This year, we celebrate our 75th anniversary. In our relatively short history, we have grown from a faculty of 19 teaching several hundred students in one building, to having more than 1200 full-time and adjunct faculty. The primary reason for our growth and success throughout our history is the ambition, dedication and accomplishments of our faculty, dedicated equally to their students and their scholarly endeavors. In this issue of Hofstra Horizons, you will have the opportunity to explore our faculty’s scholarship and understand how their expertise benefits our students and our community.
This year, we prepare to open our newest school, the Hofstra-North Shore LIJ School of Medicine at Hofstra University. The medical school, as well as other planned graduate and undergraduate programs in the sciences, health and engineering, will expand our scholarship in the sciences. Critical to our success is the involvement of our faculty, who have played an integral role in the transformation of Hofstra University from a respected regional college to a renowned national university.
In this issue of Hofstra Horizons are four examples of the breadth and excellence of faculty scholarship. Hofstra School of Law, under the direction of Professor Vern Walker, has established the Research Laboratory for Law, Logic and Technology. The lab conducts research on the reasoning in legal decisions and links evidence in the case to the findings of fact.
Nanette Wachter, associate professor of chemistry, focuses on magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, explaining how the process enables physicians to detect a tumor and chemists to visualize a molecule.
Assistant Professor of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations Mary Ann Allison discusses the restoration of one of Long Island’s oldest communities, New Cassel. Her research on community revitalizations, under the direction of The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University®, will focus on the establishment of new apartment buildings and businesses and the progress of the New Cassel community center.
Deborah Elkis-Abuhoff, assistant professor of counseling, research, special education and rehabilitation, describes how her team of professionals has developed a program that targets the negative symptoms related to Parkinson’s disease with the use of art therapy.
These are but four scholarly articles by our faculty, and as always, they serve as examples of how our faculty use excellent scholarship to connect to the professions, the communities around us, and the greater world.
I hope you enjoy this issue of Hofstra Horizons.