June 15, 2016

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Great Things to Know about Rutgers Now Available

The newly revised Great Things to Know about Rutgers brochure is available in print and as a PDF and ebook. An engaging at-a-glance view of the university, it features facts, figures, and the accomplishments of a number of Rutgers individuals and programs—a powerful addition for marketing communications strategies.

A new section about Rutgers' legacy highlights some of the most enduring and significant accomplishments in its 250-year history. Other main sections focus on the university’s reputation, students, and faculty as well as its health care division, research, impact, alumni, and Rutgers in general.

PDF downloads, an ebook, and printed copies are available from the Department of University Communications and Marketing. Printed copies can be ordered in increments of 100 by using the form requiring a login.

Recent Updates to the University Policy Library Website
The University Policy Library is the official source for 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: 20.1.22 No Smoking Policy (revised and reclassified) (PDF). Recent policy updates, including previous versions of updated policies, are available at Recent Policy Updates. For specific questions about policy interpretations, 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.

Contribute Photos to the Rutgers 250 Mosaic
There’s still time to submit photos demonstrating your Rutgers pride to the online Rutgers 250 Mosaic. Visit RU250Mosaic.rutgers.edu to upload photos or share images on Twitter and Instagram using #RU250Mosaic. Submissions will be added to the digital mosaic, which is fully searchable by names of individuals pictured. The final composite image will be revealed on Charter Day 2016—November 10—and printed for display in various Rutgers locations.

Alexander Library Closed June 16 until 1 p.m.
Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will be closed on June 16 until 1 p.m. for a public safety exercise. Until it reopens at 1 p.m., shuttle bus service to other Rutgers–New Brunswick libraries will be available from Alexander Library.

Apply by June 30 for RCN Faculty-to-Faculty Mentoring Program
The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the New Brunswick Provost, and the SciWomen Office invite faculty to apply for the Rutgers Connection Network Faculty-to-Faculty Mentoring Program, which provides infrastructure and training for effective and collaborative mentoring beyond the departmental level. Apply by June 30 to participate in a traditional hierarchical partnership or in a peer-to-peer co-mentoring partnership. The yearlong program starts in September 2016. Learn more and apply here

Faculty and Staff Short-Term Apartment Rentals for September 2016
Institutional Planning and Operations offers short-term apartment rentals to faculty and staff who need temporary housing, including visiting and international scholars. Inventory consists of studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments in Highland Park, New Brunswick, and Piscataway (Busch Campus). Apartments are fully furnished and appointed and include utilities, cable television, and internet service. Leases can be as short as one month and as long as one year. Reservations are now being accepted for the summer as well as the new semester. Email fshousing@rutgers.edu for more information.

Register Now for Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy Audition on June 25 
Register now for June 25 auditions at Shindell Choral Hall, Robert E. Mortensen Hall, New Brunswick, for the 2016–17 year at Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Students who have a schedule conflict on that date should explore a digital audition as an alternative. Stephen Agosto is the new director of the Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy, which provides musical theater training for students in grades 9 to 12 preparing for collegiate study. Learn more and register here

Recruiting Daily Smokers for Paid Research Study
The ABUSA lab (Affective and Biological Underpinnings of Substance Use and Anxiety) in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking individuals interested in quitting smoking to participate in a two-part study that will ask that you abstain from smoking for 24 hours. Total study time is approximately four hours and participants receive a $100 Visa gift card. If interested, contact the ABUSA lab at abusa.rutgers@gmail.com or 848-445-2272.

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 140 news organizations in the past two weeks, including The Washington Post, BBC, and FOX News.

Highlights include:

The Washington Post (Op-Ed): In Hillary Clinton’s run, the ‘woman card’ works in surprising ways. Here’s how (Kelly Dittmar, A&S-Camden, co-author)

Reuters: Drugs for schizophrenics regularly dispensed to foster kids (Stephen Crystal, IHHCPAR, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

“HIV Research and Translation to Practice Day”: June 27, Newark 
The Center for Research on HIV Management in Families and Communities (CRHM), School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, hosts “HIV Research and Translation to Practice Day,” on June 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ackerson Hall, third floor atrium, Newark. This is an informational and networking event, highlighting CRHM goals and activities, HIV-related projects by faculty and doctoral students, opportunities for collaboration, and how to become involved with the CRHM. RSVP here. For more information, contact Ann Bagchi at ann.bagchi@rutgers.edu or John Nelson at nelsonj3@sn.rutgers.edu.

Summer Solstice Jazz and Wine Festival: June 21, New Brunswick
Rutgers Gardens, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, partners with the New Brunswick Jazz Project to celebrate its centennial during the summer solstice on June 21. Bring a picnic dinner to the Roy DeBoer Evergreen Garden at 6 p.m. and enjoy the music from 7 to 9 p.m. Learn more here

Indian Herbs and Spices: June 18, New Brunswick
Join a Rutgers master gardener to learn more about herbs and spices used in Indian cuisine, including their health benefits, on June 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at Holly House, Rutgers Gardens, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Register here

Tour Hutcheson Memorial Forest: June 19, Somerset
Join Rutgers faculty on June 19 for a tour of Hutcheson Memorial Forest, Somerset, one of the last uncut forests in the Mid-Atlantic states. Tours leave from the entrance to the woods at 2150 Amwell Road (Route 514), about three-fourths of a mile east of East Millstone. Learn more here.

