April 13, 2016

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Multi-Institutional Pilot Funding Fosters Collaborations for Neuroscientists

Under a new pilot grant program offered by the Brain Health Institute at Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) designed to drive new collaborations, neuroscientists from various campuses and units at Rutgers and NJIT were recently awarded nine, one-year research grants totaling $360,000.

The projects are expected to generate preliminary data that can then be used in applying for federal, state, and private grants. Each project is directed by at least two principal investigators from different schools. Collaborative teams submitted 27 applications for review by an external scientific review committee and an internal programmatic review committee. Nine $40,000 awards were made. Seven of the nine funded teams have already taken their pilot grant proposal and submitted new applications to external funding agencies. Learn more about the projects here

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Remembering Students: April 19, New Brunswick
Join the memorial gathering to remember students who passed away this year on April 19 at 1 p.m. in the Winants Hall Conference Room, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Members of the extended Rutgers community who have experienced loss are welcome to join in this time of reflection.


Master's in Global Sports Business to Launch in Fall
The Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will launch a multidisciplinary M.S. program in global sports business in the fall 2016, aimed at preparing students to become leaders in the global sports industry. The curriculum, designed to train students for careers in all industry sectors, consists of 12 3-credit courses, a 3-credit internship, and a 1-credit continuing colloquium of speakers. Staff and faculty will include prominent sports industry leaders drawing from their own expertise and experience to prepare students for success. Learn more here or email ab.gsb@rutgers.edu.

Register Now: Annual Retreat on Cancer Research Public Forum
Registration is now open for the Annual Retreat on Cancer Research in New Jersey’s public forum, which will focus on “Cancer Survivorship,” on May 26 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The event will feature speakers from Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, who will discuss couple-focused group therapy, post-treatment self-care, and more. The session is free but registration is required. Learn more and register here.

Young Scholars in Discrete Mathematics: July
Rutgers’ Young Scholars Program in Discrete Mathematics, now in its 26th year, provides highly motivated high school students a challenging four-week summer introduction to discrete mathematics—a growing area of the mathematical sciences with many applications on the cutting edge of modern research. The 2016 program will be offered on weekdays from July 5 through July 29 on the Busch Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more and apply here.

Faculty and Staff Discount at CCLC
The Creative Child Learning Centers (CCLC) in Piscataway and Newark, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, offer a tuition discount to faculty and staff. CCLC provides services for children up to age 12, including infants, and also offers summer camp. Facilities are open Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Learn more here [PDF].

Lectures from British Studies Center: April 13 and April 18, New Brunswick
The Rutgers British Studies Center, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a talk by Alexandra Walsham titled “The Fanatique Rage of the Late Times: Iconoclasm, Reputation, and Memory in the British Civil Wars” on April 13 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Van Dyck Hall, Room 301, Rutgers–New Brunswick. A reception follows. Walsham's books include Providence in Early Modern England, Charitable Hatred: Tolerance and Intolerance in England 15001700, and The Reformation of the Landscape: Religion, Identity and Memory in Early Modern Britain and Ireland. On April 18 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in Murray Hall, Room 302, the Rutgers British Studies Center and the Nineteenth Century Group present “On the Move: Writing a Family History of the English Poor in the Nineteenth Century,” a talk by literary historian and public intellectual Alison Light, honorary professor in English at University College, London, and the author of Forever England: Femininity, Literature, and Conservatism Between the Wars, Mrs. Woolf and the Servants, and Common People: The History of an English Family. Light's work has redefined the fields of literary criticism, social history, and, most recently, memoir. Common People, from which her talk will be drawn, has been celebrated in the New York Times book review for “its triumphant demonstration of the interplay between individual lives and the somber backcloth of economic circumstance." A reception follows.

SHRP Colloquium Series on Research in Psychiatric Rehabilitation: April 15, Scotch Plains
On April 15 from 10 a.m. to noon at its Scotch Plains location, Room 330, the Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions, School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, presents Emmy Tiderington, assistant professor, Rutgers School of Social Work, and associate faculty, Rutgers’ Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research. Tiderington will discuss “The Dilemmas of Permanency and Accountability: A Qualitative Investigation of Barriers to and Facilitators of Recovery-Oriented Practice in Supportive Housing” as part of the school's Colloquium Series on Research in Psychiatric Rehabilitation. For more information, email debbie.rich@rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

Brass Day at Mason Gross: April 17, New Brunswick
Brass Day on April 17 at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, features Mason Gross School of the Arts faculty members and members of the New York Philharmonic in master classes for precollege students, performances by Rutgers collegiate chamber ensembles, and the annual brass bash concert featuring a selection to be performed by all Brass Day participants and Mason Gross faculty. Learn more and register here.

