Gifts and Grants

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.

October 26, 2016

Jeffrey Laskin, professor and chief, Division of Toxicology, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute and Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $19,400,000. The project, titled Rutgers University CounterACT Center of Excellence, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Laskin here.

Nancy Reichman, professor, neonatology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,166,852. The project, titled Effects of Maternal Employment on Adolescent Social and Health Behaviors, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Reichman here.

Daniel Horton, assistant professor, pediatrics, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $949,430. The project, titled Drugs, Germs, and Joints: Antibiotics, Gut Microbiota, and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Horton here.

Kristen Powell, assistant research professor, School of Social Work, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $750,000. The project, titled Opioid Overdose Prevention and NJAssessRX, is being supported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Learn more about Powell here.

Alan Robock, distinguished professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $718,276. The project, titled Impacts of Climate Engineering Using Stratospheric Aerosols, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Robock here.

Shawna Hudson, assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine, and director, community research, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $344,804. The project, titled Extended Cancer Education for Longer-term Survivors (EXCELS) in Primary Care, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Hudson here.

October 19, 2016

Judy Postmus, associate professor and director, and Sarah McMahon, associate professor and associate director, Center on Violence Against Women and Children, School of Social Work, are the principal investigators of an award of $4,999,982. The project, titled Rutgers Research Consortium on Violence Against Women, is being supported by the National Institute of Justice. Learn more about Postmus here and McMahon here.

Tracy Tran, assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $599,716. The project, titled Novel Cell Autonomous and Non-cell Autonomous Mechanisms of Semaphorin-Neuropilin/Plexin Signaling Regulate Spinal Commissural Axon Pathfinding in the Mammalian CNS, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Tran here.

Francois Berthiaume, associate professor, biomedical engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $442,327. The project, titled Multifunctional Nanoparticles Containing sRAGE Potentiated Bioactive Reptides for Wound Healing, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Berthiaume here.

Wenwei Hu, associate professor and resident member, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $375,000. The project, titled Examining the Molecular Signaling of Chronic Stress in Promoting Breast Cancer, is being supported by Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program. Read more about Hu here.

Greg Camilli, professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $199,586. The project, titled Explaining the NAEP 2013-2015 Mathematics Decline, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Camilli here.

Les Kennedy, professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $198,247. The project, titled Next Generation Risk Terrain Modeling Software: Development and Sustainability, is being supported by the National Institute of Justice. Learn more about Kennedy here.

Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey recently awarded several internal grants as part of its American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant Award. This year’s awardees were selected by an internal peer review process. Each will receive a $50,000 award consisting of $30,000 in grant funds and $20,000 in matching funds from the Rutgers University Foundation. The following Cancer Institute research members will focus on projects in their respective fields: Hossein Khiabanian: Data-driven Deep-sequencing Design to Detect Small Sub-clonal Prognostic Variants in Cancer; Jared Toettcher: Developing an Optogenetic Approach to Detect Signaling Alterations in Cancer; Subhajyoti De: Genomic Characterization of Structural Alteration Breakpoints in Cancer; and Brian Gonzalez: Development of an mHealth Post-Surgery Self-Management Tool.

October 12, 2016

Michael MacKenzie, associate professor, Department of Social Work and Pediatrics, School of Social Work, and Kerrie Ocasio, assistant research professor, Institute for Families, School of Social Work, are co-principal investigators of an award totaling $600,000. The project, titled Promoting Adoption and Guardianship Stability in New Jersey, is being supported by the Administration for Children and Families. Learn more about MacKenzie here and Ocasio here.

Jeffrey Zahn, associate professor, biomedical engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $593,792. The project, titled Multilayer Implantable Cortical Microelectrodes to Improve Recording Potential for Spinal Cord Injury Treatment, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Zahn here.

Jeanne Herb, associate director, Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Richard Lathrop, director, Grant F. Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis, and professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, are co-principal investigators of an award totaling $434,650. The project, titled Ocean Planning in the Mid-Atlantic Region, is being supported by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Learn more about Herb here and Lathrop here.

Steven Silverstein, director of research and director, Division of Schizophrenia Research, University Behavioral Health Care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $415,000. The project, titled Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice for First-Episode Psychosis, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Learn more about Silverstein here.

Gedi Mainelis, professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $318,725. The project, Advanced Sampler for Measuring Exposure to Biological Aerosols, is being supported by DHHS-PHS-CDC-NIOSH. Read more about Mainelis here.

David Perlin, executive director and professor, Public Health Research Institute, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project, titled Better Understand and Combat Multidrug Resistant Fungal Infections, is being supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more about Perlin here.