Mallery Concert Series: Atlantic City Jazz Band: June 22, Camden
Enjoy music by the Atlantic City Jazz Band on June 22 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mallery Music Room, second floor, Fine Arts Building, Rutgers University–Camden. Learn more here.

Tisha Bender Author Talk: June 26, New Brunswick
Rutgers University–New Brunswick faculty author Tisha Bender will read from her novel, P.U.N.C.H., from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on June 22 at Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Following her presentation, Bender will address questions and sign copies. Learn more here.

Women Like Jazz: through July 29, Newark
This exhibition at the Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University–Newark, features works by Cathleen McCoy Bristol, Bisa Butler, Grace Graupe Pillard, Evelyn Graves, Donna Conklin King, and Toni Thomas, through July 29. Learn more here

Honoré Daumier and the Art of La Caricature: through July 31, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents Honoré Daumier and the Art of La Caricature, an exhibition featuring the satirical caricatures of Daumier, through July 31. Learn more here

Exhibition: Hammarskjold Middle School: through August 31, New Brunswick
The Art Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts an exhibition of artwork created by the sixth- and seventh-grade art classes of Mason Gross School of the Arts alumna Antonia N. Germanos at Hammarskjold Middle School in East Brunswick, through August 31. Learn more here.

Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market: through November 18, New Brunswick
The seasonal Farmers Market features locally grown produce, cheese, baked goods, and prepared food every Friday at Rutgers Gardens, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more here

Participate in Newark Photo Contest
The School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, invites students, alumni, faculty, and staff of an Essex County school, university, or other educational institution to submit images of Essex County public servants who exemplify public service in action. Selected photos will be featured in a special fall 2016 exhibit, Public Service for the Public Good, part of the City of Newark’s 350th Anniversary celebration. The contest runs from June 1 to August 31. Check here for more information, including how to enter, rules, and FAQs.

Marianthi Ierapetritou, professor and chair, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Colleen McLaughlin, community training and technical assistance manager, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, became a fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), a designation conferred after an individual has at least seven years of continuous membership in AAIDD and participation in its professional and business affairs, and is judged to have made a meritorious contribution to the field of intellectual disability.

Nick Romanenko, university photographer, Creative Services, Department of University Communications and Marketing, received a first-place award from the University Photographers Association of America for portraits in its monthly image competition for May 2016.

The following faculty members of New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, were honored by the NJMS Alumni Association:

  • Soly Baredes, chair, Department of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, received the Honorary Alumnus Award, the association’s highest nonalumnus honor, given annually to an individual whose support for the association, school, and students best represents the ideals of the association;
     
  • Alex Bekker, chair, Department of Anesthesiology, received the Charles L. Brown Award, established in memory of the first NJMS dean and given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to NJMS and demonstrated the high ideals that are traditional to the medical profession; and
     
  • Sylvia Christakos, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, received the Distinguished Professor Award, recognizing outstanding dedication to the teaching of NJMS students.

Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait received the Gold Circle of Excellence Award for books from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. The judging panel noted: "This entry was just simply well done. Excellence in photography and design. Readable and informative, not just a pretty face. Would be a piece of pride for any alum, faculty, and staff. Touches of class like the signet make it stand out from others. This volume sets a standard for anniversary books. Kudos to the folks at Rutgers."

That Physics Show, the Off-Broadway creation of David Maiullo, physics support specialist, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 2016 New York City Drama Desk Award for “most unique theatrical production” for Broadway/Off-Broadway.

Paul Copeland, associate professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and director of research development, Office of Research and Economic Development, and Joe Kramer, director of confocal core, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, RWJMS, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $428,558. The project, titled Development of a Zebrafish Model for Selenoprotein Synthesis and Function, is being supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Learn more about Copeland here and Kramer here.

Marc Steinberg, associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Addiction Psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $211,472. The project, titled Persistence Targeted Smoking Cessation in Schizophrenia (PTSC-S), is being supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Learn more about Steinberg here.

Joseph Marcotrigiano, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $38,750. The project, titled The Host Response to Hepatitis C Virus, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Marcotrigiano here.

Suzie Chen, professor, chemical biology, Graduate Programs in Molecular Biosciences, and Department of Chemical Biology, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $35,000. The project, titled GRM 1 Up-Regulated HIF-1 Alpha and Promotes Reductive Carboxylation in Melanoma, is being supported by the New Jersey Health Foundation, Inc. Learn more about Chen here.

Hilton Kaplan, research associate professor and associate director, New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $35,000. The project, titled Regeneration of Decellularized, Allogeneic Composite Musculoskeletal Tissues, is being supported by the New Jersey Health Foundation, Inc. Learn more about Kaplan here.

Michael Verzi, assistant professor, Department of Genetics, Graduate Programs in Molecular Biosciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $35,000. The project, titled An Unappreciated Origin of Colorectal Cancer, is being supported by the New Jersey Health Foundation, Inc. Learn more about Verzi here.

Karl Maramorosch, 101, professor emeritus, Department of Entomology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away of natural causes on May 9, 2016, during a visit to Poland.

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