Gifts & Grants

March 4, 2015

Daniel Fine, professor and chair of the Department of Oral Biology and director of the Center for Oral Infectious Diseases, School of Dental Medicine, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3.2 million. The project, titled Early Markers of Aggressive Periodontitis, is being supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Learn more about Fine here.

Anushua Sinha, associate professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health, New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $750,000. The project, titled Maternal Pertussis Immunization Cost Effectiveness Analysis, is being supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Learn more about Sinha here.

Malin Pinsky, assistant professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $139,990 over two years. The project, titled Genetic Monitoring to Improve Fish Stock Assessments, is being supported by the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium. Learn more about Pinsky here.  

Stephanie DiPetrillo, senior research specialist at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of awards totaling $75,000. The projects, titled NJ Transit-Friendly Development Newsletter and NJDOT.org, are supported by New Jersey Transit. Learn more about DiPetrillo here

Jessica Francis, research fellow at the National Institute for Early Education Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $30,000. The project, titled Summit Full Day Kindergarten Evaluation, is being supported by the Schumann Fund for New Jersey. Learn more about Francis here.

February 25, 2015

Les Michelson, scientific staff at Information Services and TechnologiesNew Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1.7 million. The project, titled Supercomputing: Rutgers' Catalyst for Discovery at the Frontiers of Medicine, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Dr. Michelson here

Henry Hsia, assistant professor of surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is principal investigator on a $130,250 grant from LifeCell. His project is titled Impact of Acellular Dermal Matrix on Post-Surgical Wound Fluid Biomarkers. Learn more about Professor Hsia here.

Melissa Just, associate university librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Rutgers University Libraries, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $82,593. Her project, titled Network Funding for Statewide Library Services, is being supported by the New Jersey State Library. Learn more about Ms. Just here.

Liliane Windsor, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $30,000. Her project, titled ICI New Jersey, is being supported by Columbia University. Learn more about Professor Windsor here.

José Camacho, professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $21,779. His project, titled Bilingual Morphology at the Crossroads: New Directions in the Study of Word Structure, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Camacho here.

February 18, 2015

Walter Zahorodny, assistant professor of pediatrics at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $550,000. The project, titled Research on Autism, Spectrum Disorders and Child Developmental Disorders in New Jersey, is being supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more about Professor Zahorodny here.

Drew Gitomer, Rose and Nicholas DeMarzo Chair in Education, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project, titled Classroom Artifacts Are Indicators of Quality in STEM Education, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Gitomer here.

Ashaki Rouff, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental SciencesNewark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $225,064. The project, titled Controls on Struvite Neogenesis and Reactivity in Engineered and Geochemical Systems, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Rouff here.

Lee Jussim, professor in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $180,000. The project, titled Maximizing Scientific Integrity, is being supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Learn more about Professor Jussim here.

Faith Belanger, associate professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $90,000 over three years. The project, titled Understanding Endophyte-Mediated Dollar Spot Resistance in Red Fescue, is being supported by the United States Golf Association. Learn more about Professor Belanger here

February 11, 2015

Qizhong Guo, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2.72 million over two years. The project, titled Strengthening Marshes Creek Through Green and Grey Infrastructure, is being supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Learn more about Professor Guo here.  

John Kettle, professor and director of the Intellectual Property Law Clinic, School of Law–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2 million. The project, titled Intellectual Property Law Clinic, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Kettle here.

Cynthia Blitz, executive director of the Center for Effective School Practices and research professor at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $504,000. The project, titled Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory, is in partnership with ICF International and is being supported by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about Director Blitz here.

Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Board of Governors Service Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $210,000. The project, titled YES Institute Tutoring Program, is being supported by the LEAP Academy Charter School. Learn more about Professor Bonilla-Santiago here.

Suzie Chen, professor of chemical biology in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, and James Goydos, associate professor of surgery, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Cancer Institute of New Jersey, are principal investigators of an award totaling $200,000. The project, titled Melanoma Metastasis, is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Professor Chen here and Professor Goydos here.

