December 16, 2015

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Happy 200th Poll, Eagleton!

The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling (ECPIP), home of the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll (originally, the New Jersey Poll), was the nation’s first university-based state survey research center when it was established in 1971. Currently, it is publicly releasing results from its milestone 200th poll.

ECPIP’s dedication to reporting objective, scientifically sound information about public opinion on politics and policy in the Garden State is widely recognized. Equally important is the center’s legacy of student involvement; its extensive internship program utilizes students’ interests and talents to create survey questionnaires, conduct interviews, and analyze data for public release under faculty supervision. With a nod toward history, the center, a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, has been revisiting questions put to New Jerseyans from its early days of polling. View more than four decades of news releases here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Discounted Fee for SC&I Online "Leadership Communication" 
Professional Development Studies at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is offering its four-week, online, noncredit "Leadership Communication" course, beginning January 4, 2016, at a discounted rate of $699 (normally $795) and is waiving the application fee for faculty or staff who enroll by December 23. Among the course’s benefits, participants assess their leadership style and create a set of immediately applicable personal best practices in leadership and communication. Learn more here.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Colloquium: December 18, Scotch Plains
Attend the colloquium on psychiatric rehabilitation on December 18 at 10 a.m. at the Scotch Plains location of the School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Derek Malenczak, Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Counseling Professions and the Integrated Employment Institute, will present “From Cognitive Specialist to Instructor: How Teaching Cognitive Remediation Has Helped Me Better Understand Barriers That Exist in the Classroom.” Learn more here.


Next F&S Bulletin: January 20
The next issue of the Faculty & Staff Bulletin will be published on January 20, when it resumes its weekly schedule. Items to be considered for inclusion in that issue should be submitted by January 14. Happy holidays.

Universitywide Compliance Training Session for Credit: January 20
The Office of Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics, and Compliance invites faculty, staff, and students to its first annual “Compliance Grand Rounds” for a universitywide compliance training session on January 20, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., presented live in Newark and streamed to New Brunswick and Camden. Attend the session at New Jersey Medical School’s Medical Science Building, Room B-556; Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick, Medical Education Building, Room 102; or the Camden Campus Center, South ABC Conference Room. Paul Fishman, New Jersey’s U.S. attorney, will address fraud, waste, and abuse. This training is offered as an opportunity to earn one mandatory compliance training credit in lieu of a single mandatory web-based training module. Pre-registration is preferred. Register here. Contact Juakena Johnson at 973-972-1334 or with questions.

Online W-2 Statements: The Green Initiative
The university is providing all employees the option to receive W-2 online statements only. All W-2 statements will be available online in easily printable PDF format in mid- to late January. Employees who wish to eliminate paper statements sent through the U.S. Postal Service must consent by January 12, 2016. If consent was given in the past, it remains in effect until you withdraw it. If you do not consent, a W-2 paper statement will be mailed to your home address. Verify and, if necessary, update your address information. This can be done through employee self-service.

To discontinue W-2 paper statements, proceed as follows: Employees using the Banner system may log in here and select Employee Services>Tax and Payroll Forms>Electronic W-2 Consent. Employees using the RIAS system may log in here and select the W-2 Online Consent link. Once you have given consent, you will receive one email notification confirming your consent and another when the W-2 statement is available. For assistance, call the Banner help desk at 732-235-9207 or RIAS at 848-445-3007. 

Project L/EARN Summer Research Training Accepting Applications
The Project L/EARN summer research training program returns for its 25th year at the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. It offers a valuable opportunity for an undergraduate student interested in learning how to conduct research on health disparities while earning a stipend and academic credit. The program is designed to host students from groups that have been under-represented in graduate education and health careers and receives funding from the National Science Foundation. Applications for summer 2016 will be accepted through February 8. Learn more about applying here

Requesting Information about Raritan River Projects
Fourth-year student Lillian Mullock of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking assistance from those conducting work in and around the Raritan River Watershed. For a summary of Rutgers’ involvement with the Raritan that Mullock is preparing as an intern for the Sustainable Raritan River Initiative (SRRI), she is requesting that those involved with the Raritan take just a few moments to complete a brief survey. Contact Sara Malone, SRRI, with any questions or concerns at or 848-932-2720.

