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September 14, 2016

Former Governor Whitman Featured at Eagleton Workshop: September 23, 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 September 23, beginning at 8:30 a.m., titled "Climate Politics and Congressional Simulation." The workshop will feature a climate politics conversation with former EPA administrator and New Jersey governor Christine Todd Whitman and a congressional decision-making simulation facilitated by Josh Huder, senior fellow, Government Affairs Institute, Georgetown University. Register and learn more here.  

September 7, 2016

Rutgers Energy Institute Policy Seminar Series: September 9 and September 16, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute hosts two presentations in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, G.H. Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, as part of its Policy Seminar Series. On September 9 at 10:30 a.m., Steven Rose, senior project manager, Electric Power Research Institute, presents "Limiting Global Warming: Sizing Up the Ambition and Challenge." On September 16 at 10:30 a.m., Emily Bernhardt, professor, Department of Biology, Duke University, offers "Melting Mountains and Salty Streams: Assessing the Impacts of Mountaintop Mining on Appalachian Ecosystems." Learn more here.

Gifted Education Conference: November 18
Plan to attend the Division of Continuing Studies’ second annual Gifted Education Conference on November 18, 2016, at a time and location to be announced. The conference is an opportunity for New Jersey educators statewide to learn, network, and support the needs of gifted learners. Internationally recognized field leader Joyce Van Tassel-Baska will deliver the keynote address. Learn more here.

First Continuing Studies Writers’ Conference
Save the dates—June 3 and June 4, 2017—for the Division of Continuing Studies’ inaugural Writers’ Conference, to be held in Somerset. Best-selling author Dennis Lehane is the keynote speaker. Other confirmed speakers include Mark Doty, Eloisa James, Alex Dawson, and David Bianculli. Additional speakers will be announced soon. The conference will be comprised of six tracks for writers of various genres; attendees will also have an opportunity to speak with an agent one-on-one. Learn more here.

August 24, 2016

Quantitative Methods in Cancer Genomics: September 7–16, New Brunswick
Register now for the Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Cancer Genomics from September 7 through September 16 hosted at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick. Faculty from the institute’s Center for Systems and Computational Biology will introduce quantitative and biological sciences students and postdocs to important challenges in the field of cancer genomics through this workshop series. Learn more and register here.

July 27, 2016

RiSE Research Symposium: August 3, Piscataway
Faculty and staff are invited to attend the research symposium marking the culmination of the annual RiSE (Research in Science and Engineering) summer program on August 3 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Busch Student Center, Piscataway. RiSE is a signature initiative of the Center for Graduate Recruitment, Retention, and Diversity, providing a proven pipeline for Rutgers graduate programs and a talent pool for a diverse STEM workforce. The symposium features scholar research posters and a plenary address by Hector Arce, Yale professor of astronomy. Register and learn more here

June 29, 2016

Center of Alcohol Studies Presents Summer School of Addiction Studies: July 10–15, New Brunswick
The 74th annual Summer School of Addiction Studies (SSAS), administered by the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies, will be held July 10 to July 15 at The Heldrich, New Brunswick. SSAS provides addiction-focused continuing education to professionals across many disciplines through an intensive professional development experience that includes cutting-edge topics and integrates current research with evidence-based practice. SSAS seeks to help clinicians navigate addiction prevention and treatment in an ever-changing world. SSAS kicks off with “Focus Day 16,” examining the opiate epidemic in New Jersey and the United States, with keynote speaker John Kelly, Harvard Medical School, discussing the “New Science of Mutual Recovery.” This year, SSAS calls on professionals in mental health and addiction to examine the social climate and its impact on prevention and treatment of substance-use disorders. More than 45 continuing education hours toward recertification are available through SSAS attendance. Initial certification coursework is also available. Learn more and register here. For additional information, contact Noelle K. Jensen at 848-445-4317 or

June 15, 2016

“HIV Research and Translation to Practice Day”: June 27, Newark 
The Center for Research on HIV Management in Families and Communities (CRHM), School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, hosts “HIV Research and Translation to Practice Day,” on June 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ackerson Hall, third floor atrium, Newark. This is an informational and networking event, highlighting CRHM goals and activities, HIV-related projects by faculty and doctoral students, opportunities for collaboration, and how to become involved with the CRHM. RSVP here. For more information, contact Ann Bagchi at or John Nelson at

May 25, 2016

SHRP Colloquium: June 17, Scotch Plains
The Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions, School of Health Related Professions (SHRP), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, hosts a colloquium, “Standardizing Strategies to Enhance Students’ Experience in Online Courses,” on June 17 from 10 a.m. to noon at SHRP’s Scotch Plains location. The structure of an online course can affect students, instructors, programs, and educational organizations in various ways. This colloquium features a panel discussion of the department’s current use of Moodle and the benefits of standardization. Panelists will discuss strategies for ensuring quality standards for online courses are met, techniques to apply universal design principles to online courses, and current research efforts to better identify student needs within the online environment. Learn more here.

