Gifts & Grants

October 30, 2013

Shawna Hudson, associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and director of community research at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3,235,412. The project titled Extended Cancer Education for Longer-Term Survivors in Primary Care is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Professor Hudson here.

William Gause, professor in the Department of Medicine and senior associate dean for research at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,580,485. The project titled Innate Type 2 Immune Mechanisms of Resistance is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Gause here.

Andrew Norris, distinguished professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $615,751. The project titled Expanding the Limits of Acoustic Metamaterials is being supported by the Office of Naval Research. Learn more about Professor Norris here.

Nir Yakoby, assistant professor in the Department of Biology and Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, Rutgers–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $353,378. The project titled Mechanisms Underlying EGFR Signaling Distribution in Epithelial Tissue is being supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more about Professor Yakoby here.

Alexander Neimark, distinguished professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $349,976. The project titled Adhesion and Translocation of Nanoparticles through Lipid Membranes is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Neimark here.

Virgil Muresan, associate professor, and Zoia Muresan, assistant professor, in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at New Jersey Medical School are the principal investigators of an award totaling $225,000. The project titled A Novel Form of Intraneuronal Membrane Transport is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Virgil Muresan here and Professor Zoia Muresan here.

October 23, 2013

Tibor Rohacs, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at New Jersey Medical School is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,391,252. The project titled Lipid Regulation of Transient Receptor Potential Channels is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Rohacs here.

Abhishek Bhattacharjee, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $749,995. The project titled Enhancing the Programmability of Heterogeneous Manycore Systems is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Bhattacharjee here.

Jennifer Buckman, assistant research professor at the Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $534,755. The project titled Developing a Comprehensive Clinical Profile of TBI in Concussed Athletes Using Advanced Statistical Approaches is being supported by the N.J. Commission on Brain Injury Research. This project is in collaboration with Rutgers Sports Medicine at the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. Learn more about Professor Buckman here.

Hao Zhu, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $464,983. The project titled Predictive Computational Acute Toxicity Modeling by Profiling Chemicals with Public Bioassay Data is being supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Learn more about Professor Zhu here.

Ricardo Bianchini, professor in the Department of Computer Science at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $450,000. The project titled Taming the Combinatorial Explosion of Power Management for Future Manycore Systems is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Bianchini here.

Robert Chant, professor I in the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $371,863. The project titled Toward Sustainable Urban Estuaries in the Athropocene is being supported by the National Science Foundation. This project is in collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Drexel University. Learn more about Professor Chant here.

October 16, 2013

The Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation is the recipient of a University Transportation Center (UTC) award totaling $2.83 million. The grant is a broad national designation and the funding is used to support many different research initiatives and programs. Learn more about the new UTC award here.

Abhishek Bhattacharjee, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $749,995. The project titled Enhancing the Programmability of Heterogeneous Manycore Systems is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Bhattacharjee here.

Hao Zhu, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $464,983. The project titled Predictive Computational Acute Toxicity Modeling by Profiling Chemicals with Public Bioassay Data is being supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Learn more about Professor Zhu here.

Ricardo Bianchini, professor in the Department of Computer Science at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $450,000. The project titled Taming the Combinatorial Explosion of Power Management for Future Manycore Systems is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Bianchini here.

Janet Leli, assistant director of the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program at the Center of Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $413,150. The project titled New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program Annual Work Plan 2013 is being supported by the N.J. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Director Leli here.

Robert Chant, professor at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $371,863. The project titled Toward Sustainable Urban Estuaries in the Athropocene is being supported by the National Science Foundation. This project is in collaboration with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Drexel University. Learn more about Professor Chant here.

Rubab Qureshi, assistant professor at the School of Nursing, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $4,240. The project titled An Assessment of Current and Future Nurses’ Attitudes Towards Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgender People is being supported by The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey. Learn more about Professor Qureshi here.

October 9, 2013

Frank Felder, director of the Center for Energy, Economic, and Environmental Policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,802,498. The project titled Clean Energy Evaluation and Market Assessment is being supported by the N.J. Board of Public Utilities. Learn more about Director Felder here.

Laura Byham-Gray, associate professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the School of Health Related Professions, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $466,233. The project titled Development and Validation of a Predictive Energy Equation in Hemodialysis is being supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Learn more about Professor Byham-Gray here.

Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, executive director of economic growth and development at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers–New Brunswick, and Kevin Lyons, assistant professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management and Marketing Sciences at Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $177,762. The project titled Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership is being supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Learn more about Director Brennan-Tonetta here and Professor Lyons here.

