December 8, 2010

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University Policy Library
The University Policy Library is a collection of regulations and policies approved by the Board of Governors, Board of Trustees, and executive officers. This collection of documents contains important information for the day-to-day operations of the university including academic, administrative, financial, operational, and business policies and procedures. The policy library can be found at

University Human Resources Welcome Desk Schedule Change
The University Human Resources (UHR) Welcome Desk in Administrative Services Building II on the Cook Campus has implemented a new schedule. The Welcome Desk will be staffed from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please note that this new schedule only applies to the UHR Welcome Desk and RUconnection ID Card services. All other UHR unit schedules will remain the same. Find more information here.


Sounds of the Season: Music as Harbinger of the Holidays: December 8
The Rutgers University Singers will perform its annual winter concert on December 8 at 12:15 p.m. in the Walter K. Gordon Theater, located at the Center for the Arts, Rutgers–Camden. Learn more here.

Atlantic Crossing Exhibit Ribbon Cutting and Opening: December 9
The U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System, in conjunction with Rutgers University, will host an event at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History to mark the opening of a new exhibit highlighting the first unmanned, underwater robotic vehicle–or glider–to cross an ocean on December 9 at 6 p.m. For more information, email

13th Annual Rutgers Faraday Christmas Children’s Lecture: December 10–12
The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, presents the annual Faraday Christmas Children’s Lecture, designed to dazzle and capture imaginations of all ages with physics demonstrations, December 10 through 12 at 7 p.m. in the Physics Lecture Hall on Busch Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Christmas in Carol and Song: December 11–12
Mason Gross School of the Arts presents a performance by the Rutgers Glee Club and Kirkpatrick Choir on December 11 and 12 at the Kirkpatrick Chapel, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Holiday Choral Concert, Rutgers–Newark: December 13
Come out and enjoy choral music for the holidays at a free concert on December 13 at 11:30 a.m. in Bradley Hall, Rutgers–Newark. Learn more here.

Intellectual Ventures Funding Opportunities: December 13
The Office of Technology Commercialization invites faculty and staff with early-stage inventions to learn about the new Rutgers IP Development Fund on December 13 at 9:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the Fiber Optic Materials Research Building on Busch Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick.  Learn more here.

Equine Science Update: December 14
The Equine Science Center will present an update about its research initiatives and work in advancing horse industry issues. The Equine Science Update unites equine professionals, horse owners, farm owners and stable managers, educators, and students and will take place on Tuesday, December 14 at 6 p.m. in the Cook Campus Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Find more information here.

The Fall 2010 School of Arts and Sciences Faculty and Affiliates Meeting: December 15
The Fall 2010 School of Arts and Sciences Faculty and Affiliates Meeting will be held on December 15 at 1 p.m. in Scott Hall, room 123, on the College Avenue Campus, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Contact for more information.

In the News

Advance & Rutgers Report ExaminesThe Great Uncertainty" of a New Year
With the recession over, modest rates of economic output and employment growth leave ambiguity in America's future. Find the full story here.

Appointments & Retirements

Nicola Behrmann has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Germanic, Russian, and East European Languages and Literatures at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Professor Behrmann completed her Ph.D. at New York University. Learn more about Professor Behrmann here.

Alexander Gates has been appointed vice chancellor for research at Rutgers–Newark. Vice Chancellor Gates completed his Ph.D. at Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Learn more about his appointment here.

Awards & Honors

James Hughes, dean at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers–New Brunswick, will receive the Edward J. Bloustein Award for Exemplary Achievement in Civic Leadership and Outstanding Educator of the Year awards from the Urban Land Institute, Northern New Jersey on December 8 at the Sixth Annual Land Use Awards Event. Learn more about Dean Hughes here.

Noemie B. Koller, research professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers–New Brunswick, has been awarded the 2010 Nicholson Medal for Human Outreach by the American Physical Society for unselfish commitment to advocating for the freedom of scientists around the world and for leadership in fostering equal opportunities for women in science. Learn more about Professor Koller here.

Manish Parashar, professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, received the IBM Faculty Award to support research on automatic data management for data-intensive application workflows. Learn more about Professor Parashar here.

Chad E. Ripberger, county agent in the Department of 4-H Youth Development at the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station Cooperative Extension of Mercer County, received the Northeast Regional Award for Excellence in Extension from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. Learn more about Chad E. Ripberger and this award here.

Allison Thomas, assistant director of marketing communications in the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation, Rutgers–New Brunswick, received two American Graphic Design Awards from Graphic Design USA for her work in environmental graphics and print design.

Gifts & Grants

The College of Nursing, Rutgers–Newark and New Brunswick, received $299,987 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in support of enhancing leadership and team-building skills of nurse managers to increase patient safety.

The National Institute for Early Education Research received $100,000 from the Jacobs Foundation for conducting a study in early childhood intervention in Colombia, investigating individual child growth and social, health, cognitive, and emotional development.

Michael R. Muller, professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the School of Engineering, Rutgers–New Brunswick, is the recipient of an award totaling $350,000. The project titled ARRA: Save Energy Now—New Jersey Industrial Energy Program (NJIEP) is being supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Find more information about Professor Muller here.

Fred S. Roberts, director at the Center for Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science, is the recipient of an award totaling $500,000. The project titled CCICADA Fellowship Program in Homeland Security at RU is being supported by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Find more information about Fred S. Roberts here.

Andrew K. Vershon, professor at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology, is the recipient of an award totaling $401,403. The project titled Conducting Authentic Molecular Biology and Genomics Research in High Schools is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Find more information about Professor Vershon here.

Did You Know?

Did you know that Rutgers is moving forward on a new research collaborative call the Brain Health Institute, designed to bring fresh insight into neurological diseases? Learn more here.

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