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Faculty Honors and Awards 2012

Faculty members of the School of Arts and Sciences are leaders in their fields. 

This section documents the awards, research discoveries, and grant and fellowship activities of SAS faculty.

(Faculty: Have any good news to share? Please email your news to Kara Donaldson for inclusion in our next report.)

Adas, Michael (History) is the recipient of a biennial prize by the Toynbee Prize Foundation of New Global History.  The Prize was established to recognize social scientists for significant academic and public contributions to humanity. Currently, it is awarded every other year for work that makes a significant contribution to the study of global history.  It will be awarded at the 2013 AHA conference in New Orleans. Information about the prize and a list of the distinguished previous recipients can be found here:

Akinlabi, Akinbiyi (Linguistics) was one of the ten people from all over the world (including four Ivorians and six non-Ivorians) honored with an Ivorian National Medal, at the University of Cocody, Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on August 19, 2011. Akinlabi was awarded the title and medal of: “Officier de l’ordre national de la Rèpublique de Côte d’Ivoire.” It is the second-highest national honor of the Ivory Coast. He was cited for his effort towards “promoting African Linguistics.”

Arnold, Eddy (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) In a long-term collaboration with the late Dr. Paul Janssen (legendary drug designer and founder of Janssen Pharmaceutica), the laboratory of Professor Eddy Arnold contributed to the discovery of two drugs (Edurant/rilpivirine/TMC278 and Intelence/etravirine/TMC125) that are being marketed by Johnson & Johnson as treatments for HIV infection.  These drugs target the HIV reverse transcriptase enzyme, and the Arnold group provided crystal structures of drug candidates bound to reverse transcriptase that guided the structure-based design program that yielded Edurant and Intelence.  Edurant was approved by the FDA in May 2011, and J & J is granting royalty-free licenses to produce the generic version (rilpivirine) at low cost in the developing world, which may be unprecedented for a new first-in-class drug and means that millions of people will have access to this new therapeutic agent.

Asefa, Teddy (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) was honored with the NSF Special Creativity Award from the Division of Materials Research of National Science Foundation (NSF) for his work related to the development of novel nanoceramic materials. The Special Creativity Award is given only for those scientists who have a proven history of producing excellent research results and is provided as a supplemental grant to those outstanding scientists already conducting NSF-funded research. This award is initiated by program officers at NSF and is offered to the most creative investigators as an opportunity to attack adventurous, “high-risk” opportunities in the same general research area, but not necessarily covered by the original/current proposal. This award comes with an additional unrestricted grant of $160,000, which would allow Teddy to develop novel nanomaterials and nancocatalysts for energy applications, including nanocatalysts for conversion of CO2 into liquid fuels. 

Barr, Maureen (Genetics) received an award sponsored by the National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases titled “Polycystins and Cilia in C. elegans.” 

Barr, Maureen (Genetics) received an award sponsored by the National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases titled “A Model for Nephronophthisis in Caenorhabditis elegans.” 

Bay, Mia and Ann Fabian (History) received a Sawyer Seminar grant from The Mellon on the comparative study of cultures, entitled “Race, Place, and Space in the Americas: New Questions and Comparative Analysis.” Sawyer seminar grants fund conferences, visiting speakers, and other programming initiatives related to a theme developed by leading scholars in a field.  The award of a Sawyer grant is a mark of distinction for both the individual directors and the hosting department.

Behrmann, Nicola (Germanic, Russian, and East European Languages and Literatures) received the “Marbach Stipendium” of the Deutsches Literaturarchiv in Marbach for archival research from August to November, 2011.

Bellany, Alastair (History) has been awarded an ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship for 2012-13.  The fellowship will allow Alastair and his co-writer, Thomas Cogswell, to finish work on a pair of books for a project on “Rethinking the Cultural Origins of the English Revolution: John Felton, George Eglisham and the Secret History of Early Stuart England.”  One book—“England's Assassin”—explores the assassination of the duke of Buckingham in 1628; the other—“The Murder of James I”—explores the making, political meanings, and long-term mutations of the allegation that James I was poisoned.

Berman, Helen (Chemistry and Chemical Biology), Board of Governors Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, is the 2012 Awardee of the Carl Brändén Award of the Protein Society. The Award, sponsored by the Rigaku Corporation, is given to an outstanding protein scientist who has also made exceptional contributions in the areas of education and/or service to the science. 

