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Office of Research Events

The Office of Research is excited to host multiple research-centered events that highlight the innovative research being done by Fordham faculty.

These events:

  • Provide basis for discussion of scholarly topics
  • Afford opportunities for networking, engagement and interaction
  • Allow students to identify potential faculty research mentors
  • Provide a platform for faculty to showcase their research.

Please look below for information regarding Office of Research (OR) and Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) events.

Student Research Intern/Job Fair

December 4, 2019

Lowenstein Cafeteria Atrium, Lincoln Center Campus

Sponsored by: The Office of the Provost, The Office of Research, The University Research Council, The Research Deans’ Council, The Office of Sponsored Programs


The Fordham Office of Research has invited to this Intern/Job Fair six Fordham-Columbia, NYU, and IBM fellows, and four external grant awardees who are Fordham professors from Arts & Sciences, Education, Social Service and Business. The purpose is for these invited faculty members to showcase their research projects, to recruit students to join their research activities, and to provide a casual environment for initiating these professional relationships between faculty and students.


Introduction: Tihana Abiala, Research Initiatives Officer, Office of Research

Welcome Remarks: Dr. Dennis Jacobs, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

  1. Project Introduction by the Fordham-Columbia, NYU and IBM Fellows
  1. Dr. Christopher Conway (Psychology), Columbia Fellow, “Forecasting Suicidal Behavior with Intensive Longitudinal Data”
  2. Dr. Kimberly Hudson (GSSS), NYU Fellow, “APPROACH (Assessing Perceptions of Practice Roles, Orientations, and Change)”
  3. Dr. Alesia Moldavan (GSE), NYU Fellow, “Ontological Possibilities for Aesthetic Practices in Mathematics Education”
  4. Dr. Michael Pirson (Gabelli School of Business), Columbia Fellow, “Social Innovation, Laudato Si, Humanistic Management and Transformation of Business Education”
  5. Dr. Sudip Vhaduri (Computer and Information Science), IBM Fellow, “SmartAutoCough: Smartphone-based Automatic Cough Detection in Noisy Environments”
  6. Dr. Yijun Zhao (Computer and Information Science), NYU Fellow, “Apply deep learning techniques to detect and reduce motion artifacts in brain MRI images”
  1. Project Introduction by the Principal Investigators (PIs)
  1. Dr. Anita Batisti (Associate Dean; Director, Center for Educational Partnerships, Graduate School of Education), three city-wide Technical Assistance Centers, sponsored by the New York State Education Department.
  2. Dr. Brendan Cahill (Department of English, IIHA), “Ireland at Fordham Lecture Series” sponsored by IRISH Aid.
  3. Dr. Thaier Hayajeneh (Computer Science, Fordham College at Lincoln Center), “Cyber Scholarship Program (CySP) at Fordham University—Capacity Boiling” sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense
  4. Dr. Monica Rivera Mindt (Psychology), “Study of Aging Latinas/os for Understanding Dementia HIV (SLUD HIV)” sponsored by National Institutes of Health-NIA.
  1. Table Interview and Discussion between Faculty and Students

Tables will be set in the Ram Cafe Atrium for each of the 10 speakers. At each table, the faculty member will discuss his or her research projects and possible research intern/job opportunities with interested students.

OSP Grants Education Workshops: Fall 2018

"What Defines a Good Proposal? A Workshop on Capturing Reviewers’ Attention and Addressing their Expectations"

The Office of Sponsored Programs will hold its first 2018-2019 grant workshop on October 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Hughes 313. Food will be provided. See below for RSVP information.

"What Defines a Good Proposal? A Workshop on Capturing Reviewers’ Attention and Addressing their Expectations" will be led by James Trostle, PhD, MPH, Professor of Anthropology at Trinity College, Hartford, CT and Professor of Public Health, University of Chile, Santiago. This workshop will be devoted to discussing what proposal reviewers expect, with special attention paid to what makes a convincing interdisciplinary project. We will discuss the big picture -- how to write a convincing proposal -- and the smaller picture -- the role of attention-grabbing titles and abstracts in accomplishing this.

Dr. Trostle has worked to improve proposal-writing through workshops and collaborative consultations in more than fifteen countries. He has received research funding from numerous organizations including NSF, NIH, the Kellogg and Ford Foundations, the World Health Organization and USAID, and has received fellowships from the Fulbright Program and the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe.

Please RSVP to David Heston at by October 3 if you are interested in attending.

