Awards & Honors

May 17, 2017

On May 22, the Rutgers University Police Department will receive the Attorney General Award for Outstanding Community Policing for its involvement in the Rutgers Good Neighbor Program. This initiative creates a cohesive off-campus student community by facilitating connections among students, the university, and the neighborhood; providing educational programs; and developing new resources for students living off-campus. The Good Neighbor Program has successfully addressed urgent matters facing the off-campus population at Rutgers and strengthened the partnership between the university police department and the local police. The program has been widely received throughout the city of New Brunswick since 2012, and was expanded to off-campus communities in Newark and Camden in 2016. Learn more here.

Debbie Scheibler, assistant director of housing and residence life, Rutgers University–Camden, is the co-recipient of the 2017 Robert P. Cooke Talking Stick Article of the Year Award, given by the Association of College and University Housing Officers–International. The award is granted based on the quality of a submitted article and the awardee’s contribution to the student housing field.

Helen Berman, distinguished professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, and associate director, RCSB Protein Data Bank, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will receive the first David Rognlie Award from the American Crystallographic Association. The award celebrates an exceptional discovery or technical development of particularly high impact in any area of structural science.

May 10, 2017

Patricia D. Suplee, associate professor, School of Nursing–Camden, Rutgers University–Camden, is the recipient of the 2017 Suzanne Feetham Nurse Scientist Family Research Award from the Eastern Nursing Research Society. The award recognizes outstanding contributions by a senior nurse scientist who has a well-established program of family research and scholarship.

The Office of Communications and Public Affairs at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey was recognized with a Gold Award for its “Winning Is Everything” advertising campaign. The honor was given in the “Integrated Marketing” category during the 34th Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards presented by Healthcare Marketing Report. Awards are judged by a national panel that reviews entries based on creativity, quality, message effectiveness, consumer appeal, graphic design, and overall impact. 

May 3, 2017

Patricia Bender, research contract/grant specialist, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Rutgers University–Newark, was named assistant editor of the New Jersey Council of Teachers of English Journal.

April 26, 2017

Cherie Castellano, University Behavioral Health Care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the recipient of the 2017 New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner's Partnership Award for her collaborative and selfless work with the DCF, including the Worker2Worker and Mom2Mom peer support programs.

Marc Holzer, university professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, received the 2017 New Jersey Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration Achievement Award for his numerous achievements and commitment to improve public service. 

James T. Luxhøj, professor and undergraduate director, Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE), School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will be inducted into the Virginia Tech ISE Academy of Distinguished Alumni. Virginia Tech's ISE Academy is a group of recognized leaders in the field who have served their profession and society with distinction.

April 19, 2017

Dorothy Sue Cobble, distinguished professor, Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, School of Management and Labor Relations, and Department of History, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University for her distinctive contributions to the Stockholm University’s activities in research and education.

Susan Hamilton, assistant vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Carla Cruz, student records analyst, published “A Mentor and a Mentee Exchange Their Thoughts” in the current edition of College and University magazine.

Judith Nicosia, associate professor, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected as a member to the American Academy of Teachers of Singing. The organization strives for improvement in the profession and for the furtherance of the vocal arts through research, publication, convention presentations, adjudication, and other activities.

Nancy Pontes, assistant professor, School of Nursing–Camden, Rutgers University–Camden, has been inducted as a fellow of the National Academies of Practice, an interprofessional, national organization that advises governmental bodies on health care delivery in the United States.

Alan Shark, associate professor of practice, School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), Rutgers University–Newark, served as executive editor and contributing author to the revised/second edition of CIO Leadership for Cities and Counties: Emerging Trends and Practices. Marc Holzer, university professor, SPAA, and SPAA alumnus Aroon P. Manoharan (Ph.D. '09) also contributed a chapter to the book.

James D. Ward, visiting associate professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), Rutgers University–Newark, served as co-guest editor for Public Administration Review's symposium on policing and race alongside SPAA dean Charles Menifield. The symposium highlights discriminatory policing practices and offers solutions.

April 12, 2017

Marc Holzer, university professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, received the Chester Newland Presidential Citation of Merit Award from the American Society for Public Administration for his invaluable support and tireless service to the society.

David Jancsics, postdoctoral associate, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, authored "From Local Cliques to Mafia States: The Evolution of Network Corruption," a chapter in Twenty-five Sides of a Post-Communist Mafia State.

Wen Wang, associate professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, was elected president of the China-America Association for Public Affairs for a two-year term.

Yahong Zhang, associate professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, was elected to a one-year term as chair for the Section on Chinese Public Administration in the American Society for Public Administration.

The School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, with co-editors Marc Holzer, university professor, and Lois M. Warner, assistant teaching professor, and doctoral student Dan Bee Lee as associate editor; and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration released the fourth edition of the Teaching Resources Guide for Public Affairs and Administration. The publication is available here

April 5, 2017

David S. Goodell, research professor, Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics Protein Data Bank, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is a winner of the 2017 “Vizzies,” a scientific visualizations challenge sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Popular Science magazine, for his illustration of the Zika virus.

Debra L. Laskin, distinguished professor and chair in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Education Award from the Society of Toxicology. The award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to education in the broad field of toxicology.

Xun Liu, associate professor, Department of History, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the recipient of the Core Fulbright U.S Scholars Researcher Award for 2017–2018. He will spend the Fulbright research tenure in China and East Asia to conduct archival and field research on his project, "Of Poems, Brushstrokes, Zithers, and Gardens: Monastic Arts, Cultural Capital, and Power in Local Society in Late Imperial and Modern China."

March 29, 2017

John Westbrook, data and software architect lead, Center for Integrative Proteomics Research, Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics Protein Data Bank, received the Biocuration Career Award from the International Society for Biocuration at the 2017 Biocuration Conference. Westbrook's work established the PDBx/mmCIF data dictionary and format as the foundation of the modern Protein Data Bank archive.

Bonnie L. Fong, Minglu Wang, Krista White, and Roberta Tipton, librarians, Rutgers University–Newark, won the 2017 Research Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries-New Jersey Chapter and the New Jersey Library Association College and University Section for their Journal of Academic Librarianship article, "Assessing and Serving the Workshop Needs of Graduate Students."

The Division of Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 2017 Emerging Practice Award for Technology from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators for the division’s work in creating a community of learning designed to educate student leaders and student affairs professionals about tools, strategies, and analytics for social media engagement.  

March 22, 2017

Mary M. Bridgeman, clinical assistant professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice and Administration, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was named the 2017 Outstanding Woman of the Year in Education by the Somerset County Commission for contributions to her community. 

David Greenberg, professor of history, School of Arts and Sciences, and of journalism and media studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected to the Society of American Historians, an invitation-only society comprised of the nation’s leading historians of literary and scholarly distinction in historical writing.

James T. Luxhøj, professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the recipient of the 2017 Wellington Award from the Engineering Economy Division of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, recognizing outstanding contributions in the field of engineering economy.

March 15, 2017

Paul C. Ocampo, dance faculty member, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a Fulbright Fellowship to be a lecturer in dance at the University of Taipei in Taiwan for the fall 2017 semester.

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