Gifts & Grants

August 27, 2014

Michael De Luca, senior associate director of the Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $593,000. The project titled Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve Operations is being supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Learn more about Director De Luca here.

Frank Jordan, distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $321,000. The project titled Collaborative Research: Engineering a Multienzyme Complex with Synthetic and Mechanistic Goals is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Jordan here.

Huixin He, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $283,000. The project titled Fundamental Understanding of Ionic Insertion/Extraction Mechanism of Organic Electrodes is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor He here

Elena Galoppini, professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $246,723. The project titled Collaborative Research: Dye Molecule-Anchored Platinum Nanocatalysts is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Galoppini here.

Robin Stevens, assistant professor in the Department of Childhood Studies at the College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $22,280. The project titled Impact Assessment of a Structural Health Intervention on Health in a Low-Income Community: A Natural Experiment is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the HealthCare Institute of New Jersey. Learn more about Professor Stevens here

August 20, 2014

Cathryn Potter, dean of the School of Social Work, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3,108,825. The project titled New Jersey Child Welfare Partnership Training Program is being supported by the N.J. Department of Children and Families. Learn more about Dean Potter here.

Kimberly Brenneman, assistant research professor at the National Institute for Early Education Research and the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,351,824 over four years. The project titled Supports for Science and Mathematics Learning in Pre-Kindergarten Dual Language Learners: Designing and Expanding a Professional Development System is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Brenneman here.

Seongshik Oh, associate professor, and Sang-Wook Cheong, distinguished professor, both in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, have each been awarded $1.5 million by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as part of its Moore Materials Synthesis Investigators program. This award supports discovery-driven research on a topic of their choosing. Learn more about Professor Oh here and Professor Cheong here.

Alan Zalkind, director of the Center for Government Services, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,426,402. The project titled Uniform Construction Code Enforcement Officials/Multiple Dwelling Training is being supported by the N.J. Department of Community Affairs. Learn more about Director Zalkind here.

Utz Herbig, associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,319,700. The project titled (PQB-4) Opposing Effects of the SASP in Cancer Progression is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Herbig here.

Cyril Reade, director of the Rutgers­–Camden Center for the Arts, is the principal investigator of two awards totaling $176,000. The awards are from the N.J. Council on the Arts. Learn more about Professor Reade here.

August 13, 2014

Alexander Gates, 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 $3,500,000. The project titled Phase II: Garden State LSAMP is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Gates here.

Debkumar Pain, professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,216,007. The project titled Mitochondria-Cytoplasm Interactions for Cytosolic Fe-S Cluster Assembly is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Pain here.

Nan Gao, 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 $1,722,165. The project titled Endosomal Control of Microbe-Host Homeostasis is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Gao here.

The Governor's Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism recently announced four grants to Rutgers researchers, including the following:

·         Elizabeth Torres, assistant professor of psychology at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, receives $398,908 to provide a new objective instrument that detects micro-movements present in social behaviors with the potential of leading to earlier diagnosis of autism, using the standardized structures of the Autism Diagnosis Observation Schedule, a reliable instrument based on observation.

·         Cecelia Feeley, project manager at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, receives $398,282 to perform an assessment to aid adults on the autism spectrum in finding safe, accessible, and appropriate paratransit transportation services.

Cyril Reade, associate professor of art and director of the Rutgers­–Camden Center for the Arts, is the principal investigator of two awards totaling $176,000. The awards are from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Learn more about Director Reade here.

August 6, 2014

Veronique Dartois, assistant professor at the Public Health Research Institute at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3,953,505. The project titled the De Facto Monotherapy During Multidrug TB Treatment and Emergence of Resistance is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Dartois here.

Janet Leli, associate director for technology transfer at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation and director of the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $510,000. The project titled the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program Annual Work Plan 2014 is being supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Director Leli here.

The Governor's Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism recently announced two grants of $400,000 each to Rutgers researchers with the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School:

·         Davide Comoletti and Zhiping Pang, assistant professors in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, receive $400,000 to study autism-linked stress at the cellular level and initial testing of therapeutic strategies.

·         Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom, professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology and the Department of Pediatrics, receives $400,000 to study human stem cells from individuals with autism in order to determine metabolic abnormalities that may contribute to autism and have the potential to be reversed through the use of pharmaceuticals.

Zhengyu Mao, professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and graduate program director 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.

Daniel Hart, distinguished professor in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Childhood Studies, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project titled Supporting the Achieve New Jersey Teacher Evaluation Model is being supported by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation. Learn more about Professor Hart here.

July 30, 2014

Jeffrey Laskin, professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), and Jason R. Richardson, associate professor at RWJMS and the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, are the principal investigators on an award totaling $3.9 million. The project titled Developing Drugs to Mitigate Parathion Intoxication is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Laskin here and Professor Richardson here.

Alexander Gates, 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 $3.5 million. The project titled the Garden State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Gates here.

Rachel Somerville, Downsbrough Chair in Astrophysics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the recipient of a five-year award totaling $550,000. She has been named a 2014 Simons Investigator by the Simons Foundation. Learn more about Professor Somerville here.

Stephanie Curenton, assistant professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $422,979. The project titled Expanding Ethnically Diverse Urban Preschoolers’ Oral Language Skills is being supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Learn more about Professor Curenton here.

Elaine Zundl, assistant dean II of the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science, and Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $40,000. The project titled the Douglass Engineering Living-Learning Community on Busch Campus is being supported by the PSEG Foundation. Learn more about Dean Zundl here.

Beverly Tepper, professor in the Department of Food Science at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $14,500. The project titled Planning Grant: I/UCRC in Sensory Sciences and Innovation is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Tepper here.

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.