December 18, 2013

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There’s an Asphalt for That
You drive, walk, or bike on asphalt every day, but how much do you know about it? Experts at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation's Pavement Resource Program (PRP) know it inside out.

Asphalt is designed specifically for where and how it will be used. PRP is one of a handful of university labs that’s accredited by AASHTO, which certifies the lab to do testing and design asphalt mixes and binders for industry, the military, and federal agencies. In fact, PRP has been involved in some landmark projects including the pavement in front of the White House and on the George Washington Bridge. Read stories about PRP here and here.

Pictured: Thousands of asphalt test cores taken from roadways and runways all over the country are brought to PRP’s asphalt lab for testing and analysis each year. Photo: A. Thomas/Rutgers CAIT

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Share Your Rutgers Stories and Memories for the Rutgers 250th Anniversary
The Rutgers 250th Anniversary planning committee is still accepting submissions for the upcoming publishing of Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait, a beautifully illustrated coffee-table book authored by several of Rutgers very own distinguished faculty. This book will relive the university's colorful history, its remarkable roster of notable faculty and students, and its memorable milestones. Learn more about how to submit your stories here. Updated information for the 250th Anniversary may be accessed here.


Healthy Helpings Cookbook Is Now On Sale
V.O.I.C.E.S. (Volunteer Opportunities in Community Engaged Services), the student volunteer organization at the School of Public Health, has published the second edition of Healthy Helpings, a 150-page cookbook with recipes from faculty, staff, and students throughout Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Proceeds go to Elijah's Promise and the Alzheimer's Disease Research Foundation. Learn more here and purchase the book online here.

Register for the Student Center Catering Showcase
Rutgers Student Life, Rutgers–New Brunswick, hosts its first annual student center catering showcase on January 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rutgers Student Center on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. This event showcases caterers and gives the Rutgers community a chance to sample specialties and see the options for future meetings, events, and receptions. Please RSVP by December 19. Learn more and register here.

Low Cost Lung Cancer Screenings Now Available
The Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, in collaboration with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and University Radiology, now offers low-cost and low-dose CT scans as part of its Lung Cancer Screening Program. Individuals who are age 50 or older, a current or former smoker, and have a history of 30 “pack years” of smoking (smoked a pack per day for 30 years or two packs per day for 15 years) may be eligible for the $99 screening. Learn more here.

The Brodsky Center's 2013 Holiday Sale
The Judith K. and David J. Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers–New Brunswick, hosts its online holiday sale through January 10. All sale prints are available at 30 percent off with an extra 5 percent discount for Rutgers faculty, staff, and students. To place an order, please contact Allison Lindblom at 848-932-5246 or View prints here.

Academic Sphere

Registration Is Open for the Interdisciplinary Boot Camp in Quantitative Biology
The Center for Integrative Proteomics Research, home to the BioMaPS graduate program in Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics, hosts an annual boot camp. The goal of this program is to introduce participants to the value of integrating quantitative biology education that is afforded by other disciplines of study, including mathematics, physics, computer science, statistics, engineering, medicine, and the life sciences. The boot camp is a two-week program, offered January 6–17, and is open to all students, postdocs, staff, and faculty at Rutgers. Learn more here.

Registration Is Open for the Corporate Board’s Responsibility for Ethics and Risk in a Time of Crisis Seminar
The Institute for Ethical Leadership at the Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick presents a seminar on January 15 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at One Washington Park, Rutgers–Newark. This seminar features a keynote speech by Reatha Clark, chair of the board of National Association of Corporate Directors and past member of the boards of Exxon and Wells Fargo and former president of General Mills Foundation. Learn more and register here.

Registration is Open for the 5th Annual Online and Hybrid Learning Conference
The Center for Online and Hybrid Learning & Instructional Technologies is hosting the 5th Annual Online and Hybrid Learning Conference at Hickman Hall on the Douglass Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, January 16, 2014. This event is open to all full and part-time Rutgers faculty, deans, department chairs, TAs and GAs, and anyone involved in course delivery. The conference will include a keynote address and workshops on a range of topics related to course development and issues in e-learning. Learn more and register here.


Rutgers Gardens Winter Farmers Market: December 20, New Brunswick
Rutgers Gardens, Rutgers–New Brunswick, hosts a winter farmers market on December 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rutgers Gardens, Rutgers–New Brunswick. This market provides the opportunity for the local community to experience and purchase fresh, locally grown, and/or prepared food products. Learn more here.

Improving Your Prognosis: An Introduction to Risk Management and Professional Liability: December 18, New Brunswick
The Department of Neurology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School presents its legal grand rounds on December 18 in room 102 of the Medical Education Building on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. This event reviews malpractice risk management prevention strategies and discusses the business and personal realities that await medical residents when they are confronted with medical professional liability claims. Learn more and view the list of speakers here.

Mindfulness Meditation Session: December 18, New Brunswick
Counseling, ADAP, and Psychiatric Services at Health Services sponsors a meditation session on December 18 at noon in the Student Activities Center on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. All faculty and staff members are invited to participate, regardless of experience level. Learn more here.

