Gifts & Grants

April 23, 2014

Alexander V. Neimark, distinguished 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 $2,209,903. The project titled Mass Transport, Kinetics and Catalytic Activities of Multicatalyst Polyelectrolyte Membranes is being supported by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Learn more about Professor Neimark here.

Michael W. Cole, assistant professor at the Cole Neuroscience Lab at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $747,000. The project titled Network Mechanisms of Flexible Cognitive Control is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Cole here.

Cynthia Blitz, 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 $585,000. 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.

Joanne Robinson, dean and professor at the School of Nursing–Camden, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $155,885. The project titled Rutgers–Camden School of Nursing and LEAP School Based Health and Wellness Center is being supported by the Leap Academy University Charter School. Learn more about Dean Robinson here.

Kevin L. Lyons, assistant professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management and Marketing Sciences at the Rutgers­ Business School–Newark and New Brunswick and associate director of the EcoComplex and Rutgers Energy Institute, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project titled Newark Industrial Solution Center (NISC) Pilot at Rutgers is being supported by the Garfield Foundation. Learn more about Professor Lyons here.

Nora Gelperin, director of training and senior program administrator at ANSWER, Rutgers­ University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $45,000. The project titled Promising Approaches to Sexuality Education: Scaling up the FLASH Curriculum for Nationwide Implementation is being supported by The Grove Foundation. Learn more about Director Gelperin here.

April 16, 2014

Marsha Bates, research professor and director of the Cardiac Neuroscience Laboratory at the Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $834,705. The project titled The Baroreflex Mechanism: Translation to AUD Treatment and Prognostic Models is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Director Bates here.

John DeLuca, professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $821,000. The project titled MS Collaborative Network of New Jersey is being supported by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Learn more about Professor DeLuca here.

Grace Brannigan, assistant professor at the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology and the Department of Physics at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $98,014. The project titled Interaction of Inhaled Anesthetics with Macromolecules is being supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more about Professor Brannigan here.

David Margolis, assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $60,000. The project titled Plasticity and Propagation: Cortical Circuit Control in Schizophrenia is being supported by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. Learn more about Professor Margolis here.

Andy Germak, lecturer and executive director of the Institute for Families at the School of Social Work, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $52,957. The project titled Leadership Development for Local Office Managers of NJ-DCF is being supported by the Casey Family Programs. Learn more about Director Germak here.

Richard G. Lathrop, director of the Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis and 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 $15,000. The project titled Digital Mapping Services for Hurricane Sandy Program is being supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Learn more about Director Lathrop here.

April 9, 2014

Nancy D. Chiaravalloti, director of the Neuropsychology and Neuroscience Laboratory at the Kessler Foundation Research Center and associate professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $750,000. The project titled Effect of Speed of Processing Training on Cognitive Performance in MS is being supported by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Learn more about Director Chiaravalloti here.

Charlene Mires, associate professor in the Department of History at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden and director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, and Howard Gillette, emeritus professor in the Department of History, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $300,000. The project titled The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia is being supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more about Professor Mires and Professor Gillette here.

Shubhangi Saraf, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Computer Science at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $122,406. The project titled New Directions in Arithmetic Computation is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Saraf here.

Enrique Curchitser, associate 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 $108,292. The project titled Cook Inlet Circulation Model Calculations is being supported by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Learn more about Professor Curchitser here.

Regina Liu, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Statistics and Biostatistics at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $56,750. The project titled Combining Nonparametric Inferences from Multiple Studies Using Data Depth, Bootstrap and Confidence Distributions is being supported by the National Security Agency. Learn more about Professor Liu here.

Chien-Chung Huang, professor I at the School of Social Work and director of the Huamin Research Center, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $10,000. The project titled Strategic Development for Social Worker Professionals in China is being supported by the Rutgers China Office. Learn more about Professor Huang here.

April 2, 2014

Christopher Rongo, professor I in the Department of Genetics at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,835,764. The project titled Synapse Formation in the C. elegans Nervous System is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Rongo here.

Joachim Kohn, Board of Governors Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology and director of the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,501,083. The project titled Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine II Program is being supported by the U.S. Department of Defense. Learn more about Professor Kohn here.

