April 6, 2016

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Dreamworlds and Catastrophes

Where Art Meets Science

“Dreamworlds and Catastrophes: Intersections of Art and Science in the Dodge Collection” at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, through July 31, examines a major concern of unofficial Soviet artists during the Cold War: the consequences of innovations in science, technology, mathematics, communications, and design. Produced by artists whose work was not sanctioned by the Soviet regime, the nearly 60 works on view address themes of international significance from a turbulent period marked by the building of the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and a failed attempt at improving American-Soviet relations.

The exhibition, curated by Ksenia Nouril, a Zimmerli Dodge fellow, draws from the museum’s Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union. The museum hosts lectures on American and Soviet Cold War art and politics by David Foglesong, Department of History, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, and John J. Curley, Wake Forest University Department of Art, on April 14 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Learn more here.

In this Issue...

Special Parking Hangtags Needed for All Vehicles on Commencement Day
With more than 40,000 attendees expected at the university’s 250th Anniversary Commencement at Rutgers University–New Brunswick on May 15, parking will be limited. All faculty, staff, graduates, and their guests who plan to be on campus that day must register for a free parking hangtag. On Commencement Day, university-issued parking permits used throughout the year will not be valid for parking in Piscataway and New Brunswick, even for those wishing to access their offices or labs. Graduating students can register now through April 17 to receive up to two free parking hangtags for themselves and their guests. Special-needs parking hangtag registration is available now through May 2 for guests who require accommodations due to a disability, health issues, or mobility challenges and find it difficult to walk long distances.

Paid parking registration for additional vehicles will be available from 10 a.m. on April 18 through 10 a.m. on May 2. Hangtags are $5 each. Commencement Day paid parking without registration is available at cash parking lots on the Livingston Campus and free on-street parking is available on the College Avenue Campus, with complimentary shuttle bus service to High Point Solutions Stadium offered to all. Learn more and register here.

Rutgers Unite Half Marathon: April 17, New Brunswick
Register now for the seventh annual Rutgers Unite Half Marathon on April 17, when more than 6,000 runners—elite through novice—race over a 13.1-mile course and through the New Brunswick campus. An important aspect of the event is fundraising. The Rutgers Unite Half Marathon partners with many organizations to raise money for national and local initiatives. Race manager CGI Racing has donated more than $150,000 to local charities and student organizations since the race began. The UNITE for Charity program allows you to participate and support a favorite cause. Learn more and register here.

Faculty and Staff Short-Term Apartment Rentals for September 2016
Institutional Planning and Operations offers short-term apartment rentals to faculty and staff who need temporary housing, including visiting and international scholars. Inventory consists of studio and one- and two-bedroom apartments in Highland Park, New Brunswick, and Piscataway (Busch Campus). Apartments are fully furnished and appointed and include utilities, cable television, and internet service. Leases can be as short as one month and as long as one year. Reservations are now being accepted for September. Learn more here or email fshousing@rutgers.edu for more information.

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.

Transportation Survey
Institutional Planning and Operations is conducting its annual transportation survey to help improve services at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, Rutgers University–Newark, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences locations in New Brunswick, Piscataway, and Newark. Complete the survey and provide your feedback here

CCA Seeks Working Group Proposals
The Center for Cultural Analysis (CCA), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, invites proposals from faculty members who wish to form a working group for the 2016–17 academic year. The CCA supports three to five working groups at any given time, providing funding for working materials, speakers, and small-scale colloquia, as well as administrative support, publicity, and the use of CCA facilities. Proposals should be one-two pages and must be submitted by April 22 to info@cca.rutgers.edu.

Rutgers and American Slavery: A History: April 6, Piscataway
Craig Wilder, historian of American institutions and professor of history at MIT, discusses his book, Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery and the Troubled History of America’s Universities, on April 6 at 7 p.m. at Livingston Hall, Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. The book lays bare uncomfortable truths about race, slavery, and the American academy and examines the ties of many of America's revered colleges and universities—including Rutgers—to slavery. Wilder’s talk will be followed by a question and answer session. The event is sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Drop-In Day at Mason Gross: April 9, New Brunswick
The Extension Division at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts drop-in days to allow prospective students opportunities to observe classes, private lessons, and ensembles, plus particular instructors and programs in action, before registering or scheduling a trial lesson. Check here for the opportunities to observe during the next drop-in day, April 9. 

