April 27, 2016

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New Classes Help Au Pairs Earn Academic Credit Toward J-1 Visa Requirements

The Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE) is offering two new summer weekend programs for au pairs interested in fulfilling their J-1 visa academic requirements: "American Food—Then and Now" (July 30–31), which explores the technological and societal factors that have changed what and how Americans eat over the past 250 years, and "The Children in Your Care—Make Them the Best They Can Be" (August 6–7), which offers tips, tools, and techniques for encouraging healthy, positive lifestyles for children.

Each course, given on the Cook campus at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was developed by OCPE in cooperation with Rutgers Cooperative Extension and provides three of the six hours of academic credit au pairs are required to earn under the J-1 visa. Program participants can use the university’s shuttle bus service between the campus and the New Brunswick train station. Register and learn more here or call OCPE at 848-932-9271.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Rutgers Day, April 30: Everyone Is Invited
Attend Rutgers Day on April 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with expanded activities in Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark to showcase the university in celebration of the university’s 250th Anniversary. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn about a wide range of academic, research, athletic, cultural, recreational, and community-oriented programs as we welcome thousands of visitors to Rutgers—many for the first time. Enjoy an array of free activities, including music, dance, hands-on events, games, and demonstrations hosted by professors, students, and staff. It’s also Alumni Weekend, a perfect time to celebrate your Scarlet pride. Learn more here.


Parents and Babies Wanted for Infant Brain Development Study
The Infancy Studies Laboratory, Rutgers University–Newark, seeks parents and babies younger than 2 for a study of infant brain development. All participants are paid and parents receive a letter about their involvement. Contact Sree Rajendran at babylab@andromeda.rutgers.edu or call 973-353-3953 for additional information. Stop by the Infancy Studies Laboratory booths in New Brunswick and Newark on Rutgers Day to build sand castles, play with bubbles, and learn about your baby's brain. Learn more here.

NJMS Alumni Reunion Weekend
The annual alumni reunion weekend of New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, will be held on June 3 and June 4. This year, the event honors the 55th anniversary of the Class of 1961, the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1966, and the 25th anniversary of the Class of 1991. The June 3 program features morning lectures by Joseph L. Wright, ’83, and Joseph R. Betancourt, ’94. On June 4, an evening gala at the Westin Jersey City Newport Hotel will include award presentations to NJMS faculty members Soly Baredes, chair, Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery; Alex Bekker, ’91, chair, Department of Anesthesiology; and Sylvia Christakos, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. For reservations or more information, contact the alumni office at 973-972-6864.

"Spring Concert: French Chansons": April 28, New Brunswick
As part of "French at Rutgers Week" (April 25–April 30), the Department of French, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents "Spring Concert: French Chansons" on April 28 from 2:50 to 4:10 p.m. in Murray Hall, Room 212, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Students of French and students with no knowledge of the language will sing an array of French songs accompanied by music students from the Mason Gross School of the Arts in an hour of fun. Learn more here [PDF].

Register for Webinar for Creating Videos with Kaltura: April 29
Rutgers recently acquired a site license to Kaltura, a video creation and streaming service accessible to all university instructors. Kaltura enables you to create educational videos easily and share them with classes, without needing other software. Because Kaltura is integrated into Sakai, videos can be shared directly from your Sakai account. Attend a webinar on April 29 at 1:30 p.m. to learn how to create and share videos using Kaltura from the Sakai integration and how to access Kaltura outside of Sakai. Rutgers faculty who are interested in learning about Kaltura, but who may not use Sakai regularly, are welcome to participate in the webinar. Learn more and register here.

“Achieving Equality in Health, Health Care, and Society”: May 3, New Brunswick
Larry Temkin, distinguished professor and chair, Department of Philosophy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and Meryl Frank, president and CEO, Makeda Global Network, and former U.S. representative to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, present “Achieving Equality in Health, Health Care, and Society: An Ongoing Dialogue,” on May 3 at 4 p.m. in Room 1302, Clinical Academic Building, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, New Brunswick. A reception will follow. This event is the 19th Annual David and Hinna Stahl Memorial Lecture in Bioethics presented by Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Contact evansje1@rwjms.rutgers.edu with questions. Learn more here.

