April 12, 2017

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Center for Exercise and Aging Celebrates 15 Years

The Center for Exercise and Aging is marking its 15th year providing intergenerational programs that bring together senior citizens from communities surrounding New Brunswick and Rutgers students in “Exercise and Aging” classes. Since faculty member Susan Kaplowitz (pictured left), in the Department of Kinesiology and Health, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, began the program, an estimated 1,000 people from senior centers, assisted living residences, and active retirement senior communities have participated.

Students receive firsthand experience and an understanding of the senior population and many have moved to careers in the geriatric/gerontology fields. Kaplowitz’s two “Exercise and Aging” classes and students from the School of Health Professions' aging track, coordinated by Tracy Davis, assisted in planning an event, which included presentations from fitness experts, interactive fitness activities, and games and prizes. Learn more here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

File New Jersey Tax Returns Electronically 
The New Jersey Division of Taxation reminds faculty and staff that they can use NJ FastFile to file their New Jersey income tax returns electronically—either online with a PDF fill-in form or with a software package. Filers can choose direct deposit for their refunds, which is not available with paper returns. Learn more here or call 1-800-323-4400.

Give Blood: New Brunswick
Blood drives sponsored by New Jersey Blood Services are being held at Rutgers University–New Brunswick on the dates listed. Donors are encouraged to have plenty of food and beverage beforehand and to bring ID. Walk-ins are welcome. For questions, call Genevieve Toscano at 732-616-8736 or email GToscano@nybc.org.

April 12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bloodmobile at the corner of Senior Street and College Avenue
April 18, 4 to 10 p.m., Cook PAL Building, Scarlet Lounge
April 19, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall

Treasurer’s Town Hall: April 18, Camden
A Treasurer’s Town Hall meeting will be held on April 18 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Camden Campus Center, Multipurpose Room, Rutgers University–Camden. This session will be available via live stream and video on demand here. It will be hosted by J. Michael Gower, executive vice president, Finance and Administration, and university treasurer. There will be time for questions throughout the meeting. The presentation will be posted on the Finance and Cornerstone websites following the meeting. Visit the University Finance and Administration website for the schedule of upcoming Treasurer’s Town Hall meetings and to view slides and video recordings from previous meetings.

Cornerstone News
Click here to read the latest news on the implementation and administrative systems process updates, including the 2017 mileage reimbursement rate.

Rutgers Day: April 29, Everyone Is Invited
Attend Rutgers Day on April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with programs at Rutgers University–Camden, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Rutgers University–Newark. Enjoy a remarkable array of free programs including performances, hands-on activities, games, and demonstrations all hosted by professors, students, and staff, as we welcome thousands of visitors to Rutgers—many for the first time. It’s also Alumni Weekend, a perfect time to celebrate your Scarlet pride. Learn more here.


Commencement Parking Registration through April 17
Members of Rutgers Class of 2017 are eligible to receive up to two free commencement parking passes for themselves and guests, but only if they register online at commencement.rutgers.edu before April 17 at 9 a.m. Find out more about registration, mass transportation available that day, and other important details here

Pardon My Garden: Sculpture Show in Rutgers Gardens: April 18–25, New Brunswick
Eight sculptures by undergraduate students from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick are on view April 18–25 at Rutgers Gardens, Rutgers–New Brunswick. A public walk-through of the sculptures interspersed among the greenery will take place April 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. Click here for more information.

Rutgers Theater Company presents Julius Caesar and As You Like It: April 2030
Rutgers Theater Company presents Julius Caesar, April 20–30, and As You Like, April 21–30. All performances are at the Philip J. Levin Theater, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for Rutgers alumni, employees, and seniors, and $15 for students with valid ID. Click here for more information.

“The Trees Elude Us: Russian/Soviet Modernity and What Happens with Nature”: April 20, New Brunswick
Jane Costlow, distinguished professor, Bates College, will deliver a lecture in conjunction with the Zimmerli Art Museum exhibit A Vibrant Field: Nature and Landscape in Soviet Nonconformist Art, 1970s–1980s, on April 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Zimmerli, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Costlow will explore the ways in which Russian artists and writers have responded to modernity and its impact on the natural world. Click here for more information.

