Provost’s Workplace Awards Grants for School Analysis

Provost’s Workplace Awards Grants for School Analysis

Dr. Selma Botman, provost and vice chairman for tutorial affairs, has introduced the 2022-2023 grant recipients for the Provost School Analysis Fund.

“The College is once more dedicated to sustaining the various and broad scholarship endeavors of our full-time (non-tenured and tenured) college members,” stated Dr. Botman, “with grants as much as $7,500 that present materials help and tutorial encouragement for his or her endeavors. Yearly, the Provost’s analysis initiative invests over $100,000 to seed new analysis concepts and help college in modern mental pursuits.”

(The vary of actions supported by the Analysis Fund may be discovered on the college sources part of the Provost’s web site.)

This 12 months’s awardees are

  1. Dr. Jill Becker-Feigles and Dr. Lynn Levy
  2. Andrew Catlin
  3. Dr. Jonathan Dauber
  4. Dr. Hanni Flaherty
  5. Dr. Lisa Henshaw
  6. Dr. Shalom Holtz
  7. Dr. Sai Praveen Kadiyala
  8. Dr. Rana Khan
  9. Dr. Moshe Krakowski
  10. Dr. Rain Lee
  11. Dr. Ariel Malka
  12. Dr. Lata McGinn
  13. Dr. Ari Mermelstein
  14. Dr. Mary Beth Morrissey
  15. Dr. Pablo Roldan
  16. Dr. Amiya Waldman-Levi
  17. Dr. Joshua Waxman

Under are temporary descriptions of the tasks and their significance.

Dr. Jill Becker-Feigeles, Scientific Affiliate Professor/Dr. Lynn Levy, Scientific Affiliate Professor

Wurzweiler Faculty of Social Work
Venture Title: The Heights: A Digital Neighborhood

The Heights is a two-dimensional digital neighborhood that has been utilized broadly by professors within the Wurzweiler on-line program. Drs. Jill Becker & Lynn Levy have been the first builders within the enlargement of the content material over the previous three-plus years and have introduced at a number of conferences to discuss “Creating Neighborhood in an On-line Platform.”

“Our objective is to increase utilization of the Heights all through Wurzweiler’s applications and finally all through the college system. To perform this, we should have an enhanced platform to help the know-how essential to embed The Heights throughout all Canvas shells, inclusive of these not linked to our on-line studying companions. We imagine this has applicability for applications throughout the College. This may proceed to tell apart YU and Wurzweiler as innovators within the realm of on-line training. The implementation of pre- and post-assessments might be used to measure program effectiveness, synthetic intelligence growth and advertising.

 “Our long-range conceptualization consists of constructing a three-dimensional part to The Heights and growing a marketable product with content material that may be tailored to a cross-section of organizations, businesses and academic establishments.”

Andrew Catlin, Scientific Assistant Professor

M.S. in Knowledge Analytics and Visualization (Katz Faculty)
Venture Title: Labeling Anti-Semitic Hate Speech

“These are three small inter-related tasks. Every undertaking has been designed with two targets in thoughts: 1) to help our ongoing work on Yeshiva College’s anti-Semitic Hate Speech Analysis Initiative, and a pair of) to offer Katz college students with follow performing analysis whereas utilizing market-relevant instruments corresponding to graphical databases, pure language processing and implementing consensus algorithms to cut back bias in labeling.

“Fb and YouTube algorithms enhance advert income by serving up content material that amplifies preconceived views and results in radicalization and polarization. Offline, dangerous actors have all through historical past directed hatred at “out teams” to achieve energy over others. The know-how of the web has prolonged their attain just like the know-how of the megaphone aided Hitler’s rise to energy. It’s our hope that by higher figuring out the sources and traits of anti-Semitic hate speech, we will at some point scale back it or no less than scale back its impression.”

Dr. Jonathan Dauber, Affiliate Professor of Jewish Mysticism and Director of the Ph.D. Program

Jewish Philosophy (Bernard Revel)
Venture Title: Sefer ha-Bahir: Translation and Commentary

“The upcoming publication of my e-book, Sefer ha-Bahir: Translation and Commentary, goals to make Sefer ha-Bahir accessible to a large viewers. An prolonged introduction will study the historical past and context of the work in mild of the most recent scholarship, and the physique of the undertaking will embrace a translation of Sefer ha-Bahir and a line-by-line commentary that can make clear the fundamental which means of the textual content in accessible, jargon-free English. Lastly, the undertaking might be supplemented by intensive further notes that might be of curiosity to students and people in search of a extra in-depth evaluation of Sefer ha-Bahir.

