February 17, 2016

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Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness Meditation Noon Workshops

Do you want to learn how to reduce stress, be calmer, improve focus, and work more productively by avoiding distractions? Practicing mindfulness—the art of being a compassionate observer of your own experience—can help.

The office of Counseling, Alcohol and Other Drug Assistance Program, and Psychiatric Services, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, offers weekly mindfulness meditation workshops featuring a variety of techniques to all faculty, staff, and students. Beginners and those with meditation experience are invited to these free, drop-in workshops; no registration is required. The workshops are held from noon to 1 p.m. at three locations at Rutgers University–New Brunswick now through May: Tuesdays, Room 122a, Busch Student Center; Wednesdays, Conference Room, Student Activities Center, College Avenue Campus; and Thursdays, Room C, Douglass Student Center. Learn more here.

In this Issue...

New RUPD Text Service for Nonemergency Messages
On February 5, the Rutgers University Police Department (RUPD) launched a new service—a Text to RUPD pilot program—as part of the university's mission to improve safety on campus. The service offers faculty, staff, and students an alternative mode to communicate nonemergency concerns or requests for help to RUPD. To use it, send a text in this format: RUNB (followed by a space) and your message to 69050. If your message is successfully delivered, you will receive an auto-reply. If you do not receive a response, be sure that your phone's auto-correct did not change any of the required information and that you included a space after RUNB.

RUPD partnered with the Rutgers University Student Assembly (RUSA) to launch this pilot. Campaigning was led by RUSA, with funding provided by RUSA, the Rutgers Business Governing Association, Engineering Governing Council, Interfraternity Council, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Governing Council, Residence Hall Association, and Off-Campus Student Association. The system, at this time serving New Brunswick and Piscataway, is monitored 24/7 by the RUPD Dispatch and Communications Center, has the ability to receive text and picture messages, and will display the cellphone number of the individual sending the text message so that Public Safety personnel can interact directly via text. This service is not intended for emergency situations. For all emergencies, dial 9-1-1. Learn more here

Zika Virus: Information from CDC and New Jersey Health Department
Given what is known about the Zika virus in the Caribbean and in Central and South America, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences urges anyone considering traveling to those areas to take precautions. As it relates to New Jersey, health officials do not anticipate such outbreaks here, but this is an evolving situation to be taken very seriously. If you are considering traveling to these locations, take a few minutes to become familiar with the facts surrounding the Zika virus by reviewing information posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention here and by the New Jersey State Department of Health here

Take Rutgers Libraries Survey, Earn Chance to Win $500 Gift Card
Rutgers University Libraries invite all faculty and students to participate in a brief survey to help improve the quality of library service to the university community. It should take about five minutes to complete; participants who provide an email address will be entered to win one of seven $500 Visa gift cards. Take the survey here.

Pre-Engineering Summer Academy for High Schoolers: Info Session, February 23
Rutgers University–New Brunswick hosts a summer academy from July 31 to August 6 for youngsters 16 to 18 who are interested in exploring engineering as a career. Living on campus, students will be introduced to aerospace, biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, forensic, and mechanical engineering through discussions with professors, case studies, campus tours, lectures, and demonstrations. Register here for an online information session on February 23 from 9:30 to 10:10 a.m. Learn more and apply here.

Online Sakai Workshop: February 23
The Office of Instructional and Research Technology periodically offers workshops in Sakai and other instructional technology tools. An online workshop on February 23 from 10 to 10:30 a.m. introduces participants to Sakai’s tests and quizzes tool, teaching them how to create an online assessment from scratch or by mark-up text, create question pools, review scores, and manage settings. Learn more and register here.

Judge Advocate General Flora Darpino Featured at Alumni Association Event: March 5, Holmdel
Join the Rutgers University Alumni Association at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, Holmdel, for an afternoon of history and military insight on March 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. Lt. Gen. Flora Darpino, a 1986 graduate of Rutgers Law School in Camden and the first woman to hold the U.S. Army’s highest legal post of Judge Advocate General, will discuss her office’s work in times of war to re-establish the Rule of Law in Iraq. Darpino is a member of the Rutgers Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Learn more here

SHRP Open House for New Dental Hygiene Program: March 5, Scotch Plains
The School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, hosts an open house to promote its new B.S. Dental Hygiene Program on March 5 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at its Scotch Plains location. The event will feature networking opportunities and admission review. A continental breakfast will be served. Register here. For enrollment questions, contact Enrollment Services at 973-972-5454.

