April 1, 2015

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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.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Applications Being Accepted for Honors College Graduate Fellows Program
The Honors College at Rutgers University–New Brunswick announced the Honors College Graduate Fellows Program, an innovative scholarly collaboration designed to enrich the educational experience for both undergraduate and graduate students associated with the Honors College. The Honors College Graduate Fellows Program is seeking advanced graduate students from a wide range of disciplines to teach the interdisciplinary Honors College mission course, The Forum. Graduate fellows will teach one section per semester for this one-year appointment, beginning August 25, 2015. Graduate fellow positions will involve about 12 hours of work per week, which includes formal classroom time and preparation as well as participation in select Honors College cocurricular events. Applicants must have at least two semesters of successful TA experience and an enthusiastic interest in mentoring and engaging undergraduate students within the living and learning community centered in the new Honors College facility. Learn more here

Hire Students: 2015 Part-Time and Summer Job Fair: April 29, New Brunswick
The 2015 Part-Time and Summer Job Fair takes place April 29 in the College Avenue Student Center, multipurpose room, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rutgers University departments and their affiliates interested in hiring students for nonfederal work-study program part-time and/or summer jobs, as well as non-Rutgers affiliates such as area businesses, are encouraged to participate. Register here. For more information, contact Michelle Brugnoli at jldp@ofa.rutgers.edu.


Nurse’s Pocket Drug Guide Published by McGraw-Hill
Judith Barberio, clinical assistant professor at the School of Nursing, is the lead author of the new Nurse’s Pocket Drug Guide 2015 from McGraw-Hill. The guide provides current data on more than 1,400 of the most commonly prescribed medications, with an emphasis on patient safety and nursing implications. Learn more here.

Foran Loop to Close April 3June 24 for Construction
The Foran Hall loop on the Cook Campus will be closed to all vehicular traffic, except emergency vehicles, from April 3 through June 24 for site improvement construction associated with the new Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health. Perimeter pedestrian circulation will be maintained outside the fencing and barricades. All deliveries are to be made to the rear entrance of Foran Hall.

Northwestern’s John Kessler Delivers Ira B. Black Memorial Lecture: April 2, Piscataway
John A. Kessler, director of the Stem Cell Institute at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, is the 2015 Ira B. Black Memorial lecturer on April 2 at 4 p.m. in the main auditorium of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway. His topic: “Regenerative NeurologyGene Therapy, Stem Cells and Nanotechnology.” Learn more here.

Washington, Wall Street, and the Public Interest: What I Learned in the U.S. Senate: April 7, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a lecture by former U.S. Senator Ted Kaufman on April 7 at 10:30 a.m. at Eagleton. Kaufman will discuss his Senate tenure and prior years as a Senate staffer, as well as his views on how and why Congress and our political system do or don't work. He will place special emphasis on his experience trying to regulate Wall Street more closely after the financial crisis and will share reflections on ethical questions and challenges. The lecture is part of the institute’s Arthur J. Holland Program on Ethics in Government. Register and learn more here.

Hyperrealism in the Soviet Union: Exhibition Tour, Panel, and Reception at Zimmerli: April 9, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, invites the public to a free special program on April 9 in conjunction with a new exhibition, Through the Looking Glass: Hyperrealism in the Soviet Union. A curator-led tour begins at 2:30 p.m., followed by a panel discussion at 3:30 that focuses on the perception and construction of reality in artworks of the Soviet era, as well as the instrumental role of photography as a medium in conveying reality in the Soviet Union. A reception follows at 5 p.m. Learn more here.

Rutgers Brass Ensemble Presents The Power and Glory of Brass and Organ: April 11, New Brunswick
Hear the Flentrop and Rodgers organs as the brass ensemble at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents The Power and Glory of Brass and Organ on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Kirkpatrick Chapel, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Organ soloists include Renée Anne Louprette, university organist, and George B. Stauffer, dean of the Mason Gross School of the Arts. Tickets: $10 for alumni, employees, and seniors; $5 for students; $15 for general public. Learn more and order tickets here.

