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March 22, 2017

Funding for Cancer-Related Research Pilot Projects
The American Cancer Society and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey are funding up to five $50,000 pilot projects to support cancer-related research 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. To request an application, email cinjpilotprogram@cinj.rutgers.edu. Applications are due May 12.

Certified Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training
Rutgers’ Tobacco Dependence Program has developed a certified training to prepare health professionals to provide intensive specialist treatment for tobacco dependence. The nationally recognized faculty brings a wealth of expertise in tobacco control, nicotine addiction, medical consequences of tobacco use, treatment of tobacco dependence, program development and evaluation, and treating tobacco addiction with special populations such as those with mental illness and medical co-morbidities. The training format allows for an interactive and comprehensive educational experience. Participants can expect to leave the training competent to effectively treat patients for tobacco dependence and to provide other services that will help organizations to address tobacco use. The training meets all of the requirements set forth in the U.S. Public Health Service Guidelines as well as the standards for competencies for tobacco treatment specialists developed by the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence. Training is scheduled for May 1 to May 5 and October 23 to October 27 in New Brunswick. Learn more and register here.

SATHI Presents: April 4, New Brunswick
On April 4, the South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI) Presents: Global Crossroads: Seminars on South Asian Culture, Ecology, and Health offers "Breaking Barriers: Promoting HIV Awareness in the South Asian Community" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Clinical Academic Building, Conference Room 1302, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, New Brunswick. Learn more here. Participants can register here.

Eighth Annual Postdoc Research Symposium: April 28, Piscataway
The Rutgers Postdoctoral Association presents its Eighth Annual Postdoc Research Symposium on April 28 beginning at 1 p.m. in the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Research Tower Great Hall and Auditorium, Piscataway. The theme for this year’s symposium is “Redefining the Postdoctoral Experience: New Training for New Careers.” The keynote speaker is Franklin Carrero-Martinez, acting deputy science and technology adviser to the U.S. Department of State. The symposium will explore changes for postdocs at Rutgers and across the nation and will also include panels to help prepare postdocs for the job market and to communicate scientific research to the public. Learn more and register here. Registration is free and participants should register by April 14. The Postdoctoral Association is accepting abstracts for poster presentations from postdocs affiliated with any institution.

Ninth Annual Lecture in Law and Ethics: March 23, Newark
The Institute for Law and Philosophy, an academic center based out of Rutgers Law School in Camden, hosts its 9th annual lecture in Law and Ethics on March 23 from 4 to 6 p.m. This year’s lecture is taking place at Rutgers Law School in Newark, in the Baker Court Room in the Center for Law and Justice and will be simulcast to the law school in Camden. This year’s lecture will be delivered by Frances Kamm, who is Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy in the Harvard Kennedy School of Government as well as Professor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard. The title of her talk is, “Doing Death; Physician Assisted Suicide, Ethics, and Public Policy.” Learn more here

Rutgers Art History Graduate Student Symposium: "It’s About Time: Temporality in Visual Culture": March 24, New Brunswick
Attend "It’s About Time: Temporality in Visual Culture," a symposium hosted by the Art History Graduate Student Organization, on March 24 in the Pane Room, Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The symposium focuses on the ways art and visual culture speak across, through, and out of time. Confronting the traditional “period eye” lens of critical analysis, it seeks to challenge conventional approaches to time and objects and foster a community of scholars who are rethinking this framework. It identifies the issue of the temporal as both a particularly rich cultural concept and an opportunity for developing new theoretical frameworks.

State and Local Economic Development Policy Graduate Student Conference: March 28, Camden
Doctoral students in the Public Affairs–Community Development Ph.D. program and the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers University–Camden invite you to the Second Annual State and Local Economic Development Policy Graduate Student Conference on March 28 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Neighborhood Center, Camden. The goal of this conference is to connect research on local and state economic development strategies to research, policy, legislative, and community leaders who can incorporate it into their work. The event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information or contact Curtis M. Williams II at curtwill@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

Roundtable: Diffusions and Difusiones: March 31, New Brunswick
Attend a roundtable discussion on "Diffusions/Difusiones: Latin American Women’s Writing and Translations" on March 31 at 12:30 p.m. in the Rutgers Academic Building, Room 5190, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Moderating the discussion will be Karen E. Bishop, Jeffrey Lawrence, and Marcy Schwartz. The event is sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Department of English, the Program in Comparative Literature, and the Resilience working group. Click here for more information.

