Announcements

May 25, 2016

Bulletin Summer Schedule
In planning your submissions, note that after June 1 the Faculty & Staff Bulletin will be published on alternating Wednesdays through August.

Last Chance to Join 25-Day Revolution
May 25 is the last opportunity to join the 25-Day Revolution and choose to give back to the university in a way that is meaningful to you. Learn here about 10 causes that you may wish to support in celebration of Rutgers’ 250th Anniversary. Help Rutgers continue to be revolutionary. 

Parking Lot Closure on Busch
Parking lot 68 on the Busch Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will be closed permanently starting May 22 to allow for utilities construction and construction of the Richard Weeks Hall of Engineering.

Faculty and Staff Short-Term Apartment Rentals Available
Institutional Planning and Operations offers short-term apartment rentals to faculty and staff who need temporary housing, including visiting and international scholars. Inventory consists of studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments in Highland Park, New Brunswick, and Piscataway (Busch Campus). Apartments are fully furnished and appointed and include utilities, cable television, and internet service. Leases can be as short as one month and as long as one year. Reservations are now being accepted for the summer as well as the new semester. Learn more here or email fshousing@rutgers.edu for more information.

Recruiting Daily Smokers for Paid Research Study
The ABUSA lab (Affective and Biological Underpinnings of Substance Use and Anxiety) in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking individuals interested in quitting smoking to participate in a two-part study that will ask that you abstain from smoking for 24 hours. Total study time is approximately four hours and participants receive a $100 Visa gift card. If interested, contact the ABUSA lab at abusa.rutgers@gmail.com or 848-445-2272.

May 18, 2016

Bulletin Summer Schedule
In planning your submissions, note that after June 1 the Faculty & Staff Bulletin will be published on alternating Wednesdays through August.

Symposium Highlights Diversity and Inclusion-Related Research
The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs recently held a symposium, "Rutgers Scholarship on Diversity and Inclusion: Present Findings and Future Considerations," to support cross-disciplinary research collaborations and highlight the broad spectrum of diversity and inclusion-related scholarship at Rutgers. More than 50 attendees, 41 faculty presenters, 14 schools, and 17 departments and institutes universitywide discussed 29 topics related to current faculty and graduate student research and scholarship on diversity and inclusion. View the Rutgers Diversity and Inclusion Research Directory for more information on symposium themes, presenters, and research. For those interested, note the call for papers by the research portal Diversity Research Institute Journal for the fall 2016 inaugural edition. The submission deadline is June 15. Learn more here

Graduation Special at Rutgers Tech Store: Piscataway
Kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, is hosting a “Graduation Special” through May 28. Included are sales on the 13-inch MacBook Pro, 13-inch Macbook Air, and Macbook Pro with retina display. Additionally, any computer purchase includes a 15 percent discount on any computer accessory. This special is available to faculty, staff, and students. Kite+key is conveniently located at the Plaza bus stop on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Shop kite+key for personal or institutional purchases, in-store or online at https://kiteandkey.rutgers.edu. Contact kite+key at kiteandkey@rutgers.edu and 848-445-1127.

Piano Day with Randall Faber: May 22, New Brunswick
May 22 from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. is Piano Day at the Extension Division of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Piano Day enriches instructors' and music educators' skills throughout a day of intensive workshops with internationally renowned pedagogue Randall Faber, with whom students have the opportunity to participate in the afternoon master class. This event is ideal for music educators, private studio instructors, and college students. Professional development certificates are available upon request. Parking is suggested at the 85 George Street location, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Sakai Summer Webinars: May 23June 23
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology is offering summer training on various tools in the Sakai learning management system. The first half of summer webinar training begins on May 23. The trainings include creating a Sakai course site, managing a Sakai site, utilizing communication tools in Sakai, assignments, and more. Learn more and register here.

May 11, 2016

Help Rutgers Continue to Be Revolutionary
Join the 25-Day Revolution and choose to give back to Rutgers in a way that is meaningful to you. Between now and May 25, learn about 10 causes that you may wish to support in celebration of Rutgers’ 250th Anniversary. Help Rutgers continue to be revolutionary. Learn more here.

