Gifts and Grants

March 2, 2016

Eric Klein, assistant professor of biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the investigator of a five-year award totaling $1,200,000. The project, titled Mysterious properties of a bacterial species Caulobacter crescentus, is being supported by the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. Learn more about Klein here.

Kerrie Ocasio, assistant research professor, Institute for Families, School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $75,000. The project, titled Training for the New Jersey Standards for Prevention Programs: Building Success Through Family Support, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Children and Families. Learn more about the Institute for Families here.

Jongmin Shon, assistant professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $53,552. The project, titled Establishments of Bridgehead for Policy Export and International Relations: Digital e-governance of Seoul Metropolitan Government, is being supported by the Seoul Metropolitan Government. Learn more about Shon here.

Karen Alexander, managing director, New Jersey Travel Independence Program, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $52,500. The project, titled TIP SMART Year 2, is being supported by the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation. Learn more about Alexander here.

Gal Hochman, associate professor, Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $49,000. The project, titled The Bioeconomy: Technological and Policy Path Forward, is being supported by USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Learn more about Hochman here.

Randi Mandelbaum, clinical professor of law and director of the Child Advocacy Clinic, Rutgers Law School, is the co-investigator of an award totaling $45,000. The project, titled Pro Bono Support Attorney for New Jersey Consortium for Immigrant Children, is being supported by the Community Foundation of New Jersey. Learn more about Mandelbaum here.

February 24, 2016

Lisa Denzin, associate professor, Department of Pediatrics, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is co-investigator on a five-year grant to Tatyana Golovkina at the University of Chicago and has been awarded a subcontract totaling $1,543,322. The project, titled New Retroviral Restriction Factor, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Denzin here.

William Gause, professor, Department of Medicine, and senior associate dean and director, Center for Immunity and Inflammation, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,000,000. The project, titled Skin Research Laboratory in the Institute for Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases (i3D), is being supported by MCJ Amelior Foundation. Learn more about Gause here.

Edward Arnold, Board of Governors and Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $774,998. The project, titled Structures of HIV Reverse Transcriptase with Substrates, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Arnold here.

Joel Lebowitz, George William Hill Professor of Mathematics and Physics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a three-year award totaling $443,811. The project, titled Emission, Emittance, and Entropy of High-Intensity Electron Beams, is being supported by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research. Learn more about Lebowitz here.

Ki-Bum Lee and Judith Deutsch are recipients of grants from the University City Science Center’s QED Proof-of-Concept Program and Rutgers. Lee, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will receive $175,000 to support his work on an innovative platform for programming human patient-derived stem cells for use in stem cell therapies in people with incurable and debilitating diseases and disorders. Deutsch, professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences, School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, will receive $100,000 to support her development of a customized low-cost rehabilitation technology that selectively tracks movement and heart rate to assist in training for older adults as well as persons with neurologic and musculoskeletal conditions such as stroke. Learn more about Lee here and Deutsch here.

February 17, 2016

Deborah Spitalnik, professor of pediatrics and executive director of the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $4,393,241. The project, titled Memorandum of Understanding for Professional Services between the New Jersey Department of Education and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. Learn more about Spitalnik here.

Jerry Cheng, assistant professor of medicine at the Cardiovascular Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project, titled Exploiting Fine-grained WiFi Signals for Wellbeing Monitoring, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Cheng here.

Hui Xiong, professor and vice chair in the Department of Management Science and Information Systems, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $200,000. The project, titled Encrypted Network Classification and Service Quality Scoring, is being supported by a corporate contract. Learn more about Xiong here.

Qingze Zou, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $199,684 in royalties and donations of equipment and material supplies. The project, titled Joint-Development-of-Research on Adaptive Multi-Loop Imaging Technology, is being supported by Bruker-Nano Inc. Learn more about Zou here

Elizabeth Torres, associate professor of cognitive psychology and computational neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $199,032. The project, titled Bridging Behavior and Genetics Through Sensory-Motor Electrophysiology, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Governor’s Office. Learn more about Torres here.

