October 23, 2013

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Spotlight

Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs
The Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers) are the central universitywide office for strategic international efforts. The GAIA Centers are dedicated to increasing the international profile and reputation of Rutgers through expansion of international scholarly opportunities for faculty, establishment of strategic partnerships, and enhancement of international experiences for students. The GAIA Centers’ offices include Global Education, Global Programs, Global Relations, Global Services, RBHS International Services, and the Rutgers China Office.

This fall, GAIA Centers launched the Global Health! Biennial Theme, which brings together the university’s global health strengths in social sciences, humanities, and other fields with the clinical strengths of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Approximately 90 events will be held this year by schools, departments, and other units. Learn more about upcoming events here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Rutgers University Physical Master Plan
Don't forget to take the MyCampus Survey here. Faculty and staff input is needed in order for the master plan to study whether the Rutgers physical environment and facilities serve its academic goals and to identify opportunities for future improvements. Visit the University Physical Master Plan website for future updates regarding the Adjacency Tool and planning forums.

Announcements

Registration Is Open for Rutgers Recreation's Teachers' Convention Camp
Rutgers Recreation offers camp sessions on November 7 and 8 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Cook Douglass Recreation Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Schools in New Jersey are closed for the NJEA Convention on these dates. Registration is $65 per child for one day or $120 for both days. Activities tentatively scheduled are free swim, arts and crafts, science, sports, and a local trip. The fee includes morning and afternoon snacks and all trips. Lunch is not provided. Space is limited and registration is required. Register here.

Academic Sphere

Registration Is Now Open for RWJMS SATHI Lecture Series
The South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI) at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) hosts a lecture titled Identity, Culture, and Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in the Context of the South Asian Diaspora on November 4 at 3 p.m. in room 1302 of the Clinical Academic Building on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Namratha Kandula, assistant professor of medicine at Northwestern University, gives the lecture. Learn more here and register here.

Registration Is Now Open for the Center of Alcohol Studies Professional Development Seminar Series
The Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers–New Brunswick, offers seminars on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Center of Alcohol Studies on the Busch Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. A light breakfast and lunch is served during each session, and Continuing Education hours are available. View the complete seminar schedule and special offerings here.

Events
Rutgers Against Hunger Movie Night: October 24, New Brunswick
Rutgers Against Hunger and the Community FoodBank of New Jersey host a special screening of the documentary A Place at the Table on October 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Rutgers Cinema on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The film raises important questions about food insecurity in America and its economic, cultural, and social impact on the nation. A panel discussion follows the film. This event is free. Learn more here.
 

Institute of Jazz Studies Designation as Literary Landmark and Concert: October 23, Newark
The Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers–Newark, is honored as the New Jersey Center for the Book’s fifth Literary Landmark at a ceremony on October 23 at 1:30 p.m. in the Dana Room of Dana Library, Rutgers–Newark. A concert follows the ceremony featuring pianist and vocalist Daryl Sherman, a jazz musician who is well known for her 14-year engagement at the Waldorf Astoria. Learn more here.

Writers at Rutgers Features Zadie Smith: October 23, New Brunswick
Writers at Rutgers in the Department of English at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, presents a reading by Zadie Smith on October 23 at 8 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Smith's novel NW was named one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2012. Learn more here.

Global Ethics Conference: October 24, Newark
The Division of Global Affairs and the Student Association of Global Affairs, Rutgers–Newark, along with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, host a conference on October 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Dana Room of Dana Library, Rutgers–Newark. This conference further establishes dialogue on global ethics amongst the current and next generation of scholars in the field and brings together established scholars and advanced graduate students to present their ongoing research. Learn more and register here.

Lessons from Mixed Housing Programs: Implications for Obama’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative: October 25, Camden
The Center for Urban Research and Education, Rutgers–Camden, hosts a talk by Hilary Silver on October 25 at 12:15 p.m. in the executive private dining room of the Camden Campus Center, Rutgers–Camden. Silver is a professor of sociology and urban studies and a professor of public policy at Brown University and editor of the journal City & Community. Learn more here.

New Jersey's Governors and the State's Medical Education System: October 25, New Brunswick
The Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) Retired Faculty Association hosts a talk by Bob Vietrogoski on October 25 at 1:30 p.m. in the Dean's Conference Room of RWJMS Research Tower on the Busch Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Vietrogoski is the head of special collections at the George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences at Rutgers Health Sciences–Newark. Please email Paul Manowitz at manowitz@rwjms.rutgers.edu with questions.

Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble Performs New Compositions by Rutgers' Composers: October 26, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers–New Brunswick, presents the Ekmeles Vocal Group on October 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Schare Recital Hall of the Marryott Music Building on the Douglass Campus. This event is free and a reception follows the concert. Learn more here.