Elizabeth Schroeder, executive director of Answer at Rutgers–New Brunswick is the principal investigator of an award totaling $25,000. The project titled Sexuality Education/Sex, Etc. is being supported by the F.M. Kirby Foundation. Learn more about Director Schroeder here.

Diane Hill, assistant chancellor at the Office of University-Community Partnerships, Rutgers–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $20,000. The project titled World Host Training Project is being supported by Brick City Development Corporation. Learn more about Chancellor Hill here.

Mohsen Jafari, program director at the Center of Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation and professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $18,528. The project titled Review of Best Practices in Criticality Assessment and Risk Analysis at the MTA is being supported by the CUNY-Transportation Research Center. Learn more about Professor Jafari here.

October 2, 2013

The Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, Rutgers–Newark, received a grant from the Surdna Foundation for $125,000.

Steven Levison, professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosciences at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $537,500. The project titled Improving Cell Replacement after Traumatic Brain Injury is being supported by the N.J. Commission on Brain Injury Research. Learn more about Professor Levison here.

Alexander V. Neimark, distinguished professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $349,976. The project titled Adhesion and Translocation of Nanoparticles through Lipid Membranes is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Neimark here.

Ki-Bum Lee, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $200,000. The project titled Enhanced Stem Cell Based Gene Therapy for Spinal Cord Injury Using Novel Magnetic Coreshell Nanoparticles is being supported by the N.J. Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Professor Lee here.

Thomas Bennert, associate professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and program director of the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $126,320. The project titled Stone Matrix Asphalt Evaluation for the National Airport Pavement Test Facility is being supported by the U.S Department of Transportation. Learn more about Professor Bennert here.

Hao Wang, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,137. The project titled Three-Dimensional Finite Element Modeling of High Tire Pressure Effect on Airport Pavement is being supported by the Federal Aviation Administration. Learn more about Professor Wang here.

Jerome Williams, distinguished professor and research director at the Center of Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development in the Department of Management and Global Business at the Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $25,000. The project titled Entrepreneurship Pioneers Initiative is being supported by the PNC Bank Foundation. Learn more about Professor Williams here.

September 25, 2013

New Jersey Medical School received a pledge for $2 million from Luminar, Inc. The gift will support the Community Outreach Fund at the Public Health Research Institute.

Intercollegiate Athletics received a $700,000 bequest intention from Robert D. Rosenwasser RC’70 and Marian Linder Rosenwasser. The gift will fund the Marian and Robert Rosenwasser Endowed Scholarship.

In appreciation of Richard L. McCormick and his visionary support for undergraduate education, Rutgers received a $500,000 bequest intention from Barry V. Qualls, vice president of undergraduate education. The designation for the gift is yet to be determined.

Yi Ren, research professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $592,568. The project titled Myelin Debris-Derived Lipid Accumulation Modulates the Function of Macrophages in Spinal Cord Injury is being supported by the N.J. Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Professor Ren here.

Loren Runnels, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $533,240. The project titled Role of TRPM7 in Traumatic Brain Injury is being supported by N.J. Commission on Brain Injury Research. Learn more about Professor Runnels here.

Cecilia Feeley, transportation autism project manager at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $321,253. The project titled An Assessment of the Transportation and Mobility Needs and Barriers of Adults on the Autism Spectrum Disorder in New Jersey is being supported by the N.J. Department of Health. Learn more about Manager Feeley here.

Prabhas Moghe, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $200,000. The project titled Engineering Reprogrammed Neurons on Transplantable Scaffolds for Management of Spinal Cord Injury is being supported by the N.J. Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Professor Moghe here.

Narayan Mandayam, professor and associate director of WINLAB in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $25,000. The project titled From Individual Informed Brains to a Society-Scale Informed Brain: Uncovering the Social DNA of Knowledge Creation is being supported by the W.M. Keck Foundation. Learn more about Professor Mandayam here.

Kaan Ozbay, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $20,006. The project titled Second Connected Vehicles Symposium: Building the Path from Connected to Autonomous Vehicles is being supported by CUNY-Research Foundation. Learn more about Professor Ozbay here.

September 18, 2013

Frances Calderon, assistant professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosciences at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $539,733. The project titled Enhancement of Neural Stem Cell Survival and Transplantation Efficacy by Docosahexaenoic Acid and Its Derivative NPD1 in Traumatic Brain Injury is being supported by the N.J. Commission on Brain Injury Research. Learn more about Professor Calderon here.