Friday's New Brunswick Farmers Market Has Returned
The seasonal Rutgers Farmers Market, featuring locally grown produce, cheese, baked goods, and prepared food, is back every Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rutgers Gardens, New Brunswick, providing easy access for students, faculty, and staff. New this year is an opportunity to purchase a share in Heritage Shellfish’s Community Supported Fishery, entitling the buyer to a series of two-pound servings of seafood, each enough for a two-person meal. Heritage will provide locally grown or responsibly harvested seafood 10 times over 20 weeks. The market is operated through a partnership of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. To become part of the farmers market venture, contact Mary Ann Schrum at schrum@aesop.rutgers.edu. Learn more here.  

Percussion Celebration 2016: May 19, New Brunswick
On May 19 from 5 to 9:30 p.m., attend an evening featuring exceptional high school percussion groups with guest clinician and Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty member Joseph Tompkins, a mass samba band, and more at Shindell Choral Hall, located in Mortensen Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Pre-college percussion ensembles may participate, sharing performance time with other ensembles. Music educators, percussion enthusiasts, and music lovers are also invited to audit this event. Learn more here.

Zimmerli Maintains Regular Hours: through July 31
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, continues its regular hours through July 31. Now is a great time to see an exhibition again or make a museum visit you have been putting off. Also, join the Zimmerli for its next Art After Hours: First Tuesdays on June 7.

May 4, 2016

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.

April 27, 2016

Parents and Babies Wanted for Infant Brain Development Study
The Infancy Studies Laboratory, Rutgers University–Newark, seeks parents and babies younger than 2 for a study of infant brain development. All participants are paid and parents receive a letter about their involvement. Contact Sree Rajendran at babylab@andromeda.rutgers.edu or call 973-353-3953 for additional information. Stop by the Infancy Studies Laboratory booths in New Brunswick and Newark on Rutgers Day to build sand castles, play with bubbles, and learn about your baby's brain. Learn more here.

NJMS Alumni Reunion Weekend
The annual alumni reunion weekend of New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, will be held on June 3 and June 4. This year, the event honors the 55th anniversary of the Class of 1961, the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1966, and the 25th anniversary of the Class of 1991. The June 3 program features morning lectures by Joseph L. Wright, ’83, and Joseph R. Betancourt, ’94. On June 4, an evening gala at the Westin Jersey City Newport Hotel will include award presentations to NJMS faculty members Soly Baredes, chair, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery; Alex Bekker, ’91, chair, Department of Anesthesiology; and Sylvia Christakos, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. For reservations or more information, contact the alumni office at 973-972-6864.

"Spring Concert: French Chansons": April 28, New Brunswick
As part of "French at Rutgers Week" (April 25–April 30), the Department of French, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents "Spring Concert: French Chansons" on April 28 from 2:50 to 4:10 p.m. in Murray Hall, Room 212, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Students of French and students with no knowledge of the language will sing an array of French songs accompanied by music students from the Mason Gross School of the Arts in an hour of fun. Learn more here [PDF].

Register for Webinar for Creating Videos with Kaltura: April 29
Rutgers recently acquired a site license to Kaltura, a video creation and streaming service accessible to all university instructors. Kaltura enables you to create educational videos easily and share them with classes, without needing other software. Because Kaltura is integrated into Sakai, videos can be shared directly from your Sakai account. Attend a webinar on April 29 at 1:30 p.m. to learn how to create and share videos using Kaltura from the Sakai integration and how to access Kaltura outside of Sakai. Rutgers faculty who are interested in learning about Kaltura, but who may not use Sakai regularly, are welcome to participate in the webinar. Learn more and register here.

“Achieving Equality in Health, Health Care, and Society”: May 3, New Brunswick
Larry Temkin, distinguished professor and chair, Department of Philosophy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Meryl Frank, president and CEO, Makeda Global Network, and former U.S. representative to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, present “Achieving Equality in Health, Health Care, and Society: An Ongoing Dialogue,” on May 3 at 4 p.m. in Room 1302, Clinical Academic Building, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, New Brunswick. A reception will follow. This event is the 19th Annual David and Hinna Stahl Memorial Lecture in Bioethics presented by Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Contact evansje1@rwjms.rutgers.edu with questions. Learn more here.

“Reckoning with Post-Holocaust Anti-Semitism in Europe”: May 4, New Brunswick 
Jonathan Judaken, Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities, Rhodes College, presents “Reckoning with Post-Holocaust Anti-Semitism in Europe” on May 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Judaken will discuss the development of post-Holocaust Judeophobia in Europe, including the so called new anti-Semitism. The lecture, free and open to the public, is cosponsored by the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and the Center for European Studies, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Free parking is available behind the student center. Advance registration is requested by emailing csjlrsvp@rci.rutgers.edu or calling 848-932-2033. Learn more here

Online Workshop on Sakai’s Gradebook Tool: May 5
The Office of Instructional Research and Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on May 5 from 10 to 10:30 a.m., participants receive an introduction to the Gradebook tool in Sakai and learn how to set up their Gradebook using points, categories, or weighted categories; enter grades; set extra-credit items; and submit grades to the registrar. Learn more and register here.

