Gifts & Grants

July 16, 2014

Prabhas Moghe, distinguished professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,079,753. The project titled Rare Earth Nanoprobes for Optical Imaging and Disease Tracking is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Moghe here.

Donna Van Alst, instructor and director of the Office of Research and Evaluation at the Institute for Families at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,190,000. The project titled Superstorm Sandy Child and Family Health Study is being supported by the N.J. Department of Children and Families. The coinvestigators are Patricia Findley and Sandra Moroso of the School of Social Work. Learn more about Director Van Alst here.

Lee Slater, professor and chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $843,582. The project titled Investigating the Sensitivity of Emerging Geophysical Technologies to Immobile Porosity and Isolated DNAPL and Dissolved/Absorbed VOC Mass in Fractured Media is being supported by the U.S. Department of Defense. Learn more about Professor Slater here.

Antoinette Farmer, associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $25,000. The project titled Parenting Wisely: Parent Training to Reduce the Risk Factors for Gang Involvement is being supported by a Rutgers Community-University Research Partnership grant. Learn more about Professor Farmer here.

Patricia Suplee, assistant professor at the School of Nursing–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $10,000. The project titled The Relationship Between Birth Outcomes and Neighborhood Characteristics Within an Urban Population of African-American and Hispanic Women is being supported by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses. Learn more about Professor Suplee here.

July 9, 2014

Jolie A. Cizewski, distinguished professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a five-year award totaling $7,979,615. The project titled Center of Excellence for Radioactive Ion Beam Studies is being supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Learn more about Professor Cizewski here.

Andrew Germak, executive director of the Center for Leadership and Management and professor of professional practice at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $433,264. The project titled CWA Leadership and Management Development Project is being supported by the Division of Family Development at the N.J. Department of Human Services. Learn more about Executive Director Germak here.

Dimitrios Ntarlagiannis, assistant research professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $249,892. The project titled SBIR Phase II: Development of an Affordable and Versatile Spectral-Induced Polarization Borehole Tool is being supported by a corporate contract. Learn more about Professor Ntarlagiannis here.

Zhengyu Mao, professor and graduate program director in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $160,000. The project titled Whitaker Functionals of Automorphic Forms is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Mao here.

Malin Pinsky, assistant professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has won a Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from the Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). He is the first Rutgers faculty member to win this prestigious honor, instituted in 2008. It provides a $5,000 grant from ORAU, which the university will match. Learn more here.

Lisa Mikesell, assistant professor at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,000. The project titled Information Needs of Leukemia Patients Making Treatment Decisions is being supported by the University Research Council. Learn more about Professor Mikesell here.

July 2, 2014

Margaret Marsh, university professor in the Department of History at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $335,000. The project titled Infertility and Assisted Reproduction from the Development of In Vitro Fertilization to the Present: Medicine, Culture, Policy, and Practice is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Professor Marsh here.

John Hughes, distinguished 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 $326,341. The project titled Finding the Most Massive Galaxy Clusters in the Observable Universe is being supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Learn more about Professor Hughes here.

Kostas Bekris, 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 $230,000. The project titled Design, Development, Testing and Evaluation of a UGV Bearing-Based SLAM and Navigation System is being supported by a corporate contract. Learn more about Professor Bekris here.

Brooke Maslo, assistant research 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 $94,996. The project titled Protection of Critical Beach-Nesting Bird Habitats in the Wake of Severe Coastal Storms is being supported by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Learn more about Professor Maslo here.

Daniel Hart, distinguished professor in the departments of Childhood Studies and Psychology and director of the Institute for Effective Education, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project titled Supporting the Achieve N.J. Teacher Evaluation Model. Learn more about Professor Hart here.

Lee Slater, professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $37,748. The project titled Geophysical Characterization of the Christina River Basin Critical Zone Observatory is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Slater here.

June 25, 2014

Assimina Pelegri, professor and undergraduate program director 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 $214,356. The project titled Nano-Impactor System for Characterization of High Performance Materials is being supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Learn more about Professor Pelegri here.

Rebecca N. Wright, professor in the Department of Computer Science and director of the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $99,987. The project titled Workshop for Aspiring PIs in Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Wright here.

