Awardees of the Provost's Grant Program for Junior Faculty Who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University

The Provost’s Grant Program for Junior Faculty Who Contribute to the Diversity Goals of the University provides awards, of up to $25,000 each, to support new or ongoing research and scholarship, seed funding for innovative research for which external funding would be difficult to obtain, and curricular development projects. Requests for proposals occur twice a year.
 
Faculty Awardees and Titles of Funded Projects to Date:
 
Spring 2017
 
David Rosand Assistant Professor of Italian Renaissance Art History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Renaissance Scribbles and Doodles
 
Francis Goelet Assistant Professor of Music Composition
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Contemporary Chamber Music Album: Composed, Conducted and Produced by Women
 
Assistant Professor of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Regimes of Dispossession: Environment and Citizenship in Spain (1973-1993)
 
Assistant Professor of Philosophy 
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Agent-Centered Restrictions in Causal Decision Theory
 
Assistant Professor of Physics
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Deep Learning, GPUs, and the Hunt for Elusive Signals in Liquid Argon Detectors
 
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center 
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Effects of a Novel Cardiomyopathy Gene on Human Heart Cells and the Mouse Heart
 
Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies 
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Parallel Action: Bombay Cinema and the Practice of Modernity
 
Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health
Understanding De-Implementation in the Context of an Evidence-based Lay Health Advisor Program to Address Cancer Disparities
 
Assistant Professor of Statistics
Faculty of Arts and Sciences 
Robust Estimate of High/ultrahigh Dimensional Data and its Oracle Property 
 
Assistant Professor of Medicine  
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Directed Differentiation Enteroendocrine Cells
 
Fall 2016
 
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Localization of Stored Platelets to Sites of Active Bleeding Following Transfusion 
 
Assistant Professor of Medicine (in Anesthesiology)
College of Physicians and Surgeons
In Vivo Imaging of Lung Apoptosis in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency 
 
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
The Role of Essentialism in Social Perception 
 
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science
Tools for Manipulating the Mechanical Forces that Drive Morphogenesis  
 
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Infant Gastrointestinal Tract Microbiome Dysbiosis and its Impact on CD8+T Cell Gene Transcription Regulation 
 
Assistant Professor of Latin American and Iberian Cultures
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Mapping Asian Diasporic Performances of Race, Gender and Nation 
 
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Mailman School of Public Health
Molecular Changes Related to Infections and Relevant to Pubertal Timing 
 
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Intimate Contract: Queer Attachment, Risk and the Word of Law 
 
Assistant Professor
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
DISTANCED: Intersectionality & Gendered Experience of American Urban Space 
 
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
School of the Arts
Textiles, Migration and Trade in Painting 
 
Spring 2016
 
Carmela Alcantara
Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
Cultural Adaptation of an Online Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Insomnia for Hispanic Primary Care Patients

Swarnali Acharyya
Assistant Professor of Pathology & Cell Biology (in the Institute for Cancer Genetics)
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Targeting Systemic Mediators in Cancer

Vanessa Burbano
Assistant Professor
Columbia Business School
The Effect of Feedback on Employee Motivation: Evidence from Online Labor Marketplaces

Merlin Chowkwanyun
Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health
History of Health Activism in the United States (1960-1980)

Patrice Derrington
Holliday Associate Professor of Real Estate Development
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Fundamental Principles for Socially Equitable Real Estate Development Decision

Nicola Lopez
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Visual Arts
School of the Arts
Searching for Here

Michelle Odlum
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing
Understanding the Interaction between HIV and Health Outcomes in a New York City Vulnerable Population of Women Living with HIV/AIDS, 50 and Over

Lale Ozcan
Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences (in Medicine)
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Sex Differences and the Role of Novel Calcium Kinase Signaling

Adam Sonabend
Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Immune Editing of Glioblastoma Genome During Tumor Progression

 
Fall 2015
 
Mabel Abraham      
Assistant Professor
Columbia Business School     
Projects on Gender Sorting of Entrepreneurs

