April 20, 2016

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Army ROTC Centennial: April 2530, New Brunswick

Highlighting the 100th anniversary celebration of the U.S. Army ROTC at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, April 25–30, the Scarlet Knight Battalion welcomes Rutgers’ only four-star general, retired Gen. Frederick Kroesen (Rutgers College, ’44), left, and his family, and Medal of Honor recipient, retired Col. Jack Jacobs (Rutgers College, ‘66), to dedicate the Army ROTC building in their honor on April 27 at 10 a.m. At 9:30 a.m., Gen. Kroesen and Col. Jacobs, members of the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni, will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Rutgers World War II and Vietnam memorials on Voorhees Mall.

Other notable events include daily (except April 28 and 29) Army ROTC open houses, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Army ROTC building; a battalion 5K run beginning there on April 25 at 7:30 a.m.; dedication of the Class of ’54 Cadet Lounge in the building on April 26 at 10 a.m.; and the Army ROTC golf tournament (8:30 a.m.) and barbecue (12:30 p.m.) on April 28, Rutgers Golf Course, Piscataway. For information, contact Gail Lawrence at gaillawr@rci.rutgers.edu.

In this Issue...

RSDM Celebrates Opening of Dental Specialty Center
Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark, celebrated the grand opening of its dental specialty center, which integrates state-of-the-art patient care, on April 19. At the new center—completed with $10 million in state funding—postgraduate students will work with faculty members in five specialties, including orthodontics, periodontics, and endodontics. The center, which cost $13 million, including $3 million in funds to match the state grant, features the latest technology for teaching and collaborative, practice-based research, bolstering RSDM’s standing as a front-runner in dental education, Dean Cecile Feldman said. Learn more here.


Think Our Revolutionary Spirit for Use at Conferences and Workshops
Looking for a way to introduce Rutgers at a conference, workshop, or other event? Consider presenting Our Revolutionary Spirit, a short film produced for the university’s 250th anniversary year. The film is available as a full-length 11-minute version and as individual one- to three-minute segments featuring individuals significant in Rutgers history. View the film and the segments on YouTube. To receive a version for showing at events, complete the video request form.

Recruiting Daily Smokers for Paid Research Study
The ABUSA lab (Affective and Biological Underpinnings of Substance Use and Anxiety) in the Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking individuals interested in quitting smoking to participate in a two-part study that will ask that you abstain from smoking for 24 hours. Total study time is approximately four hours and participants receive a $100 Visa gift card. If interested, contact the ABUSA lab at abusa.rutgers@gmail.com or 848-445-2272.

"Women and Creativity House" Student Exhibition: April 20–May 2, New Brunswick
View a collection of works from "Women and Creativity House," a year-long course of creative expression, identity, and visual communication of women at the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, from April 20 to May 2 at Douglass Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. On April 25, the center hosts the Douglass Global Village Student Showcase and exhibition reception from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, and from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Douglass Library. Learn more here

Online Workshop on Sakai’s Gradebook Tool: April 27
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on April 27 from 2 to 2:30 p.m., participants receive an introduction to the Gradebook tool in Sakai and learn how to set up their Gradebook using points, categories, or weighted categories; enter grades; set extra-credit items; and submit grades to the registrar. Learn more and register here.

Bhakti Club’s Annual Sacred Sounds Concert: April 28, New Brunswick
The Bhakti Club, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents its annual Sacred Sounds, a free musical meditation concert with a variety of cultural vegan foods, on April 28 at 8:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Join world-renowned yogi and spiritual leader Radhanath Swami alongside kirtan bands Gaura Vani and the Mayapuris for an electrifying evening of musical meditations, exotic drumming, entrancing dance, and free cultural food. Learn more here.

IWL Hosts Introduction of Junctures in Women's Leadership Books: May 2, New Brunswick
Join the Institute for Women’s Leadership, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, for the introduction of Social Movements and Business, the first two books in the eight-volume Junctures in Women's Leadership series, on May 2 at 2 p.m. in the conference room of the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Rutgers–New Brunswick. For those who study, teach, or practice leadership, these books offer a bold and useful analysis of women's experiences. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 30 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune and National Public Radio.

Highlights include:

The Washington Post: More and more doctors want to make marijuana legal (David Nathan, RWJMS, quoted here)

The Chicago Tribune: Foreign workers waiting to win the H-1B lottery (Hal Salzman, Bloustein, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

New Book by Mason Gross’s Rebecca Cypess
Rebecca Cypess, professor of music at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the author of Curious and Modern Inventions: Instrumental Music as Discovery in Galileo's Italy, published by University of Chicago Press. The book examines early 17th-century instrumental music in Italy, which was crucial for the Western tradition, and illustrates that early modern thinkers from Galileo Galilei to Giambattista Marino were fascinated with instrumental technologies. Learn more here.

Celebrating Scholarship and Creativity: Undergraduate Research Symposium: April 29, Piscataway
The Aresty Research Center invites the university community to the 12th annual universitywide Undergraduate Research Symposium—a celebration of scholarship and creative activity—on April 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. The symposium is a chance for more than 500 undergraduate researchers to present their research to an audience of faculty, friends, and family. Learn more here.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream: April 22 to May 1, New Brunswick
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies and typically thought of as an enchanting tale of wedding planning and mischief in the forest, is presented by Rutgers Theater Company from April 22 to May 1 at the Philip J. Levin Theater, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here

CNN Reporter Examines Race, Gender, and 2016 Election: April 20, New Brunswick
CNN senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson explores the dynamics of demographics, race and religion, and reporting on the groups of people who help shape national elections on April 20 at 7 p.m. in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Register here


Writers in Camden Workshop and Reading: April 20, Camden
Join the Rutgers University–Camden Master of Fine Arts’ visitor series, Writers in Camden, on April 20 for a workshop and reading featuring Karen Russell, author of the story collections St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves and Vampires in the Lemon Grove. The workshop begins at 3 p.m. at Rutgers–Camden’s Writers House and the reading begins at 7 p.m. in the Stedman Gallery in the Camden Fine Arts Building. Both events are free and open to the public. Learn more here.

