August 12, 2015

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Incoming Students

Incoming Students Help to Feed New Brunswick’s Children

This summer, Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH) and Rutgers University New Student Orientation teamed up with New Brunswick’s Play S.A.F.E. summer program to help feed 1,700 children through a new Snack Pack Service Project.

At each of the university’s 14 summer orientation sessions for incoming students, attendees packed bags of healthy, kid-friendly snacks donated by ShopRite, Embrace Kids Foundation, Johanna Foods, and Affinity Federal Credit Union.

The 1,700 youngsters (ages 612) are considered food-insecure. They receive free breakfast and/or lunch while they attend school, but during the summer months those opportunities do not exist. The Snack Pack Service Project provides additional food the youngsters’ families may be unable to provide. As the six-week Play S.A.F. E. program concludes this week, more than 24,000 snack packs with more than 96,000 food items will have been delivered. Learn more here.


In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Apply by August 21 to Join SciWomen’s Faculty Learning Community
What should be the faculty mentoring model for the new Rutgers? Are new faculty adequately equipped to deal with the intricacies of the university and the changing academic landscape? Join SciWomen's Faculty Learning Community of 2015–16 to be part of a group taking a fresh look at mentoring by examining the needs of new faculty in the current institutional and academic environments, and making recommendations for implementing mentoring best practices at the departmental level. Interested faculty from all disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to apply if they can commit to meeting in New Brunswick from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the following Fridays: October 9, November 13, December 11, February 12, April 1, and April 29. Consider leading the change you want to see. Apply by August 21 and learn more here.

Apply by August 21 to Join Network Mentoring Program
Are you a Rutgers faculty member who’s interested in career advancement, needs a new connection or a fresh perspective, or wants to gain mentoring skills as a co-mentor, mentee and/or mentor? Designed to increase the engagement and scholarly productivity of faculty, the Rutgers Connection Network Mentoring Program is a catalyst for cross-disciplinary connections throughout the university. It provides the infrastructure, training, and facilitation for faculty to participate in effective and collaborative mentoring partnerships beyond the departmental level. Interested Rutgers University–New Brunswick faculty are encouraged to apply. Forty applicants will be accepted. Apply by August 21 and learn more here

Apply Now for 2015–2016 OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Programs
The Office for the Promotion of Women in Science, Engineering, and Mathematics (SciWomen) is accepting applications for the 2015–2016 OASIS Leadership and Professional Development Programs for academic women from all disciplines. This year, OASIS programs will be hosted in Newark and New Brunswick. Workshops will be held on five Fridays throughout the academic year from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and include individual coaching and peer mentoring. Application deadlines are September 15 for Newark and October 15 for New Brunswick. Learn more and apply here.


Rutgers Hosts Big Ten Emergency Managers
Bruce Fehn, senior vice president, administration; Greg Trevor, senior director, University News and Media Relations; and Steve Gutkin, associate director, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness, were featured speakers as Rutgers University–New Brunswick hosted last week's annual Big Ten emergency managers meeting, an opportunity for conference members to benefit from sharing experiences and research. Rutgers emergency management leaders focused on technology in public safety planning. Les Kennedy, director, Rutgers Center on Public Security, focused on spatial risk analysis in public safety planning. New Jersey experts also examined crowd behavior dynamics and the management of Super Bowl XLVIII crowds. Ohio State University reviewed the challenge of managing the celebration that occurred across Columbus, Ohio, after OSU won the college football championship. University of Michigan presented high-consumption alcohol risk reduction strategies. 

Health Fair at Eric B. Chandler Health Center: August 13, New Brunswick
The Eric B. Chandler Health Center hosts a free Good Health and Wellness Fair at its New Brunswick location on August 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of National Health Center Week, a campaign to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers. For adults, the fair offers blood pressure, blood sugar, lead and skin cancer screenings, body mass index and body fat calculations, and confidential HIV testing. Lead screenings, fingerprinting, and child safety information are available for children and teenagers. The center is operated jointly with Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, and Eric B. Chandler Community Board, Inc. Learn more here [PDF].

