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Vice President for Academic Affairs Peter Naccarato Appointed Interim President
If you live in New York City, avoiding dog feces on the sidewalk is an art form. But do fecal bacteria persist on the sidewalk after the feces are picked up? Can the bacteria transfer to your shoes? And to the indoors?
Professor of Chemistry Alessandra Leri, Ph.D., and Biology alumna Marjan Khan ’20 set out to answer these questions by quantifying the fecal pathogens enterococci and E. coli on New York City sidewalks, on shoe soles, and in the indoor environment.
It had been seven years since MMC students, faculty, and staff had boarded a bus destined for Bedford Hills, a hamlet north of the city and home to the maximum-security Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for women. Since 2006, the College has held a biannual academic conference, Crossing Borders, at the prison, a rare moment for incarcerated students in MMC’s Bedford Hills College Program to meet face-to-face with peers from 71st Street. But when the pandemic shuttered plans for a 2020 symposium, it led to the longest stretch ever between conferences—and left some wondering when community members from the two sites might be together in-person again.