GRANTS AND HONORS: Recognizing Faculty Achievement

December 9, 2010 | CUNY Matters

The University’s renowned faculty members continually win professional achievement awards from prestigious organizations as well as research grants from an array of government agencies, farsighted foundations and leading corporations. The eight professors pictured at left are just a few of the most recent honorees. Brief summaries of many ongoing faculty research projects — which include exploring new ways to improve public health, energy conservation and teaching — start here and continue inside.

CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism has been awarded two $3 million grants to help establish the nation’s most intensive program in entrepreneurial journalism with the creation of the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism and the first Master of Arts in Entrepreneurial Journalism degree. The center will receive $3 million from The Tow Foundation and $3 million from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Professor Jeff Jarvis, who directs the school’s interactive program, will head the center.

The CUNY Energy Institute, based at City College and directed by Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering Sanjoy Banerjee, has been awarded two grants totaling $4.6 million over three years by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy.

Professor emeritus Dr. H. Jack Geiger, a founding faculty member of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education at City College, has been awarded the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism in recognition of a career focused on health, poverty and human rights.

A Hunter College project titled “2008-2013 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program,” directed by Sheryl Graves of the School of Education, has received $890,459 in grant support from the New York State Education Department. Brooklyn College has received a $600,000 grant from The National Science Foundation, awarded to Wayne G. Powell, chair of Earth and Environmental Sciences; Louise Hainline, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research; Micha Tomkiewicz of the Physics Department; and Rebecca A. Boger of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences for “New, GK-12 Brooklyn College – CITY AS LAB.” Assistant professor of electrical engineering David Crouse of City College, and University Dean for Research Gillian Small, have received a $921,200 award from the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation for “CAT: Center for Advanced Technology.”

Denise Ward of Queensborough Community College has received $755,313 in grant support from the New York State Education Department/21st Century Community Learning Center for “Community Campus.” The New York City Office of the Mayor has awarded $129,553 to Hugo J. Kijne of the College of Staten Island in support of an “Adult Literacy Program.” City College has received $617,445 in grant support from the National Institutes of Health for “A Randomized Trial of Concurrent Treatment for PTSD and Substance Dependence,” directed by professor Denise Hien.

Three CUNY institutions have won 2010 Rockefeller Foundation New York City Cultural Innovation Fund grants, which range from $50,000 to $250,000. The University’s Institute for Sustainable Cities (directed by William Solecki), in partnership with Artist as Citizen, won a grant for an online atlas tracing the city’s environmental transformation; Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture (directed by Wallace Edgecombe), won for a series in which young masters of Afro-Caribbean music blur national distinctions by combining elements of jazz, hip-hop, rock and reggaeton; Queens College, in partnership with Queens Museum of Art, won a grant to develop an MFA in Social Practice.

Kingsborough Community College has received $412,872 from the New York State Education Department to support the “Liberty Partnerships Program,” under the direction of Dean of Instructional Services David Gomez. The New York City Department of Small Business Services has awarded $896,587 to LaGuardia Community College’s Jane E. Schulman, Vice President, Adult and Continuing Education, and Michele Stewart, Director, Career Ladders in Allied Health Programs, for the “Workforce 1 Career Center Program.”

John Jay College will share with Temple University a $1,075,000 grant from the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to design and implement a comprehensive process and outcome evaluation of the agency’s Community-Based Violence Prevention Demonstration Program. The research will be conducted by John Jay’s Criminal Justice Research and Evaluation Center, headed by Jeffrey A. Butts, who is co-principal investigator along with Caterina Gouvis Roman of Temple University.

“Conversations with William Hoffman,” a TV series produced at Lehman College, has won its second Telly Award, which honors local, regional and cable programming. The latest award was for an interview with guest David Kaufman, author of the best-selling biography Doris Day: The Untold Story of the Girl Next Door. Professor William M. Hoffman is the program’s producer, host and artistic director.

