Grants and Honors: Recognizing Faculty Achievement

February 6, 2012 | 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 are just a few of the recent honorees. Brief summaries of many ongoing research projects start here and continue inside.

The Lumina Foundation selected CUNY and the Hispanic Federation to lead a partnership aimed at producing more Latino college graduates. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Frank Sanchez said three or four campuses will get dedicated Latino upper-class mentors, social services, college advisers, specialized tutoring, career support and leadership training.

City College is partnering with Hostos and LaGuardia Community Colleges on a multifaceted initiative to attract more students to the STEM disciplines. The Alliance for Continuous Innovative Learning Environments in STEM (CILES) program is funded through a five-year, $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The project leadership includes CCNY professor of mechanical engineering Jorge Gonzalez and professors Yaseer Hassebo of LaGuardia Community College, Nieves Angulo of Hostos Community College and Jeff Steiner of CCNY as co-principal investigators.

Ann Jacobs of John Jay College has been awarded $3,100,000 from the New York City Council for the “New York City Justice Corps.” The “Liberty Partnership Project PRIZE,” directed by Paul Jean-Pierre and Sherri-Ann Simmons Terry of Queensborough Community College, has been awarded $252,230 from the New York State Education Department.

Lehman College has received grants totaling $3,328,155 from the U.S. Department of Education for “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs” in the Bronx, directed by professor Herminio Martinez. Queensborough Community College has been awarded $201,343 in grant funding from the NIH-National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) for the “QCC – Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program,” directed by Patricia Schneider. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has awarded a $149,156 grant to Gaffar Gailani of New York City College of Technology for “Achieving Proficiency in Engineering Research and STEM Education Through NASA Initiatives.” The U.S. Department of Education has awarded grants totaling $437,788 to Michelle Danvers-Foust of Bronx Community College for “Student Support.” Sharona Levy, director of the SEEK Program at Brooklyn College, has received $334,150 from the U.S. Department of Education for the “Education Talent Search Program.”

Robert Alfano, Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering at CCNY, has been awarded the first SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award in recognition of his pioneering work in the field.
Michael Kress of the College of Staten Island has been awarded $1,311,801 from the National Science Foundation for “MRI Instrumentation for Enabling Data Analysis.” A research project titled “Neuro-development Perspective on ADHD,” directed by Jeffrey M. Halperin of Queens College, has received grant support totaling $683,572 from the National Institutes of Health. “A Living Laboratory: Revitalizing General Education for a 21st Century College of Technology,” a project at New York City College of Technology directed by Maura Smale, has been awarded $615,283 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Scott Atran, Presidential Scholar in Sociology at John Jay College, has been awarded $142,005 from the U.S. Army Research Office for “Modeling of Adversary Attitudes and Behaviors.”

Enabling Creative Chaos: The Organization Behind the Burning Man Event, a book by assistant professor of sociology Katherine K. Chen of City College and the CUNY Graduate Center, won the 2011 Best Book Prize for the Outstanding Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

Steven Markowitz of Queens College has received $987,284 from North Shore/Long Island Jewish Medical Center for the “World Trade Center Health Program.” “Peptide Cell Interactions in Saccharomyces,” directed by Fred Naider of the College of Staten Island, has received $366,788 in grant support from the National Institutes of Health. Dean Louise Hainline of Brooklyn College has been awarded $167,132 for the project “RISE Option 2: Increasing URM Student Success in Science and Science Careers,” from the National Institutes of Health.

“Creating Hispanic Scientists,” a project at John Jay College under the direction of professor Anthony Carpi, has received a grant totaling $749,623 from the U.S. Department of Education. Paulette Dalpes of Kingsborough Community College has received a $232,115 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 are just a few of the recent honorees. Brief summaries of many ongoing research projects start here and continue inside.

The Lumina Foundation selected CUNY and the Hispanic Federation to lead a partnership aimed at producing more Latino college graduates. Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Frank Sanchez said three or four campuses will get dedicated Latino upper-class mentors, social services, college advisers, specialized tutoring, career support and leadership training.

City College is partnering with Hostos and LaGuardia Community Colleges on a multifaceted initiative to attract more students to the STEM disciplines. The Alliance for Continuous Innovative Learning Environments in STEM (CILES) program is funded through a five-year, $4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The project leadership includes CCNY professor of mechanical engineering Jorge Gonzalez and professors Yaseer Hassebo of LaGuardia Community College, Nieves Angulo of Hostos Community College and Jeff Steiner of CCNY as co-principal investigators.

Ann Jacobs of John Jay College has been awarded $3,100,000 from the New York City Council for the “New York City Justice Corps.” The “Liberty Partnership Project PRIZE,” directed by Paul Jean-Pierre and Sherri-Ann Simmons Terry of Queensborough Community College, has been awarded $252,230 from the New York State Education Department.

