Grants and Honors: Recognizing Faculty Achievement

June 10, 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.

Vice Chancellor for Research Gillian Small is the principal investigator for a collaborative project involving CUNY, Columbia University and New York University that is known as the NSF I-Corps New York City Regional Innovation Node, or NYCRIN, and is designed to fast-track research to the marketplace under a three-year $3.74 million grant from the National Science Foundation. “Its aim,” Vice Chancellor Small said, “is to become a global leader in technology innovation and entrepreneurial business development by leveraging the existing innovation ecosystem in New York City, which meshes perfectly with other current initiatives aimed towards building research and entrepreneurship at CUNY.” NYCRIN will offer educational and networking services to all regional technology start-up entities.

Debra Auguste of City College has been awarded $2,295,000 from the National Institutes of Health for “Personalized Therapeutics for Inhibiting Breast Cancer Metastasis.” David Steiner of Hunter College has received $890,459 from the N.Y. State Education Department for “2008-2013 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program.” The National Endowment for the Humanities has provided $157,807 to Clare Carroll of the Graduate School and University Center for “Researching Early Modern Manuscripts and Printed Books.” Marzie Jafari of Lehman College has received $109,512 from the Hospital League, Local 1199, for “BSN RN BRIDGE.” Carlos Molina of Hostos Community College has received grants totaling $2,962,608 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the N.Y. State Education Department for the following: “Health Profession Opportunity Grant to Serve TANF Recipients: Allied Health Career Pipeline;” “Vocational Educational Program;” and the “Liberty Partnerships Program” — as well as $783,812 from the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration for “TAA CCT/Career Pathways,” co-directed by Fern Chan; and $709,087 from the N.Y. City Human Resources Administration, with Corwin Spivey, for “JOBS PLUS.”

John Jay College has received $5,100,000 from the Center for Economic Opportunity for the “New York City Justice Corps,” directed by Ann Jacobs. The N.Y. State Education Department has awarded $473,893 to Marcie Wolfe and Paul Wasserman of Lehman College for “Workforce Investment Act” and $150,000 to Marcie Wolfe for “Adult Literacy Education.” Mirian Detres-Hickey of Queens College has received $213,180 from the U.S. Department of Education for “Queens College Disabled Student Services.” Thomas Friebel of Kingsborough Community College has received $120,000 from Single Stop USA for an “On-Campus Single Stop Center.”

Jane Cramer, a government information specialist and associate professor at Brooklyn College Library, received the N.Y. Library Association Government Information Roundtable’s Mildred Lowe Award for “continuing leadership to the field, professionalism with ongoing impacts on government information users and service providers.” Angela Anselmo has accepted the 2012-2013 NASPA Excellence Gold Award in Administrative, Assessment, Information Technology, Fundraising, Professional Development and related categories, on behalf of Baruch College’s SEEK Program. NASPA is a leading association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs profession.

Queens College has received $527,940 from the Centers for Disease Control/NOISH for a “World Trade Center Heart Cardiovascular Health Impact and Prediction of Incident (Primary and Subsequent) Cardiovascular Events Among First Responders” project directed by Alfredo Morabia. Jonathan Cornick of Queensborough Community College is a co-director, with Umesh Nagarkatte of Medgar Evers College, of a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education for a “Minority Science Improvement Program.” The National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging has awarded $150,908 to Laura Rabin of Brooklyn College for “SCORE: Cognitive Complaints in a Diverse Cohort of Elders: Novel Assessment Approaches.” Nieves Angulo of Hostos Community College has received $114,382 from the U.S. Department of Education for “CILES — HSI Title V-Strengthening Hispanic Serving Institutions.”

Craig Levinsky of City College has been awarded $646,678 from the U.S. Department of Education for “Increasing Retention and Graduation Rates through Enhanced Pedagogy and Improved Technology.” The N.Y. City Department of Education has $347,711 to Jamie Bleiweiss of Hunter College for “Professional Development Services in Special Education: Asperger’s Syndrome/ASD Nest Program.” The N.Y. State Department of State has awarded $175,000 to Bronx Community College for “Institutional Improvement,” directed by Blanche Kellawon. Marie Segares and Bonne August of New York City College of Technology have received grants totaling $269,985 from the N.Y. State Education Department for the “Smart Scholars” project.

