Faculty Awarded for Innovative Projects

In center: Professor Roderick S. Snipes, one of 41 BMCC faculty recipients of PSC-CUNY awards

In center: Professor Roderick S. Snipes, one of 41 BMCC faculty recipients of PSC-CUNY awards
April 18, 2018

The Professional Staff Congress of the City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) supports the professional growth of faculty with grant awards for their projects in the creative arts, as well as for their research in the social sciences and humanities, natural sciences, curriculum development and other areas. 

In the current PSC-CUNY Cycle 49, 41 Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) faculty members have received Cycle 49 PSC-CUNY awards for their research projects. Traditional-A Awards provide up to $3,500, while Traditional-B Awards range from $3,600 to $6,000. Awards are distributed by the University Committee on Research Awards, a faculty committee, and administered by the Research Foundation of CUNY.

“The depth and breadth of scholarship represented by these awards is impressive, as is the collective impact on a broad range of fields,” said Karrin E. Wilks, Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. “We are proud of the outstanding research and creative activity of our faculty, providing unprecedented learning opportunities for our students and establishing BMCC as a premier community college.”

Traditional-A Awardees 

Jamal Ali, Physics and Engineering: Gender differences in the optical properties and imaging of gray matter In human brain 

David Allen, Mathematics: Presheavs of Quasitoric Manifolds and Cohomological Rigidity

Upali Aparajita, Physics and Engineering: Multishell nanorobots for sampling, detecting and treating cancerous cells

Shoba Bandi-Rao, Education: Reviewing by Ear: Helping English Language Learners Revise their Essays

David Bahr, English and Creative Writing: Surrogate Selves: Re-experiencing the Past Through Other People’s Lives

Tracy Bealer, English and Creative Writing: “What’s the opposite of phallic?”: Language, Loss, and Creative Mourning in Y: The Last Man

Rachel Corkle, Comparative Literature and Modern Languages: The Fragility of Virility in 1830s France

Bertie Ferdman, Performing Arts: Curating Dramaturgies

Miguel Fiolhais, Physics and Engineering: Study of the top quark Yukawa coupling at the Large Hadron Collider

Sarah Haviland, Art History, Visual Arts, Communication Arts & Sciences: Avian Habitat: A Sculptural Bird-Figure Installation

Barys Korzun, Physics and Engineering: Preparation and Study of Flash-Evaporated Thin Films of Compounds of the Cu-Fe-S System for Optoelectronic Applications

Cynthia Lam, English: Geographies of Home: Re-membering the Body in the Construction of Latina Subjectivity

Stephanie Laudone, Law and Criminal Justice, Sociology, Urban Studies: Intensive Mothering and Vaccine Choice: Reclaiming the Lifeworld from the System

Kurt Levent, Mathematics: Navigating the Sky with Projective Geometries and Octonionic Algebra

Jun Liang, Biology and Earth Sciences:Developing a novel genetic model of healthy aging with Chloride intracellular channel protein (CLIC)

Laurie Lomask, Comparative Literature and Modern Languages: Oral Histories of the Caribbean Diaspora in New York City

Sarah Madole, Art History, Visual Arts, Communication Arts and Sciences: The Sarcophagi of Ancient Arles and Social Experience among Romans and Christians 

Micah Miller, Mathematics: A Dold-Kan Correspondence for Infinity Cosimplicial Chain Complexes and Multicomplexes

Soniya Munshi, Law and Criminal Justice, Sociology, Urban Studies: Mapping Safety Apparatuses: Gendered Violence, Immigrant Victim-Survivors and the Carceral State

Abel Navarro, Chemistry and Biochemistry: Seaweed and Their Hydrogels as Adsorbents of Pharmaceutical Products from Contaminated Waters

Maria Pagan Rivera, Health Sciences, Health and Human Services, Speech and Hearing: Sin Papeles (Without Papers): Generational Transmissions of Trauma in an Undocumented Immigrant Family Living in NYC

Robert Reed, Performing Arts: Performances (Lecture/Recitals) and Master-classes of Bach’s Six Suites for Solo Violoncello, BWV 10

Shari Rothfarb Mekonen, Performing Arts: Heroes (working title)

Roderick S. Snipes, Business Administration: Age as Determining Factor in Youth Entrepreneurship Education Outcomes

Francisca Suarez-Coalla, Comparative Literature and Modern Languages: Literature’s footprint on the city of Oviedo, Spain (La huella de la literatura en la ciudad de Oviedo, España)

Janice Summers, Nursing: Faculty Advisement and Helpfulness and the Retention of First-Semester Associate Degree Nursing Students

Jane Tezapsidis, Biology and Earth Sciences: Forskolin induces apoptosis in SH-SY5Y neuroblastoma Cells 

Valerie Thiers-Thiam, Comparative Literature and Modern Languages: Reaching out to Armenian Mothers and Grandmothers – Transgenerational Trauma and Resilience

Yan Yang, Art History, Visual Arts, Communication Arts and Sciences: The Influence of 19th century Yamato-e Revivalists (Fukko Yamato-e) on Yamato-e’s Pictorial Style

Hasan Yumak, Education: Correlation between Math Skills and General Chemistry Course Grades

Traditional-B Awardees  

Maria de los Angeles Donoso Macaya, Interdisciplinary: South-to-North Photographic Displacements: Susan Meiselas, Chile from within (1990) and Chile desde adentro (2015)

C. Ray Borck, Interdisciplinary: “More aggressive than ever”: Biomedicalization, Discursive Testosterone, and C. Masculine Embodiment

Candido Hernandez, Anthropology, Classics, Philosophy, Linguistics: Use of Technology for critical thinking and decision making among first generation immigrant students at BMCC

Orlando Justo, Business Administration:Trade Openness and Growth: Evidence from the Transitional Economies of Eastern Europe

Kwasi Konadu, History: A People’s History of Jamaica in the World

Leigh LaBerge, Interdisciplinary: Wages Against Artwork: Socially Engaged Art and the Decomodification of Labor

Sophie Marinez, Interdisciplinary: The 1937 Massacre in the Dominican Republic: An Internal Conflict

Khushmand Rajendran, Health and Human Services, Speech and Hearing: Moderators of the Impact of Medications and School-Based Services on Children’s Behavioral Problems Between Early Childhood and Adolescence

Lisa Sarti, Art History, Visual Arts, Communication Arts and Sciences: Screens of Painted Canvas: Panoramas and the Birth of Cinematography

Jill Strauss, Interdisciplinary: On, Off or Under the Pedestal: Reconfiguring Memorials to Change the Conversation

Hao Tang, Computer Science and Library: Semantic 3D Modeling with Prior Knowledge of Indoor Structure




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  • PSC-CUNY has provided grant awards for 41 BMCC professors
  • Grants support research projects in the creative arts, social sciences, humanities, natural sciences and other areas
  • Awards are part of Cycle 49 and are administered by the Research Foundation of CUNY

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