Con Edison Social & Behavioral Research Award

This is an opportunity for FACULTY. If awarded a grant, faculty will be able to hire STUDENTS to work on the project.
Diverse group of people using cell phones on a street of brownstone houses. concerned neighbors standing outside of brownstone homes.

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

In 2014, eight residents of East Harlem lost their lives when two buildings were destroyed by a natural gas explosion and the resulting fire.  People in the area recounted smelling gas in the days leading up to the incident, but no one had reported the gas odor until shortly before the explosion. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the incident and determined that natural gas from a compromised gas line connection in the street had leaked and migrated into one of the buildings where it ignited.

In support of Con Edison’s goal of increasing public awareness of gas safety and of the importance of reporting natural gas odors, the CUNY Office of K-16 Initiatives is requesting proposals for behavioral research projects that aim to better understand the factors that may or may not prompt community members to contact 911 or Con Edison when they detect a gas leak or gas odor.

Projects relevant to human behavioral responses to detecting and reporting natural gas odors will be considered.  This research will be used to inform and enhance Con Edison’s public outreach, superintendent training curriculum, and other gas safety programs.

The grant funding is for one year (August 1, 2019 – July 31, 2020). We anticipate awarding 5-8 projects with funding levels of $25,000-$35,000 in 2019.

Award Guidelines (PDF)

Award Template (DOC)

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2019 City Nature Challenge

The New York City Nature Challenge, hosted by Macaulay Honors College and sponsored by ConEd, is part of a global campaign to bring together nature lovers of all ages in the greenspaces of their communities to record examples of urban wildlife with smartphones.

Throughout April 26-29, public parks, preservation societies, gardens and other natural organizations around New York City’s five boroughs will host City Nature Challenge events that are open to all. Participants will be guided by Macaulay student volunteers to catalog their images using the iNaturalist smartphone app.

After observation days have ended, the iNaturalist community will help properly identify and catalog the species in a marathon tech session. and results will be publicly available.

Citizen science demonstrates that science is for everyone and can be done by anyone. Participating in scientific efforts helps to improve science literacy for all. City Nature Challenge contributes to our understanding of urban wildlife in New York City and the planet as a whole.

Use the link below to find a City Nature Challenge event near you.

Date:

April 26, 2019 — April 29, 2019

Time:

6:00 AM — 11:45 PM

Website:

https://macaulay.cuny.edu/city-nature-challenge/