September 25, 2013

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In this Issue...
From Central Administration

New Department of External Affairs
In an effort to more closely align internal and external communications, stakeholder outreach, and government affairs programs at Rutgers University, the functions of the Department of University Relations and the Department of Public Affairs have been integrated. The new department is the Rutgers University Department of External Affairs led by Pete McDonough, former vice president of Public Affairs, who is now senior vice president for the new department. Kim Manning, former vice president for University Relations, continues in her role under the new title vice president for University Communications and Marketing. Julane Miller-Armbrister, former senior vice president of the Department of Government and Community Affairs at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, leads Rutgers’ state government efforts and Francine Newsome Pfeiffer continues to lead federal government affairs.

Announcements

Flu Shots for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Employees in Newark and Scotch Plains
The New Jersey Medical School Occupational Medicine Service (OMS) will be offering free flu shots to Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) employees in Newark and Scotch Plains starting October 1. Please view the schedule and location of flu shot clinics on the Occupational Health Department website here. RBHS employees may also receive flu vaccines on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. by OMS in Suite GA-167 of the Stanley S. Bergen Building at Rutgers Health Sciences–Newark. No appointment is necessary to receive vaccinations at OMS in Newark.

Office of Student Access and Educational Equity
The Office of Student Access and Educational Equity has been newly created as a division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs and is under the direction of senior director James H. Whitney III. The Office of Student Access and Educational Equity seeks to create a comprehensive, innovative, and educational pipeline that supports emerging scholars in their quest to succeed academically and professionally from the precollege level through graduate and professional school. Offices within this area include the School of Arts and Sciences Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF), School of Environmental and Biological Sciences EOF, Student Support Services, Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math-Science, the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program, and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation.

Academic Sphere

Office of Information Technology Offers Computer Seminars
The Rutgers Office of Information Technology offers seminars on using information technology. Classes on the New Brunswick Campus are on demand and held when a sufficient number of people request a specific seminar. The Camden and Newark campuses offer scheduled sessions. Select a campus to view the schedule and learn more here.

Rutgers Global Health Fair Is Now Accepting Poster Submissions
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs have announced their call for posters for the annual Global Health Fair. Faculty and students from all Rutgers schools are invited to submit posters. Poster abstracts must be submitted to Christina Rozario at rozaricm@rwjms.rutgers.edu by October 18. Learn more here.

Registration Is Open for Beyond Roe: Reproductive Justice in a Changing World
The Women and Health Initiative of the Institute for Women’s Leadership, the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Women’s Law Project, the Rutgers Institute for Professional Education, and the Women’s Rights Law Reporter at the School of Law–Newark present a conference on October 11 at 8 a.m. at the School of Law–Camden. The conference uses the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade as a point of departure for bringing together scholars, activists, and practitioners to discuss a wide range of issues related to reproductive justice and reproductive oppression. Attendance is free but registration is required. Learn more and register here.

Registration Is Open for ACE Women's Network Luncheon Featuring Francis Harper Barchi
The Rutgers chapter of ACE-NET features a network luncheon on October 15 at 11:45 a.m. in the University Visitor Center on the Busch Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. This year's theme is "Navigating Your Career Path" with professor Francis Harper Barchi as the speaker. The cost of the luncheon is $18 if payment is received by October 9, and $21 thereafter. Any cancellations must be made by October 11. Learn more and register here.

Registration Is Open for Mission Possible: Transforming the Future through College Access
The Office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Rutgers Future Scholars host a national convening on college access November 13–15. With funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, this national dialogue and networking opportunity involves researchers, program practitioners, K–12 and higher education administrators, funders, corporations, government officials, and policy makers, and will build on existing college access knowledge to create new strategies for the future. A reduced registration fee is available for Rutgers faculty and staff. Learn more and register here.

Save the Date: RBHS Master Educators' Guild Grand Rounds
The Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) Master Educators' Guild sponsors an Educational Grand Rounds presentation on October 17 at 4 p.m. in room B-961 of the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine at Rutgers Health Sciences–Newark. Barbara Brandt, associate vice president for education at the University of Minnesota's Academic Health Center gives the lecture Interprofessional Practice and Education: Catalyst for Improving Health Care. Learn more here.

Events

Ancient Salutations: A Symposium on Classical Indian Dance with Ramya Ramnarayan: September 25, Newark
The Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark hosts its fall dance symposium on September 25 at noon and a performance at 7 p.m. in Bradley Hall, Rutgers–Newark. This symposium and performance feature New Jersey Bharatnatyam dancer and teacher Ramya Ramnarayan. Learn more here.

Risk or Resiliency? The Potential Interaction of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: September 25, Newark
The Department of Neurology and Neurosciences at New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) hosts a talk by Richard Servatius on September 25 at noon in room H506 of the Medical Science Building at Rutgers Health Sciences–Newark. Servatius is a professor in the Department of Neurology and Neurosciences at NJMS.

