August 10, 2016

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Research Administration and Proposal Submission System

ORED Launches Expanded Online System for Research-Related Processes

Phase II of the state-of-the-art Research Administration and Proposal Submission System (RAPSS) is now live. RAPSS is now mandatory for submission, review, approval, and tracking of all new funding proposals for sponsored research at Rutgers, including subawards and certain modifications. RAPSS also will support all clinical-trial agreements, contracts for industry-sponsored research, and research-related agreements, such as material transfer agreements and nondisclosure agreements. 

The integrated user-friendly RAPSS will streamline and bring transparency to the submission of proposals, contracts, and associated items; eliminate paper documents and tasks associated with creating, conveying, and storing hard copies; and replace the paper-based endorsement process with electronic routing and approvals. The Office of Research and Economic Development (ORED) is offering training universitywide. View quick reference and video guides here.


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Don't Forget

Updates to University Policy Library 
The University Policy Library is the official source for policies governing the academic, administrative, financial, operational, and business affairs of the university. Faculty, staff, and students are required to be conversant with policies that apply to their respective roles. The following are recent updates to the policy library:

20.1.2 Capital Planning (revised) (PDF)
20.1.3 Capital and Non-Capital Construction and Renovation Projects (revised) (PDF)
20.1.4 Maintenance and Repair; Buildings and Grounds (revised) (PDF)
20.1.5 Moveable EquipmentRepairs and Maintenance (revised) (PDF)
20.1.6 Vehicle Use (revised) (PDF)
20.1.18 Construction Document Signatory (revised) (PDF)
20.1.19 University Properties (revised) (PDF)
60.1.12 Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment (revised) (PDF)
60.1.13 Policy Prohibiting Workplace Violence (revised) (PDF)
60.1.16 Conscientious Employee Protection Policy (revised) (PDF)
60.1.18 Title IX Policy for Employees (rescinded)
60.1.28 Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Relationship Violence, Stalking, and Related Misconduct by Employees and Third Parties (new) (PDF)
60.2.1 Educational Benefits (revised) (PDF)

Recent policy updates, including previous versions of updated policies, are available at Recent Policy Updates. For specific questions about policy interpretations, contact the responsible office listed on each policy. For general questions about university policies, contact the Office of the Secretary of the University at


New Brunswick Campus Advisory Board Meets August 18
The next meeting of the New Brunswick Campus Advisory Board will take place on August 18 at 4 p.m. in the Assembly Room, Winants Hall, 7 College Avenue, Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Apply Now for BHI 2016 Pilot Grants in Neuroscience
The Brain Health Institute (BHI), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, announces its 2016 pilot grants program in neuroscience. The program is intended to foster new collaborative interdisciplinary research in the neurosciences across the university and including NJIT, Kessler Foundation Research Center, and East Orange VA Medical Center, and to support pilot experiments designed to lead to sustained funding from an external agency, such as the National Institutes of Health. Pilot grants are available as translational neuroscience or basic neuroscience awards. Each award is limited to $40,000 in direct costs; no indirect costs or overhead is allowed. Collaborative multidisciplinary efforts are encouraged for all awards. The application deadline is September 6 at 5 p.m. Learn more, including how to submit applications, here.

Human Cell Authentication Technology Available at Rutgers
How do you ensure identity of the cell lines with which you do research? NIH and AHRQ now require cell line authentication for new and competing research grant applications, and it is now a requirement for publication in many leading journals. RUCDR Infinite Biologics™, part of the Rutgers Human Genetics Institute of New Jersey, has developed the industry-leading human cell authentication technology, known as SNPtrace™, marketed worldwide by Fluidigm™. This technology is available at low cost to the Rutgers community. This method interrogates a 96-SNP panel of ethnicity, gender, and other markers—providing a unique identifier for each individual or cell line. Initially, RUCDR requires a reference sample for comparison. Once the SNP profile of the reference is established, future samples can be compared to the stored data. The cost is $40 per cell pellet or $25 per submitted DNA. For inquiries concerning this service, contact Vrunda Bhatt at or 848 445-8141.

Boggs Center 2016 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series
Register now for the fall 2016 Developmental Disabilities Lecture Series presented by The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences: September 23 and 30 at the APA Hotel Woodbridge, Iselin, and October 14 and 21 at the Doubletree Suites, Mount Laurel, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Registration is free but required and space is limited. View session descriptions and register here

Save during Kite+Key's Summer Beats Sale: through September 5
Receive a set of wireless Beats headphones when you buy an eligible Mac or iPad Pro, and save on a Mac or an iPad with Apple education pricing during the Summer Beats Sale, through September 5, at kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store. Kite+key is located at the retail plaza on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Contact kite+key at or 848-445-1127. Learn more here [PDF].

Mason Gross Extension Division Registration for 2016
Registration is open for precollege students and adults for all fall 2016 classes, lessons, and ensembles at the Extension Division of the Mason School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Sample classes, take trial lessons, and attend drop-in days. Financing is available. Learn more and register here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 100 news organizations in the past two weeks, including The New York Times, Fortune, and CNN.

