February 10, 2016

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Corlisse Thomas

Redefining Student Life

As the inaugural vice chancellor for student affairs at Rutgers University–Newark, Corlisse Thomas is focused on helping to prepare students for life and leadership roles beyond graduation. She oversees Student Life, the Paul Robeson Campus Center, the Office of Housing and Residence Life, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services, Health Services, the Counseling Center, the Career Development Center, and the Department of Athletics and Recreation.

“When people think about leadership development, they think very classically about student organizations, and many students who are older, who are parents, who are employed, are not necessarily heavily involved in student organizations,” says Thomas. “How do we develop our students’ leadership skills in other ways?” Learn more about how Thomas views her new responsibilities here

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Rutgers Day Program Submission Deadline: February 15
Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in statewide Rutgers Day on April 30, with expanded programming in Camden and Newark as part of the university’s yearlong 250th anniversary celebration. Learn more here and submit your program by February 15. Have questions or need assistance in creating a program? Contact your designated Rutgers Day representative:

Flu Vaccine Still Available
Influenza activity is increasing across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of severe influenza illness. One of the predominant influenza strains is causing severe illness in young to middle-aged people. The Occupational Health Department, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, still has flu vaccine. Call the department at 848-932-8254 as soon as possible for an appointment.

Recent Updates to the University Policy Library
The University Policy Library is the official source for policies governing the university's academic, administrative, financial, operational, and business affairs. Faculty, staff, and students are required to be conversant with policies that apply to their respective roles; 40.2.20 Internal Bank Capital Project Financing Program (new) (PDF) is a recent policy library update. Recent policy updates, including previous versions of updated policies, are available at Recent Policy Updates. For specific questions about policy interpretations, contact the responsible office listed on each policy. For general policy questions, contact the Office of the Secretary of the University at secretary@oldqueens.rutgers.edu.


Mason Gross Filmmaking Academy for Youngsters and Teens
The Rutgers Digital Filmmaking Academy for students 11 to 18 at the Extension Division of Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, introduces participants to industry standards of filmmaking and provides a solid foundation in its core concepts and principles, giving students lessons they can apply in today’s industry and continue to apply as technology is upgraded. A comprehensive curriculum, allowing students the opportunity to focus on various areas of interest, encompasses film studies from preproduction through postproduction, including writing, directing, shooting, editing, and hands-on exercises geared toward industry production standards. All materials, equipment, and software are included. Learn more here.

“Like” Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute
A Facebook page for the Rutgers community provides the latest news and updates from Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute or RDI2, which uses advanced computation to address today’s computer- and data-intensive grand challenges in science, engineering, and industry. The page includes research updates, new projects, funding announcements, calls for posters, and event details. “Like” the page and have all the latest from RDI2 at your fingertips.

Take the Ciclovia Survey for a Chance to Win a $50 Gift Card
The Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is conducting a study to evaluate the annual New Brunswick Ciclovía, which closes streets to automobiles and opens them to pedestrians, bicyclists, and various recreational activities. The study team requests the university community’s participation in the survey to assess attendance, perceptions, and awareness of past Ciclovías. Participants earn a chance to win a $50 gift card. Faculty and staff may launch the survey here. Contact Charles Brown at 848-932-2846 or charles.brown@ejb.rutgers.edu with questions.

IRW's "Poverty" Series Lecture: February 11, New Brunswick
The sixth lecture in the 2015–16 Distinguished Lecture Series, "Poverty," offered by the Institute for Research on Women, will be presented on February 11 at 4:30 p.m. at the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, Douglass Campus, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, preceded by a 4 p.m. reception. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago, Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor, Graduate Department of Public Policy and Administration, Rutgers University–Camden, will discuss “The Miracle on Cooper Street: A Case Study of Community Transformation and Engaged Scholarship.” Learn more here

Annual Darwin Day Lecture: February 12, Piscataway
Join the Joint Molecular Biosciences Graduate School Association’s annual Darwin Day lecture by Laura F. Landweber, Princeton University, entitled “Beyond Darwin: RNA-Mediated Inheritance and Radical Genome Organization in the Ciliate Oxytricha” on February 12 at noon in Room V10, RWJMS Research Tower, Piscataway.

Online Sakai Workshop: February 15
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. In an online workshop on February 15 from 10 to 10:30 a.m., participants receive an introduction to the discussion forum tool in Sakai and learn how to set up forums, set permissions, reply to posts, and grade posts. Learn more and register here.

Author Kathleen Cushman Delivers Access Week Keynote: February 17, New Brunswick
To mark the 3rd Annual Access Week, author and researcher Kathleen Cushman will deliver the keynote address on February 17 at 10 a.m. in the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Access Week focuses primarily on providing opportunities to connect students with activities and events that promote the values of access, partnership, inclusivity, and progressive thinking. Cushman is the author of First in the Family, a two-book series for high school and college students, in which first-generation college students offer guidance to those who follow in their footsteps. Learn more here.

