April 5, 2017

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Rutgers Health University Dental Associates Providers

Rutgers Health University Dental Associates Open House

Rutgers Health University Dental Associates will host an open house to showcase its new offices near New Brunswick’s College Avenue Campus on April 19 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located at 135 Somerset Street on the ground level of the Aspire building, Rutgers Health University Dental Associates welcomes Rutgers staff, faculty, students, and alumni, in addition to local residents.

Providers are faculty at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, who treat patients directly. They offer a full range of expert care, from family dentistry to complex, specialty needs. The New Brunswick office joins the Rutgers Health University Dental Associates practice in Newark. For more information, click here.

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Don't Forget

File New Jersey Tax Returns Electronically
The New Jersey Division of Taxation reminds faculty and staff they can use NJ FastFile to file their New Jersey income tax returns electronically—either online with a PDF fill-in form or with a software package. Filers can choose direct deposit for their refunds, which is not available with paper returns. Learn more here or call 1-800-323-4400.

Give Blood: New Brunswick
Blood drives sponsored by New Jersey Blood Services are being held at Rutgers University–New Brunswick on the dates listed. 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.

April 5, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Chi Psi Fraternity, 114 College Avenue
April 6, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., College Avenue Student Center, Multipurpose Room
April 12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Bloodmobile at the corner of Senior Street and College Avenue
April 18, 4 to 10 p.m., Cook PAL Building, Scarlet Lounge
April 19, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall


Commencement Parking Registration through April 17
Members of Rutgers’ Class of 2017 are eligible to receive up to two free commencement parking passes for themselves and guests, but only if they register online at commencement.rutgers.edu before April 17 at 9 a.m. Find out more about registration, mass transportation available that day, and other important details here

America Converges Here Event: A Conversation with Harry Belafonte and Susan Robeson: April 5, New Brunswick
Attend the Annual Paul Robeson Lecture Series: A Conversation with Harry Belafonte and Susan Robeson on April 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Rutgers Academic Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. In honor of Robeson's birthday, activist, entertainer, and friend to Paul Robeson, Harry Belafonte will be speaking with Susan Robeson, the granddaughter of Robeson about her grandfather's contemporary legacy of civil rights activism. RSVP here. For more information, click here or email the Paul Robeson Cultural Center at prccrutgers@echo.rutgers.edu.

Information Session for Summer Academies for Teens: April 10, New Brunswick
Rutgers Continuing Studies provides Summer Session in New Brunswick for teens 16 to 18. Students can choose from three intensive, one-week summer residential programs focused on engineering, STEM, or leadership. Participants will learn from Rutgers faculty, complete hands-on projects, take field trips, and experience a taste of college. Attend an online information session on April 10 from 6 to 7 p.m. RSVP and learn more here.

Summer Scholars Information Session: April 10, Piscataway
Attend an information session for students interested in attending the Rutgers Summer Scholars Program on April 10 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Busch Student Center, Piscataway. This program allows high-achieving high school students and gifted youth the opportunity to take college courses and earn credits. Click here to RSVP.

Photography in Performance: April 11, New Brunswick
Attend Photography in Performance, a gallery show and performance project highlighting the work of John Evans, dance faculty member, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on April 11 from 6 to 8:15 p.m. in the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Click here for more information.

Korea and U.S. Militarism in the Asia Pacific in the Age of Trump: April 12, New Brunswick
The Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents Korea and U.S. Militarism in the Asia Pacific in the Age of Trump on April 12 at 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Frelinghuysen Hall, Room B4, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Reverend Sounghey Kim, co-chair of the Seongju Residents Committee to Stop THAAD (a new missile defense system to be deployed to South Korea), and Hyun C. Lee, a volunteer organizer of the Solidarity Committee for Democracy and Peace in Korea, will introduce the latest on Korea and the American strategy for Asia under the Trump administration.

Writers at Rutgers Reading Series: Eileen Myles: April 12, New Brunswick
The Writers at Rutgers Reading Series, presented by the Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts Eileen Myles on April 12 at 8 p.m. in the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Myles is the author of 19 books including I Must Be Living Twice: New and Selected Poems, Chelsea Girls, and the forthcoming book, Afterglow (A Dog Memoir). A Guggenheim Fellow, Myles has received numerous honors, including a Warhol/Creative Capital Arts Writers grant, four Lambda Book Awards, the Shelley Prize from the Poetry Society of America, and a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art. Click here for more information.

