Grants and Honors: Recognizing Faculty Achievement

January 8, 2013 | 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 U.S. State Department has awarded a $1.5 million grant to CUNY’s Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies to help establish the field of labor relations as a graduate program in China. The grant is directed by Gregory Mantsios, who heads the Murphy Institute. CUNY, the lead institution on the grant, is partnering with Harvard University and UCLA to offer courses to faculty and graduate students at Shanghai University and will work with other Chinese universities to develop labor relations programs at their institutions.

Robert Dottin and Jesus Angulo of Hunter College have received a $2,610,673 grant from PHS/NIH/Division of Research Resources for a “Research Center in Minority Institutions: Center for Gene Structure and Function.” Amy Dalsimer of LaGuardia Community College has been awarded two grants: $598,901 from the New York State Education Department for “Workforce Investment Act” and $153,841 from the New York City Office of the Mayor for an “Adult Literacy Program.” Brooklyn College has received $341,475 in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health for research concerning “Carbohydrate Appetite, Fat Appetite and Obesity,” directed by Anthony Sclafani. The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $105,000 to Jamal Jalilian-Marian and Adrian Dumitru of Baruch College for a research project entitled “High Energy QCD in Heavy-Iron Collisions.” Michel Hodge of York College has been awarded a $2 million grant from the Port Authority for the “REDTAILS: Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit at York College.” The “Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program” at Kingsborough Community College, directed by Gary Sarinsky, has been awarded a $105,226 grant from the New York State Education Department.

Congressman Jose E. Serrano announced that Hostos Community College has been awarded nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation: $610,135 from the Advanced Technological Education program to Rees Shad and Catherine Lewis for “Designing Future for Games: Games for Multi-Media”; also $299,079 for “Project SEED (STEM Educators Expansion Directive) for Candidates in Chemistry and Environmental Science,” from the Robert Noyce Capacity Building Project, directed by Sarah Church. Hostos President Felix V. Matos Rodriguez said the grants validate “the quality and depth of our faculty, particularly for STEM, and the commitment Hostos has in helping to improve educational outcomes in Bronx K-12 schools.” In addition, The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education have named Rees Shad the 2012 New York State Professor of the Year from a group of nearly 300 top educators in the U.S. He was the driving force behind the creation of Hostos’ Media Design Program, which introduces students to professional media design via five AAS specialized degrees.

Bronx Community College has received $1,346,990 from the New York State Department of Education for “Institutional Improvement,” directed by Carin Savage. In addition, BCC’s Childcare Center has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children. President Carole M. Berotte Joseph noted that the Childcare Center is the oldest in CUNY and said: “This is a real testament to the excellence of our staff under Jitinder Walia’s leadership.” The National Science Foundation has extended $611,205 in grant support to Elizabeth Cardoso of Hunter College for the “MIND Alliance for Minority Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.” Delaram Kahrobaei of New York City College of Technology has received $448,962 from the Office of Naval Research for “New Approaches to Information Security Based on Group Theory.” A $348,750 grant to Jin Fan of Queens College from the National Institutes of Health will support research concerning “Uncertainty, Cognitive Control, and the Brain.”

Loretta Brancaccio-Taras, professor and chairperson of the department of biological sciences at Kingsborough Community College, has been named a Vision and Change Leadership Fellow by The Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education, a joint initiative of the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Institutes of Health. Fellows will consider how to eliminate barriers to systemic changes needed to improve undergraduate life sciences education. Hunter College Distinguished Professor of English Elizabeth Nunez, an award-winning author of seven novels, has received a Lifetime Literary Award from the National Library system in Trinidad, where she graduated from high school. Shelly Smith of New York City College of Technology has received a three-year $877,322 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education Program to establish a “Fuse Lab” to enable students earning specialty associate degrees to work on real-world problems. David Kennedy of John Jay College has been awarded a $600,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for a “Project that Aims to Significantly Reduce Serious Violence in the City of Chicago” and a $291,340 grant from the U.S. Department of the Interior-Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Justice Services for a “Project Designed to Adapt Violence Reduction.” LaGuardia Community College has received $420,549 from the New York State Education Department for “English Language/Civics Education,” under the direction of John Hunt. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $250,000 to Peishi Wang of Queens College for “Culturally Aligned and Responsible Early Intervention.”

