Awards & Honors

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. 

April 15, 2015

Robert W. Lake, professor and director of the doctoral program, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was selected to receive the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award from the Northeast Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) and the Rutgers Graduate School–New Brunswick. The NAGS teaching awards recognize excellence and creativity in teaching at the master’s and doctoral program levels. The Graduate School–New Brunswick holds an annual competition for excellence in teaching, graduate research, administrative service, and dissertation teaching.

Marc H. Pfeiffer, senior policy fellow and assistant director of the Bloustein Local Government Research Center, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 2015 Wave Service Award from the Association of Environmental Authorities of New Jersey (AEA). The annual award recognizes excellence in the public water, wastewater, recycling, and solid waste sectors in the state and is presented to a non-AEA member who has gone to great lengths or effort over time to help AEA achieve its goals.

April 1, 2015

Patricia Bender, research contract/grant specialist, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Rutgers University–Newark, was appointed to the editorial board of the New Jersey English Journal, a peer-reviewed New Jersey Council of Teachers of English publication. 

Mary DiGiulio, assistant professor and director of clinical practice and specialty director, adult-gerontology primary care NP program, Division of Advanced Nursing Practice, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was appointed to the medical services committee of the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, which provides free primary care to the county’s lower-income residents who are employed but have little or no insurance coverage.

Deanna Gray-Miceli, assistant professor, School of Nursing, and associate, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was appointed a member of the expert panel on aging, American Academy of Nursing, Washington, D.C.

March 25, 2015

Jimmy de la Torre, professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been elected to the Psychometric Society’s board of trustees.

March 11, 2015

Congressional Recognition for Rutgers
Senator Robert Menendez recently congratulated the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, in the Congressional Record for helping Rutgers win the 2014 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. Learn more about the award here.

Angus Kress Gillespie, professor in the Department of American Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, served as keynote speaker for the National History Day contest at Rutgers on March 1. Rutgers hosted some 300 high school student contestants from Hudson, Essex and Monmouth counties. 

February 25, 2015

Waheed BajwaAnand Sarwate, and Saman Zonouz, assistant professors in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received faculty early career-development program awards from the National Science Foundation. The awards help junior faculty secure financial footing to establish research programs and share knowledge through teaching and outreach programs. Bajwa and Sarwate each receive $550,000 and Zonouz $508,000 over five years.

Joseph R. Bertino, university professor, Department of Pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and chief scientific officer, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, was honored by the American Society of the Italian Legions of Merit with the Grand Award of Merit for his contributions to the field of cancer research, including his influential role in finding treatments for leukemia and lymphoma. 

Angus Kress Gillespie, professor, Department of American Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was selected by the U.S. Navy—in recognition of his research on maritime history— as a distinguished visitor for a two-day study visit aboard the USS George H.W. Bush, a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, out of Norfolk, VA. 

Michael Lewis, university distinguished professor of pediatrics and psychiatry and director of the Institute for the Study of Child Development, Department of Pediatrics, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Tara A. Matthews, developmental behavioral pediatrician, Children’s Specialized Hospital and Department of Genetics, Division of Life Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and fellow of the Institute for the Study of Child Development, have received a U.S. Copyright Office certificate of registration for their screening application, Early Three. The app, developed in collaboration with WebTeam Corp., is a tool designed to help parents and pediatricians detect early indications of autism in children from 8 to 36 months.

Evelyn M. Witkin, professor emerita, the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Stephen Elledge, professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, have been named recipients of the 14th annual Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences for their studies of the DNA damage response. The Wiley Prize recognizes contributions that have opened new fields of research or have advanced concepts in a particular biomedical discipline, and carries a $35,000 award. The Wiley Foundation, which provides the award, is part of John Wiley & Sons Inc., a global provider of knowledge and knowledge-enabled services that seeks to improve outcomes in areas of research, professional practice, and education.

February 18, 2015

Eugenia Etkina, professor and physics program coordinator, Department of Learning and Teaching, Graduate School of Education (GSE), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was recognized for outstanding contributions to the preparation of future physics teachers by the Physics Teacher Education Coalition, a partnership of the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers. GSE received The 5+ Award, which recognizes institutions that graduate at least five highly qualified physics teachers each academic year.

Phyllis Siegel, associate professor, Department of Management and Global Business, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, was appointed senior associate dean for graduate programs and received accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Start with Service Wins Outstanding Program Recognition from American College Personnel Association
Start with Service, a two-day, overnight program offered to first-year students as a precollege community service immersion experience, was chosen outstanding program by the American College Personnel Association’s Commission for Student Involvement. The program is coordinated by Krista Kohlmann, assistant director of student involvement, and graduate student Monica Hanna, Office of Student Involvement, Division of Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The program teaches students about the history, culture, and needs of the New Brunswick/Piscataway area and how to build relationships with community partners through community service.