November 25, 2015

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#GivingTuesday: December 1

December 1, 2015, marks the first-ever Rutgers Giving Day, an online fundraising event that joins an international movement, #GivingTuesday, started a few years ago to raise awareness about the importance of giving back. For 24 hours, students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and friends are encouraged to make an impact with tax deductible contributions to schools, units, and programs of their choice across Rutgers.

Contributions can help your school or unit win some of the $100,000 in available challenge funds. Schools and units will compete for percentages of one of the four pools in challenge funds totaling $80,000—an allocation of $20,000 each to Rutgers–New Brunswick, Rutgers–Newark, Rutgers–Camden, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. An additional $20,000 will be available through social media challenges. Learn more at

Register Now for "History of Rutgers" Online Course
Learn about Rutgers’ rich history and remarkable past in a 3-credit online course taught by Rutgers historians Paul G.E. Clemens, author of Rutgers since 1945: A History of the State University of New Jersey, and Rudolph Bell. Each week opens with interviews, visual presentations, and selected readings on a major theme in the university's history, from its beginnings in 1766 as a small college for prospective ministers to its status as a major research university. Register for the spring semester class before December 15. Learn more here.

Celebration of Paul G.E. Clemens's Rutgers since 1945: December 3, New Brunswick
In Rutgers since 1945, historian and Rutgers professor Paul G.E. Clemens chronicles Rutgers’ remarkable transition from the Cold War, to the student protests of the 1960s and 1970s, to the growth of political identity on campus, and the increasing commitment to big-time athletics. Join the celebration of the book’s publication for an insider’s look at the history of this storied institution on December 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Rutgers professor Ben Justice, co-author of Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait, will provide an introduction, followed by a brief reading by Clemens, and concluding with a signing and reception with light refreshments courtesy of the Rutgers University Alumni Association.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Colloquium: December 18, Scotch Plains
Attend the colloquium on psychiatric rehabilitation on December 18 at 10 a.m. at the Scotch Plains location of the School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Derek Malenczak, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions and the Integrated Employment Institute, will present “From Cognitive Specialist to Instructor: How Teaching Cognitive Remediation Has Helped Me Better Understand Barriers That Exist in the Classroom.” Learn more here.

Rutgers–Camden Chancellor's New Faculty Research Symposium: December 2, Camden
Learn about current research underway at Rutgers University–Camden, home to a number of innovative and productive emerging scholars, during the chancellor's new faculty research symposium on December 2 from 12:10 to 1:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room in the Camden Campus Center. The following faculty members will offer brief overviews of their work and answer questions from faculty and students, and lunch will be provided: Melanie Bowers, assistant professor, political science and public policy and administration; Cindy Dell Clark, associate professor, anthropology; David Dwertmann, assistant professor, management; Angélica Gonzalez, assistant professor, biology; Margo Kaplan, associate professor, law; and Sheila Linz, assistant professor, nursing. 

Kite+key Annual Holiday Sale: December 4, Piscataway
Kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, hosts its annual holiday sale on December 4 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Kite+key, located at the retail plaza on the Livingston Campus, Piscataway, is an Apple-authorized campus store carrying a full line of Apple products along with Dell, HP, Samsung, and Asus products and accessories. In addition to cutting-edge products and competitive pricing, kite+key offers trade-ins, computer repair, iPhone and iPad cracked screen repair, accidental damage and warranty protection, and financing through the Rutgers Federal Credit Union. Learn more about the event here [PDF].

Teaching and Learning with Technology: December 4, Piscataway
Every year, the Teaching and Learning with Technology Showcase from the Office of Instructional and Research Technology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, joins faculty and staff from across the university to share novel uses of technology in academia. This year’s showcase is December 4 beginning at 10 a.m. in fifth-floor lounge of Rutgers Business School, Piscataway. The theme is “Cultivating Interactive Learning.” Activities include hands-on demonstrations, faculty panel discussions, and workshops. Attend the event if you are curious about how to incorporate technology into your courses or have experience to share with others. Learn more here.

