The university created a new faculty classification entitled University Research Scholar
in the 2006-07 academic year. Appointment is for a three-year term and is intended
to recognize scholars for their special contributions to the university and their
academic disciplines. With this recognition, the university will also provide additional
support for its University Research Scholars to undertake activity that will ensure
ongoing research productivity at the University of New Haven. University Research
Scholars have a reduced teaching load in order to devote more time to their research
project under the program. In addition, a supply budget is provided to facilitate
the faculty member’s research.
Dr. Cuomo’s research award has enabled her to expand the horseshoe crab research originally
begun while working at Yale University, prior to being hired at the University of
New Haven. Work has continued in isolating, growing and characterizing potential
biofuel feedstock species from Long Island Sound. Dr. Cuomo was recently asked to
assist with editing a proposed book on horseshoe crab biology and paleobiology for
Springer-Verlag’s Geobiology series.
Dr. Subroto Roy’s current research interests include digital marketing, supply chain
and innovations for business and non-profits. Dr. Roy digital marketing focus include
online advertising and we data analytics and early ideas can be seen at his blog www.StratoServe.com
The Luzik Group is currently studying the production and processing of biofuels derived
from non-food plants sources that also do not compete with agriculture, and are often
part of the biomass waste stream. We are continuing to investigate the development
of new and improved synthetic organic chemical reactions of under the guidelines of
Dr. Sapi’s research group investigates the different forms of Borrelia burgdorferi, the Lyme disease bacteria, to better understand how Borrelia can hide from the immune system as well as from antimicrobial therapies. Her recent
research shows that Borrelia burgdorferi is capable forming a protective layer around itself – called biofilm – which could render it to be very resistant to antibiotics and provide a logical explanation
as to why extensive antibiotic treatment for patients with a tick-bite history could
fail. The goal of her research group is to fully characterize this novel form and
to identify novel antibacterial agents that are effective in killing all forms of
Dr. Upadhyaya’s research focuses on Macroeconomics Impact of Oil Price Changes in
selected Asian Countries; Remittances, Inflation and Exchange Rates; Does U.S. Macroeconomic
News Make Emerging Financial Markets Riskier; Government Size and Economic Growth:
Evidence from Southeast Asia.
Dr. Sabir’s current research focuses on Fractional Fokker-Planck-Kolmogorov equations
and their associated stochastic differential equation; Random walk approximation of
time-changed non-Markovian stochastic processes; Algebras of pseudo-differential operators
with singular symbols and their application to nonlocal boundary value problems.
Roman Zajac is conducting research on the patterns and pace of changes in salt marsh
and geomorphological and vegetation structure related to climate change and how such
changes affect the biodiversity and dynamics of salt marsh fauna.
Dr. Baggili is the director of the University of New Haven’s Cyber Forensic Research
and Education Group/Lab (UNHcFREG) and is working on methods and techniques that improve
cyber forensics science. His team is currently developing the Artifact Genome Project
funded by Purdue’s VACCINE- a US Department of Homeland Security Center for Excellence.
Christopher R. O’Brien
Dr. O’Brien’s research is the identification of scavengers and their role in decomposition
of forensically important remains in Connecticut and Long Island Sound.
W. Amory Carr
Dr. Carr’s research interests focus on identifying psychological characteristics which
predict, and psychosocial interventions that reduce criminal recidivism among mentally
ill offenders. His current projects include assessing treatment attrition and criminal
justice outcomes for mentally ill probationers enrolled in an enhanced day reporting
Dr. Mabrey’s research program focuses on natural resource development and stability
in developing countries. He is currently conducting this research in East Africa
with the support of King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center based in Riyadh,
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Dr. Liang’s research focuses on new statistical methods for modeling financial date
and latent-variable modeling techniques for multilevel data.
Cheng Lu Wang
Dr. Wang is currently working on several research projects, including consumer identity
and brand purchasing behavior, consumer regret after purchase and the likelihood of
transmitting negative work of mouth.
The University of New Haven Summer Research Grants, of $3,250 (taxable) each, are available for full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty.
They may be used to support new or continuing research in the applicant's discipline
during the summer. Recipients are to present a report of the results of their research
at a seminar during the academic year. Also, recipients will be expected to devote
full time to the projects during the summer, except for a reasonable vacation period.
These grants are to be used in lieu of summer teaching. They may not be used to support
research leading to a doctoral dissertation.
A limited amount of Research Funding is available for individual awards to full-time
tenured or tenure-track faculty, not to exceed $2,000 each. The awards may be used
- Provide travel funds
- Pay for support services for research
- Purchase research equipment and supplies
Faculty and Staff Awards
Each of these awards carries a cash prize of $1,000 along with a commemorative plaque
and is bestowed at a dinner event to which all faculty are invited at the end of the
spring term. At that event, all official nominees and awardees are recognized.
The award selection committees include a faculty member from each college; the committee
for the teaching and experiential education, advising and service awards also include
one undergraduate and one graduate student.
2011 Award Recipients:
Excellence in Teaching, Full-Time Faculty - Eddie Luzik
Excellence in Teaching, Part-Time Faculty - Susan Naide
Excellence in Experiential Education - Renee Prajer
Excellence in Research/Creative Activity - Randall Horton
Excellence in Service - Bradley Woodworth and Tim Palmbach
Excellence in Student Advising - Donna Morris
Excellence in Academic Support by a University of New Haven Staff Member - Arleen