Techniques for Treating Clients with Co-Occurring Disorders (COD): December 19, New Brunswick
The Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers–New Brunswick, offers a seminar on December 19 at 9 a.m. at the Center of Alcohol Studies on the Busch Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. This course examines six successful techniques from the substance abuse field that are now proving to be effective in the treatment of clients with COD. Learn more here and register here.

Dark Eye Glances: Romantic Impulse in Landscape: through December 20, Camden
The Stedman Gallery, Rutgers–Camden, hosts this exhibit through December 20. The artists in Dark Eye Glances adapt elements of Romanticism to the times in which they live. Learn more here.

Leonid Sokov: Ironic Objects: through December 31, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is open regular hours throughout December and January except December 24 and 25, January 1, and Mondays on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The exhibit Leonid Sokov: Ironic Objects is on display through December 31 and is free for Rutgers faculty, staff, and students. Learn more about exhibitions and programs here.

New Jersey Medical School's Fall Arts Festival: through January 9, Newark
New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) hosts its Fall Arts exhibit through January 9 on the B and C levels of the Medical Science Building at Rutgers Health Sciences–Newark. NJMS faculty, staff, students, patients, friends, and family members display their artistic talents in this showcase. Learn more here.

Martha Wilson: Staging the Self: through January 31, New Brunswick
The Institute for Women and Art and University Libraries, Rutgers–New Brunswick, present the exhibition Martha Wilson: Staging the Self through January 31 in the gallery of the Douglass Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Wilson is a pioneering feminist artist and gallery director. This is a 2013–2014 Estelle Lebowitz Visiting Artist in Residence exhibition. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Joan Durbin has been appointed professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at New Jersey Medical School. Learn more here.

Get Involved

Cell Phone Drive to Benefit Domestic Violence Survivors
The Center on Violence Against Women and Children at the School of Social Work is collecting old wireless phones, batteries, and accessories in any condition from any wireless service provider to help protect survivors of domestic and dating violence, as well as the environment. Cell phones will be donated to Verizon's HopeLine® program. In October 2008, Rutgers became the first university to participate in this program when Verizon Wireless established permanent collection points on each of the Rutgers campuses. View drop off locations here.

Bedsheet and Nonperishable Food Items Drive
The Healthcare Foundation Center for Humanism and Medicine, along with the S.H.A.R.E Center and the Office for Diversity and Community Engagement at New Jersey Medical School, hosts a donation drive for new or slightly used bedsheets (twin or full-size) and nonperishable food items through January 30 on behalf of Apostles’ House in Newark. Items may be dropped off in rooms C698 or B694 in the Medical Science Building or at the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Office at the International Center for Public Health at Rutgers Health Sciences–Newark.

New Era Pinstripe Bowl Tickets on Sale
Rutgers has accepted a bid to play in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against the University of Notre Dame on December 28 at Yankee Stadium. Tickets for the New Era Pinstripe Bowl are available online here, in-person at the Rutgers Ticket Office, and by phone (1-866-445-GORU) during normal business hours. Ticket prices range from $60–$210. Learn more here.

Awards & Honors

Mary Fetzer, deputy associate university librarian for research and instruction services and government resources librarian at the Rutgers University Libraries, has been awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Documents Association of New Jersey.

Sarah Blake McHam, distinguished professor in the Department of Art History at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New  Brunswick, has been awarded Book of the Year by the Times Literary Supplement for her book Pliny the Elder and the Artistic Culture of the Italian Renaissance: The Legacy of the Natural History.

Mitchel A. Rosen, director of the Office of Public Health Practice at the School of Public Health, has been awarded the President’s Award from the New Jersey Public Health Association.

Craig Scott, professor I at the School of Communication and Information, Rutgers–New  Brunswick, has been awarded the scholarly book of the year award from the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association for his book Anonymous Agencies, Backstreet Businesses, and Covert Collectives: Rethinking Organizations in the 21st Century.

Gifts & Grants

Marila Gennaro, professor in the Public Health Research Institute Center at New Jersey Medical School, is the principal investigator of an award totaling
 $5,523,914. The project titled FISH-Flow Platform for Host-Based Tuberculosis Diagnostics is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Professor Gennaro here.

Brenda Hopper, director of the New Jersey Small Business Development Center at the Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $111,339. The project titled Encouraging and Advancing Pollution Prevention Practices is being supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Meredith L. Schalick, director of Child and Family Advocacy and clinical associate professor in the School of Law–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $66,666. The project titled Rutgers School of LawCamden Child and Family Advocacy Clinic is being supported by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation. Learn more about Professor Schalick here.

Mitra Neshatfar, engineering researcher in the Transportation Safety Resource Center at the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $45,732. The project titled Statewide Traffic Records Coordinating Committee Project is being supported by the N.J. Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Learn more about Researcher Neshatfar here.

Radha Jagannathan, professor I at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $27,960. The project titled Evaluation of Foundation Center's Nigeria Project is being supported by the Foundation Center. Learn more about Professor Jagannathan here.

In Memoriam

Leo Troy passed away on November 2. He was professor emeritus in labor economics at Rutgers–Newark and retired in 2010.

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