Awards & Honors

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.

September 9, 2015

Yuri T. Jadotte, assistant professor, Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing, and instructor, Department of Quantitative Methods: Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Heath, and Susan Salmond, executive vice dean and professor, Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing, and director, Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the Recognition Award for Center Excellence at the first Joanna Briggs Institute Methodology Symposium in Adelaide, Australia.

September 2, 2015

Nicholas J. Belkin, distinguished professor, Department of Library and Information Science, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, is the 2015 recipient of the Gerard Salton Award presented every three years by the Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). ACM is the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. The Salton Award honors recipients for significant, sustained, and continuing contributions to research in information retrieval.

Jimmy de la Torre, professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named honorary professor at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain, and honorary chair professor at the National Taichung University of Education, Taiwan.

The Center for Latino Arts and Culture, Division of Student Affairs, Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, received a Citation of Excellence from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in the area of art project support for achieving the highest standard of excellence as recognized by its peers. The citation is for the program Dancing with the Spirit: Afro Latino Traditions at the Crossroads, to be presented on September 25–26 at the Nicholas Music Center, New Brunswick.

August 26, 2015

Judith A. Neubauer, associate vice president for research regulatory affairs, Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, and professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was named to the inaugural class of fellows of the American Physiological Society. The designation honors distinguished members who have demonstrated excellence in science, contributed to the physiological sciences, and served the society.

Edmund Pajarillo, clinical assistant professor, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the 2015 Julita V. Sotejo Medallion of Honor Award, the highest honor presented by the University of the Philippines Nursing Alumni Association International, Inc., and named after the founding dean of that university's College of Nursing.

Todd Wolfson, assistant professor of journalism and media studies in the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a 2015 Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communications in the category Newspaper Investigative Series for Tapped Out, a series focusing on poverty in Philadelphia published in the Philadelphia Daily News. Wolfson contributed an op-ed to the series, a collaboration among the Daily News, WHYY-FM, Axis Philly and Temple University, and the Media Mobilizing Project, of which he is a cofounder. 

August 12, 2015

David P. Redlawsk, professor, Department of Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences, and director, Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected vice president of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP). The ISPP is an interdisciplinary scientific organization representing all fields of inquiry exploring the relationships between political and psychological processes.

July 29, 2015

Lauren Aleksunes, associate professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, and resident scientist, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the 2015 Mentor of the Year Award from the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education.

Marianthi Ierapetritou, professor and chair, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Division of Particulate Preparations and Design Award in the PPD division of the Society of Powder Technology, Japan, for her research on the continuous pharmaceutical process. She has been invited to present at the PPD’s 2015 symposium in Japan, October 22–23.

Simon Wickhamsmith, Department of English Writing Program, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a 2015 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Award. The award’s purpose is to promote the publication and reception of translated world literature in English.

July 15, 2015

The Community Living Education Project, Department of Health Systems and Policy, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the State of New Jersey Senate and General Assembly Commendation for outstanding work on its magazine, My Life Now, and for bringing honor and pride to the community through stories about people with developmental disabilities. 

Elaine Diegmann, professor and director of the nurse midwifery program, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the American College of Nurse-Midwives National Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes midwives and other professionals for an unusual and exemplary effort in community service, innovation in midwifery practice, education, or research. 

Diane Gomez, director of marketing and communications, dean Claire McInerney, associate dean Karen Novick, and Carol Peters, public relations specialist, all from the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a 2015 Pyramid Award for interaction magazine from the New Jersey Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America. Interaction also received first place honors in the Public Relations Magazine category from the Garden State Journalists Association.  

Sharon Manne, professor, Department of Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and associate director, Population Science at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the Norman H. Edelman Clinical Science Mentoring Award for longstanding guidance and support of young scientists.

Arnold Rabson, director of the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the R. Walter Schlesinger MD Basic Science Mentoring Award for longstanding guidance and support of young scientists.

Philip Smith, assistant professor and project manager for community positive behavior supports at the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was honored by Community Access Unlimited as Educator of the Year, in recognition of the training he provides to help ensure its staff can reach their full potential when supporting individuals with disabilities.

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