Gifts & Grants

September 10, 2014

Marianthi Ierapetritou, professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $700,000. The project titled Process Optimization of Novel Routes for the Production of Bio-based Para-Xylene is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Ierapetritou here.

Joanne Robinson, dean and professor at the School of Nursing­–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $250,000. The project titled Rutgers–Camden Cooper Collaborative for Upward Mobility in Nursing is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Dean Robinson here.

Judith Storch, distinguished professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $198,000 over three years. The project titled Mechanisms of Cholesterol Transport by Niemann-Pick C Proteins is being supported by the American Heart Association. Learn more about Professor Storch here

Jeanne Herb, associate director at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Richard Lathrop, professor and director at the Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $177,100. The project titled Stakeholder Engagement to Support Mapping and Assessment of Marine Resources is being supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation via Monmouth University. Learn more about Director Herb here and Director Lathrop here.

Andrés Roda, engineering research project manager at the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of two awards totaling $100,918.66. The project titled National Summer Transportation Institute Program is being supported by the Federal Highway Administration. Learn more about Andrés Roda here.

September 3, 2014

Patricia Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,590,000. The project titled Contribution of Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells to Immune Senescence in HIV Infection is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Fitzgerald-Bocarsly here.

Stephen Anderson, associate professor at the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine and the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,000,000. The project titled Human Transcription Factor Immunogens: Generation of a Complete Set is being supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Learn more about Professor Anderson here.

Nydia Flores, associate professor in the Department of Learning and Teaching at the Graduate School of Education and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Grant totaling $420,727 over three years. The project enables fellows to pursue a doctorate in foreign languages and language-related concerns such as sociolinguistics, second- and first-language acquisition, language learning and pedagogy, and language socialization, among others. Learn more about Professor Flores here.

Gaetano Montelione, distinguished professor at the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine and the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Davide Comoletti, assistant professor at the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $300,000. The project titled Brain Eager: The Molecular Interactome of Synaptogenesis is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Montelione here and Professor Comoletti here.

Manish Parashar, professor in the Department of Computer Science, Donald Smith, vice president of information technology, and Javier Diaz-Montes, research associate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $285,790. The project titled EAGER: Exploring Federations of Campus and National Cyberinfrastructure as Scalable Platforms for Science: A Case Study Using Open Science Grid is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Parashar here, Vice President Smith here, and Professor Diaz-Montes here.

August 27, 2014

Michael De Luca, senior associate director of the Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $593,000. The project titled Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve Operations is being supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Learn more about Director De Luca here.

Frank Jordan, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $321,000. The project titled Collaborative Research: Engineering a Multienzyme Complex with Synthetic and Mechanistic Goals is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Jordan here.

Huixin He, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $283,000. The project titled Fundamental Understanding of Ionic Insertion/Extraction Mechanism of Organic Electrodes is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor He here

Elena Galoppini, professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $246,723. The project titled Collaborative Research: Dye Molecule-Anchored Platinum Nanocatalysts is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Galoppini here.

Robin Stevens, assistant professor in the Department of Childhood Studies at the College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $22,280. The project titled Impact Assessment of a Structural Health Intervention on Health in a Low-Income Community: A Natural Experiment is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey. Learn more about Professor Stevens here

August 20, 2014

Cathryn Potter, dean of the School of Social Work, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3,108,825. The project titled New Jersey Child Welfare Partnership Training Program is being supported by the N.J. Department of Children and Families. Learn more about Dean Potter here.

Kimberly Brenneman, assistant research professor at the National Institute for Early Education Research and the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,351,824 over four years. The project titled Supports for Science and Mathematics Learning in Pre-Kindergarten Dual Language Learners: Designing and Expanding a Professional Development System is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Brenneman here.

Seongshik Oh, associate professor, and Sang-Wook Cheong, distinguished professor, both in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, have each been awarded $1.5 million by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as part of its Moore Materials Synthesis Investigators program. This award supports discovery-driven research on a topic of their choosing. Learn more about Professor Oh here and Professor Cheong here.

