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.

Lehman College received a $7.6 million Teacher Quality Partnership grant from the U.S. Department of Education to create a new MATH-UP program initiative to prepare elementary teachers to teach English language learners and students with special needs and to improve the mathematical understanding and performance of all students. Deborah Eldridge, dean of the division of education, will direct it.

Medgar Evers College's School of Business received a $900,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services for the Empowering Youth to Excel and Succeed (EYES) initiative. The program will be managed by John L. Graham, dean of the School of Business, in conjunction with partners from the School of Liberal Arts and Education, the Crown Heights Beacon Youth Center, the Children's Aid Society Youth Center and Interstate Urban Consortium Inc.

Two CUNY faculty have won Fulbright awards. Marie C. Nazon, a counselor in the City College SEEK program, has received a Fulbright to the African Regional Research Program. She will conduct research in Dakar on "Women Helping Women: Understanding the Role of Empowerment in Women Self-Help Groups in Senegal." Queens College Distinguished Professor Fred Gardaphe has been awarded a Fulbright to teach American cultural studies to students at the University of Salerno in Italy. Gardaphe, a scholar of English literature and Italian-American culture, will teach courses on how American humor in film, short stories and stand-up comedy reflects the nation and its people.

Dean of Academic Affairs Paul Arcario of LaGuardia Community College has received $1,289,684 from Vaughn College for "Mechatronics/ Engineering." He also received grants totaling $978,514 and $571,895, respectively, from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education (Title V) for "Project Promesa" and "Project Rise: Re-Invigorating Second-Year Education."

The Joan & Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University/NIH has awarded two grants to Hunter College for support of a "Clinical & Translational Science Center": $606,645 to Robert Dottin; and $300,000 to Kristine Gebbie.

Brooklyn College has received a $377,270 grant from the NYS Department of Education for "Workforce Investment Act," directed by Frannie Rosenson. The NYS Department of Education also has awarded $199,032 to Gail Simmons and Debra Evans-Greene of the College of Staten Island for a "Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program."

Three widely published University faculty have won 2010 Guggenheim Fellowships. They are Colum McCann, Distinguished Lecturer in the Hunter College MFA program, who won the 2009 National Book Award for his novel Let the Great World Spin; Joshua Brown, executive director of the American Social History Project /Center for Media and Learning at the Graduate Center, who also holds two teaching positions; Kimiko Hahn, a Distinguished Professor in the English Department and MFA Program at Queens College, whose poetry collections include The Unbearable Heart, which received an American Book Award.

Department of Juvenile Justice grant of $9,660 to Dr. Jane Katz, Professor of Health and Physical Education at John Jay College of Criminal Justice supports the KARE Swim Program for Youth in Group Homes.

City College has received $4,434,335 from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection for "Process Performance and Optimization (R&D) Projects for BNR Upgrades at the Water Pollution Control Plants," under the direction of professor John Fillos, chair of civil engineering.

Hunter College has received $1,150,000 from the Health & Human Services Administration for Children and Families for a "National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections: A Service of U.S. HHS/ACT/Bureau," under the direction of Gary Mallon.

A grant of $640,000 has been awarded to Nancy Jacobs of John Jay College from the NYC Department of Juvenile Justice for a "Collaborative Family Initiative."

Catherine Alicia Georges, associate professor and chair of nursing at Lehman College, received a grant of $154,150 from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for "Nursing Skills Upgrade Training."

A research project on "Protein Kinase C Substrates in Human Breast Cancer," directed by Susan A. Rotenberg of Queens College, has received grant support totaling $232,500 from the National Institutes of Health.

The NYC Department of Youth and Community Development awarded a $101,250 grant to assistant professor David Fletcher of Lehman College for the "Lehman College 9th Grade Transitions Program."

Ervand Abrahamian, Distinguished Professor of History at Baruch College, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a prestigious center for independent policy research. Established in 1780 by John Adams and other Founding Fathers, the Academy has elected leading "thinkers and doers" from each generation, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century, Daniel Webster and Ralph Waldo Emerson in the 19th, and Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill in the 20th.

Queens College received $2,006,172 from the National Institutes of Health/Center for Disease Control for a project entitled "WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program," directed by Steven Markowitz.

Hugo J. Kijne of the College of Staten Island has received two grants from the NYS Department of Education: $243,418 for "Workforce Investment Act" and $173,888 for "English Language/Civics"; also $153,848 from the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene for "Creative Exchange."

Associate professor Gerard McNeil, chair of biology at York College, has received a $472,895 grant from the National Institutes of Health for "Characterization of RNA Targets for the Drosophilia Protein Lark during Oogenesis."

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $2,085,000 grant to Camille Kamga of City College, associate director, administration, of the CUNY Institute for Urban Systems, for the "University Transportation Research Center."

