Awards & Honors

February 24, 2016

Helen M. Berman, Board of Governors Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was selected as a fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology, which honors members who have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics.

Edna Cadmus, clinical professor and specialty director, Nursing Leadership Program, and executive director, New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing, Division of Advanced Nursing Practice, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was appointed to the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools International Research and Evaluation Committee, the world’s largest credentials evaluation organization for nursing.

Sherine E. Gabriel, dean, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Jeffrey Carson, provost, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences in New Brunswick, and vice chair of research, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Department of Medicine, were inducted into the Association of American Physicians, the prestigious national society for internal medicine physicians, bringing the number of Rutgers members to eight.

Lynn McFarlane, director of marketing and communications, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the new co-chair for marketing for the Nursing Advancement Professionals group of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She also was appointed to the trusteeship committee of the Partners for Health Foundation, a charitable organization serving 15 northern New Jersey communities.

February 17, 2016

Sam Adhikari, instructor of professional practice, Department of Management Science and Information Systems, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Software Technical Committee Chair Appreciation Award. 

February 10, 2016

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

  • Nancy Delloiacono, coordinator, Nursing Resources Center, received the Kathy Digman Memorial Scholarship Award from the New Jersey State Association of Occupational Health Nurses. She serves on the association’s board as recording secretary.
  • Joyce Hyatt, associate professor and acting specialty director, Nurse Midwifery Program, received the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Award from Saint Joseph’s Healthcare System.
  • Beth Knox, instructor and specialty director, Adult Gerontology Program, was elected member-at-large, New Jersey State Nurses Association, Middlesex County Region 4.
  • Ann Marie P. Mauro, assistant dean, professor, and director of the Center for Educational Research and Innovation, was elected to a three-year term on the National League for Nursing Board of Governors. She also received two awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Program: the Above and Beyond Award for her three years of service on the NCIN Summit Program Planning Committee and the NCIN Innovation Award for her leadership in developing the NCIN Scholar Alumni Toolkit: Resources for Successful Transition to Professional Practice. 

January 27, 2016

Elliot J. Coups, behavioral scientist at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and associate professor of medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was accepted as a participant in the yearlong Society of Behavioral Medicine Leadership Institute program designed for midcareer professionals seeking to embrace or expand a leadership role.

George McGhee, distinguished professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was invited to the Santa Fe Institute for an expenses-paid workshop in April on the convergent evolution of agriculture in insects and humans. 

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

  • Elaine K. Diegmann, professor, on leave from leadership of Nurse Midwifery Program, received the Pioneer Midwife Award from the American College of Nurse Midwives New Jersey affiliate.
  • Teri Lindgren, assistant professor and specialty director, Community Health Program, was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
  • Gina Miranda-Diaz, alumna of the DNP program and adjunct faculty member, was one of 10 recipients of the Culture of Health: Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Award from the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action, a joint initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Miranda-Diaz, the first female and first Latina public health officer for West New York, was recognized for her leadership at the local, state, and national levels in advancing the nursing profession and her work with diverse populations to build healthier lives and communities.

January 20, 2016

Sharon Anderson, codirector, RN to BS in Nursing program, and instructor/course coordinator, Second Degree BS in Nursing program, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the 2015 Manuscript of Exceptional Merit Award for her article, "Probiotics for Preterm Infants: A Premature or Overdue Necrotizing Enterocolitis Prevention Strategy," from Neonatal Network: The Journal of Neonatal Nursing, which recognized the article for its impact and quality of writing.

Felesia Bowen, François-Xavier Bagnoud Endowed Chair in Community Pediatric Nursing, and director, Center for Urban Youth and Families, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was honored as 2015 Nurse Researcher of the Year by the March of Dimes New Jersey Chapter.

Liping Liu, associate professor, Departments of Mathematics and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Arts and Sciences and School of Engineering, respectively, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) 2015 Melville Medal for his work as coauthor of a technical paper, titled “A Theory of Flexoelectric Membranes and Effective Properties of Heterogeneous Membranes.” The medal, first awarded in 1927, is the highest honor for best original technical paper published in the ASME Transactions in the past two years.  

December 16, 2015

Lauren Aleksunes, associate professor, and Kenneth Reuhl, professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, were honored by the Society of Toxicology with its Achievement and Education awards, respectively. Aleksunes is a member and Reuhl is interim director of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute.

Ruth Anne Koenick, director, Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance, Office of Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Region II Award for Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. The award recognizes an individual who has provided dedicated service, consistent advocacy, and outstanding leadership to the higher education community on the national or international level.

December 9, 2015

Melissa Cheplic, training and consultation specialist at the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was named NADD Member of the Year. The award recognizes a member who has made notable contributions to NADD (also known as the National Association of the Dually Diagnosed), an association committed to individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.

Robert Johnson, the Sharon and Joseph Muscarelle Endowed Dean of New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the Desmond Tutu Phelophepa Achievement Award for Excellence from the American Friends of the Phelophepa Train. Johnson was honored for his expertise and accomplishments in adolescent physical and mental health, adolescent HIV, adolescent violence, adolescent sexuality, and family strengthening.

Peter D. Loeb, professor in the Department of Economics, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, received this year’s Distinguished Member Award from the Transportation and Public Utilities Group of the American Economic Association. The award recognizes his research accomplishments in transportation safety and his service to the profession.

George R. McGhee, distinguished professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was awarded a two-and-one-half-months visiting fellowship to the Konrad Lorenz Institute in Klosterneuburg, Austria, an institute for the advanced study of natural complex systems.

Evan Spivack, professor of pediatric dentistry and program administrator for the second-year residency program in special care dentistry at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was named Healthcare Professional of the Year by The Arc of New Jersey. Spivack was honored for his dedication to treating patients with disabilities. He trains students and works directly with patients at the school’s Delta Dental of New Jersey Special Care Center, one of the only clinics of its kind in the region. 

Carl E. Van Horn, distinguished professor of public policy and director, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). NAPA is an independent, nonpartisan organization, established in 1967 and chartered by Congress, that provides expert advice to government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent institutions.

Alumnus Honored
Kam-Biu Luk,
 University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, who received his doctorate in physics at Rutgers, is a winner of the Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics for his work on the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment. The Breakthrough Prize was founded in 2013 by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang.

December 2, 2015

Ruth B. Mandel, director and Board of Governors Professor of Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was invited to serve an additional two-year term on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience and also on the museum’s Education Committee. Mandel served on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, the museum’s governing board, from 1991 to 2006, and served as vice chair from 1993 to 2005 by presidential appointment. She led the process that created the Committee on Conscience and was its founding chair.

Jaideep Vaidya, professor of computing information systems, Department of Management Science and Information Systems, Rutgers Business School, was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. 

November 25, 2015

Luigi Brunetti, clinical assistant professor, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy; Paul R. Copeland, associate professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; and Anthony M. Tobia, associate professor of psychiatry and clinical associate professor of internal medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, were inducted into the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences’ Master Educators’ Guild, which recognizes and promotes excellence in the university’s educational mission and contributions to scholarship, research, and innovation. Inductees are recommended by their deans after a selection process within their school based on nominations by their peers.

The Community Living Education Project, Department of Health Systems and Policy, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the Community Media Excellence Award from the Arc of New Jersey for outstanding publications and media. 

November 11, 2015

Cecile Feldman, dean of the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received a 2015 Shils Award for "her commitment to training the next generation of dental care providers with a focus on cultural competency, access to care, and excellence in the school's clinical requirements." The award is from the Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Fund Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to innovative leadership in health care.