Announcements

June 15, 2016

Alexander Library Closed June 16 until 1 p.m.
Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will be closed on June 16 until 1 p.m. for a public safety exercise. Until it reopens at 1 p.m., shuttle bus service to other Rutgers–New Brunswick libraries will be available from Alexander Library.

Apply by June 30 for RCN Faculty-to-Faculty Mentoring Program
The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the New Brunswick Provost, and the SciWomen Office invite faculty to apply for the Rutgers Connection Network Faculty-to-Faculty Mentoring Program, which provides infrastructure and training for effective and collaborative mentoring beyond the departmental level. Apply by June 30 to participate in a traditional hierarchical partnership or in a peer-to-peer co-mentoring partnership. The yearlong program starts in September 2016. Learn more and apply 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 the summer as well as the new semester. Email fshousing@rutgers.edu for more information.

Register Now for Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy Audition on June 25 
Register now for June 25 auditions at Shindell Choral Hall, Robert E. Mortensen Hall, New Brunswick, for the 2016–17 year at Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Students who have a schedule conflict on that date should explore a digital audition as an alternative. Stephen Agosto is the new director of the Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy, which provides musical theater training for students in grades 9 to 12 preparing for collegiate study. 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.

June 1, 2016

QED Funding for Technology Commercialization
Numerous Rutgers researchers have received grants and university matching funds totaling up to $200,000 from the QED Proof-of-Concept Program to support technology commercialization. Applications are now being accepted for another round of awards. On June 2, QED staff will visit the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine in Newark at 10 a.m. and the Office of Research and Economic Development in Piscataway at 1 p.m. If you are interested in attending, RSVP to Chris Pflaum at chris.pflaum@rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

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.

Last Opportunity to Register for Mason Gross Summer Programs
Register by June 1 for any of the innovative summer programs at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Summer intensives in music, dance, and visual arts are strong opportunities for students to explore, create, and perform under the expert guidance of New Jersey’s most distinguished teaching artists at the state’s premier arts conservatory. Register and learn more here.

Free Health Screenings at Newark Downtown Farmers Market
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), sponsored by Newark350, hosts free health screenings at the Newark Downtown Farmers Market on June 9 and July 14. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at PSE&G Plaza, RBHS students, faculty, and staff will offer blood pressure, glucose, BMI, and infant and young child assessments, as well as pulmonary and mental health screenings. Resources and referrals will be provided at no charge. Learn more here.

Excel Level 3 and Level 4 Training: June 6, New Brunswick
The Office of Continuing Professional Education offers Level 3 and Level 4 Microsoft Office Excel 2013 training on June 6 at the extension conference center on G.H. Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The Level 3 workshop, 8:30 a.m. to noon, is designed for students seeking to learn how to produce complex Microsoft Office Excel 2013 worksheets. Level 4 training, 12:30 to 4 p.m., is designed for students seeking to build on the advanced features learned in Level 3 worksheet training. For each class, the fee is $80, payable via internal purchase order, personal check, or credit card. Faculty and staff receive priority seating. Learn more and register for Level 3 training here and Level 4 training here. For internal purchase orders, call the registration department at 848-932-9271, option 2. For more information, contact Suzanne Hills at 848-932-7234.

Free Lunch at Kite+Key Appy Hour: June 7, Piscataway
Enjoy a free light lunch at Appy Hour, kite+key's monthly tech gathering, on June 7 from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. The presentation topic is MyFitnessPal. Apple ambassador Mitesh Rathod introduces the free IOS diet app. Kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, is located at the retail plaza on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Space is limited. RSVP via the kite+key Facebook page, email at kiteandkey@rutgers.edu, or phone at 848-445-1127. Learn more here.

Art After Hours: Art and Music: June 7, New Brunswick
Stop by the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, for Art After Hours on June 7 from 5 to 9 p.m., free and open to the public with complimentary refreshments. The evening includes curator-led tours of the exhibition Infinite Opportunities in Color: Prints by Helen Hyde and Bertha Lum. AlterEgo, a dynamic and varied group of medical professionals, returns to perform from a rock and roll repertoire—mixed with blues, funk, and groove-inspired genres—spanning the 1950s to the present. Learn more here.

Postpartum Depression: Experts and Former New Jersey First Lady Mary Jo Codey: June 8, New Brunswick
The Women’s Health Institute at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), New Brunswick, present a discussion on postpartum depression on June 8 from 8 to 9 a.m. in the RWJUH Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard. The event will be introduced by Gloria Bachmann, the institute’s director, and feature a discussion with former New Jersey first lady Mary Jo Codey and experts from multidisciplinary professions focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of postpartum depression.

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.