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April 27, 2016

HPC@Rutgers Presents "The Amber Molecular Modeling Package": April 28, Piscataway
The HPC@Rutgers Seminar Series, designed to feature high-performance computing technologies and capabilities, presents “The Amber Molecular Modeling Package” with Rutgers’ David Case on April 28 at 3 p.m. at the Computing Research and Education Building, Busch Campus, Piscataway. Case, who oversees development of the Amber suite of programs for biomolecular simulation, will provide an overview of the programs with an emphasis on performance issues on GPUs and on multicore CPUs. The HPC@Rutgers Seminar Series is presented jointly by the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute and Office of Advanced Research Computing, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Register and learn more here.

Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies Symposium: April 28, Piscataway
The Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents the Second Annual Graduate Student Symposium, followed by a wine and cheese reception, on April 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Lucy Stone Hall, A268, Livingston Campus, Piscataway. The symposium will feature the latest research from Caribbean graduate students focused on Carnival, Glissant’s Nomadism, and the Production of the Citizen

Register Now: Energy Symposium and Climate Change Program: May 4
Register now for two May 4 events at the auditorium, Fiber Optic Materials Research Building, Busch Campus, Piscataway. The morning program is the 11th Annual Rutgers Energy Institute Symposium. The afternoon program is “Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability: From the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to New Jersey Practitioners." Participants include Hoesung Lee, IPCC chair; Sir Robert Watson, University of East Anglia; Lidija Sekaric, U.S. Department of Energy; Richard Newell, Duke University; Rutgers faculty involved in the IPCC; and a panel of distinguished New Jersey practitioners. A complimentary lunch will be provided immediately following the morning program. Registration is required by 5 p.m. on April 27

April 20, 2016

New Book by Mason Gross’s Rebecca Cypess
Rebecca Cypess, professor of music at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the author of Curious and Modern Inventions: Instrumental Music as Discovery in Galileo's Italy, published by University of Chicago Press. The book examines early 17th-century instrumental music in Italy, which was crucial for the Western tradition, and illustrates that early modern thinkers from Galileo Galilei to Giambattista Marino were fascinated with instrumental technologies. Learn more here.

Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity: Undergraduate Research Symposium: April 29, Piscataway
The Aresty Research Center invites the university community to the 12th annual universitywide Undergraduate Research Symposium—a celebration of scholarship and creative activity—on April 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. The symposium is a chance for more than 500 undergraduate researchers to present their research to an audience of faculty, friends, and family. Learn more here.

April 6, 2016


History of Rutgers Online Offered Again with Early-Bird Discount
Help celebrate Rutgers' 250th birthday by learning more about the university’s history. The online course "History of Rutgers University" is being offered again across the university during fall semester 2016. The course features interviews, visual presentations, and selected readings on Rutgers' evolution from a small college in 1766 to a premier research university today. Matriculated students will earn credit and alumni, faculty, and staff will receive a certificate of participation. Take advantage of an early-bird registration rate of $225 if you register by June 30. Learn about the course topics and register here.


“Engineering Microbial Metabolism for Production of Chemicals and Fuels”: April 12, Piscataway
As part of the 2016 N. Ronald Morris Lecture Series, the Department of Pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, presents Jay D. Keasling, professor, chemical and biomolecular engineering, Berkeley College of Chemistry, on April 12 at 4 p.m. in the RWJMS Research Tower auditorium, Piscataway. His topic: “Engineering Microbial Metabolism for Production of Chemicals and Fuels.” A reception follows in the Great Hall. Check shuttle bus schedule here [PDF]. Learn more here [PDF]. For additional information, contact Marc Gartenberg at 732-235-5800 or

Confucius Institute: “Recasting Modern Chinese Intellectual History": April 12, New Brunswick
The Distinguished Lecture Series of the Confucius Institute, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents University of British Columbia professor Timothy Cheek on April 12 at 4:30 p.m. in the Pane Room, Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. His lecture, “Recasting Modern Chinese Intellectual History,” will explore an understanding of modern Chinese intellectual history by examining China's writers through ideological moments and intellectual worlds. Learn more here.

School of Social Work: “Place Matters: Mapping Community Loss": April 14, New Brunswick
As its annual Grosswald Lecture, the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents Mimi Abramovitz, Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor of Social Policy, Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, to discuss “Place Matters: Mapping Community Loss" on April 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Brower Commons A/B, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Abramovitz’s research explores the relationship between “place” and health and social problems. Refreshments will be served and one nonclinical CEU provided. Learn more and register here.

