Junior Faculty Diversity Grant Awardees

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community,

Now in its 12th year, the University’s Faculty Diversity Initiative continues to support our core values of inclusion and excellence.  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 to maintaining a diverse and thriving faculty body.  I am pleased to write today to announce the Fall 2016 awardees of the Junior Faculty Diversity Grants program.   Grantees were selected through a competitive process, with all applications reviewed by a committee of faculty from both the Morningside and Medical Center campuses.   

This most recent round of funding follows seven prior rounds of support from this program.   Since the Junior Faculty Diversity Grant was launched in 2013 it has supported eighty-two 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

List of Awardees-Fall 2016

Localization of Stored Platelets to Sites of Active Bleeding Following Transfusion
Richard Francis
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology
College of Physicians and Surgeons

In Vivo Imaging of Lung Apoptosis in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Monica Goldklang
Assistant Professor of Medicine (in Anesthesiology)
College of Physicians and Surgeons

The Role of Essentialism in Social Perception
Larisa Heiphetz
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Tools for Manipulating the Mechanical Forces that Drive Morphogenesis  
Karen Kasza
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Infant Gastrointestinal Tract Microbiome Dysbiosis and its Impact on CD8+T Cell Gene Transcription Regulation
Esi Lamousé-Smith
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
College of Physicians and Surgeons

Mapping Asian Diasporic Performances of Race, Gender and Nation
Ana Paulina Lee
Assistant Professor of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Molecular Changes Related to Infections and Relevant to Pubertal Timing
Jasmine McDonald
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Mailman School of Public Health

Intimate Contract: Queer Attachment, Risk and the Word of Law
Tey Meadow
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

DISTANCED: Intersectionality & Gendered Experience of American Urban Space
Leah Meisterlin
Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Textiles, Migration and Trade in Painting
Aliza Nisenbaum
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
School of the Arts