December 7, 2016

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Dec. 7 spotlight National Arts Program

Thelonius,” by Denise Agnew (Division of Surgical Oncology, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey), First Place, Amateur, 2016

Universitywide Call for Artists of All Levels

Are you or a family member a professional or amateur artist? Rutgers employees and their immediate families are invited to showcase their artwork at the 2017 Annual Exhibit and Awards of the National Arts Program, January 23–April 19, at New Jersey Medical School, Newark. Artists at all levels can exhibit for no fee and compete for cash prizes. Professionals will judge in amateur, intermediate, professional, and youth classifications.

Submissions must be properly framed and wired and be original work of the entrant completed within the last three years. Kits, paint-by-numbers, photocopies or photographs, magazine or book illustrations, and snapshots are excluded. Works will be received on January 19 (8 a.m.–4 p.m.) in Room B515, Medical Science Building, Newark. Register by January 13. For more information, contact Noreen Gomez at 973-972-4795 or

In this Issue...

Bulletin Publishing Schedule
The Faculty & Staff Bulletin published on December 14 will be the last issue of the semester. The bulletin will resume publication on January 18.

Save 20 Percent, Enroll Early for Mini-Master in Public Administration
University employees receive a 20 percent discount if they enroll by March 31 in the Rutgers Mini-Master in Public Administration (Mini-MPA™) Program, a partnership between the Rutgers University–Camden Department of Public Policy and Administration and the Center for Executive Leadership in Government (CELG), at CELG headquarters, New Brunswick. The Mini-MPA™ is designed to develop leadership and management skills for public- and nonprofit-sector managers. Students meet five Thursdays, with the first class April 6. Learn more and register here.

Huge Book Discounts, Free Shipping at Rutgers University Press
Rutgers University Press is celebrating its 80th anniversary by offering up to 80 percent off on a large selection of books in an array of subject areas: film and media; health and medicine; New York, New Jersey, and the region; literature; science and technology; environment and ecology; education; Jewish studies; religion, spirituality, and society; race and ethnicity; urban studies; and much more. Simply browse the selection of books, place them in your shopping cart, enter the special discount code (02Save80), and enjoy free shipping with all orders. 

New Jersey HIVLinks Winter Issue
Now available for downloading is the Winter 2016 digital issue of New Jersey HIVLinks, the semiannual HIV, STD, and TB news and information journal for health professionals, published by the FXB Center at the School of Nursing and the New Jersey Department of Health, Division of HIV, STD, and TB Services. The articles include "Zika Virus: What New Jersey HIV and STD Providers Need to Know"; "Addressing the Opioid Crisis in New Jersey: Bridging Public Health and Law Enforcement Efforts"; "Drug-Resistant Gonorrhea"; "Health Insurance Premium Payments"; "Practice Transformation and the AETC Program: What Is It All About?"; “The Past, Present and Future of HIV Medication"; "Responding to Trauma in a Trauma-Informed Way"; and "Toward the Eradication of Hepatitis C in Patients Infected with HIV." Click here for the form to continue your digital subscription.

"Preparing a Percussion Audition" at Mason Gross: December 10, New Brunswick
"Preparing a Percussion Audition," a workshop coinciding with the start of the region, all-state, and college audition season, will be held on December 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. A clinic that follows will provide feedback to help a student's performance. The clinic, which costs $55, doubles as an audition date for the Rutgers Youth Percussion Ensemble. To register or for more information, contact the Mason Gross Extension Division at 848-932-8618. Learn more here.

Celebrating Caliburn: Supercomputer: December 15, Piscataway 
Join the celebration of the acquisition and installation of the new supercomputer at the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute on December 15 at 9:30 a.m. at the CoRE Building, Busch Campus, Piscataway. Dubbed Caliburn, it is believed to be the most powerful computer system in New Jersey, ranking no. 2 among Big Ten universities and no. 8 among U.S. academic institutions. Caliburn features a unique architecture designed by Rutgers computer scientists. This event features state government officials and Rutgers leaders highlighting the value it can provide to research, education, industry, and the state. Learn more and register here.

Excel 1 and 2 Training: December 15, New Brunswick
The NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education offers Microsoft Excel levels 1 and 2 training on December 15 at the former Agricultural Museum, G.H. Cook Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The level 1 workshop, 8:30 a.m. to noon, is designed for students seeking to learn the basic essential features of Excel worksheets. Level 2 training, 12:30 to 4 p.m., is a continuation of the level 1 workshop. For each class, the fee is $90 for Rutgers employees, payable via internal purchase order, personal check, or credit card. Learn more and register for level 1 training here and level 2 training here. For internal purchase orders, call the registration department at 848-932-9271, option 2. For more information, contact Suzanne Hills at 848-932-7234. Bookmark this page for future reference and join the mailing list 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 the 15th day of the month and can be as short as one month or as long as a year. Learn more here.

Kite+Key for Holiday Shopping
Remember Kite+key for your holiday shopping. Kite+key, the Rutgers Tech Store, offers competitive pricing, exclusive education pricing, and price matching. Kite+key carries computers, tablets, and tech accessories from such brands as Apple, Dell, Lenovo, HP, Microsoft, Razer, GoPro, and Fitbit. 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 through December 21. To submit an order, contact Jocelyne Kwiecinski at Pick up movie certificates at Rutgers Cinema at the Plaza, Piscataway. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 80 news organizations in the past week, including the New York Daily News, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times.

Highlights include:

Bloustein’s Marc Pfeiffer tells Bloomberg further tax increases or new spending cuts will likely be needed to pay the cost of averting the financial collapse of Atlantic City:

Andrew Shankman, Rutgers-Camden history professor, writes on the History News Network about what the founders were thinking when they created the Electoral College.

