December 14, 2016

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Marie O'Toole

O'Toole Receives Fulbright Specialist Grant

Marie O’Toole, senior associate dean of academics and faculty affairs and professor, School of Nursing–Camden, has received a prestigious Fulbright Specialist Grant to explore a joint doctoral program with faculty at the Jordan University of Science and Technology in Irbid, Jordan. She says that the Fulbright is as much a reflection of the school’s increasing involvement in global initiatives as is her significant global experience. As an example, a delegation from Semmelweis University recently spent a week at Rutgers University–Camden implementing student and faculty exchanges for the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme for Higher Education.

O’Toole was associate dean at the Stratford campus for the then University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey’s School of Nursing from 2010 to 2014. As another indicator of her professional leadership, she’s served as editor of Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Professions—the definitive health professions dictionary—for the past 20 years. Learn more about O’Toole here.

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Recent Updates to University Policy Library Website
The University Policy Library is the official source for the 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 is a recent update to the policy library:

10.2.11 Code of Student Conduct (revised) (PDF)

20.1.13 Naming of Facilities and Programs (revised) (PDF)

50.1.3 University Officers (revised) (PDF)

100.1.12 Hybrid Entity Declaration (new) (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


Faculty & Staff Bulletin Resumes January 18
This is the final issue of the Faculty & Staff Bulletin for the semester. Publication will resume on January 18.

Office of Instructional Design Faculty Workshops December 15–19, January 5–11
The Office of Instructional Design, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is offering online workshops from December 15 through December 19 as follows: December 15, Accessibility and Universal Design–Math and Equations; December 15, Managing Your Canvas Course; December 16, Canvas Exams and Surveys; and December 19, Accessibility and Universal DesignCourse Management. Learn more and register here.

From January 5 through January 11, the Office of Instructional Design is offering the following online workshops: January 5, Managing Your Learning Studio Course; January 6, Intro to Canvas; January 9, Managing Your Canvas Course; and January 11, Canvas: Conferences/BigBlueButton. Learn more and register here.

Deadline Extended to December 16 for Byrne Seminar Proposals
Byrne First-Year Seminars, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, invites course proposals from tenured and tenure-track faculty for fall 2017–spring 2018. Honoring their 10-year anniversary with the theme "Celebrating a Decade of Discovery," Byrne Seminars next year will revisit the best of their past accomplishments while exploring new ways to awaken students to the joy at the heart of all academic inquiry and research. Join the decennial celebration by proposing a Byrne seminar—new or old—that draws upon exciting research in which faculty are now engaged. The deadline for seminar proposals has been extended to December 16. Learn more and submit proposals here.

Submit Proposals for Online Learning Conference by January 15
Presentation proposals are due by January 15 for the 2017 Annual Rutgers Online Learning Conference, hosted by the Center for Online and Hybrid Learning and Instructional Technologies, Division of Continuing Studies. The conference takes place on March 13 at the DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center, Somerset, and features keynoters Mindy Hintze, director of product engagement at Instructure, and Michele Norin, Rutgers’ senior vice president and chief information officer. It serves as a cross-disciplinary forum for the exchange of information on research, development, and applications of all topics related to online and hybrid learning. Previous presentation topics include available and emerging technologies, use of various learning management systems, ancillary software and sites, new instructional paradigms and pedagogical methods, assessments, virtual worlds, audio/video elements, and faculty training and resources. Submit proposals here.

TV Critic David Bianculli: January 4, New Brunswick
Rutgers University Libraries and the Office of Summer and Winter Sessions present David Bianculli, TV critic for NPR's Fresh Air and and professor of TV and film history at Rowan University, to discuss his new book, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead , on January 4 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Alexander Library, Scholarly Communication Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Attendees will be entered into a raffle for one of 10 free copies of the book. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Seeking Participants for Physical Activity and Weight-Loss Study
Researchers from the Department of Kinesiology and Health, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and the Institute for Nutrition Interventions, School of Health Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are seeking employees and students (18 to 69 years old) with a body mass index ≥ 25 to participate in a research study aimed at improving cardiometabolic health. Participation involves five individual appointments with a registered dietitian over a 26-week period and using a Fitbit® activity monitor to track physical activity. Individual recommendations on dietary intake and physical activity will be provided. Learn more here

Register Now for Winter UHR Learning and Development Programs
University Human Resources Learning and Development offers full-time faculty and staff more than 50 free open-registration programs and online learning opportunities each semester on a broad range of topics, including management, supervision, communication, interpersonal skills, planning, and performance management. Register now for the January to March sessions. All programs combine structured experiences, small- and large-group discussions and activities, and additional resources that complement course learning. Self-study materials and online presentations are also available. Custom programming may be requested to meet unique departmental needs. Learn more and register here or call 732-235-9500.