International Conference on Sustainable Cities

International Conference on Sustainable Cities


May 1-2, 2018

Fordham University
Lincoln Center Campus, McNally Amphitheatre
113 West, 60th Street, New York, NY

Creating sustainable cities has become one of the most pressing issues facing the United States and the global community. As Dr. Steven Cohen, Executive Director of the Columbia Earth Institute, has noted, a sustainable city “uses resources as efficiently as possible, uses renewable resources as much as possible, recycles as much as possible and has the least possible impact on the natural environment.” There is a growing consensus, Dr. Cohen argues, that our cities must be “attractive, exciting, healthy and productive places to live, learn, develop, work and play.”

There is, however, far less consensus about how cities can most efficiently and effectively design and implement the architecture and systems to grow and prosper sustainably, as the world’s population urbanizes and the threats to urban areas increase. Rigorous research related to sustainable cities is thus more central than ever, and the questions scholars face are urgent: What is a sustainable city? What is the role of climate change in sustainable cities? And what is the future of the sustainable city—and how can we best get there?

In a unique collaboration to help answer these questions, three universities—Fordham, Columbia and NYU—in the world’s greatest city are organizing a two-day interdisciplinary International Conference on Sustainable Cities. The Conference will bring together leading scholars from a range of disciplines with policymakers, business leaders, and advocates to share insights and set a comprehensive research agenda for this vital subject.

Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Steve Cohen, Executive Director of the Columbia Earth Institute

Nestor Davidson, Albert A. Walsh Chair in Real Estate, Land Use and Property Law at the Fordham Law School

Dr. Julia Lane, Professor of Public Service at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Shelley Poticha, Director, Urban Solutions, NRDC-Natural Resources Defense Council

Jonathan F.P. Rose, Jonathan Rose Companies

For more information on registration, program, and other details, please visit:

Sponsored Research Day 2018

Second Annual Sponsored Research Day

9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., April 4, 2018 (Wednesday)
O'Hare Special Collections of Walsh Library
Rose Hill Campus, Fordham University
441 East Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458

Session I. Research Compliance Awareness: 9:30 - 10:50 a.m.

Chair: Michele Kuchera, IRB Manager, Interim Research Compliance Officer, and Director, University Research Compliance Council

Opening Remarks: Dr. Jonathan Crystal, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice Provost


  1. Michele Kuchera, IRB Manager, “Introduction to Institutional Review Board”
  2. Silvio Balzano, Director, IT Risk & Integrity, “IT Privacy”
  3. Lau-Rene Manuel, Director, Environmental Compliance and Occupational Safety and John Puglisi, Associate Vice President, Facilities Management, “General Lab Safety and Hazardous Communication”
  4. Patricio Meneses, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Chair of the Institutional Biosafety Committee, “Biosafety Issues”
  5. Jeremy Slatkin, Director, Financial Reporting & Compliance, “Financial Compliance”
  6. Kris Wolff, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, “Sponsored Research Compliance”

Session II. Export Control Workshop: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Chair: Kris Wolff, Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Saak, Managing Director of Traliance

Speaker Bio: Dr. Saak has 20 years of experience in export controls compliance and scientific research. She has provided compliance solutions to top U.S. research universities, leading academic medical centers, non-profit research organizations, and a wide variety of industrial companies. Her expertise is in export control risk assessments, commodity and technology classifications, training, deemed exports, and business process improvements. Previously, Dr. Saak worked as a Technical Trade Compliance Leader of a multi-national petrochemical company and served as a research engineer for General Electric. Dr. Saak is an active speaker and instructor for several organizations. She has 7 U.S. and international patents, 6 technical publications in peer-reviewed journals, and multiple management and innovation awards. Dr. Saak earned a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from Northwestern University and a B.S. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University.

Session III. Award Ceremony: 12:30 - 2 p.m.

Chair: Dr. George Hong, Chief Research Officer and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs

Opening Remarks: Rev. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., President, Fordham University

Presenting Awards: Dr. Stephen Freedman, Provost, Fordham University

Presentations: The Five Outstanding Externally Funded Research Awardees

Award Areas:


Interdisciplinary Research

Junior Faculty


Social Sciences

Session IV. Humanities Research Forum: 2:30 - 4 p.m.

