Spotlights

June 3, 2015

New Jersey International Film Festival

New Jersey International Film Festival Celebrates 20 Years

Twenty-five films will have their New Jersey premiere screenings at the 20th Annual New Jersey International Film Festival, now through June 14 at Voorhees Hall, Room 105, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

The festival, sponsored by the Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center and Rutgers University Program in Cinema Studies, showcases the best in independent film by featuring premiere screenings, filmmaking workshops, and special guest appearances by film directors, screenwriters, casts, and crews.

This year’s screenings include Nocturne (pictured), an eerily beautiful Canadian feature film about an insomniac who falls in love with a sleepwalker; Tick Tock, an animated film from Turkey; The Cat’s Cradle and Natural Insemination, short films about couples trying to become pregnant; and Inside the Frame: Portrait of Photographer Linda Troeller, a compelling portrait of the renowned New Jersey–based photographer that features a Q&A session with her.

Learn more about the festival here.

May 27, 2015

Rutgers Glee Club

Rutgers Glee Club Commemorates Relationship with Utrecht University in Performance in the Netherlands

When the Rutgers University Glee Club completes its tour of Europe with a performance May 31 at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, it will also commemorate 250 years of collaboration and a shared vision.

The Glee Club’s performance in Utrecht is a prelude to Rutgers' 250th anniversary and will include a work sung jointly with a Utrecht student group. On that same day, an official Rutgers delegation will present a plaque to Utrecht University’s president Marjan J. Oudeman, reaffirming the two universities’ “common bonds and shared values.”

The delegation includes Joanna Regulska, Rutgers’ vice president for international and global affairs; Glee Club’s conductor Patrick Gardner; Robert Mortensen, a member of the Rutgers Board of Trustees; Barbara Lee, incoming senior vice president for academic affairs; Marie Logue, a retired assistant vice president for academic engagement and programming; and Peter Gillett, associate professor at Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick and faculty adviser to the Glee Club.

Learn more here.

 

May 20, 2015

Mom2Mom

24/7 Help for Mothers of Children with Special Needs

Since 2010, Mom2Mom—the 24/7 peer-support helpline for mothers of children with special needs directed by University Behavioral Health Care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences—has helped moms care for their own mental health.

The helpline is unique in that calls are answered by mothers of special needs children who have been trained as peer counselors, based on a reciprocal peer support model. Through a partnership with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, peer counselors provide various resources, host support groups throughout the state, or just lend an empathetic ear.

Mom2Mom also helps caregivers who have fewer opportunities for assistance, such as those with adult children with disabilities who have “aged out” of the system and members of the Spanish-speaking community.

This month, the peer support helpline announced that it will begin expanding its services nationwide over the coming year. 

The Mom2Mom helpline is 877-914-6662. Go behind the scenes at Mom2Mom here.

 

May 13, 2015

Faculty Awards

Faculty Awards Presented

Members of the university community who have made outstanding contributions in the classroom, to their disciplines, or for the benefit of the community or world were honored with awards in the following categories:

The Warren I. Susman Award for Excellence in Teaching, awarded to faculty members in recognition of outstanding service in stimulating and guiding the intellectual development of students; Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research, honoring faculty members who have made distinguished research contributions to their discipline or society; the Rutgers Faculty Scholar-Teacher Award to faculty members who have made outstanding contributions in research and teaching; the Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence to faculty members (pictured at left) who have recently been promoted with tenure; and the Presidential Fellowship for Teaching Excellence to newly tenured faculty members for outstanding teaching and scholarly work.

In addition, the Office of Faculty Diversity Initiatives celebrates and honors a select number of faculty who have been leaders in promoting diversity at Rutgers, either through their own research and teaching or in other venues. The Rutgers College Class of 1962 Presidential Public Service Award honors members of the faculty, student body, or staff for volunteer service to government, professional and scholarly organizations, or the public.

View the award recipients here.

May 6, 2015

Joachim Messing

Joachim Messing Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Joachim Messing, director of Rutgers' Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected to membership in the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors an American scientist or engineer can achieve.

Messing, considered one of the world’s top experts in molecular genetics, was among 84 new members elected and recognized this year for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. He is the Selman A. Waksman Chair in Molecular Genetics.

