May 22, 2019

Brian L. Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, has been elected to the board of directors of the Clinical Research Forum.

Jeffrey Carson, provost-New Brunswick at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, has received the Middlesex County Medical Society 2019 Academic Award for his contributions to the education of medical students, residents, and fellows and for his accomplishments in medicine and academia.

Michael Lewis, Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and director of the Institute for the Study of Child Development at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, was awarded the Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research for the academic year 2018-2019 for his pioneering work and high-impact research contributions over three decades that have shaped the field of child development as well as society’s understanding of emotional development. 

May 8, 2019

Gabriel Kotliar, Board of Governors Professor of Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, and Masayori Inouye, Distinguished Professor at the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

April 24, 2019

Alfred Tallia, professor and chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, was elected chair of the National Board of Medical Examiners.

April 10, 2019

Recipients of the Clement A. Price Human Dignity Award and Leaders in Faculty Diversity Award, sponsored by the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes, will be honored with a reception on April 15 from noon to 2 p.m. at the College Avenue Student Center. Learn more and RVSP online.

Clement A. Price Human Dignity Award Recipients

  • Crystal Bedley, research manager, Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Math
  • Carlos Fernandez, director, Center for Latino Arts and Culture
  • Abril Jiménez, doctoral student in Spanish linguistics, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Howard McGary Jr., Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, School of Arts and Sciences
  • Maria L. Soto-Greene, vice dean and professor of medicine, New Jersey Medical School
  • Gender Center of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Student Family Health Care Center, New Jersey Medical School

Leaders in Faculty Diversity Award Recipients
The award honors faculty who have been leaders in promoting diversity, inclusion, equity, and access at Rutgers.

  • Helen Buettner, chair, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, School of Engineering
  • Humberto Jimenez, clinical assistant professor, Pharmacy Practice and Administration Department, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy

March 27, 2019

The New Jersey Society of Health-System Pharmacists awarded Joseph Barone, dean, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, the 2019 Gregory A. Santora Pharmacist of the Year Leadership Award.

Joel Cantor, Distinguished Professor of Public Policy and director of the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, has been elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Sandra Connolly, medical director, Northern State Prison, University Correctional Health Care, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, received the Columbia University Lion Award: Outstanding Leader in Adult Services from the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies.

P. Ashley Wackym, chair of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, received the Gold Medal Award from Prosper Ménière Society for furthering the goals of the society through "research excellence, scientific innovation, and far-reaching contributions to the investigation of inner ear disorders."

March 13, 2019

Sallie Porter, associate professor, Division of Advanced Nursing Practice, School of Nursing, and nursing discipline coordinator, New Jersey Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disorders, the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, received the inaugural New Jersey Autism Center of Excellence Faculty Scholarship Award, sponsored by the Governor’s Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism. This is a scholarship to advance education on treatments and care of people with autism at both undergraduate and graduate levels of higher education across the state.

Mary Bridgeman, clinical associate professor, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, was inducted into the National Academies of Practice at their annual meeting on March 9.

Nancy Yunhwa Rao, head of music theory, Music Department, Mason Gross School of the Arts, received the Best Book Award for Humanities and Cultural Studies from the Association for Asian American Studies for Chinatown Opera Theater in North America in the category of media, visual, and performance studies.

Richard Novak, vice president for continuing studies and distance education, Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies, received the Julius M. Nolte Award for Extraordinary Leadership from the University Professional and Continuing Education Association.

February 27, 2019

Jeffrey Laskin, Distinguished Professor, School of Public Health, and Thomas Nosker, assistant research professor, material sciences and engineering, School of Engineering, are elected senior members of the National Academy of Inventors.

School of Nursing senior associate dean Linda Flynn and Professor Emerita Hurdis M. Griffith are among five ambassadors named Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research for their abilities to advance public, health professions, and policymaker awareness of the critical research agenda linked to the NINR.

The Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Department of Medicine received an honorable mention in the 2018 Education Design Showcase for the renovation of the seventh floor of the Clinical Academic Building. The vision of "Science on Display" was conceived using an open and transparent design approach to visually pique curiosity and cultivate collaboration among administrators, clinicians, residents, and researchers, and to improve the overall learning and research experience.

Erin Vogel, Henry Rutgers Term Chair Professor of Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences, received the 2019 Robert W. Sussman Award for scientific contributions to anthropology from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

February 13, 2019

Francine Conway, dean, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, has been elected as president-elect of the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology.

