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.
Louis-Pierre Arguin of Baruch College has received a $446,046 grant from the National Science Foundation for “Statistics of Extrema of Complex and Disordered Systems.” Also at Baruch, David Gruber received two grants: $200,000 from the Yale – John B. Pierce Laboratory for “IBIS: Implantable Bioluminescence Interface for an All-Optical Neuroprosthesis to the Visual Cortex”; and $100,000 from the NPORG/National Academy of Sciences for “Handle with Care: Soft Robots Zooplankton.”
Thomas Jordan of Bronx Community College has received a grant of $4,680,308 from the State University of New York for “EOC.” Simone Rodriguez-Dorestant of BCC was awarded $1,562,500 by the NYS Department of Education for “Academic and Student Success Programs.” The college’s Michelle Danvers received a $1,200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education/Office of Postsecondary Education for the “Pre-College Program.” Sunil Bhaskaran at BCC was awarded $899,490 for “Chemistry” by the National Science Foundation/Education and Human Resources. Elizabeth Payamps Rodriguez of BCC got two grants for the “Pre-College Program”: $555,000 from the Robin Hood Foundation and $100,000 from the New York City Council.
Ryan Murelli of Brooklyn College was awarded $392,500 for “Biological Studies of Alpha-Hydroxytropolones” by the Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health. The U.S. Department of Education gave an award of $358,668 to the college’s Michael Meagher for the “Brooklyn College Educational Talent Search Program.” Paul M. Forlano of the college was given a National Science Foundation grant for $125,000 for “Collaborative Research: Mechanisms of Sound Source Localization Underlying an Ancestral Mode of Vertebrate Hearing.” Brooklyn College’s Yu Gao was awarded $117,750 by the Department of Health and Human Services for “A Brain Imaging Study on Conditioning Deficits in Antisocial Youths.” Mariana P. Torrente of the college was awarded $177,416 by NIH for “Epigenetics in Neurodegenerative Disease: Targeting Histone Modifications in ALS.”
Reza Khanbilvardi of City College received $1,600,709 from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for “CSC-Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technologies – ESSRST.” The National Science Foundation awarded $1,136,584 to Jorge Gonzalez for “Collaborative Research: The Hispanic AGEP Alliance for the Environmental Science and Engineering Professoriate in Community Colleges and Associate Degree Program.” Other NSF grants at City College included: $987,631 to Maria Tamargo for “CREST Center for Interface Design and Engineered Assembly of Low-Dimensional Systems”; $709,321 to Lucas Parra for “Assessing Student Attentional Engagement From Brain Activity During STEM Instruction”; and $593,352 to Robert Anderson for “ABI Innovation: Wallace: a Flexible Platform for Reproducible Modeling of Species Niches and Distributions Built for Community Expansion.” Michael Bobker at the college got two grants: $312,255 for “Benchmarking Help Center” from the New York City Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability; and $307,378 for “Energy Data Lab” from the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative Services.
Lisa Auslander at the Graduate School and University Center received an award of $963,400 from the NYS Department of Education for the “SIFE Curriculum.” The school’s John Torpey received several international grants for the “Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect” including: $744,062 from the Government of Canada, $300,00 from the Government of Australia, and $215,000 from the Government of the Netherlands. The Graduate School’s Michelle Fine received $225,000 from the Booth Ferris Foundation for “College Access: Research & Action.” She also got a grant of $170,000 for that project from the New York Community Trust. Janet Gornick of the Graduate School received a grant of $300,000 from the National Science Foundation for “The Development of Cross-national Income and Wealth Databases: The Luxembourg Income and Wealth Studies 2014-2018.”
Co-o-principal investigator Sarah Hoiland of Hostos Community College received $103,020 from the National Science Foundation for “NICE: Numeracy Infusion for College Education.”
Gary Mallon of Hunter College was awarded $1,611,129 from the New York County District Attorney’s Office for the “Community Navigator Pilot Program.” Hunter’s Harriet Goodman received $1,424,908 from the New York City Department of Probation for the “Models of Probation Project.” The college’s Tyrel Starks got an award of $909,309 from the PHS/NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse for “Intervention to Reduce Drug Abuse & HIV Incidence among High PrEp Priority Partnered YMSM.” Allan Frei of Hunter received $619,997 from the New York City Department of Environmental Protection for the “Climate Change Integrated Modeling Project.” The college’s Edwin Melendez was awarded $500,000 by the New York City Council for the “Center for Puerto Rican Studies.” Robert Gyles and Frank Gardella of Hunter received a grant of $671,887 from the NYC Department of Education for “Math Center for Learning & Teaching.” Hunter’s Barry Cherkas got a grant of $265,412 from the NYC Department of Education for “Mathematics and Science Partnerships Project: NCLB/Title IIB.”