New Faculty Expo: August 26, Piscataway
All new faculty universitywide are invited to attend the New Faculty Expo on August 26 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Busch Student Center, Busch Campus, Piscataway, in the International Lounge and Room 174. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about the many services and resources offered by more than 35 university departments, make useful contacts, and network with peers.

New Catalog at Rutgers University Libraries
Rutgers University Libraries have implemented a new catalog powered by VuFind, an open-source discovery interface developed at Villanova University. It offers an enhanced user experience with features including better relevance ranking, customizable filters, and enriched content such as cover images, Google preview, and tables of contents. A virtual book bag allows users to save selections and print, text, email, or export them as citations. Feedback using the embedded form found at the right corner of the catalog menu bar is encouraged. Learn more here.

Back-to-School Sale at Kite+Key, the Rutgers Tech Store: Through September 11
Now through September 11 at kite+key, buy a Mac computer and receive a $100 kite+key gift card and Beats Solo2 On-Ear headphones. Also, buy an iPad and receive a $50 kite+key gift card. Kite+key is an Apple-authorized campus store carrying a full line of Apple products along with Dell, HP, Samsung, and Asus products and accessories. In addition to cutting-edge products and competitive pricing, kite+key offers trade-ins, computer repair, iPhone and iPad cracked screen repair, accidental damage and warranty protection, and financing through the Rutgers Federal Credit Union. Watch for the launch of the new website, Kite+key is located at the retail plaza on the Livingston Campus.

Fall Registration at Mason Gross Extension Division
Fall semester registration is open at the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Offerings include music instruction (all ages, stages of development, and styles), adult and precollege chamber music programs, American Ballet Theater (ages 4–18), Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy, Rutgers High School Digital Filmmaking Academy, ART-haus Academy, Rutgers Children's Choir, Scarlet Singers, Rutgers Youth Jazz Ensemble, Rutgers Youth Percussion Ensemble and Percussion Foundations, and more. Learn more and register here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 115 news organizations in the past two weeks, including The National Journal, USA Today, and Newsweek, among other news organizations. 

Highlights include:

The Record: New Jersey's troopers to be among first to wear cameras (Tom O’Reilly, Center For Law And Justice, quoted here)

NPR: What you need to know about early polls and how to read them (Cliff Zukin, Bloustein, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

5K Fun Run/Walk

BOLD Hosts 5K Fun Run/Walk: August 16, New Brunswick
The BioCONECT Oncology Leadership Development initiative at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, hosts a 5K Fun Run/Walk at 9 a.m. on August 16 at Buccleuch Park in New Brunswick. Money raised will go to cancer education programs through the LIFE Center at the Cancer Institute. Register and learn more here

All about Web Apps: August 14, Piscataway
Instructional technologists at Rutgers’ Digital Classroom Services discuss free teaching tools on the web that can be used to help instruction, bolster presentations, and encourage student participation and collaboration on August 14 from 10 to 11 a.m. in Room 118, Tillett Hall, Livingston Campus, Piscataway. Learn more and register here.

Garden Field Day and Open House: August 15, South Brunswick
The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County hosts its Garden Field Day and Open House on August 15 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the EARTH Center at Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, South Brunswick. The day includes activities for the family—from garden tours to presentations on gardening and landscaping. The extension’s agriculture faculty and staff and Rutgers master gardeners provide advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship. Gardeners are encouraged to bring their best home-grown produce to participate in the Greatest of the Garden competition in a variety of categories, including Best Likeness to a Celebrity or Historical Figure. The rain date is August 16. For more information, call 732-398-5268 or email

Introduction to Food Science: August 17–21, New Brunswick
Transform, broaden, and update your food science knowledge with highly focused, practical training offered by the Office of Continuing Professional Education August 17–21 in the Food Science Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Working with leading industry and university instructors, you will move through the key points of food chemistry, lipids, proteins, carbohydrates, color, sensory, nutrition, and microbiology and leave with a better vocabulary and understanding of the wide range of disciplines needed to develop and produce competitive food products—from food chemistry and food microbiology to nutrition and sensory evaluation. This course may be taken as a series of individual one-day sessions or as a five-day program. Learn more and register here.

