Mid-Career and Junior Faculty Diversity Grant Awardees - Spring 2018

Announcing the funded projects for the Provost’s Grants Program for Junior Faculty Who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University, and the inaugural Mid-Career Faculty Grants.

May 07, 2018

Dear fellow members of the Columbia community,

Now in its 13th year, the University’s Faculty Diversity Initiative continues to support our core values of inclusion and excellence.  Two grant programs, the Provost’s Grants Program for Junior Faculty Who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University and the new Provost’s Grants Program for Mid-Career Faculty Who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University, are key components of Columbia’s ongoing commitment to maintaining a thriving faculty.  I am pleased to write today to announce the Spring 2018 grant awardees.  Grantees were selected via 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 ten prior rounds of support from the Junior Faculty Grant program, and is the first for the Mid-Career Faculty Grant program.  All told, these programs have supported 117 projects across the university.  Information on these programs can be found here

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

John H. Coatsworth 
Provost

Trust, Cooperation, and Collective Action in Diverse Communities
Maria Abascal
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Complementary Forms of Goal Directed Behavior
Mariam Aly
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Improving the Reproductive Health of Minority Adolescent Males with a User-Informed, Theory-Based, Digital Health Intervention
Lauren S. Chernick
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center   
Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Boosting Mitochondrial Complex I Assembly to Alleviate Complex I Dysfunction
Edward Owusu-Ansah
Assistant Professor of Physiology & Cellular Biophysics 
Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons

Money and Banking
Giorgia Piacentino
Assistant Professor of Business 
Graduate School of Business

Book Manuscript, Research Symposium and New Translation
Eliza Zingesser
Assistant Professor of French and Romance Philology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Cross-currents: Recontextualizing Race, Gender and Queer Studies in Early Medieval English Literature
Patricia Dailey
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Elucidating the Structural Basis of Tissue Failure in Osteogenesis Imperfecta
Laura Kaufman  
Professor of Chemistry
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Proving Up: 3 Novellas
Victor LaValle
Associate Professor of Professional Practice
School of the Arts

What's on Your Mind? Where Minds Wander and How it Impacts Our Lives
Malia Mason
Associate Professor of Business 
Graduate School of Business

Do Hiring Nudges Affect Racial and Gender Diversity? Case-by-Case Versus Group Hiring
Valerie Purdie-Greenaway
Associate Professor of Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Women, Architecture, Writing: Research Seminar and Book
Hilary Sample-Meredith
Associate Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Seasonal Changes in Earthquake Activity in the Himalayas: Linking Climate Change, Sustainability and Earthquake Preparedness
Maya Tolstoy
Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Extending the Coherence Time of Molecule Interactions with Light for Precision Measurements and Quantum Information
Tanya Zelevinsky
Associate Professor of Physics
Faculty of Arts and Sciences