News & Updates from the Smyth Lab

2018-19

  • It’s a new semester at the New School. This semester I’m teaching “Microbial Ecologies” and “How the Toilet Changed the World”. I’m teaching “Advanced Microbiology Research” for the first time and I’m a guest instructor for “Honeybee Colonies“.

  • I’m delighted to serve as a PALM mentor for Carlos Goller. We’re going to be working together to develop active learning activities for upper level bioinformatics courses.

  • Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences at the New School has concluded. See the blog for stories from the interns!

  • Myself and Theresa presented a workshop on ePortfolios at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence Based Learning

  • Wes has applied for a student travel award to attend ABRCMS this year! Fingers and toes crossed

  • Marcus has been awarded a New School Travel Award for his project “Closing the Plastic Waste Stream in Science Laboratories”. I’m excited to be his mentor.

  • Emma has been awarded a Eugene Lang Opportunity Award to work with me on our new honey and bee project.

  • I’m back from giving three workshops at the SENCER Summer Institute. Many new friends made and new collaborations formed.

  • I presented poster on SENCER at the Gordon Research Conference for Undergraduate Education in Biology.

  • Natalie and Janelly presented their exciting projects at MICROBE 2019 in San Francisco.

  • I participated in the Avida-Ed workshop in Austen, Texas. Excited to plan modules for my new course in Spring “Evolution, Mutation and Computation”

  • Team URBP wins outstanding poster at the Urban Barcode Research Project Symposium.

  • Marcus Banks has been accepted to present a poster at a conference in Latvia (I had to look it up on the map ;))

  • Team URBP had a great time collecting data on student’s perceptions about Cigarettes and JUUL pods during Earth week.

  • Three new students have joined the lab. Lauren, Sidney and Emma, Welcome!!

  • Natalie’s abstract has been chosen for a rapid fire talk at Microbe!!

  • I’m going to be on the radio with Randy Cohen and Person, Place, Thing. Get tickets here

  • We’ve received funding from the Eugene Lang Faculty Opportunity Award

  • Our new paper is online. Interdisciplinary collaborations can work when faculty are able to work together!

  • Smyth lab participated in the World Science Festival with Tiny Earth

  • Smyth lab has joined Tiny Earth

  • I’m headed off to the Gordon Research Conference for Undergraduate Biology Education

  • Janelly and Natalie have been accepted to Microbe 2019!!

  • Our blog article on lab sustainability is out

  • Smyth lab made a contribution to an article on Medium

  • Smyth Lab has been awarded a small grant from the Tishman Center of the New School

  • Smyth Lab has moved to the New School

  • Undergraduate researcher Janelly Eralte has been accepted to present at this years SACNAS. This will be her first conference!

  • I had a great time presenting at this years SSI2018

  • I had a lovely time at my first QUBES meeting

  • Fun was had, learning about assessments at the regional PKAL meeting

2017-18

  • Undergraduate researcher Natalie Vegas has been accepted to present at this years’ Microbe. This is her second acceptance!

  • I had a great time presenting at the New School

  • Our CURE paper is out in the SENCER journal

2016-17

  • Undergraduate researcher Natalie Vegas received a Capstone award to attend this years’ MICROBE

  • Undergraduate researcher Bien Porconi received an honorary mention for her poster presentation at this years CSTEP meeting

  • Undergraduate researcher Natalia Tumidajski has been awarded a SACNAS travel scholarship to attend the SACNAS meeting in October

  • Undergraduate researcher Natalia Tumidajski has been accepted to the SURP Program at Albert Einstein this Summer

  • Undergraduate researchers Natalia Tumidajski, Bien Porconi, Dominick Mancini and Natalie Vegas have been accepted to present at this years ABRCMS in Tampa, Fl. Natalie will be giving an oral presentation!

2015-16

 
  • I’ve been invited to be a speaker at this years “What you can be with a PhD”. I’m chuffed

  • We presented a poster at this years’ Applied and Environmental Microbiology Gordon conference

  • Fabiola presented her work on using next-generation sequencing to assess water quality at the American Society for Microbiology Annual General Meeting in New Orleans

  • Minni was awarded a Capstone award to attend and present at the American Society for Microbiology Annual General Meeting in New Orleans

  • We presented a poster at Microbes in the City: Mapping the Urban Genome at the NYAS

  • We’ve been accepted to be a site for CUNY Service Corps and the READ project!

  • Seven students of the lab took place in the Emerging Scholars this semester. Rimsha Azhar took second place in the STEM category in the Emerging Scholars Poster competition for her work characterizing the staphylococci from the environment. Faizan Malik took first place in the non-STEM category for his work describing how to motivate students in microbiology. Congrats lads!