“Historical Origins of Racial Criminalization and Mass Incarceration”: May 5, Newark
Join the School of Social Work for “Historical Origins of Racial Criminalization and Mass Incarceration” by Khalil G. Muhammad, director, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, on May 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark. Refreshments will be served and 1 nonclinical CEU will be provided. This is the annual William Neal Brown Endowed Lecture established to honor Brown’s work, commitment to social justice, and legacy at Rutgers. Learn more and register here.

"Metabolism in Action": May 5, Piscataway
The Department of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, presents Joshua D. Rabinowitz, professor of chemistry and integrative genomics, Princeton University’s Lewis-Siglar Institute for Integrative Genomics, to discuss "Metabolism in Action" on May 5 at 4 p.m. in the main auditorium, RWJMS Research Tower, Piscataway. The event is the annual George and Lily Boxer Memorial Lecture. A reception will follow in the Great Hall. For more information, contact Dorothy Hatcher at hatched@rutgers.edu.

Final Information Session for Pre-College Summer Scholars: May 17, New Brunswick 
Applications are being accepted for the 2016 Summer Scholars Program, an opportunity for motivated students to prepare for college and earn credits that may be applied toward their undergraduate degree. Youngsters 16 or older with a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade-point average may apply to take up to two college courses. Younger students will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will also require standardized test scores and an interview. The final information session for the program will be held on May 17 at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room in the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more and apply here.

April 20, 2016

RSDM Celebrates Opening of Dental Specialty Center
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark, celebrated the grand opening of its dental specialty center, which integrates state-of-the-art patient care, on April 19. At the new center—completed with $10 million in state funding—postgraduate students will work with faculty members in five specialties, including orthodontics, periodontics, and endodontics. The center, which cost $13 million, including $3 million in funds to match the state grant, features the latest technology for teaching and collaborative, practice-based research, bolstering RSDM’s standing as a front-runner in dental education, Dean Cecile Feldman said. Learn more here.

Think Our Revolutionary Spirit for Use at Conferences and Workshops
Looking for a way to introduce Rutgers at a conference, workshop, or other event? Consider presenting Our Revolutionary Spirit, a short film produced for the university’s 250th anniversary year. The film is available as a full-length 11-minute version and as individual one- to three-minute segments featuring individuals significant in Rutgers history. View the film and the segments on YouTube. To receive a version for showing at events, complete the video request form.

Recruiting Daily Smokers for Paid Research Study
The ABUSA lab (Affective and Biological Underpinnings of Substance Use and Anxiety) in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking individuals interested in quitting smoking to participate in a two-part study that will ask that you abstain from smoking for 24 hours. Total study time is approximately four hours and participants receive a $100 Visa gift card. If interested, contact the ABUSA lab at abusa.rutgers@gmail.com or 848-445-2272.

"Women and Creativity House" Student Exhibition: April 20–May 2, New Brunswick
View a collection of works from "Women and Creativity House," a year-long course of creative expression, identity, and visual communication of women at the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, from April 20 to May 2 at Douglass Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. On April 25, the center hosts the Douglass Global Village Student Showcase and exhibition reception from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, and from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Douglass Library. Learn more here

Online Workshop on Sakai’s Gradebook Tool: April 27
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on April 27 from 2 to 2:30 p.m., participants receive an introduction to the Gradebook tool in Sakai and learn how to set up their Gradebook using points, categories, or weighted categories; enter grades; set extra-credit items; and submit grades to the registrar. Learn more and register here.

Bhakti Club’s Annual Sacred Sounds Concert: April 28, New Brunswick
The Bhakti Club, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents its annual Sacred Sounds, a free musical meditation concert with a variety of cultural vegan foods, on April 28 at 8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Join world-renowned yogi and spiritual leader Radhanath Swami alongside kirtan bands Gaura Vani and the Mayapuris for an electrifying evening of musical meditations, exotic drumming, entrancing dance, and free cultural food. Learn more here.

