Academic Sphere

February 10, 2016

9th MaGrann Symposium: "Hazards in Context": March 2, Piscataway
The 9th MaGrann symposium, “Hazards in Context,” honoring the research and scholarship of James K. Mitchell, professor, Department of Geography, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will be held on March 2 at the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. Mitchell's work has emphasized the hazard characteristics of contingency, uncertainty, ambiguity, and surprise. These and other themes are explored through keynote addresses and panel presentations. Speakers include leading figures and junior scholars in the field of natural hazards, many of whom are Mitchell’s former students and valued colleagues. The event is free but registration is required. Register and learn more here.

NJEDge’s “Gamification": March 10, Piscataway
Faculty and staff are invited to attend NJEDge’s daylong “Gamification” on March 10 at the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway, for an exploration of board games, maker spaces, virtual worlds, commercial video games, serious games, and simulations that engage students, promote learning, and foster critical thinking. NJEDge.Net provides collaborative resources and networked information services in support of teaching and learning, research and development, outreach, and public service, as well as economic development throughout New Jersey. Attendees are reminded to bring their laptops. Expert gamers will help attendees navigate through role-playing, strategy techniques, poll-taking, and other interactive options. Register here.

February 3, 2016

Register for UBHC’s 10th Annual Best Practices Conference
Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care’s 10th Annual Best Practices Conference—“Mental Health and Addiction Treatment: The Serenity to Integrate, the Courage Not to, and the Wisdom to Know the Difference”—will be held on April 7 at the Pines Manor, Edison. The conference brings together mental health and addiction professionals to examine and discuss the need for the mental health community to integrate services for patients with both addiction and mental illness. Learn more and register here.

Fulbright Scholar Program Workshop for Pursuing Grants: March 7, New Brunswick
To increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries, the Fulbright Scholar Program offers U.S. faculty and administrators grants to lecture, conduct research, and participate in seminars around the world. The 2017–2018 Fulbright Scholars Program catalog is now open. On March 7, the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a workshop from 4 to 6 p.m. to discuss successful application strategies and finding the appropriate award to pursue. Qualified faculty and staff can RSVP for this event here. Learn more here.

Colloquia at SHRP's Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions: Scotch Plains
Join the Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions Department, School of Health Related Professions (SHRP), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), for three colloquia at SHRP’s Scotch Plains location: March 18, with Thomas Bartholomew, director, State Hospital Project, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions; April 15, with Emmy Tiderington, assistant professor, School of Social Work, and associate faculty, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, RBHS; and June 17, with Amy B. Spagnolo, director, Master’s of Science in Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions. For more information, contact Amy Spagnolo at amy.spagnolo@shrp.rutgers.edu.

January 27, 2016

Eagleton Workshop: "When Does Science Influence Policy?": February 5, 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 February 5 beginning at 9 a.m. titled "When Does Science Influence Policy?" Stuart Shapiro, associate professor and director of the Public Policy Program at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, will discuss research findings from his new book, Analysis and Public Policy: Successes, Failures and Directions for Reform, and lead an interactive policy exercise regarding the recent FDA approval of genetically engineered salmon. Guest experts will participate as policy advisers and discuss their career experiences. Register and learn more here.

January 20, 2016

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December 16, 2015

IRW Accepting Applicants for Interdisciplinary Seminar: "Feminist In/Security"
The Institute for Research on Women, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, announces its 20th annual interdisciplinary seminar, “Feminist In/Security: Vulnerability, Securitization, and States of Crisis,” and invites faculty and advanced graduate student applicants whose projects explore aspects of that theme. Such projects may examine any time period(s) or geographical location(s) and be rooted in any disciplinary or interdisciplinary approach. The application deadline is January 29. Learn more about applying here [PDF].

New Books Published
Patrick M. Foye, professor and interim chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the author of a new book, Tailbone Pain Relief Now!, in which the founder and medical director of the Tailbone Pain Center at NJMS addresses causes and treatments for tailbone pain.

William C. Gause, associate dean of research, New Jersey Medical School, is an editor of a new book, The Th2 Type Immune Response in Health and Disease: From Host Defense and Allergy to Metabolic Homeostasis and Beyond, in which leading researchers in this field discuss the latest findings and emerging concepts, providing an intellectual framework that can be used as a basis for new discoveries and potentially new treatments for diseases associated with inflammation.