Queens College recently received a $232,500 grant from the National Institutes of Health for "Combined Cognitive Remediation and Behavioral Intervention for Treatment of ADHD"; and $184,213 from the National Institutes of Health/Center for Disease Control for a project entitled "Enhancing Fathers' Ability to Support Their Preschool Child." Both grants are under the direction of Anil Chacko.

The NYS Health Foundation has awarded $255,019 to Lehman College for a "CUNY Community Partnership for Public Health," directed by professor Marilyn Aguirre-Molina.

Baruch College received a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a study entitled "GSE/RES: Gender Differences," under the direction of Catherine Good.

City College has received $214,109 from the University of California/Davis for "Colorectal Interactive Multimedia Computer Programs (IMCPs)," under the direction of Nancy Sohler of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.

John Jay College has received a $283,652 grant from the National Institute of Justice for a project under the direction of Cynthia Mercado entitled "Identifying Situational and Individual Risk Factors for Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Settings."

Jay Mancini of Kingsborough Community College has received a $599,935 grant from the National Science Foundation for a project entitled "Community College Students Paving Future Careers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology."

Barbara Ann Naddeo, associate professor of history at City College, is a winner of the 114th Rome Prize of The American Academy in Rome. She received the award in the Renaissance and Early Modern Italian Studies field, which entitles its recipient to an academic- year-long fellowship at The American Academy in Rome. The Rome Prize honors professor Naddeo's groundbreaking scholarship in her book-in-progress, Birth of a Metropolis: The Open City and the Social Sciences of Naples, 1650-1800.

New York City College of Technology has received a $311,055 award from the NYS Department of Education for "Perkins II: CARPE DIEM," directed by Ivonne Barreras.

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $617,600 to the College of Staten Island for "Project Discovery Builds a School Pyramid for College Success (GEAR-UP)," directed by Patrick Rapp.

York College has received $131,397 from the National Institutes of Health for research on "The Shape and Circuitry of Neurons in the Retina," directed by associate professor Margaret MacNeil.

Department of Homeland Security has awarded $200,000 to John Jay College of Criminal Justice for "Undergraduate Career Development Program: Educating, Mentoring, and Providing Research Training to Undergraduate Students in Homeland Security," directed by Joshua Freilich.

"The Cognitive Neuroscience of Visual Awareness," a City College research project under the direction of professor Tony Ro, has received grant support totaling $176,567 from the National Science Foundation.

Hunter College Creative Writing MFA Program director and senior poet Tom Sleigh has received a fellowship from the American Academy in Berlin. The fellowships are designed to integrate accomplished American intellectual and artistic leaders into the vibrant German capital and its culture. Sleigh has won numerous accolades for his work; he has published numerous poetry books and original plays, and was widely recognized for his translation of Euripides' Herakles in 2001.

The NYS Education Department recently awarded $420,549 to Suma Kurien, director of LaGuardia Community College's Center for Immigrant Education and Training, in support of "English Language/Civics Education."

A $290,600 grant from the U.S. Department of Education has been received by City College for "Educational Material for an Interdisciplinary Program: Master of Science in Sustainability," under the direction of professor Latif Jiji, the Herbert G. Kayser Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

York College received $473,132 from the National Institutes of Health for a project entitled "Chemical Biodiversity: Investigating the Phylogeny and Functional Toxins of Venom," directed by assistant professor Mande Holford, who also received a $100,000 Faculty Development Award from the National Science Foundation.

The NYS Department of Education has awarded $419,847 to Brooklyn College for a study on "21st Century Community Learning Centers -- Robenson," directed by Diane Reiser and professor Nancy Romer.

Cynthia Degazon of Hunter College has received a $294,845 grant from PHS/Health Resources & Services Administration for a project entitled "Becoming Excellent Students in Transition (BEST) to Nursing."

Assistant professor Gregory S. Boutis of Brooklyn College has received a grant totaling $122,464 from the National Institutes of Health for a project titled "Probing Dynamics of Water in Elastin by QSpace Imaging and Multiple Quantum NMR."

"Treating Internalized Stigma in Severe Mental Illness," a research project under the direction of Phillip Yanos of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, recently received grant support totaling $177,230 from the National Institutes of Health.

LaGuardia Community College has received $250,000 from the METLIFE Foundation for a project entitled "GED Bridge to College Careers," directed by Amy Dalsimer, director of pre-college academic programming, and Jane MacKillop, associate dean of academic and career development.

Sean Galvin of LaGuardia Community College has received grant support totaling $319,000 from the NYS Department of Education for a project titled "Liberty Partnership." The Center for National and Community Service has awarded a $312,312 grant to Sherryl Graves of Hunter College for "The Urban Teacher Partnership."

Alicia Melendez of Queens College has received a $100,000 grant from The Ellison Medical Foundation for research on "Autophagy and the Relationship Between Lifespan and Metabolism."