Awards & Honors

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.

May 20, 2015

Gwendolyn Beetham, director, Global Village, Douglass Residential College, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected to the Delegate Assembly of the National Women’s Studies Association.

Alice  Serenes, teaching instructor, Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace. The designation recognizes educators who utilize language skills in their field of work or area of research.

Philip Smith, project manager for community positive behavior supports and assistant professor of pediatrics, the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was honored as Educator of the Year by Community Access Unlimited (CAU). The award recognizes Smith’s dedication in providing training that helps ensure that CAU staff members reach their potential while supporting individuals with disabilities. 

Rasheda L. Weaver, civic engagement graduate fellow, Department of Public Policy and Administration, Rutgers University–Camden, was named Outstanding Ph.D. candidate by the Public Administration Student Association.

May 13, 2015

The Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes honored the following members of the university community with Human Dignity Awards for demonstrating extraordinary achievement and commitment to social justice by promoting equity, access, and inclusion at Rutgers and in the broader communities: Charlotte Bunch, Board of Governors distinguished professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; Nancy Cintron, associate dean, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences; Vanessa González, student, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; Lisa Klein, distinguished professor and graduate director, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; Wally Torian, assistant dean and director, admissions, recruitment, and outreach, Rutgers Educational Opportunity Fund Program, Student Access and Educational Equity, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; and Kareem Willis, student, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark.

Walter L. Douglas Jr., chief operating officer, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was elected national chair, Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Institutional Planning, an organization devoted to advancing the discipline of planning in academic medicine. Learn more here.

Fernanda Perrone, archivist and head, Exhibitions Program, and curator, William Elliot Griffis Collection, Special Collections/University Archives Library Faculty, Special Collection and University Archives, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 19th annual National History Day New Jersey Educator of the Year Service Award. 

May 6, 2015

Fernando J. Muzzio, Charles M. Roth, Prosenjit Bagchi, and Mona Zebarjadi received 2015 faculty awards from the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Muzzio, distinguished professor of chemical and biochemical engineering, received the Faculty of the Year Award. Roth, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering and biomedical engineering, earned the Outstanding Engineering Faculty Award. Bagchi, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, was honored with the Peter D. Cherasia Faculty Scholar Award. Zebarjadi, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, received the A. Walter Tyson Assistant Professorship Award.

Susan Salmond, professor and executive vice dean; Amita Avadhani, assistant professor and specialty director, DNP executive track; and Lisa Paplanus, alumna, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, published a paper selected for the 2015 Mary Hanna Memorial Journalism Award from the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN). The authors were recognized at ASPAN’s 34th national conference for their paper, titled Using Systematic Reviews to Guide Decision-Making About Family-Witnessed Resuscitation, in the Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing.

Rebecca Scholl, CA2 anesthesia resident at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, won the White Mountain Award as the resident or fellow whose abstract scored the highest at the Society for Ambulatory Anesthesia’s 30th annual meeting. Her abstract was titled Fentanyl-Induced Chest Wall Rigidity in a Child: A Rare But Serious Complication in the Ambulatory Care Setting. 

Brian L. Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was honored with the establishment of a visiting professorship bearing his name, the designation of the Brian L. Strom Conference Room, and a portrait to hang outside that room at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. Strom established the multidisciplinary center at Penn, where he served as the George S. Pepper Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, professor of biostatistics and epidemiology, professor of medicine, professor of pharmacology and, immediately prior to joining Rutgers, executive vice dean for institutional affairs for the Perelman School of Medicine.

Debbie Walsh, director, Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Award for 2015 from Women’s E-News. She was honored in the category Seven Who Give Life to Movements. Recipients are individuals who work—personally or professionally—each day to improve the lives of women and girls around the world.  

April 29, 2015

Judith K. Amorosa, clinical professor of radiology and vice chair, medical education and faculty development, Department of Radiology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the 2015 Outstanding Teacher Award from the American Alliance of Academic Chief Residents in Radiology.

Lucille Joel, distinguished professor, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was honored as an outstanding leader in health care and education at the annual Felician College President’s Scholarship Gala.

Debra L. Laskin, Professor II and Roy A. Bowers Endowed Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the 2015 Career Achievement Award from the Society of Toxicology’s Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section. The award reflects an individual’s work in advancing the field in terms of breadth and depth of scientific contributions; influence in the education, training, and mentorship of young scientists; leadership and service to the field; and influence on regulatory and public health decisions.  

The New Jersey State Cancer Registry (NJSCR), led by Antoinette Stroup, associate professor, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, and director, NJSCR, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the Data Quality Indicators for Excellence Award. NJSCR, under the direction of the cancer institute and the New Jersey Department of Health, was recognized as one of only three Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program cancer registries in the nation to meet all 14 data quality indicators for excellence.

Jason R. Richardson, associate professor and deputy director, Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology, Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and resident member, the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the ASPET Division of Toxicology Junior Investigator Award recognizing excellent original research by early career investigators in toxicology. 

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