February 5, 2014

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Spotlight
University Strategic Plan Approved
The Board of Governors approved on Feburary 4, 2014, A Strategic Plan for The New Rutgers—a document that expresses a bold vision and strategy for the next five years. The plan, conceived at a singular moment in our nearly 250-year history and the result of more than a year of universitywide discussion and analysis initiated by President Barchi, sets a clear aspiration for Rutgers: to be broadly recognized as among the nation’s leading public universities: preeminent in research, excellent in teaching, and committed to community. All faculty and staff are encouraged to read the plan, which is available online as an ebook and as a PDF download. Building on the universitywide plan, chancellor-led strategic planning is occurring this semester at New Brunswick, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark, and Camden.
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Don't Forget

Get Involved in Rutgers Day
Rutgers Day is a chance for the university to open its gates to the public and showcase our mission of research, teaching, and service. All Rutgers schools, departments, administrative units, and student organizations are invited to submit a program by February 15. If this is your first Rutgers Day, sign up for a webinar to learn more about the event and tips for creating a successful program on February 6 or February 11 at 10 a.m. (registration required). Email rutgersday@ucm.rutgers.edu with questions or to register. Learn more information here.

Announcements

File New Jersey Tax Returns Electronically
The New Jersey Division of Taxation reminds faculty and staff members they can get their New Jersey income tax refunds faster by using NJ FastFile to file State returns online or with a software package. Plus, filers can choose direct deposit, which is not available with paper returns. Learn more here or call 1-800-323-4400.

Nominations for Student Employee of the Year Award
Supervisors of student employees are invited to nominate exceptional student workers for the 2014 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. Additional information and nomination forms are available here. Please contact Amy Creteau, associate director for Student Employment, at 848-932-2644, or amy.creteau@ofa.rutgers.edu, with questions.

Low-Cost Lung Cancer Screenings Now Available
The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, in collaboration with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and University Radiology, now offers low-cost and low-dose CT scans as part of its Lung Cancer Screening Program. Individuals who are age 50 or older, a current or former smoker, and have a history of 30 “pack years” of smoking (smoked a pack per day for 30 years or two packs per day for 15 years) may be eligible for the $99 screening. Learn more here.

Academic Sphere

Registration Is Open for Vincent Tinto Event
The Office of Student Access and Educational Equity, the Office of Enrollment Management, and Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, host a talk by Vincent Tinto on February 19 at 10 a.m. in the multipurpose room of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Tinto is a renowned researcher who has written extensively on higher education, student success, and the impact of learning communities on student growth and degree attainment. Learn more and register here.

Call for Research Projects by the Aresty Research Center
The Aresty Research Center at Undergraduate Academic Affairs now accepts proposals from faculty members interested in mentoring undergraduate students for the 2014–2015 Research Assistant Program. The center matches outstanding undergraduates to faculty research projects and supports projects in all disciplines. Learn more here.

Call for Nominations for the 2014 Human Dignity Awards
The Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes seeks nominations from Rutgers students, faculty, and staff for its annual Human Dignity Awards. This award honors individuals and groups who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement and commitment to practicing and promoting diversity and social justice across the three Rutgers campuses. Non-Rutgers individuals and groups who have contributed to diversity and social justice work within the university may also be nominated. The nomination deadline is March 19. Learn more here.

Events

Chancellor’s Faculty Research Day: February 13, Camden
The Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers University–Camden, sponsors a research showcase on February 13 at 3 p.m. in the Camden Campus Center, Rutgers–Camden. Junior faculty members offer brief overviews of their work and answer questions from their faculty colleagues and students. A reception follows this event. Learn more here.

Department of Religion Consortium: Senses and Values of Oneness: February 6, New Brunswick
The Department of Religion at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a talk by Philip J. Ivanhoe on February 6 at 4:30 p.m. in the Pane Room of Alexander Library on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Ivanhoe is a professor of East Asian and comparative philosophy and religion at City University of Hong Kong. Learn more here.