January 30, 2019

The opera Sister Carrie by Robert Aldridge, head of composition, Music Department, Mason Gross School of the Arts, was named one of the five best new works of 2018 by Opera News.

David Kietrys, associate professor, Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences, School of Health Professions, was selected as an associate editor for Behavioral Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal that focuses on biopsychosocial aspects of health. He will work with editor-in-chief Perry Halkitis, dean, School of Public Health.

Ravi Maharajh, program manager, Center for Continuing Education, Behavioral Research and Training Institute, University Behavioral Health Care, has been accepted to the New Jersey Healthcare Executive Leadership Academy.

January 16, 2019

The New Jersey Climate Change Alliance, co-facilitated by Jeanne Herb, executive director, Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and Marjorie Kaplan, associate director, Rutgers Climate Institute, received the 2018 Governors Environmental Excellence Award in the “Educator” category. The alliance is a diverse network of leaders who self-organized in 2011 to advance shared goals for addressing climate change in New Jersey, focusing on research, analyses, decision support tools, education, and outreach.

Jawid Mojaddedi, professor, Department of Religion, School of Arts and Sciences, was awarded a one-year fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities for his project, "The First Ever Verse Translation of Book Five of Rumi’s Masnavi."

Graduate School of Education faculty members W. Steven Barnett, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, and Bruce Baker have been named among the 100 most influential education scholars in the nation in the 2019 Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings published by Education Week.

Nicholas M. Ponzio, professor and master educator, Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, received the 2018 Excellence in Teaching Award from the New Jersey Health Foundation for his groundbreaking new courses and programs teaching doctoral trainees and scientists how to communicate their research to diverse audiences.

Evan Cohen, associate professor, Department of Physical Therapy, School of Health Professions, received the 2018 Healthcare Leader Award from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter, for "his interest in MS research, commitment to education, high standards for care, and his inquiring mind."

December 19, 2018

Edmond LaVoie, professor, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, and Joachim Messing, research director, Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Selman A. Waksman University Professor of Molecular Genetics at Rutgers, have been elected by the National Academy of Inventors to the 2018 class of Fellows. Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest professional distinction given to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

Ah-Ng Tony Kong, Distinguished Professor, Glaxo Endowed Chair in Pharmaceutics, graduate director in pharmaceutical science, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, has been named among an elite group recognized for exceptional research performance demonstrated by production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1 percent by citations in the Web of Science for 2018 by Clarivate Analytics.

Sharon Anderson, assistant dean, Division of Advanced Nursing Practice, assistant professor, School of Nursing, received the 2018 Nurse of the Year Award from the March of Dimes, North Central New Jersey Market. Anderson, a nationally certified neonatal nurse practitioner, was recognized for excellence in advanced practice clinical care, education, research, and scholarship.

December 5, 2018

XinQi Dong, director, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Henry Rutgers Distinguished Professor of Population Health Sciences, received the 2018 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity. This award is presented by the Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health, which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions toward achieving health equity.

Kathleen Cullinen, program evaluator, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center, School of Nursing, was recognized by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics with the 2018 Excellence in Public Health and Community Nutrition Award. Cullinen, a registered dietitian and 25-year member of the academy, received the award for her outstanding service, leadership, and contributions to the field of public health and community nutrition.

November 20, 2018

Jeffrey L. Carson, provost-New Brunswick, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, distinguished professor of medicine, and Richard C. Reynolds, M.D. chair in general internal medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, was inducted into the National Blood Foundation’s Hall of Fame. Carson was recognized for reshaping transfusion medicine through National Institutes of Health–supported clinical trials, the evidence from which was used to establish and revise national standards, saving vital pints of blood and enhancing care for even the most critical of patients. 

William L. Holzemer, dean and distinguished professor, School of Nursing, received two awards in November: The 2018 Hyacinth Award from the Hyacinth Foundation and the 2018 Trailblazer Award from the Northern New Jersey Black Nurses Association. Hyacinth, New Jersey’s first and largest HIV services organization, recognized Holzemer for his outstanding research and advocacy for people living with HIV. He received the Trailblazer award for global leadership in nursing education and research.

Two members of the department of music, Mason Gross School of the Arts, were honored with annual awards from the American Musicological Society: Rebecca Cypess, associate director, musicology, received the Noah Greenberg Award for her forthcoming recording “Sisters, Face-to-Face: The Bach Legacy in Women’s Hands”, and Nancy Rao, head of music theory, received the Music in American Culture Award for her book Chinatown Opera Theater in North America.

