Awards & Honors

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.

October 28, 2015

Bill Davis, training and consultation specialist at the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was inducted into the Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance Hall of Fame at the 12th Annual Hall of Fame Awards ceremony, recognizing inductees’ outstanding achievements in their communities and/or professional fields.

October 21, 2015

Teri Lindgren, assistant professor and specialty director, Community Health, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing at the academy’s annual policy conference. Her seminal contributions to nursing and health care are in the areas of global health, community health, and HIV research. For more information, click here.

October 14, 2015

Ronald L. Becker, head of Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers University Libraries since 1991, received the 2015 Roger McDonough Librarianship Award, named for New Jersey’s state librarian from 1947 through 1975 and recognizing a librarian, archivist, or manuscript curator for excellence in service to the New Jersey history research community.

Isabel Nazario, associate vice president, strategic initiatives, Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was honored by the New York Jets through the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Awards program. The awards recognize the contributions of Hispanic leaders in each NFL market. Nazario chose the Breast Cancer Resource Center, YWCA, Princeton, to receive the $2,000 donation that accompanies the award.

October 7, 2015

Five professors are among Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers for 2015, approximately 3,000 scholars worldwide whose published papers rank in the top 1 percent by citations for field and publication year in the Web of Science Core Collection: 

  Chi-Tang Ho, professor, Department of Food Science, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick;

  Saurabh W. Jha, associate professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick;

  Jing Li, distinguished professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick;

  Rachel Winfree, associate professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick; and

  Chung S. Yang, distinguished professor and John L. Colaizzi Endowed Chair in Pharmacy, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

 

Joan W. Bennett, professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 2015 SIMB Waksman Outstanding Teaching Award, funded by the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology, at the recent annual meeting of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB).

Todd Demmy, chief of thoracic oncology and associate chief, Division of Surgical Oncology, Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, participated in the first academic exchange between Cuban and U.S. and Canadian cardiac and thoracic surgeons in September when 13 members of the 21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgical Society exchanged ideas in Havana with members of Sociedad de Cardiologia y Cirugia Cardiovascular de Cuba on how to improve the care of cardiovascular surgery patients.

Shadd Maruna, dean of the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, was a keynote speaker at the Butler Trust's 30th anniversary conference, entitled “Putting Research into Practice," at the University of Cambridge, England, on September 18. Maruna’s audience included nearly 250 UK prison, probation, and youth justice delegates and the trust's Royal Patron, HRH The Princess Royal.

Greg Moore, Board of Governors Professor in the New High Energy Theory Center and the Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is a 2015 recipient of the Dirac Medal awarded by the International Centre for Theoretical Physics. Moore was honored for his efforts to introduce the concepts of conformal field theory and nonabelian quasiparticle statistics in condensed matter systems and apply these ideas to quantum computation. 

September 30, 2015

David Shih, associate professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, and member, New High Energy Theory Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named co-recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Young Researcher Award, OYRA (Macronix Prize), from the International Organization of Chinese Physicists and Astronomers. The OYRA is given annually to one or two physicists and/or astronomers of Chinese ethnicity working in North America, Europe, or other regions outside Asia, to encourage and recognize their contributions to physics or astronomy. The award carries a cash prize courtesy of the Macronix Education Foundation.

September 23, 2015

Paul Breslin, professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences; Michael Chikindas, professor, Department of Food Science; and Loredana Quadro, associate professor, Department of Food Science, and member, Center for Lipid Research, New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, all at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received an international innovation prize from the EVONIK Industries Competition for a Novel Technology for Taste Masking.

Stephen Eric Bronner, Board of Governors Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was honored with the creation of the Stephen Eric Bronner Dissertation Award by the New Political Science section of the American Political Science Association. The award recognizes an outstanding political science dissertation that exemplifies the commitment to use scholarship in the struggle for a better world.

Kevin Lyons, associate professor of professional practice, Department of Supply Chain Management, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, and associate director, Rutgers Energy Institute, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a New Jersey Governor’s Jefferson Award in the category of PSEG environmental stewardship for his work in sustainable purchasing.

Alexander V. Neimark, distinguished professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is being saluted at November’s American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ annual meeting. The Adsorption and Ion Exchange plenary session will be comprised of papers invited to honor Neimark, whose research interests cover a broad spectrum of topics in statistical mechanics, thermodynamics and molecular simulation of nanoscale systems, characterization of porous materials, adsorption, interfacial flow and wetting, and other processes, which involve interactions of fluids and biomolecules with nanoporous materials.

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