Paul Larrousse, director of the National Transit Institute, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was the principal investigator of an award totaling $57,200. The project, titled All Hazards Awareness and Preparedness Training, was supported by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority for staff training in advance of Super Bowl 50. Learn more about Larrousse here.

Rutgers Climate Institute Joins NJ DEP Project
Under a $900,000 regional coastal resilience grant, the Rutgers Climate Institute, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Louis Berger Group, and the Borough of Oceanport are partnering with the Department of Environmental Protection’s Coastal Management Program to help communities in 15 Monmouth County municipalities develop a regional plan to address the impacts of coastal hazards and storm surge. Using a vigorous public stakeholder process that includes the visions of the involved communities, the project is expected to produce a plan identifying independent and regional measures that maximize efforts to improve resiliency.

February 10, 2016

Hani Nassif, professor of civil and environmental engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,900,000. The two-year project, titled Structural Engineering Modeling and Structural Health Monitoring for Bridge Projects and Traffic Simulations, is being supported by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. Learn more about Nassif here.

Joseph Blasi, distinguished professor and sociologist, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $575,000. The project, titled Role of Profit Sharing, Employee Ownership, and Dividend Shares in Income and Asset Accumulation among Lower-Income Families and Their Children, is being supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Learn more about Blasi here.

Brenda Hopper, state director of the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers network, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $500,000. The project, titled New Jersey Small Business Development Centers, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of State Business Action Center. Learn more about the Small Business Development Centers here.

Loredana Quadro, associate professor of food science and member of the Rutgers Center for Lipid Research at the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $316,147. The project, titled The Asymmetric Cleavage of Beta-Carotene in Mammalian Embryonic Development, is being supported by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more about Quadro here.

Konstantin Severinov, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, Waksman Institute of Microbioilogy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project, titled A Search for Single-Protein CRISPR Effector Enzymes of Unknown Functions, is being supported by the Broad Institute. Learn more about Severinov here.

Courtney McAnuff, vice president for enrollment management, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled Rutgers Future Scholars, is being supported by the Prudential Foundation. Learn more about McAnuff here.

February 3, 2016

Stephen Crystal, associate director for health services research, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Board of Governors professor, School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,077,996. The project, titled Comparative Effectiveness of State Psychotrophic Oversight Systems for Children in Foster Care, is being supported by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Learn more about Crystal here.

Weida Wu, associate professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,000,000. The project, titled EFRI 2-DARE: Engineering topological surface states in 2D chalcogenide heterostructures (1542798), is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Wu’s research here.

Maurice Elias, professor of clinical psychology and director of the Social-Emotional Learning Lab, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $407,492. The project titled, Scaling Up Credentialing Program in Direct Instruction of SEL and Character Development Competencies for Children and Youth, is being supported by the NoVo Foundation. Learn more about Elias here.

Cesar Rodriguez-Saona, associate extension specialist in the Department of Entomology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $331,480. The project, titled Sustainable Strategies to Manage Spotted Wing Drosophila in U. S. Fruit Crops, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Rodriguez-Saona here.

Santosh Nagarakatte, assistant professor of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $320,538. The project, titled WATCHDOG: Hardware-Assisted Prevention of All Used-After-Free Security Vulnerabilities, is being supported by the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about Nagarakatte here.

Louis Cooperhouse, director of Rutgers Food Innovation Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and president of the New Jersey Business Incubation Network, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project, titled Development of Food Business Innovation Network (FoodBIN) and Best Practice/Next Generation Models of Food Industry Incubation and Acceleration, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Food Innovation Center also received a $70,000 grant recently from the Paterson Restoration Corporation to lead a feasibility study on creating a food business incubation program in Paterson. Learn more about Cooperhouse here.

January 27, 2016

Shannon Riley-Ayers and Milagros Nores, assistant research professors in the National Institute for Early Education Research, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the co-principal investigators of a five-year award totaling $859,880. The project, titled A Study of the Impact of West Virginia's Universal Pre-K Program, is being supported by the West Virginia Department of Education. Learn more about Riley-Ayers here and Nores here.

