February 14, 2011 | CUNY Matters
Recognizing Faculty Achievement
The University’s renowned faculty members continually win professional-achievement awards from prestigious organizations as well as research grants from 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 start here and continue inside.
Steven Markowitz of Queens College’s Center for the Biology of Natural Systems has received two grants: $2,672,346 from the Center for Disease Control/NIOSH/NIH for the “Queens Ground Zero Workers Health Watch” and $1,578,431 from the U.S. Department of Energy for a “Former Worker Surveillance Program.” Vice President of Student Development Janice Jones of York College has received two grants from the U.S. Department of Education, totaling $679,045 for two projects: “Student Support Services” and “York Enrichment Services.”
Frederick (Rick) P. Schaffer, general counsel and senior vice chancellor for legal affairs at CUNY, was honored with the Excellence in Public Service Award from the New York State Bar Association for demonstrating a “higher calling” through an extraordinary commitment to service, honor and integrity in the public sector.
The School of Professional Studies has received $2,587,550 from the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), to “Develop and Deliver Employee Learning Program for the HRA OCSE’s 800+ Employees to Help them Carry out their Responsibilities Effectively,” under the direction of John Mogulescu, dean of the school and senior university dean for academic affairs. An “Allied Health Career Pipeline Program” at Hostos Community College, under the direction of Dean for Special Programs Carlos Molina, has received $1,480,000 in grant support from the Office of Family Assistance.
Funding totaling $2,056,072 has been awarded by PHS/NIH/Division of Research Resources to President Jennifer J. Raab of Hunter College together with Robert Dottin and Jesus Angulo for a “Research Center in Minority Institutions: Center for Gene Structure and Function/AIDS Infrastructure Grant.”
A Vocational Education Program, under the direction of Louis Guinta of John Jay College’s Department of Communication & Theater Arts, has received a $733,115 grant from the New York State Education Department.
“Understanding the Crime Drop in New York City,” a project directed by Karen Terry of John Jay College’s Department of Criminal Justice, has received $200,000 in grant support from the Open Society Institute. City College has received $1,733,361 from The National Institutes of Health for a project titled “CCNY-Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) Partnership for Research, Training and Community Outreach,” under the direction of biology professor Karen Hubbard.
The New York State Education Department has awarded two grants to Queensborough Community College: $252,230 to Paul Jean-Pierre and Sherri-Ann Simmons for the “Liberty Partnership Project Prize;” and $192,742 to Rihab Guneid and Paul Jean-Pierre for “CSTEP,” the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program.
Lehman College President Ricardo R. Fernández received the 2010 Ninth Annual Latino Trendsetter Award from LatinTRENDS for outstanding achievements, contributions, leadership and service to the Hispanic and Bronx communities. Bret Eynon, LaGuardia Community College’s assistant dean for academic affairs, was named distinguished humanities educator of the year by the Community College Humanities Association for dedication to the scholarship of teaching and learning, advocacy of new technologies in education and commitment to the discipline of history.
Assistant professor of electrical engineering David Crouse of City College and University Vice Chancellor 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.” Small’s title was incorrect in the announcement that appeared in the previous issue of CUNY Matters.
Kingsborough Community College has received $599,935 in grant support from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled “Community College Students Paving Future Careers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology,” directed by professor Jay Mancini.
Hunter College has received two grants for a “Specialized Neuroscience Research Program”: one from PHS/NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke, totaling $1,434,419, under the direction of Distinguished Professor Marie Filbin; and a second totaling $1,100,00 directed by Filbin, Maria Figueiredo-Pereira and Mitchell Goldfarb, all members of Hunter’s Department of Biological Sciences.
Professor of civil engineering Reza Khanbilvardi of City College has received $2,221,860 in funding from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration for “NOAA Cooperative Remote Sensing Science & Technology Center (CREST).”
Professor of physics Justin Vazquez-Poritz of New York City College of Technology has received a $60,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research in string theory entitled,“Constraining Gravity Dual Models of Strongly Coupled Plasmas.” He also was named by Nobel laureate David Gross as a 2010-2012 Scholar at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics in Santa Barbara, Cal.
Lehman College professor and chief librarian Kenneth Schlesinger has received a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant to help organize a library and archive for the Steve Biko Foundation’s new cultural heritage center in the Eastern Cape, South Africa; it will serve as an intellectual and economic development resource in one of that nation’s poorest provinces. Professor of
English Matthew K. Gold of New York City College of Technology is leading a five-year project funded by a $3.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education titled “A Living Laboratory: Redesigning General Education for a 21st-Century College of Technology.”
A project directed by Angela Pinto of Baruch College’s Psychology Department, “Managing Obesity by Combining Behavioral Weight Loss and Commercial Approaches,” has received $160,008 in grant support from the National Institutes of Health.
The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $454,135 grant to Aiao-Sheng Hu of the College of Staten Island Chemistry Department for research on “Palladacycle-Catalyzed Tandem Double Addition Reactions for Organic Synthesis.” The New York City Council has awarded funding totaling $274,403 to Michael Geller of the Department of Student Development at Kingsborough Community College for an “Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program.”
Patricia Rachal, chair of the Queens College Political Science Department, has received $575,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Education for “The New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative.”
The National Institutes of Health has awarded two grants totaling $496,372 to Fred Naider of the College of Staten Island’s Chemistry Department for research on “Peptide-Cell Interactions in Saccharomyces Cerevisiae.”
Professor Daniel L. Akins, director of the Center for Analysis of Structures and Interfaces at City College, together with Alexander Couzis, chair and Herbert G. Kayser professor of chemical engineering, professor Swapan K. Gayen of CCNY’s Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers, and professor of chemistry Maria Tamargo, have received a grant from the National Science Foundation totaling $1 million for “CREST: Center for Exploration of Nanostructures in Sensors and Energy Systems (CENSES).”