Grants are a vital source of funding for research and creative work, and an important validation of the significance of faculty scholarship. Adelphi University faculty members continue to successfully earn grants for important projects, from archaeological exploration and social work education to research on sports sciences and healthcare policy.

The School of Social Work was awarded three grants from the New York Community Trust, totaling $1.125 million, that focus on increasing recruitment of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) students into the School of Social Work and providing support and specialized experiential opportunities in communities and at organizations that need them most. These grants were secured by Manoj Pardasani, PhD, former dean of the School of Social Work; Dan Kaplan, PhD, associate professor of social work; Ohiro Oni-Eseleh, MSW ’93, PhD ’21, assistant dean for program development and community engagement; and Livia Polise, director of field education.

Zainab Toteh Osakwe ’06, PhD, assistant professor in the College of Nursing and Public Health, was selected as a 2022 Health Care Systems Scholars Program grant awardee, in the amount of $120,000, by the National Institutes on Aging IMPACT Collaboratory for her project focused on reducing disparities in end-of-life communication for Black and Hispanic patients in home care experiencing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Michael D’Emic, associate professor of biology, secured a $38,555 National Landscape Conservation System grant from the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management to support his fieldwork in Wyoming. This grant supports the excavation of and search for new fossils on public lands and will fund several student field assistants to travel out West each summer for four years.

Dong Wook Lee, PhD, assistant professor of political science, and Susan Kilgore, PhD, assistant professor of environmental studies and sciences, received an $8,670 grant from the Howard J. Samuels State and City Policy Center at Baruch College’s Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs that will fund their ongoing interdisciplinary project that looks at the local news media through text analyses to deepen the understanding of how poverty-engraved communities in Nassau and Suffolk counties perceive the public administration of COVID-19 vaccine distribution.

Meredith Whitley, PhD, associate professor of health and sport sciences, secured a $50,000 grant from the William E. Simon Foundation to evaluate programming and assess pathways to college and careers for immigrant and first-generation youth at an organization using soccer as a tool for social change.

This story was featured in the Fall 2022 edition of Scholars and Artists of Adelphi University. View the full newsletter, which highlights the scholarly and creative work of Adelphi’s faculty members.

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