Rutgers Mingus Band and Rutgers Jazz Ensemble: April 18 and April 22, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents two performances at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick: the music of bassist and bandleader Charles Mingus, featuring selections from the album Me, Myself, an Eye, with tenor saxophonist and alumnus Abe Burton leading the ensemble, on April 18 at 7:30 p.m.; and the Rutgers Jazz Ensemble I, featuring guest trombone virtuoso Michael Dease, on April 22 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: alumni, employees, and seniors, $10; students, $5; general public, $15. 

Online Sakai Workshop: April 19
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. An online workshop on April 19 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. introduces participants to Sakai’s tests and quizzes tool, teaching them how to create an online assessment from scratch or by mark-up text, create question pools, review scores, and manage settings. Learn more and register here.

Effective Science Communication: April 21, Piscataway
Gain insight into effective communication about scientific issues on April 21 at 6 p.m. at the Cook Student Center, Room 202, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, from a roundtable discussion featuring Emmanuel Vincent, Center for Climate Communication, University of California, Merced; and Rutgers–New Brunswick’s Lauren Feldman, assistant professor, Department of Journalism and Media Studies, School of Communication and Information; and Mary Nucci, assistant research professor, and Rachael Shwom, assistant professor, both Department of Human Ecology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Pizza will be served. The event is cosponsored by the Rutgers Climate Institute; Department of Environmental Sciences; Institute of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences; Cook Campus dean; and Environmental Sciences Graduate Student Association. RSVP by 5 p.m. on April 18 and learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 45 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Inside Higher Ed.

Highlights include:

NJ BIZ: Rutgers creates a health brand that unites its existing services and has big plans for the future (President Barchi and Brian Strom, EVP Rutgers Health, Chancellor-RBHS, quoted here)

The Wall Street Journal: N.J. Struggles for Diversity in Police Force (Jiles Ship, Criminal Justice, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Doing Nothing

Doing Nothing/Nothin’ Doin’: Revisiting a Minimalist Approach to Performance: April 13, New Brunswick
Renowned dancer, choreographer, and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer presents a lecture on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of her iconic Trio A, with a performance by Mason Gross School of the Arts dance students, on April 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here

Writers at Rutgers Reading Series: Mark Doty and Belinda McKeon: April 13, New Brunswick
Mark Doty, author of Deep Lane, and Belinda McKeon, author of Tender, are featured at this free event in the multipurpose room at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on April 13 from 8 to 11 p.m. Their readings are followed by a book signing and dessert reception. Learn more here.

Romeo and Juliet: April 13–17, Camden
Join the Capulets and the Montagues as they battle it out in the streets of Verona amidst the tragic romance of young Romeo and Juliet from April 13 to 17 at the Walter K. Gordon Theater, Rutgers University–Camden’s Fine Arts Complex. Learn more here

Writers at Newark: Claudia Rankine and Sarah Schulman: April 14, Newark
Writers at Newark hosts Claudia Rankine and Sarah Schulman on April 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Rooms 255/256/257 at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here


Rutgers Symphony Orchestra with Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir: April 16, New York City
The Rutgers Symphony Orchestra and Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir, featuring the Riverside Choral Society, present Aldridge's Variations on a Folk Tune for piano solo and orchestra, Poulenc’s Gloria, and Duruflé’s Requiem on April 16 at 8 p.m. at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City. Learn more here.

Get Involved

Register for “Appy Hour,” Receive Kite+Key Gift Card
Join kite+key, the Rutgers Tech store, for "Appy Hour" on April 20 at noon as store manager Vito Vacca shares his expertise with tips and tricks about the iPad. Kite+key, located at the plaza on Livingston Campus, Piscataway, carries a full line of technology-related products at competitive pricing. Registered attendees receive a $10 kite+key gift card. Email kiteandkey@rutgers.edu or call 848-445-1127 to register. Learn more here.

See If You Qualify for Paid Consumer Study
The Sensory Evaluation/Nutrition Laboratory, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking participants for a paid consumer study. A brief survey will determine if you qualify. Complete the survey here. You will be contacted soon if you qualify. Contact the Sensory Evaluation Lab at sensorylab@aesop.rutgers.edu or 848-932-5419 with questions.

Provide Feedback at Institutional Planning and Operations Forums
This month Institutional Planning and Operations will conduct public forums to outline planning initiatives, including those involving transportation and the libraries. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback. Locations, dates, and times:

Rutgers UniversityNewark, April 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Robeson Campus Center, Essex Room;

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark, April 19, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Delta Dental Educational Conference Center, Room B-965;

RutgersNew Brunswick, April 20, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall B; 

Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Piscataway, April 25, 1 to 3 p.m., Research Tower, Main Auditorium, Daniel I. Kessler Teaching Laboratories;

RutgersNew Brunswick, April 25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Livingston Student Center, Room 201 AB.


