May 4, 2016

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Administrative Information Systems Transformation Under Way

University Finance and Administration, under the leadership of Executive Vice President Michael Gower, is coordinating an effort to consolidate Rutgers’ financial and administrative systems by implementing new processes, organizational structures, and systems for all essential administrative functions. 

As President Barchi stated in his April 28 message to the community, Rutgers will fundamentally change how we conduct business in order to strengthen our long-term performance and sustainability.

Read more here about the work under way and look for related messages in the coming weeks.

New Brunswick Advisory Committee Meeting: May 10
The next meeting of the New Brunswick Advisory Committee will take place on May 10 at 4 p.m. in the fourth floor seminar conference room, Gateway Building, 106 Somerset Street, New Brunswick.

Funding for Cancer-Related Research Pilot Projects
Funding is available from the American Cancer Society and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey for $50,000 pilot project grants to support cancer-related research projects that can be completed in 12 months. Eligible applicants include Rutgers and Princeton faculty members who are within six years of their initial academic appointment and do not currently have an award from a national peer-reviewed competition. For more information and to request an application, email cinjpilotprogram@cinj.rutgers.edu. Applications are due no later than July 1, 2016.

Register to Train in Canvas Learning Management System
Instructors interested in offering their fall 2016 course on Canvas, a cloud-native learning management system, are encouraged to attend “Introduction to Canvas” online or in person. These sessions will be given by the Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies. Canvas is used by millions of students worldwide and embraced by faculty, students, and instructional designers for its ease of use and attractive user interface. Learn more and register for Canvas training here.

Register Now: Annual Retreat on Cancer Research Public Forum
Registration is now open for the Annual Retreat on Cancer Research in New Jersey’s public forum, which will focus on “Cancer Survivorship,” on May 26 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The event will feature speakers from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, who will discuss couple-focused group therapy, post-treatment self-care, and more. The session is free but registration is required. Learn more and register here.

Learning to Support Organizational Change and Strategic Planning
The work to earn a certificate in Appreciative Inquiry for Strengths-based Leadership and Innovation in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors, offered by the Center for Applied Appreciative Inquiry, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, helps students learn how to apply appreciative inquiry and the SOAR methodology (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results) for positive organizational change and strategic planning. Students design a project unique to their organization or community. For the next cohort, starting June 2, 2016, faculty and staff receive a $200 discount. Learn more and register here.

Farmers Market Returns: May 6, New Brunswick
The seasonal Rutgers Farmers Market, featuring locally grown produce, cheese, baked goods, and prepared food every Friday, returns May 6 at Rutgers Gardens, New Brunswick. The hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Its location, at the entrance to Rutgers Gardens, provides easy access for students, faculty, and staff as well as for local restaurants seeking products from a diverse group of farms and vendors. Learn more here.

Beginner and Intermediate Excel Training: May 10 and 13
The Office of Continuing Professional Education is offering Excel 2013 beginner and intermediate training to all employees on May 10 and May 13 at the site of the former agricultural museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The fee is $80 per workshop. Internal purchase orders and personal payments are accepted. The schedule for Microsoft Office Excel 2013–Level 1: May 10, 8:30 a.m. to noon, and May 13, 8:30 a.m. to noon. This workshop is designed for someone looking to learn the basic essential features of Microsoft Office Excel 2013 worksheets. By attending this class, you will learn how to create, edit, and save spreadsheets while gaining an understanding of basic formulas and functions. The schedule for Microsoft Office Excel 2013–Level 2: May 10, 12:30 to 4 p.m., and May 13, 12:30 to 4 p.m. This workshop is designed for someone looking to go beyond the basic features of Microsoft Office Excel 2013 and master more challenging skills. Attendees will learn how to create and manage large workbooks by building on the basic skills covered in Excel 1. Learn more and register here or contact Suzanne Hills at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu or 848-932-7234.

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 55 news organizations in the past week, including The Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, and National Public Radio.

Highlights include:

USA Today: Female candidates will be key as Democrats pursue Senate majority (Debbie Walsh, CAWP, quoted here)

NJTV: NJ Suicide Rate Up 13 Percent, Tied for Second Highest in U.S. (Maureen Brogan, UBHC, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Yoga: Every Wednesday, Newark
The Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, School of Health Related Professions, offers weekly yoga sessions Wednesdays at noon in the Medical Science Building, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark. Beginners are welcome and mats are provided. The session’s room location can change; sign up for weekly email announcements from Candace Cronin at croninca@shrp.rutgers.edu

Reckoning with Post-Holocaust Anti-Semitism in Europe: May 4, New Brunswick
The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a lecture by Jonathan Judaken of Rhodes College on May 4 at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. RSVP and learn more here.

