Gifts & Grants

May 18, 2016

Judy Postmus, associate professor and director, Center on Violence Against Women and Children; Sara Munson, executive director, Institute for Families; and Cassandra Simmel, associate professor, all at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the primary investigators of an award totaling $1,026,089. The project, titled Adoption Certification Program, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Learn more about Postmus here, Munson here, and Simmel here

Christopher Obropta, associate professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and extension specialist in water resources, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $470,000. The project, titled New Technical Assistance Program for Combined Sewer Overflow Communities, is being supported by Surdna Foundation. Learn more about Obropta here.

Daniel Seidel, professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $450,000. The project, titled New Concepts for Multi-functional Asymmetric Catalysis, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Seidel here.

Long-Jun Wu, assistant professor, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $426,250. The project, titled Studying Microglial Function Using Cell Ablation Approaches, is being supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Learn more about Wu here.

Laleh Najafizadeh, assistant professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $250,000. The project, titled Leveraging Multi-Modal Multi-Layer Functional Networks for Future Generation BMIs, is being supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Learn more about Najafizadeh here.

Valerie Smith-Stephens, assistant dean for academic support services and director, Educational Opportunity Fund Program, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $15,000. The project, titled Rising Junior Students in the Educational Opportunity Fund Program’s Pre-Clinical Program, is being supported by the Walter and Louise Sutcliffe Foundation. Learn more about Smith-Stephens here.

May 11, 2016

Joel Cantor, distinguished professor, Department of Public Policy, and director, Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $849,262. The project, titled New Jersey Perspectives on Health and Well-Being Project, is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Cantor here.

Charles Brown, adjunct professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and senior research specialist, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,000. The project, titled New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Learn more about Brown here.

Chirag Shah, assistant professor, Department of Library and Information Science, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $490,973. The project, titled Online Q&A in STEM Education Curating the Wisdom of the Crowd, is being supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Learn more about Shah here.

Melissa Aronczyk, assistant professor, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $283,340. The project, titled Collaborative Research: The Role of Information and Influence Campaigns in Structuring Public Responses to U.S. Policy, 19882015, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Aronczyk here.

Deborah Walker-McCall, associate dean of academic affairs and director, Academic Foundations Center, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $231,103. The project, titled Student Support Services, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about Walker-McCall here.

James Abruzzo, instructor of management and global business and codirector, Institute of Ethical Leadership, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $200,000. The project, titled Transforming Urban Communities through Effective Leadership, is being supported by the Prudential Foundation. Learn more about Abruzzo here.

May 4, 2016

Yuan-Xiang Tao, professor, vice chair of research, Department of Anesthesiology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,994,765. The project, titled Epigenetic Regulation of Neuropathic Pain: Role of DRG Histone Methyltransferase G9a, is being supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Learn more about Tao here.

Liang Chen, assistant professor, Public Health Research Institute, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $437,250. The project, titled Genomic Variation in Epidemic Carbapenem-Resistant K.Penumoniae, is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Chen here.

Anne Nielsen, assistant extension specialist, Department of Entomology, School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $299,953. The project, titled IPM-CPR: A Systems-Level Approach to Manage Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and Conserve Beneficial Insects in Tree Fruit, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Nielsen here.

Sylvia Christakos, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of a two-year award totaling $275,000. The project, titled The In Vivo Effect of Vitamin D on Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection Co-PIs, is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Christakos here.

Jennifer Buckman, interim director, education and training division, and associate research professor, Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $269,100. The project, titled 20152016 Rutgers Alcohol and Drug Counselor Education, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Learn more about Buckman here.

Lawrence Gaspers, associate professor, Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of a two-year award totaling $159,000. The project, titled Inositol-trisphosphate 3-kinase and Colorectal Cancer Cell Adhesion, is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Gaspers here.

April 27, 2016

Kristjan Haule, professor of physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a four-year award totaling $2 million. The project, titled Center for Computational Design of Functional Correlated Materials and Theoretical Spectroscopy, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and Brookhaven National Labs. Learn more about Haule here.

Carolyn Suzuki, associate professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $437,250. The project, titled Regulating mtDNA and mtRNA Dynamics by the Mitochondrial AAA+ Lon Protease, is being supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Learn more about Suzuki here.

Kwangwon Lee, associate professor, Department of Biology, and director of undergraduate biology, Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, Rutgers University–Camden, is the primary investigator of an award totaling $422,028. The project, titled Molecular Mechanism of Natural Variation and Adaptation of Circadian Clock, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Lee here.

