Gifts & Grants

February 10, 2016

Hani Nassif, professor of civil and environmental engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,900,000. The two-year project, titled Structural Engineering Modeling and Structural Health Monitoring for Bridge Projects and Traffic Simulations, is being supported by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. Learn more about Nassif here.

Joseph Blasi, distinguished professor and sociologist, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $575,000. The project, titled Role of Profit Sharing, Employee Ownership, and Dividend Shares in Income and Asset Accumulation among Lower-Income Families and Their Children, is being supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Learn more about Blasi here.

Brenda Hopper, state director of the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers network, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $500,000. The project, titled New Jersey Small Business Development Centers, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of State Business Action Center. Learn more about the Small Business Development Centers here.

Loredana Quadro, associate professor of food science and member of the Rutgers Center for Lipid Research at the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $316,147. The project, titled The Asymmetric Cleavage of Beta-Carotene in Mammalian Embryonic Development, is being supported by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more about Quadro here.

Konstantin Severinov, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, Waksman Institute of Microbioilogy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project, titled A Search for Single-Protein CRISPR Effector Enzymes of Unknown Functions, is being supported by the Broad Institute. Learn more about Severinov here.

Courtney McAnuff, vice president for enrollment management, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled Rutgers Future Scholars, is being supported by the Prudential Foundation. Learn more about McAnuff here.

February 3, 2016

Stephen Crystal, associate director for health services research, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Board of Governors professor, School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,077,996. The project, titled Comparative Effectiveness of State Psychotrophic Oversight Systems for Children in Foster Care, is being supported by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Learn more about Crystal here.

Weida Wu, associate professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,000,000. The project, titled EFRI 2-DARE: Engineering topological surface states in 2D chalcogenide heterostructures (1542798), is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Wu’s research here.

Maurice Elias, professor of clinical psychology and director of the Social-Emotional Learning Lab, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $407,492. The project titled, Scaling Up Credentialing Program in Direct Instruction of SEL and Character Development Competencies for Children and Youth, is being supported by the NoVo Foundation. Learn more about Elias here.

Cesar Rodriguez-Saona, associate extension specialist in the Department of Entomology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $331,480. The project, titled Sustainable Strategies to Manage Spotted Wing Drosophila in U. S. Fruit Crops, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Rodriguez-Saona here.

Santosh Nagarakatte, assistant professor of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $320,538. The project, titled WATCHDOG: Hardware-Assisted Prevention of All Used-After-Free Security Vulnerabilities, is being supported by the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about Nagarakatte here.

Louis Cooperhouse, director of Rutgers Food Innovation Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and president of the New Jersey Business Incubation Network, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project, titled Development of Food Business Innovation Network (FoodBIN) and Best Practice/Next Generation Models of Food Industry Incubation and Acceleration, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Food Innovation Center also received a $70,000 grant recently from the Paterson Restoration Corporation to lead a feasibility study on creating a food business incubation program in Paterson. Learn more about Cooperhouse here.

January 27, 2016

Shannon Riley-Ayers and Milagros Nores, assistant research professors in the National Institute for Early Education Research, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the co-principal investigators of a five-year award totaling $859,880. The project, titled A Study of the Impact of West Virginia's Universal Pre-K Program, is being supported by the West Virginia Department of Education. Learn more about Riley-Ayers here and Nores here.

Michelle Van Noy, assistant research professor and associate director of the Education and Employment Research Center in the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $489,012. The project, titled Evaluation of Northern New Jersey Health Professions Consortium, is being supported by Bergen Community College. Learn more about Van Noy here.

Gaetano Montelione, distinguished professor and Jerome and Lorraine Aresty Chair in Cancer Biology, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a two-year $465,000 grant. The project, titled Novel RNA Recognition Site on the Influenza B Virus NS1 Protein Directed to the Discovery of New Target Sites in the Influenza Virus for Antiviral Drugs, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Montelione here.

