Awards & Honors

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.

June 1, 2016

Peter Basto, assistant professor and director, Psychiatric Rehabilitation Associates Degree Program, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions, School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the national LeRoy Spaniol Award from the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association.

Angus Kress Gillespie, professor of American studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Peace Islands Institute Diversity Award for his contributions to the New Jersey Folk Festival and its representation of diversity in New Jersey.

Theresa Miskimen, vice president of medical services, University Behavioral Health Care, and professor of psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was elected speaker-elect of the American Psychiatric Association Assembly.

Gary Schneider, associate professor, Department of Visual Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named a chancellor’s scholar for 2016–2017. The Chancellor’s Excellence Fund, an element of the Rutgers–New Brunswick Strategic Plan, calls for the nomination by their deans of a select group of faculty members at the associate professor level as chancellor’s scholars for up to five years with an addition to their research account.

Patrick Strzelec, associate professor, Department of Visual Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a presidential fellowship for teaching excellence, which includes a $1,000 grant from the university trustees to assist academic efforts in the coming year.

May 25, 2016

Shishir Chundawat, assistant professor, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities. His research focuses on using sustainable approaches to develop inexpensive processes for cellulosic bioenergy production, manufacturing more effective glycosylated biologic drug molecules, and engineering designer carbohydrate-based biomaterials.

Office of Communications and Public Affairs, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, was recognized with a Gold Award for Digital Display Banners/Online Digital Display Ads and a Silver Award for Magazine Advertising in the 33rd Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards presented by the Healthcare Marketing Report. 

May 18, 2016

Charles Häberl, associate professor and chair, Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is among the winners of the 2016–17 Berlin Prize—a semester-long fellowship at the American Academy in Berlin—awarded annually to U.S. scholars, writers, composers, and artists who represent the highest standards of excellence in their fields. At the academy this fall, Häberl will continue his research of the Mandaeans of Iraq and Iran, one of the Middle East's smallest and most ancient religious communities.

Marc Holzer, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor and founding dean, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, was awarded a Leaders in Faculty Diversity Award for 2016 from the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes at Rutgers for his sustained commitment to racial and gender diversity at Rutgers, distinguished scholarly research in public administration theory and practices, and leadership in exchanges and dialogues with academicians and practitioners globally.

Stephanie Newbold, associate professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, was elected to a two-year term as president of the Supreme Court Fellows Alumni Association, to serve as liaison between the alumni and the chief justice’s chambers. The selective fellowships date to 1973, when former Chief Justice Warren Burger created the program to bring varied professionals to study firsthand the administrative workings of the federal judiciary, how it interacts with other branches of government, and to share what they learned with the public throughout their careers.

May 11, 2016

Adriana Cuervo, associate director, Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University–Newark, was appointed to a four-year term on the editorial board of The American Archivist.

Fred Hersch, distinguished artist, jazz piano, Department of Music, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named a 2016 Doris Duke Artist by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Hersch, whose latest recording, Sunday Night at the Vanguard, will be released in August, will receive $275,000 in flexible multiyear funding as an investment in and celebration of his ongoing contributions in jazz. 

Peggy Policastro, nutritionist, University Dining Services, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a $1,000 Mary Abbott Hess Award for “recognition of an innovative food/culinary effort” from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.

Ernest Sosa and Stephen Stich, both Board of Governors Professors of Philosophy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, have won 2016 Dr. Martin R. Lebowitz and Eve Lewellis Lebowitz Prizes for philosophical achievement and contribution. The prizes, recognizing outstanding achievement in the field, are awarded annually by the Phi Beta Kappa Society in conjunction with the American Philosophical Association. Each receives a $26,500 award.

The following received Edward J. Ill 2016 Excellence in Medicine Awards:

  • Sara Cuccurullo, clinical professor and chair, residency program, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Outstanding Medical Educator Award;
     
  • Jean Anderson Eloy, professor and vice chair, Department of Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery, New Jersey Medical School, Edward J. Ill Physician’s Award; and
     
  • Christopher O. Kosseff, retired president and chief executive officer, University Behavioral Health Care, Verice M. Mason Community Service Leader Award.

Softly, With Feeling: Joe Wilder and the Breaking of Barriers in American Music, by Ed Berger, special projects consultant to the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University–Newark, won the 2015 book award for best research in recorded jazz music from the Association for Recorded Sound Collection.

University Behavioral Health Care’s (UBHC) Veterans Total Care Initiative is the lead story in the first enewsletter of the Program to Achieve Wellness at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The story notes UBHC’s partnerships with New Jersey Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Four participants in New Jersey Health Occupations Students of America (NJHOSA), a program for future health professionals, were chosen to attend this summer’s week-long U.S. Public Health Leadership Seminar in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NJHOSA is a program of the School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, funded through a New Jersey Department of Education grant.

May 4, 2016

Benjamin P. Horton, professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the European Geosciences Union Plinius Medal to recognize interdisciplinary natural hazard research. 

The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey's Office of Communications and Public Affairs received two Gold Awards in the 13th Annual Service Industry Advertising Awards competition. Its "Winning is Everything" campaign was one of 1,700 entries in eight groups and 26 categories evaluated by a national panel of judges.

April 27, 2016

Lisa C. Klein, distinguished professor, Department of Materials Science, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named a fellow of the Society of Glass Technology, formed in 1916 as an organization of people interested in glass that responds to the needs of industry and academia. Each nomination is put forward by three fellows in the society, which has members in more than 50 countries.

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