February 11, 2015

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Spotlight

Special Event Celebrates the Zimmerli’s 2015 Spring Exhibitions: February 17

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, one of the largest and most distinguished university-based museums in the country, celebrates the start of its spring 2015 exhibitions with a special free event February 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. The event will highlight the museum’s next major exhibition, Picturing War: Selections from the Zimmerli Art Museum Collection. Curator-led tours will be offered. Picturing War opened February 7. 

The semester’s new exhibitions also include The Doctor Is In: Medicine in French Prints, which opened last month, and George Segal in Black and White: Photographs by Donald Lokuta, which opens February 14 and features many student contributions. Segal is a Rutgers alumnus and sculptor known locally, having lived in South Brunswick, and internationally. Learn more here.

Lithograph by Kazimir Malevich from Picturing War. Photo credit: Peter Jacobs 

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Deadline for Rutgers Day Program Submissions: February 15
The deadline to submit programs for Rutgers Day 2015 is February 15. Rutgers Day is Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click here to submit your program. Email questions to rutgersday@ucm.rutgers.edu or call Patty Kastner at 848-932-0592.

Announcements

Next Treasurer’s Town Hall Meeting: February 16
The university community is invited to the treasurer’s town hall meeting on February 16 from 2:30 to 4 p.m., Essex Rooms 231-232 at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark, 350 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The meeting will include a presentation and discussion about strategies for the renewal and consolidation of the administrative and student information systems and a report by Don Smith, vice president for information technology, regarding IT initiatives, with a special focus on wireless at Rutgers–Newark.

Nominations for Student Employee of the Year Award
Supervisors of student employees are invited to nominate exceptional student workers for the 2015 Student Employee of the Year Award. The top three students receive monetary awards and the winner has the opportunity to compete at the state, regional, and national levels as sponsored by the National Student Employment Association. The winning student is announced on April 16 at the annual Student Employee of the Year Event Ceremony, where all nominees are recognized. The deadline for nominations is February 23. Additional information and nomination forms are available here. Contact Amy Creteau, associate manager for Student Employment, at 848-932-2644, or amy.creteau@ofa.rutgers.edu, with questions.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were recently quoted by the New York Times, Washington Post, Star-Ledger, and CBS News, among other news organizations.

Highlights include:

Asbury Park Press: 5 things to know about measles (Glenn Fennelly, New Jersey Medical School, quoted here)

New Scientist: Gut bugs serve up vitamin A the carrot-free way (Loredana Quadro, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, quoted here)

Click here to view the week’s other media stories quoting Rutgers experts.

Academic Sphere

Submit Nominations for Rutgers University Human Dignity Awards by March 13
Nominations for the 2015 Rutgers University Human Dignity Awards are being accepted now through March 13. The awards honor individuals and groups—from within the entire university as well as outside the university—who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement and commitment in promoting and practicing diversity at Rutgers and in the broader community. Learn about past recipients here. Review nomination guidelines and submissions information here.

Register Now for February 18 Export Compliance Workshop
The Office of Research and Regulatory Affairs, part of the Rutgers Office of Research and Economic Development, presents an export compliance workshop on February 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Fiber Optics Auditorium, Busch Campus. Presenters include Robert Phillips, Rutgers export compliance officer; FBI Special Agent Tammy McHugh, and Special Agent Sid Simon of the Office of Export Enforcement, U.S. Department of Commerce.  Continental breakfast will be provided. Learn more here. To register, email Karen.Gilbert@rutgers.edu by February 16.

Student Access Hosts U.S. Department of Education’s James T. Minor: February 18
Student Access and Educational Equity, Rutgers Undergraduate Academic Affairs, hosts James T. Minor, deputy assistant secretary for higher education programs at the U.S. Department of Education, February 18, 11 a.m. in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center. His presentation will focus on the future of higher education and President Obama's priorities for providing access to college. RSVP and register here.

Rutgers University Libraries Presents HathiTrust Digital Library: February 24
HathiTrust Digital Library, one of the world’s largest digital libraries and a premier resource for research and teaching in higher education, will be introduced on February 24 with a presentation exploring its benefits to faculty and students in the Teleconference Lecture Hall, 4th floor, Archibald S. Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Lunch will be provided 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with the formal program 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Jeremy York, assistant director of HathiTrust, is the featured guest. Please RSVP online by February 17. Learn more here.

Events

Faculty Recital: Renée Anne Louprette: February 15, New Brunswick
Renée Anne Louprette, university organist and coordinator of the organ program at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a solo organ recital featuring the works of Johann Sebastian Bach on the Richards, Fowkes & Co. pipe organ of Christ Church, New Brunswick, on February 15 at 4 p.m. George B. Stauffer, dean of Mason Gross School of the Arts and a renowned Bach scholar, will present a preconcert lecture at 3 p.m. Learn more here.

The Grenada Revolution and the U.S. Invasion: A Scholar’s Journey: February 11, Newark
The Department of African American and African StudiesNewark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, presents a lecture by Shalini Puri, author of The Grenada Revolution in the Caribbean Present: Operation Urgent Memory, on February 11 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Dana Room, 4th floor, John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers–Newark. Learn more here.

