November 5, 2014

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Spotlight

New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association Conference
The Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions' Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program at the School of Health Related Professions (SHRP) hosted the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association Conference on October 18. Over 200 practitioners, educators, scholars, and students gathered to learn, reflect, advocate, and network. Highlights of the day included presentations by Rutgers scholars Kenneth J. Gill, Elizabeth Torres, Cecilia Feeley, and Columbia University's Glen Gillen. Twenty-seven students currently enrolled in the OTA program presented posters on topics including adapted workstations, animal assisted therapy, and occupational therapy and the U.S. military.

Photo credit: Catherine Colucci, SHRP

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Recent Updates to the University Policy Website
The University Policy Library is the official source for the policies governing the academic, administrative, financial, operational, and business affairs of the university. Faculty, staff, and students are required to be conversant with policies that apply to their respective roles. The following is a recent update to the policy library. 

70.1.1 Acceptable Use Policy for Information Technology Resources (revised) (PDF)

Recent policy updates including previous versions of updated policies are available at Recent Policy Updates. For specific questions about policy interpretations, please contact the responsible office listed on each policy. For general questions about university policies, contact the Office of the Secretary of the University at secretary@oldqueens.rutgers.edu.

Academic Sphere

Call for Proposals: Sixth Annual Online and Hybrid Learning Conference
The Center for Online and Hybrid LearningContinuing Studies, is now accepting presentation proposals for the 6th Annual Online and Hybrid Learning Conference on January 14 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark and January 15 at the Hilton Conference Room, Hilton Hotel, East Brunswick. The deadline for submissions is November 10. Submit a proposal and learn more here.

Registration Is Open for Take the Floor Tonight: Break Free from Pelvic Floor Disorders
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) host Take the Floor Tonight: Break Free from Pelvic Floor Disorders on November 13 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. in the Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard, RWJUH, New Brunswick. Topics include advice about signs, symptoms, and treatment options for these conditions; demonstrations of quick and easy exercises; tips to strengthen the pelvic floor; and anecdotes from women who have overcome a pelvic floor disorder and regained their quality of life. Register here and learn more here.

Registration Is Open for the Clinical Neuroscience Symposium
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and the Center for Continuing and Outreach Education at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences host a clinical neuroscience symposium on November 21 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and November 22 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Heldrich Hotel and Conference Center, New Brunswick. Register and learn more here.

Events

Charter Day: November 10, Camden
Rutgers University–Camden hosts a celebration for the 248th anniversary of the founding of Queen’s College on November 10 at 12:15 p.m. in the main lounge of the Camden Campus Center. Share photos of the event with the hashtags #RutgersCharterDay, #RutgersCamden, and #248YearsOfScarlet. Learn more here.

Taikoza Japanese Taiko Drum: November 5, Newark
The Office of Student Life and Leadership, Rutgers University–Newark, presents the Annual Asian Pacific Islander Month Program featuring Taikoza Japanese Taiko Drums live performance on November 5 at 7 p.m. in the Essex Room, Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

The Physics of Politics: November 7, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute hosts Andrew Zwicker, head of science education, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, on November 7 at 10:30 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, G.H. Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

The Next Missions: Politics and Public Service: November 10, New Brunswick
The Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Services and the Center for American Women and Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, host a conversation on veterans in politics, public service, and community engagement on November 10 at 1:15 p.m. at Winants Hall, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The panel is moderated by Debbie Walsh and features Elisa Basnight, Seth Lynn, and Senator Samuel Thompson. Register and learn more here.

Ron Rice Lecture Series on Criminal Justice and Public Policy: November 11, Newark
Rutgers University–Newark hosts the inaugural lecture featuring the Honorable Ronald L. Rice on November 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. on the 1st floor, Baker Trial Courtroom, Center for Law and Justice, Rutgers–Newark. Advanced registration is required. Register and learn more here.

The Fight for Public Things: Totality and Political Collectives: November 11, New Brunswick
The Center for Cultural Analysis, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts Bonnie Honig, Brown University, and Bruce Robbins, Columbia University, on November 11 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Teleconference Lecture Hall, Alexander Library, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Writers in Camden Series: Justin Torres and Gina Apostol: November 12, Camden
The master of fine arts program in creative writing, Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, hosts writers Justin Torres and Gina Apostol on November 12 at 7:30 a.m. in the Stedman Gallery, Camden Fine Arts Building, Rutgers–Camden. Learn more here.

Pre-Thanksgiving Luncheon Buffet: November 19 and 20, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Club, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a Thanksgiving luncheon on November 19 and November 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Rutgers Club, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The luncheon costs $16. For reservations, call 848-932-7139. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Benedetto Piccoli, Joseph and Loretta Lopez Chair and professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, has been appointed program director of the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, Rutgers University–Camden. 

Celeste Williams has been appointed administrative assistant in the Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers University–Camden.  

