Important announcements from the FCPE.

by Mary Cortina

Thinking of Siberia in the springtime? Trinidad in summer? Hong Kong, Korea, Macau?


Not only have Adelphi faculty thought about it, they’ve done it! Adelphi faculty have been very successful in receiving Fulbright Scholar awards and have spent up to a semester teaching, lecturing and doing research at foreign institutions. Dr. Julie Altman, School of Social Work spent approximately six months in Trinidad, lecturing and conducting research in child welfare at the university. Julie then spent 28 days at the Siberian State Industrial University in Novokuznetsk, Russia (south central Siberia) as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in the Department of Social Work. While there, she gave 20 different lectures on a variety of social welfare topics to students, faculty and community leaders, consulted around field education and other curriculum issues with department faculty, went on numerous visits to social work agencies, spoke at several symposia, and gave a number of media interviews. Despite the severe cold, daily snow and nearly non-stop work, she found her Fulbright to be “the best professional experience of my life.”

Dr. Elizabeth Palley, School of Social Work, taught American social welfare and disability policy at Yonsei University in South Korea. As a result of her Fulbright award, she is currently working with a Korean colleague, and writing an article on the development of Korean special education policy and the influence of US policy on Korean special education policy.


Dr. Katie Laatikainen, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Macau in Macau (Special Administrative Region), China. Macau is the location of the first and last European settlement in China, as such it is a cultural melange of East and West. Professor Laatikainen taught courses on international relations and international institutions to students at the University of Macau, and lectured at various institutions in Macau, Hong Kong, and in China. She focused her research on Chinese approaches to multilateralism. Her husband and son accompanied her to Macau.

Adelphi faculty and students are FaST!


That’s National Science Foundation and Department of Energy FaST. Dr. Justyna Widera and two of her students were recipients of the Faculty and Students Teams or FaST grant, which allowed them to conduct cutting-edge research with colleagues and mentors at Brookhaven National Labs (BNL) over two summers.

Mental Imagery

Robert F. Bornstein, Professor of Psychology, recently completed work on a two-year grant from the National Science Foundation entitled “Mental imagery and the mere exposure effect”. A key feature of this grant was the involvement of Adelphi students at all levels—undergraduate, masters, and doctoral—working collaboratively on grant-related projects. Two publications and two presentations at professional meetings have resulted from the grant to date.

Westbury, Riverhead and Martin Van Buren High School Students are SMART


Science and Math Applied Real-problem Teaching (SMART) is a grant funded by the National Science Foundation and led by Dr. Sean Bentley, Associate Professor, Department of Physics. The program is designed to promote stronger problem-solving skills in the students and increase overall interest in science and mathematics through a hands-on, museum-based freshman physics course. These schools partner with three local museums, Long Island Science Center, the Cradle of Aviation Museum and New York Hall of Science. The classes make regular visits to the museum, which not only gives them “real-world” context for the problems they are studying, but also allows them to perform hands-on activities that would not be available at their high schools. SMART now involves 130 students and has incorporated teacher professional development.

Kidney Cancer


Dr. Alan Schoenfeld, Associate Professor, Department of Biology, has been involved in a National Institutes of Health funded grant to understanding the function of a gene involved in inherited kidney cancer. Many students have contributed to the project, taking major roles in performing experiments, data analysis, and even the writing of manuscripts.

Collaborative and Interdisciplinary Team Research: School of Nursing

Three School of Nursing (AUSON) faculty members have collaborated on investigations with other faculty on campus and with faculty from other universities and institutions.

Dr. Yiyuan Sun (AUSON) is the PI of the research study “Promoting Mammography in Chinese American women” (2008-2011), collaborating with Dr. Anne Moyer from the Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University.

In collaboration with a research team led by Dr. Mei Fu (Nursing) at New York University, Dr. Sun is also a Co-investigator in a study on the impact of lymphedema on quality of life, sleep and perceived sexuality and intimacy among breast cancer survivors (2010-2012). This 2-year study was funded by AVON Foundation for women.

Dr. Patricia Donohue-Porter is the Research Team Leader of an interdisciplinary investigation of leadership behaviors in nursing. The Schools of Nursing and Business have come together to examine Leader-Member Exchange Theory in the interactions of nurses and nurse managers. The team is composed of Drs. Patti Eckardt, David Prottas, K.C. Rondello and Joyce Silberstang.

Dr. Donohue-Porter is also a Co-Investigator of the Improvement Science Research Network (ISRN) study ‘The Effect of Interruptions on Medication Errors”. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Lily Thomas, Vice President for Research at the Institute for Nursing, NS-LIJ. This network is funded by the National Institute of Nursing and the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Chris Coughlin (Nursing) and Dr. David Prottas (Business) collaborated on a completed study funded by an internal Faculty Development Grant and research funds in the school of Nursing: Relationships between Tuition Assistance Programs and Nurse Commitment and Satisfaction Survey data was collected from 225 nurses, both current students and non-students regarding tuition assistance and their attitude towards their employer.


U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences – Due Dates are June and September for research in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and teacher quality.

National Science Foundation – depends upon program. Here are some examples, Discovery research K-12, due January 5th, 2011; Evolutionary processes, January 9th, 2011; Cultural Anthropology, January 15th, 2011; Major Research Instrumentation Grants, January 27th, 2011.

National Institutes of Health, Standard Due Dates are: February, June and October.

Department of Energy – see, announcements vary.

Department of Defense – see, announcements vary.


Mary Cortina
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

This piece is from the Fall 2010 Issue No. 14 of the FCPE Newsletter.

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