Gifts & Grants

June 18, 2014

Hani Nassif, professor I in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of two awards totaling $220,000 and $498,763. The projects titled Evaluation of Surface Resistivity Indication of Ability of Concrete to Resist Chloride Ion Penetration and Route 139 Rehabilitation: Pulaski Skyway Contract 2, respectively, are being supported by the N.J. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Professor Nassif here.

Stephen Tse, professor I and director of outreach in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $97,500. The project titled High-Speed Camera for Characterization of Flame-Synthesized Nano-Energetics is being supported by the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program. Learn more about Professor Tse here.

Alyson Brooks, assistant professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $88,303. The project titled Interpreting the Escape of Ionizing Radiation from Galaxies is being supported by the Space Telescope Science Institute. Learn more about Professor Brooks here.

Daniel Hart, professor II in the Department of Childhood Studies and Department of Psychology and director of the Institute for Effective Education, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project titled Support the Achieve N.J. Teacher Evaluation Model is being supported by the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation. Learn more about Professor Hart here.

Karen J. Alexander, managing director of the New Jersey Travel Independence Program in the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $45,000. The project titled TIP SMART–Senior Mobility and Resource Training is being supported by the Henry and Marilyn Taub Foundation. Learn more about Director Alexander here.

Taja-Nia Henderson, associate professor at the School of Law–Newark, is the principal investigator of two awards totaling $5,000 and $500. The project titled Framing Treason: Disqualification, Memory, and Reconciliation in Reconstruction-Era America is being supported by the American Philosophical Society and the Filson Historical Society, respectively. Learn more about Professor Henderson here.

June 11, 2014

Sujoy Chakravarty, assistant research professor at the Institute for Health Care Policy and Aging Research and the Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,150,000. The project titled N.J. Medicaid Comprehensive Waiver Evaluation is being supported by the N.J. Department of Human Services. Learn more about Professor Chakravarty here.

Patricia Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and director of scientific research at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $439,500. The project titled Amnis ImageStreamX Mark II for the NJMS Flow Cytometry Core is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Fitzgerald-Bocarsly here.

Cara Cuite, associate research professor, and Rachael Shwom, assistant professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $149,806. The project titled Best Practices in Coastal Storm Risk Communication is being supported by the N.J. Sea Grant Consortium. Learn more about Professor Cuite here and Professor Shwom here.

Jennifer Rosen Valverde, clinical professor of law at the Education and Health Law Clinic at the School of Law–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $128,165. The project titled The H.E.A.L. Collaborative (Health, Education, Advocacy and Law) is being supported by The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, Inc. Learn more about Professor Valverde here.

Victoria Chase, clinical associate professor and chair of clinical programs at the School of Law–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $55,000. The project titled Rutgers Domestic Violence Legal Assistance Project is being supported by the U.S. Department of Justice. Learn more about Professor Chase here.

Girsh Blumberg, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $52,981. The project titled Plasmonic Phase Modulation by Optomechanical Coupling in Slot Waveguides is being supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Learn more about Professor Blumberg here.

June 4, 2014

Hugo K. Dooner, distinguished professor at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,999,424. The project titled A Sequence-Indexed Reverse Genetics Resource for Maize: A Set of Lines with Single Ds-GFP Insertions Spread throughout the Genome is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Dooner here.

Heather McKay, director of the Education and Employment Research Center at the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,882,967. The project titled Front Range Community College Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training Evaluation is being supported by the U.S. Department of Labor. Learn more about Director McKay here.

Radek Dobrowolski, 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 $100,000. The project titled Disregulation of Molecular Clearance Pathways in Alzheimer's Disease is being supported by the Alzheimer’s Association. Learn more about Professor Dobrowolski here.

Robert Noland, professor of transportation planning and policy and director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $70,442. The project titled Omitted Variable Bias in Crash Data Analysis is being supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Professor Noland here.

Santosh Nagarakatte, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $63,500. The project titled Semi-Automated Verification of LLVM Optimizations Using SMT Solvers is being supported by Google. Learn more about Professor Nagarakatte here.

Jennifer Farnham, research analyst at the Center for State Health Policy at the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $41,000. The project titled N.J. Asthma Surveillance Analysis II is being supported by the N.J. Division of Family Health Services. Learn more about Jennifer Farnham here.

