Awards & Honors

March 12, 2014

Rutgers University has been named the recipient of the 2014 Senator Paul Simon Award for its comprehensive internationalization efforts by NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Rutgers received the award for excellence in integrating international education across all aspects of college and university campuses. Learn more here.

Roger S. Clark, Board of Governors professor at the School of Law–Camden, has been awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Learn more here.

Leonard C. Feldman, distinguished professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the School of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the School of Engineering, and director of the Rutgers Institute for Advanced Materials, Devices, and Nanotechnology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been named a 2014 Fellow for the Materials Research Society. Learn more here.

Petros Levounis, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at New Jersey Medical School, has published a new book titled The Addiction Casebook (American Psychiatric Publishing, March 2014).

March 5, 2014

Antoinette Y. Farmer, associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been selected to receive the Departmental Alumni Award from the Department of Psychology in Education at the School of Education, University of Pittsburgh.

Yuri T. Jadotte, assistant professor in the Department of Capacity Building Systems and assistant director of the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation at the School of Nursing, Rutgers Health Sciences–Newark, is the 2014 recipient of the Excellence in Research Award by the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey.

Randy James, associate professor in the Department of Dance at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been awarded a 2014 Choreography Fellowship by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. This is Professor James's third Choreography Fellowship through the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

February 26, 2014

The Confucius Institute of Rutgers University (CIRU) has been named as one of the 2013 Confucius Institutes of the Year and received an award at the 8th Global Confucius Institute Conference in Beijing on December 7, 2013. CIRU is the only such institute in the greater New York area in recent years to receive this distinction.

Wesley Kline, agricultural and resource management agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County, has been awarded the 2014 Distinguished Service to New Jersey Agriculture Award at the annual State Agricultural Convention. Learn more here.

February 19, 2014

The Dietetic Internship Program (DI Program) within the School of Health Related Professions has topped national scores in its ACT score report for the Registration Examination results for the period of July through December 2013 with a 100% pass rate for first-time and repeat takers. Total scaled score: national (28.1) and DI Program (29.1); Food and Nutrition Domain: national (16.9) and DI Program (17.3); Foodservice Systems and Management Domain: national (16.9) and DI Program (18.4).

Sandra L. Kaplan, professor and program director of postprofessional education programs in the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science at the School of Health Related Professions, has been awarded the Anniversary Award by the Section on Pediatrics at the American Physical Therapy Association.

Petros Levounis, chair of the Department of Psychiatry at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University–Newark, has won the 2014 Health Professional Book Award from the Society for Sex Therapy and Research for his book The LGBT Casebook (American Psychiatric Publishing, 2012). Learn more here.

Donald Schaffner, distinguished professor in the Department of Food Science at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, a leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology. Learn more here.

February 12, 2014

CASE Awards for Communications Supporting Integration
The Department of University Communications and Marketing was awarded top honors by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) 2014 District II Accolades Awards program for the comprehensive communications supporting the integration of the university with most units of legacy UMDNJ. Rutgers won the gold award for “Rutgers Medical and Health Sciences Restructuring Communications” in the Best Practices in Communications category and an honorable mention for “Building on the Brand Without Breaking It” in the Institutional Identity/Branding Programs category. Both awards recognize the extensive range of work done in the year leading up to the July 1 integration. This included all internal and external integration-related communications—from websites and ecommunications to individual letters and group presentations—as well as a major kickoff event, media management, and rebranding everything from colleges and schools to business cards, clinical attire, signage, and vehicles.

Due Process, the Rutgers-produced television series on justice issues, and its four executive producers have received three new Emmy Award nominations from the NY Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Xiaojun Huang, distinguished professor in the Department of Mathematics at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been awarded the 2013 Stefan Bergman Prize by the American Mathematical Society.

Avril Lecky, program administrator I in the Office of Faculty Affairs at the School of Health Related Professions, has been recognized as a Distinguished Toastmaster for her participation in the Toastmasters International educational program.