At BHI: "How to Transform Neuropsychiatric Therapeutics”: April 21, Piscataway
The Brain Health Institute, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, presents Bryan Roth, Michael Hooker Distinguished Professor of Protein Therapeutics and Translational Proteomics, University of North Carolina, to deliver the 2016 Strongwater Endowed Chair Lecture on April 21 at 11 a.m. in the Center for Integrative Proteomics Research, Room 120, Piscataway. His topic: "How to Transform Neuropsychiatric Therapeutics.” Learn more here.

Celebration of Undergraduate Research at Rutgers–Camden: April 27 and April 28
The College of Arts and Sciences and University College, Rutgers University–Camden, present CURCA, a celebration of undergraduate research and creative activity that is part of its inaugural Research Week. CURCA activities include a graduate-level research celebration and a faculty research fellow lecture on April 27 and April 28 during free period in the Camden Campus Center multipurpose room.

March 30, 2016

RutgersNewark Employee Fellowships with Leadership Newark
To enhance career development, Rutgers University–Newark has struck a partnership enabling employees to enroll concurrently in two-year fellowships with Leadership Newark, a program designed to cultivate leadership qualities through engagement in public policy, social, and political issues in Newark. Five staffers will begin fellowships this summer, immersing themselves in such issues as prisoner reentry, health care administration, and education reform for a year. They will spend much of the second year as consultants, developing practical solutions for nonprofit organizations in community leadership initiatives. Interest in a fellowship project began when Rutgers leaders received enthusiastic feedback from employees who had independently become Leadership Newark fellows. Apply and learn more here

IRW Symposium on Poverty and Sexuality: April 7, New Brunswick
The Institute for Research on Women, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts its free spring symposium on poverty and sexuality on April 7 from 9:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, first floor conference room, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Urvashi Vaid, attorney and president of The Vaid Group LLC, is the keynote speaker. The panelists are Cynthia Blair, Ricardo Abreu Bracho, Pooja Gehi, Alyosha Goldstein, Reina Gossett, Christina Hanhardt, Modesto Flako Jimenez, Mitchyll Mora, Premilla Nadasen, Rosemary Ndubuizu, Kevin Schumacher, and Elena Shih. Learn more and register here.

Third Graduate Student Childhood Studies Conference: April 22April 23, Camden
The Rutgers University–Camden Graduate Student Organization in Childhood Studies holds its third conference on April 22 and April 23 at the Camden Campus Center. The field of childhood studies has challenged scholars to refigure children as active participants in society and constructors of their own life experiences; worked to give voice to young people in research; promoted the understanding of childhood as a socially constructed category; and encouraged ground-breaking interdisciplinary methodology and analysis. However, innovative thinking about children and childhood is not limited to those scholars working directly in the field of childhood studies. The goal of this year's conference is to bring together graduate students and other early-career scholars whose work represents a contribution to expanding academic understandings of and approaches to children and childhood. Learn more and RSVP here.

Rutgers Digital Blackness Conference: April 2223: New Brunswick
On April 22 and April 23, join scholars, students, activists, and artists at the Rutgers Digital Blackness Conference—examining how digital technologies have reshaped the meaning, understanding, and representation of blackness—at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The conference will feature several discussions and breakout sessions, including a live-streamed digital town hall meeting. The keynote speaker is Mara Brock Akil, TV writer and producer and creator of Girlfriends. The event, sponsored by the School of Arts and Sciences’ Department of History, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is free and open to the public but registration is required. Learn more and register here.

March 23, 2016

REI Energy Policy Seminar Series: March 25, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute’s Energy Policy Seminar Series presents Wendy Palen, associate professor, ecology of aquatic communities, Simon Fraser University, on March 25 at 10:30 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. She will discuss "Developing a Stakeholder-Driven Decision Support Tool to Reduce Conflict between Renewable Energy and Biodiversity Conservation." Learn more here.