Michelle Van Noy, assistant research professor and associate director of the Education and Employment Research Center in the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $489,012. The project, titled Evaluation of Northern New Jersey Health Professions Consortium, is being supported by Bergen Community College. Learn more about Van Noy here.

Gaetano Montelione, distinguished professor and Jerome and Lorraine Aresty Chair in Cancer Biology, Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a two-year $465,000 grant. The project, titled Novel RNA Recognition Site on the Influenza B Virus NS1 Protein Directed to the Discovery of New Target Sites in the Influenza Virus for Antiviral Drugs, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Montelione here.

Itzhak Yanovitzky, associate professor, and Matthew Weber, assistant professor, both in the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are co-principal investigators of a two-year award totaling $457,862. The project, titled Tracking Policymakers’ Acquisition and Use of Research Evidence Regarding Childhood Obesity in the News Media, is being supported by the William T. Grant Foundation. Learn more about Yanovitzky here and Weber here.

William Johnson, professor of neurology and director of the neurogenetics program, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of a two-year award totaling $400,000. The project, titled Sulforaphane in Autism: A Treatment Trial to Confirm Phenotypic Improvement with Sulforaphane Treatment in a New Jersey Population of Individuals with Autism, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Health. Learn more about Johnson here.

Brett Blaauw, postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Entomology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $5,697. The project, titled Identifying Movement and Distribution Patterns of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in Peach Orchards, is being supported by the Horticultural Research Institute. Learn more about Blaauw here.

January 20, 2016

Patrick Shafto, associate professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, and the Henry Rutgers Term Chair in Data Science, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $499,441. The project, titled Using Virtual Reality for the Dynamic, Real-Time Optimization of Human Visual Perception, is being supported by the National Science Foundation, which has also awarded Shafto $399,972 for his project, Not Unbiased: The Implications of Human-algorithm Interaction on Training Data and Algorithm Performance, in collaboration with University of Louisville researchers. Learn more about Shafto here.

Kevin St. Martin, associate professor and graduate director in the Department of Geography, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the co-principal investigator, with collaborators at Dartmouth College, of an award totaling $299,551. The project, titled Combining Fishermen's Knowledge with Oceanographic and Economic Models to Locate and Predict Gray Meat Outbreaks in Atlantic Sea Scallops, is being supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Learn more about St. Martin here.

Michael Westendorf, associate professor and associate extension specialist in the Department of Animal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $162,000. The project, titled Best Management Practices Implementation Program, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Westendorf here.

Emanuel Diaconescu, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $160,000. The project, titled Algebraic Geometry and Moduli Spaces in String Theory, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Diaconescu here.

Shadd Maruna, dean and professor in the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $33,632. The project, titled Understanding Desistance from Sexual Offending, is being supported by the Economic and Social Research Council. Learn more about Maruna here.

Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Board of Governors Distinguished Service professor in the Graduate Department of Public Policy and Administration, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden; director of the Community Leadership Center; and board chair of the LEAP Academy University Charter School; is the principal investigator of an award totaling $19,800. The project, titled Sponsorship of Young Leaders to Participate in MPA Community Development Certificate Program in Puerto RicoSecond Cohort, is being supported by the Fundación Aireko. Learn more about Bonilla-Santiago here.

December 16, 2015

Athina Petropulu, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $922,743 over three years. The project, titled Fellowship in Bio-electrical Engineering, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Petropulu also is the principal investigator of an award totaling $500,000 from the National Science Foundation for her project Spatiotemporally Varying Channel Map Estimation and Tracking in Wireless Networks. Learn more about Petropulu here

Long-Jun Wu, assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $200,000 over two years. The project, titled The Role of Hv1 Proton Channel in the Secondary Spinal Damage and Central Neuropathic Pain after Spinal Cord Injury, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Wu here.