Sefer ha-Bahir is broadly thought of one of the essential works of the Jewish mystical custom. A lot of Kabbalistic thought and follow is contained, in rudimentary kind, within the midrashic homilies that make up the work. Students have seen Sefer ha-Bahir as key to understanding the historical past of Kabbalah. But, making sense of the work is sophisticated by its seemingly weird biblical exegesis and its enigmatic parables. It’s, accordingly, a piece that requires intensive elucidation earlier than it may be approached by readers.”

Dr. Hanni B. Flaherty, Assistant Professor & Chair of Superior Scientific Observe

Wurzweiler Faculty of Social Work
Venture Title: Utilizing Augmented Actuality Know-how to Enhance Experiential Studying in On-line Lessons

“This examine goals to discover the impression of synthetic intelligence and immersive media know-how on pupil expertise and tutorial success in on-line social work lecture rooms. These applied sciences enable college students to use and follow their newly discovered expertise by simulated role-plays of conditions the scholars will encounter within the discipline. As these simulations imitate the real-world scientific surroundings in a low-risk context, they replicate scientific conditions’ crucial elements safely for college kids to check their scientific expertise. This expertise prepares college students to reply successfully when introduced with related incidents in follow.

“Increased training is altering quickly with the incorporation of on-line platforms, and COVID-19 has propelled this motion even additional. As educators, we have to not solely consider know-how by way of shifting our class into the net realm both asynchronously or synchronously, however we should additionally take into account how we will combine new applied sciences to proceed to offer the excessive stage of experiential studying we offer within the conventional classroom. As greater training integrates extra on-line training, new applied sciences may also help professors create studying environments that have interaction college students and enhance a way of neighborhood, data attainment and mastery of the ability.”

Dr. Lisa Henshaw, Assistant Professor

Wurzweiler Faculty of Social Work
Venture Title: Exploring COVID-19 as a Shared Trauma and Secondary Traumatic Stressor Amongst Grasp’s-Degree Social Work College students in Discipline Placement

“The objective of this analysis undertaking is to achieve a greater understanding of scholars’ experiences throughout COVID-19 of their discipline placements working with purchasers. With COVID-19 being a traumatic stressor that’s power and ongoing, we want to discover if college students skilled any secondary traumatic stress or shared traumatic stress and to grasp whether or not secondary traumatic stress and shared traumatic stress are associated. One other aspect we’re in search of to grasp is what features of scholars’ discipline placement or college expertise could have contributed or buffered their (potential) stress. For instance, did supervision, self-care practices or reference to our faculty play a job? Our objective is to higher perceive these experiences in order that we will develop programming knowledgeable by information and perceive how you can finest help college students of their discipline placement through the pandemic.”

“We’ve got plenty of skilled and scholarly data about secondary traumatic stress particular to skilled social employees and clinicians within the discipline. Information about shared traumatic stress in response to single occasion traumatic occasions, corresponding to 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, additionally exists. Nevertheless, restricted data about college students’ experiences or how STS and ShTS is skilled in response to COVID-19. As social employees getting ready college students for the occupation, we’re guided by our Code of Ethics. We’ve got an moral dedication to make sure we’re assembly college students studying wants through the pandemic and getting ready them for follow. We even have an ongoing moral dedication to our purchasers by how we help and put together college students for skilled work. Social employees, clinicians and college students should not proof against oblique trauma and the consequences of the work. That is crucial to acknowledge and educate college students. Finally, it’s important college students are supported of their discipline placements in order that they will be taught self-care expertise as a part of their skilled growth and successfully work with purchasers throughout an ongoing pandemic that can proceed to impression our discipline and our world.”

Dr. Shalom E. Holtz, Professor

Bible, Hebrew, Close to Jap Research
Venture Title: Jewish Authorized Observe within the Persian Interval

“Till the Nineties, the lives of Judeans through the Persian interval (538–330 BCE) had been recognized solely from some late biblical books. Then, the image modified dramatically. A cache of Aramaic papyri recovered from the island of Elephantine in Higher Egypt delivered to mild a garrison of Judean troopers with its personal temple to a deity named YHW. Nearly on the similar time, from the opposite facet of the fertile crescent, got here the invention of paperwork written in Akkadian cuneiform on clay tablets attested to the financial lives of Judeans dwelling within the environs of town of Nippur, in southern Mesopotamia. The flip of the twenty first century noticed the publication of almost 300 extra texts from a Mesopotamian village named Al-Yahudu, or Judahtown.

“These paperwork inform our data of virtually each facet of this early time in Jewish historical past. Most mainly, they attest to the existence of individuals whose names, like Ananya or Gedalya, invoke the God of Israel. Past that, their written data bear on questions of every day life and even communal id. Along with the Hebrew Bible, they represent the idea for any exploration of formative levels of what would come to be generally known as Judaism.”