Professional Development Movie Seminar Series: Seven: February 6, New Brunswick
The Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a screening and discussion of the movie Seven on February 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Center of Alcohol Studies on the Busch Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. This interactive experience draws on popular culture to explore the complex understanding of co-occurring disorders. Learn more and register here.

Darwin Day Seminar: RNA Virus Adaptation (or not) to Environmental Change: February 10, New Brunswick
The Joint Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Association at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School hosts a lecture by Paul E. Turner on February 10 at noon in room V10 of the RWJMS Research Tower on the Busch Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Turner is chair and professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University. Learn more here.

Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond: A Discussion and Reading: February 10, Newark
The Department of African American and African Studies at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark hosts a talk by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond on February 10 at 6 p.m. in the Dana Room of the Dana Library, Rutgers University–Newark. Brew-Hammond is a writer and editor and author of the novel Powder Necklace. Learn more here.

An Evening with Steven Fulop: February 11, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a talk by Steven Fulop on February 11 at 7:15 p.m. in Trayes Hall of the Douglass Campus Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Fulop is the mayor of Jersey City. This event is free but RSVP is required. Learn more and register here.

Best Practices for Assessing Risk in Social and Behavioral Research: February 12, New Brunswick
The Human Subjects Protection Program at the Office of Research Regulatory Affairs broadcasts a webinar on February 12 at 1 p.m. which may be viewed at the Computing Research & Education Building on the Busch Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here (PDF).

Rhacel Parreñas on the Legal Servitude of Migrant Domestic Workers: February 13, New Brunswick
The Institute for Research on Women and the Department of American Studies at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, along with the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, cosponsor a talk by Rhacel Parreñas on February 13 at 4:30 p.m. at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building on the Douglass Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Parreñas is a professor of sociology at the University of Southern California. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Vicente H. Gracias has been appointed interim dean of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Learn more about Dean Gracias here.

Wun Jung Kim has been appointed chief of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and director of the Child Fellowship Program in the Department of Psychiatry at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Learn more about Director Kim here.

Get Involved

Rutgers Medical vs Rutgers Dental Winter Classic Hockey 2014 Fundraiser
New Jersey Medical School and the School of Dental Medicine host a fundraising event on February 21 at 8 p.m. at Prudential Center AmeriHealth Pavilion in Newark. The Sean Hanna Foundation has been selected as this year's beneficiary of the fundraising match. Last year, nearly $7,500 was raised for Hurricane Sandy relief. This year, the money raised helps patients and their families in their fight against pediatric cancer. Donations may be made at the door or online here.

Awards & Honors

Timothy Cobb, part-time lecturer at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been appointed principal bass for the New York Philharmonic.

Ruth Feldstein, associate professor in the Department of History at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, has published a new book titled How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement (Oxford University Press, December 2013).

Jeffrey P. Levine, professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), has been awarded the Norman H. Edelman Clinical Science Mentoring Award by RWJMS.

Gifts & Grants

Jill M. Williams, professor in the Department of Psychiatry and director of the Division of Addiction Psychiatry at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Mary Brunette of the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center are the principal investigators of an award totaling $895,717. The project titled RCT of a Motivational Decision Support System for Smokers with SMI is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Professors Williams here.

Richard D. Ludescher, dean of academic programs at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $499,722. The project titled GRAS Luminescent Probes of Food Physical State is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Dean Ludescher here.

Susan J. Schurman, distinguished professor in the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations and dean of the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $250,000. The project titled Healthcare Talent Network FY 2014 is being supported by the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Learn more about Professor Schurman here.

Roland Anglin, executive director and associate research professor at the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $74,000. The project titled Strong Healthy Communities Initiative Primary Local Evaluation is being supported by the Community Foundation of New Jersey. Learn more about Professor Anglin here.

Marian Pereira, research associate at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $60,000. The project titled Dopamine/Adenosine Interactions in Postpartum Depression: Therapeutic Role of A2A Antagonism is being supported by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

In Memoriam

Adelaide Marcus Zagoren passed away on January 31. She served as the executive director of the Associate Alumnae of Douglass College from 1968 through 1994.

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