Shipra Agrawal
Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
School of Engineering and Applied Science
A Scalable and Robust Approach for Sequential Decision Making   

Rudy Behnia  
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Modulation of Circuits Elements for Motion Detection by Locomotion       

Mana Kia       
Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Love, Loyalty and Difference: Forms of Companionship Across Early Modern Iran and India

Jennifer La'O
Assistant Professor of Economics
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Credit Risk and Interdealer Networks           

Nathalie Moise
Assistant Professor of Medicine
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Innovative Models for Delivery of Depression Care and Reducing Cardiovascular Disease

Lynn Nottage
Associate Professor of Theatre Arts  
School of the Arts
OUT/LET         

Desmond Patton
Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
Innovating Gang Violence Prevention with Qualitative Analysis and Natural Language Processing Tools

Emily Tsai
      
Assistant Professor of Medicine        
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Understanding the Molecular Pathobiology of Right Ventricular Dysfunction as a Determinant of Gender Differences in Heart Failure  

Fanyin Zheng
Assistant Professor
Columbia Business School     
The Role of Competition and Economies of Scale in Drug Development     
 
 
Spring 2015
 
Erica Avrami
Assistant Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Preservation and sustainability: Establishing new indicators of success
 
Xiaojuan Chen
Assistant Professor of Surgical Sciences (in Surgery)
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Probing human islet alpha cell biology with single-cell gene expression

Anne Heinrichs

Assistant Professor of Business
Graduate School of Business
Accounting research and teaching projects
 
Kathryn Judge
Associate Professor of Law
School of Law
The two directions of arbitrage

Shiho Kawashima
Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Elucidating the contribution of thixotropy on the flow curve and critical shear rate of fresh cement mortars

Rebecca Kobrin
Russell and Bettina Knapp Associate Professor of American Jewish History
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Voices of the new Russian-Jewish diaspora: International dimensions of the contemporary Russian migration

Jennifer Kuo
Assistant Professor of Surgery
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Breast cancer among thyroid cancer survivors
 
Tamar Lando
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
A new approach to point-free space
 
Michaela Pagel
Assistant Professor of Business
Graduate School of Business
Research on portfolio preferences and mutual funds

Valerie Purdie-Vaughns
Associate Professor of Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Evaluating the Bridge Program as a test-case for how to increase underrepresented minority participation in science

Emily Stein
Assistant Professor of Medicine
College of Physicians and Surgeons
The effects of inhaled glucocorticoids on central skeleton structure and strength in postmenopausal Latina women

Van-Anh Truong
Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Online algorithms for service systems
 
Tanya Zelevinsky
Assistant Professor of Physics
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
High-precision laser systems for an ultracold molecular clock

 

December 2014

Department of Health Policy and Management
Mailman School of Public Health
Do Stronger Gun Violence Prevention Laws Promote Healthier Communities?  Exploring the Relationship between Health Outcomes and Firearms Legislation Funding, Implementation & Enforcement
 
School of Nursing
Feasibility and Acceptability of an Online Maternity Education Platform
 
Department of Political Science
Arts and Sciences
The Spotlight's Harsh Glare: Rethinking Publicity and International Order
 
School of Social Work
Black Face to Ferguson: A Mixed Methodological Examination of Media Racism, Media Activism and Health
 
Department of Pediatrics
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Hispanic Adolescents and Parent Discordance about Reproductive Health Trials
 
Department of Pediatrics
College of Physicians and Surgeons
The Impact of Physical Activity Level on Environmental and Epigenetic Mechanisms in Asthma
 
Mariana Olvera-Cravioto
Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Queues with Synchronization in Cloud Computing
 
Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Modeling chemical driven fractured rocks by integrating 3D printing digenesis and multiscale computations
 
Department of Psychology
Arts and Sciences
Critical Periods for Intergenerational Fear Transmission in Humans
 
Department of Pathology and Cell Biology
College of Physicians and Surgeons
The role of ubiquitination in neurotransmitter release
 
Department of Medicine
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Understanding gender differences in atrial fibrillation using a novel transgenic mouse model
 