December 11 Application Deadline: 2015–2016 OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Program
The Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (SciWomen) is accepting applications through December 11 for the 2015–2016 OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Program for female faculty from all disciplines. The workshops will be held at Rutgers University–New Brunswick on five Fridays throughout the academic year from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and include individual coaching and peer mentoring. Partial financial sponsorship may be available. Learn more and apply here.

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 65 news organizations in the past week, including The Detroit Free Press, Bloomberg News, and The Huffington Post.

Highlights include:

The Record: New Jersey Adds 16K Jobs in Oct.; Suggesting Strengthening Rebound (James Hughes, Bloustein, quoted here)

Science Daily: Student Led a Team that Built a Prosthesis for Little Girl's Hand (Katherine Lau, Engineering, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.


Planetary Late Night: December 2, New Brunswick
People of all ages are invited to explore some of the planetary features of our solar system at the Geology Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on December 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. Learn more here

Representations of Black Womanhood in Street Literature and Hip Hop Music: November 30, Newark
Alumna Marquita Smith discusses her dissertation Troublesome Voices: Representations of Black Womanhood in Street Literature and Hip Hop Music on November 30 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Room 617 in Hill Hall, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here

Writers in Camden: Shelly Oria: December 2, Camden
The Writers in Camden series, Rutgers University–Camden, hosts a reading by Israeli author Shelly Oria on December 2 at 7 p.m. at the Black Box Theater in conjunction with the exhibition Visions of Place, Complex Geographies in Contemporary Israeli Art in the Stedman Gallery. Both are located in the Camden Fine Arts Building. Learn more here.

Playwrights Festival: December 2–7, New Brunswick
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts new plays by master of fine arts playwrights December 2 to 7, including Family Style by Will Goldberg and Lights Over Philo by Bryna Turner. Productions and staged readings will be held on alternating evenings at Jameson Studio Theater, New Brunswick. Learn more here.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign
On November 25, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, launches the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. Along with more than 5,475 organizations and participants from 187 countries and territories, CWGL is calling for an end to gender-based violence and policymakers’ and community members’ accountability to end violence, discrimination, and inequality. Rutgers students are leading awareness-raising and challenging gender-based violence and violations of the right to education. Attend events through December 10. Learn more here

Luigi Brunetti, clinical assistant professor, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy; Paul R. Copeland, associate professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; and Anthony M. Tobia, associate professor of psychiatry and clinical associate professor of internal medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, were inducted into the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences’ Master Educators’ Guild, which recognizes and promotes excellence in the university’s educational mission and contributions to scholarship, research, and innovation. Inductees are recommended by their deans after a selection process within their school based on nominations by their peers.

The Community Living Education Project, Department of Health Systems and Policy, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the Community Media Excellence Award from the Arc of New Jersey for outstanding publications and media. 

Herbert Hinkle, adjunct professor at Rutgers Law School based in Camden and a 1974 graduate of the school, and his wife, Patricia Hinkle, a 1978 Douglass College alumna, have bequeathed $2 million to Rutgers Law School. The gift will create an endowment to provide scholarships for law students and stipends for those engaged in public interest work. Read the full story here.

Ah-Ng Tony Kong, distinguished professor, Glaxo Endowed Professor of Pharmaceutics, and director of graduate programs in pharmaceutical science, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $663,003. The project, titled Epigenetic Mechanisms of Indole-3-Carbinol/Diindolylmethane and Triterpenoids in Prevention of Prostate Inflammation and Related Disease, is being supported by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. Learn more about Kong here.

Kostas Bekris, assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,000 over three years. The project, titled Robust Planning for Dynamic Tensegrity Structures, is being supported by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Learn more about Bekris here.

Alexander Gates, professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $339,532 over three years. The project, titled Dynamic Urban Environmental Systems and Sustainability in Newark, New Jersey, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Gates here.

Michelle Van Noy, assistant teaching professor and associate director of the Education and Employment Research Center, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $271,249. The project, titled Richland College TAACCCT Grant Evaluation, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Labor. Learn more about Van Noy here

Marco Gruteser, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and member of the Wireless Information Network Laboratory, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $261,157. The project, titled Enhancements and Protocol Revisions for the DSRC Simulator, is being supported by the Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership. Learn more about Gruteser here.

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