Gifts and Grants

December 7, 2016

Zhiqiang Tan, professor, Department of Statistics and Biostatistics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $675,248. The project, Improving Casual Inference via New Statistical Learning Methods with High Dimensional Data, is being supported by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Learn more about Tan here.

Lenna Nepomnyaschy, associate professor, School of Social Work, is a co-investigator with Maureen Waller (Cornell University) and Daniel Miller (Boston University) of an award totaling $450,000. The project, titled Fathers and Low-Income Children’s Academic and Behavioral Outcomes: The Role of Social and Economic Policies, is being supported by the William T. Grant Foundation. Learn more about Nepomnyaschy here.

Sara Munson, executive director, Institute for Families, School of Social Work, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $138,411. The project, titled The New Jersey Child Welfare Data Hub, is being supported by Casey Family Programs. Learn more about Munson here.

Gene Slowinski, director of strategic alliance research, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $116,667. The project, titled EDA University Center Grant– Rutgers University Technical Assistance Program, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Learn more about Slowinski here.

Daniel Schrider, postdoctoral fellow, Kern Lab, Evolutionary Genomics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $83,411. The project, titled Inferring Selection from Human Population Genomic Data, is being supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute. Learn more about Schrider here.

Richard Mendelsohn, professor, Department of Chemistry, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $60,000. The project, titled Vibrational Spectroscopy to Monitor Water Transport through Skin Lipids, is being supported by Johnson & Johnson. Learn more about Mendelsohn here.

November 30, 2016

Ken Safir, distinguished professor, Department of Linguistics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $526,164. The project, titled The Afranaph Project, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Safir here.

Jeffrey Robinson, associate professor, Management and Global Business, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $407,668. The project, titled Minority Technology Entrepreneurship Innovation and Commercialization Initiative, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency. Read more about Robinson here.

Saurabh Jha, associate professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $337,602. The project, titled Unusual White Dwarf Supernovae, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Read more about Jha here.

Rebecca Wright, professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, and Lazaros Gallos, associate director, Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are co-investigators of an award totaling $200,057. The project, titled EAGER: Collaborative Research Algorithmic Framework for Anomaly Detection in Interdependent Networks, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Wright here and Gallos here.

Jing (Peter) Jin, assistant professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $148,672. The project, titled Personal Traffic Safety and Travel Assistance Based on Connected Vehicle and Wearable Devices, is being supported by the Digital China Information Service Cooperation. Learn more about Jin here.

Ronald Becker, head of special collections and university archives, Rutgers University Libraries, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $95,230. The project, titled General Operating Support, is being supported by the New Jersey Historical Commission. Learn more about Becker here.

November 23, 2016

Janice Gobert, professor, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $550,000. The project, titled Inq-Blotter: A Real-Time Alerting Tool to Transform Teacher's Assessment of Science Inquiry Practices, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Read more about Gobert here.

Reginald Lewis, assistant professor of professional practice, School of Public Affairs and Administration, and executive director, Newark City of Learning Collaborative, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $422,000. The project, titled Pathways to Achievement and Success Project, is being supported by Kresge Foundation. Read more about Lewis here.

Elisabeth Sikes, associate professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $104,926. The project, titled Pacific Ocean Stratification Since the Last Ice Age: New Constraints from Benthic Foraminifera, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Sikes here.

Lev Borisov, professor, Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $101,410. The project, titled Homological Mirror Symmetry and Applications, is being supported by the Simons Foundation. Learn more about Borisov here.

Mehdi Javanmard, assistant professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project, titled The ProteOhmic CTC Surface Marker Analyzer: Rapid Prediction of Cancer Patient Response to Matriptase Targeted Therapy, is being supported by the PhRMA Foundation. Learn more about Javanmard here.

Mary Daisey, associate chancellor for student affairs, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $65,500. The project, titled Supporting Student Scholarships, is being supported by the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust. Learn more about Daisey here.

November 16, 2016

David Vanderbilt, professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University­­–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $654,148. The project, titled Theory of Novel Electroactive Materials, is being supported by the Office of Naval Research. Learn more about Vanderbilt here.

David Margolis, 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 $540,000. The project, titled Role of Cortical Network Plasticity in Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research. Learn more about Margolis here.