Presidential Transition Lunchtime Conversation: April 24, New Brunswick
Attend an informal brown bag lunch (BYO) conversation to discuss the presidential transition on April 24 at 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Ruth B. Mandel, Eagleton director and professor, and Kris Shields, historian and assistant research professor, will lead a casual discussion. RSVP is requested. Click here to RSVP.

Bring Your Child to Work Day: April 27, New Brunswick
Faculty and staff are invited to enjoy an afternoon with their child/children on April 27 from 1 to 5 p.m. at the College Avenue Gym, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Climb the rock wall, enjoy open swim time, participate in activities, and take photos with the Scarlet Knight. Participants are asked to support the Rutgers Student Food Pantry by bringing food, personal care products, or cash donations. Click here for more information.

Rutgers Health and Rutgers Health Group Celebratory Events: May 1 and May 2
Members of the Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences community are invited to celebrate the launch of Rutgers Health and Rutgers Health Group: May 1 at 9:30 a.m. in New Brunswick at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Arline and Henry Schwartzman Courtyard, and May 2 at 9 a.m. in Newark at Medical Science Building, Grand Foyer. Celebrations will recognize individuals and teams across Rutgers, RWJBarnabas, and University Hospital that have implemented transformational clinical practice activities, including patient safety initiatives, interprofessional work, and improvement in patient access and satisfaction. Refreshments and giveaways will be provided.

Apply Now for Position of Honors College Faculty Fellow
The Honors College of Rutgers University–New Brunswick announces the position of faculty fellow in its residential college facility, effective August 2017. Living onsite in this community, faculty fellows work closely with the Honors College’s deans and professional staff to create a residential environment that encourages intellectual inquiry, provides educational resources and support, and develops meaningful faculty interaction with students. Fellows model behavior that fosters a respectful residential environment and active engagement in all aspects of Honors College life. The most important qualification is an enthusiasm for mentoring and engaging undergraduate students. To apply or learn more about the program, submit CV with current academic appointment and a letter of interest to Sunita Kramer, associate dean of academic affairs, by email sunita.kramer@rutgers.edu.

OIRT Workshops
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. Note the online workshops on April 13 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. (The Power of Lessons); April 19 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. (Basics of Lecture Capture); and April 20 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. (Gradebook). Learn more here.

OID Workshop
The Office of Instructional Design is offering online teaching workshops on April 14 at 11 a.m. (Canvas: Managing Your Canvas Course) and April 20 at 10 a.m. (Canvas: Introduction to Canvas). Learn more and register here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 40 news organizations in the past week, including The Star-Ledger, USA Today, and NJ 101.5, among other news organizations.

Highlights include:

The Guardian writes about an experiment showing how particles of varying sizes sort themselves out on the surface of a small asteroid, quoting Troy Shinbrot (ENG).

The Huffington Post writes about research showing that binge drinking before pregnancy can increase the risk of diabetes for babies, quoting Dipak Sarkar (SEBS).

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Funding for Cancer-Related Research Pilot Projects
The American Cancer Society and Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey are funding up to five $50,000 pilot projects to support cancer-related research that can be completed in 12 months. Eligible applicants include Rutgers and Princeton faculty members who are within six years of their initial academic appointment and do not currently have an award from a national peer-reviewed competition. To request an application, email cinjpilotprogram@cinj.rutgers.edu. Applications are due by May 12.

Public Lecture, François Cornilliat Chancellor's Professor in the Arts and Humanities: April 12, New Brunswick
François Cornilliat, distinguished professor, Department of French, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will give a public lecture on April 12 at 4:30 p.m. in the Alexander Library, Teleconference Lecture Hall, Rutgers–New Brunswick. His address, “That Is Not What I Am Telling You: The Dangers of Conversation in Marguerite de Navarre’s Heptameron,” will focus on a key work from the Renaissance authored by one of the most influential French women of her time. Click here for more information.

SciPolicy in Transition: April 14, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, in collaboration with several campus partners, hosts a half-day Eagleton Science and Politics Workshop, “SciPolicy in Transition” on April 14 starting at 9 a.m. at the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The workshop will feature top government affairs experts, including Rutgers Vice President for Federal Relations Francine Newsome Pfeiffer. Speakers will share a report from Washington, D.C., and advice for what scientists need to know, should be watching, and can do. Register and learn more here.

Mapping New Directions in International Research: Inaugural Graduate Student Symposium: April 18, New Brunswick
Graduate students from across the university present their innovative international research in flash presentations and poster sessions on April 18 from 1 to 6 p.m. in the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Click here to register and click here for more information.