Nir Yakoby, associate professor in the Department of Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, has been appointed director for the graduate computational and integrative biology program in the Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, Rutgers University–Camden.

Get Involved

New Jersey State Employees Charitable Campaign
The annual New Jersey State Employees Charitable Campaign fund drive runs from November 5 through December 5. Contributions help support the programs and services of charities across the state, country, and world. Employees can donate through payroll deduction or one-time contribution. Access pledge forms, the charity codebook, and learn more here.

International Friendship Program Thanksgiving Dinner Program
The International Friendship Program (IFP), Center for Global Services, coordinates a Thanksgiving Holiday Dinner program that introduces international students to this American holiday. Applications are now being accepted for the program. Sign up as a host here or sign up as a guest here. For more information, contact IFP coordinator Carissa McCarthy at carissam@gaiacenters.rutgers.edu.

Join Rutgers University Alumni Association on the Road to Cheer on the Scarlet Knights
The Rutgers University Alumni Association is hitting the road to help fans go BIG this year. Before you cheer on the Scarlet Knights, get pumped at R Game Day, a series of exclusive Rutgers-only tailgate events happening before every away game this season. Learn more here.

Campus Connect Suicide Prevention Training Fall 2014
The Community Approaches to Suicide Prevention Working Group hosts its Campus Connect Suicide Prevention Training on November 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. in room 202C, Livingston Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. To sign up for a workshop and for more information, contact Francesca Maresca at fmaresca@echo.rutgers.edu

Rutgers Turf Club Citrus Sale
The Rutgers Turf Club hosts its citrus sale fundraiser featuring navel oranges, red grapefruit, tangerines, and tangelos. The order deadline is November 12. Pick-up location is at Hort Farm I Labs, located directly adjacent to the Holly House at Rutgers Gardens. Order your citrus here.

In Good Taste: Behavioral Weight Loss and Lifestyle Intervention
The Department of Food ScienceSchool of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, seeks women interested in participating in a research study on the influence of taste genetics and weight loss. Volunteers will be screened for a taste gene involved in food preferences and then randomly assigned to a low-fat or low-carbohydrate diet for six months. Volunteers must be healthy, 18 to 60 years of age, seeking to lose 30 or more pounds, and able to walk two blocks without stopping. For more information, please contact Beverly Tepper at sensorylab@aesop.rutgers.edu.

Awards & Honors

George Brice Jr., instructor and trainer in the Integrated Employment Institute, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions, School of Health Related Professions, was awarded the Alan Lunt Consumer Advocate Award from the New Jersey Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

Deeksha Singh, assistant professor of strategy, international business, and entrepreneurship, Rutgers School of BusinessCamden, was awarded the Douglas Nigh Best Paper Award at the 2014 Academy of Management conference.

Robert W. Snyder, associate professor of media studies: journalism, Department of Arts, Culture, and Media, and associate professor in the graduate program in the Department of American Studies, Rutgers University–Newark, has published a new book, Crossing Broadway: Washington Heights and the Promise of New York City (Cornell University Press, 2014).  

Peggy (Margaret) Swarbrick, assistant professor, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions, School of Health Related Professions, was awarded the Citizen of the Year Award at the New Jersey Psychiatric Association Program for Excellence. 

Gifts & Grants

Elisa Bandera, associate professor of epidemiology at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the School of Public Health, and a graduate faculty member in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Kitaw Demissie, professor and chair of epidemiology in the School of Public Health, are two of the three principal investigators of an award totaling $5.7 million. The project, titled African-American Breast Cancer: Impact of Obesity on Survival and Quality of Life, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Bandera //cinj.rutgers.edu/researcher-profiles/index?profile=elisa.bandera@rutgers.edu">here and Professor Demissie //cinj.rutgers.edu/researcher-profiles/index?profile=demisski@sph.rutgers.edu">here.

Eva Andrei, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2 million. The project, titled Ultra-Low Power, Collective-State Device Technology Based on Electron Correlation in Two-Dimensional Atomic Layers, is a joint project with Penn State University and is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Andrei here.

Qian Cai, assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,695,315 over five years. The project, titled Regulation of Mitochondrial Quality Through Mitophagy in Alzheimer’s Disease, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Cai here.

Hong Li, director of the Center for Advanced Proteomics Research and associate professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of a six-year sub-award totaling $908,904. The project, titled Drug Combination Signatures for Prediction and Mitigation of Toxicity, is in collaboration with Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine and is being supported by the National Institutes of Health’s Library of Integrated Network-Based Cellular Signatures program. Learn more about Professor Li here.  

Mary Emenike, director of STEM Support Programs at Rutgers Learning Centers, Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $318,127. The project, titled Rutgers University Preparation in STEM Leadership, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Director Emenike here.

Muthu Muthukrishnan, professor in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project, titled Sublinear Approach to Big Social Data Problems, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Muthukrishnan here

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