Albrecht Koppenhöfer, extension specialist and professor in the Department of Entomology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $58,000. The project titled Insecticide Resistant Annual Bluegrass Weevil: Understanding, Managing, and Preventing a Superintendent's Nightmare is being supported by the Golf Course Superintendent Association of America Foundation. Learn more about Professor Koppenhöfer here.

Kimaada Sills, research program coordinator at the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $40,000. The project titled JJDP Committee Writer Grant is being supported by the U.S. Department of Justice. Learn more about Kimaada Sills here.

Guy Kortsarz, professor in the Department of Computer Science at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $12,050. The project titled Network Design and Facility Location Programs is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Kortsarz here.

Nicole Fleetwood, associate professor in the Department of American Studies and director of the Institute for Research on Women at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of two awards totaling $10,000 and $1,000. The project titled Marking Time: Prison Arts and Activism is being supported by the Ford Foundation and the Puffin Foundation, respectively. Learn more about Professor Fleetwood here.

June 18, 2014

Hani Nassif, professor I in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of two awards totaling $220,000 and $498,763. The projects titled Evaluation of Surface Resistivity Indication of Ability of Concrete to Resist Chloride Ion Penetration and Route 139 Rehabilitation: Pulaski Skyway Contract 2, respectively, are being supported by the N.J. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Professor Nassif here.

Stephen Tse, professor I and director of outreach 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 $97,500. The project titled High-Speed Camera for Characterization of Flame-Synthesized Nano-Energetics is being supported by the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program. Learn more about Professor Tse here.

Alyson Brooks, 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 $88,303. The project titled Interpreting the Escape of Ionizing Radiation from Galaxies is being supported by the Space Telescope Science Institute. Learn more about Professor Brooks here.

Daniel Hart, professor II in the Department of Childhood Studies and Department of Psychology and director of the Institute for Effective Education, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project titled Support the Achieve N.J. Teacher Evaluation Model is being supported by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation. Learn more about Professor Hart here.

Karen J. Alexander, managing director of the New Jersey Travel Independence Program in the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $45,000. The project titled TIP SMART–Senior Mobility and Resource Training is being supported by the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation. Learn more about Director Alexander here.

Taja-Nia Henderson, associate professor at the School of Law–Newark, is the principal investigator of two awards totaling $5,000 and $500. The project titled Framing Treason: Disqualification, Memory, and Reconciliation in Reconstruction-Era America is being supported by the American Philosophical Society and the Filson Historical Society, respectively. Learn more about Professor Henderson here.

June 11, 2014

Sujoy Chakravarty, assistant research professor at the Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research and the Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,150,000. The project titled N.J. Medicaid Comprehensive Waiver Evaluation is being supported by the N.J. Department of Human Services. Learn more about Professor Chakravarty here.

Patricia Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and director of scientific research at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $439,500. The project titled Amnis ImageStreamX Mark II for the NJMS Flow Cytometry Core is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Fitzgerald-Bocarsly here.

Cara Cuite, associate research professor, and Rachael Shwom, assistant professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $149,806. The project titled Best Practices in Coastal Storm Risk Communication is being supported by the N.J. Sea Grant Consortium. Learn more about Professor Cuite here and Professor Shwom here.

Jennifer Rosen Valverde, clinical professor of law at the Education and Health Law Clinic at the School of Law–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $128,165. The project titled The H.E.A.L. Collaborative (Health, Education, Advocacy and Law) is being supported by The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, Inc. Learn more about Professor Valverde here.

Victoria Chase, clinical associate professor and chair of clinical programs at the School of Law–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $55,000. The project titled Rutgers Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project is being supported by the U.S. Department of Justice. Learn more about Professor Chase here.

Girsh Blumberg, 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 $52,981. The project titled Plasmonic Phase Modulation by Optomechanical Coupling in Slot Waveguides is being supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Learn more about Professor Blumberg here.

June 4, 2014

Hugo K. Dooner, distinguished professor at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,999,424. The project titled A Sequence-Indexed Reverse Genetics Resource for Maize: A Set of Lines with Single Ds-GFP Insertions Spread throughout the Genome is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Dooner here.

Heather McKay, director of the Education and Employment Research Center at the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,882,967. The project titled Front Range Community College Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training Evaluation is being supported by the U.S. Department of Labor. Learn more about Director McKay here.

