Junior Faculty Diversity Grant Awardees - Spring 2017

May 08, 2017

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community,

The University’s Faculty Diversity Initiative, initiated twelve years ago, 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.  Ten faculty are the Spring 2017 awardees of the Junior Faculty Diversity Grants program.   Grantees were selected via a competitive process, with proposals reviewed by a committee of faculty from both the Morningside and Medical Center campuses.    

This most recent cycle of funding follows eight prior rounds of support from this program.  All told, the program has supported ninety-two projects across the university. You can also access information on the program and previous awards.

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

John H. Coatsworth 


Renaissance Scribbles and Doodles
Diane Bodart
David Rosand Assistant Professor of Italian Renaissance Art History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Contemporary Chamber Music Album: Composed, Conducted and Produced by Women
Zosha Di Castri
Francis Goelet Assistant Professor of Music Composition
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Regimes of Dispossession: Environment and Citizenship in Spain (1973-1993)
Ana Fernandez-Cebrian
Assistant Professor of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Agent-Centered Restrictions in Causal Decision Theory
Melissa Fusco
Assistant Professor of Philosophy 
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Deep Learning, GPUs, and the Hunt for Elusive Signals in Liquid Argon Detectors
Georgia Karagiorgi
Assistant Professor of Physics
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Effects of a Novel Cardiomyopathy Gene on Human Heart Cells and the Mouse Heart
Teresa Lee
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center 
College of Physicians and Surgeons

Parallel Action: Bombay Cinema and the Practice of Modernity
Debashree Mukherjee
Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies 
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Understanding De-Implementation in the Context of an Evidence-Based Lay Health Advisor Program to Address Cancer Disparities
Rachel Shelton
Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health

Robust Estimate of High/Ultrahigh Dimensional Data and its Oracle Property 
Dan Wang
Assistant Professor of Statistics
Faculty of Arts and Sciences 

Directed Differentiation Enteroendocrine Cells
Kelley Yan
Assistant Professor of Medicine  
College of Physicians and Surgeons