Itzhak Yanovitzky, associate professor, and Matthew Weber, assistant professor, both in the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are co-principal investigators of a two-year award totaling $457,862. The project, titled Tracking Policymakers’ Acquisition and Use of Research Evidence Regarding Childhood Obesity in the News Media, is being supported by the William T. Grant Foundation. Learn more about Yanovitzky here and Weber here.

William Johnson, professor of neurology and director of the neurogenetics program, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of a two-year award totaling $400,000. The project, titled Sulforaphane in Autism: A Treatment Trial to Confirm Phenotypic Improvement with Sulforaphane Treatment in a New Jersey Population of Individuals with Autism, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Health. Learn more about Johnson here.

Brett Blaauw, postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Entomology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $5,697. The project, titled Identifying Movement and Distribution Patterns of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in Peach Orchards, is being supported by the Horticultural Research Institute. Learn more about Blaauw here.

January 20, 2016

Patrick Shafto, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, and the Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Data Science, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $499,441. The project, titled Using Virtual Reality for the Dynamic, Real-Time Optimization of Human Visual Perception, is being supported by the National Science Foundation, which has also awarded Shafto $399,972 for his project, Not Unbiased: The Implications of Human-algorithm Interaction on Training Data and Algorithm Performance, in collaboration with University of Louisville researchers. Learn more about Shafto here.

Kevin St. Martin, associate professor and graduate director in the Department of Geography, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the co-principal investigator, with collaborators at Dartmouth College, of an award totaling $299,551. The project, titled Combining Fishermen's Knowledge with Oceanographic and Economic Models to Locate and Predict Gray Meat Outbreaks in Atlantic Sea Scallops, is being supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Learn more about St. Martin here.

Michael Westendorf, associate professor and associate extension specialist in the Department of Animal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $162,000. The project, titled Best Management Practices Implementation Program, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Westendorf here.

Emanuel Diaconescu, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $160,000. The project, titled Algebraic Geometry and Moduli Spaces in String Theory, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Diaconescu here.

Shadd Maruna, dean and professor in the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $33,632. The project, titled Understanding Desistance from Sexual Offending, is being supported by the Economic and Social Research Council. Learn more about Maruna here.

Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Board of Governors Distinguished Service professor in the Graduate Department of Public Policy and Administration, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden; director of the Community Leadership Center; and board chair of the LEAP Academy University Charter School; is the principal investigator of an award totaling $19,800. The project, titled Sponsorship of Young Leaders to Participate in MPA Community Development Certificate Program in Puerto RicoSecond Cohort, is being supported by the Fundación Aireko. Learn more about Bonilla-Santiago here.

December 16, 2015

Athina Petropulu, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $922,743 over three years. The project, titled Fellowship in Bio-electrical Engineering, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Petropulu also is the principal investigator of an award totaling $500,000 from the National Science Foundation for her project Spatiotemporally Varying Channel Map Estimation and Tracking in Wireless Networks. Learn more about Petropulu here

Long-Jun Wu, assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $200,000 over two years. The project, titled The Role of Hv1 Proton Channel in the Secondary Spinal Damage and Central Neuropathic Pain after Spinal Cord Injury, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Wu here.

Serpil Guran, director of the Rutgers EcoComplex, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $157,517. The project, titled Achieving a Greener and Safer Food Supply Chain in the Newark, N.J. Region: Realizing Pollution Prevention, Energy Efficiency, and Water Conservation Benefits through Sustainability and Resiliency Training, is being supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Learn more about Guran here

Lewis Porter, professor of music in the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, and founder and director of the master's degree program in jazz history and research, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $12,000. The project, titled Enriching the Collaborative Enterprise: Proposal to Form a Management Board for Jazz Discographic Database, is being supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project is a collaboration with Columbia University. Learn more about Porter here.

