Junior Faculty Diversity Grant Awardees

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community,

Last year, President Bollinger and I announced a new commitment of $33 million to reinforce and expand the University’s faculty diversity efforts. 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 delighted to write today to announce the funded projects from the Spring 2016 cycle.  All applications were reviewed by a committee of faculty from both the Morningside and Medical Center campuses.   

This most recent round of funding follows six prior rounds of support from this program.  All told, the program has supported seventy five projects across the university.  Information on the program and the previous rounds of funded projects can be found here.

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

John H. Coatsworth


Cultural Adaptation of an Online Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Insomnia for Hispanic Primary Care Patients
Carmela Alcantara
Assistant Professor
School of Social Work

Targeting Systemic Mediators in Cancer
Swarnali Acharyya
Assistant Professor of Pathology & Cell Biology (in the Institute for Cancer Genetics)
College of Physicians and Surgeons

The Effect of Feedback on Employee Motivation: Evidence from Online Labor Marketplaces
Vanessa Burbano
Assistant Professor
Columbia Business School

History of Health Activism in the United States (1960-1980)
Merlin Chowkwanyun
Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health

Fundamental Principles for Socially Equitable Real Estate Development Decision
Patrice Derrington
Holliday Associate Professor of Real Estate Development
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Searching for Here
Nicola Lopez
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Visual Arts
School of the Arts

Understanding the Interaction between HIV and Health Outcomes in a New York City Vulnerable Population of Women Living with HIV/AIDS, 50 and Over
Michelle Odlum
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

Sex Differences and the Role of Novel Calcium Kinase Signaling
Lale Ozcan
Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences (in Medicine)
College of Physicians and Surgeons

Immune Editing of Glioblastoma Genome During Tumor Progression
Adam Sonabend
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
College of Physicians and Surgeons


If you cannot access the link above please visit the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Diversity and Inclusion website.http://facultydiversity.columbia.edu/awardees-provosts-grant-program-junior-faculty-who-contribute-diversity-goals-university