Gifts & Grants

October 22, 2014

Frank Felder, director of the Center for Energy, Economic and Environmental Policy and associate research professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $908,231. The project titled Clean Energy Evaluation and Market Assessment Professional Services is being supported by the State of New Jersey Board of Public Utilities. Learn more about Director Felder here.

Mona Zebarjadi, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $360,000 over three years. The project titled Meta-Conductors with Invisible Dopants is being supported by the United States Department of Defense. Learn more about Professor Zebarjadi here.

Joanne Robinson, dean and professor at the School of Nursing–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $190,533. The project titled Health and Wellness Center Phase II is being supported by LEAP Academy University Charter School. Learn more about Dean Robinson here.

Ashutosh Goel, assistant professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project titled Understanding the Nucleation and Crystallization Kinetics of Sodium and Alumina-Rich High Level Nuclear Waste Glasses is being supported by the United States Department of Energy. Learn more about Professor Goel here.

Jason Grabosky, associate 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 $140,000. The project titled Joint Venture Agreement for the Project for Resilient Landscapes is being supported by the United States Forest Service. Learn more about Professor Grabosky here.

James Abruzzo, instructor and codirector of the Institute of Ethical Leadership in the Department of Management and Global Business, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $65,000. The project titled Victoria Emerging Leaders Program 2014-15 and Capacity Building Conference/Initiative is being supported by the Victoria Foundation Inc. Learn more about Director Abruzzo here

October 15, 2014

Martin Yarmush, distinguished professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $5.7 million over three years. The project titled A 3-D Biomimetic Liver Sinusoid Construct for Predicting Physiology and Toxicity is being supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Learn more about Professor Yarmush here.

M. Maral Mouradian, William Dow Lovett professor of neurology and director for the Center for Neurodegenerative and Neuroimmunologic DiseasesRobert Wood Johnson Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,223,995 over five years. The project titled Synergistic Neuroprotective Mechanisms of Coffee Components in Parkinson’s Disease is being supported by the National Institute of Health. Learn more about Professor Mouradian here.

Piotr Piotrowiak, professor in the Department of ChemistryNewark College of Arts and Sciences and University CollegeNewark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $510,000. The project titled Electronic and Vibrational Dynamics of Molecules and Polymers in Close Proximity to Nanostructured Metal Surfaces and Arrays is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Piotrowiak here.

Edward Castner, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical BiologySchool of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award ­­­­totaling $430,019. The project titled Ionic Liquid Structural Paradigms-Beyond Alkyl Tails is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Castner here.

Chuck Keeton, associate professor in the Department of Physics and AstronomySchool of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $123,055. The project titled Observations and Theory of the Most Powerful Gravitational Lensing Telescopes is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Keeton here.

Tugrul Ozel, associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems EngineeringSchool of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $99,416. The project titled Predictive Modeling for Laser Based Powder Metal Additive Manufacturing of Nickel-Based Alloyed Parts is being supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Learn more about Professor Ozel here

October 8, 2014

Monica Roth, professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,172,331 over four years. The project titled MuLV p12 Function in Tethering and Integration is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Roth here.

Kimberley Cole, associate dean of administration and finance at the Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $439,500 over three years. The project titled Enhancing Teaching and Student Leadership in the Career Clusters of Business, Management, and Administration and Finance is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Education. Learn more about Dean Cole here.

Naomi Marmorstein, professor in the Department of Psychology at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $367,839 over two years. The project titled Longitudinal Associations Between Obesity and Major Depression is being supported by the National Institute of Health. Learn more about Professor Marmorstein here.

Cristi Palmer, manager of ornamental horticulture at IR-4 Project Headquarters, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $165,344. The project titled Boxwood Blight Mitigation Strategies is being supported by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Cristi Palmer here.

Doyle Knight, distinguished professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $111,170. The project titled Assessment of CFD Modeling Capability for Hypersonic Shock Wave Boundary Layer Interactions is being supported by the Office of Naval Research. Learn more about Professor Knight here.

