Awards & Honors

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.

July 1, 2015

Access, the newsletter of the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 2015 Excellence in Journalism Award from the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for best newsletter for 2014. 

Gary D. Saretzky, internship coordinator and part-time lecturer in the Department of History, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, compiled and edited the booklet The Civil War: New Jersey in Focus for Monmouth County Archives which received first prize from the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey for booklets published in 2014.

June 24, 2015

Elisa Bandera, professor of epidemiology, School of Public Health and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and member, Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program, Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was appointed vice chair of the Lifestyle Behaviors, Energy Balance, and Chemoprevention Special Interest Group of the American Society of Preventive Oncology.

Simon Hanft, assistant professor of surgery and surgical director, pituitary tumor program, the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the medical advisory award from Voices Against Brain Cancer for his contributions to the cancer community.

The School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presented awards for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education to Tisha Bender (English Writing Program), Sharon Bzostek (Department of Sociology), Richard Dienst (Department of English), Setareh Marvasti (Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology), Michael Monescalchi (English Writing Program), Ghassan Moussawi (Department of Sociology), Alice Seneres (Department of Mathematics), Richard Serrano (Department of French), Mary Trigg (Department of Women’s and Gender Studies), Celines Villalba Rosado (Department of Spanish and Portuguese), Erik Wade (Department of English), and Lindsey Whitmore (Department of Women and Gender Studies). 

June 3, 2015

The Community Living Education Project, Department of Health Systems and Policy, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the Media Excellence Award from the Arc/Morris of Morristown, N.J., for its My Life Now magazine.

Eight dental assisting students in the Department of Allied Dental Education, School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, combined for several awards at the New Jersey Dental Assisting Association’s annual session. Three groups presented table clinics and submitted posters. One poster was the overall winner; there also were one first place and two third place winners. One table clinic won the NJDAA Alice Eder Award. The students were Diana S. GuamanHadeer HanafyJessica G. JudsonNichelle J. ManigoGaby Ramirez-SanchezMarisa SchwerdtfegerDana M. Wardell, and Priscilla M. Zambrano.

May 27, 2015

Julie Ferguson, assistant dean for student affairs, Department of Student Affairs, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was elected national chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Committee on Student Records (COSR). COSR seeks to increase awareness of best practices for records retention and disposal in the medical school setting; provide programming and publications that assist records professionals in their duties, including maintaining the integrity of academic records; and promote professional development opportunities for medical school student records administrators.

Mercedes Rivero, assistant dean for admissions, Office of Admissions, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was elected chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges–Northeast Group on Student Affairs (AAMC–GSA), a professional organization committed to supporting the AAMC to advance medical education.

The Rutgers Debate Union, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, finished third at the American Parliamentary Debate Association National Championship. The team of Raman “Quinn” Maingi, ’15, and Sean Leonard, ’16, both at the School of Arts and Sciences, made it to the tournament’s semifinal before losing to Harvard University, the eventual champion. Rutgers is the only public university to have back-to-back semifinal appearances at the national championship. 

Deborah M. Spitalnik, executive director, professor of pediatrics, the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was reappointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID). She was appointed to the committee in 2014 and previously served from 1994 to 2001, including as chair from 2000 to 2001, and from 2011 to 2013.

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