December 9, 2015

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Spotlight
Physical Therapy

Free Physical Therapy Clinic

Every Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m., the Community Participatory Physical Therapy Clinic (CPPTC) offers free physical therapy services and education on wellness and health to the university and local Newark communities. The walk-in clinic, located in Newark’s Stanley S. Bergen Building, is supervised by a licensed physical therapist and student volunteers from the entry-level doctoral program in physical therapy at the School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

CPPTC is a model for students for creating a patient-centered physical therapy practice. It serves people with underlying diagnoses such as chronic stroke, osteoarthritic complications, diabetes, hypertension, and asthma. After a visit, patients are given home exercise programs and a referral to other health care professionals for continued follow-up care. Synergy, a group-exercise program for stroke survivors, is offered from 4 to 5 p.m. Contact Sue Paparella-Pitzel at 973-972-8511 or paparesu@shrp.rutgers.edu to learn more.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

December 11 Application Deadline: 2015–2016 OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Program
The Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (SciWomen) is accepting applications through December 11 for the 2015–2016 OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Program for female faculty from all disciplines. The workshops will be held at Rutgers University–New Brunswick on five Fridays throughout the academic year from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and include individual coaching and peer mentoring. Partial financial sponsorship may be available. Learn more and apply here.

New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign Extended
The New Jersey Employees Charitable Campaign (NJECC) has been extended. Contributions can be made via payroll deduction through December 17 or one-time, echeck until December 31, 2015. Visit the Office of Community Affairs' charitable campaign website for specific information on how to set up payroll deductions for legacy Rutgers and legacy UMDNJ employees. To make a one-time, echeck donation, go directly to the NJECC website. All employees must complete the employee pledge form regardless of contribution method. Contact Kay Schechter at 848-932-7823 or kays@ucm.rutgers.edu with questions.

Early Registration Discount for Annual Online Learning Conference
Register by December 11 to gain an early-bird discount for the seventh annual Rutgers Online Learning Conference on January 11 and January 12, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Brunswick. For the conference, Rutgers is partnering with University Professional and Continuing Education Association’s (UPCEA) mid-Atlantic chapter and continuing to work with NJEDge to include two full days of presentations and workshops. The UPCEA collaboration is intended to expand the reach of the conference and to stimulate a dialogue among regional colleagues. Jeff Selingo, best-selling author of College Unbound, will open the conference. Learn more here.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Colloquium: December 18, Scotch Plains
Attend the colloquium on psychiatric rehabilitation on December 18 at 10 a.m. at the Scotch Plains location of the School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Derek Malenczak, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions and the Integrated Employment Institute, will present “From Cognitive Specialist to Instructor: How Teaching Cognitive Remediation Has Helped Me Better Understand Barriers That Exist in the Classroom.” Learn more here.

Announcements

F&S Bulletin Holiday Schedule
The last Faculty & Staff Bulletin of the semester will be published on December 16. The first Bulletin of next semester will be published on January 20. Happy holidays.

New Scholarship Model for MFA in Visual Arts
The Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has announced that beginning next fall, all incoming visual arts graduate students will receive scholarships equivalent to full out-of-state tuition for the first year of the Master of Fine Arts program and full in-state tuition for the second year. The full-time, 60-credit MFA degree program offers seminars in painting, sculpture, photography, media, and printmaking. Applications for fall 2016 admission are being accepted through February 1, 2016. Learn more here.

Sports Authority Sales Weekend Supports Big Chill
Rutgers Recreation in the Division of Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, announces that the 2015 Big Chill charity race resulted in a collection of more than 8,500 toys for needy youngsters and extends its thanks to Rutgers Federal Credit Union, Athletics, Facilities and Capital Planning, the Campus Deans, and Legal Services for their support. For another opportunity to contribute, New Jersey Sports Authority stores are hosting a special sales weekend December 12 and December 13, when 5 percent of sales will go to support the Big Chill. Present the 20 percent coupon found here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 60 news organizations in the past week, including The New York TimesThe Washington Post and U.S. News & World Report.

Highlights include:

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Clinic Attack is Domestic Terrorism (Johanna Schoen, SAS, author)

USA Today: Republicans Will Seek to Display Old National Security Chops in '16 (Roy Licklider, SAS, quoted here

Click here for highlights.

Events
Music at the Museum

 

Music at the Museum: December 13, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a holiday jazz concert on December 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. in its Music at the Museum program, featuring musicians from the faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here

Farah Siraj in Concert: December 10, New Brunswick
The Center for Middle Eastern Studies Program, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a free concert featuring Jordanian vocalist Farah Siraj on December 10 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here

The Birth of a Nation Screening: December 10, Newark
The Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, Rutgers University–Newark, hosts a screening of The Birth of a Nation, on its 100th anniversary, at the Newark Museum on December 10 at 4 p.m. Learn more here

Rutgers–New Brunswick Choir Performance: December 10, New Brunswick
The Rutgers University–New Brunswick Choir performs music of Betinis, Britt, Graham, Marshall, Smallwood, and other modern composers on December 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Classically Baroque Concert: December 12, Camden
Kick off the holiday season with gems from the Baroque and early Classical periods, performed by Symphony in C, on December 12 at 8 p.m. in the Walter K. Gordon Theater, Rutgers University–Camden. Learn more here.