Open Call: Honors College Graduate Fellows 
The Honors College of Rutgers University–New Brunswick is seeking Ph.D. candidates from multiple disciplines for its Fellows Program, an innovative scholarly collaboration designed to enrich the educational experience of undergraduates there. This one-year appointment will require Fellows to instruct one or two sections per semester, beginning on September 5. Fellows must invest approximately 12 hours of work per week that comprises some summer training, as well as teaching preparation and lecturing. Applicants must have at least two semesters of successful TA experience, with an enthusiastic interest in mentoring and engaging undergraduates in the Honors College living and learning community. Learn more here.

OID Workshop
The Office of Instructional Design is offering online teaching workshops on April 12 at 11 a.m. (Canvas: Rubrics) and April 20 at 10 a.m. (Canvas: Introduction to Canvas). Learn more and register here.

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 5 from 11 to 11:45 a.m. (Educational Media Basics–Module 3: Editing) and April 13 from 10 to 10:45 a.m. (The Power of Lessons). Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 45 news organizations in the past week, including U.S. News and World Report, NPR, and Politico, among other news organizations.

Highlights include:

The Philadelphia Inquirer writes about a study committee headed by Chancellor Brian Strom (RBHS) that announced recommendations for eliminating viral hepatitis.

The Record writes about Trump’s climate change policies and how they could impact New Jersey, quoting Monica Mazurek (ENG) and Ben Horton (SEBS).

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

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 will also 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 and participants should register by April 14. The Postdoctoral Association is accepting abstracts for poster presentations from postdocs affiliated with any institution


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Camden Comic Con: April 8, Camden
Camden Comic Con is a free, all-ages comic convention held in the Camden Athletic and Fitness Center, Rutgers University–Camden, on April 8 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Learn more here

Writers in Camden: Lauren Grodstein and Patrick Rosal: April 5, Camden
Rutgers University–Camden Department of English faculty members Lauren Grodstein and Patrick Rosal read from their work on April 5 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Camden Campus Center, Rutgers–Camden. Learn more and RSVP here.

Mallery Concert Series: Clipper Erickson: April 5, Camden
Take a midday break and listen to live music performed by pianist Clipper Erickson on April 5 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mallery Music Room, second floor, Fine Arts Building, Rutgers University–Camden. Learn more here.

Proof: April 5–9, Camden
Damon Bonetti directs David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize–winning play Proof, which tells a heart-wrenching personal tale of love, loss, and an uncertain future, from April 59 in the in the Walter K. Gordon Theater, Rutgers University–Camden. The performances are at 7:30 p.m. on April 58 and at 2 p.m. on April 9. Learn more here.

Douglass Dean’s Colloquia: “Conversations with Extraordinary Women”: April 6, New Brunswick
The Douglass Dean’s Colloquia “Conversations with Extraordinary Women” presents “Alice Aycock: Selected Works” on April 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Albers-Schonberg room at the Kathleen W. Ludwig Global Village Learning Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more and RSVP here.

13th Screening and Discussion: April 6, Camden
The School of Social Work and the Division of Student Affairs at Rutgers University–Camden host a screening and discussion on Ava DuVernay’s Oscar-nominated and critically acclaimed documentary 13th on April 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the multipurpose room in the Camden Campus Center, Rutgers–Camden. Learn more here.

Fourth Julesz Lecture on Brain Research: April 6, Piscataway
The fourth Julesz Lecture on Brain Research features Jack Gallant of the University of California, Berkeley, speaking on “How the Brain Builds a Rich Representation of the Natural Visual World” on April 6 at 5 p.m. at the Fiber Optic Materials Research Building, Piscataway. RSVP here.

We Still Remain: A Focus on New Jersey Native American Tribes: April 8, Newark
Rutgers University–Newark hosts a panel discussion focusing on issues concerning cultural heritage, cohesion of tribal governance, and systemic and institutional racism on April 8 from 8 a.m. to noon at the at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers–Newark. Learn more here.

2017 Garden Series Classes: through September 16, New Brunswick
Rutgers Gardens offers a variety of classes for enthusiasts and experienced gardeners through September 16. Topics include gardening, landscape design, and garden crafts and fine arts. 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.

