New Grants Awarded 2011

CUNY Energy Storage Research Seed Grants

The CUNY Energy Institute, located at The City College, sponsored a CUNY-wide competition for seed grants of up to $50,000 in the area of Energy Storage Research, using funds from the U.S. Department of Energy and Consolidated Edison. QCC faculty members have been selected for two of these grants.

  • Prof. Sharon Lall-Ramnarine of the Chemistry Department (with Prof. Robert Engel of Queens College and Dr. James Wishart of Brookhaven National Labs) has been selected for a grant of $50,000 for a project entitled “Novel phosphonium ionic liquids for battery, electrolysis and separations applications”.
  • Prof. Todd Holden of the Physics Department, together with Prof. Tak Cheung, Prof. Sunil Dehipawala (both of the Physics Department) and Prof. Nidhi Gadura (Department of Biological Sciences and Geology), has been selected for a grant of $35,000 for a project entitled “Reversible Microbial Fuel Cell with Electrode-Biofilm Optimization”.

Congratulations to all these talented scientists on securing new resources for their research!


STEM Academy at JHS 185

The STEM Academy at JHS 185, an afterschool program taught by Prof. George Tremberger (Physics) and Prof. Regina Sullivan (Biological Sciences) has been selected by the J. P. Morgan Chase Foundation for an additional $40,000 in continuation funding. This will enable QCC faculty to continue to provide enriching science activities to local middle school students for another year. Congratulations!


CUNY Health and Human Services Grants

The following faculty members in the Nursing Department were selected for grants by the CUNY Office of Health and Human Services for their projects:

  • Prof. Bernadette Amicucci, “Integrating Tele-Health Technology into Community Nursing Clinical Education”, $20,500
  • Prof. Lawrence Bentley, “Faculty Fitness Training”, $5,000
  • Prof. Patricia Burke, “Prescription for Success: Creating a Virtual Learning Environment in EPortfolio to Improve Information Literacy”, $15,709

Congratulations all around!


Holocaust Center: Making Community Connections

The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives (KHRCA) has received $10,000 from Temple Emanu-El to continue its program for QCC students to make personal relationships with the local Holocaust survivors. Led by Executive Director Arthur Flug,  12 students are selected each semester to participate as KHRCA interns, learning the history of the Holocaust and receiving training in the process of interviewing a survivor. The internship culminates with a survivor interview conducted by the intern, who then presents his/her reactions to the experience with the program’s group of survivors and interns.


Integrated Technology into Nursing Education Programs

CUNY, via Hunter College, was one of two organizations nationwide selected for a grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – Health Resources and Services Administration for a grant under their Integrated Technology into Nursing Education Programs. As part of this program, the Nursing Department at QCC has received $5,375 that will be used to purchase technology to help better integrate instruction between Associates- and Baccalaureate-granting nursing programs within CUNY. Congratulations to department chair, Prof. Anne-Marie Menendez!


Regional Community College Fed Challenge

Queensborough Community College will host a Regional Community College Fed Challenge this fall. Led by Prof. Christine Mooney and Prof. Ed Hanssen, along with the support of Prof. Jonas Falik, Chair of the Business Department, the Challenge will provide an opportunity for students from two-year schools throughout New York State and Southwestern Connecticut to develop their knowledge about the economy and finance. Through a grant from Astoria Federal Savings Bank, the winning team of the challenge will receive a $5,000 scholarship stipend. Congratulations to the Business Department on making such opportunities available to community college students!

Cultural Centers

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Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives

Using the lessons of the Holocaust to educate current and future generations about the ramifications of unbridled prejudice, racism and stereotyping.

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QPAC: Performing Arts Center

QPAC is an invaluable entertainment company in this region with a growing national reputation. The arts at QPAC continues to play a vital role in transforming lives and building stronger communities.

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QCC Art Gallery

The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.