Public And Private Aid Propel University Research
Each year, generous support by government agencies, prominent corporations and farsighted foundations helps to advance research by noted University faculty and talented student interns. The 10 professors pictured at left are just a few of the hundreds at CUNY colleges and professional schools who received such funding in 2009. The focus of their research ranges from local workforce development and immigration challenges to global concerns including climate change and disease. Brief summaries of many projects start here and continue inside.
Brooklyn College has received a $1,147,782 stimulus award under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for a project entitled "REU Site: Islands of Change." The National Science Foundation grant is under the direction of professor of anthropology and archaeology Sophia Perdikaris. The grant is among six stimulus awards to Brooklyn College, totaling nearly $2 million, that were announced recently by Gov. David A. Paterson.
$500,000 was awarded to The College of Staten Island by the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research for "Material Sciences and Polymer Chemistry Faculty Development at College of Staten Island/CUNY," directed by Dean of Science and Technology Gail Simmons. Hunter College received $612,946 from PHS/NIH/ National Institute of General Medical Sciences for "Minority Access to Research Careers," directed by professor Derrick Brazill. The National Science Foundation awarded Brooklyn College a $115,000 grant for undergraduate robot research, directed by associate professor Elizabeth Sklar and professor Simon Parsons.
City Tech physics professor Giovanni Ossola has received a two-year, $114,450 grant from the National Science Foundation for research that will draw upon the Large Hadron Collider, largest and most powerful particle collider ever built, at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), located in Geneva, Switzerland. $1,320,417 was awarded to Medgar Evers College from New York City's Department of Education for a "Youth Adult Learning-to-Work/Borough Center," directed by Carolyn Beck.
$2,345,000 was awarded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to the Cooperative Remote Sensing Science and Technology Center, a University research center at City College under the direction of professor Reza Khanbilvardi. Professor Nicholas Petraco of John Jay College of Criminal Justice's Department of Sciences has received a $704,189 grant from the National Institute of Justice to obtain data and write programs for making statistical comparisons between bullet toolmarks, generating error rates and random match probabilities. Hunter College received $2,780,386 from the National Institutes of Health's Division of Research Resources to the Institute for Gene Structure and Function, headed by professor Robert P. Dottin, for an AIDS infrastructure project. Professor Spiridon Bakiras of John Jay's Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has received a $489,161 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop techniques to enable Internet users to verify the authenticity of search results provided by a GPS or other wireless device, as well as protect the privacy of users whose personal information could be gleaned from their queries.
A $527,108 grant was awarded to Brooklyn College by the New York State Department of Education for a Bilingual Education Technical Assistance Center, under the direction of Dean Deborah Anne Shanley and professor Regine LaTortue. $598,972 has been awarded by the National Science Foundation to the Graduate School and University Center for "CUNY Science Now GK-12 Program," under the direction of professors Gillian Small and Brian B. Schwartz.
Hostos Community College received a number of grants, totaling nearly $1.9 million, for projects involving education, workforce training and investment, jobs, adult literacy and other forms of outreach, all under the direction of Dean Carlos Molina; funding was from the New York City Human Resources Administration, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the New York State Education Department and the New York City Office of the Mayor.
The New York City Human Resources Administration awarded $438,473 to City College for "Poised for Success," directed by Oilda Martinez. CCNY has also received a grant of $408,078 from the National Institutes of Health for "Challenge: Predicting Cardiovascular Risk in Vulnerable Plaque Rupture," directed by Distinguished Professor Sheldon Weinbaum and assistant professor Luis Cardoso.
York College received grants totaling over $1.84 million from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. These include $899,900 from the NSF for the "Robert Noyce Mathematics and Science Teacher (MaST) Scholars Program," under the direction of assistant professor Leslie Keiler. The Graduate School and University Center received $127,877 from the Government of the Netherlands for "Phase II of the United Nations Intellectual History Project," under the direction of Presidential Professor Thomas G. Weiss. A grant of $140,000 was awarded to New York City College of Technology from the National Endowment for the Humanities for "Along the Shore: Changing and Preserving the Landmarks of Brooklyn's Industrial Waterfront," directed by Richard Hanley.