Dr. Sai Praveen Kadiyala, Submit-Doctoral Fellow

M.S. in Cybersecurity (Katz Faculty)
Venture Title: Evaluation and Characterization of Cyber-Assaults in Microservices

“Cyberattacks on microservices may be of two sorts: a) exterior, corresponding to malicious assaults and password guess assaults, and b) inner, by low-volume deliberate denial of service, or DDoS, assaults. Whereas the info to mannequin exterior assaults is abundantly obtainable, modelling inner assaults is a problem as a result of sparse but vital nature of assaults. On this undertaking, we intention to deal with this concern of efficient modelling and mitigation of inner cyber-attacks in microservices.

“Microservice architectures are gaining extra focus because of their potential to decentralize performance, enhance flexibility, and supply quicker time to market of incremental adjustments particularly in fashionable customer-facing purposes like Netflix, Amazon, PayPal and eBay, to call a couple of.

“Minimizing downtime of purposes is immensely useful for firms by enhancing buyer satisfaction. Safety is a serious concern in these architectures as a number of providers working on completely different ports enhance the assault floor and expose underlying APIs. Interservice communications are distinctive and important in case of microservice architectures that are weak to cyberattacks. Identification of the vulnerabilities and the characterization and mitigation of assaults is subsequently important for realizing the complete benefits of microservice architectures.”

Dr. Rana Khan, Director

M.S. in Biotechnology Administration and Entrepreneurship (Katz Faculty)
Venture Title: Analysis in reproductive biology, mouse genetics and bioinformatics (in collaboration with Dr. Margarita Vigodner)

“To combine the chance of being concerned in cutting-edge analysis into the M.S. program and to construct on the collaboration began final 12 months, the BME program at Katz Faculty partnered with Dr. Margarita Vigodner, whose analysis at Stern School for Ladies is answering some essential questions on human fertility. Utilizing a brand new method of transgenic mice, BME college students will delve deeper into the molecular regulation of spermatogenesis. The information generated from this analysis might be used for scientific publications, grants and displays.

“Analysis carried out in Dr. Vigodner’s laboratory at Stern School for Ladies has offered a few of the first insights into male infertility and specifically on the perform of SUMO proteins, which by their expression ranges and interplay with different proteins in testicular cells, could have an effect on embryonic growth.

“The funding from the grant will enable additional experimentation and unraveling of the spermatogenesis thriller utilizing the brand new path of mouse genetics and analyzing the outcomes of SUMO-protein inactivation in particular cell sorts. The importance of this work is that the extra effectively understood the underlying molecular mechanism, the higher remedy choices that may be developed.”

Dr. Moshe Krakowski, Professor

Azrieli Graduate Faculty of Jewish Schooling and Administration
Venture Title: Hasidic Studying Venture

“This undertaking goals to grasp how Hasidic faculties perform to assemble each Jewish studying and Jewish tradition, and the way college students’ Hasidic lives relate to their positions in American society extra usually. The information I’ve gathered so removed from Hasidic faculties show that completely different Hasidic teams combine Hasidic tradition with American society in radically alternative ways. Decisions that faculties make about who teaches secular topics, what textbooks are used and what language is spoken work together with college students’ neighborhood language use and secular publicity to supply dramatically completely different fashions of secular cultural engagement, typically even inside the similar Hasidic group.

“Haredi Judaism is probably the most quickly rising Jewish denomination, but we all know little or no about Haredi tradition and training. Even inside American Haredi faculties, the small quantity of analysis that has been carried out tends to be in Yeshivish faculties—those who comply with the Lithuanian yeshiva mannequin—slightly than Hasidic ones. Merely understanding the Haredi phenomenon is critically essential to all American Jews.

“As well as, it’s price recognizing that the nuanced findings in Hasidic contexts might also supply a mannequin for considering extra critically about Jewish training in different contexts. Intently analyzing the cultural and non secular selections of various Hasidic faculties could assist researchers higher perceive features of Jewish training in different communities which will have in any other case been taken with no consideration or neglected.”

Dr. Rain Lee, Scientific Assistant Professor

Wurzweiler Faculty of Social Work
Venture Title: Investigating the Effectiveness of the 4Ms Framework in Telehealth-Based mostly Major Care

“The present examine goals to guage the implementation of generally known as 4Ms (Treatment, Mentation, Mobility, and What Issues) and study sufferers’ satisfaction and encourage people to debate superior care planning by way of telehealth. This examine makes an attempt to satisfy two targets: 1) establish probably the most regularly used forms of telehealth amongst older adults in an city space and a pair of) decide how telehealth impacts sufferers by way of well being outcomes and superior planning.