British Studies' "Costs of Abstraction" Conference: March 25, New Brunswick
The Rutgers British Studies Center, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts "Costs of Abstraction," a daylong graduate conference in science and epistemology, on March 25 beginning at 9:15 a.m. in the Teleconference Room, Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The event brings together scholars from a wide range of fields and features a keynote address by Steven Shapin, Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University. The conference is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Register and learn more here

Global Health Nursing Seminar: April 5, Newark
The Rutgers School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), and the New Jersey Trauma Center at Newark University Hospital present “Nurses Matter: Our Role in Global Health,” on April 5 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Room C-600, Medical Science Building, RBHS, Newark. Presentations include: “Combating Infectious Disease Globally: What We Learned from Ebola”; “The Role of Nursing and Midwifery in Addressing Universal Health Coverage”; and “Experiences in Sierra Leone.” Suzanne Willard, associate dean for global health, School of Nursing, is the moderator. Registration includes breakfast and lunch; four nursing contact hours will be provided. School of Nursing students are admitted free with ID. General admission: $30; student admission: $20. Register here. For more information, contact Dorsa Seimaa at 973-972-5872 or


SEBS 250th Anniversary Lecture: Author Gaia Vince: April 8, New Brunswick
The School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents Gaia Vince to offer the Executive Dean’s 250th Anniversary Public Lecture. The nonfiction Royal Society-winning author discusses her book, Adventures in the Anthropocene, on April 8 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, Room 101, Rutgers–New Brunswick. A book signing and reception will follow. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. Register and learn more here.


Register for the RBS Annual Women Build Summit: April 8, New Brunswick
As the university celebrates its 250th Anniversary year, women executives, corporate sponsors, and undergraduate students are invited to join the Rutgers Business School’s Annual Women Build Summit, a day of discussion and networking around the theme “Women Revolutionizing Business and Technology” at the Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick, on April 8 from 10:15 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The day highlights the evolving role of technology in business across the decades and showcases women’s leadership at the intersection of business innovation and technology. RSVP to Sangeeta Rao at or at 973-353-5709. Learn more here.

“Bright Futures: Improving Education and Transforming Outcomes for Girls of Color”: April 14–15, Camden
Seeking to address the economic and educational trajectory for girls of color, Rutgers University–Camden and Educational Testing Service are partnering to host a symposium, "Bright Futures: Improving Education and Transforming Outcomes for Girls of Color," on April 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. and April 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Camden Campus Center. Learn more and register here.

March 16, 2016

Call for Presentations: Sustainable Raritan River Initiative Annual Conference 
Rutgers’ Sustainable Raritan River Initiative (SRRI) announces a call for presentations for its annual conference at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on June 10. As the university celebrates its 250th anniversary year, the conference will highlight important activities occurring throughout Rutgers, including Raritan-related research, courses, studios, educational and recreational opportunities, technical support, and community-based watershed work in the key SRRI focus areas of public access, water quality/quantity concerns, habitat restoration and stewardship, climate resilience, and land-use patterns affecting the river and bay. Submit proposals by March 31 to Learn more here.

Register for Joint Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Association 2016 Symposium: April 1, Piscataway 
The Joint Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Association at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, holds its annual symposium on April 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Life Sciences Building, Piscataway. The keynote speaker is Carole Heilman, director, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health Sciences, who received the GSBS Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011. The theme of her remarks is the “Business of Science: Life after Rutgers.” All attendees must register in order to receive lunch. Register and learn more here.

Register for UBHC’s 10th Annual Best Practices Conference: April 7, Edison
Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care’s 10th Annual Best Practices Conference—“Mental Health and Addiction Treatment: The Serenity to Integrate, the Courage Not to, and the Wisdom to Know the Difference”—will be held on April 7 at the Pines Manor, Edison. The conference brings together mental health and addiction professionals to examine and discuss the need for the mental health community to integrate services for patients with both addiction and mental illness. Learn more and register here.

March 9, 2016

World TB Day Symposium: March 22, Newark
In observance of World Tuberculosis Day, the New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Health and Rutgers’ Public Health Research Institute, hosts a symposium to discuss public health and clinical aspects of TB as well as current TB research on March 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at New Jersey Medical School, Newark. Topics will include global, national, and local epidemiology; priority areas for TB prevention; utility of molecular testing; updates on clinical care and management; and research efforts to better understand TB transmission, diagnostics, and therapeutics. This symposium is open to physicians, nurses, public health staff, infection control practitioners, researchers, and students who are interested in TB or involved in the care of patients with TB infection or disease. Learn more and register here.

