Gifts and Grants

March 1, 2017

Nilgun Tumer, distinguished professor, Department of Plant Biology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,182,115. The project, titled Inhibitors Targeting Ribosome Interactions of Ricin, is being supported by the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Tumer here.

JeanMarie Hartman, associate professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project, titled Research for Targeting Regulatory Protections to Vulnerable Forests in the Delaware River Watershed, is being supported by the William Penn Foundation. Learn more about Hartman here.

Derek DeLia, research professor, Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $249,697. The project, titled Evaluation Design and Implementation for the Transforming Complex Care (TCC) Initiative, is being supported by the Center for Health Strategy Inc. Learn more about DeLia here.

Shinichi Oka, assistant professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $154,000. The project, titled Sirt1 in Myocardial Metabolic Remodeling, is being supported by the American Heart Association. Learn more about Oka here.

Jonathan Eckstein, professor, Management Science and Information Systems, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $56,057. The project, titled Parallel Augmented Lagrangian Solution of Stochastic Optimization Problems, is being supported by Sandia National Laboratories. Learn more about Eckstein here.

Jillian Dietzold, postdoctoral fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $15,000. The project, titled Mechanisms of Enhanced Susceptibility to Mycobacterium Tuberculosis in Helminth Coinfected Hosts and How It Effects Tuberculosis Chemotherapy, is being supported by the Potts Memorial Foundation.

February 22, 2017

Chaoyang Xue, associate professor, Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,710,934. The project, titled The Role of Inositol in Cryptococcus Biology and Pathogenesis, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Xue here.

Michael Yedidia, research professor, Center for State Health Policy, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $998,900. The project, titled Support for Promoting a Culture of Health in New Jersey Communities, is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Yedidia here.

Fredric Wondisford, professor and chair, Department of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $311,241. The project, titled Transcriptional Coactivators and Hepatic Glucose Production, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Wondisford here.

Marilyn Sneiderman, professor of professional practice and director, Center for Innovation in Worker Organization, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project, titled SMLR Center of Innovation in Work Organization for General Operations to Support Such Projects as: 1) Building the Bench Initiative; 2) Membership Building and Financial Sustainability; 3) Co-Enforcement; and 4) Bargaining for the Common Good, is being supported by the Ford Foundation. Learn more about Sneiderman here.

Sabiha Hussain, program director, Department of Pediatrics, Cystic Fibrosis Center, Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $56,160. The project, titled Implementation of Outpatient Clinical Pharmacy Services: Pharmacist and/or Pharmacy Technician, is being supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Learn more about Hussain here.

Sara Munson, executive director, Institute for Families, School of Social Work, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $48,880. The project, titled Puerto Rico Supervisory Training Development Program, is being supported by the Casey Family Programs. Learn more about Munson here.

The Rutgers Raritan River Consortium awarded five $7,500 minigrants involving partnerships with Raritan stakeholders to support research by university faculty, staff, and postdoctoral researchers on Raritan River, basin, and bay resource issues, as follows:

  • Nicole Fahrenfeld, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Kristi MacDonald, Raritan Headwaters, for Controls on the Fate and Ecotoxicity of Microplastics in the Raritan River;
  • Olaf Jensen, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, with NJDEP and New Jersey American Water Company, for Monitoring Fish Migration on the Raritan River: A Live Stream of Fish Ladder Passage;
  • Josh Kohut, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Robert Schuster, NJDEP Marine Water Monitoring Bureau, for 2017 Raritan River Water Quality Sampling: Introducing Rutgers Students to NJDEP Sampling and Quality Control Standards;
  • Max Häggblom, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and wastewater treatment plants discharging to the Raritan, for Anaerobic Biodegradability of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Raritan River Sediments; and
  • Beth Ravit, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Keith Cooper, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, with New York/New Jersey Baykeeper, for Microplastic Pollution in the Raritan River.

February 15, 2017

Glenn Amatucci, research professor and director, Energy Storage Research Group, Department of Material Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,077,157. The project, titled Self-Forming Thin Interphases and Electrodes Enabling 3-D Structured High Energy Density Batteries, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Learn more about Amatucci here.

Marco Zarbin, chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, New Jersey Medical School, and Raymond Birge, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are co-principal investigators of an award totaling $500,000. The project, titled Improving Cell-Based Therapy for Age-Related Macular Degeneration, is being supported by the Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation. Learn more about Zarbin here and Birge here.

Junichi Sadoshima, professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $350,639. The project titled Redox Regulation in Myocardial Disease, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Sadoshima here.

