Grants and Honors: Recognizing Faculty Achievement

July 11, 2011 | CUNY Matters, The University

The University’s renowned faculty continually wins 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.

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $2,028,925 in grant support for the University Transportation Research Center at City College, currently under the direction of assistant professor of civil engineering Camille Kamga. Elizabeth Cardoso of Hunter College’s Department of Educational Foundations has received $610,346 in grant support from the National Science Foundation for the “MIND Alliance for Minority Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics.” The College of Staten Island has received grants from the New York State Department of Education, totaling $435,794, in support of two Science and Technology Entry programs under the direction of Ann Lubrano.

LaGuardia Community College’s Adult Learning Center director, Mae Dick, has been awarded $598,901 from the New York State Education Department for the “Workforce Investment Act.” Lehman College has received funding totaling $204,426 from the New York State Department of Education for the “Science and Technology Entry Program” directed by professor Anne Rothstein. The New York City Department of Educa-tion has awarded a $110,462 grant to Allan Ludman, chair of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Queens College, for a Mathematics Science Partnership Program.

Nancy Foner, Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Hunter College, received the 2010 Distinguished Career Award from the International Migration Section of the American Sociological Association and was also honored at the fifth annual conference on Race, Ethnicity, and Place at Binghamton University. Hunter Distinguished Professor Tom Sleigh received the inaugural $20,000 John Updike award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters for work that “has demonstrated consistent excellence.” Robert E. Paaswell, Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering at City College and a national leader in the fields of public transportation and urban infrastructure, has been elected a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

City College has received $1,059,214 from Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs for “Designed Proteins as Optimized Oxygen Carriers for Artificial Blood,” a project directed by assistant professor of physics Ronald Koder. Adjoa Gzifa, associate director of LaGuardia Community College’s Workforce Education Center, has received a $141,061 grant from the New York State Department of Labor.

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded funding totaling $575,000 to Associate Provost Robert Whittaker of Lehman College for a project titled “Title V – Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions.” Der-Lin Chao of Hunter College’s Department of Classical and Oriental Studies has been awarded $375,000 from the Institute of International Education for a domestic Chinese language program.

Patricia Rockwell of Hunter College’s Department of Biological Sciences has received a $205,200 research grant from PHS/NIH/National Institute for Neurological Disorder & Stroke.

Brooklyn College Professor Nancy Romer and Brooklyn College Community Partnership CEO Diane Reiser have been awarded $302,000 in grant funding from the New York State Education Department for “Extended Day: Bushwick Campus High Schools.” John Jay College has received a total of $221,839 from the U.S. Department of Education for a “Project to Enhance Student Success in Criminal Justice Studies” directed by David Barnet.

Sheila Noorollah of Baruch College has received a $185,565 grant from the New York State Education Department for the “Science & Technology Entry Program.” John Jay College has been awarded $199,714 from the U.S. Department of Education for a “Program for Research Initiatives for Science Majors (PRISM) at a Hispanic-serving Institution,” directed by Nathan Lents and Anthony Carpi.

Queens College has received $351,656 in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health for research on “ADHD: Neural Correlates of Adult Outcomes,” under the direction of Jeffrey M. Halperin. Karen Gourgey of Baruch College’s Computer Center for Visually Impaired People has received a $100,000 grant for research on enhancing confidence and competence, from the Sarah K. De Coizart Article Tenth Perpetual Charitable Trust.

Assistant professor of psychology Sarah Berger of the College of Staten Island is on a 2010–2011 Fulbright fellowship at Haifa University, Israel, where she is examining how locomotor development in infancy affects other types of development. Distinguished Professor of Political Science Susan Buck-Morss of the Graduate Center has won the Frantz Fanon Book Award for Hegel, Haiti, and Universal History. José Del Valle, professor of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages, Linguistics at the Graduate Center, received a Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in recognition of his lifetime achievements.

Dean for Special Programs Carlos Molina of Hostos Community College has received a grant totaling $1,150,351 from the New York State Education Department for a “Vocational Educational Program.” City Tech has received $136,040 from the New York State Department of Education in support of the “Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program – CSTEP,” directed by Kathryn Richardson.

The National Institutes of Health has awarded City College $314,992 in grant funding for a research project titled “Consolidation of Motor Skills and Sleep Homeostasis in Parkinson’s Disease,” under the direction of Maria Felice Ghilardi of CCNY’s Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. Brooklyn College has received a $175,000 grant from the New York City Education Department for “Graduate Courses in Administration and Supervision to Enable Nonpublic School Principals and Prospective Principals to Become Building Leaders,” directed by Dean of the School of Education Deborah Ann Shanley and program head Lynda Sarnoff. “A Study to Explore the Extreme Social Exclusion and Legal Marginalization that Renders Undocumented Migrant Workers Particularly Vulnerable to Crime Victimization, Systemic Violence, Police Mistreatment, and Criminal Involvement,” under the direction of Hung-En Sung of John Jay College, has received $100,000 in grant funding from the National Institute of Justice.

The New York State Department of Education has awarded $280,144 to Ivonne Barreras of New York City College of Technology for a “Teacher Leader Quality Partnership.” Hostos Community College has received two grants in support of a “Global Scholars Program” directed by Esther Rodriguez-Chardavoyne, Senior Vice President of Administration and Finance: $291,663 from Columbia University/U.S. Department of Defense-Office of Naval Research and $258,336 from Columbia University/U.S. Department of State. The Toyota USA Foundation has awarded $134,500 to professor Herminio Martinez of Lehman College for “The ENLACE Latino Collegiate Society Program in Math and Science.”

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $162,000 research grant to Richard Magliozzo of Brooklyn College’s Department of Chemistry. A project directed by Chuixiang Yi of Queens College’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences has been awarded  $108,554 from the National Science Foundation.

Paaswell

Cardoso

Shanley

Halperin

Gzifa

Molina

Dick

Rothstein

Ludman

Barreras

Rockwell

Lents

Richardson

Martinez