February 1, 2017

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Feb. 1 2017 Spotlight

Pre-College Summer Academies Registration 

Registration is open now through May 31 for Rutgers Pre-College Summer Academies in New Brunswick offered by Rutgers Continuing Studies. The academies, designed for high school students ages 16 to 18 who have a 3.0 minimum GPA and are proficient in English, can help prepare students for the academic challenges of college and provide a competitive advantage for college admissions.

Three intensive one-week certificate programs are offered: Pre-Engineering Summer Academy (July 9–15), consisting of lectures, demonstrations, hands-on projects, tours, and field trips; iSTEM Summer Academy (July 16–22), exploring a global environmental challenge through STEM lectures, individual research, hands-on group projects, faculty coaching, field trips, and guest speakers; and Leadership Summer Academy (July 23–29), focusing on the practices and ethics of leaders through lectures, interviews, field trips, and in-class activities. Learn more here

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

File New Jersey Tax Returns Electronically
The New Jersey Division of Taxation reminds faculty and staff that they can use NJ FastFile to file their New Jersey income tax returns electronically—either online, with a PDF fill-in form, or with a software package. Filers can choose direct deposit for their refunds, which is not available with paper returns. Learn more here or call 1-800-323-4400.

Submit Programs for Rutgers Day by February 15
Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase the work of your school, department, or unit at Rutgers Day, the largest outreach event hosted by the university, on April 29. Check here to submit a program, download marketing materials, and view Rutgers Day policies. Contact your designated Rutgers Day representative with questions or for help creating a program. Submit Rutgers Day programs by February 15.


Volunteers Needed to Assist Job Seekers
The New Start Career Network, launched by the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development in 2015, provides assistance to long-term unemployed New Jersey job seekers 45 and older. The network is seeking individuals with backgrounds in HR, coaching, counseling, and recruiting as well as individuals with industry experience (IT, financial services, health care, pharmaceuticals, education, etc.) to join the Volunteer Career Coach Network. Learn more here or contact Maria Heidkamp at heidkamp@rutgers.edu.

Survey for Everyone at Rutgers–New Brunswick
The entire Rutgers University–New Brunswick community, including faculty and staff, is encouraged to take the Student Affairs Master Plan Survey by February 6 to voice opinions and provide feedback for the continuing evolution of the student experience. The survey seeks input about current facilities and existing Student Affairs programs. Student Affairs is asking everyone to participate as the survey seeks feedback about experiences regarding facilities that you may use regularly, including dining, recreation, student centers, cultural centers, and health services. Take the survey.

Book Sale: February 1, New Brunswick
The Art Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts a book sale on February 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact Megan Lotts, art librarian, at megan.lotts@rutgers.edu or 848-932-7189.

Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internships
The Rutgers-Eagleton Washington Internship Award Program provides one-time grants of up to $5,000 to outstanding Rutgers undergraduates for summer internships in government/public service in Washington, D.C. The monetary award is meant as an offset to living expenses associated with working in Washington. Encourage undergraduates in all majors universitywide to apply. Applications are due March 1. Learn more here.

Study Seeks LGB Women to Participate
The Emotion and Psychopathology Lab, Department of Psychology, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is seeking LGB women (18 or older) to participate in a research study of stress and eating. Participation involves a 65-minute in-person visit and using a smartphone app for 5 days to track stressful experiences and eating behaviors. Monetary compensation will be provided. For more information, email SelbyEMP@gmail.com or complete the prescreening survey here.

Register Now, Gain Early-Bird Discount for Online Learning Conference
Register by March 1 for an early-bird discount to attend the eighth annual Rutgers Online Learning Conference on March 13 at the Hilton Doubletree Conference Center, Somerset. Learn from a day of presentations and workshops covering a wide range of opportunities to reimagine online learning, best practices, and student engagement. The program is designed to promote networking and the productive exchange of ideas. Mindy Hintze, director of product engagement at Instructure, will open the conference. Learn more here.

Office of Instructional Design Workshops
The Office of Instructional Design offers the following online workshops February 2–February 8: Accessibility for Text and Documents (February 2); Kaltura MediaSpace (February 6); Introduction to Canvas (February 7); and Accessibility for Course Management (February 8). Learn more and register here.

New Brunswick Blood Drive: February 7
Donate blood at Rutgers University–New Brunswick on February 7 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the College Avenue Student Center. Donors receive a $10-off Houlihan's coupon and free snacks. Walk-ins are welcome. Register and learn more here.

