October 28, 2015

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Spotlight
Melitta Schachner

Melitta Schachner Receiving Rare Honor

Melitta Schachner, one of the world’s leading neuroscientists and a distinguished professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been selected to receive a prestigious honorary doctorate degree from the University of Heidelberg—the first such honor for extraordinary achievement in the life sciences that the institution has awarded in 50 years.

In 1976, Schachner became the first chair of the Department of Neurobiology at Heidelberg, where she also led the development of the Center for Neuroscience. She later established a Center for the Study of Neurobiology at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

A member of the German Academy of Sciences, Schachner has focused her research and written prolifically on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie development, maintenance, and modifications of the adult central nervous system. She has authored more than 800 articles in peer-reviewed journals. In 1965, as a summer student at the California Institute of Technology, she studied with Max Delbrück, the last person to receive the honor that Schachner will receive in Heidelberg in November. 

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Exhibition by Chitra Ganesh, Lebowitz Artist-in-Residence: through December 10, New Brunswick
Chitra Ganesh is the 2015–16 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist-in-Residence as previously announced by the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. An exhibition by Ganesh is on view now through December 10 in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries at the Douglass Library. A reception in her honor will be held on November 3 at 5 p.m., with a public lecture by Ganesh at 5:30. Ganesh’s works draw imagery from a broad range of references spanning from Hindu, Greek, and Buddhist mythology, to 19th-century European portraiture and fairytales, to contemporary cultural references such as Bollywood, anime, and comic books. Learn more here.

Announcements

Join the Rutgers 250 Kickoff Celebration: November 10, New Brunswick
Let’s get revolutionary! Join the Rutgers 250 Kickoff Celebration on November 10 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Old Queens lawn, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, where it all began. Ring in the anniversary year at a festival with food, photo booths, fife-and-drum corps, giveaways, a bell choir, kettle fires, and the Scarlet Knight on horseback. Catch the film premiere of Our Revolutionary Spirit. Test your knowledge of all things Rutgers at Ye Olde Quiz Bowl. Sign the commemorative scroll. Unwrap the giant birthday gift. Festivities conclude with a community bell ringing. And join in the excitement on social media using #Rutgers250. Learn more here.

Apply Now for McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
Applications are being accepted through November 13 for the next cohort of scholars for the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, which provides a supportive environment and a multitude of resources to assist and prepare students interested in pursuing a doctorate education. The program provides support, research funding, and graduate school preparation. Low-income, first generation, or underrepresented students interested in pursuing a doctoral degree are encouraged to apply. The McNair program is also seeking faculty mentors to work with undergraduate students on research projects. Learn more here or contact senior program coordinator Jhanna Jean Louis at jhannaj@echo.rutgers.edu.

“Small Game Hunting: Insights into the Future of Microbial Surveillance and Discovery” by W. Ian Lipkin: October 29, New Brunswick
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, presents the Kenneth S. and Audrey S. Gould Lecture in Molecular and Cellular Medicine on October 29 at noon in Conference Room 3101, Child Health Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick. W. Ian Lipkin, John Snow Professor and director of the Center for Infection and Immunity, Mailman School of Public Health, and professor of pathology and neurology, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, presents “Small Game Hunting: Insights into the Future of Microbial Surveillance and Discovery.” Learn more here.

Open House for Graduate and Professional Degree Programs: October 31, New Brunswick
Representatives from Rutgers graduate and professional degree programs host a free open house to discuss areas of study and the admissions process on October 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the multipurpose room and main lounge at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Parking is available behind the student center and gymnasium. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 45 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, Fortune and Washington Post. 

Highlights include: 

Chicago Sun-Times: Gun-rights group vows to game mayor's gun buyback effort (Anthony Braga, Criminal Justice, quoted here

WCBS-TV: Poll: New Jerseyans Opposed To Gas Tax Hike (Ashley Koning, Eagleton, quoted here

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

SHRP Presents "The Role of Social Cognitive Career Theory and Recovery Variables in Supported Employment Success for Individuals with Psychiatric Conditions": November 4, Scotch Plains 
The Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions at the School of Health Related Professions (SHRP), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, hosts a colloquium, "The Role of Social Cognitive Career Theory and Recovery Variables in Supported Employment Success for Individuals with Psychiatric Conditions," on November 4 from 10 a.m. to noon at SHRP's Scotch Plains location. Refreshments will be served. Learn more here.

Events
Black on the Banks Conference

 

Black on the Banks Conference: November 6 and 7, New Brunswick
“Black on the Banks: African-American Students at Rutgers in the 1960s,” a public conversation on the struggle for equity and access in higher education featuring African-American alumni from Rutgers College and Douglass College, Classes of 1964 through 1973, will take place on November 6 (Neilson Dining Hall) and November 7 (Voorhees Hall) on the occasion of the celebration of Rutgers' 250th Anniversary. Learn more and register here.

Jewish Film Festival: October 28 to November 8, New Brunswick and North Brunswick
The Rutgers Jewish Film Festival, sponsored by the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, screens award-winning international films from October 28 to November 8. Opening night is at the Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; the remaining films will be screened at the Regal Cinema Commerce Center Stadium 18 in North Brunswick. Learn more here.

