Rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy, the impact of climate change on New York City, the causes of crib deaths, and minority participation in medical education were among the exceptional faculty research subjects honored recently by The City University of New York. Some 250 faculty members received $379 million in grants for research that expanded the boundaries of science, detailed potential improvements in public health and deepened knowledge in other academic disciplines.
Among the research highlights were environmentally sound rebuilding after Sandy and assessing the impact of climate change on cities. Some of the weather-related fields were explored by City University of New York faculty members like Kyle McDonald of Brooklyn College, Gregory O’Mullan of Queens College, and Jack Caravanos and William Solecki of Hunter College.
In the public health arena, professors Tracy Chu of Brooklyn College and Doris Cintron-Nabi and Denise Hien of City College engaged in potentially lifesaving research into, respectively, crib deaths, minority participation in medical education and the translation of basic research about addictions into practices that can help members of racial and ethnic minorities.
In history, sociology and other disciplines, scholars including Herman L. Bennett of the Graduate Center, Alberto Hernandez of Hunter College and Maria Volpe of John Jay College of Criminal Justice explored issues that speak to the breadth of human experience.
Scholarship and creativity blossom as well at CUNY’s community colleges. Grants and awards ranged across a the spectrum, with an international poetry prize for Carl Grindley of Hostos Community College, a federal grant to engage students in cell biology for Lalitha Jayant at Borough of Manhattan Community College, a National Endowment for the Humanities award involving Latino history and food for Megan Elias of Queensborough Community College and NASA grants to Michael Weisberg of Kingsborough Community College and Yasser Hassebo of LaGuardia Community College.
Interim Chancellor William P. Kelly said: “We applaud the scholarship and research undertaken across the University, which is central to CUNY’s historic mission. Faculty discoveries improve the human condition, assist local and global communities and enhance our students’ academic experience. We take enormous pride in the work of all of our scholars and commend the award winners.”