New Jersey Poison Control Center, department of emergency medicine, New Jersey Medical School, received the National Media Award from the American Association of Poison Control Centers. The poison center was one of the top three U.S. Poison Control Centers with the most media coverage/exposure for 2017–18.

Nicole Cushman, executive director of Answer at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, received the Outstanding Young Professionals Award at the American Public Health Association Conference.

The Physician Assistant Education Association recognized the physician assistant program at the School of Health Professions with its Excellence in Diversity Award for encouraging more diverse students to enter the health professions and teaching students to tackle health disparities.

James Oleske, professor of pediatrics, New Jersey Medical School, received the George Perez Medical Award for his 30 years of service as chair of the North Jersey Community Research Initiative Institutional Review Board and one of their physicians. His pioneering work in pediatric HIV/AIDS laid the groundwork for innovative and cutting-edge clinical practices.

Sanjay Tyagi, professor of medicine, Public Health Research Institute, New Jersey Medical School, and his former student, Arjun Raj, are the 2018 recipients of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Edison Patent Award in the tech transfer category for their method to simultaneously detect, localize, and quantify individual messenger RNA molecules in a cell.

Rutgers Dining Services was ranked 13th in the nation for best college food by The Daily Meal, which considered over 2,000 colleges and universities for this list based on accessibility, sustainability, education, and more.

Department of Residence Life, Division of Student Affairs, received several marketing awards from the Association of College and University Housing Officers: first place in the social media category for its Best Room Contest; second place in the logo, mark or icon category for its Cook and Douglass Campus mark; and second place in the website category for its Residence Life Move-In microsite.

November 7, 2018

Richard Drachtman, clinical section chief, pediatric hematology/oncology, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Melvyn H. Motolinsky Research Foundation for his work in the field of childhood cancers and blood disorders.

Deborah Spitalnik, professor, department of pediatrics, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and executive director of The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, was honored with the 2018 MyGOAL Autism Outstanding Professional of the Year Award for her dedication and service to individuals with autism.

Robert L. Johnson, the Sharon and Joseph L. Muscarelle Endowed Dean at New Jersey Medical School, received the Medical Trail Blazer Award from the North Jersey Community Research Initiative for serving community members of the city of Newark in the field of medicine, community development, education, and leadership in care and treatment access for those most affected by HIV/AIDS.

The Immunization Action Coalition has recognized Rutgers University on its Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll.

George McGhee, distinguished professor, department of earth and planetary sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, received an invitation to a workshop analyzing the convergent evolution of agriculture in insects and humans held in Vienna, Austria at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research, an institute for the advanced study of complex natural systems.

Barbara Thomson, associate director for technology and data management and William Jones, senior director, University Career Services, were honored with the 2018 Technology Excellence Award from the National Association of Colleges and Employers for facilitating positive career planning experiences with a technology help desk.

Anne Gregory, associate professor, school psychology, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, is a recipient of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning’s 2018 Joseph E. Zins Award for her research on the persistent trend that African American adolescents are issued school suspension and expulsion at higher rates than adolescents from other groups.

Susan Caplan, assistant professor, School of Nursing, was selected to become a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.

Atiya Aftab, adjunct professor, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and department of political science, School of Arts and Sciences, received the 2018 Professional Lawyer of the Year Award from the New Jersey Commission on Professionalism in the Law. Aftab was nominated by the New Jersey Muslim Lawyer’s Association.

October 24, 2018

Brian Strom, chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was recognized in ROI-NJ Health Care Influencers list for having a “good vision for getting more federal medical dollars for research in the state,” “reducing Rutgers health system partners in the state,” and for being the “chosen education partner for one of the state’s largest systems.” Read more.

The New Jersey Climate Adaptation Alliance, co-facilitated by Jeanne Herb, executive director of the Environmental Analysis and Communications Group, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and Marjorie Kaplan, associate director, Rutgers Climate Institute, received the 2018 Coastal and Ocean Champions Award from the Urban Coast Institute and was recognized by a joint resolution of the New Jersey legislature praising its meritorious efforts. Former New Jersey governors Thomas Kean and James Florio, honorary co-chairs of the alliance accepted the award on behalf of the alliance.

Ann Marie P. Mauro, associate dean, professor, and director of the Center for Educational Research and Innovation at the School of Nursing received the 2018 Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Mary Bridgeman, clinical associate professor, department of pharmacy practice and administration, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, received the 2018 Patient Care Provider Award in the Next-Generation Pharmacist Awards program, which recognizes leaders who are defining the future of pharmacy.