Nicole Fahrenfeld, associate professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $332,441. The project, titled Dynamics of Microbial Agents in Sewer Systems and Wet Weather Flow, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Fahrenfeld here.

Mark Siracusa, assistant professor, New Jersey Medical School, and chancellor scholar, Center for Immunity and Inflammation, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $250,000. The project, titled Innate Immune of Helminth-induced Inflammation, is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases. Learn more about Siracusa here.

Tomasz Imielinski, professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $37,386. The project, titled Emerging Frontiers of Science of Information, is being supported by the National Science Foundation and Purdue University. Learn more about Imielinski here.

April 20, 2016

Tracy Tran, assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $674,894. The project, titled Plexin-A4 Signaling Regulates Diverse Cellular Morphologies in the Developing Nervous System, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Tran here.

Steven Barnett, Board of Governors Professor, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $94,672. The project, titled New Jersey Preschool Expansion Study 2015-2016, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Education. Learn more about Barnett here.

Benjamin Samuels, assistant professor, behavioral and systems neuroscience, Department of Psychology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $65,000. The project, titled The Role of the TGFbeta Pathway in Treatment-Resistant Depression and Anxiety, is being supported by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. Learn more about Samuels here.

Alberto Cuitiño, department chair and professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $55,000. The project, titled Tableting of Critical Materials: Formulation of New Products and Saving Manufacturing Cost, is being supported by BASF Corporation. Learn more about Cuitiño here.

Rebecca Davis, associate professor and director, Center for International Social Work Studies, School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $43,075. The project, titled Review and Develop the Magomero College Social Work Diploma and Certificate Curriculum and the Costed Delivery System, is being supported by UNICEF and Maestral International. Learn more about Davis here.

Stephen Tse, professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and director of outreach, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled Ignition by Electric Spark Discharges Triggered by the Fuel/Energetic Aerosol Itself, is being supported by the U.S. Army Materiel Command. Learn more about Tse here.

April 13, 2016

Darren Carpizo, surgical oncologist and researcher, Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and associate professor, Department of Surgery, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,839,863. The project, titled Examining a Drug Compound That Restores Tumor Suppressor Function in the Most Commonly Mutated Gene in Human Cancer – the p53 Gene, is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Carpizo here.

Gary Aston-Jones, Murray and Charlotte Strongwater Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and Brain Health, and director, Brain Health Institute, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $446,255. The project, titled Role of Orexin in Cocaine Demand and Addiction, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Aston-Jones here.

Ronald Quincy, professor of professional practice, School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $144,976. The project, titled Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, is being supported by the International Research and Exchanges Board. Learn more about Quincy here.

Teresa Boyer, assistant research professor, School of Management and Labor Relations, and executive director, Education and Workforce Development Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a two-year award totaling $141,921. The project, titled Advancing Equity in Career and Technical Education, is being supported by Manhattan Strategy Group and U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. Learn more about Boyer here.

Dimitris Metaxas, distinguished professor and chair, Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, and director, Computational Biomedicine, Imaging, and Modeling Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project, titled Enhancing Safety and Security of Transit Systems Using Computer Vision, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Metaxas here.

Marilyn Sneiderman, professor of professional practice, School of Management and Labor Relations, and director, Center for Innovation in Worker Organization, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $92,250. The project, titled SMLR Center for Innovation in Worker Organization: 1) Organizing Leadership for Bigger Impacts, 2) Membership Building and Financial Sustainability and 3) Co-production, is being supported by the Ford Foundation. Learn more about Sneiderman here.

April 6, 2016

Fred Roberts, distinguished professor, Department of Mathematics, and director, Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence: Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a three-year award totaling $605,044. The project, titled Intergovernmental Personnel Act Assignment for Dr. Michael Tobia, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Learn more about Roberts here.

Wilma Friedman, professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $387,500. The project, titled Role of the p75 Neurotrophin Receptor in the Developing Cerebellum, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Friedman here.

Richard Lutz, distinguished professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, and director, Rutgers Center for Deep Sea Ecology and Biotechnology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $342,987. The project, titled Biomass Production from Deep Sea Organisms, is being supported by a major pharmaceutical company. Learn more about Lutz here.

Joel Miller, associate professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $178,150. The project, titled Probation Officers’ Compliance with the Youth Level of Service Inventory/Case Management Inventory: A Multi-level Study of Post-implementation Practice Across Pennsylvania Counties, is being supported by the National Institute of Justice. Learn more about Miller here.

Changlu Wang, associate extension specialist, Department of Entomology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $175,000. The project, titled Reducing Pest Infestations and Residues in Low Income Housing, is being supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Learn more about Wang here.

