February 15, 2017

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Feb. 15 spotlight

Mason Gross Extension Division Summer Programs

This summer, let your children explore, create, and perform under the expert guidance of New Jersey’s distinguished teaching artists at the state’s premier arts conservatory. The Mason Gross School of the Art’s Extension Division, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offers a vibrant and innovative arts summer program, starting at age 5.

Registration continues through June 5 for summer camps, institutes, and intensives; receive a 10 percent discount for registering by March 1. Financing options are available. Opportunities include: Symphonic Wind Band and Chamber Music Group, Summer Dance Conservatory, Drawing and Painting Intensive, Digital Filmmaking Camp, American String Teachers Association/New Jersey Chamber Music Institute, Media Art Intensive, Acting Conservatory, Design Intensive, Summer Jazz Institute, and Kids Create Camp. Some programs require auditions or portfolios. Learn more here

In this Issue...
Don't Forget

Final Day to Submit Rutgers Day Programs
The Rutgers Day program submission period ends today. 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 Saturday, April 29. Check here to submit a program, download marketing materials, and view the Rutgers Day policies. Contact your designated Rutgers Day representative if you have questions or need help creating a program. Learn more here.

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.


Book Talk with Professor Andrew R. Murphy: February 16, New Brunswick
Andrew R. Murphy, Rutgers professor of political science, offers the first full-length treatment of William Penn's political thought in nearly 50 years on February 16 at 3 p.m. at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Register here

“Amiri Baraka, Ed Dorn and Revisionist Narratives of American Literary History”: February 16, Newark
The Rutgers University–Newark Department of African American and African Studies hosts a talk by Dorothy Wang, “Amiri Baraka, Ed Dorn and Revisionist Narratives of American Literary History,” on February 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers–Newark. Learn more here

Department of Geography Speaker Series: February 17, New Brunswick
The Department of Geography, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, presents "New Spaces of Dystopia or Sustainability? Geographic Dynamics of Biodiversity in Land Use and Food Systems," with Karl Zimmerer, Pennsylvania State University Department of Geography professor and director of the GeoSyntheSES Lab, Earth, and Environmental Systems Institute, on February 17 at 3 p.m. at Tillett Hall-246, Livingston Campus. Learn more here.

New Universitywide Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Hosts Open Houses
Reporting to the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is committed to advancing the university’s mission to conduct cutting-edge research and advanced training and supports postdoctoral researchers and their faculty mentors by providing a central hub for professional development, knowledge sharing, and community-building opportunities. The office will host career-development workshops and other activities open to all postdocs and help build community and expand their professional networks. To learn more about how the office can support postdocs and partner with faculty to make the most of the postdoctoral experience at Rutgers, all postdocs, their faculty mentors as well as all faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend an upcoming open house event. Learn more and register here by February 17 for the Rutgers University–New Brunswick open house.

Sakai Workshops
The Office of Instructional Research and Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. The following workshops are offered from February 20 to February 23: Tests and Quizzes (February 20, webinar, 10 to 10:30 a.m.); Sakai 11 Pop-up Shop @ Cook/Douglass (February 22, noon to 1 p.m.); and Gradebook (February 23, webinar, 2 to 2:30 p.m.). Learn more here.

Writers at Newark Reading Series: Ian Frazier and Kathryn Schulz: February 21, Newark
The Writers at Newark Reading Series hosts author Ian Frazier and author and New Yorker staff writer Kathryn Schulz on February 21 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here

Writers at Rutgers Reading Series: Lidia Yuknavitch: February 22, New Brunswick
The Writers at Rutgers Reading Series, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, hosts Lidia Yuknavitch on February 22 at 8 p.m. at the College Avenue Student Center multipurpose room, Rutgers–New Brunswick. She is an acclaimed author of seven books, including The Small Backs of Children and The Chronology of Water, and a teacher of writing and literature who has crafted her body-centered art-making philosophy into a groundbreaking workshop practice, corporeal writing. She’s won a Ken Kesey Award for fiction and two Readers’ Choice Awards. Learn more here.

Artists and Activism: A View from Behind the Gorilla Mask: February 27, New Brunswick
For more than 30 years, the Guerrilla Girls have been exposing inequalities within the art world and beyond with witty and incisive posters, performances, and protests. The exhibit Guerrilla (And Other) Girls: Art/Activism/Attitude, featuring posters by the Guerrilla Girls and artwork by women aligned with the group’s mission, is on view at the Zimmerli Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, through July 30. On the occasion of the exhibit, the Zimmerli hosts Artists and Activism: A View from Behind the Gorilla Mask on February 27 at 7 p.m. followed by a reception. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 25 new organizations this past week, including CNN, The Economist and New York Daily News, among other news organizations.