March 15, 2017

Summer Scholars Information: March 20, Piscataway
Attend an information session for students interested in attending the Rutgers Summer Scholars Program on March 20 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Busch Student Center, Piscataway. This program allows high-achieving high school students and gifted youth the opportunity to take college courses and earn credits. Click here to RSVP.

“Moving Forward: Defending Civil Liberties and Human Rights”: March 22, New Brunswick
Attend a panel event, “Moving Forward: Defending Civil Liberties and Human Rights,” featuring a conversation with leading organizers who are defending and mending our nation, on March 22 at 6 p.m. in Room 2225 in the Rutgers Academic Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The panel, moderated by Radhika Balakrishna, faculty director, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, includes Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA; Anthony Romero, executive director, American Civil Liberties Union; and Vince Warren, executive director, Center for Constitutional Rights. Click here to RSVP.

"Reinventing Documentary Photography in the 1970s": March 23–24, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts the campus community and general public at this interdisciplinary symposium exploring the multiple ways that documentary work was rethought during the decade on March 23 and March 24. The program kicks off on the evening of March 23 with a keynote address and continues on March 24 with a panel of international art historians, curators, and artists. Attendance is free but registration is required. Click here for more information.

School of Public Health Open House: March 24, Newark
The School of Public Health (SPH) is hosting its spring open house on March 24 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Medical Science Building, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Learn about the degrees and departments at SPH and meet with faculty and students. Click here for more information.

JMBGSA Annual Symposium: March 24, Piscataway
The Joint Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Association's Annual Symposium will be held on March 24 at the Rutgers Life Sciences Atrium, Piscataway, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Graduate students will present their research in oral presentations and posters. The keynote address, entitled "Of Mice and Men(in) and What I Have Learned from Both," will be delivered by Steven Libutti, director, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, at noon. A free lunch is available for those who register before March 20. Click here for more information and to register.

RDI Institute Expo: March 28, Piscataway
Attend the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2) Research Expo and Networking event on March 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Computing Research and Education Building, Piscataway. Learn how the capabilities and expertise at RDI2 are being leveraged by students, faculty, staff, and industry partners to promote cutting-edge discovery informatics research and innovations. This event will feature research collaborations and the large-scale computing and data science capabilities at RDI2. RDI2 provides expertise in multidisciplinary computational and data-enabled research as well as advanced high-performance computing research infrastructure and services. Click here for more information.

Engineering Symposium, Reception, and Banquet: March 31, Piscataway
The 2017 MGM Symposium, “Photonics, Optical Physics & Beyond,” will be presented by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering on March 31, beginning at 1 p.m., at the School of Engineering, Piscataway. A series of lectures will be followed at 6 p.m. by a senior poster competition and concurrent wine reception, and the day concludes with a banquet. RSVP by March 27 for the reception and banquet to Nahed Assal at nahed.assal@rutgers.edu or 848-445-1651. Click here for more information.

BEN Healthcare Innovation Summit 2017: April 1, New Brunswick
The Biomedical Entrepreneurship Network at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School hosts its first annual Healthcare Innovation Summit on April 1 at 10 a.m. in the Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick. The theme of the summit is "Care Redesigned: Catalysts in Healthcare Innovation." The event is designed to engage all stakeholders in care delivery and discuss the paradigm shifts in medicine and healthcare. From evolving patient care paradigms, to new medical education tools, to innovative biotechnology, the healthcare market is ripe for a revolution. Attend the event for a day of keynotes, presentations, and networking with peers and industry leaders who are revolutionizing the way payers, providers, patients, and pharmaceutical companies approach healthcare problems today. Click here for more information and to register.