Rutgers–Newark Chorus Holiday Concert: December 14, Newark
The Rutgers University–Newark Chorus presents favorites from the past as well as new pieces, including holiday music in Mandarin, Yoruba, Hebrew, German, and Latin, on December 14 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Paul Robeson Gallery, Rutgers–Newark. Learn more here

Appointments & Retirements

Radhika Balakrishnan, professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was appointed co-chair of the Civil Society Advisory Committee of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), a group of international civil society leaders from diverse constituencies that serves as a strategic advisory body to UNDP senior management on key issues of policy and strategy.

Awards & Honors

Melissa Cheplic, training and consultation specialist at the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was named NADD Member of the Year. The award recognizes a member who has made notable contributions to NADD (also known as the National Association of the Dually Diagnosed), an association committed to individuals with developmental disabilities and mental health needs.

Robert Johnson, the Sharon and Joseph Muscarelle Endowed Dean of New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the Desmond Tutu Phelophepa Achievement Award for Excellence from the American Friends of the Phelophepa Train. Johnson was honored for his expertise and accomplishments in adolescent physical and mental health, adolescent HIV, adolescent violence, adolescent sexuality, and family strengthening.

Peter D. Loeb, professor in the Department of Economics, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, received this year’s Distinguished Member Award from the Transportation and Public Utilities Group of the American Economic Association. The award recognizes his research accomplishments in transportation safety and his service to the profession.

George R. McGhee, distinguished professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was awarded a two-and-one-half-months visiting fellowship to the Konrad Lorenz Institute in Klosterneuburg, Austria, an institute for the advanced study of natural complex systems.

Evan Spivack, professor of pediatric dentistry and program administrator for the second-year residency program in special care dentistry at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was named Healthcare Professional of the Year by The Arc of New Jersey. Spivack was honored for his dedication to treating patients with disabilities. He trains students and works directly with patients at the school’s Delta Dental of New Jersey Special Care Center, one of the only clinics of its kind in the region. 

Carl E. Van Horn, distinguished professor of public policy and director, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). NAPA is an independent, nonpartisan organization, established in 1967 and chartered by Congress, that provides expert advice to government leaders in building more effective, efficient, accountable, and transparent institutions.

Alumnus Honored
Kam-Biu Luk,
 University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, who received his doctorate in physics at Rutgers, is a winner of the Breakthrough Prize in fundamental physics for his work on the Daya Bay Reactor Neutrino Experiment. The Breakthrough Prize was founded in 2013 by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Jack Ma and Cathy Zhang.

Gifts & Grants

Ilya Raskin, distinguished professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and president of the Global Institute for Bio-Exploration, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,879,891 over five years. The project, titled Botanicals and Metabolic Resiliency, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Raskin here

Alexander Schliep, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and member of the BioMaPS Institute for Quantitative Biology and the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,078,239 over three years. The project, titled Meaningful Date Compression and Reduction of High-Throughput Sequencing Data, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Schliep here.

Desmond Lun, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, Rutgers University–Camden, and the Department of  Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $699,904. The project, titled Computational and Experimental Systems Biology of Cyanobacterial Metabolism, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Lun here.

Stephen Miller, professor and vice chair of the Department of Mathematics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of awards of $499,522 and $75,000. Both projects, titled respectively Automorphic Forms and Harmonic Analysis Methods in Lattice Cryptology and Automorphic Forms on Higher Rank and Kac-Moody Groups, are being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Miller here

Vishal Patel, assistant professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $103,399. The project, titled Visual Fingerprint as a Novel Modality for Mobile Active Authentication, is being supported by the Air Force Research Laboratory. Learn more about Patel here

Frank Jordan, Rutgers Board of Governors Professor in the Department of Chemistry, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the recipient of a subaward from Johns Hopkins University totaling $55,800. The project, titled Targeting Non-mammalian Isoprenoid Biosynthesis, is being supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Learn more about Jordan here.

Bonita Veysey, vice chancellor for planning and implementation and professor in the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $15,780. The project, titled Evaluation of the Effectiveness of State Parole Board Contracted Residential and Community Resource Center Programs, is being supported by the New Jersey State Parole Board. Learn more about Veysey here

In Memoriam

James W. Mackenzie, 90, professor and dean emeritus, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, passed away on November 27, 2015. A New Jersey memorial service is being planned.

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