Seeking Focus Group Participants for Hurricane Sandy Study
The Sandy recovery research team from Rutgers University and New York University is seeking young adults and teens, as well as parents, to join a single, 60-minute focus group exploring the long-term effects of Hurricane Sandy. Participants who are selected will each receive a $40 gift card for their participation. Volunteers should be young adults between the ages of 15 and 22, and a parent or caregiver who lived with this young adult when Hurricane Sandy struck. To sign up for one of the focus groups, click here. For questions or concerns, please contact 848-932-0531. Click here for more information.

International Cinema Series at Rutgers Cinema: through April, Piscataway
Rutgers Cinema, International Friendship Program, and Rutgers Center for Global Education present the International Cinema Series on April 12, April 19, and April 26 at 9 p.m. at Rutgers Cinema located at the Plaza, Livingston Campus. Films include Elle, The Idol, and The Salesman. Ticket price is $7 with RU ID and $9.50 for the general public. Ticket sales are coming soon to rutgerscinema.com. For more information, click here.

LinkedIn "Appy Hour" at Kite+Key: Second Session: April 7, Piscataway
Due to high demand, kite+key will host a second LinkedIn “Appy Hour” immediately following the first LinkedIn seminar on April 7. Attend kite+key’s LinkedIn “Appy Hour”- Second Session on April 7 from 1 to 2 p.m. and receive one free professional headshot for your LinkedIn page, a $10 kite+key gift card, and a free light lunch. Space is limited, RSVP here or email kiteandkey@rutgers.edu. Kite+key is located at the Plaza, Livingston Campus, Piscataway.

Zumba at the Plaza: through April, Piscataway
Rutgers Student Affairs and the Plaza at Livingston present the free Zumba Fitness Series on the lawn of the Plaza, Piscataway, every Wednesday in April from 3:15 to 4:05 p.m. Click here for more information or contact the Plaza at theplaza@rutgers.edu.

Drop In to Mason Gross Extension Division: April 8, New Brunswick
Drop in to the Mason Gross Extension Division, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on April 8 between 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to see everything offered at the division—from ballet and art classes to private lessons and ensembles. Rutgers employees receive a discount on programs, except private lessons. For more information or to RSVP, call 848-932-8618 or click here.

1st Pitch Life Science–New Jersey: April 18, Piscataway
Attention life science entrepreneurs or aspiring entrepreneurs: Hear what happens after a start-up company presents to an investor group at 1st Pitch Life Science’s “Eavesdropping on Investors’ Closed Door Discussions” event on April 18 at 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Rutgers Visitor Center, Piscataway. The event offers presenters and audience members the chance to learn what really matters to investors. Attendance is free and registration is required. Refreshments will be provided. Click here to register and to learn more.

Tax-Free Event at Kite+Key: May 5, Piscataway
All kite+key products will be tax-free on May 5 from 8 a.m. to 8 pm., in-store only, for a Tax-Free Sale Event. 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.

Awards & Honors

David S. Goodell, research professor, Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics Protein Data Bank, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is a winner of the 2017 “Vizzies,” a scientific visualizations challenge sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Popular Science magazine, for his illustration of the Zika virus.

Debra L. Laskin, distinguished professor and chair in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Education Award from the Society of Toxicology. The award is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to education in the broad field of toxicology.

Xun Liu, associate professor, Department of History, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers Center for Chinese Studies, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the recipient of the Core Fulbright U.S Scholars Researcher Award for 2017–2018. He will spend the Fulbright research tenure in China and East Asia to conduct archival and field research on his project, "Of Poems, Brushstrokes, Zithers, and Gardens: Monastic Arts, Cultural Capital, and Power in Local Society in Late Imperial and Modern China."

Gifts & Grants

Bart Krekelberg, associate director and associate professor, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,550,000. The project, titled The Neural Basis of Neuromodulation by Transcranial Current Stimulation, is being supported by the Brain Initiative, National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Krekelberg here.

Daniel Asen, assistant professor, Department of History, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $92,860. The project, titled Fingerprinting in Twentieth Century China from Racial, Political, and Scientific Perspectives, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Asen here.

Alessia Eramo, doctorate candidate, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $16,000. The project, titled Treatment of Pathogens in Combined Sewer Overflows, is being supported by the Hudson River Foundation. Learn more about Eramo here.

In Memoriam

David A. Meirs, alumnus and former chair of the Rutgers University Board for Equine Advancement, passed away on March 27, 2017. He was 87. Services were held on April 1 at the Crosswicks Meeting House, Chesterfield, N.J.

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