Faculty & Staff Bulletin
The Faculty & Staff Bulletin contains information for employees at Rutgers. Submissions must be received by noon on Thursday in order to be considered for inclusion in the following Wednesday’s bulletin. For additional information, visit the bulletin website or email University News and Media Relations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Appreciative Inquiry to Effect Organizational Change
Appreciative inquiry may be defined as the practice of asking questions to strengthen a system’s capacity to apprehend, anticipate, and increase potential. At Rutgers University–Newark, the Center for Applied Appreciative Inquiry at the School of Public Affairs and Administration teaches how to apply appreciative inquiry and the SOAR methodology (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results) to effect positive organizational change and strategic planning.
Starting in June, faculty and staff can participate—at a $200 discount—in the noncredit certificate course "Appreciative Inquiry for Strengths-based Leadership and Innovation in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors." The course includes a workshop (June 1–2), an individual appreciative inquiry project, monthly coaching calls, and a concluding workshop (January 11–12). Learn more here or contact center director James M. Davy (left) at email@example.com or 732-754-8969.
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File New Jersey Tax Returns Electronically
The New Jersey Division of Taxation reminds faculty and staff that they can use NJ FastFile to file their New Jersey income tax returns electronically—either online with a PDF fill-in form or with a software package. Filers can choose direct deposit for their refunds, which is not available with paper returns. Learn more here or call 1-800-323-4400.
Encourage New Brunswick Students to Take Survey
Student Affairs was asked by Rutgers University–New Brunswick chancellor Richard Edwards to conduct a formal assessment of the New Brunswick campus climate as it relates to diversity and inclusion. Intended for undergraduates enrolled prior to summer 2016 and accessible until February 28, the Diverse Learning Environments Survey captures student perceptions regarding institutional practices, academic environments, student support services, and cocurricular diversity activities as experienced with faculty, staff, and peers. Student Affairs is anticipating that faculty and staff will encourage students to complete this important survey through announcements during class and organizational meetings. Survey information and a link to the survey are found here. Contact Dayna Weintraub, director, student affairs research and assessment, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 848-932-8576 with questions or for additional marketing materials.
Recruiting Former Cancer Treatment Patients for Study
The Department of Family Medicine and Community, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Shawna Hudson, research division chief and project director, are seeking participants in a National Cancer Institute EXCELS Study (Extended Cancer Education for Longer-Term Survivors) to better understand the needs and concerns faced after cancer treatment has ended and to help design a wellness program. Participants receive a small gift. Contact Dena O’Malley (848-932-0218, email@example.com) or Shawna Hudson (848-932-0215, firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
Registration for Zimmerli Children's Summer Art Camp
Registration is open for the Zimmerli Art Museum’s Summer Art Camp for children 7 to 14, with full- and half-day sessions available from June 26 to July 28. New this year is a collaboration with Rutgers Gardens, offering a week of camp in beautiful surroundings exploring art and nature. Learn more here. For more information call 848-932-6787 or write to email@example.com.
The Office of Instructional Research and Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. Note the following webinars: Adobe Connect (February 27, 2 to 3 p.m.) and Sakai Tools: Resources (February 28, 10 to 10:30 a.m.). Learn more here.
Fulbright Scholars Application Workshop: February 28, New Brunswick
The 2018–2019 Fulbright Scholars Program Catalog is opening soon. On February 28 from 4 to 6 p.m., the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Centers), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a Fulbright Scholars application workshop to discuss application strategies and finding the right award to pursue. RSVP here. Space is limited. Learn more here. Contact Greg Costalas at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Eating Disorder Awareness Symposium: March 1, New Brunswick
To help educate the university community about the manifestations of eating disorders during National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, the Rutgers University Nutrition Club and Rutgers Eating Disorder Organization present an Eating Disorder Awareness Symposium on March 1 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, Rutgers–New Brunswick. This event is open to the public. Send questions to email@example.com. RSVP is requested here.
RWJMS Retired Faculty Meeting: March 3, Piscataway
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s (RWJMS) Retired Faculty Association hosts Josh Kohut, associate professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, to present “A Robot's View of Our Ocean Planet” on March 3 from noon to 1:30 pm. in the dean’s conference room, RWJMS Research Tower, Piscataway. Lunch will be available and contributions to the lunch may be made at the meeting. Learn more here.
Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 40 news organizations in the past week, including USA Today, The New York Times, and Los Angeles Times, among other news organizations.
NJ101.5 interviews Carl Van Horn (Heldrich) in a story about the best career options for 2017 college graduates.
Gloria Bonilla-Santiago (Camden, Community Leadership Center) writes in The Huffington Post about making sure Latinos aren’t an overlooked minority.
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Guerrilla Girls: “Art/Activism/Attitude” and Reception: February 27, New Brunswick
12 Angry Jurors: February 22–26, Camden
The Rutgers University–Camden Department of Fine Arts presents 12 Angry Jurors from February 22 to February 25 at 7:30 p.m. and on February 26 at 2 p.m. in the Walter K. Gordon Theater. Learn more here.
Rutgers Wind Ensemble: February 25, New Brunswick
On February 25 at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, professor Paul Cohen is featured in a performance of the original 1949 version of Ingolf Dahl’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Orchestra, as well as Ron Nelson’s Rocky Point Holiday, Igor Stravinsky’s Octet for Wind Instruments (original 1922 version), and Alberto Ginastera’s Danza Final–Malambo from Estancia (1941). Learn more here.
Social Justice Summit: Exploring Your Inner Activist: February 25, Newark
The Social Justice Summit on February 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark, is a workshop guided by artists, social activists, and community organizers to increase awareness of issues of inclusion and to help students develop action plans to use as agents of change on campus and in surrounding communities. Learn more here.
