April 15, 2015

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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.

In this Issue...
From Central Administration

Remembering Students Who Passed Away: April 16, New Brunswick
It is tragic when a student passes away. Even within a large institution such as ours, losses are felt deeply and enduringly as the weeks and months pass. It is thus important and appropriate that we, as a community, come together to remember and reflect upon the lives of those students who have died recently. Join us for Rutgers Remembers on April 16 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Winants Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. We will begin a new tradition of ringing the Old Queens bell in remembrance of every student lost this year. During the program, there will be an opportunity for those present to share brief personal remembrances of these students. All are welcome to attend.

Treasurer’s Town Hall Meeting: April 17, Camden
The senior vice president for finance and treasurer invites you to the April Treasurer’s Town Hall Meeting on April 17 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the multipurpose room at the Camden Campus Center. This month’s discussion will be about strategies for the renewal and consolidation of the administrative and student information systems, followed by a Q&A session. Please join us. We welcome your questions and feedback.


Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s George and Lily Boxer Memorial Lecture: April 15, Piscataway
Lewis C. Cantley, director of the cancer center and professor of cancer biology in medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, delivers the George and Lily Boxer Memorial Lecture, “PI 3–Kinase and Cancer Metabolism,” April 15 at 4 p.m. in the Great Hall at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Piscataway. Learn more here.

Institute for Research on Women Concludes 20142015 Distinguished Lecture Series: April 16, New Brunswick
The Institute for Research on Women, the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, concludes its 2014–15 Distinguished Lecture Series, Feminist Optics: Gender and Visual Studies, on April 16 at 4:30 p.m., preceded by a 4 p.m. reception, in the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Saidiya Hartman, professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, discusses A Serial Biography of the Wayward. Free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Policy Overview of President Obama’s New Initiatives: April 16, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics’ Program on Immigration and Democracy and the School of Law–Newark present a lecture and discussion featuring Doris Meissner, former commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (1993–2000) on April 16 at 11:15 a.m. at Eagleton, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Meissner will provide a policy overview and analysis of President Obama's new initiatives, as well as commentary about the immigration records of recent administrations and the Congress. Register and learn more here.

Theatrical Release for Student Film Producers: April 17, New York City
Antarctic Edge: 70° South, a documentary produced by the Rutgers Center for Digital Filmmaking and the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has its theatrical release on April 17 at Quad Cinema (34 West 13th Street), New York City. This documentary is the product of Rutgers’ interdisciplinary film production program. Fourteen undergraduate film students contributed to the film, which follows a team of scientists studying climate change in the fastest winter-warming place in the world. Learn more here.

Rutgers Club Luncheon Offer: April 22–23, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Club, New Brunswick, announces a "Salute Your Staff Buffet Luncheon" at a cost of $16 per person. Book a table or a room on April 22 or April 23. Learn more here.

11th Annual Universitywide Undergraduate Research Symposium: April 24, Piscataway
The Aresty Research Center, a division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs, presents the 11th annual, university-wide Undergraduate Research Symposium celebrating scholarship and creative activity on April 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. The symposium is a chance for undergraduates to present their research to an audience of faculty, friends, and family. All are invited. Learn more here.

Mason Gross’s Visual Arts Hosts LIPS Performance Festival and LAB Open Studios: April 26, Piscataway
The Visual Arts Department of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is drawing upon its roots as a locus of experimental work, hosting the LIPS Inaugural Performance Festival and LAB Open Studios on April 26 from 2 to 8 p.m. on the Livingston Campus, Piscataway. The free festival is headlined by a seminal Fluxus artist, professor emeritus Geoffrey Hendricks and performance artists Brian Belott, Maiko Kikuchi, and Ronnie Bass. All activities are open to the public. The festival includes access to 10 MFA student studio spaces, a display of undergrad student sculptures, and performances by students and visiting artists. Activities take place at the Livingston Arts Building (LAB) and the neighboring Livingston Installation and Performance Space (LIPS). Learn more here.