Futureproof: Security Aesthetics and the Urban Imaginary: April 20–21
Attend "Futureproof: Security Aesthetics and the Urban Imaginary," the signature program of the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs’ Global Urbanism biennial theme, on April 20–21 at Civic Square, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. This 1.5 day workshop begins with the understanding that security, though in some ways the defining characteristic of our age, resists definition. A distinguished group of scholars will explore various themes on security—little studied by social scientists, until now—in their cross-disciplinary workshop papers. Click here to register and click here for more information.

New Jersey Medical School Annual Admissions Seminar: April 22, Newark
New Jersey Medical School holds its Annual Admissions Seminar on April 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Medical Science Building, Grand Foyer, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Prospective students will learn about medical school, the admissions process, MCAT details, student life, financial aid, research opportunities, and more. Register by April 14 by clicking here.

Environmental Justice and the Future of Environmental Health Research Symposium: April 28, New Brunswick
Attend the Environmental Justice and the Future of Environmental Health Research Symposium on April 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Speakers from the social and health sciences will present their work on contaminated communities and social responses to chronic environmental health hazards. Participants will consider how to encourage greater collaboration among social and health scientists and move the field of environmental health research forward to support environmental justice. Click here for more information and to register.

Eighth Annual Postdoc Research Symposium: April 28, Piscataway
The Rutgers Postdoctoral Association presents its Eighth Annual Postdoc Research Symposium on April 28 beginning at 1 p.m. in the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Research Tower Great Hall and Auditorium, Piscataway. The theme for this year’s symposium is “Redefining the Postdoctoral Experience: New Training for New Careers.” The keynote speaker is Franklin Carrero-Martinez, acting deputy science and technology adviser to the U.S. Department of State. The symposium will explore changes for postdocs at Rutgers and across the nation and will also include panels to help prepare postdocs for the job market and to communicate scientific research to the public. Learn more and register here. Registration is free and participants should register by April 14. The Postdoctoral Association is accepting abstracts for poster presentations from postdocs affiliated with any institution

Charlotte and Murray Strongwater Lecture in Neuroscience and Brain Health: May 5, Piscataway
The Rutgers Brain Health Institute will host Joshua Gordon, director of the National Institute of Mental Health, as the Charlotte and Murray Strongwater Lecturer in Neuroscience and Brain Health on May 5 at 2 to 3 p.m. in the Daniel I. Kessler Teaching Laboratories, Main Auditorium, Piscataway. Gordon will deliver a lecture titled “On Being a Circuit Psychiatrist.” Click here for more information.

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Rutgers Earth Week Festival: April 17–22, New Brunswick
Students for Environmental Awareness Earth Week Festival presents a series of events surrounding the environment, justice, activism, and community service at locations around Rutgers University–New Brunswick April 1722. All events are free, but RSVP is strongly encouraged for film screenings. Learn more here.

Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities Dance Studies Lecture and Book Signing with Rosemary Candelario: April 12, New Brunswick
Rosemary Candelario is author of Flowers Cracking Concrete: Eiko and Koma’s Asian/American Choreographies, the first in-depth study of the 40-year career of Eiko and Koma, two artists from Japan who have lived and worked in New York City since the mid-1970s, establishing themselves as innovative and influential modern and postmodern dancers. Candelario presents a free lecture on April 12 at 12:30 p.m. in Nicholas Music Center, Studio 110, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

United We Move, the 2017 Fitness Fair: April 12, Newark
Learn how to be fit and healthy while having fun at this event on April 12 from noon to 3 p.m. at the Norman Samuels Plaza, Rutgers University–Newark. Hands-on activities, educational games and exhibits, food, raffles and giveaways will be provided. Learn more here.

Mallery Concert Series: Alessandra Tiraterra: April 12, Camden
Take a midday break and listen to live music performed by pianist Alessandra Tiraterra on April 12 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mallery Music Room, second floor, Fine Arts Building, Rutgers University–Camden. Learn more here.