“Well being Info Know-how was supplied to extend the accessibilities of well being care providers for all populations and scale back well being disparities, very true when the COVID-19 pandemic pressured the world to function remotely and consequently compelled the sector of medication to pivot dramatically to telehealth.

“Though telehealth reveals promising various main care supply in a provider-shortage space, a developed curriculum for telehealth is restricted, and sufferers’ satisfaction has not been absolutely validated. Additional, accessibilities and disparities are but regarding for these people residing in a provider-shortage space. This examine will study the prevalence of well being disparities in telehealth and consider the age-friendly well being care program by way of telehealth for older adults.”

Dr. Ariel Malka, Professor

Division of Psychology
Venture Title: Experiments on Democracy Attitudes and Survey Measurement

“I’ll gather survey information with a demographically consultant American grownup pattern for 2 tasks. The objective of one of many tasks is to higher perceive anti-democratic sentiment within the American public. The opposite undertaking has to do with survey measurement, and its objective is to check how the format of response scales influences measurement high quality in surveys.

Venture 1: Democratic backsliding is a serious concern in america. Elite actions that assist degrade or maintain democracy are influenced, partly, by political incentives that come up from public opinion. So, you will need to perceive the depth of public dedication to democracy and the potential willingness of segments of the general public to tolerate, rationalize, downplay and even help anti-democratic actions.

Venture 2: Surveys are broadly used to gather details about beliefs, opinions and behaviors in social science, enterprise, public well being and lots of different areas. Many survey questions contain pressured alternative ranking scales, and the best way these ranking scales are formatted varies an amazing deal. I hope to enhance understanding of the methods wherein ranking scale format influences measurement high quality. Such perception might assist researchers design more practical survey questionnaires and make extra legitimate inferences from survey information.”

Dr. Lata McGinn, Professor

Scientific PsyD (Ferkauf Graduate Faculty of Psychology)
Venture Title: Thoughts-Motion-Temper Prevention Program Implementation

“Nervousness and depressive problems pose a major public well being risk in america and internationally and have witnessed additional will increase because the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The excessive prevalence of those problems is paralleled by their excessive burden and incapacity. The preliminary onset of most anxiousness and depressive problems generally begins in adolescence, and proof signifies that adolescent-onset of sickness is related to poor long-term outcomes, elevated comorbidity with persona and substance abuse problems,) and vital psychosocial impairments corresponding to tutorial failure, early being pregnant, poor relationships and longer hospitalizations.

“Given the enormity of particular person and international penalties, lots of that are cumulative and troublesome to reverse, efforts to stop and delay onset of hysteria and depressive problems is crucial.

“To focus on melancholy and anxiousness signs for adolescents, we’ve got developed a common prevention program known as the Thoughts-Motion-Temper program (M&M) designed to be applied as a part of the social-emotional curriculum in excessive faculties. M&M is a 10-session intervention designed to stop or delay anxiousness and depressive circumstances in adolescents and is derived from a melancholy prevention program developed and examined in adults in a current NIH funded examine.

“This system might be applied within the 2023-2024 tutorial 12 months to grade 9 college students in well being class, and a delayed group situation will function a management. Scholar engagement variables might be collected and examined, and pupil comprehension might be measured by temporary multiple-choice data quizzes on the finish of every M&M session. Observe-up information might be collected in grades 10, 11, and 12 for grade 9 college students to guage long-term results of this system.”

Dr. Ari Mermelstein, Affiliate Professor of Bible and Second Temple Literature

Division of Bible, Hebrew & Close to Jap Research
Venture Title: The Jewish Authorized Custom

The Jewish Authorized Custom brings collectively core ideas in jurisprudence and a wide range of central texts from the Jewish authorized custom to show the contribution that such a dialog could make to every of those disciplines. This quantity seeks to shine a contemporary lens onto the examine of Jewish legislation by demonstrating the wealthy and largely untapped potential of authorized principle to light up previous issues and generate new questions. The amount is an train in pedagogy, modeling a philosophical evaluation of central ideas in Jewish legislation by a guided evaluation of main sources.

“From the center of the twentieth century, advances made within the fields of authorized principle and philosophy of legislation have considerably enhanced our philosophical, conceptual and phenomenological understanding of legislation normally and of particular authorized methods specifically. The examine of Jewish legislation as a authorized custom has flourished over that very same interval, particularly in Israel, but it has not been subjected to systematic evaluation utilizing the language, instruments and approaches of recent authorized philosophy. The Jewish Authorized Custom seeks to fill that hole.”