School of Nursing Hosts Viewing of Adelante: April 29, New Brunswick
Students, faculty, and community members are invited to view the independent film Adelante and meet its director, Noam Osband, at 7 p.m. on April 29 in the School of Nursing auditorium, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, New Brunswick. Adelante illustrates the heart of Mexico beating strongly, just outside of Philadelphia, where Mexican newcomers are revitalizing a dying Irish-Catholic parish in Norristown. The sounds of children giggling have returned to the church and mariachis join bagpipers in celebrating community events. With the focus on an American priest and a young Mexican couple, we learn how this shift has brought new challenges and energy to this old parish. The event is also an opportunity to learn more about Mexican neighbors in the New Brunswick community. Sponsored by the Center for Community Health Partnerships, School of Nursing.

New Jersey Statewide Career and Internship Fair: May 1, Piscataway
University Career Services at Rutgers University–New Brunswick invites students and alumni to participate in the New Jersey Statewide Career and Internship Fair on May 1 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sonny Werblin Recreation Center, Piscataway. Nearly 150 employers will be seeking candidates for full-time, part-time, and internship positions. Learn more here.

School of Health Related Professions Hosts Wellness Day: May 9, Scotch Plains
Join the School of Health Related Professions as it presents Wellness Day, May 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its Scotch Plains location. Faculty, staff, and students from several departments and programs will host various free events and services, including medical screenings, demonstrations, and educational health and wellness activities. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 50 news organizations in the past week, including the Washington Post, New York Times, and Bloomberg News, among other news organizations.

Highlights include:

WHYY (Radio): Ocean conservancy: how to protect marine species (Malin Pinsky, SEBS, interviewed

The New York Times: Metal Detectors Become One More Reason to Get to the Ballpark Early (John Cohen, SCJ, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Explore the Resources of HathiTrust Digital Library: April 24, New Brunswick
Rutgers University Libraries hosts two hands-on workshops exploring the resources of HathiTrust Digital Library on April 24 from 10 a.m. to noon in the Alexander Library, Room 415, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. “Exploring the HathiTrust Digital Library” teaches how to search, view items, and create collections while "Getting Started with the HathiTrust Research Center” focuses on using the HTRC to analyze massive amounts of digitized text. RSVP preferred. RSVP here for one or both workshops by April 17.

Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership 2015 Conference: April 30, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Institute for Ethical Leadership at the Rutgers Business School, Newark and New Brunswick, hosts its 2015 conference, “Ethics in Health Care,” on April 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency, New Brunswick. The program addresses how we, as a community of providers, educators, suppliers, and patients, can maintain the highest ethical standards within a rapidly changing environment. Speakers and panelists include: Richard L. Edwards, chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick; Jennifer G. Velez, senior vice president of strategy and planning, Barnabas Health; Robert Garrett, president and CEO, Hackensack University Health Network; Michael Ullmann, vice president, general counsel, Johnson & Johnson; Amy Mansue, president, Children’s Specialized Hospital; Paul Testa, chief medical information officer, NYU Langone Medical Center; and Michael L. Capone, chief operations officer, Medidata. View all speakers and register here.

Siren Baroque

An Evening of Music and Art with Siren Baroque: April 16, Newark

Rutgers University–Newark presents a concert of Baroque music by women composers performed by the acclaimed ensemble Siren Baroque on April 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers–Newark. Learn more here.

The Importance of Being Earnest: April 15 to 19, Camden
The Department of Fine Arts, Rutgers University–Camden, presents The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde’s comic escapade of epic proportions, April 15–19 at the Walter K. Gordon Theater, Rutgers–Camden. Learn more here.

Reviving Filiality in China Today: From Bodily Intensity to Intergenerational Psychology: April 16, New Brunswick
In 2013, China’s amendments to the General Law for Care of the Elderly made it a crime to “ignore and cold-shoulder” parents. In preparation for these new rules, the government undertook a propaganda campaign and issued a revised set of the original 24 filial paragons. The Confucius Institute of Rutgers University, Rutgers–New Brunswick, sponsors a lecture by Angela Zito, a professor at New York University, who places the new 24 filial paragons in context with traditional versions and a previous socialist period update, on April 16 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Room 401BC at the College Avenue Student Center. Learn more here.