Courtney McAnuff, vice president, enrollment management, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project, titled Rutgers Future Scholars, is being supported by the AT&T Foundation. Learn more about McAnuff here.

Marco Gruteser, professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project, titled WASUP: A Wearable Authentication Solution for Ubiquitous and Personal Touch-Enabled Devices, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Gruteser here.

Avraham Soffer, professor, Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $130,800. The project, titled Scattering and Dynamics of Dispersive Waves and Solitons, is being supported by the Simons Foundation. Learn more about Soffer here.

Bob Apel, professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, and Alisa Matlin, doctoral student, are co-principal investigators of an award totaling $81,377. The project, titled National Institutes of Justice Research Assistantship Program, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Justice. Learn more about Apel here and Matlin here

November 9, 2016

Jing Li, professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is a coinvestigator of an award totaling $1.1 million. Li is working with Yves Chabal at the University of Texas at Dallas and Timo Thonhauser at Wake Forest. The project, titled Synthesizing New Metal Organic Frameworks with Tailored Physical and Chemical Properties, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Learn more about Li here.

Shantenu Jha, associate professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $509,643. The project, titled EarthCube Building Blocks: Collaborative Proposal: The Power of Many: Ensemble Toolkit for Earth Sciences, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Jha here.

Jonathan Eckstein, professor, management science and information systems, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $457,072. The project, titled Incremental and Asynchronous Projective Splitting Methods for Mathematical Programming, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Eckstein here.

David Shreiber, professor and graduate director, biomedical engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $412,491. The project, titled REU Site: Cellular Bioengineering—From Biomaterials to Stem Cells, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Shreiber here.

Ron Hart, professor, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $182,016. The project, titled Mechanism of Gene-Environment Interaction in Alzheimer’s Disease, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Hart here.

Elisabeth Sikes, associate professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $104,926. The project, titled Pacific Ocean Stratification since the Last Ice Age: New Constraints from Benthic Foraminifera, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Sikes here.

November 2, 2016

Nyeema Watson, assistant chancellor for civic engagement, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $499,995. The project, titled 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Education. Learn more about Watson here.

Ulrich Kremer, professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $494,075. The project, titled CSR: EDS: Small Energy Aware Redundancy Management, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Kremer here.

Katsonuri Sugimoto, associate professor, Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers­ Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $318,000. The project, titled Regulation of ATM- and ATR-Related Protein Kinases, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Sugimoto here.

Thomas Bennert, associate professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $273,855. The project, titled Investigation into the Identification and Potential Specification for the Fatigue Performance of Asphalt Binders, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Bennert here.

Lea Stewart, dean, Livingston Campus, and professor, communication, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $245,100. The project, titled Recovery at Rutgers: Sustaining an Environment That Supports Successful Recovery and Responsible Choices, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Learn more about Stewart here.

Patricia Dooley Budsock, mental health clinician, Division of Addiction Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the primary investigator of an award totaling $25,000. The project, titled Consumers Helping Others Improve Their Condition by Ending Smoking, is being supported by CVS Health Community. Learn more about Dooley Budsock here.

October 26, 2016

Jeffrey Laskin, professor and chief, Division of Toxicology, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute and Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $19,400,000. The project, titled Rutgers University CounterACT Center of Excellence, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Laskin here.

Nancy Reichman, professor, neonatology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,166,852. The project, titled Effects of Maternal Employment on Adolescent Social and Health Behaviors, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Reichman here.

Daniel Horton, assistant professor, pediatrics, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $949,430. The project, titled Drugs, Germs, and Joints: Antibiotics, Gut Microbiota, and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Horton here.

Kristen Powell, assistant research professor, School of Social Work, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $750,000. The project, titled Opioid Overdose Prevention and NJAssessRX, is being supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Learn more about Powell here.

Alan Robock, distinguished professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $718,276. The project, titled Impacts of Climate Engineering Using Stratospheric Aerosols, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Robock here.

Shawna Hudson, assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine, and director, community research, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $344,804. The project, titled Extended Cancer Education for Longer-term Survivors (EXCELS) in Primary Care, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Hudson here.

October 19, 2016

Judy Postmus, associate professor and director, and Sarah McMahon, associate professor and associate director, Center on Violence Against Women and Children, School of Social Work, are the principal investigators of an award of $4,999,982. The project, titled Rutgers Research Consortium on Violence Against Women, is being supported by the National Institute of Justice. Learn more about Postmus here and McMahon here.

