Gifts and Grants

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.

November 23, 2016

Janice Gobert, professor, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $550,000. The project, titled Inq-Blotter: A Real-Time Alerting Tool to Transform Teacher's Assessment of Science Inquiry Practices, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Read more about Gobert here.

Reginald Lewis, assistant professor of professional practice, School of Public Affairs and Administration, and executive director, Newark City of Learning Collaborative, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $422,000. The project, titled Pathways to Achievement and Success Project, is being supported by Kresge Foundation. Read more about Lewis here.

Elisabeth Sikes, associate professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $104,926. The project, titled Pacific Ocean Stratification Since the Last Ice Age: New Constraints from Benthic Foraminifera, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Sikes here.

Lev Borisov, professor, Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $101,410. The project, titled Homological Mirror Symmetry and Applications, is being supported by the Simons Foundation. Learn more about Borisov here.

Mehdi Javanmard, assistant professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project, titled The ProteOhmic CTC Surface Marker Analyzer: Rapid Prediction of Cancer Patient Response to Matriptase Targeted Therapy, is being supported by the PhRMA Foundation. Learn more about Javanmard here.

Mary Daisey, associate chancellor for student affairs, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $65,500. The project, titled Supporting Student Scholarships, is being supported by the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust. Learn more about Daisey here.

November 16, 2016

David Vanderbilt, professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University­­–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $654,148. The project, titled Theory of Novel Electroactive Materials, is being supported by the Office of Naval Research. Learn more about Vanderbilt here.

David Margolis, assistant professor, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $540,000. The project, titled Role of Cortical Network Plasticity in Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injury, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research. Learn more about Margolis here.

Courtney McAnuff, vice president, enrollment management, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project, titled Rutgers Future Scholars, is being supported by the AT&T Foundation. Learn more about McAnuff here.

Marco Gruteser, professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project, titled WASUP: A Wearable Authentication Solution for Ubiquitous and Personal Touch-Enabled Devices, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Gruteser here.

Avraham Soffer, professor, Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $130,800. The project, titled Scattering and Dynamics of Dispersive Waves and Solitons, is being supported by the Simons Foundation. Learn more about Soffer here.

Bob Apel, professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, and Alisa Matlin, doctoral student, are co-principal investigators of an award totaling $81,377. The project, titled National Institutes of Justice Research Assistantship Program, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Justice. Learn more about Apel here and Matlin here

November 9, 2016

Jing Li, professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is a coinvestigator of an award totaling $1.1 million. Li is working with Yves Chabal at the University of Texas at Dallas and Timo Thonhauser at Wake Forest. The project, titled Synthesizing New Metal Organic Frameworks with Tailored Physical and Chemical Properties, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Learn more about Li 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 $509,643. The project, titled EarthCube Building Blocks: Collaborative Proposal: The Power of Many: Ensemble Toolkit for Earth Sciences, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Jha here.

Jonathan Eckstein, professor, management science and information systems, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $457,072. The project, titled Incremental and Asynchronous Projective Splitting Methods for Mathematical Programming, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Eckstein here.

David Shreiber, professor and graduate director, biomedical engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $412,491. The project, titled REU Site: Cellular Bioengineering—From Biomaterials to Stem Cells, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Shreiber here.

Ron Hart, professor, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $182,016. The project, titled Mechanism of Gene-Environment Interaction in Alzheimer’s Disease, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Hart here.

Elisabeth Sikes, associate professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $104,926. The project, titled Pacific Ocean Stratification since the Last Ice Age: New Constraints from Benthic Foraminifera, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Sikes here.

November 2, 2016

Nyeema Watson, assistant chancellor for civic engagement, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $499,995. The project, titled 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Education. Learn more about Watson here.

Ulrich Kremer, professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $494,075. The project, titled CSR: EDS: Small Energy Aware Redundancy Management, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Kremer here.

Katsonuri Sugimoto, 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 $318,000. The project, titled Regulation of ATM- and ATR-Related Protein Kinases, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Sugimoto here.

Thomas Bennert, associate professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $273,855. The project, titled Investigation into the Identification and Potential Specification for the Fatigue Performance of Asphalt Binders, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Bennert here.

Lea Stewart, dean, Livingston Campus, and professor, communication, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $245,100. The project, titled Recovery at Rutgers: Sustaining an Environment That Supports Successful Recovery and Responsible Choices, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Learn more about Stewart here.

Patricia Dooley Budsock, mental health clinician, Division of Addiction Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the primary investigator of an award totaling $25,000. The project, titled Consumers Helping Others Improve Their Condition by Ending Smoking, is being supported by CVS Health Community. Learn more about Dooley Budsock here.

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