IWL Hosts Introduction of Junctures in Women's Leadership Books: May 2, New Brunswick
Join the Institute for Women’s Leadership, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, for the introduction of Social Movements and Business, the first two books in the eight-volume Junctures in Women's Leadership series, on May 2 at 2 p.m. in the conference room of the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Rutgers–New Brunswick. For those who study, teach, or practice leadership, these books offer a bold and useful analysis of women's experiences. Learn more here.

April 13, 2016

Master's in Global Sports Business to Launch in Fall
The Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will launch a multidisciplinary M.S. program in global sports business in the fall 2016, aimed at preparing students to become leaders in the global sports industry. The curriculum, designed to train students for careers in all industry sectors, consists of 12 3-credit courses, a 3-credit internship, and a 1-credit continuing colloquium of speakers. Staff and faculty will include prominent sports industry leaders drawing from their own expertise and experience to prepare students for success. Learn more here or email ab.gsb@rutgers.edu.

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.

Young Scholars in Discrete Mathematics: July
Rutgers’ Young Scholars Program in Discrete Mathematics, now in its 26th year, provides highly motivated high school students a challenging four-week summer introduction to discrete mathematics—a growing area of the mathematical sciences with many applications on the cutting edge of modern research. The 2016 program will be offered on weekdays from July 5 through July 29 on the Busch Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more and apply here.

Faculty and Staff Discount at CCLC
The Creative Child Learning Centers (CCLC) in Piscataway and Newark, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, offer a tuition discount to faculty and staff. CCLC provides services for children up to age 12, including infants, and also offers summer camp. Facilities are open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Learn more here [PDF].

Lectures from British Studies Center: April 13 and April 18, New Brunswick
The Rutgers British Studies Center, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a talk by Alexandra Walsham titled “The Fanatique Rage of the Late Times: Iconoclasm, Reputation, and Memory in the British Civil Wars” on April 13 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Van Dyck Hall, Room 301, Rutgers–New Brunswick. A reception follows. Walsham's books include Providence in Early Modern England, Charitable Hatred: Tolerance and Intolerance in England 15001700, and The Reformation of the Landscape: Religion, Identity and Memory in Early Modern Britain and Ireland. On April 18 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in Murray Hall, Room 302, the Rutgers British Studies Center and the Nineteenth Century Group present “On the Move: Writing a Family History of the English Poor in the Nineteenth Century,” a talk by literary historian and public intellectual Alison Light, honorary professor in English at University College, London, and the author of Forever England: Femininity, Literature, and Conservatism Between the Wars, Mrs. Woolf and the Servants, and Common People: The History of an English Family. Light's work has redefined the fields of literary criticism, social history, and, most recently, memoir. Common People, from which her talk will be drawn, has been celebrated in the New York Times book review for “its triumphant demonstration of the interplay between individual lives and the somber backcloth of economic circumstance." A reception follows.

SHRP Colloquium Series on Research in Psychiatric Rehabilitation: April 15, Scotch Plains
On April 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at its Scotch Plains location, Room 330, the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions, School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, presents Emmy Tiderington, assistant professor, Rutgers School of Social Work, and associate faculty, Rutgers’ Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research. Tiderington will discuss “The Dilemmas of Permanency and Accountability: A Qualitative Investigation of Barriers to and Facilitators of Recovery-Oriented Practice in Supportive Housing” as part of the school's Colloquium Series on Research in Psychiatric Rehabilitation. For more information, email debbie.rich@rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

Brass Day at Mason Gross: April 17, New Brunswick
Brass Day on April 17 at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, features Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty members and members of the New York Philharmonic in master classes for precollege students, performances by Rutgers collegiate chamber ensembles, and the annual brass bash concert featuring a selection to be performed by all Brass Day participants and Mason Gross faculty. Learn more and register here.

Rutgers Mingus Band and Rutgers Jazz Ensemble: April 18 and April 22, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents two performances at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick: the music of bassist and bandleader Charles Mingus, featuring selections from the album Me, Myself, an Eye, with tenor saxophonist and alumnus Abe Burton leading the ensemble, on April 18 at 7:30 p.m.; and the Rutgers Jazz Ensemble I, featuring guest trombone virtuoso Michael Dease, on April 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: alumni, employees, and seniors, $10; students, $5; general public, $15. 

Online Sakai Workshop: April 19
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. An online workshop on April 19 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. introduces participants to Sakai’s tests and quizzes tool, teaching them how to create an online assessment from scratch or by mark-up text, create question pools, review scores, and manage settings. Learn more and register here.

