Awards & Honors

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

January 14, 2015

Carolyn K. Burr, deputy executive director of the François-Xavier Bagnoud CenterSchool of Nursing, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care

Frederick Hersch, instructor of jazz piano in the Department of Music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, had his album “Floating” named a top album of 2014 by New York Times music critic Nate Chinen. Learn more here.

Benjamin P. Horton, professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was awarded the Voyager Award by the Ocean Sciences Section of the American Geophysical Union.

James W. Hughes, distinguished professor and dean at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was presented the 12th annual Distinguished Public Service Award by the New Jersey League of Municipalities

Renée Anne Louprette, part-time lecturer in the Department of Music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, had her recording “Bach: The Great 18 Chorales” named one of the top music recordings of 2014 by New York Times classical music critic James R. Oestreich. Learn more here.

Kenneth H. McKeever, professor in the Department of Animal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and director for research at the Equine Science Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was recently appointed to the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s Scientific Advisory Board. Learn more here

Nicholi Vorsa, research professor and director of the Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, has been named fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Learn more here.

January 7, 2015

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Organic Land Care Certificate Program was awarded the Environmental Stewardship Award by the New Jersey Turfgrass Association. Learn more here.

Bruce G. Haffty, professor and chair in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Jersey Medical School, and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and associate director of the Cancer Institute, is the new board liaison for science of the Radiological Society of North America Board of Directors.

Frederick Hersch, instructor of jazz piano in the Department of Music at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Jazz Instrumental Album, “Floating,” and Best Improvised Jazz Solo, “You & the Night & the Music.”

Conrad Herwig, area coordinator of jazz studies in the Department of Music at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Latin Jazz Album, “The Latin Side of Joe Henderson,” and Best Improvised Jazz Solo, “Recorda Me.”

Ken Kendall, distinguished professor of management at the School of Business–Camden, has received the 2014 Dennis E. Grawoig Distinguished Service Award from the Decision Sciences Institute. Learn more here.

Gary D. Saretzky, part-time lecturer and internship coordinator in the Department of History, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been inducted as a blues music photographer in New Jersey by the Blues Hall of Fame.

Patricia Suplee, assistant professor at the School of Nursing–Camden, was honored as a 2014 Nurse of the Year by the New Jersey March of Dimes. Learn more here.

Miklos Vasarhelyi, distinguished professor of accounting information systems, Rutgers Business School, and director of the Rutgers Accounting Research Center and Continuous Auditing and Reporting Lab, has been reappointed as the KPMG Distinguished Professor of Accounting. Learn more here.

Jerome Williams, distinguished professor and Prudential Chair in Business in the Department of Marketing, research director of the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Department of Management and Global Business, and Ph.D. program director of the Rutgers Business School, was inducted into the Ph.D. Project’s Hall of Fame. Learn more here.

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