Lehman College has received grants totaling $3,328,155 from the U.S. Department of Education for “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs” in the Bronx, directed by professor Herminio Martinez. Queensborough Community College has been awarded $201,343 in grant funding from the NIH-National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) for the “QCC – Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program,” directed by Patricia Schneider. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has awarded a $149,156 grant to Gaffar Gailani of New York City College of Technology for “Achieving Proficiency in Engineering Research and STEM Education Through NASA Initiatives.” The U.S. Department of Education has awarded grants totaling $437,788 to Michelle Danvers-Foust of Bronx Community College for “Student Support.” Sharona Levy, director of the SEEK Program at Brooklyn College, has received $334,150 from the U.S. Department of Education for the “Education Talent Search Program.”

Robert Alfano, Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering at CCNY, has been awarded the first SPIE Britton Chance Biomedical Optics Award in recognition of his pioneering work in the field.
Michael Kress of the College of Staten Island has been awarded $1,311,801 from the National Science Foundation for “MRI Instrumentation for Enabling Data Analysis.” A research project titled “Neuro-development Perspective on ADHD,” directed by Jeffrey M. Halperin of Queens College, has received grant support totaling $683,572 from the National Institutes of Health. “A Living Laboratory: Revitalizing General Education for a 21st Century College of Technology,” a project at New York City College of Technology directed by Maura Smale, has been awarded $615,283 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education. Scott Atran, Presidential Scholar in Sociology at John Jay College, has been awarded $142,005 from the U.S. Army Research Office for “Modeling of Adversary Attitudes and Behaviors.”

Enabling Creative Chaos: The Organization Behind the Burning Man Event, a book by assistant professor of sociology Katherine K. Chen of City College and the CUNY Graduate Center, won the 2011 Best Book Prize for the Outstanding Book in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action.

Steven Markowitz of Queens College has received $987,284 from North Shore/Long Island Jewish Medical Center for the “World Trade Center Health Program.” “Peptide Cell Interactions in Saccharomyces,” directed by Fred Naider of the College of Staten Island, has received $366,788 in grant support from the National Institutes of Health. Dean Louise Hainline of Brooklyn College has been awarded $167,132 for the project “RISE Option 2: Increasing URM Student Success in Science and Science Careers,” from the National Institutes of Health.

“Creating Hispanic Scientists,” a project at John Jay College under the direction of professor Anthony Carpi, has received a grant totaling $749,623 from the U.S. Department of Education. Paulette Dalpes of Kingsborough Community College has received a $232,115 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for “TRIO: Student Support Services.” The “Medgar Evers/Kingsborough Bridge Program,” directed by professor Edward Catapane of Medgar Evers College, has received $207,122 in grant support from the NIH-National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS). Lehman College has been awarded $196,019 in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health for research titled “Mechanisms of Obesity – Induced Sympathetic Activation,” under the direction of professor Martin Muntzel.

Lehman College professor Anne Rothstein has been awarded two grants, totaling $472,245, from the U.S. Department of Education for the projects “TRIO – Upward Bound: Pathways to College Success,” and “The Lehman College Talent Search.”

City College has received $1,999,659 from the National Science Foundation for “EFRI-M3C: Mobility Skill Acquisition and Learning through Alternative and Multimodal Perception for Visually Impaired People,” directed by Zhigang Zhu, Tony Ro, and Yingli Tian. The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded $495,000 to associate professor Kitty Bateman, Director of Queensborough Community College’s Literacy Program, and Patricia Lannes. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has awarded a $204,322 grant to Rebecca A. Boger of Brooklyn College for “Global Climate Change, International Food Security, and Local Sustainability: Collaborative Course Development and Sharing Among Institutions Serving Diverse and Underserved Learners.” A training program directed by Glenda Self of Bronx Community College received $105,292 from the Consortium for Worker Education.

The National Science Foundation has awarded $1,350,000 to City College in support of a project titled “CNH: Impacts of Global Change Scenarios on Ecosystem Services from the World’s Rivers,” directed by Charles Vorosmarty and Balazs Fekete. A “Green Jobs Training Program,” under the direction of associate dean of academic and career development Jane MacKillop of LaGuardia Community College, has been awarded $320,000 in grant funding from the New York City Queens Botanical Gardens. The New York City Department of Education has awarded Simone Rodriguez-Dorestant and LeHendro Gadson of Medgar Evers College $818,598 in grant funding for a “Young Adult Borough Center.” Hugo J. Kijne of The College of Staten Island has received two grants from the New York State Education Department and one from the Office of the Mayor, totaling $546,858, for three projects.

A project concerning “Vascular Depression in African-Americans,” directed by Joel Sneed of Queens College, has received $190,385 from the National Institutes of Health. The “Liberty Partnership Program” has received $269,485 in grant support from The New York State Department of Education, under the direction of Sean Galvin of LaGuardia Community College. David Gomez of Kingsborough Community College has been awarded $232,052 from the U.S. Department of Education for “Innovative Strategies in Community Colleges for Working Adults and Displaced Workers.”

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Catapane

Sanchez

Self

Muntzel

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Jacobs

Gomez

Danvers-Foust

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Martinez

Naider

Rothstein

MacKillop