Awards & Honors

February 8, 2017

James W. Hughes, dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a Lifetime Achievement and Leadership in Planning Award from the American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter. The chapter also announced a new planning award recognizing and celebrating his legacy, the James W. Hughes Applied Research Award, to be presented annually to an individual or organization whose applied research has effected change in New Jersey as the substantive basis for legislative, regulatory, or policy change or as the driver of a shift in a fundamental approach to planning. Learn more here.

Yuri T. Jadotte, assistant professor, Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing, and assistant director for education, Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was inducted as a member of the New York Academy of Medicine and a professional member of the National Academies of Practice.

Cognition: A Neuroscience Approach by Arnold L. Glass, professor of psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, won an honorable mention (second place) at this year's PROSE awards in the textbook/social science category. The new book presents a seminal 21st-century approach to the study of human cognition incorporating the latest findings in neuroscience.

January 25, 2017

W. Steven Barnett and Bruce Baker, research professors, Graduate School of Education, were named by Education Week as among the nation's top 100 university-based scholars doing the most to influence education policy and practice. Barnett’s research includes studies of the economics of early care and education, including costs and benefits, the long-term effects of preschool programs on children’s learning and development, and the distribution of educational opportunities. Baker's primary areas of research are education finance and the economics of education, including studies of teacher and administrator labor markets and preparation pipelines, and evolving legal issues in teacher and principal evaluation systems.

January 18, 2017

Janice Fine, associate professor, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Progressive Leadership Award from Midwest Academy, a national training institute that advocates for social, economic, and racial justice.

Henryk Iwaniec, New Jersey Professor of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 2017 American Mathematical Society’s Joseph L. Doob Prize, along with John Friedlander, University of Toronto, for their book Opera de Cribro. Presented every three years, the Doob Prize recognizes a single relatively recent outstanding research book that makes a seminal contribution to the research literature, reflects the highest standards of research exposition, and promises to have a deep and long-term impact in its area. 

Michael Lewis, University Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and director, Institute for the Study of Child Development, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was elected into the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences Foundation, which recognizes eminent senior scientists from a wide range of research areas for their lasting professional contributions. 

Deborah M. Spitalnik, executive director and professor of pediatrics at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the George S. Jesien Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, recognizing her leadership, service, and dedication to people with disabilities and their families. 

December 14, 2016

Fred Hersch, professor of jazz piano, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was nominated for two Grammy Awards: for best improvised jazz solo for We See and for best jazz instrumental album for Sunday Night At The Vanguard with the Fred Hersch Trio. The 59th Annual Grammy Awards telecast is February 12 at 8 p.m. on CBS.

The Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) received a proclamation from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's office declaring November 30, 2016, as the Center for Women's Global Leadership Day. The proclamation was received at CWGL's recent 25th anniversary event for its 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign and highlighted CWGL's tireless work on gender equity, human rights, and gender-based violence. The annual campaign is an international initiative coordinated by the CWGL.

December 7, 2016

William L. Holzemer, dean and distinguished professor, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC). He was recognized for his outstanding contributions to ANAC and his global leadership in the battle against HIV/AIDS.

Barbara Pachter, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Business–Camden, published her 11th book, The Communication Clinic: 99 Proven Cures for the Most Common Business Mistakes, a comprehensive common sense guide to business communication.

Maria Voigt, research associate, and David S. Goodsell, research professor, RCSB Protein Data Bank, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are among the winners in this year’s BioArt competition of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, selected for their molecular graphics of three human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) enzymes.

November 30, 2016

A book about Swiss landscape architect Dieter Kienast by Anette Freytag, associate professor and new faculty member, Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was selected as one of the 10 best architectural books of 2016 by the German Architectural Museum in Frankfurt, the book's fourth prize since its publication in February. The English translation, The Landscapes of Dieter Kienast, will be published next spring.

Sean Stein Smith, assistant professor of professional practice, Rutgers School of Business–Camden, is one of 17 faculty members from New Jersey university business schools to receive a Bright Idea Award from the New Jersey Policy Research Organization Foundation and the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University, recognizing the best papers from business school faculty from 2015. Smith was cited for his research on emerging opportunities for accounting practitioners to make better and more strategically oriented business decisions.

Christopher Uchrin, professor, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), an honor held by fewer than 3.5 percent of ASCE members and given to individuals who have made celebrated contributions and developed creative solutions that change lives around the world.

The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBTQ Communities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received two awards at the recent Region VII Association of College Unions International Conference. The Theresa D. Drummond Memorial Award, for Language Matters, recognizes a program that emphasizes promotion of cross-cultural communication and acceptance, in addition to advocating for inclusion. The Outstanding Community Building Program Award, for Building Campus Communities (August Student Leaders), recognizes a program that fosters the enhancement of the campus community. Both programs were division initiatives and represent collaborations among several departments.

November 23, 2016

Thea Abu El-Haj, associate professor, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the American Educational Studies Association 2016 Book Critics Award for her book Unsettled Belonging: Educating Palestinian American Youth After 9/11. Learn more here

Lee B. Reichman, executive director, Global Tuberculosis Institute, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the Union Medal, the highest honor of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, awarded to members who have made an outstanding contribution to the control of tuberculosis or lung health by their scientific work and/or actiions in the field.

Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers Honors:

  • Deborah Scheibler, assistant director, housing and residence life, Rutgers University–Camden, was elected vice president/president-elect;
  • Kathryn Lonczewski, area coordinator, housing and residence life, Rutgers University–Camden, received the Commitment to Social Justice award, which recognizes individuals who serve as an example to others through a commitment to diversity and social justice beyond the scope of their full-time professional responsibilities;
  • Courtland James, residence life coordinator, became the first Rutgers University–New Brunswick recipient of the Ann Webster New Professional Award, which recognizes significant contributions by an individual who has worked in housing and residence life for less than four years.

November 16, 2016

Julia Ritter, chair and artistic director, Dance Department, the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presented the 2016 Selma Jeanne Cohen Fund Lecture, based on her research on dance and immersive performance, at the recent 39th annual Fulbright Association conference in Washington, D.C.

November 2, 2016

Joseph A. Barone, dean and professor, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the Pharmaceutical Industry Award from the New Jersey Pharmacists Association, which recognizes an individual “who has advanced the profession through educational efforts and support of the practice.”

Tony Doody, senior director of student engagement, Division of Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named to the ACPA–College Student Educators International Foundation Diamond Honoree Class of 2017. The honor recognizes his 24 years of dedication to innovation and inspirational leadership and his contributions to higher education and student affairs.

October 19, 2016

Frank J. Thompson, Distinguished Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, was named Board of Governors Professor, the university’s highest academic ranking.