Effective Science Communication: April 21, Piscataway
Gain insight into effective communication about scientific issues on April 21 at 6 p.m. at the Cook Student Center, Room 202, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, from a roundtable discussion featuring Emmanuel Vincent, Center for Climate Communication, University of California, Merced; and Rutgers–New Brunswick’s Lauren Feldman, assistant professor, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information; and Mary Nucci, assistant research professor, and Rachael Shwom, assistant professor, both Department of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Pizza will be served. The event is cosponsored by the Rutgers Climate Institute; Department of Environmental Sciences; Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; Cook Campus dean; and Environmental Sciences Graduate Student Association. RSVP by 5 p.m. on April 18 and learn more here.

April 6, 2016

Special Parking Hangtags Needed for All Vehicles on Commencement Day
With more than 40,000 attendees expected at the university’s 250th Anniversary Commencement at Rutgers University–New Brunswick on May 15, parking will be limited. All faculty, staff, graduates, and their guests who plan to be on campus that day must register for a free parking hangtag. On Commencement Day, university-issued parking permits used throughout the year will not be valid for parking in Piscataway and New Brunswick, even for those wishing to access their offices or labs. Graduating students can register now through April 17 to receive up to two free parking hangtags for themselves and their guests. Special-needs parking hangtag registration is available now through May 2 for guests who require accommodations due to a disability, health issues, or mobility challenges and find it difficult to walk long distances.

Paid parking registration for additional vehicles will be available from 10 a.m. on April 18 through 10 a.m. on May 2. Hangtags are $5 each. Commencement Day paid parking without registration is available at cash parking lots on the Livingston Campus and free on-street parking is available on the College Avenue Campus, with complimentary shuttle bus service to High Point Solutions Stadium offered to all. Learn more and register here.

Rutgers Unite Half Marathon: April 17, New Brunswick
Register now for the seventh annual Rutgers Unite Half Marathon on April 17, when more than 6,000 runners—elite through novice—race over a 13.1-mile course and through the New Brunswick campus. An important aspect of the event is fundraising. The Rutgers Unite Half Marathon partners with many organizations to raise money for national and local initiatives. Race manager CGI Racing has donated more than $150,000 to local charities and student organizations since the race began. The UNITE for Charity program allows you to participate and support a favorite cause. Learn more and register here.

Faculty and Staff Short-Term Apartment Rentals for September 2016
Institutional Planning and Operations offers short-term apartment rentals to faculty and staff who need temporary housing, including visiting and international scholars. Inventory consists of studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments in Highland Park, New Brunswick, and Piscataway (Busch Campus). Apartments are fully furnished and appointed and include utilities, cable television, and internet service. Leases can be as short as one month and as long as one year. Reservations are now being accepted for September. Learn more here or email fshousing@rutgers.edu for more information.

Recruiting Daily Smokers for Paid Research Study
The ABUSA lab (Affective and Biological Underpinnings of Substance Use and Anxiety) in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking individuals interested in quitting smoking to participate in a two-part study that will ask that you abstain from smoking for 24 hours. Total study time is approximately four hours and participants receive a $100 Visa gift card. If interested, contact the ABUSA lab at abusa.rutgers@gmail.com or 848-445-2272.

Transportation Survey
Institutional Planning and Operations is conducting its annual transportation survey to help improve services at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Rutgers University–Newark, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences locations in New Brunswick, Piscataway, and Newark. Complete the survey and provide your feedback here

CCA Seeks Working Group Proposals
The Center for Cultural Analysis (CCA), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, invites proposals from faculty members who wish to form a working group for the 2016–17 academic year. The CCA supports three to five working groups at any given time, providing funding for working materials, speakers, and small-scale colloquia, as well as administrative support, publicity, and the use of CCA facilities. Proposals should be one-two pages and must be submitted by April 22 to info@cca.rutgers.edu.

Rutgers and American Slavery: A History: April 6, Piscataway
Craig Wilder, historian of American institutions and professor of history at MIT, discusses his book, Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America’s Universities, on April 6 at 7 p.m. at Livingston Hall, Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. The book lays bare uncomfortable truths about race, slavery, and the American academy and examines the ties of many of America's revered colleges and universities—including Rutgers—to slavery. Wilder’s talk will be followed by a question and answer session. The event is sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Drop-In Day at Mason Gross: April 9, New Brunswick
The Extension Division at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts drop-in days to allow prospective students opportunities to observe classes, private lessons, and ensembles, plus particular instructors and programs in action, before registering or scheduling a trial lesson. Check here for the opportunities to observe during the next drop-in day, April 9. 

