April 29, 2015

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Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market Returns: May 1, New Brunswick

The seasonal Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market, featuring locally grown produce, cheese, baked goods, and prepared food every Friday, returns May 1 at Rutgers Gardens, New Brunswick. The hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The farmers market is operated through a partnership of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Its location, at the entrance to Rutgers Gardens, provides easy access to students, faculty, and staff as well as to local restaurants seeking products from a diverse group of farms and vendors.

If you wish to become part of the farmers market venture, which began in 2008, contact Mary Ann Schrum at schrum@aesop.rutgers.edu. Learn more here.  

Campaign for RULGBTQA Student Emergency Fund Ends Soon
Every semester, a few students in the LGBTQA community are in a financial bind. Some lose family financial support when they identify as a member of the LGBTQA community, while others experience economic difficulties for other reasons. The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and the LGBTQ and Diversity Resource Center, Rutgers University–Newark, are working with the Office of the Deans of Students and the Rutgers University Foundation to raise money for an RULGBTQA Student Emergency Fund. The aim is to raise $19,920 in honor of the center’s founding year, 1992. The campaign ends following the May 6 Rainbow Graduation ceremony for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allies (LGBTQA) graduates. The idea for the special fund arose as more students approached the center with financial needs and applied for assistance through the Office of the Deans of Students. Click here to donate. Learn more here.

SIDS Center of New Jersey Launches Keep It Up Campaign
The incidence rate for all sudden unexpected infant deaths in New Jersey is one of the lowest in the nation, based on the latest information from the CDC, and the lowest ever in New Jersey. A significant factor in the low incidence rate is the participation of birthing hospitals across New Jersey in the Safe-to-Sleep education campaign and the Nurses Lead the Way program of the SIDS Center of New Jersey at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. According to a recent survey by the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, 85 percent of New Jersey families report having been given safe sleep information. While the low rates demonstrate that good outcomes can be achieved, the goal now is to sustain them. Therefore, the SIDS Center of New Jersey is launching the Keep It Up campaign to ensure that safe sleep education, consistent with the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics, is provided during an infant’s first year of pediatric visits. For more information about safe sleep education programs, contact Barbara Ostfeld, program director of the SIDS Center of New Jersey, at 732-249-2160, or click here

The Puzzle Challenge
The nearly 8,000 individuals who are both Rutgers graduates and university employees have an impact on the Rutgers community every day. Together, alumni employees can also make a big difference through the Rutgers University Foundation’s Puzzle Challenge: Get as many alumni employees as possible to give back by May 6. Submit your piece of the puzzle today by making a gift of any size to support the area of your choice. Learn more here.

Aiding Student Entrepreneurs
Many students chart their own career paths after college. To aid students in these efforts, the Office of New Ventures and Entrepreneurship at Rutgers' Office of Research Commercialization is leading a crowd-funding campaign to help provide student entrepreneurs with the resources they need to create the leading companies of tomorrow. Money raised will fund supplies for the C.A.S.T.L.E. co-working space, programming, and seed grants. You can help students pursue their entrepreneurial passions by donating here and by sharing the page with friends and family though word-of-mouth, email, and social media.

TAG Day in Camden: April 30
After successful TAG (Teaching Annual Giving) Days in Newark and New Brunswick, the Department of Annual Giving within the Rutgers University Foundation launches TAG Day in Camden on April 30. See how donors make a difference in the lives of students and faculty members on the physical tags indicating donor-supported resources all over campus. Learn more here.

Positives and Negatives in Contemporary Herbal Medicine: May 6, New Brunswick
Rutgers University Libraries hosts a presentation by Lena Struwe, director of the Chrysler Herbarium at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, that highlights the positives and negatives in contemporary herbal medicine and suggests best practices for ensuring the botanical accuracy of herbal products on May 6, 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Pane Room, first floor, Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Feel free to bring your lunch.

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 30 news organizations in the past week, including the New York Times, USA Today and Bloomberg, among other news organizations.