Chairs: Dr. J.D. Lewis, Chair of the University Research Council; Beth Torres, Grants Officer


  1. Chris Dietrich, Assistant Professor of History and Co-Director of American Studies
  2. Orit Avishai, Associate Professor of Sociology; Member, Jewish Studies Program
  3. Hugo Benavides, Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology; Interim Director of the Latin American and Latino Studies Institute
  4. Annika Marlen Hinze, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Urban Studies Program
  5. Micki McGee, Associate Professor of Sociology and American Studies, Coordinator of the Strategic Research Consortium on Digital Scholarship; President, Fordham Faculty Senate; Co-Director, American Studies Program; Co-Chair, Fordham Digital Humanities Working Group
  6. Angela O’Donnell, Acting/Associate Director, Curran Center for American Catholic Studies
  7. Nicholas Paul, Associate Professor of History and Director of Medieval Studies

Organized by the Fordham University Office of Research and the University Research Council.

Sponsored by the University Research Compliance Council and the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Sponsored Research Day Program

Rhetoric of Mao Zedong

Rhetoric of Mao Zedong: Its Impact on Chinese Thought and Culture

6 - 7 p.m., March 16, 2018

Location: Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus, McMahon Hall 109

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Xing (Lucy) Lu, Professor of Communication at DePaul Univeristy in Chicago

Abstract of the Keynote Speech: Mao Zedong is considered one of the most influential, but controversial political figures in the 20th centure. His rhetorical legacy and political ideas remain popular among Chinese people and serve as rhetorical justification and legitimacy by the current Chinese government. Taking a historical and contextual approach in the study of Mao's political rhetoric, the main focus of this presentation is to examine Mao's rhetorical impact on Chinese thought and culture. Lu argues that Mao successfully transformed China from a Confucian society characterized by hierarchy and harmony to a socialist state guided by radicalized ideology and a totalitarian rule. As a master mythmaker, Mao has implanted into the Chinese mind a political consciousness of class struggle, a desire to become a "New Communist Person," and a strong nationalistic sentiment through his speeches and writings, Mao effectively employed symbolic resources from Confucianism, Chinese classics, and radical interpretations of Marxism and Leninism in promoting his political agenda and cultism, thus transforming Chinese thought and culture.

Speaker Bio: Xing (Lucy) Lu, Professor of Communication, DePaul University, Chicago, born and grew up in China, received her doctoral degree from the University of Oregon in Rhetoric and Communication. She has been teaching at DePaul University since 1992 in the areas of rhetoric, intercultural communication, Asian and Asian American Studies. Her first book ;Rhetoric in Ancient China won the James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address. Subsequently, she published Rhetoric of Chinese Cultural Revolution, ntroduction to Speech Communication (in Chinese), and The Rhetoric of Mao Zedong: Transforming China and Its People in additionto two co-edited volumes on Chinese communication studies and over thirty peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on rhetoric and intercultural communication.

Sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages at Fordham, Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham, McGannon Center for Communication Research at Fordham, and the Fordham University Office of Research.

Fordham Urban Consortium Earth Day Colloquium

Earth Day Research Colloquium

3 - 4:30 p.m., April 19, 2017
Location: Fordham University, Rose Hill Campus
McGinley Center Commons 237

Building Sustainable Cities and Living Sustainable Lifestyles

Chair: Dr. Jim Lewis, Chair of the University Research Council and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Fordham University

Welcome Remarks: Dr. Stephen Freedman, Provost, Fordham University

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Steve Cohen, Executive Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University

Abstract of the Keynote Speech: Despite the current dysfunction in our nation’s capital, America is working to build sustainable cities and people across the country are adopting more sustainable lifestyles. We see this happening here in New York City and in cities all over America. Renewable energy, the sharing economy and technological advances are making it possible for people to live well while reducing their impact on the environment. The environmental movement began as a way to preserve nature, evolving into a movement to promote public health, then, more recently, sustainability, and is now increasingly integrated into how people live their day-to-day lives in the developed world. Earth Day reminds us of the importance of the planet, but the evolution from preservation to sustainability leads us to protect the planet not simply for its own sake, but for the well-being of humanity.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Steven Cohen is the Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and a Professor in the Practice of Public Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is also Director of the Master of Public Administration Program in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, Director of the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management at Columbia University’s School of Continuing Education, and the Director of the Research Program on Sustainability Policy and Management.

He is a 1970 graduate of James Madison High School in Brooklyn, New York. Cohen received his B.A. in Political Science from Franklin College of Indiana (1974), and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the State University of New York in Buffalo (1977; 1979). In 1976-77, Cohen was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Environmental Policy; in 1978-79, he was a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow in Public and Environmental Policy and Implementation.