Jennifer Buckman, assistant research professor at the Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $534,755. The project titled Developing a Comprehensive Clinical Profile of TBI in Concussed Athletes Using Advanced Statistical Approaches is being supported by the N.J. Commission on Brain Injury Research. Learn more about Professor Buckman here.

Kenneth Safir, professor in the Department of Linguistics at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of two awards totaling $480,000 and $33,000. The projects titled An Online Center for African Linguistics Research: Expansion of the Afranaph Project and An Afranaph Project Development Workshop, respectively, are being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Safir here.

Joseph Barone, professor and acting dean of the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $435,960. The project titled Genentech Pharmacy Program is being supported by Corporate Contracts. Learn more about Professor Barone here.

Manish Parashar, Ivan Rodero, and Dario Pompili, professors in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $300,000. The project titled II-NEW: An Experimental Platform for Investigating Energy-Performance Tradeoffs for Systems with Deep Memory Hierarchies is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professors Parashar, Rodero, and Pompili here.

September 11, 2013

John McGann, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,937,500. The project titled Fear Learning Alters Primary Sensory Representations of Threat-Predictive Stimuli is being supported by the National Institute of Mental Health. Learn more about Professor McGann here.

William Craelius, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $539,000. The project titled Continuous Monitoring of Hemodynamic Autoregulatory Factors is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research. Learn more about Professor Craelius here.

Smita Thakker-Varia and Janet Alder, directors at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Renping Zhou, professor and department chair of the Department of Chemical Biology at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $360,000. The project titled Ephrin Signaling in Axon Regeneration for the Treatment of TBI is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research. Learn more about Director Varia and Director Adler here, and about Professor Zhou here.

Lea Stewart, professor in the School of Communication and Information and director of the Center for Communication and Health Issues, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $241,873. The project titled Contract for Prevention Services is being supported by the New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Learn more about Professor Stewart here.

Nan Gao, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $202,275. The project titled Abrogating a Survival Pathway in Early Stage Colon Cancers is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. Learn more about Professor Gao here.

September 4, 2013

Michael Matise, associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,000. The project titled The Role of Shh in Mediating the Response of Adult Spinal Cord Stem Cells to Injury is being funded by the N.J. Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Professor Matise here.

Cindy Hmelo-Silver, professor I in the Department of Educational Psychology at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $346,892. The project titled Effects of Computer Support for Collaborative Learning in STEM Education: A Research Synthesis is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Hmelo-Silver here.

Ping Xie, assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $344,007. The project titled Regulatory Mechanisms of Mitochondria Functions by TRAF3 in B Lymphocytes and B Cell Malignancies is being supported by the U.S Department of Defense. Learn more about Professor Xie here.

Patrick Szary, associate director of the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project titled Establishment of State Freight Advisory Committee to Guide Planning Investments and Other Policies in Support of Map-21 is being supported by the N.J. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Director Szary here.

Diane Hill, assistant chancellor of the Office of University-Community Partnerships, Rutgers–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $25,000. The project titled Promise Neighborhood is being supported by the Turrell Fund. Learn more about Chancellor Hill here.

August 28, 2013

Véronique Dartois, assistant professor at the Public Health Research Institute at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3,138,294. The project titled Lesion-Centric Imaging and Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics of Pyrazinamide for TB/HIV Co-Infection is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Professor Dartois here.

Jennifer Cleary, senior project manager at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $659,784. The project titled The Transit Virtual Career Network: Raising Awareness and Building the Transit Industry’s Workforce is being supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Senior Project Manager Cleary here.

Yair Rosenthal, professor at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $348,551. The project titled Deep Ocean Sensitivity to, and Role in Transition From Mid-Pliocene Warmth to Northern Hemisphere Glaciation is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Rosenthal here.

Max Häggblom, Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $330,000. The project titled Natural Attenuation and Enhanced Biodegradation of Methyltert-Butyl Ether in Anoxic Aquifers is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Häggblom here.

Manish Parashar, director of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute and professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $299,984. The project titled Exploring Cloud Paradigm and Practices for Science and Engineering is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Parashar here.

Vikki Katz, assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of two awards totaling $6,000. The project titled Courting Families: Race, Immigration and Managing the Family Court System is being supported by the Rutgers University Research Council and the Grants to Get Program, which each provided $3,000. Learn more about Professor Katz here.