Rita Musanti, assistant professor, Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Endowed Professor of Oncology Nursing, is the principal investigator of a two-year award totaling $8,000. The project, titled Effect of Enacted Support on Physical Activity, Quality of Life, and Coping in Adult Cancer Patients and Their Caregivers, is being supported by the Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs. Learn more about Musanti here.

March 30, 2016

Gerard Dismukes, distinguished professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and laboratory director of the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a three-year award totaling $1.2 million. The project, titled Robust Microalgal Production Strains for High Yield Growth on Fossil Fuel Gas: Toward Cost Effective Biofuels and CO² Mitigation, is being supported by The Global Climate and Energy Project at Stanford University. Learn more about Dismukes here.

Ali Maher, professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, and director of the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $949,300. The project, titled Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation National UTC Consortium Led by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. Learn more about Maher here.

Frank Felder, director, Center for Energy, Economic, and Environmental Policy, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the primary investigator of an award totaling $926,000. The project, titled Clean Energy Evaluation and Market Assessment, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. Learn more about Felder here.

Jay Sy, assistant professor of biomedical engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the primary investigator of an award totaling $248,999. The project, titled Role of Cerebrospinal Fluid Dynamics in Brain Drug Delivery, is being supported by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Learn more about Sy here.

Fioralba Cakoni, professor, Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $220,212. The project, titled New Directions in the Qualitative Approach to Inverse Scattering Theory, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Cakoni here.

Benjamin Melamed, distinguished professor of supply chain management, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the primary investigator of an award totaling $159,802. The project, titled Modeling Methodology and Simulation of Port-of-Entry Systems, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Learn more about Melamed here.

March 23, 2016

Tara Matise, professor and head of the computational genetics program, Department of Genetics, and Steven Buyske, associate research professor, Department of Statistics and Biostatistics, both School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are co-principal investigators of a four-year award totaling $3.8 million. The project, titled Genome Sequencing Program Coordinating Center, is being supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health. The center provides support to a multiuniversity, $260 million research initiative focused on understanding the genomic bases of common and rare human diseases. Learn more about Matise here and Buyske here.

Zhiping Pang, assistant professor of neuroscience and cell biology, Child Health Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,755,384. The project, titled Deciphering the Neural Basis of Alcohol Use Disorders Using Human and Mouse Neurons, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Pang here.

Donna Fennell, associate professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $345,968. The project, titled Microbial Processes at AOC1of Chamber Works, is being supported by a corporate contract. Learn more about Fennell here.

Tim Raphael, associate professor, Department of Arts, Culture, and Media, and Mary Rizzo, assistant professor of professional practice and associate director, Public and Digital Humanities Initiatives, Department of History, both Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, are among those sharing a $250,000 grant to a 20-university coalition for the States of Incarceration project. The project, which supports public dialogues around a traveling exhibit, web platform, and curricula focusing on mass incarceration, is being supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more about Raphael here and Rizzo here.

Chirag Shah and Vivek Singh, assistant professors, Department of Library and Information Science, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a $62,813 Google Faculty Research Award for their research project, titled Predicting Search Behavior Using Physical and Online Explorations. Learn more about Shah here and Singh here

March 16, 2016

Joseph Dougherty, professor, Department of Pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,174,957. The project, titled Specific Activation of Latent HIV-1 by Inhibiting E3 Ubiquitin Ligase Activity, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health’s Targeting Persistent HIV Reservoirs (TAPHIR) Program. Learn more about Dougherty here.

Derek Delia, associate research professor, Center for State Health Policy in the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $374,309. The project, titled Evaluation of Medicaid ACO Operations and Care Management Strategies, is being supported by The Nicholson Foundation. Learn more about Delia here.

Paul Israel, director and general editor, The Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $250,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which will provide another $100,000 to support the Edison Papers project if matching funds from other nonfederal sources are raised. Learn more about Israel here.

Kimberly Mutcherson, vice dean and professor, Rutgers Law School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $25,000. The project, titled Medical Legal Partnership of Camden: Rutgers School of Law-Camden, is being supported by Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors. Learn more about Mutcherson here.

Lyneir Richardson, instructor in entrepreneurship and executive director, Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $25,000. The project, titled Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative, is being supported by the PNC Bank Foundation. Learn more about Richardson here.

Ilene Rosen, associate dean, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $23,000. The project, titled 2016 New Jersey Junior Science and Humanities Symposium, is being supported by the Academy of Applied Science. Learn more about Rosen here.