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Science majors at CCNY, one of the top research universities nationally for undergraduates according to AcademicInfluence.com.

If you are an undergraduate seeking research options in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), look no further than The City College of New York. Using its unique and innovative InfluenceRanking Engine, AcademicInfluence.com lists City College in the top 10 of its latest ranking of the 50 Best Research Universities in the U.S. for Undergraduates.

CCNY shares top billing with universities such as American, Boston, Brandeis and Brown for their excellence as research institutions of note for undergraduates.

The complete top 10 list is:

  • American University
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • The Catholic University of America
  • The City College of New York
  • Clark University

“The schools in these results emphasize delivering research capabilities to their undergraduate students, and their influence proves they do it exceptionally well,” said Jed Macosko, academic director at AcademicInfluence.com and a professor of physics at Wake Forest University. “If you want to be hands-on, these leading undergrad research institutions are worth your consideration.”

According to AcademicInfluence.com, the power of its proprietary InfluenceRankings Engine is its ability to scour the web and measure the actual influence of thought leaders and top researchers among higher education faculty.  The outcome, AcademicInfluence.com points out, are rankings that reflect a more accurate tracking of real-world influence than previously possible in college rankings.

AcademicInfluence.com comprises a team of academics and data scientists working to provide an objective, non-gameable influence-based ranking for the people, schools, and disciplines that make up higher education. With its college strategist, desirability score, and custom college rankings, AcademicInfluence.com helps students to discover the most influential higher education institutions.

This AcademicInfluence.com ranking is further recognition of the quality of science education at City College. In August 2020, CCNY was named a top producer of physics graduates nationally by the American Institute of Physics. It was ranked joint #8 among master’s-granting departments averaging 15 or more physics bachelor’s degrees per year, between the Classes of 2016 and 2018.

About the City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high-quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. CCNY embraces its position at the forefront of social change. It is ranked #1 by the Harvard-based Opportunity Insights out of 369 selective public colleges in the United States on the overall mobility index. This measure reflects both access and outcomes, representing the likelihood that a student at CCNY can move up two or more income quintiles. In addition, the Center for World University Rankings places CCNY in the top 1.8% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. Labor analytics firm Emsi puts at $1.9 billion CCNY’s annual economic impact on the regional economy (5 boroughs and 5 adjacent counties) and quantifies the “for dollar” return on investment to students, taxpayers and society. At City College, more than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself. View CCNY Media Kit.

Jay Mwamba
p: 212.650.7580
e: jmwamba@ccny.cuny.edu
View CCNY Media Kit.

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The Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNYOffice of Sponsored Programs welcomes Development Manager/Assistant Director of Grants Aleksandra Cataruzolo.

Assistant Director Aleksandra Cataruzolo
Assistant Director Aleksandra Cataruzolo

Most recently, Cataruzolo served as program administrator for the Professional Staff Congress-City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) Research Grants at the Research Foundation. In that role she managed award administration across all CUNY senior and community colleges and was the direct contact person for about 1,400 PSC-CUNY Awardees.

As development manager/assistant director of grants at BMCC, Cataruzolo will serve as the liaison between the CUNY Research Foundation and BMCC. She will communicate government and private grant application guidelines to the BMCC community and review proposal submissions, as well as conduct workshops for faculty and staff on grants management.

Cataruzolo will also support the Office of Sponsored Programs in maintaining contacts with federal, state and local funding sponsors. She will monitor regulations of funding agencies to ensure that all required procedures are in place at the college, and monitor expenditures of grant funds to ensure compliance with funding regulations.

Cataruzolo earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University. She also earned a certificate in Sales and Marketing Essentials at the university’s W.P. Carey School of Business.

After joining the Research Foundation in 2015, Cataruzolo moved from Chief Counsel and Secretary of the Board, to Senior Program Assistant, to Program Administrator.

 

The Office of Sponsored Programs assists faculty and staff with the search for external funding. This includes negotiating awards, facilitating post-award project management and ensuring that submitted proposals conform to sponsor guidelines and University policies and procedures. Visit the Office of Sponsored Programs website for a list of grant submission deadlines and more. For news and updates on funding sources, visit the BMCC Grants Quarterly Newsletter.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci says U.S. President Joe Biden will order the United States to support projects to deploy COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics to people in need around the world.

