Awards & Honors

October 12, 2016

Laura Byham-Gray, professor and director of research, Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Health Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was named a National Kidney Foundation fellow, recognized for her educational activities and community service in promoting the mission of the National Kidney Foundation

Frank Ghinassi, president and CEO, University Behavioral Health Care, and chair, Quality Committee, National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems (NAPHS), attended the recent invitation-only White House event on suicide prevention. A report released at the event provides an update on “Progress in Research, Prevention, Coverage, Recovery and Quality."

Al Heuer, professor and program director, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and Respiratory Care, School of Health Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, became a fellow of the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), one of three New Jersey AARC fellows and one of fewer than 400 conferred AARC fellowships worldwide in 2016.

Inaugural New Brunswick Chancellor Excellence Awards
Congratulations to the first recipients of the New Brunswick Chancellor Awards for Faculty Excellence who were celebrated at the inaugural event on October 4, recognizing awards and honors bestowed upon faculty whose exceptional work in their particular areas has been recognized by peers in the previous year. Those honored also include recipients of new awards created by the chancellor: Excellence in Teaching, Siobain Duffy, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), and Camilla Stevens, School of Arts and Sciences (SAS); Excellence in Service, Emily Allen-Hornblower, SAS, and Kathleen Scott, SAS; Excellence in Research, Henry Iwaniec, SAS, and Shantenu Jha, School of Engineering; and International Impact Award, Mark Gregory Robson, SEBS. (Shantenu Jha was omitted in last week’s listing of recipients of the chancellor’s newly created awards.) 

October 5, 2016

Inaugural New Brunswick Chancellor Excellence Awards
Congratulations to the first recipients of the New Brunswick Chancellor Awards for Faculty Excellence who were celebrated at yesterday’s inaugural event recognizing awards and honors bestowed upon faculty whose exceptional work in their particular areas has been recognized by peers in the previous year. Those honored also include recipients of new awards created by the chancellor: Excellence in Teaching, Siobain Duffy, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS), and Camilla Stevens, School of Arts and Sciences (SAS); Excellence in Service, Emily Allen-Hornblower, SAS, and Kathleen Scott, SAS; Excellence in Research, Henry Iwaniec, SAS, and Saurabh Jah, SAS; and International Impact Award, Mark Gregory Robson, SEBS.

September 28, 2016

Jeanne Herb, associate director, Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is one of 40 applicants and the only individual from New Jersey selected to join Culture of Health Leaders, a new leadership development program co-led by the National Collaborative for Health Equity and CommonHealth ACTION with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Participants will address issues in health and equity, including food systems, racial stress in urban communities, and immigrant trauma.

Susan Keith, chair and associate professor, Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, graduated from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Institute for Diverse Leadership. The institute aims to identify, recruit, mentor, and train people of color and women to become future leaders and administrators.

Michael Rein, deputy chief, Rutgers University Police Department, received an International Association of Chiefs of Police 40 Under 40 Award. Law enforcement professionals under the age of 40, representing all levels of law enforcement agencies, including state, local, university, military, and federal from around the world, are honored for their leadership, commitment to the profession, and commitment to the communities they serve.

September 14, 2016

Helene White, distinguished professor, Center of Alcohol Studies and Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the honorary title of fellow from the American Society of Criminology for her scholarly contributions to the field of criminology.

September 7, 2016

Charles Heckscher, professor and director, Center for Workplace Transformation, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the George R. Terry Book Award from the Academy of Management for his book Trust in a Complex World: Enriching Community. The award is given annually for the book judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to the global advancement of management knowledge during the last two years.

August 10, 2016

Maria F. Ciminelli, assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences; assistant director, CentraState Family Medicine Residency; and chair, CentraState Medical Center Credentials Committee, was named New Jersey Family Physician of the Year by the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians.