Berman, Helen (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) was appointed to the Inaugural Class of ACA Fellows in June.  An early pioneer in scientific data sharing, Helen Berman was honored as a Fellow of the American Crystallographic Association (ACA).  The ACA fellows program was established to recognize a high level of excellence in scientific research, teaching, and professional duties, but also service, leadership, and personal engagement in the ACA and the broader world of crystallography and science. In parallel to her research and studies in the structural biology of collagen, protein-nucleic acid interactions, and binary and ternary complexes with catabolite activating protein (CAP), Helen develops structural databases and ontologies that make structural data accessible and understandable by a broad community.  These resources include the RCSB Protein Data Bank, the Structural Biology Knowledgebase, and the  Helen also co-founded the Worldwide PDB organization that manages the PDB archive, which currently contains around 75000 structures of proteins, nucleic acids, and molecular machines. ACA Fellows will serve as scientific ambassadors to the broader scientific community and the general public to advance science education, research, knowledge, interaction, and collaboration.

Birkenholtz, Trevor (Geography) was awarded a grant from the American Institute of Indian Studies to run a conference at Rutgers on Indian water issues.

Borocz, Jozsef (Sociology) received an Honorable Mention in the 2011 book award contest of the Political Economy of the World-System Section of the American Sociological Association.  His book is entitled The European Union and Global Social Change.

Bravo, Jorge (Political Science) was awarded a Globalization and Governance research fellowship in the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, at Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.

Bravo, Jorge (Political Science) has been awarded a University Research Council Grant Award to support his project, “Disentangling the Causal Drivers of Mass Level Attitudes Towards Immigrants in the U.S.”

Bronner, Stephen (Political Science) has a book accepted for translation by Iletism Publishing House (Turkey) Camus: Portrait of a Moralist (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009).

Bronner, Stephen (Political Science) received the 2011 MEPEACE award for contributions to Peace from the Network for Peace

Brooks, Andrew (Genetics) received an award sponsored by the Swedish Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health titled “Abruptio Placentae Triggers Study.”

Brownell, Kelly, Ph.D. (GSNB ’77, Psychology, Terry Wilson) (Psychology) is the 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Scientific Award for the Application of Psychology from the American Psychological Association.  Kelly received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Rutgers University in 1977.  He is currently Professor of Psychology, Epidemiology, and Public Health at Yale University, where he also is founding Director of the Rudd Institute for Food Policy and Obesity.  The numerous honors he has received include the Graduate School Award for a lifetime of Distinguished Accomplishments and Service from Rutgers University (2008), and election to membership in the Institute of Medicine in 2005.  The most public recognition of his eminence has been his selection in 2006 by Time Magazine as one of the “world’s 100 most influential people.

Brzustowicz, Linda (Genetics) received an award sponsored by the Research Institute of Nationwide Children’s Hospital/ National Institute of Health – Supplement to ARRA award titled “Combining epidemiologic designs to model genetic risks for psychiatric disorders.”

Brzustowicz, Linda (Genetics) received an award sponsored by the National Institute of Health – National Institute of Child Health and Human Development titled “Genetic, Behavioral, and Psychosocial Factors Linking Child Maltreatment to Health.”

Brzustowicz, Linda M. (Genetics) received an award sponsored by the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital/NIH-NIMH titled “Combining epidemiologic designs to model genetic risks for psychiatric disorders.”

Brzustowicz, Linda M. (Genetics) received an award sponsored by the Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital/NIH-NIDCD titled “Molecular Genetics of Language and Related Cognition in Families.”

Bzostek, Sharon (Sociology) was awarded an Emerging Scholars Small Grant from the University of Wisconsin's Institute for Research on Poverty for her research project about unwed mothers' re-partnering and financial security (April 2012).

Carr, Deborah (Sociology) was elected to the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research and is a co-investigator on the recently funded National Institute of Aging grant “Integrative Pathways to Health and Illness.” 

Chapman, Gretchen (Psychology) received the New Jersey Psychological Association 2011 Distinguished Researcher Award.

Chapman, Gretchen (Psychology), PI, and Elliot Coups, (Ph.D. 2003, Graduate Program in Psychology), co-PI received a grant award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for “Walking with Prospect Theory.”

The Chemistry Department participated in an event formally announcing the founding and endowing of the Dr. Jean Wilson Day Memorial Scholarship in May 2012.  This endowment was a gift on behalf of the Rutgers University Class of 1971 and coincided with their 40th Year Reunion.  The scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding undergraduate and is named in honor of Professor Jean Wilson Day.