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City College’s Lucas Parra and Elizabeth Sutton of MSK lead a $4 million NIH-funded breast cancer screening study utilizing machine-learning.

The City College of New York and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) are the recipients of a $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to use machine-learning for early breast cancer detection in high-risk women. The five-year project will analyze 100,000 breast exams from MSK, as well as data from Duke University and Johns Hopkins University.

The project, “Machine learning for risk-adjusted breast MRI screening,” will be co-led by  Lucas C. Parra, Harold Shames Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at CCNY, and Elizabeth J. Sutton, MD, Associate Member in MSK’s Department of Radiology and breast imaging specialist. The project will leverage modern machine learning techniques to analyze medical images, an area of expertise for Parra. The goal will be to detect breast cancer as early as possible while limiting the burden of screening in high-risk women.

“Over the last two years, clinicians, engineers, and physicists from CCNY and MSK have collaborated and have now identified this area of study where artificial intelligence can potentially have a real clinical impact,” said Parra. “Radiologists are very good at identifying malignant lesions however, it is harder for them to quantify risk of future lesions. The volume of patients seen at MSK gives us the unique opportunity to predict risk of future lesions using machine learning. Now, we may be able to avoid unnecessary exams and have the potential to detect some breast tumor earlier.”

Risk will be estimated from magnetic resonance images (MRI) of the breast, as well as mammograms using deep learning techniques — a type of machine learning that emulates learning in the human brain through many layers of processing. A retrospective analysis of a very large dataset will determine if some women could have avoided unnecessary scans without missing newly developing cancers.

“We’re hopeful the results from this study will enable us to take steps towards precision screening in the future where we can determine the required breast MRI screening interval for each individual at increased risk of breast cancer,” said Sutton.

MRI is currently the most sensitive imaging modality for breast cancer diagnosis. Women with a strong family history or related genetic mutations have an elevated risk of breast cancer and are recommended to participate in yearly screenings using this technology. However, the rate of detection in this high-risk cohort is small, prompting a desire to reduce unnecessary MRI exams. Click here to read the entire summary and aims of the project.

The collaboration between CCNY and MSK has benefitted from the appointments of Parra as affiliate faculty at MSK, and CCNY physicist Hernan Makse, an early contributor to the project. This project is also one of many collaborations between the institutions. Since 2002, the CCNY-MSKCC Partnership has endeavored to produce future cancer researchers and can count an 83 percent success rate in trainees that go on to pursue higher academic tracks. This partnership has now been extended for five more years, thanks to a $14 million NIH grant.

About the City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high-quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. CCNY embraces its position at the forefront of social change. It is ranked #1 by the Harvard-based Opportunity Insights out of 369 selective public colleges in the United States on the overall mobility index. This measure reflects both access and outcomes, representing the likelihood that a student at CCNY can move up two or more income quintiles. In addition, the Center for World University Rankings places CCNY in the top 1.8% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. Labor analytics firm Emsi puts at $1.9 billion CCNY’s annual economic impact on the regional economy (5 boroughs and 5 adjacent counties) and quantifies the “for dollar” return on investment to students, taxpayers and society. At City College, more than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself. View CCNY Media Kit.

Jay Mwamba
p: 212.650.7580
e: jmwamba@ccny.cuny.edu
View CCNY Media Kit.

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Transportation Security Administration officers at LaGuardia Airport found 13 bullets hidden inside a container of chewing gum inside a Bronx man’s carry-on bag in LaGuardia Thursday. According to TSA, the man, who was traveling to Miami, had two large containers of chewing gum inside his carry-on duffle bag. However, as the traveler’s belongings passed through the checkpoint X-ray machine it...

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“In the 35 years since the first celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there has arguably been no year when events showed more clearly that the structural inequities that Dr. King fought so valiantly to change still pervade every aspect of our society. Inequality in all its forms — racial, economic, health, educational — remain barriers to our national aspiration to create, in the words of the U.S. Constitution, ‘a more perfect union.’ The past year has been defined by a pandemic that has disproportionately affected people of color; a reckoning with police killings of Black citizens and other racial injustices; and now the peril of violent insurrection with undeniable racial provocations. On this day of observance, at this difficult time, The City University of New York honors the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by renewing its commitment to transforming the lives of its students and pushing our society forward through the power of education and equality for all.”

