Gifts & Grants

January 8, 2014

Hugh Roarty, research project manager at the Coastal Ocean Observation Lab at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,330,510. The project titled Repair and Hardening of Mid-Atlantic Ocean Observing Assets After Hurricane Sandy is being supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Learn more about Hugh Roarty here.

Michael Yedidia, research professor at the Center for State Health Policy at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $707,739. The project titled Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Professor Yedidia here.

Andrew Seligsohn, associate chancellor for Civic Engagement and Strategic Planning, Rutgers–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $549,998. The project titled 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program is being supported by the N.J. Department of Education. Learn more about Chancellor Seligsohn here.

Ayse Akincigil, associate professor at the School of Social Work and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $45,000. The project titled The Economic Burden of Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenditures is being supported by the U.S. Social Security Administration. Learn more about Professor Akincigil here.

Linda Tartaglia, assistant director of the Police Institute at the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $30,426. The project titled Fugitive Safe SurrenderJersey City is being supported by the State of New Jersey. Learn more about Director Tartaglia here.

December 18, 2013

Marila Gennaro, professor in the Public Health Research Institute Center at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling
 $5,523,914. The project titled FISH-Flow Platform for Host-Based Tuberculosis Diagnostics is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Gennaro here.

Brenda Hopper, director of the New Jersey Small Business Development Center at the Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $111,339. The project titled Encouraging and Advancing Pollution Prevention Practices is being supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Meredith L. Schalick, director of Child and Family Advocacy and clinical associate professor in the School of Law–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $66,666. The project titled Rutgers School of LawCamden Child and Family Advocacy Clinic is being supported by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. Learn more about Professor Schalick here.

Mitra Neshatfar, engineering researcher in the Transportation Safety Resource Center at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $45,732. The project titled Statewide Traffic Records Coordinating Committee Project is being supported by the N.J. Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Learn more about Researcher Neshatfar here.

Radha Jagannathan, professor I at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $27,960. The project titled Evaluation of Foundation Center's Nigeria Project is being supported by the Foundation Center. Learn more about Professor Jagannathan here.

December 11, 2013

Grace Brannigan, assistant professor in the Department of Physics at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $350,000. The project titled Mechanisms of Modulation of GABA(A) Receptors by Steroids and Lipophilic Hormones is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Brannigan here.

Hong Li, director of the Center for Advanced Proteomics Research and associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $198,750. The project titled Systems Biology Center in New York is in collaboration with Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine and is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Li here.

Sandra Moroso-Fela, associate program manager at the Institute for Families at the School of Social Work, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $99,839. The project titled LGBTQ Crime Victim Services Project is being supported by the Beyond Diversity Resource Center. Learn more about Manager Moroso-Fela here.

Junius Williams, director of the Abbott Leadership Institute, Rutgers–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $30,000. The project titled The Abbott Leadership Institute Youth Media Symposium is being supported by the Victoria Foundation. Learn more about Director Williams here.

Karen White, director of the Working Families Program at the Center for Women and Work at the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $10,000. The project titled Work Family in New Jersey: Understanding Employers' Experience with New Jersey's Family Leave Insurance Program is being supported by the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Learn more about Director White here.

December 4, 2013

Theresa Chang, associate professor at the Public Health Research Institute and Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,785,332. The project titled Modulation of Innate Immunity, Microbiome, and HIV Transmission by Depo-Provera, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Chang here.

Stephen Crystal, Board of Governors Professor at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,134,153. The project titled Center for Education and Research on Mental Health Therapeutics is being supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Learn more about Emily Peterson here.

Susan Furrer, executive director of the Center for Applied Psychology at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $312,827. The project titled Piscataway School-Based Clinic: The Haven Program is being supported by the Piscataway Township Board of Education. Learn more about Director Furrer here.

Michael De Luca, senior associate director for 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 $253,310. The project titled Sandy Impacts: Geomorphological Maps, GATE, FISS, ASIS is being supported by the U.S. Department of the Interior. Learn more about Director De Luca here.

Lee Slater, professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $32,072. The project titled Improved Tropical Peat Carbon Storage Estimates Using Ground Penetrating Radar is being supported by the U.S. Forest Service. Learn more about Professor Slater here.

Lisa Zeidner, professor in the Department of English at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $10,000. The project titled Writers at Camden: Readings, Workshops, and Literary Discussions for the Camden Community is being supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn more about Professor Zeidner here.

November 27, 2013

Helen Berman, Board of Governors 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 $2,500,451. The project titled The Protein Structure Initiative Knowledgebase is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Berman here.

Ni Gao, associate professor at the Integrated Employment Institute in the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions at the School of Health Related Professions is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,000. The project titled Evaluating the Impact of Employment Services in Supportive Housing is being supported by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research. Learn more about Professor Gao here.

Andrzej Ruszczyński, distinguished professor in the Department of Management Science and Information Systems at the Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $240,000. The project titled Time-Consistent Risk-Averse Control of Markov Systems is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Ruszczyński here.

