Awards & Honors

April 19, 2017

Dorothy Sue Cobble, distinguished professor, Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, School of Management and Labor Relations, and Department of History, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University for her distinctive contributions to the Stockholm University’s activities in research and education.

Susan Hamilton, assistant vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Carla Cruz, student records analyst, published “A Mentor and a Mentee Exchange Their Thoughts” in the current edition of College and University magazine.

Judith Nicosia, associate professor, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected as a member to the American Academy of Teachers of Singing. The organization strives for improvement in the profession and for the furtherance of the vocal arts through research, publication, convention presentations, adjudication, and other activities.

Nancy Pontes, assistant professor, School of Nursing–Camden, Rutgers University–Camden, has been inducted as a fellow of the National Academies of Practice, an interprofessional, national organization that advises governmental bodies on health care delivery in the United States.

Alan Shark, associate professor of practice, School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), Rutgers University–Newark, served as executive editor and contributing author to the revised/second edition of CIO Leadership for Cities and Counties: Emerging Trends and Practices. Marc Holzer, university professor, SPAA, and SPAA alumnus Aroon P. Manoharan (Ph.D. '09) also contributed a chapter to the book.

James D. Ward, visiting associate professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), Rutgers University–Newark, served as co-guest editor for Public Administration Review's symposium on policing and race alongside SPAA dean Charles Menifield. The symposium highlights discriminatory policing practices and offers solutions.

April 12, 2017

Marc Holzer, university professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, received the Chester Newland Presidential Citation of Merit Award from the American Society for Public Administration for his invaluable support and tireless service to the society.

David Jancsics, postdoctoral associate, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, authored "From Local Cliques to Mafia States: The Evolution of Network Corruption," a chapter in Twenty-five Sides of a Post-Communist Mafia State.

Wen Wang, associate professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, was elected president of the China-America Association for Public Affairs for a two-year term.

Yahong Zhang, associate professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, was elected to a one-year term as chair for the Section on Chinese Public Administration in the American Society for Public Administration.

The School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, with co-editors Marc Holzer, university professor, and Lois M. Warner, assistant teaching professor, and doctoral student Dan Bee Lee as associate editor; and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration released the fourth edition of the Teaching Resources Guide for Public Affairs and Administration. The publication is available here

April 5, 2017

David S. Goodell, research professor, Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics Protein Data Bank, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is a winner of the 2017 “Vizzies,” a scientific visualizations challenge sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Popular Science magazine, for his illustration of the Zika virus.

Debra L. Laskin, distinguished professor and chair in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Education Award from the Society of Toxicology. The award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to education in the broad field of toxicology.

Xun Liu, associate professor, Department of History, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the recipient of the Core Fulbright U.S Scholars Researcher Award for 2017–2018. He will spend the Fulbright research tenure in China and East Asia to conduct archival and field research on his project, "Of Poems, Brushstrokes, Zithers, and Gardens: Monastic Arts, Cultural Capital, and Power in Local Society in Late Imperial and Modern China."

March 29, 2017

John Westbrook, data and software architect lead, Center for Integrative Proteomics Research, Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics Protein Data Bank, received the Biocuration Career Award from the International Society for Biocuration at the 2017 Biocuration Conference. Westbrook's work established the PDBx/mmCIF data dictionary and format as the foundation of the modern Protein Data Bank archive.

Bonnie L. Fong, Minglu Wang, Krista White, and Roberta Tipton, librarians, Rutgers University–Newark, won the 2017 Research Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries-New Jersey Chapter and the New Jersey Library Association College and University Section for their Journal of Academic Librarianship article, "Assessing and Serving the Workshop Needs of Graduate Students."

The Division of Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 2017 Emerging Practice Award for Technology from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators for the division’s work in creating a community of learning designed to educate student leaders and student affairs professionals about tools, strategies, and analytics for social media engagement.  

March 22, 2017

Mary M. Bridgeman, clinical assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was named the 2017 Outstanding Woman of the Year in Education by the Somerset County Commission for contributions to her community. 

David Greenberg, professor of history, School of Arts and Sciences, and of journalism and media studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected to the Society of American Historians, an invitation-only society comprised of the nation’s leading historians of literary and scholarly distinction in historical writing.

