January 8, 2014

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Spotlight

Rutgers Geology Museum
Since its foundation in 1872, the Rutgers Geology Museum has acquired some of New Jersey’s finest mineral samples. In addition to a wide collection of New Jersey specimens, the museum also displays an extensive collection of exotic artifacts from around the world including minerals, stone tools, an actual mastodon skeleton, and a mummy. In recent years, exhibits have been updated and programs have been developed in order to foster a learning environment suitable for children and adults alike.

The museum retains most of its original features, which makes it perfectly suited for its historically evocative Victorian setting on the Old Queen’s Campus. The museum’s 46th Annual Open House and Mineral Sale takes place on January 25, and all are invited!

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Sign Up for an Electronic W-2 Statement
The university provides all employees with the option of only receiving W-2 statements electronically. Employees who would like to sign up for electronic statements must consent by January 15. If consent is not given, a paper W-2 statement will be mailed to the home address. If consent has been given in the past, it remains in effect unless withdrawn. Please take this time to also verify and update contact information if necessary.

To stop the mailing of paper W-2 statements, employees using the Banner System may log in here and select Employee Services>Tax and Payroll Forms>Electronic W-2 Consent. Employees using the RIAS system may log in here and select the W-2 Online Consent link. Email notifications will be delivered to confirm consent. Additional email notifications will be sent in mid- to late January when W-2 statements are available online. Please contact Payroll at 848-445-3007 with questions.

Announcements

Communication Workshops
Online registration is open for the spring schedule of Communicator Certificate Program workshops. The program is available to all full- and part-time faculty and staff who are interested in developing their communications skills as well as learning more about how to effectively promote Rutgers' people and programs. It also offers an opportunity for networking and sharing resources with colleagues. Learn more and register here.

Applications for the SMART Program at NJMS Are Due January 10
Applications for the SMART precollege program at New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) are due January 10. SMART is a program designed to cultivate students’ interest in health science and research, culminating in enhanced competitiveness and expansion of the pool of underrepresented minority students interested in pursuing health-related professions. The program focuses on youth development and academic excellence and provides opportunities to students in grades 6–12. Applications must be submitted online. Learn more here.

The National Arts Program for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
New Jersey Medical School invites Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences employees and their families to submit artwork for the National Arts Program.  Artwork is received on January 16 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in room B515 of the Medical Science Building at Rutgers Health Sciences–Newark. The exhibit is judged by professional artists and visual art professionals in Amateur, Intermediate, Professional, and Youth classifications. Participants must be an employee, volunteer, retiree, student, alumni, or an immediate family member of an employee, volunteer, or retiree of Rutgers Health Sciences–Newark. The registration deadline is January 9. Please contact Noreen Gomez at noreen.gomez@rutgers.edu or 973-972-4795 for more information. Learn more here.

Academic Sphere

Registration Is Open for Robotic Surgery in Gynecologic Patients: Practical Considerations for Improving Patient Care
The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, the Center for Continuing and Outreach Education at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital cosponsor a conference on February 7 from 7:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Arlene and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. Learn more and register here.

New Jersey AIDSLine Magazine Offers Free CE Credits
The winter 2013 issue of New Jersey AIDSLine magazine offers two free continuing education articles for nurses, physicians, and other health professionals. Published biannually by the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center at the School of Nursing and in collaboration with the N.J. Department of Health, AIDSLine covers news, research, and events in the HIV, TB, and STD fields. The two CE articles in this issue are “The Kidney in HIV-1” and “Injecting Drug Use Trends in New Jersey." Download the magazine and instructions for obtaining CE credits here.

Events

Compulsive Narratives: Stories That MUST Be Told, The Graphic Novel as Confession and Inspiration: January 16 through April 26, Camden
The Stedman Gallery at Rutgers–Camden presents a gallery show on the graphic novel from January 16 through April 26. The gallery show features artists displaying comix versions of their life stories through a marriage of drawings and texts, as well as artists with sensibilities kindred to the graphic novelists but working in sculpture, painting, mixed media, and video. Learn more here.

Mindfulness Meditation Session: January 9, New Brunswick
Counseling, ADAP, and Psychiatric Services at Health Services sponsors a meditation session on January 9 at noon in room C of the Douglass Campus Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. All faculty and staff members are invited to participate, regardless of experience level. Learn more here.

