Awards & Honors

April 20, 2016

Gary Aston-Jones, Murray and Charlotte Strongwater Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and Brain Health, and director, Brain Health Institute, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, will deliver the annual B.F. Skinner Lecture in Behavioral Pharmacology and Neuroscience at next month’s international meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis in Chicago.

David Bleich, chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the Physician of the Year Award from the Diabetes Foundation, Inc., at its 25th Anniversary Awards Dinner. The award recognizes a physician who provides patients with compassionate, comprehensive, and caring medicine; actively participates in community affairs and activities; provides a professional and personal role model to other health professionals, residents, and medical students; and supports the mission of the foundation.

Jeff Friedman, associate professor and director, master of fine arts in dance program, Department of Dance, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was awarded the 2016 Clement A. Price Human Dignity Award for advancing the boundaries of oral history-based scholarship through choreographic and text research addressing issues of equity and inclusion; preventing the loss of alternative histories of the performing arts; and developing innovative courses and programs that have reframed dance practices to integrate a range of diverse and inclusive narratives. The award was given by the university’s Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes in recognition of universitywide excellence in diversity and inclusion.

Chef Robert Higgins, Department of Dining Services, Division of Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, won the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) Mid-Atlantic Regional Culinary Challenge held at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va. With his victory, Higgins will represent the university at the NACUFS national challenge in Anaheim, California, on July 14.

Norma Riccucci, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, received the 2016 Dwight Waldo Award from the American Society for Public Administration at its annual conference last month. The award recognizes individuals, nominated by their peers, who have made outstanding contributions to the professional literature of public administration over an extended career.

Rutgers University Career Services, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will honor top hiring employers, campus partners, and student recipients of the Intern Excellence Awards at the second annual Career Knights of Distinction Awards Ceremony to recognize campus partners of the year on May 4. Faculty and staff honorees include Hester Coan, assistant director of student services for career services, School of Communication and Information; Ildi Koczan, career management specialist, School of Management and Labor Relations; Assimina A. Pelegri, professor and executive officer, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering; Jim Venner, senior human resources consultant; and Ganesh Waran, facility coordinator, Werblin Recreation Center.

April 13, 2016

Carrie Coffield, assistant professor of pediatrics, The Boggs Center on Development Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received a Parent–Professional Collaboration Award presented by the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network and the Community of Care Consortium. The award recognizes work on behalf of enhancing early screening for families served by federally qualified health centers, early childhood centers, and home visiting programs in New Jersey.

Nicole R. Fleetwood, associate professor, Department of American Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was awarded an American Council for Learned Societies/New York Public Library Fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. During the 2016–2017 academic year, she will complete her book, Carceral Aesthetics: Prison Art and Public Culture, a study that examines a range of visual art and practices emerging inside prisons and about prison life.

Cheryl Holly, associate dean, entry to baccalaureate nursing practice, professor, and codirector of the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, and Deanna Gray-Miceli, assistant professor, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, were inducted as distinguished scholars and fellows in the National Academies of Practice, a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 to influence policy and practice in health care. 

Jacquelyn Litt, dean of Douglass Residential College, was honored by New Jersey Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto during a March New Jersey State House event celebrating Women’s History Month, recognized for her research on poverty and gender and the positive impact her work has made on the lives of New Jersey women and children. 

Rutgers received a certificate for its successful voluntary participation in the United States Environmental Protection Agency Combined Heat and Power Partnership (CHP), which seeks to reduce the environmental impact of power generation. In 2015, the university avoided 1,800,000 tons of CO2 by using CHP. Two university cogeneration plants contributed to offsetting greenhouse gas emissions. Cogeneration uses natural gas to run turbines that produce electricity and waste heat. Waste heat is used to make high-temperature hot water, which heats buildings. 

Department of Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was recognized for its efforts toward reducing litter through participation in the City of New Brunswick’s Clean City Block Captain Program. The program’s purpose is to engage neighborhoods in litter reduction efforts through community involvement. The department has been actively recruiting students living off campus to take part in mini-cleanups and education efforts with neighbors.    

April 6, 2016

Brian Strom, chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and the university’s executive vice president for health affairs, was honored as the keynote speaker at the first Greek Pharmacoepidemiology Symposium in Alexandroupolis last month. The symposium theme was “Medicine through Pharmacoepidemiology, Pharmacovigilance, and Phamacoeconomics.”

At the School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick:

  • Helen M. Berman, distinguished professor and Board of Governors Professor, Center for Integrative Proteomics Research, and director emerita, Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB) Protein Data Bank, was named a fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology. She was recognized for her roles in creating and leading the Protein Data Bank and Nucleic Acids Database; for innovations in computational biology, including methods and standards; and for contributions to structural biology.
  • David S. Goodsell, scientific outreach lead, RCSB Protein Data Bank, Center for Integrative Proteomics Research, is the 2016 overall winner of the Wellcome Image Awards for his painting of Ebola virus proteins.
  • Maria Voigt, outreach coordinator, RCSB Protein Data Bank, Center for Integrative Proteomics Research, received a 2016 Wellcome Image Award for her molecular animation of Clathrin.

At Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, the following were selected to serve on the newly formed New Jersey Medical Marijuana Review Panel:

  • Alex Bekker, chair, Department of Anesthesiology, New Jersey Medical School;
  • Stewart A. Berkowitz, clinical assistant professor, Department of Radiology, New Jersey Medical School, and president of the State Board of Medical Examiners;
  • Mary Barna Bridgeman, clinical associate professor, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy;
  • Mary L. Johansen, clinical assistant professor and associate director, New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing, Division of Advanced Nursing, School of Nursing;
  • Cheryl Kennedy, associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, New Jersey Medical School; and
  • Petros Levounis, chair, Department of Psychiatry, New Jersey Medical School.