Changing Face of Harlem: A Screening and Discussion with Shawn Batey: February 27, Newark
The Rutgers University–Newark Department of African American and African Studies presents a film screening of Changing Face of Harlem followed by a discussion with filmmaker Shawn Batey on February 27 at 6 p.m. in the John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers–Newark. Registration is requested. Learn more here.
"Post-Holocaust Ultra Orthodox Theology: A New Perspective": February 28, New Brunswick
The Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts Yakir Englande to present “Post-Holocaust Ultra Orthodox Theology: A New Perspective” on February 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. RSVP here.
“White Backlash” Teach-In: February 28, Newark
The Rutgers University–Newark Federated History Department hosts a “White Backlash” teach-in on February 28 at 1 p.m. in Engelhard Hall. Much has been made of white racial resentment in the recent presidential election. This event in the teach-in series seeks to place this political phenomenon in a broader story of American racial politics with a particular focus on the conservative ascendancy of the late 20th century. Learn more here.
Rutgers–Camden Black History Month Events: through February 24, Camden
A series of activities will celebrate cultural diversity at Rutgers University–Camden throughout Black History Month in February. The events, which are free of charge and open to the public, are held at various locations in the Campus Center. View the events here.
At the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences:
Susan Caplan, assistant professor, was appointed to a three-year term on the editorial board of the Hispanic Health Care International Journal.
William L. Holzemer, dean and distinguished professor, was appointed to the board of trustees of the Visiting Nurse Association of Northern New Jersey, which delivers home health services to residents of Morris and Hunterdon counties and neighboring communities.
Olga F. Jarrín, assistant professor, was appointed to the Early-Career Reviewer Program, Center for Scientific Review, National Institutes of Health, which helps identify promising grant applications.
Valerie Smith Stephens, assistant dean and director, Educational Opportunity Fund Program, was appointed an applications reviewer for the High Impact Pilots (HIP) and Standards Exploration Awards (SEA) Cooperative Agreements.
At the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences:
Judith Barberio, associate clinical professor, received the New Jersey State Award for Excellence-Nurse Practitioner from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, the only full-service national professional membership organization for nurse practitioners of all specialties.
Wendy Budin, professor and associate dean for Entry to Baccalaureate Nursing Practice; Yuri Jadotte, assistant professor and assistant director for education, Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation; and Gina Miranda-Diaz, adjunct faculty; were elected fellows in the New York Academy of Medicine.
Edna Cadmus, clinical professor and specialty director of the Graduate Nursing Leadership Tracks, received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Organization of Nurse Leaders, New Jersey.
Cheryl Holly, professor and codirector, Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation (NEST), and Susan Salmond, executive vice dean, professor, and codirector of NEST, received a 2016 AJN Book of the Year Award for their seminal text, Comprehensive Systematic Review for Advanced Nursing Practice (2nd Edition).
Ann Marie P. Mauro, professor, assistant dean, and director of the Center for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), was one of 164 nurse leaders inducted as 2016 fellows of the American Academy of Nursing, one of the highest honors in the nursing profession.
Jennifer McGee-Avila, program manager for the Northeast/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC) at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center, was one of only 40 applicants selected to participate in the first cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Policy Research Scholars program.
Chaoyang Xue, associate professor, Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,710,934. The project, titled The Role of Inositol in Cryptococcus Biology and Pathogenesis, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Xue here.
Michael Yedidia, research professor, Center for State Health Policy, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $998,900. The project, titled Support for Promoting a Culture of Health in New Jersey Communities, is being supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Learn more about Yedidia here.
Fredric Wondisford, professor and chair, Department of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $311,241. The project, titled Transcriptional Coactivators and Hepatic Glucose Production, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Wondisford here.
Marilyn Sneiderman, professor of professional practice and director, Center for Innovation in Worker Organization, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project, titled SMLR Center of Innovation in Work Organization for General Operations to Support Such Projects as: 1) Building the Bench Initiative; 2) Membership Building and Financial Sustainability; 3) Co-Enforcement; and 4) Bargaining for the Common Good, is being supported by the Ford Foundation. Learn more about Sneiderman here.
Sabiha Hussain, program director, Department of Pediatrics, Cystic Fibrosis Center, Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $56,160. The project, titled Implementation of Outpatient Clinical Pharmacy Services: Pharmacist and/or Pharmacy Technician, is being supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Learn more about Hussain here.
Sara Munson, executive director, Institute for Families, School of Social Work, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $48,880. The project, titled Puerto Rico Supervisory Training Development Program, is being supported by the Casey Family Programs. Learn more about Munson here.
The Rutgers Raritan River Consortium awarded five $7,500 minigrants involving partnerships with Raritan stakeholders to support research by university faculty, staff, and postdoctoral researchers on Raritan River, basin, and bay resource issues, as follows:
- Nicole Fahrenfeld, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Kristi MacDonald, Raritan Headwaters, for Controls on the Fate and Ecotoxicity of Microplastics in the Raritan River;
- Olaf Jensen, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, with NJDEP and New Jersey American Water Company, for Monitoring Fish Migration on the Raritan River: A Live Stream of Fish Ladder Passage;
- Josh Kohut, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Robert Schuster, NJDEP Marine Water Monitoring Bureau, for 2017 Raritan River Water Quality Sampling: Introducing Rutgers Students to NJDEP Sampling and Quality Control Standards;
- Max Häggblom, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and wastewater treatment plants discharging to the Raritan, for Anaerobic Biodegradability of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in Raritan River Sediments; and
- Beth Ravit, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Keith Cooper, Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, with New York/New Jersey Baykeeper, for Microplastic Pollution in the Raritan River.
William Charles Lins, 86, of Mount Kisco, New York, professor emeritus who retired in 1993 from Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, passed away at home on December 27, 2016.