April 15, 2015

School of Nursing

School of Nursing Salutes First Graduates of Unique Long-Term Care Residency Program

Twelve new nurses and 12 nurse preceptors became the first graduates of the School of Nursing’s innovative 12-month Long-Term Care Nurse Residency Program, which is supported by a $1.6 million grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to the New Jersey Action Coalition.

Cited as the first of its kind in the nation, the program aims to increase patient safety and satisfaction, boost nurse competency and job satisfaction, and reduce nurse turnover (which hovers at 40 percent) at long-term care facilities in New Jersey.

At last week’s graduation ceremonies, Alison Gibson (left), assistant commissioner in the New Jersey Department of Health’s Division of Health Facilities Survey and Field Operations, told the nurses, “In the world of long-term care, we’re seeing a culture change. It’s about the residents being in the center of your world. Put your heart into it and take from it everything you can.” Learn more here.

April 8, 2015

Cecile A. Feldman

Cecile A. Feldman Installed as Chair-Elect of the ADEA Board of Directors

Cecile A. Feldman (left), dean of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, was installed as chair-elect of the American Dental Education Association’s (ADEA) board of directors, a role that will allow her to help shape the future of dentistry.


As chair-elect, Feldman said she will focus on the best ways for dental education to adapt to a rapidly changing higher education and health care environment. She said that ADEA can raise public awareness of dentistry as a critical component of health care. “ADEA is the voice for education’s role in the future of the dental professions and in the ways various health professions are educated together,” said Feldman, scheduled to become chair of the ADEA board of directors in March 2016.


ADEA represents all 76 dental schools in the United States and Canada, plus more than 800 allied and advanced education programs, 65 corporations, and 20,000 individual members. Learn more about Feldman here.

April 1, 2015

Akhil Sharma

RutgersNewark's Sharma Captures Folio Prize

Akhil Sharma (left), assistant professor in the Department of English, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, has won the 2015 Folio Prize for fictional writing in English that is published in Britain during a given year.

Sharma was selected for his novel Family Life, which took him more than 12 years to write and which is described by a judging committee member as a “lucid, compassionate, quietly funny account of one family’s life across continents and cultures.” In Family Life, Sharma drew upon his experience of immigrating to the United States as a child.

For earning the Folio Prize, Sharma, also an award-winning, short-story writer whose work has appeared in The New Yorker and Atlantic Monthly, received a check valued at nearly $60,000. Learn more about Sharma here.

March 25, 2015

Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy Showcase Reviewed by Playbill Writer

The Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy’s final showcase was covered recently by Michael Gioia of Playbill Inc. “It was exciting to see such a diverse group of performers fearlessly bare a part of their soul on stage,” Gioia wrote. “Their passion brought the audience to their feet.”

The academy, in its second year at the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and directed by Alistair Williams, provides talented high school students from the tri-state area with the skills needed to excel in the professional world of musical theater. Students receive rigorous training in dance, voice, acting, and stage performance.

The students performed the showcase at the Davenport Theater in New York City and in New Brunswick for the public and industry executives, including talent agents and casting directors. Auditions for the fall 2015 program take place on June 13. Read Gioia’s article.


March 18, 2015

Medwings Face Off Against Bitewings in Annual Hockey Fundraiser

What do you get when you mix Rutgers medical and dental students, stir in some faculty and alumni, and add ice – all in the name of a good cause?

The 2015 Charity Hockey Game.

It’s Rutgers’ “Docs" vs. "Dents” in the hockey club’s third annual charity match, which takes place at 8 p.m. March 20 at the Prudential Center in Newark. The faceoff pits the Medwings, students and alumni representing New Jersey Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, against the Bitewings, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine students and alumni. This year’s match is a fundraiser for the Emmanuel Cancer Foundation, which helps families who are struggling with a child’s cancer-related illness. The suggested donation is $5 at the door.

This year, the match is partially sponsored by the NHL and includes games, prizes, and an auction of sports memorabilia.

March 11, 2015

School of Public Health Assists People with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families with Community Living Options

The School of Public Health’s Community Living Education Project (CLEP), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, provides a broad range of information and services to help New Jerseyans and out-of-state families learn about community living options for adult children with developmental disabilities. These include resources and support services as well as mentoring families through a transition. CLEP is supported by the New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities.

Many of the CLEP staff have family members with developmental disabilities who are successfully living in the community.

Among its services, CLEP offers the chance to visit actual community settings. In addition, CLEP provides materials and conducts educational events for interested stakeholders. Click here for more information or contact David Wright, project director, at or 732-235-3277.

March 4, 2015

Conference: Quality Journalism in the Digital Age, April 10: New Brunswick

What does quality journalism mean today? How do we measure it and what are the most prominent challenges and opportunities associated with producing and sustaining quality journalism in today’s media environment?

Join this conference on April 10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Alexander Library as the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, celebrates its 40th anniversary by bringing together journalists, news executives, and scholars to explore the technological and economic changes confronting news outlets and what these changes mean and their implications for contemporary journalism.

No admission fee; advance registration required. Register, learn more, and view the confirmed speakers here.

February 25, 2015

Enter The Nicholson Foundation and Rutgers University Health Care Delivery Challenge for Chance to Earn $50,000 in Funding

If you have an idea for improving health outcomes and/or reducing health care costs for vulnerable populations in New Jersey, enter the Nicholson Foundation and Rutgers University Health Care Delivery Challenge. The winning team receives $50,000 in funding for project implementation. Each team must have at least three members, including at least one member each from the broader Rutgers community and the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences community. The deadline for team submissions is April 3, 2015. Q and A webinars will be held today (February 25) from noon to 1 p.m. and March 4 from 5 to 6 p.m.

Examples of potential ideas: an intervention to improve community engagement, an app that a team in the field could use to relay information to a patient’s health care team, or a payment model that addresses the high cost of health care delivery. Participants can form teams through the challenge’s online forum or preselect teams according to the eligibility rules. Register for either webinar and learn more here


February 18, 2015

An Opportunity to Show Off Your Photography Skills

All Rutgers staff, students, and alumni are invited to showcase their talents in a photo contest sponsored by the Rutgers Federal Credit Union. The credit union is seeking diverse, artistic photographs of any areas at any of the university’s locations statewide. The winning photographs will be featured in upcoming Rutgers Federal Credit Union brochures.

To be eligible, submit up to five high-resolution photos along with a release form to by midnight March 31, 2015. Winning photographers will have their photos published with full photo credit and will be recognized at a special event. Learn more here.


February 11, 2015

Special Event Celebrates the Zimmerli’s 2015 Spring Exhibitions: February 17

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, one of the largest and most distinguished university-based museums in the country, celebrates the start of its spring 2015 exhibitions with a special free event February 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. The event will highlight the museum’s next major exhibition, Picturing War: Selections from the Zimmerli Art Museum Collection. Curator-led tours will be offered. Picturing War opened February 7. 

The semester’s new exhibitions also include The Doctor Is In: Medicine in French Prints, which opened last month, and George Segal in Black and White: Photographs by Donald Lokuta, which opens February 14 and features many student contributions. Segal is a Rutgers alumnus and sculptor known locally, having lived in South Brunswick, and internationally. Learn more here.

Lithograph by Kazimir Malevich from Picturing War. Photo credit: Peter Jacobs