Grants & Honors

Recognizing Faculty Achievement

The University's renowned faculty members continually win professional achievement awards from prestigious organizations as well as research grants from an array of government agencies, farsighted foundations and leading corporations. The eight professors pictured at left are just a few of the most recent honorees. Brief summaries of many ongoing faculty research projects -- which include exploring new ways to improve public health, energy conservation and teaching -- start here and continue inside.

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The CUNY Energy Institute, directed by professor Sanjoy Banerjee, has gotten its biggest boost so far -- grants totaling more than $4.5 million from the U.S. department of Energy for two groundbreaking research projects to develop large-scale electrical storage methods: a low-cost, grid-scale battery and a new breed of large-scale capacitor.

City College has received $1,379,505 from the National Institutes of Health for the "MBRS SCORE Program at CCNY," directed by professor Karen Hubbard of the biology department. Stephen Burghardt and Willie Tolliver of Hunter College have been awarded $950,000 from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services for "Research & Training Institute for Professional Development in Human Services (IPDHS)." The Ford Foundation has awarded a $135,000 grant to Stephen Handelman of John Jay College of Criminal Justice for "The Center on Media, Crime and Justice."

Sarah Berger, associate professor of psychology at the College of Staten Island, has won a Fulbright scholarship to conduct research at Israel's Haifa University on how locomotor development in infancy affects other types of development taking place at the same time. Sadie C. Bragg, provost and senior vice president of academic affairs

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at Borough of Manhattan Community College, has received the Mathematics Excellence Award from the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

Hunter College has received a $962,850 grant from PHS/NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences for the "Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (RISE) Program: Minority Biomedical Research Support program (MBRS)," directed by Victoria Luine of the psychology department. The New York State Department of Labor has awarded grants totaling $440,804 to LaGuardia and Kingsborough Community Colleges, as well as New York City College of Technology, for an "Emerging and Transitional Worker Training Program" under the direction of Michele Valdez and Naikyemi Odedefaa of LaGuardia, which is the lead institution on the project. David Kennedy of John Jay College of Criminal Justice has received two grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: $500,000 for "Reduce Violent Crime in the City of Chicago through the Design and Implementation of a Collaborative, Focused-Deterrence Project" and $125,000 for "The National Network for Safe Communities: A National Security Strategy to Reduce Violence, Eliminate Overt Drug Markets and Promote Racial Reconciliation." LaGuardia Community College received $2,122,505 from the Goldman Sachs Foundation for the "Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative," directed by Jane E. Schulman, vice president for continuing education. In

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addition, LaGuardia received $820,000 from the New York City Department of Small Business Services for a "Health Sector Center" under t he direction of Schulman and Shannon Bryant, director of finance and budget/ACE. Professor Thomas Weiss of the Graduate School and University Center has received two grants from the Government of the Netherlands: $661,470 for "Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect" and $180,448 for the "United Nations Intellectual History Project, Phase II." Dean of Arts and Sciences Pamela Brown of New York City College of Technology has received a grant of $199,717 for the "Metropolitan Mentors Network (MMNet): Growing an Urban STEM Talent Pool Across NYC."

York College has received $3 million in grant support from the United States Department of Education for the "York Master's Degree Programs for Talented African-American Students," led by Dawn Hewitt, director of sponsored programs and research. "New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research Program," directed by Maria Knikou of the College of Staten Island's department of physical therapy, has received grant support totaling $347,699 from the New York State Department of Health.

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Kingsborough Community College has received a $600,000 grant from the Coney Island Development Corporation for the "Coney Island Hospitality Project," directed by professor Stuart Schulman of the department of tourism and hospitality. The Robin Hood Foundation has awarded a grant of $225,000 for "The New York City Justice

Corps," under the direction of Deborah Mukamal of John Jay College of Criminal Justice's Prisoner Reentry Institute. Gary Mallon of Hunter College's School of Social Work has received a $275,000 grant from HHS/Admin-istration for Children and Families for a "National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning." The National Institutes of Health awarded $157,000 to assistant professor of chemistry Maria Contel of Brooklyn College for research on "Organogold Phosphorus-Containing Compounds as Antitumor Agents."