November 18, 2015

"The Worlds of William Penn": November 19 and 20, New Brunswick
The Rutgers British Studies Center, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a conference, “The Worlds of William Penn,” on November 19 and November 20 at Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The conference begins at 2:45 p.m. on November 19 and concludes at 5:45 p.m. on November 20. No registration is required. Coffee and light snacks will be available. Learn more here.

At Eagleton: "Advocating for Science—How to Inform and Persuade Politicians": December 4, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, in collaboration with several partners in the sciences, hosts a half-day Eagleton science and politics workshop on December 4 at 9 a.m. titled “Advocating for Science—How to Inform and Persuade Politicians.” The workshop includes keynote remarks by former New Jersey Congressman Rush D. Holt, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and a training component led by Joanne Padrón Carney, director, AAAS Office of Government Relations. Register and learn more here.

Flavors, Fragrances, and Perception Symposium: December 7, New Brunswick
The Center for Sensory Sciences and Innovation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a one-day symposium offering cutting-edge science and insights into emerging trends in the chemosensory sciences and related fields on December 7 at Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Topics range from aroma/flavor chemistry to consumer perceptions and health implications of aromas and flavors. Posters and tabletop demonstrations will be available for viewing. Faculty/student poster submissions accepted. Learn more here.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Colloquium: December 18, Scotch Plains
Attend the colloquium on psychiatric rehabilitation on December 18 at 10 a.m. at the Scotch Plains location of the School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Derek Malenczak, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions and the Integrated Employment Institute, will present “From Cognitive Specialist to Instructor: How Teaching Cognitive Remediation Has Helped Me Better Understand Barriers That Exist in the Classroom.” Learn more here.

November 11, 2015

School of NursingCamden's Distinguished Nursing Lecture: November 11
Join Phoebe Haddon, chancellor, Rutgers University–Camden, and Joanne P. Robinson, dean, School of Nursing–Camden, for the school’s fourth annual Distinguished Nursing Lecture on November 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Camden Campus Center. Mary Lou Manning, president of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, discusses "Global Infectious Disease." Register here.

250SEBS Presents “Exploring the Anthropocene: The Age of Us": November 12, New Brunswick
The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents its Executive Dean's 250th Anniversary Public Lecture on November 12 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Andrew Revkin, who has reported on science and the environment for The New York Times and is currently the Pace University senior fellow for environmental understanding, will present “Exploring the Anthropocene: The Age of Us.” A reception will follow. The event is cosponsored by the Rutgers Climate Institute, Rutgers Energy Institute, G.H.Cook Campus Dean, Department of Journalism and Media Studies at the School of Communication and Information, Department of Human Ecology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Environmental Science and Engineering Club, Meteorology Club, Oceanography Club, Naturalists Club, Rutgers Fossil Fuel Divestment, and Students for Environmental Awareness. Learn more here.

First RutgersX-Accelerating Food Entrepreneurs Conference: November 16, New Brunswick
Rutgers’ Food Innovation Center hosts its first RutgersX-Accelerating Food Entrepreneurs Conference on November 16 at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Nine entrepreneurs will pitch their food businesses to potential investors and strategic partners. Learn about food trends from a panel of food industry executives and hear what investors are looking for in a startup during a roundtable with international experts. A special $30 rate is available for faculty and staff. Learn more and register here.

Register by November 16 for Rutgers Climate Institute Annual Symposium
Register by November 16 for the Rutgers Climate Institute’s annual symposium, "Climate Change and Polar Regions," on November 20 at the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. The symposium features a keynote address by Jennifer Francis, professor in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, entitled "Crazier Weather and the Arctic Meltdown: Are They Connected?"; a distinguished panel of scientists; a poster session; and lunch. The event is intended to stimulate interaction and foster collaboration among natural and social science researchers and students interested in climate change in the greater tristate region. Admission is free but registration is required. Learn more and register here.

International Society of Exposure Science Fall Meeting: December 3, New Brunswick
Discuss issues related to environmental health in the tristate area with researchers, members of the industrial community, regulators, and community members at the fall meeting of the tristate chapter of the International Society of Exposure Science on December 3 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Robert Laumbach, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Isela Ramirez, Ironbound Community Corporation, will offer presentations on the health impacts of transportation and goods movement on the local community. Learn more and register here

November 4, 2015

Register Now for "History of Rutgers" Online Course
Learn about Rutgers’ rich history and remarkable past in a 3-credit online course taught by Rutgers historians Paul G.E. Clemens, author of Rutgers Since 1945: A History of the State University of New Jersey, and Rudolph Bell. Each week opens with interviews, visual presentations, and selected readings on a major theme in the university's history, from its beginnings in 1766 as a small college for prospective ministers to its status as a major research university. Register for the spring semester class before December 15. Learn more here.