Roland Anglin, faculty fellow at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and director and associate research professor at the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies at Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $75,000. The project titled Newark City of Learning Collaborative is being supported by the Victoria Foundation Inc. Learn more about Director Anglin here

October 1, 2014

Paul Falkowski, professor in the Department 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 $1,394,073. The project titled Ocean Acidification is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Falkowski here.

Kiran Madura, professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,203,916 over four years. The project titled A Role for Protein Degradation in Nucleotide Excision-Repair is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Madura here.

Vinod Ganapathy, associate 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 $499,880. The project titled Self-Service Cloud Computing is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Ganapathy here.

Zheng Zhang, 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 $378,141. The project titled Optimizing Compiler and Runtime for Concurrency-Oriented Execution Model is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Zhang here.

Michelle Van Noy, research project manager at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $41,073. The project titled Learning Beyond the Organization: A Review of Learning Outside of Formal Educational Environments is being supported by the ACT Foundation. Learn more about Ms. Van Noy here.

Todd Wolfson, assistant professor in journalism and media studies and digital media coordinator for the Master of Communication and Information Studies program at the School of Communication and Information, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $20,000. The project titled Journalism for Democracy is being supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Learn more about Professor Wolfson here

September 24, 2014

Fred Roberts, distinguished professor in the Department of Mathematics at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a one-year award totaling $3,151,546. The project titled Command, Control & Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis is being supported by the United States Department of Homeland Security. Read more about Professor Roberts here.

James Millonig, senior associate dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and associate professor of neuroscience and cell biology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Martin Yarmush, director of the Center for Innovative Ventures of Emerging Technologies and the Paul and Mary Monroe Chair and Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $2 million. The project titled Rutgers Interdisciplinary Job Opportunities for Biomedical Scientists (iJOBs) program is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Dean Millonig here and Director Yarmush here.

Nyeema Watson, director of public school partnerships at Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $499,994. The project titled NJ 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Education. Learn more about Director Watson here.

Nick Belkin, distinguished professor and Chirag Shah, assistant professor, both in the department of Library and Information Science Department at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $499,425 over three years. The project titled III: Small: Characterizing and Evaluating Whole Session Interactive Information Retrieval is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Belkin here and Professor Shah here.

Frieder Jäkle, professor and graduate program coordinator 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 $360,000. The project titled Functionalization of PI-Systems with Group 13 Elements is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Jäkle here.

Jill Cox, assistant professor in the School of Nursing, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $225,870. The project titled Using Thermography to Detect Deep Tissue Injury in Pressure Related Discolored Areas of Intact Skin is being supported by State of New Jersey Department of Health. Learn more about Professor Cox here

September 17, 2014

Alan Robock, distinguished professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $758,938 over three years. The project, Decadal Prediction Following Volcanic Eruptions, is supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Robock here.

Benjamin Glasser, professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $500,000 over three years. The project, Technology Translation for Manufacturing of Pharmaceuticals by Fluidized Bed Impregnation of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients onto Porous Carriers, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Glasser here.

Thomas Hegyi and Barbara Ostfeld, both professors in the Department of Pediatrics at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and medical director and program director, respectively, of the SIDS Center of New Jersey, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $221,000. The project, SIDS Center of New Jersey: Research, Education, and Services, is being supported by the N.J. Department of Health. Learn more about Professor Hegyi here and Professor Ostfeld here.

Melike Baykal-Gursoy, associate professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $210,000. The project, Network Protection Under Uncertainty, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Baykal-Gursoy here.

David Listokin, distinguished professor and codirector of the Center for Urban Policy Research and graduate director at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $57,500. The project, Economic Impacts of Historical Preservation in Texas, is being supported by the Texas Historical Commission. Learn more about Professor Listokin here

Diane Hill, assistant chancellor at Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $15,000. The project, RU Ready for Work, is being supported by the Prudential Foundation. Learn more about Chancellor Hill here.

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.