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The Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies (CAS) Awards Doctoral Students for Their Commitments to Preserving the History of CAS

On Thursday, April 21, the 2022 Joseph M. Russell Memorial Award was presented by Dr. Denise Hien, CAS Director, to two doctoral students for their commitment to preserving the history of CAS: Nicholas Allred (PhD, 2022, Rutgers English Department) and William Bejarano (PhD Candidate,  Rutgers School of Communication & Information). This recognition highlights the efforts and contributions of these two scholars related to designing and conducting historical research, providing access to the unique material in the CAS Archives, and sharing CAS history with students and scholars in other disciplines.

Archive Project Awards
L to R: Denise Hien, William Bejarano, Nicholas Allred

Working on a project at the Rutgers New Brunswick Libraries, the doctoral students preserve and promote the CAS collection, which includes materials of great historical value and provide accounts of the birth of alcohol science as it developed at both Yale and Rutgers. Allred and Bejarano have been instrumental in reviving the Digital Alcohol Studies Archives project, which aims to build the Digital Alcohol Studies Archives on Rutgers University Libraries platforms, including photographs, lay and scholarly publications, pamphlets, and newsletters.

“They both worked passionately on the Digital Archives at CAS in various capacities until the Information Services Division was shut down in 2016. We are fortunate to have their expertise and dedication in developing the current version,” said Dr. Judit H. Ward, former Director of Information Services at CAS (2007-2016).

More about their work can be found in their blog posts:

L to R: William Bejarano, Judit Ward, Nicholas Allred

For more information about the Archive, please contact Judit H. Ward, librarian at New Brunswick Libraries, liaison to the Center of Alcohol & Substance Use Studies.