Bruce Baker, professor, Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration, Graduate School of Education (GSE), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $200,000. The award names Robert Kim to a fellowship at GSE for the project, titled Leveraging School Finance Research to Increase Education Equity and Opportunity for All Students, and is being supported by the William T. Grant Foundation. Learn more about Baker here.

Gediminas Mainelis, professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $161,306. The project, titled The Investigation in the Characteristics of Nanoparticle Release from Nano-Enabled Consumer Sprays (FP2395), is being supported by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Learn more about Mainelis here.

Ping-Hsin Chen, assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $25,000. The project, titled An Office-Based Advocate and Specialist Intervention System for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence, is being supported by the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation, Inc. Learn more about Chen here.

February 8, 2017

Joel Cantor, distinguished professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and director, Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3,020,000. The project, titled Continuing Support for the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy to Serve New Jersey in Developing an Effective Health Policy, is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Cantor here

Stephen Vatner, professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, and director, Cardiovascular Research Center, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $452,738. The project, titled Vascular Protection in Hibernating Woodchucks, is supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Vatner here.

M. Maral Mouradian, William Dow Lovett Professor of Neurology, and director, Center for Neurodegenerative and Neuroimmunologic Diseases, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $452,438. The project, titled Developing Novel RNA-Based Therapeutics for Parkinson’s Disease, is supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Mouradian here.

Hernan Arango, research programmer, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $148,000. The project, titled A Terrain-Following Ocean Modeling System, is supported by the Department of the Navy, Office of Naval Research. Learn more about Arango here.

Lyneir Richardson, instructor of professional practice and executive director, Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project, titled Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative, is supported by the Prudential Foundation. Learn more about Richardson here.

Federico Sesti, associate professor, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled A.C. Elegans Model Using Human Genes for High-Throughput Screening for Cystoskeletal Disturbances, is supported by the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps. Learn more about Sesti here.

February 1, 2017

David Vanderbilt, Board of Governors Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,270,000. The project, titled Emergent Functionalities in 3D/5D Multinary Chalcogenides and Oxides, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Vanderbilt here.

William Firestone, distinguished professor, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $511,360. The project, titled The Education Doctorate: A Promising Strategy to Promote Smart Use of Research Evidence?, is being supported by the William T. Grant Foundation. Learn more about Firestone here.

Serpil Guran, director, Rutgers EcoComplex, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $439,190. The project, titled Rutgers Ecolgnite: Clean Energy Proof of Concept Center and Accelerator Program, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Learn more about Guran here.

Junichi Sadoshima, professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $357,750. The project, titled Regulation of Myocardial Growth and Death by GSK-3, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Sadoshima here.

Nancy Woychik, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $266,750. The project, titled Remodeling of Ribosome Function by MazF Toxins, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Woychik here.

Carolyn Suzuki, associate professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $178,875. The project, titled Regulating mtDNA and mtRNA Dynamics by the Mitochondrial AAA+ Lon Protease, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Suzuki here.

January 25, 2017

W. Steven Barnett, Board of Governors Professor, Graduate School of Education, and director, National Institute for Early Education Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,344,795. The project, titled Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about Barnett here.

Stephen Hanson, professor, Department of Psychology, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,131,051. The project, titled Effective Connectivity in Brain Networks Discovering Latent Structure Network Complexity and Recurrence, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Hanson here.

Jerry Baron, executive director, IR-4 Project, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $356,559. The project, titled Development and Utilization of Sufficient Residue Data to Satisfy International Data Requirements for Establishment of Appropriate Maximum Residue Levels to Facilitate Exports of U.S.-Grown Specialty Crops, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Baron here.

Ronald Gilman, professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $354,193. The project, titled Collaborative Research: Equipment for the PSI MUSE Experiment, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Gilman here.

Franklin Moon, professor and undergraduate director, civil and environmental engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $231,615. The project, titled Technical Assistance for Tasks 5 and 7 of TOPR No. 13-03, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Moon here.

Tamar Barkay, distinguished professor, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and Nicole Fahrenfeld, associate professor, civil and environmental engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and are co-principal investigators of an award totaling $191,904. The project, titled Unlocking the Microbial Ecology of Environmental Antibiotic Resistance, is being supported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more about Barkay here and Fahrenfeld here.

January 18, 2017

Tracy Anthony, associate professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,730,392. The project, titled Homeostatic Responses to Amino Acid Insufficiency, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Anthony here.

Fred Roberts, director, Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence CCICADA: Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis, and director emeritus and special adviser, Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,995,000. The project, titled Interoperability Tools and Information Sharing Environment, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Learn more about Roberts here.