Helix! New-Music Ensemble Plays New York City: April 12
The Helix! new-music ensemble at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will fill the New York City club Le Poisson Rouge with contemporary works composed by faculty and students on April 12 at 5:30 and 8:30 p.m. The lineup of each show is different and will include funk, vocal, electronic, jazz, and a film score. Purchase tickets here or call 212-505-3474.

Go RU English
On April 12, students, faculty, alumni, parents, and friends of the Department of English School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick will run in the Unite Half Marathon and 8K races through areas of Rutgers–New Brunswick to raise money for graduate fellowships in the humanities at Rutgers. The team, which will be wearing RU English shirts, aims to raise $10,000 toward a permanent endowment. This is the inaugural fundraising event for the RU English team, and many of its participants are first-time marathoners, having never run more than five miles before. The goal is to show support for public education in the humanities and demonstrate that talented students from any background can continue to receive the funding they need to flourish as graduate students and future scholars in the humanities disciplines. Contributions to this effort, which will go to the graduate humanities endowment at the Rutgers Foundation, can be made here.

Handel’s Opera Acis and Galatea Performed at Rutgers University–Camden: April 14
The Department of Fine Arts at Rutgers University–Camden presents a free concert performance of George Frideric Handel’s popular English opera, Acis and Galatea, on April 14 at 12:15 p.m. at the Walter K. Gordon Theater, Rutgers–Camden. Learn more here.

Oscar Wilde Classic to Close RutgersCamden Theater Season: April 15–19
The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s classic and most successful comedy, concludes the 2014–15 theater season of the Department of Fine Arts at Rutgers University–Camden with performances April 15 through April 19 at the Walter K. Gordon Theater, Rutgers–Camden. Daily performances at 7:30 p.m., except for April 19, when the performance begins at 2 p.m. In addition, a high school matinee performance on April 17 starts at 10 a.m. Learn more here.

Selma Director Ava DuVernay to Lecture at Rutgers Business School: April 24, Piscataway
The Rutgers Institute for Women’s Leadership presents the 2015 Susan and Michael J. Angelides Lecture by Ava DuVernay, the first African-American woman nominated for Golden Globe and Critics Choice Awards for best director for Selma, on April 24 at 3 p.m. in the large lecture hall of the Rutgers Business School, Livingston Campus. DuVernay won the best director prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival for Middle of Nowhere. Seating limited. Register and learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 40 news organizations in the past week, including the Washington Post, International Business Times and Economist, among other news organizations.

Highlights include:

The Record: Are we cleaning ourselves sick? (George DiFerdinando, School of Public Health, quoted here)

Medical News Today: Favorable 15-year survival outcomes for older prostate cancer patients with low-risk disease (Grace Lu-Yao, CINJ, quoted here

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Annual VOICES Center of Excellence Symposium at Livingston: April 3
Rutgers hosts the annual symposium of the VOICES Center of Excellence for Community Resilience, “Promoting Resiliency in Communities Impacted by Trauma: Identification and Treatment of Long-Term Needs,” April 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. The symposium is intended to inform clinicians, emergency managers, law enforcement, and other community stakeholders providing services to victims' families, responders, and survivors. No charge for 9/11 families, survivors, and responders and their families to attend. Fee for professionals, $75; 5 CEU credits, $25. Richard L. Edwards, executive vice president for academic affairs, Rutgers University, and chancellor, RutgersNew Brunswick, delivers opening remarks. Learn more and register here

Global Public Health Lecture: April 7, Camden
Rutgers University–Camden hosts its inaugural global public health lecture, focusing on equal opportunities for children around the world, on April 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the 401 Penn classroom, on the side of the Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers–Camden. The lecture will be presented by Jody Heymann, dean of the Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California–Los Angeles and founding director of the World Policy Analysis Center, who discusses “Increasing Equal Opportunity for Children Around the World: Can We Measure and Hold Countries Accountable for What They’re Doing?” Learn more here.

Register Now for Last in Series of Climate Change Panel Discussions: April 21, Washington, D.C.
Join President Robert Barchi and three top Rutgers researchers from the Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, as the Rutgers University Alumni Association presents the last in a series of discussions about the earth's climate and how climate change is affecting life on earth in Washington, D.C., on April 21 at 6 p.m. Professor Benjamin P. Horton's research on sea-level rise was referenced on the White House website during President Obama's recent State of the Union address. View location and register here.

Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown, CCO and founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, Talks Lipstick, Business, Confidence, and More: April 2, New Brunswick

Douglass Residential College hosts a lecture and Q&A with Bobbi Brown, the founder and chief creative officer of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, on April 2 from 7 to 8 p.m. in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center. Learn more here

Opening Ceremony for New Jersey Health Care Industry Week: April 6, New Brunswick
The New Jersey Health Care Talent Network, in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts the opening ceremony for the third annual New Jersey Health Care Industry Week on April 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Cook Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Writers at Newark Reading Series: April 7, Newark
The Rutgers University–Newark MFA in Creative Writing Program’s Writers at Newark Reading Series hosts Carmen Giménez Smith and Ernesto Quiñonez on April 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in rooms 255/256/257 in the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers–Newark. Learn more here.

Rutgers Theater Company presents Gabriel: April 7–12, New Brunswick
Step into the opulent, rock ’n’ roll masquerade of Rutgers Theater Company’s production of Gabriel, running April 7 through April 12 at Jameson Studio Theater, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. A prince discovers on his 16th birthday that he’s a girl and proceeds to explore the possibilities, limitations, and transcendence of gender in a play written almost 100 years before Virginia Woolf’s groundbreaking and similarly themed novel, Orlando. Learn more here.

Get Involved

Rutgers Auditions for TV’s Shark Tank
All Rutgers students and alumni: If you’ve got a great product or business and need an investment to propel you forward, Rutgers Business School is providing you the opportunity to meet the casting team of Shark Tank. If you are interested, send a one-page executive summary to Jasmine Cordero at jcordero@business.rutgers.edu no later than April 3. Slots are limited. Those selected to pitch will receive email notification with further
instructions about audition time and location. Learn more here.

Awards & Honors

Patricia Bender, research contract/grant specialist, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Rutgers University–Newark, was appointed to the editorial board of the New Jersey English Journal, a peer-reviewed New Jersey Council of Teachers of English publication. 

Mary DiGiulio, assistant professor and director of clinical practice and specialty director, adult-gerontology primary care NP program, Division of Advanced Nursing Practice, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was appointed to the medical services committee of the Bergen Volunteer Medical Initiative, which provides free primary care to the county’s lower-income residents who are employed but have little or no insurance coverage.

Deanna Gray-Miceli, assistant professor, School of Nursing, and associate, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was appointed a member of the expert panel on aging, American Academy of Nursing, Washington, D.C.

Gifts & Grants

Ivan Rodero, associate research professor at the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $171,257. The project, titled Exploring Advanced Cyber-Infrastructure Co-Design for Big Data Analytics, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Rodero here.

Ronald Quincy, professor at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project, titled Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative, is being supported by the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about Quincy here.

Edna Cadmus, clinical professor and specialty director, and Maria Torchia LoGrippo, part-time lecturer, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are co-principal investigators of a two-year, $100,000 grant to the New Jersey Action Coalition (NJAC). The grant will support NJAC’s Seamless Academic Progression Pilot Project, which aims to boost the number of bachelor’s-prepared nurses in the state and strengthen data collection efforts related to the nursing workforce. LoGrippo is director of the project, and Cadmus is co-lead for the NJAC. The grant, augmented by $50,000 in matching funds raised by NJAC, is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Future of Nursing Campaign for Action. Learn more about Cadmus here and about LoGrippo here.

Tracey Shors, distinguished professor in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $99,915. The project, titled Sexual Conspecific Aggressive Response, is being supported by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. Learn more about Shors here.

Grace Brannigan, assistant professor in the Department of Physics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $40,000. The project, titled Effects of Cholesterol and Lipid Sorting on Aggregation of Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptors, is being supported by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Learn more about Brannigan here.

Jinglin Fu, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $40,000. The project, titled An Enzyme-Powered Nanomotor Propelled by Chemical Fuels, is being supported by the Research Corporation for Science Advancement. Learn more about Fu here.

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