Liping Liu, 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 $411,723. The project titled CAREER: Multiferroic MaterialsPredictive Modeling, Multiscale Analysis, and Optimal Design is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Liu here.

Marsha Bates, research professor and director of the Cardiac Neuroscience Laboratory at the Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $184,063. The project titled fMRI and Integrated Neurocardiac Control of Alcohol Cue Reactivity is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Bates here.

Anthony Braga, Don M. Gottfredson Professor of Evidence-Based Criminology at the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project titled Newark Violence Reduction Initiative is being supported by the Prudential Foundation. Learn more about Professor Braga here.

Susan A. Miller, assistant professor in the Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $6,000. The project titled Young Defenders: Children and the Development of the American Civil Religion, 18761939 is being supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more about Professor Miller here.

March 26, 2014

Andy Germak, lecturer and executive director of the Institute for Families at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3,404,000. The project titled 14VZMR-Partnership is being supported by the N.J. Department of Children and Families. Learn more about Director Germak here.

James Tepper, distinguished professor at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3,400,000. The project titled Brain Signaling Patterns: What Goes Wrong in Parkinson's and Other Disorders? is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Tepper here.

N. Andrew Peterson, associate professor at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a grant totaling $2,082,625. The project titled Developing the Data Infrastructure of the State for Substance Abuse Prevention and Reducing Its Harmful Consequences in Communities is being supported by the N.J. Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Learn more about Professor Peterson here.

Waheed U. Bajwa, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,048,441. The project titled Exploiting Sparsity for Interference Management in Broadband Communications: Theory, Applications, and Testbeds is being supported by the Qatar National Research Fund. Learn more about Professor Bajwa here.

Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Board of Governors Service Professor in the Graduate Department of Public Policy and Administration, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $176,400. The project titled Rutgers Camden AIM High Academy is being supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about Professor Bonilla-Santiago here.

Luanne J. Hughes, associate professor and family and community health sciences educator with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Gloucester County at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project titled Grow Healthy/FoodCorps Collaborative School Wellness Project is being supported by the Salem Health and Wellness Foundation. Learn more about Professor Hughes here.

March 19, 2014

Dona Schneider, associate dean for academic programs at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,587,869. The project titled N.J. HIV/ AIDS Coordination of Prevention and Care Planning and Capacity Development Initiative is being supported by the N.J. Department of Health. Learn more about Dean Schneider here.

Eugene Tunik, associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science at the School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Health Sciences–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,299,108. The project titled Planning and Updating in Frontoparietal Networks for Grasping is being supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Learn more about Professor Tunik here.

Sevil Salur, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $700,000. The project titled Probing the Quark Gluon Plasma with Jet Tomography is supported by the Early Faculty Career Development program at the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Salur here.

Ying Hung, assistant professor in the Department of Statistics and Biostatistics at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $400,000. The project titled An Efficient Framework for Design and Modeling of Complex Computer Experiments is supported by the Early Faculty Career Development program at the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Hung here.

David P. Redlawsk, professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $125,000. The project titled Evaluation of Ranked Choice Voting is being supported by Fair Vote. Learn more about Professor Redlawsk here.

Rachel Somerville, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $65,267. The project titled Do Mergers Matter? Testing AGN Triggering Mechanisms from Seyferts to Quasars is being supported by the Space Telescope Science Institute. Learn more about Professor Somerville here.

March 12, 2014

Three faculty members in the Department of Mathematics at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, have received an Early Faculty Career Development (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). CAREER awards are the NSF’s “most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education, and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations.” The awardees are:

  • Liping Liu, assistant professor in both the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, received $411,723 for the project titled Multiferroic MaterialsPredictive Modeling, Multiscale Analysis, and Optimal Design. Learn more about Professor Liu here.
  • Grigor Sargsyan, assistant professor, received $450,000 for the project titled Covering with Derived Models. Learn more about Professor Sargsyan here.
  • Shubhangi Saraf, assistant professor, received $494,406 for the project titled New Directions in Arithmetic Computation. Learn more about Professor Saraf here.