Art After Hours: First Tuesdays: February 7, New Brunswick
At Art After Hours: First Tuesdays at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on February 7 from 5 to 9 p.m., independent art historian Christina Weyl provides insight into the exhibition Innovation and Abstraction: Women Artists and Atelier 17 and artist Terrence A. Reese (also known as TAR) discusses his portrait series Reflections: Photographs of Iconic African Americans. Central New Jersey musician Brandon Broderick will perform. Admission and refreshments are free. Learn more here.

“Whither Public Policy? Implications of the Trump Presidency”: February 7, Newark
What are the implications of the Trump administration’s stance on immigration, the federal court system, education, and the Affordable Care Act? Join a roundtable discussion as faculty, staff, students, and friends share their perspectives on the personal impact of the government’s decisions and how they shape America’s future on February 7 from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Center for Urban and Public Service, Room 203, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

School of Health Professions Open House, February 9, Piscataway
The School of Health Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, holds an open house on February 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall, Research Tower, Piscataway. This event provides prospective students an opportunity to learn about the school’s more than 50 academic degree and certificate programs. Invite individuals you know who may be exploring a health care career. Register here.

Documentary Screening: Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance: February 9, New Brunswick
Following its New York opening at the Lincoln Center Film Forum, the documentary Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance will be shown on February 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. A discussion with producer Barak Heymann follows. The event is presented by the Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life in partnership with the Dance Department and Rutgers Filmmaking Center, Mason Gross School of the Arts. Admission is free for faculty, staff, and students with Rutgers ID. Learn more here.

IRW Presents “Who Will Save the Children? Feminist Perspectives on the Contradictions of Education in States of In/Security and Crisis”: February 9, New Brunswick
The Institute for Research on Women presents the fifth talk in its 2016-17 Distinguished Lecture Series Feminist In/Security: Vulnerability, Securitization, and States of Crisis on February 9 at 4:30 p.m. (preceded by a 4 p.m. reception) at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Thea Renda Abu El-Haj (Rutgers) will discuss “Who Will Save the Children? Feminist Perspectives on the Contradictions of Education in States of In/Security and Crisis.” The event is free and open to the public. Learn more here

Drop In to Mason Gross Extension Division: February 11, New Brunswick
Looking for a music teacher for private lessons for your child? Drop in to the Mason Gross Extension Division, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on February 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn about programs, including private lessons, available for prospective students. Observe a class, private lesson, or ensemble. Also, ask about summer arts camps. Learn more here.

Writing and Publishing “Crossover” Academic Books: February 20, New Brunswick
Ted Conover, author of Immersion: A Writer's Guide to Going Deep, leads a workshop and offers tips on writing and publishing “crossover” academic books that can engage general readers on February 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Alexander Library, Teleconference Lecture Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more and register here

Save the Date: SATHI Presents: April 4, New Brunswick
Mark your calendars for April 4 when the South Asian Total Health Initiative (SATHI) Presents: Global Cross Roads: Seminars on South Asian Culture, Ecology, and Health offers "Breaking Barriers: Promoting HIV Awareness in the South Asian Community" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Robert Wood Johnson Medical School’s Clinical Academic Building, Conference Room 1302, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences New Brunswick campus. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 30 news organizations in the past week, including The New York Times, Science Daily, and Washington Post, among other news organizations.

The Star-Ledger writes about the new dogwood tree developed by Rutgers scientists, quoting Tom Molnar (NJAES).

NJ101.5 quotes Shauna Shames (A&S-Camden) about her research showing millennials aren't interested in running for public office.

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Global Health Seed Grants
Global health seed grants from the Rutgers Global Health Institute support faculty leading collaborative interdisciplinary projects to reduce health care disparities in communities at home and around the world. Grants of up to $10,000 are available for faculty universitywide for research and education, training, and capacity-building projects that engage multiple fields and external partners and pursue new models for improving health and wellness of populations. Learn more and apply here.

Feb. 1 2017 events

The Mayhem Poets: February 1, New Brunswick
The School of Social Work presents the Mayhem Poets on February 1 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. With a mix of humor and heartfelt material on social justice and resiliency, the Mayhem Poets have been described as blending raw elements of hip hop, theater, improvisation, and stand-up comedy to tell gut-wrenching truths. RSVP here

#1000BlackGirlBooks with Marley Dias: February 1, Camden
Rutgers University–Camden hosts Marley Dias, the 11-year-old founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks in a free public presentation on February 1 from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Camden Campus Center multipurpose room. Following the presentation, Dias will answer questions. Guests of all ages are encouraged to attend. Learn more here

Gabriel Ramirez: Slam Poet, Writer, and Activist: February 2, Camden
Celebrate the beginning of African American History Month with Gabriel Ramirez, writer, poet, playwright, educator, and activist, on February 2 from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Camden Campus Center multipurpose room. Learn more here.

