November 2, 2011

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 Events

Common Roots: Lab Rats Help Us Understand the Neurobiology of Human Motivation and Emotions: November 3
Professor Joan Morrell, a behavioral neuroscientist whose research seeks to unravel the motivational systems of the brain, will discuss her research and be honored as the 2011–2012 Chancellor's Distinguished Research Scholar on November 3 at 4:30 p.m. in the Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers–Newark. Learn more here.

The Taking of the Great White City and a Future for Havana: November 4
Noted Cuban architect Mario Coyula Cowley will discuss a vision for the future of Havana during an open forum on November 4 at 9 a.m. in the Camden Campus Center, Rutgers–Camden. Learn more here.

3rd Annual 3K Turkey Trot Walk: November 6
Elijah's Promise hosts its 3rd Annual 3K Turkey Trot Walk to raise funds for the soup kitchen on November 6 at 1 p.m. in Buccleuch Park, New Brunswick. This event will include kids’ arts and crafts, live music, and seasonal foods. Learn more and register here.

Presidential Forum: November 7
All are welcome to participate in the last public forum to discuss the attributes and qualifications desired in the university’s next president on November 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 202 in the Livingston Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Institute for Research on Women Distinguished Lecture: November 10
Alexandra Juhasz will discuss "Frontiers and Barriers in Online Feminism" as part of the Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers–New Brunswick, Distinguished Lecture Series on November 10 at 4:00 p.m. in the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building on Douglass Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

 Appointments & Retirements

Katherine Birckmayer has been appointed manager of academic programs in the Division of Continuing Studies, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Previously, she served as the assistant dean of academic programs at Douglass Residential College, Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Melissa Selesky has been appointed director of community relations in the Office of Community Affairs in the Department of University Relations, Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Philip L. Yeagle has been appointed interim chancellor, Rutgers–Newark, effective December 24. Chancellor Yeagle will serve as interim chancellor until the next president appoints the permanent chancellor.

 Get Involved

Volunteer for the Inaugural Rutgers Alumni Day of Service
The Rutgers University Alumni Association invites everyone to volunteer for the inaugural Rutgers Alumni Day of Service on November 10 in various locations. Make a difference in the lives of others in the name of Rutgers. Learn more and register at http://Ralumni.com/dayofservice. Remember to wear red on the day of your event!

Rutgers Against Hunger Adopt-a-Family Program Launch
Administrative and academic departments are encouraged to participate in this year's program by adopting from participating social service agencies a family or several families struggling with hunger and poverty. Families will be matched with sponsoring departments. Sponsoring departments will receive a family profile form that will help identify the family and their specific needs for this holiday season. Volunteer participants must be confirmed by November 4. For more information and to sign up for a family, email rah@oldqueens.rutgers.edu or call 848-932-2460. Learn more here.

 Awards & Honors

Roland V. Anglin, executive director of the Initiative for Regional and Community Transformation at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is coeditor of Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita. Learn more about Director Anglin here.

Gloria Bonilla, professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–Camden, has been named to the Closing the Achievement Gap Task Force by the New Jersey State Board of Education. The task force seeks to ensure that all students in New Jersey achieve at high levels. Learn more about Professor Bonilla here.

Daniel Hart, professor II in the Department of Psychology at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–Camden, has received the Good Work Award from the Association for Moral Education. Learn more about Professor Hart here.

Sarah E. Ricks, clinical professor of law at the School of Law–Camden, has authored Current Issues in Constitutional Litigation: A Context and Practice Casebook. Learn more about Professor Ricks here.

Mark G. Robson, dean of agricultural programs in the Department of Entomology at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has received the Constance L. Mehlman Award from the International Society for Exposure Science for his work on the reduction of pesticides in homes and his international work to reduce pesticide exposure to children in rural agricultural areas. Learn more about Dean Robson here.

 Gifts & Grants

Laurie A. Rudman, professor in the Department of Psychology at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $349,997. Titled Motives for Backlash Against Gender and Racial Vanguards, the project is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Rudman here.

Ioannis Sakellaridis, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–Newark, is the principal investigator of a grant totaling $116,376. Titled Spherical Varieties in the Langlands Program, the project is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Sakellaridis here.

Barbara Heider, assistant research professor at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $115,500. Titled Recovery of Visual Perception by Light-Gated Channels in Retinal Ganglion Cells, the project is being supported by the National Institutes of Health.

Michael J. Camasso Jr., professor in the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a grant totaling $100,000. Titled Nurture-Nature: Opening Pathways to Science & Health Careers for New Brunswick Elementary School Children, the project is being supported by the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies Contribution Fund.

Noreen A. Scott-Garrity, curator of education and outreach in the Stedman Art Gallery at the Center for the Arts, Rutgers–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $40,000. Titled RCCA Arts Education and Community Arts Program, the project is being supported by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Learn more about Noreen A. Scott-Garrity here.

 Did You Know?

Did you know that Rutgers is launching a series of initiatives to enhance its ties with New Brunswick? Learn more here.

 In Memoriam

Alvin J. Rockoff, former chair of the Rutgers Board of Governors, passed away on October 27, 2011. Learn more here.

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