People: Achievements

Dr. Ciprian S. Borcea, professor of mathematics, was recently awarded two national research grants. Both awards are for projects developed in collaboration with Dr. Ileana Streinu, professor of Computer Science and Mathematics at Smith College. The first project, “Mathematical foundations of reconfiguration algorithms for geometrically constrained structures," is funded by the National Science Foundation and addresses algorithmic, combinatorial and geometric problems related to articulated systems. The second project, “Rigidity and exibility of large bio-molecular assemblies," is funded by the National Institutes of Health and relates to mathematical models of large molecular structures, such as proteins. The paper “Frameworks with crystallographic symmetry" by Borcea and Streinu, which explores periodic systems and is related to both projects, appeared in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A beginning in December 2013. 

Dr. Ronald Cook (Entrepreneurial Studies), Professor Diane Campbell (library) and graduate MBA student Caroline Kelly published “Survival Rates of New Firms: An Exploratory Study,” in Small Business Institute Journal

Dr. David R. Dewberry, assistant professor of Communication, was selected as the 2013 recipient of the Franklyn S. Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression by the National Communication Association (NCA).

Dr. Ralph Gallay, associate professor of Marketing, Advertising and Legal Studies, has had several academic articles focused on executive guidelines published in noted journals over the past year. He was also asked to present his work at the Association for Global Business Conference in Washington, D.C. 

Communications professor Myra Gutin discussed Barbara Bush on C-SPAN’s First Ladies: Influence and Image tonight, Jan. 20, at 9 p.m. Eastern time. Read article.

Dr. Tamar Jacobson, early childhood education program professor and chair of the Department of Teacher Education, was honored with the Outstanding Teacher Educator Award at a reception in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Sherry Fang Li and Dr. Betsy Haywood-Sullivan’s paper was awarded the Lybrand Certificate of Merit by the Institute of Management Accountants.

The National Youth Leadership Council recently awarded the 2014 Service-Learning Practitioner Leadership Award to Joan Liptrot, assistant director of Campus Life for service learning. This award recognizes those who have equipped young people to lead and serve, both through their direct work with youth and by nurturing other practitioners. Read article.

Three Rider University professors received Bright Idea awards: Dr. Ilhan Meric, Gerald Klein and Dr. Carol D. Watson all were recognized for their outstanding writing and scholarship. 

Dr. Carol Nicholson, professor of philosophy, published a chapter called "Education and the Pragmatic Temperament" in The Cambridge Companion to Pragmatism(Cambridge University Press, December 2013). 

Professor Jim Riggs vaulted over a milestone this month when he received a grant from the National Institutes of Health, bringing his total grant awards while teaching at Rider University to $1.3 million. Read article.

Dr. Sharon Sherman, dean of the School of Education, was selected as one of the five members of the N.J. Higher Education Leadership Team for Implementation of the Common Core Standards and PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers). 

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