|Leon Johnson, Ph.D.||
Dr. Leon Johnson is receiving Dean’s Distinguished Service Award 2009 from Dr. Mohsin Patwary, Dean of the school. Dr. Shermane Austin, Professor and Chairperson of PECS Department is on the right.
Dr. Leon Johnson is a Professor of Physics in the Physical Environmental and Computer Sciences Department. He is the recipient of Dean’s Distinguished Service award for his long, dedicated and colorful service to the School of Science, Health and Technology. Dr. Johnson created and developed the curriculum for the University Physics sequence. He has also co-developed curriculum in Atmospheric Science, Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems. He brought the concept of workshops to MEC as part of the LSAMP CUNY initiative and implemented course workshops for the Chemistry and Physics programs. These workshops are peer-led and required components of the General Chemistry I, II; Organic Chemistry I, II and University Physics I, II, and III courses. They have been shown to be an important component in student retention and successful completion of these courses.
Dr. Johnson also participated in the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) initiative and, working with other colleagues, integrated WAC curriculum techniques in Physical Science, Chemistry and Computer Science courses. Dr. Johnson has also engaged in a multi-disciplinary initiative with Chemistry, Physics and Computer Science faculty to integrate Computational Science approaches in selected courses. Dr. Johnson has developed curriculum for CUNY-wide courses include Space Science Dr. Johnson has a significant number of publications including the Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series, the American Meteorological Society, the Journal of Geoscience Education, the Journal of Chemical Education and the Journal of Analytical Chemistry I and II.
Dr. Johnson is a University Research Associate at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies. His association with GISS was initiated with a NASA-ASEE summer faculty fellowship. Dr. Johnson has been principal investigator on awards totaling over $3,000,000. He was the original PI for the NASA/GISS Institute for Climate and Planets. He served as PI for the New York City Space Science Research Alliance funded by NASA’s Office of Space Science. He is the PI for the NASA/New York City Research Initiative based at GISS. Other NASA awards for which he has served as PI include the MUREP Partnership program, the MASTAP program and the PACE program. Dr. Johnson has served as a co-Project Director for the NYC LSAMP program since its inception. He has also served as co-investigator on a number of NASA and NSF awards