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 are just a few of the recent honorees. Brief summaries of many ongoing research projects are listed below.

Four University faculty have been awarded fellowships from The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation for their outstanding achievements and exceptional promise, chosen from among nearly 3,000 scholars, artists and scientists from the U.S. and Canada who applied. CUNY winners were: Tom Cipullo of the art and music department at Bronx Community College, a composer whose works have been heard at major concert halls on four continents; Dagmar Herzog, professor of history and the Daniel Rose Faculty Scholar at the Graduate Center, published widely in the history of religion in Europe and the U.S., on the Holocaust and its aftermath, and on the histories of gender and sexuality; Joan Richardson, professor of English, comparative literature, and American studies at the Graduate Center, who is the author of a two-volume biography of the poet Wallace Stevens and co-editor of Wallace Stevens: Collected Poetry and Prose; Yoruba Richen, an adjunct faculty member at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and a documentary filmmaker whose work focuses on illuminating issues of race, space and power.

Teresa Bandosz of City College has received a $499,746 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency for research concerning “Sewage and Industrial Sludge Based Composite Adsorbents for Removal of Contaminants from Drinking Water Sources.” The New York City Center for Economic Opportunity has awarded $800,000 to Ann Jacobs of John Jay College for “The Mayor’s Young Men’s Initiative.” LaGuardia Community College has received a $266,140 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense for a “Procurement Technical Assistance Center,” under the direction of Edgard A. Hernandez.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Sustainable CUNY the 2012 Environmental Quality Award for its effort to support large scale solar adoption as lead for the NYC Solar America City Partnership. It is the highest award the EPA presents to the public, honoring those who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to protecting and enhancing environmental quality and public health. Tria Case, lead implementer of the solar plan for New York City and CUNY’s Director of Sustainability, and Ronald Spalter, Deputy Chief Operating Officer for CUNY, were University representatives accepting the award.

Ruth Milkman, professor of sociology at the Graduate Center and Academic Director of the Labor Studies Program at the Joseph S. Murphy Institute in the School of Professional Studies, has been selected by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University to be a Radcliffe Institute Fellow for 2012-2013. She will be the Matina S. Horner Distinguished Visiting Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies while in residence at Harvard. Her project focus is on Gender and Labor in the Economic Crisis: Comparing the Great Depression and the Great Recession.

Queens College has received a $4 million grant from The U.S. Department of Energy for a health study entitled “Former Worker Surveillance Program,” directed by Steven Markowitz. “Empowering Youth to Excel & Succeed,” a project directed by Veronica Udeogalanya of Medgar Evers College, has been awarded $300,000 from OASH-Office of Minority Health. Jean Callahan of Hunter College has been awarded grant funding totaling $100,000 from the Fund for Public Health in New York, Inc., for an “HRSA Bioterrorism Hospital Preparedness Program: Adult Care Facilities.”

City College has been selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF), after a highly competitive program, to participate in establishing a Center for Sustainably Integrated Buildings and Sites (SIBS) in an effort to minimize the impact of the building sector on energy consumption, materials use and water management. The project, which is under the direction of Robert E. Paaswell, Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering, is an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) designed to conduct industry directed, pre-competitive research. The co-directors are Michael Bobker of CUNY’s Building Performance Lab; and professor Nicholas Madamopoulos of CCNY’s electrical engineering department. City is collaborating with Carnegie Mellon University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the lead institution, to establish the SIBS Center, and has received an initial NSF administrative grant of $55,000. It expects to raise $150,000 to $250,000 annually for research projects from industrial partners. The Center is expected to operate for 5 to15 years, contingent on raising matching funds and NSF renewals.

Queens College has received $220,812 in grant funding from The New York State Education Department for a “Graduate Level Clinically Rich Teacher Preparation Pilot Program: 2011-2016,” headed by Francine Peterman. Blanche Kellawon of Bronx Community College has received grant funding totaling $145,048 from the Department of Labor for a training program. Sung Shin University of South Korea has awarded Marzie A. Jafari of Lehman College a $131,452 grant for the project “RN to BSN Korea.”

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $321,996 grant to Mitchell B. Schaffler, the Wallace Coulter and Presidential Professor of Biomedical Engineering at City College, for research concerning “Osteocyte Integrity and Bone Remodeling.”

The Center for Fiction has awarded fellowships to two writers from City College: Tracy O’Neill, who is an adjunct lecturer; and Seamus Scanlon, a librarian at the College’s Center for Worker Education. The fellowships, which include a $3,000 grant, are awarded to emerging writers living in the five boroughs of New York City whose work shows promise of excellence. O’Neill is a freelance writer whose fiction has appeared in The Literarian and Promethean. Scanlon, an aspiring crime fiction writer, was a finalist for the 2012 Roanoke Review Fiction Prize and winner of the 2011 Fish Publishing One Page Story competition.

The New York State Education Department has awarded a $381,815 grant to A. Ramona Brown of the College of Staten Island for the “Liberty Partnerships Program.” City College has received $261,491 from the National Institutes of Health for research on “Modeling Membrane Binding and Permeabilization by Antimicrobial Peptides,” directed by Themis Lazaridis. The United Way has awarded a $125,000 grant to Simone Rodriguez-Dorestant of Medgar Evers College for a project entitled “Attendance Improvement Dropout Prevention.” Maria Hartwig of John Jay College has received $125,000 from the FBI for a project entitled “Strategic Use of Evidence (SUE) in Intelligence Interrogations.”

Hunter College has received $890,459 from the New York State Education Department for the “21st Century Community Learning Centers Program,” under the direction of David Steiner. “Synthesis of Novel Bioactive Sphingolipids as a Resource,” a research project directed by Robert Bittman of Queens College, has received $193,750 in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health. David Birdsell of Baruch College has been awarded a $125,534 grant from California Education Partners for “CORE Collaborative Research.” The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded $125,000 to David Kennedy of John Jay College for “The National Network for Safe Communities: A National Security Strategy to Reduce Violence, Eliminate Overt Drug Markets and Promote Racial Reconciliation.”