Tissue-Specific Functions of Farnesoid X Receptor in Liver and Intestine: January 13, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Center for Lipid Research and the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, host a talk by Grace Guo on January 13 at 2 p.m. in the Food Science Building of the G.H. Cook Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Guo is an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Risk Factors for Epilepsy: The Old and the New: January 15, New Brunswick
The Department of Neurology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School hosts a talk by Dale C. Hesdorffe on January 15 at 1:30 p.m. in room 102 of the Medical Education Building on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Hesdorffe is an associate professor from Columbia University. Learn more here.

The Corporate Board's Responsibility for Ethics and Risk in a Time of Crisis: January 15, Newark
The Institute for Ethical Leadership at Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick hosts an interactive workshop on January 15 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at One Washington Park, Rutgers–Newark. This event offers a keynote presentation by Reatha Clark King, chair of the board of the National Association of Corporate Directors, and a hands-on, ethical crisis scenario exercise in which the audience acts as the c-suite of a fictional company with a serious ethical crisis. A mock board, composed of actual board members, voices the concerns and advice of the board during this crisis. Learn more and register here.

Appointments & Retirements

Suzanne Delehanty, director of the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum since April 2009, has announced that she will be leaving her position at the end of March 2014.

Get Involved

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.

Cell Phone Drive to Benefit Domestic Violence Survivors
The Center on Violence Against Women and Children at the School of Social Work is collecting old wireless phones, batteries, and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider to help protect survivors of domestic and dating violence, as well as the environment. Cell phones will be donated to Verizon's HopeLine® program. In October 2008, Rutgers became the first university to participate in this program when Verizon Wireless established permanent collection points on each of the Rutgers campuses. View drop off locations here.

Awards & Honors

Aaron Hajart, senior director of administration in the Department of Neurological Surgery at New Jersey Medical School, has been elected to a two-year term on the inaugural Board of Directors of the American College of Neuroscience Administrators.

Robert F. Heary, professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery at New Jersey Medical School, has been named the next president of the Cervical Spine Research Society.

Cheryl Holly, professor and chair of the Department of Capacity Building Systems at the School of Nursing, has published a new book titled Scholarly Inquiry and the DNP Capstone (Springer, 2013).

Jing Li, distinguished professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been awarded the Humboldt Research Award by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Jennifer Mandelbaum, professor I at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been awarded the Top Four Paper Award in the Language and Social Interaction Division of the National Communication Association for her paper "How to Do Things with Requests: Requesting at the Family Dinner Table." Learn more here.

Jennifer A. Theiss, assistant professor at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been awarded the Early Career Award from the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association (NCA). She also received the Top Four Paper Award from the Family Communication Division of the NCA for her paper "Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Parents' Orientations Toward Conformity and Conversation as Predictors of Attachment and Psychological Well-Being for Adult Children of Alcoholics." Learn more here.

Gifts & Grants

Hugh Roarty, research project manager at the Coastal Ocean Observation Lab at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,330,510. The project titled Repair and Hardening of Mid-Atlantic Ocean Observing Assets After Hurricane Sandy is being supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Learn more about Hugh Roarty here.

Michael Yedidia, research professor at the Center for State Health Policy at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $707,739. The project titled Evaluating Innovations in Nursing Education is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Professor Yedidia here.

Andrew Seligsohn, associate chancellor for Civic Engagement and Strategic Planning, Rutgers–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $549,998. The project titled 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program is being supported by the N.J. Department of Education. Learn more about Chancellor Seligsohn here.

Ayse Akincigil, associate professor at the School of Social Work and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $45,000. The project titled The Economic Burden of Out-of-Pocket Medical Expenditures is being supported by the U.S. Social Security Administration. Learn more about Professor Akincigil here.

Linda Tartaglia, assistant director of the Police Institute at the School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $30,426. The project titled Fugitive Safe SurrenderJersey City is being supported by the State of New Jersey. Learn more about Director Tartaglia here.

In Memoriam

Richard Emmons passed away on December 30. He was a business manager and worked at Rutgers for 24 years.

Richard Heffner passed away on December 17. He was a university professor of communication and public policy and host of the public television interview show The Open Mind.

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