Three Ph.D.s Receive the Queensborough Community College Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship

The Queensborough Community College Award for Excellence in Faculty Scholarship is awarded every other year to one or more faculty members who have demonstrated a consistent body of outstanding achievement in faculty research or creative work. The three recipients for the 2007 year are Dr. Cheryl Bluestone, Professor of Psychology in the Department of Social Sciences, Dr. Sasan Karimi, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Dr. Patricia Schneider, Professor and Deputy Chairperson of the Department of Biological Sciences and Geology.

“The general contributions of college and university faculty to the improvement of our society through the discovery of new knowledge, through new applications of existing knowledge, through the reflective analysis of current conditions, and through the production of creative work that expands the human spirit are well known. Faculty at Queensborough engage in these scholarly endeavors at an impressive level,” comments Dr. Dan L. King, Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The College has formally celebrated the outstanding achievements of the faculty bi-annually since 2001. The 2007 award recipients are being recognized at an awards reception on Tuesday, December 11th at 4:30 p.m. in the Medical Arts Building at Queensborough Community College.

Dr. Cheryl Bluestone has been a full-time faculty member in the Department of Social Sciences at Queensborough since 1996. After a career as an MSW, she returned to graduate school to earn her Ph.D. in child and school psychology at New York University.

She has been involved in developing innovative teaching approaches participating in various Queensborough curricular efforts. A National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project was instrumental in her work to develop curriculum to enhance students’ scientific thinking in social science courses. An article entitled Infusing Active Learning in the Research Methods Unit (Journal of College Teaching, 2007) emerged from this project.

Dr. Bluestone has recently published a paper in the Journal of the National Social Science Association about the social scientists’ roles in developing innovative pedagogical initiatives in physics and the sciences.

Dr. Sasan Karimi has been a full-time faculty member in Queensborough’s Chemistry Department 1998. He earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the Graduate Center of The City University of New York. As the author of nearly twenty peer-reviewed scientific articles and fifty presentations in national scientific conferences and symposia, he has been the recipient of a dozen grant awards in chemistry both from CUNY and external agencies.

Dr. Karimi was elected to chair the Long Island Section of the American Chemical Society in 2005 and serves as the science activity coordinator for the proposed new dual-joint degree program in forensic science between John Jay College and Queensborough. During his early tenure at Queensborough, he developed the pedagogy and content for a course in Chemistry and the Arts was selected by Dr. Eduardo J. Martí to deliver the Presidential Lecture Series on that topic in the spring of 2006.

Dr. Patricia Schneider holds a master’s degree from CUNY’s City College and a doctorate from the City University of New York. Since joining Queensborough in 1995, Dr. Schneider has received many substantial grants. In 2002, she received a highly competitive NIH-Bridges to the Future Grant for student research that was renewed in 2005 for a total of $1,200,000. To date, over ninety students have engaged in faculty-mentored research and seven students have received national awards.

In 2006, Dr. Schneider was awarded $562,000 by the US Department of Education to improve STEM education through curricula revision and the infusion of instructional technologies in gateway Biology and Physics courses. The revised courses will provide students with the benefits of research exposure and collaborative learning.

In addition to her many professional associations, Dr. Schneider participates in numerous community service activities such as reviewing the NIH Spanish Talking Glossary of Genetics, organizing textbook drives for Sierra Leone University, and judging student poster presentations.