Joseph Marcotrigiano, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,500,000. The project, titled Faculty Scholar Award, is being supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Learn more about Marcotrigiano here.

Thomas Bennert, associate professor, civil and environmental engineering, and program director, Pavement Resource Program, Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,500,000. The project, titled Pavement Support Program 2016, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Bennert here.

Mike De Luca, director, Aquaculture Innovation Center, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $709,558. The project, titled Research, Education, Coastal Training, and Stewardship Programs at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Learn more about De Luca here.

Shantenu Jha, associate professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $563,949. The project, titled Big PanDA Workflow Management on Titan for High Energy and Nuclear Physics and for Future Extreme Scale Scientific Applications, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Learn more about Jha here.

December 14, 2016

Jane Hinch, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $488,800. The project, titled Chemisorbed Aromatic Hydrocarbons on Coinage Metal Surfaces: Formation and Dynamics, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Read more about Hinch here.

Nancy Woychik, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $474,500. The project, titled Remodeling of Ribosome Function by MazF Toxins, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Read more about Woychik here.

Zhiping Pang, assistant professor, Child Health Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Davide Comoletti, assistant professor, Child Health Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences are co-investigators of an award totaling $400,000. The project, titled Regulation of MeCP2 by MicroRNAs and Implications in the Pathophysiology of Autism, is being supported by the New Jersey Governor's Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism. Read more about Pang here and Comoletti here.

Barbie Zimmerman-Bier, adjunct clinical professor, Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $399,751. The project, titled Is Cerebellar Dysfunction a Biomarker for Early Signs of Autism and Related Disorders?, is being supported by the New Jersey Governor's Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism. Read more about Zimmerman-Bier here.

Ruth Steward, professor, Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $310,000. The project, titled RNA Processing in Drosophila Development, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Read more about Steward here.

Hani Nassif, professor, civil and environmental engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project, titled Connected Cities for Smart Accessible Resilient Transportation, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Read more about Nassif here.

December 7, 2016

Zhiqiang Tan, professor, Department of Statistics and Biostatistics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $675,248. The project, Improving Casual Inference via New Statistical Learning Methods with High Dimensional Data, is being supported by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Learn more about Tan here.

Lenna Nepomnyaschy, associate professor, School of Social Work, is a co-investigator with Maureen Waller (Cornell University) and Daniel Miller (Boston University) of an award totaling $450,000. The project, titled Fathers and Low-Income Children’s Academic and Behavioral Outcomes: The Role of Social and Economic Policies, is being supported by the William T. Grant Foundation. Learn more about Nepomnyaschy here.

Sara Munson, executive director, Institute for Families, School of Social Work, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $138,411. The project, titled The New Jersey Child Welfare Data Hub, is being supported by Casey Family Programs. Learn more about Munson here.

Gene Slowinski, director of strategic alliance research, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $116,667. The project, titled EDA University Center Grant– Rutgers University Technical Assistance Program, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Learn more about Slowinski here.

Daniel Schrider, postdoctoral fellow, Kern Lab, Evolutionary Genomics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $83,411. The project, titled Inferring Selection from Human Population Genomic Data, is being supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute. Learn more about Schrider here.

Richard Mendelsohn, professor, Department of Chemistry, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $60,000. The project, titled Vibrational Spectroscopy to Monitor Water Transport through Skin Lipids, is being supported by Johnson & Johnson. Learn more about Mendelsohn here.

November 30, 2016

Ken Safir, distinguished professor, Department of Linguistics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $526,164. The project, titled The Afranaph Project, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Safir here.

Jeffrey Robinson, associate professor, Management and Global Business, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $407,668. The project, titled Minority Technology Entrepreneurship Innovation and Commercialization Initiative, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency. Read more about Robinson here.

Saurabh Jha, associate professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $337,602. The project, titled Unusual White Dwarf Supernovae, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Read more about Jha here.

Rebecca Wright, professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, and Lazaros Gallos, associate director, Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are co-investigators of an award totaling $200,057. The project, titled EAGER: Collaborative Research Algorithmic Framework for Anomaly Detection in Interdependent Networks, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Wright here and Gallos here.

Jing (Peter) Jin, assistant professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $148,672. The project, titled Personal Traffic Safety and Travel Assistance Based on Connected Vehicle and Wearable Devices, is being supported by the Digital China Information Service Cooperation. Learn more about Jin here.

Ronald Becker, head of special collections and university archives, Rutgers University Libraries, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $95,230. The project, titled General Operating Support, is being supported by the New Jersey Historical Commission. Learn more about Becker here.

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