Recognizing Faculty Achievement

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.”

Louis-Pierre Arguin
Arguin

Simone Rodriguez-Dorestant
Rodriguez-Dorestant

Paul M. Forlano
Forlano

Liana Tsenova
Tsenova

Yunping Jiang
Jiang

Yolanda Small
Small

Ann Jacobs
Jacobs

Sean Galvin
Galvin

Adjoa E. Gzifa
Gzifa

Maria Tamargo
Tamargo

Janet Gornick
Gornick

Gary Mallon
Mallon