April 26, 2017

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Rutgers Day: April 29

Rutgers Day, Rutgers University’s annual welcome and show-and-tell for New Jersey residents of all ages, will take place April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event offers more than 600 free performances, demonstrations, and interactive activities. Last year, a record crowd of more than 100,000 visitors learned firsthand about the university’s research, teaching, and service. This year’s celebration includes programming at all three of the university’s locations in Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark.

Rutgers Day coincides with Alumni Weekend. Alumni may connect with old friends and classmates and enjoy refreshments in alumni tents at all three locations. In addition, the New Jersey Folk Festival, which is on Cook/Douglass campus in New Brunswick, celebrates the theme “Turkish Traditions.”

Parking is free in Rutgers lots in Camden, New Brunswick, and Piscataway. In Newark, guests can park for free in University Deck I (200 University Avenue), Washington Deck II (166 Washington Street), or Washington Deck III (180 Washington Street). New Brunswick also will offer shuttle buses connecting the College Avenue, Busch, and Cook/Douglass campuses. Learn more here.

In this Issue...

Rutgers Leadership Academy Accepting Nominations through May 15
Nominations are being accepted through May 15 for faculty and staff participation in the 20172019 cohort of the Rutgers Leadership Academy (RLA). RLA focuses on the development of cross-cutting leadership concepts, competencies, and tools to enhance professional capabilities for faculty and staff in Rutgers University–New Brunswick and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS). Mid-career faculty and staff with seven or more years of scholarly/professional experience from New Brunswick and RBHS are eligible to be nominated as RLA Fellows. Nominations should be submitted by vice presidents, deans, directors, chairs, or other senior administrative leaders who see the value in creating an expanded pool of future leaders within their unit and the university and who want to recognize and encourage the development of colleagues to assume increasing leadership responsibility. Nominators will agree to serve a facilitating and mentoring role throughout the program and will help to identify projects through which RLA Fellows can exercise a leadership role. Click here to learn more about the RLA program. Click here to nominate a faculty or staff member. Email rulead@rutgers.edu with any questions.

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.

The Last Bastions of Rock: April 27, New Brunswick
The New Brunswick Music Scene Archive in Rutgers Special Collections and University Archives presents a free screening of the director's cut of The Last Bastions of Rock, followed by a Q&A with director Fritch Clark on April 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Alexander Library, fourth floor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. This documentary film covers over 30 years of live music history in New Jersey with a focus on the New Brunswick music scene. Click here for more information.

Study All Night: Zimmerli Open 24+ Hours for Finals Prep: May 23
The Zimmerli Art Museum remains open overnight beginning May 2 at 10 a.m. through May 3 at 4:30 p.m. Students with valid RU ID are invited to study for exams and prepare final papers among their favorite works of art. The museum offers complimentary snacks and beverages as well as study break activities, including meditation and healing movement sessions. Learn more here.

Rutgers Accounting Conference: May 10–11, Pennsauken
Leaders in the accounting profession will discuss industry updates and best practices during the second annual accounting conference sponsored by the Rutgers School of Business–Camden on May 10 and May 11 at the Camden County Boathouse, Pennsauken. Accountants licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have an opportunity to earn up to 12 CPE credits for attending the educational sessions. Click here to learn more and to register.

KinderCare Learning Center at Rutgers in Newark and Piscataway
At KinderCare Learning Center at Rutgers in Newark and Piscataway, formerly known as Children’s Creative Learning Center, children are on the road to discovery with research-based standards and assessments along six developmental domains: language and literacy development, executive function, social and emotional development, physical development and wellness, cognitive development, and creative expression. Learn more about Rutgers onsite child care centers at Newark and at Piscataway.

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 28 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. (Tests and Quizzes) and May 1 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. (Gradebook). Learn more here.

OID Workshops
The Office of Instructional Design is offering teaching workshops online May 1 at 1 p.m. (Online Teaching: Intro to Teaching) and May 3 at 10:30 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 Philadelphia Inquirer, New York Times Magazine, and The Star-Ledger, among other news organizations.

Highlights include:

USA Today runs an Op-Ed from President Robert Barchi about the importance of scientific research.

Salon quotes Sarah Esther Lageson (Criminal Justice) in a story about how Facebook handles violent content.

