November 26, 2014

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Merger Inspires Compelling New Program in Health and Society

Sociologists in the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, have recently created a program that provides a unique perspective on medical and public health issues. The health and society minor, which follows Rutgers’ recent transformation into a major center of health science education and research, examines the societal factors that cause illness and disease. “It’s eye-opening,” says one undergraduate who’s planning to attend medical school. Read the full story here.

Pictured (left to right): Neha Sikka, Professor Sharon Bzostek, Edwin Cruz

Short-Term Apartment Rentals for Faculty and Staff
University Facilities and Capital Planning offers short-term apartment rentals to all faculty and staff, including international scholars, who are in need of temporary housing. Inventory consists of 30 studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom apartments with locations in Highland Park, New Brunswick, and Piscataway (on the Busch Campus). All apartments are fully furnished and include utilities, cable, and internet. Leases can be as short as one month with a maximum of one year. Please email fshousing@rutgers.edu for more information.

I-Corps Information Session for Entrepreneurial Researchers and Graduate Students
The Office of Technology Commercialization hosts a National Science Foundation Innovation Corps info session on December 9 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in room 174, Busch Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The session provides details on the I-Corps process and gives interested participants opportunities to speak with fellow Rutgers colleagues who have participated in the program. Register and learn more here.

Rethinking the Asia "Pivot" Film Screening: December 3, New Brunswick
The Department of Asian Languages and CulturesSchool of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a film screening of six digital shorts and video art on December 3 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. in meeting room C, Douglass Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Art After Hours: First Tuesdays: December 2, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum hosts its next Art After Hours: First Tuesday on December 2 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Zimmerli Art Museum, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The evening includes a curator led tour of Oleg Vassiliev: Space and Light, and the Rutgers Scarlet Knight Jazz Trombones, led by Conrad Herwig, professor at Mason Gross School of the Arts, perform special arrangements of holiday favorites.

Writers at Newark Reading Series: Ada Limón and Susan Choi: December 2, Newark
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, hosts writers Ada Limón and Susan Choi on December 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in room 255/256/257 in the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

Mini-Panel: Biogas and Advanced Biofuels—the future of transportation fuels?: December 3, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute hosts a mini-panel with David Babson, AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the Division of Transportation and Climate at the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and Zane Helsel, specialist in agriculture energy, Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and in the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, on December 3 at 10:30 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, G.H. Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Catholic Advent Reflection and Luncheon: December 3, New Brunswick
The Catholic Center at Rutgers hosts an advent reflection and luncheon featuring Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski, Bishop of Metuchen, on December 3 from noon to 1:15 p.m. at the Catholic Center, 84 Somerset Street, New Brunswick. The event is free but RSVP to Colleen at coldon@rci.rutgers.edu

Jazz Concert: Richard Wyands: December 3, Newark
The Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University Libraries, hosts its second jazz piano, contemporary currents concert series with jazz pianist Richard Wyands on December 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Dana Room, John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University–Newark. Admission is free. Learn more here.

Annual Global Health Fair: December 3, New Brunswick
The Office of Global Health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs host the annual global health fair on December 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, 1 Robert Wood Johnson Place, New Brunswick. The keynote speaker is Mafudia A. Suaray, instructor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Learn more here.

Writers in Camden Series: Reginald Dwayne Betts, Randall Horton, and Linda Perez: December 3, Camden
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program, Rutgers University–Camden, hosts writers Reginald Dwayne Betts, Randall Horton, and Linda Perez to read and lead a discussion on “Contemporary Authors and the Prisons” on December 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Stedman Gallery, Fine Arts Building, Rutgers–Camden. Learn more here.

Holiday Sing-Along with Dee Cannizzaro: December 5, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Club hosts Dee Cannizzaro on the piano for a holiday sing-along on December 5 with the buffet at 5:30 p.m. and music at 6 p.m. at the Rutgers Club. Donate to the local food pantry by bringing non-perishable food items. Dinner is $19. For reservations, call 848-932-7139. Learn more here.

Carol S. Newlon has retired as associate dean for the Office of Faculty Affairs and professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at New Jersey Medical School

Laxmi Vazirani has announced her retirement as disabilities specialist with the Office of Employment Equity, University Human Resources, effective January 1, 2015. 

Participants Needed for Borderline Personality Disorder Study
The Cardiac Neuroscience Laboratory in the Research Division at the Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is conducting a study investigating the physiological processes in borderline personality disorder (BPD) and seeks participants over the age of 18 who have BPD (note, a previous formal diagnosis is not necessary). The study involves a brief screening questionnaire, as well as one study visit to Smithers Hall on Busch Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The study visit takes around 1.5 hours and includes filling out questionnaires and a brief non-invasive recording of heart rate and blood pressure. Volunteers receive $20 cash at the end of the study visit. For more information, please call David Eddie at 848-445-3595.

Robert Barchi, president of Rutgers University, was honored as the 2014 Educator of the Year by the Research and Development Council of New Jersey.

John C. Chatlos, clinical associate professor in the Department of PsychiatryRobert Wood Johnson Medical School, was awarded the New Jersey Psychiatric Association Distinguished Fellowship.

James W. Hughes, distinguished professor, dean, and director of the Rutgers Regional Report, and Joseph J. Seneca, distinguished professor of economics, both at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has published a new book, New Jersey’s Postsuburban Economy (Rutgers University Press, 2014).

Humberto Marin, assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, was awarded the New Jersey Psychiatric Association Remarkable Achievement Award.

Mariana Spatareanu, associate professor in the Department of Economics, Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, and core faculty in the Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University–Newark, and Ibrahim Bostan, doctoral student at Rutgers Business School, were awarded the Best Paper Award by the Southern Finance Association for their paper, Financing Innovation through Minority Acquisitions

Richard VanVranken, county extension department head in the Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, was the recipient of the 2014 Northeast Region Excellence in Extension Award from the United States Department of Agriculture. Learn more here.

Darrin York, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named New Jersey Professor of the Year. Learn more here.

Mihaela Glamoclija, assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences and University College–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,021,304. The project, titled Preservation of Life Signatures in Caches Evaporites, is being supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Learn more about Professor Glamoclija here.

Shantenu Jha, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $499,916. The project, titled Radical Cybertools: Simple, Scalable and Sustainable Tools for Science, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Professor Jha here.

Philip Napoli, professor in the Department of Journalism and Media StudiesSchool of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project, titled New Measures Research Project, is being supported by the Democracy Fund and the Dodge Foundation. Learn more about Professor Napoli here.

Deborah Smarth, chief operating officer and associate state director of the New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Rutgers Business School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $117,000. The project, titled Reducing Use of Toxic Materials in Small Businesses, is being supported by the United States Environmental Protection Agency

Patricia Findley, associate professor in the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $88,080. The project, titled Sandy: The New Jersey Behavioral Health Response, is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Professor Findley here

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