Private Lives Wins Prize
Candice M. Jenkins, Associate Professor of English at Hunter College, received the Modern Language Association of America’s seventh annual William Sanders Scarborough Prize for her book Private Lives, Proper Relations: Regulating Black Intimacy. The prize is for an outstanding scholarly study of black American literature or culture, and includes a $1,000 cash award.
Her book, which is a study of representations of sexuality and the body in African-American literature, was cited for being “daring in its argument and meticulous in its execution.”
Hempel Wins Rea Award
Amy Hempel, who is coordinator of Brooklyn College’s M.F.A. Program in Fiction, has won the 2008 Rea Award for the Short Story, a $30,000 prize awarded to an American or Canadian writer for “significant contributions to the discipline of the short story form.” Her work, The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel, was one of The New York Times’ Ten Best Books of 2006.
Chemical Engineers Honor Denn
Morton M. Denn, Albert Einstein Professor of Science and Engineering at CCNY, received the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ 2008 Founders Award for outstanding contributions to chemical engineering. Dr. Denn, a CUNY Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering with a joint appointment as Professor of Physics, also heads City’s Benjamin Levich Institute for Physico-Chemical Hydrodynamics.
NSF Gives Cardoso $3.1 million
Hunter College’s Elizabeth Da Silva Cardoso has received a $3.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation for her project “MIND Alliance for Minority Students with Disabilities in Science, Technol-ogy, Engineering and Mathematics.” The project is designed to increase the quantity and quality of minority students with disabilities in the sciences at high schools, community colleges, colleges and in the work force. A Professor in Hunter’s School of Education, Dr. Cardoso will partner with Southern University at Baton Rouge on the project.
$1.7 million For Spinal Research
Two College of Staten Island faculty members, Maria Knikou and Zaghloul Ahmed, received grants totaling $1.7 million for spinal cord injury research from the NY State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center for Spinal Injury Research Board. Both members of CSI’s Physical Therapy Department, Dr. Knikou was awarded $1.4 million for research on the neural mechanisms underlying locomotor recovery, while Dr. Ahmed received $300,000 for research on the effects of combined magnetic stimulation and acrobatic exercises on an animal model of spinal cord injury.