Dr. Cohen is a former policy analyst and consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Board of the Pew Faculty Fellowship in International Affairs, the Executive Committee and Committee on Accreditation and Peer Review of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Advisory Council on Environmental Policy and Technology. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Homes for the Homeless, Board of Directors of the Willdan Group, Inc., and Advisory Board of the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. Dr. Cohen also sits on the judging committee for the Yidan Prize Foundation.

Dr. Cohen is the co-author of Sustainability Policy: Hastening the Transition to a Cleaner Economy (2015), The Responsible Contact Manager (2008), Strategic Planning in Environmental Regulation (2005), Tools for Innovators: Creative Strategies for Managing Public Sector Organizations (1998), Total Quality Management in Government (1993), and the author of Understanding Environmental Policy (2006, 2014), Sustainability Management (2011), and The Effective Public Manager (1988, now co-authored in its fifth edition). He has written numerous articles on public management, sustainability management, and environmental policy. Dr. Cohen also is a weekly contributor to The Huffington Post.

All are welcome!

Please see the Fordham University news article for more information about this event.

Sponsored by the Fordham Urban Consortium, Fordham University Office of Research, Fordham University Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University Earth Institute, and The Bronx Science Consortium

Sponsored Research Day Keynote Speech

Spronsored Research Day

Keynote Speech Session
1:45 - 2:45 p.m., April 5, 2017 (Wednesday)
O'Hare Special Collections in Walsh Library
Rose Hill Campus, Fordham University
441 East Fordham Road, Bronx, NY 10458

Chair: Dr. Jim Lewis, Chair, the University Research Council; Chair, the Department of Biological Sciences

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Walter L. Goldschmidts, Vice President and Executive Director, Office of Sponsored Programs at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL); former NIH Research Training Officer and Special Assistant to the Deputy Director for Extramural Research, and National Institute of Mental Health Program Official for twelve years.

Abstract: Dr. Goldschmidts offers a unique perspective on securing funding for research. He will share insights from his own experiences on both sides of the federal funding curtain. Dr. Goldschmidts has trained with the NIH Intramural Research Program, had a distinguished career in the NIH Extramural program and has led a proactive Office of Sponsored Programs at CSHL with a success rate that far exceeds the national average. He will engage in a discussion on successful strategies to help investigators identify, secure and later manage research funding. Guidance and advice for interacting with funding organization Program and Grants Management representatives will also be provided along with some do’s and don’ts for applications.

Speaker’s Bio: Dr. Walter Goldschmidts is Vice President and Executive Director of Sponsored Programs at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). Dr. Goldschmidts and his Department facilitate and support new and continuing sponsored research initiatives to promote the research, education and scholarly mission of CSHL and its investigators. He is an innovative thought leader with demonstrated success in cultivating and executing long-term strategic plans and scientific vision for sponsored research programs, building external partnerships, and increasing both federally and non-federally sponsored research funding.

Prior to joining CSHL, Dr. Goldschmidts served as the Extramural Research Training Officer for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where he coordinated all Extramural Research Training and Career Development Programs across the funding components of the NIH. He served as an NIH Program Official for twelve years with the National Institute of Mental Health, and has conducted research in the Intramural Research Program of the National Cancer Institute. He was also a Senior Associate with the management and technology consulting firm of Booz Allen and Hamilton.

Dr. Goldschmidts received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland and Ph.D. in Microbiology from Georgetown University. His postdoctoral research experience at the National Cancer Institute encompassed molecular and cellular approaches to develop and evaluate novel therapeutic strategies to treat pediatric and HIV associated lymphomas. Dr. Goldschmidts was an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Microbiology at the Georgetown University School of Medicine for ten years.

Dr. Goldschmidts currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Council on Government Relations (COGR) and travels the U.S. teaching Fundamental Grants Management for the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA).

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Sponsored Research Day Program

Sponsored Research Day Keynote Speech

Trends in Publishing: Journals

In collaboration with Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Office of Research, Fordham University Press invites you to:

Trends in Scholarly Publishing: Journals

The journal article serves as one of the cornerstones of most, if not all, academic careers. This seminar is designed to help both faculty and graduate students navigate the world of scholarly journals publishing by gaining a greater understanding of how to best pursue publication of your work within the complex matrix of association and society journals, university press periodicals, open-access and online-only publications, and commercial publishers of scholarly journals.Monday, March 14, 2016
6 - 8 p.m.
Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street
Lowenstein Building, 12th Floor Lounge

Panelists will include both publishing professionals and editors of scholarly journals who will offer their expertise and help demystify the process of getting your research and writing published.