Business Registration Workshop: August 18, Newark
The New Jersey Small Business Development Center at Rutgers University–Newark offers a hands-on class on registering a small business on August 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. Learn more here.

Curator's Tour of Early Herbals Exhibition: August 18, New Brunswick
Take a curator's tour of the Special Collections and University Archives exhibition The Art of Healing: Early Herbals from Rutgers University Libraries, on August 18 at 11 a.m. Meet in the special collections gallery on the lower level of Alexander Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Ashley Koning was named assistant director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and has the day-to-day responsibility for the management of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. She is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Political Science, Graduate School, Rutgers–New Brunswick.

Ann Marie Mauro is a new professor, assistant dean, and director of the Center for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, effective June 1. In addition to her responsibilities at CERI, Mauro provides oversight to the Center for Professional Development as well as the school’s simulation and interprofessional education efforts.

Johanna Stephenson was appointed director of faculty and staff resources, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. An alumna from the School of Management and Labor Relations, Stephenson will be a point of contact for all matters related to human resources policies and practices.

Get Involved

Register Now for Alumni Leadership Awards
Kick off Homecoming weekend at Rutgers University–New Brunswick by celebrating the university’s most devoted volunteers at the Rutgers Excellence in Alumni Leadership awards presentation, the signature event of the Alumni Leaders Conference, on September 25 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Brunswick. Cocktail reception starts at 5:30 p.m., followed at 6 p.m. by the awards ceremony. Learn more and register here.

Join Us on the Road Again for R Game Day
The Rutgers University Alumni Association is hitting the road to help fans go BIG again this year. Meet alumni and Rutgers fans during R Game Day, a series of tailgate events before every away football game this season. The first event takes place at Penn State on September 19. Learn more, view all dates, and register here.

Awards & Honors

David P. Redlawsk, professor, Department of Political Science, School of Arts and Sciences, and director, Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected vice president of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP). The ISPP is an interdisciplinary scientific organization representing all fields of inquiry exploring the relationships between political and psychological processes.

Gifts & Grants

Elisa Shernoffassistant professor in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,497,281. The project, titled Interactive Virtual Training for Early Career Teachers in High Poverty Schools, is being supported by the Institute of Education Sciences. Learn more about Shernoff here.     

Narayan Mandayam, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and associate director in the Wireless Information Network Laboratory (WINLAB), is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1 million over three years. The project, titled A Software Defined Framework for Opportunistic Networking and Spectrum Management, is being supported by the Office of Naval Research in collaboration with Naval Research Laboratory. Ivan Seskar, associate director of information technology in WINLAB, is the co-principal investigator. Learn more about Mandayam here and Seskar here.   

Deborah Spitalnik, professor of pediatrics and executive director of The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $545,919. The project, titled University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research, and Service, is being supported by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Learn more about Spitalnik here.

Vineet Chitravanshi, assistant professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $540,000 over three years. The project, titled Traumatic Brain Injury: Functional Alterations in the Brain Cardiovascular Regulatory Areas, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission for Brain Injury Research. Learn more about Chitravanshi here.

Wilma Friedman, professor of cellular neurobiology in the Department of Biological Sciences, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $180,000 over three years. The project, titled Strategies for Neuroprotection from Seizure-Induced Neuronal Loss, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Brain Injury Research. Learn more about Friedman here.

Paul Copeland, associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $90,825. The project, titled Functional Analysis of SBP2 and Selenocysteine Incorporation, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Copeland here.  

Jill Friedman, associate dean for pro bono and public interest programs, and Pamela Mertsock-Wolfe, associate director for pro bono and public interest programs, at Rutgers Law School, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $6,750. The project, titled Rutgers School of LawCamden Pro Bono Bankruptcy Project, is being supported by the IOLTA Fund of the Bar of New Jersey. The project was approved prior to the recently announced merger of the two Rutgers law schools into one unified Rutgers Law School. Learn more about Friedman here and Mertsock-Wolfe here.  

In Memoriam

Martha E. Streu, a retired academic administrator, passed away on July 19, 2015, at her residence in Greenville, S.C. She was 88.

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