Department of Neurology
College of Physicians and Surgeons
The role of selective macroautophagy in neurodegeneration
 
 
March 2014
 
Assistant Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
College of Physicans and Surgeons           
Role of angiogenic Notch in uterine decidualization and placentation
 
Assistant Professor
College of Dental Medicine          
Developing Strategies to Treat Temporomandibular Joint Diseases
 
Assistant Professor
School of International and Public Affairs
Show Us the Money: Improving Accountability in Government Procurement
 
Assistant Professor
School of Social Work    
Trauma and HIV risk behavior among female fish traders in Zambia
 
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
College of Physicians and Surgeons          
Next-Generation Treatments for Mental Disorders: Rapid-Acting Therapeutics in OCD
 
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Arts & Sciences 
Savage States

 

May 2013

Assistant Professor
School of Social Work
Peer-led Healthy Lifestyle Intervention for Minorities with Serious Mental Illness in Supportive Housing Agencies: A Pilot Feasibility Study
 
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Mailman School of Public Health
Neighborhood interventions to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in alcohol-related homicide
 
Assistant Professor of Music
Arts & Sciences
Sound Waves Across the Waters: The Polycultural Music of Japanese and American Smooth Jazz Artists
 
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Optical Imaging of the Heart for Substrate Characterization and Therapy Monitoring
 
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
School of Engineering and Applied Science
CleanOS: Limiting Sensitive Data Exposure in Mobile Operating Systems
 
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in Writing
School of the Arts
Untitled Novel
 
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing 
Seeking and testing the feasibility of a novel approach to reduce HIV/AIDS among vulnerable populations
 
Assistant Professor of Medicine 
College of Physicians and Surgeons 
Bacterial Translocation and Endotoxin in the Prediction and Prevention of Recurrent Liver Fibrosis Following Liver Transplantation in Patients with Hepatitis C

 

February 2013

Assistant Professor of Astronomy
Arts and Sciences
Celestial Cinematography with the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope: Uncovering the Transient Sky
 
Assistant Professor of Medicine
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Therapeutic Targeting of the Unfolded Protein Response (UPR) with selective HDAC6 inhibitor (ACY1215) for the Treatment of Lymphoma: Understanding the Relationship Between UPR and Apoptosis
 
Assistant Professor of Professional Practice
School of the Arts
Shatter: The Final Chapter of a Film Trilogy on the Formation and Dissolution of Personal Identity
 
Associate Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning
Data, Media, Race + Space: A Global Africa Lab Workshop in Johannesburg
 
Assistant Professor of Sociomedical Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health
Energy Insecurity: Examining Energy, the Built Environment and Health Among Vulnerable Populations in the Context of Climate Change
 
Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs
School of International and Public Affairs
Assistant Professor of Economics
Arts and Sciences
The Endogeneity of Labor Market Fairness Norms
 
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Building Finite Element Models of the Female Pelvic Region During Pregnancy
 
Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Arts and Sciences
New representation theoretic methods for the mod p Langlands program
 
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Elevated Plasma Proopiomelanocortin and Agouti-related Peptide Levels in Ectopic ACTH Tumors: Use in the Differential Diagnosis of ACTH-dependent Cushing's Syndrome
 
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Arts and Sciences
Tracking the Carceral Continuum: Examining the Intersecting Education and Juvenile Justice Experiences of NYC Adolescents
 
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology
Mailman School of Public Health
Effects of Stress of Cardiovascular Health among Puerto Rican youth
 
Assistant Professor of Medicine
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Molecular determinants of Staphyloccocus aureus in HIV-infected individuals
 
Dorian Warren
Associate Professor of Political Science
Arts and Sciences
Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs
School of International and Public Affairs
The Future of Work in America: A New Deal for the 21st Century Workplace
 
Assistant Professor of Business
Business School
Depletion-as-Information: The Role of Feelings in Resource Depletion
 
 

 

 

Molecular Changes Related to Infections and Relevant to Pubertal Timing