FASN Faculty Win Prestigious Rutgers University Awards

By Lawrence Lerner

Five FASN faculty members received prestigious honors recently at Rutgers University’s 2016-17 Annual Faculty Year End Awards.

President Robert Barchi and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Barbara Lee bestowed the honors at a ceremony in New Brunswick earlier this month.

Distinguished Professor Frieder Jaekle, Chemistry, received the Board of Trustees Award For Excellence in Research “in recognition for of his novel and highly-interdisciplinary work in main-group chemistry that bridges inorganic, organic and materials chemistry, particularly his contributions to the development of organometallic polymers and materials,” according to the Board’s citation.

Professor John Keene, English and African American and African Studies, received the Scholar-Teacher Award “in recognition of his widely acclaimed fiction, poetry, essays and criticism; his broad interdisciplinary knowledge that crosses fields and language boundaries; and his ability to use this erudition to inform his teaching and help students to develop critical thinking skills and expand their vision.”

Assistant Professor Vanessa LoBue, Psychology, and Assistant Professor Tracy Tran, Biological Sciences, were recipients of the Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence, signaling them as two of the university’s most distinguished young faculty members. 

Lo Bue was recognized for “her cutting-edge research in developmental psychology, particularly her work on emotional development and threat detection in infants and young children, and her original and rigorous methodological contributions to the field.”

Tran received the award for “her fundamental contributions in the area of neural development, particularly her research on the development of proper connectivity during axon outgrowth and synaptogenesis.”

FASN Dean Jan Ellen Lewis recognized the significance of the double-award.

“The University chooses only five newly tenured faculty members for this award annually. That not one but two of our young faculty members were selected this year is a tribute not only to them but to the excellence of our junior faculty,” says Lewis. “I could not possibly be more proud of them, or of their senior colleagues, Frieder Jaekle and John Keene.”

In addition, Associate Professor Tim Raphael, Arts, Culture and Media, was named a Leader in Faculty Diversity by Rutgers University in "recognition of his distinguished leadership as director of the Center for Migration and the Global City, creating model pedagogy, championing community-based partnerships and co-creating The Newest Americans, an innovative documentary curricula project inclusive of multidisciplinary scholarship.”


Above Photo: Assistant Professor Vanessa LoBue, a child psychologist, works with a toddler in her lab.

(Photo by Lawrence Lerner)