Richard Novak, vice president for continuing studies and distance education, Division of Continuing Studies, was awarded the NJEdge Technology Impact Award, which recognizes leadership in higher education technology.

Sandra Kaplan, professor, department of rehabilitation and movement, School of Health Professions, was awarded the Physical Therapy Special Interest Award by the American Physical Therapy Association of New Jersey for her contributions to the profession and her work to shape its future.

Zhixiong Guo, professor, department of mechanical and aerospace engineering, School of Engineering, and recipient of the Board of Trustees Award in 2018, has been appointed editor-in-chief of the Journal of Enhanced Heat Transfer, a prestigious journal founded by late professors Art Bergles and Ralph Webb in 1993.

October 10, 2018

Brian Strom, chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was awarded an honorary doctorate degree from Democritus University of Thrace in Komotini, Greece.

XinQi Dong, director of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, received the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Equity, presented by the Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health.

Anil Nanda, chair, department of neurosurgery, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, was invited to be the Jamieson Memorial Lecturer at the Gold Coast 74th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Neurosurgical Society in Australia. This is the highest honor an international neurosurgeon can receive at the conference.

Cherie Castellano, peer support program administrator, Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care National Call Center, received the 2018 Silver Award for Psychiatric Services Achievement from the American Psychiatric Association for her groundbreaking Reciprocal Peer Support model of service delivery and innovative programs for persons living with mental illness or disabilities.

Anne C. Mosenthal, the Benjamin F. Rush Jr. Chair of Surgery at New Jersey Medical School, received the Olga Jonasson Distinguished Member Award for Mentorship from the Association of Women Surgeons. The award is presented to an AWS member who, through outstanding mentorship, enables and encourages women surgeons to realize their personal and professional goals.

Eric Gawiser, professor, department of physics and astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, has been named Fellow of the American Physical Society for exceptional accomplishments and leadership in the study of galaxy evolution and cosmology.

William Halperin, professor, department of epidemiology, School of Public Health, received the 2018 NJPHA Dennis J. Sullivan Award for outstanding advocacy, leadership, service, and research of the health of New Jersey residents from the New Jersey Public Health Association.

September 26, 2018

Elaine Kwon, nucleic acid services and analyses laboratory manager of RUCDR Infinite Biologics, received the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Patriot Award for exceptional support of her Reserve Component employee who serves in the National Guard.

The Executive Committee of the Anthropology Section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science has recognized Erin R. Vogel, professor, department of anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences, with the 2019 Robert W. Sussman Award for Scientific Contributions to Anthropology for her scientific contributions to the field and to the understanding of primate evolution.

Kenneth W. Able, longtime director of the Rutgers University Marine Field Station received the Dwight A. Webster Memorial Award from the Northeastern Division of the American Fisheries Society.

Judy Cohn, assistant vice president for information services and director of Health Sciences Libraries, has been selected to receive the NJEdge/VALE Distinguished Service Award for Libraries.

Rutgers Health University Correctional Health Care has been awarded the National Commission on Correctional Health Care’s 2018 Program of the Year Award for its Continuous Quality Improvement Program.

September 12, 2018

Jocelyn Crowley, professor of public policy, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, received the 2018 Leslie A. Whittington Excellence in Teaching Award given by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration. 

Perry N. Halkitis, dean, School of Public Health, was recognized by the American Psychological Association as a Citizen Psychologist for his expansive work on behalf of the LGBT community spanning three decades.

Shantenu Jha, associate professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, was the lead of an international team that won the IEEE International Scalable Computing Challenge for designing a software framework for accurately and rapidly calculating how strongly drug candidates bind to their target proteins.

On behalf of the SIDS Center of New Jersey, Barbara M. Ostfeld, professor, and Thomas Hegyi, professor and vice-chair, Department of Pediatrics, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, received a Public Health Innovators Award from the New Jersey Department of Health for creating a novel and free safe infant sleep app for mobile phones.

Regina Marchi, associate professor of journalism and media studies, School of Communication and Information, and her co-author, Lynn Schofield Clark, won the national 2018 Nancy Baym Annual Book Award, given by the Association of Internet Researchers for Young People and the Future of News: Social Media and the Rise of Connective Journalism.

Caridad Svich, instructor, Writers House, Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, received the 2018 Ellen Stewart Award for Career Achievement in Professional Theatre from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.