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Federal officials charged a man in New Jersey with security clearance at Naval Weapons Station Earle for his alleged participation in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Court documents say Timothy Louis Hale-Cusanelli works as a contractor with “secret” security clearance and access to “a variety of munitions” at the Naval base in Colts Neck. Hale-Cusanelli is also...

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Dear BMCC Community,

Munroe

BMCC President Anthony E. Munroe

On January 6th, our country witnessed an attack on our democracy and the continuation of the unsettling circumstances that waver around racial injustice and lawlessness.

Watching the events unfold in the days that followed, I think about our students and our college community. These past ten months have been unsettling for all of us. Our BMCC community has weathered the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and witnessed nationwide protests against police violence and racial injustice. The determination of our students, faculty and staff to find meaning and make positive change—even in times of strife—supports my belief that our country can move forward to a positive and brighter future.

I also know that anger is part of the experience of processing the violence that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. We must take that anger, and that despair, and channel it into learning opportunities to heighten our abilities to express ourselves while respecting others.

I am proud of our BMCC community, our commitment to advancing equity, strengthening a culture of care, and advancing justice through education. Faculty not only share knowledge and skills, they guide our students in responsible debate, and our graduates hold skills that will serve them all their lives. They will apply those skills as they continue their higher education, build careers, expose the roots of injustice and strengthen their communities.

Our students have already seen many models of leadership, in their lives, and I have every confidence that the leadership they have begun to express at BMCC will reflect our institution’s core values—to ensure that all members of our community feel that they belong and are valued, regardless of religious, political, racial and socioeconomic differences.

Thank you all for the work you do to make BMCC and this world a better place.

Anthony E. Munroe signature

Anthony E. Munroe
President, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Students who would like support as they process these events can consult a peer mentor who will acquaint them with an array of resources at BMCC, or they can reach out directly to the BMCC Counseling Center. Faculty and Staff can visit the Human Resources website to obtain free counseling services through the CUNY Work/Life Program.

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Science majors at CCNY, one of the top research universities nationally for undergraduates according to AcademicInfluence.com.

If you are an undergraduate seeking research options in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), look no further than The City College of New York. Using its unique and innovative InfluenceRanking Engine, AcademicInfluence.com lists City College in the top 10 of its latest ranking of the 50 Best Research Universities in the U.S. for Undergraduates.

CCNY shares top billing with universities such as American, Boston, Brandeis and Brown for their excellence as research institutions of note for undergraduates.

The complete top 10 list is:

  • American University
  • Boston University
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • The Catholic University of America
  • The City College of New York
  • Clark University

“The schools in these results emphasize delivering research capabilities to their undergraduate students, and their influence proves they do it exceptionally well,” said Jed Macosko, academic director at AcademicInfluence.com and a professor of physics at Wake Forest University. “If you want to be hands-on, these leading undergrad research institutions are worth your consideration.”

According to AcademicInfluence.com, the power of its proprietary InfluenceRankings Engine is its ability to scour the web and measure the actual influence of thought leaders and top researchers among higher education faculty.  The outcome, AcademicInfluence.com points out, are rankings that reflect a more accurate tracking of real-world influence than previously possible in college rankings.

AcademicInfluence.com comprises a team of academics and data scientists working to provide an objective, non-gameable influence-based ranking for the people, schools, and disciplines that make up higher education. With its college strategist, desirability score, and custom college rankings, AcademicInfluence.com helps students to discover the most influential higher education institutions.

This AcademicInfluence.com ranking is further recognition of the quality of science education at City College. In August 2020, CCNY was named a top producer of physics graduates nationally by the American Institute of Physics. It was ranked joint #8 among master’s-granting departments averaging 15 or more physics bachelor’s degrees per year, between the Classes of 2016 and 2018.

About the City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high-quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. CCNY embraces its position at the forefront of social change. It is ranked #1 by the Harvard-based Opportunity Insights out of 369 selective public colleges in the United States on the overall mobility index. This measure reflects both access and outcomes, representing the likelihood that a student at CCNY can move up two or more income quintiles. In addition, the Center for World University Rankings places CCNY in the top 1.8% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. Labor analytics firm Emsi puts at $1.9 billion CCNY’s annual economic impact on the regional economy (5 boroughs and 5 adjacent counties) and quantifies the “for dollar” return on investment to students, taxpayers and society. At City College, more than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself. View CCNY Media Kit.

