Junior Faculty Diversity Grant Awards

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community,

President Bollinger and I recently announced a new University commitment of $33 million to continue the expansion of our faculty diversity efforts. Columbia is poised for new investments in the recruitment of outstanding faculty from underrepresented groups to more closely reflect the composition of the national pool of qualified candidates. We will also provide further support for grants to junior faculty who contribute to the diversity goals of the University, designed to contribute to their career success, and additional investments in PhD pipeline efforts.

This new initiative will broaden our focus to include support for LGBTQ scholarship, and for enhancing our climate of inclusiveness through scholarly conferences that give prominence to issues of race, gender, and sexuality.

The Provost’s Grants Program for Junior Faculty Who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University is a key component of Columbia’s ongoing commitment. I am very pleased to announce the funded projects for the 2014-2015 academic year. All applications were reviewed by a committee of faculty from both the Morningside and Medical Center campuses.

This year’s projects cover a wide range of disciplines and topics, from molecular physics to historic preservation. The full lists of funded projects from the Spring 2015 and Fall 2014 grant cycles are below.

These two most recent rounds of funding follow three prior rounds of support from this program. All told, the program has supported fifty-three projects across the university. Information on the program and the previous rounds of funded projects can be found here.

Please join Dennis A. Mitchell, Senior Associate Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion, and me in congratulating the recipients of these grants.

John H. Coatsworth
Provost

List of Awardees-Spring 2015

Preservation and sustainability: Establishing new indicators of success
Erica Avrami
Assistant Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Probing human islet alpha cell biology with single-cell gene expression
Xiaojuan Chen
Assistant Professor of Surgical Sciences (in Surgery)
College of Physicians and Surgeons

Accounting research and teaching projects

Anne Heinrichs
Assistant Professor of Business
Graduate School of Business

The two directions of arbitrage
Kathryn Judge
Associate Professor of Law
School of Law

Elucidating the contribution of thixotropy on the flow curve and critical shear rate of fresh cement mortars
Shiho Kawashima
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
School of Engineering and Applied Science

Voices of the new Russian-Jewish diaspora: International dimensions of the contemporary Russian migration

Rebecca Kobrin
Russell and Bettina Knapp Associate Professor of American Jewish History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Breast cancer among thyroid cancer survivors

Jennifer Kuo
Assistant Professor of Surgery
College of Physicians and Surgeons

A new approach to point-free space
Tamar Lando
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Research on portfolio preferences and mutual funds
Michaela Pagel
Assistant Professor of Business
Graduate School of Business

Evaluating the Bridge Program as a test-case for how to increase underrepresented minority participation in science
Valerie Purdie-Vaughns
Associate Professor of Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

The effects of inhaled glucocorticoids on central skeleton structure and strength in postmenopausal Latina women

Emily Stein
Assistant Professor of Medicine
College of Physicians and Surgeons

Online algorithms for service systems

Van-Anh Truong
Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
School of Engineering and Applied Science

High-precision laser systems for an ultracold molecular clock
Tanya Zelevinsky
Assistant Professor of Physics
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

List of Awardees-Fall 2014

Do stronger gun violence prevention laws promote healthier communities? Exploring the relationship between health outcomes and firearms legislation funding, implementation, and enforcement
Sara Abiola
Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management
Mailman School of Public Health

Feasibility and acceptability of an online maternity education platform
Adriana Arcia
Assistant Professor of Nursing
School of Nursing

The spotlight’s harsh glare: Rethinking publicity and international order
Allison Carnegie
Assistant Professor of Political Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Black Face to Ferguson: A mixed methodological examination of media racism, media activism, and health

Courtney Cogburn
Assistant Professor of Social Work
School of Social Work

Hispanic adolescent and parent discordance about reproductive health trials

Jenny Francis
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center
College of Physicians and Surgeons

The impact of physical activity level on environmental and epigenetic mechanisms in asthma
Stephanie Lovinsky-Desir
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
College of Physicians and Surgeons

Queues with synchronization in cloud computing
Mariana Olvera-Cravioto
Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
School of Engineering and Applied Science

Modeling chemical driven fractured rocks by integrating 3D printing digenesis and multiscale computations
WaiChing Sun
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Mechanics
School of Engineering and Applied Science

Critical periods for intergenerational fear transmission in humans
Nim Tottenham
Associate Professor of Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

The role of ubiquitination in neurotransmitter release

Clarissa Waites
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology and Neuroscience (in the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain)
College of Physicians and Surgeons

Understanding gender differences in atrial fibrillation using a novel transgenic mouse model
Elaine Wan
Esther Aboodi Assistant Professor of Cardiology (in Medicine)
College of Physicians and Surgeons

The role of selective macroautopsy in neurodegeneration
Ai Yamamoto
Assistant Professor of Neurology and Pathology and Cell Biology
College of Physicians and Surgeons