Apply by February 3 for IRW Interdisciplinary Seminar
The Institute for Research on Women (IRW) announces its 21st annual interdisciplinary seminar, “The Perils of Populism: Feminist Perspectives on the Current Political Crisis in the West,” running through the 201718 academic year. IRW invites applications by February 3 from faculty and advanced graduate students (ABD status required) from all disciplines, schools, and programs on all Rutgers campuses whose projects explore aspects of the theme. Learn more here

Short-Term Apartment Rentals
Institutional Planning and Operations offers short-term apartment rentals near Rutgers University–New Brunswick to faculty, staff, and visitors from other Rutgers affiliates in need of temporary housing. All units are fully furnished and include kitchen and linen setups. The inventory includes studio and one- and two-bedroom units in Highland Park, New Brunswick, and Piscataway (Busch Campus). Occupancy restrictions apply. Utilities and internet services are provided. Leases run from the 1st or 15th day of the month and can be as short as one month or as long as a year. Learn more here.

Zimmerli Holiday-Season Hours
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, maintains regular hours throughout most of December and January. Galleries are closed on December 24, December 25, January 1, and Mondays. The Zimmerli’s administrative offices are closed December 24 through January 2. The university community is invited to view Thinking Pictures: Moscow Conceptual Art in the Dodge Collection before it closes on December 31 and to attend "Art After Hours: First Tuesdays" on January 3, with curator-led tours and live music. Admission is free. Learn more here.

Savings at Rutgers Alumni Shop
For the holidays, consider gift-shopping or purchasing merchandise for yourself online at Rutgers Alumni Shop, offering significant savings all month on a wide selection of apparel and memorabilia—from hoodies and cold weather gear to pajamas and blankets.

Kite+Key Holiday Sale Continues: through December 23, Piscataway
Great deals remain available at kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, through December 23. An HP Stream Netbook starts at $199. Receive 30 percent off Beats Audio products, 20 percent off gaming accessories, and up to 80 percent off select tech accessories. Kite+key offers competitive pricing, exclusive education pricing, and price matching and carries computers, tablets, and tech accessories from such brands as Apple, Dell, Lenovo, HP, Microsoft, Razer, GoPro, and Fitbit. Learn more here. Kite+key is located at the Plaza, Livingston Campus, Piscataway. Contact kite+key at or 848-445-1127.

Rutgers Cinema Certificates for the Holidays
For the holiday season, consider a gift of entertainment. A $20 Rutgers Cinema movie certificate is good for 2 admissions, 2 large sodas, and 1 large popcorn. Movie certificates are available for purchase online through December 21. Submit orders here. All sales with ship within 48 hours unless otherwise notified. If you choose to pick up your order at Rutgers Cinema (the Plaza, Piscataway), call 848-445-1124. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 40 news organizations in the past week, including FOX News, the Washington Post, and Politico.

Highlights include:

Chris Molloy of ORED talks to Newsworks about the work Rutgers is doing to develop the newest generation of drones.

Jennifer Buckman and Frank Greenagle of the Rutgers Center of Alcohol Studies talk to NJTV News about the center’s program that trains law enforcement officers to deal with individuals who are suffering from substance addiction.

Click here for highlights.

Dec. 14 events

Rutgers University Choir: December 14, New Brunswick
The Rutgers University Choir presents “The Songs of Life: Folk Songs and Beyond” on December 14 at 7:30 p.m. in Kirkpatrick Chapel, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Purchase tickets here

MFA First-Year Exhibition: Sweet Potato: through December 14, New Brunswick
Two months into their graduate study, first-year master of fine arts students present this annual exhibition with a variety of media, including photography, painting, digital projections, installations, sculpture, printmaking, lightboxes, video/sound, and multimedia films, at Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, through December 14. Learn more here

Celebrating Caliburn: December 15, Piscataway
Celebrate the installation of Caliburn, Rutgers’ new supercomputer, considered the most powerful computer system in the state, on December 15 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the CoRE Building, Piscataway. Learn more and register here.