Topics Covered

  • How to identify and approach the appropriate journals in your field
  • When and how to submit your work for consideration
  • What to expect from the submissions and peer review process
  • The difference between open and closed-access publishing platforms
  • Perils and pitfalls of the non-peer reviewed journal
  • Assigning and retaining rights to your own work
  • The business and economics of scholarly journals

Each panelist will offer a brief presentation, to be followed by a question-and-answer period.
Refreshments will be served to all attendees.


  • Paisley Currah, Founding Co-Editor, Transgender Studies Quarterly; Professor of Political Science, Brooklyn College
  • Albert Greco, Professor of Marketing, Gabelli School of Business, Fordham University
  • Trish Thomas, Executive Editor, U.S. Humanities Journals, Oxford University Press
  • Jason Wyman, Editor, Union Seminary Quarterly Review; PhD Candidate, Union Theological Seminary


  • Fredric Nachbaur, Director, Fordham University Press
  • Richard Morrison, Editorial Director, Fordham University Press

Trends in Publishing: Books

In collaboration with Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Office of Research, Fordham University Press invites you to:

Trends in Scholarly Publishing: Books

Monday, February 8, 2016
6 - 8 p.m.
Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street
Lowenstein Building, 12th Floor Lounge

This seminar is designed to elicit and try to address the questions facing academic authors as they go about placing their first scholarly books. Editors from leading university presses as well as an expert in academic book publishing will give an initial presentation offering a general overview of scholarly publishing, then focus on suggestions about how to choose a publisher and, above all, how to put together a proposal packet and its all-important cover letter. In addition, as the definition of the monograph changes in relation to open access platforms, the panelists will also address what this uncharted model means for established and emerging scholars.

Topics Covered

  • Publishers to target
  • Proposal guidelines
  • Getting noticed
  • Dissertation to book
  • Multiple submissions
  • Peer review process
  • Book models
  • Sales and marketing expectations
  • Digital repositories
  • Open Access and Open Educational Resources and what that means for your book


Deborah Gershenowitz, Senior Editor, U.S. and Latin American History, Cambridge University Press
Albert Greco, Professor of Marketing, Fordham's Gabelli School of Business
Eric Schwartz, Editorial Director, Columbia University Press


Fredric Nachbaur, Director, Fordham University Press
Richard Morrison, Editorial Director, Fordham University Press

Humanizing Medicine: The Future of Palliative Care

Humanizing Medicine: The Achievements and Future of Palliative Care

Dr. Philip Pizzo at Fordham’s Humanizing Medicine conference in October 2015 (photo by Dana Maxson)

Keynote: Philip Pizzo, MDKeating 1st Auditorium, RH Campus
October 20, 2015; 4 - 5:30 p.m., Keating 3rd Auditorium

Moderator: Falguni Sen, Ph.D.

Mary Beth Morrisey, PhD, MPH, JD
Janna Heyman, PhD
Barry Rosenfeld, PhD
Kathryn Kueny, PhD

Read the full Fordham News story.

Diversity and Disability Scholarship

Diversity and Disability: A Celebration of Disability Scholarship at Fordham

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Lincoln Center, Fordham Law School, Room 7-119

11 a.m. Fordham Faculty Panel-Introduction by Jonathan Crystal, Ph.D.

  • Rebecca Sanchez, PhD English Department: "Shattering Communicative Norms: New Directions for Disability Studies in the Humanities."
  • Christine Fountain, PhD Sociology Department: “Understanding Autism as a Social Phenomenon."
  • Dean Matthew Diller, JD Fordham Law School: “Disability Policy in the Workplace.

12 p.m. Reception

  • Launch of book series by Sophie Mitra, PhD Economics Department: Palgrave Studies on Disability and International Development.
  • Signing by Rebecca Sanchez, PhD English Department, of her new book: Deafening Modernism: Embodied Language and Visual Poetics in American Literature
  • Research Posters by Fordham students

1 p.m. Keynote Presentation-Introduction by Damian Lyons, PhD

  • Elizabeth Emens, PhD, JD Columbia Law School: “Disability Law Futures: Moving Beyond Compliance."

Read the full Fordham News story.