Information Session for Pre-College Summer Scholars: March 8, New Brunswick 
Applications are being accepted for the 2016 Summer Scholars Program, an opportunity for motivated students to prepare for college and earn credits that may be applied toward their undergraduate degree. Youngsters 16 or older with a minimum cumulative 3.0 grade-point average may apply to take up to two college courses. Younger students will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will also require standardized test scores and an interview. An information session for the program will be held March 8 at 7 p.m. in Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Learn more and apply here.

TFAP@TEN Exhibition: through April 8, New Brunswick
The Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series, a program of the Center for Women in the Arts and Humanities, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, in partnership with Rutgers University Libraries, has announced a group exhibition in honor of The Feminist Art Project’s (TFAP) 10th anniversary. TFAP@TEN features the works of six artists in the TFAP Regional New Jersey Chapter—Anonda Bell, Nancy Cohen, Jaz Graf, So Yoon Lym, Babs Reingold, and Adrienne Wheeler—and can be viewed at the Mary H. Dana Women Artists Series Galleries, Mabel Smith Douglass Library, Rutgers–New Brunswick, through April 8. On March 3 at 5 p.m., an artists’ discussion will be moderated by Midori Yoshimoto. RSVP for the March 3 event to womenart@rci.rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

Hire Students: 2016 Part-Time and Summer Job Fair: April 27, New Brunswick
The 2016 Part-Time and Summer Job Fair takes place April 27 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the multipurpose room, College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. University departments and their affiliates interested in hiring students for nonfederal, work-study program part-time and/or summer jobs, as well as non-Rutgers affiliates such as area businesses, are encouraged to participate. Register here. For more information, contact Michelle Brugnoli at jldp@ofa.rutgers.edu.

Experts in the News

Rutgers experts were quoted by more than 90 news organizations in the past week, including The New York TimesWall Street Journal, and Reuters.

Highlights include:

San Francisco Chronicle: Trump wins New Hampshire — will anyone rise to take him on? (Kelly Dittmar, Arts & Sciences-Camden, quoted here)

Gannett New Jersey: Rutgers microbiologist helps feed world (Joachim Messing, Waksman Institute, profiled here)

Click here for highlights.

Academic Sphere

Publications by ODL Staff Translated into Chinese 
Three publications by staff at the Center for Organizational Development and Leadership, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, have been translated into Chinese and published by Wuhan University PressWhat Leaders Need to Know and Do and Excellence in Higher Education Guide: An Integrated Approach to Assessment, Planning, and Improvement in Colleges and Universities, both written by Brent D. Ruben, the center’s executive director, and Strategic Planning in Higher Education: A Guide for Leaders, written by Ruben and Sherrie Tromp, the center’s associate director. 

Celebrating Faculty Members Who Recently Published Books: February 22, New Brunswick
The Center for African Studies, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, celebrates its seven faculty members who recently published books on February 22 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the second floor lounge of the Douglass Student Center, Rutgers–New Brunswick. Learn more here [PDF].  

Submit Proposals by February 29 for Camden's Women's History Month Conference
The Women’s and Gender Studies Program and the Community Leadership Center, Rutgers University–Camden, invite faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, activists, scholars, and artists in all fields to propose panels, papers, roundtable discussions, workshops, and performances for the Women’s History Month Conference, March 25, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Camden Campus Center. Proposals may address the conference theme, “Disrupting Power and Privilege to Empower Women,” or focus on other topics related to gender. Submit proposals by February 29 to askwgs@camden.rutgers.edu. Learn more here.

Submit Projects for Aresty Research Assistant Program by March 4
Interested in providing a formative scholarly experience for students? The Research Assistant Program through the Aresty Research Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, helps professors find strong, motivated students to support research projects. The program targets students without previous research experience and supports work in any discipline. To participate, faculty can submit a brief project description by March 4. Learn more and submit here.

Darnell Moore

Ida B. Wells-Barnett Black History Month Lecture: February 23, Camden
The Leadership Institute and the Women's and Gender Studies Program, Rutgers University–Camden, host a lecture by Darnell Moore, senior editor at MicNews, Huffington Post contributor, and Black Lives Matter pioneer, on February 23 from 12:20 to 1:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room in the Camden Campus Center. Learn more here.

Author Kathleen Cushman Delivers Access Week Keynote: February 17, New Brunswick
To mark the 3rd Annual Access Week, author and researcher Kathleen Cushman delivers 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.

Mason Gross Extension Division Drop-In Day: February 20, New Brunswick
Prospective students can observe ongoing classes, private lessons, or ensembles and meet with faculty and staff on February 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various locations. Learn more and register here.

Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series: February 20, Newark
The 36th annual installment of the Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series, “Long Time Here: Prisons and Policing in African-American History,” explores issues of policing and incarceration at the Paul Robeson Campus Center, Rutgers University–Newark, on February 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Learn more here.

Music at the Museum: Chamber Music for Tenor, Violin, and Piano: February 21, New Brunswick
Enjoy a recital by faculty members of the Mason Gross School of the Arts Music Department and Extension Division, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers–New Brunswick, on February 21, featuring repertoire for tenor, violin, and piano. A preconcert forum will be held from 1 to 2 p.m., followed by a concert from 2 to 3 p.m. Learn more here.

Rutgers Woodwind Day 2016: February 21, New Brunswick
Rutgers Woodwind Day 2016, designed for woodwind players and students of all ages and abilities, will be presented on February 21 in the Marryott Music Building, Nicholas Music Center, and Mortensen Hall, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. The event is open to professionals, amateurs, students, teachers, parents, and music directors from the greater New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York areas. Participants will have an opportunity to purchase a vast assortment of woodwind instruments and accessories. A master repairperson will be on-site for minor repairs. Registration fee is $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Parents and guardians attend free. Learn more and register here.

Exhibition: Newark Portraits from the Great Migration: through April 9, Newark
The 2016 Black History celebration exhibition, We Found Our Way: Newark Portraits from the Great Migration, highlights content from the Krueger-Scott African-American Oral History Collection, through April 9 at the John Cotton Dana Library, Rutgers University–Newark. Learn more here.

Appointments & Retirements

Michael K. Gusmano was appointed associate professor, Department of Health Systems and Policy, School of Public Health, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

Get Involved

"You Throw Like a Girl" with College Football Hall of Famer Don McPherson: February 22, New Brunswick
Participate in an engaging workshop, "You Throw Like a Girl," with Don McPherson, a College Football Hall of Famer and anti-violence activist, to discuss how talking about healthy masculinity is important in ending sexual and domestic violence. Faculty and staff are invited to join either of two workshops on February 22—9:30 to 11:15 a.m. in Room 411 or 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. in the Red Lion Cafe—in the College Avenue Student Center, Rutgers University–New Brunswick. Indicate which session you will attend here

Awards & Honors

Sam Adhikari, instructor of professional practice, Department of Management Science and Information Systems, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Software Technical Committee Chair Appreciation Award. 

Gifts & Grants

Deborah Spitalnik, professor of pediatrics and executive director of the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $4,393,241. The project, titled Memorandum of Understanding for Professional Services between the New Jersey Department of Education and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is being supported by the New Jersey Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs. Learn more about Spitalnik here.

Jerry Cheng, assistant professor of medicine at the Cardiovascular Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $300,000. The project, titled Exploiting Fine-grained WiFi Signals for Wellbeing Monitoring, is being supported by the National Science Foundation. Learn more about Cheng here.

Hui Xiong, professor and vice chair in the Department of Management Science and Information Systems, Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $200,000. The project, titled Encrypted Network Classification and Service Quality Scoring, is being supported by a corporate contract. Learn more about Xiong here.

Qingze Zou, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, School of Engineering, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $199,684 in royalties and donations of equipment and material supplies. The project, titled Joint-Development-of-Research on Adaptive Multi-Loop Imaging Technology, is being supported by Bruker-Nano Inc. Learn more about Zou here

Elizabeth Torres, associate professor of cognitive psychology and computational neuroscience, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, is the principal investigator of an award totaling $199,032. The project, titled Bridging Behavior and Genetics Through Sensory-Motor Electrophysiology, is being supported by the State of New Jersey Governor’s Office. Learn more about Torres here.

Paul Larrousse, director of the National Transit Institute, Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University–New Brunswick, was the principal investigator of an award totaling $57,200. The project, titled All Hazards Awareness and Preparedness Training, was supported by the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority for staff training in advance of Super Bowl 50. Learn more about Larrousse here.

Rutgers Climate Institute Joins NJ DEP Project
Under a $900,000 regional coastal resilience grant, the Rutgers Climate Institute, Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Louis Berger Group, and the Borough of Oceanport are partnering with the Department of Environmental Protection’s Coastal Management Program to help communities in 15 Monmouth County municipalities develop a regional plan to address the impacts of coastal hazards and storm surge. Using a vigorous public stakeholder process that includes the visions of the involved communities, the project is expected to produce a plan identifying independent and regional measures that maximize efforts to improve resiliency.

In Memoriam

Claire A. Krucher, former associate director of the university’s Career Services, passed away on February 5, 2016, in Somerset. A funeral service was held on February 13 at the Gleason Funeral Home, 1360 Hamilton St., Somerset, N.J. 08873. 

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