Distinguished Lecture: “Is Zen ‘Enlightenment’ Sudden or Gradual?: Insights from the Korean Buddhist Tradition”: April 20, New Brunswick
The Department of Religion sponsors “Is Zen ‘Enlightenment’ Sudden or Gradual?: Insights from the Korean Buddhist Tradition,” a lecture by Robert E. Buswell Jr. on April 20 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at  Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Practice Mindfulness: Weekly, New Brunswick and Piscataway
Stressed? Learn mindfulness meditation at one of three weekly, hour-long Mindfulness Meditation Noon Workshops. The workshops are held from noon to 1 p.m. at three locations at Rutgers University–New Brunswick through May: Tuesday, Room 122a, Busch Student Center; Wednesday, Conference Room, Student Activities Center, College Avenue Campus; and Thursday, Room C, Douglass Student Center. Beginners are welcome. Learn more here.

Get Involved

Seeking Women Who Smoke for Dissertation Research Study
The RU Women Smoking Study is seeking women 18 to 65 who smoke cigarettes daily. They may be eligible to participate in a paid research study at the Emotion and Psychopathology Lab, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. If eligible, they will be asked to participate in a three-hour visit to a laboratory in New Brunswick, complete questionnaires, and perform various computer tasks. Compensation will be $100 to $150 for completing all study procedures. If interested, complete a three-minute survey here.

Ed.M. in Adult and Continuing Education
Interested in enhancing learning experiences for adults? Apply to the online Education Master's program in Adult and Continuing Education (ACE) through the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The ACE program is designed for individuals working in the educational, nonprofit, community-based, health care, and corporate sectors. Students will develop conceptual and practical understanding of the adult learner, learn how to plan classes and programs that are best suited to meet the needs of adult learners, and learn how to create learning contexts that can encourage sustained learning and productive change in a variety of contexts in which adults learn. The application deadline for summer admission is May 15. Click here for more information.

Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute Open for Registration
Have a child who is crazy for jazz? Try the Rutgers Summer Jazz Institute, which runs July 16–21, for students ages 11 to 18. The program, taught by faculty members from the nationally recognized jazz program at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is ideal for those interested in improving their improvisation, small-group, and large-ensemble skills. Advanced students will have the opportunity to perform together. A video audition is required. For more information, call Mason Gross Extension Division at 848-932-8618 or click here.

LGBTQA Graduate Student and Faculty/Staff Mixer: April 21, New Brunswick
Are you an LGBTQ or ally graduate student? Enjoy free food and mingle with other graduate students, faculty, and staff on April 21 from 4 to 7 p.m. at The Yard Commons on College Avenue, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Spring Fever: April 22, Piscataway
Rutgers Football will host Spring Fever, an event highlighted by the annual Scarlet-White game, on April 22 at High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway. Grammy-nominated country music artists Big & Rich will perform at 3:30 p.m., and the game will begin at 5 p.m. Admission to the stadium is free; however, tickets for seating location will need to be claimed here. For more information, click here.

Rutgers Athletics Apparel Sale: April 2830, Piscataway
Rutgers Athletics will hold an apparel and accessories surplus sale April 28–30 at the Indoor Practice and Conditioning Facility, Piscataway. Current students, faculty, and staff will receive priority access to the event on April 28 from 6 to 9 p.m. A current, valid Rutgers ID is required. The sale will open to the public on April 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until all items are sold. The sale includes overstocked, team-issued merchandise along with game worn apparel, footwear, helmets, and more. Click here for more information.

Nationally Ranked Men's Lacrosse Season Finale vs. Ohio State: April 29, Piscataway
Attend the men’s lacrosse team’s final home game against Ohio State University on April 29 at noon at High Point Solutions Stadium, Piscataway. Call 866-445-GORU or click here to purchase tickets in advance.

International Cinema Series at Rutgers Cinema: through April, Piscataway
Rutgers Cinema, International Friendship Program, and Rutgers Center for Global Education present the International Cinema Series on April 12, April 19, and April 26 at 9 p.m. at Rutgers Cinema located at the Plaza, Livingston Campus. Films include Elle, The Idol, and The Salesman. Ticket price is $7 with RU ID and $9.50 for the general public. Ticket sales are coming soon to rutgerscinema.com. For more information, click here.

Zumba at the Plaza: through April, Piscataway
Rutgers Student Affairs and the Plaza at Livingston present the free Zumba Fitness Series on the lawn of the Plaza, Livingston Campus, Piscataway, every Wednesday in April from 3:15 to 4:05 p.m. Click here for more information or contact the Plaza at theplaza@rutgers.edu.