John B. Kostis, John G. Detwiler Professor of Cardiology; professor of medicine and pharmacology; associate dean for cardiovascular research; and director of the Cardiovascular Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the Middlesex County Medical Society’s Academic Award for Exemplary Contributions to Medical Education for Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows.

July 27, 2016

Marianthi Ierapetritou, professor and chair, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Computing in Chemical Engineering Award from the Computing and Systems Technology (CAST) Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the highest honor of the CAST division, sponsored by Dow Chemical Company.

July 13, 2016

Radha Jagannathan, professor of statistics, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and Michael JCamasso, professor of agricultural, food, and resource economics, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the New Brunswick Education Foundation Board of Directors Outstanding Contribution Award for “outstanding innovative design and implementation of educational enrichment activities and curriculum that impacts New Brunswick Public School students through the wonders of nature and natural science.”

June 29, 2016

Stephen K. Burley, professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, and director, Center for Integrative Proteomics Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was conferred an honorary doctor of science degree by Western University, Canada, for his work as an “internationally renowned physician, scientist, and visionary with demonstrated leadership in promoting multidisciplinary initiatives with global impact.”

A paper by Kelley HealeyPrevalent Mutator Genotype Identified in Fungal Pathogen Candida Glabrata Promotes Multi-Drug Resistance, recently published in Nature Communications, was voted the top paper for 2015–2016 at this month’s Microbe 2016, the world’s largest microbiology conference, attended by more than 11,000 delegates. Healey is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of David Perlin, professor and executive director, Public Health Research Institute and Rutgers Regional Biocontainment Laboratory, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. In the paper, Healey and the Perlin lab define a prevalent genetic defect that promotes the development of rapid resistance to multiple antifungal agents in the fungal pathogen Candida glabrata. Understanding this major mechanism for resistance development will help identify patients at highest risk for development of antifungal drug resistance. 

Nancy Kranich, special projects research librarian, Rutgers University Libraries, received the 2016 Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) Roll of Honor Award, given to individuals who have contributed substantially to FTRF through adherence to its principles and/or substantial monetary support. Kranich was recognized for continued advocacy for "intellectual freedom, open access, and privacy.”

Shari Munch, associate professor, School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 2016 Award for Excellence from the National Association of Perinatal Social Work, recognizing achievement in the field of perinatal social work, including clinical work, education, and research, and service to the organization.

June 15, 2016

Marianthi Ierapetritou, professor and chair, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Colleen McLaughlin, community training and technical assistance manager, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, became a fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), a designation conferred after an individual has at least seven years of continuous membership in AAIDD and participation in its professional and business affairs, and is judged to have made a meritorious contribution to the field of intellectual disability.

Nick Romanenko, university photographer, Creative Services, Department of University Communications and Marketing, received a first-place award from the University Photographers Association of America for portraits in its monthly image competition for May 2016.

The following faculty members of New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, were honored by the NJMS Alumni Association:

  • Soly Baredes, chair, Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, received the Honorary Alumnus Award, the association’s highest nonalumnus honor, given annually to an individual whose support for the association, school, and students best represents the ideals of the association;
     
  • Alex Bekker, chair, Department of Anesthesiology, received the Charles L. Brown Award, established in memory of the first NJMS dean and given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to NJMS and demonstrated the high ideals that are traditional to the medical profession; and
     
  • Sylvia Christakos, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received the Distinguished Professor Award, recognizing outstanding dedication to the teaching of NJMS students.
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Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait received the Gold Circle of Excellence Award for books from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The judging panel noted: "This entry was just simply well done. Excellence in photography and design. Readable and informative, not just a pretty face. Would be a piece of pride for any alum, faculty, and staff. Touches of class like the signet make it stand out from others. This volume sets a standard for anniversary books. Kudos to the folks at Rutgers."

That Physics Show, the Off-Broadway creation of David Maiullo, physics support specialist, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 2016 New York City Drama Desk Award for “most unique theatrical production” for Broadway/Off-Broadway.

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