August 28, 2013

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Spotlight

RON Greets New Students at Rutgers
This summer’s incoming class was met by a new friend in RON—the Rutgers Orientation kNight. New students and parents first met RON in his starring role in a video highlighting Rutgers pride and history. RON continued to come to life sharing the stage with members of the New Student Orientation staff via Skype, interrupting director Brian MacDonald to say hello to new students. RON has been answering questions via his @RutgersRON twitter account and is preparing to welcome new students back to campus at New Student Convocation on August 31 at High Point Solutions Stadium. Watch RON's introduction video here.

RON was conceived by Brian MacDonald from Rutgers University Student Life, and Zach Voss, founder of Retroscope Media LLC in Boise, Idaho, with the help of Sets & Effects LLC in Brooklyn, New York.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Legacy UMDNJ Faculty and Staff Business Card Deadline: August 30
Rutgers is supplying one 250-count box of replacement business cards for all legacy UMDNJ faculty and staff who previously received UMDNJ cards and became part of Rutgers on July 1. Learn more about the business cards and how to order them on the visual identity website. The deadline for ordering these business cards is August 30.

RU-tv Upgrades to Interrupt Regular Service
RU-tv is currently performing equipment upgrades and is switching over to mostly digital channels. There may be interruptions to service and some channels may go offline or appear out of order in the channel line-up. Televisions must be reprogrammed for the RU-tv channels when connecting a television for the first time or if the unit is already connected to the RU-tv cable system. Users can find this function in the menu of their televisions. Learn more and watch the instructional video here.

2013 RUPD Survey
Faculty and staff are invited to complete an online survey as part of the Rutgers University Police Department's efforts to further improve services provided to the university community. This survey will evaluate current policing strategies and assist in implementing, modifying, or eliminating programs as needed. Take the survey here.

Registration Is Open for Communicator Certificate Program Workshops
Faculty and staff whose responsibilities include regular communication projects should consider signing up for the university’s Communicator Certificate Program. Workshops offer training in event promotion, Rutgers identity standards, outreach to the public, and more. It is also a way to meet colleagues from across the university while expanding skill sets. Learn more and sign up here.

Announcements

Registration Is Open for Mason Gross Extension Division's Young Artist Program
The Young Artist Program at the Extension Division in the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has recently partnered with the Bravura Youth Orchestra and the Mason Gross Collegiate Department of Music to offer precollege instrumentalists ages 9–18 and vocalists ages 14–20 opportunities to grow and develop as performing artists while preparing for collegiate-level music study. Learn more about the Young Artist Program and view additional audition dates here.

Registration Is Open for Free Prostate Cancer Screening
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital offer free prostate cancer screenings for men ages 40 and older on September 23, 24, and 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey on the New Brunswick Campus. Screenings are free but appointments are required. Please call 1-888-MD-RWJUH (637-9584) to schedule an appointment. Learn more here.

Registration for Fall 2013 Recreation Classes Opens September 3
Rutgers Recreation offers 250 classes in dance, group fitness, yoga/holistic health, aquatics, outdoor recreation, martial arts, self-defense and safety, and sports. Registration can be completed online and continues throughout the semester but varies by course or trip. Please contact 848-932-8204 or email recclass@rci.rutgers.edu with questions. See a complete list of classes here.

Academic Sphere

Registration Is Open for Inter-Professional Integrative Medicine Seminar Series
The Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (ICAM) at the School of Health Related Professions invites faculty, medical residents, and graduate students to apply to attend its seminar Clinical Hypnosis and Chronic Pain on September 13 at 10 a.m. at the Rutgers Health Sciences Campus at Newark. Attendance for the seminar is through competitive application and the deadline to apply is September 3. Please contact Virginia S. Cowen, director of education at ICAM, with questions at //cowenvs@shrp.rutgers.edu">cowenvs@shrp.rutgers.edu. Learn more and access the application form here.

Events

Zimmerli Art Museum Reopens September 1: New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick, kicks off the 2013–2014 season on September 1 and offers a curator-led tour on September 4 at 6 p.m. with a spotlight on the exhibition Diane Burko: Glacial Perspectives during its Insights: Gallery Talks session. Admission is free for all Rutgers faculty, staff, and students. Learn more about upcoming exhibitions and events here.

Fall Bird Migration at Hutcheson Memorial Forest: September 1, Off Campus
The Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, sponsors a fall bird migration tour of Hutcheson Memorial Forest on September 1 at 9:30 a.m. in Somerset, New Jersey. This event is free and registration is not required. Please bring binoculars if available. Learn more here.

Student Involvement Fair: September 2, New Brunswick
The Office of Student Life hosts its annual Student Involvement Fair on September 2 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Over 300 student organizations, university departments, and community partners present all of the opportunities that Rutgers has to offer. Learn more here.

Inside Out: Perspectives on Social Justice by Carol Shapiro: September 3, Newark
The Criminal Justice Gallery curated by the Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers–Newark, presents the opening of the exhibition Inside Out: Perspectives on Social Justice by Carol Shapiro on September 3 at 10 a.m. with an opening reception on September 26 at 4 p.m. on the fifth floor of the Center for Law and Justice, Rutgers–Newark. This exhibition runs until December 24. Learn more here.

The Cancer Center Grand Rounds: September 4, New Brunswick
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ) hosts a talk by Alessandra d'Azzo on September 4 at 4 p.m. in the auditorium of CINJ on the College Avenue Campus. D'Azzo is a member of faculty in the Department of Genetics at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Refreshments will be served. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Nevin E. Kessler has been appointed president of the Rutgers University Foundation and executive vice president for Development and Alumni Relations as of October 14. Learn more here.

Terri Goss Kinzy, professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, has been appointed associate vice president for research administration in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. Learn more here.

Judith Neubauer, professor in the Department of Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, has been appointed first associate vice president for research regulatory affairs in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. Learn more here.

Ronald Shapiro has been appointed director of the newly created Center for Real Estate Studies at Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Danyelle Thurman, assistant dean at Rutgers–Camden, has been appointed director of the Office of Academic Advising, Rutgers–Camden.

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.

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

Sharon McQueen, part-time lecturer in the Department of Library and Information Science at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been awarded the 2013 Phyllis Dain Library History Dissertation Award. Learn more here.

Kathleen Scotto, vice chancellor for research at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, has been elected chair of the Research & Development Council of New Jersey.

Frank Sonnenberg, professor in the Department of Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, has been selected as part of the inaugural class of Health IT Fellows by the Office of the National Coordinator. Learn more here.

Gifts & Grants

Véronique Dartois, assistant professor at the Public Health Research Institute at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $3,138,294. The project titled Lesion-Centric Imaging and Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics of Pyrazinamide for TB/HIV Co-Infection is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Learn more about Professor Dartois here.

Jennifer Cleary, senior project manager at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $659,784. The project titled The Transit Virtual Career Network: Raising Awareness and Building the Transit Industry’s Workforce is being supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Senior Project Manager Cleary here.

Yair Rosenthal, professor at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $348,551. The project titled Deep Ocean Sensitivity to, and Role in Transition From Mid-Pliocene Warmth to Northern Hemisphere Glaciation is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Rosenthal here.

Max Häggblom, Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $330,000. The project titled Natural Attenuation and Enhanced Biodegradation of Methyltert-Butyl Ether in Anoxic Aquifers is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Häggblom here.

Manish Parashar, director of the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute and professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $299,984. The project titled Exploring Cloud Paradigm and Practices for Science and Engineering is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Parashar here.

Vikki Katz, assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of two awards totaling $6,000. The project titled Courting Families: Race, Immigration and Managing the Family Court System is being supported by the Rutgers University Research Council and the Grants to Get Program, which each provided $3,000. Learn more about Professor Katz here.

In Memoriam

Anna Shaw Benjamin died on July 21. She worked as a professor in the Department of Classics from 1964 to 1987.

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