December 2, 2015

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Zimmerli’s HereNow

Contribute Photographs to Zimmerli’s HereNow: Rutgers 250

The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, invites students, alumni, faculty, staff, and visitors to contribute photographs to HereNow: Rutgers 250 through July 10, 2016. The project commemorates the university’s milestone with a dynamic digital gallery, exhibition, and book documenting the daily lives of individuals within the global Rutgers community.   

Contributed photos must have been taken during 2015 and 2016 and can represent Rutgers–New Brunswick, Rutgers–Camden, and Rutgers–Newark, as well as university-related activities at locations across New Jersey and globally. 

All images in the digital gallery will be printed and hung in the Zimmerli’s major exhibition gallery, with the 250 most compelling images included in a book to be published by November 10, 2016, the university’s 250th anniversary. Learn more here.

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Celebration of Paul G.E. Clemens's Rutgers since 1945: December 3, New Brunswick
In Rutgers since 1945, historian and Rutgers professor Paul G.E. Clemens chronicles Rutgers’ remarkable transition from the Cold War, to the student protests of the 1960s and 1970s, to the growth of political identity on campus, and the increasing commitment to big-time athletics. Join the celebration of the book’s publication for an insider’s look at the history of this storied institution on December 3 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Barnes & Noble at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Rutgers professor Ben Justice, co-author of Rutgers: A 250th Anniversary Portrait, will provide an introduction, followed by a brief reading by Clemens, and concluding with a signing and reception with light refreshments courtesy of the Rutgers University Alumni Association.

Additional Discount at Barnes & Noble: December 3—4, New Brunswick
On December 3 and December 4, faculty and staff will receive 20% off apparel, gift, and general reading purchases at Barnes & Noble at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Present a faculty/staff ID at the registers and receive double the usual faculty/staff discount on in-store purchases only. This discount will not be combined with other promotions.

Exhibition by Chitra Ganesh, Lebowitz Artist-in-Residence: through December 10, New Brunswick
Chitra Ganesh is the 2015–16 Estelle Lebowitz Endowed Visiting Artist-in-Residence as announced by the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. An exhibition by Ganesh is on view now through December 10 in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries at the Douglass Library. 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.


Ed.M. in Adult and Continuing Education
The Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, announces the opening of its hybrid Ed.M. program in adult and continuing education with specializations in human resources development, educational technology, adult and ESL literacy education, and higher education. Admission is open for spring 2016, with online courses available for admitted and nonmatriculated students. Learn more here or contact program coordinator Alisa Belzer at

University Glee Club and Kirkpatrick Choir: December 5 and December 6: New Brunswick
Purchase remaining tickets to hear the university glee club and Kirkpatrick choir, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, present Christmas classics and the debut of original music at Kirkpatrick Chapel, New Brunswick, on December 5 at 9 p.m. and December 6 at 7:30 p.m. Earlier performances on those days are sold out. Student tickets, $10; alumni, employees, and senior citizens, $15; others, $20. To purchase tickets, call 848-932-7511. Learn more here.

98th Yule Log Ceremony: December 6, New Brunswick 
Join Douglass Residential College for the 98th Yule Log ceremony, “Sparks of Unity Illuminating the World,” on December 6 at 4:45 p.m. in Voorhees Chapel, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, featuring candles, singing, and the reading of passages that highlight the Douglass community and the advent of the winter season. A dessert reception follows in the NJC Lounge of the Douglass Student Center with live music and giveaways. Learn more here.

Online Sakai Workshop: December 7
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. An online workshop on December 7 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. introduces participants to Sakai’s gradebook tool, teaching them how to set up their gradebook using points, categories, or weighted categories, and how to enter grades, set extra credit items, and submit grades to the registrar. Learn more and register here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 35 news organizations in the past week, including The New York TimesScience News, and The Washington Post.

