Gifts & Grants

December 17, 2014

Stephen Crystal, Board of Governors professor in the School of Social Work and associate director for Health Services Research at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,290,034 over three years. The project, titled Improving Medication Safety in Nursing Home Dementia Care, is being supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Learn more about Professor Crystal here

David Alland, professor of medicine and associate dean for clinical research at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $640,000 from the National Institutes of Health. The project is aimed at developing a rapid test to diagnose Ebola as well as other viruses that can cause symptoms similar to Ebola. Learn more here.  

David Case, distinguished professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $155,000. The project, titled Methods for the Routine Evolution of Stable Biopolymers with Unrestricted Physicochemical Properties, is being supported by the United States Department of Defense. Learn more about Professor Case here.

Donato Giovannelli, postdoctoral associate in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $75,000. The project, titled Deep Carbon Observatory Second Early Career Scientist Workshop, is being supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Learn more about Donato Giovannelli here.

Kathryn Uhrich, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator on a corporate contract. The project is a collaborative research agreement with the research and development operation of Chanel Inc. in Piscataway Township for research on polymers for topical use. Learn more about Professor Uhrich here.

John Reinfelder, professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $70,285. The project, titled Stable Isotopic Composition of Mercury in Hackensack Estuary Sediments, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Learn more about Professor Reinfelder here

Michael Lahr, research professor at the Center for Urban Policy Research, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $48,400. The project, titled Baselines for the Future, is being supported by the Union County Alliance. Learn more about Professor Lahr here

December 10, 2014

Cynthia Blitz, executive director of the Center for Effective School Practices and associate research professor at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $7.3 million. The project, titled New Jersey Early Learning Training Academy, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Education. Learn more about Director Blitz here.

Joelle Tutela, director of teacher education and faculty in the Department of Urban Education at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,499,544 over five years. The project, titled Excite and Ignite: Building the Next Generation of Teachers, is being supported by the United States Department of Education. Learn more about Director Tutela here.

Ivan Marsic, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $740,000 over four years. The project, titled Automatic Workflow Capture and Analysis for Improving Trauma Resuscitation Outcomes, is in collaboration with three other institutions and being supported by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more about Professor Marsic here.

Benedetto Piccoli, director of the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology and Joseph and Loretta Lopez endowed chair professor of mathematics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $239,971. The project, titled Control of Vehicular Traffic Flow Via Low Density Autonomous Vehicles, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Piccoli here.

Laurie Harrington, researcher at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $184,120. The project, titled New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Education. Learn more about Laurie Harrington here.

Carmen Martino, codirector of the Occupational Training and Education Consortium and faculty in the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $171,000. The project, titled Warehousing and Light Manufacturing Safety and Health Capacity Building, is being supported by the United States Department of Labor. Learn more about Director Martino here.  

December 3, 2014

Sharon Pine, assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and researcher at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1.8 million. The project, titled Exploring the Role of Protein in Lung Cancer Development, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Pine here.

Eugene Murphy, assistant vice president for international and global affairs at the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $678,881. The project, titled Research and Innovation Fellowship Program, is being supported by the United States Agency for International Development. Learn more about Vice President Murphy here.

Teresa Boyer, executive director of the Center for Women and Work and assistant professor in the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $345,000. The project, titled Career Equity Resource Center, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Education. Learn more about Professor Boyer here.

Donna Van Alst, director of the Office of Research and Evaluation at the Institute for Families and assistant research professor in the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $65,000. The project, titled Rural Health Needs Assessment, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Health. Learn more about Professor Van Alst here.  

Jorge Zapata, grant administrator and business specialist at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $63,379. The project, titled Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Transportation. Learn more about Jorge Zapata here.

David Vanderbilt, Board of Governors 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 $60,922. The project, titled Topological Theory of Insulators, is being supported by the Simons Foundation. Learn more about Professor Vanderbilt here

November 26, 2014

Mihaela Glamoclija, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,021,304. The project, titled Preservation of Life Signatures in Caches Evaporites, is being supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Learn more about Professor Glamoclija here.

Shantenu Jha, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $499,916. The project, titled Radical Cybertools: Simple, Scalable and Sustainable Tools for Science, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Jha here.

Philip Napoli, professor in the Department of Journalism and Media StudiesSchool of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project, titled New Measures Research Project, is being supported by the Democracy Fund and the Dodge Foundation. Learn more about Professor Napoli here.

Deborah Smarth, chief operating officer and associate state director of the New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Rutgers Business School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $117,000. The project, titled Reducing Use of Toxic Materials in Small Businesses, is being supported by the United States Environmental Protection Agency

Patricia Findley, associate professor in the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $88,080. The project, titled Sandy: The New Jersey Behavioral Health Response, is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Professor Findley here

November 19, 2014

Carolyn A. Maher, distinguished professor and director of the Robert B. Davis Institute for Learning at the Graduate School of Education, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,000. The project, titled Expanding Community and Capacity of Video Data, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Maher here.