Contrada, Richard (Psychology) is Co-PI with Manli Zhu, Li Creative Technologies, on an Army SBIR grant, “Real Time Analysis and Fusion of Data from Imagers for Passive Characterization of Stress, Anxiety, Uncertainty and Fatigue” 2011-2013.

Cornell, Drucilla (Political Science) has been given a renewal for her National Research Foundation Award: South Africa (2012) to continue her work on comparative jurisprudence, Ubuntu ethics and feminism. The grant will continue to support her work with townships, the South African Constitutional Court, and support a summer conference.

Covey, Lori (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) has been appointed to the Committee on Public Affairs (CPA) (three-year term)of the American Association of Immunologists (AAI): The CPA mission is to lead the public policy efforts of the AAI and interact with relevant government officials and other professional organizations/societies, to advocate for the best interests of science and to work to improve the professional lives of immunologists.

Cronk, Lee (Anthropology) will be at the Center of Theological Inquiry for 2012-2013.

D’Arcangelo, Gabriella (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) is the recipient of the following awards: a Programmatic Multi Investigator grant for the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research Project entitled “The role of mTOR signaling in recovery after traumatic brain injury” and an Exploration-Hypothesis Development Award from the Department of Defense – CDMRP – TSCRP entitled “Exploring the interaction between TSC2, PTEN and the NMDA receptor in animal models of tuberous sclerosis.”

del Mar López Marrero, Tania (Geography) is Principal Investigator of “Understanding it Better: Landscape Transformations and Vulnerability to Coastal Hazards in Puerto Rico,” University of Puerto Rico Sea Grant College Program, 2012-2013.

Ebright, Richard H. (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) received the Theobold Smith Society Waksman Award in Microbiological Sciences, April 2012, and was elected as a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America in July.

Elgammal, Ahmed (Computer Science) received a Google Research Award of the amount of $55,000. Google Research Awards is a highly competitive award that provides unrestricted funds to support the awardee research.

Eliasi Rad, Tina (Computer Science) is Co-PI, “Understanding and Utilizing Context-Aware Information Dissemination in Social Media,” DARPA, Program on Social Media in Strategic Communications (6.1 funding), 2012-2015.

Evans, Brad (English) was awarded an ACLS Fellowship for a new book project, “Black Cats, Butterflies, and the Bibelots: The Obscurity of America's Fin de Siecle.”

Falk, Richard (Mathematics) has been named a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. The citation reads: "for contributions to the understanding of the stability and convergence properties of the finite element method, and for service to the numerical analysis community".

Feldman, Jacob and Manish Singh (Psychology) have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation, “An Integrated Probabilistic Framework for Shape and Surface Interpretation,” (2011-2015).

Firestein, Bonnie (Cell Biology and Neuroscience) has been named co-chair for the BRAIN 1 Basic study section for the American Heart Association.

Flores, Tatiana (Art History) curated the exhibition, “Disillusions,” presented at the Studio Theater Gallery of Middlesex County College in Edison, NJ from September to November 2011, which later traveled to the Sylvia Wald and Po Kim Art Gallery in New York City from November to December 2011. 

Fuentes, Marisa (History) has been awarded The Association of Caribbean Historians’ Ramos Mattei-Neville Hall Article Prize for the best article written between 2008 and 2011. The prize was awarded for Marisa’s article “Power and Historical Figuring: Rachael Pringle Polgreen’s Troubled Archive,” Gender & History (2010).  In announcing the award, the committee praised the article’s “originality, thoroughness of research, innovative argument, and beauty of writing and expression.”

Fuentes, Marisa (History and Women’s and Gender Studies) has received two fellowship offers: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture for the Fall of 2012 and a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2012/2013 academic year.

Fuentes-Albero, Cristina (Economics) has been admitted as a member of the Euro Area Business Cycle Network (EABCN), which provides a forum for a better understanding of the Euro area business cycle, linking academic researchers and researchers in central banks and other policy institutions involved in the empirical analysis of the Euro area business cycle.

Gallistel, Charles R. (Psychology) received the APA, Division 6, D. O. Hebb Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award for his contributions to basic research in the neuroscience of learning.

Gawiser, Eric (Physics and Astronomy) won a National Science Foundation CAREER award given in support of early career development activities with special emphasis on integrating research and education.

Ghassem-Fachandi, Parvis (Anthropology) will be at the Institut D'Etudes Avancees de Nantes for 2012-2013.

