From the Provost
I am pleased to introduce the spring 2007 issue of Hofstra Horizons. As always, I am thoroughly impressed with the level of expertise evident in the research of our faculty. This collection of important articles is driven by our faculty’s concern for society’s most pressing issues. And in this quest for knowledge and answers, Hofstra students continue to receive the highest quality education.
I urge you to read, in a compassionately written article about a troubling subject, Greg Maney’s concern regarding the treatment of day laborers in our own backyard. In his search for an equitable solution, Greg promotes the use of official hiring sites to reduce tension in Long Island communities.
In light of the tragedy at Columbine and, more recently, at Virginia Tech, the need for anger and aggression management has never been timelier. In an enlightening article, Howard Kassinove shares insight into issues that often surround anger and its acceleration, and provides us with case studies of treatment already underway at Hofstra’s Institute for the Study and Treatment of Anger and Aggression.
In another highly relevant article, featured on this issue’s cover, E. Christa Farmer analyzes fossil evidence of past global warming in her search for a means to predict future climate change. Signs of global warming, depicted by the cover’s dramatic image of an Arctic glacier dropping into the sea, are already alarmingly apparent in Earth’s weather patterns.
And finally, in a fascinating article regarding one of nature’s complexities, Gregory Levine explores new perspectives about black holes, horizons and general relativity through patterns of entropy, quantum information and entanglement. He also introduces us to “teleportation” – a feature in which information bits can be moved by destroying them in one place and creating them in another.
This issue of Hofstra Horizons is clearly an impressive demonstration of the venues through which Hofstra faculty bring enthusiasm and scholarship to their teaching. I hope you have enjoyed reading it as much as I have, and congratulations and thanks to each of our authors.
Herman A. Berliner, Ph.D.
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs