August 21, 2013

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Spotlight
New Jersey DataBank
The comprehensive Rutgers–Newark New Jersey DataBank run by the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) serves as a focal point for easy access to government information essential to elected officials, legislative staff, academics, and the public in order to facilitate informed decision making. It is designed for ease of use, readability, and navigation, and functions as a web-based interactive database through which users can obtain a wealth of information. New Jersey DataBank provides data on current issues from the municipal to state levels that can be easily compared and presented in tables, graphs, and maps. Its easy-to-use format makes a wealth of data available to all citizens of New Jersey–community advocates, nonprofits, schools, urban and suburban planners, political officials, and the media. Please contact Marc Holzer, dean of SPAA, with questions at mholzer@rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

 

In this Issue...
Announcements

Mason Gross Online Is Now Arts Online
Mason Gross Online, a program offering online instruction in the visual and performing arts by the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is now known as Arts Online. Learn more here.

Share Your Career Success
University Career Services (UCS) at Undergraduate Academic Affairs is conducting video interviews with Rutgers alumni about their careers and postgraduation experiences. These videos will appear on the UCS website for students and other alumni to watch as a resource. Faculty and staff members are invited to share the names of one to three successful alumni in their respective academic programs (or Rutgers faculty or staff who are alumni) with whom video interviews are recommended. UCS seeks alumni in a variety of work fields and career levels. The deadline for submission is September 13. Submit recommendations here or email nominations to careerservices@echo.rutgers.edu.

Academic Sphere

Registration Is Open for Postdoctoral Career Development Symposium
The Robert Wood Johnson Medical School/Rutgers Postdoctoral Association invites faculty and staff to the National Postdoc Appreciation Day Symposium on September 18 at 9 a.m. in the West Lecture Hall of RWJMS Research Tower on the Busch Campus. The program includes presentations by postdoctoral researchers; seminars on mentoring, networking, and CVs and résumés; career panels; mock interviews; and a keynote lecture by Howard G. Adams, president of H.G. Adams & Associates, Inc. This event is open to the public but registration is required in order to guarantee free lunch and refreshments. Postdocs are welcome to submit abstracts in order to present work at this symposium, and the deadline for abstracts is August 31. Learn more and register here.

Events

Annual Great Tomato Tasting: August 28, Off Campus
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension present the annual Clifford E. and Melda C. Synder Research and Extension Farm Open House and Great Tomato Tasting on August 28 at 3 p.m. at Synder Farm Research Building in Pittstown, New Jersey. The event includes the very popular tasting of over 60 heirloom and hybrid varieties of beefsteak, plum, cherry, and grape tomatoes. The entry fee is $7 or free for children under 10 years of age. Learn more here.

This Week on Due Process: August 25 and August 27, Television
Due Process, a public television production by the Rutgers School of Law–Newark, the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and iTV Studio, present the show "The Eyewitness" on August 25 at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., and August 27 at 11:30 p.m. on NJTV. "The Eyewitness" provides a critical analysis of the reliability of the eyewitness in criminal cases. Learn more here.

Emerging Technology Now: August 26, New Brunswick
Digital Classroom Services at Undergraduate Academic Affairs presents a workshop on August 26 at 1 p.m. in room 115 of Hickman Hall on the Douglass Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. This is an opportunity for faculty and staff to become familiar with classroom technology. Additional workshops are offered on August 27 and 28. Learn more and register here.

Blackboard Workshop: August 27, Newark
The Office of Academic Technology, Rutgers–Newark, offers a series of one-hour, hands-on and online workshops on the use of Blackboard beginning August 27 at 10 a.m. in the Center for Law & Justice, Rutgers–Newark. These sessions are open to new faculty, part-time lecturers, or veterans of the university who have either never used Blackboard, or experienced users who would like to learn more. Learn more about specific topics and dates here.

School of Dental Medicine White Coat Ceremony: August 28, Newark
The School of Dental Medicine hosts its White Coat Ceremony on August 28 at 6 p.m. in Lecture Hall B-963 at the Delta Dental Educational Conference Center at the Rutgers Health Sciences Campus at Newark. Please contact Robin Wright at wrightro@sdm.rutgers.edu with questions.

New TA Orientation: August 29, New Brunswick
The TA Project at the Graduate School–New Brunswick hosts its new TA orientation session on August 29 at 8 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The orientation consists of a series of presentations, panel sessions, and workshops that discuss general and discipline-specific teaching issues. Newly appointed TAs are required to attend this session. Learn more and register here.

Appointments & Retirements

Alan Baer has been appointed head of the Brass Program and assistant professor in the Department of Music at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Adriana P. Cuervo has been appointed associate director of the Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers–Newark. Learn more here.

Kevin A. Henry has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the School of Public Health. Learn more here.

Get Involved

Alumni Wall Calendar Photography Contest
The Rutgers University Alumni Association invites faculty and staff members to submit campus photos for a chance to be featured in the Rutgers University Alumni Association’s 2014 calendar with printed photo credit. Both amateur and professional photographers are welcome to submit. Participants must be a graduate of Rutgers University, staff, faculty, a current student, or a parent of a current student. Photos must be digital, be at least 10 inches wide and 8 inches high (horizontal orientation), and have a DPI resolution of 300 or higher. The submission deadline is August 31. Learn more here.

Barnes & Noble at Rutgers University Bookstore Hosts Rutgers Against Hunger Fundraiser
Barnes & Noble at Rutgers University Bookstore locations across the New Brunswick and Piscataway campuses will host their annual Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH) fall semester fundraiser in support of New Jersey-based food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. The annual fundraiser will run from August 25 through September 28. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to donate $1 at checkout. A $1 donation to RAH can provide up to eight meals at a local food bank. Learn more here.

Cell Phone Drive to Benefit Domestic Violence Survivors
The Rutgers School of Nursing Student Government Association is collecting used cell phones (working and nonworking) and accessories for a donation drive through August 23. Donation drop-off boxes are located in the 10th and 11th floor hallways in the Stanley S. Bergen Jr. Building on the Rutgers Health Sciences Campus at Newark. Cell phones will be donated to Verizon's HopeLine® program, where they will be scrubbed of all data and refurbished for resale. Proceeds and refurbished phones will be given to domestic violence organizations and phone recipients will receive free calls and texting on the Verizon Wireless network. Unusable phones and accessories will be responsibly recycled. Please contact Gwendolyn Ferdinand at ferdingc@sn.rutgers.edu for more information.

In Good Taste: Behavioral Weight Loss and Lifestyle Intervention
The Department of Food Science at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, seeks women interested in participating in a research study on the influence of taste genetics and weight loss. Volunteers will be screened for a taste gene involved in food preferences and then randomly assigned to a low-fat or low-carbohydrate diet for 6 months. Volunteers must be healthy, 18 to 60 years of age, seeking to lose 30 or more pounds, and able to walk two blocks without stopping. For more information, please contact Beverly Tepper at sensorylab@aesop.rutgers.edu.

Awards & Honors

Ronald Clarke, professor at the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers–Newark, is the recipient of the Chancellor's Excellence in Research Award. Learn more here.

Douglas Eveleigh, distinguished professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been honored by the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology with a lectureship in his name. The Douglas Eveleigh Lecture on Microbial Diversity is endowed by the foundation in recognition of Eveleigh’s efforts to sustain the legacy of Selman Waksman. Learn more here.

Chinyere Osuji, assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–Camden, has received an Emerging Diversity Scholar Citation from the National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan. Learn more about Professor Osuji here.

Robert Puhak, assistant instructor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the recipient of the Chancellor's Excellence in Teaching Award. Learn more here.

Michael Vogelius, Board of Governors Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been appointed division director of the Division of Mathematical Sciences at the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Vogelius here.

Suzanne Willard, clinical associate professor in the College of Nursing at the Rutgers Health Sciences Campus at Newark, is the recipient of the Chancellor's Excellence in Service Award. Learn more here.

Gifts & Grants

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) received $391,000 from the Hemophilia Association of New Jersey. The gift will support the Comprehensive Hemophilia Treatment Center at RWJMS.

Intercollegiate Athletics received a $215,000 pledge from Nicholas Kambitsis, Demetrius Kambitsis, and Raceway Petroleum. The gift will support the Football Travel Fund and the Stadium Expansion Fund.

Sergei Kotenko, associate professor in the New Jersey Medical School Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Joan Durbin, a researcher at New York University who will join the Rutgers faculty Oct. 1, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $5,959,585. The project titled Development of Ifn-Lambda3 for the Prevention and Treatment of Virus Infection is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. Learn more about Professor Kotenko here.

Scott Thomas, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $381,000. The project titled Research in Theoretical High Energy Physics is being supported by the United States Department of Energy. Learn more about Professor Thomas here.

Ronald Ransome, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $380,000. The project titled Studies of the Structure of the Nucleon is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Ransome here.

Jon Carnegie, executive director of the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center and an adjunct member of the faculty at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $310,000. The project titled Ongoing Emergency Support Function #1-Transportation is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Learn more about Executive Director Carnegie here.

Radhika Balakrishnan, executive director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership and professor in the Department of Women's and Gender Studies at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project titled Foundation for a Just SocietyGeneral Operating Support is being supported by the Foundation for a Just Society. Learn more about Professor Balakrishnan here.

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