Faculty Recognized for Teaching, Scholarship, and Service
May 10, 2010
More than a dozen faculty members were recognized for their excellence in research, teaching, and service at a luncheon on May 5, hosted by Dr. Mary Papazian, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. Speakers at the event included the winners of the 2009 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Works Awards: Professors Yuri Gorokhovich (Environmental, Geographic, and Geological Sciences), Abigail McNamee (Early Childhood and Childhood Education), and Gerardo Piña-Rosales (Languages and Literatures).
Among those recognized were:
Division of Arts and Humanities
Melissa Brown (Art) is a printmaker, painter, and performance artist who has combined major gallery and museum exhibits in London, Florida, Massachusetts, and New York with fun performance pieces like "How to Win Mega Millions Using the Brown Wheel." Her innovative printmaking methods include the use of a commercial steamroller to produce large-scale woodcuts and the "reduction print," which prints different colors from the same block by carving away successive shapes. Her work has earned her numerous residencies, grants, and a full-page profile in Time Out New York.
Anthony Jensen (Philosophy) has published articles, reviews, and translations in the Journal for the History of Philosophy, International Studies in Philosophy, British Journal of the History of Philosophy, and a number of anthologies. His primary areas of research are the philosophy of history, epistemology, and the philosophy of psychology. He also is assistant editor of The Journal of Nietzsche Studies and has been awarded fellowships from the German-American Fulbright Commission, the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. This year, he will begin a multi-year fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for his project on Nietzsche's philosophy of history.
Marie Marianetti (History) teaches the history of the ancient world and classical mythology. She consistently earns the highest teaching evaluations in the department, and students praise her tough love, high standards, intimate knowledge of the material, and genuine love of the topic.
Xavier Totti (Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies) has been an inspiration for students of Puerto Rican culture and society during the many years he has served Lehman as a Lecturer in the Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies department. He was one of the first instructors to design online courses, and he has done so without sacrificing a rigorous academic approach. His course "Puerto Rican Culture" has evolved over the past three decades to capture the numerous cultural shifts in both Puerto Rico and its Diaspora. This course and others that Xavier teaches are models of effective lesson planning and syllabus presentation.
Bertrade Banoum directs the Women's Studies program at Lehman and works tirelessly to organize a full slate of events, including scholarly presentations by Lehman faculty, a panel discussion on Haitian relief efforts, and a lecture on Asian-Pacific Heritage. Besides all this, as a member of the African and African American Studies Department, she has combined service with learning for the past twelve years.
Joseph McElligott is assistant chair of the English Department and co-director of The City and the Humanities Program, helping to bring prominent artists and writers to the campus. On the departmental level, he is in charge of organizing scheduling, classroom observations, and advisement hours and will be working to overhaul the Department's website, as well as serving on a new divisional Arts Committee.
Angela Kelly (Middle and High School Education) an assistant professor in the program of science education, is principal investigator of several grant-funded initiatives, and co-principal investigator of the NSF Noyce Fellowship Program in science and mathematics at Lehman. Over the past three years, she has been awarded nine grants as principal investigator or co-principal investigator, totaling approximately $1 million. Her research interests include expanding physics options for underrepresented minority students, science teacher recruitment and retention, and incorporating new technologies in physics instruction.
Andrea Zakin (Early Childhood and Childhood Education) is the only art educator at Lehman and teaches the field with a theoretical base, not only as a hands-on experience. She also has taken on the role of recommending and mentoring adjunct teachers hired to teach our art methods courses and has designed a blended course which demonstrates technology that teachers will use in schools. She has raised faculty awareness that art and music must be considered as literacies along with those in language, math, and technology. Since she became a member of the permanent teaching staff at Lehman in 1998, she also has participated in fifteen group shows of her art, one of which became a traveling exhibition for seven years.
Janet Munch (Library) conceived and designed the Childhood in the Bronx website, which digitizes material derived from the Bronx Institute Archives. Funded by a grant through Metro, she built a team of archivists, historians, and technologists to bring the project to fruition. The site provides an overview of the borough's transformation from bucolic haven to a thriving, diverse urban metropolis and serves as a classroom resource for those studying immigration, ethnicity, and local history.
Natural and Social Sciences
Dmitry Garanin (Physics and Astronomy) is a theoretical physicist who has produced more than 100 publications and is an expert on nanomagnets, the tiny particles of magnetic materials that are used to make computer hard drives. His most recent research has focused on quantum physics of magnetic molecules, the smallest nanomagnets synthesized to date. His theoretical work has explained properties of crystals made of magnetic molecules, and he has suggested a number of novel effects that are being explored experimentally worldwide. He works with Lehman graduate and undergraduate students and collaborates with many scientists in the U.S. and abroad. His research is published in high-impact physics journals.
Edward Kennelly (Biological Sciences) served as chair of the Department for three years and in 2008 became the executive officer of biochemistry at the CUNY Graduate Center. Dr. Kennelly is activity conducting research on the health benefit of polyphenols from edible plants, immunomodulating activity of botanicals for cancer patients, and plants used for women's health. His research involves collaborations at Columbia University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, and the New York Botanical Garden, among others.
Elhum Haghighat (Sociology) has taught variety of courses at Lehman, including "Fundamentals of Sociology," "Sociology of Education," "Sociological Analysis," "Research Methods in Social Sciences," and "Immigrant Communities in the U.S.," and presents students with examples of social issues from other societies and cultures, in addition to American society. Her principal scholarly interest is in the area of social inequality and how its different aspects influence such outcomes as women's social status, employment participation, educational attainment, and employment policies here and in the Middle East and North Africa. Starting this summer, she will teach a new course on "Gender and Society in the Middle East and North Africa," and she also is developing a new course on "Education and Society in Global Perspective."
Keith Happaney (Psychology) earned his bachelor's degree from Lehman and returned here to begin teaching in Fall 2003. One of his major objective as a teacher is to help students use critical and scientific thinking to assess the validity of different claims. He finds teaching "General Psychology" rewarding, in particular, because it allows students to see how knowledge obtained in one area of psychology can be used to better understand other areas. He also designed his "Evolutionary Psychology" course because he thought it was important for Lehman students to become better acquainted with what is becoming an ever-expanding framework within the psychological sciences.
Liesl Jones (Biological Sciences) began teaching at Lehman in Fall 1998 and has served on various committees, but her favorite service has been to the students, especially in undergraduate research, recruitment, and advising. As the MARC coordinator and director, she has mentored many students who have gone on to become very successful in graduate programs. In her particular lab, all her students have gone on to either medical school or graduate school. Last year, she started Lehman Scholarship Day, which recognizes the work of students across all disciplines.
Julianna Maantay (Environmental, Geographic, and Geological Sciences) is acting chair of the Department and director of the Geographical Information Science Program and the Urban GISc Lab. She also is a faculty member in Lehman's Master of Public Health program, the Earth and Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program at the CUNY Graduate Center, and the doctoral program in Public Health, as well as a research scientist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center of Remote Sensing Science and Technology. She has more than two decades of experience as an urban and environmental planner and policy analyst with governmental agencies, non-profit organizations, and private sector consulting firms, and has been active in research and advocacy for environmental health justice for over fifteen years.