Homecoming Comedy Show Featuring John Oliver and Wyatt Cenac: October 26, New Brunswick
The Rutgers University Programming Association hosts a comedy show on October 26 at 9 p.m. in the College Avenue Gym, Rutgers–New Brunswick. John Oliver and Wyatt Cenac from the Daily Show tackle politics, culture, and the media. Student tickets are $15 for floor and $20 for balcony. Faculty, staff, and guest tickets are $25 for floor and $30 for balcony. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Energy Café: New Jersey Offshore Wind Project and the Development of Energy Technology: October 30, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, sponsors a morning café hour for conversation on a broad range of energy-related topics on October 30 at 8:45 a.m. at The Cove in the Busch Campus Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Faculty, staff, and students from all disciplines are invited to join. Learn more here.

Current Issues in Compliance Law and Institutional Liability: An Update from an Expert: November 1, New Brunswick
The Office of Disability Services at Undergraduate Academic Affairs and NJ-AHEAD cosponsor a talk by Salome Heyward on November 1 with workshops beginning at 9 a.m. in room 232 of Tillett Hall on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Heyward is a civil rights attorney with over 35 years experience in the field of disability discrimination law and disability management and the president of Salome Heyward & Associates. This all-day event is also simulcast to Rutgers–Newark and Rutgers–Camden campuses. Learn more and register here.

Get Involved

Dancing with the Deans
The Office of the Dean of Students, Rutgers–New Brunswick, hosts a charity event on November 1 at 8 p.m. in the College Avenue Gym, Rutgers–New Brunswick. This dance competition, where Rutgers students pair up with deans, administrators, and student leaders, kicks off Parent and Family Weekend. All proceeds support Rutgers Against Hunger and provide emergency funds to assist students who do not have the means to purchase food. Donations may be made online here, and $1 donations may be made at several campus locations. View a list of locations here, and learn more about the event here.

Bridge Walk/Run Benefit
The School of Nursing–Camden and the Rutgers–Camden chapter of the international nursing honor society (Eta Mu) sponsor their third annual Bridge Walk/Run Benefit on November 2 at 8 a.m. This benefit raises money to support crucial community outreach programs in Camden. Registration for the Bridge Walk/Run Benefit is $15 for Rutgers students and $25 for all other participants. To register, email Ashley Celeste at ashley.celeste@rutgers.edu by October 31 or access the registration form here. Learn more here.

Rutgers Basketball Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day Tickets
Rutgers faculty and staff are invited to participate in Rutgers Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day. Rutgers Men’s Basketball Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day is November 14 vs. Yale at 7:30 p.m. Rutgers Women’s Basketball Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day is December 15 vs. Sacred Heart at 2 p.m. Tickets for the men’s event are $20 for the 200 level and $10 for the 300 level. Tickets for the women’s event are $20 for the 100 level, $10 for the 200 level, and $5 for the 300 level. Rutgers faculty and staff may also purchase men’s basketball season tickets for $300 at the 200 level. Call Andy Granozio at 732-907-1583, Monday–Friday between 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., to order tickets. View the Rutgers basketball schedules and other information here.

Awards & Honors

Robin Brumfield, extension specialist in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been awarded the International Service Award from Epsilon Sigma Phi, the National Extension Honorary Society.

Michael Haberland, environmental and resource management agent at the Cooperative Extension of Burlington County, along with Craig McPhee from the Camden County Soil Conservation District, has been awarded the 2013 Environmental Achievement Award by the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions.

Barbara O’Neill, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been awarded the 2013 Extension Educator of the Year award from the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Arnold B. Rabson, director of the Child Health Institute of New Jersey, Laura Gallagher Endowed Professor of Developmental Biology, and professor of pediatrics, pharmacology, and pathology, and laboratory medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, has received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award by the Melvyn H. Motolinsky Research Foundation. Learn more here.

Gifts & Grants

Tibor Rohacs, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at New Jersey Medical School is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,391,252. The project titled Lipid Regulation of Transient Receptor Potential Channels is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Rohacs here.

Abhishek Bhattacharjee, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $749,995. The project titled Enhancing the Programmability of Heterogeneous Manycore Systems is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Bhattacharjee here.

Jennifer Buckman, assistant research professor at the Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $534,755. The project titled Developing a Comprehensive Clinical Profile of TBI in Concussed Athletes Using Advanced Statistical Approaches is being supported by the N.J. Commission on Brain Injury Research. This project is in collaboration with Rutgers Sports Medicine at the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics. Learn more about Professor Buckman here.

Hao Zhu, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $464,983. The project titled Predictive Computational Acute Toxicity Modeling by Profiling Chemicals with Public Bioassay Data is being supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Learn more about Professor Zhu here.

Ricardo Bianchini, professor in the Department of Computer Science at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $450,000. The project titled Taming the Combinatorial Explosion of Power Management for Future Manycore Systems is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Bianchini here.

Robert Chant, professor I in the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $371,863. The project titled Toward Sustainable Urban Estuaries in the Athropocene is being supported by the National Science Foundation. This project is in collaboration with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Drexel University. Learn more about Professor Chant here.

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