Awards & Honors

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.

February 11, 2015

S. Sultan Ahmed Honored by Dow University of Health Sciences
S. Sultan Ahmed, professor of medicine at New Jersey Medical School, received a lifetime achievement award from Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan, where he serves as a visiting faculty member. He was named a faculty and staff ambassador by the Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs last year. Learn more about the Faculty and Staff Ambassador Program and view application information here. Learn more about Professor Ahmed here.

February 4, 2015

Maureen Esteves, associate dean at the School of Nursing, Rutgers University–Newark, received the 2014 March of Dimes New Jersey Nurse of the Year award in the Nurse Educator category. In New Jersey, 240 nurses representing 40 hospitals and health care facilities were nominated in 18 award categories. The awards recognize the nurses’ contributions to the field, including displaying positive patient care, compassion, and service.

Darcy Clay Siebert, associate professor, School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, became the first Rutgers faculty member to be named a fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research. Fellows are members who have “served with distinction to advance the mission of the society—to advance, disseminate, and translate research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse, equitable, and just society.” 

January 28, 2015

Michael J. Camasso, professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been designated as the visiting scholar for the study of youth employment policy by the vice-rector's Office for Scientific Policy and Research at the University of Granada, Spain. Professor Camasso will lecture and lead a research team that will examine the role played by the intergenerational transmission of values on youth labor market participation.

January 21, 2015

Alisa Belzer, associate professor in the Department of Learning and Teaching, director of the Education Doctorate Program, and coordinator of the Adult and Continuing Education Master’s Program, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been named co-editor of The Journal of Research and Practice for Adult Literacy, Secondary, and Basic Education. Learn more here.

Katie Devine, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and resident member of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, was the 2015 recipient of the Routh Early Career Award from the Society of Pediatric Psychology