December 17, 2014

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With Royalty in the Room, Rutgers Professor Takes a Seat at Nobels
Economics professor Tomas Sjöström from the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, joined dignitaries from around the world, including the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, for a series of high-profile lectures and ceremonies in Stockholm.

Sjöström serves on the committee that bestows the world's most prestigious award for economics: the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. After six years as an associate on the committee, Sjöström is completing his first year as a full member. Read the entire story here.

Recent Updates to the University Policy Library Website
The University Policy Library is the official source for the policies governing the academic, administrative, financial, operational, and business affairs of the university. Faculty, staff, and students are required to be conversant with policies that apply to their respective roles. The following is a recent update to the policy library:

10.2.11 Code of Student Conduct (revised)(PDF)
50.1.13 Formulation, Issuance, and Maintenance of University Policies (revised)(PDF)

Recent policy updates including previous versions of updated policies are available at Recent Policy Updates. For specific questions about policy interpretations, please contact the responsible office listed on each policy. For general questions about university policies, contact the Office of the Secretary of the University at secretary@oldqueens.rutgers.edu.

Sign Up to Receive Only an Electronic W-2 Statement
Rutgers University is providing all employees with the option to only receive their W-2 statements electronically and be available online in PDF format. Employees who would like to eliminate paper statements from being sent through the postal service must consent by January 13, 2015. If you do not consent, a paper W-2 statement will be mailed to your home address. If consent has been given in the past, it remains in effect unless you choose to withdraw it. To stop the mailing of the paper W-2 statement, follow these instructions. Employees using the Banner System, log in here, select Employee Services>Tax and Payroll Forms>Electronic W-2 Consent. Employees using the RIAS System, log in here and select W-2 Online Consent. For more information and questions, contact Payroll Services at 848-445-3007. 

Registration Is Now Open for the Professional Education Classes for Faculty and Staff 
University Human Resources Management and Professional Development class schedule for January to June 2015 is now available. Programs are offered at the Administrative Services Building II, G.H. Cook/Douglass Campus, and Liberty Plaza, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. To learn more, visit here under Learning and Development.

Rutgers-Livingston Day Care Center: Openings for 4-or 5-year-olds
Rutgers-Livingston Day Care Center (R-LDCC) is currently enrolling 4-or 5-year-olds for a mixed pre-K/Kindergarten class with a New Jersey certified lead teacher. R-LDCC is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack are included daily. For more information, call 732-445-4747 or email info@rldcc.org

Register for the National Arts Program for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences
Submit your original artwork to the fourth annual exhibit and awards of the National Arts Program for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) employees and their families from January 19 to April 22, 2015, in room B-515, Rosemary Gellene Room, Medical Science Building, Rutgers Health Sciences at Newark. Participants must be an employee, volunteer, retiree, student, alumni, or an immediate family member of an employee, volunteer, or retiree of RBHS. Registration deadline is January 12, 2015. Register and learn more here.

Connect with Precollege Programs at Rutgers
Research and Enrollment Information Services at the Office of Enrollment Management has developed a searchable directory of precollege programs affiliated with Rutgers. K–12 students and families can browse opportunities and request information regarding programs offered throughout the year. Over 100 programs are listed, including academic enrichment, for-credit courses, sports and arts programs, and more. Program administrators interested in adding programs to the directory should email precollege@reis.rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

Sixth Annual Online and Hybrid Learning Conference
The Center for Online and Hybrid LearningContinuing Studies, hosts the Sixth Annual Online and Hybrid Learning Conference on January 14 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark and January 15 at the Hilton Conference Room, Hilton Hotel, East Brunswick. Register and learn more here.

Rutgers IRB Open House: December 18, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Health Sciences Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Arts and Sciences IRB in New Brunswick host an open house on December 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Liberty Plaza, 3rd floor, suite 3200, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Meet the IRB staff, learn about the services, and enjoy light refreshments. Learn more here (PDF).

Using Cellular Reprogramming to Model Human Pancreatic Cancer: December 18, New Brunswick
The Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey and the Cancer Institute of New Jersey host a talk by Kenneth S. Zaret from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania on December 18 at 11 a.m. in the auditorium, Life Sciences Building, Busch Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Sounds of Camden Programming: Kaplow/Porter Project: December 18, Camden
The Rutgers–Camden Center of the Arts, as a part of the Sounds of Camden, presents a collaboration of Eric Porter’s images of urban settings set against original music composed by Maurice Kaplow on December 18 at 6 p.m. in the Stedman Gallery, Fine Arts Complex, Rutgers University–Camden. Learn more here.