Serpil Guran, director of the Rutgers EcoComplex, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $157,517. The project, titled Achieving a Greener and Safer Food Supply Chain in the Newark, N.J. Region: Realizing Pollution Prevention, Energy Efficiency, and Water Conservation Benefits through Sustainability and Resiliency Training, is being supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Learn more about Guran here

Lewis Porter, professor of music in the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, and founder and director of the master's degree program in jazz history and research, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $12,000. The project, titled Enriching the Collaborative Enterprise: Proposal to Form a Management Board for Jazz Discographic Database, is being supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project is a collaboration with Columbia University. Learn more about Porter here.

Ramu Govindasamy, professor and chair of the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and associate director of the New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products Program in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $99,803. The project, titled Assessment of Organic Produce Marketing Opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic Region, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Govindasamy here

Joyce Valenza, assistant teaching professor of library and information science and director of the master’s degree program, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is an investigator on an award totaling $38,901 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The project, titled Researching Students' Information Choices: Determining Identity and Judging Credibility in Digital Spaces, is a collaboration with researchers at the University of Florida. Learn more about Valenza here

December 9, 2015

Ilya Raskin, distinguished professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and president of the Global Institute for Bio-Exploration, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,879,891 over five years. The project, titled Botanicals and Metabolic Resiliency, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Raskin here

Alexander Schliep, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and member of the BioMaPS Institute for Quantitative Biology and the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,078,239 over three years. The project, titled Meaningful Date Compression and Reduction of High-Throughput Sequencing Data, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Schliep here.

Desmond Lun, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, Rutgers University–Camden, and the Department of  Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $699,904. The project, titled Computational and Experimental Systems Biology of Cyanobacterial Metabolism, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Lun here.

Stephen Miller, professor and vice chair of the Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of awards of $499,522 and $75,000. Both projects, titled respectively Automorphic Forms and Harmonic Analysis Methods in Lattice Cryptology and Automorphic Forms on Higher Rank and Kac-Moody Groups, are being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Miller here

Vishal Patel, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $103,399. The project, titled Visual Fingerprint as a Novel Modality for Mobile Active Authentication, is being supported by the Air Force Research Laboratory. Learn more about Patel here

Frank Jordan, Rutgers Board of Governors Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the recipient of a subaward from Johns Hopkins University totaling $55,800. The project, titled Targeting Non-mammalian Isoprenoid Biosynthesis, is being supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Learn more about Jordan here.

Bonita Veysey, vice chancellor for planning and implementation and professor in the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $15,780. The project, titled Evaluation of the Effectiveness of State Parole Board Contracted Residential and Community Resource Center Programs, is being supported by the New Jersey State Parole Board. Learn more about Veysey here

December 2, 2015

Joachim Kohn, Board of Governors Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and director of the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,713,034 over two years. The project, titled IND Filing for Intravenous cP12 and Pre-IND Studies of Intravenous and Topical cNP5 for Limiting Burn Injury Progression, is being supported by U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity. Learn more about Kohn here.

Jessie Yanxiang Guo, researcher at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $628,884. Her research into the role of a cell survival mechanism known as autophagy in lung cancer to provide a new treatment strategy is being supported by National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Guo here.

Nyeema Watson, assistant chancellor in the Office of Civic Engagement, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $499,998. The project, titled 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, is being supported by the N.J. Department of Education. Learn more about Watson here.

Devajyoti Deka, assistant director of research at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $255,410. The project, titled Analysis of Local Bus Markets, is being supported by the N.J. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Deka here.

Rebecca Wright, professor in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and director of the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science; Thu Nguyen, professor and associate chair in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick; Elaine Zundl, assistant dean for the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science and Engineering and research director for the Center for Women and Work, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers–New Brunswick; and Jane Stout, director of the Computer Research Association’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $249,999. The project, titled Computer Science Living-Learning Community for Women at Rutgers, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Wright here, Nguyen here, Zundl here, and Stout here.

Mohsen Jafari, professor and chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and program director for the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation’s Information Management Group, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project, titled Analytics for Energy Policy, is being supported by the N.J. Board of Public Utilities. Learn more about Jafari here.

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