Darwin Day Seminar: Hormonal Pleiotropy and Evolution of Sexual Dimorphism in Body Size: February 12, New Brunswick 
The Joint Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Association hosts Henry John-Alder, professor and chair, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural ResourcesSchool of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, in a lecture recognizing Darwin Day on February 12 at noon in Room V10 at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway. Learn more here.

The Splendor of Chinese Kunqu Opera: February 14, New Brunswick
The Confucius Institute of Rutgers University–New Brunswick, School of Arts and Sciences, presents a performance by the renowned Northern Kunqu Opera Theatre from Beijing, China, on February 14 from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Douglass Campus. Admission is free. Learn more here.

Writers in Camden Series: February 18, Camden
The Rutgers University–Camden Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program’s Writers in Camden Series hosts poet, writer, and artist Benjamin Alire Saenz and author Tiphanie Yanique on February 18 at 7 p.m. in the Stedman Gallery, Fine Arts Building, Rutgers–Camden. A fiction workshop will be held 3 to 4:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Writers at Rutgers Reading Series: February 18, New Brunswick
The Department of EnglishSchool of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts poet Toi Derricotte in its Writers at Rutgers Reading Series on February 18 at 8 p.m. The reading will be followed by a book signing and dessert reception in the multipurpose room, College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Felesia Bowen Appointed François-Xavier Bagnoud Endowed Chair
Felesia Bowen, assistant professor and director of the Center for Urban Youth at the School of Nursing, received a three-year appointment as the François-Xavier Bagnoud endowed chair in pediatric community nursing. Learn about the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center here and about Director Bowen here.

School of Engineering Appointments
The School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, announced the appointments of Jean Patrick Antoine as director of its honors academy, Patricia Muisener as assistant dean for first-year students, and Cecilia Vargas as assistant dean for transfer services.

Get Involved

Give Blood Today
A blood drive sponsored by the Scarlet Anchor Society is being held today, February 11, from 2:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the College Avenue Gym, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Donors are encouraged to have plenty of food and beverage beforehand and to bring ID. Walk-ins are welcome. For questions about eligibility, call 1-800-933-2566 or check here.

Valentine’s Day Evening Dance Workshops and Socials: February 14
On February 14, participate with or without a partner in either of two workshops from 7:30 to 8:50 p.m.—waltz and Viennese waltz with instructor Tommy Kang or West Coast swing and nightclub two-step with instructor Jessica Gittleman Johnson—then join simultaneous dance socials from 9:00 p.m. to midnight featuring bachata, bolero, cha-cha, foxtrot, quickstep, rumba, salsa, samba, jive, tango, waltz and Viennese waltz, California mix, West and East Coast swing, hustle, country western two-step, and nightclub two-step. All at the College Avenue Gym, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Workshops: $15 ($8 with student ID), socials: $15 ($5 with student ID); Combination paid prior to workshop: $20 ($13 with student ID). Advance registration is optional. Learn more here. Questions? Call 848-932-8204 or email igknight@rutgers.edu.

Become a Sponsor of Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait by March 1
Rutgers University celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2016. Be part of its history by being included as a sponsor listed in the back of the anniversary book, Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait. The sponsor offer closes March 1, 2015. This limited edition commemorative book recalls and brings to life two and a half centuries of excellence in higher education through an eclectic mix of historic narrative, archival artifacts, and personal stories and memories from alumni, faculty, students, and staff. Order your copy now at the special introductory price of $50 plus shipping and handling. The special pricing closes July 1, 2015. Learn more here

Awards & Honors

S. Sultan Ahmed Honored by Dow University of Health Sciences
S. Sultan Ahmed, professor of medicine at New Jersey Medical School, received a lifetime achievement award from Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi, Pakistan, where he serves as a visiting faculty member. He was named a faculty and staff ambassador by the Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs last year. Learn more about the Faculty and Staff Ambassador Program and view application information here. Learn more about Professor Ahmed here.

Gifts & Grants

Qizhong Guo, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2.72 million over two years. The project, titled Strengthening Marshes Creek Through Green and Grey Infrastructure, is being supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Learn more about Professor Guo here.  

John Kettle, professor and director of the Intellectual Property Law Clinic, School of Law–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2 million. The project, titled Intellectual Property Law Clinic, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Kettle here.

Cynthia Blitz, executive director of the Center for Effective School Practices and research professor at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $504,000. The project, titled Mid-Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory, is in partnership with ICF International and is being supported by the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about Director Blitz here.

Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Board of Governors Service Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $210,000. The project, titled YES Institute Tutoring Program, is being supported by the LEAP Academy Charter School. Learn more about Professor Bonilla-Santiago here.

Suzie Chen, professor of chemical biology in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, and James Goydos, associate professor of surgery, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Cancer Institute of New Jersey, are principal investigators of an award totaling $200,000. The project, titled Melanoma Metastasis, is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Professor Chen here and Professor Goydos here.

Michelle Infante-Casella, agricultural agent at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $42,605. The project, titled On-Farm Direct Marketing SWOT Analysis, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Ms. Infante-Casella here.

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