Faculty & Staff Bulletin
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|Help for Caregivers of People with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease
Care2Caregivers—a peer-support helpline for caregivers of people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease operated by University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC)—has provided mental health assistance and resources to thousands of state residents since 2014.
Funded by New Jersey’s Department of Human Services through the Comprehensive Services on Aging Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders at UBHC, the helpline is staffed by skilled peer counselors who assist callers (who can remain anonymous) for all stages—from prediagnosis and caregiving to hospice and bereavement. They advise on managing difficult behavior, strengthening daily routines, and navigating the maze of community resources. Sometimes they just provide an empathetic ear.
Care2Caregivers, which also offers support groups, including for people caring for spouses, operates daily, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Learn more about Care2Caregivers (800-424-2494) here.
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Short-Term Apartment Rentals
Institutional Planning and Operations offers short-term apartment rentals near Rutgers University–New Brunswick to faculty, staff, and visitors from other Rutgers affiliates in need of temporary housing. All units are fully furnished and include kitchen and linen setups. The inventory includes studio and one- and two-bedroom units in Highland Park, New Brunswick, and Piscataway (Busch Campus). Occupancy restrictions apply. Utilities and internet services are provided. Leases run from the 1st or 15th day of the month and can be as short as one month or as long as a year. Learn more here.
File New Jersey Tax Returns Electronically
The New Jersey Division of Taxation reminds faculty and staff that they can use NJ FastFile to file their New Jersey income tax returns electronically—either online with a PDF fill-in form or with a software package. Filers can choose direct deposit for their refunds, which is not available with paper returns. Learn more here or call 1-800-323-4400.
Study Seeks Healthy Adult Participants, Pays $750 Plus Expenses
Reynold Panettieri, who heads the Rutgers Institute for Translational Medicine and Science, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is seeking healthy adults (18 to 50) with no history of asthma to participate in a study about PET/CT imaging and its ability to detect inflammatory lung processes. The study involves a physical examination, blood collection, a finger stick, ECG, a breathing test, questionnaire, and two PET/CT scans. Participation is over three visits taking place at the Clinical Research Center at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the Department of Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Each visit should take four and a half hours. Volunteers will receive $250 per visit, plus travel expenses. For more information, contact William Russell at 732-235-7174 or email@example.com.
Participants Wanted for Study to Improve Cardiometabolic Health
Researchers from the Department of Kinesiology and Health, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and the Institute for Nutrition Interventions, School of Health Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are seeking employees and students (18 to 69 ) with a body mass index ≥ 25 to participate in a research study aimed at improving cardiometabolic health. Participation involves five individual appointments with a registered dietitian over a 26-week period and using a Fitbit activity monitor to track physical activity. Individual recommendations on dietary intake and physical activity will be provided. Learn more about participating here.
Study Seeks LGB Women to Participate
The Emotion and Psychopathology Lab, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking LGB women (18 or older) to participate in a research study of stress and eating. Participation involves a 65-minute in-person visit and using a smartphone app for 5 days to track stressful experiences and eating behaviors. Monetary compensation will be provided. For more information, email SelbyEMP@gmail.com or complete the prescreening survey here.
New Sakai Pop-Ups and Webinars
The Office of Instructional Research and Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. New this semester: Sakai 11 Pop-up Shops. Visit the Sakai 11 Pop-up Shop @ Livingston Student Center on January 18 (noon to 1 p.m.); the Sakai 11 Pop-up Shop @ Douglass Student Center on January 19 (noon to 1 p.m.); or the Sakai 11 Pop-up Shop @ College Avenue Student Center on January 20 (noon to 1 p.m.) to ask any questions about Sakai 11.
In addition, the following webinars are offered January 23 to January 26: January 23, Sakai Tools: Lessons (2 to 2:30 p.m.); January 24, Using Kaltura in Sakai (10 to 10:45 a.m.); January 25, Using Kaltura Outside a Learning Management System (10 to 10:45 a.m.); and January 26, The Basics of Lecture Capture (new this semester, 11 to 11:45 a.m.), teaching basic techniques and practices to help make your lecture capture more efficient and engaging; whether for talking-head videos or narrated slideshows, this webinar will help improve the quality of your recordings. Learn more and register here.