Michelle Infante-Casella, agricultural agent at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $42,605. The project, titled On-Farm Direct Marketing SWOT Analysis, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Ms. Infante-Casella here.

February 4, 2015

David Sleat, associate professor in the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $437,000. The project, titled Biomarker Discovery for Juvenile Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis, is being supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Learn more about Professor Sleat’s department here.

Yuan Gao, associate professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University-Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $355,693 over three years. The project, titled Quantifying Atmospheric Iron Properties over the West Antarctic Peninsula, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Gao here.

Jeff Boyd, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a corporate contract totaling $145,740. The project, titled The Effect of Zinc and Tin on the Growth and Oxidative Stress Response of Key Oral Bacteria, is being supported by Colgate-Palmolive. Learn more about Professor Boyd here.

Helen Berman, Distinguished Professor and Board of Governors Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $99,180. The project, titled Integrated Resources to Elucidate RNA Sequence-Structure Relationships, is being supported by Bowling Green State University. Learn more about Professor Berman here.

Noreen Scott Garrity, associate director of education at Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $10,000. The project, titled Rutgers–Camden Center for the Arts, is being supported by the Campbell Soup Foundation. Learn more about Director Garrity’s center here.

Mark Krasovic, assistant professor in the Department of History and associate director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $10,000. The project, titled Rutgers Dance Symposium Series, is being supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Learn more about Professor Krasovic here

January 28, 2015

Guy Montelione, professor in the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine and the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $425,000. The project, titled A Novel RNA Recognition Site on the Influenza B Virus NS1 Protein, is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Professor Montelione here.

Steven Levison, professor in the Department of Neurology and NeuroscienceNew Jersey Medical School and director of the Laboratory for Regenerative Neuroscience, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $200,000. He is developing a new product for culturing neural stem cells that simplifies and improves the ability of researchers to grow these cells for experimental and therapeutic use. The award is being supported by the University City Science Center’s QED Proof-of-Concept Program and Rutgers University. Read more here.

Geraldine Oades-Sese, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), and associate director of the Institute for the Study of Child Development, RWJMS, and Michael Lewis, University Distinguished Professor in the Department of PediatricsRWJMS, and director of the Institute for the Study of Child Development, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $99,749. The project, titled Children Overcoming Military-Based Adversities Together, is being supported by the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. Learn more about Professor Oades-Sese here and Professor Lewis here.

Cheryl Holly, professor and chair of the Department of Capacity Building Systems at the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled Redesigning Nursing Education to Address the Challenges and Opportunities of Population Health Planning, is being supported by the New Jersey Nursing Initiative. Learn more about Professor Holly here.

Courtenay Cavanaugh, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of a subaward totaling $12,930. The project, titled HIV Prevention Implementation Science for Women in Domestic Violence Shelters, is being supported by Northwestern University and the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Cavanaugh here.

January 21, 2015

The New Jersey Health Foundation has awarded grants totaling $1.2 million to 28 Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) faculty members. For the Signature Initiatives program, grants of $100,000 were awarded to Raymond Birge, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, New Jersey Medical School (NJMS); Teresa Wood, Rena Warshow Endowed Chair in Multiple Sclerosis, vice chair for research, and professor in the Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, NJMS; and Nancy Woychik, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS). Grants of $50,000 were awarded to William Gause, senior associate dean of research, director of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, and professor in the Department of Medicine, NJMS, and Robert Laumbach, associate professor of environmental and occupational medicineRWJMSEnvironmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute. The foundation’s Pilot/Bridging program awarded $35,000 to 23 other RBHS faculty members in the schools of dental medicine, health related professions, public health, and medicine to provide funding for a variety of biomedical research initiatives. Read more here (PDF).

Desmond Lun, associate professor and chair of the Department of Computer ScienceFaculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $588,972 over two years. The project, titled A Tool for Determining the Number of Contributors, is being supported by Boston University. Learn more about Professor Lun here.

Robert Miskewitz, assistant research professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University­–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator on a corporate contract totaling $229,000. The project is a collaborative research agreement with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. Learn more about Professor Miskewitz here.

