Grants & Honors: Recognizing Faculty Achievement

March 12, 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 2013 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize will go to James Oakes, Distinguished Professor of History at the CUNY Graduate School and University Center, for his book Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865. A previous Oakes book was co-winner of the 2008 Lincoln Prize, awarded by Gettysburg College and New York’s Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Oakes will receive $50,000 and a bronze replica of Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ “Lincoln the Man” in a ceremony April 10 in New York City.

LaGuardia Community College has received $1,499,925 from the U.S. Department of Labor-Employment and Training Administration for “TAACCT (Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training),” directed by Sandra Watson. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded Queens College two grants, totaling $934,054 to Carolyn Hughes for “Development and Validation of the Supports Intensity Scale for Children.” Maura Smale of New York City College of Technology has been awarded a $615,283 grant from the U.S. Department of Education — Title V for “A Living Laboratory: Revitalizing General Education for a 21st Century College of Technology.” Patricia Schneider of Queens-borough Community College has received $201,343 in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health for “QCC Bridges to the Baccalaureate.”

Reza M. Khanbilvardi, Samir Ahmed, and Fred Moshary of City College have received a $2,552,100 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce for the “NOAA CREST Center.” A $428,992 grant has been awarded to Cathy Spatz Widom of John Jay College from The National Institutes of Health — Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development for “Continuation of a Longitudinal Study.” Paul Attewell of the Graduate School and University Center has received $363,336 from the National Science Foundation for a project titled “Building an Interdisciplinary Research Community to Pro-type Computationally-Intensive Analysis of Large Scale Educational Datasets,” and $113,299 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for “The Role of Academic Momentum in Degree Completion.”

“Adaptive Evolutionary Responses of Mice,” a research project under the direction of Jason Munshi-South of Baruch College, has been awarded $260,113 in grant support from the NIH-National Institute of General Medical Science.

Gerald Mallon of Hunter College has been awarded $1,150,000 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services/Administration for Children and Families (ACF) for the “National Resource Center for Permanency & Family Connections: A Service of U.S. HHS/ACF Children’s Bureau.” Kingsborough Community College has received an $899,799 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project titled “On-Campus Discoveries in Science,” directed by Loretta Brancaccio-Taras.

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo have congratulated the University on the 50th Anniversary of the CUNY Research Foundation. The mayor proclaimed Jan. 24, 2013 as “CUNY Research Foundation Day,” and the governor issued a citation praising the foundation’s work. Richard F. Rothbard, president of the Research Foundation, noted that it manages approximately $400 million annually in grants and contracts from federal, state, municipal and private sources and that faculty and staff funded through the foundation are carrying out cutting-edge research in a host of important fields. The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $1,200,000 to Sheilah Paul of Medgar Evers College for “Teacher Preparation for Special Education.” Baruch College has received $898,506 from the National Science Foundation for a project directed by Stuart Schulman titled “Student Entrepreneurs.”

Dean Anthony J. Tamburri of CUNY’s John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, and Joan M. Migliori, the institute’s assistant director of community and international programs, recently received the Order of Merit of Savoy from the American Foundation of Savoy Orders Inc.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded four CUNY Libraries the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf, a collection of books, films and other resources that will introduce the American public to the complex history and culture of Muslims in the U.S. and around the world. The recipients are New York City College of Technology and Queensborough, Hostos and Borough of Manhattan Community Colleges. Some 842 libraries and state humanities councils in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be awarded the Muslim Journeys Bookshelf.

Herminio Martinez of Lehman College has been awarded $2 million from the U.S. Department of Education for the project titled “Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs — South Bronx GEARUP.” Kingsborough Community College has received $600,000 from The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for “Scholarships for Disadvantaged Nursing Students,” under the direction of Denise Giachetta-Ryan. Daniel McCloskey of the College of Staten Island has received a $355,940 grant from the National Science Foundation for “CAREER: BCSP: Network Level Analysis of Oxytocin Regulation of Naked Mole Rat and Hippocampal Neuron Interactions.”