Radek Dobrowolski, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project titled Disregulation of Molecular Clearance Pathways in Alzheimer's Disease is being supported by the Alzheimer’s Association. Learn more about Professor Dobrowolski here.

Robert Noland, professor of transportation planning and policy and director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $70,442. The project titled Omitted Variable Bias in Crash Data Analysis is being supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Professor Noland here.

Santosh Nagarakatte, 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 $63,500. The project titled Semi-Automated Verification of LLVM Optimizations Using SMT Solvers is being supported by Google. Learn more about Professor Nagarakatte here.

Jennifer Farnham, research analyst at the Center for State Health Policy at the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $41,000. The project titled N.J. Asthma Surveillance Analysis II is being supported by the N.J. Division of Family Health Services. Learn more about Jennifer Farnham here.

May 28, 2014

Joachim Kohn, Board of Governors professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the School of Arts and Sciences and director of the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $447,700. The project titled Bioengineered Alveolar Bone and Tooth Constructs is being supported by the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity. Learn more about Professor Kohn here.

Olaf Jensen, assistant professor of fisheries science and aquatic ecology at the 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 $156,162. The project titled Evaluating Passage Performance of Spawning Shad and River Herring at the Island Farm Weir on the Raritan is being supported by the N.J. Historic Trust. Learn more about Professor Jensen here.

Ximing Guo, professor of molluscan genetics and aquaculture in the 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 $80,319. The project titled Advancing Eastern Oyster Aquaculture through Marker-Assisted Selection is being supported by the N.J. Sea Grant Consortium. Learn more about Professor Guo here.

Kathe Newman, associate professor of Urban Planning and director of Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $62,134. The project titled Senior Services Mapping Study is being supported by the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. Learn more about Professor Newman here.

Peter Hoontis, associate dean of student and academic affairs at the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $10,000. The project titled Arts Council FY 2014 is being supported by the N.J. State Council on the Arts. Learn more about Dean Hoontis here.

May 21, 2014

Jay Tischfield, distinguished professor in the Department of Genetics at the School of Arts and Sciences and director of RUCDR Infinite Biologics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling up to $19 million. The project titled Genomic Testing and Analysis for NIDA Studies is being supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Learn more about Professor Tischfield here.

Dipankar Raychaudhuri, distinguished professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of WINLAB at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University­–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,269,000. The project titled Moving Towards a More Robust, Secure and Agile Internet is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Raychaudhuri here.

N. Andrew Peterson, associate professor at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,038,215. The project titled Partnership for Success in Prevention is being supported by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Learn more about Professor Peterson here.

Pal Maliga, professor II at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $244,647. The project titled Exploring the Potential of PPR Proteins for the Design of Regulatory Systems for Plastid Transgenes is being supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Learn more about Professor Maliga here.

Ximing Guo, professor in the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $36,530. The project titled Genetic Marker-Assisted Selection of Northeastern Har Clams for QPX Resistance is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Professor Guo here.

May 14, 2014

Lee Cronk, professor in the Department of Anthropology at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,955,924. The project titled Generous by Nature: Need-based Transfers and the Origins of Human Cooperation is being supported by the John Templeton Foundation. Learn more about Professor Cronk here.

The Center for Environmental Exposures and Disease, a unit of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, has received a five-year infrastructure renewal grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The grant's annual $1.25 million funding will be supplemented with $1 million in university funding over the five-year cycle. The Rutgers center, which is one of 20 NIEHS centers of excellence, was established in 1987 as a collaboration to enhance understanding, detection, prevention, and resolution of environmental health problems through collaborative research. Learn more here.

Russell Korman, clinical associate professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $400,000. The project titled Trenton Public School District Behavioral Support Services Program is being supported by Trenton Public Schools. Learn more about Professor Korman here.

Lisa Klein, distinguished professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and graduate program director at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $250,000. The project titled Materials World Network, SusChEM: Hybrid Sol-Ge Route to Chromate-free Anticorrosive Coatings is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Klein here.

Vassiliki Karantza, assistant professor at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $181,000. The project titled Translational Breast Cancer Research is being supported by the American Association for Cancer Research. Learn more about Professor Karantza here.

Junius W. Williams, director of the Abbott Leadership Institute, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $34,546. The project titled The Abbott Leadership Institute is being supported by the Public Interest Projects Inc. Learn more about Director Williams here.