Highlights include:

NJTV airs a segment about New Jersey's water supply plan featuring Daniel Van Abs (SEBS).

The Economist writes about the shortening of the snowfall season and its impact on the winter-sports industry, quoting David Robinson (SAS/SEBS).

Click here for highlights.

Feb. 15 events

“City Moves: Black Urban History Since 1967”: February 18, Newark
 The 37th annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series presents a wide-ranging discussion of the last half-century of black urban history in American cities at the annual Black History Month conference on February 18 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark. The event is free and open to the public. Learn more here

Mallery Concert Series: Adeline Tomasone, Flute, and Guests: February 15, Camden
Take a midday break at a performance by flutist Adeline Tomasone on February 15 at 12:15 p.m. in the Mallery Music Room, second floor, Rutgers University–Camden Fine Arts Building. Learn more here.

Music at the Museum: February 19, New Brunswick
Enjoy classical works for piano, violin, and cello inspired by Asian musical traditions in this free performance at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, on February 19 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Learn more here.

Mason Gross Presents: Talea Ensemble Master Class: February 20, New Brunswick
This new music group coaches pieces by Rutgers composers performed by Rutgers’ HELIX! ensemble, as well as by the undergraduate new music ensemble, Split the Lark, on February 20 at 12:35 p.m. at Nicholas Music Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more here

Rutgers–Camden Black History Month Events: through February 24, Camden
A series of activities this month will celebrate cultural diversity at Rutgers University–Camden throughout Black History Month. The events, free and open to the public, will be held at various locations in the Camden Campus Center. View the events schedule here.

Appointments & Retirements

Ernie DiSandro joined the university as director of financial and administrative systems in the Finance Division, supporting the division with the implementation of the new financial management system and a focus on data governance and reporting, business process transitions, organizational strategy, and systems integration. Previously, he was a principal at Ernst and Young where he worked with Rutgers as a consultant over the past several years.

Awards & Honors

Martin L. Yarmush, Paul and Mary Monroe Chair Distinguished Professor, biomedical engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer, “for pioneering advances in cellular, tissue, and organ engineering and for leadership in applying metabolic engineering to human health.”

Gifts & Grants

Glenn Amatucci, research professor and director, Energy Storage Research Group, Department of Material Science and Engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $1,077,157. The project, titled Self-Forming Thin Interphases and Electrodes Enabling 3-D Structured High Energy Density Batteries, is being supported by the U.S. Department of Energy. Learn more about Amatucci here.

Marco Zarbin, chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, New Jersey Medical School, and Raymond Birge, professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, are co-principal investigators of an award totaling $500,000. The project, titled Improving Cell-Based Therapy for Age-Related Macular Degeneration, is being supported by the Edward N. and Della L. Thome Memorial Foundation. Learn more about Zarbin here and Birge 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 $350,639. The project titled Redox Regulation in Myocardial Disease, is being supported by the National Institutes of Health. Learn more about Sadoshima here.

Bruce Baker, professor, Department of Educational Theory, Policy, and Administration, Graduate School of Education (GSE), Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $200,000. The award names Robert Kim to a fellowship at GSE for the project, titled Leveraging School Finance Research to Increase Education Equity and Opportunity for All Students, and is being supported by the William T. Grant Foundation. Learn more about Baker here.

Gediminas Mainelis, professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $161,306. The project, titled The Investigation in the Characteristics of Nanoparticle Release from Nano-Enabled Consumer Sprays (FP2395), is being supported by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Learn more about Mainelis here.

Ping-Hsin Chen, assistant professor, Department of Family Medicine, New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $25,000. The project, titled An Office-Based Advocate and Specialist Intervention System for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence, is being supported by the Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation, Inc. Learn more about Chen here.

In Memoriam

Valerie A. Cook-Miller, 55, a longtime university employee, most recently in mail services, passed away on January 27, 2017, in Somerset. Services were held on February 4 at Somerset Baptist Church.

Edward Berger, who played a vital role in the growth and development of the prestigious Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University–Newark in various capacities for nearly four decades, passed away on January 22, 2017. A celebration of his life will be held at a date to be announced.

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