Kimberly Brenneman, assistant research professor at the National Institute for Early Education Research and the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $226,889. The project titled Partnerships for Early Childhood Curriculum Development: Readiness through Integrative Science is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Brenneman here.

Anthony Braga, Goffredson Professor of Evidence-Based Criminology at the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers­–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project titled Analyzing Violent Crime and Illicit Drug Market Problems in New Jersey is being supported by The Nicholson Foundation. Learn more about Professor Braga here.

Cyril Reade, associate professor in the Department of Fine Arts and director of the Center for the Arts, Rutgers–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $40,000. The project titled RutgersCamden Center for the Arts Camden City Education and Community Arts Programs is being supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Learn more about Professor Reade here.

November 20, 2013

Dean Zimmerman, professor in the Department of Philosophy at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,736,146. The project titled Rutgers University Center for the Philosophy of Religion is being supported by the John Templeton Foundation. Learn more about Professor Zimmerman here.

James Abruzzo, assistant instructor at the Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick and codirector of the Institute for Ethical Leadership, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $850,000. The project titled General Operating Support for Institute for Ethical Leadership and Support for the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Fellows Program is being supported by The Prudential Foundation. Learn more about Director Abruzzo here.

Geraldine V. Oades-Sese, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and associate director of the Institute for the Study of Child Development at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $703,761. The project titled Sesame Street Resilience Project is being supported by the Sesame Workshop. Learn more about Director Oades-Sese here.

Dario Pompili, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the School of Engineering, director of the Cyber-Physical Systems Laboratory, and associate director of application collaboration for CPS at the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2), Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $400,000. The project titled Demand-Aware Dynamic Virtual Base Station Provisioning and Allocation in Cloud Radio Access Networks is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Pompili here.

Alissa Lange and Kimberly Brenneman, assistant research professors at the National Institute for Early Education Research at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $397,531. The project titled Using Number Games to Support Mathematical Learning in Preschool and Home Environments is being supported by the Heising-Simons Foundation. Learn more about Professor Lange here and Professor Brenneman here.

Joel Cantor, Distinguished Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and director of the Center for State Health Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $303,513. The project titled Informing Strategies for Better Care for Vulnerable Populations in New Jersey is being supported by The Nicholson Foundation. Learn more about Professor Cantor here.

November 13, 2013

Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration and director of the Community Leadership Center, Rutgers–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,092,549. The project titled Rutgers/Camden Early Childhood Pre-School Program is being supported by Camden Board of Education. Learn more about Professor Bonilla-Santiago here.

Tina Eliassi-Rod, associate 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 $333,333. The project titled Know Thy Enemy: Data Mining Meets Networks for Understanding Web-based Malware Dissemination is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Eliassi-Rod here.

Charalampos Kalodimos, 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 $313,875. The project titled Structural Basis for the Assembly of the Sec Translocase Machinery is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Kalodimos here.

Eric Cadora, director of the Justice Mapping Center at the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project titled Justice Mapping Center is being supported by the Ford Foundation. Learn more about Director Cadora here.

Susan Martin-Márquez, professor in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and director of Cinema Studies at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,400. The project titled The New Cinema Movements and Their Transatlantic Networks of Exchange in the 1960s and 1970s is being supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more about Professor Martin-Márquez here.

Sunanda Gaur, professor in the Department of Pediatrics and director of the South Asian Total Health Initiative at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $36,000. The project titled Community Based Stroke Prevention: A Culturally Tailored Program for South Asian Communities is being supported by the N.J. Department of Health. Learn more about Professor Gaur here.

November 6, 2013

Grace Guo, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,138,220. The project titled Gut Bile Acids; in Total Parenteral Nutrition-Associated Cholestasis is being supported by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more about Professor Guo here.

Nicholi Vorsa, director of the Philip E. Marucci Center for Blueberry and Cranberry Research at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station is the principal investigator of an award totaling $500,000. The project titled Genomic Regions and Genetic Constellations Associated with Agronomic Traits, Fruit Quality, and Disease Resistance in the American Cranberry is being supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. This project is in collaboration with Juan Zalapa of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and James Polashock, research plant pathologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Director Vorsa here.

Janet Leli, program director of the New Jersey Local Technical Assistance Program at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers–New Brunswick, 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 N.J. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Director Leli here.

Cynthia Blitz, director of the Center for Effective School Practices and research professor at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $340,000. The project titled Using Formative Assessments to Improve Teaching and Learning is being supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about Director Blitz here.

Daniel J. Van Abs, associate research professor in the Department of Human Ecology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $41,400. The two-part project, titled Evaluating the Importance of Upgrading New Jerseys Urban Water Systems and Pinelands Growth Area Water Assessment, is being supported by New Jersey Future. Learn more about Professor Van Abs here.

Rubab Qureshi, assistant professor at the School of Nursing at Rutgers Health Sciences–Newark, 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 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.