The U.S. Education Department/Na-tional Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research has awarded an $850,000 grant to John O’Neill and Elizabeth Cardoso of Hunter College for “Hunter Stats RRTC: Research Rehabilitation & Training on Disability Demographics and Statistics.”

Lehman College has received $1,249,919 from the National Science Foundation for a research project titled “GERT — Integrative Evolutionary Primatology,” directed by professor of anthropology Eric Delson. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $200,000 to Sheilah Paul of Medgar Evers College for “Combined Priority for Personnel Preparation.”

Brooklyn College professor Paul Moses of the English department’s journalism program has been honored with the Catholic Press Association (CPA) book award in history for The Saint and the Sultan: The Crusades, Islam and Francis of Assisi’s Mission of Peace, published earlier this year by Doubleday Religion. George Ranalli, dean of CCNY’s Spitzer School of Architecture, has won the Sidney L. Strauss Award from the New York Society of Architects, in recognition of outstanding achievement for the benefit of the architectural profession.

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Lehman College $2 million in support of “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs — Bronx GEAR UP,” under the direction of professor Herminio Martinez. “The Hidden Fluorescent World of Coral Reefs: A Multimedia Presentation,” under the direction of David Gruber of Baruch College, has received $149,024 in grant support from the National Science Foundation.

The Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government, selected Queensborough Community College as a winner in the Best of New York Awards 2010, in the Excellence in Information Technology Operations, Support and Service category. The award recognizes the innovative approaches to technical problem-solving by Quincin Gonjon, Queensborough’s Senior Information Technology Associate/Internet Security Officer.

Brooklyn College professor of psychology Nancy Romer, and Diane Reiser of Brooklyn’s Community Partnership for Research and Learning, have received a $375,106 grant from the New York State Education Department in support of “21st Century Community Learning Centers.” The New York City Human Resources Administration has awarded two grants totaling $633,323 to Oilda Martinez of City College for a project titled “Poised for Success.” The National Science Foundation awarded $450,000 to M.J. Puls and N. Lents of John Jay College for “Scholarship Program for Talented, Financially Needy Students in Computer Science, Mathematics, and Forensic Science.”

Professor Anne Rothstein, founding director of Lehman College’s Center for School/College Collaboratives, has received two federal grants totaling $2.5 million over five years to help 300 students make timely progress toward graduation, stay in college and earn their bachelor’s degree. The funds are provided through the U.S. Department of Education’s TRIO Programs.

The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development has awarded $101,250 to Senior Vice President/Provost Simone Rodriguez-Dorestant of Medgar Evers College for an “Out-of-School Time Program.” The College of Staten Island has received a $119,861 grant from the National Science Foundation for “Floquet Bundles and Inertial Manifolds for Convection-Dominated Parabolic PDEs” research directed by Jesenko Vukadinovic of the Department of Mathematics. Professor of chemistry Alexander Greer of Brooklyn College has received $344,620 from the National Institutes of Health for “SC1: Site-Specific Delivery of Photosensitizer and Singlet Oxygen in Vivo” research.

Associate professor of biology Juergen Polle of Brooklyn College has received $314,131 from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center/DO Energy Flow Thru for “National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts – An Algal Biofuels Research Consortium.” The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services — Health Resources and Services Administration has awarded $101,046 to Ellen McGuinn of the nursing department at New York City College of Technology for “Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students.” A “Summer Youth Employment Program,” under the direction of Sandra M. Watson of LaGuardia Community College, has received $446,600 in grant support from The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.

Grants totaling $1,006,448 have been awarded by the New York State Education Department to Mary Anne Meyer and Paul Marchese of Queensborough Community College for a project entitled “Career Pathways.” Professors Anthony Carpi, Nathan Lents and Lawrence Kobilinsky of John Jay College’s Department of Sciences have been awarded $600,000 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program for support and expansion of the college’s Program for Research Initiatives for Science Majors.