Goldman, Alan (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) has won the inaugural 2012 ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science for his pioneering work in the activation of hydrocarbons and other small molecules.  The announcement by the journal ACS Catalysis and the ACS Division of Catalysis Science & Technology can be found at the ACS Catalysis website. The award was officially bestowed at the 2012 Spring ACS meeting in San Diego.

Gordon, Ann (History) received the 2012 Silent Sentinel Award presented by the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial Association (  The association is teaming up with the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority to build a national suffragist memorial at Occoquan Park in Virginia. The award notice states that Ann was chosen for the award because she shares common traits with those who stood firm to secure the 19th Amendment and for her expected influence on future generations through her work on the six volumes of The Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Susan B. Anthony Project.

Halkiadakis, Eva (Physics and Astronomy) has been chosen for a LHC Physics Center fellowship at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.  The fellowship will allow her to spend time at FNAL to pursue her research in experimental particle physics related to the Large Hadron Collider.

Halkiadakis, Eva (Physics and Astronomy) was awarded a Senior LPC Fellowship for May-December, 2012.  LPC is a research center based at Fermilab for studies of physics from the LHC at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland.

Hawkesworth, Mary (Women’s and Gender Studies) new book, Political Worlds of Women: Activism, Advocacy and Governance in the 21st Century, published in February 2012, will be featured in a special "author meets critics" session at the Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association in Portland, Oregon, March 22-24.

Heiman, Gary (Genetics) received the President’s Special Award from the American Psychopathological Association for his innovative studies on comorbidity between Neurologic and Psychiatric disorders.

Heiman, Gary and Jay Tischfield (Genetics) received an award sponsored by the National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Mental Health titled, “1/8-Collaborative Genomic Studies of Tourette Disorder.” 

Holcomb, Briavel (Geography) awarded Distinguished Teaching Honors from the Association of American Geographers. AAG Honors are the highest awards offered by the Association of American Geographers. They are offered annually to recognize outstanding accomplishments by members in research scholarship, teaching, education, service to the discipline, public service outside academe, and for lifetime achievement. Although the AAG and its specialty groups make other important awards, AAG Honors remains among the most prestigious awards in American geography and have been awarded since 1951.

Hornblower, Emily Allen (Classics) has an award from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation for 2012-2013.

Horwitz, Allan (Sociology), Board of Governors Professor, was elected Chair of the Medical Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. (July 2011)

Horwitz, Allan (Sociology) Board of Governors Professor, was invited to be a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) during the 2012-2013 academic year. (March 2012)

Jeff McMahan (Philosophy) was appointed a Departmental Guest at the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, July 2011.

Kahn, Jeffry (Mathematics) has (jointly with A. Johansson and V. Vu) been selected to receive a 2012 Fulkerson Prize. These prizes are jointly sponsored by the Mathematical Optimization Society and the American Mathematical Society, and they are awarded every three years in recognition of an outstanding paper in discrete mathematics.

Kalantari, Bahman (Computer Science) received an NSF award to Co-Chair The 9th International Symposium on Voronoi Diagrams in Science and Engineering (ISVD 2012) at Rutgers, 2012.

Kalantari, Bahman (Computer Science) was invited to become an advisory member of an NSF proposal by the Graduate School of Education under the supervision of Carolyn Maher, Director of Robert B. Davis Institute for Learning.

Kelemen, R. Daniel (Political Science) published Eurolegalism which was selected as one of the best books on Western Europe of 2011 by Foreign Affairs magazine.

Kelley, Donald (History, Emeritus) was honored with the American Hsitorical Assoiation Award for Scholary Distinction. Awardees are senior historians of the highest caliber recognized for lifetime contributions to the field.

Kent, Dennis V. (Earth and Planetary Sciences) has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies and a leading center for independent policy research.

Kern, Andrew (Genetics) received an award sponsored by the Colorado State University/DOE titled, “An Integrated Approach to Improving Plant Biomass Accumulation.”

Kern, Andrew (Genetics) received an award sponsored by the National Science Foundation titled “Collaborative Research: Drosophila Ultraconserved Elements: Function and Evolution.”

Kim, Jinah (Art History) has been awarded an NEH fellowship at the Getty Research Institute for 2012-13 to conduct research on her project, “Visions and the Visual: Color in Esoteric Buddhist Visual Practices in Medieval South Asia.”

Klein, Stacy (English) was awarded the Solmsen Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kohn, Joachim (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) has recently had a prestigious NIH grant renewed for a third 5-year funding cycle. NIBIB will fund the renewal of his T32 postdoctoral training program with the new theme “Translational Research in Regenerative Medicine.”  This program will partner with the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Case Western Reserve University and Mayo College of Medicine to support 5 postdoctoral fellows throughout the next 5 years.

