September 3, 2014

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Historical Yearbooks Now Available Online
To commemorate the 250th anniversary of the university, which will be celebrated in 2016, Rutgers University Libraries are working to digitize the yearbooks of all Rutgers' schools and campuses. This massive project honors the university's unique history and its distinguished faculty, staff, alumni, and students.

An initial selection is on view here. The sophisticated website allows users to browse through the digitized yearbooks using a computer or mobile device, turning "pages" as they go through the book. Users can search for names and terms across and inside the yearbooks and leave comments using the website's "Share Your Memories" feature.

Pictured: Scarlet Letter annual covers (clockwise from left): 1871, 1889, 1891, 1895

Big Ten Network 101 for Rutgers Fans
The Big Ten Network (BTN) is televising several Rutgers football games this fall. Read BTN 101 for Rutgers fans or visit the BTN GameFinder to learn where to find Rutgers football games on BTN.

Bicycle Locker Rental Program
The Rutgers University Department of Transportation Services announces the launch of the Bicycle Locker Rental Program. Bicycle lockers provide a covered and locked bicycle parking option for members of the university community, signifying the university’s continued commitment to bicycling accommodation at Rutgers. Learn how to register and rent a locker here, or contact the BikeRU program at with any questions.

Mason Gross Extension Division Open House
The Extension Division at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts an open house on September 6 and 13. September 6 features American Ballet certified school ballet classes. September 13 features classes in music, dance, visual arts, and musical theater. All are invited to attend a free concert on September 13 at 2 p.m. featuring members of the Young Artist Program faculty. Learn more and RSVP for the open house here.

Try Dance, Fitness, Yoga, and Wellness Classes for Free from September 8 through 14
Rutgers Recreation offers over 200 classes, trips, and workshops in dance, yoga, swimming, scuba diving, sports, group fitness, wellness, rock climbing, and techniques for taming stress. Explore what the IgKnight program has to offer and try classes for free from September 8 through 14. Search for classes and register here.

Swim for Life: Free Adult Swim Instruction
Rutgers Recreation offers Swim for Life, a day of free adult swim instruction, on September 12 at Werblin Recreation Center on the Busch Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Sessions are offered from 1 to 3 p.m., 3 to 5 p.m., and 5 to 7 p.m. This event is open to members of the Rutgers community of all swimming abilities. Spots are limited and registration is required. Learn more here.

Registration Is Open for Middlesex County Master Gardener Classes
A new season of Master Gardener classes begins at the Middlesex County EARTH Center in South Brunswick. Master Gardeners are community volunteers trained in earth-friendly gardening and environmental principles. These lecture classes meet once per week for three hours each from mid-September through mid-April. The 60 to 70 hours of classroom instruction include practical field experience. Optional orientation sessions are scheduled for September 11 at 6:30 p.m. for the Thursday evening class and September 12 at 9:30 a.m. for the Friday morning class. Classes begin September 18 or 19 and are open to all New Jersey residents. Learn more here.

Registration Is Open for the New Faculty Welcome Breakfast and Resource Expo
Academic Affairs and University Human Resources hosts a welcome breakfast and resource expo for new faculty in New Brunswick on September 5 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Busch Campus Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The expo focuses on the many services and resources available for new faculty. The expo allows faculty to speak to representatives from a wide range of university departments that support them and their activities. A light breakfast is available. Learn more, register, and view a list of participating departments here.

Registration Is Open for the 6th Annual National Postdoc Appreciation Day Symposium
The Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/Rutgers Postdoctoral Association presents a symposium on September 17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the RWJMS Research Tower on the Busch Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The symposium, held during National Postdoc Appreciation Week, highlights the work done by postdoctoral researchers at institutions in New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, and surrounding areas and provides an opportunity for networking and career counseling. Learn more and register here.

Registration Is Open for the Third Evidence-Based Pediatric Update Symposium
The Division of Urology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Center for Continuing and Outreach Education at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital sponsor a symposium on September 27 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the PSE&G Children's Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick. This symposium highlights the latest diagnostic techniques and management strategies that impact the care of patients with common and complex pediatric disorders. Learn more and register here.

Registration Is Open for a Sustainable and Supported Workforce: The Key to Quality Community Life
The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School hosts a talk by Amy Hewitt on October 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Hotel Woodbridge at Metropark in Iselin, New Jersey. Hewitt is the director of the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota. This event is free but registration is required. Learn more and register here.

Rutgers LGBTQA Fall Reception Featuring Glee Star Alex Newell: September 11, New Brunswick
The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts its annual LGBTQA fall reception on September 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. This event is open to all new and returning members of the Rutgers LGBTQA community. Learn more here.

Fall 2014 Student Involvement Fair: September 5, New Brunswick
The Office of Student Involvement hosts its annual involvement fair on September 5 from 2 to 6 p.m. on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Over 400 student organizations, university departments, and community partners participate to show various opportunities that Rutgers has to offer. Learn more here.

New Works Dance Concert: September 5 and 6, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a concert featuring adjunct faculty on September 5 and September 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Loree Gymnasium on the Douglass Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more and how to purchase tickets here.