Office of Instructional Design Workshops
The Office of Instructional Design offers the following online and in-person workshops over the next week: Intro to eCollege (January 18, online); Intro to Canvas (January 20, in-person); Managing Your Canvas Course (January 20, online); Accessibility and UDL—Images and Videos (January 23, online); and Using Voice Thread in Your Online Course (January 25, online). Learn more and register here.
“An Open Source, Transparent, and Freeware Model for Renewable Energy Transition in Europe”: January 23, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, and Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences cosponsor a presentation by Jordi Sole Olle (Institute of Marine Sciences, Barcelona) entitled "An Open Source, Transparent, and Freeware Model for the Renewable Energy Transition in Europe: the MEDEAS EU Project," on January 23 at 3:45 p.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.
Rutgers Day 2017 Program Submissions
The program submission period for Rutgers Day, April 29, is now open. Submit a program to showcase the work of your school, department, or unit at the largest outreach event hosted by Rutgers, when thousands of New Jersey residents, alumni, prospective students, parents, and families visit Rutgers–Camden, Rutgers–New Brunswick, and Rutgers–Newark to learn more about their state university. Check here to learn how to participate, submit a program, download marketing materials to promote your program, and view the Rutgers Day policies. If you are new to Rutgers Day or have participated before but would like to explore new programming ideas for this year, register here to attend an information webinar on January 24 at 11 a.m. or January 25 at 3 p.m. Be sure to submit your program before the submission period ends on February 15.
Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series: February 18, Newark
The Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Rutgers University–Newark, hosts the 37th Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series, “City Moves: Black Urban History Since 1967,” on February 18 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers–Newark. This year, the series marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 uprisings in Newark, Detroit, and other cities by inviting a wide-ranging discussion of the past half-century of black urban history. Esteemed scholars, including Thomas J. Sugrue, Alondra Nelson, Mary Pattillo, and N.D.B. Connolly, will take stock of how far American cities have come in regaining their role as a promised land for generations of longtime residents and more recent migrants alike. Admission is free and open to the public. Learn more here.
TFAP Annual Day of Panels: February 18, New York City
The Feminist Art Project’s (TFAP) 11th annual Day of Panels, entitled "Crossroads: Art + Native Feminism," will take place during the College Art Association Conference at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, on February 18 from 10:15 a.m. to 6 p.m. TFAP’s national office is located at the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. This year’s event features panels, roundtables, and discussions led by indigenous knowledge carriers, artists, community members, elders, academics, and their accomplices on the topic of art and native feminism focused on North America. Coordinators are Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Maria Hupfield, and Kat Griefen. This event is free and open to the public but space is limited. Learn more here.
Encourage Students to Take RU Engaged Survey
The Rutgers Collaborative Center for Community-Based Research and Service requests your help. In your contact with undergraduates, encourage them to take the online RU Engaged Survey they received this week from the National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement to measure their attitudes and behavior related to civic engagement. Learn more here.
Environmental Stewards Program Helps Citizens Make a Difference
The Rutgers Environmental Stewards Program educates the public about the science behind pressing environmental issues and helps participants make a difference in their communities. Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will offer the Environmental Stewards Program at the Earth Center, South Brunswick. Classes are on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 p.m., starting January 25, and run until June. The cost is $250. Anyone can become an environmental steward. The classes, fieldtrips, and post-class internship do not replace a science degree but help educate citizens to address real-world environmental problems. Register and learn more here or contact Michele Bakacs at 732-398-5274 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rutgers Continues Mandela Washington Fellowship Program
For the fourth consecutive year, the U.S. Department of State has selected Rutgers to offer the six-week Mandela Washington Fellowship program in summer 2017—part of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative to provide 1,000 Mandela fellows with summer training at U.S. institutions to help them improve community and economic affairs across Africa. Of the 38 participating universities, Rutgers is one of two institutions chosen to host two cohorts of 25 fellows each from sub-Saharan African government organizations, nonprofits, and private industry. Fellows will study at the civic leadership institute developed by the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers), the School of Social Work, and the Center for African Studies, or at the business and entrepreneurship institute developed by the GAIA Centers, Rutgers Business School, and the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Learn more here.
Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 75 news organizations in the past two weeks, including The New York Times, Bloomberg News, and Washington Post.
The Philadelphia Inquirer quotes Phoebe Haddon (Chancellor-Camden) in a story exploring diversity in the faculty of higher education institutions in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
NJ Spotlight published a verbatim Rutgers Today Q&A with Robert Kopp (SAS) about the social costs of climate change.
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A Guide for Leaders in Higher Education: Core Concepts, Competencies, and Tools
Brent D. Ruben, distinguished professor of communication and executive director; Richard De Lisi, university professor and senior fellow; and Ralph A. Gigliotti, assistant director for leadership programs, all at the Center for Organizational Development and Leadership, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, published A Guide for Leaders in Higher Education: Core Concepts, Competencies, and Tools, intended as a practical resource for academic and administrative leaders in higher education who seek guidance in dealing with today’s complexity, opportunities, and demands.
Market Data Analysis Using JMP
Walter R. Paczkowski, part-time lecturer, Department of Economics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, published his latest book, Market Data Analysis Using JMP, which focuses on using the JMP statistical platform to analyze market data from surveys or data warehouses to turn them into information.
Art Library Print Exhibition: through February 28, New Brunswick
"Whose America? Democracy in a Time of Division": January 19, New Brunswick
The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a discussion, “Whose America? Democracy in a Time of Division,” from 3 to 6 p.m. on January 19 in Room 411, College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.
Teach-In: Building Walls: January 24, Newark
The Department of History, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, hosts a discussion on undocumented immigration, led by faculty panelists who will speak on the past, present, and possible future of U.S. immigration policy and how it might impact our communities, on January 24 from 1 to 2 p.m. in Esterly Lounge, Engelhard 202, Engelhard Hall, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.
Opera: Dialogues of the Carmelites: January 27 to February 5, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts presents an opera that takes place during the French Revolution at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, from January 27 to February 5. Learn more here.
Sharp-Tongued Figuration: through April 21, Camden
Rutgers University–Camden’s Center for the Arts presents an exhibition that brings together a group of artists employing recognizable imagery as a means of commenting on contemporary culture, now through April 21. Learn more here.
Innovation and Abstraction: Women Artists and Atelier 17: through May 31, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, exhibits Innovation and Abstraction: Women Artists and Atelier 17, which examines the formal innovations and burgeoning feminist consciousness of eight artists who worked at the legendary Atelier 17 printmaking studio. The exhibition runs through May 31. Learn more here.
Beth DeMauro, director of Strategic Communications, Department of University Communications and Marketing, retired after 25 years. She was the university's brand manager and co-creator and director of the Rutgers Communicator Certificate Program and the Rutgers Communicator Network. Earlier, she served as communications director for the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College and as publications associate in the Department of Alumni Relations.
Steve Manas, University News and Media Relations, Department of University Communications and Marketing, retired after 25 years. He was responsible for promoting, among other things, activities of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Eagleton Institute of Politics, and Center for State Health Policy.
Charles E. Menifield was appointed dean of the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, effective September 1, 2017. He will join Rutgers from the University of Missouri–Columbia, where he has been associate dean for academic programs at the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs since 2013 and professor since 2012. Learn more here.
Janis Ian Performs prior to Inaugural Writers’ Conference
Participants in the inaugural Rutgers Writers' Conference: As a prelude to the conference on June 3 and June 4, attend a performance by legendary singer/songwriter Janis Ian on June 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more and purchase tickets here. The conference brings together aspiring and established writers, agents, editors, and publishers at Rutgers Continuing Education Center, Somerset. Award-winning novelist Dennis Lehane delivers the keynote presentation. Attendees can choose from concurrent sessions across six tracks, including creative nonfiction, fiction, the genre fiction, writing for performance, poetry, and the business of writing; meet individually with agents, editors, and publishers; join a panel discussion on publishing options; and attend a reading event featuring famous authors. Rutgers faculty and staff can attend for the $199 discounted price. Learn more and register here now.