Highlights include:

The New York Times: Teva to Pay $512 Million to Settle Suit Over Delay of Sleep Disorder Drug (Michael Carrier, School of Law–Camden, quoted here)

Science News: Science may get sidelined in artificial turf debate (Paul Lioy, RWJMS, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

INSPIRE Scientific Teaching Seminar and Lunch Reception: May 15, Piscataway
April Hill, a molecular biologist at the University of Richmond and advocate for undergraduate research, is the featured speaker at the INSPIRE Scientific Teaching Seminar and lunch reception on May 15 at 11 a.m. in the West Lecture Hall at Daniel I. Kessler Teaching Laboratories in Piscataway. The seminar is organized by the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Postdoctoral Association and INSPIRE. Registration required for lunch only by May 5. Otherwise, walk-ins are welcome. Learn more and register here

Rutgers–Camden Performance Ensemble Concert: May 4, Camden
The Rutgers University–Camden Performance Ensemble takes audiences on a ride of epic proportions with a performance of The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour album, as well as some other favorites, such as Eleanor Rigby, on May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Walter K. Gordon Theater, Rutgers–Camden. Learn more here

Introduction to Sketching Trees and Other Landscape Plants: May 2, New Brunswick
Rutgers Gardens experts teach beginners pen or pencil drawing techniques on May 2 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at N.J. Garden Club headquarters. Learn more here.

Spring Choral Concert by the Rutgers University–Newark Chorus: May 3, Newark
The Rutgers University–Newark chorus performs seasonal musical selections conducted for the final time by chorus director John Eric Floreen on May 3 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Abbey Church in Newark. Learn more here

Art After Hours: May 5, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts its next Art After Hours: First Tuesdays on May 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. The evening includes a curator-led exhibition tour and the next featured work in the Big Ten: Art series, as well as Slide Jam and live music. Admission, activities, and refreshments are free. Learn more here.

Karen D’Alonzo, associate professor, was appointed associate dean for nursing science, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. She oversees the school’s Division of Nursing Science, which includes two doctoral programs, several centers of excellence, and the faculty, staff, and students within the division.

Judith K. Amorosa, clinical professor of radiology and vice chair, medical education and faculty development, Department of Radiology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the 2015 Outstanding Teacher Award from the American Alliance of Academic Chief Residents in Radiology.

Lucille Joel, distinguished professor, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was honored as an outstanding leader in health care and education at the annual Felician College President’s Scholarship Gala.

Debra L. Laskin, Professor II and Roy A. Bowers Endowed Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the 2015 Career Achievement Award from the Society of Toxicology’s Inhalation and Respiratory Specialty Section. The award reflects an individual’s work in advancing the field in terms of breadth and depth of scientific contributions; influence in the education, training, and mentorship of young scientists; leadership and service to the field; and influence on regulatory and public health decisions.  

The New Jersey State Cancer Registry (NJSCR), led by Antoinette Stroup, associate professor, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, and director, NJSCR, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the Data Quality Indicators for Excellence Award. NJSCR, under the direction of the cancer institute and the New Jersey Department of Health, was recognized as one of only three Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program cancer registries in the nation to meet all 14 data quality indicators for excellence.

Jason R. Richardson, associate professor and deputy director, Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology, Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and resident member, the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the ASPET Division of Toxicology Junior Investigator Award recognizing excellent original research by early career investigators in toxicology. 

Lee Cronk, professor in the Department of Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,955,924. The project, titled Generous by Nature: Need-Based Transfers and the Origins of Human Cooperation, is being supported by The John Templeton Foundation. Learn more about Cronk here.

Maurice Elias, professor in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,062,307. The project, titled Enhancing Student Purpose with the Middle School Ambassador Program, is being supported by The John Templeton Foundation. Learn more about Elias here

Pernille Hemmer, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $439,998 over five years. The project, titled CAREER: Applications of Bayesian Inference to Human Memory and Decision, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Hemmer here.

John Wilkin, professor and director of the Graduate Program in Oceanography, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $386,691. The project, titled A Model-Based Synthesis of Mid Atlantic Bight Pioneer Array Data to Infer Across-Shelf Fluxes, Frontal Variability, and Characteristics of the Array, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Wilkin here.

Arend-Jan Both, associate extension specialist in the Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $252,452. The project, titled Optimizing Protected Culture Environments for Berry Crops, is being supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Learn more about Both here

F. Gregory Lastowka, a professor at the Rutgers School of Law–Camden and an internationally recognized scholar in the area of cyberlaw and intellectual property, passed away at his home in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, on April 28, 2015. He was 46. Services will be held at 11 a.m. May 1, at St John Chrisostom Catholic Church in Wallingford, PA., with visiting hours beginning at 9 a.m. at the church. Visiting hours also from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 30, at Carr Funeral Home, 935 South Providence Road, Wallingford. 

Douglas J. Thompson, 81, former chief of the Rutgers University Police Department at Rutgers University–Camden, passed away on April 13, 2015. A funeral Mass was offered on April 24 at Corpus Christi Church in Willingboro, New Jersey. Arrangements by May Funeral Homes.

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