Online Sakai Workshops: April 11 and April 15
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on April 11 from 2 to 2:30 p.m., participants receive an introduction to the assignments tools in Sakai and learn how to create an assignment, review submissions, provide feedback, and grade assignments. In an online workshop on April 15 from 10:30 to 11 a.m., participants receive an introduction to the discussion forum tool in Sakai and learn how to set up forums, set permissions, reply to posts, and grade posts. Learn more and register here.

Writers House Presents Mark Doty and Belinda McKeon: April 13, New Brunswick
Mark Doty, professor of English, and Belinda McKeon, assistant teaching professor, Writers House, Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, present a reading on April 13 from 8 to 11 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Doty is the author of nine books of poetry, including My Alexandria and his most recent, Deep Lane. McKeon has published two award-winning novels, Solace and Tender. This event is free and open to the public. The reading will be followed by a book signing and a dessert reception.

Celebrating Easter: April 14, New Brunswick
Catholic faculty and staff are invited to attend "Celebrating Easter," reflection and luncheon, on April 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Catholic Center, Rutgers Universty–New Brunswick. RSVP to Colleen at coldon@rci.rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

Next PEP Panel: April 15, New Brunswick
The next panel of the Public Engagement Project (PEP), which provides skills training for university social science and humanities graduate students and faculty who wish to write for broader audiences, will be held on April 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Teleconference Lecture Hall in Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The theme of the panel is “Developing an Online Presence—Websites, Social Media, and Blogging for Academics.” PEP is funded by the Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Register for the panel and learn more here.

March 30, 2016

Save the Date: Remembering Students: April 19, New Brunswick
Join the memorial gathering to remember students who passed away this year on April 19 at 1 p.m. in the Winants Hall Conference Room, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Members of the extended Rutgers community who have experienced loss are welcome to join in this time of reflection.

Rutgers and American Slavery: A History: April 6, Piscataway
Craig Wilder, historian of American institutions and professor of history at MIT, discusses his book, Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America’s Universities, on April 6 at 7 p.m. at Livingston Hall, Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. The book lays bare uncomfortable truths about race, slavery, and the American academy and examines the ties of many of America's revered colleges and universities—including Rutgers—to slavery. Wilder’s talk will be followed by a question and answer session. The event is sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

REI Seminar Series: Alternative Fuels and Energy Technologies through the Lens of Military Practicality: April 1, New Brunswick
As part of its energy policy seminar series, the Rutgers Energy Institute hosts Bret Strogen, energy innovation analyst, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Operational Energy, on April 1 at 10:30 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. He will discuss “Alternative Fuels and Energy Technologies through the Lens of Military Practicality.” Learn more here.

Latin@ Studies Working Group Symposium and Fundraiser: April 2, Newark
On April 2, from 1 to 6 p.m., the Latin@ Studies Working Group, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, hosts a free symposium at 15 Washington Street, Room 201, that will examine the history of Latina and Puerto Rican culture in New York and New Jersey from the late 19th century to the 1970s; explore the causes and consequences of the 1974 Puerto Rican riots; and extol the richness of Newark’s 350-year history. Following the symposium, a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the New Jersey Hispanic Youth Showcase and a fundraiser for the showcase and the Miguel Estremera Scholarship Fund will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. The suggested donation for the celebration is $30 for nonstudents and includes buffet and dancing. The suggested donation for students with valid ID is $20. Learn more here.

The Apostle Paul and the Rabbis: April 4, New Brunswick 
Paul, the most influential follower of Jesus, played a pivotal role in the establishment of Christianity as a world religion. The rabbis, in contrast, worked to reinterpret Jewish practice after the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE. Ishay Rosen-Zvi, head of the Talmud and Late Antiquity Section, Department of Hebrew Culture Studies, Tel Aviv University, will present a novel approach to the relationship between Paul and the rabbis, suggesting that some early rabbinic debates were shaped by, and responses to, Paul's view in a free public lecture on April 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Brower Commons, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The event is presented by the Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life. Seating is limited. RSVP to csjlrsvp@rci.rutgers.edu or call 848-932-2033. Learn more here.