Children’s Choir and Scarlet Singers Auditions: January 18, Highland Park
Rutgers Children's Choir and Scarlet Singers will hold auditions on January 18 for students in grades 3 to 12 at Bartle Elementary School, Highland Park. Qualifications for choirs are a pleasant voice, a good sense of pitch, and a commitment to regular attendance and performances. The audition is a simple vocal assessment of a child’s readiness for a choral experience and ability to match pitch. It is friendly, interactive, and nonthreatening. Children should prepare to sing a simple song, such as America or Happy Birthday to You. For details, including audition schedules, contact the Mason Gross Extension Division at 848-932-8618 or check here.
New Brunswick Music Scene Archive Anniversary Exhibit
An exhibit commemorating the one-year anniversary of the New Brunswick Music Scene Archive is on display through the end of February at Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Reflecting the history of the city’s independent music since the 1980s, the display features a wide variety of objects—from records and tapes to zines, flyers, and other ephemera—that were donated from the personal collections of those involved in the scene over the years. Learn more here.
New R Game Day “Tailgate” Event: January 28, New York
The Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA) announces a new R Game Day “tailgate” experience for alumni and friends to show off their scarlet pride. Join the fun on January 28 at Pig ‘N’ Whistle, Manhattan, before Rutgers takes on Wisconsin in a Big Ten® Super Saturday men’s basketball game at noon at Madison Square Garden. Admission is free and includes light appetizers, a cash bar with drink specials, and exclusive RUAA giveaways. Learn more and register for this event here.
Chinese New Year Celebration: January 31, New Brunswick
Celebrate Chinese New Year with the Confucius Institute of Rutgers University on January 31 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The event will feature a variety of Chinese arts and crafts, including some that highlight Chinese New Year traditions, and is free and open to the public. Learn more here.
Janice Fine, associate professor, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Progressive Leadership Award from Midwest Academy, a national training institute that advocates for social, economic, and racial justice.
Henryk Iwaniec, New Jersey Professor of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 2017 American Mathematical Society’s Joseph L. Doob Prize, along with John Friedlander, University of Toronto, for their book Opera de Cribro. Presented every three years, the Doob Prize recognizes a single relatively recent outstanding research book that makes a seminal contribution to the research literature, reflects the highest standards of research exposition, and promises to have a deep and long-term impact in its area.
Michael Lewis, University Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and director, Institute for the Study of Child Development, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was elected into the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences Foundation, which recognizes eminent senior scientists from a wide range of research areas for their lasting professional contributions.
Deborah M. Spitalnik, executive director and professor of pediatrics at The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the George S. Jesien Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, recognizing her leadership, service, and dedication to people with disabilities and their families.
Tracy Anthony, associate professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,730,392. The project, titled Homeostatic Responses to Amino Acid Insufficiency, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Anthony here.
Fred Roberts, director, Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence CCICADA: Command, Control and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis, and director emeritus and special adviser, Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,995,000. The project, titled Interoperability Tools and Information Sharing Environment, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Learn more about Roberts here.
Joseph Marcotrigiano, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,500,000. The project, titled Faculty Scholar Award, is being supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Learn more about Marcotrigiano here.
Thomas Bennert, associate professor, civil and environmental engineering, and program director, Pavement Resource Program, Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,500,000. The project, titled Pavement Support Program 2016, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Bennert here.
Mike De Luca, director, Aquaculture Innovation Center, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $709,558. The project, titled Research, Education, Coastal Training, and Stewardship Programs at the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Learn more about De Luca here.
Shantenu Jha, associate professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $563,949. The project, titled Big PanDA Workflow Management on Titan for High Energy and Nuclear Physics and for Future Extreme Scale Scientific Applications, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Learn more about Jha here.
Jacquelyn R. Hlavsa, 72, a grants and contracts accounting manager, passed away on January 4, 2017, at her Bridgewater home.
Jewel Plummer Cobb, a former dean of Douglass College and a trailbreaking scientist, educator, and granddaughter of a slave, passed away at her Maplewood home on January 1, 2017, after a long illness. She was 92.
Felix E. Browder, a renowned mathematics professor who completed his doctorate by age 20 and became Rutgers’ first vice president for research in 1986, passed away on December 10, 2016, at his Princeton home. He was 89.