BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo's UB 2020 Civic
Engagement and Public Policy strategic initiative (CEPP) has
awarded five new Civic Engagement Research Fellowships for 2012-13
to UB scholars in fields of communications and health sciences,
education, law and social work.
CEPP is in its third year supporting community-based research.
The fellows are UB researchers who collaborate with community
partners to address urgent and challenging concerns of social
justice and public policy.
The new fellows, who receive up to $3,500 for their
community-based research project, and their research partners,
-- Kathleen Kost, associate professor, School of Social Work:
"Assessing Readiness for Change Among Village Leaders in Tanzania,"
with community research partner Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa
(ISHA), Kitenga, Tanzania.
-- Jill Koyama, assistant professor, Department of Educational
Leadership and Policy, Graduate School of Education:
"Collaboratively Tracing Refugee and Immigrant Newcomer Service
Networks," with community research partner Buffalo English Language
Learners (BELL) Network.
-- Ophelia Morey, associate librarian, Health Sciences Library,
and Helen Wang, assistant professor, Department of Communication,
College of Arts and Sciences, and research assistant professor,
Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, School of
Public Health and Health Professions: "Healthy Moms, Healthy
Babies: Developing Information Communication Strategies for
Reducing Infant and Maternal Mortality Rates in Buffalo," with
community research partner Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network Inc.
-- Tony Szczygiel, professor, UB Law School: "Canopy of
Neighbors Public Benefits Screening Project," with community
research partner Canopy of Neighbors.
-- X. Christine Wang; associate professor, Department of
Learning and Instruction, Graduate School of Education:
"iLearning": Technology Enhanced Early Science and Literacy for
Diverse Learners," with community research partner PS 39 Martin
Luther King Multicultural Institute, Buffalo Public Schools.
"This new class of research fellows adds to the network that is
being created to enhance the work of community-based scholarship at
the university," said Susan Mangold, professor of law and member of
the CEPP Faculty Advisory Committee. "CEPP serves a vital role in
developing, identifying and supporting community-based scholarship
"In meetings with research fellows from former years," said
Mangold, "we learned how CEPP can enhance their work by developing
resources to assist in all phases of their research from IRB
through success in grant writing, publication and disseminating
research results broadly. This class of scholars will make
important contributions to their fields employing community-based
scholarship methods and CEPP looks forward to working with them to
further their research."
In addition to the new research fellowships, in November 2011 a
second round of 2011-12 fellowships were awarded which include:
-- Filomena M. Critelli, assistant professor, School of Social
Work: "Service Needs, Service Access and Improved Service
Utilization Strategies for Immigrant and Refugee Domestic Violence
Victims: Perspectives of Consumers and Providers," and community
research partner Domestic Violence Victims Services Program at the
International Institute of Buffalo.
-- Daniel B. Hess, associate professor, Department of Urban and
Regional Planning, School of Architecture and Planning: "Older
Adults' Vulnerabilities to Extreme Weather in Western New York,"
and community research partner Erie County Department of Senior
-- David A. Gerber, distinguished professor, Department of
History and former director UB Center for Disability Studies,
College of Arts and Sciences, and Michael Rembis, assistant
professor, Department of History and current director for Center
for Disability Studies, College of Arts and Sciences: "An Oral
History of the West Seneca Development Center (1961-2011), West
Seneca, N.Y.," and community research partner Museum of DisABILITY
Laura Mangan, who coordinates the CEPP initiative, said she is
pleased with the success of the research fellowship program
including the quality of proposals, the variety of research methods
employed and geographic diversity of the research.
"The ever increasing number of proposals we receive," Mangan
said, "confirms the considerable interest in community-based
research across the disciplines at UB."