May 28, 2014

Joachim Kohn, Board of Governors professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the School of Arts and Sciences and director of the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $447,700. The project titled Bioengineered Alveolar Bone and Tooth Constructs is being supported by the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity. Learn more about Professor Kohn here.

Olaf Jensen, assistant professor of fisheries science and aquatic ecology at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $156,162. The project titled Evaluating Passage Performance of Spawning Shad and River Herring at the Island Farm Weir on the Raritan is being supported by the N.J. Historic Trust. Learn more about Professor Jensen here.

Ximing Guo, professor of molluscan genetics and aquaculture in the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $80,319. The project titled Advancing Eastern Oyster Aquaculture through Marker-Assisted Selection is being supported by the N.J. Sea Grant Consortium. Learn more about Professor Guo here.

Kathe Newman, associate professor of Urban Planning and director of Ralph W. Voorhees Center for Civic Engagement at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $62,134. The project titled Senior Services Mapping Study is being supported by the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. Learn more about Professor Newman here.

Peter Hoontis, associate dean of student and academic affairs at the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $10,000. The project titled Arts Council FY 2014 is being supported by the N.J. State Council on the Arts. Learn more about Dean Hoontis here.

May 21, 2014

Jay Tischfield, distinguished professor in the Department of Genetics at the School of Arts and Sciences and director of RUCDR Infinite Biologics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling up to $19 million. The project titled Genomic Testing and Analysis for NIDA Studies is being supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Learn more about Professor Tischfield here.

Dipankar Raychaudhuri, distinguished professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of WINLAB at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University­–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,269,000. The project titled Moving Towards a More Robust, Secure and Agile Internet is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Raychaudhuri here.

N. Andrew Peterson, associate professor at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,038,215. The project titled Partnership for Success in Prevention is being supported by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Learn more about Professor Peterson here.

Pal Maliga, professor II at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $244,647. The project titled Exploring the Potential of PPR Proteins for the Design of Regulatory Systems for Plastid Transgenes is being supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Learn more about Professor Maliga here.

Ximing Guo, professor in the Haskin Shellfish Research Laboratory at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $36,530. The project titled Genetic Marker-Assisted Selection of Northeastern Har Clams for QPX Resistance is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Professor Guo here.

May 14, 2014

Lee Cronk, professor in the Department of Anthropology at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,955,924. The project titled Generous by Nature: Need-based Transfers and the Origins of Human Cooperation is being supported by the John Templeton Foundation. Learn more about Professor Cronk here.

The Center for Environmental Exposures and Disease, a unit of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, has received a five-year infrastructure renewal grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). The grant's annual $1.25 million funding will be supplemented with $1 million in university funding over the five-year cycle. The Rutgers center, which is one of 20 NIEHS centers of excellence, was established in 1987 as a collaboration to enhance understanding, detection, prevention, and resolution of environmental health problems through collaborative research. Learn more here.

Russell Korman, clinical associate professor at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $400,000. The project titled Trenton Public School District Behavioral Support Services Program is being supported by Trenton Public Schools. Learn more about Professor Korman here.

Lisa Klein, distinguished professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and graduate program director at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $250,000. The project titled Materials World Network, SusChEM: Hybrid Sol-Ge Route to Chromate-free Anticorrosive Coatings is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Klein here.

Vassiliki Karantza, assistant professor at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $181,000. The project titled Translational Breast Cancer Research is being supported by the American Association for Cancer Research. Learn more about Professor Karantza here.

Junius W. Williams, director of the Abbott Leadership Institute, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $34,546. The project titled The Abbott Leadership Institute is being supported by the Public Interest Projects Inc. Learn more about Director Williams here.

May 7, 2014

Peter J. Guarnaccia, professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and investigator at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $569,670. The project titled Greater New Brunswick Community Health Collaborative is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Professor Guarnaccia here.

Charles T. Brown, senior research specialist at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $550,000. The project titled New Jersey Bicycle and Pedestrian Resource CenterYear 13 is being supported by the N.J. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Charles Brown here.

Dipankar Raychaudhuri, distinguished professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and director of WINLAB at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project titled NeTS: JUNO: Virtual Mobile Cloud Network for Realizing Scalable, Real-Time Cyber Physical Systems is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Raychaudhuri here.