Jay Mwamba
p: 212.650.7580
e: jmwamba@ccny.cuny.edu
View CCNY Media Kit.

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The "My Name Is Earl" alum has shredded down to just 11% body fat.

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The Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNYOffice of Sponsored Programs welcomes Development Manager/Assistant Director of Grants Aleksandra Cataruzolo.

Assistant Director Aleksandra Cataruzolo
Assistant Director Aleksandra Cataruzolo

Most recently, Cataruzolo served as program administrator for the Professional Staff Congress-City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) Research Grants at the Research Foundation. In that role she managed award administration across all CUNY senior and community colleges and was the direct contact person for about 1,400 PSC-CUNY Awardees.

As development manager/assistant director of grants at BMCC, Cataruzolo will serve as the liaison between the CUNY Research Foundation and BMCC. She will communicate government and private grant application guidelines to the BMCC community and review proposal submissions, as well as conduct workshops for faculty and staff on grants management.

Cataruzolo will also support the Office of Sponsored Programs in maintaining contacts with federal, state and local funding sponsors. She will monitor regulations of funding agencies to ensure that all required procedures are in place at the college, and monitor expenditures of grant funds to ensure compliance with funding regulations.

Cataruzolo earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University. She also earned a certificate in Sales and Marketing Essentials at the university’s W.P. Carey School of Business.

After joining the Research Foundation in 2015, Cataruzolo moved from Chief Counsel and Secretary of the Board, to Senior Program Assistant, to Program Administrator.

 

The Office of Sponsored Programs assists faculty and staff with the search for external funding. This includes negotiating awards, facilitating post-award project management and ensuring that submitted proposals conform to sponsor guidelines and University policies and procedures. Visit the Office of Sponsored Programs website for a list of grant submission deadlines and more. For news and updates on funding sources, visit the BMCC Grants Quarterly Newsletter.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci says U.S. President Joe Biden will order the United States to support projects to deploy COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and therapeutics to people in need around the world.

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City College’s Lucas Parra and Elizabeth Sutton of MSK lead a $4 million NIH-funded breast cancer screening study utilizing machine-learning.

The City College of New York and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) are the recipients of a $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to use machine-learning for early breast cancer detection in high-risk women. The five-year project will analyze 100,000 breast exams from MSK, as well as data from Duke University and Johns Hopkins University.

The project, “Machine learning for risk-adjusted breast MRI screening,” will be co-led by  Lucas C. Parra, Harold Shames Chair and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at CCNY, and Elizabeth J. Sutton, MD, Associate Member in MSK’s Department of Radiology and breast imaging specialist. The project will leverage modern machine learning techniques to analyze medical images, an area of expertise for Parra. The goal will be to detect breast cancer as early as possible while limiting the burden of screening in high-risk women.

“Over the last two years, clinicians, engineers, and physicists from CCNY and MSK have collaborated and have now identified this area of study where artificial intelligence can potentially have a real clinical impact,” said Parra. “Radiologists are very good at identifying malignant lesions however, it is harder for them to quantify risk of future lesions. The volume of patients seen at MSK gives us the unique opportunity to predict risk of future lesions using machine learning. Now, we may be able to avoid unnecessary exams and have the potential to detect some breast tumor earlier.”

Risk will be estimated from magnetic resonance images (MRI) of the breast, as well as mammograms using deep learning techniques — a type of machine learning that emulates learning in the human brain through many layers of processing. A retrospective analysis of a very large dataset will determine if some women could have avoided unnecessary scans without missing newly developing cancers.

“We’re hopeful the results from this study will enable us to take steps towards precision screening in the future where we can determine the required breast MRI screening interval for each individual at increased risk of breast cancer,” said Sutton.

MRI is currently the most sensitive imaging modality for breast cancer diagnosis. Women with a strong family history or related genetic mutations have an elevated risk of breast cancer and are recommended to participate in yearly screenings using this technology. However, the rate of detection in this high-risk cohort is small, prompting a desire to reduce unnecessary MRI exams. Click here to read the entire summary and aims of the project.