Kohn, Joachim (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) was named this year's recipient of the Daniel Gorenstein Memorial Award, an award given for outstanding scholarly achievement to a Rutgers faculty member who has also performed exceptional service to the University community. During his acceptance ceremony, Dr. Kohn also received a proclamation from Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula and a certificate of congressional recognition from Congressman Frank Pallone.

Krivo, Lauren J.  (Criminal Justice and Sociology) had a new award established in her honor by the Crime, Law, and Deviance and Sociology of Law sections of the American Sociological Association to recognize the exceptional contribution that she and her collaborator, Ruth D. Peterson, have made to mentoring scholars in the sociology of crime, law, and justice.  The Peterson-Krivo Mentoring Award will be given annually to an individual who has engaged in extraordinary service in mentoring scholars at all stages of intellectual development.  The first award will be given in 2012.

Kulikowski, Casimir (Computer Science) was appointed to head the Committee of Historians for the American Academy of Medical Informatics (ACMI) and continues as Vice-President of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) for the term 2010-2012.

Lebowitz, Joel (Physics and Astronomy) received an honorary degree from Syracuse University, May 13, 2012, in recognition of his contributions to statistical physics and tireless work in the area of human rights.

Lee, Ki-Bum (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) At the ACS national meeting, he described his group’s efforts to increase theranostics’ imaging signal and decrease the amount of therapeutic required to effectively treat patients. Lee and his team at Rutgers University have fabricated iron cobalt particles coated in graphite and dextran to both deliver siRNA to tumor cells and kill them via hyperthermia treatment. The researchers chose iron cobalt for its enhanced superparamagnetism—and thus MRI contrast ability—over iron oxide, Lee says. They demonstrated in vitro that their particles, when conjugated to an EGFR-targeting antibody as well as to an EGFR-gene-targeting siRNA, significantly increased death among brain tumor cells when combined with hyperthermia treatment (Small, DOI: 10.1002/smll.201100012). In a recent ACS publication, he was mentioned in a section of the article.

Leichenko, Robin (Geography) is Principal Investigator, (co-PIs: R. Lathrop, L. Auermuller, M. McDermott) of “Economic Vulnerability to Climate Change on the Jersey Shore: Promoting Adaptation, Resilience and Sustainability in Coastal New Jersey,” NOAA -New Jersey Sea Grant Program, 2012-2014.

Leventhal, Howard (Psychology) has been awarded the 2011 Distinguished Research Mentor Award, from the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

Levin, Vadim (Earth and Planetary Sciences) has been awarded $290k from the National Science Foundation: NSF Earthscope ( has awarded ~$290k to Rutgers for a program of seismological studies of the continental lithosphere in Maine and Quebec. Vadim Levin will carry out the project in collaboration with William Menke of Columbia University. The key aspect of the work will be the collection of new seismological observations along a 1000 km line stretching from Nova Scotia to the shore of the Hudson Bay.

Li, Jing (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) recently received a 3-yr NSF individual PI grant from the Solid State and Materials Chemistry (SSMR) Program, Division of Materials Research.

Liping, Liu (Mathematics) is one of 48 scientists and engineers who have been selected by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to receive a Young Investigator Award.

Loewer, Barry (Philosophy) received $1M grant from the Templeton Foundation for the Philosophy of Cosmology. 

Loewer, Barry (Philosophy) served as a Senior Fellow at Central European Institute for Advanced Study from January 1-June 30, 2012.

Lyons, Richard (Mathematics) is one of the recipients of the 2012 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition. He shares the prize with Michael Aschbacher, Stephen Smith and Ronald Solomon. This brings the number of Steele Prize awards made to current and former members of the Department of Mathematics to at least eight.

Marder, Tod (Art History) served as a Juror for The Scott Opler Fellowship in Architectural History at Worcester College, Oxford, England, for 2011-13.  He was also invited to be a faculty resident at the Villa Civitella Ranieri, Umbertide, Italy, in June 2012.

Marter, Joan (Art History) editor in chief of the Grove Encyclopedia of American Art, 5 vols (Oxford University Press 2011), received the “Outstanding Reference Source Award” from the American Library Association, Reference and User Services Association (RUSA).

Mascia-Lees, Fran (Anthropology) was named an Open Society Institute International Scholar at the University of Tbilisi, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia.