Online Sakai Workshops: April 11 and April 15
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on April 11 from 2 to 2:30 p.m., participants receive an introduction to the assignments tools in Sakai and learn how to create an assignment, review submissions, provide feedback, and grade assignments. In an online workshop on April 15 from 10:30 to 11 a.m., participants receive an introduction to the discussion forum tool in Sakai and learn how to set up forums, set permissions, reply to posts, and grade posts. Learn more and register here.

Writers House Presents Mark Doty and Belinda McKeon: April 13, New Brunswick
Mark Doty, professor of English, and Belinda McKeon, assistant teaching professor, Writers House, Department of English, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, present a reading on April 13 from 8 to 11 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Doty is the author of nine books of poetry, including My Alexandria and his most recent, Deep Lane. McKeon has published two award-winning novels, Solace and Tender. This event is free and open to the public. The reading will be followed by a book signing and a dessert reception.

Celebrating Easter: April 14, New Brunswick
Catholic faculty and staff are invited to attend "Celebrating Easter," reflection and luncheon, on April 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Catholic Center, Rutgers Universty–New Brunswick. RSVP to Colleen at coldon@rci.rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

Next PEP Panel: April 15, New Brunswick
The next panel of the Public Engagement Project (PEP), which provides skills training for university social science and humanities graduate students and faculty who wish to write for broader audiences, will be held on April 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Teleconference Lecture Hall in Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The theme of the panel is “Developing an Online Presence—Websites, Social Media, and Blogging for Academics.” PEP is funded by the Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Register for the panel and learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 75 news organizations in the past week, including The Washington Post, ABC News, and PBS News Hour:

Highlights include:

The New York Times: DEET Seen as Safe for Pregnant Women Despite Limited Studies (Mark Robson, SEBS, quoted here)

ABC News: The Science Behind When and Why Children Learn to Lie (Michael Lewis, RWJMS, featured here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

History of Rutgers Online Offered Again with Early-Bird Discount
Help celebrate Rutgers' 250th birthday by learning more about the university’s history. The online course "History of Rutgers University" is being offered again across the university during fall semester 2016. The course features interviews, visual presentations, and selected readings on Rutgers' evolution from a small college in 1766 to a premier research university today. Matriculated students will earn credit and alumni, faculty, and staff will receive a certificate of participation. Take advantage of an early-bird registration rate of $225 if you register by June 30. Learn about the course topics and register here.


“Engineering Microbial Metabolism for Production of Chemicals and Fuels”: April 12, Piscataway
As part of the 2016 N. Ronald Morris Lecture Series, the Department of Pharmacology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, presents Jay D. Keasling, professor, chemical and biomolecular engineering, Berkeley College of Chemistry, on April 12 at 4 p.m. in the RWJMS Research Tower auditorium, Piscataway. His topic: “Engineering Microbial Metabolism for Production of Chemicals and Fuels.” A reception follows in the Great Hall. Check shuttle bus schedule here [PDF]. Learn more here [PDF]. For additional information, contact Marc Gartenberg at 732-235-5800 or marc.gartenberg@rutgers.edu.

Confucius Institute: “Recasting Modern Chinese Intellectual History": April 12, New Brunswick
The Distinguished Lecture Series of the Confucius Institute, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents University of British Columbia professor Timothy Cheek on April 12 at 4:30 p.m. in the Pane Room, Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. His lecture, “Recasting Modern Chinese Intellectual History,” will explore an understanding of modern Chinese intellectual history by examining China's writers through ideological moments and intellectual worlds. Learn more here.