CURE Seminar Series: Mark Krasovic: December 16, Camden
The Center for Urban Research and Education’s monthly seminar series provides the Rutgers University–Camden community with opportunities to learn about interesting cutting-edge research and initiatives by scholars, community activists, and others engaged in urban research and/or urban change. On December 16, Mark Krasovic, assistant professor of history and American studies and interim director of the Clement A. Price Institute at Rutgers–Newark, presents “American Urban Culture in the Great Society” at 12:15 p.m. in Armitage Hall. Learn more here

Growing Ornamental Plants: December 19, New Brunswick
The Office of Continuing Professional Education presents horticultural techniques and principles necessary for the preservation and care of ornamental plants in the landscape on December 19 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Extension Conference Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Register here

Partner in Crime: through December 22, Newark
The Partner in Crime exhibition, on view through December 22 in the Criminal Justice Gallery, Center for Law and Justice, Rutgers University–Newark, examines the spatial representation of prisons and the connection between geography and imprisonment. Learn more here

Circa 1966: Paintings and Sculpture from the Collection: through January 29, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents an exhibition that marks the museum’s 50-year anniversary by focusing on paintings and sculpture in the museum’s holdings from the years around 1966. Learn more here

Re-made Garden: Ira Wagner: through July 31, Newark
Artist Ira Wagner’s series “Garden State,” exhibited on the first floor of Engelhard Hall, Rutgers University–Newark, features industrial landscapes in New Jersey. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Kathy L. Dettloff, formerly chief budget officer at the University of Delaware, was appointed vice president, financial planning and budgeting, University Finance and Administration, effective January 17. She will lead the Office of Budget and Resources Studies. Her primary responsibilities include: developing, managing, and implementing transformative and comprehensive financial-planning approaches; leading financial business-plan development and multiyear projections; partnering with the chancellors’ chief business officers to develop long-range financial and business plans; advancing financial business planning competencies across the university; and providing analysis and in-depth management of complex budget issues and the financial implications of short- and long-term budget decisions.

Get Involved

Donations for Needy Families
Drop off new or gently used coats or toys in the lobby of CCLC, Newark, or CCLC, Piscataway, through December 16. All items will be donated to a local organization helping families in need within those school communities. For the Newark location, contact Andreas Dimitratos at 973-623-0182 or For Piscataway, contact Michelle Hoffman at 732-699-1017 or

Awards & Honors

Fred Hersch, professor of jazz piano, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was nominated for two Grammy Awards: for best improvised jazz solo for We See and for best jazz instrumental album for Sunday Night At The Vanguard with the Fred Hersch Trio. The 59th Annual Grammy Awards telecast is February 12 at 8 p.m. on CBS.

The Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) received a proclamation from New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's office declaring November 30, 2016, as the Center for Women's Global Leadership Day. The proclamation was received at CWGL's recent 25th anniversary event for its 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign and highlighted CWGL's tireless work on gender equity, human rights, and gender-based violence. The annual campaign is an international initiative coordinated by the CWGL.

Gifts & Grants

Jane Hinch, associate professor, Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $488,800. The project, titled Chemisorbed Aromatic Hydrocarbons on Coinage Metal Surfaces: Formation and Dynamics, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Read more about Hinch here.

Nancy Woychik, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $474,500. The project, titled Remodeling of Ribosome Function by MazF Toxins, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Read more about Woychik here.

Zhiping Pang, assistant professor, Child Health Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Davide Comoletti, assistant professor, Child Health Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences are co-investigators of an award totaling $400,000. The project, titled Regulation of MeCP2 by MicroRNAs and Implications in the Pathophysiology of Autism, is being supported by the New Jersey Governor's Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism. Read more about Pang here and Comoletti here.

Barbie Zimmerman-Bier, adjunct clinical professor, Department of Genetics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $399,751. The project, titled Is Cerebellar Dysfunction a Biomarker for Early Signs of Autism and Related Disorders?, is being supported by the New Jersey Governor's Council for Medical Research and Treatment of Autism. Read more about Zimmerman-Bier here.

Ruth Steward, professor, Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $310,000. The project, titled RNA Processing in Drosophila Development, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Read more about Steward here.

Hani Nassif, professor, civil and environmental engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project, titled Connected Cities for Smart Accessible Resilient Transportation, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Read more about Nassif here.

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