Awards & Honors

March 8, 2017

David Greenberg, professor of history, School of Arts and Sciences, and of journalism and media studies, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was honored recently at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for his book, Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency, winner of a 2017 Goldsmith Book Prize as the trade and academic book published in the United States in the last 24 months that “best fulfills the objective of improving democratic governance through an examination of the intersection between the media, politics, and public policy.”

March 1, 2017

Grigore Burdea, professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 2017 IEEE Virtual Reality Career Award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. This annual award honors an individual’s lifetime contribution to virtual and/or augmented reality and is the highest award in this field. 

Mark S. Granick, chief, Division of Plastic Surgery, and professor, Department of Surgery, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was named Best Medical Practitioner-USA by Global Medical LiveWire Awards 2016.

Theresa Miskimen, vice president, Medical Services, University Behavioral Health Care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was inducted into the American College of Psychiatrists. Membership in the college is limited to psychiatrists who have demonstrated outstanding competence in the field of psychiatry and achieved national recognition in clinical practice, research, academic leadership, or teaching.

Raphael Montañez Ortiz, distinguished professor, Department of Visual Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the UCLA Medal from the University of California, Los Angeles, recognizing his "achievements as an innovator and influencer in contemporary art" as the founder of El Museo del Barrio (the first Latino art museum in the United States), and as an artist whose work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Tate, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Hirshhorn Museum.

At the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences:

  • Robert Marsh, instructor, received the 2016 Lester Z. Lieberman Humanism in Healthcare Award from the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, which recognizes extraordinary compassion in caring for patients and their families.
  • Gina Miranda-Diaz, adjunct faculty, received the 2016 Nurse of the Year Award in the public health category from the March of Dimes New Jersey Chapter. The awards program recognizes nursing excellence and achievements in research, education, quality patient care, innovation, and leadership.
  • Thomas Pallaria, assistant professor and program director, Nursing Anesthesia Education program, received the 2016 Trident Award from the New Jersey Association of Nurse Anesthetists (NJANA). The highest honor bestowed by the NJANA, the Trident Award recognizes a certified registered nurse anesthetist for outstanding leadership, academic mentorship, professional advocacy, and clinical excellence. 
  • Valerie Smith Stephens, assistant dean for academic support services and director, Educational Opportunity Fund Program, received the 2016 Community Award from the Northern New Jersey Black Nurses Association for longstanding advocacy on behalf of students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, and ongoing collaboration with community and statewide organizations promoting excellence and equal opportunity in education. 

February 22, 2017

At the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences:

Judith Barberio, associate clinical professor, received the New Jersey State Award for Excellence-Nurse Practitioner from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the only full-service national professional membership organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties.

Wendy Budin, professor and associate dean for Entry to Baccalaureate Nursing Practice; Yuri Jadotte, assistant professor and assistant director for education, Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation; and Gina Miranda-Diaz, adjunct faculty; were elected fellows in the New York Academy of Medicine.

Edna Cadmus, clinical professor and specialty director of the Graduate Nursing Leadership Tracks, received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organization of Nurse Leaders, New Jersey. 

Cheryl Holly, professor and codirector, Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation (NEST), and Susan Salmond, executive vice dean, professor, and codirector of NEST, received a 2016 AJN Book of the Year Award for their seminal text, Comprehensive Systematic Review for Advanced Nursing Practice (2nd Edition). 

Ann Marie P. Mauro, professor, assistant dean, and director of the Center for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), was one of 164 nurse leaders inducted as 2016 fellows of the American Academy of Nursing, one of the highest honors in the nursing profession.

Jennifer McGee-Avila, program manager for the Northeast/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center, was one of only 40 applicants selected to participate in the first cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Policy Research Scholars program.

February 15, 2017

Martin L. Yarmush, Paul and Mary Monroe Chair Distinguished Professor, biomedical engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer, “for pioneering advances in cellular, tissue, and organ engineering and for leadership in applying metabolic engineering to human health.”

February 8, 2017

James W. Hughes, dean, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a Lifetime Achievement and Leadership in Planning Award from the American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter. The chapter also announced a new planning award recognizing and celebrating his legacy, the James W. Hughes Applied Research Award, to be presented annually to an individual or organization whose applied research has effected change in New Jersey as the substantive basis for legislative, regulatory, or policy change or as the driver of a shift in a fundamental approach to planning. Learn more here.