Free Activities at Werblin Center and Recreation Membership Incentive: January 7
Rutgers Recreation, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offers free classes, chair massage, raffles, and giveaways from 5 to 8 p.m. on January 7 at the Werblin Recreation Center, Piscataway. Guests are free and, if they purchase a recreation membership that day, they pay the February rate and receive free membership benefits for the rest of January. No sign-ups are necessary. Contact with any questions.

Spring Involvement Fair: January 18, New Brunswick
The Spring Involvement Fair, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, brings together more than 300 student organizations, university departments, and community partners at the College Avenue Student Center on January 18, 2016, from 1 to 4 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to speak with their representatives, gather information, and sign up to learn more. Notify your respective student communities about this opportunity to learn how to get involved on campus. Learn more here

Mid-Year Auditions for Children’s Choir and Scarlet Singers: January 20 and 21, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is conducting mid-year auditions for the Rutgers Children’s Choir on January 20 and the Scarlet Singers on January 21, both at Shindell Choral Hall, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The Rutgers Children’s Choir is a treble-voice choir providing age-appropriate vocal training for third- through eighth-grade youngsters with unchanged voices. The Scarlet Singers is an ensemble for ninth- through 12th-grade students (and eighth-grade boys whose voices have already changed). Now entering its 23rd year, the Rutgers Children’s Choir provides an opportunity for young singers from central New Jersey to perform with peers. Learn more here. For questions, call 848-932-8618 or email

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 60 news organizations in the past week, including The New York TimesThe Huffington Post and Bloomberg News.

Highlights include:

The New York Times: The Cleanest Cities? It’s Not So Simple (Clinton Andrews, Bloustein, quoted here)

Bloomberg: A New Type of Terror Emerges in America (John Cohen, Criminal Justice, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

IRW Accepting Applicants for Interdisciplinary Seminar: "Feminist In/Security"
The Institute for Research on Women, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, announces its 20th annual interdisciplinary seminar, “Feminist In/Security: Vulnerability, Securitization, and States of Crisis,” and invites faculty and advanced graduate student applicants whose projects explore aspects of that theme. Such projects may examine any time period(s) or geographical location(s) and be rooted in any disciplinary or interdisciplinary approach. The application deadline is January 29. Learn more about applying here [PDF].

New Books Published
Patrick M. Foye, professor and interim chair, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the author of a new book, Tailbone Pain Relief Now!, in which the founder and medical director of the Tailbone Pain Center at NJMS addresses causes and treatments for tailbone pain.

William C. Gause, associate dean of research, New Jersey Medical School, is an editor of a new book, The Th2 Type Immune Response in Health and Disease: From Host Defense and Allergy to Metabolic Homeostasis and Beyond, in which leading researchers in this field discuss the latest findings and emerging concepts, providing an intellectual framework that can be used as a basis for new discoveries and potentially new treatments for diseases associated with inflammation.

Bathers and Nudes

Bathers and Nudes in 19th-Century French Art: through January 10, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents an exhibition featuring 19th-century prints, drawings, and photographs that reveal the attentive study that led to radical changes in depictions of the nude in French art, through January 10. Learn more here

Growing Ornamental Plants: December 18, New Brunswick
Learn how to preserve and care for ornamental plants in the landscape on December 18 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Extension Conference Center [PDF], New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Register here.

New Jersey Medical School Fall Arts Festival: through January 7, Newark
New Jersey Medical School Arts Festival showcases nearly 200 artworks from faculty, staff, students, patients, friends, and family members through January 7, on Levels B and C in the Medical Science Building, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, Newark. Learn more here.

