Gifts & Grants

June 19, 2013

Manish Parashar, director of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI²) and professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the School of Engineering, and Ivan Rodero and Javier Dias Montes, research associates at RDI² and the Cloud and Autonomic Computing Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick, are the coprincipal investigators 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 Director Parashar here, Ivan Rodero here, and Javier Dias Montes here.

Kwanghee Jung, assistant research professor at the National Institute for Early Education Research at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $213,685. The project titled Research and Evaluation of Arkansas Better Chance for School Success is being supported by the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services. Learn about Professor Jung here.

Saul A. Rubinstein, associate professor in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $112,005.30. The project titled Teacher Collaboration and Student Performance2013 is being supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Learn about Professor Rubinstein here.

June 12, 2013

Richard Ebright, Board of Governors professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the School of Arts and Sciences and laboratory director at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been selected to receive a National Institutes of Health MERIT Award totaling $1.5 million to $3 million for a project titled Bacterial Transcription Complexes. The project is being supported by the National Institute for General Medical Sciences. The MERIT Award will fund years 25 through 29, and provided satisfactory progress, years 30 to 34 of this multi-year project. Learn more about Professor Ebright here.

Kostas Bekris, 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 $232,962. The project titled Real-time, Simulation-based Planning & Asynchronous Coordination for Cyber-Physical Systems is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn about Professor Bekris here.

Mary E. Curran, associate dean for local-global partnerships at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $95,592. The project titled STARTALK Rutgers Chinese Language Teacher Program 2013 is being supported by the Department of Defense and National Security Agency. Learn about Dean Curran here.

Jerry Baron, national director of the IR-4 project at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $67,507. The project titled Global Pesticide Cooperation is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn about Director Baron here.

May 29, 2013

Dona Schneider, professor and associate dean at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $847,447. The project titled NJ HIV/AIDS Coordination of Prevention & Care Planning & Capacity Development Initiative 2013 is being supported by the N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services. Learn more about Professor Schneider here.

Tong Zhang, professor I in the Department of Statistics and Biostatistics at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $738,971. The project titled BIGDATA: Small: DA: Statistical Machine Learning Methods for Scalable Data Analysis is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Zhang here.

Myong-Kee Jeong, associate 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 $313,650. The project titled Integration of Statistical Process Control and Automatic Process Control for Multistage Processes is being supported by Qatar University. Learn more about Professor Jeong here.

Jill Friedman, senior program coordinator at the School of Law–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project titled Rutgers School of LawCamden LSAC DiscoverLaw.org Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars Program is being supported by the Law School Admission Council. Learn more about Jill Friedman here.

May 22, 2013

Manish Parashar, director of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI²) and professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the School of Engineering, and Ivan Rodero, research associate with RDI² and the Cloud and Autonomic Computing Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick, are the coprincipal investigators of an award totaling $547,283. The project titled Scalable Data Coupling Abstraction for Data-Intensive Simulation Workflows is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Director Parashar here and Ivan Rodero here.

Linda Tartaglia, director of the Police Institute at the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $424,724. The project titled Urban Area Security Integration is being supported by Morris County in New Jersey.

Ann Marie Carlton, assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $259,910. The project titled EaSM2: Controllable Biogenic SOA is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Carlton here.

Jennifer Rovito-Whytlaw, senior research specialist at the National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $125,000. The project titled CDC Healthy Homes Initiative is being supported by the N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services. Learn more about Specialist Rovito-Whytlaw here.

May 15, 2013

Andrew Norris, professor II in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a three-year award totaling $235,750. The project titled Metal Structures for Acoustic Wave Steering is being supported by the Office of Naval Research at the Department of the Navy. Learn more about Professor Norris here.

Serpil Guran, director of the EcoComplex at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project titled Turkey's Landfill Inventory and Methane Emissions Assessment is being supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Learn more about Director Guran here.

Deborah Silver, executive director of the Professional Science Master's Program 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 $61,000. The project titled Technology and Entrepreneurship Talent Network is being supported by the U.S. Department of Labor. Learn more about Professor Silver here.

Tracy Swan, senior project coordinator at the Senator Walter Rand Institute for Public Affairs, Rutgers–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $33,000. The project titled Center for Family Services' Addiction Services Recovery Center Evaluation is being supported by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services in the N.J. Department of Human Services. Learn more about Tracy Swan here.

