August 7, 2013

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State Office of Homeland Security Recognizes Rutgers for Sandy Response
On July 31, New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness director Ed Dickson lauded Rutgers University for its response to–and recovery from–Superstorm Sandy. Dickson presented President Robert L. Barchi with a plaque in recognition of the university’s service to the state during an appreciation event organized by the Office of Emergency Management at Rutgers High Point Solutions Stadium Recruiting Pavilion. More than 800 people evacuated from Atlantic County were housed in emergency shelters set up at Rutgers’ Busch and Livingston campuses in Piscataway after the devastating October storm. The university also served thousands of meals in the weeks after the storm to those without power, and hundreds of staff and student volunteers pitched in where needed. Learn more here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Somerset Street Closure in New Brunswick
The Department of Transportation Services alerts the New Brunswick Campus community that Somerset Street will be closed between Easton Avenue and George Street for paving from August 7 through August 9.


Registration Is Open for Free Prostate Cancer Screening
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital offer free prostate cancer screenings for men ages 40 and older on September 23, 24, and 25 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey on the New Brunswick Campus. Screenings are free but appointments are required. Please call 1-888-MD-RWJUH (637-9584) to schedule an appointment. Learn more here.

Registration Is Open for Confucius Institute’s Chinese Opera Workshop
The Confucius Institute of Rutgers University at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, sponsors an eight-week trial session in Chinese opera performance in fall 2013. Enrollment in this program is open to children of Rutgers faculty and staff, ages 12 to 18, as well as to a select number of Rutgers students. The program is taught by a prominent Chinese opera singer and takes place every Saturday starting September 7 at the Confucius Institute on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. This program is free but space is limited. Please contact with questions or to register.

Academic Sphere

The Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs Faculty and Staff Ambassadors Program
The Centers for Global Advancement and International Affairs, Rutgers–New Brunswick, announces the fall 2013 session of the Faculty and Staff Ambassadors Program. The Ambassadors Program is designed to complement confirmed international visits by Rutgers tenured or tenure-track faculty or staff. Once a Rutgers faculty or staff member has solidified international travel plans, the Ambassadors Program may provide supplementary funds (from $200–$700) to enable visits to partner or potential partner institutions, international organizations, and/or alumni in the area on behalf of the university. Applications for the fall 2013 session are due by August 23, and award decisions will be announced no later than August 30. Please contact Kim Pernice at for additional information.


Discover Rutgers–Camden Day: August 16, Camden
Rutgers–Camden invites family, friends, and prospective students to Discover Rutgers–Camden Day on August 16 at 9 a.m. in the Camden Campus Center. Representatives from academic departments, admissions, student life, financial aid, and many other areas of the campus will be available to answer questions regarding international studies, campus life, athletics, research, and civic engagement. Advance registration is requested. Learn more and register here.

Aresty Summer Science Poster Session: August 8, New Brunswick
The Aresty Research Center at Undergraduate Academic Affairs hosts its Summer Science Poster Session on August 8 at 11:30 a.m. in the International Lounge of the Busch Campus Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Rutgers undergrads will present their work in physics, cell biology, chemistry, engineering, and more. Faculty and staff members are invited to help celebrate their accomplishments. Learn more here.

Rutgers Football 2013 Kickoff Celebration: August 10, New Brunswick
Intercollegiate Athletics hosts its 2013 Kickoff Celebration on August 10 at 5:30 p.m. in Athlete’s Glen near the Scarlet Walk, and a team autograph session inside High Point Solutions Stadium at 7 p.m. Posters are distributed at the gate and on the field for fans. Admission to all events is free. Learn more here.

Hub City Sounds: Free Music, Dance, and Arts Festival: August 10September 28, New Brunswick
The New Brunswick Cultural Center presents its second annual Hub City Sounds festival from August 10 through September 28 on the weekends at the city’s riverfront amphitheater at Elmer B. Boyd Park and locations in the city’s downtown area. Concertgoers are welcome to bring blankets or chairs for lawn seating. Refreshments and cold beverages are available for sale at all events. Performances are free. View the performance schedule here.