The collaboration between CCNY and MSK has benefitted from the appointments of Parra as affiliate faculty at MSK, and CCNY physicist Hernan Makse, an early contributor to the project. This project is also one of many collaborations between the institutions. Since 2002, the CCNY-MSKCC Partnership has endeavored to produce future cancer researchers and can count an 83 percent success rate in trainees that go on to pursue higher academic tracks. This partnership has now been extended for five more years, thanks to a $14 million NIH grant.

About the City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high-quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. CCNY embraces its position at the forefront of social change. It is ranked #1 by the Harvard-based Opportunity Insights out of 369 selective public colleges in the United States on the overall mobility index. This measure reflects both access and outcomes, representing the likelihood that a student at CCNY can move up two or more income quintiles. In addition, the Center for World University Rankings places CCNY in the top 1.8% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. Labor analytics firm Emsi puts at $1.9 billion CCNY’s annual economic impact on the regional economy (5 boroughs and 5 adjacent counties) and quantifies the “for dollar” return on investment to students, taxpayers and society. At City College, more than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself. View CCNY Media Kit.

Jay Mwamba
p: 212.650.7580
e: jmwamba@ccny.cuny.edu
View CCNY Media Kit.

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Transportation Security Administration officers at LaGuardia Airport found 13 bullets hidden inside a container of chewing gum inside a Bronx man’s carry-on bag in LaGuardia Thursday. According to TSA, the man, who was traveling to Miami, had two large containers of chewing gum inside his carry-on duffle bag. However, as the traveler’s belongings passed through the checkpoint X-ray machine it...

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“In the 35 years since the first celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, there has arguably been no year when events showed more clearly that the structural inequities that Dr. King fought so valiantly to change still pervade every aspect of our society. Inequality in all its forms — racial, economic, health, educational — remain barriers to our national aspiration to create, in the words of the U.S. Constitution, ‘a more perfect union.’ The past year has been defined by a pandemic that has disproportionately affected people of color; a reckoning with police killings of Black citizens and other racial injustices; and now the peril of violent insurrection with undeniable racial provocations. On this day of observance, at this difficult time, The City University of New York honors the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by renewing its commitment to transforming the lives of its students and pushing our society forward through the power of education and equality for all.”

###

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Federal officials charged a man in New Jersey with security clearance at Naval Weapons Station Earle for his alleged participation in the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Court documents say Timothy Louis Hale-Cusanelli works as a contractor with “secret” security clearance and access to “a variety of munitions” at the Naval base in Colts Neck. Hale-Cusanelli is also...

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Dear BMCC Community,

Munroe

BMCC President Anthony E. Munroe

On January 6th, our country witnessed an attack on our democracy and the continuation of the unsettling circumstances that waver around racial injustice and lawlessness.

Watching the events unfold in the days that followed, I think about our students and our college community. These past ten months have been unsettling for all of us. Our BMCC community has weathered the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and witnessed nationwide protests against police violence and racial injustice. The determination of our students, faculty and staff to find meaning and make positive change—even in times of strife—supports my belief that our country can move forward to a positive and brighter future.

I also know that anger is part of the experience of processing the violence that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th. We must take that anger, and that despair, and channel it into learning opportunities to heighten our abilities to express ourselves while respecting others.

I am proud of our BMCC community, our commitment to advancing equity, strengthening a culture of care, and advancing justice through education. Faculty not only share knowledge and skills, they guide our students in responsible debate, and our graduates hold skills that will serve them all their lives. They will apply those skills as they continue their higher education, build careers, expose the roots of injustice and strengthen their communities.

Our students have already seen many models of leadership, in their lives, and I have every confidence that the leadership they have begun to express at BMCC will reflect our institution’s core values—to ensure that all members of our community feel that they belong and are valued, regardless of religious, political, racial and socioeconomic differences.

Thank you all for the work you do to make BMCC and this world a better place.

Anthony E. Munroe signature

Anthony E. Munroe
President, Borough of Manhattan Community College

Students who would like support as they process these events can consult a peer mentor who will acquaint them with an array of resources at BMCC, or they can reach out directly to the BMCC Counseling Center. Faculty and Staff can visit the Human Resources website to obtain free counseling services through the CUNY Work/Life Program.

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Nearly 100 cats survived a house fire in an Upstate New York town, according to an animal protection group, although some suffered serious injuries