Dr. Mary Beth Morrissey, Affiliate Professor and Co-Chair, Doctoral Program Coverage Sequence

Wurzweiler Faculty of Social Work
Venture Title: Trauma Amongst Social Staff, Attorneys, and Allied Professionals in Immigrant Providers and Asylum

“The targets of this analysis undertaking are to deepen understanding of social employees’ (and attorneys’ and allied professionals’) lived expertise of vicarious trauma as they navigate the challenges of working with individuals, households and communities who’re migrating, experiencing displacement or in search of asylum. I need to thank the three college students who might be helping on this work: Francesca Acocella, Jeovani Mata and Dinorah Briceno Reolon.

“Coaching on qualitative and oral historical past strategies might be offered to pupil researchers in addition to an orientation to the moral and existential precarity of this work. This analysis will assist each to tell immigration policymaking in america and the design of social work training and coaching to cut back vicarious trauma within the supply of immigration advocacy providers and permit social employees to do that work in the long run.”

Dr. Pablo Roldan, Affiliate Professor

Division of Arithmetic
Venture Title: Change-Level Detection with purposes in Finance and Cybersecurity

“A change level is some extent in a time sequence (a knowledge set ordered by time) that signifies an abrupt change within the statistical distribution of the info. In collaboration with Elisheva Siegfried (who’s pursuing an M.A. in arithmetic), we’re engaged on a brand new technique of Change-Level Detection (CPD) based mostly on pre-processing the time sequence utilizing Topological Knowledge Evaluation. This new technique affords outstanding enhancements over conventional CPD, growing the detection price whereas sustaining a low false alarm price.

“CPD and estimation is a crucial space of analysis in arithmetic, statistics and information science because of its big selection of purposes throughout disciplines. Purposes of CPD vary throughout finance, local weather change detection, speech recognition, medical monitoring, detection of onset of epidemics and cybersecurity, to call a couple of. Specifically, we plan to use our methodology to reasonable interdisciplinary issues from finance (blended time sequence of cryptocurrencies) and cybersecurity (microservice calls).”

Dr. Amiya Waldman-Levi, Scientific Affiliate Professor, Ph.D. OTR/L

Occupational Remedy Doctorate Program (Katz Faculty)
Venture Title: The Feasibility of Selling Well being By way of Play Alternatives Program in Bettering Father or mother and Little one Outcomes for Underserved Households

“The Selling Well being By way of Play Alternatives program is a strength-based intervention that gives instruments to assist dad and mom turn out to be change brokers of their youngsters’s lives by the promotion of wholesome play alternatives inside the household context. This analysis undertaking goals to reinforce youngsters’s growth by playful interactions with their dad and mom. We speculate that this system might be efficient in enhancing mum or dad and little one joint play expertise and the kid’s social-emotional functioning.

“Youngsters from underserved households are in danger for developmental delays in comparison with youngsters from households who do have entry to well being providers. Federally funded providers are designed to “bridge the hole” between economically deprived youngsters and their extra prosperous friends. Nevertheless, a transparent hole exists in exploring strength-based interventions that present instruments to assist dad and mom turn out to be change brokers of their youngsters’s lives. This undertaking will lay the required groundwork for future research in addition to for increasing occupational remedy providers that may lower well being disparities amongst underserved households to help youngsters’s progress and growth.”


  • Dr. Lola Halperin, Ed.D. OTR/L, Assistant Professor, Occupational Remedy Program, Sacred Coronary heart College
  • Dr. Mindy Garfinkel, OTD OTR/L, ATP, Scientific Affiliate Professor, OTD, YU
  • Dr. Danette L. Brown, Ph.D., Government Director, Seventh Avenue Household Middle

Dr. Joshua Waxman, Assistant Professor

Division of Laptop Science
Venture Title: Minchat Shai Venture

“We’re producing a digital version of Minchat Shai, a Biblical commentator whose focus was establishing and preserving the integrity of the Biblical textual content. Utilizing Python, we’re programmatically processing his commentary to extract textual assertions; evaluating these to the Masoretic Textual content; producing variant texts based mostly on his observations; producing hyperlinks to exterior works; coaching and making use of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) of handwritten Hebrew to his reference manuscripts; and producing phylogenetic timber of Biblical manuscripts.

“It is a Digital Humanities undertaking and can produce a useful interactive digital version of a traditionally essential commentary. It additionally matches right into a growing discipline that I’ve coined Computational Girsology: the usage of computational approaches to course of, relate and determine amongst variant variations of a textual content. This may be essential inside the pc science discipline and for tutorial examine of historic Jewish texts (e.g., Tanach and Talmud).”

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