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Susan and Michael J. Angelides Lecture: “The New Normal? Women, Media, and Politics”: April 27, New Brunswick
Join the Institute for Women’s Leadership for a conversation with leading journalists Michel Martin, weekend host, NPR’s All Things Considered; Rebecca Traister, writer-at-large, New York magazine; and Farai Chideya, fellow, Harvard’s Shorenstein Center. The panel will discuss the ways media is shaping ideas about women and power in the current political climate on April 27 at 7 p.m. in Voorhees Hall, room 105, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Register here.

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 also will 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. The Postdoctoral Association is accepting abstracts for poster presentations from postdocs affiliated with any institution.

Rutgers Energy Institute Policy Seminar: April 28, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Energy Institute hosts James Rising, postdoctoral fellow, Energy and Resource Group, University of California, Berkeley, for a talk entitled “Management across Margins: Opportunities to Optimize Water in the United States through Integrated Modeling” on April 28 at 10:45 a.m. in the Alampi Room, Marine Sciences Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Click here for more information.

Douglass Global Summit Featuring the Douglass Global Village: April 28, New Brunswick
Attend the Douglass Global Summit: “Ideas in Action: Creating Sustainable Change” on April 28 from 11 a.m. through 6:30 p.m. in the Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Learning Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The third annual Douglass Global Summit brings together diverse groups of actors to learn, share ideas, and create possible solutions to global challenges. The event galvanizes the student body to respond to global disparities and voice their concerns about poverty and inequality in the United States and worldwide, as well as other social and economic issues. This event is sponsored in partnership with Undergraduate Academic Affairs and the Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs. Click here for more information and to register.

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 from 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.

L+M Lecture Series: “Newark: My Home in the Arts”: May 5, Newark
The L+M Development Partners Lecture Series brings to Express Newark prominent thinkers in the world of the public arts and humanities to reflect on the foundations and aims of our practice on May 5 at 4 p.m. in the Hahne’s Lecture Hall, Express Newark, Rutgers University–Newark. This year's inaugural lecturer will be Nikki Greene, assistant professor, Arts of Africa and the African Diaspora, Art Department, Wellesley College. Click here for more information.

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All Who Go Do Not Return: April 26, New Brunswick
The Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life hosts Shulem Deen, who will discuss his memoir All Who Go Do Not Return, winner of the National Jewish Book Award in 2015, on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Trayes Hall in the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Rutgers University Chorus-Newark Spring Concert: April 26, Newark
The acclaimed 50-voice chorus presents its annual spring concert featuring music from the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East on April 26 beginning at 3 p.m. at the Center for Law and Justice, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

Rutgers Symphony Band: April 26, New Brunswick
Enjoy a concert by the Rutgers Symphony Band on April 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Jazz Ensemble Concert: April 26, Camden
Enjoy a jazz performance directed by Eric Polack, part-time lecturer of music, Department of Fine Arts, Camden College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Camden, on April 26 at 12:30 p.m. in the Black Box Studio, Fine Arts Building, Rutgers–Camden. Learn more here.

DancePlus Spring: April 26–30, New Brunswick
Watch works by guest artists Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Soon-Ho Park of Bereishit Dance Company (South Korea), and Jodi Melnick, as well as faculty members John Evans, Randy James, Robert Benford, Blair Ritchie, and Camille Moten, on April 26 through April 29 at 7:30 p.m. and April 30 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. in the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Rutgers University Glee Club: April 29, New Brunswick
Join this celebration of the return of the Glee Club from its appearance at the 2017 National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association on April 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

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

Rutgers University Choir: A Spring Awakening: May 1, New Brunswick
Enjoy a celebration of the multidimensional awakening of springtime, with movements from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and works by Brahms and Whitacre on May 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Landscape Architecture Environmental Planning Studio Exhibit: through May 31, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Art Library presents an exhibition of landscape architecture students’ works through May 31. 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 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.

The Plaza at Livingston Campus on Rutgers Day: April 29, New Brunswick
Visit the Plaza’s table on Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on Rutgers Day from10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for giveaways and to learn about the nine Plaza retailers: Henry’s Diner, Hoja, Kilmer’s Market, kite+key Rutgers Tech Store and TeKCheK Rutgers Computer Repair, The Wright Cut, Qdoba, Starbucks, 16 Handles Frozen Yogurt, and Rutgers Cinema.

