April 19, 2017

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Great Things to Know about Rutgers Now Available

The newly revised Great Things to Know about Rutgers brochure is available in print and as a PDF and ebook. An engaging, at-a-glance view of the university, it features facts, figures, and the accomplishments of a number of Rutgers individuals and programs—a powerful addition for marketing and communications.

Main sections focus on the university’s reputation, students, and faculty as well as its health care division, research, impact, alumni, historic achievements, and Rutgers in general. PDF downloads, an ebook, and printed copies are available from the Department of University Communications and Marketing. Printed copies can be ordered in increments of 100 by using this form (login required).

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

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.

Give Blood: April 19, New Brunswick
A blood drive sponsored by New Jersey Blood Services is being held at Rutgers University–New Brunswick on April 19 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall. 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.


Rutgers University Catering Launches New Catering Menu
In response to the “Menus of Change” initiative for providing less processed food and healthier options on college campuses, the catering department at Rutgers UniversityNew Brunswick showcased its new menu on March 31, 2017, in Neilson Dining Hall. Rutgers University Catering’s new “healthier choices” menu, which includes vegetarian and vegan options, is now available and can be accessed here. Rutgers University Catering provides catering services to faculty, staff, and student groups on all four campuses in New Brunswick. Catering services include continental breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and galas, such as weddings and Sweet 16’s. For more information, click here or call 848-932-8044 for the Brower Catering Office on the College Avenue Campus and 848-932-1930 for the Cook/Douglass Catering Office.

Speaking the Language of Diversity in Higher Education: April 21, Piscataway
Attend an interactive event to learn, discuss, and develop conversational tools to promote and support diversity and inclusion in academia on April 21 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Auditorium Room 209, Piscataway. Breakfast and light refreshments will be provided. The event is open to all graduate students, advanced undergraduates interested in graduate school, postdoctoral associates, and faculty. Click here for more information and to register.

Public Reception for Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association: April 21, New Brunswick
Attend a reception for the art installation Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association on April 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Kara Walker, Tepper Chair in Visual Arts, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers–New Brunswick, and a student cohort visited sites in Georgia in an investigation of stories and spaces that define the American South and its impact across the nation. The group mounted its response, the immersive Atlanta Ladies Memorial Association installation, which is on display at the Zimmerli through July 2.

Rutgers Remembers: 2017 Student Memorial Service, April 25, New Brunswick
Attend a gathering to remember Rutgers students who passed away this year on April 25 from noon to 2 p.m. in 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. This event is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and the Alliance to Advance Interfaith Collaboration. RSVP to deanofstudents@echo.rutgers.edu. For more information, call 848-932-2300 or click here.

Lecture: All Who Go Do Not Return: April 26, New Brunswick
Shulem Deen, author of the memoir All Who Go Do Not Return, will speak about his struggles with faith, family, and community growing up in one of America’s most insular Hasidic sects on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Sponsored by the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life, the lecture is free and open to the public. Free parking is available. To RSVP, email csjlrsvp@rci.rutgers.edu or 848-932-2033. Click here for more information.

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 19 from 2 to 2:45 p.m. (Basics of Lecture Capture); April 20 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. (Gradebook); April 24 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. (Resources); and April 28 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. (Tests and Quizzes). Learn more here.

OID Workshops
The Office of Instructional Design is offering teaching workshops online April 20 at 10 a.m. (Introduction to Canvas) and April 25 at 11 a.m. (Canvas: Assignments and Gradebook), and in person April 20 at 3 p.m. (Canvas: eText Integration). Learn more and register here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 35 news organizations in the past week, including The Washington Post, NJBIZ, and The Los Angeles Times, among other news organizations.

Highlights include:

NJ101.5 quotes Sandy Becker (RBS) in a story about retail competitors opening their doors in close proximity to one another.

Fortune runs an Op-Ed by Joseph Blasi (SMLR) on tech companies cutting back on equity compensation for employees.

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Rutgers Energy Institute Energy Policy Seminar: April 21, Piscataway
Rutgers Energy Institute will present Marianthi Ierapetritou, professor and department chair, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, for a talk entitled "Techno-economic and Life Cycle Analysis of Alternative Production Routes for Biomass-based Chemicals" on April 21 at 10:45 a.m. in the Busch Student Center, Room 174, Piscataway. Click here for more information.

