Rutgers University–New Brunswick faculty are internationally recognized for the work they do to create knowledge, generate innovative ideas, and prepare the next generation of leaders.
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Vanderbilt is a leader in the development of computational methods for predicting the properties of materials, starting from the fundamental equations governing electrons in a crystalline solid. The computer algorithms he has developed are currently in use by a great many researchers around the world.
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Kotliar develops basic theory, which describes the properties of materials, specializing in strongly correlated materials, that have potential for extraordinary properties. These theories are currently used to make the batteries that power everything from radios and televisions to cell phones and the magnets used in MRI machines.
Masayori Inouye, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Inouye has made a number of important discoveries in life science. His pioneering contributions are represented by his more than 650 publications. His research has led to significant advances in the fields of protein folding, bacterial stress response, and gene regulation.
TYLER PRIZE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT
The 2018 Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement has been awarded to biological oceanographer Paul Falkowski. The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences distinguished professor shares the prize with Harvard biological oceanographer James J. McCarthy. The two Tyler Prize laureates were recognized for “their enormous contributions to fighting climate change through increasing our scientific understanding of how Earth’s climate works, as well as bringing together that knowledge for the purpose of policy change."
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Nicolás Pereda, director of the Rutgers Filmmaking Center at Mason Gross School of the Arts, has been awarded a 2018 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. Guggenheim fellowships enable recipients to “engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts.” He was cited for his work that "explores the everyday through fractured and elliptical narratives using fiction and documentary tools."
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR CANCER RESEARCH
The American Association for Cancer Research has recognized medical oncologist Joseph R. Bertino with its 2018 Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research. Bertino, a senior adviser to the director of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and university professor of medicine and pharmacology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, was honored for “basic science discoveries in the fields of drug action and tumor cell resistance.”
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Helen M. Berman, Board of Governors distinguished professor emerita of chemistry and chemical biology at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Berman is among 213 people elected to the academy in 2018, including author Ta-Nehisi Coates, actor Tom Hanks, President Barack Obama, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, gene-editing developer Feng Zhang, and pediatric neurologist Huda Zoghbi. Berman cofounded the Protein Data Bank (PDB)—a free, online library of the structures of biological macromolecules that scientists around the globe use to study, store, and share molecular information.
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AMERICAN MATHEMATICAL SOCIETY
Three mathematicians in the School of Arts and Sciences were named 2018 fellows of the American Mathematical Society. With 47 fellows, Rutgers leads the world in the number of fellows in the society. This year’s fellows are Lev Borisov, for “contributions to algebraic geometry and mirror symmetry”; Feng Luo, for “contributions to Teichmueller theory, conformal geometry, hyperbolic geometry, 3-manifolds, combinatorial topology and computer graphics”; and Stephen Miller, for “contributions to analytic number theory, cryptography, and theoretical physics.”
ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION
Two School of Arts and Sciences faculty were named 2018 research fellows of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. They are physicist Jacquelyn Noronha-Hostler, left, who studies “Quark Gluon Plasma, the liquid that filled the universe milliseconds after the Big Bang,” and computer scientist and mathematician Shubhangi Saraf, right, who applies “mathematical methods to understand what problems are efficiently solvable on a computer.” According to the Sloan Foundation, fellows “represent the most promising scientific researchers working today.”