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by Mary Cortina

Annual Research Conference Update

The Research Conference committee sincerely thanks all the faculty and their students who submitted their work for the April 16, 2012 Research Conference. Each year the Conference is larger (178 student presentations) and more exciting because of all the wonderful faculty support for it. This year our luncheon speaker is Laurie Garrett, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Council on Foreign Relations, in keeping with our theme of scholarship in the new millennium and health in the global community. Ms. Garrett, author, educator, researcher, and recipient of a Peabody and Pulitzer awards, returns to Adelphi ten years after her first talk. Visit our website for a more detailed schedule and information

Research and Scholarship

Adelphi faculty submitted grants to the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Naval Research, the National Security Agency, as well as New York State agencies and private foundations. These efforts have resulted in some exciting new programs and projects.

SEA at Adelphi: Drs. Tracy Hogan, School of Education and Beth Christensen, College of Arts and Sciences, received a grant from NSF to enhance the quality of science education for teachers through a focus on marine sciences as a vehicle for the teaching and learning of all science disciplines and preparing teachers to use marine environments in their own curriculum.

Some teachers are just the BEST or Bilingual Educators in Science and Technology. Funded by the federal government’s Race to the Top program, Dr. Tracy Hogan and her colleagues in TESOL, Eva Roca, Darryl Gordon and Diana Schwinge developed an teacher residency program in which candidates are in the classroom with mentor teachers during the day and take classes on Fridays. In an intensive one year program, BEST students complete a Masters in Science Education with a bilingual extension in Spanish or Haitian Kreyol.

Saturday Academy and more: Middle and High school students from local school districts, including Hempstead, Malverne, and Uniondale are on campus every Saturday to take part in the Science Technology Entry Program, funded by the New York State Education Department. The Saturday program consists of enrichment classes in math, science and robotics. In addition, students have opportunities for tutoring, mentoring, and take part in science summer camps, trips to Brookhaven National Labs, Cold Spring Harbor, and college tours. Ms. Sabita Nayak and Martha Giraldo Riordan are the director and assistant director respectively.

Helping Adelphi students pursue their dreams: CSTEP or the College Science Technology Entry Program provides Adelphi students with assistance in their majors (sciences, math, computer science, nursing, psychology and social work) through small group tutoring, community-building, professional school preparation and graduate school tours. Contact Sabita Nayak or Martha Giraldo Riordan for more information.

Building on success: Dr. Alan Schoenfeld, Department of Biology was awarded his second grant from NIH to continue his research on von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease, a hereditary cancer syndrome characterized by a predisposition to renal cell carcinoma, hemangioblastoma, pheochromocytoma, and other tumor types. Dr. Sean Bentley, Department of Physics, has had such positive and promising results from his Mathematics-Science Partnership with the Westbury School District (funded by NSF) that he has applied for a larger scaled-up version of his school-museum-university partnership to enhance math and science education.

Fulbright Highlights

At least six Adelphi faculty have been selected as Fulbright Scholars. Just a reminder that the traditional scholar grant is open until August 1st and that the Senior Specialist, which allows you to travel two-to six weeks, accepts applications on a rolling basis. Fulbright is a wonderful way to enhance your teaching and scholarship. Think about applying and contact the ORSP for more information and/or go to to review their site and FAQs. CIES also hosts webinars which provide guidance and insight. Webinars for opportunities in applied linguistics and Francophone Africa are on their schedule for April 4th and 5th.

iPads Make the Grade: Instructional Technology Grants

The ITG awards have fostered collaborations within the university and between the university and the community. The following faculty are the recipients of the 2nd annual IT grants competition.

Robert Danielowich and MaryJean McCarthy, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, Finding and Shaping the Features of Video-Based Reflection Protocols that Support Student Teachers’ Instructional Decision-Making

Mark Grabowski, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Communications, iJournalism: Using iPads for International Reporting

Kristin Hart, Library, Manhattan Center – Using iPads to deliver electronic content and support services to busy non-traditional students

Amrita Madray, Library, Garden City, Plagiarism Preventing Computer Game

Laura Martin and Devin Thornburg, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, Education, Technology and the Arts

Lisa Minicozzi, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, Re-Tooling Methods

Georgia Newlin, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Music, SMART Boards in the Music Classroom

Courtney Lee Weida, College of Arrs & Sciences, Department of Art and Art History, Inventive, Interdisciplinary iPad Investigations in Art Education

FDA Research Highlights

The university’s internal faculty grants have enabled faculty to conduct research, publish, and create works of art. The following faculty are recipients of this year’s grants. Cindy G. Arroyo, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, Communication Sciences & Disorders, Group Intervention for Pediatric Feeding Disorders

Michael Christofferson, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of History, Francois Furet: A Revolutionary Historian

Jonna Coombs, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Biology, Investigating metal concentrations through a four-step aquatic food chain on Long Island’s South Shore

Katherine L. Fiori, Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, Expressive Emotions and Personality

Matthias Foellmer, College of Arts & Sciences, Biology Department, Microsatellite marker development for the orb-web spider Argiope aurantia

Carson Fox, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Art and Art History, Sculpture Casting: Acorn Project

Aaren Freeman, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Biology, Wave exposure influences marine predator—prey interactions

Louise Geddes, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of English, Mock Opera and Its Counter-Culture in Garrick and Coleman’s The Fairies

Robert Goldfarb/Dana Battaglia, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Word Association of Time-Altered Auditory and Visual Stimuli in Autism

Daryl Gordon, Ruth S. Ammon School of Education, Bilingual Education and TESOL program, Investigating the Impact of Action Research on Preservice Teachers

Margaret Gray, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Political Science, The Foie Gras Wars: Animal Rights over Worker Rights?

T. Njeri Kagotho, School of Social Work, Umbele: Long Term Planning for Families Impacted by HIV/AIDS

Hanna H. Kim, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Anthropology & Sociology, Expanding Neighbourliness through Law, Religion, and the Public Sphere

Deborah L. Little, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Anthropology & Sociology, Building a Movement of Direct Care Workers

Shan Liu, School of Nursing, The Use of Comprehensive and Alternative Medicine for Symptom Management in Asian Women with Cancer

Christopher Lyndon-Gee, Music Department, A Reluctant Collaboration between Writer and Composer?

Robert M. Otto – Health Studies, Physical Education and Human Performance Science, Continuous Glucose Monitoring of Individuals with Diabetes in Novice Exercise Participation

Christopher Saucedo, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Art and Art History, ‘Lost Architecture’ Exhibition

Joan Stein Schimke, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Communications, Video Portraits – Children in Foster Care

Brian J. Stockman, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Chemistry, Macromolecular Crowding Effects on the Structure of the Electron Transfer Protein Flavodoxin

Aram D. Stump, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Biology, Antibacterial Activity of Lactoferrin-Derived Peptides

Andrea Ward, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Biology, Influence of Changing Temperatures on Predator Success Rate

Justyna Widera, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Chemistry, Studies of Composition and Structural Aspects of Novel Electrochemically Synthesized Photosensitive CdTe Thin Films

Brian T. Wygal, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Prehistoric Human Ecology at the Volkmar Lake and Goodpaster River Regions of the Tanana Valley, Alaska

Monica Yang, Robert B. Willumstad School of Business, Department of Management, Marketing and Management Science – A Comparative Analysis of Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions by China in Emerging vs. Developed Markets

Bradley Zodikoff, School of Social Work, Experiences of Lesbian and Gay Older Adults in Long-Term Care


Mary Cortina
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

This piece is from the Spring 2012 Issue No. 17 of the FCPE Newsletter.

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