Barbara Ann Naddeo of City College has won the American Philosophical Society’s Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History for her book Vico and Naples: The Urban Origins of Modern Social Theory. The award honors distinguished works in American or European cultural history. Herman L. Bennett of the Graduate Center has received the 2012 Equity Award from the Committee on Minority Historians of the American Historical Association. He is the author of Africans in Colonial Mexico and Colonial Blackness: A History of Afro-Mexico.

Lehman College has received $1,328,155 from the U.S. Department of Education for “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs — Bronx GEAR UP,” under the direction of Herminio Martinez. Andrew Delamater of Brooklyn College has been awarded $392,500 in grant support from the National Institutes of Health for “SCORE (SC1): A Multi-Component Approach to Extinction in Pavlovian Learning.” The New York City Office of the Mayor has extended $107,355 in grant support to Kitty Bateman of Queensborough Community College for an “Adult Literacy Program.” Victoria Luine of Hunter College has received $1,418,439 from PHS/NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences for the “Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program.” The New York State Education Department has awarded $1,064,427 to Bonne August of New York City College of Technology for “Perkins IV.” Christina Tortora of the College of Staten Island has received a $236,626 grant from the National Science Foundation for “Collaborative Research: A Syntactically Annotated Corpus of Appalachian English.”

Reza M. Khanbilvardi of City College has been awarded $3,500,000 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for “Financial Assistance to Establish Five Cooperative Science Centers at Minority Serving Institutions.” Brooklyn College has received $362,002 from The National Institutes of Health for a research project entitled “R01: A Role for Amyloids in Force-Dependent Activation of Cell Adhesion,” directed by Peter Lipke. A “Project to Build Research Infrastructure and Capacity (BRIC) that Integrates Public Health Research and Criminal Justice Policy Analysis,” directed by Jeremy Travis, Jeffrey Mellow and Hung-En Sung of John Jay College, has received $264,811 in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health-National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Timothy Paglione of York College has received $1,750,814 from the National Science Foundation for “AstroCom NYC: A Partnership between Astronomers at CUNY, the American Museum of Natural History, and Columbia University.” The New York City Human Resources Administration has extended $118,147 in grant support to Barbara Martin for “Student Support” at Bronx Community College.

Kingsborough Community College has received $6,226,194 from the U.S. Department of Labor for “CUNY PATH,” under the direction of Babette Audant. Louis Guinta of John Jay College has received $349,571 in grant support from the New York State Education Department for a “Vocational Education Program (PERKINS IV).” Marcie Wolfe of Lehman College has been awarded three grants, totaling $413,116, from the New York City Department of Education and the New York City Office of the Mayor for the following projects: “Literacy and Professional Development”; the “Lehman College Adult Learning Center”; and “Professional Development for School Leaders and Teachers.”

Paul Marchese of Queensborough Community College has received a $605,449 grant from the New York State Education Department for “Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education.” The National Institutes of Health has extended $467,732 in grant support to Zahra Zakeri of Queens College for “MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research at Queens College.” Andrew Poje of The College of Staten Island has been awarded $131,243 from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative for “Consortium for Advanced Research on Hydrocarbon Transport in the Environment (CARHTE).” Jane Schulman and Shannon Bryant of LaGuardia Community College have received a $1,395,960 grant from the New York City Department of Small Business Services for a “Health Sector Center.” City College has been awarded $600,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation for a project concerning “Intelligent Situation Awareness and Navigation Aid for Visually Impaired Persons,” directed by YingLi Tian and Jizhong Xiao. Forest Hills Hospital has extended $296,150 in grant support to York College for the “Bachelor of Science in Nursing RN-B.S. Completion Program,” directed by Cynthia Murphy and Joanne Lavin.