Ramu Govindasamy, professor and chair of the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and associate director of the New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products Program in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $99,803. The project, titled Assessment of Organic Produce Marketing Opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic Region, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Govindasamy here

Joyce Valenza, assistant teaching professor of library and information science and director of the master’s degree program, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is an investigator on an award totaling $38,901 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The project, titled Researching Students' Information Choices: Determining Identity and Judging Credibility in Digital Spaces, is a collaboration with researchers at the University of Florida. Learn more about Valenza here

December 9, 2015

Ilya Raskin, distinguished professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and president of the Global Institute for Bio-Exploration, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,879,891 over five years. The project, titled Botanicals and Metabolic Resiliency, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Raskin here

Alexander Schliep, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and member of the BioMaPS Institute for Quantitative Biology and the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,078,239 over three years. The project, titled Meaningful Date Compression and Reduction of High-Throughput Sequencing Data, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Schliep here.

Desmond Lun, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, Rutgers University–Camden, and the Department of  Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $699,904. The project, titled Computational and Experimental Systems Biology of Cyanobacterial Metabolism, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Lun here.

Stephen Miller, professor and vice chair of the Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of awards of $499,522 and $75,000. Both projects, titled respectively Automorphic Forms and Harmonic Analysis Methods in Lattice Cryptology and Automorphic Forms on Higher Rank and Kac-Moody Groups, are being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Miller here

Vishal Patel, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $103,399. The project, titled Visual Fingerprint as a Novel Modality for Mobile Active Authentication, is being supported by the Air Force Research Laboratory. Learn more about Patel here

Frank Jordan, Rutgers Board of Governors Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the recipient of a subaward from Johns Hopkins University totaling $55,800. The project, titled Targeting Non-mammalian Isoprenoid Biosynthesis, is being supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Learn more about Jordan here.

Bonita Veysey, vice chancellor for planning and implementation and professor in the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $15,780. The project, titled Evaluation of the Effectiveness of State Parole Board Contracted Residential and Community Resource Center Programs, is being supported by the New Jersey State Parole Board. Learn more about Veysey here

December 2, 2015

Joachim Kohn, Board of Governors Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and director of the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,713,034 over two years. The project, titled IND Filing for Intravenous cP12 and Pre-IND Studies of Intravenous and Topical cNP5 for Limiting Burn Injury Progression, is being supported by U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity. Learn more about Kohn here.

Jessie Yanxiang Guo, researcher at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $628,884. Her research into the role of a cell survival mechanism known as autophagy in lung cancer to provide a new treatment strategy is being supported by National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Guo here.

Nyeema Watson, assistant chancellor in the Office of Civic Engagement, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $499,998. The project, titled 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, is being supported by the N.J. Department of Education. Learn more about Watson here.

Devajyoti Deka, assistant director of research at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $255,410. The project, titled Analysis of Local Bus Markets, is being supported by the N.J. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Deka here.

Rebecca Wright, professor in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and director of the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science; Thu Nguyen, professor and associate chair in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick; Elaine Zundl, assistant dean for the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science and Engineering and research director for the Center for Women and Work, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers–New Brunswick; and Jane Stout, director of the Computer Research Association’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $249,999. The project, titled Computer Science Living-Learning Community for Women at Rutgers, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Wright here, Nguyen here, Zundl here, and Stout here.

Mohsen Jafari, professor and chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and program director for the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation’s Information Management Group, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project, titled Analytics for Energy Policy, is being supported by the N.J. Board of Public Utilities. Learn more about Jafari here.

November 25, 2015

Herbert Hinkle, adjunct professor at Rutgers Law School based in Camden and a 1974 graduate of the school, and his wife, Patricia Hinkle, a 1978 Douglass College alumna, have bequeathed $2 million to Rutgers Law School. The gift will create an endowment to provide scholarships for law students and stipends for those engaged in public interest work. Read the full story here.