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has awarded $1,100,218 for "Characterization and Study of Granular Activated Carbon," directed by professor Teresa Bandosz of City College's department of chemistry. Professor Peter N. Lipke, chair of the Brooklyn College biology department, has received a $353,250 grant from

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the National Institutes of Health for research on "Amyloid-like Interactions in Yeast Cell Adhesion." Jeffrey Parsons of Hunter College's psychology department recently received two grants: $653,415 from PHS/NIH/National Institute of Mental Health for a research project on "Compulsive Behaviors, Mental Health and HIV Risk" and $474,159 from PHS/NIH/National Institute of Drug Abuse for "Risk Reduction Intervention for Highly Vulnerable Emerging Adult Males."

The Department of Homeland Security has awarded $596,657 to Demis Glasford and Bethany Brown of John Jay College of Criminal Justice for a project that aims to develop a "Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, Support Homeland Security (HS)-Related Projects, Develop HS-Related Curricula in HS-Related STEM areas, and Assist Students from Underrepresented Groups in the Transition from Undergraduate to Graduate Training." Rachel Singer of Kingsborough Community College has received two grants, $305,000 and $200,000, from the Robin Hood Foundation for "Opening Doors Learning Communities." City College has received $300,000 from the Office of Naval Research for "Exploring Techniques for Improving Retrievals of Bio-Optical Properties of Coastal Waters," under the direction of Samir Ahmed, the Herbert Kayser Professor of Electrical Engineering; associate professor Alex Gilerson; associate professor Barry Gross; and professor Fred Moshary.

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"Acrobatic Exercises and Spinal Stimulation after Spinal Cord Injury," directed by the College of Staten Island's Zaghloul Ahmed of the department of physical therapy, and Andrzej Wieraszko, of the biology department and the Center for Developmental Neuroscience, has received $152,399 in grant support from the New York State Department of Health. Assistant professor Michele Vittadello of Medgar Evers College has received an award of $150,072 from the U.S. Air Force for "Bottom-Up Reconstruction of Molecular Components of Natural Photosynthesis in a Photoelectrochemical System for Hydrogen Generation."

The U.S. Department of Energy/Steel-workers Charitable and Educational

Organization has awarded $1,458,375 to Steven Markowitz of Queens College for "Medical Surveillance of Former Department of Energy Workers." Paul Jean-Pierre of Queensborough Community College received a $120,000 grant from Single Stop USA Inc., for "Single Stop." William Fritz and Dean

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Balsamini of the College of Staten Island received $232,720 from The Research Foundation/SUNY/Small Business Administration for a "Small Business Development Center." Fritz has also received $198,748 in grant support from the National Science Foundation for "STEM Talent Expansion via Applied Mathematics (STEAM)." The National Institutes of Health has awarded $298,796 in grant support to Distinguished Professor of Psychology Anthony Sclafani of Brooklyn College for research on "Carbohydrate Appetite, Fat Appetite and Obesity."

Lehman College has received $7,662,612 from the U.S. Department of Education for a "Teacher Quality Partnership - Mathematics Achievement with Teacher of High-Need Urban Population," under the direction of Deborah Eldridge, dean of the education division. The New York City Department of Youth and Community Development has awarded two grants to dean Carolyn Beck and Suzanne Hurley of Medgar Evers College: $146,073 for an "In School Youth Program" and $101,250 for an "Out-of-School Time Program." John Tarbell, chair and Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering at City College, has been awarded $376,127 from the National Institutes of Health for "Hemodynamic Forces Affect Endothelial Cell Phenotype in Arterial Disease."

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Clarence Stanley, executive director of Lehman College's Small Business Development Center, has received a $305,000 grant from the State University of New York: Research Foundation for a "New York State Small Business Development Center." The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded $300,000 to Veronica Udeogalanya, distinguished lecturer in economics and finance at Medgar Evers College, for "Empowering Youth to Excel and Succeed."

City College has received $366,258 from the National Institutes of Health for research into "Lesion and Activity Dependent Corticospinal Tract Plasticity," directed by John Martin of CCNY's Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education. PHS/NIH/National Institute of Drug Abuse has awarded Vanya Quinones-Jenab of Hunter College's department of psychology $244,197 for "Minority Institution Drug Abuse Research Program: Administrative Core." A project titled "In-School Youth," directed by Janice Kydd of LaGuardia Community College, has received $118,369 in grant support from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development.

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