China Lecture Series: "Spontaneous Arising" and an Ethics of the Creative Change in the Early Daoist Text, Heng xian: April 21, New Brunswick
The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents a talk examining the relatively short and newly excavated bamboo text, the Heng xian, in terms of its views on creative change on April 21 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Brower Commons, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here


144th Annual Rutgers Glee Club Concert: April 23, New Brunswick
The Rutgers University Glee Club traces its roots back to 1872 and has been among the nation’s premier collegiate choirs. Enjoy an evening of tradition at the 144th annual Glee Club Concert on April 23 at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here

Hamlet: April 24, Newark
Rutgers University–Newark hosts a production of Shakespeare’s iconic play on April 24 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Bradley Hall Theatre, Rutgers–Newark. Learn more here

Appointments & Retirements

Robert Ciervo was appointed assistant dean for transfer services at the School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Cecile A. Feldman, dean of Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, assumed her new role as chair of the American Dental Education Association’s board of directors last month after a year as chair-elect.

Micah Kleit was appointed director of Rutgers University Press, effective May 1, joining the university from Temple University Press in Philadelphia, where he was editor-in-chief.

Awards & Honors

Gary Aston-Jones, Murray and Charlotte Strongwater Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and Brain Health, and director, Brain Health Institute, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, will deliver the annual B.F. Skinner Lecture in Behavioral Pharmacology and Neuroscience at next month’s international meeting of the Association for Behavior Analysis in Chicago.

David Bleich, chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the Physician of the Year Award from the Diabetes Foundation, Inc., at its 25th Anniversary Awards Dinner. The award recognizes a physician who provides patients with compassionate, comprehensive, and caring medicine; actively participates in community affairs and activities; provides a professional and personal role model to other health professionals, residents, and medical students; and supports the mission of the foundation.

Jeff Friedman, associate professor and director, master of fine arts in dance program, Department of Dance, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was awarded the 2016 Clement A. Price Human Dignity Award for advancing the boundaries of oral history-based scholarship through choreographic and text research addressing issues of equity and inclusion; preventing the loss of alternative histories of the performing arts; and developing innovative courses and programs that have reframed dance practices to integrate a range of diverse and inclusive narratives. The award was given by the university’s Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes in recognition of universitywide excellence in diversity and inclusion.

Chef Robert Higgins, Department of Dining Services, Division of Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, won the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) Mid-Atlantic Regional Culinary Challenge held at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va. With his victory, Higgins will represent the university at the NACUFS national challenge in Anaheim, California, on July 14.

Norma Riccucci, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, received the 2016 Dwight Waldo Award from the American Society for Public Administration at its annual conference last month. The award recognizes individuals, nominated by their peers, who have made outstanding contributions to the professional literature of public administration over an extended career.

Rutgers University Career Services, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will honor top hiring employers, campus partners, and student recipients of the Intern Excellence Awards at the second annual Career Knights of Distinction Awards Ceremony to recognize campus partners of the year on May 4. Faculty and staff honorees include Hester Coan, assistant director of student services for career services, School of Communication and Information; Ildi Koczan, career management specialist, School of Management and Labor Relations; Assimina A. Pelegri, professor and executive officer, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering; Jim Venner, senior human resources consultant; and Ganesh Waran, facility coordinator, Werblin Recreation Center.

Gifts & Grants

Tracy Tran, assistant professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $674,894. The project, titled Plexin-A4 Signaling Regulates Diverse Cellular Morphologies in the Developing Nervous System, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Tran here.

Steven Barnett, Board of Governors Professor, director of the National Institute for Early Education Research, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $94,672. The project, titled New Jersey Preschool Expansion Study 2015-2016, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of Education. Learn more about Barnett here.

Benjamin Samuels, assistant professor, behavioral and systems neuroscience, Department of Psychology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $65,000. The project, titled The Role of the TGFbeta Pathway in Treatment-Resistant Depression and Anxiety, is being supported by the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression. Learn more about Samuels here.

Alberto Cuitiño, department chair and professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $55,000. The project, titled Tableting of Critical Materials: Formulation of New Products and Saving Manufacturing Cost, is being supported by BASF Corporation. Learn more about Cuitiño here.

Rebecca Davis, associate professor and director, Center for International Social Work Studies, School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $43,075. The project, titled Review and Develop the Magomero College Social Work Diploma and Certificate Curriculum and the Costed Delivery System, is being supported by UNICEF and Maestral International. Learn more about Davis here.

Stephen Tse, professor, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and director of outreach, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled Ignition by Electric Spark Discharges Triggered by the Fuel/Energetic Aerosol Itself, is being supported by the U.S. Army Materiel Command. Learn more about Tse here.

In Memoriam

Lillian M. Zamora, 70, of Piscataway, a retired secretary in the Busch Campus administration, passed away on April 13, 2016, at Saint Peter's University Hospital, New Brunswick. Funeral services were held on April 19 at The Brunswick Memorial Home, East Brunswick, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Thomas the Apostle Church, Old Bridge.

Glenn Ward Renollet, 80, of Edison, a retired university assistant athletic trainer, passed away on April 6, 2016. 

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