Rutgers University–Camden Jazz Ensemble Auditions: September 5, Camden
The Rutgers University–Camden Jazz Ensemble holds auditions for new members on September 5 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Mallery Room on the second floor of the Fine Arts Building, Rutgers–Camden. Spots are open for alto and tenor saxophones, trumpets and trombones, piano, guitar, and drum set. Learn more here.

Gardens Talk: Composting: September 6, New Brunswick
Rutgers Gardens, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a composting workshop on September 6 at 3 p.m. at Rutgers Gardens. This workshop teaches participants how to build well-balanced compost piles that can help forgo the use of pesticides and fertilizers. Learn more here.

HYCIDE: The Newark Issue: September 6, Newark
Rutgers University–Newark and the Newark Museum cosponsor a launch and exhibition of HYCIDE magazine’s issue #7, the Newark Issue, on September 6 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Newark Museum. This event features an installation of photographs made around the city of Newark, including a selection of critically acclaimed work by artist Manuel Acevedo, and live music. Learn more here.

Flies and Alcohol: How Social Experience Affects Behavior: September 8, Newark
New Jersey Medical School hosts a talk by Ulrike Heberlein on September 8 at noon in room B-610 of the Medical Science Building at Rutgers Health Sciences–Newark. Heberlein is the scientific program director and laboratory head at Howard Hughes Medical Institute–Janelia. Learn more here.

Postnatal Neurogenesis, Depression, and Epilepsy: September 10, New Brunswick
The Department of Neurology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, hosts a talk by Helen E. Scharfman on September 10 at 12:30 p.m. in room 102 of the Medical Education Building on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Scharfman is a professor at New York University Langone Medical Center. Learn more here.

Christine A. Lutz has been appointed New Jersey regional studies librarian and head of public services at Special Collections and University Archives at the Rutgers University Libraries.

2014 New Jersey Brain Aneurysm and AVM Support Group 5K Run/1.5 Mile Walk
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, and the New Jersey Brain Aneurysm and AVM Support Group sponsor a 5K run and 1.5 mile walk on September 20 at Buccleuch Park in New Brunswick. Registration begins at 7 a.m., the race begins at 8 a.m., and the walk begins at 9 a.m. Learn more and register here.

Participants Needed for Paid Research Studies
Various studies are being conducted by the Cole Neuroscience Lab at Rutgers University–Newark. These studies aid in better understanding the neural bases for cognitive abilities such as learning, task switching, and memory. Participants are given $15 an hour for behavioral sessions (viewing images or listening to sounds presented by a computer and making decisions about these items) and ´┐╝$30 an hour for MRI sessions. Participants should be native English speakers, aged 18–35, and right-handed. To participate, please email for additional information and to qualify for current and future studies. Contact ´┐╝Michael W. Cole with questions at 973-353-3261.

Rigoberto González, professor in the Department of English at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, has been awarded the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize by the Academy of American Poets for his book Unpeopled Eden (Four Way Books, 2013). Learn more here.

Julia Ritter, chair and artistic director of the Department of Dance at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been awarded the Prix André G. Bourassa for her research paper, "The Flesh Is the Stage: The Impact of Dance Practices on Spectatorship in Immersive Theatres."

Patricia Fitzgerald-Bocarsly, professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,590,000. The project titled Contribution of Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cells to Immune Senescence in HIV Infection is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Fitzgerald-Bocarsly here.

Stephen Anderson, associate professor at the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine and the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,000,000. The project titled Human Transcription Factor Immunogens: Generation of a Complete Set is being supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. Learn more about Professor Anderson here.

Nydia Flores, associate professor in the Department of Learning and Teaching at the Graduate School of Education and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Grant totaling $420,727 over three years. The project enables fellows to pursue a doctorate in foreign languages and language-related concerns such as sociolinguistics, second- and first-language acquisition, language learning and pedagogy, and language socialization, among others. Learn more about Professor Flores here.

Gaetano Montelione, distinguished professor at the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine and the Department of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Davide Comoletti, assistant professor at the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $300,000. The project titled Brain Eager: The Molecular Interactome of Synaptogenesis is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Montelione here and Professor Comoletti here.

Manish Parashar, professor in the Department of Computer Science, Donald Smith, vice president of information technology, and Javier Diaz-Montes, research associate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $285,790. The project titled EAGER: Exploring Federations of Campus and National Cyberinfrastructure as Scalable Platforms for Science: A Case Study Using Open Science Grid is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Parashar here, Vice President Smith here, and Professor Diaz-Montes here.

Ronald F. Myers passed away on July 24. He was a professor of plant pathology and retired in 1993 after 26 years of service.

Patricia Hurley passed away on July 29. She was professor emeritas and retired from the School of Nursing (formerly College of Nursing) in 2004.

Bunyad Haider passed away on August 17. He was the former interim chair of the Department of Medicine, former director of cardiology, and recently named professor emeritus of medicine at New Jersey Medical School.

Floyd H. Bragg passed away on August 22. He was president of the Rutgers University Alumni Association, class president and correspondent, a member of all three governing bodies, chair of the Board of Governors, and chair of the Board of Overseers of the Rutgers Foundation. He also served as an active trustee emeritus of the Boards of Trustees and Overseers.

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