December 10, 2014

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Spotlight

Rutgers Engineers Create Smartphone App to Cut Risk of Power Outages
An easy-to-use smartphone app developed by Rutgers engineers will help keep the lights on in a heavily wooded New Jersey suburb that suffered widespread power outages during Superstorm Sandy.

Officials in Warren Township knew they could cut the risk of future power outages if they documented vulnerable spots in the utility network, such as branches dangling perilously close to wires or poles cracking and leaning. But sending police and municipal workers to sniff out these trouble spots would be expensive and disruptive to municipal services.

Rutgers and the township committee agreed to a solution—crowdsource the task. Read the entire story here.

In this Issue...
Announcements

University Facilities Announces Facebook Page
University Facilities and Capital Planning now has a Facebook page. It not only contains news for facilities personnel, but the page is also for announcements that affect the Rutgers community, such as construction information, inclement weather news, outages, and more. Like the page here.

Rutgers Women’s Basketball Kids’ Day
Rutgers women’s basketball hosts the Tennessee Lady Volunteers for Kids’ Day on December 14 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center, Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Tip-off is at 3 p.m. but a Kids’ Zone featuring inflatables and games begins at 1:30 p.m. After the game, Junior Knights are on the court post-game for foul shots. Purchase game tickets and learn more here.

Academic Sphere

Save the Date: 2015 Master Educators’ Guild Symposium
The Master Educators’ Guild at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences hosts its 2015 symposium on March 18, 2015, at the Livingston Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The theme is self-reflection and features two keynote speakers: Gail Jensen, professor and dean at Creighton University, and David Burns, executive director of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement and founder and principal investigator of Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities.

Events

Winter Farmers Market: December 12, New Brunswick
Rutgers Gardens hosts farm market vendors on December 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Hort Farm Number 1–Office Building, G.H. Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. View a full list of vendors and learn more here.

Kite + Key Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day: December 11, New Brunswick
Kite + Key, the Rutgers Tech Store, hosts its annual faculty and staff appreciation day on December 11 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Plaza on Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. On this day, Kite + Key offers additional discounts off of the reduced education price. For more information, call 848-445-1127. Learn more here (PDF).

CURE Seminar: Does Concentration Worsen Poverty? The Philadelphia Case: December 12, Camden
The Center for Urban Research and Education, Rutgers University–Camden, hosts Lori Minnite, associate professor of public policy and director of the undergraduate urban studies program, Department of Public Policy and AdministrationFaculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, on December 12 from noon to 2 p.m. in the 3rd floor faculty lounge, Armitage Hall, Rutgers–Camden. Learn more here.

Passport to Art: December 13, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum hosts Passport to Art, which invites families to explore their creativity together on December 13 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Zimmerli Art Museum, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Advanced registration is required and space is limited. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Register and learn more here.

Advent Lessons and Carols: December 14, New Brunswick
The Catholic Campus Ministry hosts an evening of advent lessons and carols from the St. Peter the Apostle University and Community Parish and the Catholic Center at Rutgers on December 14 at 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, 94 Somerset Street, New Brunswick. Refreshments will be served afterward and parking is available in the Gateway deck; parking vouchers will be available. For more information, call Colleen Donahue at 732-545-6663.

Physical Master Plan: December 15, New Brunswick
University Facilities and Capital Planning hosts the second presentation of the physical master plan for Rutgers University–New Brunswick on December 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. in Livingston Hall, Livingston Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Vice president of facilities and capital planning Tony Calcado offers an overview of the process, gives an update on its progress, shares planning concepts developed after outreach to the university community and stakeholder input, and takes questions and comments from the Rutgers community. Learn more here.

Blood, Resuscitation, and Blood Substitutes Grand Rounds: December 17, Newark
New Jersey Medical School hosts grand rounds on blood, resuscitation, and blood substitutes with Jonathan S. Jahr, professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles on December 17 from 7 to 8 a.m. in room B-552, Medical Science Building, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

Utilizing the Science of Ecology to Target Prostate Cancer: December 17, New Brunswick
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey (CINJ), as a part of its distinguished lecture series, hosts Kenneth J. Pienta, professor and director at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine on December 17 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Auditorium A, CINJ, 195 Little Albany Street, New Brunswick. For more information, call 732-235-5679.

Appointments & Retirements

Kat Nathan has been appointed senior community affairs specialist in the Office of Community Affairs, Department of University Communications and Marketing.

Awards & Honors

Rutgers University was awarded the Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization from NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Learn more here.

Annie's Project New Jersey received the 2014 Rutgers Cooperative Extension “Best of the Best” Team Award. View a full list of awardees and learn more here.

Andrew Baker, associate professor of astrophysics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Robert Bartynski, professor and chair in the Department of Physics and AstronomySchool of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Susan J. Carroll, professor of political science and women’s and gender studies, School of Arts and Sciences, and senior scholar at the Center for American Women and Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was awarded the Lifetime Contribution to Political Studies from the Political Studies Association. Learn more here.

Maria Torchia LoGrippo, postdoctoral associate at the School of Nursing, is one of 10 recipients of the Breakthrough Leaders in Nursing Award by the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Learn more here.

Peter Oudemans, associate professor in blueberry and cranberry pathology, Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was awarded the 2014 Rutgers Cooperative Extension Specialist of the Year. Learn more here.

Alan Robock, director of the undergraduate meteorology program and distinguished professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was the winner of the Jule G. Charney Award of the American Meteorological Society. Learn more here.

Lisa A. Rodenburg, associate professor of environmental organic chemistry in the Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been awarded the Excellence in Review Award from Environmental Science and Technology. Learn more here.

Ashaki A. Rouff, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, has been awarded the Excellence in Review Award from Environmental Science and Technology. Learn more here.

Gifts & Grants

Cynthia Blitz, executive director of the Center for Effective School Practices and associate research professor at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $7.3 million. The project, titled New Jersey Early Learning Training Academy, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Education. Learn more about Director Blitz here.

Joelle Tutela, director of teacher education and faculty in the Department of Urban Education at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,499,544 over five years. The project, titled Excite and Ignite: Building the Next Generation of Teachers, is being supported by the United States Department of Education. Learn more about Director Tutela here.

Ivan Marsic, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $740,000 over four years. The project, titled Automatic Workflow Capture and Analysis for Improving Trauma Resuscitation Outcomes, is in collaboration with three other institutions and being supported by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more about Professor Marsic here.

Benedetto Piccoli, director of the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology and Joseph and Loretta Lopez endowed chair professor of mathematics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $239,971. The project, titled Control of Vehicular Traffic Flow Via Low Density Autonomous Vehicles, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Piccoli here.

Laurie Harrington, researcher at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $184,120. The project, titled New Jersey Career Assistance Navigator, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Education. Learn more about Laurie Harrington here.

Carmen Martino, codirector of the Occupational Training and Education Consortium and faculty in the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $171,000. The project, titled Warehousing and Light Manufacturing Safety and Health Capacity Building, is being supported by the United States Department of Labor. Learn more about Director Martino here.  

In Memoriam

Jane M. Ferguson passed away on November 17. She was an instructor in the Department of Home Economics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and the director of the Home Economics Nursery School.

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