August 24, 2016

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Diane Calello

   Diane Calello

Diane Calello Takes Helm at NJPIES

Diane Calello was recently installed as the executive director and medical director of the New Jersey Poison and Information System (NJPIES), the state's only poison control center, serving residents through an emergency and information hotline (800-222-1222) at New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Calello, an NJMS graduate, succeeds Steven Marcus, who recently retired.

A pediatric toxicologist who frequently consulted with Marcus, Calello was most recently director of medical toxicology and a pediatric emergency medicine attending physician at Morristown Medical Center. A member of the board of directors of the American College of Medical Toxicology and pediatric section chair of the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology, Calello envisions Rutgers playing a significant role in strengthening the field of toxicology. She hopes to enhance the collaborative statewide network of toxicologists and the delivery of advice and consultation to medical centers. Learn more about NJPIES here

In this Issue...

Bulletin Resumes Weekly Schedule 
With its next issue on September 7, the Faculty & Staff Bulletin returns to a weekly publication schedule.

NJMS Introduces Bleeding Control Training to First-Years
The entire entering class at New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received basic bleeding control training that included information on tourniquet use. This new initiative supports the national Stop the Bleed campaign, developed to educate the public in hemorrhage control. With the unfortunate rise in active shooter and other mass casualty events, basic hemorrhage control has been recognized as a way to help save lives. Recognizing this, a short course in these techniques was created.

Computer Repairs Now at Kite+Key
Kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store owned and operated by the university, and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) announce the transition of computer repair services from OIT to kite+key to allow for a more comprehensive suite of services bundled with equipment purchases. Kite+key, which has already begun onsite repairs, offers in-warranty and out-of-warranty repairs for institutional and personally owned technology, including Apple, Lenovo, Dell, Asus, HP, and Microsoft products. Contact kite+key computer repair at 848-445-5000 or, or stop at kite+key, located at the retail plaza on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here. In addition to providing repair services, kite+key carries a full line of brand name technology at exclusive educational pricing and also offers the following services: trade-in, appy hours, iPhone/iPad cracked screen repair, accidental damage and warranty protection, Apple Care, Apple Care +, and financing through the Rutgers Federal Credit Union. And 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. Shop in-store or online

Blood Drive: September 16, New Brunswick
University Human Resources (UHR) is partnering with the Rutgers University Blood Drive Committee and New Jersey Blood Services to host a blood drive on September 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UHR offices, U.S. Highway 1, New Brunswick. The blood drive is open to all employees. Help spread the word and ask your coworkers to donate. Learn more here.

Online Noncredit Communication Courses at SC&I
Professional Development Studies at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is offering any of three online four-week courses for $599 (normally $795) to faculty and staff. “Professional Presence and Presentations” (beginning on August 29); “Interpersonal Communication” (October 3); and “Business and Organizational Writing” (December 5) provide practical hands-on workplace strategies to enhance current skills or address gaps. These courses are noncredit, instructor-led, and self-paced. Learn more here.

Sakai’s New Look
On August 23, Sakai was updated to version 11 to provide a more stable and consistent system that is more intuitive and easier to use. The biggest change with Sakai 11 is the fresh user interface. In addition to the new look, some tools have been consolidated while functionality has been added to others. The Gradebook tool now includes spreadsheet-style grade input and grading by letter. The Lessons tool now supports columns and sections. Learn more here. View training and learning opportunities here.

Fall 2016 Financial Literacy Workshops
University Human Resources Benefits Administration announced its fall 2016 Financial Literacy Workshop schedule, created in partnership with the university's third-party investment carriers and workplace banking providers. Workshops are designed to increase financial literacy, educate you about the various tax savings and retirement benefits available to Rutgers employees, and impart savings strategies to help strengthen your financial footing. Learn more, including workshop schedules, here.

Register for Continuing Studies’ Training Workshops
Rutgers Continuing Studies’ fall 2016 schedule of training workshops for the Canvas learning management system, eCollege, and online learning tools is now available. Faculty and staff can reserve a spot in any workshop, including the new universal design and accessibility workshops, by using the new scheduling calendar. Learn more and register here.

Register for Zimmerli Drawing Classes for Youngsters and Adults
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, invites registration now for the Drawing Club for Young People, Wednesdays, from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m., beginning on September 28, and the Zimmerli Drawing Society for Adults, Saturdays, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., beginning on September 24. The Drawing Club for Young People is led by practicing artists who are also graduate students at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Classes are available for youngsters 7 to 10 and 11 to 14; each class is limited to 16 participants. The Zimmerli Drawing Society for Adults is for artists 18 and older and is limited to 16 participants. Registered participants receive a class schedule and supply list early in September. Learn more about both programs and register here.

CCLC Hosts Parents: September 13, Piscataway and Newark
Children's Creative Learning Centers (CCLC) invites parents to its “All About Me” community social on September 13 from 4 to 6 p.m., either in Piscataway or Newark, to learn how a day at the center embraces a child's curiosity and sparks the joy of learning, through participation in hands-on activities led by the teacher. Meet your child’s future teachers and friends; participate in an activity designed to teach your child what makes people unique, while also highlighting their similarities with fellow classmates; and learn free take-home activities to keep those busy minds buzzing on weekends. Learn more about CCLC in Piscataway here and CCLC in Newark here.