Nenad Gucunski, professor and chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University­­­–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $104,776. The project titled Bridge Deck Surveys Using RABIT on Seven Illinois Tollway's Bridges is being supported by a corporate contract. Learn more about Professor Gucunski here.

Oscar Schofield, professor and chair of 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 $74,999. The project titled Brokering Building Blocks is being supported by a corporate contract. Learn more about Professor Schofield here.

Ayse Akincigil, associate professor at the School of Social Work and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $45,000. The project titled The Economic Burden of Out-of Pocket Medical Expenditures is being supported by the U.S. Social Security Administration. Learn more about Professor Akincigil here.

March 5, 2014

Paul Larrousse, director of the National Transit Institute at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $4,990,000. The project titled National Transit Institute is being sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Director Larrousse here.

Brenda Hopper, CEO and state director of the New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,989,940. The project titled New Jersey Small Business Development Center is being supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Rohit Ramachandran, assistant 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 $400,000. The award titled CAREER: Multi Scale Modeling and Analysis of Reactive Granulation Processes is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Ramachandran here.

Doug Behan, instructor and director of the Office of Continuing Education at the Institute for Families at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $239,924. The project titled Educating Diverse Population throughout New Jersey on the Prevention and Response to Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults Following a Disaster is being supported by the N.J. Department of Human Services. Learn more about Director Behan here.

Suzanne Delehanty, director of the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $137,580. The award titled General Program Support is being supported by the N.J. State Council on the Arts. Learn more about Director Delehanty 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 $130,000. The project titled Eco-Friendly Mass Production of Highly Conductive Graphene Sheets with Controlled Structures is being supported by a corporate contract. Learn more about Professor He here.

February 26, 2014

Tamara Minko, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Pharmaceutics at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,842,195. The project titled Nanotechnology Approach for Inhalation Treatment of Pulmonary Fibrosis is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Minko here.

Kathleen K. Marrs, assistant director in the Office of Continuing Professional Education at the New Jersey Agriculture Experiment Station, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,033,593. The project titled Rutgers Healthcare Partners Consortium FY13 is being supported by the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Learn more about Director Marrs here.

Gregory Mountain, professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $369,358. The award titled Collaborative Research: Community-Based 3D Imaging That Ties Clinoform Geometry to Facies Successions and Neogene Sea-Level Change is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Mountain here.

Marc Holzer, founding dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration and Board of Governors professor of public affairs and administration, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $126,000. The project titled Alice Project: United Way of Northern New Jersey is being supported by the United Way of Northern New Jersey. Learn more about Professor Holzer here.

Jinglin Fu, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Center for Computational and Integrative Biology at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The award titled Translating Biochemical Pathways to Non-Cellular Environment is being supported by the Office of Naval Research. Learn more about Professor Fu here.

Cassandra Simmel, associate professor at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $30,000. The project titled Evaluation of Parent Linking Programs: Assessing Participant Satisfaction is being supported by the N.J. Department of Children and Families. Learn more about Professor Simmel here.

February 19, 2014

Clinton Andrews, professor and associate dean for planning and new initiatives at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $687,000. The project titled Development and Evaluation of Cost-Effective Methods and Protocols for Identification and Assessment of Housing is being supported by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Learn more about Dean Andrews here.

Selvakumar Subbian, assistant professor at the Public Health Research Institute at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $393,525. The project titled Adjunct Immune Modulation to Improve TB Treatment is being supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Linda Reddy, associate professor in the Psy.D. Program in School Psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) and Elisa Shernoff, assistant professor at GSAPP, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $276,365. The project titled Collaborative Coaching: Improving Teacher Classroom Practices and Student Achievement in High Poverty Schools is being supported by the Brady Education Foundation. Learn more about Professor Reddy here and Professor Shernoff here.

Ronald Gilman, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $178,896. The project titled Graduate Fellowship in Physics and Astronomy is being supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about Professor Gilman here.

Elizabeth Clark, assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project titled Expanding the Ability of Family Medicine at Monument Square to Provide Care Management to High-Risk Patients is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Professor Clark here.

Bradley Hillman, research professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology and director for research at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $68,250. The project titled Understanding Environmental Factors for Boxwood Blight Development is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Professor Hillman here.