July 1, 2015

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Help for Caregivers to People with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Since 2014, Care2Caregivers – a peer-support helpline for caregivers to people with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease operated by Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC) – has provided mental health assistance and resources to thousands of state residents.

Funded by New Jersey’s Department of Human Services through the Comprehensive Services on Aging Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders (COPSA) at UBHC, the helpline is staffed by peer counselors who have been caregivers to loved ones and have worked professionally with dementia patients. Their unique skill set allows them to understand callers’ concerns and be familiar with services that can help. They assist callers, who can remain anonymous, in all stages – from pre-diagnosis and caregiving to hospice and bereavement when a loved one passes away. Peer counselors advise on issues such as how to manage difficult behavior, develop smoother daily routines, and navigate the maze of community resources. Sometimes they just provide an empathetic ear.

Care2Caregivers also offers support groups through COPSA, including Just for the Fellas for male caregivers and Young Wives for women in their 40s to 60s who are caring for spouses. The helpline operates Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with plans in the works to expand those hours. Beyond 4:30 p.m., caregivers can send emails via the website that counselors will answer the following day. Learn more about Care2Caregivers (800-424-2494) here.

 

Faculty & Staff Bulletin Summer Schedule
The Faculty & Staff Bulletin will be published next on July 15 and continue publishing on alternating Wednesdays through August.

Apply Now for OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Programs for 2015–2016
The Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (SciWomen) is accepting applications for the 2015–2016 OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Programs for academic women from all disciplines. This year, an OASIS program will be hosted both in Newark and New Brunswick. The workshops will be held on five Fridays throughout the academic year from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and include individual coaching and peer mentoring. Application deadlines are July 15 for Newark and September 1 for New Brunswick. Learn more and apply here.

Enroll Now for Sakai Introductory Training: New Brunswick
Through August, the Office of Instructional and Research Technology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offers introduction to the Sakai course management system training sessions. This includes a mix of in-person sessions and online webinars. In-person sessions take place in Davidson Hall on the Busch Campus, Piscataway. Check dates, register, and learn more here.

Short-Term Apartment Rentals for 2016
University Facilities and Capital Planning is now arranging short-term apartment rentals for faculty and staff who need temporary housing, including visiting and international scholars, for 2016. 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. Learn more here or email fshousing@rutgers.edu for more information.

Charles Heckscher Explores "Community" in New Book, Trust in a Complex World
Charles Heckscher, professor and director of the Center for the Study of Collaboration in the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the author of a new book, Trust in a Complex World. Heckscher says that to tackle such problems as inequality, racism, and climate change, new ways are needed to create engaged communities and writes that social media may be the new path to creating strong communities to address such vexing problems. Read more here.

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 55 news organizations in the past week, including U.S. News & World Report, The New York Times, and Medical News Today, among other news organizations. 

Highlights include:

The New York Times: The Price of Gay Marriage (Timothy Stewart-Winter, Arts & Sciences-Newark, author)

Science NewslineColor Memory Influenced by Categories, According to New Rutgers-Camden Research (Sarah Allred, Psychology, Camden, quoted)

Click here for highlights.

Yoga: Every Wednesday, Newark
The Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, offers yoga sessions every Wednesday at noon in the Medical Science Building, Newark. Beginners are welcome and mats are provided. A session’s room location may change; sign up for weekly email announcements from Candace Cronin at croninca@shrp.rutgers.edu

Mallery Concert Series: July 7, Camden
Pianist Andrew Willis performs in the Mallery Room in the Fine Arts Building, Rutgers University–Camden, on July 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Author Talk: Joanna Kempner, Not Tonight: July 7, New Brunswick
Joanna Kempner, assistant professor, Department of Sociology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, discusses her book, Not Tonight: Migraine and the Politics of Gender and Health, on July 7 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Scholarly Communications Center Teleconference Lecture Hall at Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. A light reception follows. Admission is free. Learn more and RSVP here.

Newark Museum Jazz in the Garden: July 9, Newark
Rutgers employees and students can enjoy a free concert in the Newark Museum’s popular Jazz in the Garden series on July 9 from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. in the Museum Garden. Japanese organist Akiko Tsuruga is the featured performer. Learn more here.

Roger Duvoisin’s Children’s Book Illustrations Featured at the Zimmerli: July through June, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents illustrations by Roger Duvoisin in The Gentle Lessons of Donkey-Donkey, Petunia, The Happy Lioness, and Other Animal Pals from the Imagination of Roger Duvoisin, from July 11 through June 26, 2016. Learn more here.

At the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick:

Barbara Faga was appointed professor of practice in urban design, effective September 1. She joins the school from AECOM.

Krystyn Kitto was named assistant director of career services and alumni relations. She replaces Hillary Bardwell, who is relocating with her family to Florida. 

Kelcie Ralph was appointed assistant professor of urban planning and policy development, effective September 1. She recently completed her doctorate at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.

Joseph J. Seneca, Distinguished University Professor of Economics, retired effective June 30. Seneca joined the Rutgers faculty in 1967 as a professor of economics. Between 1991 and 2003, he served as university vice president for academic affairs, the university’s chief academic officer.

Access, the newsletter of the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 2015 Excellence in Journalism Award from the New Jersey chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for best newsletter for 2014. 

Gary D. Saretzky, internship coordinator and part-time lecturer in the Department of History, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, compiled and edited the booklet The Civil War: New Jersey in Focus for Monmouth County Archives which received first prize from the League of Historical Societies of New Jersey for booklets published in 2014.

Daniel Kadouri, associate professor in the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $7.2 million. The project, which will examine the therapeutic potential of two types of predatory bacteria that kill germs that have developed a resistance to antibiotics, is being supported by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Pathogen Predators program. Learn more about Kadouri here

Roland Anglin, faculty fellow at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and director of the Joseph C. Cornwall Center for Metropolitan Studies, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1.5 million. The project, titled New City of Learning Collaborative, is being supported by the Foundation for Newark’s Future. Learn more about Anglin here.   

Jing Li, 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 $450,000. The project, titled Developing Highly Luminescent Materials for Low-Cost and Energy-Efficient Lighting Applications, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Li here.     

Radhika Balakrishnan, professor and director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $400,000. The project, titled General Core Support for Violence Against Women and Women's Rights, is being supported by a corporate contract. Learn more about Balakrishnan here.   

Benjamin Horton, professor 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 $255,430. The project, titled Collaborative Research: Sea Level Variability During the Common Era, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Horton here

Yiannis Sakellaridis, assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $172,527. The project, titled Foundations of the Relative Langlands Program, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Sakellaridis here

Taja-Nia Henderson, associate professor in the School of Law, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $16,800. The project, titled Framing Treason: Disqualification, Memory, and Reconciliation in Reconstruction-Era America, is being supported by The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress. Learn more about Henderson here.   

David Carver, 85, professor emeritus who served as chair of the Department of Pediatrics and associate dean for faculty at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, passed away June 20, 2015, at his residence in Princeton. Funeral services in Raleigh, N.C., are private. A celebration of his life is planned for later this year.

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