GRANTS & HONORS: Recognizing Faculty Achievement

December 2, 2011 | CUNY Matters, The University

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.

CUNY’s Career PATH  program has received a grant totaling $19,860,087 for a project to offer out-of-work adult New Yorkers who are changing careers a new way to retool for today’s job market. The grant was awarded to a consortium of six community colleges — Borough of Manhattan, Bronx, Hostos, Kingsborough, LaGuardia and Queensborough — and two senior colleges, the College of Staten Island and New York City College of Technology. The grant — the only one awarded in New York State — is part of nearly $500 million in grants announced by Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis and Undersecretary of Education Martha Kanter. Chancellor Matthew Goldstein praised the many faculty and administrators on those campuses who contributed to the idea, particularly at the lead campus, Kingsborough. Among those he singled out were Vice Chancellor Eduardo Martí, who first presented the idea of making a proposal; Suri Duitch, University associate dean for continuing education; John Mogulescu, senior University dean for academic affairs and dean of the CUNY School of Professional Studies; Stuart Schulman, executive director of the Center of Economic and Workforce Development at the Central Office; and Shayne Spaulding, Director of Workforce Development at CUNY.

Brooklyn College professor of psychology Nancy Romer and Diane Reiser of the college’s Community Partnership for Research and Learning have received three grants, totaling $1,130,047, from the New York State Education Department for “21st Century Community Learning Centers,” and “Extended Day at Bushwick Campus High Schools.” The MacArthur Foundation has awarded $600,000 to David Kennedy of John Jay College’s Center for Crime Prevention & Control for research on “The Innovative but Proven ‘Focused Deterrence’ Intervention Approach.”

David Hernandez of Bronx Community College’s Office of Institutional Advancement/ Grants has received a $1,568,538 grant from the New York State Education Department for an “Institutional Improvement” project. “Mathematics Teacher Transformation Institutes” — directed by Robert Feinerman, Serigne Gningue, Suzanne Libfeld and Marcie Wolfe of Lehman College — has received $957,960 from the National Science Foundation. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $575,000 to Patricia Rachal of Queens College for “The New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative.” Arthur Flug of Queensborough Community College’s Holocaust Resource Center and Archives has received $500,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Hunter College has received a $1,427,329 grant from the National Science Foundation for “A New Partnership to Transform Urban Secondary School Mathematics & Science Experiences,” directed by Pamela Mills and Sarah Bonner. Distinguished Professor of Physics Myriam P. Sarachik and associate professor Sergey Vitkalov of City College have been awarded a $366,847 research grant from the National Science Foundation. The Graduate School and University Center has been awarded $149,999 in grant support from the National Science Foundation for “Science Facilities: Communicating STEM Research to the Public Through the Arts,” directed by Brian Schwartz.

The New York State Office of Children & Family Services has awarded a $735,680 grant to Hunter College for a “Protective Services for Adults Training Resource System,” directed by Jean Callahan. LaGuardia Community College has received a $332,640 grant from the New York State Education Department for a curriculum revision project directed by Bret Eynon and Roslyn Orgel. A John Jay College project “To Integrate the Extremist Crime Database, Global Terrorism Database, American Terrorism Study and Terrorism Organizational Profiles Databases,” directed by Joshua Freilich, has received $196,711 in grant support from the University of Maryland via the Department of Homeland Security.

Soyeon Lee, a student in the Graduate School and University Center’s Doctor of Musical Arts music performance program, won First Prize in the prestigious 2010 Walter W. Naumburg Piano Competition out of 42 pianists from around the world. Her prize includes two fully subsidized concerts in New York City, including a recital in Carnegie Hall; concert engagements throughout the U.S.; and a cash award of $10,000. She has also been invited to join the roster of performers in the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Lehman College has received a $350,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for research under the direction of Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science Victor Pan. Research concerning the genetics of cell signaling, directed by Cathy Savage-Dunn, deputy chair of doctorial programs at Queens College, has been awarded $310,000 in grant support from the National Institutes of Health. Jose Nanin of Kingsborough Community College’s Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation has received $130,000 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a “Minority HIV/AIDS Research Initiative.” Professor Ramona Hernandez, director of the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute at CCNY, has received a $50,000 start-up grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities to develop an online resource to study four centuries of Spanish writing styles.

New York City College of Technology has received $877,322 in grant funding from the National Science Foundation for “FUSE LAB: Collaborative Education,” directed by Shelley Smith. The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (National Institutes of Health) has awarded $490,647 to assistant professor Stephen Fearnley of York College for research.

Kingsborough Community College has received $1,151,463 from the New York State Education Department in support of “Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education,” directed by Lawrence Pero. The Robin Hood Foundation has awarded $320,000 to Elizabeth Payamps-Rodriguez of Bronx Community College for an “Education Collaborative.” Micheline Blum of Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs has received a $107,000 grant from Public Health Solutions for a “DOHMH HIV Testing Initiative Survey.”

Suzanne Wasserman of the Graduate School and University Center has received two grants from the New York City Department of Education, totaling $513,073. Clarence Stanley of Lehman College has been awarded a $306,000 grant from the State University of New York/Research Foundation in support of a “New York State Small Business Development Center.” Queens College has received $199,821 from The U.S. Department of Education for “Project Multicultural Matters: Training School Psychologists in Culturally Responsive Prac-tices,” directed by Emilia Lopez of the department of education and community programs.

Queensborough Community College has received a $755,313 grant from the New York State Education Department — U.S. Department of Education in support of the “21st Century Community Learning Centers: The Community Campus Project,” directed by Denise Ward of the department of continuing education and workforce development. Carlo Lancellotti of the College of Staten Island has been awarded $209,499 from the National Science Foundation for a “Mathematical Foundations of Plasma Kinetic Theory” project.

Stanley

Wasserman

Nanin

Kennedy

Rachal

Hernandez

Eynon

Smith

Schwartz

Orgel

Gningue

Freilich

Pan

Payamps-Rodriguez