End of the Year Graduate Student BBQ: May 2, New Brunswick
Give yourself a break on reading day and attend the End of the Year Graduate Student BBQ on May 2 from noon to 2 p.m. at Deiner Park, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. This event is hosted by the Graduate Student Association and the Office of Graduate Student Life.

Yoga in the Park: May 2, Piscataway
Rutgers Student Affairs hosts Yoga in the Park on May 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Scarlet Knights Sports Club Field House, Piscataway. There will be a scheduled afternoon of yoga and meditation along with relaxing activities including chair massages and bamboo planting. Click here to learn more.

Swim for Life: May 3, Piscataway
Rutgers Recreation is offering free adult swim instruction through Swim for Life on May 3 at the Werblin Recreation Center Patio Pool, Piscataway. Learn basic or advance skills during one of three sessions. Click here for more information.

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.

Rutgers Children's Choir and Scarlet Singers Spring Concert: May 6, New Brunswick
Rutgers Children's Choir and Scarlet Singers is holding its end-of-semester spring concert on May 6 at 2 p.m. at the Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The concert will feature performances from Choristers (3rd5th grade), Chorale and Chamber Singers (5th8th grade), and Scarlet Singers (high school). If your child is interested in joining the choir, auditions will be held May 17 for the fall semester. For more information about the program or the auditions, click here or call the Mason Gross Extension Division at 848-932-8618.

New Jersey AIDS Walk: May 7, Newark
Join the staff and patients of the Rutgers Infectious Disease Practice in the annual New Jersey AIDS Walk on May 7 at noon in Branch Brook Park, Park Avenue entrance, Newark. Help create awareness as well as spread hope and compassion for friends and loved ones who are battling this illness. Click here for more information.

Our Classroom Students Summer Enrichment Program: July through August, New Brunswick
Our Classroom is an academic enrichment program for middle and high school students offered at Rutgers University–New Brunswick in July and August. Various intensive weeklong, project-based classes are offered, including a new class, “Public Speaking: Don’t Just Speak, Speak UP!” These classes are taught by a university faculty member. Use code RUEMP to receive a $100 discount. Click here for more information.

Awards & Honors

Cherie Castellano, University Behavioral Health Care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the recipient of the 2017 New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) Commissioner's Partnership Award for her collaborative and selfless work with the DCF, including the Worker2Worker and Mom2Mom peer support programs.

Marc Holzer, university professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University–Newark, received the 2017 New Jersey Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration Achievement Award for his numerous achievements and commitment to improve public service. 

James T. Luxhøj, professor and undergraduate director, Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE), School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will be inducted into the Virginia Tech ISE Academy of Distinguished Alumni. Virginia Tech's ISE Academy is a group of recognized leaders in the field who have served their profession and society with distinction.

Gifts & Grants

Alan Robock, distinguished professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was awarded a grant totaling $2,982,206 over three years. The project, titled Environmental and Human Impacts of Nuclear War, is being supported by The Open Philanthropy Project. Learn more about Robock here.

Gleb Shumyatsky, associate professor, Division of Life Sciences, Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,933,100. The project, titled Activity-Dependent Cellular and Molecular Events Regulation Memory, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Shumyatsky here.

Shinichi Oka, assistant professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $35,000. The project, titled Gene Therapy for Diastolic Heart Failure, is being supported by the New Jersey Health Foundation. Learn more about Oka here.

Brandi Blessett, assistant professor, Department of Public Policy and Administration, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project, titled Intersectional Subjection and Law Enforcement: Examining Perceptions Held by LGBTQ People of Color in New Orleans, LA, is being supported by the National Institute of Justice W.E.B. Du Bois Fellowship Program. Learn more about Blessett here.

Will Power Retention Scholarship
The Division of Student Affairs is pleased to announce the creation of the Will Power Retention Scholarship, thanks to a $25,000 pledge from Frank McClellan (RC ‘67). This scholarship will provide up to $2,500 for continuing students who have an outstanding term bill, with preference given to male students in their final year. The scholarship – named after a slave we know only as Will, who laid the foundation for the Old Queens Building – was a recommendation of the Rutgers Scarlet and Black Project.

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