Ah-Ng Tony Kong, distinguished professor, Glaxo Endowed Professor of Pharmaceutics, and director of graduate programs in pharmaceutical science, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $663,003. The project, titled Epigenetic Mechanisms of Indole-3-Carbinol/Diindolylmethane and Triterpenoids in Prevention of Prostate Inflammation and Related Disease, is being supported by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Learn more about Kong here.

Kostas Bekris, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,000 over three years. The project, titled Robust Planning for Dynamic Tensegrity Structures, is being supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Learn more about Bekris here.

Alexander Gates, professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $339,532 over three years. The project, titled Dynamic Urban Environmental Systems and Sustainability in Newark, New Jersey, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Gates here.

Michelle Van Noy, assistant teaching professor and associate director of the Education and Employment Research Center, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $271,249. The project, titled Richland College TAACCCT Grant Evaluation, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Labor. Learn more about Van Noy here

Marco Gruteser, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and member of the Wireless Information Network Laboratory, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $261,157. The project, titled Enhancements and Protocol Revisions for the DSRC Simulator, is being supported by the Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership. Learn more about Gruteser here.

November 18, 2015

Jay Tischfield, CEO and founder of RUCDR Infinite Biologics and the Duncan and Nancy Macmillan Distinguished Professor in the Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $6,034,323 over five years. With the new grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), RUCDR will take over management of the NINDS stem cell repository. Read more here. Learn more about Tischfield here

Nancy Wolff, professor in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and director of the Bloustein Center for Survey Research, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $568,463. The project, titled New Jersey Developmental Disabilities Planning Institute, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Human Services. Learn more about Wolff here.

Sean O'Malley, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $523,827. The project, titled Acquisition of a Femtosecond Laser System to Enable Multiphoton Polymerization, Optical Injection, and Laser Ablation in Liquids Research, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about O’Malley here.

Grace Lu-Yao, professor of medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $269,640 over three years. The project, titled Building Race-Specific Models for Disease Progression and Health-Related Quality of Life for Prostate Cancer Patients, is being supported by a Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Health Disparity Research Award. Jennifer Cullen Meyer, assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at Uniformed Services University and director of epidemiologic research at the Center for Prostate Disease Research, is a co-PI. Learn more about Lu-Yao here.

Peter Jin, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and member of the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $199,480. The project, titled Planning, Evaluating, and Pilot Testing Emerging Intelligent Transportation Systems Technologies: Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and Connected Vehicles (CV), is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Learn more about Jin here.

William Welsh, director of cheminformatics at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Norman H. Edelman professor of bioinformatics in the Department of Pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Richard Howells, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled Discovery of Novel Therapeutics for Multiple Myeloma and Melanoma, is being supported by the New Jersey Health Foundation. Learn more about Welsh here and Howells here.

November 11, 2015

Vikas Nanda, associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and member of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Paul Falkowski, Board of Governors Professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; the Bennett L. Smith Professor of Business and Natural Resources in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; and director of the Rutgers Energy Institute, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $1.6 million over three years. The project, titled The Design and Construction of Life's Transistors, is being supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Learn more about Nanda here and Falkowski here.

Bruce Haffty, professor and chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and associate director of the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $250,000. The project, titled Novel Molecular Targets in Combination with Radiation Therapy for Breast Cancer, is being supported by the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Learn more about Haffty here.

German Drazer, associate professor, and Gerardo Callegari, assistant research professor, both in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and each a member of the Engineering Research Center for Structured Particulate Organic Systems, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $200,001. The project, titled Collaborative Research: Understanding the Effect of Powder Properties and Processing Conditions on the Performance of Pharmaceutical Tablets, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Drazer here and Callegari here.

Konstantin Mischaikow, distinguished professor in the Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $125,000. The project, titled Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering: Characterizing Dynamics of Particle-based Systems, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Mischaikow here.

James Abruzzo, instructor and codirector of the Institute of Ethical Leadership, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $65,000. The project, titled Emerging Leaders Program and Capacity Building Series, is being supported by the Victoria Foundation. Learn more about Abruzzo here.