February 16, 2011

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Community Information

Rutgers Office of Information Technology Offers Computer-Related Classes
The Rutgers University Office of Information Technology offers free classes on various computing topics. Browse the Education Series website for campus-specific sites, workshop offerings, dates, times, locations, and more information. The New Brunswick site allows you to indicate the classes you want and the times that you are available. When a sufficient number of people have requested a class, the class is arranged. For more information, email Edseries@nbcs.rutgers.edu or call 732-445-3216.

Great Classes for the Over-50 Crowd
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University, Rutgers–New Brunswick, offers interesting and stimulating noncredit courses for individuals age 50 and over. Registration is now open for the spring program and includes courses such as “Poetry with a Punchline,” “Famous Trials in History,” and “Soma Yoga for the Sagging Years.” Visit olliru.rutgers.edu for more information and registration.

New Horizons Day Camp Open House
Rutgers Recreation will host a summer day camp open house on Saturday, February 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Cook Douglass Recreation Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Parents will be able to tour the facility and meet the camp staff. Summer day camp is open to children ages 5 to 12. Learn more at recreation.rutgers.edu/camps.

Events

The Necessity and Inevitability of Diversity in the Sciences: February 16
Dr. Sylvester James Gates Jr., member of President Barack Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, will discuss the exclusion of individuals from groups that face traditional biases in our society, limiting the potential for achievement, innovation, and learning in the sciences. This special event will take place on February 16 at 7 p.m. in the Assembly Room of Winants Hall on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Distiguished Lecture Series: Early Modern Chinese Cities: Catalysts for Historical Change: February 17
The Confucius Institute at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, hosts a lecture about early modern Chinese cities on February 17 at 4:30 p.m. at Brower Commons on the College Avenue Campus. Learn more here.

Social Entrepreneurship Summit, Rutgers–Camden: February 18
A conference examining how investments in social entrepreneurship can help to increase jobs and grow business, nonprofits, and other organizations will be held at Rutgers–Camden on February 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn more here.

2011 United States Super 8 Film and Digital Video Festival: February 18–20
View the winning works of the United States Super 8 Film and Digital Video Festival, featuring films by independent filmmakers, from February 18 to 20 at 7 p.m. in Room 105 of Voorhees Hall on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here or call 732-932-8482.

31st Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture: Beauty and the Black Body, Rutgers–Newark: February 19
Explore the evolution in the concepts of black beauty and how they have changed over time on February 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers–Newark. Learn more here or call 973-353-3896.

Rutgers Upward Bound youth summit against Bullying : February 23
As the opening event for TRIO week, the Rutgers Upward Bound Youth Summit Against Bullying includes a panel discussion with bullying victims and experts, a workshop for student leaders and professionals, and a brief question and answer session, on February 23 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at the Livingston Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

In the News

Veterans’ Mental Health Needs Would Be the Focus of New Clinic
The Rutgers College of Nursing, Rutgers–Newark and New Brunswick, is planning to open a campus clinic to serve the mental health needs of veterans on campus. Find the full story here.

Appointments & Retirements

Philip R. Davies has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Finance and Economics at Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick. Professor Davies completed his Ph.D. at Ohio State University and joins Rutgers from the University of Iowa. Learn more about Professor Davies here.

Jeannine F. LaRue will retire from her position as vice president in the Department of Public Affairs , Rutgers–New Brunswick, after 40 years of public and private service to the state and nearly four years of service to the university. Peter J. McDonough has been appointed as the new vice president of public affairs effective March 1. Mr. McDonough has been a lecturer at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers–New Brunswick, since 2001. Learn more here.

Awards & Honors

Karima E. Bennoune, professor at the Rutgers School of Law–Newark, has been named the 2010–2011 Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Scholar for her work on behalf of human rights law and international women’s rights. Learn more here.

Michael J. Matthewson, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been awarded the 2010 Outstanding Educator Award by the Ceramic Educational Council of the American Ceramic Society in recognition of his outstanding work and creativity in teaching, directing student research, and the general educational process of ceramic educators. Learn more here.

Judith Shaw, senior research specialist at the National Center for Neighborhood and Brownfields Redevelopment at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has received the 2010 Excellence in Planning award from the Somerset County Planning Board on behalf of the Sustainable Raritain River Initiative. Learn more here.

Gifts & Grants

The Division of Intercollegiate Athletics received a pledge of $250,000 from Ronald W. RC’62 and Patricia Bainton. The gift will fund the Rutgers Baseball and Softball Complex and provide critically needed upgrades.

The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick received $100,000 from the Prudential Foundation. The center provides services to urban entrepreneurs, helps sustain and grow small businesses, and supports job creation in New Jersey.

Did You Know?

Did you know that Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison will speak and receive an honorary degree at Rutgers’ 245th Commencement on May 15, 2011? Learn more here.

Campus Classifieds

Current Listings:

The Faculty & Staff Bulletin offers online classified ads through CampusAve. Rutgers faculty and staff can post items for sale, free of charge.

Current listings include a 2008 Hyundai Vera Cruz, Blackberry Torch 9800 for AT&T, and a white lacquer dining table.

For many more listings, and to submit your own free listing, please visit Rutgers Campus Classifieds here.