March 2, 2016

REI Policy Seminar: "The Renewable Energy Transition and Smart Grid: Toward Energy Democracy": March 4, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute hosts Jennie Stephens, Blitterdorf Professor of Sustainability Science and Policy, University of Vermont, on March 4 at 10:30 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

“Exposure to Community Violence Fosters Drug and Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Adolescents": March 8, New Brunswick
The School of Social Work welcomes Dexter Voisin, professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago, for his lecture “Exposure to Community Violence Fosters Drug and Sexual Risk Behaviors Among Adolescents: Pathways and Implications for Families and Communities,” on March 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Seminar Room, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. This is the annual Demone Lecture on Alcohol and Other Related Addictions. One nonclinical CEU will be given. Learn more and register here.

February 24, 2016

REI Policy Seminar: "The Path to Fusion Energy": February 26, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute hosts Stewart Prager, director, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, on February 26 at 10:30 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Register by February 27 for Discount in SC&I's Business and Organizational Writing
Professional Development Studies at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is offering its online, four-week Business and Organizational Writing course for $699 (normally $795) with an application-fee waiver for faculty or staff who enroll by February 27. The course offers an opportunity to enhance your on-screen professional image with engaging projects and to learn how to present clear messages, format documents for readability, and use a positive tone. This noncredit, self-paced class begins on February 29. Learn more and enroll here.

9th MaGrann Symposium: "Hazards in Context": March 2, Piscataway
The 9th MaGrann Symposium, “Hazards in Context,” honoring the research and scholarship of James K. Mitchell, professor, Department of Geography, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will be held on March 2 at the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. Mitchell's work has emphasized the hazard characteristics of contingency, uncertainty, ambiguity, and surprise. These and other themes are explored through keynote addresses and panel presentations. Speakers include leading figures and junior scholars in the field of natural hazards, many of whom are Mitchell’s former students and valued colleagues. The event is free but registration is required. Register and learn more here.

CGPH Seminar Series: "From Bad Pharma to Good Pharma": March 7, Piscataway
The Center for Global Public Health Seminar Series hosts Donald Light, professor of comparative health, Rowan University, School of Osteopathic Medicine, who will present “Global Health Justice and the Search for Better Medicines: From Bad Pharma to Good Pharma," on March 7 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Piscataway. A light lunch will be provided. Learn more here.

Faculty Book Submissions for Annual Libraries’ Celebration Due by March 11
Rutgers University Libraries’ annual celebration of faculty authors, this year known as "A Celebration of Books,” will be held on April 12. The event, combining physical and digital displays of faculty books, a booklet listing all faculty books, and an opening reception, acknowledges the scholarship of faculty across many disciplines. Faculty are encouraged to submit their books by March 11 here

SHRP Presents a Model for Clinical Supervision: March 18, Scotch Plains
As part of the School of Health Related Professions’ (SHRP) 2016 colloquium series, Tom Bartholomew, director, State Hospital Project, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Profession, will present evidence for a generic model of clinical supervision on March 18 from 10 a.m. to noon at SHRP’s Scotch Plains location. Bartholomew participates in an ongoing statewide clinical supervision project within the four state psychiatric hospitals as well as in an ongoing National Institute of Mental Health study of clinical supervision conducted with Indiana University. Learn more here.

February 17, 2016

Publications by ODL Staff Translated into Chinese 
Three publications by staff at the Center for Organizational Development and Leadership, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, have been translated into Chinese and published by Wuhan University PressWhat Leaders Need to Know and Do and Excellence in Higher Education Guide: An Integrated Approach to Assessment, Planning, and Improvement in Colleges and Universities, both written by Brent D. Ruben, the center’s executive director, and Strategic Planning in Higher Education: A Guide for Leaders, written by Ruben and Sherrie Tromp, the center’s associate director. 

Celebrating Faculty Members Who Recently Published Books: February 22, New Brunswick
The Center for African Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, celebrates its seven faculty members who recently published books on February 22 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the second floor lounge of the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here [PDF].  

Submit Proposals by February 29 for Camden's Women's History Month Conference
The Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Community Leadership Center, Rutgers University–Camden, invite faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, activists, scholars, and artists in all fields to propose panels, papers, roundtable discussions, workshops, and performances for the Women’s History Month Conference, March 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Camden Campus Center. Proposals may address the conference theme, “Disrupting Power and Privilege to Empower Women,” or focus on other topics related to gender. Submit proposals by February 29 to Learn more here.

Submit Projects for Aresty Research Assistant Program by March 4
Interested in providing a formative scholarly experience for students? The Research Assistant Program through the Aresty Research Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, helps professors find strong, motivated students to support research projects. The program targets students without previous research experience and supports work in any discipline. To participate, faculty can submit a brief project description by March 4. Learn more and submit here.