Research Matters

The news publication of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs of Herbert H. Lehman College, The City University of New York.

Volume 13, Issue 02

Publication date: May 23, 2013.

New Awards

JANUARY 2013 – MAY 2013

Siraj Ahmed, English                        
The City University of New York: PSC-CUNY 44
“Archaeology of Babel: Critical Method and Colonial Law”

Orlando Alonso, Middle and High School Education            
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“Teacher Preparation that Works:  Preparing Math and ESL Teachers to Work with ELLs in the Mainstream Math Classroom”

Christopher Bonastia, Sociology                    
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“Free School Summer: Teaching Volunteers in the Civil Rights Era”

Michael Buckley, Philosophy                     
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“Ideal and Non-Ideal Theory in Transitional Contexts”

Eugene Chudnovsky, Physics and Astronomy            
U.S. Department of Energy
“Dynamics of the Magnetic Flux in Superconductors”
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School of Arts and Humanities to produce “The Best of the Bronx”

Lehman College was awarded a $100,000 grant by NYC Media to produce “The Best of the Bronx” video series. The series will feature 12 short 1-2 minute videos highlighting the beauty and uniqueness of New York City’s northernmost borough—the Bronx. The project will involve professionally supervised interdisciplinary collaboration between students in Multi-Media Journalism, Communication, Theater, Art, and English departments. The grant, directed by the new Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, Dr. Deidre Pettipiece, is designed with the intent to give students an opportunity to form collaborations with student peers that mimic the workplace.

“The Best of the Bronx” proposes to create an animated character with the ability to react and speak in real-time and interact with people in live situations on location. Gail, as the character is named, will team-up with student co-hosts to explore the exciting place that 1.3 million residents of New York City call home. Working with Lehman faculty and professionals student teams will be involved in all aspects of the production, including being part of the animation crew to build assets for Gail like her moves and expressions; the performance crew to execute the puppeteering and voice; camera and lighting; production supervision; asset management; location scouting; and graphic teams.

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RFCUNY to Implement Kuali, a New Financial System

The Research Foundation will implement its new financial system, Kuali, after the close of the current 2013 fiscal year (June 30, 2013). To minimize disruption, implementation of Kuali will begin on Friday, June 28 and conclude on Friday, July 5.

During the week of this implementation, our e-Systems will allow the submission of electronic transactions to facilitate ongoing activity by CUNY faculty and staff; however, all submissions entered during this period will be held in a pending status until the conclusion of the Kuali implementation. We encourage you to submit all time sensitive transactions prior to June 21, 2013.

Additional information and updates will be posted periodically on our website as the implementation deadline approaches and we will make every effort to minimize any impact Kuali implementation may have on the CUNY community.

For questions regarding Kuali implementation, call (212) 417-8300 and ask to speak with your Project Administrator.

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Things to Remember: Research Compliance is not an option

The Spring Semester is winding down and Summer brings the potential for many opportunities. It is important to remember that research cannot be approved retroactively. Applications should be submitted with enough time for review, potential modifications and approval, especially when leaving the country for research studies. Some of the types of research that require approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) include surveys, interviews and pre-existing data involving human subjects. Most of these examples likely fall under Exempt or Expedited Review.

Exempt Review is research that involves no more than minimal risk and meets criteria specified by federal regulations (summarized as no greater risk than that encountered in everyday life). To qualify, research must fall into six (6) federally-defined exempt categories. These categories present the lowest amount of risk to potential subjects because, generally speaking, they involve either collection of anonymous or publicly-available data, or conduct of the least potentially-harmful research experiments. However, Exempt Review does not mean that you are exempt from IRB review and registration. A Request for Exemption must be submitted via IRB Net and is valid for three (3) years once approved. After the three (3) years, in order to continue a study, another Request for Exemption must be filed.

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High Performance Computing Center at the College of Staten Island available to Lehman community

Computing Center ORSP May 2013 NewsletterThe City University of New York (CUNY) High Performance Computing Center (HPCC) is located on the campus of the College of Staten Island, 2800 Victory Boulevard, Staten Island, New York 10314.