Highlights include:

The Star-Ledger: How Rutgers science is impacting play at PGA Championship (James Murphy, SEBS, quoted here)

Good Housekeeping: Turns Out, Baby Talk is Actually Good for Your Kids (Patrick Shafto, Arts & Sciences-Newark, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Rutgers 4-H

Celebrate Rutgers’ 250th Anniversary at County Fairs: through October
Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program has long been a vital partner in the state’s county fair tradition. At your local fair, take in a Rutgers 4-H animal show, visit Rutgers Master Gardeners for horticulture tips and Rutgers 250 agricultural products, and sample local produce. Stop at the Rutgers tent to help celebrate the 250th anniversary. Share photos on Facebook or Twitter (#RUinto4H). The best photos win prizes.

Look Again: The Young People of Camden: through August 12, Camden
Rutgers University–Camden’s Center for the Arts hosts an exhibition of portraits of 32 Camden City teenagers in the Camden Adolescents Striving for Achievement program at Guadalupe Family Services. Photographs by Den Sweeney are accompanied by texts written by the teens, documenting their hopes, dreams, and aspirations. Learn more here

Learn Food Science: August 22–26, New Brunswick
Transform, broaden, and update your food science skills with highly focused practical training from Rutgers and industry experts August 22–26 in the Food Science Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Youth Art Exhibition: through August 31, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Art Library exhibits artwork by students of Mason Gross School of the Arts alumna Antonia N. Germanos, a teacher at Hammarskjold Middle School, through August 31. Learn more here.

The Ade Series: Ade Bunmi Gbadebo: through April 4, 2017, Newark
The Paul Robeson Galleries present the work of Ade Bunmi, a featured artist on Glocally, who has exhibited at Newark Open Doors, the Jacob Javits Center, and other New York and New Jersey venues. In addition to her artistic practice, she is involved in volunteer and activist work on subjects such as literacy, race, and inhumane conditions in prisons. The exhibition, on the third floor of the Department of African American and African Studies and History, Conklin Hall, Rutgers University–Newark, is on view through April 4, 2017. Learn more here

Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market: Fridays through November 18, New Brunswick
The seasonal Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market features locally grown produce, cheese, baked goods, and prepared food every Friday at Rutgers Gardens, New Brunswick, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more here

Appointments & Retirements

Eliot Benman, former assistant director of programs, Coming Home of Middlesex County Inc., was appointed research project coordinator, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. 

Margaret Gilbride, instructor of pediatrics and director of transition, employment, and aging and disability, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was appointed by Governor Chris Christie to the New Jersey Advisory Council on End-of-Life Care. She will represent the issues and concerns of particular impact for and interest to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their loved ones, and their caregivers.

Shirley Smoyak, distinguished professor, Division of Entry to Baccalaureate Nursing, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, retired effective July 1. She joined the then Rutgers College of Nursing faculty in 1960 and also served in the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, the Division of Continuing Studies, and the Rutgers Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology. Her most recent research includes investigations of college students’ use of high-energy drinks, particularly with alcohol.

Awards & Honors

Maria F. Ciminelli, assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences; assistant director, CentraState Family Medicine Residency; and chair, CentraState Medical Center Credentials Committee, was named New Jersey Family Physician of the Year by the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians.

John B. Kostis, John G. Detwiler Professor of Cardiology; professor of medicine and pharmacology; associate dean for cardiovascular research; and director of the Cardiovascular Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the Middlesex County Medical Society’s Academic Award for Exemplary Contributions to Medical Education for Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows.

Gifts & Grants

Janice Mehnert, director, Phase I and Developmental Therapeutics Program, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and Ryan Sullivan, Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, are coprincipal investigators of an award totaling $2,271,427. The project, titled Exploration of Combined Therapies that Target Cancer Pathways and Promote Cell Death, is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Mehnert here.

Padmini Salgame, professor, Department of Medicine, and director, Graduate Medical Research, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $941,600. The project, titled Program in Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Salgame here.

Adana Llanos, assistant professor of epidemiology, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and member, Cancer Prevention and Control Program, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $691,800. The project, titled Adipokines, Adipokine Receptors, and Disparities in Breast Cancer Clinicopathological Features, is being supported by the National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Llanos //">here.

Li Cai, associate professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Graduate Programs in Molecular Sciences, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $600,000. The project, titled Gsx1 in Spinal Cord Development and Injury-Induced Neurogenesis, is being supported by the Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Cai here.

Vishal Patel, assistant professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $249,152. The project, titled CIF: Small: Collaborative Research: Sparse and Low Rank Methods for Imbalanced and Heterogeneous Data, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Patel here.

Grace Agnew, associate university librarian for digital library systems, and Caryn Radick, digital archivist, are coprincipal investigators of a $186,204 National Digital Newspaper Program grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to Rutgers University Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives and Technical and Automated Services.

Karen Edelblum, assistant professor and chancellor scholar, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Center for Inflammation and Immunity, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $75,000. The project, titled Microbial Associated Molecular Pattern Regulation of γδ IEL/epithelial Interactions, is being supported by the Feldstein Medical Foundation. Learn more about Edelblum here.

Rutgers University Libraries' Special Collections and University Archives received a $10,130 grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission to digitize and microfilm the Rutgers War Services Bureau collection. 

In Memoriam

Timothy L. Stein, 54, associate controller, passed away peacefully at home with family by his side on August 5, 2016. Visiting hours are 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on August 10 at the Bridgewater Funeral Home, 707 East Main Street, Bridgewater, N.J., 08807. Funeral services will be held on August 11 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Karen Lynn Haboush, 54, clinical associate professor, Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, passed away on July 27, 2016. A memorial service will be held on August 27 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the New Brunswick Elks Club, 40 Livingston Avenue., New Brunswick.
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