Matilsky, Terry (Physics and Astronomy) has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Richard H. Emmons award from the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.  This national, annual award recognizes outstanding college level teaching in astronomy.

McLean, Richard (Economics) has been elected an inaugural fellow of the Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory.

Miller, Ken and Dennis Kent (Earth and Planetary Sciences) were awarded a 3-year NSF continuation grant for the Core Repository.  OCE-1154379: Renewal of Curation of ODP Legs 150X and 174AX cores: The Rutgers Core Repository.

Miller, Ken, Jim Wright, Jim Browning, (Earth and Planetary Sciences) and Yair Rosenthal have been awarded a 1-year National Science Foundation grant of $75k in support of their research on Pliocene peak sea level and warmth: Integration of a Virginia corehole array and deep-sea isotope and trace metal records.”

Miller, Lisa (Political Science) was awarded a Visiting Fellowship at Law and Public Affairs, Princeton University, 2012-2013.

Moore, Gregory (Physics and Astronomy) was named a Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics for 2012-13.

Moss, Robert (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) was named to the 2011 Class of ACS Fellows and was recognized at an induction ceremony in Denver during the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) 242nd National Meeting and Exposition, August 28, 2011.

Neuberger, Herbert (Physics and Astronomy) has been named Weston Visiting Professorship in the Department of Physics and Astrophysics at the Weizmann Institute of science for 2012-13.

Nickels, Bryce (Genetics) received an award sponsored by NIH/National Institute of General Medical Sciences titled “Administrative Supplement for Collaborative Science.”

Olson, Wilma (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) is marking 25 years of funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with them having renewed the grant for her research project, Theoretical Aspects of DNA Supercoiling. This also marks the 38th year that the NIH has continuously funded the Mary I. Bunting Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology’s research program.

Piehl, Anne Morrison (Economics) has been appointed as a member of the Committee on Law and Justice, a standing committee of the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences.

Pomper, Gerald (Eagleton and Political Science) had a special panel on “The Scholarship of Gerald Pomper” at the American Political Science annual meeting on September 2, 2011.  Among those participating were Rutgers Ph.D.’s Kathleen Frankovic, chair, and Maureen Moakley, presenting a paper.

Prince, Alan (Linguistics) was granted a Research Fellowship from Faculty of Languages and Letters, “L’analisi di proprietà tipologiche nella Theoria dell’Ottimalità,” University of Verona, Italy.

Puar, Jasbir (Women’s and Gender Studies) was appointed Edward Said Chair at the American University of Beirut 2012-13; and Second Place: Northeast Universities Association of Graduate Schools Teaching Award.

Puglisi, Catherine (Art History) was a residential fellow at the Ligurian Study Center in Bogliasco, Italy in November-December 2011.

Regulska, Joanna (Geography and Women’s and Gender Studies) has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Tbilisi State University in Gender Studies for "the outstanding contribution in the development of teaching, research. expertise and internationalization of disciplines" and appointed member of the Academic Advisory Council of the Academic Fellowship Program (AFP) of the International Higher Education Support Program (HESP), Open Society Institute (Hungary). 

Rennermalm, Åsa (Geography) was awarded a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) grant, “Towards Hydrologic Understanding of the Greenland Ice Sheet,” 2011-2014.

Robinson, David (Geography) was elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. "The election recognizes his 'outstanding contributions to the atmospheric or related oceanic or hydrological sciences, or their applications, during a substantial period of years.' This honor is only extended by the society to a maximum of only two-tenths of one percent of the membership."

Robinson, David (Geography) was awarded a grant from Global Science and Technology, Inc to be part of a national team on a project entitled, "NOAA National Weather Service National Mesonet Expansion."

Romsted, Laurence S. (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) is the principal investigator of an award titled International Collaboration in Chemistry: A Comprehensive Computational/Experimental Analysis of the Hofmeister Effect being supported by the National Science Foundation. Coinvestigators on the project are Ronald Sauers, professor emeritus, and David Case, both in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the School of Arts and Science, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more about Professor Romsted here.

Rongo, Christopher (Genetics) received an “American Heart Association Researcher of the Year” award at the 15th Annual American Heart Association Affair of the Heart Ball at East Rutherford, NJ, 2012.

Rongo, Christopher (Genetics) received an award sponsored by NIH/NIGMS titled “Genetics Analysis of Neuronal Hypoxic Stress Resistance,” 2012–2016.