GSE Information Session for Employees: April 5, New Brunswick
Attend an information session at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on April 5 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. to learn more about doctoral and master’s programs for individuals currently working in the field of higher education, including Ph.D.'s in higher education; doctorates in education with concentrations in design of learning environments; education, culture, and society; and educational leadership; and master’s programs in adult and continuing education; college student affairs; counseling psychology; educational leadership; learning, cognition, and development; and social and philosophical foundations of education. RSVP by April 1 and learn more here.

Gaypril Opening Ceremonies Featuring The Prancing Elites: April 5, New Brunswick
Featured on their own Oxygen TV show, The Prancing Elites, members of this gay and gender nonconforming dance/cheer team will share their talent and stories with the #RULGBTQA community on April 5 at 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The event is open to the public; no tickets are required. Free food will be served. Learn more here.

Online Workshop on Sakai’s Lessons Tool: April 6
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on April 6 from 10 to 10:30 a.m., participants receive an introduction to the Lessons tool in Sakai, learning how to create a Lessons page, add content, set prerequisites, and maximize the benefits of these pages. Learn more and register here.

Social Topography of the Rural Community in Early Modern England: April 7, New Brunswick
The Rutgers British Studies Center, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a lecture by Steve Hindle, Huntington Library director of research, on April 7 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Murray Hall, Room 302, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Historians of early modern England have become adept at reconstructing the social distribution of wealth and power in rural communities. Much less is known, however, about the spatiality of social relations in the English village. Hindle uses a distinct combination of sources to map the patterns of employment, welfare, and sociability in a well-documented Warwickshire parish. Learn more here.

Drop-In Day at Mason Gross: April 9, New Brunswick
The Extension Division at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts drop-in days to allow prospective students opportunities to observe classes, private lessons, and ensembles, plus particular instructors and programs in action, before registering or scheduling a trial lesson. Check here for the opportunities to observe during the next drop-in day, April 9. 

Rutgers–Newark Research Week: April 1114
The Graduate School, Rutgers University–Newark, announces Research Week 2016 to recognize its outstanding research and innovation and to generate stimulating discussion. The week’s schedule: April 11: Undergraduate and Graduate Student Poster Presentations; April 12: Newark public school students visit; April 13: Research symposium presentations by students and alumni panel presentations on diversity in STEM and Rutgers–Newark’s Minority Biomedical Research Support Program; and April 14: Gender Diversity in Research. Check times and learn more here [PDF].

At RWJMS, Gould Lecture in Molecular and Cellular Medicine: April 14, New Brunswick
Thomas C. Südhof, Avram Goldstein Professor, Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Stanford School of Medicine, will deliver the Kenneth S. and Audrey S. Gould Lecture in Molecular and Cellular Medicine on April 14 at noon in Conference Room 1302, Clinical Academic Building, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, New Brunswick, hosted by the Child Health Institute of New Jersey. His topic: “How Understanding the Molecular Logic of Neural Circuits May Help Understanding Autism.” For information, contact Kathleen Semler at 732-235-9324 or kathleen.semler@rutgers.edu. Check shuttle bus service here.

RutgersCamden: Celebration of Graduate Research and Creative Activities: April 25
The Graduate School, Rutgers University–Camden, holds its first “Celebration of Graduate Research and Creative Activities,” part of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ new Research Week, on April 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Camden Campus Center. Learn more here.

March 23, 2016

Funding Opportunities at Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies
The Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, announced that it will fund two pilot research projects (each at $25,000 for one year) by faculty who are at least assistant professor, and two pilot applied and community outreach programs (each at $15,000 for one year) open to all faculty. The goal of the research projects is to facilitate new intradepartmental, multidisciplinary research collaborations, leading to extramural funding. Review the applications guidelines and how to apply for the research projects here. The goal of the applied and community outreach programs is to facilitate new intradepartmental, multidisciplinary collaborations in health-related fields, also leading to extramural funding. Review the application guidelines for the applied and community outreach projects and apply here.

Note the Poison Control Helpline Number at NJPIES
The third week in March is annually designated National Poison Prevention Week to raise awareness about the burden of poisoning—a leading cause of injury-related deaths in this country—and specific ways to prevent it. If the unexpected happens, immediately call the poison helpline (1-800-222-1222) at New Jersey Poison Information and Education System (NJPIES), a division of the Department of Emergency Medicine at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. NJPIES is New Jersey’s only poison control center. Anything can be a poison if it’s used in the wrong way, in the wrong amount, or by the wrong person. Poisonings happen anywhere and to anyone, involving many substances. You are advised, as a precaution, to program the poison helpline number into your cell phone and post it somewhere visible in your home and office. Learn more here [PDF]. 