May 18, 2016

Transgender Health 2016 Conference: June 10, RBHS, Newark
The Department of Psychiatry, New Jersey Medical School, hosts “Transgender Health 2016” on June 10 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Medical Sciences Building, Room B-556, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark. A panel of experts will discuss the most recent developments in the field, from the fundamentals of gender identity (and salience of pronouns), to the complexities of working with transgender adolescents and transgender patients who are also ethnic/racial minorities. The conference also features a hands-on practicum on the nuts and bolts of everyday clinical work with transgender people. This event is designed for physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, certified counselors, certified alcohol and drug counselors, marriage and family therapists, researchers, students, and trainees. Register here. For additional information call 973-972-4267 or email  


Register for Sustainable Raritan River Conference: June 10, New Brunswick
Register now for the eighth annual Sustainable Raritan River Conference on June 10 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Early bird registration ends May 18. In celebration of the university’s 250th Anniversary, this conference, presented by the Rutgers Sustainable Raritan River Initiative, will showcase efforts of faculty, staff, and students in the Raritan Basin, provide a forum for identifying a universitywide agenda for stewardship of the Raritan, and establish a network for collaboration among university-based research, extension, and outreach efforts related to the Raritan Basin. Learn more and register here.

April 27, 2016

HPC@Rutgers Presents "The Amber Molecular Modeling Package": April 28, Piscataway
The HPC@Rutgers Seminar Series, designed to feature high-performance computing technologies and capabilities, presents “The Amber Molecular Modeling Package” with Rutgers’ David Case on April 28 at 3 p.m. at the Computing Research and Education Building, Busch Campus, Piscataway. Case, who oversees development of the Amber suite of programs for biomolecular simulation, will provide an overview of the programs with an emphasis on performance issues on GPUs and on multicore CPUs. The HPC@Rutgers Seminar Series is presented jointly by the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute and Office of Advanced Research Computing, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Register and learn more here.

Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies Symposium: April 28, Piscataway
The Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents the Second Annual Graduate Student Symposium, followed by a wine and cheese reception, on April 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Lucy Stone Hall, A268, Livingston Campus, Piscataway. The symposium will feature the latest research from Caribbean graduate students focused on Carnival, Glissant’s Nomadism, and the Production of the Citizen

Register Now: Energy Symposium and Climate Change Program: May 4
Register now for two May 4 events at the auditorium, Fiber Optic Materials Research Building, Busch Campus, Piscataway. The morning program is the 11th Annual Rutgers Energy Institute Symposium. The afternoon program is “Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability: From the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to New Jersey Practitioners." Participants include Hoesung Lee, IPCC chair; Sir Robert Watson, University of East Anglia; Lidija Sekaric, U.S. Department of Energy; Richard Newell, Duke University; Rutgers faculty involved in the IPCC; and a panel of distinguished New Jersey practitioners. A complimentary lunch will be provided immediately following the morning program. Registration is required by 5 p.m. on April 27

April 20, 2016

New Book by Mason Gross’s Rebecca Cypess
Rebecca Cypess, professor of music at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the author of Curious and Modern Inventions: Instrumental Music as Discovery in Galileo's Italy, published by University of Chicago Press. The book examines early 17th-century instrumental music in Italy, which was crucial for the Western tradition, and illustrates that early modern thinkers from Galileo Galilei to Giambattista Marino were fascinated with instrumental technologies. Learn more here.

Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity: Undergraduate Research Symposium: April 29, Piscataway
The Aresty Research Center invites the university community to the 12th annual universitywide Undergraduate Research Symposium—a celebration of scholarship and creative activity—on April 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. The symposium is a chance for more than 500 undergraduate researchers to present their research to an audience of faculty, friends, and family. Learn more here.