May 13, 2015

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Faculty Awards

Faculty Awards Presented

Members of the university community who have made outstanding contributions in the classroom, to their disciplines, or for the benefit of the community or world were honored with awards in the following categories:

The Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching, awarded to faculty members in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual development of students; Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research, honoring faculty members who have made distinguished research contributions to their discipline or society; the Rutgers Faculty Scholar-Teacher Award to faculty members who have made outstanding contributions in research and teaching; the Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence to faculty members (pictured at left) who have recently been promoted with tenure; and the Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence to newly tenured faculty members for outstanding teaching and scholarly work.

In addition, the Office of Faculty Diversity Initiatives celebrates and honors a select number of faculty who have been leaders in promoting diversity at Rutgers, either through their own research and teaching or in other venues. The Rutgers College Class of 1962 Presidential Public Service Award honors members of the faculty, student body, or staff for volunteer service to government, professional and scholarly organizations, or the public.

View the award recipients here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Call for Nominations for Excellence in Alumni Leadership Award
The Rutgers University Alumni Association, created in 2008, is accepting nominations through June 15 for the annual Rutgers Excellence in Alumni Leadership Awards—the highest honor for alumni volunteers—recognizing dedication and commitment to improving the Rutgers community. The awards recognize alumni who volunteer their time to the university and the alumni association, have maintained life-long university connections, have taken leadership roles, represent multi-generational families of Rutgers alumni, and volunteer for their local community; and deans or faculty members who support alumni programming and events. Award recipients will be honored at the annual Alumni Leaders Conference in the fall. Nominate and learn more here.


For Furniture and Other Bulk Waste Disposal, Project Move Out in New Brunswick: Register Now
Students living off campus in New Brunswick apartments can register until May 20 for Project Move Out for the recovery of discarded furniture, appliances, electronics, and textiles—keeping them out of landfills. Take advantage of free bulk waste disposal options to help reduce our carbon footprint and avoid municipal fines up to $2,000 for improper disposal. Free curbside pickup available on May 21, 22, 26, or 27. Registration is open until noon on May 20. Free drop-off is available to Rutgers students with student ID from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on May 21, 22, 26 or 27 (no registration required) at Parking Lot 30 behind the College Avenue Gym. Register and learn more here or call the Project Move Out hotline at 848-445-2297.

Register for Alumni Leaders Council Annual Meeting: June 4, Piscataway
All alumni are invited to attend the annual meeting of the Alumni Leaders Council, hosted by the Rutgers University Alumni Association, on June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Rutgers Business School on Livingston Campus. Celebrate and reflect on the accomplishments of the alumni body over the past fiscal year, meet the association’s incoming board members, and look ahead to the exciting opportunities in the coming year. Register and learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 65 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Star-Ledger, among other news organizations.

Highlights include: 
The Star-Ledger: Moms helping moms: Rutgers program provides resources for families of disabled children (Cherie Castellano, UBHC, quoted here)

The New York Times: Gas Prices or Economy, Experts Disagree on What Drives U.S. Demand (Joseph Seneca, Bloustein, quoted here)

Click here for more highlights.

Academic Sphere

Workshop about Recent Advances in Measuring the Lung Microbiome: May 21, New Brunswick
Clifford P. Weisel, professor, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, hosts a free workshop to discuss recent advances in measuring the lung microbiome on May 21 from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. This is an opportunity to learn about approaches to measuring and understanding the lung microbiome and potentially identifying new collaborative efforts at Rutgers to study the effect of the environment on the lung microbiome and its role in health and disease. Register and learn more here.

Fourth Annual Seymour “Skippy” Jotkowitz Memorial Lecture: May 27, Newark
The Department of Neurology and Neurosciences at New Jersey Medical School presents the Fourth Annual Seymour “Skippy” Jotkowitz Memorial Lecture on May 27 from 11 a.m. to noon. Jerome Posner, Evelyn Frew American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor, and George C. Cotzias Chair of Neuro-Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, speak on the topic of "Neuro-Oncology: Past, Present and Future" in room B610, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark.

