Gifts & Grants

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.

August 21, 2013

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) received $391,000 from the Hemophilia Association of New Jersey. The gift will support the Comprehensive Hemophilia Treatment Center at RWJMS.

Intercollegiate Athletics received a $215,000 pledge from Nicholas Kambitsis, Demetrius Kambitsis, and Raceway Petroleum. The gift will support the Football Travel Fund and the Stadium Expansion Fund.

Sergei Kotenko, associate professor in the New Jersey Medical School Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Joan Durbin, a researcher at New York University who will join the Rutgers faculty Oct. 1, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $5,959,585. The project titled Development of Ifn-Lambda3 for the Prevention and Treatment of Virus Infection is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. Learn more about Professor Kotenko here.

Scott Thomas, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $381,000. The project titled Research in Theoretical High Energy Physics is being supported by the United States Department of Energy. Learn more about Professor Thomas here.

Ronald Ransome, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $380,000. The project titled Studies of the Structure of the Nucleon is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Ransome here.

Jon Carnegie, executive director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center and an adjunct member of the faculty at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $310,000. The project titled Ongoing Emergency Support Function #1-Transportation is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Learn more about Executive Director Carnegie here.

Radhika Balakrishnan, executive director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership and professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project titled Foundation for a Just SocietyGeneral Operating Support is being supported by the Foundation for a Just Society. Learn more about Professor Balakrishnan here.

August 14, 2013

Intercollegiate Athletics has received a pledge for $115,000 from Dang Hai Nguyen and Kathryn A. Nguyen. The gift will support the Stadium Expansion Fund.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Newark has received a pledge of $100,000 from Keith T. Banks, NCAS'77. The gift will support the Keith and Debra Banks Endowed Speaker Series.

Lauren Aleksunes, assistant 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 $430,615 to Rutgers and the University of Colorado. The project titled Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacogenomic Determinants of Cisplatin Kidney Injury is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Aleksunes here.

Glenn G. Amatucci, professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $340,000. The project titled Metal Fluoride Conversation Electrode Materials is being supported by a corporate sponsor. Learn more about Professor Amatucci here.

Jennifer Francis, research 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 $295,807. The project titled Collaborative Proposal: Connecting Arctic Amplification to Extreme Weather in Mid-Latitudes is being supported the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Francis here.

Mark Feighn, professor II in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $275,895. The project titled Research in Geometric Group Theory is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Feighn here.

August 7, 2013

The university received a $12.5 million gift from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The gift supports Rutgers-UMDNJ integration efforts and is the largest single gift the foundation has awarded to Rutgers.

Rutgers School of Law–Newark received a $250,000 pledge from John J. Farmer Jr. The gift will support the Fund for Law School Advancement.

Rutgers Future Scholars received $100,000 from Steven A. Colson. The gift will support the Steven A. Colson Endowment for Rutgers Future Scholars.

July 31, 2013

Hongyu Qiu, associate professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine in the New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,761,809. The project titled Intrinsic Stiffness of Aortic Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell in the Development of Hypertension is being supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Learn more about Professor Qiu here.

David Aimen, assistant director of planning and technical assistance at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1.25 million. The project titled HUD Sustainable Communities Regional Planning is being supported by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. Learn more about Director Aimen here.

Barry Kreiswirth, professor of medicine at New Jersey Medical School and director of the Tuberculosis Center at the Public Health Research Institute, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $437,493. The project titled A Rapid Molecular Approach to Determine PZA Susceptibility is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Professor Kreiswirth here.

Tamar Barkay, professor in 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 $384,630. The project titled Collaborative Research: Effects of Trophic Status Alterations on Pathways of Mercury Methylation is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Barkay 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 $255,000. The project titled Global Support for National Policy, Practice and Technology Project is being supported by the Institute for Intergovernmental Research. Learn more about the Police Institute here.

July 24, 2013

Narayanan Ramasubbu, professor at the Center for Oral Infectious Diseases in the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine at Rutgers Health Sciences Campus at Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,429,688. The project titled PGA Exopolysaccharide in Biofilm Formation and Pathogenicity of Aggregatibacter Actinomycetemcomitans is being supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Learn more about Professor Ramasubbu here.

Christopher Obropta, associate extension specialist in the Water Resources Program at the Cooperative Extension, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of two awards totaling $1,082,600 from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The projects are titled Upper Salem River Watershed Implementation and Assiscunk Creek Watershed Implementation Project. Learn more about Specialist Obropta here.

Stephen Tse, professor I in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $500,000. The project titled Scalable Processing of Nanostructured Cubic-Boron Nitride is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Tse here.

David Perlin, professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the New Jersey Medical School and executive director of the Public Health Research Institute at Rutgers Health Sciences Campus at Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $436,875. The project titled Linking Triazole Resistance and Fitness in Aspergillus Fumigatus is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Professor Perlin here.

Daniel-Dennis M. Bubb, professor I and chair of the Department of Physics at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $366,735. The project titled Mechanisms of Nanoparticle Generation by Laser Ablation of Thin Films in Liquids is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Bubb here.

Donna Cill, assistant dean of student affairs and director of the Center for Lifelong Learning in the School of Nursing at the Rutgers Health Sciences Campus at Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $10,000. The project titled Empowering Daughters and Mothers thru Social Media is being funded by the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New Jersey. Learn more about Dean Cill here.