Celebrate Mason Gross's 40th with The Soldier's Tale: February 20, New Brunswick
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, celebrates its 40th anniversary year with a presentation of The Soldier’s Tale (L’histoire du Soldat) on February 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The fully staged production, a schoolwide collaboration of the dance, digital filmmaking, music, theater, and visual arts programs, includes a score composed by Igor Stravinsky and text by Swiss writer C.F. Ramuz. Tickets are $15 for the general public; $10 for alumni, employees, and seniors; and $5 for students with valid ID. Learn more here.

Sustainable Solutions: Racing Towards Equality: February 20
Douglass Residential College hosts the daylong “Sustainable Solutions: Racing Towards Equality,” an event to inspire future global leaders to improve people’s lives globally through the promotion of human rights and dignity and advancing gender equality, on February 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Trayes Hall in the Douglass Student Center. Ejim Duke, executive director of the U.S. Human Rights Network, will deliver the keynote address. Learn more and register here.

Confucius Institute Presents Free Chinese Movie Nights
In collaboration with Rutgers Film Co-Op/New Jersey Media Arts Center, the Confucius Institute, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is cosponsoring two free Chinese movie nights at Voorhees Hall, Room 105, Rutgers–New Brunswick. The Sacrifice, based on the classic play Orphan of Zhao and written and directed by Chen Kaige, will be presented on February 26 at 7 p.m. Three Times, a rapturous love story set in three eras—1911, 1966, and the present day—will be presented on March 4 at 7 p.m. Learn more here.

Artists' Discussion and Celebration of Feminist Art Project's 10th Anniversary: March 3, New Brunswick
Join the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series and the Feminist Art Project on March 3 at 5 p.m. for a discussion at Douglass Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, with artists from the group exhibition TFAP@TEN, on view through April 8 in the library’s Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries. Artists include Anonda Bell, Nancy Cohen, Jaz Graf, So Yoon Lym, Babs Reingold, and Adrienne Wheeler. The moderator is Midori Yoshimoto, associate professor of art history and director of the Visual Arts Gallery at New Jersey City University. The Feminist Art Project's 10th anniversary celebration follows at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP to womenart@rci.rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

Annual Mark Leadership Conference: March 5, Piscataway
The Department of Leadership and Experiential Learning, Student Affairs, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents the annual daylong Mark Leadership Conference on March 5 at the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. The conference provides a unique professional experience, exposing attendees to influential speakers and fellow students who have taken initiative and made a mark on the world. Speakers include Rutgers alumna Ella Watson Stryker RC’02, Time’s 2014 Person of the Year; Ron Clark, founder of the Ron Clark Academy and best-selling author; and Wise Young, the Rutgers Richard H. Shindell Chair in Neuroscience and recognized as one of the world’s leading neuroscientists. Learn more here [PDF].

Submission Deadline: Living in the Shadows: April 8
The Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, invites all self-identified women artists to submit artwork by April 8 for possible inclusion in Living in the Shadows: Underground Immigrant Communities, a group exhibition on view now through April 2017 in the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries, Douglass Campus Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Register for Rutgers Mini-MPA: First Class April 15
The Rutgers Mini-MPA™ program from the Rutgers University–Camden Department of Public Policy and Administration in partnership with the Center for Executive Leadership in Government at CELG’s headquarters in New Brunswick, offers university employees the Mini-Master in Public Administration certificate program at a 20 percent discount. The program is designed to develop leadership and management skills for public and nonprofit sector managers. Students meet five Fridays, with the first class April 15. Learn more and register here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 45 news organizations in the past week, including The New York TimesAtlantic and Los Angeles Times.

Highlights include:

Los Angeles Times: In the West, skyscrapers are reaching for new heights (Jason Barr, Arts & Sciences-Newark, quoted here)

Gannett New Jersey: Battle to keep crippling Zika virus out of NJ (Rajendra Kapila and Joseph Apuzzio, NJMS, quoted; Dina Fonsecca, SEBS, quoted here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

9th MaGrann Symposium: "Hazards in Context": March 2, Piscataway
The 9th MaGrann symposium, “Hazards in Context,” honoring the research and scholarship of James K. Mitchell, professor, Department of Geography, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, will be held on March 2 at the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway. Mitchell's work has emphasized the hazard characteristics of contingency, uncertainty, ambiguity, and surprise. These and other themes are explored through keynote addresses and panel presentations. Speakers include leading figures and junior scholars in the field of natural hazards, many of whom are Mitchell’s former students and valued colleagues. The event is free but registration is required. Register and learn more here.

NJEDge’s “Gamification": March 10, Piscataway
Faculty and staff are invited to attend NJEDge’s daylong “Gamification” on March 10 at the Livingston Student Center, Piscataway, for an exploration of board games, maker spaces, virtual worlds, commercial video games, serious games, and simulations that engage students, promote learning, and foster critical thinking. NJEDge.Net provides collaborative resources and networked information services in support of teaching and learning, research and development, outreach, and public service, as well as economic development throughout New Jersey. Attendees are reminded to bring their laptops. Expert gamers will help attendees navigate through role-playing, strategy techniques, poll-taking, and other interactive options. Register here.