Alan Zalkind, director of the Center for Government Services, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,426,402. The project titled Uniform Construction Code Enforcement Officials/Multiple Dwelling Training is being supported by the N.J. Department of Community Affairs. Learn more about Director Zalkind here.

Utz Herbig, associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,319,700. The project titled (PQB-4) Opposing Effects of the SASP in Cancer Progression is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Herbig here.

Cyril Reade, director of the Rutgers­–Camden Center for the Arts, is the principal investigator of two awards totaling $176,000. The awards are from the N.J. Council on the Arts. Learn more about Professor Reade here.

August 13, 2014

Alexander Gates, professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3,500,000. The project titled Phase II: Garden State LSAMP is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Gates here.

Debkumar Pain, professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,216,007. The project titled Mitochondria-Cytoplasm Interactions for Cytosolic Fe-S Cluster Assembly is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Pain here.

Nan Gao, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,722,165. The project titled Endosomal Control of Microbe-Host Homeostasis is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Gao here.

The Governor's Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism recently announced four grants to Rutgers researchers, including the following:

·         Elizabeth Torres, assistant professor of psychology at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, receives $398,908 to provide a new objective instrument that detects micro-movements present in social behaviors with the potential of leading to earlier diagnosis of autism, using the standardized structures of the Autism Diagnosis Observation Schedule, a reliable instrument based on observation.

·         Cecelia Feeley, project manager at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, receives $398,282 to perform an assessment to aid adults on the autism spectrum in finding safe, accessible, and appropriate paratransit transportation services.

Cyril Reade, associate professor of art and director of the Rutgers­–Camden Center for the Arts, is the principal investigator of two awards totaling $176,000. The awards are from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Learn more about Director Reade here.

August 6, 2014

Veronique Dartois, assistant professor at the Public Health Research Institute at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3,953,505. The project titled the De Facto Monotherapy During Multidrug TB Treatment and Emergence of Resistance is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Dartois here.

Janet Leli, associate director for technology transfer at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation and director of the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $510,000. The project titled the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program Annual Work Plan 2014 is being supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Director Leli here.

The Governor's Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism recently announced two grants of $400,000 each to Rutgers researchers with the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School:

·         Davide Comoletti and Zhiping Pang, assistant professors in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, receive $400,000 to study autism-linked stress at the cellular level and initial testing of therapeutic strategies.

·         Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom, professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology and the Department of Pediatrics, receives $400,000 to study human stem cells from individuals with autism in order to determine metabolic abnormalities that may contribute to autism and have the potential to be reversed through the use of pharmaceuticals.

Zhengyu Mao, professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and graduate program director at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $160,000. The project titled Whitaker Functionals of Automorphic Forms is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Mao here.

Daniel Hart, distinguished professor in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project titled Supporting the Achieve New Jersey Teacher Evaluation Model is being supported by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation. Learn more about Professor Hart here.

July 30, 2014

Jeffrey Laskin, professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), and Jason R. Richardson, associate professor at RWJMS and the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, are the principal investigators on an award totaling $3.9 million. The project titled Developing Drugs to Mitigate Parathion Intoxication is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Laskin here and Professor Richardson here.

Alexander Gates, professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3.5 million. The project titled the Garden State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Gates here.

Rachel Somerville, Downsbrough Chair in Astrophysics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the recipient of a five-year award totaling $550,000. She has been named a 2014 Simons Investigator by the Simons Foundation. Learn more about Professor Somerville here.

Stephanie Curenton, assistant professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $422,979. The project titled Expanding Ethnically Diverse Urban Preschoolers’ Oral Language Skills is being supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Learn more about Professor Curenton here.

Elaine Zundl, assistant dean II of the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science, and Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $40,000. The project titled the Douglass Engineering Living-Learning Community on Busch Campus is being supported by the PSEG Foundation. Learn more about Dean Zundl here.