Kite+key Faculty and Staff Appreciation Day: May 5, Piscataway
In addition to storewide savings and door buster deals, all kite+key products will be tax-free on May 5 from 8 a.m. to 8 pm., in-store only. Contact kite+key by email at kiteandkey@rutgers.edu, by phone at 848-445-1127, or stop in-store to learn more about placing your preorder. Kite+key is located at the Plaza, Livingston Campus, Piscataway.

Junior Knights Dance Team Auditions: May 7, Piscataway
Auditions for the 2017 Junior Knights Dance Team will take place on May 7 at the Indoor Practice and Conditioning Facility, Piscataway. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. and auditions begin at 9:15 a.m. Auditions are open to dancers and cheerleaders ages 8–12 (Jr. Preps team) and ages 13–19 (Jr. Pros team). Dance and/or cheer experience and a $20 non-refundable fee are required to audition. The team practices one­ to two days per month and performs as part of the half-time shows for select Rutgers football and basketball games. To register for auditions, call 732-341-1765 or email statewidepro@comcast.net. Click here for more information.

Janis Ian Concert: June 2, New Brunswick
Attend a special concert featuring 10-time Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Janis Ian on June 2 at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Faculty and staff receive a discount on tickets and are on sale now. Click here to purchase tickets.

Rutgers Writers' Conference: June 3–4, Somerset
Attend the inaugural Rutgers University–New Brunswick Writers’ Conference on June 3–4 at the Continuing Education Center at Atrium, Somerset. Enjoy Dennis Lehane’s keynote presentation and attend various sessions to hone your skills and network with other professionals. Rutgers faculty and staff pay $199 and students pay $49. An option for students to earn 1.5 credits for attending is also available. Click here for more information.

Awards & Honors

Marc Holzer, university professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, received the Chester Newland Presidential Citation of Merit Award from the American Society for Public Administration for his invaluable support and tireless service to the society.

David Jancsics, postdoctoral associate, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, authored "From Local Cliques to Mafia States: The Evolution of Network Corruption," a chapter in Twenty-five Sides of a Post-Communist Mafia State.

Wen Wang, associate professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, was elected president of the China-America Association for Public Affairs for a two-year term.

Yahong Zhang, associate professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, was elected to a one-year term as chair for the Section on Chinese Public Administration in the American Society for Public Administration.

The School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, with co-editors Marc Holzer, university professor, and Lois M. Warner, assistant teaching professor, and doctoral student Dan Bee Lee as associate editor; and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration released the fourth edition of the Teaching Resources Guide for Public Affairs and Administration. The publication is available here

Gifts & Grants

Kyle Saitta, Ph.D. candidate, Joint Graduate Program in Toxicology, School of Public Health, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $101,387. The project, titled Role of CHPG in Oligodendrocyte Regeneration, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Saitta here.

Diana Sanchez, associate professor, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $33,701. The project, titled Unacknowledged Identities: Biracial and Bicultural Identity and Health, is being supported by the Russell Sage Foundation. Learn more about Sanchez here.

Erin Vogel, associate professor, Department of Anthropology, School of Arts and Sciences Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $24,950. The project, titled Coping with a Challenging Environment: Nutritional Immunology in Wild Bornean Orangutans, is being supported by the L.S.B. Leakey Foundation. Learn more about Vogel here.

Yuri T. Jadotte, assistant professor, Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and assistant director of education, Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $11,000. The project, titled Public Health Training in Zika Prevention and Control, is being supported by the American College of Preventive Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more about Jadotte here.

Suzanne Piotrowski, associate professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $8,000 from the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs at Rutgers University. Piotrowski and Gregory Porumbescu, assistant professor, SPAA, Rutgers–Newark, will conduct collaborative research with the Utrecht School of Governance to determine the relationship between transparency and trust in government.

Rachel Emas, assistant teaching professor, and Jiahuan Lu, assistant professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, were each awarded a $1,000 grant from the Rutgers University Libraries' Open and Affordable Textbook Grant Taskforce to help provide free and reduced-cost textbooks to SPAA students. 

In Memoriam

Jon Stephen “Steve” Carnahan, former agricultural program associate for Rutgers Cooperative Extension for Salem County and member of the advisory committee at the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), died on April 4, 2017. He was 73 years old. Services will be private.

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