Register Now for April–June HR Learning and Development Programs
University Human Resources Learning and Development offers all full-time faculty and staff more than 50 different free, open-registration programs and learning opportunities each semester on a broad range of topics, including management, supervision, communication, interpersonal skills, planning, and performance management. Register now for April through June sessions. All programs combine structured experiences, small and large group discussions and activities, and additional resources that complement course learning. Self-study materials and online presentations are also available. Custom programming may be requested to meet unique departmental needs. Learn more and register here

Recruiting Daily Smokers for Paid Research Study
The ABUSA lab (Affective and Biological Underpinnings of Substance Use and Anxiety) in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking individuals interested in quitting smoking to participate in a two-part study that will ask that you abstain from smoking for 24 hours. Total study time is approximately four hours and participants receive a $100 Visa gift card. If interested, contact the ABUSA lab at abusa.rutgers@gmail.com or 848-445-2272.

Construction at Bevier and Taylor Roads Intersection: Piscataway
Due to the installation of new chilled water lines associated with the construction project near the Wright Rieman Laboratories in Piscataway, the pedestrian walkway at the intersection of Bevier and Taylor Roads has been shifted several feet for approximately the next six weeks. Detour signs direct pedestrians around the excavation. 

Contributions of Jewish Scholars to Islamic Studies: March 28, New Brunswick
From the 1830s to the 1930s, Jewish scholars played a major role in the development of the nascent field of Islamic studies in Europe, describing Islam in highly positive terms as the religion closest to Judaism. Susannah Heschel, chair of the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth College, will discuss their contributions to the field and the influence of their studies on modern Jewish self-understanding at a public lecture on March 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presented by the Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life. Learn more here.

RU Sustainable Symposium: March 31, Piscataway
The Rutgers University Sustainability Committee invites faculty, staff, and students from all campuses to attend the university’s first Sustainability Symposium on March 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. This is a free event, including complimentary lunch, to demonstrate what the university is doing to be sustainable and how the university community can get involved. To attend in person, register by March 25 at 5 p.m. You can also participate via livestream. Learn more and register here.  

Charity Hockey at Prudential Center: NJMS vs. RSDM: April 8, Newark
Make plans to watch Rutgers' New Jersey Medical School battle Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in their annual charity hockey game, this year benefiting the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, on April 8 at 7 p.m. at the Prudential Center, Newark. Since 1983, Emmanuel Cancer Foundation has helped more than 1,700 New Jersey families manage their struggles with pediatric cancer. Learn more and donate here.

RWJMS Scholarship Gala: April 9, New Brunswick
Attend the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Alumni Association’s sixth annual scholarship gala on April 9 at 6 p.m. at The Heldrich, New Brunswick. The event honors distinguished alumni, faculty, and supporters, and several classes will celebrate milestone anniversaries. For reservations, call 732-729-4670 or visit TheHeldrich.com. For additional information or class lists to contact others to encourage a strong turnout, contact Roberta Ribner, alumni affairs coordinator, at ribnerrs@rwjms.rutgers.edu or 732-235-6310. Learn more here.

Third Annual Comic Con: April 9, Camden
Join the celebration of comics, fantasy, and pop culture at the third annual Camden Comic Con, cohosted by Rutgers University–Camden Center for the Arts and the Art Students League, on April 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Camden Athletic and Fitness Center, Rutgers–Camden. The event features such guest creators and artists as Bob McLeod, panel discussions, live music, and family-friendly activities. Peruse comics, pick up rare issues, and celebrate the love of all things nerdy. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Save the Dates: Mason Gross Extension Division Events
Mark your calendar for the following events presented by the Extension Division of Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick: Drop-In Day, April 9; Brass Day, April 17; Rutgers Youth Percussion Celebration, May 19; Piano Day, May 22; and Orchestra Day, June 5. Learn more and register here.

Information Session for Pre-College Summer Scholars: April 20, Piscataway 
Applications are being accepted for the 2016 Summer Scholars Program, an opportunity for motivated students to prepare for college and earn credits that may be applied toward their undergraduate degree. Youngsters 16 or older with a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade-point average may apply to take up to two college courses. Younger students will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will also require standardized test scores and an interview. An information session for the program will be held on April 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room in the Busch Student Center, Piscataway. Learn more and apply here.