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Vicente H. Gracias was appointed senior vice chancellor for clinical affairs for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) to serve as chief clinical officer and lead the growth and evolution of the RBHS clinical enterprise. Most recently, he was interim dean of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, RBHS, where he is a professor of surgery.
Valerie L. Johnson, associate research professor at the Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, retired effective October 31. A faculty member since 1978, she conducted research as part of the Health and Human Development Project, the Rutgers Transdisciplinary Prevention Research Center, and the Rutgers Alliance for Sustainable Risk Reduction.
Patrick Shafto, professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, was appointed as a Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Data Science, the first term chair appointment at Rutgers–Newark.
Lee Slater, professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, was appointed as a Henry Rutgers University Professor in Geophysics.
Mark Robson, professor and chair, Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named a distinguished service professor by the Rutgers Board of Governors.
Jayne Anne Phillips, distinguished professor, Department of English, and director, MFA in Creative Writing Program, faculty of Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, was named a Board of Governors Professor. Phillips is an internationally renowned novelist and short-story writer.
Appointments at the School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences:
Laura E. Liang was appointed associate dean for administration. She is also a faculty member in the school's Department of Health Education and Behavioral Science.
Marian Passannante was appointed associate dean for education. She is an accomplished educator with more than 30 years of experience in graduate education, especially in the fields of public health and preventive medicine.
Pamela A. Ohman Strickland was appointed associate dean for student affairs. She serves as an advocate for the student population.
David Allen was appointed chair of the Department of Human Resource Management, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, where he is a professor. He is also distinguished research environment professor at Warwick Business School at the University of Warwick, Coventry, England.
Cindy Ford, director of special academic programs at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, retired effective October 1 after 25 years of service.
Michael Kennish, research professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named editor of the Encyclopedia of Estuaries, an international volume of the most comprehensive and multidisciplinary research knowledge and advances in estuarine science.
Joseph G. Barone was named senior associate dean for Clinical Affairs at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. He had been chief strategy officer and director of programs at Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Reporting directly to dean Sherine E. Gabriel, Barone oversees all clinical operations for the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group.
Brian Preston Harlow was appointed as the new director of the Rutgers University–Newark chorus. He succeeds John Floreen, who recently retired after 36 years and with whom Harlow had worked closely for several years.
Ben Fan was appointed director of budgets and personnel at the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, responsible for overseeing the financial, human resources, and operational functions of the GAIA Centers.
Mercedes Echevarria, assistant professor and associate dean of advanced nursing practice, and William Holzemer, dean and distinguished professor, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, became fellows of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing-Wharton Executive Leadership Program offered in collaboration with the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Deanna Gray-Miceli, assistant professor, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine. This interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed open access journal, sponsored by the Southern Gerontological Society, publishes original research and review articles that span the spectrum of gerontology and geriatrics.
Chien Liu was selected as chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, New Jersey Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, following a nationwide search. Liu had been a professor of pathology and associate chair for the Department of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine, and the endowed chair in liver research and director of the Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology Service and Fellowship Program at the University of Florida.