John Wiedenmann, assistant research professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences and in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $134,616. The project, titled Catch Advice Methods for the Northeast Multispecies Fishery, is being supported by a New England Fishery Management Council grant. Learn more about Professor Wiedenmann here

January 14, 2015

Thomas Molnar, assistant professor, and Josh Honig, research associate, both in the Department of Plant Biology and PathologySchool of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $500,000. The project, titled Securing and Expanding the U.S. Hazelnut Industry through Breeding for Resistance to Eastern Filbert Blight, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Professor Molnar here and Josh Honig here.

Junius W. Williams, director of the Abbott Leadership Institute and faculty in the Department of Urban Education, Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $93,750. The project, titled Youth Media Symposium's Every Student, Every School, is being supported by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. Learn more about Director Williams here.

Robert Chant, professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $73,484. The project, titled Transport and Dispersion in the Delaware River, is being supported by the Philadelphia Water Department. Learn more about Professor Chant here.

Piers Coleman, distinguished professor in the Department of Physics and AstronomySchool of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $45,419. The project, titled Magnetism, Bad Metals and Superconductivity, is being supported by the Simons Foundation. Learn more about Professor Coleman here.

Patrick Rosal, assistant professor in the Department of English, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $15,000. The project, titled Writers at Camden Series, is being supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn more about Professor Rosal here.

January 7, 2015

Glenn Amatucci, professor of materials science and engineering and director of the Energy Storage Research Group, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1.9 million over four years. The project, titled North East Center for Chemical Energy Storage, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Learn more about Professor Amatucci here.

Narayan Mandayam, distinguished professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and associate director of WINLAB, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Arnold Glass, professor in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $500,000. The project, titled End-User Behavior and Prospect Pricing in Wireless Data Networks, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Mandayam here and Professor Glass here.

Karin Rabe, Board of Governors professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $312,000 over two and a half years. The project, titled Polarization-Switched Conductivity at Perovskite Oxide Interfaces, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Defense. Learn more about Professor Rabe here.

Suneeta Ramaswami, associate professor in the Department of Computer ScienceFaculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $198,936 over three years. The project, titled Collaborative RUI: Quadrilateral Surfaces Meshes with Provable Quality Guarantees, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Ramaswami here.

Felesia Bowen, assistant professor and director of the Center for Urban Youth at the School of Nursing, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $175,000. The project, titled The Brick City Synergy Project, is being supported by the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General. Learn more about Professor Bowen here

Paul Israel, research professor in the Department of HistorySchool of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and director and general editor of the Thomas A. Edison Papers Project, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $90,320. The project, titled The Papers of Thomas A. Edison, is being supported by the National Archives and Records Administration. Learn more about Professor Israel here.

December 17, 2014

Stephen Crystal, Board of Governors professor in the School of Social Work and associate director for Health Services Research at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,290,034 over three years. The project, titled Improving Medication Safety in Nursing Home Dementia Care, is being supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Learn more about Professor Crystal here

David Alland, professor of medicine and associate dean for clinical research at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $640,000 from the National Institutes of Health. The project is aimed at developing a rapid test to diagnose Ebola as well as other viruses that can cause symptoms similar to Ebola. Learn more here.  

David Case, distinguished professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $155,000. The project, titled Methods for the Routine Evolution of Stable Biopolymers with Unrestricted Physicochemical Properties, is being supported by the United States Department of Defense. Learn more about Professor Case here.

Donato Giovannelli, postdoctoral associate in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $75,000. The project, titled Deep Carbon Observatory Second Early Career Scientist Workshop, is being supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Learn more about Donato Giovannelli here.

Kathryn Uhrich, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator on a corporate contract. The project is a collaborative research agreement with the research and development operation of Chanel Inc. in Piscataway Township for research on polymers for topical use. Learn more about Professor Uhrich here.

John Reinfelder, professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $70,285. The project, titled Stable Isotopic Composition of Mercury in Hackensack Estuary Sediments, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Learn more about Professor Reinfelder here

Michael Lahr, research professor at the Center for Urban Policy Research, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $48,400. The project, titled Baselines for the Future, is being supported by the Union County Alliance. Learn more about Professor Lahr here