May 8, 2013

Rebecca Wright, professor in the Department of Computer Science at the School of Arts and Sciences and director of the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a three-year award totaling $323,997. The coprincipal investigator is Eugene Fiorini, research professor and associate director of the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science. The project titled DIMACS REU in Computing Theory and Multidisciplinary Application is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Wright here and Professor Fiorini here.

Richard H. Ebright, Board of Governors Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the School of Arts and Sciences and laboratory director at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $202,000. The project titled Therapeutics for Tuberculosis: AAP1 is being supported by the Global Alliance for TB Drug Development. Learn more about Professor Ebright here.

Gaetano Montelione, professor II in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the School of Arts and Sciences and the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $155,000. The project titled Structural Basis of Protein Homeostasis is being supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Learn more about Professor Montelione 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 $40,000. The project titled Profiling Chemicals Based on Public Bioassay Data for the Development of Predictive Computational Acute Toxicity Model is being supported by the Society of Toxicology. Learn more about Professor Zhu here.

May 1, 2013

Martin Yarmush, professor II in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a three-year award totaling $399,798. The project titled Graduate Training in Emerging Areas of Human Relevant Microphysiological Systems is being supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about Professor Yarmush here.

Gary Taghon, professor 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 $171,640. The project titled Benthic Invertebrate Community Monitoring and Indicator Development for Barnegat Bay is being supported by the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection. Learn more about Professor Taghon here.

Mor Namaan, assistant professor in the Department of Library and Information Science at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a two-year award totaling $171,014. The project titled Examining the Impact of Social Traces on Page Visitors’ Opinions and Engagement is being supported by Google Inc. Learn more about Professor Namaan here.

Anthony Braga, professor I at the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $125,000. The project titled Analyzing Violent Crime and Illicit Drugs Market Problems in Newark, New Jersey is being supported by the Victoria Foundation. Learn more about Professor Braga here.

April 24, 2013

Shantenu Jha, assistant 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 $699,999. The project titled Abstractions and Middleware for D3 Science on NSF Distributed Cyberinfrastructure is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Jha here.

Charles T. Brown, senior research specialist at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Public Planning and Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $550,000. The project titled NJ Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource Center is being supported by the N.J. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Mr. Brown here.

Carol A. Bagnell, professor in the Department of Animal Sciences in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a three-year award totaling $325,857. The project titled Maternal Lactocrine Programming of Female Reproductive Tract Development is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Professor Bagnell here.

Paul Tractenberg, professor at the School of Law–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $200,000. The project titled More and Better Learning Time Initiatives is being supported by the Ford Foundation. Learn more about Professor Tractenberg here.

April 17, 2013

Richard Haber, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a five-year award totaling $4,339,000. The project titled A Revolutionary Approach Towards the Low-Pressure Synthesis and Processing of Classes of Super Hard Materials is being supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Learn more about Professor Haber here.

John Wilkin, professor I at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a four-year award totaling $863,222. The project titled Analysis of Coastal Ocean Circulation and Coastal Altimeter Observing Systems Using Variational Methods is being supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Learn more about Professor Wilkin here.

Elizabeth Griffiths, assistant professor at the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $357,669. The project titled Race, Place, and Discretion in the Handling of Drug-Free Zone Charges is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Griffiths here.

Karen Zurlo, assistant professor at the School of Social Work, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the coinvestigator of an award totaling $114,125. The coinvestigator is Douglas Behan, instructor at the School of Social Work and director of continuing education at the Institute for Families, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The project titled ADRC Sustainability Program Expansion Grant is being supported by the N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services. Learn more about Professor Zurlo here and Instructor Behan here.

April 10, 2013

Barth Grant, professor I in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a four-year award totaling $1,178,000. The project titled Intercellular Signaling and Endosome to Golgi Transport in Multicellular Animals is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Grant here.

Jerry Shan, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a five-year award totaling $719,020. The project titled Chemical Threat Responsive Carbon Nanotube Membranes is being supported by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. Learn more about Professor Shan here.

Kenneth Karamichael, associate director of T.E.E.M. Gateway in the Office of Continuing Professional Education at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $124,000. The project titled Camden YES Center is being supported by the Nicholson Foundation.

Alok Baveja, professor in the School of Business at RutgersCamden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $75,000. The project titled Cardiovascular Health Data Analytics in New Jersey is being supported by the N.J. Department of Health and Senior Services. Learn more about Professor Baveja here.