Grants and Honors: Recognizing Faculty Achievement

August 30, 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.

Queens College has been awarded $1,551,806 from the United States Department of Energy/Steel Workers Charitable and Educational Organization for “Medical Surveillance of Former Department of Energy Workers,” under the direction of Steven Markowitz. A research project concerning the “Role of CD14 and Other Innate Immune Receptors in Severe Sepsis,” directed by Sanna Goyert of City College, has received $377,339 from the National Institutes of Health. Saul Katz, dean of continuing education at Kingsborough Community College, has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City for the “SIF Young Adult Program.”

Hunter College has received $1,276,194 from the    De Beaumont Foundation for “Innovations in Monitoring Population Health using Electronic Health Records,” directed by Lorna Thorpe. “Synthetic and Biological Studies of Understudied Anti-Tubercular Products,” a research project directed by Ryan Murelli of Brooklyn College, has received $157,000 from the National Institutes of Health. The Robin Hood Foundation has awarded Christine Mangino of Hostos Community College $114,934 for “At Home in College.”

John Jay College professor of physical education Jane Katz received the Distinguished Educator Award from the City College Education Alumni. Katz, who holds a bachelor’s degree from CCNY, was honored for lifetime contributions to swimming, including her outstanding achievements as a participant in world-class competitions and as the author of several books.

Hunter College Distinguished Professor of English Peter Carey, author of 12 novels, has received the Bodley Medal Award from the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, awarded to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to literature, culture, science and communication.

Mirian Detres-Hickey of Queens College has been awarded $213,180 from the U.S. Department of Education for “Student Support Services at Queens College.” Medgar Evers College has received $191,864 from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration for “CUNY & GSFC Heliphysics Education Consor,” directed by Leon Johnson.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education has presented its national 2012 Circle of Excellence Award to “The CUNY Value” communications initiative. A multi-platform campaign, CUNY Value promotes the University’s high-quality, affordable academic programs, award-winning faculty and students, 21st century facilities and degrees leading to further academic advancement and real-world in-demand jobs. The campaign is overseen by Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Secretary of the Board of Trustees Jay Hershenson and managed by University Director for Communications and Marketing Michael Arena.

Erin Courtney, who teaches playwriting at Brooklyn College, won a 2012 Obie for her Off-Broadway play “A Map of Virtue,” which The New York Times praised as “a delicate gem.”

The College of Staten Island has been awarded $350,000 by the Hospital League, Local 1199 for the “1199 HC4 Program,” directed by Hugo J. Kijne. Queens College has received $115,566 from the National Science Foundation for an “Instability Analysis of Terrain Induced Canopy Flows,” directed by Chuixiang Yi.

Queens College professor of psychology Susan Croll, and Hunter College professor of economics Avi Liveson have been included in Princeton Review’s listing of “The Best 300 Professors.”

Jean Callahan of Hunter College has received $735,680 from the New York State Office of Children & Family Services for “Protective Services for Adults Training Resource System.” The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development has awarded two grants to Anne Rothstein of Lehman College, totaling $202,500, for “Out of School Time” and “Lehman College 9th Grade Transition Program.” Brooklyn College has received $153,083 from the Karlsruher Institute of Technology (European Commission) for research on “Peptide-Based Diodes for Solar Cells,” directed by Brian R. Gibney.

William Fritz and Dean Balsamini of the College of Staten Island have been awarded $235,676 from the Research Foundation/ SUNY/Small Business Administration for the “SI Small Business Development Center.” Scott Atran of John Jay College has been awarded $113,918 from the United States Army Research Office, via Carnegie Mellon University, for a “Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative.” Thomas Friebel of Kingsborough Community College has received $100,000 from Single Stop USA in support of the “Single Stop Center.”

Jeffrey Parsons of Hunter College has received $620,400 from PHS/NIH/National Institute of Mental Health for “Compulsive Behaviors, Mental Health and HIV Risk.” The National Institutes of Health has awarded $168,071 to Mitchell B. Schaffler, the Wallace Coulter and Presidential Professor of Biomedical Engineering at City College, for research concerning “Diffuse Microdamage in Bone: Direct Repair without Remodeling.”

New York City College of Technology has been awarded $211,217 from the U.S. Department of Education for “ChildCare Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS),” directed by Wendy Woods. “Health Workforce Re-Training Initiative,” directed by Michele Stewart of LaGuardia Community College, has received a $182,134 grant from the New York State Department of Health. “Beyond the Ring: Arranging and Describing the Hank Kaplan Boxing Archive, 1812-2007,” directed by Anthony Cucchiara and Marianne LaBatto of the Brooklyn College Library Archives, has been awarded $155,532 by the National Science Foundation.

Carlos Molina of Hostos Community College has been awarded two grants: $783,812 from the USDOL/ETA for the “TAA CCT/Career Pathways” program and $518,402 from the New York City Human Resources Administration for “JOBS-PLUS.” The National Science Foundation has awarded $600,000 for a three-year project titled “Numeracy Infusion Course for Higher Education (NICHE): A Project of The City University of New York (CUNY) Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Alliance,” led by Esther I. Wilder of Lehman College, with Dene Hurley of Lehman and Frank Wang of LaGuardia Community College as co-directors.

David Fletcher of Lehman College has received two grants from the New York State Office of Children and Families, each worth $119,958, for “The Career Visions Institute: Advantage After School at High School for Teaching Professions and Discovery High School” and “The Career Visions Institute: Advantage After School at West Bronx Academy and High School for Visual Art.”

“A Project to Enhance Student Success in Criminal Justice Studies,” directed by David Barnet of John Jay College, has received $217,862 from the U.S. Department of Education. The “NYC Connected Communities Program,” directed by Sharon Mackey-McGee of City College, has received $125,000 from the New York City Housing Authority.

Tobias Schaefer of the College of Staten Island has received $148,899 from the National Science Foundation for “Collaborative Research: Mathematical and Computational Methods for Stochastic Systems in Nonlinear Optics.” The Graduate School and University Center has been awarded $139,956 from the NY-NJ-PA-CT Regional Catastrophic Planning Team for “The CUNY School of Professional Studies to develop manuals and tutorials to assist emergency managers in the metropolitan region,” under the direction of John Mogulescu, senior University dean for academic affairs and dean of the CUNY School of Professional Studies.

Zenobia Johnson of Hostos Community College has received two grants: $155,378 from the New York State Education Department for the “Workforce Investment Act” and $125,837 from the New York City Office of the Mayor, in support of an “Adult Literacy Program.”