New Jersey Pest Management Association's 66th Annual Clinic and Trade Show: August 15, New Brunswick
The Office of Continuing Professional Education sponsors New Jersey Pest Management Association's 66th Annual Clinic and Trade Show on August 15 at 8:30 a.m. in Hickman Hall on the Douglass Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Gather useful and up-to-date information on industry topics to assist in making intelligent decisions in dealing with pest problems. Learn more and register here.

Women Entrepreneurs’ Network Business Breakfast: August 15, Newark
The Women Entrepreneurs' Network at the New Jersey Small Business Development Center, Rutgers–Newark, hosts a business breakfast on August 15 at 8:30 a.m. at One Washington Park, Rutgers–Newark. These intimate business breakfast meetings give women entrepreneurs an opportunity to meet role models in business and make contact with professional career women who are power brokers in their private or public professional sectors. The registration fee is $15. Learn more here.

Get Involved

Cell Phone Drive to Benefit Domestic Violence Survivors
The Rutgers School of Nursing Student Government Association is collecting used cell phones (working and nonworking) and accessories for a donation drive through August 23. Donation drop-off boxes are located in the 10th and 11th floor hallways in the Stanley S. Bergen Building on the Rutgers Health Sciences Campus at Newark. Cell phones will be donated to Verizon's HopeLine® program, where they will be scrubbed of all data and refurbished for resale. Proceeds and refurbished phones will be given to domestic violence organizations and phone recipients will receive free calls and texting on the Verizon Wireless network. Unusable phones and accessories will be responsibly recycled. Please contact Gwendolyn Ferdinand at for more information.

Century for the Cure Charity Bike Ride
The Cancer Institute of New Jersey hosts a charity bike ride on September 7 at Camp Riverbend in Warren Township, New Jersey. This charity event benefits the Cancer Institute of New Jersey with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to the Cancer Institute's efforts to help a countless number of patients who are battling cancer. Cycling enthusiasts, community supporters, and volunteers are invited to participate. Learn more and register here.

Awards & Honors

Rutgers University ranked 43rd among the world's elite (top 100) institutions in this year's Center for World University Rankings (CWUR). Data was obtained for more than 16,000 universities worldwide and the list of the best 100 performing institutions overall was recently published on the CWUR website here.

Executive producers John Farmer, Ray Caprio, and Sandra King, along with associate producer Tania Ivanova and iTV studio manager Pete Troost, have been nominated for three more Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards for the Rutgers-produced public TV series, Due Process. Due Process is a presentation of Rutgers School of Law–Newark and the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and is taped at iTV Studio on the Livingston Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The program has previously garnered 21 Emmy Awards.

Fred A. Kobylarz, associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and family medicine practitioner with Robert Wood Johnson Medical Group, has been appointed to the New Jersey Alzheimer’s Disease Study Commission. Learn more here.

Sengottuvelan Murugan, postdoctoral associate in the Department of Animal Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been awarded the Gallo Award for cancer research at the 2013 Annual Retreat on Cancer Research in New Jersey hosted by the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research. Learn more here.

Mooyeon Oh-Park, associate professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) and assistant director of stroke rehabilitation research at the Kessler Foundation, has been awarded the 2013 Teacher of the Year Award from the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at NJMS.

Alan Tarr, distinguished professor of political science and the director of the Center for State Constitutional Studies at the School of Law–Camden, has been named the 2013–2014 Ann and Herbert W. Vaughan Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. Learn more here.

Gifts & Grants

The university received a $12.5 million gift from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The gift supports Rutgers-UMDNJ integration efforts and is the largest single gift the foundation has awarded to Rutgers.

Rutgers School of Law–Newark received a $250,000 pledge from John J. Farmer Jr. The gift will support the Fund for Law School Advancement.

Rutgers Future Scholars received $100,000 from Steven A. Colson. The gift will support the Steven A. Colson Endowment for Rutgers Future Scholars.

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