“Reckoning with Post-Holocaust Anti-Semitism in Europe”: May 4, New Brunswick 
Jonathan Judaken, Spence L. Wilson Chair in Humanities, Rhodes College, presents “Reckoning with Post-Holocaust Anti-Semitism in Europe” on May 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Judaken will discuss the development of post-Holocaust Judeophobia in Europe, including the so called new anti-Semitism. The lecture, free and open to the public, is cosponsored by the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life and the Center for European Studies, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Free parking is available behind the student center. Advance registration is requested by emailing csjlrsvp@rci.rutgers.edu or calling 848-932-2033. Learn more here

Online Workshop on Sakai’s Gradebook Tool: May 5
The Office of Instructional Research and Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on May 5 from 10 to 10:30 a.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.

“Historical Origins of Racial Criminalization and Mass Incarceration”: May 5, Newark
Join the School of Social Work for “Historical Origins of Racial Criminalization and Mass Incarceration” by Khalil G. Muhammad, director, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, on May 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark. Refreshments will be served and 1 nonclinical CEU will be provided. This is the annual William Neal Brown Endowed Lecture established to honor Brown’s work, commitment to social justice, and legacy at Rutgers. Learn more and register here.

"Metabolism in Action": May 5, Piscataway
The Department of Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, presents Joshua D. Rabinowitz, professor of chemistry and integrative genomics, Princeton University’s Lewis-Siglar Institute for Integrative Genomics, to discuss "Metabolism in Action" on May 5 at 4 p.m. in the main auditorium, RWJMS Research Tower, Piscataway. The event is the annual George and Lily Boxer Memorial Lecture. A reception will follow in the Great Hall. For more information, contact Dorothy Hatcher at hatched@rutgers.edu.

Final Information Session for Pre-College Summer Scholars: May 17, New Brunswick 
Applications are being accepted for the 2016 Summer Scholars Program, an opportunity for motivated students to prepare for college and earn credits that may be applied toward their undergraduate degree. Youngsters 16 or older with a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade-point average may apply to take up to two college courses. Younger students will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will also require standardized test scores and an interview. The final information session for the program will be held on May 17 at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room in the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more and apply here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 60 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, Star-Ledger, and Chicago Tribune.

Highlights include:

NJTV: Immigration Issue Comes Before Supreme Court (Ronald Chen, Law, quoted here)

The Chicago TribuneU.S. suicide rate surges to three decade high (Julie A. Phillips, SAS, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

HPC@Rutgers Presents "The Amber Molecular Modeling Package": April 28, Piscataway
The HPC@Rutgers Seminar Series, designed to feature high-performance computing technologies and capabilities, presents “The Amber Molecular Modeling Package” with Rutgers’ David Case on April 28 at 3 p.m. at the Computing Research and Education Building, Busch Campus, Piscataway. Case, who oversees development of the Amber suite of programs for biomolecular simulation, will provide an overview of the programs with an emphasis on performance issues on GPUs and on multicore CPUs. The HPC@Rutgers Seminar Series is presented jointly by the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute and Office of Advanced Research Computing, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Register and learn more here.

Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies Symposium: April 28, Piscataway
The Rutgers Advanced Institute for Critical Caribbean Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents the Second Annual Graduate Student Symposium, followed by a wine and cheese reception, on April 28 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Lucy Stone Hall, A268, Livingston Campus, Piscataway. The symposium will feature the latest research from Caribbean graduate students focused on Carnival, Glissant’s Nomadism, and the Production of the Citizen

Register Now: Energy Symposium and Climate Change Program: May 4
Register now for two May 4 events at the auditorium, Fiber Optic Materials Research Building, Busch Campus, Piscataway. The morning program is the 11th Annual Rutgers Energy Institute Symposium. The afternoon program is “Climate Change Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability: From the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to New Jersey Practitioners." Participants include Hoesung Lee, IPCC chair; Sir Robert Watson, University of East Anglia; Lidija Sekaric, U.S. Department of Energy; Richard Newell, Duke University; Rutgers faculty involved in the IPCC; and a panel of distinguished New Jersey practitioners. A complimentary lunch will be provided immediately following the morning program. Registration is required by 5 p.m. on April 27


New Jersey Folk Festival: April 30, New Brunswick
Enjoy a bluegrass showcase, dance performances, and arts and crafts during Rutgers Day on April 30 on the grounds of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The festival is an annual event, rain or shine, managed entirely by undergraduates. Learn more here.  

Newark Forum on Historic Preservation: April 29, Newark
Come to 15 Washington Street, Rutgers University–Newark, on April 29 for a daylong exploration of historic and neighborhood preservation. Local experts will discuss how Newark’s social life and history are manifest in its built environment, while nationally known speakers will place the city in broad context. The discussion will encompass multiple forms of preservation and the legal and financial frameworks that enable preservation efforts. The event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Learn more here.