Highlights include:

The Record: Robotic Technology is Changing the Art of Surgery (Leonard Lee, RWJMS, quoted here)

The New York Times: A Definitive Debunking of Donald Trump’s 9/11 Claims (John Farmer Jr., Law, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Chorus Holiday Concert

Chorus Holiday Concert: December 6, Newark
The Rutgers University–Newark chorus performs favorites from the past and present as well as holiday music in Mandarin, Yoruba, Hebrew, German, and Latin at Saint Mary’s Church, Newark, on December 6 from 3 to 4 p.m. Learn more here.  

Mallery Concert Series: Candace Chien, Nicholas Pappone, and Hyung Suk Bae: December 2, Camden
The Mallery Concert Series at Rutgers University–Camden presents pianist Candace Chien, violinist Nicholas Pappone, and cellist Hyung Suk Bae on December 2 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mallery Room in the Fine Arts Building. Learn more here

Marathon Dancing: Letters to Wall Street in the Era of Wonderful Nonsense: December 3–6, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents Marathon Dancing: Letters to Wall Street in the Era of Wonderful Nonsense, a play with dance, December 3 to December 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Loree Dance Theater, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

“Living Together Separately: Israel’s Jewish-Arab City”: December 3, New Brunswick
Erez Tzfadia, the Israel Institute visiting scholar at Rutgers, presents “Living Together Separately: Israel's Jewish-Arab City” on December 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Register here

Wreath Decorating and Winter Container Workshop: December 5, New Brunswick 
Experts at Rutgers Gardens, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, present wreath decorating and outdoor winter container techniques on December 5 at Holly House. Register here.

Awards & Honors

Ruth B. Mandel, director and Board of Governors Professor of Politics, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was invited to serve an additional two-year term on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience and also on the museum’s Education Committee. Mandel served on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, the museum’s governing board, from 1991 to 2006, and served as vice chair from 1993 to 2005 by presidential appointment. She led the process that created the Committee on Conscience and was its founding chair.

Jaideep Vaidya, professor of computing information systems, Department of Management Science and Information Systems, Rutgers Business School, was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery, the world’s largest educational and scientific computing society. 

Gifts & Grants

Joachim Kohn, Board of Governors Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and director of the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $2,713,034 over two years. The project, titled IND Filing for Intravenous cP12 and Pre-IND Studies of Intravenous and Topical cNP5 for Limiting Burn Injury Progression, is being supported by U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity. Learn more about Kohn here.

Jessie Yanxiang Guo, researcher at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $628,884. Her research into the role of a cell survival mechanism known as autophagy in lung cancer to provide a new treatment strategy is being supported by National Cancer Institute. Learn more about Guo here.

Nyeema Watson, assistant chancellor in the Office of Civic Engagement, Rutgers University–Camden, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $499,998. The project, titled 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program, is being supported by the N.J. Department of Education. Learn more about Watson here.

Devajyoti Deka, assistant director of research at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $255,410. The project, titled Analysis of Local Bus Markets, is being supported by the N.J. Department of Transportation. Learn more about Deka here.

Rebecca Wright, professor in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and director of the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science; Thu Nguyen, professor and associate chair in the Department of Computer Science, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick; Elaine Zundl, assistant dean for the Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science and Engineering and research director for the Center for Women and Work, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers–New Brunswick; and Jane Stout, director of the Computer Research Association’s Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline, are the principal investigators of an award totaling $249,999. The project, titled Computer Science Living-Learning Community for Women at Rutgers, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Wright here, Nguyen here, Zundl here, and Stout here.

Mohsen Jafari, professor and chair of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, and program director for the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation’s Information Management Group, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $150,000. The project, titled Analytics for Energy Policy, is being supported by the N.J. Board of Public Utilities. Learn more about Jafari here.

In Memoriam

William Robert Jenkins, 88, of Monroe Township, N.J., who spent more than 50 years at the university and served as dean of Livingston College, passed away on November 23, 2015, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick. Private funeral arrangements were made by the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home, Monmouth Junction, N.J.

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