January 29, 2014

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Spotlight

Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory
The Robert A. Schommer Astronomical Observatory at the Department of Physics and Astronomy is located in the dome on the roof of the Serin Physics Building on the Busch Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The observatory houses a 20-inch optical telescope used to carry out astronomical imaging and spectroscopic observations.

Members of the Rutgers University community and the general public are invited to observe the night sky through the optical telescope at the observatory on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month, weather permitting. Children are welcome. Visit at any time during the two-hour session, though the observatory tends be less crowded later. Learn more here.

In this Issue...
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 January 29 at 2 p.m., February 6 at 10 a.m., or February 11 at 10 a.m. Please email mschnee@ucm.rutgers.edu to register. Questions? Email rutgersday@ucm.rutgers.edu or call 848-932-0591.

Announcements

New Formal Campus Names
As of 2014, Rutgers’ metropolitan campus names now include “University” in their titles.

Rutgers University–New Brunswick
Rutgers University–Newark
Rutgers University–Camden

In editorial material, on first reference use the new formal name of the campus, e.g., Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Subsequent references may use shorter versions, e.g., Rutgers–New Brunswick, Rutgers, or the New Brunswick Campus.

New signatures are available on the visual identity website. The old campus signatures are now retired; however, you may transition to the new marks over time as budget and resources allow.

Please note that the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences name and signature have not changed.

For additional information on university editorial style, see the Rutgers Editorial Style Guide.

Short-Term Apartment Rentals for Faculty and Staff
Rutgers University Facilities and Capital Planning offers short-term apartment rentals to all faculty and staff in need of temporary housing. Inventory consists of 26 one- and two-bedroom apartments with locations in Highland Park, New Brunswick, and Piscataway (on the Busch Campus). All apartments are fully furnished and include utilities, cable, and internet. Leases can be as short as one month with a maximum of one year. Rents range from $1,697–$3,147/month, depending upon location. Please contact April Leavy at 848-445-6722 or april.leavy@rutgers.edu for further information.

Academic Sphere

Join the Rutgers Speakers Bureau
The Rutgers Speakers Bureau provides professional and community groups a central location to connect with university presenters for their events or special meetings. All faculty and staff are encouraged to sign up here. Faculty members can speak on their area of expertise and research, while staff can speak on topics pertinent to the work they do at Rutgers. Learn more here.

Call for Proposals for Working Groups at the Center for Cultural Analysis
The Center for Cultural Analysis (CCA) at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, invites faculty who wish to form a Working Group for the 2014–15 academic year to submit a proposal. Working Groups may be convened on any topic, with the expectation that the work of the group is interdisciplinary in focus and in a preliminary stage of inquiry. Groups are meant to be exploratory and are typically supported for a period of one to three years. The CCA supports three to five Working Groups at any given time, providing funding for working materials, speakers, and small-scale colloquia, as well as administrative support, publicity, and the use of center facilities. Learn more here.

Call for Proposals for Voices United for Youth: Visions of a Better Tomorrow
The School of Social Work and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families host a networking conference on May 8 at 8 a.m. in New Brunswick. The conference focuses on promoting successful and sustainable relationships and partnerships between youth involved in the child welfare system and the adults who serve them. Open registration for the conference begins in March. Please submit all proposals and/or questions to anconference@ssw.rutgers.edu.

Events

Umoja and Usaama: A Concert of West African Dance and Music: February 5, Newark
The Department of African American and African Studies, the Federated Department of History, and the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark cosponsor a performance on February 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Bradley Hall Theatre, Rutgers University–Newark. This event is free. Learn more here.

Digital Effects and Cinephiliac Ethics: Chinese Film under the Sign of Globalization: January 30, New Brunswick
The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a talk by Yomi Braester at 4:30 p.m. at Brower Commons on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Braester is from the University of Washington. Learn more here.

The Challenges of Reducing Fossil Fuel Use: January 31, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, present a talk by Richard York on January 31 at 10:30 a.m. in the Alampi Room of the Marine Sciences Building on the G.H. Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. York is the Richard A. Bray Faculty Fellow at the University of Oregon. Learn more here.

Tel Aviv: Between the Margins and the Center of Israeli Society: February 3, New Brunswick
The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a talk by Gadi Taub on February 3 at 4 p.m. in the Douglass Campus Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Taub is a celebrated Israeli novelist, historian, cultural critic, and Rutgers alumnus. Learn more here.

Copyright Issues for Academic Research and Publication: February 4, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Libraries, the Center for Teaching Advancement and Assessment Research, and the TA Project, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, present a workshop on February 4 at 1 p.m. in the Pane Room of Alexander Library on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Topics include ownership of scholarly works, use of third-party works, publication agreements, deposit agreements for digital repositories, and the Rutgers open access policy. Learn more here and register here.

Postnatal Neurogenesis, Depression, and Epilepsy: February 5, New  Brunswick
The Department of Neurology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School hosts a talk by Helen E. Scharfman on February 5 at 1:30 p.m. in the Clinical Academic Building on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Scharfman is a professor at the Langone Medical Center at New York University and the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research. Learn more here.