13th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium: April 28 and May 3, Piscataway
The Aresty Research Center presents the 13th annual, universitywide Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 28 (Symposium Poster Session) and May 3 (Colloquium Research Paper Presentations) in the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. A celebration of scholarship and creative activity, the symposium is a chance for more than 500 undergraduate students to present their research to faculty, friends, and family. Click here for more information.

Rutgers Energy Institute 12th Annual Symposium: May 3, Piscataway
Rutgers Energy Institute presents its 12th annual symposium on May 3 beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Elmer Easton Auditorium, Fiber Optic Materials Research Building, Piscataway. The theme for the symposium is Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and Low-Carbon Technology and will provide faculty, students, staff, government officials, and community members the opportunity to learn about new methods, processes, and initiatives being developed by energy thinkers at Rutgers, in New Jersey, and across the country. Keynote speakers include Sally Benson, director, Global Climate and Energy Project, Stanford University; Daniel Kammen, distinguished professor, Energy and Resources Group, University of California, Berkeley; Klaus Lackner, director, The Center for Negative Carbon Emissions, Arizona State University; and Kenneth G. Miller, distinguished professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Rutgers University. Click here to register and for more information.

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.

CCNP Inaugural Mini-Symposium: May 5, Piscataway
The Rutgers-Princeton Center for Computational Cognitive Neuro-Psychiatry hosts its inaugural symposium on May 5 from 10 a.m. to noon in Room V14, RWJMS Research Tower, Piscataway. The symposium will feature talks by Steve Silverstein and Molly Erickson from Rutgers University, and Yael Niv and Nathaniel Daw from Princeton University. The event is also open to public. Click here for more information about the symposium.

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Rutgers Theater Company Presents Julius Caesar: April 22 to 30, New Brunswick
Rutgers Theater Company presents an all-female production of Shakespeare’s tragedy about power and ambition. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on April 22, 23, 26, 28, and 30 in the Philip J. Levin Theater, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here

A Vibrant Field: Nature and Landscape in Soviet Nonconformist Art, 1970s–1980s: Distinguished Lecture and Reception: April 20, New Brunswick
In conjunction with its exhibition A Vibrant Field: Nature and Landscape in Soviet Nonconformist Art, 1970s–1980s, the Zimmerli Art Museum hosts Jane Costlow, Clark A. Griffith Professor of Environmental Studies at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, who explores the subject of nature imaginaries in Soviet literature and visual culture on April 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Rutgers Theater Company Presents As You Like It: April 21 to 30, New Brunswick
Rutgers Theater Company presents Shakespeare’s comedy about exile, independence, and the search for love in Arden forest. Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. April 21, 25, 27, and 29 and at 2 p.m. on April 22, 23, and 30, Philip J. Levin Theater, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here

Classic Car Show and Men's Brain Health Fair: April 22, Newark
See more than 20 classic cars while learning about important issues for older men to protect brain health, reduce risk for Alzheimer’s disease, and improve memory on April 22 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the parking lot of the Center for Urban and Public Service, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

Rutgers–Camden Performance Ensemble Concert: April 22, Camden
Enjoy a performance of Pink Floyd’s The Wall, directed by Stefán Örn Arnarson, theater programs director, on April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Walter K. Gordon Theater, Rutgers University–Camden. Learn more here.

Jeffrey Gibson Distinguished Lecture: April 24, New Brunswick
Mason Gross School of the Arts hosts a lecture by artist Jeffrey Gibson on April 24 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the James J. Florio Special Events Forum, Civic Square, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

James Hayton will step down as dean of the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on June 30 for family reasons. Adrienne Eaton, who currently serves as associate dean for Academic Affairs, will become acting dean on July 1. A highly cited expert in the study of labor unions and labor-management partnerships, Eaton joined the SMLR faculty in 1987. She is a professor and past chair of the Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations. Click here for more information.

Peter Larson has joined the university as associate vice president and university controller. Larson was most recently associate controller at the University of California at Los Angeles. He previously served as a consultant specializing in accounting, finance, and information technology.