Frank Molinaro, assistant coach in the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has won the Dave Schultz Memorial International. Learn more here.

Clement A. Price, Rutgers Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of History, has been appointed the City of Newark’s official historian by Mayor Luis Quintana. Learn more here.

February 5, 2014

Timothy Cobb, part-time lecturer at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been appointed principal bass for the New York Philharmonic.

Ruth Feldstein, associate professor in the Department of History at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, has published a new book titled How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement (Oxford University Press, December 2013).

Jeffrey P. Levine, professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), has been awarded the Norman H. Edelman Clinical Science Mentoring Award by RWJMS.

January 29, 2014

Bruce G. Haffty, chair of radiation oncology at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has been named Top Doctor for Women’s Health by Inside Jersey magazine. Learn more here.

Ross Kauffman, part-time lecturer at the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been awarded the Cinematography Award for U.S. Documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival for his film E-Team, of which he was the director, coproducer, and cinematographer. Learn more here.

Thomas Kearney, director of breast care services at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has been named Top Doctor for Women’s Health by Inside Jersey magazine. Learn more here.

Pauline Lerma, medical director of the Breast Consultation Program at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has been named Top Doctor for Women’s Health by Inside Jersey magazine. Learn more here.

Lorna Rodriguez, director of precision medicine at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has been named Top Doctor for Women’s Health by Inside Jersey magazine. Learn more here.

Deborah L. Toppmeyer, chief medical officer and director of the Stacy Goldstein Breast Cancer Center and LIFE Center at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has been named Top Doctor for Women’s Health by Inside Jersey magazine. Learn more here.

January 22, 2014

Judith Laganga, office manager of the Cooperative Extension of Union County at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, has been awarded the Award of Excellence by Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Learn more here.

Jennifer Matthews, volunteer coordinator at the Cooperative Extension of Cape May County at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, has been awarded the Award of Excellence by Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Learn more here.

Michelle Teitsma, 4-H program assistant for the Cooperative Extension of Sussex County at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, has been awarded the Award of Excellence by Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Learn more here.

Donna Thornton, vice president for alumni relations has been recognized by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education as a Stellar Speaker in the January 2014 edition of Currents Magazine for the webinar on volunteer engagement she ran in September.

January 15, 2014

Joachim Kohn, Board of Governors Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, and director of the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Learn more here.

Richard Mammone, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the School of Engineering and the Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Learn more here.

Allison Thomas, associate director of marketing and communications at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT), Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been awarded the American Graphic Design Award (AGDA) by Graphic Design USA for the design of CAIT's Transportation Today newsletter. This is the fourth year CAIT’s Transportation Today newsletter has been selected from 4,000 entries for an AGDA. Learn more here.

Kathryn Uhrich, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and dean of mathematical and physical sciences at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Learn more here.

January 8, 2014

Aaron Hajart, senior director of administration in the Department of Neurological Surgery at New Jersey Medical School, has been elected to a two-year term on the inaugural Board of Directors of the American College of Neuroscience Administrators.

Robert F. Heary, professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at New Jersey Medical School, has been named the next president of the Cervical Spine Research Society.

Cheryl Holly, professor and chair of the Department of Capacity Building Systems at the School of Nursing, has published a new book titled Scholarly Inquiry and the DNP Capstone (Springer, 2013).

Jing Li, distinguished professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been awarded the Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Jennifer Mandelbaum, professor I at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been awarded the Top Four Paper Award in the Language and Social Interaction Division of the National Communication Association for her paper "How to Do Things with Requests: Requesting at the Family Dinner Table." Learn more here.

Jennifer A. Theiss, assistant professor at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been awarded the Early Career Award from the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association (NCA). She also received the Top Four Paper Award from the Family Communication Division of the NCA for her paper "Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Parents' Orientations Toward Conformity and Conversation as Predictors of Attachment and Psychological Well-Being for Adult Children of Alcoholics." Learn more here.

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