One Worm at a Time: Armisey Smith: through May 15, Newark
The Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University–Newark, exhibits a series of murals by Newark artist Armisey Smith that tells the story of a person of color navigating mental illness, through May 15. Learn more here.

Support for Caregivers of Spouses with Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease: First and Third Mondays, Edison
University Behavioral Health Care’s Care2Caregivers program, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, offers a bimonthly support group for individuals caring for a spouse with memory impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder. Attendees learn about the disease process, discuss issues that arise from caregiving, offer each other support, and find out about available resources on the first and third Mondays of each month from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in Room 37, Suite 200, COPSA Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care, 100 Metroplex Drive, Edison. The next meeting is December 21. 

Appointments & Retirements

Gary M. Heir, clinical professor and program and clinical director, Center for Temporomandibular Disorders and Orofacial Pain, Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, was appointed section editor of Pain Updates for the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Get Involved

Winter Break Opportunity: The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia
The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, based at Rutgers University–Camden at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, has reached 250 published topics and now seeks authors for its next sixth-month expansion phase. Add your expertise as the project is entering the final six months of its current grant cycle. For more information on how to participate during winter break or the spring semester, check here

Awards & Honors

Lauren Aleksunes, associate professor, and Kenneth Reuhl, professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, were honored by the Society of Toxicology with its Achievement and Education awards, respectively. Aleksunes is a member and Reuhl is interim director of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute.

Ruth Anne Koenick, director, Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance, Office of Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, received the Region II Award for Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. The award recognizes an individual who has provided dedicated service, consistent advocacy, and outstanding leadership to the higher education community on the national or international level.

Gifts & Grants

Athina Petropulu, professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $922,743 over three years. The project, titled Fellowship in Bio-electrical Engineering, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Education. Petropulu also is the principal investigator of an award totaling $500,000 from the National Science Foundation for her project Spatiotemporally Varying Channel Map Estimation and Tracking in Wireless Networks. Learn more about Petropulu here

Long-Jun Wu, assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $200,000 over two years. The project, titled The Role of Hv1 Proton Channel in the Secondary Spinal Damage and Central Neuropathic Pain after Spinal Cord Injury, is being supported by the New Jersey Commission on Spinal Cord Research. Learn more about Wu here.

Serpil Guran, director of the Rutgers EcoComplex, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $157,517. The project, titled Achieving a Greener and Safer Food Supply Chain in the Newark, N.J. Region: Realizing Pollution Prevention, Energy Efficiency, and Water Conservation Benefits through Sustainability and Resiliency Training, is being supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Learn more about Guran here

Lewis Porter, professor of music in the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, and founder and director of the master's degree program in jazz history and research, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $12,000. The project, titled Enriching the Collaborative Enterprise: Proposal to Form a Management Board for Jazz Discographic Database, is being supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project is a collaboration with Columbia University. Learn more about Porter here.

Ramu Govindasamy, professor and chair of the Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and associate director of the New Use Agriculture and Natural Plant Products Program in the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $99,803. The project, titled Assessment of Organic Produce Marketing Opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic Region, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Learn more about Govindasamy here

Joyce Valenza, assistant teaching professor of library and information science and director of the master’s degree program, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is an investigator on an award totaling $38,901 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The project, titled Researching Students' Information Choices: Determining Identity and Judging Credibility in Digital Spaces, is a collaboration with researchers at the University of Florida. Learn more about Valenza here

In Memoriam

Calvin G. Wettstein, 91, of Rosemont, N.J., retired Hunterdon County agricultural agent for Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station’s Cooperative Extension, passed away on December 13, 2015, at home. 

Melvin F. Janowitz, part-time associate director of the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) located at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away on December 8, 2015. He was 86.

Mary Jane Willis, 67, of Plainfield, N.J., associate director of Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station’s Cooperative Extension, passed away on December 5, 2015. Services were held on December 11 at Saint John Baptist Church, Scotch Plains, N.J.

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