October 5, 2016

Andrew Norris, distinguished professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2 million. The project, titled Dynamic Elastic Media: Passive and Active Non-Reciprocal Theory, Experiment and Design, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Read more about Norris here.

Todd Clear, professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $700,000. The project, titled Newark Community Street Team, is being supported by the Prudential Foundation. Read more about Clear here.

William Mabe, director of research and evaluation, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,085. The project, titled NJ P20W State Longitudinal Data Systems Project, is being supported by SNJ-Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. Read more about Mabe here.

Mark Gluck, professor, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $582,800. The project, titled Pathways to Brain Health for African Americans: A Community-Based Participatory Research Study, is being supported by the National Institute on Aging. Learn more about Gluck here.

Christopher Obropta, extension specialist, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $500,000. The project, titled Technical Support Program for Municipalities and Watershed Partners, is being supported by William Penn Foundation. Read more about Obropta here.

Radhika Balakrishnan, professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $400,000. The project, titled Core Support for Women's Rights and Economic Justice, is being supported by the Ford Foundation. Read more about Balakrishnan here.

September 28, 2016

Manish Parashar, distinguished professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and founding director, Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $4 million. The project, titled CIF21 DIBBs: EI: Virtual Data Collaboratory: A Regional Cyberinfrastructure for Collaborative Data Intensive Science, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Parashar here.

Robert Kopp, associate professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and associate director, Rutgers Energy Institute, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3 million. The project, titled NSF Research Traineeship in Coastal Climate Risk and Resilience, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Kopp here.

University Behavioral Health Care’s Child Division received a $2 million five-year grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to create the Children’s Center for Resilience and Trauma Recovery, a National Child Trauma Stress Network category III community service and treatment center, to provide evidence-based trauma-informed care services to New Jersey children with complex trauma and their families through training and consultation. New Jersey Children’s System of Care and Rutgers’ School of Nursing, School of Social Work, and Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology will help train the existing and future workforce. The grant will be administered by principal investigator Diana Salvador and Kelly Moore, director. Learn more about Salvador here and Moore here.

Shishir Chundawat, assistant professor, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $449,678. The project, titled A Multiscale Approach to Characterizing Interfacial Carbohydrate-Active Enzymes, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about the Chundawat research group here.

Eunsung Junn, associate professor, Department of Neurology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $437,250. The project, titled Translational Regulation, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Junn here.

Gary Brewer, professor and interim chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Martha Soto, associate professor, Department of Pathology, both at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, were granted $298,210 in supplemental funds as part of a $413,517 bridging award to their initial $3.7 million K12 grant. The project, titled Biomedical Science Education Postdoctoral Training Program, is being supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Learn more about Brewer here and Soto here.

Sandra Adams, executive director, Eric B. Chandler Health Center, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received a $218,000 Health Center Quality Improvement grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration in recognition of the center’s quality performance during CY2015. Read more about Adams here.

The Brodsky Center, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a $39,417 grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for general program support that will enable it to continue inviting artists-in-residency and engaging audiences in educational programming for the next three years. The center exposes high school to postgraduate students to the most current art practice and processes through classes, lectures, internships, school visits, and regular exhibitions.

September 21, 2016

Jeffrey Carson, Richard C. Reynolds Professor of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and provost, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $16,138,638. The project, titled Myocardial Ischemia and Transfusion, is being supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Learn more about Carson here.

Elizabeth Bonawitz, assistant professor, Computational Cognitive Development Lab, Department of Psychology, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $645,168. The project, titled Choosing to Learn: Investigating the Factors That Drive Preschoolers' Exploration, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Bonawitz here.

William Mabe, director of research and evaluation, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,085. The project, titled NJ P20W State Longitudinal Data Systems Project, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. Learn more about Mabe here.

John Pintar, professor, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Alexander Kusnecov, professor, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the co-investigators of an award totaling $426,224. The project, titled The Role of Orphanin/FQ in the Behavioral and Neuroinflammatory Response to Stress, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Pintar here and Kusnecov here.

Sharad Goyal, associate professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $400,000. The project, titled Radiation from Interventional Cardiology Procedures and Risk of Lung Cancer, is being supported by the American Lung Association. Learn more about Goyal here.

Davide Comoletti, assistant professor, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Child Health Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $180,000. The project, titled Neuronal Cell Surface Molecules That Stimulate Myelination, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research. Learn more about Comoletti here.

Dake Zhang, assistant professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a 2016 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship totaling $70,000 to conduct research on the development of teaching fractions using number lines. The goal is to develop teaching skills around the use of visuals, especially visuals with abstract features, to build a path for strong achievement in mathematics for students with mathematics learning disabilities. Learn more about Zhang here

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