Using Data to Prevent Suicide: February 3, Newark
The Department of Psychiatry, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, hosts Ahmad Hameed, who will discuss how data-driven approaches can be used to prevent suicide, on February 3 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Room B-610, Medical Science Building, Newark. Learn more here

Rutgers High School Musical Theater Showcase: February 4, New Brunswick
The Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy at the Mason Gross School of the Arts presents a showcase of Broadway-themed performances on February 4 from 3:30 to 4 p.m. in the Loree Dance Theater, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here

Guerrilla (and Other) Girls: Art/Activism/Attitude: February 4 to July 30, New Brunswick
The Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents an exhibition showcasing works by the Guerrilla Girls, who exposed inequalities in the art world through their art. The show opens February 4 and runs through July 30. Learn more here

Faculty Recital: Renée Anne Louprette, Organ: February 5, New Brunswick
Renée Anne Louprette, university organist and coordinator of the organ program, presents a solo organ recital featuring works of Johann Sebastian Bach on the Richards, Fowkes & Co. pipe organ at Christ Church, New Brunswick, on February 5 at 5 p.m. Dean of the Mason Gross School of the Arts and renowned Bach scholar George B. Stauffer presents a preconcert lecture at 4:15 p.m. Learn more here.

New Jersey Film Festival: through March 3, New Brunswick
Screen cutting-edge films at the New Jersey International Film Festival through March 3 at various New Brunswick locations. Learn more here

Living in the Shadows: Underground Immigrant Communities: through April 7, New Brunswick
The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities presents a group exhibition that addresses a range of issues relating to human rights and religious freedom, through April 7, in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries, Douglass Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here

Get Involved

Rutgers Cinema Gift Certificates
Rutgers Cinema is offering $20 “Valentine” gift certificates, redeemable for two movie tickets, two large fountain drinks, and one jumbo popcorn. Gift certificates are available to purchase online only and will be shipped free. This limited-time offer is available now through February 9. Certificates can be redeemed after February 9. Place orders here.

Kite+Key Free Appy Hour Lunch: February 9, Piscataway
Kite+key hosts an Appy Hour luncheon on February 9 from noon to 1 p.m. with Apple campus ambassador Mitesh Rathod. Receive a $10 kite+key gift card and a free light lunch while learning about the MacBook Touch Bar and Apple's latest software update. RSVP at 848-445-1127, kiteandkey@rutgers.edu, or click here. Kite+key is located at the Plaza, Piscataway. 

Frozen Yogurt Happy Hours
16 Handles, located in the Plaza, Piscataway, offers Frozen Yogurt Happy Hours Monday through Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. through March. Receive 50 percent off one Fro-yo cup purchase of $5 or more. Learn more here.

Healthy Foods at CCLC
Serving children healthy meals and snacks is a top priority at Children’s Creative Learning Centers (CCLC) at Newark and Piscataway. CCLC’s nutritionist gives children the opportunity to explore a variety of foods, textures, and flavors while meeting or exceeding nutritional guidelines. CCLC also removes fried foods, sugar-sweetened beverages, and desserts from the menu and provides children with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, all included in the cost of tuition. CCLC offers discounted rates to Rutgers faculty and staff. Learn more about the onsite child care centers in Newark and Piscataway

Gifts & Grants

David Vanderbilt, Board of Governors Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,270,000. The project, titled Emergent Functionalities in 3D/5D Multinary Chalcogenides and Oxides, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Vanderbilt here.

William Firestone, distinguished professor, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $511,360. The project, titled The Education Doctorate: A Promising Strategy to Promote Smart Use of Research Evidence?, is being supported by the William T. Grant Foundation. Learn more about Firestone here.

Serpil Guran, director, Rutgers EcoComplex, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $439,190. The project, titled Rutgers Ecolgnite: Clean Energy Proof of Concept Center and Accelerator Program, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Learn more about Guran here.

Junichi Sadoshima, professor, Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $357,750. The project, titled Regulation of Myocardial Growth and Death by GSK-3, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Sadoshima here.

Nancy Woychik, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $266,750. The project, titled Remodeling of Ribosome Function by MazF Toxins, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Woychik here.

Carolyn Suzuki, associate professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $178,875. The project, titled Regulating mtDNA and mtRNA Dynamics by the Mitochondrial AAA+ Lon Protease, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Suzuki here.

In Memoriam

H. Boyd Woodruff, one of Selman Waksman’s early graduate students in the Department of Microbiology in what is now the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, passed away on January 19, 2017. He was 99.

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