission requirements and criteria and provide an overview of the health professional school application timeline and procedures.
Location: North 1036 Time: 1-3 p.m.

Monday, September 26th – Everything You Need to Know About Being a Pre-Health Student at Hunter College. Learn what should be in your Pre-Health File, how to request evaluations, how to schedule an appointment with an advisor, and important steps to take to be a successful Pre-Health students at Hunter.
Location: East 819. Time: 10-11 a.m. AND 4-5 p.m.*


17.  Harvard Kennedy School 2012 Public Policy Leadership Conference

February 23-26, 2012

What is the Public Policy and Leadership Conference?

The Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) is designed to inform students about careers in the public sector. The conference will encourage students who possess a commitment to public service to prepare for graduate study in public policy and international affairs, as well as to provide information on financial support through various fellowship programs.

Why Attend PPLC?

Harvard Kennedy School will be offering its twelvth annual spring conference for first and second year undergraduate college students who are interested in pursuing professional careers in public service. These include careers in federal, state or local government, and work in the nonprofit sector or in international agencies. Our goal is also to provide information on various fellowship opportunities. To find out more about individual fellowships, please visit our resources page.

Who Attends PPLC?

The conference aims to attract students from groups under-represented in public policy and international affairs in an effort to increase the diversity of students receiving these professional degrees. The conference will help prepare future leaders for study in public policy, particularly those from historically under-served communities and people of color. Participants receive paid travel, accommodations, and meals. Please note that the conference is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents in their first or second year of undergraduate studies only.

Selection Criteria

Conference participants will be selected based on good academic standing, as well as demonstrated commitment to public service. Commitment to public service will be measured through student leadership and activism, participation in the civic aspects of school or community, and volunteer commitments in high school and college. Please include this information on your resume.

Apply Online
Application Deadline: November 18, 2011











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