School of Social Work: “Place Matters: Mapping Community Loss": April 14, New Brunswick
As its annual Grosswald Lecture, the School of Social Work, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents Mimi Abramovitz, Bertha Capen Reynolds Professor of Social Policy, Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, to discuss “Place Matters: Mapping Community Loss" on April 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. in Brower Commons A/B, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Abramovitz’s research explores the relationship between “place” and health and social problems. Refreshments will be served and one nonclinical CEU provided. Learn more and register here.

At BHI: "How to Transform Neuropsychiatric Therapeutics”: April 21, Piscataway
The Brain Health Institute, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, presents Bryan Roth, Michael Hooker Distinguished Professor of Protein Therapeutics and Translational Proteomics, University of North Carolina, to deliver the 2016 Strongwater Endowed Chair Lecture on April 21 at 11 a.m. in the Center for Integrative Proteomics Research, Room 120, Piscataway. His topic: "How to Transform Neuropsychiatric Therapeutics.” Learn more here.

Celebration of Undergraduate Research at Rutgers–Camden: April 27 and April 28
The College of Arts and Sciences and University College, Rutgers University–Camden, present CURCA, a celebration of undergraduate research and creative activity that is part of its inaugural Research Week. CURCA activities include a graduate-level research celebration and a faculty research fellow lecture on April 27 and April 28 during free period in the Camden Campus Center multipurpose room.

Hockey for Charity

Hockey for Charity: Rutgers New Jersey Medical School vs. Rutgers School of Dental Medicine: April 8, Newark
Students and faculty from Rutgers School of Dental Medicine and New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, face off in their annual charity hockey game on April 8 at 7 p.m. at the Prudential Center, Newark. Learn more here.  

Egypt Late Night: April 6, New Brunswick
The Geology Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts “Egypt Late Night,” a free event featuring demonstrations, arts and crafts, and educational activities on April 6 from 4 to 8 p.m. Learn more here.

Camden Comic Con: April 9, Camden
Enjoy a day of comics, fantasy, and pop culture at the third annual Camden Comic Con, also featuring panel discussions, music, and activities, on April 9 at the Rutgers University–Camden Athletics and Fitness Center. Learn more here.


Rutgers Symphony Orchestra with Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir: April 9, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Symphony Orchestra with Rutgers Kirkpatrick Choir, and featuring Riverside Choral Society, present Aldridge's Variations on a Folk Tune for piano solo and orchestra, Poulenc’s Gloria, and Duruflé’s Requiem on April 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Celebration of Books: April 12, New Brunswick
Meet Micah Kleit, incoming director at Rutgers University Press, on April 12 at 5 p.m. at Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, during the Celebration of Books reception, which highlights books published by Rutgers University faculty in 2015. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Kerry O'Rourke, director, Robert Wood Johnson Library of the Health Sciences, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), retired from University Libraries, effective April 1, after 30 years of service. She integrated the teaching of strong searching skills and evidence-based practice into the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School curriculum and launched numerous programs, including Dependable Reviews of Medical Education Research Literature. O’Rourke, a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals, is the only librarian to have been voted into the RBHS Master Educator’s Guild.

Get Involved

Support for Students on the Autism Spectrum
April is National Autism Awareness Month. You can help make a difference for Rutgers students on the autism spectrum by making a gift to the College Support Program (CSP). CSP provides a range of essential individualized and group services to students. The fee-based program is supported by a small professional team and undergraduate volunteer mentors. Donations go toward expanding services, purchasing training materials, developing outreach and education campaigns, and creating scholarships to help ease the financial burden of, or make the program accessible to, students who are accepted into it. You can support the CSP crowdfunding campaign by making a donation here and spreading the message to your personal networks. View sample emails and social media posts here. Demonstrate support for students on the autism spectrum and promote a supportive and inclusive environment within the Rutgers community.

Habitat for Humanity On-Campus Build: Saturdays through April 23, New Brunswick
On Saturdays (April 9 to April 23) from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rutgers Habitat for Humanity will build a garage on campus in Lot 98B, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offering a glimpse of Habitat for Humanity's mission and raising awareness of affordable housing. The garage is an essential component to the home being built for Nikeisa Johnson and her family, including her 2-year-old son, who requires 24-hour medical attention and has never been able to live at home with his family because of accessibility needs. Donations to the Rutgers chapter for this project are being matched dollar for dollar by a State Farm grant up to $10,000 through April 30. This month, show your support and come view the build on campus, or consider making a donation to this life-changing project.