Container Gardening Container Gardening Workshop—Terra Cotta and Beyond: May 16, New Brunswick
Learn about plants, soil mixes, and care techniques for container gardens at Rutgers Gardens at Rutgers University–New Brunswick on May 16 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Learn more here.


MBA Information Session: May 14, Camden
Learn more about the Rutgers University–Camden MBA at this information session on May 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in conference room 231 in the Business and Science Building, Rutgers–Camden. Learn more here.

INSPIRE Scientific Teaching Seminar and Lunch Reception: May 15, Piscataway
April Hill, a molecular biologist at the University of Richmond and advocate for undergraduate research, is the featured speaker at the INSPIRE Scientific Teaching Seminar and Lunch Reception on May 15 at 11 a.m. in the West Lecture Hall of Daniel I. Kessler Teaching Laboratories in Piscataway. The seminar is organized by the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Postdoctoral Association and INSPIRE. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Suzanne Willard, clinical professor, was appointed associate dean for global health, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. She is leading the expansion of the school’s international initiatives in health education, research, and practice. She continues as specialty director for the school’s HIV Care advanced specialty program.

Get Involved

Blood Drive: May 21, New Brunswick
The Rutgers University Foundation is sponsoring a blood drive on May 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Winants Hall Assembly Room, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Walk-ins are welcome and appointments can be made by contacting Charlotte Mitchell at or 848-932-7007. A valid form of ID is required. ​

Participate in the First Annual Orchestra Day at the Mason Gross Extension Division: May 31, New Brunswick
Be part of Orchestra Day on May 31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. presented by the Mason Gross Extension Division, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick—an all-ages, all-stages event created for New Jersey instrumentalists ranging from beginners to professional musicians, children through adults. Participants rehearse and perform together in a specially designed concert program, which includes world premieres by multiple Grammy Award–winner Carlos Franzetti and the gifted young composer Graham Cohen. Activities take place in New Brunswick at the Nicholas Music Center locations (including Nicholas Music Center Stage, Richard H. Shindell Choral Hall, Robert E. Mortensen Hall) and Schare Recital Hall in the Marryott Music Building. Register and learn more here.

Awards & Honors

The Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes honored the following members of the university community with Human Dignity Awards for demonstrating extraordinary achievement and commitment to social justice by promoting equity, access, and inclusion at Rutgers and in the broader communities: Charlotte Bunch, Board of Governors distinguished professor, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; Nancy Cintron, associate dean, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences; Vanessa González, student, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; Lisa Klein, distinguished professor and graduate director, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; Wally Torian, assistant dean and director, admissions, recruitment, and outreach, Rutgers Educational Opportunity Fund Program, Student Access and Educational Equity, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; and Kareem Willis, student, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark.

Walter L. Douglas Jr., chief operating officer, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was elected national chair, Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Institutional Planning, an organization devoted to advancing the discipline of planning in academic medicine. Learn more here.

Fernanda Perrone, archivist and head, Exhibitions Program, and curator, William Elliot Griffis Collection, Special Collections/University Archives Library Faculty, Special Collection and University Archives, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 19th annual National History Day New Jersey Educator of the Year Service Award. 

Gifts & Grants

Marsha Bates, research professor, associate director of the Center of Alcohol Studies, and director of the center’s Cardiac Neuroscience Laboratory, and Jennifer Buckman, associate research professor at the Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $2,668,008 over five years. The project, titled In the Moment Protection from Automatic Capture by Triggers, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Bates here and Buckman here.

Samuel Bunting, assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $351,543. The project, titled Control of Commitment Steps in Mammalian Homologous Recombination, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Bunting here.

Mauricio Delgado, associate professor in the Department of Psychology, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $54,194. The project, titled Parsing Reward: Identifying Distinct Neural Pathways for Specific Reward Properties, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Delgado here.

Jean Patrick Antoine, assistant dean for enrichment programs at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled New Jersey Governor’s School of Engineering and Technology, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Education. Learn more about Antoine here.

Karen D’Alonzo, associate professor and associate dean for nursing science, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $8,000. The project, titled A Bio-Behavioral Study of Allostatic Load and Coping Styles among Oaxacan Immigrants, is being supported by the Centers for Global Advancement and Global Affairs. Learn more about D’Alonzo here.

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