Nancy Romer and Diane Reiser of Brooklyn College have received six grants, totaling $1,443,589, from the N.Y. State Department of Education, the N.Y. State Higher Education Services Corp. and the N.Y.C. Department of Youth and Community Development for “21st Century Community Learning Centers,” “Extended Day: Bushwick Campus High Schools,” “BCCP Brooklyn College Art Lab” and “Networks to College: Paul Robeson High School/Thomas Jefferson High School.” Jorge Gonzalez of City College has received two grants, totaling $1,260,837, from the U.S. Department of Education for “CUNY’s Initiative for Continuous Innovative Learning Environments in STEM” and “Promoting Post-baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans.”

Carla Asher of Hunter College has been awarded $1,499,292 from the U.S. Department of Education for “Teacher Quality Partnerships.” Louise Hainline of Brooklyn College has received two grants, totaling $517,700, from the National Institutes of Health for “RISE Option 2: Increasing URM Student Success in Science and Careers,” and “MARC: Biometrical Research Training for Minority Honor Students.” The N.Y. State Department of State has extended $175,000 in grant funding to Blanche Kellawon of Bronx Community College for “Institutional Improvement.”

The National Institutes of Health has awarded $2,202,564 to Jerry Guyden of City College for the “Cellular/Molecular Basis of Development: Research Center.” Simone Rodriguez-Dorestant of Medgar Evers College has been awarded grants totaling $2,187,900 from the N.Y.C. Department of Youth and Community Development for the following projects: “Steps to Success: Out of School Youths;” “Beacon Center at IS 323;” “Crown Heights Beacon;” “PYE Beacon;” “Beacon Flatbush;” and “OST Program for High School Youths” — as well as $782,738 from the N.Y.C. Department of Education for “Young Adult Borough Center,” co-directed with LeHendro Gadson, and $325,573 from the U.S. Department of Education for a “Talent Search Program,” co-directed by Abraham Nyameh. The Graduate School and University Center has received $598,972 from the National Science Foundation for “The CUNY Science Now GK–12 Program,” under the direction of Vice Chancellor for Research Gillian T. Small.

Sherryl Graves and Robert Thompson of Hunter College have been awarded $1,249,531 in grant funding from the National Science Foundation for a “Mathematics & Science Teacher Education Residency.” David Kennedy of John Jay College has received four grants, totaling $867,683, from the Detroit Public Safety Foundation, the New Orleans Community Support Foundation, the State of Connecticut – Office of Policy and Management and the Nicholson Foundation via Rutgers University for the following projects: “The Ceasefire Detroit Project”; “Center for Crime Prevention and Control”; and “Implementation of a Group Violence Reduction Strategy.” The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $575,000 in grant support to Patricia Rachal of Queens College for the “New York Deaf and Blind Collaborative.”

The New York City Human Resources Administration Office of Child Support Enforcement has awarded $3,068,718 to the Graduate School and University Center for the “CUNY School of Professional Studies to Develop Procedures and Training Courses for Staff of the Child Support Program,” under the direction of John Mogulescu, senior university dean for academic affairs and dean of the CUNY School of Professional Studies. The National Institutes of Health has awarded Karen Hubbard, Lane Gilchrist, Tiffany Floyd and Sihong Wang of City College six grants, totaling $1,518,368, for the “CCNY/MSK Cancer Center Partnership, Training and Community Outreach” program.

Denise Ward of Queensborough Community College has received a $755,313 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a “21st Century Community Learning Center.” Marie Mandara of Kingsborough Community College has been awarded $579,217 from the New York City Human Resources Administration for “2013 COPE.” The American Association of Community Colleges has extended $400,000 in grant support to Michael Baston of LaGuardia Community College for “Benefits Access for College Completion.” Medgar Evers College has received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a “Minority Science Improvement Program Cooperative Grant with Queensborough Community College,” directed by Umesh Nagarkatte and Haishen Yao. A “Collaborative Project: Integrating Learning Resources for Information Security Research and Education,” directed by Soon Chun of the College of Staten Island, has received $133,333 in grant funding from the National Science Foundation.

City College has received a $1,196,723 grant from the National Science Foundation for “The Phase I Robert Noyce Scholarship Program at CCNY: Expanding the Teacher Academy Program for STEM Education in Urban Schools,” under the direction of Despina Stylianou, Issa Salame, Richard Steinberg and Yael Wyner. Bret Eynon of LaGuardia Community College has been awarded $655,304 from the U.S. Department of Education (Title V) for a project titled “Making Transfer Connections.”