Grants & Honors

April 18, 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. Pictured at left are just a few of the most recent honorees. Brief summaries of many ongoing research projects start here and continue inside.

Hostos Community College President Félix V. Matos Rodríguez has announced an award projected to total $7.4 million over five years from the Administration for Children and Families division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to initiate a program to prepare low-income individuals for employment in health-care professions.

The U.S. Departmentof Education has awarded $3,669,272 to Michael Roggow of The Criminal

Justice Academy at Bronx Community College for an “Education Collaborative.” City College has received $635,297 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education for a project aimed at “Increasing Retention and Graduation Rates through Enhanced

Pedagogy and Improved Technology,” directed by Daniel Lemons, Senior Advisor to the President on Student Success, and Craig E. Levinsky of the Division of Humanities & the Arts. Brooklyn College has received a $509,394 grant from the National Institutes of Health for research directed by chemistry professor Richard Magliozzo.

Award-winning competitive swimmer, aquatics innovator, educator and author Jane Katz has been inducted into the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Professor Katz has been affiliated with CUNY more than 50 years and in 1989 began teaching at John Jay College. She also teaches fitness and swimming to New York City police and firefighters.

Gary Mallon of Hunter College’s School of Social Work has received grant funding totaling $1,150,000 from HHS/Administration for Children and Families (ACF) for a “National Resource Center for Permanency & Family Connections” project. Research on “Advanced Lightweight Multi-Threat Composite Armor Technology,” directed by professor Feridun Delale, chair of mechanical engineering at City College, has received $2,220,840 in grant support from the U.S. Army. “Project Rise: Re-Invigorating Second-Year Education,” under the direction of Interim Vice President Paul Arcario of LaGuardia Community College, has received $574,623 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Marcie Wolfe, executive director of the Institute for Literacy Studies at Lehman College, has been awarded $381,893 from the New York State Education Department for the “Workforce Investment Act.”

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded grant support totaling $442,071 to Queens College for the “Upward Bound Program,” under the direction of Michael Neita. Funding totaling $381,815 has been received by Richard Brown of the College of Staten Island from the New York State Department of Education for “Liberty Partnerships.” York College has received $124,218 from the Sloan Foundation for a project directed by assistant professor of chemistry Mande Holford.

Senior Vice President and Provost Simone Rodriguez-Dorestant of Medgar Evers College has received five grants totaling $1,838,308 from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development for five youth programs as well as a $325,573 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a “Talent Search Program” co-directed by Abraham Nyameh, director of Educational Talent Search. The New York City Human Resources Administration, the New York State Department of Labor, and the New York State Education

Department have awarded three grants, totaling $1,135,219, to Blanche Kellawon, director of adult education at Bronx Community College, for a training project.

The Robin Hood Foundation has awarded $320,000 to Elizabeth Payamps-Rodriguez of Bronx Community College for an “Education Collaborative.” “Bridges to Baccalaureate,” a project directed by John P. Bihn, chair of natural sciences, and Hendrick Delcham of the mathematics, engineering and computer science department at LaGuardia Community College, has received $246,187 from the National Institutes of Health. Umesh Nagarkatte, chair of mathematics at Medgar Evers College, has been  awarded a “Minority Science Improvement Program Institutional Grant” totaling $200,000 from the U.S. Department of Education.

Associate professor of biology Juergen Polle and professor of chemistry Roberto Sanchez-Delgado of Brooklyn College have received $559,081 from the U.S. Department of Energy for a “Development of Pollution Prevention Technologies” project. The College of Staten Island has been awarded $354,798 from the New York State Department of Education for the “New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research Program,” directed by Maria Knikou. The New York City Department of Healthand Mental Hygiene has awarded $183,282 in grant funding to Steven Markowitz and Holger Eisl of Queens College for a “New York City Community Air Survey Program.” Hunter College has received $108,560 from Children’s Hospital & Research Center at Oakland/NIH for ferritin research directed by Gertrude B. Elion Endowed Scholar and Professor Dixie Goss.

Yvonne DeGaetano of Hunter College has received a $601,940 grant from the New York State Education Department in support of the “New York City Bilingual Education Technical Assistance Center.” Scott Atran of John Jay College has received $289,713 from the National Science Foundation  for research on influences on “Moral Cognition and Judgments Relevant to Realworld Political and Environmental Conflicts.” Louise Hainline, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at Brooklyn College, has been awarded a $153,894 grant from the New York State Education Department for “CSTEP,” the Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program. The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance has awarded $112,500 to Natalie Bredikhina, Assistant Director of ESL Immersion and ESL Programs at Kingsborough Community College, for “Educational Resources.”

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $671,845 grant to professor Herminio Martinez of Lehman College for Bronx GEAR-UP. Hugo J. Kijne of The College of Staten Island has received two grants from the New York State Department of Education: $243,417 under the Workforce Investment Act and $165,611 in support of an “English Language/Civics” project. Queens College has received a $137,093 grant from the National Science Foundation/Iowa State University for “Teachers Empowered to Advance Change in Mathematics (TEACH MATH),” under the direction of Mary Foote.

Josefina Couture of  John Jay College has been awarded $380,111 by the U.S. Department of Education for “The Educational Talent Search Program.” Assistant Provost Claudia Schrader of Medgar Evers College has received two grants: $566,296 from the U.S. Department of Education under the “Predominantly Black Institution Program” and $221,827 from the New York State Education Department for the “Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act-CTEA.” The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Edgard A. Hernandez, Director of LaGuardia Community College’s Procurement Technical Assistance Center, a $165,841 grant  in support of the center.

City College has received $470,000 in funding from the New York City Council in support of the research, libraries and archives of its CUNY Dominican Studies Institute, directed by Ramona Hernandez. Hunter College has received a “Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Science Education Grant” totaling $330,400, under the direction of Shirley Raps. Healthpro Staffing Solutions has awarded $130,387 to Marzie A. Jafari, Dean of Adult and Continuing Education at Lehman College, for an “RN Completion Program — Korea.” The Institute for New Economic Thinking has awarded $120,351 in grant funding to Leanne Ussher of Queens College’s economics department for “A Large Scale Network Analysis of Firm Trade Credit.”

Holford

Bihn

Knikou

Matos-Rodriguez

Roggow

Schrader

Neita

Payamps-Rodriguez

Katz

Atran

Kijne

Rodriguez-Dorestant

Wolfe

Hernandez