Experience New Brunswick Ciclovia 2016: April 24
On April 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., run, stroll, bike, skate, or dance across three miles of car-free New Brunswick streets open for recreation—including College Avenue, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. No beginning, no end; join in anywhere. Visit activity stations. The event is free and no preregistration is required. New Brunswick Ciclovia is a community collaborative among the City of New Brunswick, Rutgers, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick Tomorrow, and more than 24 community organizations. Join the worldwide movement. How will you ciclovia? Learn more here.

Run to Support the Fight Against Sexual Assault
Join the Rutgers Team (Rutgers-VPVA) for the Sixth Annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month 5K on May 7 in Asbury Park. The event is the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s largest annual community engagement and fundraising event. A bus to the event departs from the College Avenue Gym, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, at 7 a.m. Learn more and register here.

Awards & Honors

Carrie Coffield, assistant professor of pediatrics, The Boggs Center on Development Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received a Parent–Professional Collaboration Award presented by the Statewide Parent Advocacy Network and the Community of Care Consortium. The award recognizes work on behalf of enhancing early screening for families served by federally qualified health centers, early childhood centers, and home visiting programs in New Jersey.

Nicole R. Fleetwood, associate professor, Department of American Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was awarded an American Council for Learned Societies/New York Public Library Fellowship at the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. During the 2016–2017 academic year, she will complete her book, Carceral Aesthetics: Prison Art and Public Culture, a study that examines a range of visual art and practices emerging inside prisons and about prison life.

Cheryl Holly, associate dean, entry to baccalaureate nursing practice, professor, and codirector of the Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, and Deanna Gray-Miceli, assistant professor, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, were inducted as distinguished scholars and fellows in the National Academies of Practice, a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 to influence policy and practice in health care. 

Jacquelyn Litt, dean of Douglass Residential College, was honored by New Jersey Assemblywoman Pamela R. Lampitt and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto during a March New Jersey State House event celebrating Women’s History Month, recognized for her research on poverty and gender and the positive impact her work has made on the lives of New Jersey women and children. 

Rutgers received a certificate for its successful voluntary participation in the United States Environmental Protection Agency Combined Heat and Power Partnership (CHP), which seeks to reduce the environmental impact of power generation. In 2015, the university avoided 1,800,000 tons of CO2 by using CHP. Two university cogeneration plants contributed to offsetting greenhouse gas emissions. Cogeneration uses natural gas to run turbines that produce electricity and waste heat. Waste heat is used to make high-temperature hot water, which heats buildings. 

Department of Off-Campus Living and Community Partnerships, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was recognized for its efforts toward reducing litter through participation in the City of New Brunswick’s Clean City Block Captain Program. The program’s purpose is to engage neighborhoods in litter reduction efforts through community involvement. The department has been actively recruiting students living off campus to take part in mini-cleanups and education efforts with neighbors.    

Gifts & Grants

Darren Carpizo, surgical oncologist and researcher, Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and associate professor, Department of Surgery, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,839,863. The project, titled Examining a Drug Compound That Restores Tumor Suppressor Function in the Most Commonly Mutated Gene in Human Cancer – the p53 Gene, is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Carpizo here.

Gary Aston-Jones, Murray and Charlotte Strongwater Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and Brain Health, and director, Brain Health Institute, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $446,255. The project, titled Role of Orexin in Cocaine Demand and Addiction, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Aston-Jones here.

Ronald Quincy, professor of professional practice, School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $144,976. The project, titled Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, is being supported by the International Research and Exchanges Board. Learn more about Quincy here.

Teresa Boyer, assistant research professor, School of Management and Labor Relations, and executive director, Education and Workforce Development Research, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a two-year award totaling $141,921. The project, titled Advancing Equity in Career and Technical Education, is being supported by Manhattan Strategy Group and U.S. Department of Education Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education. Learn more about Boyer here.

Dimitris Metaxas, distinguished professor and chair, Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, and director, Computational Biomedicine, Imaging, and Modeling Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project, titled Enhancing Safety and Security of Transit Systems Using Computer Vision, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Metaxas here.

Marilyn Sneiderman, professor of professional practice, School of Management and Labor Relations, and director, Center for Innovation in Worker Organization, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $92,250. The project, titled SMLR Center for Innovation in Worker Organization: 1) Organizing Leadership for Bigger Impacts, 2) Membership Building and Financial Sustainability and 3) Co-production, is being supported by the Ford Foundation. Learn more about Sneiderman here.

In Memoriam

Patricia Popola Rekemeier, 71, of Bayville, former employee in the Mailing and Document Services Department, passed away on April 2, 2016. Funeral arrangements were made by the Mastapeter Funeral Home, 270 Atlantic City Boulevard, Bayville. 

William L. O’Neill, 80, distinguished professor of history emeritus who taught at Rutgers for 35 years, passed away on March 29 in New Brunswick. The cause was septic shock and pneumonia, according to news reports. Funeral services were held on March 31, with interment at Elmwood Cemetery, New Brunswick.

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