Click here for highlights.

Dec. 7 Events Image 19th Annual Rutgers Faraday Children’s Lecture: December 9, 10, 11, Piscataway
The Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents the popular Faraday Children’s Lecture, a free show of humorous physics demonstrations that emphasizes the fun in science, on December 9 (7 to 8:30 p.m.); December 10 (3 to 4:30 p.m.); and December 11 (1 to 2:30 p.m.) in the Physics Lecture Hall, Piscataway. Pre-show demonstrations start 1 hour before each lecture. Learn more here.

Climate Change Late Night: December 7, New Brunswick
Guests of all ages are invited to the Geology Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, for a night of exploring how the earth's climate has changed over time and what scientists predict for the future through demonstrations, crafts, and educational activities, on December 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. Learn more here.

An Evening with John Dickerson, Moderator, CBS’s Face The Nation: December 8, New Brunswick
The Eagleton Institute of Politics presents John Dickerson, moderator of Face The Nation on CBS, on December 8 at 7 p.m. at Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Dickerson discusses his new book, Whistlestop: My Favorite Stories from Presidential Campaign History, detailing “the stories behind the stories of the most memorable moments in American presidential campaign history.” The event is free but RSVP is required. Learn more and RSVP here

Live at Clement's Place: Houston Person Quartet: December 9, Newark
Enjoy the distinct and expressive soul jazz sounds of Eubie Blake Jazz Award-winner Houston Person and The Houston Person Quartet on December 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Clement’s Place, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

Fahrenheit 451 Book Exhibition: through December 9, Camden
The Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers University–Camden, features a collection of books, biographies, criticism, and social aspects related to Ray Bradbury’s book Fahrenheit 451, through December 9. Learn more here.

Rutgers Brass Ensemble: “Brass and Percussion Spectacular”: December 10, New Brunswick
Enjoy a celebration of brass music spanning the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries, featuring the Rutgers premiere of John Mackey’s new composition for brass and percussion, Fanfare for Full Fathom Five, on December 10 at 2 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Purchase tickets here.

Music at the Museum: December 11, New Brunswick
Music at the Museum at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is a monthly weekend concert series featuring classical and jazz musicians from faculty of the Mason Gross School of the Arts Extension Division. Each concert is preceded by a brief talk related to the performance theme. At the conclusion, guests are invited to tour museum highlights. On December 11 from 1:30 to 3 p.m., enjoy Hungarian works for piano and cello performed by Peter Toth on piano and Jordan Enzinger on cello. Music at the Museum performances are free but seating is limited. Learn more here

Rutgers Jazz Ensemble Concert: December 13, New Brunswick
Enjoy classic jazz selections from the 1950s to ’70s, with an 80th birthday celebration for special guest Eddie Palmieri, on December 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

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

Request to NJMS to Help Homeless Family
The Alumni Association–New Jersey Medical School (NJMS) is participating in the Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH) Adopt-A-Family program this year. The association was matched to a homeless family with two parents and two children and is reaching out to the NJMS community for much-needed items, including most non-perishable food products and household items. For a complete list of needed items, contact the alumni office at 973-972-6864. All donations must be delivered to the alumni office (NJMS, Newark, Medical Science Building, B-504) by December 13. 

Zimmerli Study After Hours: December 15–16
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will remain open for 24 consecutive hours, beginning on December 15 at 10 a.m., providing a unique location for exam preparation. In addition to quiet gallery spaces with free WiFi and electrical outlets, the museum offers complimentary snacks, beverages, and study-break activities. Rutgers ID is required for entry after 4:30 p.m.

Awards & Honors

William L. Holzemer, dean and distinguished professor, School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, received the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC). He was recognized for his outstanding contributions to ANAC and his global leadership in the battle against HIV/AIDS.

Barbara Pachter, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Business–Camden, published her 11th book, The Communication Clinic: 99 Proven Cures for the Most Common Business Mistakes, a comprehensive common sense guide to business communication.

Maria Voigt, research associate, and David S. Goodsell, research professor, RCSB Protein Data Bank, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, are among the winners in this year’s BioArt competition of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, selected for their molecular graphics of three human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) enzymes.

Gifts & Grants

Zhiqiang Tan, professor, Department of Statistics and Biostatistics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $675,248. The project, Improving Casual Inference via New Statistical Learning Methods with High Dimensional Data, is being supported by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Learn more about Tan here.

Lenna Nepomnyaschy, associate professor, School of Social Work, is a co-investigator with Maureen Waller (Cornell University) and Daniel Miller (Boston University) of an award totaling $450,000. The project, titled Fathers and Low-Income Children’s Academic and Behavioral Outcomes: The Role of Social and Economic Policies, is being supported by the William T. Grant Foundation. Learn more about Nepomnyaschy here.

Sara Munson, executive director, Institute for Families, School of Social Work, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $138,411. The project, titled The New Jersey Child Welfare Data Hub, is being supported by Casey Family Programs. Learn more about Munson here.

Gene Slowinski, director of strategic alliance research, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $116,667. The project, titled EDA University Center Grant– Rutgers University Technical Assistance Program, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Learn more about Slowinski here.

Daniel Schrider, postdoctoral fellow, Kern Lab, Evolutionary Genomics, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $83,411. The project, titled Inferring Selection from Human Population Genomic Data, is being supported by the National Human Genome Research Institute. Learn more about Schrider here.

Richard Mendelsohn, professor, Department of Chemistry, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–Newark, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $60,000. The project, titled Vibrational Spectroscopy to Monitor Water Transport through Skin Lipids, is being supported by Johnson & Johnson. Learn more about Mendelsohn here.

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