Grace Odediran has joined the University Controller’s Office as manager of fringe accounting and reporting. Odediran most recently worked on the Hurricane Sandy Recovery Program for the State of New Jersey. She previously worked at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

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.

Drop In on Rutgers Children's Choir and Scarlet Singers: April 26, Highland Park
The Rutgers Children's Choir and Scarlet Singers are holding a drop-in day April 26 at Bartle Elementary School, Highland Park. Visitors can observe choir rehearsals, meet staff, and participate as invited by conductors. For more information, call Mason Gross Extension Division, 848-932-8618, or click here. Drop-in Day times are:

Little Knights (grades K-2): 5:15 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.
Choristers (grades 3-5): 6 to 7:05 p.m.
Chorale (grades 5-8): 5:45 to 7:05 p.m.
Chamber Singers (grades 5-8): 7:15 to 8 p.m.
Scarlet Singers (high school and eighth-graders with changed voices): 7:15 to 9 p.m.

N.J. Statewide Career and Internship Fair: April 28, Piscataway
University Career Services at Rutgers University–New Brunswick invites students and alumni from all locations, as well as the public to participate in the N.J. Statewide Career and Internship Fair on April 28 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway. Over 150 employers from various industries will attend, seeking candidates for full-time, part-time, and internship positions. To view a list of participating employers and for event details, click here.

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 need to be claimed here. For more information, click here.

Awards & Honors

Dorothy Sue Cobble, distinguished professor, Department of Labor Studies and Employment Relations, School of Management and Labor Relations, and Department of History, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received an honorary doctorate from Stockholm University for her distinctive contributions to the Stockholm University’s activities in research and education.

Susan Hamilton, assistant vice chancellor for academic and student affairs, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Carla Cruz, student records analyst, published “A Mentor and a Mentee Exchange Their Thoughts” in the current edition of College and University magazine.

Judith Nicosia, associate professor, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected as a member to the American Academy of Teachers of Singing. The organization strives for improvement in the profession and for the furtherance of the vocal arts through research, publication, convention presentations, adjudication, and other activities.

Nancy Pontes, assistant professor, School of Nursing–Camden, Rutgers University–Camden, has been inducted as a fellow of the National Academies of Practice, an interprofessional, national organization that advises governmental bodies on health care delivery in the United States.

Alan Shark, associate professor of practice, School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), Rutgers University–Newark, served as executive editor and contributing author to the revised/second edition of CIO Leadership for Cities and Counties: Emerging Trends and Practices. Marc Holzer, university professor, SPAA, and SPAA alumnus Aroon P. Manoharan (Ph.D. '09) also contributed a chapter to the book.

James D. Ward, visiting associate professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), Rutgers University–Newark, served as co-guest editor for Public Administration Review's symposium on policing and race alongside SPAA dean Charles Menifield. The symposium highlights discriminatory policing practices and offers solutions.

Gifts & Grants

Michele Pavanello, assistant professor, Department of Chemistry, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $648,875. The project, titled CAREER: CDS&E: Nonlocal and Periodic Density Embedding, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Pavanello here.

Francisco Artigas, associate research professor and director of the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $109,642. The project, titled Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Industrial and Agricultural Contaminants in the Raritan River, is being supported by the Mushett Family Foundation, Inc. Learn more about Artigas here.

Ronke Olabisi, assistant professor, Biomedical Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $24,997. The project, titled Tissue Engineering CURE to Recruit Women in STEM, is being supported by Engineering Information Foundation. Learn more about Olabisi here.

Lois Rockson, assistant professor, Department of Clinical Laboratory Sciences, School of Health Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received an American Dissertation Fellowship award totaling $20,000 from the American Association of University Women. Her research focuses on cancer screening among Garifuna women who have settled in urbanized spaces of the Bronx, N.Y. Learn more about Rockson here.

Yuri T. Jadotte, assistant professor, Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and assistant director for education, Northeast Institute for Evidence Synthesis and Translation, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $7,000. The project, titled Systematic Review & Guideline Development Training with the United States Preventive Services Task Force, is being supported by the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Learn more about Jadotte here.

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