NovaCOM ’15: What’s New/What’s Next in Communication and PR: April 17, New Brunswick
The School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents NovaCOM ’15, a networking and professional development event for students, faculty, and industry professionals on April 17 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick. The conference will feature the latest and future trends, strategies, and tactics in the communication and PR worlds. Learn more here.

Reunion Weekend: April 24, New Brunswick
Mingle with faculty, staff, and alumni and enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres at the Rutgers Club, New Brunswick. Buffet dinner begins at 5 p.m. Cost: $20. Learn more here

Appointments & Retirements

Jesenia Cadena was appointed assistant dean for engagement and recruitment at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Get Involved

Fundraising for LGBTQA Emergency Fund
Our major initiative is here. For the month of April (aka GAYpril), the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is fundraising to establish a Rutgers LGBTQA Student Emergency Fund. Money raised will be administered by the deans of students and used by LGBTQA students who are experiencing significant financial hardship. Every year, a handful of students struggle with family acceptance after coming out and are in need of such things as emergency housing, enrollment support, and resources for textbooks, meals, and commuting expenses. Learn more here about the campaign and how we can share and give to support our‪ #‎RULGBTQA students. 

Rutgers–Livingston Day Care Center Recognizes Week of the Young Child
The Rutgers–Livingston Day Care Center, Piscataway, asks the university community for support during the national Week of the Young Child (April 13–17), when the center honors young children and all those who make a difference in children’s lives. Help celebrate the teachers and policies that bring education to young children. Themed activities are scheduled for each day of the week. Learn more here

Support the Community FoodBank of New Jersey: Help Pack a Bus: April 17, New Brunswick
As part of Community Service Appreciation Week, support the Community FoodBank of New Jersey by helping to pack a busload of donations. Bring donations of peanut butter, canned tuna/chicken, diapers, and baby formula to the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on April 17 from noon to 3 p.m. and help pack it all in a bus. Donations are also being accepted up to April 17 in both the Rutgers Against Hunger office and the Student Activities Center. Rutgers Against Hunger is the event co-sponsor. Individuals who donate will be entered for a chance to win an LG 48" HD TV. Learn more here.

Awards & Honors

Robert W. Lake, professor and director of the doctoral program, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was selected to receive the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award from the Northeast Association of Graduate Schools (NAGS) and the Rutgers Graduate School–New Brunswick. The NAGS teaching awards recognize excellence and creativity in teaching at the master’s and doctoral program levels. The Graduate School–New Brunswick holds an annual competition for excellence in teaching, graduate research, administrative service, and dissertation teaching.

Marc H. Pfeiffer, senior policy fellow and assistant director of the Bloustein Local Government Research Center, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the 2015 Wave Service Award from the Association of Environmental Authorities of New Jersey (AEA). The annual award recognizes excellence in the public water, wastewater, recycling, and solid waste sectors in the state and is presented to a non-AEA member who has gone to great lengths or effort over time to help AEA achieve its goals.

Gifts & Grants

Laszlo Zaborszky, distinguished professor, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,318,806 over five years. The project, titled Afferent Regulation of Cholinergic Forebrain Neurons, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Zaborszky here.

Cheryl Dreyfus, professor and chair in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $607,160 over three years. The project, titled The Role of Glial Cell-Derived Factors in a Cuprizone Model of Multiple Sclerosis, is being supported by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Learn more about Dreyfus here.

Kathleen Marrs, assistant director of workforce development and grants in the Office of Continuing Professional Education, Rutgers' New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $350,400. The project, titled Rutgers Financial Services Partners, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Learn more about Marrs here.

Bin Tian, professor in the Department of Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics, New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $227,250. The project, titled Illumina NextSeq500 DNA Sequencing System, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Tian here

Vivek Singh, assistant professor at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $117,102. The project, titled Cyberbullying Detection Using Content and Social Network Analysis, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Singh here

In Memoriam

Gilbert Cohen, 86, of Helmetta, New Jersey, a librarian at the John Cotton Dana Library at Rutgers University–Newark for 40 years before retiring, passed away on April 6, 2015, after a long illness. Services were held on April 9 at Mt. Sinai Memorial Chapels of East Brunswick.

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