James T. Luxhøj, professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the recipient of the 2017 Wellington Award from the Engineering Economy Division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, recognizing outstanding contributions in the field of engineering economy.

March 15, 2017

Paul C. Ocampo, dance faculty member, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a Fulbright Fellowship to be a lecturer in dance at the University of Taipei in Taiwan for the fall 2017 semester.

March 8, 2017

David Greenberg, professor of history, School of Arts and Sciences, and of journalism and media studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was honored recently at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for his book, Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency, winner of a 2017 Goldsmith Book Prize as the trade and academic book published in the United States in the last 24 months that “best fulfills the objective of improving democratic governance through an examination of the intersection between the media, politics, and public policy.”

March 1, 2017

Grigore Burdea, professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 2017 IEEE Virtual Reality Career Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. This annual award honors an individual’s lifetime contribution to virtual and/or augmented reality and is the highest award in this field. 

Mark S. Granick, chief, Division of Plastic Surgery, and professor, Department of Surgery, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was named Best Medical Practitioner-USA by Global Medical LiveWire Awards 2016.

Theresa Miskimen, vice president, Medical Services, University Behavioral Health Care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was inducted into the American College of Psychiatrists. Membership in the college is limited to psychiatrists who have demonstrated outstanding competence in the field of psychiatry and achieved national recognition in clinical practice, research, academic leadership, or teaching.

Raphael Montañez Ortiz, distinguished professor, Department of Visual Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the UCLA Medal from the University of California, Los Angeles, recognizing his "achievements as an innovator and influencer in contemporary art" as the founder of El Museo del Barrio (the first Latino art museum in the United States), and as an artist whose work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Tate, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Hirshhorn Museum.

At the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences:

  • Robert Marsh, instructor, received the 2016 Lester Z. Lieberman Humanism in Healthcare Award from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, which recognizes extraordinary compassion in caring for patients and their families.
  • Gina Miranda-Diaz, adjunct faculty, received the 2016 Nurse of the Year Award in the public health category from the March of Dimes New Jersey Chapter. The awards program recognizes nursing excellence and achievements in research, education, quality patient care, innovation, and leadership.
  • Thomas Pallaria, assistant professor and program director, Nursing Anesthesia Education program, received the 2016 Trident Award from the New Jersey Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NJANA). The highest honor bestowed by the NJANA, the Trident Award recognizes a certified registered nurse anesthetist for outstanding leadership, academic mentorship, professional advocacy, and clinical excellence. 
  • Valerie Smith Stephens, assistant dean for academic support services and director, Educational Opportunity Fund Program, received the 2016 Community Award from the Northern New Jersey Black Nurses Association for longstanding advocacy on behalf of students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and ongoing collaboration with community and statewide organizations promoting excellence and equal opportunity in education. 

February 22, 2017

At the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences:

Judith Barberio, associate clinical professor, received the New Jersey State Award for Excellence-Nurse Practitioner from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the only full-service national professional membership organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties.

Wendy Budin, professor and associate dean for Entry to Baccalaureate Nursing Practice; Yuri Jadotte, assistant professor and assistant director for education, Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation; and Gina Miranda-Diaz, adjunct faculty; were elected fellows in the New York Academy of Medicine.

Edna Cadmus, clinical professor and specialty director of the Graduate Nursing Leadership Tracks, received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organization of Nurse Leaders, New Jersey. 

Cheryl Holly, professor and codirector, Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation (NEST), and Susan Salmond, executive vice dean, professor, and codirector of NEST, received a 2016 AJN Book of the Year Award for their seminal text, Comprehensive Systematic Review for Advanced Nursing Practice (2nd Edition). 

Ann Marie P. Mauro, professor, assistant dean, and director of the Center for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), was one of 164 nurse leaders inducted as 2016 fellows of the American Academy of Nursing, one of the highest honors in the nursing profession.

Jennifer McGee-Avila, program manager for the Northeast/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center, was one of only 40 applicants selected to participate in the first cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Policy Research Scholars program.

February 15, 2017

Martin L. Yarmush, Paul and Mary Monroe Chair Distinguished Professor, biomedical engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer, “for pioneering advances in cellular, tissue, and organ engineering and for leadership in applying metabolic engineering to human health.”

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