  • Assessing Reading: The READ Initiative. Oral presentation for “Closing the Loop on assessment of General Education” for the CUNY Assessment Council seminar

  • I am now the program coordinator for Biomedical Informatics at NYCCT

  • Invited to join CCRP DOE project aimed at improving student reading skills

  • Invited Teaching Panel presentation at NYU Langone Medical Center

  • Grant submitted to NIH mid-blizzard – Fingers crossed for us all

  • Minni, Kenny, and Fabiola have submitted abstracts to the annual ASM meeting

  • I’m off to China

  • Our lab was featured on the college website

  • Article published on healthybuilding.net on antimicrobials in building products

  • Visited the NY Genome Center with the BIB club

  • Gave a seminar at Queens College “Insights into the adaptability of the Staphylococci”

  • Gave a seminar at New York Medical College “Lessons learned from Bacterial Networks: How to land and keep that academic job”

  • New Paper online “Cytotoxic virulence predicts mortality in nosocomial pneumonia due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

  • Undergraduate researcher Fabiola Fontaine has been accepted to the ABRCMS and she also received an award to attend!

  • So I’m just back from the Sencer Summer Institute – was absolutely brilliant

  • Presented at the UnderGround Zero event in the city


Grants & Awards

2018-19

  • Eugene Lang Faculty Opportunity Award

  • Tishman Environment and Design Center Faculty Research Grant

  • SENCER Senior Leadership Fellow

  • 3rd Place for Graduate Student Best Poster at MACUB to Marcus Banks

2017-18

  • HHMI Inclusive Excellence Award to Mercy College – Adjunct Academy is funded!!

  • Mercy College Teaching Excellence Award, 2018

  • Mercy Teaching Innovation Micro Grant, 2017-2018

  • Mercy Faculty Development Grant, 2017-2018

  • SACNAS Award to student mentee, Natalia Tumidajski, 2017

  • ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Award to student mentee, Natalie Vegas, 2017

2016-17

  • Department of Defense Grant, Principle Investigator, Mercy Initiative for Undergraduate Research and Education in Genomics, ($142,771.75) to purchase the components of a genomics system, an Ion S5, 2016

  • US Department of Education (P031C160054) Title III HSI STEM and Articulation grant, Activity Director, Peer led Team Learning ($4 million), 2016

  • Partial Travel Award to be a Judge at ABRCMS, 2016

  • ABRCMS Student Award to student mentee, Bien Porconi, 2016

  • Mercy College Student/Faculty Research Collaborative Grant, 2016 (With Natalie Tumidajski)

  • Mercy Micro Grant for Course Redesign, 2016

  • Mercy Senate Micro Grant for Student Engagement, 2016

  • Mercy Faculty Development Grant, 2016

2015-16

  • Mercy Micro Grant for Course Redesign, 2015

  • Full Travel Award to be a Judge at ABRCMS, 2015

  • Mercy Senate Micro Grant for Student Engagement, 2015

  • Mercy Faculty Development Grant, 2015

  • National Science Foundation, Appointed SENCER Leadership Fellow, 2016

  • NSF SENCER Summer Institute Post Implementation Team Award, 2015

  • NSF SENCER Summer Institute Post Implementation Team Award, 2014

  • Beitler Foundation Award, 2013

  • PSC CUNY Type C Award ($3000), 2015

  • ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone Award to student mentee Manhin Lam, 2015

  • 2nd Place STEM Student Poster at Emerging Scholars, Rimsha Azhar, 2015

  • Best Non-STEM Student Poster at Emerging Scholars, Faizan Malik, 2015

2014-15

  • PSC CUNY Type C Award ($3000), 2014

  • Two Biological Sciences Department Research Grants – $19000 – PI and Co-PI, 2014

  • Best Non-STEM Student Poster at Emerging Scholars, George Cobos, 2014

  • ABRCMS Student Travel Award to student mentee, Fabiola Fontaine, 2014

2013-14

  • PSC CUNY Type B Award ($6000), 2013

  • Perkins Grant for Improvement of Microbiology Course ($16254.88), Principle Investigator, 2013

2012-13

  • Graduate Research Technology Initiative Grant (GRTI) ($30826), Principle Investigator, 2012

Awards during PhD studies

  • President’s Prize for the Best Oral Presentation by a Young Scientist at the 57th Annual Conference of the AVTRW, Scarborough, England, April 2003.
    Association of Veterinary Teachers and Research Workers (AVTRW) Travel Award in 2003

  • Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) Junior Travel Grant, 2003

  • International Symposium on Staphylococci and Staphylococcal Infections (ISSSI) Travel Award, 2002

  • Best Poster award at the 32nd Annual Irish Food Science and Technology Research Conference in Cork, 2002

  • Marie Curie Fellowship, 2003

  • Teagasc Walsh Fellowship, 2002-2005