Five-Minute Survey Earns You a Chance for a $600 Prize
Take five minutes to share your insights about New Brunswick and earn a chance to win a prize valued at more than $600. The New Brunswick City Market organization needs your help as it examines how to convey the downtown’s true character—the unique aspects that set New Brunswick apart from hundreds of other communities. Your input will help to develop a new dynamic brand and website for downtown New Brunswick. If you take the New Brunswick Survey and provide your name and email address by September 15, you will be entered for a chance to win “A Night on the Town” package worth more than $600.

Sign Up for R Game Day
Fall and football are just around the corner, and the Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA) is once again hitting the road to help fans go BIG. Before you cheer on the Scarlet Knights on the gridiron, get pumped at R Game Day, a series of exclusive Rutgers tailgate events before every away game this season. Tickets are $25; kids 6 and under are free. Tickets include unlimited buffet, Rutgers Athletics entertainment and special guest appearances, and exclusive RUAA giveaways. Cash bar with drink specials also will be available. Learn more and sign up here

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 125 news organizations in the past two weeks, including Newsweek, NJTV and USA Today.

Highlights include:


The Philadelphia Inquirer: Let's honor Elvis and the lives he saved by supporting vaccines (Janet Golden, Arts & Sciences-Camden, author)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Quantitative Methods in Cancer Genomics: September 7–16, New Brunswick
Register now for the Workshop on Quantitative Methods in Cancer Genomics from September 7 through September 16 hosted at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick. Faculty from the institute’s Center for Systems and Computational Biology will introduce quantitative and biological sciences students and postdocs to important challenges in the field of cancer genomics through this workshop series. Learn more and register here.

Shuji Nakamura

A Public Lecture with Shuji Nakamura: August 29, New Brunswick
The Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts the lecture From Edison Lightbulb to LED Lighting, delivered by Shuji Nakamura, 2014 Nobel Laureate in physics, on August 29 at 7 p.m. at the George Street Playhouse, New Brunswick. Learn more here

Overworked Gardeners Guide to Preserving: August 27, New Brunswick
Take an “eat-your-way-through-it” course on dehydrating, pickling, and other quick methods of preserving your harvest on August 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at Holly House, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Register here.

Totally Tomatoes: August 27, New Brunswick
Learn about the different tomato varieties grown at Rutgers Gardens in this workshop on August 27 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Holly House, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Register here.

Youth Art Exhibition: through August 31, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Art Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, 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 Elusiveness of Progress: Voting Rights in America: through August 31, Piscataway
This exhibition, which traces the legacy of the Voting Rights Act and details its effectiveness from inception to the present, is on display at Kilmer Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, through August 31. Learn more here.

Rutgers through the Centuries: 250 Years of Treasures from the Archives: through November 12, New Brunswick
In recognition of the university’s 250th anniversary, this exhibition showcases important historical documents, vivid photographic illustrations, and interesting, compelling, and often whimsical artifacts from the collections of the Rutgers University Archives. Visit the exhibition in Gallery ’50 and the Special Collections and University Archives Gallery at Alexander Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, through November 12. Learn more here.

Rutgers Gardens Farmers Market: 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

Cancer Institute's New Program Co-Leaders
The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey announced new program co-leadership roles for research members in basic science, clinical science, and population science. Wei-Xing Zong, professor of chemical biology, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), was named co-leader of the Cancer Metabolism and Growth Research Program. The program's other co-leader is Eileen White, Cancer Institute deputy director and associate director for basic science and distinguished professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Named to co-lead the Genome Instability and Cancer Genetics Research Program is Cancer Institute resident member Chang S. Chan, assistant professor of medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, RBHS. Cancer Institute resident member Zhiyuan Shen, professor of radiation oncology and pharmacology, is the other co-leader. Cancer Institute epidemiologist Elisa V. Bandera, professor of epidemiology, RWJMS and School of Public Health (RBHS), was named co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program, co-led by Sharon Manne, associate director for population science and professor of medicine, RWJMS.

Gifts & Grants

Patrick Clifford, professor and associate dean for research, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,512,581. The project, titled AUD Brief Interventions: Testing the Comparability Hypothesis and Purported MoBC, is being supported by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Learn more about Clifford here.

Amariliz Rivera, assistant professor, Department of Pediatrics, and member of the Center for Immunity and Inflammation, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $500,000. The project, titled Mechanisms of Bidirectional Innate Licensing in Antifungal Immunity, is being supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Learn more about Rivera here.

Helen Berman, distinguished professor and Board of Governors Professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $355,125. The project, titled Unified Data Resource for 3DEM, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Berman here.

Franklin Moon, professor and undergraduate director, Civil and Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $162,141. The project, titled Bridge Superstructure Tolerance to Total and Differential Foundation Movements, is being supported by the National Cooperative Highway Research Program. Learn more about Moon here.

Husam Najm, associate professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, and program codirector, Structures and Advanced Materials, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $161,143. The project, titled The Use of Porous Concrete for Sidewalk, is being supported by the Department of Transportation. Learn more about Najm here.

Cristi Palmer, ornamental horticulture program manager, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $121,435. The project, titled Enhanced Mitigation and Detection of Impatiens, Cucurbit, Hops, and Basil Downy Mildews, is being supported by the Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Palmer here.

In Memoriam

Adejoke Alimot Sanusi, 53, manager of health care and audit services, passed away on August 6, 2016. Services were held on August 12 at RCCG Agape House of Worship, 239 E. First Avenue, Roselle, N.J.

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