Symphony in C Performs Bruch and Brahms: April 30, Camden
From classical to romantic, Brahms Symphony No. 1 is regarded as one of the greatest symphonies of the Austro-German tradition. Plus, Symphony in C concertmaster Elizabeth Fayette performs Max Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1,” one of the most popular violin concertos in the repertoire, on April 30 at 8 p.m. at Walter K. Gordon Theater, Fine Arts Complex, Rutgers University–Camden. Learn more here.  

Sounds of Chamber Music: May 1, New Brunswick
Enjoy a concert featuring the winners of the Mason Gross Chamber Music Competition on May 1 at Robert E. Mortensen Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here

Get Involved

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.

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.

Rutgers Day Performances from Mason Gross Extension Division: New Brunswick
On Rutgers Day, April 30, the Extension Division of Mason Gross School of the Arts will offer three performances between 10:30 a.m. and noon at Rutgers University–New Brunswick: the Rutgers Jazz Ensemble, Hill Center Courtyard, Busch Campus, 11 a.m. to noon; the Rutgers Youth Percussion Ensemble, Big R Stage, Douglass Campus, 10:30 to 11 a.m.; and the Rutgers Children's Choir, Zimmerli Art Museum, College Avenue Campus, 11 a.m. to noon

"Art After Hours" and "Study After Hours": May 3 and May 4: New Brunswick
Enjoy a break at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, during “Art After Hours” on May 3 from 5 to 9 p.m., featuring tours of Raging through Time: The Art of David Wojnarowicz and Abstraction Squared; Slide Jam with artists Spencer Merolla and Ben Suga; and local pop/blues/hip-hop duo Kay and Ray. “Study After Hours” begins at 10 a.m. on May 4 and lasts 24 hours to accommodate students preparing for exams. Quiet gallery spaces are equipped with free WiFi, electrical outlets, and added seating. Study breaks include yoga and meditation sessions. Both events are free and offer complimentary refreshments. Learn more here.

"Becoming an Outdoor Family": May 20–22, Stokes State Forest, Branchville
All are welcome on May 20–22 for a weekend of family fun and learning in the heart of beautiful Stokes State Forest at Lindley G. Cook, a residential 4-H Camp in Branchville, New Jersey, and a program of Rutgers’ New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. "Becoming an Outdoor Family" is a weekend for families who want to get away, make connections, and learn outdoor skills such as fishing, survival, shooting sports, and natural history. Traditional camp activities such as campfire, hiking, and making s’mores round out the weekend. An $80 per person cost covers housing, meals, and program. Learn more and register here [PDF].

Awards & Honors

Lisa C. Klein, distinguished professor, Department of Materials Science, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was named a fellow of the Society of Glass Technology, formed in 1916 as an organization of people interested in glass that responds to the needs of industry and academia. Each nomination is put forward by three fellows in the society, which has members in more than 50 countries.

Gifts & Grants

Kristjan Haule, professor of physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a four-year award totaling $2 million. The project, titled Center for Computational Design of Functional Correlated Materials and Theoretical Spectroscopy, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Energy and Brookhaven National Labs. Learn more about Haule here.

Carolyn Suzuki, associate professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $437,250. The project, titled Regulating mtDNA and mtRNA Dynamics by the Mitochondrial AAA+ Lon Protease, is being supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Learn more about Suzuki here.

Kwangwon Lee, associate professor, Department of Biology, and director of undergraduate biology, Center for Computational and Integrative Biology, Rutgers University–Camden, is the primary investigator of an award totaling $422,028. The project, titled Molecular Mechanism of Natural Variation and Adaptation of Circadian Clock, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Lee here.

Nicole Fahrenfeld, associate professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $332,441. The project, titled Dynamics of Microbial Agents in Sewer Systems and Wet Weather Flow, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Fahrenfeld here.

Mark Siracusa, assistant professor, New Jersey Medical School, and chancellor scholar, Center for Immunity and Inflammation, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $250,000. The project, titled Innate Immune of Helminth-induced Inflammation, is being supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infection Diseases. Learn more about Siracusa here.

Tomasz Imielinski, professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $37,386. The project, titled Emerging Frontiers of Science of Information, is being supported by the National Science Foundation and Purdue University. Learn more about Imielinski here.

In Memoriam
Robert M. Hamer, former professor of psychiatry, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, passed away at his Chapel Hill, North Carolina, home on December 28, 2015, it was recently learned. He was 65.  A memorial service is planned for later this spring. 
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