Wade Trappe, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringSchool of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $285,000. The project, titled A Multi-Layer Approach Towards Reliable Cognitive Radio Networks, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Trappe here.

Gabriel Kotliar, professor in the Department of Physics and AstronomySchool of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $240,000. The project, titled Designing, Understanding and Functionalizing Novel Superconductors and Magnetic Derivatives, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Kotliar here.

Gediminas Mainelis, professor in the Department of Environmental SciencesSchool of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $206,187. The project, titled Personal Electrostatic Bioaerosal Sampler with High Sampling Flow Rate, is being supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more about Professor Mainelis here

Michael Sheldon, associate research professor in the Department of GeneticsSchool of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $111,370. The project, titled Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear, is being supported by the Benaroya Research Institute. Learn more about Professor Sheldon here.

Carol Broccoli, assistant director of short courses and certificate programs at the Office of Continuing Professional EducationNew Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $109,821. The project, titled New Jersey Recycling Certification Series, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Learn more about Director Broccoli here

November 12, 2014

Prabhas Moghe, distinguished professor of biomedical engineering and chemical and biochemical engineering, and Richard Riman, distinguished professor of materials science and engineering, both at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $2.2 million. The project, titled Earth Nanocrystals and Infrared Light Reveal Cancerous Tumors and Cardiovascular Lesions, is being supported by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. Learn more about Professor Moghe here and Professor Riman here.

Enrique Curchitser, associate professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $800,000. The project, titled Regional Decadal Predictions of Coupled Climate-Human Systems, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Curchitser here.

Judy Postmus, associate professor and director of the Center on Violence Against Women and Children in the School of Social Work, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $233,624. The project, titled Domestically Trafficked Adolescents, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Learn more about Professor Postmus here

November 5, 2014

Elisa Bandera, associate professor of epidemiology at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the School of Public Health, and a graduate faculty member in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Kitaw Demissie, professor and chair of epidemiology in the School of Public Health, are two of the three principal investigators of an award totaling $5.7 million. The project, titled African-American Breast Cancer: Impact of Obesity on Survival and Quality of Life, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Bandera here and Professor Demissie here.

Eva Andrei, 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 $2 million. The project, titled Ultra-Low Power, Collective-State Device Technology Based on Electron Correlation in Two-Dimensional Atomic Layers, is a joint project with Penn State University and is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Andrei here.

Qian Cai, 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 $1,695,315 over five years. The project, titled Regulation of Mitochondrial Quality Through Mitophagy in Alzheimer’s Disease, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Cai here.

Hong Li, director of the Center for Advanced Proteomics Research and associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of a six-year sub-award totaling $908,904. The project, titled Drug Combination Signatures for Prediction and Mitigation of Toxicity, is in collaboration with Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine and is being supported by the National Institutes of Health’s Library of Integrated Network-Based Cellular Signatures program. Learn more about Professor Li here.  

Mary Emenike, director of STEM Support Programs at Rutgers Learning Centers, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $318,127. The project, titled Rutgers University Preparation in STEM Leadership, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Director Emenike here.

Muthu Muthukrishnan, professor in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project, titled Sublinear Approach to Big Social Data Problems, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Muthukrishnan here

October 29, 2014

Lia Nower, professor and director of the Center for Gambling Studies and codirector of the Addiction Counselor Training Certificate ProgramSchool of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,287,504. The project titled Impacts of Internet Gaming for the State of New Jersey is being supported by the Division of Gaming Enforcement in partnership with the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Learn more about Professor Nower here.

Scott Kachlany, associate professor in the Department of Oral BiologyRutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $905,040. The project titled Targeting B-cell Lymphoma with Leukothera-Phase II is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Kachlany here.

Janet Bowne, director of grants and contract management and assistant dean of research at the School of Nursing, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $700,000 over two years. The project titled Rutgers College of Nursing DPN Training Program/Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship Program is being supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more about Director Bowne here.

Jaideep Vaidya, associate professor in the Department of Management Science and Information SystemsRutgers Business SchoolNewark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $508,474. The project titled Privacy Preserving Outlier Detection and Recognition is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Vaidya here.

Marco Gruteser, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer EngineeringSchool of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $350,000 over three years. The project titled Guardian Angel–Enabling Mobile Safety Systems is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Gruteser here.

Lisa Calvo, program coordinator at Haskin Shellfish Research LaboratoryRutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $119,865. The project titled Establishing a Resilient Coastal Shorelines Program for the State of New Jersey is being supported by the U.S. Department of Interior. Learn more about Lisa Calvo here

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