Work-Family Reconciliation Policy and Gender Equality: A Cross-National Perspective: February 6, New Brunswick
The School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a talk by Janet C. Gornick on February 6 at 5 p.m. on the second floor of Brower Commons on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. This is the annual Blanche Grosswald Memorial Lecture, and Gornick is a professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Learn more here.

Discover Rutgers University–Camden Day: February 7, Camden
Rutgers University–Camden invites family, friends, and prospective students to Discover Rutgers University–Camden Day on February 7 at 9 a.m. Representatives from academic departments, admissions, student life, and many other areas of the campus will be available to answer questions. Advance registration is requested. Learn more and register here.

Appointments & Retirements

Nancy Pullen, director of recruitment and enrollment at University Undergraduate Admissions, is retiring on February 6 after 44 years of service at the university. A celebration will be held on February 6, and faculty and staff are welcome to RSVP here.

Mallory Scott has been appointed administrative analyst at the Office of Admissions at New Jersey Medical School.

Get Involved

Subjects Sought for Study on Concentration and Time Management Issues
Are you a student experiencing difficulties with concentration, time management, and/or organization? The School of Health Related Professions (SHRP) seeks students ages 18 through 64 to participate in a research study designed to enhance academic performance by developing specialized skills for learning. Students are provided with free and individualized feedback on areas affecting academic performance, including memory and attention. Individuals with a diagnosis of depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and other mental health conditions may be qualified to participate. Compensation for participation in this study is up to $125 over 12 months. All participation is kept confidential. For more information, please call 855-674-7315, or email STUDENT_RESEARCH@shrp.rutgers.edu. The principal investigator of this study is Michelle Mullen at SHRP.

Bedsheet and Nonperishable Food Items Drive
The Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine, along with the S.H.A.R.E Center and the Office for Diversity and Community Engagement at New Jersey Medical School, hosts a donation drive for new or slightly used bedsheets (twin or full-size) and nonperishable food items through January 30 on behalf of Apostles’ House in Newark. Items may be dropped off in rooms C698 or B694 in the Medical Science Building or at the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Office at the International Center for Public Health at Rutgers Health Sciences–Newark.

Children's Book Drive
The Health Information Management (HIM) Program at the School of Health Related Professions and the Office of University-Community Partnerships at Rutgers–Newark are collecting children’s books this semester. The books will be donated to a local Newark school to encourage reading and learning. Please consider picking up a child's book appropriate for kindergarten through 8th grade. Books may be dropped off at the HIM Program office in room 350/358 of the Stanley S. Bergen, Jr. Building at Rutgers Health Sciences–Newark, or in the collection bin on the first floor hallway.

Awards & Honors

Bruce G. Haffty, chair of radiation oncology at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has been named Top Doctor for Women’s Health by Inside Jersey magazine. Learn more here.

Ross Kauffman, part-time lecturer at the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been awarded the Cinematography Award for U.S. Documentary at this year's Sundance Film Festival for his film E-Team, of which he was the director, coproducer, and cinematographer. Learn more here.

Thomas Kearney, director of breast care services at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has been named Top Doctor for Women’s Health by Inside Jersey magazine. Learn more here.

Pauline Lerma, medical director of the Breast Consultation Program at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has been named Top Doctor for Women’s Health by Inside Jersey magazine. Learn more here.

Lorna Rodriguez, director of precision medicine at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has been named Top Doctor for Women’s Health by Inside Jersey magazine. Learn more here.

Deborah L. Toppmeyer, chief medical officer and director of the Stacy Goldstein Breast Cancer Center and LIFE Center at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, has been named Top Doctor for Women’s Health by Inside Jersey magazine. Learn more here.

Gifts & Grants

Adrienne E. Eaton, chair of the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $767,284. The award titled Opportunity4Jersey Training Grant is being supported by the N.J. Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Learn more about Professor Eaton here.

Vikki Katz, assistant professor at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $623,035. The award titled Leveraging Technology for Learning in U.S. Latino Families is being supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Learn more about Professor Katz here.

Marlie Wasserman, director of Rutgers University Press, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $76,000. The award titled Direct to Consumer Marketing to Augment the Distribution of University Press Books is being supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Learn more about Director Wasserman here.

Jill Friedman, acting assistant dean, and Pam Mertsock-Wolfe, associate director for the Pro Bono and Public Interest programs at the School of Law–Camden, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $10,000. The award titled Rutgers School of LawCamden Pro Bono Program Bankruptcy Project is being supported by the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation. Learn more about Dean Friedman here and Director Mertsock-Wolfe here.

Clement Price, Rutgers Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of History and director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $5,000. The award titled The 34th Annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series is being supported by the New Jersey Council for the Humanities. Learn more about Professor Price here.

In Memoriam

Edward Nagy passed away on January 13. He was professor emeritus of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and taught for 30 years before retiring in 1990. He served as graduate director for 14 years, from 1967 to 1981.

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