Ann Jacobs of John Jay College got an award of $3,100,000 from the New York City Center for Economic Opportunity for the “New York City Justice Corps.” John Jay’s Demis Glasford got a $1,000,000 grant from the Department of Homeland Security For “The Homeland Security Disciplinary Theory and Advanced Social-Behavioral Sciences Research-Methods Training (DART) Program.” The college’s David Kennedy received a $300,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for “Strengthening and Focusing the Violence Reduction Strategy in Response to Chicago’s Violence Crisis.” Kennedy also got a $564,845 grant from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services for the “Gun-Involved Violence Elimination (GIVE) Initiative.”
Stephanie Akunvabey of Kingsborough Community College received a grant of $375,000 from the Robin Hood Foundation for “Opening Doors Learning Communities.” Kingsborough’s Brian Mitra and Faith Fogelman were awarded a grant of $245,054 from the U.S. Department of Education for the “Student Support Services – Trio Program.”
Sean Galvin of LaGuardia Community College received a grant of $1,718,750 from the New York State Education Department for the “Liberty Partnerships Program.” Adjoa E. Gzifa of LaGuardia was awarded several grants, including: $419,000 from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development for the “Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Older Youth; and $398,790 for the “Young Adult Internship Program” from the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development. John Hunt of the college also received several grants, including $162,368 from the NYC Department of Small Business Services.
Deborah Shanley of Lehman College was awarded a grant of $1,576,325 from the NYS Education Department/Office of Higher Education for the “Teacher Opportunity Corp.” Christopher Malone of Lehman received a grant of $1,008,197 from the New York City Department of Small Business Services for the “Lehman Tech Talent Pipeline.” Co-principal investigator Esther Wilder of Lehman College received $196,978 from the National Science Foundation for “NICE: Numeracy Infusion for College Education.” The college’s Jane Mackillop received two grants: $136,225 from Hospital League, Local 1199 for “RN – BS HCRA7 Cohort Training”; and $110,597 from the NYC Department of Small Business Services for “Home Health Aide.”
Liana Tsenova of the New York City College of Technology won an award of $258,251 from the Department of Health and Human Services/National Institutes of Health for the “Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program.” The college’s Bonne August won several grants, including: $190,000 from the NYS Education Department for “Smart Scholars ECH:Cohort 3 City-Poly”; and $139,252 from the NYS Education Department for “Smart Scholars ECH:Cohort 2 P-Tech.” Evgenia Giannopoulou of the college was awarded $224,607 by NIH for “City Tech- WCM Big Data Training Grant.”
Steven Markowitz of Queens College received several grants, including: $3,150,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy for the “Former Worker Surveillance Program”; and $1,613,084 from the DOE for that same program. Chao Chen and Jin Fan of the college received a grant of $289,992 from the National Science Foundation for “RI: Small: Collaborative Research: A Topological Analysis of Uncertainty Representation in the Brain.” Soribel Genao and Patricia Velasco of the college got a grant of $377,894 from the New York State Education Department for “Certification in Education Leadership with a Focus on Academic Achievement of English Language Learner Student Populations.” Queens College’s Yunping Jiang received a grant of $268,459 from the NSF for “Intergovernmental Personnel Agreement.”
Yicel Nota-Latif of Queensborough Community College got a grant of $1,825,955 from the New York State Education Department for the “QCC Liberty Partnership Program.” David Sarno of Queensborough received an award of $698,697 from the National Science Foundation for “Institutional Partnership to Create Successful Student Transition to Smart Energy & Materials.”
The College of Staten Island received two National Science Foundation grants: $468,124 for “RUI: Protocadherin Cytoplasmic Interactions, Trafficking and Anti-Adhesion” and $139,874 for “Collaborative Research: Worm Algorithm & Diagrammatic Monte Carlo for Strongly Correlated.” The college got a private grant of $173,881 for “A Hybrid Hydrophobic Hydrophilic Coating with Combined Anti-Reflective & Anti-Soiling Properties.”
Yolanda Small of York College received a grant of $166,190 from the National Institutes of Health for “Address how to improve available fluorophores by size-selecting AgNCs and tuning their optical properties.”