February 8, 2012

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 Community Information

4-H Camp Early Bird Registration
Looking for something fun and affordable for your child to do this summer? Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp offers a wide variety of programs for your child filled with fun, hands-on, learn-by-doing activities in the 4-H tradition, enjoyed by children since 1951. There are many discounts available including an early bird discount of $50 if you register and pay by March 1. For additional information or a tour of the camp, contact the camp office at 4hcamp@njaes.rutgers.edu.

Human Dignity Award Submissions
The Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes is seeking nominations from Rutgers students, faculty, and staff for its annual Human Dignity Awards. The Human Dignity Award honors individuals and groups who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement and commitment to practicing and promoting diversity and social justice at Rutgers. Nominations are also requested of non-Rutgers individuals and groups who have contributed to diversity and social justice work within the university’s three regional communities—New Brunswick, Camden, and Newark . Each recipient will receive a citation at an awards ceremony and a monetary gift, all or a portion of which may be donated to an organization of the recipient’s choice for diversity enhancements. Learn more and submit your nomination here.

Dining Services Survey
Dining Services invites faculty and staff in New Brunswick and Camden to participate in focus groups about on-campus dining. Individuals will receive $25 in RU Express funds for participating in a session that lasts approximately one hour. Sessions will be held on February 21 and 22 at the Rutgers Club, Rutgers–New Brunswick, and on February 23 at the dining facility in the Camden Campus Center, Rutgers–Camden. Registration is required. Contact Dining Services at 848-932-8470 to preregister or email rudining@rci.rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

 Events

Humor and Politics: How to Write Jokes When the News Is Ridiculous: February 8
Elliott Kalan, Emmy Award-winning writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart will discuss his perspective on those trying to make sense of the current political scene on February 8 at 7 p.m. in Trayes Hall at the Douglass Campus Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. You can also view this event live on RU-tv channels 8 and 60. Learn more here.

Ten-Minute Play Festival: February 9–12
The Department of Fine Arts, Rutgers–Camden, presents its third annual Ten-Minute Play Festival on February 9–12 at the Black Box Theater located within the Fine Arts Complex. Tickets are free and available in advance. Learn more here.

Privacy and Social Media: February 10
Attend this free workshop that examines privacy issues in the workplace as well as discipline and discharge grievances resulting from the use of social media on February 10 at 9 a.m. at the Labor Education Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Social Justice Symposium: February 10
Celebrate Black History Month at a free symposium designed to educate the public on social justice, on February 10 at 9 a.m. in the Essex Room at the Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers–Newark. Preregistration is required. Call 973-353-5300 for more information.

2012 Marion Thompson Wright Lecutre Series: Taking Good Care: A History of Health and Wellness in the Black Community: February 18
The centrality of health in the history of black Americans and the intersection of health and race in American life will be the focus of the 2012 Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series on February 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers–Newark. During a special presentation, Rutgers University president, Dr. Richard L. McCormick, will receive the third Marion Thompson Wright Award in recognition of the university’s steadfast support of the lecture series. Learn more here.

 Appointments & Retirements

Jianfeng Wang has been appointed director of Rutgers China Programs and special assistant to the executive vice president for academic affairs. In this role, Director Wang will expand the university's global reach by building strategic partnerships with leading Chinese educational institutions. Director Wang completed his Ph.D. at Western Michigan University and joins Rutgers from the University of Georgia.

 Awards & Honors

Anjum Gupta, assistant professor of law at the School of Law–Newark, has been elected to the national Board of Directors of the Clinical Legal Education Association for a three-year term. Learn more about Professor Gupta and this award here.

Karl M. Kjer, professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Natural Resources at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, and Jessica L. Ware, assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, have been selected to be part of an international team of more than 50 scientists embarking on a massive project to unravel the secrets of the evolutionary history of insects. Learn more here.

Carol J. Singley, professor in the Department of English at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–Camden, has authored a new book, Adopting America: Childhood, Kinship, and National Identity in Literature, a book designed to show the literary and cultural development of nonbiological kinship. Learn more about Professor Singley here and her book here.

 Gifts & Grants

The School of Social Work, Rutgers–New Brunswick, received a major commitment from the Huamin Charity Foundation. The gift will fund the Huamin Research Center at the school.

Rutgers recently announced the first grants awarded through the new Community-University Research Partnership Grants for New Brunswick. The following are for the 2012 calendar year:

Kathe Newman, associate professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the Rutgers codirector of a grant totaling $15,000. Lisanne Finston, of Elijah’s Promise, is the community codirector of the project titled Building a Food Hub in New Brunswick: Community Economic Development and Food Security. Learn more about Professor Newman here.

Eric Gonzales, assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the Rutgers codirector of a grant totaling $14,921. Glenn Patterson, of the City of New Brunswick, is the community codirector for the project titled Congestion and Safety near the New Brunswick Train Station.

Norman J. Glickman, professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the Rutgers codirector of grant totaling $10,000. Norma Kaplan, of the New Brunswick Cultural Center, is the community codirector of the project titled New Brunswick Cultural Development Strategy. Learn more about Professor Glickman here.

Mary E. Curran, lecturer in the Department of Learning and Teaching at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the Rutgers codirector of a grant totaling $7,000. Barry Smith, of Youth Empowerment Services, is the community codirector for the project titled Empowering Parents through SALSA: A Community-based Service Learning and Research Partnership. Learn more about Professor Curran here.

Matt K. Matusda, professor in the Department of History at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the Rutgers codirector of a grant totaling $5,000. Joe Shure, of the Intersect Fund, is the community codirector of the project titled The Business of Doing Good: Community and Economic Development through Support of Small Business Owners in New Brunswick. Learn more about Professor Matsuda here.

 Did You Know?

Did you know that the Rutgers Visitor Center has been designated an official New Jersey Visitor Information Center? Learn more here.

 In Memoriam

Melvin S. Finstein, professor emeritus in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, passed away on January 26, 2012. Learn more here.

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