Grants and Honors: 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 below are just a few of the most recent honorees. Brief summaries of many ongoing research projects start here and continue below.

University Vice Chancellor for Research Gillian Small has been awarded a $1,075,968 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to encourage and support promising early career scientists — students and faculty members — through two awards plans: a Summer Undergraduate Research program and a Junior Faculty Fellowship program.

Kingsborough Community College has received a $1,874,604 grant from The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City for the “Young Adult Program: Access to Success,” under the direction of Stuart Schulman. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has awarded $399,983 to David Green and Maria Hartwig of John Jay College for a “Homeland Security Doctoral Research Fellowship Program.” Distinguished Professor of Psychology Anthony Sclafani and Karen Ackroff of Brooklyn College have received $341,475 in funding from the National Institutes of Health for research concerning “Carbohydrate Appetite, Fat Appetite and Obesity.”

Hunter College Distinguished Lecturer Colum McCann has won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, more than $140,000, for his latest novel:   Let the Great World Spin. Kingsborough Community College professor of physical sciences Harold C. Connolly was among a team of scientists who recently discovered a new mineral,   named Krotite.

City College has received $2,699,999 in funding from the National Science Foundation for “A Regional Earth System Model of the Northeast Corridor: Analyzing 21st Century Climate and Environment,” under the direction of professor Charles J. Vörösmarty. Professor of biological sciences Joseph Rachlin and assistant professor Angela Kelly of Lehman College have received $344,309 from the New York State Education Department for a “Teacher Education for Advanced Science Preparation”program. The National Science Foundation has awarded a $200,323 grant to professor of biology Margaret A. Carroll of Medgar Evers College for the “STEP into Science Program.” Dean of Arts and Sciences Pamela Brown of New York City College of Technology has received $199,717 from the National Science Foundation for the “STEM Talent Expansion Program (STEP).”  Diane Call of Queensborough Community College has received $300,000 from the Empire State Development Corporation for the “Senator Maltese Student Welcome Center.”

CUNY ranks 23rd nationally with respect to the number of papers of research and professional practice published in the leading journals for subject-specialist librarians during 2000-2010. Curtis Kendrick, University Dean for Libraries and Information Resources, accepted the award on behalf of the CUNY libraries.

City College was awarded $1 million from the New York State Energy Research and Development Administration for research dealing with a “Flow Assisted Nickel-Zinc Battery for Stationary Applications Development and Demonstration,” under the direction of Distinguished Professor Sanjoy Banerjee and assistant professor of chemical engineering Dan Steingart. A research project directed by Frida Kleiman of Hunter College, titled “Mechanisms of Response to DNA Damage by Nuclear Factors,” has received $320,940 from PHS/NIH/ National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Professor Peter N. Lipke, chair of Brooklyn College’s Department of Biology, has been awarded $317,925 from the National Institutes of Health for a “SC1: Amyloid-like Interaction in Yeast Cell Adhesion” project and $149,802 from Biothera, Inc. for a “Proprietary Yeast Strain Development” study. Baruch College has received $190,000 from the John A. Hartford Foundation, Inc. for the “Hartford Geriatric Nursing Initiative,” directed by Shoshanna Sofaer of the School of Public Affairs.

Seogjoo Jang of Queens College’s department of chemistry and biochemistry has been awarded $360,000 from the National Science Foundation for “CAREER: Synergistic Theory Development and Computational Modeling of the Energy Flow Dynamics in Soft Optoelectronic Molecules.” The Ford Foundation has awarded $165,000 to Steven Handelman of John Jay College for “Core-Funding to Support the Center on Media, Crime and Justice.” Catalina Castano, director of the New York State Small Business Development Center’s Brooklyn Regional Office, located at New York City College of Technology, has received $115,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration in support of the center. LaGuardia Community College has been awarded $100,000 from the Research Foundation/SUNY for “NYS Small Business Development,” directed by Rosa Figueroa.

Kingsborough Community College has been ranked first in the nation by the Center for Digital Education in its 2011 Digital Community Colleges Survey of schools with 10,000 or more students. LaGuardia Community College ranked 10th in the survey. The top 10 colleges were cited for their “comprehensive implementation of technology supporting the educational institution’s operations, as well as serving students, faculty and administrators.”

Joshua Mehigan, a student in the CUNY Graduate Center’s English doctoral program who works as a teaching fellow at Brooklyn College, has won a 2011-2012 creative writing fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, Poetry magazine awarded him its 2011 Editors Prize for the best feature article published in the past year. Mehigan’s first collection of poetry, The Optimist (2004), won the Hollis Summers Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

Simone Rodriguez-Dorestant, Acting Director of the School of Professional and Community Development at Medgar Evers College, has received grants totaling $2,119,277 from the New York City Department of Education, New York State Education Department, U.S. Department of Education, New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, and the After-School Corporation for a number of programs, including the Young Adult Learn to Work Center, the Science and Technology Entry Program and a Summer Youth Employment Program. Queens College has received a $224,118 grant from the National Science Foundation to Jianbo Liu for a “Reaction Dynamics Study of Biomolecular Ions.”

Professor Marilyn Aguirre-Molina of Lehman College has been awarded a $150,000 grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation for a project dealing with “Youth Circles for Racial Healing.” The New York State Dormitory Authority has awarded $100,000 to assistant professor Zhongqi Cheng of Brooklyn College for “Environmental Science Research.”

“Empowering Youth to Excel and Succeed,” a program under the direction of Distinguished Lecturer Veronica Udeogalanya, of Medgar Evers College, has received $300,000 from the Office of Minority Health. Jason Rauceo of John Jay College has received a $140,296 grant from the National Institutes of Health for “Yeast Cell Wall Damage Response Pathways.”

The CUNY School of Professional Studies has received two grants, totaling $2,012,679, from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services and a $147,781 grant from the New York City Housing Authority for multiple projects under the direction of John Mogulescu, dean of the school and Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has awarded Hunter College $151,817 in grant funding to Distinguished Professor Marie Filbin for research on “Blocking the Inhibition of Axonal Regeneration by MAG/Myelin.”