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Grants and Awards

Lehman team wins prestigious training grant for undergraduates
Building a diverse biomedical commnity through undergraduate research



Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry

May 2023

The Lehman Team of Professor Donna McGregor (PI), Julio Gallego-Delgado (co-PI), and Gustavo Lopez (co-PI) received a prestigious NIH training grant to identify and prepare talented undergraduates for careers in biomedical sciences.


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Dr. Edward Kennelly receives NIH award to study new analgesics
Undergraduates can participate in finding new compounds for clinical use

Department of Biological Sciences

May 2023

There is a pressing need to find new compounds to help manage pain due to the ongoing opioid epidemic. Prof. Kennelly’s lab has received funding from the NIH to study the analgesic properties of multiple compounds from the plant family Aconitum. The goal of the lab is the identification of new analgesic compounds that can be further studied for potential clinical applications. Undergraduate students are invited to participate in the research laboratory and become part of the community of scientists in Science Hall.



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Dr. Renato Bettiol Wins Prestigious Career Advancement Award
Chosen by the NSF for one of the country's most prestigious career advancement awards

Department of Mathematics

June 2022

Dr. Bettiol is the second Lehman faculty member to earn the NSF's Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award in five years and will receive $500,000 from the program.


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Dr. Yuri Gorokhovich: Lehman College Faculty Seed Grant Award ($3,204)
Biologically Essential Metal and Mettaloid Composition in an Urban Park Soil

Department of Earth, Environmental and Geospatial Sciences

December 2019

Urban parks represent complex ecological framework often altered from its natural state by urbanization and land cover. Development of viable management strategies requires analysis of existing state of soils, including their chemical composition. One of the most effective, economical and speedy techniques to identify elemental composition of soils is X-ray fluorometry (XRF). Using statistical methods (histograms, correlation matrices, principal component analysis and Support Vector Machine analysis) and existing available data on natural variations of elements in soils Dr. Gorokhovich and his team were able to characterize elemental composition of soils and suggest future management strategies. Read More


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Dr. Heather Sloan: NSF Funded Project ($553,892)
Interactions Between Transpressional Structures at the N. American-Caribbean Plate Boundary

Department of Earth, Environmental and Geospatial Sciences

1 November 2016 to 31 October 2020

Dr. Sloan was awarded a grant by the NSF for her findings on interactions between transpressional structure at the North American-Caribbean plate boundary. The catastrophic earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010 highlighted the complex transpressive motion on a network of structures along the Caribbean-North American plate boundary. This allowed her and her team to collect tightly spaced grid of multichannel seismic and CHIRP sub-bottom profiles. Their objective was to better understand potential earthquake hazards for the future. Read More

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Renato G. Bettiol: FASPESP SPRINT Grant ($20,000)
Geometry and Dynamics between São Paulo and New York

Department of Mathematics

April 2019

An international team of researchers, including Renato G. Bettiol, was awarded a grant by FAPESP SPRINT for a project named Geometry and Dynamics between São Paulo and New York. Fapesp SPRINT is a bilateral collaboration between research institutions in São Paulo, Brazil and other CUNY institutions. Renato G. Bettiol is a co-PI in one of the projects that was selected for a $20,000 award. This project focuses on understanding the existence and stability properties of certain mathematical objects that minimize some kind of energy. Read More

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Renato G. Bettiol: National Science Foundation Grant ($220,855)
Geometry and Dynamics between São Paulo and New York

Department of Mathematics

August 2019-2022

Renato G. Bettiol was awarded a grant by the NSF for his findings on new perpectives on four-dimensional geometry. Renato G. Bettiol is a PI of a project whose main goal is to advance the geometric understanding of four-dimensional objects as abstract mathematical entities, an approach that is general enough to allow applications to any field that makes use of four-dimensional models. In particular, this project will analyze how rigid or malleable certain four-dimensional shapes are, how that changes under certain natural curvature assumptions, and how to efficiently detect these curvature properties. Read More

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Megan Owen: Recognized with Prestigous Early Career Award ($412,038)
The Evolutionary History of a Single Gene Tree

Department of Mathematics

April 2019

Megan Owen was awarded a grant by the NSF for her work with the evolutionary history of a single gene tree. The evolutionary history of a single gene (a 'gene tree') often has a different shape than the evolutionary history of the species as a whole (the 'species tree'). Megan Owen and her team studied the disrtibution of branch lengths of the possible gene trees for fixed species trees under the multi-species coalescent model, to better understand this incongruence. Read More

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