Awards & Honors

Brian Strom, chancellor, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and the university’s executive vice president for health affairs, was honored as the keynote speaker at the first Greek Pharmacoepidemiology Symposium in Alexandroupolis last month. The symposium theme was “Medicine through Pharmacoepidemiology, Pharmacovigilance, and Phamacoeconomics.”

At the School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick:

  • Helen M. Berman, distinguished professor and Board of Governors Professor, Center for Integrative Proteomics Research, and director emerita, Research Collaboratory for Structural Bioinformatics (RCSB) Protein Data Bank, was named a fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology. She was recognized for her roles in creating and leading the Protein Data Bank and Nucleic Acids Database; for innovations in computational biology, including methods and standards; and for contributions to structural biology.
  • David S. Goodsell, scientific outreach lead, RCSB Protein Data Bank, Center for Integrative Proteomics Research, is the 2016 overall winner of the Wellcome Image Awards for his painting of Ebola virus proteins.
  • Maria Voigt, outreach coordinator, RCSB Protein Data Bank, Center for Integrative Proteomics Research, received a 2016 Wellcome Image Award for her molecular animation of Clathrin.

At Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, the following were selected to serve on the newly formed New Jersey Medical Marijuana Review Panel:

  • Alex Bekker, chair, Department of Anesthesiology, New Jersey Medical School;
  • Stewart A. Berkowitz, clinical assistant professor, Department of Radiology, New Jersey Medical School, and president of the State Board of Medical Examiners;
  • Mary Barna Bridgeman, clinical associate professor, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy;
  • Mary L. Johansen, clinical assistant professor and associate director, New Jersey Collaborating Center for Nursing, Division of Advanced Nursing, School of Nursing;
  • Cheryl Kennedy, associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, New Jersey Medical School; and
  • Petros Levounis, chair, Department of Psychiatry, New Jersey Medical School.

Michael J. Camasso, professor, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and Radha Jagannathan, professor, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, both Rutgers University–New Brunswick, have returned from France, where they served as distinguished visiting research scholars in March. They were selected by the Centre d'Études et de Recherches sur les Qualifications, a joint project of the Ministère de l’Éducation and the Ministère du Travail in Paris, to collaborate with French and German researchers around issues and policies addressing youth unemployment. 

Gifts & Grants

Fred Roberts, distinguished professor, Department of Mathematics, and director, Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence: Command, Control, and Interoperability Center for Advanced Data Analysis, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of a three-year award totaling $605,044. The project, titled Intergovernmental Personnel Act Assignment for Dr. Michael Tobia, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Learn more about Roberts here.

Wilma Friedman, professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $387,500. The project, titled Role of the p75 Neurotrophin Receptor in the Developing Cerebellum, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Friedman here.

Richard Lutz, distinguished professor, Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, and director, Rutgers Center for Deep Sea Ecology and Biotechnology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $342,987. The project, titled Biomass Production from Deep Sea Organisms, is being supported by a major pharmaceutical company. Learn more about Lutz here.

Joel Miller, associate professor, School of Criminal Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $178,150. The project, titled Probation Officers’ Compliance with the Youth Level of Service Inventory/Case Management Inventory: A Multi-level Study of Post-implementation Practice Across Pennsylvania Counties, is being supported by the National Institute of Justice. Learn more about Miller here.

Changlu Wang, associate extension specialist, Department of Entomology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $175,000. The project, titled Reducing Pest Infestations and Residues in Low Income Housing, is being supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Learn more about Wang here.

Rita Musanti, assistant professor, Division of Nursing Science, School of Nursing, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences Endowed Professor of Oncology Nursing, is the principal investigator of a two-year award totaling $8,000. The project, titled Effect of Enacted Support on Physical Activity, Quality of Life, and Coping in Adult Cancer Patients and Their Caregivers, is being supported by the Rutgers Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs. Learn more about Musanti here.

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