Rudman, Laurie (Psychology) has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation, “Motives for Backlash Against Gender and Racial Vanguards,” 2011-2014.

Safir, Kenneth (Linguistics) Principal Investigator, received an NSF Supplemental grantfor the Afranaph Development Workshop, part of the Afranaph Project.

Sahota, Amrik (Genetics) received an award sponsored by the Rare Kidney Stone Consortium and the National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases titled, “New Drugs for Cystinuria.” 7/1/11-6/30/12.

Sanchez, Liliana (Spanish and Portuguese) will be at the Potificia Universidad Catolica de Peru for 2012-13.

Scanlon, Larry (English) was Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, UCLA. February 2012.

Schindler, Karen (Genetics) received an award sponsored by the National Institute of Health titled “Role of CDC 14B in mouse oocyte maturation,” 2012–2014.

Schroeder, Richard (Geography) was awarded an UNDP Asia-Pacific Academic Fellowship grant, 2011, and an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Program grant, 2012, with student co-PI Abidah Setyowati, 2012.

Seidel, Daniel (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) is one of the outstanding early career scientists to receive an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation research fellowship in 2011. The Sloan Research Fellowships support the work of exceptional young researchers early in their academic careers (in science, mathematics and economics) and have been awarded since 1955. Dr. Seidel has also been awarded the 2011 Amgen Young Investigator Award.  He received the (unrestricted funding) award at the Award Symposium at Amgen, Thousand Oaks on October 4.  This award is given annually to four young scientists whose contributions and commitment to academic excellence impact research in the pharmaceutical and biomedical research industry.

Selim, Samah (Amesall) has a Fulbright Foreign Scholarship in Egypt for 2012-2013.

Sellwood, Jerry (Physics and Astronomy) was awarded the 2012 Brouwer Award of the American Astronomical Society.  The award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of Dynamical Astronomy through excellence in scientific research and the training of students.

Shandler, Jeffrey (Jewish Studies) has been elected a fellow of the American Academy for Jewish Research. The AAJR is the oldest organization of Judaic scholars in North America. Fellows are nominated and elected by their peers and thus constitute the most distinguished and most senior scholars teaching Judaic studies at American universities.

Shandler, Jeffrey (Jewish Studies) has been elected to be President of the Association for Jewish Studies for a two-year term and is the co-convener of the Biennial Conference of the American Jewish Historical Society, to be held on June 11-13, 2012.

Sheehan, Tanya (Art History) has a Short-Term Research Fellowship at the New York Public Library, 2011-12, and won a Residential Fellowship from the W.E. B. Dubois Institute for African and African American Research, Harvard University for spring 2012.

Sheehan, Tanya (Art History) was awarded two competitive short-term fellowships for 2012-2013: Research Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin, and the Beatrice, Benjamin, and Richard Bader Fellowship in the Visual Arts of the Theatre, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Sheldon, Michael (Genetics) received two awards sponsored by the Jaeb Center Health Research titled, “Jaeb Center for Health Research Service Agreement,” 2012 – 2014, and “To establish the T1D (Type 1 Diabetes) Exchange Biobank,” 2012.

Sheldon, Michael (Genetics) received an award sponsored by the NIH Center for Regenerative Medicine titled “RUCDR/Center for Regenerative Medicine Service Agreement,” 2012–2015.

Shih, David (Physics and Astronomy) was awarded a Sloan Foundation Fellowship.  Professor Shih’s research concentrates on theoretical particle physics and the phenomenology of new physics at the Large Hadron Collider.

Shockley, Evie  (English) published a book of new poems, the new black (Wesleyan) in 2011 which has received two national honors so far:  it was listed in Library Journal’s Best Books of 2011 in Poetry, and it was named an Honor Book in Poetry by the 2012 Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) Literary Awards. She was also awarded the Theodore H. Holmes and Bernice Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University, 2012.

Sigman, Hilary (Economics) and her colleagues received a research grant from the World Bank for the project “Damming the Commons: An Analysis of International Cooperation and Conflict over Water.”

Sinkoff, Nancy (Jewish Studies) has been selected to be the Chair of the Selection Committee for the NEH Fellowship for Senior Scholars at the Center for Jewish History, New York, and to be on the planning Committee for the symposium, “New Jewry Revisited,” to be held on April 29, 2012.

Song, Weijie (Asian Languages and Cultures) was awarded a Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation research grant 2011-2012 for his project From Beijing to Taipei.