"The Causes and Consequences of the 2014 Oil Price Crash": November 9, New Brunswick
On November 9 at 1:30 p.m., the Rutgers Energy Institute hosts an energy policy seminar, “The Causes and Consequences of the 2014 Oil Price Crash,” with Jason Bordoff, professor of professional practice in international and public affairs and founding director of the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University, in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, G.H. Cook Campus. Learn more here.

“To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation”: November 10, New Brunswick 
Global humanitarian, medical anthropologist, and physician Paul Farmer, known for his commitment to improving health care for the world's poorest people, presents “To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation” on November 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the College Avenue Gym, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Farmer is the Kolokotrones University Professor and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School; chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women's Hospital; and the United Nations special adviser to the Secretary-General on Community-Based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti. This program is sponsored by the Honors College in partnership with the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs and the Office of Global Health, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Learn more here or call 848-932-0990.​

Symposium to Honor Memory of Paul Lioy: November 12, New Brunswick
As a tribute to the late Paul J. Lioy, a daylong symposium focusing on environmental health research will be held on November 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Piscataway. A continental breakfast will be provided at 9 a.m. Lioy, professor and internationally recognized researcher, passed away in July 2015. RSVP to Teresa Boutillette. Learn more here.

“A Neural Mechanism for Reasoning from Sequential Samples”: November 17, Piscataway
The Distinguished Lecture Series of the Joint Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Association, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, hosts Michael Shadlen, professor, Department of Neuroscience and Kavli Institute for Brain Science at Columbia University School of Medicine, to present “A Neural Mechanism for Reasoning from Sequential Samples” on November 17 at 4 p.m. in the RWJMS Research Tower, Piscataway. Learn more here.

October 28, 2015

SHRP Presents "The Role of Social Cognitive Career Theory and Recovery Variables in Supported Employment Success for Individuals with Psychiatric Conditions": November 4, Scotch Plains 
The Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions at the School of Health Related Professions (SHRP), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, hosts a colloquium, "The Role of Social Cognitive Career Theory and Recovery Variables in Supported Employment Success for Individuals with Psychiatric Conditions," on November 4 from 10 a.m. to noon at SHRP's Scotch Plains location. Refreshments will be served. Learn more here.

October 21, 2015

Nancy Fiedler Presents "Neurodevelopmental Consequences of Pesticide Exposure": October 27, Piscataway
The Center for Global Public Health Seminar Series at the School of Public Health (SPH), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, presents “Neurodevelopmental Consequences of Pesticide Exposure: A Worldwide Health Risk” with Nancy Fiedler on October 27 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at SPH, Room 1A/B, Piscataway. Fiedler, professor of environmental and occupational medicine at Rutgers Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, will present data from studies conducted in Thailand documenting exposures among Thai farm children, adaptation of methods to evaluate neurobehavioral performance, and the challenges involved in evaluating health effects of neurotoxicants when biomarkers of chronic exposure are lacking. A light lunch will be served.

Policy, Advocacy Lessons Learned from Child Migration Crisis: October 29, Camden
On October 29 from 12:30 to 2 p.m., the Center on Violence Against Women and Children at the School of Social Work, in partnership with Rutgers Law School; the Center for Migration and the Global City, Rutgers University–Newark; the Center for Latino Arts and Culture, Rutgers–New Brunswick; and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society Pennsylvania, presents a panel discussion at the law school about the U.S. government’s response to the arrival of large numbers of unaccompanied children fleeing their homes in Central America. Topics will include the national policy and advocacy challenges raised by the crisis and the lessons learned. Speakers include Jennifer Nagda, policy director, Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, and Megan McKenna, communications director, Kids in Need of Defense. Register and learn more here.

Inaugural Greg Lastowka Memorial Project Event: November 2, Camden
As the inaugural event in the Greg Lastowka Memorial Project, the Rutgers Institute for Information Policy and Law and Rutgers Law School at Rutgers University–Camden present Dan Hunter, dean of the Swinburne University of Technology School of Law, to discuss “Playing Well, the Intellectual Property of LEGO,” on November 2 at 4 p.m. at the law school complex, Room 103, followed by a reception on the bridge. The memorial project is designed to provide innovative presentations that reflect Lastowka’s inquiry into how people innovate, create, and produce cultural capital through playful exploration. RSVP and earn more here.

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