Michael J. Camasso, professor, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and Radha Jagannathan, professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, both Rutgers University–New Brunswick, have returned from France, where they served as distinguished visiting research scholars in March. They were selected by the Centre d'Études et de Recherches sur les Qualifications, a joint project of the Ministère de l’Éducation and the Ministère du Travail in Paris, to collaborate with French and German researchers around issues and policies addressing youth unemployment. 

March 30, 2016

Brian Strom, chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and the university’s executive vice president for health affairs, was named to NJ Biz’s Power 50 in Health Care

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

  • Felesia Bowen, assistant professor; François-Xavier Bagnoud Center Endowed Chair in Community Pediatric Nursing; and director, Center for Urban Youth and Families, was accepted as a fellow of the 2016–2017 cohort of the Maternal-Child Health Nurse Leadership Academy, an 18-month leadership development experience that pairs participants with senior leadership mentors.

  • Gina Miranda-Diaz, adjunct faculty member, was elected president of the National Association of Hispanic Nurses’ New Jersey Chapter. 

  • Valerie Smith-Stephens, assistant dean, Educational Opportunity Fund Program, was invited to participate in a second review cycle as a merit reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, which uses reviewers to identify high-quality, patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research. 

March 23, 2016

Phoebe A. Haddon, chancellor, Rutgers University–Camden, was honored with a Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey. The award recognizes women who are leaders in their fields, innovators of unique programs and services, and role models and mentors to tomorrow’s generation. 

Elizabeth Matto, director, Youth Political Participation Program, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Craig L. Brians Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research and Mentorship from the American Political Science Association. The award is given annually to faculty members who demonstrate commitment to and excellence in encouraging and developing scholarship among undergraduate students and in mentoring undergraduate students in preparation for graduate school or public­ affairs-related careers.

Nicolás Pereda, director, Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named one of Cinema Scope’s “50 Best Filmmakers Under 50.” Cinema Scope magazine is a Canadian quarterly providing a forum on world cinema.

Amy Vojta, assistant director, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisers’ 2015 Shelly Sutherland Outstanding Volunteer Award.

Rutgers’ SCREAM Theater received the NASPA Excellence Bronze Award for Violence Education and Prevention. NASPA (earlier known as National Association of Student Personnel Administrators and today known as Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) annually recognizes the outstanding contributions of members who are transforming higher education through exceptional programs, innovative services, and effective administration.

March 16, 2016

Tom Glynn, Rutgers University Libraries faculty member, has won the Hornblower Award for a First Book from the 2015-2016 New York Society Library’s New York City Book Awards for his book, Reading Publics: New York City's Public Libraries, 1754-1911.

Ashley Koning, assistant director, Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was awarded the 2015 John Tarnai Memorial Scholarship by the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations. The award recognizes an outstanding early-career survey research professional with great promise for pursuing a long-term career in survey research. Koning is a doctoral candidate in political science, Graduate School, Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Brian L. Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and executive vice president for health affairs for Rutgers, received the Oscar B. Hunter Career Award in Therapeutics, the premier award presented by the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. The award honors a scientist for outstanding contributions to clinical pharmacology and therapeutics over the individual's professional life. 

March 9, 2016

Kayo Denda, head of the Margery Somers Foster Center and Women’s Studies librarian, Research and Instructional Services library faculty, Mabel Smith Douglass Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named 2016 winner of the Association of College and Research Libraries Women and Gender Studies Section Career Achievement Award. Denda is liaison to Rutgers–New Brunswick’s Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, the Institute for Women’s Leadership, the Institute for Research on Women, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, and Douglass Residential College. She received her master’s degrees in women’s and gender studies and library and information science from Rutgers–New Brunswick. 

March 2, 2016

Jorge Contreras, assistant professor, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was elected president of the Latin American Biophysical Society.

Trish Suplee, associate professor of nursing, Rutgers School of Nursing–Camden, has been invited to be a workgroup member to represent the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nurses in the Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health Program. Suplee will assist with the development of the Postpartum Care Basics for Maternal Safety patient safety bundle and consensus statement. 

Basirah Taha, an advanced practice nurse at University Behavioral Health Care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, who provides home-based behavioral health treatment services, is among the 2016 recipients of the EPIC Awards (Exceptional People Impacting Our Communities) from the Institute for Nursing, the charitable affiliate of the New Jersey State Nurses Association.

February 24, 2016

Helen M. Berman, Board of Governors Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was selected as a fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology, which honors members who have distinguished themselves through outstanding contributions to the fields of computational biology and bioinformatics.

Edna Cadmus, clinical professor and specialty director, Nursing Leadership Program, and executive director, New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing, Division of Advanced Nursing Practice, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was appointed to the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools International Research and Evaluation Committee, the world’s largest credentials evaluation organization for nursing.

Sherine E. Gabriel, dean, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Jeffrey Carson, provost, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences in New Brunswick, and vice chair of research, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Department of Medicine, were inducted into the Association of American Physicians, the prestigious national society for internal medicine physicians, bringing the number of Rutgers members to eight.

Lynn McFarlane, director of marketing and communications, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the new co-chair for marketing for the Nursing Advancement Professionals group of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. She also was appointed to the trusteeship committee of the Partners for Health Foundation, a charitable organization serving 15 northern New Jersey communities.

February 17, 2016

Sam Adhikari, instructor of professional practice, Department of Management Science and Information Systems, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Software Technical Committee Chair Appreciation Award.