Awards & Honors

March 23, 2016

Phoebe A. Haddon, chancellor, Rutgers University–Camden, was honored with a Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey. The award recognizes women who are leaders in their fields, innovators of unique programs and services, and role models and mentors to tomorrow’s generation. 

Elizabeth Matto, director, Youth Political Participation Program, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Craig L. Brians Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Mentorship from the American Political Science Association. The award is given annually to faculty members who demonstrate commitment to and excellence in encouraging and developing scholarship among undergraduate students and in mentoring undergraduate students in preparation for graduate school or public­ affairs-related careers.

Nicolás Pereda, director, Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named one of Cinema Scope’s “50 Best Filmmakers Under 50.” Cinema Scope magazine is a Canadian quarterly providing a forum on world cinema.

Amy Vojta, assistant director, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisers’ 2015 Shelly Sutherland Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Rutgers’ SCREAM Theater received the NASPA Excellence Bronze Award for Violence Education and Prevention. NASPA (earlier known as National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and today known as Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) annually recognizes the outstanding contributions of members who are transforming higher education through exceptional programs, innovative services, and effective administration.

March 16, 2016

Tom Glynn, Rutgers University Libraries faculty member, has won the Hornblower Award for a First Book from the 2015-2016 New York Society Library’s New York City Book Awards for his book, Reading Publics: New York City's Public Libraries, 1754-1911.

Ashley Koning, assistant director, Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was awarded the 2015 John Tarnai Memorial Scholarship by the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations. The award recognizes an outstanding early-career survey research professional with great promise for pursuing a long-term career in survey research. Koning is a doctoral candidate in political science, Graduate School, Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Brian L. Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and executive vice president for health affairs for Rutgers, received the Oscar B. Hunter Career Award in Therapeutics, the premier award presented by the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. The award honors a scientist for outstanding contributions to clinical pharmacology and therapeutics over the individual's professional life. 

March 9, 2016

Kayo Denda, head of the Margery Somers Foster Center and Women’s Studies librarian, Research and Instructional Services library faculty, Mabel Smith Douglass Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named 2016 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries Women and Gender Studies Section Career Achievement Award. Denda is liaison to Rutgers–New Brunswick’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, the Institute for Women’s Leadership, the Institute for Research on Women, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, and Douglass Residential College. She received her master’s degrees in women’s and gender studies and library and information science from Rutgers–New Brunswick. 

March 2, 2016

Jorge Contreras, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was elected president of the Latin American Biophysical Society.

Trish Suplee, associate professor of nursing, Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, has been invited to be a workgroup member to represent the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nurses in the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health Program. Suplee will assist with the development of the Postpartum Care Basics for Maternal Safety patient safety bundle and consensus statement. 

Basirah Taha, an advanced practice nurse at University Behavioral Health Care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, who provides home-based behavioral health treatment services, is among the 2016 recipients of the EPIC Awards (Exceptional People Impacting Our Communities) from the Institute for Nursing, the charitable affiliate of the New Jersey State Nurses Association.

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.