Writers at Rutgers Reading Series: Geoff Dyer: September 25, New Brunswick
The Department of English at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, presents a reading by Geoff Dyer on September 25 at 8 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Dyer's most recent book is Zona, about Andrei Tarkovsky’s film Stalker. This event is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Roman Catholic Mass of the Holy Spirit: September 29, New Brunswick
The Catholic Campus Ministry hosts its Mass of the Holy Spirit to mark the beginning of the new academic year on September 29 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Church near the College Avenue Campus. A reception follows in the parish hall and families are welcome to attend. Learn more here.

Not Even Past: Public History in the Digital Age: September 30, Camden
The Department of History and the Digital Studies Center at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Camden, along with the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, Rutgers–Camden, presents a talk by Joan Neuberger on September 30 at 7 p.m. in the Camden Campus Center, Rutgers–Camden. Neuberger is a professor of Russian history at The University of Texas at Austin. Learn more here.

Up the Capitol Steps: A Woman's March to the Governorship: September 30, New Brunswick
The Center for American Women and Politics at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers–New Brunswick, presents a talk by Barbara Roberts on September 30 at 5:30 p.m. at Wood Lawn Mansion on the Douglass Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Roberts was the first and only female governor of Oregon and is the author of Up the Capitol Steps: A Woman's March to the Governorship. Registration for this event is required. Learn more and register here.

Pipeline: How Oil Created the Modern Middle East and How Water Can Transform It: October 1, New Brunswick
The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, host a talk by Rachel Havrelock on October 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Havrelock is an associate professor of Jewish studies and English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Learn more here.

RDI² 2013 Open House: October 4, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI²), Rutgers–New Brunswick, hosts its 2013 open house on October 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Computing Research and Education Building on the Busch Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn about Excalibur, an IBM Blue Gene, and discover how other researchers have benefitted from collaborations with RDI². Registration is required. Learn more and register here.

New Brunswick Ciclovia: October 6, New Brunswick
Rutgers University and the City of New Brunswick cosponsor New Brunswick Ciclovia on October 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Designated city streets are closed to traffic along a special route to encourage walking, biking, skating, and playing in a safe environment without vehicles. There is no beginning or end to the route and participants are encouraged to visit one of three activity stations for dance and fitness activities. No preregistration is necessary. View the route and learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Aretha Oliver Crayton has been appointed office manager of the Center for Women's Global Leadership at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Antoinette M. Stroup, associate professor at the School of Public Health, has joined Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey to lead the New Jersey State Cancer Registry. Learn more here.

Awards & Honors

Martin Perez, Rutgers Board of Governors member, has been named the recipient of the NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award by the New York Jets. Perez is the founder and president of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey. Learn more here.

Mark Robson, dean of agricultural and urban programs at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been awarded the Michael P. Malone International Leadership Award at the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities Commission on International Initiatives annual meeting in Park City, Utah. Learn more here.

Gifts & Grants

New Jersey Medical School received a pledge for $2 million from Luminar, Inc. The gift will support the Community Outreach Fund at the Public Health Research Institute.

Intercollegiate Athletics received a $700,000 bequest intention from Robert D. Rosenwasser RC’70 and Marian Linder Rosenwasser. The gift will fund the Marian and Robert Rosenwasser Endowed Scholarship.

In appreciation of Richard L. McCormick and his visionary support for undergraduate education, Rutgers received a $500,000 bequest intention from Barry V. Qualls, vice president of undergraduate education. The designation for the gift is yet to be determined.

Yi Ren, research professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $592,568. The project titled Myelin Debris-Derived Lipid Accumulation Modulates the Function of Macrophages in Spinal Cord Injury is being supported by the N.J. Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Professor Ren here.

Loren Runnels, associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $533,240. The project titled Role of TRPM7 in Traumatic Brain Injury is being supported by N.J. Commission on Brain Injury Research. Learn more about Professor Runnels here.

Cecilia Feeley, transportation autism project manager at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $321,253. The project titled An Assessment of the Transportation and Mobility Needs and Barriers of Adults on the Autism Spectrum Disorder in New Jersey is being supported by the N.J. Department of Health. Learn more about Manager Feeley here.

Prabhas Moghe, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $200,000. The project titled Engineering Reprogrammed Neurons on Transplantable Scaffolds for Management of Spinal Cord Injury is being supported by the N.J. Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Professor Moghe here.

Narayan Mandayam, professor and associate director of WINLAB in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $25,000. The project titled From Individual Informed Brains to a Society-Scale Informed Brain: Uncovering the Social DNA of Knowledge Creation is being supported by the W.M. Keck Foundation. Learn more about Professor Mandayam here.

Kaan Ozbay, professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $20,006. The project titled Second Connected Vehicles Symposium: Building the Path from Connected to Autonomous Vehicles is being supported by CUNY-Research Foundation. Learn more about Professor Ozbay here.

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