Professors Collectively Receive Almost $161,000 in PSC-CUNY Research Awards

Professor Quinn  Minor, one of 36 faculty awarded PSC CUNY awards

Professor Quinn Minor, one of 36 faculty awarded PSC CUNY awards
August 12, 2016

Thirty-six Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) professors from more than a dozen disciplines have received a total of $160,939 in Professional Staff Congress, The City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) Research Awards.

The grants will enable faculty to further their research projects during PSC-CUNY Cycle 47, which extends July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

Richard Markgraf, a Program Administrator with PSC-CUNY Grants & Contracts, has led submission Q&A sessions at BMCC to discuss the grants process. “The faculty were inquisitive and asked good questions,” said Markgraf. He explains that there are three tiers of awards, distinguished by the amount awarded. Traditional-A Awards provide up to $3,500, while Traditional-B Awards range from $3,600 to $6,000, and Enhanced Awards are $6,500 to $12,000.

According to the PSC-CUNY Award Program guidelines, applications are judged on criteria including the likelihood that the project will make an original contribution to its field or attain national or international recognition.

“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 for 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.”

Faculty interested in applying for PSC-CUNY grants for Cycle 48 can apply the first week of September, through December 15, 2016.

Cycle 47 Enhanced Awardees

Kwasi Konadu, Associate Professor, The Center for Ethnic Studies

“Slavery, Spirituality and Gender in the Making of Atlantic Africa”

Meryem Zaman, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Social Sciences, Human Services & Criminal Justice

“Islam Without Culture: Paradoxes of Practice in Transnational Islamic Movements”

Cycle 47 Traditional-A Awardees

David Bahr, Associate Professor, English

“Feeling My Way Through-In Search of a Lost Childhood”

Christa Baiada, Associate Professor, English

“The Scandalous Breast: Confronting the Sexual-Maternal Dichotomy in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon and Susan Choi’s My Education”

Shoba Bandi-Rao, Assistant Professor, Teacher Education

“Learning on the Go: Practicing Vocabulary with Mobile Technology”

Tracy Bealer, Assistant Professor, English

“Assistant Professor of English at Borough of Manhattan Community College”

Mario Benavides, Assistant Professor, Science

“A Novel Biological Role of Msp58: Preserving Nuclear Envelope Integrity”

Simon Carr, Associate Professor, Music & Art

“A Modern Bestiary”

Rachel Corkle, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages

“George Sand’s Dialogues-Philosophy in/and Fiction”

Maria de los Angeles Donoso Macaya, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages

“A Queer/Latina Artist’s Ethics of Endurance: Spic Ecdysis (2014) by Xandra Ibarra”

Lisa Grace, Assistant Professor, Health Education

“Using the Health Belief Model to Access Knowledge, Attitude and Perceived Barriers towards Completing the HPV Vaccine Series of Students Enrolled in an Urban Community College”

Ozgur Ecevit, Assistant Professor, Science

“A Novel Phthalocyanine-Based Dye Sensitized Solar Cell”

Hardaye Hansen, Assistant Professor, Health Education

“Community College Students’ Services Seeking Behaviors and Attitudes ad Related to Perceived Access and Stigma with Disabilities”

Rebecca Johnson, Instructor, Social Sciences, Human Services & Criminal Justice

Divisions of Labor: Gender, Power and the Historiography of Medieval Childbirth

Orlando Justo, Assistant Professor, Business Management

“Traditional Learning versus Active Learning: Evaluating Two Teaching Styles in Introduction to Business Courses”

Adele Kudish, Assistant Professor, English

Fleeting Impressions: Sterne’s a Sentimental Journey through France and Italy as a Roman D’Analyse”

Ling Luo, Assistant Professor⿨Modern Language

“Understanding and Integration: Murphy’s Architectural Practice and Cultural Integration in China”

Quinn Minor, Assistant Professor, Science

“Testing the Cold Dark Matter Paradigm by Constraining Dark Matter Substructure in Gravitational Lens Galaxies”

Abel Navarro,Assistant Professor, Science

“Desulfurization of Fossil Fuels by Adsorption onto Raw Solid Wastes: Equilibrium, Kinetics and Mechanism”

Brian Rafferty, Assistant Professor, Science

“Characterizing the Induction of and Resuscitation from a Non-Growing State in the Oral Pathogen Porp”

Khushmand Rajendran,Assistant Professor, Social Sciences, Human Services & Criminal Justice

 “Association of Community-Based Services with Behavioral and Neuropsychological Problems among Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder”

Jill Strauss, Assistant Professor, Speech, Communications, and Theatre Arts

“Shared Legacies: Narratives of Race and Reconciliation by Descendants of Slave Holders and the Enslaved”

Kibrewossen Tesfagiorgis,Assistant Professor, Science

“North American Mesoscale (NAM) Forecasts as a Potential Source of Cool-Season Precipitation Estimate to Fill Gaps in Radar Precipitation Fields”

Shalva Tsiklauri, Assistant Professor, Science

“Theory of Neutral Biexcitons in Monolayer Transition Metal Dichalcogenides”

Janice Walters,Associate Professor, Social Sciences, Human Services & Criminal Justice

“The Role of Resilience in the Development of an Intervention Model to Counter the Impact of Intergenerational Trauma and Racism among Indigenous Peoples”

Michelle Wang, Assistant Professor, Business Management

“The Effects of Integrating Career Planning into Business Curriculum”

Shengkun Zhang, Assistant Professor, Science

“Interface-State-Phonon-Assisted Energy Relaxation of Hot electrons in CdSe Quantum Dots: A New Mechanism”

Cycle 47 Traditional-B Awardees

Daniel DePaulo, Assistant Professor of Psychology

Social Sciences, Human Services & Criminal Justice

“Introducing Basic Mindfulness to a Community College Population”

 Cheryl Fish, Professor, English

“Indigenous Sami Film as Resistance to Mining and Removal of Kiruna, Sweden”

 Cara Kronen,Assistant Professor, Teacher Education

“Middle Class Parents, School Choice, and Urban Public Schools”

 Joyce Moorman, Associate Professor, Music & Art

“Recording New York City Premiere by the Richmond County Orchestra of My Orchestral Composition, Cape”

 Marjan Persuh,Assistant Professor, Social Sciences, Human Services and Criminal Justice

“The Origin of Visual Working Memory Capacity Limitations

Rochelle Rives,Associate Professor, English

“The New Physiognomy:  Modernism and Facial Form”

Lisa Sarti, Assistant Professor, Modern Languages

“The Aesthetics of Spectatorship in Italy: from Theater to Cinematography, 1850-1930”

Yuliya Shneyderman,Assistant Professor, Health Education

“Do eHealth literacy skills increase young college men’s intentions to receive HPV vaccination?”

Jaewoo Lee, Assistant Professor, Mathematics



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  • PSC-CUNY grants support individual faculty research
  • The awards are up to $12,000 for a July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 funding period
  • Applications for the next funding period are being accepted September 6 through December 15, 2016

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