September 4, 2013

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Spotlight

RU-tv Has Switched to Digital Channels
RU-tv has now moved into the digital world after the activation of new equipment last week, and over 90 channels were transitioned in this process. The switch to digital is the biggest change to the network since it was launched in 2000.

Because of this transition, some channels may appear to be out of order in the channel lineup. For up-to-date channel listings, please tune to channels 41.1– 41.9 or visit the channel guide webpage for a printable PDF version of the new channel guide.

Televisions must be reprogrammed for the RU-tv channels when connecting a television for the first time or if the unit is already connected to the RU-tv cable system. Users can find this function in the menu of their televisions. Learn more and watch the instructional video here.

In this Issue...
Announcements

Registration Is Open for the Rutgers Faculty Wine and Cheese Reception
The Office of the Chancellor at Rutgers–Newark, the Office of the Dean at New Jersey Medical School, the Office of the Dean at Faculty of Arts and Sciences–Newark, the Office of the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics, host a faculty wine and cheese reception on October 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the University Club at the Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers–Newark. The registration deadline is September 13. Learn more and register here.

Registration Is Open for Swim for Life: Free Adult Swim Instruction
Rutgers Recreation offers Swim for Life, a day of free adult swim instruction, on September 13 at Werblin Recreation Center on the Busch Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Sessions offered are from 1 to 3 p.m., 3 to 5 p.m., and 5 to 7 p.m. This event is open to members of the Rutgers community of all swimming abilities. Spots are limited and registration is required. Learn more here.

Mason Gross Extension Division Is Forming Adult Amateur Chamber Music Ensembles
The Extension Division at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers–New Brunswick, seeks to identify interested individuals to form an adult chamber music program. The ensembles will be coached by Extension Division faculty and end-of-semester performance opportunities will be available. Learn more here.

Academic Sphere

Registration Is Open for Winter Institute for Comprehensive Systematic Reviews of Economic Evidence in Healthcare
The Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, a research institute at the School of Nursing, hosts its second annual Winter Institute for Comprehensive Systematic Reviews of Economic Evidence in Healthcare on January 8–10 at the Rutgers Health Sciences Campus at Newark. The workshop is taught by world-renowned experts in the field of systematic reviews and evidence-based practice. The submission deadline for proposals is December 6, and the registration deadline for the event is December 13. Learn more and register here.

Events

Fall 2013 Exhibitions Opening Reception: September 12, Newark
The Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers–Newark, hosts an opening reception for its fall 2013 exhibitions on September 12 at 5 p.m. at Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers–Newark. This event is open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.  Learn more here.

New Jersey International Film Festival Fall 2013: September 6 through October 6, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center (NJMAC) and the Department of Cinema Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, presents the New Jersey International Film Festival for fall 2013. The festival runs through October 6 and features films from all over the world. Admission is $9 for students and seniors, $8 for Rutgers Film Co-op and NJMAC friends, and $10 for the general public. Some film screenings are free. View the schedule and admission information here.

Mason Gross Extension Division Open House: September 7, New Brunswick
The Extension Division at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers–New Brunswick, hosts its fall open house on September 7 at 11 a.m. in the Marryott Music Building on the Douglass Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The open house features detailed information about private lessons and group offerings. Faculty members will be on site to answer questions. Learn more and register here.

Christian and Atheist Ethics: How Much Common Ground?: September 9, New Brunswick
The Humanist Chaplaincy at Rutgers University hosts an event on September 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. A discussion between Peter Singer of Princeton University and Charles Camosy of Fordham University will be moderated by Jeff McMahan, professor in the Department of Philosophy at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

New Drug Treatments for Epilepsy and Status Epilepticus: September 11, New Brunswick
The Department of Neurology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) hosts a talk by Ram Mani as part of its grand rounds on September 11 at 1:30 in conference room 102 of the Medical Education Building on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Mani is an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at RWJMS. Learn more here.

Writers in Camden Series Presents Chinelo Okparanta and Lauren Grodstein: September 11, Camden
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program at the Graduate School–Camden, hosts its first two writers on September 11 at 7 p.m. in the 401 Penn classroom of the Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers–Camden. Okparanta is the author of America, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Caine Prize for African Writing. Grodstein is the author of the New York Times best-selling novel A Friend of the Family. Learn more here.

Cover the Earth: Lead Wars and the Politics of Science: September 12, New Brunswick
The Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research (IHHCPAR), Rutgers–New Brunswick, hosts a talk by Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner on September 12 at noon at IHHCPAR on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Markowitz is a Distinguished Professor of History at The City University of New York, and Rosner is a Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University. Learn more here.

RBC Transfusion Threshold: How Low Can We Go?: September 12, New Brunswick
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) hosts a talk by Jeffrey L. Carson as part of its grand rounds on September 12 at 7:30 a.m. in the Medical Education Building on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Carson is vice chair of research and chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at RWJMS.

Appointments & Retirements

Karen J. Alexander has been appointed senior research project manager of the New Jersey Travel Independence Program in the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Albert Budet has been appointed associate director of the School of Arts and Sciences Educational Opportunity Fund Program.

LaToya D. Fendrick has been appointed student counselor of undergraduate student services at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick.

J. Michael Gower has been appointed senior vice president for finance, effective September 30.

Eddie Manning has been appointed director of Operations and Compliance. Director Manning served as the inaugural director of the SAS EOF Program—the largest and one of the top performing EOF Programs in New Jersey.

Issata Saccoh has been appointed director of strategic planning and programming at the Office of Student Access and Educational Equity.

Michelle Shostack has been appointed director of the School of Arts and Sciences Educational Opportunity Fund Program.

Michael Smart has been appointed assistant professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Awards & Honors

Laura T. Goldsmith, professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health at New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), and Amy Shah Dhesi, a postdoctoral fellow also in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women's Health at NJMS, have been awarded The Endocrine Society's Clinical Research Fellowship and Mentor Award.

Xun Liu, associate professor in the Department of History at the School of Arts and Sciences and director of the Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been named Honorary Professor of History at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, China.

Judith Weis, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, has recently published a book titled Physiological, Developmental and Behavioral Effects of Marine Pollution (Springer, 2014).

Gifts & Grants

Michael Matise, associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,000. The project titled The Role of Shh in Mediating the Response of Adult Spinal Cord Stem Cells to Injury is being funded by the N.J. Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Professor Matise here.

Cindy Hmelo-Silver, professor I in the Department of Educational Psychology at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $346,892. The project titled Effects of Computer Support for Collaborative Learning in STEM Education: A Research Synthesis is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Hmelo-Silver here.

Ping Xie, assistant 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 $344,007. The project titled Regulatory Mechanisms of Mitochondria Functions by TRAF3 in B Lymphocytes and B Cell Malignancies is being supported by the U.S Department of Defense. Learn more about Professor Xie here.

Patrick Szary, associate director of the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project titled Establishment of State Freight Advisory Committee to Guide Planning Investments and Other Policies in Support of Map-21 is being supported by the N.J. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Director Szary here.

Diane Hill, assistant chancellor of the Office of University-Community Partnerships, Rutgers–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $25,000. The project titled Promise Neighborhood is being supported by the Turrell Fund. Learn more about Chancellor Hill here.

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