October 20, 2010

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Announcements

New Media Relations Policy
A new policy on Communications and Relations with the News Media was recently posted to the University Policy Library. The policy defines individual and unit responsibilities that will result in improved coordination among our various schools and units as they communicate with members of the news media. Because of this new responsibility placed on the Office of Media Relations (OMR), any news release prepared by a unit or individual outside of OMR should now be shared with OMR before it is released to the news media. Electronic versions should be submitted 24 hours prior to release (or earlier if possible) by emailing external@ur.rutgers.edu. Please note: This should not be interpreted to mean that external communications to the news media by other units are subject to prior approval by OMR.

Community Information

Send a Get Well Wish to Eric
During the October 16 football game against Army, Rutgers junior defensive tackle Eric LeGrand suffered a spinal cord injury. Information about his condition can be found here. As Eric remains hospitalized and begins his recovery process, the Rutgers community is asked to keep him in our thoughts and prayers and to send Eric get well wishes directly by visiting this website.

Events

Beyond Good Intentions and Evil Regimes: October 20
Ju Hui Judy Han will discuss Korean-American evangelical missions and how the missionary networks raise questions about intentionality and custody, on October 20 at 8 p.m. in the Livingston Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Find more information here.

Institutional Robustness: How Institutional Arrangements Facilitate or Detract from Efforts to Sustain Ecological Systems: October 20
Elinor Ostrom, winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize in Economics, will explore the importance of protecting both institutional and biological diversity and why some institutional arrangements can survive many disturbances, on October 20 at 2:30 p.m. in Trayes Hall, Douglass Campus Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Institute for Research on Women Distinguished Lecture Series: October 21–November 2
The Institute for Research on Women presents its Distinguished Lecture Series from October 21–November 2. All lectures will be held at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Find more information here or call 732-932-9072.

Hearing the Footsteps of Dawn: The Armenian Genocide in Modern Turkish Consciousness: October 21
The Center for the Study of Genocide, Conflict Resolution, and Human Rights presents a lecture on Hearing the Footsteps of Dawn: The Armenian Genocide in Modern Turkish Consciousness with Khatchig Mouradian on October 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Bove Auditorium in Engelhard Hall, Rutgers–Newark. Find more information here.

Mary I. Bunting Open House for Non-traditonal Students: October 26
Women who are interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree are encouraged to attend the Mary I. Bunting Open House on October 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Douglass Campus Center. The Mary I. Bunting program at Douglass Residential College supports the needs and goals of mature female students. Learn more here.

In the News

Rutgers Students Study Landscape Design in St. Croix
The graduate students' work was aimed at developing a marine research center at Salt River Bay. Find the full story here.

Appointments & Retirements

Katalin Balog has been appointed associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–Newark. Professor Balog joins Rutgers from Yale University. Learn more about Professor Balog here.

Manu Samriti Chander has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of English at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–Newark. Professor Chander joins Rutgers from Trinity College.

Marcia Gardner has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Nursing at the Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–Camden. Professor Gardner joins Rutgers from Drexel University. Learn more about Professor Gardner here.

George Nieswand, professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has retired after 45 years of service to the university.

Patrick Strzelec has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Visual Arts at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Professor Strzelec joins Rutgers from Southern Illinois University.

Awards & Honors

Helen M. Berman, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, received the 2010 Department of Chemistry Alumni Award from the University of Pittsburgh. Learn more about Professor Berman here.

Alexander V. Neimark, professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been named a Blaise Pascal International Chair for his work on statistical mechanics and molecular simulation of adsorption deformation of nanoporous materials. Find more information about Professor Neimark here.

Monica Sekharan, assistant research professor, and Bastal Devkota and Chenghua Shao, research associates, in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, received the American Chemical Society ChemLuminary Award for Outstanding New Local Section. Learn more here.

Gifts & Grants

Joan W. Bennett, professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology and associate vice president of academic affairs charged with promoting the welfare of women in science, engineering, mathematics, and the health professions, is the recipient of an award totaling $759,440. The project titled RU-FAIR- Rutgers University for Faculty Advancement and Institutional Re-Imagination (ADVANCE) is supported by the National Science Foundation. More information about Dr. Bennett can be found here.

Linda Flynn, professor in the College of Nursing, Rutgers–Newark, and associate dean for graduate education, is the recipient of a grant totaling $807,840. The work to support Rutgers College of Nursing Advanced Nursing Education Expansion was granted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. More information about Dr. Flynn can be found here.

Dimitri Metaxas, professor in the Department of Computer Science, director of the Center for Computational Biomedicine Imaging and Modeling, and director of the Center for Dynamic Data Analytics, is the recipient of two grants totaling $755,200. The awards were given for his work on Medium: Collaborative Research: Linguistically Based ASL Sign Recognition as a Structured Multivariate Learning Problem and Dyadic Synchrony as a Measure of Trust and Veracity. Both projects are supported by the National Science Foundation. More information about Dr. Metaxas can be found here.

Did You Know?

Did you know Rutgers–Newark will host the Scarlet Raiders Basketball Clinic for boys and girls from ages
7–17 on November 4–5 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m? Find more information here.

In Memoriam

Barbara E. Moore, assistant dean in the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, Rutgers–Newark, passed away on October 7, 2010.

Howard Tuckman, former dean at Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, passed away on October 14, 2010. Find more information.

Campus Classifieds

Current Listings:

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

Some current listings include a treadmill, a queen-size platform, and a 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid.

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