Mallery Concert Series: Kinga Augustyn: October 28, Camden
The Mallery Concert Series at Rutgers University–Camden presents violinist Kinga Augustyn on October 28 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mallery Room in the Fine Arts Building. Learn more here.

Self-Management Strategies, October 29, Newark
Learn strategies for scheduling and prioritization in this workshop on October 29 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Engelhard Hall, Room 203, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

Symposium: "Dance and Parkinson’s, Moving Forward": October 29, New Brunswick
Participants in this free symposium take a master class with dancer Pamela Quinn, film an addition to Quinn’s Neurodance, and listen to a panel discussion on Parkinson’s disease on October 29 at 4:30 p.m. in Studio 104 at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir: November 1, New Brunswick
In celebration of Rutgers’ 250th Anniversary, the Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir presents Sol Musicae et Occidentem Illustra, featuring Bach Cantatas 161, 173, and 184; Aldridge's Bless This House; and Emily Dickinson settings by O’Regan, Grantham, and Carter on November 1 in Kirkpatrick Chapel, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

The 2015 Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning: "The Rutgers–New Brunswick Master Plan": November 4, New Brunswick.
Learn about the master plan process at Rutgers University–New Brunswick and see the new master plan for the campus on November 4 at 4 p.m. in the Civic Square Building, New Brunswick. Antonio Calcado, vice president of Facilities and Capital Planning, will provide an overview of the process, share planning concepts developed after outreach to the university community and stakeholder input, and take questions and comments from the audience about the new master plan. RSVP here.

"Poetry, Art, and Music": A Tribute to Jayne Cortez: November 4, New Brunswick
“Poetry, Art, and Music: A Tribute to Jayne Cortez” honors the late poet and her influence on the arts on November 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Poets and a saxophonist perform original prepared works and improvisations that evoke the spirit of Cortez’s aesthetics. Cosponsored by the Department of English, the program is held in conjunction with the museum exhibition Melvin Edwards: Five Decades. The free program, open to the public, is followed by a reception and an opportunity to visit the exhibition. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Mark Robson, professor and chair, Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named a distinguished service professor by the Rutgers Board of Governors.

Awards & Honors

Bill Davis, training and consultation specialist at the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was inducted into the Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance Hall of Fame at the 12th Annual Hall of Fame Awards ceremony, recognizing inductees’ outstanding achievements in their communities and/or professional fields.

Gifts & Grants

Jeffrey Carson, chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine, Richard C. Reynolds Professor of Medicine, and director of the Center for Innovations in Bloodless Surgery and Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $740,535 over two years. The project, titled Does Plasma Reduce Bleeding in Patients Undergoing Invasive Procedures, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Carson here.

Robert O'Hagan, postdoctoral associate in the Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,000 over three years. The project, titled Enhancement of Cytoskeletal Dynamics and Motor Transport by Manipulation of Post-Translational Microtubule Glutamylation to Maximize Neuroregeneration, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about the Department of Genetics here.

Jenny Carleo, agricultural and resource management agent, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $460,170. The project, titled Ultra-Niche Crops for the Progressive, New Farmer, is being supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Learn more about Carleo here. Co-PIs are Robin Brumfield, Jeff Heckman, Dan Kluchinski, Meredith Melendez, Pete Nitzsche, Nick Polanin, Kenesha Reynolds-Allie, Rick VanVranken, and Andy Wyenandt.

Laura Byham-Gray, professor and director of the Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition Program, Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $416,888. The project, titled Patient-Centered Approach to Exploring Protein-Energy Wasting in Dialysis, is being supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Learn more about Byham-Gray here.

Marianthi Ierapetritou, professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $284,184. The project, titled Cybermanufacturing: Advanced Modeling and Information Management in Pharmaceutical Manufacturing, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Ierapetritou here.

Perumalsamy Balaguru, distinguished professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $213,862. The project, titled Evaluation of Different Paint Systems for Over-Coating Existing Structural Steel, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Learn more about Balaguru here.

Nabil Adam, vice provost for research and collaborations, Rutgers University–Newark, and distinguished professor in the Department of Management Science and Information Systems, Rutgers Business School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $187,905. The project, titled Composition and Management of e-Government Processes in the Cloud of Public Services, is being supported by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Learn more about Adam here.

In Memoriam

Robert Montemayor, 62, veteran marketing executive, consultant, and journalist, who won a Pultizer Prize before joining Rutgers University–New Brunswick in 2009, passed away on October 22, 2015. Services were held on October 26 in Texas, where he was born and lived many years.

John Muller V, of Glen Ridge, N.J., a graduate student and part-time English composition instructor at Rutgers University–Newark, died on October 18, 2015, in a car accident on the Garden State Parkway in Paramus, N.J. He was 26. Services were held October 22 at Christ Episcopal Church, Glen Ridge, N.J. 

Boris Yakshinskiy, a long-term member of the Laboratory for Surface Modification in the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away at Saint Peter's Hospital, New Brunswick, on October 17, 2015, following an apparent heart attack. Private services were held on October 21, with arrangements by the Bongiovi Funeral Home, Raritan, N.J.

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