SATHI Presents: April 4, New Brunswick
On April 4, the South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI) Presents: Global Crossroads: Seminars on South Asian Culture, Ecology, and Health offers "Breaking Barriers: Promoting HIV Awareness in the South Asian Community" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Clinical Academic Building, Conference Room 1302, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, New Brunswick. Learn more here. Participants can register here.

Eighth Annual Postdoc Research Symposium: April 28, Piscataway
The Rutgers Postdoctoral Association presents its Eighth Annual Postdoc Research Symposium on April 28 beginning at 1 p.m. in the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Research Tower Great Hall and Auditorium, Piscataway. The theme for this year’s symposium is “Redefining the Postdoctoral Experience: New Training for new Careers.” The keynote speaker is Franklin Carrero-Martinez, acting deputy science and technology adviser to the U.S. Department of State. The symposium will explore changes for postdocs at Rutgers and across the nation and will also include panels to help prepare postdocs for the job market and to communicate scientific research to the public. Click here for more information. Registration is free and participants should register by April 14 by clicking here. The Postdoctoral Association is accepting abstracts for poster presentations from postdocs affiliated with any institution. Submit your abstract here

Project-Based Learning 101 Workshop: May 15–17, Somerset
Join the Center for Effective School Practices for a three-day workshop facilitated by one of the Buck Institute for Education’s (BIE) expert faculty members from May 15 to May 17 (8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) at the Rutgers Continuing Education Center at Atrium, Somerset. The workshop is based on BIE's model of Gold Standard Project-Based Learning. Participants actively engage in project design and obtain the skills and knowledge needed to master standards-based projects. Click here for more information and to register.

March 8, 2017

SPH Global Public Health Seminar: “Advances in Tuberculosis Research Relevant to Global Tuberculosis Control”: March 28, New Brunswick
The World Health Organization declared tuberculosis the first global public health emergency in 1993. While there has been progress, new tools are necessary to control and eradicate TB. Jerrold J. Ellner, School of Medicine, Boston University, will discuss major advances and what needs to occur to control TB during a seminar presented by the School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, on March 28 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Room 3A/B in the School of Public Health. Click here for more information.

SHP Dissertation Defense: March 29, Scotch Plains
The Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions, School of Health Professions, announces a dissertation defense by Peter Basto, "Validity of the Fidelity Assessment Common Ingredients Tool: Empowerment and Satisfaction," in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of doctor of philosophy in psychiatric rehabilitation, on March 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at SHP’s Scotch Plains location, Room 330.

Engineering Symposium, Reception, and Banquet: March 31, Piscataway
The 2017 MGM Symposium, “Photonics, Optical Physics & Beyond,” will be presented by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering on March 31, beginning at 1 p.m., at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. A series of lectures will be followed at 6 p.m. by a senior poster competition and concurrent wine reception, and the day concludes with a banquet. RSVP by March 27 for the reception and banquet to Nahed Assal at nahed.assal@rutgers.edu or 848-445-1651. Click here for more information.

Symposium: “Communicating the SCIENCE of Public Health: A Critical Skill in Challenging Times”: April 3
The School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, presents the 22nd Annual Public Health Symposium, "Communicating the SCIENCE of Public Health: A Critical Skill in Challenging Times," on April 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Research Tower, Piscataway. Now, more than ever, public health professionals must effectively communicate the science that informs and directs their work. Informing your community about a disease outbreak? Educating parents on the importance of vaccines? Explaining the impacts of climate change? Describing the impact of climate change on vector-borne diseases? The critical skill underlying each of these activities is the ability to communicate science in a manner that is clear, understandable, and seen as credible. Learn more and register here.

March 1, 2017

Faculty Submissions for Aresty Research Assistant Program
Interested in finding great undergraduate researchers and serving as a mentor to some of our brightest students? The Aresty Research Center is accepting faculty project submissions through March 8 for the Research Assistant (RA) Program for the 2017–2018 academic year. The RA program pairs students with faculty mentors to conduct a yearlong academic project. Students are required to work five hours per week on their research projects and earn 3 credits for the year. Learn more and submit projects here.