Yuri T. Jadotte, assistant professor, Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing, and assistant director for education, Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was inducted as a member of the New York Academy of Medicine and a professional member of the National Academies of Practice.

Cognition: A Neuroscience Approach by Arnold L. Glass, professor of psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, won an honorable mention (second place) at this year's PROSE awards in the textbook/social science category. The new book presents a seminal 21st-century approach to the study of human cognition incorporating the latest findings in neuroscience.

January 25, 2017

W. Steven Barnett and Bruce Baker, research professors, Graduate School of Education, were named by Education Week as among the nation's top 100 university-based scholars doing the most to influence education policy and practice. Barnett’s research includes studies of the economics of early care and education, including costs and benefits, the long-term effects of preschool programs on children’s learning and development, and the distribution of educational opportunities. Baker's primary areas of research are education finance and the economics of education, including studies of teacher and administrator labor markets and preparation pipelines, and evolving legal issues in teacher and principal evaluation systems.

January 18, 2017

Janice Fine, associate professor, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Progressive Leadership Award from Midwest Academy, a national training institute that advocates for social, economic, and racial justice.

Henryk Iwaniec, New Jersey Professor of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 2017 American Mathematical Society’s Joseph L. Doob Prize, along with John Friedlander, University of Toronto, for their book Opera de Cribro. Presented every three years, the Doob Prize recognizes a single relatively recent outstanding research book that makes a seminal contribution to the research literature, reflects the highest standards of research exposition, and promises to have a deep and long-term impact in its area. 

Michael Lewis, University Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and director, Institute for the Study of Child Development, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was elected into the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences Foundation, which recognizes eminent senior scientists from a wide range of research areas for their lasting professional contributions. 

Deborah M. Spitalnik, executive director and professor of pediatrics at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the George S. Jesien Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, recognizing her leadership, service, and dedication to people with disabilities and their families. 

December 14, 2016

Fred Hersch, professor of jazz piano, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was nominated for two Grammy Awards: for best improvised jazz solo for We See and for best jazz instrumental album for Sunday Night At The Vanguard with the Fred Hersch Trio. The 59th Annual Grammy Awards telecast is February 12 at 8 p.m. on CBS.

The Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) received a proclamation from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's office declaring November 30, 2016, as the Center for Women's Global Leadership Day. The proclamation was received at CWGL's recent 25th anniversary event for its 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign and highlighted CWGL's tireless work on gender equity, human rights, and gender-based violence. The annual campaign is an international initiative coordinated by the CWGL.

December 7, 2016

William L. Holzemer, dean and distinguished professor, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC). He was recognized for his outstanding contributions to ANAC and his global leadership in the battle against HIV/AIDS.

Barbara Pachter, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Business–Camden, published her 11th book, The Communication Clinic: 99 Proven Cures for the Most Common Business Mistakes, a comprehensive common sense guide to business communication.

Maria Voigt, research associate, and David S. Goodsell, research professor, RCSB Protein Data Bank, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are among the winners in this year’s BioArt competition of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, selected for their molecular graphics of three human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) enzymes.

November 30, 2016

A book about Swiss landscape architect Dieter Kienast by Anette Freytag, associate professor and new faculty member, Department of Landscape Architecture, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was selected as one of the 10 best architectural books of 2016 by the German Architectural Museum in Frankfurt, the book's fourth prize since its publication in February. The English translation, The Landscapes of Dieter Kienast, will be published next spring.

Sean Stein Smith, assistant professor of professional practice, Rutgers School of Business–Camden, is one of 17 faculty members from New Jersey university business schools to receive a Bright Idea Award from the New Jersey Policy Research Organization Foundation and the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University, recognizing the best papers from business school faculty from 2015. Smith was cited for his research on emerging opportunities for accounting practitioners to make better and more strategically oriented business decisions.

Christopher Uchrin, professor, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected a fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), an honor held by fewer than 3.5 percent of ASCE members and given to individuals who have made celebrated contributions and developed creative solutions that change lives around the world.

The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBTQ Communities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received two awards at the recent Region VII Association of College Unions International Conference. The Theresa D. Drummond Memorial Award, for Language Matters, recognizes a program that emphasizes promotion of cross-cultural communication and acceptance, in addition to advocating for inclusion. The Outstanding Community Building Program Award, for Building Campus Communities (August Student Leaders), recognizes a program that fosters the enhancement of the campus community. Both programs were division initiatives and represent collaborations among several departments.