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 $599,716. The project, titled Novel Cell Autonomous and Non-cell Autonomous Mechanisms of Semaphorin-Neuropilin/Plexin Signaling Regulate Spinal Commissural Axon Pathfinding in the Mammalian CNS, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Tran here.

Francois Berthiaume, associate professor, biomedical engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $442,327. The project, titled Multifunctional Nanoparticles Containing sRAGE Potentiated Bioactive Reptides for Wound Healing, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Berthiaume here.

Wenwei Hu, associate professor and resident member, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $375,000. The project, titled Examining the Molecular Signaling of Chronic Stress in Promoting Breast Cancer, is being supported by Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. Read more about Hu here.

Greg Camilli, professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $199,586. The project, titled Explaining the NAEP 2013-2015 Mathematics Decline, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Camilli here.

Les Kennedy, professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $198,247. The project, titled Next Generation Risk Terrain Modeling Software: Development and Sustainability, is being supported by the National Institute of Justice. Learn more about Kennedy here.

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey recently awarded several internal grants as part of its American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant Award. This year’s awardees were selected by an internal peer review process. Each will receive a $50,000 award consisting of $30,000 in grant funds and $20,000 in matching funds from the Rutgers University Foundation. The following Cancer Institute research members will focus on projects in their respective fields: Hossein Khiabanian: Data-driven Deep-sequencing Design to Detect Small Sub-clonal Prognostic Variants in Cancer; Jared Toettcher: Developing an Optogenetic Approach to Detect Signaling Alterations in Cancer; Subhajyoti De: Genomic Characterization of Structural Alteration Breakpoints in Cancer; and Brian Gonzalez: Development of an mHealth Post-Surgery Self-Management Tool.

October 12, 2016

Michael MacKenzie, associate professor, Department of Social Work and Pediatrics, School of Social Work, and Kerrie Ocasio, assistant research professor, Institute for Families, School of Social Work, are co-principal investigators of an award totaling $600,000. The project, titled Promoting Adoption and Guardianship Stability in New Jersey, is being supported by the Administration for Children and Families. Learn more about MacKenzie here and Ocasio here.

Jeffrey Zahn, associate professor, biomedical engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $593,792. The project, titled Multilayer Implantable Cortical Microelectrodes to Improve Recording Potential for Spinal Cord Injury Treatment, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Zahn here.

Jeanne Herb, associate director, Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Richard Lathrop, director, Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, and professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, are co-principal investigators of an award totaling $434,650. The project, titled Ocean Planning in the Mid-Atlantic Region, is being supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Learn more about Herb here and Lathrop here.

Steven Silverstein, director of research and director, Division of Schizophrenia Research, University Behavioral Health Care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $415,000. The project, titled Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice for First-Episode Psychosis, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Learn more about Silverstein here.

Gedi Mainelis, professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $318,725. The project, Advanced Sampler for Measuring Exposure to Biological Aerosols, is being supported by DHHS-PHS-CDC-NIOSH. Read more about Mainelis here.

David Perlin, executive director and professor, Public Health Research Institute, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project, titled Better Understand and Combat Multidrug Resistant Fungal Infections, is being supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more about Perlin here.

October 5, 2016

Andrew Norris, distinguished professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2 million. The project, titled Dynamic Elastic Media: Passive and Active Non-Reciprocal Theory, Experiment and Design, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Read more about Norris here.

Todd Clear, professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $700,000. The project, titled Newark Community Street Team, is being supported by the Prudential Foundation. Read more about Clear here.

William Mabe, director of research and evaluation, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,085. The project, titled NJ P20W State Longitudinal Data Systems Project, is being supported by SNJ-Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. Read more about Mabe here.

Mark Gluck, professor, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $582,800. The project, titled Pathways to Brain Health for African Americans: A Community-Based Participatory Research Study, is being supported by the National Institute on Aging. Learn more about Gluck here.

Christopher Obropta, extension specialist, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $500,000. The project, titled Technical Support Program for Municipalities and Watershed Partners, is being supported by William Penn Foundation. Read more about Obropta here.

Radhika Balakrishnan, professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $400,000. The project, titled Core Support for Women's Rights and Economic Justice, is being supported by the Ford Foundation. Read more about Balakrishnan here.

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