The National Institutes of Health awarded City College two grants of $655,467 and $485,683, respectively, to professors Mark Steinberg and Michael Weiner for "Research Support for Biomedical Careers at CCNY"; and to Distinguished Professor Sheldon Weinbaum and Phillip Payton for "A National Urban Model for Minority Undergraduate Biomedical Education." The University of California, Berkeley, and Rutgers University awarded The Graduate School and University Center grants of $177,400 and $154,143, respectively, for "Building Resilient Regions: The Immigration Challenge," under the direction of Distinguished Professor John H. Mollenkopf; and "Assessing Information Processing and Capacity for Understanding Language in Non-Verbal Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders," directed by Presidential Professor Richard G. Schwartz and associate professor Valerie L. Shafer.
City College was awarded two grants of $2,064,899 and $1,630,014 by the National Institutes of Health for a research center dealing with "Cellular/Molecular Basis of Development" and for a CCNY/Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center "Partnership, Training and Community Outreach" project directed by professor Karen Hubbard of the Biology Department. Dean Carlos Molina of Hostos Community College received a $985,885 grant from the New York State Education Department for research on "Vocational Education Program (PERKINS)." $340,350 was awarded by the National Science Foundation to Paul Marchese of Queensborough Community College's Office of Academic Affairs for "REU Site: The City University of New York/Goddard Institute for Space Studies Center for Global Climate Research," a project in cooperation with Medgar Evers College.
$2 million was awarded to Lehman College by the U.S. Department of Education for "Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs - South Bronx GEAR UP," under the direction of professor Herminio Martinez. Medgar Evers College received grants totaling nearly $1.2 million for several in-school, science and technology programs. These include an "In-School Youth Program" funded by the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development, under the direction of Carolyn Beck and Suzanne Hurley; "Science and Technology Entry Program" supported by the New York State Education Department, directed by Carolyn Beck; the "Medgar Evers/ Kingsborough Bridge Program," funded by the National Institutes of Health; and two Science and Technology Entry Programs, supported by the New York State Education Department and under the direction of professor Edward Catapane, Carolyn Beck and John Brown.
"Delivery of Courses in Energy Management" at The Graduate School and University Center received $168,086 from the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS). $2,058,034 went to The Graduate School from the New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA), Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) for "Development and Delivery of a New Employee Training Program." Brooklyn College received $377,269 from the New York State Department of Education for "Workforce Investment Act," directed by Frannie Rosenson. The National Institutes of Health awarded $155,000 to Queens College for "Trends in Ethnic and Socioeconomic Differentials in Diet Quality in American Children," directed by Ashima Kant of the Department of Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences.
$735,664 was awarded by the New York State Office of Children & Family Services to Hunter College's Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging & Longevity, for "Protective Services for Adults Training Resource System," under the direction of Marianne Fahs. The College of Staten Island received $150,000 from the Robin Hood Foundation for "Funding for Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Training," directed by Hugo J. Kijne.
"Pharmacological Profiling of Alzheimer's Disease Compounds," a proposal by professor Hoau-Yan Wang of City College, has been awarded $128,937 from Integrated Risk Information System (U.S. EPA), while CCNY's professor Jorge Gonzalez received a $121,996 award from the National Science Foundation for "Understanding Impacts of Climate Change on Energy Infrastructure in Urbanized Coastal Area." The New York City Council has awarded $231,250 to Michael Geller of Kingsborough Community College's Office of Student Development, for "Support of Lighthouse/Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment Program."
Lehman College received a grant of $663,967 from the National Institutes of Health for "Regulation of Provitamin A Carotenoid Biosynthesis in Maize," directed by professor Eleanor Wurtzel. John Jay College received a $388,508 grant from the National Science Foundation with the University of Massachusetts to "Significantly Advance Forensic Methods of Investigating Persons Trafficking in Contraband Using Mobile Devices," under the direction of Ping Ji, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science. City College received a $200,000 grant from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for "CCNY Nuclear Education and Research Scholarship Program," under the direction of Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering Sanjoy Banerjee, and professor Masahiro Kawaji and assistant professor Taehun Lee, both of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Grants totaling more than $2 million from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development went to Medgar Evers College for a number of youth projects including a "Summer Youth Employment Program," all directed by Carolyn Beck. The National Science Foundation provided $235,419 in support for Medgar Evers' "S.T.E.P. into Science Program," directed by professors Margaret A. Carroll and Edward Catapane of the Department of Biology.