The CUNY HPCC Goals:
•   Support the scientific computing needs of CUNY faculty, their collaborators at other universities, and their public and private sector partners, and CUNY students and research staff.
•   Create opportunities for the CUNY research community to develop new partnerships with the government and private sectors; and
•   Leverage the HPC Center capabilities to acquire additional research resources for its faculty and graduate students in existing and major new programs.

CUNY HPCC Mission:
•   Support CUNY’s “Decade of Science” Initiative and the Integrated University Concept of Operation.
•   Support the University’s research and educational activities by making state-of-the-art HPC resources and expert technical assistance available to faculty and students.
•   With CUNY faculty and researchers, develop proposals for external funding.
•   Support National, New York State, and New York City initiatives in economic development.
•   Support National and New York State initiatives to promote the sharing of HPC resources and technical knowledge.
•   Support educational outreach programs designed to encourage intermediary and high school students to pursue higher education and careers in science and technology.
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Funding Opportunities

Dreyfus Foundation, Inc., The Camille and Henry

Special Grant Program in Chemical Sciences
Details: The Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences provides funding for innovative projects in any area consistent with the Foundation’s broad objective to advance the chemical sciences. The purpose of the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. is to advance the science of chemistry, chemical engineering and related sciences as a means of improving human relations and circumstances. Initial Inquiry: A letter requesting permission to submit a full proposal should be submitted to the Foundation for an initial assessment no later than June 05, 2013. Proposal deadline is August 21, 2013. More information.

Robert Bowne Foundation, The

Edmund A. Stanley, Jr. Research Grants
Details: Four grants of $10,000 are awarded to support either original empirical research in or about community-based youth programs during the non-school hours or research syntheses or policy analyses of community-based youth programs. The grant has the following goals: 1. Generate and disseminate research about community-based organizations serving youth during the out-of-school hours; 2. Build a network of scholars studying community based-organizations serving youth; and 3. Contribute to basic knowledge and the improvement of practice and policy in the area of youth programs during the out-of-school hours. Evaluations of individual youth programs will not be considered. Deadline to submit is September 2013. More information.

American Diabetes Association

Pathway to Stop Diabetes – Diabetes Research Accelerator (ACC)
Details: Awards are designed to support exceptional early-career researchers who have distinguished themselves as promising investigators and are in the beginning stages of establishing successful, independent diabetes research programs; and talented established investigators in fields other than diabetes who are interested in applying their skills and expertise to diabetes research. Awards are available to individuals with established records of independent productivity in research, in two distinct categories: Early Investigator: Early-career diabetes investigators proposing innovative and ambitious diabetes-related research programs. Applicants must hold faculty positions and have demonstrated independent productivity in diabetes research. Applicants may currently hold independent NIH funding (K or R awards, including an initial R01) but must not have applied for, or received, an R01 renewal or a second R01 award. Established Investigator New to Diabetes Research: Established investigators with exceptional productivity in fields other than diabetes research who would like to apply their expertise to innovative diabetes-related research topics. Applicants must hold faculty positions and have demonstrated independent productivity. Applicants cannot have previously received national grant support in diabetes research. Awards provide five years of research support at a maximum of $325,000 per year (including 30% indirect costs), for a total of $1,625,000. The deadline is August 16, 2013 for January 2014 funding. More information.

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Undergraduate Research Round-Up

National Science Foundation

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)
Details: NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location. Undergraduate student participants in either REU Sites or REU Supplements must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

Students do not apply to NSF to participate in REU activities. Students apply directly to REU Sites or to NSF-funded investigators who receive REU Supplements. To identify appropriate REU Sites, students should consult the directory of active REU Sites on the Web here.

Select New York REU Sites
CUNY – Baruch College
REU Site: An Invitation to Basic and Applied Science of Psychology: Research Experiences for Undergraduates at Baruch College – CUNY
New York, NY
Primary: Jaihyun Park
(646) 312-3806

CUNY – Brooklyn College
Intensive Mentored Research Experience for Undergraduates in Clinical, Cognitive, and Behavioral Neuroscience at an Urban Public College
Brooklyn, NY
Primary: Laura A. Rabin
(718) 951-5601

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