Dance Theater

Dance Theater: February 10 to 13, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts Dance Department, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts the San Francisco–based Joe Goode Performance Group in the dance-theater production of Hush from February 10 to 13 at the Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, New Brunswick. Learn more here.

Platanos, Collard Greens, Y Callaloo: February 10, Newark
The Academic Foundations Center, Pre-College Academic Support Services, presents the free theatrical performance of Platanos, Collard Greens, Y Callaloo on February 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Essex Room at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark. Nonperishable food donations will be collected for Isaiah’s House. Learn more here

Theater: The Shape of Things: February 10 to 14, Camden
Rutgers University–Camden’s Department of Fine Arts presents The Shape of Things, a modern coming-of-age tale by Neil LaBute, from February 10 to 14 in the Black Box Studio Theater, Rutgers–Camden. Learn more here

“Expressive Engines: Musical Technologies from Automata to Robots”: February 15, New Brunswick
The Mason Gross School of the Arts Music Department, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts the symposium and concert, “Expressive Engines: Musical Technologies from Automata to Robots,on February 15. The symposium, from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Richard H. Shindell Choral Hall in Mortensen Hall, New Brunswick, is free. The 7:30 p.m. concert, at Nicholas Music Center, New Brunswick, highlights music from the early-modern and contemporary eras performed on acoustic instruments, automata, and musical robots. Tickets are $15 for the general public; $10 for alumni, employees, and seniors; and $5 for students. Learn more here

“The State of Africa”: Screening and Panel Discussion: February 16, Camden
On February 16 from 6 to 9 p.m., Rutgers University–Camden’s Africana Studies Program hosts “The State of Africa,” a screening and panel discussion of Black Gold, an award-winning documentary about the human and material costs of producing and distributing Ethiopian coffee within the global economy. The location is 401 Penn Classroom at the Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers–Camden. Learn more here.        

Jersey Collective Photography Exhibition: through February 18, New Brunswick
The Rutgers Art Library, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts the photography exhibition Jersey Collective through February 18. The project invited a different photographer to take over the Jersey Collective Instagram account each week and post photos taken in New Jersey. Learn more here

Awards & Honors

At the School of Nursing, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences:

  • Nancy Delloiacono, coordinator, Nursing Resources Center, received the Kathy Digman Memorial Scholarship Award from the New Jersey State Association of Occupational Health Nurses. She serves on the association’s board as recording secretary.
  • Joyce Hyatt, associate professor and acting specialty director, Nurse Midwifery Program, received the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Service Award from Saint Joseph’s Healthcare System.
  • Beth Knox, instructor and specialty director, Adult Gerontology Program, was elected member-at-large, New Jersey State Nurses Association, Middlesex County Region 4.
  • Ann Marie P. Mauro, assistant dean, professor, and director of the Center for Educational Research and Innovation, was elected to a three-year term on the National League for Nursing Board of Governors. She also received two awards from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) Program: the Above and Beyond Award for her three years of service on the NCIN Summit Program Planning Committee and the NCIN Innovation Award for her leadership in developing the NCIN Scholar Alumni Toolkit: Resources for Successful Transition to Professional Practice. 
Gifts & Grants

Hani Nassif, professor of civil and environmental engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,900,000. The two-year project, titled Structural Engineering Modeling and Structural Health Monitoring for Bridge Projects and Traffic Simulations, is being supported by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. Learn more about Nassif here.

Joseph Blasi, distinguished professor and sociologist, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $575,000. The project, titled Role of Profit Sharing, Employee Ownership, and Dividend Shares in Income and Asset Accumulation among Lower-Income Families and Their Children, is being supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Learn more about Blasi here.

Brenda Hopper, state director of the New Jersey Small Business Development Centers network, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $500,000. The project, titled New Jersey Small Business Development Centers, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Department of State Business Action Center. Learn more about the Small Business Development Centers here.

Loredana Quadro, associate professor of food science and member of the Rutgers Center for Lipid Research at the New Jersey Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $316,147. The project, titled The Asymmetric Cleavage of Beta-Carotene in Mammalian Embryonic Development, is being supported by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Learn more about Quadro here.

Konstantin Severinov, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, Waksman Institute of Microbioilogy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $100,000. The project, titled A Search for Single-Protein CRISPR Effector Enzymes of Unknown Functions, is being supported by the Broad Institute. Learn more about Severinov here.

Courtney McAnuff, vice president for enrollment management, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $50,000. The project, titled Rutgers Future Scholars, is being supported by the Prudential Foundation. Learn more about McAnuff here.

In Memoriam
Luisa Olavarria Pleger, 47, a member of the Rutgers University–Newark Office of Information Technology staff, was found dead in her North Arlington home on January 29, 2016, according to news reports. Her death was ruled a homicide. A Mass was celebrated on February 4 at Saint Columba Church, 25 Thomas St., Newark. 
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