Rohit Ramachandran, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $104,000. The project titled Mechanistic Modeling of Fluid Bed Granulation Processes is being supported by the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Technology and Education. Learn more about Professor Ramachandran here.

Edmund J.Y. Pajarillo, clinical assistant professor and associate dean for faculty services at the College of Nursing, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $96,648. The project titled Personnel Services Agreement is being supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more about Professor Pajarillo here.

Joel Miller, assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $60,000. The project titled A Research Evaluation of the Union County Second Chance Act Adult Re-Entry Demonstration Program is being supported by the U.S. Department of Justice. Learn more about Professor Miller here.

April 30, 2014

Ronald Quincy, lecturer and director of the Center for Nonprofit Management and Governance at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $500,000. The project titled Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative-IREX is being supported by International Research and Exchanges Board. Learn more about Director Quincy here.

Nora Gelperin, director of training and senior program administrator at ANSWER, Rutgers­ University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project titled A Strong Foundation for Education Professionals: Expanding Answer's Online Training is being supported by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. Learn more about Director Gelperin here.

Andrew Seligsohn, associate chancellor of the Office of Civic Engagement, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project titled Neighborhood Planning Grant is being supported by the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation.

Rohit Ramachandran, assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $99,504. The project titled Modeling and Agglomeration Behavior in Agitated Dryers is being supported by Corporate Contracts. Learn more about Professor Ramachandran here.

Deborah Walker-McCall, associate dean of academic affairs and director of the Academic Foundations Center/EOF at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $90,000. The project titled Aim High Academy: Summer Earth Ecology Program is being supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about Dean Walker-McCall here.

Grigor Sargsyan, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $90,000. The project titled CAREER: Covering with Derived Models is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Sargsyan here.

April 23, 2014

Alexander V. Neimark, distinguished professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,209,903. The project titled Mass Transport, Kinetics and Catalytic Activities of Multicatalyst Polyelectrolyte Membranes is being supported by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Learn more about Professor Neimark here.

Michael W. Cole, assistant professor at the Cole Neuroscience Lab at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $747,000. The project titled Network Mechanisms of Flexible Cognitive Control is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Cole here.

Cynthia Blitz, director of the Center for Effective School Practices and research professor at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $585,000. The project titled Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory is in partnership with ICF international and is being supported by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about Director Blitz here.

Joanne Robinson, dean and professor at the School of Nursing–Camden, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $155,885. The project titled Rutgers–Camden School of Nursing and LEAP School Based Health and Wellness Center is being supported by the Leap Academy University Charter School. Learn more about Dean Robinson here.

Kevin L. Lyons, assistant professor in the Department of Supply Chain Management and Marketing Sciences at the Rutgers­ Business School–Newark and New Brunswick and associate director of the EcoComplex and Rutgers Energy Institute, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project titled Newark Industrial Solution Center (NISC) Pilot at Rutgers is being supported by the Garfield Foundation. Learn more about Professor Lyons here.

Nora Gelperin, director of training and senior program administrator at ANSWER, Rutgers­ University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $45,000. The project titled Promising Approaches to Sexuality Education: Scaling up the FLASH Curriculum for Nationwide Implementation is being supported by The Grove Foundation. Learn more about Director Gelperin here.

April 16, 2014

Marsha Bates, research professor and director of the Cardiac Neuroscience Laboratory at the Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $834,705. The project titled The Baroreflex Mechanism: Translation to AUD Treatment and Prognostic Models is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Director Bates here.

John DeLuca, professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $821,000. The project titled MS Collaborative Network of New Jersey is being supported by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Learn more about Professor DeLuca here.

Grace Brannigan, assistant professor at the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology and the Department of Physics at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $98,014. The project titled Interaction of Inhaled Anesthetics with Macromolecules is being supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more about Professor Brannigan here.

David Margolis, assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $60,000. The project titled Plasticity and Propagation: Cortical Circuit Control in Schizophrenia is being supported by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. Learn more about Professor Margolis here.

Andy Germak, lecturer and executive director of the Institute for Families at the School of Social Work, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $52,957. The project titled Leadership Development for Local Office Managers of NJ-DCF is being supported by the Casey Family Programs. Learn more about Director Germak here.

Richard G. Lathrop, director of the Walton Center for Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis and professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $15,000. The project titled Digital Mapping Services for Hurricane Sandy Program is being supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Learn more about Director Lathrop here.