LaGuardia Community College has received $200,000 from the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development for a "Family Self-Sufficiency Program," directed by Judith Gazzola, director of the Career Development Center. City College received $132,035 from the New York City Mayor's Office for an "Adult Literacy Program" directed by Oilda Martinez, head of Adult and Continuing Education, and Carlo Baldi, director of the Adult Literacy Program. The College of Staten Island received $225,046 from the Research Foundation/State University of New York/Small Business Administration for a "Small Business Development Center" project under the direction of William Fritz and Dean Balsamini.
Hunter College received $119,787 from the New York State Department of Health for "Activities Related to Stem Cell Research," under the direction of associate professor Benjamin Ortiz of the Department of Biological Sciences. The Einstein College of Medicine awarded $109,108 to City College for research on "Biology of Fungal Melanin," under the direction of Distinguished Professor Ruth E. Stark.
Queensborough Community College received $100,000 from Sen. Toby Stavisky/Dormitory Authority of the State of New York for the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives.
"Specialized Neuroscience Research Program" under the direction of Distinguished Professor Marie Filbin of the Hunter College Department of Biological Sciences was awarded $1,434,009 by the PHS/NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The College of Staten Island and Queensborough Community College have received grants of $129,553 and $107,355, respectively, from the New York City Office of the Mayor for adult literacy programs.
Assistant professor Angela Pinto of Baruch College's Department of Psychology was awarded $160,008 by The National Institutes of Health for a study on "Managing Obesity by Weight Loss." The Graduate School and University Center received $338,407 from the Corporation for National and Community Service for "Promoting Health Prevention: STEM College Students Promote Health Prevention Programs in Low Income High Schools." Brooklyn College received $186,552 from the U.S. Department of Education for a project directed by Lorraine D. Mondesir and Charlene Kohler-Britton, for "Strengthening Access and Academic Success of Brooklyn College Low-Income Student Parents though the Provision of Child Care Fee Subsidies and Parent Support."
"Predictors of ADHD in Preschool Children," a proposal by Jeffrey M. Halperin of Queen's College's Department of Psychology, has been awarded $635,213 from the National Institutes of Health. Professor Andrew Beveridge, chair of Queens College's Department of Sociology, and Elena Vesselinov, also of the Sociology Department, have received a $144,995 grant from the National Science Foundation for a study on the distribution and social impact of mortgage foreclosures in the U.S. The National Institutes of Health awarded $490,791 to Brooklyn College for biomedical research training for minority honor students.
"A Randomized Trial of Concurrent Treatment for PTSD and Substance Dependence," directed by City College professor Denise Hien, was awarded a $612,351 grant by the National Institutes of Health. The National Science Foundation awarded a $554,091 grant to CCNY associate professor Gary Benenson and professor James Neujahr for "Physical Science Comes Alive: Exploring Things That Go." City College also received $317,387 from The National Aeronautics and Space Administration for "Global Cloud Process Studies in the Context of Decadal Climate Variability: Enhancement and Continuation of Data Analysis for the ISCCP," directed by Distinguished Professor William Rossow.
$510,126 from PHS/NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse was awarded to Hunter College for "Risk Reduction Intervention for Highly Vulnerable Emerging Adult Males," directed by Jeffrey Parsons of the Department of Psychology. LaGuardia Community College has received $130,977 from the New York State Department of Education for "Job Placement and E-Career Plans (Perkins)," directed by Claudia Baldonedo, head of the Employment and Career Services Center, and Judith Gazzola, director of the Career Development Center. Hunter College received $229,415 from PHS/NIH/National Institute of Nursing Research for "Under the Skin: Understanding the Role of Stress & Immune Function in Health," under the direction of Jennifer Dowd of the School of Health Sciences.
The New York State Office of Children & Family Services awarded Hunter College $615,384 for a proposal by Marianne Fahs for "Local District Training & Support," at the Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging & Longevity. Queens College received $575,000 from the U.S. Department of Education for "The New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative," directed by Patricia Rachal, chair of the Political Science Department.