"Thwarting Polarization While Communicating the Science of Zika": March 3, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, in collaboration with several campus partners, hosts a half-day Eagleton Science and Politics Workshop on March 3 starting at 9 a.m., "Thwarting Polarization While Communicating the Science of Zika and Zika Prevention." The workshop will feature a keynote by Kathleen Hall Jamieson, professor of communication and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, University of Pennsylvania, as well as a message development exercise. Register and learn more here

REI Energy Policy Seminar: “Inequality and the Social Cost of Carbon”: March 3, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute hosts David Anthoff, assistant professor, Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley, on March 3 at 10:45 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here

Open House: Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences: March 10, Newark
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), hosts an open house on March 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. in Room B-610, Medical Science Building, RBHS Newark campus. Register here

Boggs’ Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series
The Boggs Center’s Spring 2017 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series will be presented on April 6 and April 20 at the APA Hotel Woodbridge, Iselin, and on May 11 and May 18 at the Doubletree Suites, Mount Laurel, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The series is free but registration is required and space is limited. View session descriptions and register here.

February 8, 2017

Chinatown Opera Theater in North America
Nancy Rao, associate director of academic studies and area coordinator of the composition and music theory programs in the Department of Music, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, published Chinatown Opera Theater in North America, a book that tells the story of iconic theater companies and the networks and migrations that made Chinese opera a part of North American cultures.

Save the Date: Environmental Justice and the Future of Environmental Health Research Symposium: April 28, New Brunswick
This symposium brings together an interdisciplinary group of speakers from the social and health sciences to present their latest work on contaminated communities and social responses to chronic environmental health hazards on April 28 from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. at the University Inn and Conference Center, New Brunswick. Participants will consider how to encourage greater collaboration among social and health scientists and move the field of environmental health research forward to support environmental justice. Learn more, including registration information, here.  

February 1, 2017

Global Health Seed Grants
Global health seed grants from the Rutgers Global Health Institute support faculty leading collaborative interdisciplinary projects to reduce health care disparities in communities at home and around the world. Grants of up to $10,000 are available for faculty universitywide for research and education, training, and capacity-building projects that engage multiple fields and external partners and pursue new models for improving health and wellness of populations. Learn more and apply here.

January 25, 2017

Advanced Computing
The Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC) announced the next phase in the university’s advanced computing. Early this year, OARC is planning to unveil Amarel, a condominium-style advanced computing environment developed to serve wide-ranging research needs and named in honor of Saul Amarel, a Rutgers pioneer in artificial intelligence and research computing. Amarel will be available to any investigator or student with projects requiring research computing resources on any Rutgers campus. Learn more here.

January 18, 2017

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. 

November 16, 2016

“Psychiatrist-Consumer Negotiation of Medication Decisions in Everyday Practice”: December 2, Scotch Plains
The Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions, School of Health Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, presents a colloquium with Beth Angell, associate professor, School of Social Work, on December 2 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Scotch Plains campus, Room 330. The topic is “Psychiatrist-Consumer Negotiation of Medication Decisions in Everyday Practice.” Learn more here.

November 9, 2016

Rutgers Climate Symposium: November 18, Piscataway
The Rutgers Climate Symposium on November 18 at Livingston Student Center, Piscataway, is intended to stimulate interaction and collaboration among the community of natural and social science researchers and university students interested in climate change who are from institutions in the greater New Jersey, New York, and Philadelphia region. Register by November 14 here.

2nd Annual Rutgers Brain Health Institute Symposium: December 16, Branchburg
The 2nd Annual Rutgers Brain Health Institute Symposium will be held on December 16 at the Edward Nash Theater, Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg. The symposium will include a keynote address by György Buzsáki, Biggs Professor of Neuroscience, NYU Neuroscience Institute; oral presentations by Rutgers faculty members; and poster presentations from neuroscience labs across Rutgers. The early-registration deadline is November 15. Abstract submissions for the poster session also are requested by November 15. Learn more and register here.

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