A professor of molecular biology, Messing developed the shotgun sequencing approach that was used in the Human Genome Project and has been instrumental in deciphering the genetic code of crop plants. His work today focuses on providing more sustainable, healthy, and productive sources of food for the world’s population and extracting biofuels for energy from plants that grow either on water or marginal land and do not compete with land use or food production.

Among his many other honors, Messing is a member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the oldest continuously existing scientific association in the world. Learn more about Messing here.

April 29, 2015

Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market

Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market Returns: May 1, New Brunswick

The seasonal Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market, featuring locally grown produce, cheese, baked goods, and prepared food every Friday, returns May 1 at Rutgers Gardens, New Brunswick. The hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The farmers 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. Its location, at the entrance to Rutgers Gardens, provides easy access to students, faculty, and staff as well as to local restaurants seeking products from a diverse group of farms and vendors.

If you wish to become part of the farmers market venture, which began in 2008, contact Mary Ann Schrum at schrum@aesop.rutgers.edu. Learn more here.  

April 22, 2015

RULGBTQA

Raising Money for RULGBTQA Student Emergency Fund

Every semester, a few students in the LGBTQA community are in a financial bind. Some lose financial support for school from families when they identify as a member of the LGBTQA community. Others come from families who accept their identities but are experiencing economic difficulties.

That’s why the Rutgers Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and the LGBTQ and Diversity Resource Center, Rutgers University–Newark, are working with the Office of the Deans of Students and the Rutgers University Foundation to raise money for an RULGBTQA Student Emergency Fund. The aim is to raise $19,920 in honor of the center’s founding year, 1992. The campaign will end following the May 6 Rainbow Graduation ceremony for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allies (LGBTQA) graduates, the culmination of GAYpril events planned this spring.

The idea for the special fund arose as more students approached the center with financial needs and applied for assistance through the Office of the Deans of Students. The Deans of Students work with struggling students on multiple fronts, including connecting them to various networks of support and resources to aid in pursuit of a successful academic career. Click here to donate. Learn more here.

 

April 15, 2015

School of Nursing

School of Nursing Salutes First Graduates of Unique Long-Term Care Residency Program

Twelve new nurses and 12 nurse preceptors became the first graduates of the School of Nursing’s innovative 12-month Long-Term Care Nurse Residency Program, which is supported by a $1.6 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the New Jersey Action Coalition.

Cited as the first of its kind in the nation, the program aims to increase patient safety and satisfaction, boost nurse competency and job satisfaction, and reduce nurse turnover (which hovers at 40 percent) at long-term care facilities in New Jersey.

At last week’s graduation ceremonies, Alison Gibson (left), assistant commissioner in the New Jersey Department of Health’s Division of Health Facilities Survey and Field Operations, told the nurses, “In the world of long-term care, we’re seeing a culture change. It’s about the residents being in the center of your world. Put your heart into it and take from it everything you can.” Learn more here.

April 8, 2015

Cecile A. Feldman

Cecile A. Feldman Installed as Chair-Elect of the ADEA Board of Directors
 

Cecile A. Feldman (left), dean of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, was installed as chair-elect of the American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) board of directors, a role that will allow her to help shape the future of dentistry.

 

As chair-elect, Feldman said she will focus on the best ways for dental education to adapt to a rapidly changing higher education and health care environment. She said that ADEA can raise public awareness of dentistry as a critical component of health care. “ADEA is the voice for education’s role in the future of the dental professions and in the ways various health professions are educated together,” said Feldman, scheduled to become chair of the ADEA board of directors in March 2016.

 

ADEA represents all 76 dental schools in the United States and Canada, plus more than 800 allied and advanced education programs, 65 corporations, and 20,000 individual members. Learn more about Feldman here.

April 1, 2015

Akhil Sharma

RutgersNewark's Sharma Captures Folio Prize

Akhil Sharma (left), assistant professor in the Department of English, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, has won the 2015 Folio Prize for fictional writing in English that is published in Britain during a given year.

Sharma was selected for his novel Family Life, which took him more than 12 years to write and which is described by a judging committee member as a “lucid, compassionate, quietly funny account of one family’s life across continents and cultures.” In Family Life, Sharma drew upon his experience of immigrating to the United States as a child.

For earning the Folio Prize, Sharma, also an award-winning, short-story writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly, received a check valued at nearly $60,000. Learn more about Sharma here.

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