Springer, Kristen (Sociology) was awarded a Charles and Johanna Busch Memorial Fund Grant to study physiological mechanisms linking masculinity threats to men’s health. (June 2011)

St. Martin, Kevin (Geography) was awarded a $125,000 NSF grant for a collaborative project titled, "Marine Spatial Planning and the Role of Community and Environmental Actors."

Swartz, Wendy (Asian Languages and Cultures) was awarded an American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship for 2012-for her project Poetry, Philosophy, and Intertextuality in Six Dynasties (222-589 C.E.) China, one of the 64 awarded out of 1160 eligible applications that year.

Szemerédi, Endre (Computer Science) was awarded the 2012 Abel Prize by the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters “for his fundamental contributions to discrete mathematics and theoretical computer science.”  The Abel Prize recognizes contributions of extraordinary depth and influence to the mathematical sciences and is considered comparable to a Nobel Prize. Awarded annually since 2003, it carries a cash award of one million dollars.

Thuno, Erik (Art History) was a residential fellow at the Danish Academy in Rome for fall 2011.

Tillery, Alvin (Political Science) won the highly prestigious WEB Du Bois Distinguished Book Award for 2011 from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists for Between Homeland and Motherland: Africa, U.S. Foreign Policy, and Black Leadership in America.

Tischfield, Jay (Genetics) received an award from the Henry M. Jackson Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health titled, “Biorepository in Support of Modifiable Risk Factors for Suicidal Behaviors in the US Army (ArmySTARRS).”

Tischfield, Jay (Genetics) received an award from the National Institutes of Health – National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases titled, “NIDDK Genetics Repository.”

Tischfield, Jay A.  (Genetics) received an award sponsored by the Simons Foundation titled, “Simon’s Foundation – SFARI Biospecimens Collections Repository.”

Tischfield, Jay A.  (Genetics) received an award sponsored by the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/NIH-NIAID titled “Central Cell Isolation Core Facility.”

Tischfield, Jay A. (Genetics) received an award sponsored by the National Institute of Health – National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The award is titled, “National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions: DNA Repository.”

Tischfield, Jay A. (Genetics) received an award sponsored by the National Institute of Health – National Institute of Mental Health titled, “NIMH Center Repository Supporting Stem Cell Research.”

Tischfield, Jay and Ronald Hart received an award from the National Institutes of Health – National Institute on Drug Abuse titled, “Phenotypic Analysis of Human iPSC Carrying Addiction-associated Gene Variants.”

Triner, Gail D.  (History) has been awarded a year-long fellowship (2012-12) from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C.

Turner, Henry (English) has been awarded the Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship from the ACLS, to be taken in residence at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.

Uhrich, Kathryn (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) was recognized in March at the ACS National Meeting in San Diego as a 2012 POLY Fellow.

Uhrich, Kathryn (Chemistry and Chemical Biology) is the first woman to be the Turner Alfrey Visiting Professor at the Michigan Molecular Institute.   She gave a course entitled Designing Polymers for Biomaterials Applications, presenting to 70-plus local scientists and other interested parties June 11 through 15 at the MMI Lecture Hall in Midland, June 11-15.

Verzi, Michael P.  (Genetics) received an award sponsored by the National Institute of Health – National Institute of Mental Health titled, “Transcriptional Regulation of the Intestinal Epithelium.”

Walkowitz, Rebecca (English) has been awarded the Walter Jackson Bate Fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.

Weigert, Laura (Art History) won fellowships from the Center for Advanced Studies of the Visual Arts, for one semester, and from the National Endowment of the Arts, for one year, for a book project, “Images in Action: The Theatricality of Franco-Flemish Art in the Late Middle Ages.”

White, Eugene N.  (Economics) has been awarded a three year grant from the National Science Foundation for his project, “The Evolution of Bank Supervision in the United States, 1863-2008.”

Wu, Weida (Physics and Astronomy) has been selected to receive an Alexander von Humboldt research fellowship for experienced researchers, a competitive fellowship across all disciplines for research in Germany. With this fellowship, Professor Wu will carry out collaborative research on novel magnetic materials with Professor Matthias Bode, an expert on spin-polarized scanning tunneling microscopy at University of Wuerzburg.

Wu, Weida (Physics and Astronomy) was awarded a Department Energy Early Career Award for his proposal “In situ scanning force microscopy studies of the cross-coupled domains and domain walls.”

Xing, Jinchuan (Genetics) received an award sponsored by NIH-NHGRI titled “High-throughput Mobile Element Genotyping Using Next-generation Sequencing.”

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