Metropolitan and Urban Issues Film Series: Do the Right Thing: December 19, Camden
The Center for Urban Research and Education and the Digital Studies Center at Rutgers University–Camden host Ed Guerrero, associate professor of cinema studies at New York University and author of the book Do the Right Thing, on December 19 at noon in the 3rd floor faculty lounge, Armitage Hall, Rutgers–Camden. Learn more here.

Music at the Museum: Young Artists: December 20, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum hosts a weekend concert series organized by the Mason Gross Extension Division on December 20 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Zimmerli Art Museum, College Avenue Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Admission is free but seating is limited. Learn more here.

Rutgers University Alumni Wind Symphony Concert: December 20, New Brunswick
The Rutgers University Alumni Wind Symphony celebrates the holidays with music composed for the Big Ten on December 20 at 8 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Admission is free. Learn more here.

Susan Wund is retiring as financial analyst at the School of Public Health (SPH) after 20 years at the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and eight years at SPH.

Rutgers Environmental Steward Volunteer Training Program
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, offers the Environmental Stewards Program at the EARTH Center on Wednesday evenings from January 7 to May 13, 2015. The curriculum will introduce non-scientists to the science underlying key environmental issues in the Garden State. Register and learn more here

Kim Butler, associate professor of history and Africana studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a Fulbright Grant for research and teaching in Brazil. Learn more here.

Daniel Hoffman, associate professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a Fulbright Grant for research and teaching in Brazil. Learn more here.

Yuri T. Jadotte, assistant professor in the Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing, and instructor in the Department of Quantitative Methods: Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the School of Public Health, was the recipient of the Best Oral Presentation Award at the ninth biennial Joanna Briggs International Colloquium in Singapore.

Eric Lam, professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology and director of the Biotechnology Center for Agriculture and the Environment, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University­–New Brunswick, received a Fulbright Grant for research and teaching in Brazil. Learn more here.

Martin Lin, associate professor in the Department of Philosophy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received a Fulbright Grant for research and teaching in India. Learn more here.

James A. Murphy, extension specialist at the Center for Turfgrass Science, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, and Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named a Crop Science Society of America Fellow. Learn more here.

Federico Sesti, associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, received a Fulbright Grant for research and teaching in India. Learn more here.

Daniel Shain, associate professor of zoology in the Department of Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, received a Fulbright Grant for research and teaching in Iceland. Learn more here.

Mark Weiner, professor of law, Rutgers School of Law–Newark, received a Fulbright Grant for research and teaching in Austria. Learn more here.

Stephen Crystal, Board of Governors professor in the School of Social Work and associate director for Health Services Research at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,290,034 over three years. The project, titled Improving Medication Safety in Nursing Home Dementia Care, is being supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Learn more about Professor Crystal here

David Alland, professor of medicine and associate dean for clinical research at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $640,000 from the National Institutes of Health. The project is aimed at developing a rapid test to diagnose Ebola as well as other viruses that can cause symptoms similar to Ebola. Learn more here.  

David Case, distinguished professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $155,000. The project, titled Methods for the Routine Evolution of Stable Biopolymers with Unrestricted Physicochemical Properties, is being supported by the United States Department of Defense. Learn more about Professor Case here.

Donato Giovannelli, postdoctoral associate in the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $75,000. The project, titled Deep Carbon Observatory Second Early Career Scientist Workshop, is being supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Learn more about Donato Giovannelli here.

Kathryn Uhrich, professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator on a corporate contract. The project is a collaborative research agreement with the research and development operation of Chanel Inc. in Piscataway Township for research on polymers for topical use. Learn more about Professor Uhrich here.

John Reinfelder, professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $70,285. The project, titled Stable Isotopic Composition of Mercury in Hackensack Estuary Sediments, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Learn more about Professor Reinfelder here

Michael Lahr, research professor at the Center for Urban Policy Research, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $48,400. The project, titled Baselines for the Future, is being supported by the Union County Alliance. Learn more about Professor Lahr here

Cheryl L. Burdick passed away on December 6. She was an administrative assistant at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program.

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