Beverly Tepper, professor in the Department of Food Science at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $14,500. The project titled Planning Grant: I/UCRC in Sensory Sciences and Innovation is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Tepper here.

July 16, 2014

Prabhas Moghe, distinguished professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,079,753. The project titled Rare Earth Nanoprobes for Optical Imaging and Disease Tracking is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Moghe here.

Donna Van Alst, instructor and director of the Office of Research and Evaluation at the Institute for Families at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,190,000. The project titled Superstorm Sandy Child and Family Health Study is being supported by the N.J. Department of Children and Families. The coinvestigators are Patricia Findley and Sandra Moroso of the School of Social Work. Learn more about Director Van Alst here.

Lee Slater, professor and chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $843,582. The project titled Investigating the Sensitivity of Emerging Geophysical Technologies to Immobile Porosity and Isolated DNAPL and Dissolved/Absorbed VOC Mass in Fractured Media is being supported by the U.S. Department of Defense. Learn more about Professor Slater here.

Antoinette Farmer, associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $25,000. The project titled Parenting Wisely: Parent Training to Reduce the Risk Factors for Gang Involvement is being supported by a Rutgers Community-University Research Partnership grant. Learn more about Professor Farmer here.

Patricia Suplee, assistant professor at the School of Nursing–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $10,000. The project titled The Relationship Between Birth Outcomes and Neighborhood Characteristics Within an Urban Population of African-American and Hispanic Women is being supported by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses. Learn more about Professor Suplee here.

July 9, 2014

Jolie A. Cizewski, distinguished professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a five-year award totaling $7,979,615. The project titled Center of Excellence for Radioactive Ion Beam Studies is being supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Learn more about Professor Cizewski here.

Andrew Germak, executive director of the Center for Leadership and Management and professor of professional practice at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $433,264. The project titled CWA Leadership and Management Development Project is being supported by the Division of Family Development at the N.J. Department of Human Services. Learn more about Executive Director Germak here.

Dimitrios Ntarlagiannis, assistant research professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $249,892. The project titled SBIR Phase II: Development of an Affordable and Versatile Spectral-Induced Polarization Borehole Tool is being supported by a corporate contract. Learn more about Professor Ntarlagiannis here.

Zhengyu Mao, professor and graduate program director in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $160,000. The project titled Whitaker Functionals of Automorphic Forms is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Mao here.

Malin Pinsky, assistant professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has won a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). He is the first Rutgers faculty member to win this prestigious honor, instituted in 2008. It provides a $5,000 grant from ORAU, which the university will match. Learn more here.

Lisa Mikesell, assistant professor at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,000. The project titled Information Needs of Leukemia Patients Making Treatment Decisions is being supported by the University Research Council. Learn more about Professor Mikesell here.

July 2, 2014

Margaret Marsh, university professor in the Department of History at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $335,000. The project titled Infertility and Assisted Reproduction from the Development of In Vitro Fertilization to the Present: Medicine, Culture, Policy, and Practice is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Professor Marsh here.

John Hughes, distinguished professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $326,341. The project titled Finding the Most Massive Galaxy Clusters in the Observable Universe is being supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Learn more about Professor Hughes here.

Kostas Bekris, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $230,000. The project titled Design, Development, Testing and Evaluation of a UGV Bearing-Based SLAM and Navigation System is being supported by a corporate contract. Learn more about Professor Bekris here.

Brooke Maslo, assistant research professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $94,996. The project titled Protection of Critical Beach-Nesting Bird Habitats in the Wake of Severe Coastal Storms is being supported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Learn more about Professor Maslo here.

Daniel Hart, distinguished professor in the departments of Childhood Studies and Psychology and director of the Institute for Effective Education, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project titled Supporting the Achieve N.J. Teacher Evaluation Model. Learn more about Professor Hart here.

Lee Slater, professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $37,748. The project titled Geophysical Characterization of the Christina River Basin Critical Zone Observatory is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Slater here.