Fossil Field Trip: May 7, Colts Neck
Join the Rutgers Geology Museum on a fossil field trip to the Big Brook Preserve in Colts Neck on May 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more and register here

Rutgers Children’s Choir and Scarlet Singers: May 7, New Brunswick
Enjoy a free end-of-year concert by Rutgers Children’s Choir and Scarlet Singers on May 7 at 2 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

The Late Show: May 9–14, New Brunswick
This exhibition features work across a variety of mediums, including design, drawing, media, painting, photography, print, and sculpture, at Mason Gross Galleries, Civic Square, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, with extended hours on Wednesdays until 6 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 4 p.m. Call 848-932-5202 for more information.

Practice Mindfulness Meditation: Weekly, New Brunswick and Piscataway
Stressed? Learn mindfulness meditation at one of three weekly hour-long Mindfulness Meditation Noon Workshops. The workshops are held from noon to 1 p.m. at three Rutgers University–New Brunswick locations through May: Tuesdays, Room 122a, Busch Student Center; Wednesdays, conference room, Student Activities Center, College Avenue Campus; and Thursdays, Room C, Douglass Student Center. Beginners are welcome. Learn more here.

At the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences:

  • Deanna Gray-Miceli, assistant professor, Division of Nursing Science, was appointed to the VHA Falls Expert Advisory Panel, Veterans Health Administration National Center for Patient Safety. The panel provides recommendations for developing and using fall-related injury data and developing virtual breakthrough series training, coaching, and advising.
     
  • Olga F. Jarrín, assistant professor, Division of Nursing Science, was appointed to a three-year term as a primary reviewer for the American Nurses Foundation (ANF) Nursing Research Review Committee. Jarrín, who credits the ANF grant program with launching her program of home health research, notes that applications are being accepted through May 1, 2016, for 30 different grants.
     
  • Valerie Smith Stephens, assistant dean for academic support services and Educational Opportunity Fund director, was appointed to a three-year term as chair of the newly formed Ethics Committee of the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). Comprised of professionals in the fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring, and mentoring at the college and adult level, CRLA works to improve student learning and facilitate the professional growth of its members.

Free Swim and Instruction: May 4, Piscataway
Enjoy a free swim event with instruction, giveaways, and prizes on May 4 from 3 to 5 p.m., 5 to 7 p.m., or 7 to 9 p.m. at the Werblin Recreation Center pool, Busch Campus, Piscataway. Learn more and register here.

Benjamin P. Horton, professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the European Geosciences Union Plinius Medal to recognize interdisciplinary natural hazard research. 

The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey's Office of Communications and Public Affairs received two Gold Awards in the 13th Annual Service Industry Advertising Awards competition. Its "Winning is Everything" campaign was one of 1,700 entries in eight groups and 26 categories evaluated by a national panel of judges.

Yuan-Xiang Tao, professor, vice chair of research, Department of Anesthesiology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,994,765. The project, titled Epigenetic Regulation of Neuropathic Pain: Role of DRG Histone Methyltransferase G9a, is being supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Learn more about Tao here.

Liang Chen, assistant professor, Public Health Research Institute, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $437,250. The project, titled Genomic Variation in Epidemic Carbapenem-Resistant K.Penumoniae, is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Chen here.

Anne Nielsen, assistant extension specialist, Department of Entomology, School of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $299,953. The project, titled IPM-CPR: A Systems-Level Approach to Manage Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and Conserve Beneficial Insects in Tree Fruit, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Nielsen here.

Sylvia Christakos, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of a two-year award totaling $275,000. The project, titled The In Vivo Effect of Vitamin D on Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection Co-PIs, is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Christakos here.

Jennifer Buckman, interim director, education and training division, and associate research professor, Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $269,100. The project, titled 20152016 Rutgers Alcohol and Drug Counselor Education, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Learn more about Buckman here.

Lawrence Gaspers, associate professor, Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of a two-year award totaling $159,000. The project, titled Inositol-trisphosphate 3-kinase and Colorectal Cancer Cell Adhesion, is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Gaspers here.

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