Awards & Honors

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.

April 20, 2016

Gary Aston-Jones, Murray and Charlotte Strongwater Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and Brain Health, and director, Brain Health Institute, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, will deliver the annual B.F. Skinner Lecture in Behavioral Pharmacology and Neuroscience at next month’s international meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis in Chicago.

David Bleich, chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the Physician of the Year Award from the Diabetes Foundation, Inc., at its 25th Anniversary Awards Dinner. The award recognizes a physician who provides patients with compassionate, comprehensive, and caring medicine; actively participates in community affairs and activities; provides a professional and personal role model to other health professionals, residents, and medical students; and supports the mission of the foundation.

Jeff Friedman, associate professor and director, master of fine arts in dance program, Department of Dance, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was awarded the 2016 Clement A. Price Human Dignity Award for advancing the boundaries of oral history-based scholarship through choreographic and text research addressing issues of equity and inclusion; preventing the loss of alternative histories of the performing arts; and developing innovative courses and programs that have reframed dance practices to integrate a range of diverse and inclusive narratives. The award was given by the university’s Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes in recognition of universitywide excellence in diversity and inclusion.

Chef Robert Higgins, Department of Dining Services, Division of Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, won the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) Mid-Atlantic Regional Culinary Challenge held at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va. With his victory, Higgins will represent the university at the NACUFS national challenge in Anaheim, California, on July 14.

Norma Riccucci, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, received the 2016 Dwight Waldo Award from the American Society for Public Administration at its annual conference last month. The award recognizes individuals, nominated by their peers, who have made outstanding contributions to the professional literature of public administration over an extended career.

Rutgers University Career Services, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will honor top hiring employers, campus partners, and student recipients of the Intern Excellence Awards at the second annual Career Knights of Distinction Awards Ceremony to recognize campus partners of the year on May 4. Faculty and staff honorees include Hester Coan, assistant director of student services for career services, School of Communication and Information; Ildi Koczan, career management specialist, School of Management and Labor Relations; Assimina A. Pelegri, professor and executive officer, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering; Jim Venner, senior human resources consultant; and Ganesh Waran, facility coordinator, Werblin Recreation Center.

April 13, 2016

Carrie Coffield, assistant professor of pediatrics, The Boggs Center on Development Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received a Parent–Professional Collaboration Award presented by the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network and the Community of Care Consortium. The award recognizes work on behalf of enhancing early screening for families served by federally qualified health centers, early childhood centers, and home visiting programs in New Jersey.

Nicole R. Fleetwood, associate professor, Department of American Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was awarded an American Council for Learned Societies/New York Public Library Fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. During the 2016–2017 academic year, she will complete her book, Carceral Aesthetics: Prison Art and Public Culture, a study that examines a range of visual art and practices emerging inside prisons and about prison life.

Cheryl Holly, associate dean, entry to baccalaureate nursing practice, professor, and codirector of the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, and Deanna Gray-Miceli, assistant professor, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, were inducted as distinguished scholars and fellows in the National Academies of Practice, a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 to influence policy and practice in health care. 

Jacquelyn Litt, dean of Douglass Residential College, was honored by New Jersey Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto during a March New Jersey State House event celebrating Women’s History Month, recognized for her research on poverty and gender and the positive impact her work has made on the lives of New Jersey women and children. 

Rutgers received a certificate for its successful voluntary participation in the United States Environmental Protection Agency Combined Heat and Power Partnership (CHP), which seeks to reduce the environmental impact of power generation. In 2015, the university avoided 1,800,000 tons of CO2 by using CHP. Two university cogeneration plants contributed to offsetting greenhouse gas emissions. Cogeneration uses natural gas to run turbines that produce electricity and waste heat. Waste heat is used to make high-temperature hot water, which heats buildings. 

Department of Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was recognized for its efforts toward reducing litter through participation in the City of New Brunswick’s Clean City Block Captain Program. The program’s purpose is to engage neighborhoods in litter reduction efforts through community involvement. The department has been actively recruiting students living off campus to take part in mini-cleanups and education efforts with neighbors.    

April 6, 2016

Brian Strom, chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and the university’s executive vice president for health affairs, was honored as the keynote speaker at the first Greek Pharmacoepidemiology Symposium in Alexandroupolis last month. The symposium theme was “Medicine through Pharmacoepidemiology, Pharmacovigilance, and Phamacoeconomics.”

At the School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick:

  • Helen M. Berman, distinguished professor and Board of Governors Professor, Center for Integrative Proteomics Research, and director emerita, Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB) Protein Data Bank, was named a fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology. She was recognized for her roles in creating and leading the Protein Data Bank and Nucleic Acids Database; for innovations in computational biology, including methods and standards; and for contributions to structural biology.
     
  • David S. Goodsell, scientific outreach lead, RCSB Protein Data Bank, Center for Integrative Proteomics Research, is the 2016 overall winner of the Wellcome Image Awards for his painting of Ebola virus proteins.
     
  • Maria Voigt, outreach coordinator, RCSB Protein Data Bank, Center for Integrative Proteomics Research, received a 2016 Wellcome Image Award for her molecular animation of Clathrin.

At Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, the following were selected to serve on the newly formed New Jersey Medical Marijuana Review Panel:

  • Alex Bekker, chair, Department of Anesthesiology, New Jersey Medical School;
     
  • Stewart A. Berkowitz, clinical assistant professor, Department of Radiology, New Jersey Medical School, and president of the State Board of Medical Examiners;
     
  • Mary Barna Bridgeman, clinical associate professor, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy;
     
  • Mary L. Johansen, clinical assistant professor and associate director, New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing, Division of Advanced Nursing, School of Nursing;
     
  • Cheryl Kennedy, associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, New Jersey Medical School; and
     
  • Petros Levounis, chair, Department of Psychiatry, New Jersey Medical School.

Michael J. Camasso, professor, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and Radha Jagannathan, professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, both Rutgers University–New Brunswick, have returned from France, where they served as distinguished visiting research scholars in March. They were selected by the Centre d'Études et de Recherches sur les Qualifications, a joint project of the Ministère de l’Éducation and the Ministère du Travail in Paris, to collaborate with French and German researchers around issues and policies addressing youth unemployment. 

March 30, 2016

Brian Strom, chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and the university’s executive vice president for health affairs, was named to NJ Biz’s Power 50 in Health Care

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

  • Felesia Bowen, assistant professor; François-Xavier Bagnoud Center Endowed Chair in Community Pediatric Nursing; and director, Center for Urban Youth and Families, was accepted as a fellow of the 2016–2017 cohort of the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy, an 18-month leadership development experience that pairs participants with senior leadership mentors.

  • Gina Miranda-Diaz, adjunct faculty member, was elected president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses’ New Jersey Chapter. 

  • Valerie Smith-Stephens, assistant dean, Educational Opportunity Fund Program, was invited to participate in a second review cycle as a merit reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, which uses reviewers to identify high-quality, patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research. 

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