City College has received $666,309 from the National Science Foundation for “Investigating How Cloud Processes Alter the Effects of Midlatitude Cyclones on the Atmospheric General Circulation,” directed by William Rossow. The Afghanistan Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled/UNICEF has awarded $644,713 to Martha Bragin of Hunter College for the “Development of National Occupational Skills Standards for Social Work with a Focus on Child Protection.” The N.Y. City Office of Emergency Management has awarded $299,659 to the CUNY School of Professional Studies, in partnership with the Christian Regenhard Center for Emergency Response Studies at John Jay College and the Queens College Department of Computer Science, for “Maintenance and Support for the Sahana Disaster Management System,” under the direction of John Mogulescu, senior university dean for academic affairs and dean of the CUNY School of Professional Studies.

The N.Y. City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Via Public Health Solutions, has awarded two grants totaling $736,303 to Travis Wendel of John Jay College for a “National HIV Behavioral Surveillance Project.” Amy Dalsimer of LaGuardia Community College has received $395,377 from the Robin Hood Foundation (MDRC) for “GED Bridge.” The U.S. Department of Education has awarded a $186,383 grant to Lorraine Mondesir and Charlene  Kohler-Britton of Brooklyn College for “Strengthening Access and Academic Success of Brooklyn College Low-Income Student-Parents through the Provision on Child Care Fee Subsidies and Parent Support.”

Helen Birenbaum of the Graduate School and University Center’s Stanton/Heiskell Center for Public Policy in Telecommunications and Information Systems, has received $360,000 from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation for “Regents Prep Pilot”; she is also co-director of “Project Stretch: Literacy, Learning, and Technology in Middle School,” with Kim Rybacki, also of the Stanton/Heiskell Center, which has been awarded $100,488 from the Brady Education Foundation. Andrew Rosenberg of Queens College has received $111,111 from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency/SRI for “Scalable Prosodic, Anomaly, and Relational Knowledge Exploration of Language with Enhanced Robustness.”

John Jay College has received a $1 million grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance for a “National Network for Safe Communities: Ceasefire University and Violence Reduction Strategies Initiative” project directed by David Kennedy. Jayne Raper of Hunter College has been awarded $637,714 from the National Science Foundation for research concerning the “Basic Mechanisms Underlying Species-Specific Trypanosome Resistance.” The College of Staten Island has received $243,418 from the N.Y. State Education Department for the “Workforce Investment Act,” under the direction of Hugo Kijne. Natalie Bredhikina of Kingsborough Community College has received $105,000 from the N.Y. State Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance for “Educational Resources.”

Elizabeth Cardoso of Hunter College has received $615,296 from the National Science Foundation for “MIND Alliance for Minority Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics.” The National Institutes of Health has awarded $346,500 to Shireen Saleque of City College for research concerning “Genetic and Epigenetic Regulation of Hematopoiesis.” LaGuardia Community College has been awarded $324,226 from the N.Y. City Department of Housing Preservation & Development for “Family Self-Sufficiency,” directed by Sandra Watson. Brian Gibney of Brooklyn College has received grants totaling $883,195, one from the National Institutes of Health for “Thermodynamic Evaluation of the Coupled Binding of Zn(II) and DNA to a Zinc Finger Protein Tumor Suppressor,” and another from the European Commission for “Peptide-based Diodes for Solar Cells.”

“Reducing Socioeconomic Disparities in Tobacco Dependence Treatment Outcomes,” a project directed by Christine Sheffer of City College, has been awarded $318,772 from the National Institutes of Health. Nathaniel Cruz and Maria Cano of Hostos Community College have received $231,144 from the N.Y. City Human Resources Administration for “College Opportunity to Prepare for Employment (COPE) at Hostos.” The U.S. Department of Education has awarded grants totaling $976,425 to Anthony Carpi and Nathan Lents of John Jay College for “Creating Hispanic Scientists: A Model Articulation Program between Hispanic Serving Institutions” and “PRISM – Program for Research Initiatives for Science Majors at the Hispanic-Serving Institution;” Anthony Carpi and Kate Szur have received $641,211 from the U.S. Department of Education for “Title V: Success through Engagement: Development of a Comprehensive Program to Promote Undergraduate Research and First Year Transition Toward Increasing Persistence and Graduation Rates of Hispanic Students.” Queens College has received $303,400 from the National Institutes of Health for “Research Genomics of LINE Retrotransposons in Vertebrates,” under the direction of Stephane Boissinot.

The National Science Foundation has awarded $600,000 to Lynn Francesconi, Charles Michael Drain and Pamela Mills of Hunter College for “IGERT: Returning the Radio to Chemistry: Integrating Radiochemistry into a Chemistry Ph.D. Program.” Lynn Francesconi has also received $100,000 from Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research/ Department of Energy for “Integrated Manhattan Project for Excellence in Radiochemistry (IMPER).” Wendy Woods of New York City College of Technology has received $211,217 from the U.S. Department of Education for “Childcare Access Means Parents in School.”